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Cheryl Reif

Cheryl lives and writes with her inspirational family, two energetic dogs, and a small mammal menagerie, all of which are fairly tame. She writes about cool science stuff for children and adults, daydreams about stories and characters 87% of the time, and tries not to plot novels while driving. You can also find Cheryl on Twitter @CherylRWrites, Pinterest., and Google. Come say hi!


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Getting Back in the Swing of Blogging


Did I mention that I didn’t mean to take a “blog-cation”? Then why, you may be wondering, has it taken so long for me to get back to blogging?

I’ve been asking myself that very question. In part, it’s because I was waiting for life to slow down enough to get it “right”—you know, write …

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How a Virtual Book Tour Can Help You Publicize Your Book


Guest Post by Ali Luke

If you’ve written a book, or if you’re part-way through writing one, you might be thinking about publication and agonizing over the choice between traditional and indie publishing.

Whichever route you go for, you’ll need to do a lot of work in marketing and publicizing your book. (Yes, a traditional …

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Should You Blog Before Publication? 10 Questions to Ask Yourself


How much time do you spend online?

Last week, I ran a poll asking readers how many hours they spent doing online “platform-building” activities each week.

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The (currently) winning choice on this poll?

Are you kidding? I don’t track my time online! I don’t even want to know.

It prompted …

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How Much Time Do You Spend Online?

James Cridland

There are lots of great reasons for writers to spend time online.

To build a platform To engage with readers To give back to the writing community To relax and connect To learn more about writing, publishing, and marketing These days, I find myself spending more and more time online, though, and I still don’t …

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Blogging, Splogging, & Syndication—Oh, my!


Today, we interrupt our regularly scheduled programming…

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…to discuss blogging, splogging, syndication, and the question of copyrights online, all of which have been topics of discussion amongst my writer friends lately.

If you’re like me, this discussion might catch you unawares. You might be asking, What the heck is splogging? Or: …

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