The Holiday Spectacular Launches in Less Than A Week

The test emails just went out for the WMG Holiday Spectacular. We’re making sure that everything works before the first original story arrives in subscribers’ email on Thursday the 28th. You still have time to join us on the wonderful holiday adventure. 35 holiday stories in 35 days. The stories cover several winter holidays, as well as at least three genres. There are happily ever […]

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Business Musings: Scheduling: A Process Blog

Not five minutes ago, I said no to a podcaster friend. She wanted me on her very successful podcast sometime in 2020. We had even discussed it at one of the conferences that I attended this fall, and I told her that I wasn’t doing podcasts in 2020, but I would make an exception for her. Only when it came time to commit, I just […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Once on the Blue Moon

As Collette’s parents take her on an outdated “luxury” starliner called the Blue Moon to yet another boarding school, she sees this as just one more crappy turn of events. But when the guys with guns show up, she knows boarding school pales in comparison to whatever these guys plan to do to her—and to her parents. So, when the bad guys lock her in […]

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Business Musings: The Reason Why We Decided Next Year’s Business Master Class Will Be The Last

At the beginning of this month, Dean publicly announced what the attendees at our Master Business Class already knew: The 2020 Master Business Class will be the last one. The Master Business Class was designed in the height of the disruption almost ten years ago now, when professional writers started scrambling to catch up with the new self-publishing trends. We bootstrapped each other, learning everything […]

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The Gift of Stories

35 stories in 35 days! The gift that keeps on giving, whether you get it for yourself, your best reading buddy, or both of you to share over the holiday season. Years ago, I wondered what it would take to give a holiday story per day to readers. After all, in the holiday season, animated calendars give everything from music to games to those who […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Jackie-O

Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis—former first lady, editor, mother, grandmother—lives a life of mystery. But she wants to solve a mystery of her own: who changed the world on November 22, 1963? Oswald? A group of conspirators? Originally written for a mystery anthology titled The First Lady Murders, “Jackie-O” explores the murder at the center of the former first lady’s existence, the murder of her husband, Jack. […]

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Saving The World and Historical Mysteries, and A Plethora of Writing Tips

I love having an excuse to use the word “plethora.” And really, I need it here. I’ve been busy with the Business Master Class, then trying to catch up on a lot of work, not to mention a bit of exhaustion from the schedule. (Yes, you Writing With Chronic Illness readers, you know what I’m talking about.) So, with all of that, I’ve been remiss […]

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Business Musings: Paradigm Shift (Rethinking The Writing Business Part 16)

I knew, when we planned this year’s Business Master Class, that bringing in a representative from the Global Licensing Group would be essential for the business-minded writers who were attending. I did not realize how essential. One of the reasons it was so essential was Deidre Manna-Bratten herself. She came in as prepared as a non-writer could be to explain licensing to a bunch of […]

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Recommended Reading List: October 2019

October went by very, very fast. I have no idea how that happened. One day, the month started, and the next, it ended. Part of that was because the Business Master Class was at the end, and required a lot of prep. Next October, we hold the final Business Master Class, and we’ll limit attendance, so if you’re interested, sign up sooner rather than later. […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The New Crop

Mary-Louise protects her family’s interests. She does what needs doing—like taking care of the racoons that threaten her property and pose a nuisance. But any good leader needs to delegate. Mary-Louise hopes her niece, Emma, will prove worthy of the responsibility. Mary-Louise hopes Emma makes the right call. Because Mary-Louise protects her family—no matter the cost. “The New Crop,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free […]

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