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Read! One of the biggest pieces of advice given to writers who want to learn more about their craft. Well, that’s great, but reading to learn how to write has never made a lot of sense to me. The only thing I gathered from a lot of reading was intuitive […]

Learn to Write by Reading – Here’s How


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I don’t know about you, but I HATE trying to make an outline for a book I want to write. I can never get it perfect and as I write, it always ends up changing. Yet, at the same time, if I am a complete pantser (someone who writes by […]

How To Be A Plotter And A Pantser Writer (At ...


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Abuse survivor Ariel Harte doesn’t need anyone. Ever. But her companion animal is infected with a dark, magical force. Only an ancient purification ritual, the mind link, performed with another human can cure this infection. Ariel must ask her ex-boyfriend, Ryan Tracey, for help. But she’s racing time. She’s infected, […]

Sydney Scrogham Releases Ariel: The First Guardian (Read The First ...



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Do you write fantasy, sit down at the blank page, and suddenly get overwhelmed with the details of your story world?  I do.  Mounds of notes cannot save me.  I get lost in the hand-drawn maps, the oodles of details scribbles – there is no organization to my madness and […]

World Building: How To Get Started Writing With Help From ...


This is inspired by notes from a writer’s conference. The speaker was Laura Oliver. She spoke about having a compelling voice, and that’s your essential advantage. You’ll often hear agents and editors say they want a strong voice. What does that mean? Surely they don’t want you to shout at […]

The Essential Advantage You Need To Publish From Laura Oliver


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Here are some more wonderful elaborated notes from the fourth program from Bay to Ocean Writers Conference 2016:  “Polishing Your Work for Publication,” by Ally Machate.  If you’re getting ready to start submitting to agents and editors, you need to check out these points now to make sure everything is […]

The Most Likely Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected For ...



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I have awesome writer friends who went to the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and shared their notes with me.  I thought you’d appreciate this, too. I’ve added in my own personal comments into the notes to make them readable.  This is from the second program: “Public […]

Public Relations For Writers From Laura Reeth


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That’s the author’s biggest dilemma.  Will he or she self-publish or traditionally publish a book?  Here’s my comical way of looking at it.  Yes, there are a lot of details left out, but can you see my point? The world is changing. Traditional publishing has its perks, but so does […]

Help! Should I Self-publish Or Traditionally Publish My Book?


To be a writer, you have to let yourself feel. Does that statement stir you up a little bit? Dwight V. Swain’s Techniques of the Selling Writer hammers one brilliant fact. To be a writer, you have to feel. Okay, maybe I’m stressing the point a little too much. But […]

If You’re A Writer, Here’s Why You Can’t Distrust Your ...



Finding time to write is a universal writer problem.  You are not alone.  This post of is for those of you that have decided to commit to writing more.  You’ve set a goal, now how are you going to accomplish that?  I’m here to help you with a couple of […]

You’ve Got To Prioritize Your Writing Time Like You Budget ...


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Marketing your book is hard, especially if you’re introverted. You’ve got to take a step and put yourself out there for the world to see.  Don’t worry, you can do this. A great way to market your book is through radio.  Trust me, it’ll be worth getting over your dislike […]

8 Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make Marketing Your Book ...


Writing every day. You both love and hate that fact about being a writer. National Novel Writing Month has truly opened my eyes to how lazy I’ve been as a writer.  I’m actually sad to see November end. This year’s NaNoWriMo has kicked my butt into gear in a way […]

5 Ways To Keep Up Your NaNoWriMo Momentum All Year