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Someone’s Story: A Retrospective on an Award-Winning Indie Author Journey
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Today B.A. Bellec reflects on some of the incredible experiences of his indie author journey. What began as a stay-at-home-and-finish-your-novel project during the pandemic turned into an exciting award-winning trip with multiple literary programs, including yours truly, Reader Views, as Someone’s Story won the Reader Views Kids Best YA Book of the Year and the Gold Medal in the Teen/YA category, along with being the Regional Winner for Canada West! read more
A Truly Apt Setting Sets a Story Apart
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Any good writer knows the importance of the right setting for their narrative, of creating the appropriate “world” the reader can inhabit for hours at a time. While this is a common mantra for science fiction writers—world building is a critical part of that genre—it is equally true for all fictional genres including mysteries. Sometimes this “world” can be as familiar as a small resort town or as unusual as a completely different time or place, even one the reader has never experienced. read more
Five Free and Easy Ways for Readers to Lift Authors
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Authors are not just producers of books; they are also consumers of books. Whether for project research, market research, or personal fulfillment, authors need to read. What do you do when you’ve read something you loved? Make a mental note to look for more works by the same author? Look up more material about the author? Both are great for your own information but neither lets the author know you read their book. Here are five ways to support an author whose work you’ve enjoyed plus tips on how to encourage your readers to do the same for you. read more
Keeping Our Spirits Up
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Award winning author Carolyn Howard Johnson’s modus operandi is “no moaning!” Today she shares with Reader Views how to do just that! read more
Be Inspired by Strong Women
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Today, award-winning author Mark Bello honors Women’s History Month with his thoughts on some historical achievements and celebrates some of our finest champions. read more
How Book Review Strategies Prepared Me for College
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Many of the skills I developed as a book reviewer have actually been very helpful in my college reading. There are two main strategies I employ while reading a book for review. read more
Getting Your Book into Campus Libraries and More!
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I used to run a question and answer column in my Sharing with Writers newsletter, but the subject of getting books (including fiction) into university bookstores comes up so often, I thought it might be a good idea to give the topic a little broader exposure and Reader Views is just the right place! read more
Getting Published is Just the Start
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Getting published is just the start. Unless you just want to be able to tell your family and friends ‘You got your book published,’ there is a whole lot more to it than seeing your words in print.” read more
“Maybe Writers SHOULD Sweat the Small Stuff”
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Most of the time we think a novel’s success depends on good plots, great writing and engaging main characters, and we’d be right. But, as I’ve read and studied some of my favorite authors, I’ve come to realize that these talented writers invest considerable time and effort in creating real, three dimensional characters for even their minor players. read more
14 Reasons Why You Should Publish a Book
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Today Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi-award-winning #HowToDoITFrugallySeries of books for writers shares 14 reasons YOU should publish a book! read more