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Why You Should be a Newsie (with Newsletters)


Everywhere I go I feel like I’m in the Newsies musical with people pushing the importance of author newsletters on me.
“If you’re not doing a newsletter you need to rethink your strategy!” and “Newsletters are the best way to create fans!”

Five years ago I rolled my eyes every time I visited an author page and it bombarded me with, “Have you signed up for my newsletter?”

As a reader, nothing annoyed me more. As a writer, I just didn’t get it.

But now, things have changed. The way writers and readers interact has changed. Years ago newsletters felt more like spam advertisements then what they’ve become today, a way to promote your book, your life, and reveal fun excerpts to readers. I’m realizing that maybe newsletters aren’t so bad after all and I’m discovering a whole new world I was missing out on as a reader. **Cough** Sorry, I just watched the new Aladin.

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There’s No Contest! You Should Consider Writing Contest

For a long time, writing contests felt like something unattainable to me. This was mostly due to my opinion that contests were reserved for publications like Readers Digest or Publishers Weekly, where they were looking for “serious short stories” or the next American Novel.

There was no place for my silly romance novellas, and I didn’t really know what I would get out of entering a contest, except the inevitable rejection letter.

It wasn’t until I joined the Romance Writers of America, discovered their various local (and digital) chapters, and their writing contests that I realized there was a place for my stories.

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Writing Life

What to Do When You Don’t Achieve Your Writing Goals?

Long-time no write readers!

Unintentionally, I have been absent from the blog and from a lot of things. I’ve essentially been gone for 5 months on work related business. But you already know about that. 

Work promised me the last two months would be a “nice break.” I had high hopes of time where I could get ahead on blog posts and writing goals, keeping the momentum from the three prior months I spent away.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t the break I expected.

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Throwing Yourself Into The Craft

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“Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.” —A.A. MILNE

Last week I talked about my lovely “writing retreat”  and how I spent three months throwing myself deep into studying the craft of writing. Today let’s talk about how I did that.

The answer is simple: I consumed all things writing.

For three months I was unstoppable. I read all the romance novels on my TBR list with a critical eye, I listened extensively to podcasts, youtube channels, and of course, read books on writing.
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Writing Life

The Gift of Writing Time

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“Think of it as your own personal writing retreat.” That was the advice my husband gave me when I found out work would be sending me away for three months. And it is advice which has been fueling my creative tank for 90 days.

This I what I’ve always wanted. Time away from the obligation of family, without the distraction of TV, video games, and social media. Time to just… write.

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 The Tragedy of Greek Heroes: Part One

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One of the themes my Romance Novel series explores is the Tragic Greek Hero. In one line my Hero laments, “It was best not to think about life as a mortal. Because heroes never got happy endings.”

I wanted to take the time today to expand on this a little bit. So often we are told that heroes get happy endings: They slay the dragon, save the damsel, live happily ever after. Happy endings are certainly expected in Romance Novels (and spoiler, my stories all have happy endings) but for Greek heroes that often wasn’t the case.

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Writing Life

The Truth Behind Bad Writing Advice

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It is easy to turn to the internet for some quick advice on the writing experience. It is just as easy to fall prey to bad advice if you don’t know what to look for.

First, a little background. Once every year or so the twitter writing community will get flooded with some bad writing advice that everyone will give their hot take on. This week the writing community seems to be flooded with it more than normal.

Everyone has an opinion, but how do you know which one is the right?

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Are You Ready to Join a Critique Group?

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Are you thinking about joining a Critique Group for the first time? Or maybe you’re working on a new project and don’t know if it is ready to run the gambit?

Sharing your work with others is a big deal! It is scary, intimating, but also exciting because it may or may not validate all that hard work you’ve put into a piece. You’ll hear directly from readers what did and didn’t work. And though we often prepare ourselves for the worst, sometimes even the most well intentioned feedback can gut us.

So how do you know if you’re ready or not?

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