Building Your Street Team

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  • Building Your Street Team

    Building Your Street Team

    The phrase street team was a new one for me when I first embarked on the publishing journey. I had to ask a couple of seasoned authors what it meant, and though I received varying definitions, I got the gist.   A “street team” is the group of people who act as ambassadors for your book and […]

  • The Ups and Downs of Book Signings

    The Ups and Downs of Book Signings

    It’s the icing on the cake. The cherry on the sundae. The crowning glory. When you look at the long line of people snaking out the bookstore waiting to meet you and get a signed copy of your book, your heart soars. It’s the ultimate validation that you’ve made it as an author. Or is…

  • The Light and Dark of Writing (and Reading) Romantic Suspense

    The Light and Dark of Writing (and Reading) Romantic Suspense

    This isn’t a blog about the ups and downs of the romantic suspense genre. Rather, it’s about the light and dark. To clarify, I’m using those words as a “simplistic umbrella” when describing novel elements and author styles. It’s also how I categorize my works of fiction. Just because I write light, doesn’t mean I can’t…

  • Finding a Good Critique Partner

    Finding a Good Critique Partner

    Critiquing is a critical part of the author’s journey. Whatever your writing, beta readers and writing buddies are a must. If you don’t ask for feedback, you’re not going to produce your best product. So, put ego aside and get psyched to find yourself a stellar critique partner, one who is willing to be honest,…

  • Please Unsubscribe Me from This Newsletter

    Please Unsubscribe Me from This Newsletter

    How many times have you submitted such a request? Probably more often than you’d like. If you’re like me, you probably have subscribed to a few newsletters you look forward to and fully read. And the others? Sometimes you get picked up as part of a “stop by” on a website, signed up for a freebie,…

  • Developing an Expert Network

    Developing an Expert Network

    We all have different gifts, talents, and strengths, but one thing we have in common is connections. Don’t believe me? Well, if you have family, friends, or neighbors, or yes, if you’re on LinkedIn, then you have connections. Now that I’ve proven that point, let’s talk about why it matters. No man (or woman) is…

  • Where Do Ideas Come From?

    Where Do Ideas Come From?

    It’s funny how many times I catch myself going down a rabbit hole. Imagination is a wily beast.  The other day I heard an intriguing story about a property site inspection where an abandoned suitcase was found. Because of the nature of the business and the timing of this incident, the authorities were called in…

  • The Importance of Editing

    The Importance of Editing

    You either have a “love it” or “hate it” relationship with editing.  I used to despise the process, but after getting into creative writing, I enjoy it. While I don’t like editing my non-fiction work, fiction editing somehow “feels” different to me. But still, I’m no editor, and yes, some of my emails are cringe worthy. But I…

  • Cowboys and Aliens

    Cowboys and Aliens

    Long before the movie starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig hit the big screen, I created two books. One with cowboys, that I wrote in its entirety, and the other with aliens which I’d outlined. Little did I know someone would have the same fascination with polar genres, but they’d be clever enough to blend…

  • Developing Your Craft

    Developing Your Craft

    People are born with raw talent every single day. They’re blessed at birth to share their gifts with the world. But even the most genius of individuals must continually develop their craft. At the age of fifteen, Leonardo Da Vinci became an apprentice of painter and sculpture Andrea del Verrocchio of Florence so he could…

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