More MS Word Grammar Hilarity

More MS Word Grammar Hilarity

For the past two weeks I’ve worked on smoothing out the language in Enemy of the Fae. This is the easiest (for me) but most time consuming part of the process. I’ve rewritten probably two-thirds of the sentences in the book and deleted about 2,000 words…one at a time. I actually like the polishing phase, but the process is so detail-oriented my brain often drifts. So writing up...

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RoboEdit: Reviews of Editing Software

RoboEdit: Reviews of Editing Software

I cringe when I hear that some independent authors don’t use editors. Cost is the number one excuse, but I’d counter this argument by saying I never would’ve found the success I have if I neglected that part of the process. (That success is what enables me to make enough money to cover editing costs.) Anytime I’m tempted to think I don’t need help, I look back at...

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Snow Day

Snow Day

I guess the old saying is true, April snowshowers kill March flowers. Yes, welcome to Scotland. The country where any kind of weather can (and does) happen. We’ve got big fat goosefeather snow out there today, and I’m seriously tempted to take the day off (mostly because the cat was outside screaming in protest at 5am.) But because I’m a grown-up, and grown-ups don’t get...

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Promospam – How and Why NOT TO

Promospam – How and Why NOT TO

Along with the digital revolution and the advent of social networking came spam. If people figure out a way to communicate, some of those people will want tomake money from it. Being self-employed, I too have to look at finding ways to market my books. But I really don’t use Facebook and Twitter to sell my books for quite a few reasons, but the biggest of which is this: Promospam is bloody...

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The Perfect Online Avatar

The Perfect Online Avatar

I’m sure I’m not the only one this has happened to… I was going along just fine, then suddenly, some folks I hadn’t seen in 20 years popped up on my Facebook friend invite section. This is always a bit of a mixed blessing. Sure, it’s great to reconnect with those people I liked (mostly), but on the other hand, perhaps I’m not exactly the hottie I was in high school! (Trust me. Everyone is a...

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Things Happening Outside

Things Happening Outside

Since the days when I first ran the Writing Adventure Group, which used techniques designed to get the writer out, observing, and moving around in the real world, I’ve always cheered recognising the big picture. It’s so easy to get caught up in the publishing cycle, writing, querying, promoting and the many,  many ups and downs in the every day of an author’s life. But...

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