Can You Make a Cake Over a Barbecue?


I’m always up for an adventure, especially if it involves food. While idly surfing YouTube (I know, I should be writing. Or editing. Or something), this video grabbed my attention. How can you possible make…

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How to Write and Publish a Book Review

Books for sale

“If you like the book, would you consider writing a review? That’s a standard question I ask when I do book signings. While most people are at least open to the idea, a surprising number…

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The Worst Mistake a Novelist Can Make

Broken shoes

I’ve read all kinds of books and blog posts that tell me how to be a better writer. Show, don’t tell. Cut out adverbs. Don’t give too much backstory. But give enough so the reader…

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How to Define Your Ideal Reader When You’re Just Getting Started

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Nearly every article I read about marketing books starts with the same idea: identify your ideal reader. Which makes sense. If we have a picture in our minds of who our ideal reader is, we…

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Seven Best Blogging Tools for Writers

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(Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on a link and buy a product, I get a small commission. There is no change to the price you…

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Anne With an E: Right Story, Wrong Theme


  Netflix recently premiered a remake of one of my long-time favorites with its version of Anne of Green Gables, titled Anne with an E. At first I was mesmerized. Some of the casting was…

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Summer Reading for Fun and More

Girl on deck reading

No matter how busy I am, I manage to fit in time to read. Whether it’s two minutes while I wait for my tea to heat up, or an entire afternoon on the deck with…

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In the Valley

Short Fiction In the Valley

Just a short piece of fiction for your reading pleasure… Eric rolled down his window to spit his gum out and nearly ran over a rattlesnake. He swerved to miss the slithering reptile, clenching the…

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Nine Plot Twist Ideas

Plot Twist Ideas

One of my go-to drinks when I don’t really want to drink is club soda with a twist of lime. It’s refreshing and low calorie. Best of all, it looks enough like a vodka and…

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10 Awesome Blogs for Writers

Top Blogs for Writers

Most of the other indie authors I’ve met didn’t major in English Lit in college. Fewer started life intending to be writers. Somehow along the way, our gift demanded to be used and here we…

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