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Disappointment

by Maris Soule I’ve seen several discussions regarding writers losing the initial excitement they had when they started writing. Some of that loss, I believe, is due to reality replacing the anticipated results of being published; i.e., our book hitting

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Publishing and its Vagaries

by Susan Oleksiw About a year ago those of us who publish with Five Star learned that things were changing. I thought this meant the end of the Anita Ray series, and wasn’t sure if I could continue it with

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You’ve Finished Your Manuscript-Now What? (Part 2)

For my second post about whether your manuscript is ready for publication and the value of a three-chapter evaluation, I would like to discuss the opening chapter more commonly referred to as ‘how to hook the reader.’ When I am

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You’ve Finished Your Manuscript-Now What?

by Victoria Howard You’ve written a novel. Congratulations. Finishing a novel of 80,000-100,000 words is a major accomplishment. So give yourself a pat on the back, or if you prefer, pour yourself a large glass of wine. Before you start what

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The Importance of Social Media

by Libby Grandy Today’s writers are very savvy. They understand the importance of social media. Most realize that without a “platform” the wonderful book they worked on will not reach a lot of readers. For many that is all right,

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Dialogue versus Talking Heads – Part 2

by Karen McCullough For Part 1, click HERE: Here are five questions to ask yourself when you’re editing your own dialogue: 1. Is it boring? What’s boring? How about this: “Hi, Helen,” Joe said. “How are you doing today?” “I’m just

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Dialogue versus Talking Heads – Part 1

by Karen McCullough How your characters communicate can make or break a story. Even if the plot is strong enough to carry it, good dialogue can increase your reader’s enjoyment of a story, while bad dialogue can bounce her out of

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