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Diana Gabaldon Interview

Diana Gabaldon on Inspiration, Conferences & What She’s Learned Through Writing

In 1994, Diana Cranstoun of the Alberta Romance Writers’ Association (ARWA) sent Diana Gabaldon a list of questions via traditional mail. Diana was in the midst of writing her fourth book. It’s been over twenty years and ARWA were curious what had changed, particularly given the recent success of the STARZ Outlander series based on Diana’s books. Diana […]

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80/20 rule of self promotion

Rant Warning: 80/20 Rule of Self Promotion

You read the title. You’ve been warned. Prepare for the rant. Authors, PLEASE, I’m begging you, stop with the unending self-promotion. I get it. I know you’re trying to increase your readership, highlight your reviews or provide quotes from your books. I understand. And yet, my eyeballs scroll to the back of my head. Your […]

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advice for writers' conferences

Advice for Writers’ Conferences

As a budding author, when the dates aligned for me in 2013 I jumped at the opportunity to attend the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. I had planned to go with a fellow writer, but a family emergency came up, so I ended up there solo. The solo part was ever so slightly terrifying. I’d been […]

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A snapshot of my chick lit bookshelf - many more on my Kobo

Standalone vs. Series

One of the recurring questions I heard this past year at the Surrey International Writer’s Conference was “is your novel a standalone or a series?” Now, personally, my novel is part of a series, but this had me wondering – is one better than the other? Will my work be shunned if it’s not a […]

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