[Repost] Can You Really Make a Living Doing What You Love?

~ By Angela Kay Austin Have you ever scrolled through the Amazon Bestsellers’ list and wondered, “Will my book ever be listed?”  Well, I have.  I walk through bookstores picturing what my books would look like placed on display throughout various points in the stores, or imagine picking up USA Today to find to my amazement…what, me #1! But, what is the reality of the life of a writer? According to Forbes, James Patterson topped the list as the highest paid author earning $84 million over the past year.  In order to amass those earnings, Patterson released 10 books...

Interview With Toni Plummer

~ Interview By Alana Albertson  I was first introduced Toni Plummer in 2006 at Alisa Valdes Rodriguez’s Chica Lit Conference in Miami. We bonded over Mojitos and salsa dancing and have over the year met up for dessert and country line dancing. Not only is she a brilliant editor at St. Martins (she edited one of my favorite books, Living the Vida Lola by Misa Ramirez) she is a writer and a former Stiletto Contest judge. Her first book is a tragically beautiful collection of short stories that touched my soul. Please welcome Toni to our blog! Q: What...

Synopsis Writing Is Hard!

~ By Nan Reinhardt Today, I spent the afternoon writing the synopsis for the third novel, which I finished this week. It’s out to the beta readers, and I already got back one good report. YAY! Now, logically, you’d think that if one has completed three novels and has a rip-roaring start on the fourth, then one could certainly produce a five to seven page synopsis. After all, you wrote the damn books, you’d say, surely it’s not that hard to sit down and tell what they’re about. Well, you’d be wrong. Synopsis writing is really, truly hard! I sweat...

What We Wish We Had Known About Publishing an Ebook

 ~ By Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke  So you’ve written the next American masterpiece.  Or maybe more like the next Bridget Jones Diary.  And you’re ready to share it with the world.  What the hell do you do now? When we first decided to go out on our own and digitally publish our second novel, The D Word, we hade no freakin’ clue what we were doing.  We actually thought one click publishing really meant ONE CLICK PUBLISHING! Um, yeah, it doesn’t. But don’t despair!  It can be done without throwing yourself off a bridge in the process. (um, not that we thought about...

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