OCT
29

A Family Project: Interview with Author Dennis Billuni

A Family Project: Interview with Author Dennis Billuni
Of all the writers I’ve worked with, none has made me so proud as my dad, Dennis Billuni, who just published his first novel, Journey To Marseilles (Hellgate, 2017). “I kept getting bogged down, until I started to work with you back in 2011. I think one of the first things I remember you saying to me was, ‘You know how it ends, don't you?’ When I said yes, you said, ‘Well, go write the ending.’ And that's how we started.” That’s not how we started, actually. Several decades before I became a wr......
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OCT
16

Real. Sexy. Romance: Interview with Leslie McAdam

Real. Sexy. Romance: Interview with Leslie McAdam
Real, sexy romance novelist Leslie McAdam is what I call a “can’t fail writer.” She works hard at her craft and always pushes herself to do more for her readers. “I wrote secretly for fifteen years, too scared to show anyone anything I'd written, really,” Leslie says. “Then I met Kristy, who gave me some confidence I sorely lacked.” I would argue that you can’t give anybody confidence, but I am proud of what Leslie has accomplished since we met. This month, she’s publishing her 6th novel, S......
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AUG
18

Your Brand Tree: Authentic Brand-building through Writing

Your Brand Tree: Authentic Brand-building through Writing
You’re launching your business. There’s so much to think about: rates, marketing, logo, and business card. And everybody keeps telling you you need to blog! Where to begin? So much of marketing depends on a strong and resonant brand. The answers to questions you’re asking yourself about logo and color, Facebook ads, and blogging will reveal themselves when you’re clear on your brand identity. Your brand identity dictates not just the look of your website but where and how you market. Deciding on......
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AUG
12

It's like breathing to me: Interview with Lola Davina, author of self-help books for sex workers

It's like breathing to me: Interview with Lola Davina, author of self-help books for sex workers
Whenever I talk about sex work with someone from outside the industry, they fixate on two annoying questions: Why did you start? (Why not?) And how did you get out? (I quit.) These questions annoy me because they avoid the juicy meat of the experience. So do a lot of resources for sex workers. Mainstream culture’s got help for getting out and tips for not getting into sex work, but Lola Davina has written a book about life in the industry. What’s more, she wants to talk about a whole lot more th......
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JUL
10

Why Your Failing Eyesight Is Good For Your Writing

Why Your Failing Eyesight Is Good For Your Writing
My eyesight is not what it used to be. I blame almost fifteen years of editing and supporting writers. But in some ways, I think my failing eyesight is good for my writing. Pigeons fly blind. When they fly forward, they are not at all looking in the same direction they're moving. Instead, they watch the passing scenery, like a passenger in a car.  Years ago, while doing NaNoWriMo, I started the practice of writing first drafts—when I was using a computer and not pen-and-paper—to set th......
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