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 Visual Storytelling in Children’s Literature
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Tine Gregory unveils the magic and importance of illustrations in children’s literature, focusing on “Aboard the Timeline.” Witness the creative synergy between Bastian and May Gregory as they blend history with visual storytelling, bringing education and imagination to life for young readers. Learn how their collaboration transforms simple sketches into immersive images that enrich the narrative and engage the audience. read more
FROM SPARK TO SAGA: The Art of Harnessing a Raw Idea for Your Novel
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By D.J. Williams The Relentless Pursuit of Storytelling Storytellers are obsessive about hunting for the next epic saga, comedic blockbuster, emotionally packed family drama, or shocking twists that leave audiences…

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What’s The Hardest Thing About Being A Writer?
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Randy Overbeck explores the challenges that come with being a writer, and what keeps him going! read more
She Released the Breath She Didn’t Realize She Was Holding
She Released the Breath She Didn’t Realize She Was Holding 1024 576 Reader Views
Clichés in storytelling are like those well-known beats in a once catchy song—played so often they’ve lost their surprise and become background noise. As an author with a voice that’s distinctively your own, you hold the power to venture beyond these common turns of phrase. Let go of these ‘comfort phrases’ that have overstayed their welcome, and instead, infusing your writing with expressions that are uniquely yours—paving the way for stories that capture the heart and spark the reader’s imagination. read more
Taking the Pulse of the Indie Publishing Industry
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Explore the shifts within the indie publishing landscape through JoAnn Vega’s insightful article, “Taking the Pulse of the Indie Publishing Industry,” as it unpacks the implications of Small Press Distribution’s (SPDs) unexpected closure. read more
Social Media Marketing for Independent Authors
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Independent authors have unique opportunities to reach readers far and wide through social media. These platforms allow writers to amplify their voices and foster a personal connection with their audience, transforming followers into a devoted readership. Engaging directly with readers through thoughtfully shared content, authors can create a community invested in their literary success. read more
Getting Valuable Book Reviews
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Today, Yvonne Blackwood offers her insights and experiences in a candid revelation of what works—and what doesn’t—when it comes to harnessing the power of book reviews. read more
The Writing Advice that Helped Me Grow as a Writer
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Today, Dan Rice joins us to share how thoughtful writing advice has shaped and improved his work. Dan spotlights his journey of growth as a writer and how targeted exercises, such as short story assignments, accelerated his development and expanded his creative horizons. With a commitment to refinement through trial and error, Dan’s story is a testament to the resilience and progression inherent in the writing process. Tune in to learn from his experiences and enrich your own writing path. read more
2024 Awards Program Opens May 1st
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As we gear up to unveil our 2024 program, we’re excited to introduce our awards program sponsors. We have several new sponsors joining our team as well as many long-time supporting sponsors. They all make this event better each year! read more
A FEW LESSONS LEARNED
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Today Randy Overbeck, with five novels, twelve awards, and two bestsellers in his portfolio, reflects on the key lessons learned from his writing journey. read more