Excitement Abounds

It’s that time of year—the beginning of Round Two of A Round of Words in 80 Days, the writing challenge that knows you have a life. Feel free to join us on Facebook or on the website and hop in whenever you’re ready. I’m a few days late in getting my goals posted, but here […]

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Round 3 Goals

Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is here. For me, this round is going to be all about getting some stories out into the world. My novelette The Beltane Kiss just came back from the proofreader, and I’ve added her corrections and started formatting the document. Yay! By the end of […]

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How a blog post changed my writing business model

Over the years, I’ve wrestled with my identity as a writer. I earned an M.F.A. in writing children’s literature with the goal of writing young adult novels. Then, a story called Made of Shadows came along and I switched to paranormal romance. And then, recently, I realized that I wasn’t writing paranormal romance after all, […]

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Big Decisions: Self-Publishing

I’ve been writing full-time for over two years now–and part-time for many more. For the first two years, I was focused on finishing drafts and creating worlds. And then, earlier this year, something clicked. I realized I needed to think about how to get those stories into the world, into the hands of readers. So […]

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Using Rejection to Reignite Our Creative Fire

While it doesn’t look like I will finish all the projects I set out to finish this year, I did reach a big milestone. In 2012, I received two rejections from editors to whom I’d submitted my manuscript. Instead of lamenting those rejections, I was humbled by them. These women took the time to contact […]

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The perfect brand is like the perfect pair of jeans.

Last night I came across a wonderful blog post about brand. Can you, the author challenged, sum up your brand in one word? (Check it out here.) Can we? When I come across people who are skeptical about brand, I tell them that brand isn’t the entire you; it’s a gateway to you and your […]

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The Kink Factor: Author Shara Lanel dishes on the difference between sweet and erotic romance

**EXPLICIT CONTENT** Today, I’m turning the blog over to award-winning romance author Shara Lanel. Romance is a complex genre, ranging from the chaste to the downright naughty. Shara’s post helps shed some light on the distinctions between “sweet” and erotic romance. Shara’a latest book, Blame it on the Night, will be available for purchase on […]

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Consider donating to help maintain Crit Partner Match:

Earlier today, I received the following email from Kait Nolan, indie writer and founder of the Crit Partner Match site. For those of you who aren’t familiar, CPM is “like Match.com for writers,” connecting writers with potential critique partners based on genre, critique style, skill level, etc. I don’t know how I’d survive without my […]

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