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Secrets Readers Don’t Know about Authors

A lot goes on behind the scenes in getting a book published. Stuff that readers don’t know and probably don’t need to know. Because, let’s face it, all a reader cares about is a story that takes them out of … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of an Author (well, this one anyway)

The day in the life of an author: what this author *wants* her day to be like, and what it’s *really* like. Continue reading

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More s****y First Drafts — Want to See More Ugly Writing?

Last week’s post about s****y first drafts and how different they are from the final published book prompted a slew of site visits and email. So much that I’m sharing yet another crappy first draft from a scene in Covet, … Continue reading

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S****y First Drafts — What Ugly Writing Looks Like

We’re in November, and all this talk about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has me thinking about s****y first drafts and why they never get read or published. For those of you who might not know what NaNo is, it’s … Continue reading

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Finding Your Shortcomings Is A Good Thing

I think most people look at shortcomings as a fault, something inside us that needs fixing. But, to me, shortcomings are really just a view into the stronger, better side of us. I sent the latest draft of Yesterday People, … Continue reading

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When Your Editor Says Your Book Sucks (part 2) — the real eye opener

Last week I talked about how my beta reader/editor pretty much said my latest book sucked. Since then, I was inundated (INUNDATED!) with commiserations, kind advice, and loads of requests for an update on what’s happened since. So here’s the … Continue reading

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When Your Beta Reader/Editor Says Your Book Sucks (aka, lessons learned)

I sent my third book (not the third book I’ve ever written, but the third book I’m looking to publish) to my best friend and beta reader about two weeks ago. Last week, she asked me, “How brutal can I … Continue reading

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