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Hello, Everyone!

Sorry for being MIA for such a long time. High school has been super busy, I published a book, and well, life got in the way.

Anyway, I would like to welcome all my new subscribers, and let you all know that I won’t be posting on here in the foreseeable future. Instead, I’ll be posting on my main blog (which you can subscribe to by email through Feedburner).

Thank you, and I hope…

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11 Steps to Check Off Before Self-Publishing



Curious about striking out on your own, and tackling the world of self-publishing? Miral Sattar, CEO of NaNoWriMo sponsor BiblioCrunch, shares her 11-step checklist for self-publishing success:

Interested in self-publishing that NaNo novel you just spent all month editing? Before you begin, I’ve compiled a handy check-list that no self-published author should do without. From defining your goals, to remembering to convert your files, to making a marketing plan: this list covers it all. So go out there in the world with your book, and good luck!

Define your goals

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    You’re watching the 2014 Oscars! Who takes home the awards? Thanks for tuning in! Share this one proudly. It’s from our friends at ABC.

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You’re watching the 2014 Oscars! Who takes home the awards? Thanks for tuning in! Share this one proudly. It’s from our friends at ABC.


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He’s still embarrassed to call us “cumberbitches”… It’s hilarious!

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Sherlock Character Names in Circular Gallifreyan. Inspired by (x)


So this is SHERLOCK HOLMES in Gallifreyan.


So this is SHERLOCK HOLMES in Gallifreyan.

A 7-Step Guide to Big Picture Revision (With Bonus Checklists!)



The “Now What?” Months are here! In 2014, we’ll be bringing you advice from authors who published their NaNo-novels, editors, agents, and more to help you polish November’s first draft until it gleams. Author Wendy Massguides you through big-picture revision… complete with handy questionnaires:

Ah, revision. My favorite part of the writing process. It’s my favorite because if I’m at this stage, that means I’ve typed “The end.” Even though it’s only the first of many times I’ll write those same words at the end of the same manuscript, it’s still a huge milestone.

You’ve already done the hard part. You put your butt in the chair and wrote a novel! Here’s what comes next:

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Does money make you mean? In a talk at TEDxMarin, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.)

To learn more, watch the whole talk here»

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If you are a writer, and you have a novel idea that you are excited about writing, write it. Don’t go on message boards and ask random Internet denizens whether or not something is allowed. … Who is the writer here? YOU ARE. Whose book is it? YOUR BOOK. There are no writing police. No one is going to arrest you if you write a teen vampire novel post Twilight. No one is going to send you off to a desert island to live a wretched life of worm eating and regret because your book includes things that could be seen as cliché.

If you have a book that you want to write, just write the damn thing. Don’t worry about selling it; that comes later. Instead, worry about making your book good. Worry about the best way to order your scenes to create maximum tension, worry about if your character’s actions are actually in character; worry about your grammar. DON’T worry about which of your stylistic choices some potential future editor will use to reject you, and for the love of My Little Ponies don’t worry about trends. Trying to catching a trend is like trying to catch a falling knife—dangerous, foolhardy, and often ending in tears, usually yours.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t pay attention to what’s getting published; keeping an eye on what’s going on in your market is part of being a smart and savvy writer. But remember that every book you see hitting the shelves today was sold over a year ago, maybe two. Even if you do hit a trend, there’s no guarantee the world won’t be totally different by the time that book comes out. The only certainty you have is your own enthusiasm and love for your work. …

If your YA urban fantasy features fairies, vampires, and selkies and you decide halfway through that the vampires are over-complicating the plot, that is an appropriate time to ax the bloodsuckers. If you decide to cut them because you’re worried there are too many vampire books out right now, then you are betraying yourself, your dreams, and your art.

If you’re like pretty much every other author in the world, you became a writer because you had stories you wanted to tell. Those are your stories, and no one can tell them better than you can. So write your stories, and then edit your stories until you have something you can be proud of. Write the stories that excite you, stories you can’t wait to share with the world because they’re just so amazing. If you want to write Murder She Wrote in space with anime-style mecha driven by cats, go for it. Nothing is off limits unless you do it badly.

And if you must obsess over something, obsess over stuff like tension and pacing and creating believable characters. You know, the shit that matters. There are no writing police. This is your story, no one else’s. Tell it like you want to.

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I listen to a lot of music, write my novels, or work on knitting projects.

OneWord365 2014

Some of you may remember me posting about OneWord365 a while ago. Now that it’s New Year’s Eve, it’s time for me to announce my OneWord for 2014! 2013 came and went before I remembered hearing about… (read more)

I posted this on my website blog already, but thought I should put it here to. A good friend of mine was very generous in pointing me toward OneWord365. Basically, instead of making a huge list of resolutions, you choose 1 word to inspire you for the 365 days in a year, and blog about it whenever it becomes relevant, or you feel like it. It’s a brilliant idea really when you think about it.

If you click through on the link and poke around my website, you’ll see that I’m working on lots of new projects:

1) Tears of an Angel (sequel to The Belgrave Daughter)

2) Glowing Embers (a Cinderella retelling)

3) My organization Our Hope is Here

4) And college applications (kind of, I’m only a Junior but we start early at my school).

And you’d also see some pictures/songs that inspired me to choose my word for 2013.

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#TheBelgraveDaughter is on sale for $0.99 through Christmas Day!

#TheBelgraveDaughter is on sale for $0.99 through Christmas Day!

Does Discount Size Matter for eBook Promotions?


As many of our partners know, a limited time price promotion can be an effective eBook promotional tool. But exactly how much do you need to discount your book in order to accomplish your marketing goals? Does the size of the discount matter? Or do readers just look for a low sale price, regardless of the original full price?

Because BookBub includes the original price for each of our featured books, we were able to look at this question from a few different angles to get an accurate answer. And we ultimately found that the size of the discount does make a difference.

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