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Another Reason Why Literary Agents Reject Novels @AdriennedeWolfe #Romance #Mystery #amwriting

“I’m writing a Mystery,” my writing student told me proudly. And I said, “Great!  Which sub-genre are you writing?” The student said, “Huh?” “You know.  Cozy, Caper, Police Procedural, Hard-boiled . . . “ My student blinked blankly at me.  She had no idea what a sub-genre was, nor did she know that the Mystery […]

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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 rejected sometimes.  In the Western genre, for instance, the bottom fell out of the […]

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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 not alone.  At writing conferences around the country, I’ve heard book editors say […]

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How to Write a Novel: Tip #2 Study Your Market

  [HORIZONTAL-SCROLLING]   Tip #2 in the How to Write a Novel: Best Practices series:  Study Your Market  Let’s face it: you’re learning how to write a novel to get your fiction masterpiece in front of an audience.  You want readers, right?  When you’re planning how to write a genre fiction novel (story plot, characterization, etc.), you […]

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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, Science Fiction, Thrillers, Westerns and Horror) can benefit by incorporating suspense into their “writers toolbox.” In Part I and Part […]

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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 into their scenes.  In Part 1 of this series, we discussed 3 best practices used in Mystery novels […]

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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 in one, full-page advertisement in People Magazine?  (And you thought television advertising was expensive!) When determining how to […]

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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, Thriller, Western, Horror and Science Fiction novels can benefit from tips on how to write suspense.  So in Part I of this 3-Part Series, […]

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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 of being a published author comes from meeting your public.  You know, the REAL PEOPLE who buy your books.  (Breathe. It’s […]

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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 to overcome one of the biggest hurdles that an aspiring author can face: a […]

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