Writing in Busy Times

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by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

Usually I think of summer as a lazier time when I can leisurely get peripheral writing-related chores completed. I’d put all kinds of things on my calendar to do this summer: Facebook ad experiments, slideshows for LinkedIn, website stuff.  There was no time to do any of the extras I wanted to try.  I did write a book, though, and promoted one that came out in May.  There was a lot of writing on the go.

So what do we do during frantically busy times to stay on track with our writing goals?  I’ve got a few tips:  Continue reading Writing in Busy Times

Print is Still Important

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by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

I’ve found that, bottom-line, readers are still interested in purchasing and reading books in print.  My print income remains a stable monthly source of revenue.  If there is any lag in putting a new release into print format, I do immediately hear from print-loving readers.  Now I start putting a new release through the uploading process for print (which does take a bit longer to go live) before uploading the digital format to retail sites.  I’d recommend that everyone offer their books in this format.

A little more information about print options and costs: Continue reading Print is Still Important

Twitterific Writing Links

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by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

A weekly roundup of the best writing links from around the web.

Twitterific writing links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 30,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers.

Revising for Pacing:  http://ow.ly/T8C53034ebt @p2p_editor

Communication in our story world:  http://ow.ly/H3Po3034dSI by A.D. Shrum

10 Tricks for Getting Your Book Reviewed by a Book Blogger:  http://ow.ly/bipZ3034e1i  @sugarbeatbc  @annerallen

3 Cases of Complicated Parenthetical Punctuation:  http://ow.ly/Cy4Z3034dBX @writing_tips

12 Stages of Physical Intimacy: Info for Writers http://ow.ly/P7ih3034e82 @FionaQuinnBooks                Continue reading Twitterific Writing Links

8 Tips on Writing Dual-Time Mysteries

by M.K. Tod, @MKTodAuthorTodMK-TimeandRegret-22790-CV-FT

What do The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig, The Labyrinth by Kate Mosse, The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian, The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro, and The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier have in common? Answer: they are all dual-time mysteries. I love reading stories like these. But writing one proved to be a significant challenge and demanded a different approach from my previous historical novels.

So what did I learn? Below are eight tips for crafting this type of story. Continue reading 8 Tips on Writing Dual-Time Mysteries

Pre-orders: An Update

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by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

As I wrote in this post in April 2015 (a post which landed me immediately on a couple of different podcasts to elaborate), I have not been much of a fan of pre-orders.

Why I originally set-up a pre-order

I started a pre-order experiment last October.  At the time, I had every reason to expect that the experiment would be a success.  I’d heard good things about setting up pre-orders on podcasts and from distributors like Mark Coker at Smashwords and Draft2Digital. Continue reading Pre-orders: An Update