Monthly Archives: October 2017


Editing by Marcus A. Nannini If, as an author, you cannot accept criticism, you are in deep trouble. If you believe every sentence you have strung together into a book is critical to the book, you are in even deeper … Continue reading

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The Sky Is Falling, Chicken Little

The Sky Is Falling, Chicken Little by Mary Ellen Stepanich There are people who look for omens or signs that foretell a possible future. Normally, I’m not one of those “Chicken Little” people. However, something came in the mail yesterday … Continue reading

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Fanfare for the Art of Fans

Fanfare for the Art of Fans by C. K. Thomas Have you ever wondered why you’re drawn to certain items, possibly fascinated enough to collect them? Gift shops in museums, historic homes, strip malls, and antique stores sometimes offer lovely … Continue reading

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Surprise! What’s your body language reaction?

Surprise! What’s your body language reaction? by Barbara Chatzkel How did you react the last time you ripped off the wrapping paper and discovered the gift waiting inside? If it was “the” toy of the moment or some other highly … Continue reading

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Power of the Group: View Your Fellow Authors as Colleagues, Not Competitors

Power of the Group: View Your Fellow Authors as Colleagues, Not Competitors by Laura Orsini A handful of years ago, I organized the Holiday Author Event. More than 70 authors came together in a retro building in Downtown Phoenix to … Continue reading

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Have Books; Will Travel

Have Books; Will Travel by Barbara Renner I’ve written books, and I’m willing to travel to make sales. Selling books can be wet, hot, and downright frightening. As Sunbirds, my husband and I escape to Minnesota for the summer. That’s … Continue reading

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Why I Love My Critique Group

Why I Love My Critique Group by Katrina Shawver I know without a doubt that my debut book, Henry: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America, would not exist in its present form without my writing … Continue reading

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The Joy of Bad First Drafts

The Joy of Bad First Drafts by Brian Flatgard Ernest Hemingway declared most first drafts to be shit, and Anne Lamott famously encourages the shitty first draft. Today I’ll share my experience writing a first draft, and how embracing bad … Continue reading

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Twelve Tips for Better Email

Twelve Tips for Better Email With email continuing to reign as the communication mode of choice in the business world, billions of work-related messages are sent and received every day. Because emails lack facial expression, tone of voice, and body … Continue reading

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Top 3 Social Media Mistakes Author Are Making

Top 3 Social Media Mistakes Author Are Making by Justin Larson I have been doing marketing for many business owners – authors among them – I have seen many common mistakes I want to bring to your attention. This is … Continue reading

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