Category Archives: Opinion

On Marketing One’s Book: A Dialogue

Ahh, the dreaded “m” word: Marketing. For many authors and other self-employed artists, the word creates a feeling bordering on disgust. It might bring to mind pictures of overweight men in polyester suits, hair slicked back, hand out, shark-smile in … Continue reading

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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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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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Takeaways from YA panel at Crime Bake

During the New England Crime Bake conference a couple of weeks ago, I sat in on the panel titled “High School Murder: Writing the Young Adult Mystery.” Our own Julie Hennrikus moderated the panel that consisted of: Peter Abrahams (aka … Continue reading

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Sleepy Hollow – New TV show

With the fall season, comes new TV shows. Have you checked out Sleepy Hollow on Fox? The premise is that Ichabod Crane awakens after 150 years and finds himself, and his foe, The Headless Horseman, still in the creepy town … Continue reading

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Don’t write a clunker: Context and care vital, but often overlooked

In the space of less than 24 hours, I read two different writers refer to someone who is black as “colored.” The day before, I read another writer’s reference to a “black nurse” when there was no reason to mention … Continue reading

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Comedy or tragedy? Writing is as you like it

I had a lot of fun last week watching the Shakespeare rom-com “As You Like It” as performed by the Southern Maine Association of Shakespearean Homeschoolers. No, I am not making that up. I love Shakespeare. “As You Like It” … Continue reading

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The more things change, they change, OK?

There was a story in the news recently that the younger generation has taken to typewriters. Not just to look at, but to use. I can’t help but feel this is kind of like they way younger people like fedoras … Continue reading

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Perfect for a Plotter, and a Gift for A Pantser

Are you a plotter or a pantser? This one question can be hashed out between writers for hours. I used to be a pantser, letting the writing take me where it would. Then I discovered the joys of the outline, … Continue reading

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