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Cover Reveal: Recipes for Disaster!

Here it is: the cover to Recipes for Disaster: Eating & Living Well… if You Survive the Apocalypse! Coming in 2015, Recipes for Disaster is a cookbook parody set in post-apocalyptic New England, written by your favorite chef/ entertainer/ impossibly-well-heeled host Margaret Eggsworth.

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The Goldfinch Blog

Local Author Meet and Greet in Seaford

Today was Seaford’s Local Author Meet and Greet. Made the round and some new friends. Most authors here are self-published, and all shared their stories and their love of writing. Notably, I got to meet Dina Santorelli, author of Baby Grand, and winner of Best of Long Island 2014’s “Best …

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Goldfinch DIY

Fear can keep you from writing and publishing. Conquer it.

It’s very common for writers to fear sharing their work. Taking your extremely personal, fragile thoughts, and exposing them to the big, bad world for judgement? Who wouldn’t be afraid? But there are ways to tackle that fear – to accept its role in your life, but minimize its hold over your work. This week, I …

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Goldfinch DIY

Tim Grahl’s ‘How to launch your book with at least 25+ Amazon reviews’

For the past year or so, I’ve been reading and following Tim Grahl, a consultant who helps authors build their platforms and launch books. He’s also the author of Your First 1000 Copies, a tremendously helpful book on marketing your own books. And he gives away tons of great information …

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Adam Rafferty

Learn Guitar Technique, then Throw it Away

Usually I stress the importance of a good musical education. Often I teach hands-on guitar techniques. Without my teachers & mentors I would not be the person and musician I am today. However, there is a fundamental but “advanced” step in making music. What I am about to say may …

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Adam Rafferty

Do You Need a College Music Degree?

Most of my favorite musicians in the world did not get college degrees in music. The list is very long to name a few…Tommy Emmanuel, Charlie Parker, George Benson, Stevie Wonder all do not have degrees. Should you? If have a playing career or plenty of students with no degree …

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The Goldfinch Blog

What’s New at the Writer’s Digest Conference? Convergence

This was my first time at the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City in August, so actually everything was new to me. But the more I talked to people, and the more sessions I attended, I got the sense that this year was different: Big Publishing was talking more about …

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Adam Rafferty

Thumb and Finger Independence for Fingerstyle Guitarists

I got a question from a blog reader recently that said: How, in your mind, can you coordinate both a bass line with your thumb and a melody line with your fingers? I can’t seem to divide my mind that way. What can I do to gain finger independence? There …

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Adam Rafferty

What’s the Best Approach for Improving Your Guitar Technique?

I got a question recently from a subscriber that read… I was wondering what your opinion was on practicing technique, learning scales, chord progressions, and theory in the context of a song versus on their own. This is really a good – and complex question. Here goes… Many guitar players …

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Adam Rafferty

Practicing Guitar and Your “Happy” Brain Chemicals…

This is a pretty taboo subject, but let’s dive in. I recently got an email from a reader saying: “Hi Adam. I’m going through a phase where I can’t find any I situation or have as much fun playing as I used to. Have you got any idea or any …

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