The English Major Myth, by Holly Reynolds
In March of 2013, I graduated from the University of Washington with an English Language and Literature degree. I’m not bragging—not exactly. I have a soap-box routine for when family members or business majors or bio students ask me why I chose to be an English major—and this is neither the space nor the platform […]
Making Characters Real: Write What You Know, by Clare Dugmore
One of the most common pieces of writing advice is “write what you know,” and I’ve been thinking about this a lot in relation to authors writing outside of their race, gender, sexual identity etc. If the aim is to make characters real and believable, by writing what you know, how did successful authors like […]
Ten Ways Authors Can Connect With Readers On Social Media, by Clare Dugmore
Last month I wrote about how you need to be a real person on social media, and form relationships with potential readers so that when you release a book, these people care enough to buy it. Today, I’d like to discuss some ways you can actually connect with your readers. Be Visual. In marketing, experts […]
Slow and Steady Wins the Race, by Clare Dugmore
Growing up, one of my favorite Aesop’s fables was The Tortoise and the Hare. The moral “Slow and Steady Wins the Race,” really stood out for me, because, although I was as smart as the other kids, I wasn’t as fast. My handwriting wasn’t great, so I took my time with it to make sure […]
Don’t Be The Ol’ Gil of Social Media, by Clare Dugmore
If you’ve watched The Simpsons you’ll be familiar with the character Gil Gunderson, a down on his luck salesman who is always trying to get the Simpson family to buy his latest product. Normally by shoving it down their throats or desperately begging and pleading. If you’re an author on social media, you don’t want […]
Correct Punctuation, Usage, and Spelling, Oh My!  The rumors, I hate to admit, are true. I’m a grammar Nazi. Trust me, I like the sound of that even less than you do – I’m even of German descent. Yikes. Moving on. Grammar, people. It’s important. Not because forgetting the comma in “Let’s eat, Grandma!” leads […]
Who’s Talking Now? A Brief Look at Points of View in Literature, by Nikki Tetreault
Most people read about point of view (also known as narrative) in English class, where certain terms and definitions swirl around in their minds: first person, third person, second person, third-person limited, limited-omniscient…and the list goes on. This post is not about my knowledge of these terms and definitions and how to use them – I […]