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June 19, 2016

Burnout and the Indie Author

In this blog we’ll talk about the warning signs of author burnout, particularly indie author burnout—and give you some easy steps to get your groove back.   Lack of energy. You feel exhausted most of the time, even though you haven’t done anything particularly physically taxing. Lack of sleep. You can’t sleep even though you […]

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June 11, 2016

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.” 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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June 5, 2016

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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May 28, 2016

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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May 22, 2016

Why Do Bad Things Keep Happening to Me?

The answer is in the question. Bad things keep happening to you if you are the type of person who believes bad things keep happening to them. I’m going to give you some easy steps to change your beliefs, and when you follow them, you’ll become the type of person who poops rainbows, just like […]

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May 15, 2016

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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May 8, 2016

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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May 1, 2016

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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April 23, 2016

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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April 16, 2016

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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