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Self-Published Writers, Do You Reread Your Books?

February 7, 2021
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Reading through the Twittersphere, I’ve discovered a lot of self-published authors, and others, don’t reread their books. They write a book, edit it, publish, and archive it on their shelf as a trophy to the time they spent during the creative process. I reread my books long after they are

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Repeated Sentence Starts, A Self-Publishing Editing Tip

January 3, 2021
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We’ve talked about dialogue tags leading to a repetitive reading experience that takes away from the story. Now, let’s talk about repetition! We can’t have enough of repetition. We can’t have it. We can’t! See what I did there? One thing I learned as I wrote, my mind writes with

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Positioning Dialogue Tags, A Self-Publishing Editing Tip

December 30, 2020
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Last time I spoke about my annoyance with dialogue tags using “said”. This time, we’ll talk about another technique; positioning. For me, dialogue tags are beyond annoying when I read. They always were before I started writing. When it came time to write my first story, I devoured knowledge on

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Dialogue Tags and the Dreaded “Said”, A Self-Publishing Editing Tip

December 15, 2020
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If you’re a self-publisher, you’ve probably experienced, or I hope you have experienced, the slow process of editing. There are many tips I’ve found in my editing process that may help other self-publishers. That’s what you’ll find in this series, a set of editing tips, all used by me, and

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3 Ways to Develop Characters

May 15, 2020
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Have you ever struggled with character development? You aren’t alone. When I first began writing, I had no idea where to start. Picking up my Bart Simpson moleskine journal, I would spend almost a year filling it with ideas before ever writing a single book. There were stories floating around

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How to Build Reader Reviews as a Self-Published Author

March 8, 2021
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The hardest struggle as a self-published author is the collection of reader reviews. Finding those readers who are willing to review is like finding a needle in a haystack… unless you use the right methods. Most people just need an incentive, but that doesn’t mean you offer an incentive since

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Booksprout, an Advanced Review Service

March 1, 2021
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In sticking with my philosophy of “always try something new”, I started the launch of Revenge of the Brownie with the addition of my books to BookSprout, an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) service. So far, I’m pleased. Launch Teams That Don’t Review Books I’ve tried the newsletter route, a Facebook

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Are You Really a Best-Selling or Award-Winning Self-Published Author?

February 21, 2021
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I can walk down the street and find ten bars, restaurants, and other food service providers who claim to have the “World’s Greatest Burger”. Signs emblazoned with those words, blink in neon colored lights to grab our attention. Occasionally, someone is entranced by the message, steps into the establishment, and

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8 Simple Steps to Edit Your Self-Published Manuscript

February 14, 2021
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Editing is a painful process that self-published authors tend to skip. We’ve purchased books from a wide range of authors over the years. The one thing that stops us from reading them, stops us in our tracks, is a poorly edited manuscript. I’ve gone to great lengths to ensure my

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