Publishing mistakes I made this past year

I hope everyone is having a fabulous holiday! While we are all taking a much needed break I hope you'll enjoy this post from the archives of "Jean's Writing." First, let me say my mistakes were expensive. Now that I’ve got that off my chest I’ll try to share something constructive. I rushed the process. … Continue reading Publishing mistakes I made this past year

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

I don't know what's happening lately, but making decisions is like pulling teeth for me. Today, I waffle over the simplest things. The worst, according to my husband, is choosing from the menu whenever we go out. Food doesn't have the same appeal, it once did, but even I had to laugh last night - when … Continue reading Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Short Story Collections – A Good Investment?

I realize it's been a few days since my last post, but I've been busy working on a short story collection. At present, the collection is out to beta readers which has given me time to toy with cover designs (via Canva) as well as consulting with profession designers. This is my first foray into self-publishing, and … Continue reading Short Story Collections – A Good Investment?

You Asked: Are Song Titles Copyright Protected?

Welcome to another, You Asked, the Experts Answer, segment. This week ‘s question: Can I use the title of a popular song and the artist name in a fictional story? This week's question is of particular interest to me. I've written a short story in which a song plays an integral role in the story. But, is it … Continue reading You Asked: Are Song Titles Copyright Protected?

My Top 5 Gift Subscriptions For Every Writer

It's that time of year when we're all trying to figure out the perfect gift for friends and loved ones. And, gifts for the writer in our circle is one of the hardest to find. Here are my top five recommendations to make your shopping easier. Enjoy. 1. Writer's Digest - An excellent resource for writers at … Continue reading My Top 5 Gift Subscriptions For Every Writer

You Asked: Secrets That Will Help You Get Published

Welcome to another, You Asked, the Experts Answer, segment. This week ‘s question is: Is there a secret to getting published in literary magazines? Well yeah, sort of.  Lincoln Michel, a Buzzfeed contributor, takes us behind the scenes in his two-part article, The Ultimate Guide To Getting Published in a Literary Magazine. This is one of  the … Continue reading You Asked: Secrets That Will Help You Get Published

You Asked: 7 Things You Can do to Identify Your Genre

Welcome to another, You Asked, the Experts Answer, segment. This week ‘s question is: How do I know If I've chosen the right genre?   Choosing a genre is something many writers struggle with and the biggest reason is being  unfamiliar with the different genres. Unfamiliarity breeds confusion, which in turn makes it difficult to know which to … Continue reading You Asked: 7 Things You Can do to Identify Your Genre

Forget About Getting Rich

via The Average Earnings of Authors | A Writer's Path and Guest post contributed by Sara Wolf at the Blooming Twig. The Blooming Twig is an independent publishing house that also produces writing blog posts. For more information, check out the Blooming Twig and A Writer's Path.  A big thanks to Ryan Lanz and Sara Wolf for bursting … Continue reading Forget About Getting Rich

Want to See Your Books in the Library?

I grew up checking books out at our local library. When I became an adult, the local library was one of the first places I visited whenever I moved to a new community. Although, once I acquired my Kindle, the trips to the physical library became less,  my reading didn't slow down. In fact, I still check … Continue reading Want to See Your Books in the Library?