Happy New Year! What’s new in the Garden?

Happy New Year, Gardeners!  It's a great time to be in the Writer Zen Garden. Inside this blog: Prompt Circles are back - next one is Jan 21st from 2-4 at Open Books Walking In This World online workshop, Jan 22nd through April 22nd F.E.A.R.S. Workshop - Finish, Edit, Analyze, Research and Submit, Feb 5th to Mar 4th Dialog - Who Says What To Whom, March 12th to March 25th A to Z Blog Chal...
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Darla’s Diatribe of the Week

I have a bit of a minor rant against a magazine publisher who shall remain unidentified.  Somehow, they got my mailing address and started sending me one of their weekly publications.  Since I do not wish to pay them for an unwanted subscription, I tried to cancel via their website.It didn't happen.The thing still arrives every week, though they have never pursued payment.  The only...
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Monday with Aunt Noony – and a Fireside Chat with Kimberley Troutte!

My friend, Kimberley Troutte, is up for several awards and I wanted to chat with her about the awards process and how it fits in with the rest of her writing. She was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to chat with me. Grab a cuppa and join me as I get to talk with Kimberley Troutte!ACN: Kimberley, you said you received word that your manuscript, Epicenter (also called Her Guardi...
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Lessons I’ve Learned About Promo

My first book, BURNING BRIGHT, written with coauthor Rachel Wilder, comes out next month. One of the things I’m learning as a new author is how to do promo. In fact, I’ve started talking about it like that – “do promo” like it’s some kind of jargon term, some in-crowd thing that I’m part of.But it’s sure easy to get overwhelmed. I talk to people in my writing group who are mystified by even the...
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Wiley Wednesday: A Useful Tool

After taking a creative writing class last quarter, I was introduced to an interesting website that I think many people will find helpful.It's called Duotrope's Digest.It's free to sign up and you can essentially shop around your story for mainly online publications, I think. It allows you to shop by genre (really specific genres, too). You can also track your submissions, when you submit, where...
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Wiley Wednesday: An Interview with Casey Lynn Marketing and Media Services

For this week's Wiley Wednesday, we have the opportunity to have a chat with Casey Lynn, of Casey Lynn Marketing & Media Services. Casey helps authors to market themselves and to navigate the new reality of self-promotion. Casey has kindly consented to answer some questions for us.WR: First off, what IS a marketing/promo plan?CL: Before we start, let's lay out some definitions. "Marketing"...
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Wiley Wednesday: Weaving the Web

One of my favorite writing websites is Writing World, www.writing-world.com (don’t forget the dash or it’ll send you somewhere different). Now edited by Dawn Copeman, it was started by Moira Allen. They publish a free monthly newsletter on the first Thursday of each month. The website has over 825 pages of information covering every genre.Moira Allen was editor of Cat Fancy magazine for over a ...
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What is a Best Seller?

In an effort to increase my market knowledge, I delved into this topic headlong and found it particularly daunting. Here I'll sum up what I've found, and perhaps 'de-mystify' it for you some as well.The question that led me on this journey was 'what does it mean to have a 'BEST-SELLING' book?' and 'what does it mean to be a BEST-SELLING author?'First off, both are relative. Technically, if Autho...
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