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On the Mend

I had the chance for a long and productive holiday weekend, but I blew it by getting a bad cold. I’m feeling a bit too groggy to make anything meaningful this week. But I’m afraid that the blogosphere is still a…
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How do I Know if I’ve Succeeded?

As an up and coming author, your biggest question will always be “When?” When will I land an agent? When will my book find a publisher? Or, in the even nearer term: When will my book be finished? When will…
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On the Randomness (and fairness) of Success

Dr. John Horne joins us again this week. He has a Ph.D in marine biology and writes a broad variety of genres.   Growing up my father used to say, “I’d rather be lucky than good.” But it wasn’t until…
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Monetizing a Blog

Becoming a writer means putting up with a lot of things. Most of those things are necessary if you want to keep being a writer. Your revenue stream is your life blood, so you’ll have to… *SLAM* Mr. Devil’s Advocate: “Sorry I’m…
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Mr. Devil’s Advocate Sets the Record Straight

Hi there, Mr. Devil’s Advocate here. Now, I understand that all of you have been spoon fed some rather flamboyant opinions lately. Since I am in the business of keeping extreme ideas in check, I thought I should take this…
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How Barnes and Noble could get its Groove Back

A post dealing with the book industry? How novel. More specifically, this post is entirely about a single bookstore. You know its name. You’ve wandered its shelves. You’ve eaten its brownies. And after eating them, you probably sat at the…
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Why I didn’t go to FanX

Hey. Let me begin this post by saying that I love everything about Salt Lake Comic Con. Well, I don’t like the crowds, but that’s hardly relevant. The point is that this post is in no way meant to bash…
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