Happy New Years

There is no time like the present to reaffirm your goals as a writer. Make your goals public, but most importantly, make them real. Yes, dream big, but sometimes, you need to take little steps to obtain that ultimate dream. However, by making your goals public, I have found that it creates a level of accountability, among other things.
Read more about the benefits of public goals here.

Every year, I make my own writing goals public on my personal website, and every year, one of my goals is to help other writers to achieve their goals.

To that end, I'm pleased to announce a New Years Resolution special.

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Hidden Traps by Judy L Mohr

Reviews and Mixed Emotions

Well… As every writer knows, reviews are important. However, reviews seem to be a fickled beast. If one was to receive a large number of 4- and 5-stars, someone like me starts to question how many of those reviews were posted by friends and family. The odd negative review actually gives merit to those high-ranking reviews. On the flip side, if you have a large number of negative reviews, readers will begin to steer clear of your book (possibly even future books), and sales will go down. To complicate matters, if your book has hardly any reviews at all (good or bad), people are leery and unwilling to try their hand at something new — especially from a new, untested author.

Let’s not forget that getting reviews is a mission and a half.

For my book, Hidden Traps, I didn’t quite know what to expect, and now I feel all confused and uncertain.

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Hidden Traps - Now Available

Winners of Hidden Traps Scavenger Hunt

The launch of Hidden Traps was a whirlwind and lots of fun.

As part of the festivities, I ran a scavenger hunt. Thank you so much for all who entered. I would have loved to give a copy to each of you, but there was only two copies of Hidden Traps up for grabs.
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Hidden Traps is HERE!

TODAY IS THE DAY! Finally, months of hard work have finally come to fruition.

Hidden Traps: A Writer's Guide to Protecting Your Online Platform by Judy L Mohr is NOW AVAILABLE.

To celebrate the release, we're giving away two free copies. But don't think it's going to be as simple as entering a draw. No, of course not. You will need to find the hidden clues to a secret phrase from the book. And the clues are spread throughout Judy L Mohr's personal online platform.

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Celebrate

Hidden Traps is Officially Released August 1st, 2017

It's just under a week away, and the celebrations are about to begin.

Hidden Traps: A Writer's Guide to Protecting Your Online Platform by Judy L Mohr will be officially released on August 1, 2017.

To celebrate the release, the Black Wolf Editor will be running a special webinar to talk about one of the most dangerous of hidden traps associated with building an online platform.

But the celebration don't stop there.

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Backups & Cloud Syncing in Scrivener

Tips and Tricks for Scrivener: Video Series

It has been a long time in production, but it's finally here. The first of the new videos in Tips and Tricks for Scrivener is now available.

As a reminder, in the first series, we examined the steps needed to get started and compile your manuscripts. There were videos on how to start a new project or import Word files. We looked at how to compile your manuscripts for submission or into eBook format. We even looked at some of the differences between the Mac and Windows versions of Scrivener.

In the second series, we'll delve a little deeper into the capabilities of Scrivener, including how to make templates and backup files.

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Hidden Traps - Pre-order Now

Hidden Traps is now available to pre-orders.

The road to publication is a long one, and as my faithful readers will know, there are no shortcuts. Publication requires countless hours of editing, development, and, in many cases, tears. Then you have all the public aspects of the process: social media, websites, conferences, and the list goes on.

The whole process can be incredibly overwhelming. To make matters worse, the real, solid advice about what it is we really face is scarce. So many of us hear about this beast known as a writer's platform, but it seems to be covered in this shroud of secrecy. As a consequence, many writers are prone to fall into one of the many hidden traps out there, learning lessons the hard way.

It's incredibly cruel of an industry to leave those new to it to flounder their way through life.

For the past six month, I have been writing, and editing, a book that I feel ALL writers could benefit from, looking at the various hidden traps associated with an online platform. I'm please to announce that the book is now available for pre-orders through a variety of retailers.

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Hidden Traps by Judy L Mohr (Coming Soon)

Working with Graphic Designers

My readers will know that I’m working toward the publication of Hidden Traps: A Writer’s Guide to Protecting Your Online Platform, due to be released August 2017. It’s been an interesting journey: revisiting my nonfiction writing roots; learning about ISBNs and publishing options; and devising marketing strategies. It has definitely been a steep learning curve. I have learnt many things along this journey, topics of which will become future blog posts, but there is one aspect that I thought was perfect to reveal now.

Graphic designers think in images.

Looking back at it now, it seems so logical, but at the time that I commissioned the cover for Hidden Traps, it was a concept that completely eluded me. I’m a writer and editor. I spend so much of my time looking at how to craft that perfect sentence to convey the right picture. I’ve commissioned artwork before, providing only a line from my stories and getting the perfect image in return. Surely, I can do the same for a cover.

I’ll hang my head in shame now, because clearly my words weren’t enough.

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New Scrivener Video

After running a few workshops on using Scrivener, both in person and on-line, I discovered that the previously released series of videos was missing one vital video: how to you start a new novel, aimed at those who have never used Scrivener before.

Write here, write now. Scrivener.

Well… I worked fast and hard to get a new video made and edited. It has now been added to the Tips and Tricks for Scrivener video series on the Black Wolf Editorial YouTube channel. You can find out more about the full series, and what is covered in each episode, here.Read More