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3 years ago

Romance Writers, Readers, and Girl-Power

This is the key to what makes the genre the most popular form of fiction being published today. [bctt tweet=”Romance novels aren’t The Hero’s Journey. They’re The Heroine’s Journey. http://www.blissblog.org” username=”@MaggieShayne”] These stories always pit a woman who could be any one of us, against insurmountable obstacles, powerful villains, and in the end, she always […]

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3 years ago

Believe Your Way to Success

  When you have a strong belief, that belief is a magnet for things that match it. The best example of this in our culture came on May 6th, 1954 when Roger Bannister ran a mile in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds.  Up until then, a common belief was that humans were physically incapable of running […]

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3 years ago

What Happens When We Die?

Sometime in the wee hours of May 26th, the sweetest dog I’ve ever known, Daisy, a 200 pound, brindle-with-apricot, English mastiff, who had fur as soft as a bunny’s ear, left her beautiful physical form behind. We had stayed up with her until midnight. When I got up to check her at 2 a.m., she […]

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3 years ago

How To Sell More Books

Make the first book in your connected series free for at least a month at a time. Make sure there are links to at least 2 sequels in the back matter. Make sure there is a hefty sized excerpt of Book 2 or a link to one in the back matter. Masterfully and subtly set […]

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3 years ago

The Care and Feeding of the Muse

Inspiration is the well from which writers and artists drink. And the muse is the personification of our inspiration. Keeping her well full and clear is something that will benefit all artists, and here are some thoughts on how we can do that. I know this is the opposite of the normal writerly advice, to […]

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3 years ago

When Biz is Bad, Turn it Around

What do you do when things in your business stink on ice? You know, sales are slumping, the writing isn’t going well, the technology is wonky, and Amazon is doing all the things the “Sky is falling” gang are always accusing it of. That kind of bad. As soon as you start fighting against trends […]

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3 years ago

Make More Money Now

For a long time now, I’ve been employing the philosophy that was my mother-in-law’s favorite; make the best of what you have. I’ve been amazed at the power of using this in my personal life. [bctt tweet=”When you make the best of what you have, something even better comes. It’s like magic!” username=”@maggieshayne”] I was […]

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3 years ago

I Put Meditation to the Test

For years I wanted to be a meditator, but I could never get myself into the habit enough to make it stick. I’ve always had the issue of myriad thoughts racing through my mind when I’ve tried to make it be quiet, so that I never really feel I’m getting any benefit from it. One […]

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3 years ago

The Artist’s Art of Observation

We don’t get the urge to tell stories until we’ve first been told stories. Whether it was our mother or grandmother, teacher or sibling, babysitter or friend, weaving a tale of her own, or reading to us from a fabulous book. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, or Hop on Pop or the television set, […]

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