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Writing from the Dark Side

Heh! I started out calling this blog post "Blogging from the Darkside" and then went to "Writing from the Darkside" and then went on to finally arrive at "Pubbing from the Darkside".  This little tidbit of information should be able to give you a little hint over what has been happening at the Oliver Homestead since I last posted.

Big News! I am part of a great collaboration with a collection of Writers who decided that if a romance book should be done, it should be done by us! Hence, the beginning of what is now know as Welcome to Serenity Harbor, Maine.

This is huge! This is ginormous! All of the books are set around the fictional coastal Maine town of Serenity Harbor. We didn't limit genre, only that their characters fall in love in Maine.

For me, this was a return to something that I love... well, yes... it was a return to writing. I've blogged a little bit about some of my struggles with illness that left with being unable to write for a whi…

In a name... Titles

As writers, most of us hate the prospect of putting a title to a book that we have been working on so hard for so long. It's usually a case of very easy or incredibly hard to come up with something that will encapsulate your theme and story, entice the reader to pick up the book and still be small enough to fit on a cover. There have been a lot of trends over the years with titles. Amanda Quick did an entire series with one word titles and Janet Evanovich's number books. They are all effective, and, if done right, can be the turning point between a best seller and a midlist contender.
Already I can hear the collective groan from a hoard of writers who are struggling with titles. The real catch on this is that we spend all that time coming up with a title that will catch an editor or agents eye and then the publisher will most likely change the title when the book goes into production. But that doesn't stop us from struggling with the issue.
One of the most common questions…

Three Truths, Kindles and the eBook Revolution

I admit it. THREE TRUTHS has been up for sale on Amazon's Kindle store for awhile now. But I was slow to movement to put up previously pubbed works in ebook format to give them another opportunity for enticing readers. This book never quite got the attention that I wanted. It's a wonderful Cinderella-esque story that weaves in a tale of rebirth in both the heroine (Katie) and the hero's (Simon) lives. It talks about taking chances, even when they make us uncomfortable and about believing that there is more out there then we can see.

Kind of like the whole ebook revolution.

The term "revolution" as I use it here is probably not appropriate the change in publishing's collective thinking and the steady stream of authors who are now offering, and finding a venue, for those beloved works that are collecting dust on the back shelves of our internal hard drive. There is definitely a feel of ebracing the unknown when we get into epublishing. There is a whole compl…

Tax Time for Writers

There's still time to gather up all those receipts and file your taxes. For writers, this can be an arduous task with vague advice offered on a multitude of sites. But I've found an article on Savy Authors (my new favorite go-to site) that gives some great tips for getting all that stuff in order. Too late for you this year? Well use their advice to set yourself up for success in the coming year. While you're at it, check out www.savvyauthors.com (That's with 2 v's)!


Savvy Authors - Tax Tips for Writers

Workshop alert: Night Writers: 8 Week Book & Body Boot Camp Begins!

This bears repeating... and repeating... and repeating..
The workshop is free and the instructor is a certified aerobics instructor and a multi-publishing author. I'm willing to give it a shot. How about all of you?

Night Writers: 8 Week Book & Body Boot Camp Begins!: "Welcome to the 8 Week Book & Body Boot Camp! Join me for an 8 week program (free of charge) HERE at the Night Writers Blog! Starting ..."