Five Tricks To Help You Make a Great First Impression


by James Sorenson Article Categories: ,


First impressions take only seconds to create. Some studies put it as fast as milliseconds. These impressions can take years to override because our brain’s organizational system doesn’t like to refile data.Here are five simple things that will help make a solid and successful first impression:A warm and engaging smile changes the contours of your face. Your eyes crinkle, your teeth flash and your skin shifts to create a welcoming and universally approachable signal to a newcomer.Eye contact. When you are speaking with someone, make eye contact. Don’t ogle or hold it for too long though. Remember to occasionally break your gaze—but not when the other person is speaking. People appreciate someone who is paying attention to them.Keep your mouth closed. Too often when people are nervous or in a situation where they are trying to impress (like at a business networking event, for example), they talk too much. Or […]

Three Things Batman and My 4-Year-Old Taught Me About Business


by Karyn ConnorArticle Categories: ,


A few days ago my son bounded into my bedroom and with all the beautiful grace of a four-year-old boy. My husband and I watched as he threw down his Batman rug and then proceeded to painstakingly spread it out beside our bed.Then he looked up at us and beamed. “It’s for you,” he said to us.His batman carpet? But he loves it!It’s for you, he said. I’m sharing it with you. And he bounded back out with a huge grin on his face.What did this teach me about entrepreneurial success as a writer and business woman? Everything.Build a solid foundation. Before you begin any entrepreneurial pursuit, either as a writer or businessperson, you need to know where you are grounded, both physically and metaphorically. Where will your grass roots be planted in terms of geography and industry? For example, are you a romance writer based both in location and […]

Intergalactic Discrimination, It Is. Or Is It?

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by Jessica Slade Article Categories: ,


Most people would say that discrimination isn’t acceptable. We don’t want racial slurs in our supermarkets, religion slander in our schools or be the person to put up Merry Christmas in our government offices for fear of offending someone somewhere. But what if we want to rant our frustrations about cultures we find absurd, or that infringe on our own rights…such as being able to wish someone a Happy Christmas without being verbally slapped with accusations of discrimination. In a fiction world where fantasy rules, these rules of political correctness can be open to interpretation. But surely such fiction would be banned? Such writers targets of hate mail! No one could make a living off this! Uh, well, yes. They can. And a good living too. Inspirational fiction (otherwise known as Christian fiction) often is based on the assumption that all the answers needed to be happy and successful in […]

Inside Job – Success Tips for Entrepreneurs by Mark Sephton

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by Fred E. WhyteArticle Categories: ,


How does your book, Inside Job, help entrepreneurs who feel “stuck” in their pursuit of success? MS: If we ever want to change our outward experiences, we must change the inside of us. Our beliefs determine our behaviour. It’s from knowing who we are and finding our purpose in our passion which will help launch us forward.  How do you respond to the entrepreneurs who say that they are too busy to mentor or help others? MS:You have to think long term. Life is a marathon not a sprint. Your biggest asset in business is your reputation. Your bottom line will not grow if you have a poor reputation and you are so focused on your bottom line that you forget the very heart beat and lifeblood of your business: people. What are some signs that others might be trying to take advantage of your generosity in terms of helping […]

Can Too Much Learning Hurt Your Creativity and Writing?


by Carrie De Simas Article Categories: ,


Years ago, I submitted my first attempt at a trilogy in proposal form to Harlequin. Within a few weeks, I received a request for a partial back and quickly sent in the first six chapters of the first book. In my mind, I saw my books on the bookshelves, my name in print and my bank account with more than the current twenty dollars in it. But what came back to me was a lengthy rejection. Later, I learned that this lengthy letter was a good sign because the editor saw in my writing something to encourage. So I joined a writers group and began the task of learning the tools of writing creativity. Sounds like an oxy moron. Learning tools and creativity. For the next few years I learned about world building and deep point of view. I learned about the publishing industry and marketing. I learned and learned […]

Fiction Writers Who Have Changed The World

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by Alex CooperArticle Categories: ,


Fiction writers can change the world. We can even make it better!  It’s easy to see the effects of certain books on the world. Religious texts, for example: The Bible. The Koran. The Book of the Dead… The list goes on. These books have changed the world. Some say for better, some say for worse. Regardless, their impact on how societies think, behave and view life cannot be refuted.  Does your writing impact people? Can you infuse it with a new level of meaning and change the world? Most fiction writers would scoff at this. Fiction is an escape, a fantasy, or a brief adventure at best. In response to this, I give you Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictitious detective, Sherlock Holmes: ‘It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.’
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How to Discover and Develop Your Fiction Voice — Tips by Author Nat Russo


by Carrie De SimasArticle Categories: ,


How did you find your narrative voice?  NR: If I had to single out a specific technique or “attribute” of voice, I would have to say “attitude” is the most important element. What the character sees, hears, tastes, smells, and physically touches is often far less interesting than what they think about what they’re sensing. That’s their attitude. And that, I believe, is what adds the necessary spice to my narration. Have you ever tried to emulate other writers’ voices?  NR: Sad to say, I made a feeble attempt at paying homage to Tom Clancy in one section of my book Necromancer Awakening. I thought it was absolutely brilliant, until several readers pointed out the opposite. My primary beta reader eventually said something like “stop trying to be the next Tom Clancy and be the first Nat Russo instead. You’re far better at being Nat than you are at being Tom!” I […]

How to Best Manage Negative Reviews and Pirated Copies of Your Books


by Carrie De SimasArticle Categories: ,


I see many writers on social media complaining about negative reviews or variations of what they perceive as bad publicity. Although no writer yearns for bad press, pirated copies of their books or harsh criticisms, there is a right way and a wrong way to handle it. In martial arts, the student learns that you don’t block a punch because that means you take the full impact of the thrown fist. What you do, is grab the fist and pull it through, following the forward momentum of the punch and throwing the attacker off guard so that they are the ones to fall into the mud, not you. The same is true of negative publicity and reviews. Grab that review and follow it through. You will look stronger, better, more professional and—perhaps most importantly—like you are secure enough to not worry about the small details of one bad review. Done […]

Not Enough Time in Your Day? Five Things You Need to Know About Author Personal Assistants


by Carrie De Simas Article Categories: ,


How do authors find time to write with so many other writing business tasks demanding attention? Sinful Thoughts Author Promotions matches authors with Personal Assistants. But what is an author personal assistant and how do you find one?  Here are some tips from the Christine, Founder of Sinful Thoughts Author Promotions:  1. What are the signs that it is time for an author to consider a personal assistant? ST: An author might want to consider hiring a personal assistant if they are finding it hard to balance writing, a full-time job and promoting their work.  If they are looking for help staying organized and following up on tasks that they haven’t had the chance to. 2. What are the main tasks a personal assistant manages? ST: A PA helps update the authors Facebook and Twitter pages, maintains their calendar, keeps track of giveaway donations and possibly sends them out electronically or […]

Have a Job, Be a Parent AND a Successful Writer – Tips by Heather Sunseri


by Fred E. Whyte Article Categories: ,


When you’re writing, where do you call it quits for the day?  HS—Ha! You ask as if I have a choice. Unfortunately, writing doesn’t come first in my life. I see it as a part of my overall career/job, but my husband and children come first. So, if it’s time for soccer practice and I’m in the middle of a sentence, that’s where I stop. And that actually works fine for me. When I start back up later that day or the next, I always reread the previous section written, so it’s not too hard to keep moving forward. Plus, the story is always churning in my head. I’m always working on the upcoming scenes while I drive, when I’m at the grocery store or making dinner… you get the point.  Did you have all the escalation in stakes and clues planned out in advance? Or did they come to […]