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Unethical Writing Jobs

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When you’re just starting out as a freelance writer, it’s tempting to take any job you can get your hands on, especially if it pays well. However, not every job is good for your career, or your soul. There are some jobs that are simply unethical. Even if you go into a job with the …

Marketing & Platform Building, Publishing Tips & Topics

Dealing With Negative Reviews

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No matter how great your book is, sooner or later you’re going to get a bad review. Someone isn’t going to like something about your lovely book and is going to drop a one star review on Amazon or Goodreads. Or a trade reviewer like Publisher’s Weekly or Kirkus isn’t going to be wowed by …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

Library Haul & Reading List 10/9/15

Library Haul & Reading List 10/9/15

This week is a short list, and kind of random. I’ve got one memoir, one YA novel, and one adult novel. Random. In other news, this week was spent frantically revising Broken Fate. My editor sent it back to me with a scary amount of red on it, but it was all valuable feedback. I …

Productivity & Time Management, Writing Tips & Career Advice

NaNoWriMo for Professional Writers

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is almost upon us. Beginning November 1st, hundreds of thousands of people will sit down at their computers and attempt to crank out 50,000 words of fiction in 30 days. NaNoWriMo is billed as a way to help new writers get over their fright, insecurity, and procrastination tactics. But what …

Productivity & Time Management

Back It Up, Back It Up, Back It Up!

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Everyone, no matter their occupation, needs to back up their computer. Writers are no different. We spend tons of time crafting lengthy pieces, putting together research notes, and saving things like pictures, scans, contracts, and other information that we need for our work. I know that the advice to back up gets repeated over and …