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Question: Why did you choose to write?

Is it for the money? An important question. Writing is not a get rich quick scheme. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with seeking to earn a few buck from your writing. I must confess that it was a pleasant surprise when people began to buy my books and actually enjoyed the stories I’d written. I…

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Patience: A Lesson Learned From Self-Publishing

Do you have the patience to self-publish? Self-publishing is a great opportunity for anyone who wishes to become a published author to get their work into the hands of readers. But, understand! Just because you publish a book does not mean it will fly off the shelf at Amazon.com! Self-publishing is not easy. It takes…

Warriors, even peaceful ones, do not quit.

Martial Maxims: Never Quit, Never Surrender!

You will not succeed if you quit! “Fall down seven times, stand up eight,” is an ancient Japanese proverb that relates to our attitude towards failure. Master Tatutso Shimabuku, the founder of the Isshin-ryu Karate system, was fond of saying this to his U.S. Marine Corps students. It means to not to let ourselves be beaten…

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Success Secrets: Measure Twice, Cut Once

I’ve sawed it off twice and it’s still to short! Wisdom is a key to success. Where do we find the wisdom to achieve success? For me, one source was listening to the wisdom of my elders. I spent many wonderful hours as a child with my grandparents. During those times I learned many valuable…

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Use Reviews To Improve Writing Skills

Mixed Reviews on Goodreads? Do you use reviews to improve your writing? I have an account on goodreads.com, but to be honest, until recently I have not spent a great deal of time on this website. Then, I few days ago, I dropped in on my account to see what was happening only to discover…

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Interview: Success Comes One Step At A Time!

What are you doing to succeed as an author? My first ever interview as an author! After reviewing my novel, Serpents Underfoot, John Purvis was gracious enough to interview me for a post on his blog, John’s Notes! I feel honored! My very first interview as an author! How absolutely cool is that? I will do…

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Learning to Own Your Writing Style!

Learning to own your writing style takes some understanding … So, how do you learn to own your writing style? I recently was approached by a lady  in a local convenient store. She walked right up to me and said, “I want to tell you how much I really enjoyed reading your book, Serpents Underfoot.…

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Warning: Doing This May Improve Your Blogging skills.

Improve Your Blogging skills How do you begin to improve your blogging skills? I began blogging some years ago, But to be truthful about it, I have only gotten serious about doing so over the last year.  This is probably because I recently I published my first novel, Serpents Underfoot.  As a self-published author, I…