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Amanda Shofner
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Content Strategist | Author | Editor
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At the end of July, I traveled to Alaska, where my brother has been stationed in the Air Force for the past few years. It was the first time I’d been the one traveling to see him since flying out to San Antonio for his basic training graduation. The sheer…

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Hearing the advice that “was” is passive voice never fails to set my eye twitching. “Was” (or “were”) by itself isn’t passive voice. Does it signal weak writing? Sure. An excessive use of “was” means your verb use lacks variety—and it’s often a sign of…

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Oh, Bloggiesta. It’s been too long since we last met. If you’re unfamiliar with Bloggiesta, I’ll let them explain: In short, Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon revolving around ticking off those items on your to-do list and improving your blog while in the…

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We adopted a dog six months ago. This is our story.

We’re six months into owning being owned by a dog. And although my Instagram became overrun with dog pictures and I eventually gave Scarlet her own Instagram account, I haven’t yet told her story. Or what I know of her story. Give me that, human. I want…

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The top 3 romantic suspense books or series I've read lately

Once I returned to the romantic suspense genre, there was really no turning back. (Except for the necessary return to historical romance, but that will be another post for another day.) The beauty of reading books from the genre you’re writing in is that…

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Amazon—it’s both a source of income and frustration for indie authors. For many, Amazon remains the only retailer that supports a writing career. And yet. And yet! Gaining traction on Amazon can be incredibly difficult. It’d be nice if it were as easy as…

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The #1 Reason Indie Authors Fail at Marketing

Marketing is practically a swear word with indie authors. No one wants to be spammy or annoying—especially with the number of authors out there doing it poorly—but few seem to have found the so-called sweet spot. That’s because good marketing isn’t really…

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It’s no secret that I’m proud of being indie and self-published. So I was delighted (and incredibly honored) to find The Hunted (the complete series!) listed in The Huffington Post. In the article, Katie Li interviews Jenny Bravo about her challenge to…

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Authors with full-time day jobs aren’t uncommon. Likely more the norm than anything. We toil away at work, whatever that may be, come home, and write. (Or in a different order, but the end result is ultimately the same.) We work, we write, we blog. And…

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Hello brilliant and amazing readers! While I’ve been off in not-novel-writing land (a sad, cold place, if you ask me), one bright spot has been working on Published Magazine, a great new site for self-published authors. Even though Published Magazine…
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