Research and What Happens When You Get It Right

Author Catherine Ulrich BrakefieldI’m pleased to have award-winning author Catherine Ulrich Brakefield here today. Her inspirational historical romance, Swept into Destiny, released this week. Swept is her fifth book and the first of the four-book Destiny series. Visit Catherine’s blog and learn more about her and view her books.

Catherine, what or who inspired you to write this book?

Swept into Destiny is a work of fiction; however, my grandmother and mother inspired the story.

My grandmother was of Irish English descent with a little Scottish peppered in for good measure and a hint of Cherokee Indian. Through my grandmother I learned [Read more…]

Hone your craft by writing magazine articles. Here are 7 options.

Magazines on a rackLet’s admit it, writing a book is hard work and takes time. It’s not something you can do in a day or two. But you can write the draft of a magazine article in a day, and then spend the next few days revising it.

And one of the best ways to hone your skill as a writer is to write for magazines. (Tweet this.)

You can also make greater use of your time by first querying magazines with your idea. Then when a magazine buys your idea, you write the article.

Finding magazines for your article ideas [Read more…]

Resources to help writers also be editors, designers, and marketers

In today’s publishing world, writers perform a wide variety of jobs. A local writer friend of mine discovered that for herself recently and related her frustration to me.

It would be great if a writer could just write. Instead, we are called to be editors, graphic designers, marketing majors, and social networkers. ~ Stacey M.

Navigating the publishing world is essential to all writers. This is especially true for those who choose to take the indie publishing route, as many are doing.

But having sole responsibility for getting your book out into the world doesn’t mean [Read more…]

7 Cheat Sheets to Cut Editing Costs Giveaway

7 Cheat Sheets to Cut Editing Costs front coverIt’s launch day for 7 Cheat Sheets to Cut Editing Costs. I’m celebrating by having a giveaway. But first a word about commas.

If there is any one element of punctuation that gives writers more trouble, I believe it is the comma. That’s why I included a cheat sheet on punctuation in 7 Cheat Sheets.

One piece of advice I didn’t include in the book and probably should have is about the comma used between two or more consecutive adjectives before a noun. Stuff like the old gray mare she ain’t what she used to be.

Grammar books make the distinction between coordinate adjectives and [Read more…]

Indie Publishing: One Man’s Journey, an interview with Dave Driver

Indie author Dave DriverToday, I’m visiting with author Dave Driver about his experiences with independent publishing.

Dave says, “I should probably start with a caveat. I am much more abstract in my approach to most things I do in life than concrete-sequential. So, what you read below might resonate with abstract thinkers and not so much with concrete-sequential thinkers. I do not believe either approach is superior to the other except as where it best serves each individual. I do believe all approaches can and should be handed off to the leading of the Holy Spirit.”

Learn more about Dave at his website.

What factors did you consider in your decision to publish independently? [Read more…]

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