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Building Your Platform through Guest Writing
Building Your Platform through Guest Writing 1024 576 Reader Views
he editorial section of our newsletter is open to guest writers with the goal of sharing your knowledge and building your platform. If you have tips you’d like to share with your fellow authors, bloggers and/or readers, we’d love to feature your work. Not only will you be imparting your wisdom with your peers, but you’ll also have the opportunity to promote your book/website in the process. read more
Writing the Perfect Character
Writing the Perfect Character 1024 576 Reader Views
Every future generation will know Harry Potter the moment his name is spoken. Of course, when you write a character who ends up with his own Universal theme park, that isn’t a shock. But that young man, his friends, and his magical universe came from the mind of J.K. Rowling. Out of the blue, she arrived on the scene and brought with her pages filled with characters and locations that became one of, if not the, most popular series of all time. Now, can other authors write something of that magnitude that becomes that popular? Actually, yes. Is it difficult? You bet it is! read more
Avoiding Agent Scams, New and Old
Avoiding Agent Scams, New and Old 1024 576 Reader Views
I recently heard about a new kink in the old upfront-fee scam that less-than-ethical agents tend to use. I thought authors were getting wise to such things, but this scam and similar ones are getting worse if only because of they are finding new twists on old cons. read more
OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS: The 2022-2023 Literary Awards Program
OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS: The 2022-2023 Literary Awards Program 1024 576 Reader Views
Today, we’re excited to share with you that the 2022-2023 Reader Views Literary Awards program is OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS! read more
Location Takes the Lead
Location Takes the Lead 1024 576 Reader Views
Can a location be an actual physical character that improves a story? The answer is not only a resounding YES, choosing a setting is a skill that should be mastered. read more
Hashtags: Friends Not Foes
Hashtags: Friends Not Foes 1024 576 Reader Views
Don’t let hashtags intimidate or annoy you – use them to your advantage. Carolyn Howard-Johnson shows us how. read more
How to Make Editing Less Arduous
How to Make Editing Less Arduous 1024 576 Reader Views
Do you cringe at the thought of editing your manuscript? Today Dan Rice discusses how to gain valuable insight struggling through the editorial process. read more
What We Write Matters
What We Write Matters 1024 576 Reader Views
Words still matter. Perhaps, today more than ever. What we say and what we write carries weight, makes a difference. read more
What Goes into Making a Stunning Book Cover?
What Goes into Making a Stunning Book Cover? 1024 576 Reader Views
Covers are important. People do judge a book by the cover. If your cover is an obvious Photoshop, lots of readers will ignore it. If you are part of a marketing group, you need to have a top-five cover to ensure you are getting more clicks. I always ask myself, if I went to the bookstore and put my book on the shelf, would it stand out for the right reasons? read more
Presenting the 2021-2022 Literary Awards Winners
Presenting the 2021-2022 Literary Awards Winners 1024 576 Reader Views
Today we announce the winners of the 2021-2022 Reader Views Literary Awards Program! The expectation is high among the reviewers who, for an entire year, read and score hundreds of submissions from an eclectic group of categories as diverse as the group of reviewers and judges within our 3-tier judging system. We congratulate the finalists and winners and remind all participants that writing and publishing a book already makes you a winner! read more