A funny ghost story for Halloween

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How Doc Holliday Saved Me It’s three in the morning. I’m sitting on my bed, trembling from the nightmare I just had, too afraid to go back to sleep, too afraid to even turn the lights off. The nightmares started two weeks ago when I moved into

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The Inside Out of Peace

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In Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees, Silvia unites her family, and in doing so, she learns that happiness isn’t possible without peace, and that internal peace isn’t possible without having peace in one’s outer world.

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The New Dark Ages

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“Happiness…come(s)…as a result of learning” Aristotle Paradoxically, the dawn of the information age with all of its technological advances has contributed to the new dark age in which we live. It’s easy to become

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Exposure Over Sales

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As indie authors, it’s much too easy to get caught up in our sales rankings, especially on a site such as Amazon in which an author can have a ranking in multiple categories. However, it’s vital for us to stay cognizant of the more

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The Necessity of a Marketing Plan

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A solid marketing strategy is essential for helping indie authors to accomplish their goals effectively and efficiently. I divided my marketing plan in three parts: pre-publication, publication and post-publication. The first thing to do in the

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The Brightness Index

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I’m excited to announce the publication of The Brightness Index. The stories in this short collection take place in Arizona, and they are all as unique and colorful as the place itself. “Just Bring Your Own Food” is about a diner waitress

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Getting Credible Reviews

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Indie authors must start seeking and soliciting potential book reviewers before their books are published. In doing so, offer them a free copy of your book in exchange for an honest review. I recommend doing this first because getting someone to

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eBook Publishing for Indie Authors

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You may choose to publish your book in eBook format before or after publishing in paperback format, although I recommend publishing in both formats simultaneously as doing so may increase your paperback sales. Through Kindle Direct Publishing,

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Grabbing Readers With Eye-Catching Covers

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An eye-catching cover is essential for grabbing readers’ attention. It’s important that the cover be catchy and appealing while not being too busy. A cluttered cover can interfere with the readability of the words on the page. Importantly,

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Tips on Titles

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A good title is a must. As the primary fiction selector for a large library system, I read dozens of book reviews from a variety of reviewing sources–Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus–to name a few. When I see books with banal,

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