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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 talking about supplying the same archetypal persona for every protagonist ever written.  (If you […]

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Writing Holiday Novels: How to Hook Readers

Amazon.com Widgets Welcome Contemporary Romance Author, Adele Downs! If you’ve ever thought about writing a holiday novel, you’re in the right place! Adele has just released Santa to the Rescue through Entangled Publishing’s Flirt line.  Santa to the Rescue features a sexy firefighter who “saves” Christmas. I asked Adele to share with us her top […]

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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.  She’s new to me, but I’m a supporter of Indie Authors. I’m willing […]

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Literary Gatekeepers: Professional Readers Impact Novel Sales

[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 reader has over your manuscript. Helen also happens to be a published novelist, so she knows what […]

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Writing Dialogue for Novels: Tips for Cursing and Swearing

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 with this author’s pain (it’s never fun to […]

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Write the Way a Stripper Dances: Tips for Starting a Novel

Write Your Novel the Way a Stripper Dances:  Tips for Opening Chapter One  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 in Chapter One […]

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Writing Novels: 10 Evil Gremlins of Writers Block Doom a Good Story

Writing Novels: 10 Evil Gremlins of Writers Block Doom a Good Story How’s your novel writing going? Are you making progress toward your book goals today?  Or have you fallen victim to one of these 10 nefarious Writing Gremlins from the shadowy realm of Writer’s Block? 1. Mind Muncher This warty, pug-nosed menace chew ups […]

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8 Urban Myths to Squelch During Story Critiques

  8 Urban Myths to Squelch During Story Critiques Part 6 in the 6-part series:  How to Get the Most from Story Critiques One of the toughest lessons you will ever learn as an aspiring author is how to recognize personal prejudice  or worse, “Urban Myths,” during a story critique. Not all story critics are […]

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Story Critiques: 9 Point Checklist for Book Manuscripts

  Story Critiques:  9 Point Checklist for Book Manuscripts Part 5 in the 6-part series:  How to Get the Most from Story Critiques Reading the full-length manuscript of a writing peer is a labor of love. Like any labor, a 400+ page story critique can become tedious work. In a time crunch, you may be […]

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Base Story Critiques on Foundations of Fiction, Not Bias

  Base Story Critiques on Foundations of Fiction, Not Bias Part 4 in the 6-Part Series:  How to Get the Most From Story Critiques Other fiction writers won’t find your story critiques helpful if you base the lion’s share of your evaluations on personal bias or worse, on Urban Myths related to publishing.   What […]

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