5 Holy Secrets of Open Mics

I’ve had the pleasure of leading literary open mics in my writers’ community since 2009. Recently, I’ve joined forces with the Main Street Rag Raleigh Reading Series which hosts a monthly open mic and a featured author at So & So Books in downtown Raleigh. I’ve learned a lot since the first one I hosted.…

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What Does a Book Editor Do Anyway?

I recently received an email from several authors interested in vetting my services. I know they studied my Manuscript Editing Services page on my website, but they wanted to dig deeper with some good questions such as how long I’ve been editing, what are my preferred genres, and how many books I have edited. They also…

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5 Ways to Keep On Truckin’ After Rejection

Today author Rachel Weaver (Point of Direction) joins us at Write from the Inside Out to share her tips on writer rejection. Rachel is an author, editor and educator who lives in the Denver area.  As writers, we all get rejected and it’s definitely part of the job. As a result of her talent and…

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How to Effectively Prepare For Your First Writers’ Conference

The 2014 NC Writers’ Network Fall Conference (NCWN) is this weekend in Charlotte. Even if you are completely prepared, you might feel nervous, especially if it’s your first conference. Don’t worry; we’ve all been there. At my first NCWN conference in 2003 in Wilmington, North Carolina, I worried that everyone would ask how much I…

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5 Essential Road Trip Tips for Authors

If you’ve just published your book, you’re likely to be hitting the road meeting folks from all over your state or adjoining states for book signings, conferences, festivals and book clubs. Is your car up to the task? Because nothing sucks more than your car breaking down as you’re headed to a gig and you…

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How to Introduce a Speaker

At some point in your writing and speaking life, you’ll be called to introduce a speaker for your conference, panel, networking luncheon, awards ceremony or monthly book club meeting. In the past maybe you didn’t have anything prepared and winged it or maybe your speaker didn’t give you anything beforehand. It went okay. No one…

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6 Ways to be an Awesome Featured Author

If you’re an author Open Mics are a great way to build your reading reputation and your platform. Don’t forget to bring your signup list and your books and business cards so you can build your audience. I’ve hosted an Open Mic reading series for a long and have recently joined forces with the Main…

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NaNoWriMo is Coming

It’s time to get yourself rested up for the full contact sport of NaNoWriMo, starting November 1st. National Novel Writing Month (called NaNoWriMo for short) is where 200,000 writers around the world hash out a 50,000 word novel from Nov 1st to Nov 30th. November is also the month of National Blog Posting Month and…

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Everything Was Fine Until You Showed Up

“Everything was fine until you showed up,” says UNC-Wilmington creative writing professor Philip Gerard when talking about how to start your memoir.   Who is this “you”? It could be a death or a birth, but most times it is a death. And the death doesn’t have to be physical—think about loss of innocence, retirement,…

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