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POINT OF VIEW: Gone Wide

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Last month, I talked about the pros and cons of “going wide” – selling my books through a bunch of vendors and venues instead of only Amazon. Today, I’m finally there. All of my books are available via Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. And all of them that are published via our press, … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: The Muddy Middle Squared

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I’ve written before about the muddy middle. It’s the part of your book, for me usually about two-thirds through, where you suddenly lose all faith in your ability to string words together. Your story feels boring and derivative, and you wonder why you ever thought you could do this whole writing thing in the first … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Making the Cover

Lamplighter - J. Scott Coatsworth

Last Saturday, I released a new short story. Well, both new and old, as it was originally written in the 90’s and never published until Galaxy’s Edge picked it up recently. Even though this is a 99¢ short story, I still wanted a cool cover for it. The one I ended up making reminds me … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Choosing Person and Tense – Third Person

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Last week we talked about writing in first person. This week I thought I’d tackle the more common third person usage. Third person means using he/she/they etc pronouns – stories that describe the action from outside of the characters. It comes in three basic flavors: Third Person Omniscient: The most common of the three. Omniscient … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: When Your Story Sucks

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I’ve been a bit stuck on my WIP novel The Hencha Queen for a couple weeks now. I’ve also sent my previously-written short stories to most of the magazines on my list. So it seemed like a great time to write a new short story – exercise those writing muscles and have something sparkly and … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Amazon vs. Going Wide

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If you spend much time in indie-pub circles, you’ll hear a lot of discussions about “going wide.” This is short-hand for “selling through many/most/all available book vendors. You’d think it would be a no-brainer, right? Put your book in front of as many different audiences as possible? Surprisingly, it’s not. And it’s mostly because of … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Feeding My Writer Brain

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It’s been forever since I sat down with a good book and just read the hell out of it. I’m a compulsive worker bee, and these last five years have not been kind to our business, requiring ever more of my time, focus, and energy just to try to keep things running with my husband … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Book Birthday

book birthday - dropnauts

It’s a very special day for me. Today’s my first new novel release since I left Dreamspinner, and since before the pandemic hit. I submitted Dropnauts to Pitchwars in 2019, and when it didn’t snag me a mentor, I put it out on the agent circuit for about a year. When it finally came back, … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Managing Imposter Syndrome

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I try to stay strong. I try to project optimism into the world, because that’s what I want to come back to me. But damn, sometime’s it’s hard. Today I am struggling with my IC – my inner critic, but rather than wallow in all the messages it’s giving me, I thought it would be … Read more