• Building a Writing Career

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    Are you in this business for the long haul? Then you should think hard about the next book you choose to write. Will it help you in building a writing career? Maybe, maybe not. Here are some thing to think about. What's the Next Logical Book for your Audience to Read from You? The biggest question is ...

  • In Publishing, You Live or Die by Your Opinion

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    I once asked an editor if she regretted passing on the opportunity to become the publisher of the Harry Potter series. The editor said, "In the publishing world, you live or die by your opinion. In spite of Harry Potter's success, it still wouldn't have been the right book for me to publish." In Your Opinion, What ...

  • Go, Indie! Young Writer Go, Indie!

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    On July 13, 1865, Horace Greeley penned an editorial that is famously quoted: "Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country." I had the privilege of meeting with a young writer this week who wanted to chat about her future. She's articulate, smart and engaged. She's already a member of a ...

  • Fowler’s Toad: He Chose Our Pond

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    One night In May, I noticed a very loud sound from right outside our window. My husband, Dwight, has a fish pond right outside our kitchen door. The fish pond is used by our outdoor cat for drinking water. The sound was loud! So, on May 26, I whipped out my iphone and taped the ...

  • Hope: Send Me Your Good News

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    Writers live by hope. We hope that the next story will break out. We hope that the next submission will sell. We hope that the next revision will be amazing. We hope that the next royalty check will be double. We hope readers will love our stories. Hope. It’s how we live. And I love it when Hope comes to live ...