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Self-Publishing Platform Pros and Cons

If you’ve opted to self published, there are several platforms you can use to bring your eBook and Print-On-Demand (POD) paperback to fruition.  No platform is perfect, so let’s examine self-publishing platform pros and cons.

 

I have used Amazon, Smashwords, B&N Press and Kobo, so those are the platforms I will compare and contrast.  Currently, I only use Amazon, a…

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Added by Melina Druga on March 27, 2020 at 11:41am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Evan Anderson

Evan Anderson is a transplanted Southern Californian, originally from Los Angeles, living in the Catskills and Hudson Valley of upstate New York.  He is continually surprised by the area’s hidden treasures, even after years of exploring the streams, mountains and valleys.

 

He also finds community life to be rich.  Located less than two hours from New York City, people…

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Added by Melina Druga on March 17, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

Avoiding Anxiety and Self Doubt While Writing

Writers are perhaps among the most self-conscious people I know.  It may have something to do with writers putting a bit of themselves into their stories or feeling so close to their work that it is like exposing one’s soul to others.  Whatever the cause, many scribes experience anxiety and self doubt while writing.

 

No one likes rejection or negative criticism, and when…

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Added by Melina Druga on March 6, 2020 at 10:01am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Ryan Uytdewilligen

Ryan Uytdewilligen loves movies to death! He’s a huge fan of the Oscars, and every year holds a party at his house.  He can name you ever winner off the top of my head.

 

Uytdewilligen grew up on a farm in the Canadian prairies.

 

When not writing, Uytdewilligen enjoys travel and…

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Added by Melina Druga on February 18, 2020 at 11:14am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Thierry Sagnier

In addition to being a writer, Thierry Sagnier is an addicted reader, songwriter and musician, and a traveler.  He is bilingual.

Besides historical fiction, Sagnier has written nonfiction, science fiction and thrillers.



Sagnier is the author of L'Amerique .  He is the next author to be featured in my interview series focusing on historical fiction and…

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Added by Melina Druga on February 4, 2020 at 11:24am — No Comments

Websites that List Writing Jobs

I am often asked how to start a freelance writing career.  There are two ways.  One is to cold contact companies.  The other is to apply to freelance writing positions.  Here are some websites that list writing jobs.

 

LinkedIn

 

LinkedIn has a job section that…

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Added by Melina Druga on January 31, 2020 at 11:17am — No Comments

Domestic Servants at the Turn of the 20th Century

Having a family member “in service” or being in service yourself was common before the end of World War 1.  Domestic servants were necessary to run the expansive homes of the upper middle class and wealthy prior to the invention of many electric conveniences.

 

While today we may think of working as a maid, for example, as being an undesirable position, this stigma did not…

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Added by Melina Druga on January 29, 2020 at 10:46am — No Comments

Christmas Shopping in a Bygone Era

The commercialization of Christmas began during the Victorian era.  Retailers encouraged consumers to shop for the holidays instead of giving homemade gifts, and shop employees also decorated their shop windows with lavish displays to attract passersby.  The tradition of Christmas shopping was born.

 

So what were the popular gifts in this bygone era?  Let’s find out by…

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Added by Melina Druga on December 18, 2019 at 10:50am — No Comments

Early 20th Century Dentistry: More Modern Than You Think

Dreading that next trip to the dentist?  You’re not alone. 

Patients a century ago, equally dreaded the visit, but thankfully, dentistry had modernized considerably by the early 20th century.  At least, you could reasonably expect pain medication and a speedy drill.  Let’s take a look at early 20th century dentistry.

Dental schools got their start in…

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Added by Melina Druga on December 4, 2019 at 10:59am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Kelli A. Wilkins

When Kelli Wilkins isn’t writing, she enjoys a variety of hobbies including reading, traveling, gardening, visiting flea markets, and visiting weird/creepy/haunted places.

In addition to historical romance, Wilkins has written gay, contemporary, fantasy, and paranormal love stories at all heat levels.



Wilkins is the author of Redemption from a Dark Past. She…

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Added by Melina Druga on November 26, 2019 at 10:21am — No Comments

School Kids in 1903 Explain Why Thanksgiving Turkeys are Important

“Kids Say the Darndest Things” may be a television show, but kids have been saying what’s on their minds –  and amusing adults – for centuries.  In 1903, the Sioux City Journal in Iowa asked the city’s school children to pen an essay on Thanksgiving turkeys.

 

A sampling of the essays were published on Nov. 26, 1903.  They were written by second and third graders at…

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Added by Melina Druga on November 20, 2019 at 11:05am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Anthony Barton

Anthony Barton has a pet bat named Bulmer.

In addition to historical fiction, Barton has written a non-fiction: Famous Teachers and Their Methods.



Barton is the author of Press Gang!.  He is the next author to be featured in my interview series focusing on historical fiction and historical romance authors.…

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Added by Melina Druga on November 12, 2019 at 10:15am — No Comments

What Affect Does Birth Order Have on Personality?

Families in the 19th and early 20th centuries often had large families.  What affect does birth order have personality?  This is a question I considered while creating the Steward family in Angel of Mercy.

Birth order and personality wasn’t something people considered until the 1920s.  That’s when Austrian psychiatrist Alfred Adler first theorized that birth order played a role in how…

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Added by Melina Druga on November 6, 2019 at 10:22am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Mary Van Winkle

Mary Van Winkle loves classic movies, and TCM is her favorite channel. She enjoys the styles, the music and the attitudes of the first half of the 20th century.

In addition to historical fiction, Van Winkle also writes contemporary fiction.

Van Winkle is the author of Finding Wonderland.  She is the next author to be featured in my interview series focusing on…

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Added by Melina Druga on October 29, 2019 at 10:39am — No Comments

Where to Write? Is There Really a Best Place to Write?

Where is the best place to write?  If you’re an author or aspiring author, you’ve no doubt been asked this question, often by colleagues.  The answer isn’t that simple.  It’s very much a personal choice based on where the writer is the most comfortable and productive.

The internet is full of advice on where an author should write.  These articles suggest authors and freelance writers get out of the home office. …

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Added by Melina Druga on October 23, 2019 at 10:47am — No Comments

Homophones: The Right Word Might be the Wrong Word

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Added by Melina Druga on October 16, 2019 at 9:42am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Richard Roux

Richard Roux has a variety of interests outside of his career.  He enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, playing ice hockey on an adult recreational team, binge-watching TV shows, and experimenting with his outdoor grill and smoker.

He has served the boards of several organizations, including the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Kern County Historical Society.…

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Added by Melina Druga on October 15, 2019 at 10:24am — No Comments

6 WW1 Historical Fiction Novels that Bring the War to Life

World War I ended in November 1918, but it hasn’t failed to capture our imaginations.  Perhaps it is because it was thought to be “the war to end all wars,” or it could be because of the destruction in caused, not just in terms of lives and property, but to politics and social economics.  Or maybe it’s because war is an event ripe with stories to tell – heroes, villains, love, loss, ordinary people thrust into impossible situations.  Here are six novels…

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Added by Melina Druga on October 9, 2019 at 9:43am — No Comments

An Excerpt of The Legacy by Ann Markim

The following is an excerpt of The Legacy by Ann Markim. The excerpt was provided by the author.

 

 

Anna Jorgesen studied her reflection in the small mirror hanging on the wall of Peder’s room. Her hair, a bright blond when properly coifed, looked drab and disordered. Dark circles beneath her blue eyes added years to…

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Added by Melina Druga on October 3, 2019 at 10:15am — No Comments

Plural Nouns: An Easy Guide to How to Pluralize

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Added by Melina Druga on October 2, 2019 at 10:13am — No Comments

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