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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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Killing Your Darlings

You know those scenes that you LOOOOOOOVE, but you feel like you can’t cut? You know the ones. They’re the scenes that turn you into a frothing angry velociraptor when someone suggests you might cut them. The scenes your beta-readers keep mentioning might not be necessary, and you’ve pretty much lost all faith in your beta readers…

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How The Film MOONLIGHT Breaks The Rules

The film MOONLIGHT claimed top prizes by winning the Academy Awards for best picture and best screenplay last month. This film is brilliant. And in my opinion, much of that brilliance comes from the fact that it broke so MANY conventional writing “rules” that we’ve been told again and again. It broke those rules –…

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