Do you need to “reset” yourself? #writing #amwriting #author #romance

"Do you ever feel you've become the worst version of yourself?" No? I guess it must be just me then. About a month ago, I woke up one morning and I just knew I needed to "RESET MYSELF". I'd had a pretty stressful and hurtful week before, and I knew that if I didn't change not [...]

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Like for a Like: The Fake, The Phony, and The Counterfeit #writing #amwriting #romance #author

Ask any newbie author or any seasoned author, "What was one important piece of advice given to you?" and more often than not the answer will be "build your platform early, like before you even publish your novel, build your platform early." Websites, blogs, Twitter, Facebook Author Pages, Street Teams, Google+, Instagram, go, go, go [...]

Thanks for the Free Book . . . Sucker! #author #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy

There is a new marketing and promotional trend for authors that is growing in popularity. How long it's been growing I'm not sure, as I was only introduced to it a couple of months ago, but whatever, it's growing. So what is this trend? Giving away full copies, or parts of your novels, or short stories on [...]

The Paths We Take #writing #amwriting #WednesdayBlessings #Blessings #author

For this month's blessing, I wanted to reflect on the paths we take. "Are you in the right race? Or have you accidentally drifted into a race that is mostly in vain? Are your best efforts going toward a race that results in fleeting applause? Or do you strive for material gain or passing pleasures?" [...]

When does the story end? #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy #paranormal #author

Several months ago, I came across a blog that asked this question: "Epilogues do we need them?" In the blog, the author went on to say . . . "Romance novels have a very strict structure. Depending on the romance publisher, the prescribed format can be even stricter. The general rule is that once the [...]

Step away from the computer . . . #writing #amwriting #family #author #blessings

For this month's Wednesday Blessing, I'm reflecting on time. In the last several months, I've grown accustomed to one thing: sitting in front of my computer for more hours of the day than I wanted. I supposed wanted is the wrong word, because in all honesty, wanted implies that I had no choice in the [...]

They Hated the Movie #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy #paranormal #author

One afternoon while watching Saving Mr. Banks (the Disney movie based off the trials that Walt Disney had to overcome with P.L. Travers in order to make Mary Poppins) I got to thinking about how many other authors have hated the movie versions of their novels. What? An author hated that their novels were made into movies? Isn't [...]