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Holiday Gift Planning: A Novel Idea

You might think it’s too early, but it isn’t – planning what to gift someone who reads often.  I have an amazing suggestion naturally. How about a novel or two, ordered through… 174 more words

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The Franklin Quandary

When news broke last week that Canadian search teams had discovered one of the ships from the ill-fated 1845 Franklin expedition, it was BIG NEWS indeed. 798 more words
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Simultaneous submissions scare me

I’m so used to playing by the rules and obeying authority that doing anything against them, even if it is the right thing, is scary. Andreas Schroeder, my fantastic instructor while I was in the Creative Writing Program at UBC, told me to send my work to multiple places, even if they advise writers not to. 156 more words


What Works in Book Marketing: Part Deux

There’s been a lot of scuttlebutt on the digital wires (so to speak) about what works, and what doesn’t work in book marketing. By and large, the substance of what I have read suggests that much of the social media we were once encouraged to use is no longer seen as useful. 468 more words

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Day Four of Writing Challenge - My Agent Query- What I really want to say!

When I saw what the Day Four challenge was, I almost bailed!

Oh, how I HATE the query! I hate the format, the process, the whole stinking idea of it and not for the obvious reasons. 655 more words

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Writer's Brain And A Cocktail Party

I attended a cocktail party a few nights ago assuming I was helping a friend by accompanying her to a company party. Little did I know. 64 more words

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Writing Challenge - The Most Beautiful Place I've Ever Seen

I really had to sit and think about this one. There have been so many beautiful places I have been privileged to see in my life time, from Virginia to New York City to London to Texas. 545 more words

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