Monthly Archives: January 2011

A reader posted a sweet message on my Facebook page a couple days ago (read it here) that brought tears to my eyes. It also reminded me of where I had to put myself emotionally while writing the beginning of Purpose and it was a tough place to be. WARNING: If you haven’t read Promise and Purpose, this post might be a little spoilery…but it’s worth it. Like that reader, most of us don’t have to deal with the kind of unknown Alexis does. She hasn’t had to survive a break-up or divorce…or even had to bury her husband. Those … Continue reading


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New. Fresh. Unique. Distinctive. Agents and publishers are always talking about “voice” – that elusive thing we authors must nail in our writing. But what is “voice”? I think there are really two ways to look at it or two parts to the same whole: the author’s voice and the character’s voice. The author’s voice goes with the author, from book to book. Certain phrases, tone, word choices, ways of description, style, etc., all contribute to the author’s voice. I remember reading about how, within a few pages, you can identify a Stephen King book without looking at the cover. … Continue reading


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Great strides were made in the fabulously titled Book 3 over the weekend. I finally broke through a barrier that had really been slowing my progress. Now that the dam is removed, the story is flowing like the Mississippi River. I’m back in the zone and loving it. Here’s a bit to tease you with – meet Owen’s mother (remember – first draft, no judging): “You can’t go in there!” Owen’s bark came from the other side of the door. “Owen, I am your mother. You let me in right now,” commanded a stern female voice. Then the door burst … Continue reading


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Last week, we discussed how the 4th P – Promotions – plays into the Marketing Mix and the marketing campaign. Today, we look at what you need to know before you can start planning your promotions. First, you need to know your Target Customer – everything you can possibly find out. Where do they live? Work? Go to school? How old are they? What do they eat? What do they do on the weekends? Where do they hang out – both in the real world and online? What do they talk about? Where do they shop? What do they buy? … Continue reading


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In case you’re on a book budget and haven’t caught the free promotions for Promise…and in case you didn’t know already… Promise eBook is now only $2.99!!! That’s less than $3! Less than a cup of ‘Bucks! Less than a gallon of gas! Hours of entertainment for less than…the majority of things in this world. I know, I sound like an infomercial. But I really believe readers get so much bang for their buck when they buy a book, regardless of how much it is (unless it’s like, you know, too outrageous). Books really do provide hours of entertainment, especially … Continue reading


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