5 Tips on How to Make a Living as an Author

The way to make money as an author is by first NOT making money—volunteering is the secret to your longevity as an author, writer, editor and/or teaching artist.   By doing so, you’ll gain the 3 C’s: CONFIDENCE, COMPETENCE and COMPORTMENT, plus you’ll get people to show up. If you don’t have readers or an…

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After Failure, Tell Yourself a New Story

Elaine Bayless is an author, life coach and retreat facilitator based in Raleigh, North Carolina. We’ve been colleagues and friends for a long time. While we were having coffee a few weeks ago I asked her what she does after a failure–because let’s face it: all writers fail at some point. I wish I was…

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Put Your Ego in a Box: An Interview with Noelle Granger

Hello readers, I’m thrilled to post this interview with author Dr. Noelle Granger, professor emerita at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. This former dean at the UNC School of Medicine published her first mystery novel, Death in a Red Canvas Chair and now Death in a Dacron Sail has just been published.…

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6 Tips for Creating Knock-out Book Trailers

Want to know more about book trailers? In this guestpost by Rona Simmons, author of the new novel, Postcards from Wonderland, you’ll learn valuable tips on how to create a book trailer for YouTube and your website so you can generate buzz for your book. Read on!   With my new novel, Postcards from Wonderland,…

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How a Southern Baby Boomer Overcame Conditional Family Love

Thank you so much fine artist/teacher and novelist Laura Azzi for your book review this week: Who Will Polish the Silver by Marie Land Avery of Raleigh, North Carolina. Laura also lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is extremely active in the Wonderland Book Club, a monthly gathering of the NC Writers’ Network Wake County…

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Fifty Shades of Grey: Not the Hack Job You Think

Now that Fifty Shades of Grey is out in movies theaters with Dakota Johnson (Anatastia Steele) and Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey) in the title roles–everyone can be a critic of both the immensely popular source material and film. I haven’t read the book (and don’t plan to) and ditto with the movie, but I wanted…

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How to Get Your Novel Unstuck

Today’s valuable writing lesson is brought to you by M.C. Tuggle of Charlotte, North Carolina. M.C. is a native North Carolinian whose ancestors arrived in the South in 1647. He majored in history and English, and completed his M.A. in English at Wake Forest University. M.C’s fantasy, science fiction, and literary stories have been featured in…

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3 Steps for Taming the Inner Critic

Everything was fine until you showed up. That’s how you begin a story. Your story. Anyone’s story. The story of your life’s trials and tribulations which has brought you here today. Your story can be a wonderful motivator, but it can also hold you back and shackle your dreams. That’s how I rewrote my Inner…

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Persistence Pays Off for Author Kim Church

Today I’m hosting author Kim Church on Write from the Inside Out. Kim lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she divides her time between writing and practicing law. Her debut novel, Byrd, is getting rave reviews and just won the Crook’s Corner 2014 Book Prize, which honors a debut book set in the American South.…

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12 Tips for Bolder Writing–Right Now!

We all want to be better, more capable writers and it all starts with cleaner prose that closes up the distance between the author and the reader. Use this check list the next time you’re self-editing your fiction, as well as your memoir and poetry. You’re welcome!         Use strong nouns and…

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