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I learned how to juggle when I was in high school. My brother’s girlfriend was over one New Year’s Eve and while waiting for the ball to drop she taught me the art of keeping three balls in the air at once. I spent the next few hours perfecting my hand eye coordination and becoming talented enough to amuse my friends but not good enough to join the circus. What I didn’t realize that evening was how invaluable learning to juggle would be. Today, like all of us, I use my juggl...

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#4 Have a positive attitude and be realistic             While having tea in a bookstore the other day, a man at the next table struck up a conversation with me. No, the point of this story isn’t that I was actually able to find a bookstore where I could sit and read, peruse the shelves and speak randomly to other book lovers—although that certainly is worthy of a blog post—it’s what he said when he learned I was a ...

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#3 Celebrate Your Successes, Face Your Failures Learn as much from your successes as you do from your failures             I wrote my first novel when I was 24 years old and while a prosecutor working sex crimes and child abuse. I didn’t have an agent. A small press that has since gone out of business published the novel. While I did not sell many books, I was invited to speak on panels and did book signings. I got an agent. I was o...

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Dear Friends, I decided to have my novels made into audiobooks. I used a website called ACX.com, which is owned by Amazon. They have a great system. You post a script from your book (about 2 pages long) and invite narrators to audition. Once you find someone that seems suitable to complete your auditory vision, you negotiate a deal with them. It could be an agreed upon hourly fee based on the actual running time of the audiobook (not how long it took them to record it, which is much longer) or ...

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#2 Turn Off Your Writing Brain When You Are With Other People             I talk to myself when I’m in my writing brain. Not in a crazy way (I hope) but more in a directional way.             “Okay, Jo,” I say as I stare at the latest draft of a manuscript on my computer, “its Kristallnacht, Vienna, Austria, 1938. Seven-year-old Liana runs to her room to...

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