Comfort Zone

I am currently living in an out of my comfort zone reality. Everything I’ve ever known as been turned upside down and I’m in a place, literally and figuratively, I never thought or imagined I would be. In spite of my discomfort, I do find comfort from an all-knowing, all-everything Comforter. He reminds me that although I’m not where I thought I would be, He has me and my family right where He wants us: … Continue reading

I have not forgotten you

Hello! First, let me apologize. I have been away and I have neglected my blog. I’m so sorry. 🙁 I have missed you and our interaction and appreciate those of you who have reached out to see where the heck I’ve been. Aww, you’re so sweet. Well, there’s a good reason and it isn’t because I’ve been off training for some mega marathon either. (Although I am still focused on reaching my goals.) I have … Continue reading

Tips for Aspiring Authors [#18] Don’t worry about who HAS NOT read your work

When you write your first book, people will be excited for you. Yes, you. Their friend. Their sibling. Their coworker. Their neighbor. Remember the glimmer you had in your eyes a long time ago when you mentioned that you wanted to write a book one day? Remember your best friend/sister/parent/whomever saying how cool it would be and how you’d be on a bestsellers’ list and they would boast about how they knew you way back … Continue reading

Do You Tweet?

You do? Look me up tomorrow at 8 pm EST on Twitter where I’ll be interviewed in a “Twitterview” with the Unconventional Librarian herself, Pam Margolis. I’ll be discussing my new book, TooManyLies. Chat with us, retweet or whatever L-I-V-E! If you don’t Tweet, look for me on Twitter @daphinerobinson and Pam @IYAMPAM #TooManyLies

Rejection Rant

I’ve been waiting on today, February 23, since the beginning of the year. Actually, since the day I entered the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. When it was announced, I did my homework: I researched the contest criteria; I read through the judges’ profiles and even read excerpts from last year’s winners. I mean seriously, did I think I’d win a contest out of five thousand entries? Well, there’s always hope, right? Did I think … Continue reading

Tips For Aspiring Authors [#12] Journal

  Tip #12 Journal Journal- a daily record of news and events of a personal nature; a diary. Journaling has always been very cathartic for me. What better way, other than cussing someone out, can you say exactly what’s on your mind and walk away feeling completely purged? (I’m laughing out loud as I write this.) I believe it is important for aspiring authors to journal. Capture your thoughts, feelings and ups and downs. Record … Continue reading

Tips for Aspiring Authors [#11] Don’t Forget the Man in the Basement

Tip [#11] Don’t Forget the Man in the Basement This may be one of the most important tips in the series. I recently watched an episode of one of my favorite new TV shows, NBC’s Grimm. During the show, the antagonist/villain captured, tortured and held an innocent man captive in his basement. (He didn’t know the man was innocent. He just wanted to go vigilante on whoever murdered his brother.)  As the show progressed, the … Continue reading

Tips for Aspiring Authors [#10] Attend Workshops/Conferences

Tip #10 Attend Workshops and Conferences Where do children go to learn? To school. At work, when you need to learn a new skill, you go where? To a class or workshop. To become a subject matter expert, you do what? Have a lot of on-the-job training which qualifies you. Have higher education which qualifies you. Someone deems you an expert due to their perception of you and your skill set, which is also backed … Continue reading

Think Outside the Box [Amazon KDP Select]

Recently an unpublished friend of mine finished her first manuscript. In her quest for knowledge, she often asks me questions. Lots of questions. At times, she challenges me about why/how I do things regarding writing and publishing. When she asked me why I hadn’t put my books on Amazon’s KDP Select program, my response was “…because then I’d have to give Amazon exclusive rights to my eBooks and I don’t want to do that.” I … Continue reading