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What Does Edgy Mean in YA? Part II: The Evolution of Edgy

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

edgier-fiction

After coming up with a working concept of what YA market-speak “edgy” meant, I went back to my observations regarding the books I read as a young adult—back when we walked a mile to school in six feet of snow uphill both ways—and those now available to my daughter.

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What Does Edgy Mean in YA?

Monday, June 15, 2015

edgier-fiction

This series was inspired by a comment from my agent. He’d been shopping around my novel, Song of the Lost Clan with positive feedback, but no sale. The time had come for a conversation on how to make it a better fit into either a Mid-Grade (MG) market or possibly a Young Adult (YA) market. The comment that inspired this series was that in order for my novel to appeal to a YA market, it needed to be “edgier.”

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How to Write a Cyber Responsible About Me Page

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Any biographical information about you that exists online can be used against you by a cyber criminal. Your task is to select which pieces of personal information provide the most value to you as a professional while providing the least value possible to a criminal.

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Social Media Account Ownership: The Perils of Delegating Your Campaign

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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There are a lot of companies out there who leapt onto the social media bandwagon without looking. More importantly, without understanding the media or how it worked. As technology changes and businesses fumble around for the next big thing, the core essentials of ownership have not changed and will remain a constant for whatever new media appears on the horizon.

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When Should it be an E-book?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Self-published books are the new business cards. At least, according to the latest entrepreneurial bandwagon. The problem is that not every idea, or even collection of blog posts should be an e-book or a self-published print tome. Choosing the wrong message for the media can actually hurt your reputation—or make you a good illustration of the quote, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”

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Ebook Wars: Amazon and Publishers Slug it Out Over Price

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

As the next chapter in the ebook saga moves us toward all-out war in the pricing arena, readers are fuming in the cross-fire. But is the problem here really in price gouging or is it a product of yet another back-firing marketing and sales strategy?

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