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THE COMMA SUTRA – POSITION TWO

THE COMMA SUTRA – POSITION TWO

Today we’ll tackle the intuitive comma in line editing. The one you really can only know is missing by reading your words out loud. I know, I know – reading out loud is a pain in the backside and embarrassing, especially if your kids have their friends over, but it is...

INTROVERT? YOU CAN ENJOY IN-PERSON BOOK MARKETING EVENTS

INTROVERT? YOU CAN ENJOY IN-PERSON BOOK MARKETING EVENTS

It’s finally here. Your book is in your hands. Hours of cramped fingers, writing, rewriting, revising, and proofreading are represented in its cream-colored type-written pages. But now comes the hard part – getting it into readers’ hands. Book marketing. You think...

How I Write Poetry

How I Write Poetry

  Poetry comes to me in different ways. I never usually sit down and tell myself, “Okay, time to write some poetry.” My poems usually come to me while I’m writing in my journal. I’ll be writing away about mundane, everyday-life things and a poem will just come out in...

THE COMMA SUTRA – POSITION ONE

THE COMMA SUTRA – POSITION ONE

The “Comma Sutra” posts were by far the most popular on my first blog, so I thought I’d repeat this one originally posted on September 1, 2012. The comma so perplexes me in writing and line editing that I think a whole book could be written on the topic. It is used in...

(WRITER) FREAKS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH

(WRITER) FREAKS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH

Like Think Like a Rock Star, I picked up The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth at Brand Driven Digital’s 2014 Social Brand Forum, the second day of the conference after I’d heard Chris Brogan speak. I’ve always felt like a freak, so a book to tell me how I could inherit...

WRITING NOVELS – MY APPROACH

WRITING NOVELS – MY APPROACH

Have you ever wondered how novelists come up with their ideas? Or maybe getting the idea is easy; it’s developing it into a full story that’s the problem? It’s a valid concern. And, like everything in authorship, it seems there’s no one magical way to do it. Though...

Review of Think Like a Rock Star by Mack Collier

Review of Think Like a Rock Star by Mack Collier

Being famous. People waiting in line for hours to buy your book and get your loopy signature on its title page. Readers scrambling to get your next copy. Volumes of pre-orders. Admit it, as an author, deep down, that’s your ultimate dream, isn’t it? Don’t tell me...

THE 5 PS OF BOOK MARKETING

THE 5 PS OF BOOK MARKETING

When thinking about book marketing, the best way to start is at the beginning, so let's get back to the basic basics: the 4 Ps of product, price, place, and promotion. All of these Ps, along with a huge 5th P factor, are important to consider when book marketing....

Line Editing and the Other Levels of Revision

Line Editing and the Other Levels of Revision

Sometimes authors get confused by the various types of revision and editing, including line editing, so I thought I’d explain to them how I see them, narrowing in focus from developmental editing to proofreading. Developmental Editing Developmental editing involves...

Writing Craft Quick Start Guide

Writing Craft Quick Start Guide

Do you want to start a writing craft journey, but you’re not sure where to start? You know all of the great reasons to write (for mental health, to express creativity, to inspire or help others, etc.), but you just can’t seem to begin? It’s easier than you think. Step...