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So, Apparently My Cover is Too Prurient for an Amazon Ad + Mini Rant

Behold, a book cover too salacious to get an ad on Amazon. I’m not kidding. Yesterday, Amazon opened up advertising to non-Beta testers whose books are enrolled in KDP Select. For various reasons, I’d decided a week ago to put Steam in KDP Select (for non-authors, this means I decided to make the ebook exclusive […]

Cover and Pre-Order Reveal for STEAM ME UP, RAWLEY + 99c Sale on MUST LOVE BREECHES

Super excited to reveal today, the cover for STEAM ME UP, RAWLEY, Book 1 in my new series Mint Julep and Monocle Chronicles. It’s a New Adult steampunk romance, and boy did I have so much fun writing this! Once again, I hired the fabulous Kim Killion for the cover, and couldn’t be more pleased!  I wrote the […]

Deep POV: Befores and Untils, do you need them? Truly?

I haven’t done a writing craft post in a loooong time and since I just sent Steam Me Up, Rawley to my copyeditor, these types of considerations are fresh in my mind. For the last week or so, I’d been doing searches for particular words that can signal that my prose is telling. Sometimes I […]

Epub Coding: Making that first line small-capped with some CSS-fu

  OR, HOW TO STYLIZE THAT FIRST PARAGRAPH WITHOUT ASSIGNING IT A CLASS I thought I’d share a little bit of CSS coding I used in my ebook release MUST LOVE BREECHES. This will be a short post, but I thought there might be some who would like to use the code, so I’m sharing For […]

Writer Wednesday: Creating an ePub file Using Scrivener + Dreamweaver + Sigil + Kindle Previewer

Having come from a web programming background, I was thrilled when I learned that an epub file is just a zipped HTML website. I’ve also seen enough weirdly formatted ebooks that I wanted to have the cleanest file possible. Since I’d be paying for the size of the download on Amazon, that was another reason […]

Writer Wednesday: Report on Using Amazon’s Pre-Order Option for a Debut Author

Last night ended the first two weeks of my debut novel’s release, and I thought I’d post some of my thoughts and findings on using the new pre-order option at Amazon. On August 14th, the news hit the various indie loops that Amazon had opened up the pre-order option for indie authors. Before that, it […]

A MS Word Macro to Spot Simultaneity Issues in your WIP

Jami Gold recently had two articles on using Macros to help in your editing and polishing phase of your manuscript: MS Word Trick: Using Macros to Edit and Polish and Fix Showing vs. Telling with Macros & Word Lists. Jami does an excellent job of showing you how to insert and use macros, so I won’t repeat […]

Ack! Queries! Part 3 – Query Submission Strategies

Last week we covered Part 2 – Elements of a Successful Query, and the week before Part 1 – Purpose and When to Start. For today, we’ll cover: Query Submission Strategies. Query Submission Strategies My advice would be to send queries in blocks of 5 agents at a time; 7-8 at the most. Why? You want […]

Ack! Queries! Part 2 – Elements of a Successful Query

Last week we covered Part 1 – Purpose and When to Start. For today, we’ll cover: Elements of a Successful Query External Elements External factors to keep in mind include querying an agent who represents your genre. Seriously. Please. Don’t machine-gun blast agents hoping one will hit. Show you’re a professional and have done your […]

Ack! Queries! Part 1 – Purpose and When to Start

I’ve been a baaad girl with blogging, so I thought I’d dip my toes back in slowly, with maybe a post a week. So to start off, I thought I’d share a presentation I did recently at my local writer’s group on writing queries, divided into digestible weekly installments. For today, we’ll cover: Purpose, and […]

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