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What is in a name? Everything if you are an author. Why you need your own author site.

Have you ever googled your own name? You should. It is interesting to see what comes up. If you are an author what shows up when a fan or agent searches for you is pretty important. If you write, you need an author site. Why an author site instead of a book site? With the […]

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Writers, we need to stop saying this

Today’s post by J.H. Moncrieff, off of her site J.H. Moncrieff Tales of Terror and Suspense. Since I am way behind on my NaNoWriMo numbers, I especially feel her. Writers are people who have stories in them that want to be told. Sometimes they get written into text, sometimes they don’t. ~ * ~  Writers, […]

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Writing The Perfect Scene

Today’s post by Randy Ingermanson – “the Snowflake Guy” originally appeared on his site, Advanced Fiction Writing. Need to learn how to structure a scene or just a refresher, then this article is for you! ~ * ~ Writing The Perfect Scene Having trouble making the scenes in your novel work their magic? In this article, […]

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Building Buzz Before Your Book Comes Out: 10 Strategies That Work

Today’s post by Chuck Sambuchino originally appeared on Writer’s Digest on November 4, 2015. He has some really good points about using social media. ~ * ~ If you’ve got a book scheduled for release, whether it’s traditionally published or indie-published, the onus is on you to promote it. Here are some helpful strategies for making […]

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Quick Hacks for the Top Misused Words

I know I am guilty of some of these. Please be aware that this is not the deep cuts of grammar rules and there are always exceptions. English is such a messy language! However, these tips will help you the majority of time. Adverse vs Averse Adverse means the results are not good, while averse […]

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The 37 Basic Plots, According to a Screenwriter of the Silent-Film Era

Today’s post by Rebecca Onion originally appeared on Slate on October 27, 2015. What do you think, are we all repeating the same plots over and over again? ~ * ~ In his 1919 manual for screenwriters, Ten Million Photoplay Plots, Wycliff Aber Hill provided this taxonomy of possible types of dramatic “situations,” first running them down […]

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Secrets of the Book Designer: Paperbacks

Today’s post by Linda Huang originally appeared on Literary Hub on October 22, 2015. ~ * ~ Secrets of the Book Designer: Paperbacks On Creating the Paperback Edition of Dept. of Speculation THE DAY JOB I’m a cover designer at Vintage & Anchor Books, the paperback imprint at the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. On average, roughly […]

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Eight Myths New Writers Need To Stop Believing In

As General Manager for Windwalker Media and an independent author service provider, I keep seeing the same mistakes that derail new authors. Here are a few of the biggest ones that I have encountered, out of a lot of love and a little tongue in cheek. If I write it they will come/but my mommy […]

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Book Design Basics: Quotation Marks and Primes

Today’s post by Dave Bricker originally appeared on his blog on October 25, 2015. ~ * ~ Book Design Basics: Quotation Marks and Primes Writ­ers often ask about the dif­fer­ence be­tween “straight” or “dumb” quo­ta­tion marks and tra­di­tional print­ers’ quotes, com­monly re­ferred to as “smart quotes” or “curly quotes.” Add in the need to dis­tin­guish be­tween […]

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Advice to First Time Authors – From Michael Hyatt

This post by Michael Hyatt originally appeared on his blog on July 12, 2012. His good advice is timeless, especially don’t lose heart. I see so many people who believe if they write it, people will flock to read it. Writing well is hard work. ~ * ~ As the former Chairman and CEO of […]

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Amazon Has an Absurdly Inconsistent Review Policy

This post by Nate Hoffelder originally appeared on The Digital Reader on November 2, 2015. ~ * ~ Amazon won’t allow paid book reviews, and they won’t let you review your friend’s books, but as the Seattle Times tells us, anything else goes. Jay Greene brings us the sad tale of conspiracy nuts running rampant in […]

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How Writing Makes People Smarter Supported By Science

This post by David K. William originally appeared on Lifehacker. We all knew this anyways, but it is nice to have your views supported by science! ~ * ~ Everyone should write—not just professional writers. You might say it’s easy for me to say that because I’m a writer. A singer can just as easily say, “Well, […]

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Google may be copying your book without your permission. Here’s why that is a good thing.

Similar to web searches, Google is trying to create an online searchable library through Google Books and the Google Library Project. Approximately 30 million books have been scanned. The only larger collection is the Library of Congress, which has 37 million items of various media, not all of which is accessible online and the Library […]

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Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction

This post by Kristen Lamb originally appeared on her blog on 8/21/13 but has some really good self-editing tips. There are a lot of hurdles to writing great fiction, which is why it’s always important to keep reading and writing. We only get better by DOING. Today we’re going to talk about some self-editing tips […]

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How to Prepare for NaNoWriMo: To Outline or Not To Outline

This post by Brian A. Klems originally appeared on Writer’s Digest on 10/27/15. November is almost here, which means two things: 1) You’re going to be seeing a lot of mustaches and 2) it’s time to start preparing for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Over the coming weeks, with the help of my friend and author […]

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