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2021 Publishing Plans

Hello 2021! Creatively, last year didn’t go so well. All of my plans went up in smoke (as did yours, I’m sure!), but this is a new year and I’m feeling very hopeful. The biggest personal changes that will (hopefully) help me this year are related to my health and day job. Last year, I …

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Find Inspiration Everywhere

Real Life Royal Inspiration

Do I get inspired from the real-life royals? Short answer: Absolutely! I talked a little about this in my post on research, but a question on a recent post prompted today’s post. Carla asked me: “Has the royal romance and wedding of Harry and Meghan given you any ideas for your series?” The answer is a …

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Weekend Plans – Week 11

It’s the weekend! Now that I’ve finished up Rush and Ripple (Yay!), my weekend goals have shifted, at least for the next couple weeks. I won’t start writing my next book until July, which gives me time to catch up on ALL the things I set aside so I could finish the books. The pre-orders …

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Emerson Quote

I’m An Author

Today, I’m stating the obvious… I’m an author. I think about author-related stuff several times over the course of a day. Sometimes it’s about the menial tasks any business owner needs to do (because being an author is a business) like accounting and other admin. Other times, it’s about the stories swirling in my head. …

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The Best Laid Plans

The Best Laid Plans…

Well, that Saturday didn’t turn out how I hoped… I’d planned to spend my only day off this weekend from the day job (Saturday) working on Rush. Well, it turned out I needed to work the day job some on Saturday, too, throughout the day. That meant I couldn’t really get in ‘the zone’ for …

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Weekend Plans - Week 9

Weekend Plans – Week 9

I love weekends…usually. This weekend is a little different because I have to work the day job on Sunday. It’s rare we need to work weekends, but it happens a few times a year and this is one of them. That means I only have today to work on author stuff. I’m going to focus …

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Make Today Ridiculously Amazing

Today Is a Good Day

Today’s starting off on a good note… I am SO excited because Seaside Valleria 3 is off to my editor! Whew! This is off to my developmental editor, which could take a month or more, so I’m not expecting to work on it again July (I’m hoping for an August release if everything goes well). …

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Anatomy of a Book Cover

Anatomy of a Book Cover

How do book covers get designed? Here’s a behind-the-scenes look. Covers aren’t easy. Besides the graphic design knowledge needed, they can take some time. Covers – just like fashion – also have trends. What worked for me a few years may not work or sell as well now. First, a little background. I design my …

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