Have Authors been Compromised?

Written by Real Laplaine August 18, 2019|author, book giveaways, book release, books, free books, reading, writing This could be a touchy subject for some or many, so I apologize in advance if what I am about to say offends you. As an author of 14 published works, so far, and an ardent writer, I found … Continue reading Have Authors been Compromised?

Writing Contests to Enter for 2020

Sometimes a little competition is what you need to get back in the writing game. What better way to do that than to enter writing contests and see how well you’ll do? As writers, we’re often plagued with a whole lot of self-doubt which can have a negative effect on our mental health and our … Continue reading Writing Contests to Enter for 2020

Author interview: Jane Risdon’s Life of Crime

Another wonderful Interview with Jane Risdon.


Today I’m hosting fellow author Jane Risdon who has dropped in to chat about her work.  I pitched a series of questions to her and these are Jane’s responses…

Jane with Only One Woman and Undercover: Crime Shorts

Hi Jo, thanks for asking me back on to your fab blog. I really enjoy visiting and discovering what you will ask me next.  A challenge is always such fun. I do hope your readers enjoy my latest offering.

What attracts me to writing crime?

Well, for starters it is not the blood and guts or the horror of crime, whether it is a murder, fraud, or some other law breaking. I’ve had to think hard about this question but I think it is the puzzle at the heart of most crimes: who did it, how, why, and sometimes even when and where? They’re all questions I like to be asked as…

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How to Publish with KDP: Part Two

Part two of KDP and Formatting a document.

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Hello SErs. Harmony here. As promised earlier, here is the second installment in the post series dedicated to taking a step-by-step look at how to get your finished manuscript from your computer and on sale on Amazon in both ebook and paperback.

If you’d like to take a look back at the planned outline in that post, then here’s the shortlink: https://wp.me/p7OGru-29c. And here’s the link to Part 1: https://wp.me/p7OGru-29t. To make it easy to browse back and forth, I’ve set all links to open in new tabs. As this series progresses, I will update the links for you so that each post includes links to all past posts in the series.

So, here’s Part Two: General Formatting Necessities

Whatever software you’re writing in, there are a number of tips and tricks you can use as you type to help ease the burden of formatting…

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12 Quick Writing Tips for Beginners (and Anyone Returning From a Long Break)

Twelve Writing Tips for Beginners

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1. Writing what you know a lot about/are interested in is a great place to start — there is always room to learn and branch out/expand your horizons once you’re more comfortable.

2. There is no “wrong” way to start writing, as long as you actually physically start writing (your own original arrangements of words, of course).

3. You don’t have to write a novel in a day. Take things one step at a time — slow progress is still progress.

4. You don’t even have to have a goal if that’s going to stress or overwhelm you too much. Keep it simple: Try to write just a little bit at a time at the start and see how things go.

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12 Simple and Effective Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills Over Time

Twelve ways to improve your writing skills.

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1. Reread (and critique) your own writing. We don’t like to look at our own mistakes, but it’s one great way to learn not to repeat them.

2. Try a regular series of writing prompts a few days a week — even if writing prompts aren’t normally your “thing.”

3. Blog as regularly as possible about a topic that interests you, even if you don’t publish your posts.

4. Read! READ READ READ READ READ! The best writers are also major readers (audiobooks count!).

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