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Are you READY for the McCulloughs?!?

This post contains a LOT of McCullough News!!! We have so Much to Celebrate this August! SAVE THE DATES! Monday, August 10 Hold Me Fast Release! Pre-order your copy HERE! Virtual Release Party on Facebook! Saturday, August 15 Join Lydia & Friends at The Irish Rover Station House for a signing & celebration!  More Details Below! Readers are asking “who” is Hold Me Fast about? HOLD...

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Lydia is at The Annual Reader Author Get Together!

Are you in Ohio? …so is Lydia Michaels! Find her at #RAGT15 Where? The Cincinnati Marriott North 6189 Muhlhauser Road West Chester, Ohio 45069 USA When? The Convention is Thursday, June 4-Sunday, June 7 OPEN TO PUBLIC BOOK SIGNING Saturday, June 6 3:00-5:00 Meet over 100 great authors! Lydia Michaels Lori Forster Jay Crownover Kallypso Masters Erin McCarthy Virginia Nelson Jayne Rylon Sandy Sullivan Wendi...

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The Moms behind Maureen McCullough

I am often asked where my characters come from. It’s a small vault I store in the big toe of my right foot. LOL! No. I honestly don’t know. I pull inspiration from every person I meet and every thing I hear, so there is always a mix of people compiling into one. But there is one character, a mother, that I love above all the...

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Tuesday Tips: The Beauty of a Beta

Betareader: also referred to as pre-reader or critiquer, is a non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting. Beta reading is typically done before the story is released for public consumption. So how many Betas...

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Tuesday Tips: My Point of View on Point of View

This Tuesday’s Tip comes at the request of a reader. “How do you choose point of view? I am trying to write for the first time. For some reason I am at a battle between 1st and 3rd. I would really enjoy hearing your thoughts on this process.” POV is a great place to start! [dropcap]F[/dropcap]irst, let’s get a basic understanding of POV so we’re all...

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Tuesday’s Tips: Good Editing vs. Bad Editing

An author walks into a bar carrying 3 manuscripts. She hands the first one to a friend, the second one to the bartender, and the third one to the guy checking her out. Two weeks later she returns to the bar. Friend: OMG! I lovvvvvvvvved it! You’re so talented! How did you ever manage to come up with that? Author: Did you find any typos?...

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Tueasday’s Tip: Top 7 Writing Distractions

Squirrel!!   Last week we talked about scheduling and the discipline it takes to write a novel. This week I’m doing a countdown of the top 7 distractions I have to avoid at all costs when trying to write and tips on how that’s done.   7. People. They must realize the fictional people in our heads have the floor right now and we can’t...

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