Imaginarium 2015 wrap-up

Imaginarium 2015 wrap-up

Imaginarium 2015 wrap-up

I am baaaaack! Imaginarium 2015 was a total utter win. Linda Rettstatt and I had a blast. We sold books, signed books, chatted with other writers, took pictures, sat on panels–well, in other words took full advantage of the event. It was held in the Crowne Plaza at the Louisville Airport (not IN the airport but in the vicinity of it) We arrived on Thursday evening so we could get all settled in and take a breath before plunging into the con. It is always a great idea to do this–in case you are taking notes. Have a nice dinner,

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The Top 5 Marketing Tips for Your Book

The Top 5 Marketing Tips for Your Book

Self-published authors know that the biggest row to hoe ahead of them is marketing their book. The writing is hard, the editing is harder, but the marketing of that book is certainly the hardest of them all when it comes to this self-publishing journey. I know. I have been there. But I also have a few tips for you to maybe give you food for thought. First, some people might just want to know what marketing your book MEANS. In my honest opinion, it’s just telling folks about your book. It’s getting the word out. Secondly, some people want to

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Writer Groupie Episode 32 : Interview with Ute Carbone

Writer Groupie Episode 32 : Interview with Ute Carbone

Ute Carbone Ute Carbone has wanted to be many things in her life. Some of them were fanciful- ballerina, trapeze artist, world class ski racer. Some more serious-doctor, oceanographer, bookstore owner. Some she’s actually accomplished- teacher, mother, workshop leader. She took time out of her busy schedule to talk with Writer Groupie and below is the interview. You can find her latest book, The Tender Bonds, at Turquoise Morning Press Bookstore and other online retailers. Our interview is an audio only podcast. SHOW NOTES: In this episode we discuss: Her writing journey Writing poetry and how she does it How

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When pitching to an agent is a bad idea

When pitching to an agent is a bad idea

Once upon a time, there was a writer who desperately wanted to write a blockbusting commercial fiction piece of work that would make everyone stand up and shout. He even started writing it! woot! Then he decided to go to a conference and promote it via an agent/author sit-down. Want to know what happened? Check it out. What happens when you try to pitch a book before it is even finished? Mr-I-Am-Writing-A-Book went to a writer’s con and signed up to sit down with an agent to talk about his work. Pitch it to her. Her response? You are wasting

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When does a book need a prologue?

When does a book need a prologue?

Writers are a pretty predictable bunch. We sit down, create a story, maybe outline or do a plot plan. Then we write. And sometimes the first things out of our fingers is a prologue. Or a flashback. You know, a “before there was this, there was THIS” sort of thing. Those types of beginnings are okay. They are sometimes required. But you should know that most agents hate them. Most editors/publishers and other of that ilk hate them too. They hates them my preciousssss. Well, why? Because as a general rule, this stuff is backstory. It’s something for you as

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