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Fiction Writing Blues: Why Book Editors Reject Manuscripts

Why do book editors reject manuscripts? As a fiction writing coach, I'm asked that question a lot, especially if my new client is reeling from a rejection letter. Most authors are baffled by the vague correspondence that book editors send.…
Writing novels, how to write novels, fiction writing
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Book Marketing On the Air: Podcast Tips for Fiction Writers (Part 2)

Book marketing is essential for fiction writers. In today's "Million Book Market," readers aren't likely to stumble across your novel on an e-retailer site. That's why successful fiction writers promote their work. Authors have a variety…
Writing Novels That Sell with Adrienne deWolfe
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Get Better Book Reviews, More Sales

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 in paperback by Bantam and Avon,…
Writing Novels That Sell with Adrienne deWolfe

How to Promote Your eBook with an Excerpt

What considerations should go into choosing a book excerpt for a blog tour or a post on social media? First and foremost, you must understand that an excerpt is a sales tool. If you keep that in mind, you’re already leagues ahead of most…
Writing Novels That Sell with Adrienne deWolfe
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Story Critiques: Tips for Ending the Trash Talk

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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6 Reasons Why Judging a Novel-Writing Contest Helps Your Career

If you're writing commercial fiction, you can jumpstart your career by judging writing contests. Many aspiring authors already know the benefits of entering writing contests. These days, even the larger regional contests have celebrity judges. …
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Best Books: “Must Reads” Picked by Bestselling Romance Authors

I asked some popular authors to help me explain why Alpha Romance Heroes have become such perennial favorites among readers – including me!  And while we’re on the topic of True Confessions:  I can trace my fascination with high-handed,…
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Cyber Bullying: One Author’s Solution to Stop the Madness

[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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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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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…