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Creating an Author Business Plan: How Will the Business Run?

By Marcy Kennedy (@Marcy Kennedy) In our ongoing quest to write up an author business plan that will guide us in the years to come, we’ve already talked about setting our goals, choosing our stories, and identifying our audience. I think of that as the fun stuff because it feels like it’s closely related to(…)

Unbelievable Real Life: Skeleton Flowers

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome back to my unbelievable real life feature where I show you places, animals, and other oddities from our world that look like they stepped right out of the pages of a fantasy novel. Today I wanted to show you the Diphylleia grayi–a plant commonly known as the Skeleton Flower. The name(…)

Creating an Author Business Plan: Identifying Your Audience

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome back to the third installment in my series on writing your author business plan. We’re working on our Author Business Plan Summary, and we’ve already covered setting our goals and choosing our stories. If you haven’t read those posts yet, I recommend you go back and start from the beginning.(…)

Why I Hate the Jedi

For those of you who missed it, I’ve been having an…interesting few weeks. You can catch the pertinent details in my post I’m Having One of Those Weeks. Thank you to everyone who sent me kind messages and helped to cheer me up. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me. Unfortunately, since(…)

I’m Having One of Those Weeks

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Last week, I had “one of those weeks.” Again. My husband and I both came down with a cold/flu bug that (literally) knocked us off our feet for days. I couldn’t stand up long enough to even cook dinner. Before we were back to full health, one of our cats cut(…)

Why I Hate Gale in The Mockingjay

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) When The Hunger Games first became popular, readers were drawn into picking sides about who was the best match for Katniss Everdeen—Gale or Peeta. It never reached the level of Twilight’s Jacob vs. Edward debate, but any love triangle encourages people to pick sides. I always felt like Peeta was the(…)

Are Writing Rules a Myth?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Because of how many times I find myself having to address the concept of “writing rules” with my editing clients and in the writing classes I teach, I thought it might be time to talk about it in an open forum. Let’s call the elephant out and decide whether to keep(…)

Unbelievable Real Life: A Waterfall of Blood

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome back to the first Unbelievable Real Life feature of 2015! Because we’re stuck in the doldrums of winter, I thought it might be a good time to explore some very cool wintery spots (no pun intended…well, maybe a little). If we’re going to be buried under mounds of snow, we(…)

Creating An Author Business Plan: Choosing Your Stories

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Last month we started writing our Author Business Plan Summary by setting our author goals. Now that we’ve laid the foundation through deciding on our goals, it’s time to take the next step and decide on what type of books we plan to publish. This can be one of the most(…)

The Hobbit and the Love of Money

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) A commonly misquoted Biblical passage is that “money is the root of all evil.” The actual passage is “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” (1 Timothy 6:10). When we’re talking about money, that’s an important distinction to make. Many wealthy people give generously and(…)