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Practice Safe Blurbing

Posted by on Sep 25, 2019 in 2019, articles | 0 comments

I recently bought Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door, in part because of its Gone Girl-esque cover but mostly because it had some of the most impressive testimonials I’ve ever seen: NPR (“Exquisitely torturous tension”), Booklist (“hard to put down”), Sue Grafton (“Beautifully rendered and unrelenting”), and...

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Be the Captain of Your Author Voyage

Posted by on Sep 23, 2019 in 2019, articles | 0 comments

I just read Heather Demetrios’s Medium article “How to Lose a Third of a Million Dollars Without Really Trying.” It begins: If just one person had sat me down when I signed my first book contract and explained how publishing works … I would have made much sounder financial and creative decisions. I would have set a foundation for a...

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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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An Epic Review … and Author Etiquette

Posted by on Feb 25, 2018 in 2018, articles | 0 comments

On November 21, 2017, Russell J. Sanders left this epic review of The Sense of Reckoning …   Matty Dalrymple’s The Sense of Reckoning is apparently the second in a series featuring main character Anne Kinnear, a woman who is quickly developing psychic powers. I purchased this on a recent trip to Bar Harbor, Maine, in my quest to read books from...

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Happy Independents Day! Navigating Indy

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in 2017, articles, Other Articles | 0 comments

Welcome to my annual Happy Independents Day post! Today I’d like to discuss one of the first obstacles you will navigate as The Indy Author: the potentially keel-scraping shoals of describing your publishing approach. I recommend you do not describe your approach as “self-publishing.” It sounds amateurish—someone who gets drunk on a Friday night and...

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