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Advice for New Authors by Karen S. Wiesner


  Advice for New Authors From Karen S. Wiesner   First, I don’t believe there are absolutes in writing. There are so many writing trends, no-no’s, and must-do’s. I admit I find most of them…

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Avoid a Sagging Middle by Dee Lloyd


AVOID A SAGGING MIDDLE   By DEE LLOYD   No middle should sag. The dragging, sagging pace of the middle of a romance is every bit as unattractive as the lax muscles of a person’s…

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Avoid Rejection… An Editor’s Checklist by Dee Lloyd


AVOID REJECTION… AN EDITOR’S CHECK LIST By DEE LLOYD During my six years as Acquisitions Editor for the now-defunct LTDBooks I must have read several thousand submissions. Many of the manuscripts I reluctantly had to…

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Blurb Writing Series, Part 1: Judge a Book by its Back Cover Blurb by Karen Wiesner


JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS BACK COVER BLURB by Karen Wiesner Fact 1: Readers judge books by their back cover blurbs just as they might a cover.   Fact 2: Authors and publishers want them…

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Blurb Writing Series, Part 2: Crafting Blurbs Overview by Karen Wiesner


Crafting Blurbs Overview by Karen Wiesner   Back Cover Blurbs   A back cover blurb can be anywhere from one to four paragraphs. If the whole package is short and punchy, as we’ve said, it’s…

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The Stuff Series are Made of by Karen Wiesner


  The Stuff Series Are Made Of By Karen S. Wiesner   “The disease of writing is dangerous and contagious,” Abelard famously said to Heloise. So, too, can a book series become a relentless obsession: It’s…

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World Building, Not Just for Genre Writers by Will Greenway


Writing: World Building, not just for genre writers By Will Greenway Overview When we see the term “world building”, many writers tend to associate this concept with genre fiction, specifically science fiction, fantasy, and often…

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Writing: Dynamic Beginnings (1 of 2) by Will Greenway


Writing: Dynamic Beginnings (1 of 2) By Will Greenway The opening of your novel or short story is crucial. It must be well written, catchy, and evocative. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, your…

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Writing: Dynamic Beginnings (2 of 2) by Will Greenway


Writing: Dynamic Beginnings (2 of 2) By Will Greenway If you read the material on Dynamic Beginnings and the 8 rules for starting a novel or short story, this article contains additional “starter” tips and…

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Writing: Scene business, style, and dialogue by Will Greenway


Writing: Scene business, style, and dialogue By Will Greenway Viewpoint is one the most important aspects of writing. It is the eye through which readers see your work. Creating a strong viewpoint “presence” within your…

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