Name Change!

. . .to my own name, actually. 🙂

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I’ve been “The House of Beck” for a long time. It’s still a name that’s a part of me! But in my quest to become not only an author, but a sought-after author, I knew I had to make changes.

Last year, I made the decision to stop using my blog for the dual purpose of my day job (which I do love) as well as fulfilling my ever-since-I-can-remember dream. I didn’t want to confuse or put off visitors who had come here for my books, author interviews, or writing resources.

I’ll still be writing about day job things! All of my online community manager insight as well as speaker and interview appearances will still be gathered up and accessed through my portfolio, but I’ll be using platforms such as LinkedIn.

I’d also recently changed my @bbenishek Twitter handle to the full @beckybenishek. Part of this was because I had also set up a beckybenishek Instagram account and I wanted the names to match, but also because I wanted people to find me easily there as well.

I still use Twitter for dual purposes, mind you, both because I have an audience and because I know there are only so many accounts I can handle and still do all the things that make it possible for me to have something to say on these accounts. And if you’re exhausted after reading that sentence, that’s how I felt thinking about it!

I just threw the switch to change from “thehouseofbeck.com” to “beckybenishek.com” moments before I started typing this blog entry; so far, so good. I’m grateful that WordPress is making it easy.

I’m not sure yet of the extent of other customizing I’ll be doing, but I know one thing for sure: This feels great.

And you have a great day yourself!

I’ve Been Interviewed by Kay MacLeod!

“When did you first fall in love with guinea pigs?”

“A lot of authors write things they would like to read, do you find it a challenge to write for a younger audience?”

Find out my answers to these questions and more—including what’s all the fuss about Legos—with indie author Kay MacLeod‘s interview on me!

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Writing and Publishing Resources for Independent Authors

A great collection for the aspiring (or veteran) indie author!

I will add in Ursula K. Le Guin’s “A Wave in the Mind.” The whole book is delightful, yet if you’re looking for inspiration and insight into the writing process, you will definitely find such gems here.

Kate M. Colby

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While I share a lot of my own experience and advice in writing and publishing articles, I thought it was time to highlight some of the many writing and publishing resources that I turn to for information and inspiration. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it will certainly get you started on your author journey!

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Books

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craftby Stephen King – Hands down the best writing craft book I’ve ever read. The first part is King’s life in writing. The second is full of great tips.

The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler – My second favorite craft book. It breaks down Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey for fiction authors.

Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee – Top of my own craft TBR. I’ve heard this has great insights for fiction writers…

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