Monthly Archives: April 2012

9 Tips for Entering the Colorado Gold Writing Contest

The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers writing contest is in full swing and you can enter up till June 1, 2012. Details and entry form are here. As contest co-chair this year, I’m excited to be able to participate in this … Continue reading

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How To Do Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2012

I’ve written previously about how to survive the RMFWs Colorado Gold conference. But I’ve never been to Pikes Peak. The conference is in a few days. Here’s my plan for world domination making the most of the experience. Join Pikes … Continue reading

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A Ripley Effect: Katniss’s Badass Predecessor

          Tens of millions of books in print of The Hunger Games. The movie raking in mega-bucks in mere weeks. The public has once again embraced a kick-ass action heroine. Katniss rules, as she should. But … Continue reading

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Weekly Writer’s Round-Up: Week of April 1, 2012

The ten bestselling authors ever, OMG! On the Passive Voice blog. 2012 Hugo Award Nominees, from John Scalzi’s blog. Catherynne Valente on gender and the reaction to Christopher Priest’s attack on the Clarke awards. John Scalzi lays bare the ugly … Continue reading

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Tips for Being a Good Guest Blogger

In the whirlwind of promoting your own book, a lot of details can get lost. I’ve noticed that writers who are guest blogging or being interviewed on blogs sometimes miss opportunities to promote themselves and their books. Talk to your … Continue reading

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Weekly Writer’s Round-Up: Week of 3/25/12

Marketing Red Pen of Doom’s Guy Bergstrom on Media Strategy and name recognition. Self-publishing phenom Amanda Hocking: “A lot of authors tend to over market or they don’t take criticisms very well.” Via GalleyCat. Children’s and YA hardcover sales up … Continue reading

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