Literature as a Lifeline: How Stories and Genetic Testing Can Save Lives from Mental Illness

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Literature comforts in a way clinical definitions and diagnoses cannot. It can help people recognize the symptoms of mental illness in themselves long before the predator of suicide pounces. Kristen Davis Schwandes explains why it is vitally important for writers to accurately portray the thought processes involved in mental illness.

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A history of severe clinical depression provides me with a finely tuned B.S. detector when it comes to fictional characters who have mental illness. I can tell if they were written by…

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Author Mindset: Choose Wonder Over Worry With Amber Rae

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How do you deal with the roller-coaster of being a creative? In today’s show, I talk to Amber Rae about self-doubt, worry, envy, ambition, comparisonitis and more.

WONDER OVER WORRY In the intro, I talk about Ready Player One (the movie), and the Exponential Wisdom podcast with Peter Diamandis about speaking in VR on High Fidelity, created by Philip Rosedale of Second Life. As I am off to Florida to speak at Novelists Inc, I am definitely a fan of the future of VR speaking!

I also talk about my personal writing update, working on final edits for Valley of Dry Bones, now available for pre-order.

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3 Layers of Writing Mastery: Which One Is Most Important?

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Writing requires three layers of mastery.

First, a writer must learn to master stories.

People may think in stories, talk in stories, read and watch and hear stories all day long, but life itself, the thing about which we are always telling stories, has no beginning, middle, or end. Life doesn’t see protagonists or antagonists, doesn’t value one experience over the other. In fact, life doesn’t even recognize adjectives and adverbs: it’s made of nothing but nouns and verbs.

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And yet the writer must learn to look at life, at the great teaming, streaming, swarm of things and thoughts and people a…

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Maybe There Are Two Separate Muses? Writing Fiction And Non-Fiction From The Heart

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I do lots of interviews on other podcasts, but there are some interviewers I really connect with, and Caroline Donohue at The Secret Library Podcast is one of them, so we get really honest in this discussion about writing non-fiction from the heart.

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Here are the highlights and the full transcript below. You can read Caroline’s notes on the podcast episode here.

How to choose a non-fiction subject to write about

Two different approaches to tackl…

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Your Author Brand: What It Is And Why You Need One

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By BookBaby author Dana Kaye

“I’m not a brand, I’m an author!” True, but the purpose of branding is the same whether you’re selling books or bran flakes: to let customers know what they’re going to get before they buy.

Almost every author I’ve met, whether they write literary fiction for a small press or category romances for Harlequin, has considered themselves an artist of some sort, and no one wants to equate selling their art to selling Kellogg’s cereal or Coca-Cola. They don’t view their books as commercial products. But the purpose of branding is the same whether you’re selling books or bran flakes: to let customers know what they’re going to get before they buy.

When you pick up a Coke, you know exactly what the soda is going to…

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The Psychology of Social Media

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Welcome back!

Have you ever wondered what makes people share on social media? I stumbled on today’s infographic and just a few days ago and just had to share! I hope you enjoy the thoughts from this infographic

I found this graphic on Social Media Today

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The Importance Of Creative Process: 5 Key Conditions To Help You Thrive

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With every year that passes on my author journey, I realize more and more the importance of routine and consistent practice in order to create in a healthy and sustainable manner. 

creative processI have my regular time slot for writing, the same table at a local cafe, my noise-cancelling headphones and the same rain & thunderstorms sound as my fingers touch the keys. 

In today’s article, Maxima Kahn goes into more detail on the importance of creative process and routine.

Begin again. These are words to live by. As creators, we are continually beginning again—a new project, a new line of a poem, chap…

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How to Sell an Essay or Article: 21 Tips for Writing a Winning Cover Letter

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Wondering how to sell an essay? Writing a cover letter that’s short and perfect to introduce your pages will sell a piece faster than submitting an excellent article or essay with an uninspired note.

This article is excerpted from Susan Shapiro’s new book, The Byline Bible: Get Published in Five Weeks.

My writing students are shocked by my belief that sending short, perfect cover letters to introduce mediocre pages will sell an essay faster than submitting a stellar piece with a lousy missive. Of course, I’m not advocating sending out pages that are less than superb. But here&#8217…

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How Authors Can Become Part of the News Cycle

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By BookBaby author Mike Onorato

If you want to become part of the news cycle, you need to have something newsworthy happening. You also need to be proactive in positioning yourself and be able to tell your story.

Media contacts are inundated with books and pitches each day. This is true not only for new and upcoming books but also for backlist titles that may receive a boost from something happening in the news or some fresh angle. So how can you get your book and your message to stand out from the crowd? How can you become part of the news cycle and what can you do right now to penetrate the noise? Here are some suggestions:

Challenge people’s comfort zones

It’s called comfort zone for a reason, and finding a new angle or approach that a producer or editor might n…

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When is the Best Time for Your Book Launch?

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Often the launch of a book (the actual book launch date) is determined by one thing: the book is finally done. But is there more to launching a book at the exact right time? Should there be? The simple answer is yes. But to understand how book launch times have morphed over the years, it’s a good idea to go back and look at the history of these launch dates.

Publishing a book and the associated timelines for launching the book used to be pretty simple. Publishers had major launch times which were: Spring, Summer, Fall/Winter, but now much of that has changed. Books are slotted in areas that fit them best, rather than being put into a season to fill the publisher’s book list for that particular time of year. And, with the deluge of political books hitting the market, publisher…

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