Scrivener Tip: Project Targets

August 7, 2017 Mary Winter 0

Now that the muse has come back and I have made serious time to write because writing help keeps the black dog of depression at bay, I’ve been looking for ways to be more productive and track my productivity. Later this week I’m going to block about how excel helps me stay more productive, and […]

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On Creativity and the Privilege of “The Zone”

July 28, 2017 Mary Winter 0

Someone I know on Facebook who works as a “creativity coach” posted this on the platform the other day. And I sat there and stared at it trying to formulate my response, because the only thing I heard in my mind was “no!”. Those of us who write for a living understand the value in […]

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Juggling Multiple Pen Names

July 24, 2017 Mary Winter 0

As you can tell from this site, I have multiple pen names. I began writing as Mary Winter with my first published book in 2002, and slowly, over the years, the pen names added up. Adera Orfanelli came about because I thought I needed a fresh start. A friend told me I should write M/M […]

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BookFunnel vs. InstaFreebie Which is better?

July 10, 2017 Mary Winter 0

One of the questions I see on the message boards pretty constantly is: which is better? Instafreebie or BookFunnel? Now I am only an InstaFreebie user; I haven’t signed up for a BookFunnel account, though I can tell from their pricing that they would be cheaper. There’s a single reason for that. Usability. I’ll be […]

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(Almost) Officially Publisher Free and My Reasons Why (or No Shenanigans For Old Authors)

June 12, 2017 Mary Winter 0

By the end of this month I’ll be almost publisher free*, and I’ve updated the sidebar listing of my publishers, including the “no longer in business” list. Over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve been aggressively requesting books back rather than “letting them ride” due in large part to recent developments in the […]

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Why I Give Away Books

March 27, 2017 Mary Winter 0

Earlier I talked about my experiences with InstaFreebie, and more recently I’ve given away books through My Author Home Free. However on several marketing loops I’m on, there’s also been quite the discussion about the sheer volume of free books being given away (I know my Kindle is full. How about yours?) and the marketing […]

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Guests Wanted for Unscrambled Authors

February 14, 2017 Mary Winter 0

Unscrambled Authors: A Podcast of Straight Talk for Authors I host a weekly podcast called Unscrambled Authors where I talk to authors about various aspects of writing. Whether it’s a discussion about plus size models and plus size romance, or how to maintain your creativity, or having a great presence at a convention, we’ve discussed […]

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Some final thoughts on Ellora’s Cave

December 31, 2016 Mary Winter 0

It’s December 31, the day that many authors will receive their books back from Ellora’s Cave after forfeiting some untold amount of royalties. For those of us who received our books back earlier and didn’t give up royalties, as I sip my coffee this morning, I find the moment bittersweet. You see, it was just […]

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All Romance Ebooks Closed

December 29, 2016 Mary Winter 0

By now word has gotten around the internet that All Romance Ebooks (ARE) has closed. If you sell there–and they had been one of the vendors I recommended as an alternative to Amazon–by now you’ve gotten the email. If you haven’t, or you want to read it, check out this excellent post by Joe Hunt. […]

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