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Three Editing Strategies That Can Make a Real Difference
Three Editing Strategies That Can Make a Real Difference 1024 576 Reader Views
Once you written and slaved over a manuscript and revised and nursed it through several iterations, the last thing you want to do is to slough through even more editing tasks. I get it. Sometimes, after I’ve put in hundreds of hours to write and strengthen my work, taking one or two more hours to do even more editing seems like a bridge too far. But I’ve found these three editing strategies—which don’t take that much time—can make a huge difference in how a piece reads. These are hardly new, but the changes they exact can be dramatic. read more
“How to Handle Book Bigotry”
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I believe—know—that attitudes toward self- and indie-publishers have become more accepted over the decades. When my first novel was published, any book published by anything other than university presses and New York’s Big Five were derisively called “vanity publishers.” Still, book bigotry or its near cousins hasn’t disappeared entirely. read more
How Improv Comedy Made Me a Better Writer
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The basic premise of improv is that scenes are made up live on stage in front of an audience.  Terrifying and hilarious, improv is a form that exists every moment in the creative place where artists surprise themselves and their scene partners… don’t writers perform improv every time we pick up a pen? read more
Are Too Many Choices Crushing Your Marketing Plan?
Are Too Many Choices Crushing Your Marketing Plan? 1024 576 Reader Views
Many companies will give you a good sales pitch as to why their service is so good and why you should use it. But, is it really what you need? Deciding what you need is not easy, especially with so many telling you what you something different. read more
Airwaves vs Web Waves
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There are so many radio and TV shows on so many platforms the idea of contacting any is daunting. So, we must look at it from a different perspective. What is the one thing that all channels have in common? You guessed it, a website. read more
“Writing about Imaginary Playmates”
“Writing about Imaginary Playmates” 1024 576 Reader Views
I never understood why my mother insisted that my friends Nappy and Cordy were imaginary. They talked to me, told me stories, and were just as real as Alison or Charles or Kathy. I certainly didn’t see any difference, except possibly that they told better stories. read more
Home, Sweet Home
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Homes can form the center, backdrop, setting, or sometimes take the starring role in a book. Homes reflect our personalities and preferences and our localities, our countries, and our cultures. Homes are a great way to introduce children to diverse cultures. read more
Promoting a Book? When and How to Start
Promoting a Book? When and How to Start 1024 576 Reader Views
Thinking ahead is the key when talking the publicity language… read more
Children are an Easy Audience, Right? Think Again!
Children are an Easy Audience, Right? Think Again! 1024 576 Reader Views
Many writers go into writing children’s books with grand stories to tell. After all, they are stories they used to make up for their own kids; and if they loved them for sure other kids will too! Others believe that their Children’s book will sell because parents will love its message, forgetting that the audience is the kid and not the parent. read more
Danger Ahead: Your Book Cover Is ALWAYS Your Business
Danger Ahead: Your Book Cover Is ALWAYS Your Business 1024 576 Reader Views
We all know that book covers are an important sales device for books. It’s not just about art or even graphics. It’s also about marketing. There is danger in not knowing enough about them, even for an author who will be traditionally published by the biggest and best. read more