Looking Out, Looking In

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True happiness can only be found within. This simple lesson can be challenging as it is human tendency to think that a better job, or a bigger house, a new place to live, or a romance could bring happiness, and these things do indeed bring

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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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Something He Could See Himself In

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The visions started soon after Tattoo Tommy caught sight of the empty spot at the bottom of his back. It was the only tattooless spot on his body, minus his face and head, and it lived right below a tattoo of Mary that looked like one of those

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The Necessity of Editing

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After you’ve revised your manuscript several times, you should have it professionally edited. There are different levels of editing, from basic proofreading to more extensive editing which includes such elements as character development and flow

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Writing from the Heart

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I’m a librarian and select fiction for a large library system so I’m constantly reading book reviews in the subject area of fiction. I see many books by authors who seem to be jumping whatever current bandwagon is popular. I’m

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Lessons and Inspiration for Indie Authors

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As independent authors, we are living in an unprecedented time of opportunities. But with this great plethora of opportunities comes the issue of weeding through all of them, and deciphering the good from the bad from the ugly.  I’ve

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Walking To My Next Story

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Whenever I feel blocked, I go for a walk. There’s something about feeling my feet on the ground, listening to the birds sing and looking at the trees that inspires me. I always think of a great line or idea for a plot while I’m

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