Tamara Spell

Outer Journey, Inner Focus

Tamara writes supernatural fantasy, and maintains the blog "Maps and Meditations." When not working on novels or blogging, she writes content for clients in the pet, veterinary, and travel industries. 

Her blog, and many of her books, focus on travel (the outer journey), while also holding instrospection, meditation, and life lessons (the inner focus) in high esteem. Plus, you'll find posts about cats, coffee, books, and the adventure that is "the writer's life."

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How authors get paid

How authors get paid
Oct 27, 2019 by Tamara Spell
Recently, there's been a lot of buzz around the story of the author who blew a $350,000 advance and ended up broke. Here are some important takeaways from that story, and some basic book money facts for novelists and anyone curious about how authors get paid.

Meet Little Girl: The wild child

Meet Little Girl: The wild child
Oct 18, 2019 by Tamara Spell
You've met the other four cats. Now, meet Little Girl, the aloof and unpredictable feline who inspired the character of Pixie the Wondercat.

You live or die by your first 16 lines

You live or die by your first 16 lines
Oct 13, 2019 by Tamara Spell
Is this really a matter of life or death? In a way, yes, at least for your novel—because the first page of your book can determine whether it "lives or dies" in terms of publication and sales. As an author, here's why you'll want to make sure your first 16 lines are up to snuff, and what to include on that oh-so-important first page...

Two Twitter opportunities for writers

Two Twitter opportunities for writers
Sep 27, 2019 by Tamara Spell
Writers: did you know you can learn what agents are looking for -- and even pitch your book! -- directly on Twitter? There are official days and rules for this. But wow, it makes me wish I had started using Twitter years ago! Here are two recurring opportunities I just discovered...

Why use a pen name?

Why use a pen name?
Sep 22, 2019 by Tamara Spell
Why do authors use pen names? Here are some of the reasons why... and, how I chose one for myself.