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Creativeindie – A website worth reading

Every few months I come across a website that zeros in on a topic or project I am struggling with. CreativeIndie has been a true inspiration. Derek has done a great job developing a methodology for Indie authors to launch their own digital publishing. If you find yourself wandering how-to make the backend of your book publishing work, check out the site. This past year has seen me begin to develop my first book and like all authors there have been behind the scene decisions that needed to be made. Derek’s approach to publishing is analytical and he routinely breaks away from old industry standards. Three blog post worth reading! (They may be videos which is even better) 3 Foolproof strategies for designing fiction book covers that work for any genre Top 19 WordPress Plugins to help Authors Sell Books 120 Places to Promote your Free Ebook and Turbo Charge [...]

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Music and my writings

I have reared a couple of children, been host and caretaker to a score of hamsters, and wet nursed several litters of kittens. Taken a wife, worked for a paycheck, and commuted on the Interstate. Broken bones, mended skint knees, and done the grocery shopping. If you can embrace this opening statement then you have a pretty firm grasp of the noise and distractions that permeate our everyday lives. Writing for me is about calm. If the house is in turmoil, leaf blowers whining, or the dishwasher is rumbling I don’t write. This may make me a weenie in the broader [...]

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Supporting Characters – How detailed are their biographies?

When I write I am a two screen person. My main display is open to the word processor and the second screen is open to another document where I keep track of all the characters from the book. This two fisted approach helps me remember who goes where and how characters interact and as the story progresses I keep making notes to the character profiles. It can be difficult to get the first couple of characters developed for a story so I always lead off with them and then subgroup their spouses or significant role models. Next are the supporting [...]

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