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Burnout

I've been fighting it for a while. Since 2018, honestly. I've been putting off dealing with it. I kept telling myself that once I started my medication, it would get better. It did get better, for a while. But it didn't get enough better for me to sustain my current commitments and schedule. In the… Continue reading Burnout

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Magic in the Headlines

Aurora Jane "AJ" Marshall has wanted to be a reporter from the day she first sat on her father's lap reading the headlines. The 1920s are supposed to be all about freedom, and women are flaunting their independence as voting flappers who drive cars and smoke cigarettes. Well, AJ can't smoke because of her asthma,… Continue reading Magic in the Headlines

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The KnotMagick Guide to Pattern Writing

This page from my knitting journal shows my sketch and initial notes for this hat, as well as a finished photo and the yarn label for the care instructions. SketchThis can be a rough as you want to make it, or it can be a finished drawing. No one has to see it if you… Continue reading The KnotMagick Guide to Pattern Writing

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Successes Were Had

Last week I looked at the mistakes I've made in publishing, and this week I wanted to celebrate five things I've done right in the five years I've been publishing. Read the fine printAlways read your contracts very carefully, kids. Protect your rights. This goes for book contracts, and also for classes, pattern sales, or… Continue reading Successes Were Had

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Mistakes Were Made

But I always learned from them. It recently occurred to me that this May will be 5 years since The Spider's Web was first published with Torquere. That publisher folded six months after my first book was published, and I was never paid for it. I did get the rights back (obviously), but it got… Continue reading Mistakes Were Made

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Price Change

I know. No one likes a price increase. Especially right now. But sometimes, it's necessary. For every book I sell, I have to pay fees. Usually this is at least 3.5%, plus a flat fee. Part of this goes to the host site where I'm selling (WordPress, Gumroad, Etsy, Amazon), and part of it goes… Continue reading Price Change

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Cover Reveal!

That's right, it's that time again! Some of you may remember Dru from a few years ago; it was first released as a serial novella here on the blog. Searching the site will pull up the original version. Starting April 14, you'll be able to download a Kindle version, newly revised and expanded. Patrons will… Continue reading Cover Reveal!

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The KnotMagick Guide to getting Book Blurbs

In this context, lovely writers, we are not speaking about the BLURB, the big text at the back of your book or on the inside of the dust jacket that tells the reader all about your book. It's not the Amazon description. Here, we're talking about the little quotes you often see on the front… Continue reading The KnotMagick Guide to getting Book Blurbs

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Slow Recovery

I confess, the department that has taken the hardest hit since I started having thyroid problems (after housework) is my writing. For months all I had energy for after work was staring at the television, so a lot of writing and editing got ignored. I'm back at the computer now, but I'm not working at… Continue reading Slow Recovery

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#SeeWomenWrite

In honor of International Women's Day, a friend and fellow author, Emily Selleck is hosting a promo opportunity for fellow female authors. #SeeWomenWrite is a tag we'll be using on Twitter from March 4-10, to celebrate women authors and share news and promotions. Several authors are hosting special deals or sales next week. In addition… Continue reading #SeeWomenWrite