Friday, September 22

8 Tips on Writing a Series

By Julie Moffett, @JMoffettAuthor

Part of the How They Do It Series

Julie Moffett is a bestselling author and writes in the genres of mystery, historical romance and paranormal romance. She has won numerous awards, including the 2014 Mystery & Mayhem Award for Best YA/New Adult Mystery, the prestigious 2014 HOLT Award for Best Novel with Romantic Elements, a HOLT Merit Award for Best Novel by a Virginia Author (twice!), the 2016 Award of Excellence, a PRISM Award for Best Romantic Time-Travel AND Best of the Best Paranormal Books of 2002, and the 2011 EPIC Award for Best Action/Adventure Novel. She has also garnered additional nominations for the Bookseller's Best Award, Daphne du Maurier Award and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her book A Double-Edged Blade was an Amazon #1 Best-Selling Novel.

Julie has a B.A. in Political Science and Russian Language from Colorado College, a M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and an M.Ed from Liberty University. She has worked as a proposal writer, journalist, teacher, librarian and researcher. Julie speaks Russian and Polish and has two sons.

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Take it away Julie...

Thursday, September 21

A Survey on Facebook Advertising

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Hi all!

Michael Alvear is doing a survey on Facebook adverting, and is looking for indue authors willing to answer a few quick questions (just six). If you have time, please pop on over.

You can answer the survey in one of three ways:

His website (there are other author-related surveys there as well you might be interested in).

Directly to the Survey Monkey site.

Right here, so you don't have to move.

Create your survey with SurveyMonkey

Safeguarding Your Livelihood

By Jana Oliver, @crazyauthorgirl

Part of the Indie Authors Series

It seems this fall has been one of considerable personal challenges, not only for indie authors but just about everyone in the U.S. (and elsewhere). If you live in the Pacific Northwest or the Southwest, you’re fighting fires. If you’re in the Caribbean, Texas, Florida and Gulf States, you’ve got multiple hurricanes to contend with. In short, it’s been a nasty time for a lot of people.

Though my situation is nothing like those mentioned above—a self-imposed house sale and a move out of the country—there are similarities in the preparation required to keep my business on track. Because no matter how creative we are, it all comes down to keeping our work safe.

Wednesday, September 20

Stuck in the Middle

By Ray Flynt, @RayFlynt

Part of the How They Do It series

Ray Flynt just finished writing YARD GOAT, #7 in his Brad Frame mystery series (railroad aficionados may recognize the title reference). Publication date will be soon. He has also written KISSES OF AN ENEMY and COLD OATH, standalone suspense novels. A native of Pennsylvania, Ray authored and performs a one-man play based on the life of Ben Franklin. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, active with their Florida Chapter, and a life member of the Florida Writers Association. Ray retired from a diverse career in criminal justice, education, the arts, and human services.

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Take it away Ray...

Tuesday, September 19

Avoiding the Unmentionable (Writer's Block)

By Ramey Channell

Part of the How They Do It series

Ramey Channell’s inspiration springs from a world where backwoods and backyards are visited by numinous creatures, and gardens are filled with echoes of enchanted song and laughter. An award winning poet and author, her writing has appeared in Aura Literary Arts Review, Alalitcom, Birmingham Arts Journal, Ordinary and Sacred as Blood: Alabama Women Speak (1999), Belles’ Letters 2: Contemporary Stories by Alabama Women (2017), and many other journals and collections. She has received numerous awards including the Barksdale-Maynard Award and the Thomas Brown Award for Poetry. Ramey’s first two novels are Sweet Music on Moonlight Ridge (Chalet 2010) and The Witches of Moonlight Ridge (St. Leonard’s Field 2016).

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Take it away Ramey...

Monday, September 18

The Benefits of Writerly Camaraderie

By Suzanne Purvis

Part of the How They Do It series

Suzanne Purvis is a transplanted Canadian living in the Deep South, where she traded “eh” for “y’all.” An author of long, short, flash fiction for both children and adults, she has won several awards including those sponsored by the University of Toronto, RWA, Bethlehem Writer’s Roundtable, and Women Who Write. You can find her work in print anthologies, magazines, ezines, and ebooks. 

She leads workshops at Lawson Writer’s Academy and for Romance Writers of America, including her popular Sizzling, Scintillating Synopsis and Revision Boot Camp. She also works individually with writers on any aspect of their writing they are looking to improve. Feel free to email her to be added to her mailing list for upcoming classes.

Next Class: Revision Boot Camp or Retreat begins October 1, 2017 at LWA

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Take it away Suzanne...