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A Timely Gift

A Timely Gift

Every year I tell myself that this Christmas is going to be the year I'm going to invest time and put some effort into making a present for the special people on my list. Prior years I have failed, been unable to create something that would be suitable. My Mom used to...

Are you done yet?

Are you done yet?

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”  Ernest Hemingway No matter what the length of the project in front of me, at some point toward the end of the project, I always wonder, am I done yet? Novels require so many drafts. Once the...

From Inspiration to Creation

From Inspiration to Creation

“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.” - Somerset Maugham So a writer gets an idea in his or her head and the long journey starts. I must admit I find the process an...

Tools of a Wordsmith

Tools of a Wordsmith

Guest Post by Jaclyn Dawn I struggle to put words in a new pretty book. The pages are so clean and full of potential. Will what stains the pages be poetic, beautiful? Will it tell a story of love or adventure, or both? The possibilities paralyze my pen, for it can...

An Opportunity for Authors, Writers and Book Lovers

An Opportunity for Authors, Writers and Book Lovers

The best ideas don’t just happen – it takes some dogged determination and supporters to make them work! Authors for Altruism is one such example. For the past couple of years, Rick Lauber and I have spearheaded this unique community fundraiser. Based on our previous...

Motivations

Motivations

Guest post by Erinne Sevigny Adachi. I’ve evaluated countless manuscripts over the years for writers who were ready for a professional, non-family/friend opinion on their work. The advice provided within those evaluations has fallen all over the map from talk of...

Doing What Works

Doing What Works

Guest post by Jeff Rivera I've been at the indie publishing game before it became fashionable and long before Amazon's KDP service became available. That is how I eventually landed my deal with Grand Central Publishing. I wrote an indie book and did so well with it...

Promoting My Books Effectively

Promoting My Books Effectively

Guest Blog By: Mandy Eve-Barnett - Author, Ockleberries to the Rescue The most successful technique I have found for promoting my books is through local events, such as book fairs and community hosted events. With the ability to display my books and interact with...

Helping Us All

Helping Us All

Guest post by Cassie Stocks There are times when things become overwhelming for each of us, times when sickness seems to be who we are, rather than something we have, times when caring for others leaves us nothing for ourselves. The Rainbow Society of Alberta grants...

Readers Connecting to Authors

Readers Connecting to Authors

As authors obviously know, you write a book and get it published. The challenge is finding your audience and building your reviews. You have several options when searching for reviewers. You can search out reviewers via blogs, social media or print. While planning my...

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