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Is the Amazon Kindle Countdown Effective?

Recent chatroom wisdom tends to dismiss the Amazon KDP marketing tools Countdown and Free Books as less than effective for eBook marketing. The reasoning is all about numbers – there are simply too many free books at any one time, too many books offering countdown prices, too many authors altogether. 572 more words

Book Sales

5 Kind and Kick Butt Mantras Writers Need

1. Be kind to yourself and your kitten co-workers.
We need to more kind to ourselves as writers. I always tend to feel guilty when my husband heads off for work and I’m still in my pajamas making coffee and feeding my co-workers (cats and dog). 907 more words


12 Examples of Ending the Either Or Problem with a Third Choice

When I listed different methods for ending the either or problem with a third choice, I didn’t give any examples because, honestly, the article was long enough already. 924 more words

Characterization, Plot, & Setting

Masthead - Firefly Magazine

I’m the new poetry editor at Firefly Magazine! Send us your fresh babies!


I Cheat to Win

No, I cheat to finish this freaking book. I know that Camp Nano is only a few days away but listen: if I have time to edit, I’m going to edit. 169 more words


Word Count Tracking Chart

Hello lovely writers,

Do you ever struggle to keep track of how many words you have in each section of your novel? To make sure that all of the chapters are of similar length? 365 more words


Dictionary spellings and variants

When the dictionary lists more than one spelling of a word, which one should you use? I like to use the preferred spelling.

Do you know which of these common words is preferred? 178 more words

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