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Tell Again Tuesday

A blog series where we shamelessly share posts from others that we have enjoyed.

 


 

What Makes a Great Villain?

By Dani Pettrey

I’m happy to say I officially signed off on The Deadly Shallows a few weeks ago. It’s finished with editorial and on to paging. Phew. That book was literally the hardest I’ve ever written. I couldn’t tell you why. Well…five surgeries between the end of May and the end of August didn’t help, but well before that, this book was wrestling inside of me. It ended up causing me to have two years between releases. I felt like I’d let my readers down, but just seeing the excitement for The Deadly Shallows has filled me with such encouragement and love. I have the BEST readers.

The funny thing with The Deadly Shallows was that I knew the hero and heroine well but still struggled to find their story. It turned out it was the villain along with his motivations and actions that finally propelled the story forward.

Recently I took a fabulous online class . . .

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Tell Again Tuesday

A blog series where we shamelessly share posts from others that we have enjoyed.

 


 

Not Writing? No Worries!

By Carole Ann Moleti

Writers have long been told they need to “write every day”or to do their “morning pages.” I may have been able to write most days, with the exception of the last two years for obvious reasons. Just like everything else in our lives, the pandemic has changed how we think and act in both our personal and professional lives. As such, it helps to reframe that mantra to . . .

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Special Post

We want to thank

Natalie Padilla

Natalie, thank you very much for contacting us via our contact page to point out that the links for our books were not working. They have now been corrected.

Seems Amazon has changed their linkage system and you can no longer use the short phrase of https://amzn.com/(your ASIN) to create a hot link to your book. You do get a look at the “Dogs of Amazon” but, that’s not helpful if someone is looking for your book. The link has to be changed to https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/(your ASIN).

So not just a thank you but a heads up to any other author/blogger out there that you might want to check your “hot links” on your web pages. Especially if you want people to find your product quickly.

-C.D. Hersh

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Tell Again Tuesday

A blog series where we shamelessly share posts from others that we have enjoyed.

 


 

For The Love Of…The Story Question by Artemis Crow

By Leslie Bird Nuccio


One of the first things I do when figuring out my next story, before even plot structure, is the story question. It’s the central topic the story is about and from it flows the plot and the theme and even the character arc.

Yes, it’s that important. So what exactly is a story question? . . .

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Nights of Passion blog

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Tell Again Tuesday

A blog series where we shamelessly share posts from others that we have enjoyed.

 


 

How to Launch Your Book and Still Have A Life

By Penny Sansevieri

It’s easy to become overwhelmed when launching a new book. It can become all-consuming until the point where it seems your entire world revolves around this one book. But, fear not! It doesn’t have to be this way.

Learn from my experience and find a way to have a successful book launch, and still have a life. Your job, family commitments and whatever else in your daily life don’t have to prevent you . . .

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Tell Again Tuesday

A blog series where we shamelessly share posts from others that we have enjoyed.

 


 

Essential Skills For Writer Friends

By Lucy Mitchell

Writer friends are special people. They share our passion for writing stories, they have trodden the same creative path as us, they can relate to our writing highs and lows and they also spent their youth getting excited about going to the library and getting English homework at school. They are there for us in the dark times and you know they are only a Twitter, Instagram or Facebook message away.

Here are the essential skills that . . .

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Tell Again Tuesday

A blog series where we shamelessly share posts from others that we have enjoyed.

 


 

Update Your Author Platform with These 3 Easy Tips

By Penny Sansevieri

I talk a lot about your author platform and how important it is. Your author platform is how your author persona shows up in the world and -unsurprisingly- it can impact your sales!

So, if you have spent some time on your author platform, but you know it needs some updating, or if this is your first time really considering this, I have good news: . . .

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Tell Again Tuesday

A blog series where we shamelessly share posts from others that we have enjoyed.

 


 

6 Things I Tell Myself Once I’m Done Writing a Book

By Jody Hedlund

I just finished writing my last novel of 2021. I always feel like breaking into the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah after typing the last word of a book. However, as usual, right on the heels of my relief comes a burst of anxiety. I start second-guessing the plot, characters, and a hundred other issues. And then I wonder if I should just throw the whole thing in the trash.

Over the years, I’ve learned to talk myself off the ledge by telling myself these six things: . . .

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Tell Again Tuesday

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STARTING THE YEAR ON THE “WRITE” FOOT – GUEST POST

By MARIËLLE S. SMITH

Today I’m excited to host author Mariëlle S. Smith as part of her blog tour for her author journal and planner, 52 WEEKS OF WRITING. Read on to get some good advice for goal setting and author planning as we move toward the start of 2022, along with info on how to enter her giveaway.

It may seem obvious, but I start every year filling in my own author journal and planner. Each volume of 52 Weeks of Writing is undated, so you can start whenever you want, but even before I published it, I was used to . . .

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Tell Again Tuesday

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That Elusive Writer’s Voice

By Erica Vetsch

Something you’ll hear bandied about quite often in writers’ circles is the exhortation to “Find Your Voice.” I heard it at my first writers’ conference and at every one since, and in my early days as a pre-published author, it was one of the most frustrating terms. Thrown out cavalierly, but no one could give me a solid definition of a writer’s voice nor how to discover where mine was hiding.

So, what is an author’s voice, and why is it so important? . . .

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