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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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Fiction Writers: Not All Writing Advice is Created Equal

When fiction writers are starting their careers, they often don’t know how to discern between writing advice that will advance them toward publication, and writing advice that is useless – or even detrimental – to their publication goals. In their eagerness for story critiques, fiction writers often surrender sections of their book manuscripts to any […]

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Positive Thinking Activates the Law of Attraction

Positive thinking and the Law of Attraction are inextricably linked to my writing life. Positive thinking was not an ingrained behavior that resulted from my upbringing, however.  I was 35 years old before I finally recognized and accepted that there is real power in positive thinking.  I had to learn about the New Thought Movement the hard way, though:  […]

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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. When you consider the enormous talent of the writers who are represented in this video, some of […]

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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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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 asked to give to a new organization of writers in my Texas hometown.  The topic that the group requested […]

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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 no guarantee that a publisher would accept my ideas for great book covers, titles, advertising copy, or the inside teaser. For those of […]

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