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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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Spam-Check Your Newsletter

August 20, 2019

It takes a lot of time and effort to build up your newsletter mailing list. After all the work you put into getting emails from potential readers it would suck to find out that your emailed newsletter gets no “opened” statistics because the email never made it to their inbox. Thankfully, there’s a free tool […]

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Six YouTube Channels Indie Authors Should Follow: Resources for Writers Series

May 16, 2019

Tips for Efficient YouTube Use You probably know that when you follow a YouTube channel by hitting the subscribe button, it’s added to your list. But that’s not the only thing you can do to stay up to date or make use of YouTube as an indie author (without generating your own videos). Notifications – […]

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Organizing Your Writing Projects

May 3, 2019

Like most of the authors I know, I’m not a naturally organized person. Sometimes it’s a struggle to force myself to get the major plot points or non-fiction chapters mapped out before I start on a new project. After installing a giant electronic whiteboard I picked up on CraigsList, I was able to see the […]

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Covers for a Cure III

April 20, 2019

Keystroke Medium’s 3rd Annual Cover for a Cure event is happening on April 27th, 2019 @ 2pm Eastern / 1pm Central. The past two events were hugely successful, bringing in over $6,000 for two different charities and this year we hope to continue that success. Tom Edwards and Jamie Glover have generously provided several covers […]

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Un-Convention-al Power

April 17, 2019

Most of my author friends go to conventions to be on panels and to sell books to people they meet. Some sell books using a cash-only approach, while others use phone-based credit and debit card devices to accept payments. Getting 120v power to your booth can range from free to twenty bucks for the con […]

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Exotic Settings on an Indie Author’s Budget

March 30, 2019

It seems that anyone who wants to write in the action, adventure, or thriller genres needs a bazillion air miles on their credit cards in order to fly out to all of those exotic locations, write that section of the story, and then jet off to the next locale. What if you want to write […]

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The Author’s Law of Momentum

March 14, 2019

Newton’s Second Law loosely says that the rate of change of momentum is directly proportional to the forces applied in the direction of those forces. Have you ever had someone toss you a watermelon? The big ones are tough to catch because they can slip out of your hands due to momentum. The watermelon wants […]

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Small Arms Primer for Authors

February 28, 2019

Many genres provide arsenals full of of handguns to their characters to use as they stumble through the complex plot their writers have invented. From the trusty Western six-shooter to Han “I Shot First” Solo’s blaster, guns are an integral tool of the trade. When a writer has no first-hand knowledge of how to use […]

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