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Why does Amazon show used copies available of my book?

Now that An Accidental Awakening has launched and is available worldwide, I have more insight that popped up along the publishing road that can help you. There are several areas of confusion when it comes to the massive algorithm machine that is Amazon. One issue I've seen many rants about online is the reselling of … Continue reading Why does Amazon show used copies available of my book?

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Should I invest in a professional book cover?

Great question! As always, it depends on you, your book, and how you want to send it out to the world. If you have mad skills in the area of cover design, go for it! eBook is easier in this respect than print book covers. You can use a tool such as Canva and create … Continue reading Should I invest in a professional book cover?

Procrastination takes many forms

Yes, yes it does. Even the form of creativity and due diligence. The book cover is complete. The printer is printing my hard copy proofs as I type. All I had to do today was get up and upload my finished book onto Amazon and Kobo. And yet, here I sit, typing a blog post. … Continue reading Procrastination takes many forms

What Are You Reading?

A writer is usually a voracious reader. At least they should be; that’s one way to learn the craft. If you’ve taken some training, good for you. But, you can’t just plop down a story without knowing how a story works if you haven’t at least absorbed that by osmosis from repeated reading. If you … Continue reading What Are You Reading?

Proudly Canadian?

Having been educated in Canada, we learned proper Canadian spelling (years ago!) but were influenced by an onslaught of American writing since. We teeter on the precipice between the Motherland and Big Brother. Our spellcheck program may be loyal to one country and Grammarly to another. (What do those squiggly red lines under some words … Continue reading Proudly Canadian?

Hidden Characters

What the heck is a pilcrow? Every time you hit “Enter” on your keyboard, you create a pilcrow. You just can’t see it. To see it, look up to the middle of your toolbar in whatever document program you’re writing in, and click on the symbol like the one to the left of this post. … Continue reading Hidden Characters

The High Price of Vanity Press

I spoke with a new client last week to discuss coaching her in the creation of her online courses. The first thing she said to me was, "I wish I'd found you a year ago." It turns out, she hired a vanity press to publish her first book. A vanity press resides somewhere between traditional … Continue reading The High Price of Vanity Press

Recognizing Resistance

Steven Pressfield (The War of Art) would say I’m in resistance. He’d be right. Yet, if I’m working on projects, completing them, publishing … how can that be resistance? Sounds like success to me. Well, it depends on the project. My current form of procrastination is: transcribing three old print books of poetry into eBooks … Continue reading Recognizing Resistance

Merry Writing This Christmas

Of all the things I could be doing, probably should be doing, on this day before Christmas, I felt inspired to write. Of all the writing projects I could be working on, and there are so many, I decided to write about my trip to Costa Rica – five years overdue. Why now? I don’t … Continue reading Merry Writing This Christmas

An Unexpected Cheque in the Mail

Although I'd been writing and publishing—both literary and visual work—for over 25 years, I had only heard about the Access Copyright recently. It's a Canadian government licensing body (established 1988) that collects fees from organizations for their right to copy protected work; it distributes money annually to affiliates. I got busy collecting the data (e.g., … Continue reading An Unexpected Cheque in the Mail