Writing

How Chase saved my first novel’s check from being shredded

At the beginning of July, I received my first royalty check from my first novel. Four days ago, the check was on its way to the shredder. This is the story of how my wife and I got it back.

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Writing endings

You’ve spent months, maybe even years writing a story. Now you’re nearing the end of your characters’ journey and you’re thinking, “How in the hell do I wrap this up?” You’re not alone. Writing endings can be one of the most stressful parts of storytelling. If you’re writing from an outline, you may find that

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Lessons in self-publishing – Week 1

About a week ago, give or take a day or two, I self-published my first book, Mantrap, to Amazon. (Hurray for me, high fives all around – which, when you’re alone, is really just clapping.) Here’s a breakdown of what my plan was for that first week and what I learned along the way. Step

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Waiting impatiently

On Sunday, February 24th, 2013, I will publish my first book. After over 18 month’s worth of work (and creating two entirely different versions of the story), I’m set to publish “Mantrap” to the world. Actually, I’m going to be pushing it on my friends and family first to get their feedback, and then I’ll

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Saying goodbye to characters

I’ve spent the last week putting together a final revision for my book. The book was originally written for my friends, and starred them as characters. Everything about the story was fictional, but since it starred my friends, I forced some things to happen (and not happen) because I thought it would be rude to,

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