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Beta Reading Cuts Editing Costs

What is a Beta Reader? A beta reader is a person who represents part of your target market and reads your nearly completed manuscript with the expectation that their input will help you develop plot, theme, character, pace, grammar, and spelling. They help flesh out issues you couldn’t have caught during your self-editing rounds because… Continue reading Beta Reading Cuts Editing Costs

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Patience Will Make You a Better Writer

My God, I am so impatient. Maybe it’s the quest for perfection, never being satisfied. I often interrupt others, hoping they will hurry up and get to their point before I fall asleep. I walk too fast, often cursing the slow walking people in front of me as I make my way through a shopping… Continue reading Patience Will Make You a Better Writer

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The Fiction of Non-Fiction

A high percentage of books the world reads are fictional. Stories created by the imagination with totally made up plots. Characters don’t even need to be human and the six headed animals or monsters can talk in any language of your choosing. There are no limits but the imagination. And the reader is happy with… Continue reading The Fiction of Non-Fiction

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“Bombard with Simplicity” by Lori Stephens

If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.—Cicero Our culture is so saturated with information that we can literally make ourselves ill (and crazy) from it. We are drowning in pictures, TV, billboards, books, magazines, the Internet…you get the picture. Do you know there are rehab treatment centers where people go… Continue reading “Bombard with Simplicity” by Lori Stephens

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“What to Look for in a Critique Partner” by Stephanie Haefner

Every writer needs feedback on their work from other people. It’s a necessary part of the process. A writer is far too close to their own work to see its flaws and holes. A writer cannot always see their weaknesses and crutches. And we ALL have them. No one can put out the best product… Continue reading “What to Look for in a Critique Partner” by Stephanie Haefner

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“Plotting Versus Pansing and What to do if You Ever Want to Sell on Proposal” by Stephanie Haefner

When I started writing, some seven or eight years ago, I had no clue how to do it. I just wrote. There was a story in my head and it came out through my finger tips. But then I started learning there were rules. Basic rules about storytelling and characters. I read a couple books… Continue reading “Plotting Versus Pansing and What to do if You Ever Want to Sell on Proposal” by Stephanie Haefner

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“A Writer’s Guide to Coping with Clueless Questions, Crass Comments, and Crazy Conjectures” ~ by Hillary Rettig

Oh, the things people say to writers! “What do you do?” “What do you write?” “Is there any money in that?” “Where have you been published?” “How’s the book coming along?” (Alt: “When will you be done with that thing?”) “Why don’t you just sit down over a weekend and just finish it?” “You should… Continue reading “A Writer’s Guide to Coping with Clueless Questions, Crass Comments, and Crazy Conjectures” ~ by Hillary Rettig

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Quick Advice and Quotable Quotes From a Variety of Authors

Rochelle Weber – CLICK HERE for an interview and book review and links to learn more about Rochelle “Off the top of my head, please encourage new authors to check Preditors & Editors before they sign with anyone for anything. They keep a list of publishers, editorial services and agents and while some may slip… Continue reading Quick Advice and Quotable Quotes From a Variety of Authors

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“Practical Advice for Beginning Fiction Writers” – by Stefan Vucak

So, you want to be a writer, eh? I’d suggest you take up golf instead. It’s just as frustrating, but at least you get some fresh air. Still determined? I’m not going to talk about why you want to write. That’s a story in itself. You have read widely and perhaps dabbled at writing some… Continue reading “Practical Advice for Beginning Fiction Writers” – by Stefan Vucak

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“Balancing the Fine Line of Your Genre” – by Mercy Pilkington

  A really, really great thing has happened, mostly thanks to the ease and lack of risk involved in digital publishing: the genres are blending and blurring into whole new, never-before-seen categories within their rigid guidelines.   Once upon a time, genres not only had strict conventions for storyline, subject matter, there were even acceptable… Continue reading “Balancing the Fine Line of Your Genre” – by Mercy Pilkington

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“Baby Steps” – by Jordyn Redwood

I get asked a lot– how did you do it? How did you cross that bridge from simply dabbling in your writing to actually becoming published? Today, I’d thought I’d give some thoughts on some of those important beginning steps that I took and maybe you should take if you are serious about pursuing publication. 1. Finished… Continue reading “Baby Steps” – by Jordyn Redwood

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“The Drive to Write…” – by Stefan Vucak

Bright sunshine has flooded the landscape with light and shifting shadows as the wind whips branches into restless frenzy. A thin tendril of steam is rising from my cup of coffee and I gaze at it momentarily, captivated by the patterns it makes. I am staring at the computer screen, at the paragraphs running into… Continue reading “The Drive to Write…” – by Stefan Vucak

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“You’ve written a novel, congratulations! Now what? AKA – 8 Steps to Writing a Query Letter” – by Debra L Hartmann

Obviously you want to get it published and become a well-known best-selling author, right?  It’s a difficult journey that you must now embark upon, especially if it is your first novel.  Your first stop on the road to getting published is putting together a query letter and sending it out to agents/publishers.  Your goal is… Continue reading “You’ve written a novel, congratulations! Now what? AKA – 8 Steps to Writing a Query Letter” – by Debra L Hartmann

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“Beware the Procrastination Demons” by Stefan Vucak

You are sitting at your writing desk, chewing the end of that pen, staring at the notebook wondering what the hell to do next. The words just don’t want to come and your mind is a blank slate. Then again, you might be doing this staring at a computer screen. It doesn’t really matter which;… Continue reading “Beware the Procrastination Demons” by Stefan Vucak