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Sunday, January 15, 2017
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Do you make New Year's Resolutions? If you make them, do you keep them? Besides the usual promises to lose weight, be a better person, or follow a budget, why don't you make a resolution to pay attention to your writing life.
Perhaps you need to finish your first novel. Or finish that series you've been working on. Perhaps you have twenty novels but your sales are dwindling. Here are some ideas to help you make this year more creative.
- Write it down. Put pen to paper and describe your goals for the year.
- Make it simple. Complicated goals almost guarantee failure.
- Be specific. Do you want to write every day? Is that possible? Be truthful with yourself.
- Place your goal somewhere you will see it. On the wall by your writing desk is a great location.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Writing is Kathleen's passion, which she became serious about in 1987 when she joined Ozarks Romance Authors. Always a fan of sci-fi and romance, she loves combining the two elements into stories of passion and adventure in another time and place. She has written five futuristic romances which are available, or soon to be available on Amazon. Look for her past titles: Warrior's Link, Hawk's Redemption, Falcon's Quest and Secret of the Kiah. She just completed The Alluring Traveler which will soon be released
Friday, October 7, 2016
Our very own Cait London has graciously agreed to share some of her writing wisdom on our blog. Read, learn and enjoy.
|November 2016 The Bride’s Basket (book 3)|
Saturday, September 3, 2016
In today's digital age, are book signings still relevant? Let's face it, many people have completely given up paper books for the more convenient electronic readers or smart phones. It's so easy to download a book. Just a few seconds and you have a new story to read.
Here are some reasons book signings are still important for authors and readers.
- Believe it or not, there are many people who will not give up their hard copy books. Their reasons vary. I've heard everything from the feel of a book in their hands, the smell of the ink, or the connection they have to just turning a real page.
- Authors need to connect with readers and vice-versa. Writing is a lonely occupation and it's nice to get out there and talk to people. And readers often are in awe when they get the chance to meet one of their favorite authors.
- It's a good way for authors to get a feel for what people are reading at the moment. And, it's an ever changing landscape. Perhaps you write mysteries. Are people interested in true crime, cozy's, or a little supernatural action? Just seeing what people are actually buying will give you a good idea.
- For readers, it's a great way to find a new author and/or new genre to get captivated by.
This fall would be a great time to attend some book signings whether you set up to sell and sign or you go to just browse and buy. Check with your local book stores for any upcoming events. Here is a link to one where several Sleuths' authors will be selling, signing, and giving out some swag.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Please enjoy this guest post by Sleuths' member Tierney James
What the Olympics taught me about writing:
Friday, August 5, 2016
During the next two weeks, we will be hearing that word a lot because of the Olympics. Soccer, basketball, water polo, and other sports depend on making goals in order to win.
But, we can also make goals in our personal and professional life. Do you set goals for your writing, or do you just hope everything lines with the stars and wish for the best?
Many people wouldn't think of taking on any endeavor without a plan and a goal written down. Others like to stray off path and see where it takes them.
Here is a definition of 'goal' from Wikipedia.
A goal is a desired result that a person or a system envisions, plans and commits to achieve: a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Many people endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines.
However, much to our chagrin, sometimes our goals change. This could be referred to as 'serendipity'.
A "fortunate happenstance" or "pleasant surprise". We either embrace this occurrence or fight tooth and nail to turn things back around to our original goal. That fight response can be both exhausting and debilitating. Many people just throw up their hands and give up.
How about the next time serendipity occurs in your life, embrace it. Accept it. Adjust your goals. Who knows, it may turn out to be the best thing you ever did.