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Done, and reflecting over writer growth

Done, and reflecting over writer growth

I finished the first draft of Cauldron Born today. It isn’t perfect, but I’m proud of it. Cauldron Born was originally written for an anthology, as a historical fantasy short story featuring undead. Except as I finished the first draft of that story, I knew I had left a lot of the story untold. So I let it sit, with the vague plan of rewriting it, and change the setting to Ireland or the British Isles. Fast forward, a couple…

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My expectations about Selfpublishing

My expectations about Selfpublishing

Right now, I’m editing Daughter of the Dark, before I send it to a friend who has promised to crit it. ( Actually, I sent her an earlier version, but this one is much better.) Moira Rogers wrote a blogpost about quiet success recently, and after I read it I started to think about what expectations I had. I’ll be frank. As much as I like Daughter of the Dark, I don’t think it will sell a lot. Why? Because…

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You know you are a bookaholic when…

You know you are a bookaholic when…

You know you are a bookaholic when…. … You cheer over the fact that you got an e-reader since it is much easier to pack for vacations, but you still pack 5 massmarkets to read on the plane and at the beach. …. You think a TBR pile that only contains 15 book is managable. …. You have the outlet for the charger to the e-reader close to the bed so that you can keep on reading when the battery…

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What makes a book successful?

What makes a book successful?

Reading about the success of 50 Shades Of Grey made think about what makes a book wildly popular.  I have read a lot of books, that have had  engaging characters, fast paced plots, and fascinating settings.  Yet  they aren’t up and fighting on the bestseller lists. So why is they plodding along? I think part of it is that they are missing that  extra”something.” The something that keeps the reader coming back again and again. Let’s take Amanda Hocking.  She…

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