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Podcasts for Writers

As a writer, I’ve found podcasts to be an excellent way to learn from other writers – what works, and what doesn’t work. I enjoy watching YouTube videos, classes, and interviews, but there is something about listening to a podcast while working out, walking the dogs, or driving in my car that helps the information…

Write Your Story

Military, Veterans, Family Members, and Caregivers The Workhouse Arts Center will present its first “Write Your Story” course for writers and soon-to-be-writers during the Winter Quarter 2023, as part of the Military in the Arts Initiative. The course will be held in person from Jan 10 – Feb. 14, 2023, on Tuesday evenings, 7:00 –…

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me

Author, blogger, and friend Marcia Meara invited me to participate in her #TenThingsYouMayNotKnowAboutMe blog feature last month. I had so much fun thinking about it, writing it, and meeting her incredibly interactive followers. I hope you will enjoy both this post and Marcia’s blog: The Write Stuff – “Writers Helping Writers” with Marcia Meara &…

Copyrighting a Book

I am sharing Reedsy’s blog post on copyrighting a book because this is a question people ask regularly. I recommend reading both posts in this series. The first post outlines the mechanics of obtaining a copyright from the U.S. Copyright Office while the second discusses other important details. Among those details in the second is…

Book Shepherd: Helping Readers Find Books

Have you heard of Shepherd.com? I hadn’t until its founder, Ben Fox, reached out to me, introduced his concept, and asked if I wanted to create my own personalized book recommendation list for his site. I researched the platform and found authors I knew who had contributed lists and decided to create my own. You…

The Power of Writing Prompts

I love writing prompts because they both force me and free me to create stories or poems I may not have otherwise considered. The “freewriting” nature of most prompt exercises tames my inner editor. I’m also usually thinking no one will ever read what I’m writing, so I stretch my writing muscle and imagination. Due…

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…

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…

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…

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