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My NaNoWriMo Experience

Spoiler alert. I kind of killed it. Bask in the glow of my 66,263 word count on the last day of NaNoWriMo. 50,000 words is the goal, by the way. I feel an odd sense of satisfaction despite not really having won anything.     How did I do...

Movies About Authors

It's chilly and there's not much to do with your family or friends. So snuggle up and watch a movie about the life of your favorite writer! Many are independent. Many are forgotten but fantastic. You've probably never hard of some these before. I'm looking...

R.I.P. Pronoun

In 2014, I started getting targeted ads about a new "publisher" that wanted to shake up the industry. One that offered it's authors 100% of the profits. They were also very anti-Amazon. Yes, it sounded too good to be true but when Pronoun came out...

Wanted: My Missing Six Pages

Once upon a time, my book was six pages longer than it is right now. This is a tale that will strike terror into the heart of any writer: The Tale of the Disappearing Pages. After being distracted by my next Iggie Barrera novel, I had...

Bad Literary Reviews to Make Your Day

People seemed to like my The Writers Who Didn't Give Up so here's another little morale booster for you fellow keyboard worshipers out there, especially the ones who are trying to get over a bad review. It happens to everyone and I mean everyone. Austen,...

The Writers Who Didn’t Give Up

ORIGINALLY POSTED MAY 5, 2017. Something awesome happened to me today so I thought this was timely.  I belong to an online group that is part of a nationwide writing contest. The prize is pretty hefty and the winners have likely already been contacted (despite this...

Self Publishing 104

I'm reaching into my bag of goodies to give you some super cheap (or free!) ways to help promote your self published book. I've used all of the following tools so much, I could probably give lessons. Just so you know, no one is paying...

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Writing Opportunity at NBC

NBCUniversal is now accepting applications for aspiring writers. Writers that are selected will be invited to join a 12-week program focused on polishing writers and preparing them for a position a TV series. Writers will have the chance to attend two-night classes at NBCUniversal in Universal...

My Favorite Literary Love Letter

I'm not the most die-hard Austen fan. Lizzie Bennet is one of my favorite heroines, Colonel Brandon, one of my favorite male characters. As I grow older, though, I fall more and more in love with the book, Persuasion. I'm convinced that the older Jane...

Self Publishing 103

My apologies. I promised that Self Publishing 103 would be full of promotional goodies but I've just been inspired by a Facebook group I belong to (thank you, Clarisse!) to talk about what happens after you get the Golden Ticket: a forum at Barnes &...

The Creepiest Children’s Book in America

Before Michael Berenstain turned his parent's legacy, The Berenstain Bears, into books for Christian children only, he was actually a very cool guy. In the 1980's, his illustrations were far beyond anything his parents had done and no book he wrote was scarier than The...

Watch Banned Book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin 1903

This is the oldest, surviving film version of the very important book, Uncle Tom's Cabin. A very loose translation, this silent movie is offensive and full of disgusting stereotypes. Ironic considering Harriet Beecher Stowe put her literary efforts into humanizing slaves, creating the most sympathetic...

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