The Darling Killings

The Darling Killings

I have always thought, ‘kill your darlings’ was terrible writing advice. I, therefore, mostly just disregarded it. No, let’s be honest. I kind of spitefully worked to prove that they were worth keeping. I wasn’t always correct, which is where a good editor is important. But I still don’t think you should kill your darlings – you make them work. The real question is, what really matters to you? Because some lines, some snippets of dialog, or even a whole scene just won’t work in your novel. If you didn’t love them, they wouldn’t be darlings. Those are the easy edits. Your editor gives you a note that something’s just […]

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DIY Synopsis and Bio

DIY Synopsis and Bio

The thing that surprised me most as a DIY Publisher are all the things you have to do yourself. Once you realize it, it’s obvious. But it’s so easy to overlook things on the sideline. Like your book synopsis and author bio. Author Bio Author bios are tricky things. First person is more casual and relatable. Third person is more professional. Writing about yourself in the third person can feel odd because you’re taking on the voice of someone else talking about you. I found it best to start with 3 – 5 things to highlight. Do you want to focus on your career? Or education? Interesting hobbies? Do you […]

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writing like an actress

writing like an actress

I grew up as an actress. For a multitude of reasons as complex as my fluid perspective on identity and as simple as being cast as the lead in the kindergarten play. I was in plays throughout high school and college. I moved to LA, got an agent and had a co-star role on a tv show.  Then I decided that wasn’t the career for me. But changing careers didn’t mean that I stopped exploring different characters and emotions; toying with them to discover the truth that lies within that moment and within the character. Before long I directed that creativity into writing. A few times my editor would ask something […]

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DIY Author Branding

DIY Author Branding

Every author needs to think about branding, whether you’re a DIY Publisher, a hybrid author or traditionally published. Because no matter how you’re published, you’re going to work hard for people to discover your book. Consistent author branding makes it easier for people to find you in lots of places, makes it easier for them to recognize you when they do find you and helps build the sort of friendships that are more valuable than any adwords campaign. It’s so important there are hundreds of articles out there with advice, strategies and suggestions but few of them break it down to the nuts and bolts you need to do in […]

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the impact of the internet on nom de plumes

the impact of the internet on nom de plumes

Pseudonym, nom de plume, pen name… fifty years ago there were a number of reasons why an author might choose to use a different name. Marketabiliy or trying to sell books as a female author in a male skewing market. Genre specificity or ‘I write as this persona for sci-fi and this persona for contemporary romance.’ This also ties into the ability to reinvent yourself. Privacy. Perhaps you want to keep your private life especially private. Then the internet came along and with social media, blogging, the expectation to build a a platform it’s a whole different world today for authors. One day, I found myself considering how this new […]

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DIY Publishing: Privacy

DIY Publishing: Privacy

So you’ve written a spectacular book and are ready to share it with the world. Rock on. DIY Publishing is all about taking the reins of your career and not waiting for permission to share your art. Hold on for just a moment though. As tempting as it is to hit that shiny Publish button, there’s two important things you need to consider first: Privacy and Branding. Everyone hopes to one day be a best selling author (at least, I think every author hopes for that…). But we all know fame comes with a price. And best selling author or not, when you publish a novel you become, to some […]

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Captain America and Modern Heroes

Captain America and Modern Heroes

Captain America has a list in The Winter Soldier to keep track of all the things he’s missed in our very modern society. We have the newest technology, decades of great music available at the touch of a button, and the broadest knowledge that the world has ever seen. But Part 1 of this series isn’t about him becoming a modern hero, it’s about the ways in which he already was one. Because we don’t actually live in a Modern world, we live in a Post-Modern one, philosophically speaking. In storytelling, the difference between Modernism and Post-Modernism is the difference between Captain America and Iron Man. It is Superman and […]

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Captain America and Character Journeys

Captain America and Character Journeys

Part 2 Part 2 in the Captain America series begins at the end, after the action, when certainty has replaced questions and conundrums and the struggle to find the right path. It began at Comic Con in 2011 when my best friend and I went to see Captain America: The First Avenger. I loved Cap. She did not. We spent months discussing why (most of which is part 1 but we’re not there yet) until we reached a rather nice equilibrium. Then we saw Man of Steel in 2013 and started all over again. This time, we absolutely agreed on one thing. The audience has to go on the journey […]

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Captain America and Responsibility

Captain America and Responsibility

This is actually part 3 in a series; a long running discussion with one of my best friends not about Captain America and Responsibility but where Captain America continues to end up right in the middle of what we’re talking about. So, this week is a series in reverse. Part 3 We begin with Captain America and Responsibility or why everyone in Civil War is an… wait that’s not nice, and not everyone. Let’s start with… there could be spoilers of the mild variety that can also be learned from the trailer. So, you know… stop now if you want. The government wants to control The Avengers, as governments are […]

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Why DIY publishing

Why DIY publishing

I used to think there were only 2 paths to publication: “Self” Publishing and Traditional Publishing. Then I was looking for some references online for Enchanted Storms and googled “self publishing” and discovered it’s not always defined the way I meant it. Turns out, there’s actually 3 paths to publication: Traditional Publishing, “Self” Publishing and DIY Publishing. Why the distinction between “Self” Publishing and DIY Publishing? You may have noticed I keep putting “Self” publishing in quotes. When I used that term in the past I just meant you were the author of your own destiny. You were the publisher and from start to finish and every step in between, […]

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