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20 Tips for Writing Lovable Romance Novel Heroes for Women Readers #RomanceNovel #Writetip #Selfpub

Before I share today's 20 Tips for Writing Lovable Romance Novel Heroes, let's look at what keeps your target audience buying books in a $1.36 billion market that has dominated the world's fiction paperback sales for more than 30 years.  (Learn…
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10 Fun Ways to Put the "Magic" Back in Writing

When I’m connected with my Writing Muse, all is “write” with the world.  My characters surprise me with new and better plot twists; cliff hangers magically present themselves at the end of every chapter; ideas transmute into sassy one-liners…

Newbie #Writing Fail: The Billion Character Book @AdriennedeWolfe #writetip #WIP #amwriting

One day, after I became a bestselling author, I dragged out the first manuscript I'd ever finished. Secretly, I had always believed that novel was the most wonderful story in the world. In my not-so-humble opinion, every New York editor who'…

Write #Villains: 10 Tips for #Writing Bad Guys Readers Luv 2 Hate @AdriennedeWolfe #writetip

I love, love LOVE villains!  What could be more fun than booing Darth Vadar?  Throwing popcorn at Dracula?  Or covering your eyes when Leatherface revs up his chainsaw? The ultimate fiction experience – be it a book or a movie – is…
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Pseudonyms: How to Choose a Pen Name for Novel Writing

Pseudonyms abound in writing circles.  What doesn't abound is clear and insightful advice on how to choose the best pen name for a long-term career in novel writing. Let's have some fun.  Check out the names of these genre fiction authors: …
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Writers: Want to Beat the Competition? 10 Tips for Opening Your Novel #amwriting #wip #writetip

Thanks to iPhone downloads, ebooks are competing directly with movies as on-demand entertainment.  That means that the opening pages of your novel have to be more clever than ever if you want to sell your book. I just finished judging a…
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6 Reasons Why Judging a #NovelWriting Contest Helps Your Career #Writetip #amwriting

Are you writing commercial fiction? Then consider becoming a judge for a writing contest to help your career. Many aspiring authors already know the benefits of entering a writing contest. These days, even the larger regional contests have…
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Bust Writer's Block: Tackle a New Genre to Flex Your Writing Muscles #amwriting #writetip #wip

Recently, I overcame a bout of writer’s block by challenging myself.  Since April is Poetry Month, I entered a poetry contest. Entering that contest while I was doubting my fiction-writing skills wasn’t an easy choice.  I had to overcome…
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Get Better Book Reviews, More Sales #BookMarketing #BookPromo #Selfpub pic.twitter.com/BNvw6SV29u

Sure, every author WANTS to receive glowing book reviews. But do book reviews help sales? That's the million dollar question. As an Indie author, I've had my mind blown.  In the old days, when I was published by Bantam and Avon, I had no…
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How to Write Body Language for Fiction Characters

Okay.  Quiz time. You want to convey to your reader that your hero is angry.  What body language would you describe? He crosses his legs. He plants his fists on his hips. He strokes his beard. He chews his pen cap. He leans…
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Writing Novels to Sell: What Literary Agents Won't Tell You #amwriting #writetip #Romance #WIP

Your goal is to become a New York Times bestseller and rake in beaucoup bucks.  Your novel is ready.  You’ve done your literary agent research, and you’ve identified your dream rep.  It’s time to query. Now here’s a healthy dose…
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How to Promote Your #eBook with an #Excerpt @AdriennedeWolfe #Writetip #bookmarketing #BlogTour

What considerations should go into choosing a book excerpt for a blog tour or a post on social media? First and foremost, an excerpt is a SALES TOOL. If you keep that in mind, you’re already leagues ahead of most touring authors. If…
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Battle of Sexes: How 2 Write Real Men, Women #Romance #Sleuth #Writetip #WIP @AdriennedeWolfe

Men and women do not think alike.  You, being either one or the other, already know this fact.  However, you may have trouble writing it.  When it comes to male / female psychology, it helps to think in terms of Alpha/Beta personality…
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Cyber Bullying: One Author's Solution to Stop the Madness @TheWorldAmongUs #StopBullying #writetip #writing

[Note:  This guest post was written by Beth Ann Kozlowski.] If you're like me, then you probably have noticed the large amount of bullying happening lately.  I don't know about you, but I find it very discouraging and disheartening. Don't…
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10 Tips to Make Your #Cozy #Mystery Sell @NancyJCohen #writetip #writing

Want to keep your Cozy Mystery reader turning pages? Then read on! Today's guest columnist is Nancy J. Cohen, sleuth writer extraordinaire!   Nancy is the author of the writer's guidebook, Writing the Cozy Mystery, and she comes bearing…
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Writing Help for the Hostage Muse #writetip #writing #RaveReviewsBookClub #MFRWorg @AdriennedeWolfe

As a book writing coach, I often get “True Confessions” emails from my students.  These messages – which are full of angst and guilt – start with, “I haven’t forgotten about my writing assignment…” then spew forth every…
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Story Critiques: Tips for Ending the Trash Talk #writing #writetip #WIP #amwriting #story

One of my favorite literary mottoes comes from Alexander Dumas’s The Three Musketeers:  “All for One, and One for All!”  I’ve often thought that any kind of critique – whether it be of a fiction manuscript or a friend’s hair…
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Fiction Writing Blues: Why Editors Reject Novels #writing #fiction #romance #paranormal

Why do book editors reject novels?      As a book writing coach, I answer that question a lot when folks want to know how to polish their fiction-writing after a rejection.  As strange as it may seem, even good book writing gets…
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Secrets of a Bestselling Author: How to Become a Writing Machine #writing #writetip #selfpub #humor

So you want to become a writing machine? You want to write more content for your novel every day? Excellent plan! The more you write, the more books you'll have to sell. If you sell more books, you can drive more creditors away from your…
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The Writer Fail: When Writing Workshops Lead to Procrastination

The conversation went something like this: Aspiring Author:  I’ve signed up for another writing workshop.  Big name teacher.  Spent a lot of money.   I’m going to meet all these really cool best-selling authors.  Ya-dah. Ya-dah.  …
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How to Write a Novel as a Collaborative Team

How to Write a Novel as a Collaborative Team Put one or two fiction writers in the same room, and ultimately, somebody poses the question:  "Wouldn’t it be great if we could collaborate as a writing team?" But how exactly does a “team”…
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Facebook Apps for Writers: Market Your Book to More Readers

If you’re still learning your way around Facebook, you may not be aware that you can add some nifty author apps to your Fan Page -- apps that can help you market your books. These apps are super-easy to install. The vast majority require…
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What's the Secret to Writing Bestselling Heroes?

Have you ever wondered how bestselling authors can get away with writing the same hero over and over again? I’m not talking about carrying an original character into a spin-off  novel or sequel (like Ian Fleming did with James Bond.) I’m…
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Book Marketing: Effective Management of Street Team

New York Times bestselling author, Sabrina York, is back with the third installment in her 3-part series on Street Teams. Today's installment is about effective management: the down side to running your volunteer organizaiton. If you like this…
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Book Marketing: Leveraging Your Street Team for Book Promotion

Last Friday's post by New York Times bestselling author, Sabrina York, talked about creating Street Teams for book marketing and promotion purposes. You may have wondered, “What can I assign my loyal army of fans to DO?” Great question!…
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Writing Tips: How to Stand Out in a Crowded Genre

Whether you write Mystery, Romance, Fantasy, or some other genre, you'll find the writing tips in today's guest post invaluable!   Please help me welcome award-winning author, Lois Winston, whose heroine-sleuth was dubbed by Kirkus Reviews:…
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Book Marketing for Savvy Authors: Create Street Teams

Want a loyal army of fans to promote your book for you? Then keep reading for tips! New York Times bestselling author, Sabrina York, is our guest columnist. She's so enthusiastic about sharing her book marketing experience that she wrote a 3-part…
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Secret to Writing Novellas: A Bestseller's Tips for Writing Short

If you’re writing for the ebook market, the ability to write short is a definite advantage: Ebook readers prefer to download an entire series in one fell swoop.  The shorter you write, the more books you can out-put. More published…
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Writing Tips from a Bestseller: How to Build a Long Career

Welcome to USA Today bestselling Contemporary Romance Author, Barbara Bretton.  Her 40+ books have more than 10 million copies in print. Barbara graciously agreed to dash off her best advice to authors who want to build their careers over the…
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Amateur Writing: Do Your eBooks Give Indie Authors a Bad Name?

Picture Yours Truly indulging in a rare pleasure these days:  taking time to open a new book, published by a small electronic press. The cover of the book I’m browsing looks good. The author has been published before by this small press. …
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Book Marketing for Indie Authors: Image Branding 101

Picture this:  Your book is finally published.  (Whoop! Congratulations!) You’ve worked months – maybe years – for the moment when you can proudly point to  the byline on your cover and say:  “Yep! That’s me!  I really wrote…
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Book Marketing: 10 Tips for a Successful Ebook Blog Tour

As an author who has toured, and as a blog owner who has hosted tours, I can speak with authority about both sides of the virtual book tour experience. My motivation for this post is to save budget-conscious authors from wasting their money…
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Literary Gatekeepers: Professional Readers Impact Novel Sales

Editor's Note: Please welcome Helen Carey, who has worked as a professional reader for two book publishers and a literary agent. Helen has agreed to share her “insider secrets” about the real, behind the scenes power that a professional…
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Twitter Tips: Secret Hashtags 4 Novel #Writers (Part 2)

Welcome back, Twitter Ninjas! In our last (thrilling) installment of Twitter Tips: 20 Tweeting Secrets for Novel Writers, I regaled you with ideas for getting your novel noticed in the Twitterverse. (Thanks for your patience, by the way.…
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Twitter Tips: 20 Tweeting Secrets for Novel Writers (Part 1)

In my never-ending quest to bring you useful book marketing strategies, it occurred to me that I may not be alone in my befuddlement over Twitter. No, I’m not referring to my FREAK OUT DAY, when all my Tweets inexplicably disappeared from…
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Character Dialogue in Novels: Write Real Men, Women

Character Dialogue in Novels: Tips for Writing Real Men and Women Ever hear of the book, Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus, by John Gray, Ph.D.? Gray’s title pretty much says it all. Men and women do not think alike. You, being…
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Pinterest for Novel Writers: 10 Tips for Promoting Your Writing

  I recently had a pleasant wake-up call about Pinterest. In my supreme ignorance, I thought that this popular social media site was the haven for dessert recipes, cute animals, and crochet patterns.  Imagine my surprise when I stumbled…
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Romance Novels: How to Write Love Scenes

Have you read a commercial Romance novel lately? I ask this question frequently, because the writers who consult me for advice – and who claim to be writing a “Romance” – are often clueless about the editorial expectations of publishing…
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Writers Block: Tips for Overcoming the Blank Mind Syndrome

Howdy, fellow Procrastinators! Yes, I am writing blog posts instead of my novel. ::Eh-hem:: Thought you might enjoy these words of wit and wisdom from famous authors. And then...go put your butt in your chair and compose the next scene! Norman…
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Writing Dialogue for Novels: Tips for Cursing and Swearing

I just finished reading an interesting post by a published author. This writer was lamenting the number of flaming criticisms that readers posted, objecting to the F* bomb in the author's Contemporary Romance novel. While I heartily empathize…
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Story Plot Problems: 7 Writing Taboos that Guarantee "No Sale"

Story Plot Problems: 7 Writing Taboos that Guarantee "No Sale"  Seeking ideas for a story plot that will end your book with a bang?  Trying to beef up a weak story resolution so your novel catches the eye of a book editor?  You're…
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Book Title Debates: Name Your Novel Something Provocative

What's in a name? Plenty! No matter how well you write, if your book title doesn't grab the reader’s attention, you will lose sales. If you're writing for a legacy publisher (one of the Big 6), suggesting book titles can be frustrating.…
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Writers on Writing: The Hardest Profession in the World?

I don’t know why fiction writers seem so eager to express angst.  It seems like the lion’s share of wit and wisdom expressed by authors, who are writing about their profession, focuses on one primary theme:  that writing novels is HARD. For…
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Writers on Writing: Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

Writers on Writing: Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain As a child, I was familiar with Tom Sawyer, but I didn't fall in love with Mark Twain until my high school Language Arts class. We were studying The Adventures of Huck Finn, which begins with…
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Writers on Writing: Advice from Ernest Hemingway

Writers on Writing: Advice from Ernest Hemingway If you’re going to listen to writing advice, you might as well listen to the most acclaimed authors in the world, right?  That’s why I’m featuring this series of posts based on fiction-writing…
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Character Sources: Ideas for Writing Sidekicks

Personally, I never have trouble coming up with outrageous sidekicks for my heroes and heroines.  (Yes, it’s a gift.) Seriously, though, I love writing secondary characters, because they don’t have to walk such a tightrope of “heroism.” …
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Writing Dialogue: Why Characters Shouldn't Talk Like Real People

I know, I know:  you’ve been told the exact opposite about dialogue writing by every other fiction teacher and book writing coach on the planet.  And they were right.  To a point.  Now I’m here to explain to all you hard-working fiction…
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Write the Way a Stripper Dances: Tips for Starting a Novel

Tattling time . . . I’ve been judging submissions for a fiction-writing contest.  I absolutely love finding new talent and encouraging writers to forge ahead with their publishing dream. What I DON’T love is wading through reams of background…
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Writing Resources: Name a Character or Insult a Bully

Every Mage needs an apprentice, every writer needs a Muse . . .  And every character needs a name. So what writing resources do I use to create zany names for my fantasy fiction? (What, you don’t think “Queen Hoodoo,” better known…
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Self-Editing: 6 Tips for the Harried Fiction Writer

Self-editing can be a grueling task.  Most writers are awful at recognizing plot inconsistencies, syntax problems, and typos in their own work.  In fact, many writers would prefer to cut off a thumb rather than cut out a paragraph.  Some…
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5 Ways to Get a Good Review

Welcome back guest columnist, Carrie Slager, who reviews books for The Mad Reviewer blog. This is Part II in Carrie's series. You'll find more  tips in Part I of her series, Tips for Dealing with Book Reviewers.] Last week I touched…
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Tips for Dealing with Book Reviewers

Have you ever wondered how somebody gets to hang their shingle as a "book reviewer?"  Would you like to know how to make "nice" with a reviewer for your own book?  Carrie Slager's guest columns have the answers. This post is part one of a…
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Book Signing Survival Tips for Fiction Writers

For you new authors, who are dreading your first, official book signing, take heart.  There’s always book signing #2. Okay, okay.  I’m kidding.  (Sort of.) Earlier this year, I wrote one of my more popular posts,  Humor for…
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Texas Humor: Quips and Quotes from the Lone Star State

Today, I have Texas on the brain.  And not just ‘cause I live here.  I'm writing dialogue for a Texas protagonist. I gotta confess:  as a born-and-raised Yankee (Pittsburgh), I didn’t have a clue how to write authentic, Texas dialect…
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20 Motivational Quotes to Inspire Your Success

I’ll never forget the time I was in the grocery store, having one of the worst days of my life. I was out of work, and money was extremely tight.  I couldn’t write, because my carpal tunnels were on fire.  I couldn’t WALK, because…
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Speed-Writing: Not Just for NaNoWriMo Any More

Writers are such creative geniuses, that they often psych themselves out.  They procrastinate until they're freaked out and desperate to meet a deadline.  (At which point, they become neurotic.)   Fess up.  You KNOW you’re listening…
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National Novel Writing Month Starts Today

Want to write a novel?  You’re in good company!  Thousands of writers around the world are gearing up to write 1 whole bonafide novel over the next 30 days as they participate in National Novel Writing Month – which we writers call NaNoWriMo. (Note:…
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Networking for Writers: Conference Etiquette (Part 2)

Networking is a form of word-of-mouth marketing. At a writing conference, you must learn to market yourself in ways that make you memorable –- but for all the right reasons.  This article is Part 2 in a 2-part series that shares networking…
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Networking for Writers: Conference Etiquette (Part 1)

If you have ever talked to a friend, passing on a job lead, news of a great sale, or praise for a wonderful novel, then you have “networked.”  In essence, networking is word-of-mouth marketing.  At a writing conference, you must learn…
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Tips for Authors: Electronic Autographs for eBooks

Want to give — and receive – electronic autographs for your favorite books?  Then you’ll adore the free web service, Authorgraph. Gone are the days when an author’s autograph could only be obtained during a live book signing. Authorgraph…
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10 Reasons Why Authors Should Format Old Novels as E-Books

If you're an author with a backlist of previously published paperback novels, then I encourage you to consider formatting those novels as e-books.  Not only are you likely to increase your passive income, you will gain far more control over…
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Writer's Relief: Help for Aspiring Authors

“Is there some deep, dark secret to getting published? Why won’t an editor buy my book?” As a book writing coach and multi-published author, I’m asked that question a lot. Believe me, I can empathize with the pain of aspiring…
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Want to Write Popular Novels? Here's How to Start!

I was reading a marketing statistic recently that said that 50,000 new Kindles are purchased every month by readers around the world. That’s mind-boggling! To give you some perspective, in the old days (as recently as 2000,) a midlist paperback…
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Writing Novels with the Law of Attraction Equals Success

Ever since the third grade, I wanted to become a published novelist.  By the time I reached the age of 30, my passion for writing novels had grown so strong, that I was willing to ignore an IRS report that said the average writer earns 7 cents…
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Beware the Trolls: Never Let Anyone Crush Your Writing Dream

As a college freshman, I was excited to make the cut in my first Creative Writing course. I was the youngest student in a class full of juniors and seniors. My goal, even then, was to write commercial book-length fiction – particularly Romance…
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Write a Memoir with Feeling to Make it Memorable

Whether you are planning to write your personal story as a memoir, or to write a novel based upon your life’s experience, you must find ways to connect with the emotions of your reader if you want your story to be remembered. New writers…
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Young Adult Fantasy: 10 Tips for Writing What's HOT!

Please welcome Young Adult Fantasy Fiction author, Lizzy Ford, who has graciously written this guest post for WritingNovelsThatSell.com.  In this column, Lizzy is sharing her Top 10 Tips for Writing What's Hot in Young Adult Fantasy Fiction.…
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Fiction Training: Not All Writing Advice is Created Equal

When fiction writers are starting their careers, they need training.  They don’t know how to discern between writing advice that advances their publication goals, and writing advice that is useless – or even detrimental. In their eagerness…
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How to Name a Character in Genre Fiction Novels

Characterization is one of the first challenges that writers have to tackle when developing genre fiction novels.   Since I’m re-inventing several of my protagonists for my YA Fantasy series, Guardians of Aeld, I thought you might want to…
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Crime Fiction: How Mystery Writers Pen a Chilling Read (Pt 3)

(Part 3 in the 3-part series, Crime Fiction:  How Mystery Writers Pen a Chilling Read) While Mystery writers are the undisputed masters of the literary device known as suspense, writers of other popular fiction genres (Romance, Fantasy,…
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Crime Fiction: How Mystery Writers Pen a Chilling Read (Pt 2)

(Part 2 in the 3-part series, Crime Fiction:  How Mystery Writers Pen a Chilling Read) Even if you aren’t writing Crime Fiction, you can learn how to write an edge-of-your-seat read by studying how Mystery writers incorporate suspense…
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Book Promotion Strategy for Indie and Midlist Authors

Book Promotion Strategy for Indie and Midlist Authors (Part 4 in the 4-part Series, Book Marketing Strategy) Although book promotion may be an expensive proposition, a well-planned book marketing strategy can benefit fiction writers who…
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Book Promotion: Good & Bad Gambles for Advertising

Book promotion can be expensive for fiction writers.  You're a one-man / one-woman company, chasing after national -- even international -- sales.  Yet how many Indie Fiction Authors and Midlist Authors of genre fiction have $290,000 to invest…
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Crime Fiction: How Mystery Writers Pen a Chilling Read (Pt 1)

Crime fiction is wildly popular.  Writing novels with spine-tingling action requires Mystery writers to study the literary device known as suspense.  Even if you aren't writing novels for the Crime Fiction market, your Romance, Fantasy,…
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Book Marketing Strategy: Is Book Promotion Right for Me? (Part 2)

Before planning your book marketing strategy, you must first determine if the time and cost of book promotion will benefit your sales and career goals. In Part I of this 4-part series on Book Marketing Strategy, I discussed, in detail, the…
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Book Marketing Strategy: Is Book Promotion Right for Me? (Part I)

Book marketing strategy abounds.  The bigger question is:  what's the pay-off if I decide to invest the time and money in book promotion? Only after you're armed with the knowledge to make an educated decision about book promotion will…
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Humor for Fiction Writers: How to Hand Sell at Book Signings

Planning a book signing?  Then you're in luck!  In this thrilling post (filled with dubious advice,) we explore the topic of hand-selling so you can make the cash registers ring. Forget writing chase scenes, folks.  The real excitement…
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Deadline Stress for Fiction Writers: 10 Coping Tips

Deadline stress can paralyze fiction writers -- and I'm not just speaking figuratively.  Who would've thought that writing novels could be so hazardous to your health?  I'm just one of many fiction writers who has suffered physical pain…
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Stung by Critics: Humorous Quotes from Famous Authors about Reviews

Enjoy these humorous writing quotes from famous authors as they confide how they feel about literary critics in the video, below. Assembling these quips about literary critics really put the whole book review process into perspective for me.…
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Novel Writing Doesn't Get Easier After You're Published

"That's it," my novel writing student said. (We'll call her Katie.) "I quit. No more red herrings. No more convoluted plot twists. Cozies are too hard to write. I'm going to write a Romantic Suspense." Uh-oh, I thought. Katie was struggling…
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Enliven Your Book Research: Interview Sources in the Field

When you do book research, hitting the trail to interview sources will open your eyes and inspire your  writing much more than surfing the Internet. Yes, my friends, I can now say with authority that steers are much larger than they appear…
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Writers Block: Overcome Procrastination with these 7 Tips

Is writers block causing your procrastination and making you too stuck to write the next word?  Take heart.  You’re not the Lone Ranger.  Even bestsellers get the Cursor-Blinking Blues.  The trick to overcoming writer's block is…
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Advice to Writers: Writing Quotes from Famous Authors

Enjoy these inspirational writing quotes from famous authors as they give advice to writers in the video, below. I stumbled upon these inspirational writing quotes from famous authors while I was researching ideas for a speech that I've been…
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How to Pitch Book Cover Art and Titles to a Publisher

When you pitch book cover art and titles to a publisher, diplomacy will win you more concessions than obstinance. During the days when I was writing romance books, I quickly discovered that actual, in-the-trenches marketing experience was…