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A Step In The Right Direction

Like the arrow keys on a computer which move my manuscript up or down, forward or back, taking a new step in my writing career was filled with possibilities. I started writing category because I love Romance and the shorter genre. I still do and so, my category career continues. But as is human nature,

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Are We There Yet?

On my many trips to Atlanta with the family, I drive through the night. The main reason is to avoid hearing the repeated whines of 'Are we there yet?' Instead, everyone awakens when I'm about an hour away from my brother's house, for which I only have to hear it once. This tactic guarantees that

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Being A Full-Time Writer

The classic stereotype of a romance writer paints a cozy picture of a woman typing her stories at home during the day. Only a small percentage of aspiring/new authors have it so good, while a larger percentage of veteran, best selling authors have become full time writers. The majority of writers have to hold down

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Cinderella Story

Once upon a time in New York state, a sort-of young Jewish girl sat slaving away at her computer writing stories of love and happily-ever-after. While she dreamed of one day making it to the exalted New York Times list, she knew that it only happened to other girls. Still, she dreamed. So my story

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For Aspiring Writers

Do you dream of writing? Of having your book published? Of seeing your name on a bookstore shelf? Here are steps you can take to pursue your goals and realize your dreams! Sit in a chair and write! You need to put words on paper and keep going until the end! Just finishing a book

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Getting Game: Developing Mental Toughness

I'm a wuss. Until recently, I routinely cracked under pressure. Rejections decimated me. Revisions terrified me. Getting a bad review meant a week of sleepless nights (okay, there were some really bad reviews). You'd think I'd be tougher, considering it "only" took me fifteen years to sell my first book, and in that time I

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I Liked Your Book

"I loved your book." "I really enjoyed your book." "Your book was wonderful." It's always a treat to hear comments like that. And whenever I read a wonderful book, I usually tell the author those same things. But now that I've heard some more specific comments, I realize what a difference the exact words make.

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Keys To Success

Contrary to what some writers will say, there is a secret formula to good writing. How do you become a good writer? Write every day - "If you work out with weights for fifteen minutes a day over a course of 10 years, you're gonna get muscles. If you write for an hour and a

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The Keys To Success

I never would've had the guts to write this if I hadn't just sold a book. I would've kept my shame and embarrassment to myself, figuring if I kept quiet maybe nobody would notice me and I wouldn't have to feel like an utter failure. But telling this to a friend who said "Gee, this

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The Three P's Of Writing Success

After a fabulous all day workshop given by Lucy Monroe this fall, I had an epiphany. Writing to sell requires a writer to follow three "P"s: Process Patience Persistence Lucy Monroe stressed over and over in her workshop to discover your process and protect it. And just as no two people are exactly alike, every

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