My Facebook Life

Back when I was a budding new writer, four years ago or so, I was told by published authors that Twitter is a place to meet peers and Facebook is the place to find your readers. So on top of blogging, you need an author page and regular posts about life, not so much about your books that are for sale. That same author demonstrated how to line up a week’s worth of posts scheduled for every day of the week. Me: I can do this! Continue reading “My Facebook Life”

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Networking Net Worth

How do you find out what is going on in the world of writers and agents and publishers? You can’t rely on Google much anymore to retrieve the best and latest information. You can subscribe to Publishers Weekly and similar trade publications, you can join Romance Writers of America and get the monthly magazine, and you can participate in National Novel Writing Month events in April, July, and November. Or you can find people to connect with. Continue reading “Networking Net Worth”

Romance Trade Marks

If you have heard the term “Cockygate” and were wondering what that was all about, wonder no more. It’s about a person trying to grab all the glory she thinks she deserves for using the term Cocky in all her book titles. This blog by Jamila Jasper sums it up and lays out the deeper issues. She has a good point in that while it seems hilarious on the surface and leaves room for LOTS o’ PUNS (trademark), the deeper issue has to do with trademark laws in the United States. Continue reading “Romance Trade Marks”

Conference Calls

Writers usually benefit from being alone with their typewriter, computer, tablet, or pad and pen. But now and again, we like to gather in huge groups of several hundreds or thousands and do writerly stuff. We sit through workshops, we listen to published superstars talk about how they did it, and we eat while watching awards being handed out. Sometimes we find time to write. Continue reading “Conference Calls”

News of the Day

Once almost every month, I learn something really important about the craft of writing. Often I learn things through out the months, but on the third Saturday, I know I will be getting together with lots of my fellow writers, some published, some just beginning, some like me in a weird middle ground. And we will have a speaker or two and we will learn important things. Continue reading “News of the Day”

When You Aren’t Writing, You Should Be Reading

At the California Dreamin’ Conference 2015 last weekend, wonderful and talented authors suggested books for attendees, both fiction and nonfiction. I pulled them out of my notes and made this list. And wow, some of these just knock me over. I loved the ones used by certain panelists to illustrate excellent use of descriptions, but all these are on my Amazon wish list. Continue reading “When You Aren’t Writing, You Should Be Reading”