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A Ballpark Walkthrough of Setting Up a WordPress Author Site

March 16, 2020

A walkthrough of setting up a hosted author WordPress website. Register the domain name: I registered my domain through a domain registrar. Some hosting companies will include a domain name with paid hosting services. Time: 3 minutes Set up DNS: I went into my domain registrar’s website and put in the DNS server information as […]

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Anthology Thoughts for New-ish Writers

February 18, 2020

Royalty-Split & Other Ambiguous Anthologies   There are a lot of royalty split and ambiguous anthologies circulating, and I wanted to remind folks who have been well-published and inform those who are waiting for their first acceptance about some things you should find out before you ship off your manuscript. This does not include charity […]

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Conventions for Authors (Part 1)

January 31, 2020

Conventions are fun. They’re filled with like-minded folks who love things that you love. You get to meet famous people, and as an author maybe you’re one of those famous folks to your readers. There are opportunities to sit on panels and dole out sage writing advice or to try your luck in the art […]

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The King of Sidonia Launch Party

January 21, 2020

The King of Sidonia Launch Party Join Richard Fox and Lauren Moore as the authors talk about their newest release, The King of Sidonia.

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Inspiration for Science Fiction Authors

January 15, 2020

There are times when one is writing a science fiction story or novel and they find they’re uninspired with what the characters can see out of the porthole or projected on the viewscreens. You can go with the generic star field and maybe some Star Trek-ish warp distortion, but what if you want more? One […]

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Defense Against the Dark Arts – Writer’s Block Edition

January 8, 2020

Help! I’m Stuck at 10K Words! First of all, don’t panic. Ten thousand words is nothing to sneeze at and you’re well on your way towards a complete novel. In fact, congratulations are in order. Normally when my brain stops sending typing instructions to my fingertips or my mouth when I’m using dictation it’s because […]

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Shifting Goals

January 1, 2020

It’s January, the traditional month where folks set some goals and by today have forgotten all about them. That is, except for writers. We tend to try to reach some lofty goals for a while longer, probably spurred on by the caffeine high from NaNoWriMo last year. Here’s the thing — goals should not be […]

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Using Speaking Engagements as a Tool to Increase Your Base

December 28, 2019

One of the most feared things in the world is death, followed closely by speaking in public. Some folks equate the two as the same thing. Considering that most authors are solitary beasts that hide in their writing dens and poke keys and scribble lines that magically turn into stories, a suggestion that one should […]

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What Happens After NaNoWriMo?

November 3, 2019

November is upon us, which means it’s NaNoWriMo season again. To everyone who’s participating this year, go get ’em! And my sincerest congratulations to anyone who’s ever won NaNo. You’ve accomplished something I couldn’t do on my best day—you wrote a book! And you should be proud of yourself—I’m certainly proud of you. So, now […]

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Adding Sexual Tension

October 7, 2019

Sexual tension is expected in any romance or erotica story, but it can always work as a major or subordinate plot point for your speculative fiction work. While the ideas I point out here are not specific to any genre, they can be used in any work to spice things up. So what exactly is […]

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