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    LOL! That one sounds funny, Anna! I love...

    LOL! That one sounds funny, Anna!

    I love Dwight Swain's (author of Techniques of the Selling Writer) definition of conflict:

    "Two dogs. One bone." That's about as simple as you can make it. ;-)
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    True, but there is SO much more vying for...

    True, but there is SO much more vying for readers' attention these days. Not just the aforementioned Internet and TV and movies, but the other 180,000 books released in a year. It's hard to stand out...
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    Welcome Anne!! I'm new to the neighborhood too...

    Welcome Anne!! I'm new to the neighborhood too :-) Just set up my author forum this past week. This has been a fabulous and fun site!
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    Great links! I agree that a lot of people go wild...

    Great links! I agree that a lot of people go wild promoting that first book. It can be tempting to do that, and they think that promoting that one book will make them hit the NYT list or something,...
  5. If they'd just add a shoe department to...

    If they'd just add a shoe department to Starbuck's, I'd be all set ;-)
  6. Thanks for the welcome! And LOL -- I have friends...

    Thanks for the welcome! And LOL -- I have friends who get together with me and all we end up doing is comparing shoes :-) Maybe we should be smart and get together in a shoe department instead of...
  7. :rockon: This does indeed look like a site that's...

    :rockon: This does indeed look like a site that's lots of fun -- and very welcoming!!
  8. You're welcome! It's worked great for us! ...

    You're welcome! It's worked great for us!

    Shirley
  9. Oh, oh!!! Let me be right next to you!! I would...

    Oh, oh!!! Let me be right next to you!! I would so want that job, too. I used to work at Filene's and LOVED THE DISCOUNT. There are days when I (seriously) contemplate going back there (or to Macy's,...
  10. LOL, Lainey. I need a couple of those OCD people...

    LOL, Lainey. I need a couple of those OCD people here! Unfortunately everyone in my family is about the same as me on the housework issue. I have not trained them well enough yet. Sigh.

    But my...
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    LOL, Kayelle. Those are words that normally make...

    LOL, Kayelle. Those are words that normally make me want to run screaming from the room. I hate anything left brained but know it's a necessary part of running my business (as my business owner...
  12. Hi Lila, Welcome to CTR! You know, I started...

    Hi Lila,

    Welcome to CTR! You know, I started in articles a gazillion years ago and I would have thought the same thing if you told me that when I first started as a freelancer. Years down the...
  13. Thanks for the welcome! I love heroines like...

    Thanks for the welcome! I love heroines like that, too! They can be hard to write, but oh so fun when you get one like that (I've done a few and had great fun with them!).

    FYI, I just got an...
  14. Thanks! I saw your post on being new here, too!...

    Thanks! I saw your post on being new here, too! Waving hi to you and raising one chocolate chip muffin in greeting!!
  15. We have two dogs and one of them did this. The...

    We have two dogs and one of them did this. The only way to stop it is to get a litter box he can't get to. Either the one that automatically scoops (which we had but we had two cats and it broke,...
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    I'm totally boring

    I'm a fan of remakes of the standards, so in general, I'm listening to Michael Buble, Norah Jones, Steve Tyrell, etc. That way I have music that isn't intrusive but doesn't put me to sleep either...
  17. New Author, New Shoes, New Books...What More is There?

    Hi all,

    Okay, so I did this backwards :oops:. I started posting in the forums, THEN noticed the introduce myself section. Ah well, I'm a mom. I swear, the second those kids were born, they took a...
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    And one more tip on that...

    One more thing you might want to think about when developin the marketing hook is the "dreaded" high concept hook. The books that have gotten me the most promotion have been the ones that have had a...
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    Wish I Had Time!

    I wish I had time to re-read a whole series before starting a new book. I read a LOT every year, and will sometimes scan a series before starting a new book in a series (assuming I saved the books....
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