Introducing “My Hero”: A Rebel with a Cause – Kim Koning

The hero of my stories is usually an underdog. My heroes are rough-hewn and rough around the edges. They have a rebellious streak and love bucking the system. They usually do not know they are a hero until push comes to shove an they are thrown into the white hot fires of adversity, conflict and […]

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NaNoWriMo: 1-50k in 30days???

Is it really that time of year again? The weather here in England has only just turned miserable in the last few days, I think I can be forgiven for not believing we’re in the middle of October already! National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) is just around the corner! Eeek! How exciting! NaNoWriMo is about […]

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Social Networking:A Whole New World

If you’ve been following the debate this week then you’ll know I’ve been putting in my two pennies worth. From time saving tips with apps like tweetdeck.com, marketing ideas such as email footers, advising you to think before you “speak” to achieve maximum effect, and the greatest tool ever invented – scheduling – available on blogger.com, […]

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Aspiring Writers Need to be Aware of the Demands on Their Time – Shay Fabbro

Writing can be the most rewarding experience, especially for someone who has an idea that just runs away and the book practically writes itself. And then there are the times when one must wrestle with each and every word, fling it face-down on the blank page and give it an elbow jab for good measure. […]

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Getting Noticed Offline Is Harder If We DONT Have An Online Presence – Deb Nam-Krane

If an author was well-established in possibly 2002, he or she can probably get away without having a big huge, internet presence. However, that person is going to need at least a minor presence, even if it’s only a website listing his or her books. For everyone else- especially those who aren’t currently well-established- we […]

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Social Networking. The Dos, The Don’ts, and the Huh?s – J M Kelley

Ah, social networking. The key. The golden ticket. Open a Twitter account, shoot out your book’s purchase links, and sit back and watch the money roll in. Right? Wrong-o. Don’t misinterpret me. I think social networking plays a huge role in getting the word out about your writing. If you figure out the fine balance […]

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The Social Network Debate ! ! !

This week is dedicated to Social Networking! I had a huge response on this topic alone. On the 5th Join J.M Kelly for the Do’s, The Don’ts and the Huh?s  – On the 6th Deb Nam-Krane tells us why Getting Noticed Offline Is Hard If We DONT Have An ONLINE Presence and on the 7th Shay Fabbro warns: Aspring Writers Need […]

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My Perfect Hero is Flawed – By Shay Fabbro

I think writing heroes and heroines is the hardest part of writing. I think many (if not most) writers want to create heroes that are everything we’re NOT: perfect. It’s difficult for people to face what’s not perfect about themselves and therefore it’s easy to want to live vicariously through a character without flaws. But […]

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The Blackberry vs. The Library – A Writer’s Tool Kit – Deb Nam-Krane

A year ago, I had a Blackberry. It let me be all over Facebook, Twitter and most of the rest of the Information Super Highway. I even wrote a number of blog posts from there- and not all of them were scattered and nonsensical.  It was great- except for the way it removed me from […]

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This is My Job, Thanks

I’ve been my own boss for almost ten years now in one way or another. I opened two small businesses even before I was a full-time writer, both of which taught me a great deal about the itty-bitty details and necessary workings of organizing my life around being responsible for my own livelihood without a […]

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