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Gearing Up for Getting Out: The Conference Experience

This post will appear two days after I and my wife return from this year’s Bouchercon, “The World Mystery Convention.” I’m writing it as I prepare to make the trip. September 6th through 9th fellow writers in the crime-mystery-thriller genre from around the world will have converged on St. Petersburg, …

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Book Promotion: What’s Hot, What’s Not

Flickr Creative Commons: Thad Zajowicz These days there are so many ways of promoting a book—yet also so many chances of that book not being noticed at all in the flood of promotion that washes over people daily. So as an author, what do you do? In this post I’m …

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Dissecting THE SUN, RAILROAD and LITTLE FIRES

Photo by Max Pixel, CC0 Be impressed with your Writer Unboxed Breakout Novel Dissection Group. In our last round of discussions, we dissected not one, but three novels. All at once. We were trying something new, just this once, and there’s a good reason why. If you have been following posts …

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Letting Go Of The Negative Dark Cycle

Photo Credit: Dalma Szalontay – “A surreal ride … There is nothing so good that can not be improved …” Recently, I had this weird sensation come over me. What is this feeling? This … this thing? Well, what do you know? I was feeling contentment. Huh. Dang! And having …

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The In-Between Stages of Writing

Photo by Nolan Issac on Unsplash There are so many in-between phases in the writing life. There’s the time before you begin writing a story, but have already felt the beginnings of a story simmering inside you. The time between finishing a draft and revising it. The time between finishing …

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Heartbeats

photo by Vincent Lock I’m at the stage where I don’t really look any different. I feel different. (Oh, belieeeeeve me, I feel different, i.e. starting to feel better but still pretty much at least slightly queasy all. the. time.) I’m also at the stage (early second trimester) where I’m …

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Stuck

Flickr Creative Commons: Ken Mattison WU is not a blog on which I expect to find upsetting posts.  However, I was upset upon reading Julia Munroe Martin’s recent post Confessions from a Weary Writer.  Julia’s raw account of discouragement got to me.  It has stayed with me.  No writer should …

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That Time Jane Friedman’s Advice Saved My Novel

Today marks the paperback and audiobook release for The Moon Sisters–a book that earned some critical acclaim, but not before nearly dying on the vine, pre-publication. Below is one story behind the story, complete with rising stakes, a ticking clock, a dark moment, and a turning point. THE SETUP I …

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25 Truths About the Work of Writing

image by Anthony Auston It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer whose latest post is scheduled to publish on Labor Day must, when considering topics, find herself muttering, “Well, shouldn’t I write something about work?” And so, because there are many, many things to say about the work of …

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Take 20 with Audiobook Narrator Julia Whelan + Giveaway!

My second novel, THE MOON SISTERS, comes out in paperback in two days. It also comes out in audiobook, and I feel so lucky; actress Julia Whelan delivered a beautiful performance. Julia isn’t just an actress (Once and Again) and prolific audiobook star; she’s also an author. Her debut novel, …

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