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Taking Care of Business: The Writer’s Edition

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash   Authorpreneur is a term often used to identify authors who embrace the business side of writing. And though the term doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, it does capture the essence of what writers who hope to make a living from their writing have …

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The Editor’s Clinic: Promise Fresh Perspective

The day after he left, I became extremely tired and took naps that lasted for hours even though I slept well at night. My morning coffee didn’t help. It was all I could do to throw bag lunches together, pour milk over bowls of Quisp, and toss the piles of …

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Any Means Necessary: A Hybrid Success Story

Katina Ferguson is a bilingual French Canadian freelance writer and a literary translator in the making. She has contributed to WritersDigest.com, written articles for Vinings Lifestyle Magazine, and blogged for local small businesses. Beyond the pen, Katina nurtures the growth and camaraderie of the writing community in Atlanta by organizing …

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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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