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You CAN Make Writing Your First Priority!

Every day we tell ourselves no. We tell ourselves that our writing must wait. We tell ourselves that we need more time and more money. We tell ourselves we’ll focus on our writing when we have fewer obligations, and less stress, and things calm down. We brainwash ourselves into believing it isn’t time. And so…

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PART 3: Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

Here it is! The third and final installment in my three-part series on the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus self-publishing. In this final video I cover: The pace of publishing, which is dramatically different in these two publishing models. The overall writing and publishing life. Then I recap everything we’ve discussed. Choosing between traditional publishing…

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PART 2: Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

Last week I started our discussion on the pros and cons between traditional publishing and self-publishing. Both of these are viable options in today’s writing market … the question is which one is right for you? Last week’s video covered: Submissions, gatekeepers, rights, royalties, advances, and contracts. Watch last weeks video here: PART 1 –…

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PART 1: Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

Should you publish your book traditionally with a major publisher? Or should you go the self-publishing route? In the past, traditional publishing has been the primary option for writers. It’s the classic model that we’re all familiar with, wherein a larger publisher in New York buys our book and turns us into a literary sensation….

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Behind the Scenes: Ingrid’s Notes Website Photoshoot

The Ingrid’s Notes Website – which will be dedicated to creative writing craft, process, and inspiration – is coming soon! In the meantime, get inspired by this fun behind-the-scenes video of the website photoshoot. All the images on the site are created by me and my husband who owns Gearhart Photo. I got creative and…

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Trust Your Crazy Ideas

Trust your crazy ideas! These are the most original, wild, and creative parts of you bubbling up. They only feel “crazy” because they’re original, because they aren’t the status quo, because they’re different … and different scares us. But different can also be BRILLIANT. Of course, we can’t guarantee our crazy ideas will work ……

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Video: What Is Profluence?

Have you heard of this fancy MFA creative writing term called profluence? Proflu-whaaaaaat? Yep, it’s a complete mouthful! Profluence is a big scholarly MFA word that I’d never heard of until I was in creative writing school. It’s coined by John Gardner and it refers to the overall connective tissue, flow and energy of your novel,…

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