Logical Brain is a Follower, But Lizard Brain is a Jerk

Before my first novel was published, I lived in a happy fantasy world where publication represented the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Once an author was published, I thought, the black dog of uncertainty departed for gloomier pastures and the world became a place of joy and light. My logical brain understands that publication is a process, and that although there’s no such thing as a magic bullet, publication does represent success in a writer’s world.  Unfortunately, my logical brain is a follower … and my lizard brain is a jerk. For those unfamiliar with the

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Blogging for Authors, Part 1

Welcome back to the ongoing series on Author Marketing! Today, we’re crossing platforms from twitter to blogging. Many authors hear “you should blog” and immediately panic, because they don’t know what to say, how to say it, or even where to begin. For many authors, the long-form writing of novels doesn’t translate naturally to shorter forms like blogging and social media. Blogging is important, and ultimately an author blog is a great way to keep in touch with readers — and keep them in touch with you. However, if it’s not something an author does regularly, starting the process can

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The Best Reef Photos From April, 2014

I’ve been a bit lax with my reef posts lately, in part because I’m scheduling the tours for my upcoming mystery, BLADE OF THE SAMURAI, which releases on July 15. I’ve come out of the weeds, however, and I’ll be back to regular posting as of this week. Since it’s the first week of a new month, today’s reef post offers “the best of” April 2014: We brought home a new dragonet (sometimes known as a “scooter blenny”), who’s doing well and already eating frozen mysis–in the wild, they live on live foods only, so making the transfer to frozen is

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