WHAT’S NEW down at Corny Cove?

Something for the mystery lovers among you…

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Looks like it’s time for a celebration, hey?

If you’ve been on my website within the last week or two, you’ll have noticed something different…

The Tales from Corny Cove series has had a major makeover!

And about time, too! Up till now, I’ve never felt the covers truly reflected the nature of the fun easy-read stories that makes up the series. So now we’ve got Henry & Margaret – the two main characters at Corny Cove – featured on the covers, as well as images that give you a glimpse into each of the five tales.

(Note: stay tuned for an exclusive freebie further down…)

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“But I haven’t read the Tales from Corny Cove. What’s it all about?”

Well, when Henry & Margaret sell up and move down to the south of England to live their ‘dream life’, they stumble upon the golden sands of Corny Cove. They’re…

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8 Ways Scrivener Aids My Writing

I’m thinking of moving to Scrivener to organise my writing. PH Solomon gives his reasons why this would be a good move…

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When I originally gave Scrivenera whirl earlier this year I didn’t know how the software worked. But I read several articles and posts about how other writers put this writing tool to use. I took my time working through the provided tutorial after which I began using it with increasing regularity.

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Over the last few months, I’ve begun using Scrivener for almost all of my writing. I’m so impressed with it’s usefulness, I’ve begun writing about this software to share my ideas. I’m getting lots of mileage out of blogging with it and I’ve begun using it for my newsletter and other email templates.

Here are 8 ways Scrivener boosts my efforts as a writer:

1. I’m better organized from the beginning of projects. Because Scrivener is an organizational tool, I’m…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Creating an Email List for Free

So what's an email list? You know email, right? You know lists, yes? Well an email list, in its most basic terms, is a list of email addresses and possibly names of people that have given you permission to send them updates and information about you and your products. Email marketing, if you want a … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Creating an Email List for Free

Curated Content for Writers—August 4

A healthy dose of tips for writers…

Story Empire

old fashioned manual typewriterHappy Friday, wonderful SEers! The end of the week is always a reason for celebration. I hope your first days venturing into a new month have been filled with fun, good books,  and prolific writing.

Speaking of writing, the SE authors have cobbled together a new collection of writing links. Before sampling the latest, take a moment to check out this week’s featured posts—Drip Campaigns by Staci Troilo and my own “It’s in the Stars . . . or Not” 

Then enjoy a Friday Fix with . . .


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Writing Links…7/24/17

Enjoy a shed-load of writing links…

Where Genres Collide

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Writing Links…7/24/17

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Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/07/so-your-character-is-from-taiwan.html Is your character from Taiwan? Here’s some ideas.
  2. http://www.magicalwords.net/roundup/magical-words-link-roundup-7-18-2017/ Links for the week.
  3. https://fantasyhandbook.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/as-henry-miller-commands-part-8-dont-be-a-draught-horse/ Take joy in writing. I had to start writing my stories longhand to get past the block of a computer page. There’s something about having a pen in hand that makes those words flow!
  4. http://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/07/21/q-a-with-ichabod-brooks/ What’s the best way to a zombie out of a house?
  5. http://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/07/20/protecting-bedlam-now-its-personal-part-2/ Cassidy and Lloyd in trouble.
  6. http://www.magicalwords.net/roundup/magical-words-link-roundup-7-20-2017/

MG/YA:

  1. http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2017/07/starred-review-kirkus-mean/ A prestige award.
  2. http://avajae.blogspot.com/2017/07/vlog-secret-to-writing.html The hard truth is: there is none. You just have to: play with the story until you get it down. Practice, practice, practice. Don’t give up.
  3. https://chasingthecrazies.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/pitchwars-2017-the-wishlist/ ALL YA categories of contemporary, historical, magic realism, and mystery and thriller.
  4. http://www.brenda-drake.com/2017/07/pitch-wars-uncomfortable-truth-mentor-liaison-joy-mccullough/ There are only so many slots. I know this. As do others. All we can do is put our best effort forward and know that no matter how things turn out…

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Eight Steps to Establishing Your Author Brand

If you’re working on building your brand as an author, here are several points you need to pay heed to…

Story Empire

Ciao, SEers. I’m just getting back into the groove after a long overdue trip back to the homeland. No, not Italy, although that’s on my bucket list. We went back to Pennsylvania to celebrate my daughter’s high school graduation with the extended family. A great time was had by all. We extended our trip, which put me even further behind, but it is worth it to see loved ones, even if we ran ourselves ragged.

Anyway…

Who are you?My series on creating a media kit seemed to be helpful to writers, so I thought I’d discuss something that coordinates with the media kit—author branding. Having worked for several years as a corporate identity specialist in my “real” job, those principles are transferrable and I want to give you a quick checklist that might help you out.

So, without further ado, here are eight steps to author branding cohesion.

1. You Are…

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