The Stages of a Manuscript

Posted Nov 9 2018

Stage 1: This is a brilliant idea! Once this thing is published, it will make me instantly famous and very, very rich. Stage 2: Okay, it’s a good idea, but how in the world am I going to make this work? Stage 3: Whatever possessed me to think this was a good idea? Joss Whedon […]

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The Many Facets of Love

Posted Oct 26 2018

The Greeks have 7 different words to describe love: Eros (sexual love) Ludus (playful love) Philia (friendship) Agape (selfless love) Philautia (self-love) Pragma (longstanding love) Storge (love of children) Good romance novels depict most or even all of these. 1. The couple is attracted by eros. Sexual chemistry initially draws them to each other, but that’s […]

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Amazon Ads

Posted Oct 12 2018

Today I’m going to provide a brief survey of Amazon ads and how they work for authors. Disclaimer: I did my research on the Internet. Although I tried to cross-verify all the information provided below, it’s entirely possible I fell prey to some of the misinformation floating around the Web. (!) Eight Ladies Jilly and […]

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Which Comes First?

Posted Oct 4 2018

I’ve been doing an in-depth critique for a writer friend. She has a lot of talent, and she’s as committed a writer as I’ve ever seen. She stood up to the scrubbing sandstorm of my critique and kept asking for more. Tough lady! Working with her has gotten me thinking about the kinds of issues […]

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To Show or Not to Show?

Posted Sep 30 2018

I’ve received a couple of invitations to talk to local book clubs about The Demon Always Wins and it looks like one of those will actually happen. The second invitation got rescinded after the friend who offered me the invitation read the published version (she’d read an early draft) and realized how explicit the loves scenes in […]

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An Interview with Belial from The Demon Always Wins

Posted Sep 28 2018

Today I’m going to ask you to jump over to Ink and Magick to read an interview with Belial fromThe Demon Always Wins. His interviewer is a saucy young witch with scant respect for a venerated demon. D. Lieber, the owner of Ink and Magic, told me it’s the only guest interview she’s ever read where she laughed aloud. And […]

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My First DNF (Did Not Finish)

Posted Sep 20 2018

So I got a note from an old friend and former co-worker the other day, saying they couldn’t finish The Demon Always Wins because it was too scary. Pressed, she admitted that she never actually started it–just the idea of demons freaked her out. I was sorry she couldn’t enjoy the book, but I didn’t really take […]

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My First Book Birthday

Posted Sep 9 2018

  Saturday, September 1, was my debut book release. It went well–I even received a lovely bouquet of roses from my daughter, congratulating me on achieving a life-long dream. Because I’d badgered, I mean, encouraged people to pre-order the ebook, my royalties report on my Amazon Central Dashboard looked like this at the end of the […]

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In Which I Freak Out a Little

Posted Aug 31 2018

People kept warning me that marketing a book is really time-consuming. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe them, exactly. More that I didn’t know enough about what I’d have to do to understand how much time we were talking about. Let me educate you: You need to grow your platform. That means: Aggressively friending people […]

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Interview with Ellen Lindseth

Posted Aug 24 2018

I first met Ellen through my 2015 RWA® Golden Heart® class, the Dragonflies. Even before we met in person, it became apparent that we had some things in common. Ellen resides in Minnesota, where I lived for three years back in the 90’s. We both love to travel. And we both love flowers. The day I […]

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