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by TPC on January 11, 2015

Cover Crisis

By Stephanie Casher

So we’ve hit a snag in the cover design process… and I need everyone’s help.

We’ve been working on the design for The Space Between cover for the past few months. This has been a really challenging process for me, because I’m not really visual, so I didn’t have a “concept” in mind for the cover.  At all.  So I wasn’t able to give my designer precise direction, and instead asked him to “throw something together.”

It took a while, and a lot of tweaking, but we finally settled on something I liked (see below). I was so relieved to be done with this, as it was a stressful process. After my editor finished reading the book, I sent her the sample cover to see what she thought.

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Sell Me This Pen: 5 Author Discovery Learned from the Wolf of Wall Street

 By Omar Luqmaan-Harris

I have an admission to make. I love marketing and sales. Always have. There’s something magical about being able to identify or anticipate someone’s needs and then fulfill them in a wholly satisfactory fashion.  I know I am in the minority of most authors when it comes to this attribute. Most authors genuinely despise and even hate the idea of marketing and sales. Still, everyone likes seeing the numbers in their bank accounts rise, right?

Unfortunately, those numbers don’t rise without some level of intervention and action on the part of the author. Now, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while then you know that I have made it my personal mission to try literally everything available to boost my discovery by readers. I do this for 2 reasons: 1) I really like gaining more readers and 2) I really like helping others succeed as well. If I can save you time or give you a tip that makes your life easier, I consider it a job well done and a necessary sacrifice for the greater good.

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Beast Mode in 2015

By James W. Lewis

Yeah, I know, I know. I’ve pretty much abandoned this website, cobwebs and dust all over the place. I posted my last blog in what, June? Pitiful. In my defense, I started a new school semester, and since I’m a few cards short of a full deck, I took on 9 units (3 classes). That may not sound like much, but with graduate level classes, my schedule entailed a buttload of reading and writing.

I had to write two final papers, about 20 pages each in APA format, based on a topic of my chose (I wrote about physical activity and its effect on post traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans for both classes). That meant hours of researching scientific literature, reading said literature, writing the papers, editing, APA formatting–yeah. Oh, by the way, I still had to finish homework and study for exams (one class had 4 exams, the most since high school). Sh*t was no joke. Oh oh! Not to mention my dumb butt took TWO physiology classes. The dearth of human body material made me want to gouge out my eyeballs, grab an ice pick and stab my skull through the empty eye sockets. I was…

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