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THE CRAFT OF WRITING – 28 Reading Recommendations for your Author Toolkit
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Susan and I recently attended the 2022 Agents & Editors Conference hosted by the Writer’s League of Texas. It was a full weekend packed with info. Today we’re focusing on some books that were recommended on the craft of writing. read more
Short Stories as Promotion?
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Short Stories as Promotion: Valerie Allen Provides Case Study for Promoting Creative Writing read more
Traditional or Self-Publishing: Which Path is Right for You?
Traditional or Self-Publishing: Which Path is Right for You? 1024 576 Reader Views
I came across a social media post the other day that really pushed some buttons because I see variations of it so often and it’s so self-defeating. The post was on Facebook in one of the writers’ groups I frequent, from an author who was giving up on trying to break into the traditional publishing world. read more
Are You Making the Most of Your Author Central Account on Amazon?
Are You Making the Most of Your Author Central Account on Amazon? 1024 576 Reader Views
If you list your book on Amazon, you MUST have an Author Central account. If you’re unfamiliar with the service, take the time to get informed, discover all the valuable things you can add to your page and take advantage of the benefits. If you already have an Author Central be sure to keep it current! read more
Keep Your Sensitivity In Check to Help Promote Your Book
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Writers sometimes get a bad rap for being eccentric and lacking a social filter. This comes as no surprise if we take into account the amount of time writers spend inside their heads and in front of their computers, isolated within their own little worlds. read more
Building Your Platform through Guest Writing
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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
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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
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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