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Publication Day!

Tomorrow is the day. Well, one of the days. Tomorrow, May 1, is publication day, the day my two books—Lost Mothers and Every New Beginning­—will be available from Amazon as e-books. Although they are $3.99, I am selling them for a brief time for $2.99. Not quite two for the price of one, but hey, they’re both good, so why not buy both?

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The Thing About Proofreading

As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, I had to delay the publication of my two books, Lost Mothers and Every New Beginning, because I got bogged down with the proofreading process. It simply took longer than I expected. I’m a bit embarrassed to say that that is still the case, and I am postponing publication again.

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My cover designer, Nika Dixon, has been working hard on the covers for Lost Mothers and Every New Beginning. My agent, her assistant, Nika, and I agreed that the original covers that were used when these were published as e-books are great front covers. Since the books will now be published as physical books as

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Thanks to All My Students

In one of my writing classes last week, a long-time student, Vicki, made two comments that inspired this post. First, she talked about a new writing exercise she was practicing. She writes for five minutes without stopping, and everything she writes is one sentence. “It’s not that hard once you get used to it,” she

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Change the Date

I announced a few weeks ago that I have set for myself an ambitious publishing program for this year, and that it was going to start with the publication of two of my books, Lost Mothers and Every New Beginning. I set the publication date for March 21, 2016, but a production issue has slowed

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Writing Back Cover Copy

When I used to work for Bantam Books, back in the day, I occasionally was tasked with writing back cover copy for books that I had edited. I should say, rewriting. Bantam did have copywriters, but my boss, Carolyn, was a perfectionist when it came to back cover copy. After all, along with a book’s

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