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I finally finished the first draft of the new book. I am tempted to email my publisher to find out if slightly over 100,000 words is OK for a book…I think it is…but it might change the price point, so I go back and forth. I want to write an amazing, non-bloated, perfect book that will make everyone happy, so I’ll just look at it in the second draft and weigh and measure everything …

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I’d been trudging of late. I am so stuck on The Chocolatier’s Ghost – and I think some of it is mental, that weird fear that it’s not going to be quite as good. The second book never is, the Obsequious They like to tell you. So, last week, there was enough snow on the ground that it was deemed too dangerous to open the University on time, so I slept in. And as …

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I finally updated my Authorgraph Widget on my webpage so that people can, if they want, get any of my eBooks signed. I’ve never done it before…anyone want to be patient zero for me? *tries to look charming* I like the idea…any idea…of connecting with readers because I am extremely fond of my readers. If I can find a way to make them happy I will. Anyway, if you care to, take a look, …

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been doing the edits for the final draft of Wishes and Sorrows. For me, doing edits is a several step process. First, you download the file and read through the comments. Wince. A lot. Say things like, “UGH.” And “Oh, but I thought that was clear.” Hate life a little. Then close the file. I do this to get the whine fest over quicker. In all seriousness, it …

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I keep trying to balance all these aspects of my life. I want to be a great secretary, an awesome fencer, a world traveler, a good daughter, healthier and slender, a well-loved author. It’s a narrow platform, and I keep slipping off, scraping my knees, bruising my arms, and I shake myself off, and climb back on. And sometimes back on is only a few steps. And sometimes back on is a long drag …

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Today we’re featuring The Author’s Guide to Working With Book Bloggers by Barb Drozdowich. This is written from the point of view of a book blogger. She wants to help author promote their books to her fellow book bloggers more effectively. I agreed to do the review (my first in ages) because I wanted to see what I, as an author who has worked with book bloggers, could learn from her experience. She used …

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I have to confess, I have a love of social history books. I don’t care when so and so lead what to who during this date, but if you can help me compare and contrast different horse drawn conveyances in Victorian times, I’m a happy camper. Especially if they are glossy and have lots of lovely pictures. I love text, don’t get me wrong…but I’m also visual and I love pictures. So I am …

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So, anyway, I posted a comment to the Bloggess today, because her newest post is hilarious (yes, yes it is, go here: http://thebloggess.com/2013/09/i-doesnt-take-much-to-make-me-happy/#comment-322176) and the comment auto generated a link to the last thing I posted here…which, I realized, was in April. Actually, I sort of should have realized, as one of my non-Internet friends — one of the few who actively supports my career with helpful suggestions and encouragement visited and made someone …

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So, in 2004 I started writing a book. I wrote 80,000 words, but got stopped, and tried to fix it by adding a subplot. The subplot made things messy, and wrong, and I stayed stopped. In 2004 I’d not written a lot of the things I have written now, such as The Chocolatier’s Wife. I’m a different person, both by years and by experience. And I think, maybe, I’m ready to open this baby …

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The problem with being a published writer is that you have to keep writing. Now, the writing part is easy…it’s the finishing part that sometimes gets hard. You all know the drill…too many ideas, not enough time to write them, yes, but also the idea that if you are not a full time writer you have less time ti write, so you lose the thread or you look back and you think, “This is …

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