Author Archives: jpchoquette

Goals: Set or Forget?

Are you a goal-setter or a goal-hater? Some people thrive on goals: clearly mapping out their short, mid and long-term goals for the next decade. Others like to let things happen without a lot of planning. There’s a plethora of information … Continue reading

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What Authors Can Learn from KISS (Yes, that KISS)

The Molson Centre in Montreal on June 27th, 2000, was chilly, loud and dark. After spending nearly an hour in the hot sun on Rene Levesque Boulevard, it was hard to see inside the cavernous auditorium. I kept my boyfriend’s … Continue reading

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Author Events: To Do or Not to Do, That is Today’s Question

Ever have an experience like this? You hurriedly finish work just in time to scramble around in the kitchen making a quick dinner, inhale it while wondering if everything is packed in your “author bag/box/container” and then throw kisses over … Continue reading

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Frugality, Simplifying Life & Writing

Don’t believe everything you read. If I practiced the title of this post perfectly, I’m sure I’d still have a lot to learn about all three topics: frugality, simplifying life and writing. But incorporating frugal and simple living into one’s … Continue reading

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Marketing a Book: Online vs. Real Time

While chatting with a friend this weekend she asked how my book sales were going. My second suspense novel, ‘Dark Circle,’ was recently released and a frenzy of promotional activity soon followed. While it’s easy to see how “real time” … Continue reading

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Organization & Accountability (Or the Tedium of the Mundane)

Somehow when we picture ourselves as “real writers” or better yet, “bestselling authors,” the vision is one filled with glitz and glamour. Exciting parties. Titillating conversation with other wordsmiths. Champagne toasts over brie, whirlwind book tours, and readers discussing our … Continue reading

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The Art of Persistence

In our toss aside, throw away, late-breaking-news world, the word persistence shows up somewhere between “tedium,” and “yawn.” But rather than focusing on the word’s lack of glitz and glamour, it’s important to remember the power it holds. “You don’t … Continue reading

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