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June #InkRipples: Utilizing Blurbs in the Drafting Process

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on June 7, 2017 in Books, Creativity, Elixir Bound, Ink Ripples, Middle Grade, Pirate Island, Self-Publishing, WIP, Writing, Young Adult |

When I first found out I was expected to write my own blurb for ELIXIR BOUND, I was kind of terrified. The blurb is one of the most important selling tools of a book, probably only second to the cover. If a cover and title draw in a reader, chances are the next thing they’ll […]

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April #InkRipples: Revision is Hard

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on April 3, 2017 in Books, Creativity, Ink Ripples, WIP, Writing |

Join Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and Katie L. Carroll (that’s me!) for April #InkRipples, which is all about revision. There is more to writing a novel than simply putting words on a page and calling it a book. It’s a process. A major part of that process is revision. And it’s not my favorite part. I […]

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Gearing up for National Novel Writing Month 2016

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on October 31, 2016 in Books, Creativity, Elixir Bound, Elixir Saved, Kylene, NaNoWriMo, News, WIP, Writing, Young Adult |

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo or NaNo). The idea is that crazy writers set aside the month of November in an attempt to draft 50,000 words of a novel. That’s approximately 1,667 words a day, including weekends and holidays. Before I had kids I actually did NaNoWriMo one year, the whole 50,000 words. […]

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Playing Catch Up Jessica McCadden Author of Chapter 8 of THE GREAT CT CAPER

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on April 13, 2015 in Books, Great CT Caper, Guest, Middle Grade, Writing |

Chapter 8 of THE GREAT CONNECTICUT CAPER is here! The adventure is really shaking and moving, and with only four chapters left, I can’t wait to see what happens next. While we all wait for find out what exactly is going on with Gillette Castle, let’s give a big welcome to chapter 8 author Jessica […]

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Confessions of an Author: Creative Gap

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on January 26, 2015 in Confessions of an Author, Events, Language, Writing |

I’ve had some wonderful event and workshop opportunities come up for this year (more details to come on those!). With preparations for those in full swing, plus a couple of sick kiddos, a crazy blizzard on the way, and my regular writing and editing duties (Does anyone else snicker when they see the word “duty”? […]

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