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Toolbox Tuesday – Voice Dream Reader

This is one of my favorite tools to use as a writer and editor, but I also use this as a reader. Voice Dream Reader is an app you can download on your phone or tablet that will read text to you. I bought it for my iPhone in the App store, and I’m so glad I did. The app came with Heather and a few other voices. Heather is lovely to listen to, but since most of the characters I read are male, I really wanted a man’s voice. I bought Will, created by Acapela, and have used him the most. More recently I downloaded two new voices created by NeoSpeech:…

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Toolbox Tuesday – Markers

As an author I sign books. Since most of my books are sold as ebooks, this happens only a few times a year when I’m at events like Gay Rom Lit or various pride celebrations in my neck of the woods. If you’ve had an author sign a book for you, it’s often with these results on the following page. Bleed through. A lot of authors use Sharpie markers to sign. These markers write in nearly every surface, so they are a must, especially if signing glossy paper or photos, but when you put a Sharpie to the porous paper on the inner title page of a book, where most…

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Toolbox Tuesday- PicMonkey

As a creative person, I’ve had the opportunity to play with a lot of tools. Some are more like toys to me because they’re so much fun I get lost in the process of making something. I hope this will become a new column on my blog. Since I first self-published last summer, I’ve added a lot more tools to my toolbox. Many of those were added out of necessity or because I wanted to be thrifty rather than hiring a graphic designer to create promo images or the like. I’ve learned a lot in the last year, and I’d love to share some of these new tools and toys with you,…

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