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To Pin Or Not To Pin… (A Love Story About Pinterest)

So, about a month ago, I was video chatting with Sooz, and we were talking about our books and publishing and social media (big surprise), and we somehow got to discussing Pinterest. I pretty much live under a rock, so I wound up confessing that I had ZERO idea how Pinterest even works, or why I should even bother joining. So Sooz, being the awesome person that she is, explained it to me like this: […]

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Writing Futuristic Fiction in (what feels like) a Science Fiction World

When I was in my teens, in the late 80s, one of my favourite Ray Bradbury stories was “There Will Come Soft Rains”.  Published in 1950, it’s a story of beautifully understated tragedy, about a futuristic-style house full of automatic functions, that keeps on functioning (cooking breakfast, dimming lights, reading poetry) even though its occupants have all been killed by a nuclear catastrophe. I was fascinated, both by the concept itself and by the idea […]

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3 Steps For Taking Your Writing To The Next Level

There are any number of posts out there (including many by me!) on how to improve your writing. Today, I’m not focusing on specific tips–I’m asking you to step back and take a look at how you’re approaching your writing. If you can cover these three angles, you’ll improve. Guaranteed. 1. Get serious about craft. Read like a writer. Pick up great books in your field–or just great books–and study what makes them work. When […]

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Self-promotion: an author’s perspective and guide

As my fellow Pub Crawler, Joanna Volpe, so eloquently put it a few weeks back: Most of your publicity and outreach to the general market is up to you. We all have giant dreams of a publisher who does everything for us, and I have a few friends who are in this very enviable position. But I have more friends in a position like mine—a position that leaves the majority of the publicity grunt work […]

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Showing details

One of my favorite pieces of writing advice is to describe setting and details as the character interacts with them, that way those details stand out to the reader. Those details become not just words, but memorable sensations. What do I mean by that? Well, it’s similar to advice you’ve already heard about showing vs. telling. While telling the reader things certainly has its place—and one day if I remember I may write a post […]

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