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Top 10 Takeaways: Diane Hinds

Last night I attended the monthly meeting of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. The guest speaker was Diane Hinds, a PR expert from the UK. She spoke to the group about how to promote your book as an independent author, and gave us lots of great information – including tips for contacting the media. Here are my Top 10 Takeaways from her speech: 10 – Indie Authors Lack Continue Reading...

Love Letters: Accountability Group check-in, week 6

It's the end of the sixth week of 2017, and it's time for another round of writing accountability. Let's begin! Word Counts for 2/4 - 2/10 February 4: 603 February 5: 1,170 February 6: 760 February 7: 765 February 8: 1,180 February 9: 0 February 10: 830 Weekly Total: 5,308 words Another Thursday zero! This one I'm chalking up to being double-booked at my day job, which Continue Reading...

Writer to Watch: John Van Roekel

Normally, when I see those "Writer to Watch" interviews in glossy magazines, I cynically wonder how much money those authors had to shell out to big-deal publicists to get them featured in said magazine. But recently I was flipping through a local publication and spotted a familiar face. It belonged to John Van Roekel, author of a trio of historical fiction books, and he was being featured as a Continue Reading...

The January Journals: Accountability round-up, week 5

It's the end of the fifth week of 2017, January's in the record books, and it's time for another round of writing accountability. Let's begin! Word Counts for 1/28 - 2/3 January 28: 1,708 January 29: 1,356 January 30: 770 January 31: 1,477 February 1: 1,000 February 2: 651 February 3: 770 Weekly Total: 7,732 words No zeros this week, so I am feeling great about that! Continue Reading...

People are strange: Some thoughts on Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day has to be one of the absolute weirdest annual events that Americans look forward to each year. In case you – like most groundhogs – are not acquainted with the reasoning (such as it is) behind this spectacle, the basic gist is that if the official groundhog sees his shadow, we'll have six more weeks of winter; if not, spring will come early this year. There are, of course, Continue Reading...