Monthly Archive:: July 2015

There’s nothing like the finish line

No matter what hobby or career you pursue, you probably know there is no feeling quite as good as finishing something you’ve worked on for a long time. I reached that milestone today. After 164 days of writing 30 chapters and 72, 561 words, I typed the last line of the last chapter for Virgilante
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Just a sentence or two

Perhaps more than anyone else, writers know the power of words. Even few words. I used to belong to a critique group in Austin that was managed by successful author Karen Macinerney. It was an excellent group, and members always welcomed feedback. We met weekly at Bookpeople, so after several months, we weren’t just fellow
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It takes a team to get a book to market

Even self-published authors, at least the wise ones, don’t try to do it all alone. We rely on editors, cover artists, photographers, etc. to help put all the pieces together into an actual, finished book. Sometimes it seems that writing the novel is the easy part. It’s the logistics that can feel overwhelming. Editing and
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What makes a book become a best seller?

Most people (by people I mean non-authors) think a best seller achieved that status because of its excellent writing and intriguing, complex plot. Most people would be wrong. Ask pretty much any author and they’ll tell you success is about who you know. Or Voodoo. Or it’s a cross between quality and luck. Or Voodoo. With the bulk of
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