Monthly Archives: February 2016

It’s Leap Day!

My schedule is pretty full, so “extra time” doesn’t happen often. When I worked full time, snow days were treasured because that meant I could accomplish things that I normally couldn’t fit into my crowded days. I’d use that time … Continue reading

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I’m going to get a little serious this week, on our free week, I’d like to talk about mercy. When a new cat entered our lives a few years ago, I asked my husband to name her. He had insisted … Continue reading

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The Heroine Lives in a Tree House?

Yes, I Gave My Heroine the Tree House I’ve Always Wanted By Jeff Salter I get story ideas all the time. This particular one came while I was strapped onto a spinal decompression table in a chiropractic office. Those sessions … Continue reading

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Research bound

It is a free week here once again. I decided that I want to talk about some research I will be doing. In fact, I think all of you reading this could be very helpful.  Blackout Summer is a contemporary … Continue reading

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I’m new here!

I am so delighted to join the Four Foxes, One Hound blog. Since this is the free topic week, I thought I’d introduce myself. My name is Joselyn Vaughn. I am a stay at home mom whose children have all … Continue reading

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TBR List, Part Three

It’s free week once again, and since I still have no writing news, I’ll post an update on my reading. At this rate, I should be able to hit – and maybe exceed – my 2016 reading goal of 50 … Continue reading

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Pitch Perfect

This week we are asked to give an ‘elevator pitch’. I am at a loss to fully understand this choice. An Elevator Pitch, is a short, strong, (hopefully convincing), speech given to a person in position to further your story … Continue reading

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Two Minutes on an Elevator

…with a Big Five NYC Publishing Exec By Jeff Salter What if I had two minutes on an elevator [with an executive from one of the Big Five NYC publishing houses] to explain why they should produce my books? Well, … Continue reading

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My pitch for Man of the Mist

This week we’re talking about our pitch to the Big 5. I honestly never gave it a lot of thought before. I am horrible at query letters, they make me sick. Trying to sell myself and my work is difficult. … Continue reading

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Would You Read My Book…Please?

I like to meet people, and normally I’m not too shy to strike up a conversation. I’m even fairly comfortable speaking in front of groups, having spent many years teaching and conducting workshops. But trying to convince someone to like … Continue reading

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