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From Dead in the Water to Favorable Winds

Posted by on Aug 26, 2018 in 2018, articles | 2 comments

Wade and I recently returned home from two glorious and relaxing weeks on Mount Desert Island, Maine, home of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. While we were there, we visited friends who live on a small island off MDI, a location I was particularly excited to visit because it seemed like the perfect setting for an Ann Kinnear Suspense Short. What could...

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Professionalism and The Indy Author

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in 2018, articles | 0 comments

A local library is soliciting applications for an author expo that invites participation from both “professionally-published and self-published authors.” Who can guess why that caused me to sit down at my laptop and hammer out this blog post? You may already be familiar with my dislike of the term “self-published”—it suggests a solo effort that in no way...

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The Scalability of Your Craft and Your Voyage

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in 2018 | 0 comments

A common discussion point in the project management world is the scalability of a process or operations or technology. For example, if you’re installing an email system for a company with twenty employees, will the system be sufficiently scalable to handle the email volumes when the company has two hundred employees? Scalability is also an important...

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Shifting Perspective to Find the Rough Spots

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in The Shakedown Cruise | 2 comments

For my early novels, although I invested in professional editors and proofreaders to make sure my craft was as water-tight as possible, I was dismayed that readers still managed to find typos. When I was preparing the manuscript for my fourth novel to send to my editor, I decided to adopt a practice I had heard other authors use—listening to the book via a...

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Episode 011 – Making the Move to Full-time Writer

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Podcast | 0 comments

Ken Lozito is the author of fourteen science fiction and fantasy novels across four series. Ken has been independently publishing his own books for over four years, going from “hobbyist with potential” to a full-time author career. What started out as a love of stories has turned into a full-blown passion for writing them. (And it’s clear that readers have...

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