Author Archive: RavenWest

I picked the wrong “Magic” Pen

If you watched the season finale of Once Upon a Time, the show is ALL ABOUT THE WRITER/AUTHOR… Yes, us struggling writers are FINALLY the “heroes”, only this guy is so NOT. (I’m sure the actual writers of the show LOVE this, and the fact that Issac, the writer is Jewish,, as am I and …

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First Class Male Review by Citizens Journal

“ I have to warn you about this book.  Once you pick it up a start reading it is almost impossible to put down and it will keep you up reading way past your bedtime.  I have to use the classic phrase: it is a page turner.  The plot and characters are very unique in …

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A New Look for the Next Decade!

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated my professional headshot. The curls are natural, won’t say the same about the color! Looks great on the flyer for my book signing event on July 19. Maybe the start (or re-start) of my published book tour!

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If Fiction Authors ARE Fictional, How do REAL Authors Find Success?

As fiction writers we see the world in a different way than most. We’re magicians in a land of skeptics; the court jesters who, for a brief moment, help the downtrodden forget how much they hate their rulers. We create hope for the hopeless, unlimited possibilities where everything seems impossible. Even when our own reality …

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Break Free From the Herd and be Heard

Before the publishing world was hit by the tsunami of digital and on-demand self-publishing, there was a certain amount of admiration and prestige associated with being a published author. Our family would congratulate us and brag to their friends about their mother, father, son, daughter, second cousin twice removed, whose name they would drop at …

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Break Out of the Herd and Be Heard

Before the publishing world was hit by the tsunami of digital and on-demand self-publishing, there was a certain amount of admiration and prestige associated with being a published author. Our family would congratulate us and brag to their friends about their mother, father, son, daughter, second cousin twice removed, whose name they would drop at …

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Break Free From the Herd and Be Heard

Before the publishing world was hit by the tsunami of digital and on-demand self-publishing, there was a certain amount of admiration and prestige associated with being a published author. Our family would congratulate us and brag to their friends about their mother, father, son, daughter, second cousin twice removed, whose name they would drop at …

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Can Visualizing Success Make It Happen?

The other day I was in a convenience store and noticed a rack with several books on sale by an author I didn’t know. My first thought was “that will never be my books”. Then, my inner voice smacked me in the face (metaphorically, of course) and replaced that thought with a vision of my …

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How Do You Come Up with Ideas for a Novel?

When you introduce yourself as an author, the second question you’ll probably hear most often, after the inevitable “are you self-published?” is “how do you come up with ideas for your novel?”. Setting aside the first question for now, my response is how do I not come up with ideas for my next novel?           For those …

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Technology is Robbing Authors of Our Immortality

Pick up a pencil. Right NOW pick up a pencil. Or if you prefer a pen, if you can find one, and write you name. In script.  If you remember how. Now, look at your signature. The name you wrote is probably shared by millions, but the way you wrote it is unique and special …

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