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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, how to write novels, fiction writing

Book Marketing On the Air: Podcast Tips for Fiction Writers (Part 1)

Book marketing is a necessity in this digital age. With millions of titles competing for readers, one of the quickest ways for fiction writers to reach their target audience is to appear on a podcast or radio talk show. As a former publicist,…
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

Humor: 7 Stages of Fiction Frenzy while Writing a Novel

So you're writing a novel?  Good for you!  But be forewarned: no TRUE writer escapes the Seven Stages of Fiction Frenzy... 1. Eureka! An Idea! Nothing is better than that first spark of inspiration. You feel alive. Your Muse is finally…
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

10 Tips to Make Your Cozy Mystery Sell

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 gifts!…
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…
Writing Novels That Sell with Adrienne deWolfe
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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. …

Writing Help for the Hostage Muse

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…