Author Archives: Jolene Perry

Writerly Peptalk: You are MAGIC

Writing does not always feel like magic. There are days when revisions feel more like climbing a smooth rock wall with no gear. There are other days when my house gets cleaned before I open the doc I’m working on. Days when I’d rather match socks than open my computer. These are not “happy writer” […]
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STOP APOLOGIZING

I see people apologizing for their genre, what they write, where or how they’re published… Or, maybe apologizing isn’t the right word. The right word is dismissing their accomplishments. STOP THIS. If you weren’t comparing yourself to someone else, would you be using phrases like, “Oh, I just do (insert thing here)…” or “It’s not […]
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Edit Rounds, Typos, and the Finished Project…

This meme has been floating around, and got my re-thinking about something I think on often… HOW DO TYPOS SURVIVE? For those traditionally published, you KNOW that typos make it into the final version of your book – almost every single time. (I’ll admit to a tiny part of me being giddy when I find […]
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YAY! I made it! Oh, wait…

A frenzy of self-publishing followed Amazon’s program to allow authors to publish their own works. A bit slowly at first, and then an explosion in 2011 and 2012, which is still exploding. And no, Amazon wasn’t the only company, but they were, and still are, the largest. Some of the big names to come out […]
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Things We Forget

I remember a moment of time before I signed my first publication contract when I would hear published authors say – All of you newer writers, enjoy this time of no deadlines, where you are writing purely for the joy of writing. Where you can shut out the world, deadlines, editors, and critics and just […]
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Hone Story-Telling Skills Without Writing

I’m going to start this post with a short personal note. Over the past week I put a house on the market that I designed and built. I had my first surgery outside of wisdom teeth removal and have been stuck in bed. And while bed-ridden, moved from the house I built into a basement […]
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Manuscript Isn’t Selling?

The thing I hear most often at writing conferences is the following : I’ve edited and edited. Worked and worked. And I still can’t get an agent or publisher interested in my Manuscript. So, I paired up with MAKEREADY DESIGNS/QUIRKS & COMMAS to offer the following: A free read of chapter one (no more than 4k) – at […]
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How to be Your own Beta-Reader

I’d like to begin this post by contradicting myself – YOU NEED BETA READERS WHO ARE NOT YOURSELF. But really, there are a few things you can do to be a more effective self-editor in early editing rounds – big picture stuff. You have to be willing to set the MS aside for long enough […]
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A Little Late for an Intro.

Yeah, it’s a little late for an intro,  but I’ve rarely been good at following rules. I grew up with the kind of dad who used a lighter to detect possible gas leaks in gas lines. A dad who said things like, “They let electricians do it! Of course you can wire your house!” Because […]
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what the BL*RB to write next

You wanna write books that’ll sell? Sell them to yourself first.    The more years I spend writing, the more I see the benefits of having a workable pitch before I start writing, and the more I beg others to do the same. This helps keep the focus of the project as narrow as it […]
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