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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
Young Adult Novels: The Throwback
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When books are marketed, it’s important to know what audience the book is being marketed to. Knowing the demographics of the audience plays a key role in knowing who you’re trying to get the book to. That could include anything from gender to genre preference. Age can be another key to deciding who to market a book towards. In recent years however, I’ve noticed that age doesn’t play as big of a role in many people’s reading choices. Young Adult novels in particular, are popular among many older audiences. What makes these novels so alluring to adult readers? read more
“Help a Reporter Out” Can Be a Boon for Your Career
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When I speak at writers’ groups, I am always amazed at how many writers don’t seem to know about Help a Reporter Out, also called HARO. Or they don’t know how to make it work very well for them. I know because the pencils come out and hands go up. 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
National Women’s History Month and the Women in My History
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March is National Women’s History Month, so I took the time to think of some of the strong women in my family who lived through WWII in Italy and Libya. 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
Keep Your Writing Goals on Schedule
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Sometimes we are lucky enough to receive a piece of advice that turns out to be the gift that keeps giving. Keep your eyes and ears open because you just never know where that advice is going to come from! read more
Doing Everything Yourself
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Doing everything yourself can be daunting. Lucky for us many professionals in the Publishing and PR world share key points and best practices to use – you just have to know where to look. read more
Storyboards – Not Just for your Book’s Storyline…
Storyboards – Not Just for your Book’s Storyline… 1024 576 Reader Views
Many writers use storyboards to map their stories. But I wasn’t one of them. Somehow my stories map out in my mind before I even write them. read more