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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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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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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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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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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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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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Brain Food for Writers

February 7, 2019

  If your brain is working overtime because of a hectic writing schedule and your creativity is starting to wear thin, consider what you’re eating and drinking. What you ingest has a remarkable influence on creativity, stress handling, and overall brain function. Here are a dozen things to consider when you’re trying to get your […]

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