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Using Kenny Rogers to Illustrate Donald Maass

Kenny Rogers is a few years younger in this picture, but this one is my favorite of him. He’s a cross-over artist who, in his prime, sang both ballads and love songs. One song, “The Gambler,” even became a movie … Continue reading

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Studying Under Maass (Part 4)

I tell ya, I’m getting my mileage out of the notes I took at the ACFW Conference in Nashville last month. Under Donald Maass’s direction in the class (which he based on his December 2016 release), I wrote all the … Continue reading

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Studying Under Maass (Part 3)

By now, I think I’m the best prerelease salesman literary agent Donald Maass can have. And, in return, he’s given me tons of material to put in my blog along with great ideas for my novella-in-progress, Kayla’s Challenge.  In Part 1 … Continue reading

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Studying Under Maass (Part 2)

In Part 1 last week, I gave a quick recap of a few early points literary agent Donald Maass gave in a lecture at the ACFW Conference in Nashville, and how I used those points in my novella-in-progress, Kayla’s Challenge. Basically, … Continue reading

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Studying Under Maass (Part 1)

If you ever have an opportunity to go to a session with New York literary agent Donald Maass, let me suggest you tote at least one manuscript idea and something with which to take copious notes. I don’t take notes on the … Continue reading

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Formatting eBooks for Writers

Freelance editor Susan Stewart of Practical Inspirations  believes in offering full service to her clients–which includes access to her knowledge of how to transfer manuscripts into digital-ready formats for Kindle, Nook, iPad, and others. Formatting eBooks for Writers: a Practical Guide covers … Continue reading

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This One’s for Katie

The early results of the outlining experiment are in, and though more research is required before I say so definitively, all indications are that . . . Y’all know I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer, right? I’ve been at this business professionally … Continue reading

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And . . . Here It Is!

My very first outline for my very first novella. Isn’t it cute? If I do it again, I want a board on the wall I can pin all the index cards to. I thought I’d use my notebook, but everything … Continue reading

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In the On-Going Saga . . .

Past few weeks, I’ve been letting y’all know of my creative process for developing an entr’acte for what I’m now calling the Romance on the Circle Bar Ranch series (title subject to change . . . again). Time for another installment. … Continue reading

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Premises, Premises

By now, if you’ve been reading my blog for the past few weeks, you know of all my major events in my writing career: The Final Ride is finished and awaiting approval from my publisher, While I semi-patiently wait for … Continue reading

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