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Buy a Horse Book Day!

Help me in celebrating a new holiday, Buy a Horse Book Day! Trafalgar Square Books, the leading publisher of equestrian books and DVDs, and Heels Down Spark, the daily equestrian newsletter, joined forces this year to declare May 10 “Buy a Horse Book Day.” As a horse book author and publisher, I was invited to … Continue reading “Buy a Horse Book Day!”

Ideas for Naming Characters

AutoCrit hosted a webinar yesterday about naming book characters. Here is a summary of methods and ideas to consider recommended by the lively hosts, Daniel and Gareth, and the audience of sixty active writers. 1. The Origin Story Ask yourself where were your characters born? Where did they come from? When did or do they … Continue reading “Ideas for Naming Characters”

Book Trailers – Yes, or No?

When I published my first book in 2011, book trailers were all the rage. They were relatively new at the time and came in all shapes and sizes. Then, it seemed they went out of style. I remember hearing, “No one does those anymore.” I did my own research and found, as is often the … Continue reading “Book Trailers – Yes, or No?”

Untold Stories

This month, the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN deployed with the first female commander in charge of an aircraft carrier in history, Capt. Amy Capt. Bauernschmidt. I had a personal connection to this event from my Navy career dating back to 1995. I recently wrote a related story for the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) Untold … Continue reading “Untold Stories”

Plottr Review (2021 Pros and Cons) – by P.J McNulty…

I’ve used Plottr and found it useful so sharing this review.

“Adults do like to escape….”

Thank you to award-winning and prolific author Janice Spina for having me as a guest on her blog! Janice writes in many genres and supports other authors in their journeys. Interview an Author on Jemsbooks.blog: Valerie Ormond! | JEMSBOOKS

Editing Programs – the pros and cons #amwriting

I agree with this advice, and would also add AutoCrit to the list of editing programs to consider.

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3 Simple Tricks to Immerse Your Reader In Your Story – By Marissa Graff…

Was Winnie the Pooh Written to Explain PTSD to a Boy?

Some may be aware of this, but I had no idea about A.A. Milne’s wartime service and the connection to these beloved stories.

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