Tag Archives: reading

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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Wanna Know How/Where to Start Your Novel?

Wanna Know How/Where to Start Your Novel? Read a TON of first chapters. I’ll talk about published ones today, and unpublished ones in another post. On my week of not-writing, one of the things I did was go to Amazon and read a TON of first chapters. (I may write up something on how important […]
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Critique Like a Sandwich

So, my last post talked about how EGO is not for EDITING, and we got into a discussion about giving and receiving feedback, which turned into – HOW CAN I BE A BETTER CRIT PARTNER? Be Aware of Bias Critique Like a Sandwich – ALWAYS smoosh the not so great things, with the great things […]
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Three Ways to Help Published Friends

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I know I’ve done a post similar to this before, but needs change, the market changes… I change… OK. Seriously. The super simple list: Leave a review. Tell your reader friends what a big deal it is for an author to have reviews on book seller […]
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CATCH UP!

I started a newsletter ages ago, but realized after ONE that it wasn’t my thing. Posting here occasionally? That’s my thing. So, this blog will act as my newsletter. This is your very official author-y catch up. If you want to check out my writing advice and craft blog, go to BEEN WRITING? And now […]
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Shifting Your Way of Thinking – AKA Jolene waxes philosophical

So, I finally got new running shoes today. I’m owed a tax return for the first time in a long time (YAY!) because I made less money (NOT SO MUCH YAY), and I was in desperate need of new running shoes. This spring, like every other time, I expected to get that runner’s high I […]
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#CharactersWelcome – author Courtney Stevens

HOW WE MET: I met Courtney before either of us were agented – 2010? 2011? We’d both entered in a one-sentence pitch contest, and I begged her to let me read her submission. It was fab. (ME AND COURT AT SCBWI 2012 – SHE NO LONGER HAS THAT HAIR, AND I NO LONGER HAVE THAT EXTRA […]
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Things to do BEFORE You Sit Down to Write the Next World-Changing Novel

I’ve been working on the classes I’ll be teaching at the Storymakers Conference this year, and thought it might be fun to give you a TINY peek into my Mad Drafting Skillz class. (Even with titles, I cannot be serious). Also, this got a little long… So. A few things to think about doing BEFORE you […]
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A Few Common Writerly-Person Mistakes (11 to be exact)

Writerly-Person? I know. You’re ready to walk away now. I was asked this question in a local writer’s group not long ago, and thought I’d turn it into a short blog post, because I much prefer short blog posts 🙂 I’m just going to jump RIGHT IN. With very new writers, I see way too […]
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What. Is. Up.

The January 2016 edition. (on a side note, my wordpress post editor looks different, and me no likey. WHERE IS MY SAVE BUTTON????? *breathes into paper bag*) What I’ve READ: I re-read HOURGLASS by Myra McEntyre because I needed something swoony and fun where I knew what was going to happen. A NIGHT DIVIDED by Jennifer […]
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