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“Decline of E-book Publishers” by Stefan Vucak

Every budding author wants to see his masterpiece published, preferably by one of the traditional book publishers. After all, that’s where the fame and money is, right? After accumulating a stack of rejection letters, thoughts of ending it all bubbling in the background, reality starts to sink in. There are lots of writers out there… Continue reading “Decline of E-book Publishers” by Stefan Vucak

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“Turning that Inspiration into a Book” by Stefan Vucak

I am sure someone famous once said that genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Not sure about the genius part, but in writing, the rest is certainly true. When I wrote my first novel, and I use the term ‘write’ loosely – good thing it will never see the light of day… Continue reading “Turning that Inspiration into a Book” by Stefan Vucak

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“Write the Book Only You Can Write!” ~ by Bruce Hartman

I’m fond of quoting this advice from André Gide: “Throw away my book: you must understand that it represents only one of a thousand attitudes. You must find your own. If someone else could have done something as well as you, don’t do it. If someone else could have said something as well as you,… Continue reading “Write the Book Only You Can Write!” ~ by Bruce Hartman

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“What NOT to do when Writing” by Stefan Vucak

There are lots of things authors should not do when writing, like indiscriminate shifting point of view between characters, churn out your novel without a detailed outline, frequent usage of the same word, overusing slang…there are others. What I want to touch on here is the usage of adjectives.

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“How to Self-edit Your Novel” by Stefan Vucak

If writing simply meant putting words on paper or into the computer, we would all have lots more fun. However, our readers might not think too much of our efforts. All of us have spent our primary school and high school years learning English: spelling, grammar, sentence and paragraph construction, writing essays…the memories are coming… Continue reading “How to Self-edit Your Novel” by Stefan Vucak

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Consider the Source: How Reviews Reflect Our Experience

Originally posted on WordServe Water Cooler:
I recently read an account of a celebrity and her young daughter which captured the concept of feedback from a unique perspective. Having completed a Google search, the daughter was troubled to find that strangers were saying all kinds of things about her famous mother, both positive and negative.…

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“You Always Need an Editor” ~ by Stefan Vucak

Yeah, I can hear you groan already. Not another plug to have your work edited. You’re telling yourself, I’m a good writer and I don’t need anybody fixing my typos, thank you. Those blood-sucking worms out there are just out to get my money. That can be true, but it doesn’t remove the need to… Continue reading “You Always Need an Editor” ~ by Stefan Vucak

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“Flash Your Fiction: A New Promotional Site for Books” ~ by Paul Ruth

Flash your Fiction is a new blog that is seeking submissions for already published books. The site accepts excepts of 500 words or less and a link to where your book can be purchased. All genres or fiction and non-fiction accepted. The central concept is to allow for readers to quickly browse the writing style… Continue reading “Flash Your Fiction: A New Promotional Site for Books” ~ by Paul Ruth

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Here’s A Good Summary Of Article Marketing Best Practices

Don’t miss out on one of the best marketing techniques on the web today just because you aren’t familiar with the process. Article marketing is one of the easiest marketing methods online, and it’s low-cost too. If you use tips like those referred to in this article, you will find success in utilizing articles to… Continue reading Here’s A Good Summary Of Article Marketing Best Practices

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“Does this sound familiar?” ~ by Philip Catshill

An adage proclaims everyone has a story to tell. Some aspire to tell their story by means of the written word. Perhaps like me, you sat at a computer, clicked away at the keys until one by one the words appeared, forming into page after page and chapter after chapter. Whether it is a story… Continue reading “Does this sound familiar?” ~ by Philip Catshill

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“Judging Books By Their Covers” by Roger Gerald Scott

We all like to think appearances don’t matter, that we are nice people and not the kind that judge or treat people by the way they look or what they wear. If only that were true. I personally have never forgotten, a few years ago, watching Susan Boyle shuffling onto the stage for an episode… Continue reading “Judging Books By Their Covers” by Roger Gerald Scott

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What Makes a Book a GOOD Book?

Is it the idea, the imagination of the thing? Is it the author’s style of writing, crisp and concise to intricate and elegant? Is it the polishing work that should happen once the writing is done, from editing, proofreading, cover design, formatting, etc.? Is it a combination of all of the above or some other… Continue reading What Makes a Book a GOOD Book?

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indiePENdents Seal of Approval?

Have run across a site, mentioned on a LinkedIn group discussion forum, and really want to get this public’s opinion. The site talks about one voice for self published authors and giving credibility to authors that self publish, comparable to those that traditionally publish. It’s set up on a volunteer basis and books are judged eligible… Continue reading indiePENdents Seal of Approval?

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“What If They Hate Me?” Why Book Reviews and Edits Suck ~ by Mercy Pilkington

I just got my first horrible review. No, it’s not of one of my books. (You were probably wondering how I’d managed to be an author this long and not have a horrible review yet!) No, this was a reply from a client to my edits. And unlike other clients who sang my praises and… Continue reading “What If They Hate Me?” Why Book Reviews and Edits Suck ~ by Mercy Pilkington

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“On Promoting Your Book” by Charles Ameringer

Just do it! It’s up to you. If you’re uncomfortable about tooting your own horn, get over it, because if you don’t, your book will sink into the vast ocean of eBooks never to surface again. You have to market your book boldly, broadly, and inventively; tell why you’re special and enabled and why readers… Continue reading “On Promoting Your Book” by Charles Ameringer

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“Finding the Right Editor: Positive, Not Punitive” by Lori Stephens

Look for the editor who encourages you to excellence. You’ve finished your book, but before you send it off to a publisher or self-publish, you want to be sure that it is professionally edited, so you go shopping. There are just as many book editors as there are writers and publishers, so what can help… Continue reading “Finding the Right Editor: Positive, Not Punitive” by Lori Stephens

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“Quick Tips for Writing A Successful Blog”

Try being there for your readers constantly. Make a habit out of interacting with them. Keep the social in social media marketing or it doesn’t work and blogging is as much a part of this type of marketing as Twitter is. You don’t need any advanced degrees to succeed in writing your blog, simply being passionate… Continue reading “Quick Tips for Writing A Successful Blog”

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“How To Be Successful With Social Media Marketing” by Maria Bennett

If you have heard of Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus, you surely know that marketing through social media channels is the next big thing. Like many people, you might be wondering how you can harness the power of social media to your business’s advantage. This article has a number of tips to help you in… Continue reading “How To Be Successful With Social Media Marketing” by Maria Bennett

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“The First Book Is the Hardest” by Lori Stephens

It’s a well-worn phrase, so often heard that it is cliché: “You should write a book.” Have you? Is writing and publishing a book on your “Things to Do Before I Die” list? For some people, the first book–whether fiction or nonfiction–is a ghastly beast, a monster that rages to be born but gets stuck.… Continue reading “The First Book Is the Hardest” by Lori Stephens

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“What are the Top 10 Benefits of Article Marketing?” by Brian Blogs

So, what’s the big deal with article marketing? What is it all about in the first place? Well, it is the simple practice of creating written content and publishing such articles online on any of the hundreds, if not thousands, of article directories found on the Internet. Now directories that post article submissions can cater… Continue reading “What are the Top 10 Benefits of Article Marketing?” by Brian Blogs

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Books, Stories, Legends: Happily Ever After is great. Bittersweet can sometimes be better.

Originally posted on Creative Writing with the Crimson League:
Yesterday, I wrote about the reasons we love “Happily Ever After” in stories, and why we are drawn to fairy tale endings. While I do love and need the occasional fairy tale ending, most of my favorite novels–including Les Miserables and Don Quixote–have endings that are…