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Nov.08.2008
Okay, this is going to harder than I thought. Today I reached 10,421 words in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) annual push, but I'm worried. What if I don't have enough story to get me to the end of this? Fifty-thousand words is a lot, and while I initially thought I was okay, um, this...
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Nov.06.2008
It's day six of National Novel Writing Month, and I'm 6,871 words into writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Much better than I'd thought, especially after those first two days. The first e-mail you get upon registering for NaNoWriMo is that you MUST ignore your Inner Editor, that innate urge to...
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Nov.06.2008
It's day six of National Novel Writing Month, and I'm 6,871 words into writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Much better than I'd thought, especially after those first two days. The first e-mail you get upon registering for NaNoWriMo is that you MUST ignore your Inner Editor, that innate urge to...
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Aug.26.2008
Note: This is part one of a two-part article on what authors need to know about contests and how to protect their rights. Contests can be a great way for authors to get their work published and distributed, win awards, hone their skills, and in some cases get their work critiqued. However, when...
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Aug.26.2008
Note: This is part one of a two-part article on what authors need to know about contests and how to protect their rights. Contests can be a great way for authors to get their work published and distributed, win awards, hone their skills, and in some cases get their work critiqued. However, when...
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Aug.07.2008
  What happens when you take a wealthy Minnesota family running a successful business and inject a truly wicked influence? Potential disaster is the simple answer. Shades Of Darkness - Shades Of Grace is inspired by a true story, although I am pretty certain that Catherine Johnson would not want to...
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Aug.07.2008
  What happens when you take a wealthy Minnesota family running a successful business and inject a truly wicked influence? Potential disaster is the simple answer. Shades Of Darkness - Shades Of Grace is inspired by a true story, although I am pretty certain that Catherine Johnson would not want to...
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Aug.01.2008
  If I read your book, what's in it for me? Granted, a lot of authors aren't thinking about what benefits their book(s) offer readers, but how many copies can they sell? The reality is slightly more complicated - while authors do want to sell books, we also need to be thinking about the benefits...
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Jul.29.2008
  Whether you're an author publishing through traditional means or delving into self-publishing, you are going to want the feedback of a good editor or perhaps more than one. The difficulty for authors, especially those choosing self-publishing is when do you take an editor's advice and make...
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Jun.27.2008
The title comes from a Desperate Housewives episode, a program that has exemplified to great effect the idea that evil doesn't just come in the form of dictators, suicide bombers, corrupt governments, or disasters, but rather, that evil subsists among the ordinary and the mundane. It's an every day...
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Jun.10.2008
I have created a new Squidoo Lens for Shades of Darkness, Shades of Grace. The page offers some components not found on the web site. These include: New book reviewsAuthor interviewsDiscussion questions for book groups or classes reading the bookA Duel - Take sides on a question dealing with...
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