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Birthdays, Deadlines and Goals, Oh My!

Nothing like a birthday to remind you that the clock is ticking. And today’s a big one. I don’t know about you, but for me it’s always a day to pause, take stock, and reassess. Like many writers, I’m all about goals and plans, and, as a journalist, deadlines. And it’s difficult not to feel a bit bereft when you realize you haven’t quite achieved the things you set out too. It’s easy to be […]

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Your Author Brand: What it is and why it’s important

Almost every author I’ve met, whether they write literary fiction for a small press or category romances for Harlequin, has considered themselves an artist of some sort, and no one wants to equate selling their art to selling Kellogg’s or Coca-Cola. They don’t view their books as commercial products. But the purpose of branding is the same whether you’re selling books or breakfast cereal: to let customers know what they’re going to get before they […]

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It Is Decidedly So

As a teen, one of my closest and most trusted confidantes happened to be made by Mattel. Its black and glossy surface gleamed like my future. Within its walls floated a hypnotic icosahedron, a twenty-sided die that would determine the course of everything. Yes. I was obsessed with my Magic 8 Ball. And into that orb of plastic, I poured every one of my adolescent hopes and dreams. Secret crushes, wild aspirations, even my deepest […]

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More about waiting

Sometimes, it feels like nothing is happening. Even published, with lots of new demands on my time, there’s occasionally a moment of feeling like everything is going stagnant. For me, this is usually in that weird quiet time a few months after a book has come out, but before anything fun starts happening with the next one. Other writers hit that wall of NOTHING IS HAPPENING at other points. My impulse is always to make […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Author Career – Qualifications

This week JJ and Kelly continue their series on Author Career, this time tackling the question of QUALIFICATIONS. Do you need them to be a writer? (SPOILER: No.) They discuss the pros and cons of getting a degree in writing or literature, pursuing an MFA or another sort of certificate, and answer some listener-submitted questions. Also: is the Rock an Elinor or a Marianne?

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