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Should You Do KDP Select or Not?

Should You Do KDP Select?

If you’ve been looking into indie publishing for a while, or you have any knowledge of it, you’ve probably heard of KDP Select. Just because you’ve heard of it, you don’t need to know what that means. That’s what I’m here for! KDP Select is Amazon’s little “gotcha” gimmick. KDP Select stands for Kindle Direct Publishing […]

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Life with a Pen Name

Life with a Pen Name

For one year now, I’ve had a second name. A pen name, or as I like to joke, an alter ego (I write mystery novels, so it totally works). I’ve learned a lot in a year, and today I’d like to reflect on some things I’ve learned about life with a pen name (and if you […]

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Is Strong the New Cliche?

Is Strong the New Cliche?

“Strong female character” is a phrase we’ve heard time and time again in the past few years. Whether it’s a movie or a book, there’s a push for strong females. And for good reason. After years of wallpaper women, it was a fresh breath of air to see women with personality, with strength and spunk. But […]

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How to Manipulate Your Readers

How to Manipulate Your Readers

Really, that title should be a warning because you never  want to manipulate your readers, unless you have a very awesome outcome planned along the way. Manipulating your audience is kind of mean, and today we’re going to talk about how a wonderful TV show, Castle, went downhill, manipulated its viewers, and met a dismal end, so that way […]

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Pitching Your Sequel (or Threequel)

How to Pitch Your Sequel

Writing the back-cover copy for your book (also known as your pitch) can be hard. Summarizing a 60,000-70,000 (or more) novel in three or four paragraphs? Besides titles and character names, pitches may be the worst (psstt, Christine at Better Novel Project has a fabulous post on the process). If you think the first book […]

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The Mini Plot Structure

Back at the end of the year when I did reader surveys, I saw a few people specifically request craft conversations. Writing craft is an interesting thing (and Kristen at She’s Novel is basically the queen of craft talks), and despite the fact that I have a minor in Creative Writing, I don’t really feel […]

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Organizing Your Series with Evernote

Organizing Your Series with Evernote

Since I graduated and moved back home, I’ve been in an organizing storm. Every day, I’m working on organizing something different, and oftentimes it feels like I make a bigger mess before I actually get organized. Organization doesn’t just mean physically, but digitally. Lately, I’ve been really working on organizing my book series, setting it […]

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How To Use News in Your Fiction

How to Use News in Your Fiction

As a contemporary fiction writer (my book takes place in December 2015, but that’s not entirely relevant), I’m constantly looking for inspiration. Because my book takes place in a time frame that’s so close to the present (Double Played takes place in the summer 0f 2016), I often find my mind drawn to one major source […]

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3 Tools I’m Using to Plan My Next Book

Over the weekend, I finally finished the first draft of Double Played. Considering I wanted to have it done before the beginning of the year, it was about time. Just because the draft is done, that doesn’t mean I’m done with the book. I still have plenty of things to do on it, mainly involving edits. Heavy edits. But […]

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