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4 Ways Longshot Island Helps Emerging Authors

Let’s face it–this writing gig is tough. We pour out our hearts on paper, and then we try to get people to read our words. And they’re already busy. 1) Longshot Island can help. I’ve known Daniel White, editor of

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Rejection Letters

Even though rejection can hurt, it’s part of writing. No matter who you are or how hard you slaved over your work, not everyone will like your book. You can polish your words until they sparkle, and somebody will still

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Thoughts from the Querying Trenches

Querying. Ugh. If there’s an activity for a writer that’s less frustrating, I don’t know what it is. I suppose it could be worse, though. I doubt agents enjoy it any more than writers do, and they’ve basically signed up

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How to Get a Book Listed as Free on Amazon

I had both emotional and practical reasons for wanting Dragon Hoard offered for free. I really wanted to give something back to the world of literature, which had been such an important part of my life. In addition to this,

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Facing Fear

Fear. I hate it. My heart races, I feel queasy, my palms sweat, and I can’t sit still. I want to run and hide, and I feel like a coward. I don’t often struggle much with fear. I don’t have

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14 Stages of Self-Publishing

Decide you’re finally going to publish. Besides, Amazon says it’s easy. Spend a week trying to figure out how to get Scrivener to work so you can convert your files. Buy the Dummy book and discover you need one for

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6 Formatting Tips for Smashwords, Kindle, and CreateSpace

Ugh. Formatting. There is not a single Anglo-Saxon epithet vile enough to do it justice. I hate formatting. I loathe it down to the very toenails of my soul. However, I made it harder on myself than I needed to,

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