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Authors, editors, designers, and marketing professionals with experience in traditional and indie/self publishing can really help authors learn and grow in their craft and the business of publishing. The team at IAPS has volunteered to donate some of their time each month answering writing, editing, packaging, publishing, and marketing questions faced every day while authors navigate… Continue reading Ask the… It’s an Invitation!

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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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Find Your Writing Voice – “Speak up, I can’t hear you!”

You know that feeling when you hear a song on the radio and even though you have never heard it before, you know straight away who is singing it? Perhaps you don’t even need to hear the voice—the music is so distinct, it could only be them. That same unique element exists in most professionals,… Continue reading Find Your Writing Voice – “Speak up, I can’t hear you!”

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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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How to Get Over Writing Depression

Having spent many long, sometimes frustrating, months writing that epic, what happens when it is finally done? You had it professionally edited and proofread—maybe—and now it is time to unleash it on unsuspecting readers. It feels good to have the thing behind you, and you can now put to bed all those characters that haunted… Continue reading How to Get Over Writing Depression

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“Injecting Emotion Into Your Writing” by Stefan Vucak

Why were Tom Clancy’s first two books, The Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising so readable? Many lowbrow literary critics wouldn’t think they were well written books at all, but then, you can’t please everyone. They sold over a million copies each, so they had to have something—and I’m not talking about having… Continue reading “Injecting Emotion Into Your Writing” by Stefan Vucak

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“Plotting Your Next Novel” by Stefan Vucak

Dazzled by the brilliance of your inspiration for a new book, shaking off the urge to start pounding away at that keyboard, you’ve caught your breath and took stock of what you are really facing. Slowly, a sobering realization breaks through that dazzle: that book idea now needs to be translated into 100,000 words or… Continue reading “Plotting Your Next Novel” by Stefan Vucak

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“Are You Neglecting Your Manuscript?” by Stefan Vucak

Ah, what writers do! Or should I say, what writers shouldn’t do!As an editor and book reviewer, I cringe when I see a manuscript fraught with beginner’s mistakes. It is not only that the manuscript looks disorganized, if I am editing it, before doing anything, I need to hammer it into proper format, which can… Continue reading “Are You Neglecting Your Manuscript?” 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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“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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“Romancing the Audience” by Lori Stephens

Strong or soft? Loud or quiet? Fast or slow? Like romantic pursuit, tailor your writing for those who will be seduced. You bring a dozen red roses or a bottle of Jack Daniels. You whisper “sweet nothings” or shout vitriol. You go prosaic, fluid, meandering, effusive, grandiose, or torrential or terse. Is this courtship or… Continue reading “Romancing the Audience” by Lori Stephens

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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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“How to Make Your Characters Believable” by Stefan Vucak

People are quirky, unpredictable, emotional, and often cannot be relied upon. Governed by the environment within which they live, knowledge accumulated over years of learning, whether formal or through personal endeavor, and simply interacting with others, an individual is a complex matrix of what means to be human. Above all things, people are self-centered, always… Continue reading “How to Make Your Characters Believable” by Stefan Vucak

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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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“The Adverb Suddenly” ~ by J T Fisher

There are a few things can effectively ruin a writer’s day. Writer’s block, a cold shower, a tingling sense of hopelessness festering in the back of your mind. Running out of god damn coffee. But none of that matters right now. We’re here to discuss the weight class up, a problem that made you its… Continue reading “The Adverb Suddenly” ~ by J T Fisher

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“Creativity” ~ by Corey Smith

Creativity is a learned skill. It is something that requires practice. If you would like to be creative you cannot expect that you will naturally be so. Although, children tend to exhibit it a bit more naturally because they are willing to fail a little more than us adults. I think that the most important… Continue reading “Creativity” ~ by Corey Smith

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“How A First Time Author Overcomes Writer’s Block” ~ by Susan Hatton

For years I had a story line in mind for my first book. ‘Re-write the legends’ I thought, ‘it will be easy!’ I was very wrong. I would constantly stumble, falter over what colour whose eyes were. To stop forgetting minor details I tried writing them in a file titled Notes, but before I knew… Continue reading “How A First Time Author Overcomes Writer’s Block” ~ by Susan Hatton

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“Science Fiction is Also Literary Writing!” ~ by Stefan Vucak

When someone starts talking about literature, the image that comes to mind is one of old, musty books written by guys such as Balzac, Turgenjev and Dostojevski, to name but a few in that pantheon. It also conjures, or should I say dredges up, memories of dull, boring books that school systems everywhere force on… Continue reading “Science Fiction is Also Literary Writing!” ~ by Stefan Vucak

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“Editing and Proofreading – What’s What?” ~ by Debra L Hartmann

As the owner of an editing/proofreading service, the biggest question most people ask me right up front is “What are the differences in the types of editing and proofreading services offered?” While each company or freelancer has their own way of grouping and billing for services, there are some standards in the definitions of editing… Continue reading “Editing and Proofreading – What’s What?” ~ by Debra L Hartmann

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“Point of View and Head Hopping” ~ Stefan Vucak

Everybody is getting excited these days about head hopping in writing, and everybody is telling you how that kills a story. Perhaps, and then perhaps not. For inexperienced writers, it can be a trap, but if you know what you are doing, it can enhance your writing, making it more vibrant and powerful. I am… Continue reading “Point of View and Head Hopping” ~ Stefan Vucak

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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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“Sometimes It Pays To Be A Realist!” – by Roger Gerald Scott

So you’ve finished your book that has consumed the last couple of years of your life. From the hatching of the original idea in your brain to the countless drafts, constant rewrites, book cover designing and redesigning, editing followed by more rewriting. Now finally, one beautiful sunny morning, you smile as you look at your… Continue reading “Sometimes It Pays To Be A Realist!” – by Roger Gerald Scott

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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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“How to Research Before Writing that Book” by Stefan Vucak

  If  you haven’t grasped it yet, everything you write needs to be  researched!   At  first glance, that’s a pretty sweeping statement. Regardless of topic or genre,  an idea for a story involves, well, the story. Then come the characters, the  locale, behavioral mannerisms…you get the idea. Before you start writing, you  must get… Continue reading “How to Research Before Writing that Book” by Stefan Vucak

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“How to Avoid the Rejection Blues” – by Stefan Vucak

We’ve all been there. That opus you’ve been slaving over for months, sometimes many, many months, is finally finished and it’s been edited to death. At least it should have been. With a satisfied smile and a deserved cup of coffee, or perhaps something stronger, you start sending out query emails to eBook publishers, and maybe to some traditional… Continue reading “How to Avoid the Rejection Blues” – by Stefan Vucak