Adventures in Audiobooks

Adventures in Audiobooks

As a busy mom who works best with some background noise, I used to listen to podcasts constantly. I’d never been able to listen to audiobooks, since I’m a very visual person. I’m the one who likes to have the subtitles on the TV screen, even when it’s loud enough to hear. It’s like a

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5 Ways to Know if You’re Ready for a Book Editor

5 Ways to Know if You’re Ready for a Book Editor

Congratulations! You’ve finished your book manuscript! My green plaid newsie cap goes off to you. I know firsthand how difficult it is to persevere through all the stages of writing and finally complete a manuscript. It’s an accomplishment worth celebrating. Now it’s time for the key question. What’s next? Publication? Fame and fortune? A beautiful

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5 Autumn Staples for the Weary Writer

5 Autumn Staples for the Weary Writer

It’s that time of year again, the season of colorful leaves and walks in crisp fall air and bleary-eyed writers stabbing wearily at keyboards in a mad attempt to pound out a novel in a month. The struggle is real, my friends. The struggle is real. If you’re the unfortunate friend or family member of

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The Cookie of Fortune

The Cookie of Fortune

The salty odor of frying noodles added depth to the tang of chargrilled pork and hoisin sauce. Sweet enough to cling to the back of Jim’s throat and just earthy enough to make his stomach rumble in anticipation. Gaijin had the best Asian cuisine in San Francisco. No contest. Jim’s stomach gnawed on his spine

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Don’t judge a book by its genre

Don’t judge a book by its genre

As a young girl, I remember sitting behind a table at the homeschool discount book fair in Derby, KS, hawking the textbooks from our previous year of schooling. There was nothing else to do, really, other than sit there and look pitiful so that people would stop to peruse our selection. This mom stopped at our table with

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Writing from Real Life

Writing from Real Life

If you’re a writer, and even if you’re not, odds are you’ve heard the adage, “Write what you know.” And if you’re a writer, it’s probable you’ve sat and thought, “I know about grocery shopping, my work, and living in the suburbs. There’s nothing exciting about what I know.” And so we sit and we

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What if?

What if?

Did you ever play the “What if?” game? Not necessarily the “What if I could go back in time and tell my 16-year-old self not to date that jerk,” version. No. On a bigger scale. Think more along the lines of, “What if Napoleon had successfully invaded England?” “What if Germany had won World War

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Favorite Female Characters Tea Party Recap

Favorite Female Characters Tea Party Recap

We were so pleased to host another Crosshair Press Tea Party last Thursday. If you were able to make it, thank you for hanging out with us! And if you weren’t, well, that’s what this special recap post is all about. The Crosshair team is not unfamiliar with the struggle of scheduling meetings across crazy time zone

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The Latest in Christian Spec-Fiction

The Latest in Christian Spec-Fiction

Autumn is the perfect time to curl up with a big cup of tea and a great book, so you can imagine our excitement when we found out so many of our amazing writer friends have released books in October! If you’re looking for some awesome reads by some even awesomer people (yes, awesomer can

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