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Resolutions

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time of year where we all make new year’s resolutions that we accidentally forget about within a month. I started my resolution a little over a month ago and fell into that ‘forgetful’ category. I had it in my mind that I would work really hard to get my new book out to the world and everything was going great. That is until reality started banging on the door. I was running out of ideas on…

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Added by Ceara Comeau on January 3, 2018 at 1:50am — No Comments

Little Victories

Writing a book is quite simple actually, but marketing one is a completely different challenge (as I've mentioned many times before).



Over the last few weeks, I've been learning a very important lesson. about anyone who, like me, is struggling with telling the world about their artwork. I feel as artists we have it in our mindset that all of the people we know are going to quickly jump in and buy our art and we'll be instantly huge. But that's furthest from the truth. You see, our… Continue

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Added by Ceara Comeau on December 12, 2017 at 1:28am — No Comments

The Maze

Picture this...you're in a massive maze trying to reach the end where a reward beyond your

imagination awaits you. The walls constantly move at random and sometimes you're boxed in until an opening appears. Sometimes...you even have to go back to the starting line...if you can find it.



Sounds like something magical from Harry Potter, right? Well, yes and no. I'm talking, not about a literal maze, but the maze of life. Or rather, a life of one who's trying to make a living…

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Added by Ceara Comeau on November 29, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Fans

Yesterday was an amazing day for me. I got the chance to give a talk at a local charter school. One of the teachers, who I knew in high school, invited me to come and talk to the students about writing.



Not going to lie, I was very nervous as I haven't given a talk in a couple years. But the students were absolutely amazing and made me feel so welcome! But before the talk even began one girl came up to me and asked, "Did you write the Amber Oak Mysteries?" A huge smile lit up my…

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Added by Ceara Comeau on November 16, 2017 at 9:13pm — No Comments

Lesson Learned

The other day, I hired someone to do a book trailer for my upcoming book. I was a bit nervous about it because I wasn't sure how it would turn out. When I got the trailer back, it was done well, but it wasn't what I wanted. This was definitely not the other person's fault. They just did what I asked.



But you know, I learned something from this situation. Sure, I lost some money from this project, but I gained new insight about myself. I discovered that I had the creativeness in me…

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Added by Ceara Comeau on November 7, 2017 at 9:44pm — 8 Comments

My Fear

I just recently came back from a wonderful vacation at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Now it was definitely fun, but I also learned an important lesson.



This lesson came to me when I got to have the full "Harry Potter" experience where a wand chose me. (If you've read the books or seen the movies, you'll know what I'm talking about.)



The only thing I could think about after all that was, I wanted my future fans to feel that same kind of excitement toward my…

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Added by Ceara Comeau on November 2, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Publishing

In my previous posts, I've expressed how challenging writing can be. But, that's only half the battle. The real difficulty begins when you go to publish.



Years ago, a writer could only publish their manuscripts through a traditional publisher, but with the 21st century comes self-publishing. A writer no longer needs to beg an agent to take a look at their manuscript. The writer is their own publisher...sounds great! Right? Well it depends.



Self-publishing and…

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Added by Ceara Comeau on October 24, 2017 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Writer or Artist?

You know the usual greeting when you first meet someone.  You exchange salutations and eventually the conversations goes around to, "So what do you do for a living?"

Generally, when I say I am a writer, I get one of two looks. The "You're kidding me, right?" or my personal favorite, "You write? Oh, that's cute."  When I first started out on this journey, I felt so insecure about my work that when I got this reaction I didn't feel writing was anything special. I ended up…

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Added by Ceara Comeau on October 21, 2017 at 1:04am — No Comments

Editing...Editing...PROOFREAD!

"Oh, I've edited my manuscript so many times, I forgot which draft I'm on!"



If I had a dollar for every time I've said this, I'd have enough to hire a book publicist. But is it really about how many drafts you're on? Is that a good measurement of when you should stop editing or proofreading your manuscript? Absolutely not.



When I first started out writing, I was so impatient when it came to editing my work. I didn't care about how I should improve my craft, I just…

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Added by Ceara Comeau on October 18, 2017 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Writing--Can It Be Done For A Living?

Now, by the sounds of this blog title, you're probably thinking, "Of course you can write for a living! Just look at Stephen King or J.K. Rowling!"



This statement is definitely valid. But I think as budding writers and avid readers we often forget how much work goes into the concept of "writing for a living". It isn't just, "BAM! I wrote a book, now everybody read it!" No, there is so much more to it than that.



I've heard it said before that "writing for a living" can be…

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Added by Ceara Comeau on October 17, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Who Will You Inspire?

This past weekend I attended a writing event at nearby library. A friend of mine from there asked me to come and take part. I was grateful for the opportunity as I was trying to reach out to more people. Unfortunately, no one, aside from other authors, showed up. But that's not to say nothing came out of it. In fact, this was a major learning experience for me.



You see, I've always considered myself an ambivert. This is not a term one usually hears, but its a combination of…

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Added by Ceara Comeau on October 16, 2017 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Descriptions...My Worst Nightmare!

When I first started writing, I was about ten years old. At the time, I had just found my way into the writing world and I didn't know all that much. I was mainly self-taught and learned what I could through reading mystery books like Nancy Drew. I found the world of writing to be fascinating and wanted to discover myself through this art form.



Looking back, I wasn't all that great at it. I could write dialogue effortlessly, but descriptions were the bane of my writing existence.…

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Added by Ceara Comeau on October 15, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

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