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The Story Reading Ape has provided us with a great Monday giggle once more. Thank you so much for that, Chris! ❤

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Three Unique Blog Posts Written By Author Don Massenzio

Author Don Massenzio was busy blogging last week and I admit, I couldn’t make up my mind about re-blogging. That’s why I decided to share all three posts here, convinced that each one of these posts are a gain to our writing life. Thank you for all your work Don!


Am I a Real Author?

When I jumped into the indie author scene, it was a calculated risk. Like I do with a lot of decisions, I looked at the pros and cons.

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Top Excuses for Not Writing Your Book and How to Get Over Them

You’ve always wanted to write a book. You know you have at least one book bouncing around in your brain. So what’s stopping you?

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So You Want to be a Writer? What Are You Going to Write About?

In some capacity, I have always been a writer. When other kids dreaded writing papers or completing essay questions on tests, I welcomed them. These things were a chance to show what I knew and what I thought instead of testing my capability to memorize data. My ability to write served me well throughout my professional career (day job). Something was missing, though.

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The Key to Greatness: Get Your Head Out of Your ‘But’ – Written By Kristen Lamb

Another informative and educational blog post by my favorite blogger Kristen Lamb. Thank you very much for your work, Kristen!


Get your head out of your ‘but.’ Yes, that’s ‘but’ with a singular ‘t.’ If we want to accomplish anything remarkable we have to own all of it—the good, the bad, the ugly. Often fears, doubts, insecurities, and bad habits wriggle in, and they’re so sly it’s frequently tough to notice them. How do we SPOT these dream killers?

It’s all in the ‘but.’

How do you know if you need to get your head out of your ‘but’?

You might find yourself saying things like:

‘I wrote as much as I could for NaNoWriMo, but this is just a really bad time of year and so busy.’

‘I was going to go to the gym, but there were all these emails I had to answer.’

‘Sure, I thought I had it in me to be an author, but it’s impossible to sell books these days unless you have a massive marketing budget.’

 

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https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/11/get-head-out-of-your-but/

History of Indie Publishing – By Genevieve Fosa On AuthorsCommunity

Genevieve Fosa on Authors Community provides us with valuable and interesting information about the History of Indie Publishing. Thank you Genevieve.


In the 1700s, when the notion of publishing was still developing, and libraries were hardly ever thought of, except by a few scholars, a publisher consisted of someone who had the enterprise and the funds to purchase a printing press. He generally did this in order to publish newspapers and pamphlets. Sometimes he would take commissions to print books. Monthly magazines did not become popular till the mid-1800s.

Selling his wares often depended on hiring salesmen to carry the goods into the village and beyond, hoping to reach as many people as they could. These early salesmen and authors did not have to compete with either television or the internet, so people depended on these publications for their entertainment. Many people enjoyed reading out loud to their families.

Some enterprising printers added storefronts to their enterprises, where they could sell the fruits of their presses. These were the first bookshops and reading rooms. These printers were by and large selling to their local communities. Writers who became famous had to be able to pay for the printer’s services, and then sell their books. I am certain that many books languished and were forgotten, because their authors did not realize that along with writing, they had to go out and entice people to read their work. This was why publishing stories and poetry in newspapers that already had a circulation was so attractive to many writers.

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https://authorscommunity.net/history-indie-publishing/#ixzz5YhOfomSX

 


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Closer by FE Feeley

Virginia Lee informs us about another book, written by excellent author F. E. Feeley jr. Of course, I had to immediately add the book to my pile and I’m sure some of you will as well!

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CLOSER

F.E. FEELEY, JR.

GAY FICTION/GHOSTS/SUPERNATURAL

RELEASE DATE: 03.01.18

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Cover Designer: Roe Horvat

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Maplewood, Vermont is a picturesque town filled with unique shops, unique homes, and a quaint familiarity all centered around a lake with an unusual history.

Legends, old as well as Urban, float around like the mist that hovers above the lake at break of dawn.

But they’re just stories, right?

Hayden Moore’s life was destroyed when his husband, Malcolm, was murdered. Giving up his job as an assistant district attorney in Boston, Hayden moved to the little burg of Maplewood to recover.

A new life.

A fresh start.

However, something underneath the water is stirring. Something rotten. A deadly secret wakes underneath the black waters of Lake Veronica so disturbing it haunts the nightmares of the local residents.

It’s coming closer…

Length: 117,000 words

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2Q3eGBu

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2BHKAus

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How To Guard Your Writing Time – Written By Ari Meghlen

I found a guest post on Rachel Poli’s blog. Ari Meghlen writes about how to guard our writing time. Thank you very much Ari and Rachel!


Firstly, thanks so much to Rachel for inviting me onto her awesome blog and share my thoughts with all her readers.

Unless you’re a full-time writer, you will have to carve out time for your writing throughout a million and one other tasks from errands, to chores, to a job etc.

So, you need to guard your writing time and here are some simple tips to start you off:

Set a Commitment

Give yourself a commitment. Whether that’s a daily word count, a monthly scene quota or just a single deadline to complete the first draft. Write it down. Put it somewhere you can see it every day when you sit down to write. Add in a reward for yourself for when you reach that commitment.

Decide the Outcome

Knowing what you want to have done when you sit down to write will reduce delays. If you’re a plotter, keep your outline close and know what part you want to be writing that day. If you’re a pantser, decide what you want to be writing – a chapter, a scene etc.

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Tomte is now available for pre-order!

Jamie Fessenden’s TOMTE is now available for pre-order. Read the blurb and excerpt. That book seems really interesting. And I’m going to read it!

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My newest Christmas story Tomte is now available on Amazon for pre-order!

It’s a very short pre-order period, mostly because I’ve never done one before, so I needed to figure out how they work. But the official release date is on Saturday, December 1st.

RYAN ANDERSON has known something was wrong since he was a teenager. He’s been tormented by a sense of emptiness and loss—but what did he lose? He has no idea. Then a mysterious man appears, calling himself Tomte, a Swedish word Ryan remembers hearing from his grandmother in his childhood.

It means “Christmas elf.”

With the help of his older brother and his nine-year-old niece, Ryan begins a journey to discover what happened fifteen years ago, when he disappeared during a winter storm and didn’t reappear until spring. Not only has he forgotten those months, he’s forgotten the faithful dog who failed to come…

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