How Book Reviews Improve Your Query Package

Authors across the globe can support me on this one – reviews are vital to our success. The good and the bad – we need them to show that people have picked up our writing, read it, and felt compelled to say something about it. But they come few and far between. Here we stand, […]

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The Art of Book Reviews: Where to Post Them

Now that you’ve written up your masterpiece or blurb or essay or snippet of a review you need to share it with the world! But where exactly should you post it? Although it seems rather straight forward there are things to consider when it comes to sharing your review. Things like audience size, “foot” traffic, […]

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Artists: Know Your Value!

I’m going to make this straight to the point. There are a few reasons for the saying “starving artist”and one of those reasons is the common exchange of doing work for exposure. Often this is exposure given by a big name company so the opportunity seems amazing for the artist because of all the traffic […]

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The Art of Criticism: How to Apply It

My only bit of advice? Don’t take it personally! This is the biggest, most important piece in this whole post. Whether the criticism is in favor or against your writing, not matter what, don’t let it go to your head or heart. When we finally gather up our courage to share our work with others […]

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The Art of Criticism: Five Types and How to Handle Them

I’ve been writing since I was a kid just like many of you out there. And like you, I’ve shared my writing with my community whether it was my parents, siblings, friends, internet forums, writing groups, or professional editors. And, like you, I’ve had my run-ins with all different sorts of feedback and personalities.    […]

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The Art of Criticism: How to Be Constructive

  I recently had the keen, stinging displeasure of being critiqued in a social media discussion for one of my writing prompts. It was a rather painful experience that took me some time to shake off. While I like to claim I have thick skin and can take the brunt of constructive criticism, I honestly […]

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Write Honestly: Five Ways To Overcome Your Biggest Censor – You!

I have a confession to make – writing the nearly G-rated love scene in my novel was the hardest thing I’ve ever written and I’ll tell you why. I’m afraid to write honestly. I’m afraid of what my mama or my daddy will think. Or my grandparents or my friends. Or my aunts who I […]

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The Importance of Writers Conferences

Last June I was awarded a scholarship to attend my very first writers conference via Wyoming Writers, Inc. I was nervous, unsure of what to expect, and completely alone when I arrived at the hotel hosting the conference. I knew of only one person who would be there, John Nesbitt, but I knew not where […]

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Five Lessons I’ve Learned About Writing

I suppose, as a writer, this blog was eventually going to land on the subject so we might as well break that seal with something light and informative. Here are five things I’ve learned over the years about writing. 1.) “Words matter: Write to learn what you know.” – Mary Anne Radmacher   I was introduced […]

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