Category Archives: The Author Life

Planning My Work

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Our resident hound asked, “Typically, how many drafts do you complete — of a novel or novella — before you submit it to a publisher / editor … Continue reading

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Guest Authors: Meredith Bond and Pru Warren and the Writers’ Block Party Podcast

I love finding authors who find unique ways of reaching their audiences. Recently, I heard about a podcast featuring Meredith Bond, a fellow member of Marketing for Romance Writers group. I immediately contacted her for more information, and she kindly … Continue reading

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Branching Out as an Author?

I posed this week’s topic: What kind of book would you like to write that you haven’t tried before? I love to read most genres in the romance category, but the ones that usually keep me reading are those that … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Stuart Jaffe (Free Books!)

  Stuart is the author of many short stories and paranormal series. These include The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, its prequel, the Marshall Drummond Case Files, The Malja Chronicles, the Nathan K books, the Gillian Boone series, The Parallel Society, … Continue reading

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Searching for the Real Me

This week’s topic was one I proposed: If someone were to look at your internet search history, what conclusions might that person draw about you? I viewed my browsing history recently, and it looks like most of my online time … Continue reading

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Writing Life BC and AD

This week, our resident hound posed this prompt: We’ve previously discussed how summers typically affect our writing schedules or outputs, but this summer of 2020 was unique in many ways. Tell us whether these unique factors affected your writing… and … Continue reading

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Heeeere, Shippy, Shippy, Shippy!

This week:  If, suddenly, after all your years of writing, your “ship” finally came in and your titles were receiving wide acclaim (and sales… and INCOME), what would you like to do with that “positioning” to help aspiring writers? That’s … Continue reading

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What Was I Supposed to Do?

This week’s topic of discussion: What is something for which you constantly need reminding?  I’ve been a list-maker for many years, and I always have a calendar or two nearby. Both habits sprang from a string of embarrassing events which … Continue reading

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So, You Want to Be a Writer?

This week’s topic: What advice would you give to an aspiring author? Last week, I participated in a faculty writing retreat at the university where I teach. Normally, these retreats take place on campus, but due to stay-at-home orders we … Continue reading

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Where Have I Heard That?

This week’s topic was “Have you overheard a conversation and added it in some way to a story?” I really struggled with this one. I’m assuming that the fox who suggested it has drawn inspiration from conversations she overheard. I … Continue reading

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