Category Archives: Writing and Publishing Tips

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Top Three Things That Will Suck If I Ever Become Famous

This is the kind of stuff my brain will land on. I land on it long enough, and I feel…

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Guest Post: 3 Things Editors Can Do For You That You Can’t Do Yourself

Welcome fellow writer and comrade, A.B. Michaels. Her first novel, The Art of Love, released to enthusiastic reviews and her…

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Stop Telling People to Write Strong Female Characters

Kameron Hurley wrote an enjoyable and thought-provoking blog post about challenging the false narrative of women in history and literature…

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The 4 People Every Writer Needs

We writers can be a solitary lot, but if you’re going to undertake something as daunting as writing a novel…

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5 Plotting Mistakes Aspiring Writers Make (and How to Avoid Them)

While there are plenty of ways a story can go sideways, in my work as a fiction editor I’ve noticed…

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Still Writing That Novel? Seven Marketing Tasks to Begin NOW

The biggest challenge, after writing a great book, is letting people know it’s out there. As we all know, the…

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Why Networking is Not the Dirty Word I Thought it Was

For years I’d heard the advice to join professional organizations for their networking opportunities. I envisioned a bunch of well-dressed…

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Short Stories, Novelettes, Novellas, Oh My!

When I was getting ready to release my novella Nashua’s Choice, I pondered how to let readers know what kind…

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When I Tell People NOT to Read My Book

This doesn’t happen often, but I will occasionally steer someone away from my book, at least temporarily. Here are the…

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Idaho Writers Guild and SCBWI Editing Workshop

Recently I had the privilege of participating in the Idaho Writers Guild and SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and…

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