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Let Tom Swift Inform Your Writing
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Carolyn Howard Johnson shares thoughtful insight about the overuse of adverbs and the unnecessary taglines in dialogue. read more
The Tale Grows…
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When is the sequel coming out? How many times have you felt this as a reader? How many times have you heard this as an author? Today, Dan Rice shares his challenges and successes in writing a series and offers his thoughts on overcoming the difficulties in taming sprawling storylines. read more
Tips for Shy Authors
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Are you a shy author? If so, you’re not alone. Many authors are introverted, preferring to write but not market their books. Nonetheless, if no effort is made to market the books, no one will read them, and even a bashful author will be the best salesperson for their book. The good news is meeting readers is not as difficult or frightening as you may fear. read more
Two Ways to Write a Science Picture Book
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It’s not difficult to work a bit of science into any story – even a story about imaginary playmates. But for writing a story that has a STEM focus, I’ve found two ways to focus on STEM and still create an entertaining story – not just a science lesson. read more
ANNOUNCEMENT: 2022-2023 Reader Views Literary Awards Results Are In
ANNOUNCEMENT: 2022-2023 Reader Views Literary Awards Results Are In 1024 576 Reader Views
And the winners are… Today we announce the winners of the 2022-2023 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 remind all participants that writing and publishing a book already makes you a winner! read more
FINALISTS ANNOUNCEMENT! 2022-2023 Reader Views Literary Awards
FINALISTS ANNOUNCEMENT! 2022-2023 Reader Views Literary Awards 1024 576 Reader Views
It is our favorite time of the year again when we get to announce the finalists of our annual awards competition. It’s a bit like Christmas morning finding presents under the tree! And, although we wish everyone could win, it cannot be. So, we wish all the finalists’ good luck, knowing that in our hearts and minds you all are winners.   read more
Don’t Send Mixed Marketing Messages: Being Absolutely Clear on What Your Book is About
Don’t Send Mixed Marketing Messages: Being Absolutely Clear on What Your Book is About 1024 576 Reader Views
Authors put a great deal of time into the actual writing and publishing of their book. Of course—that’s the point! But it doesn’t end there, and unfortunately it’s all too easy to lose some of that verve when it comes to marketing that book. Mixed messages about the book can result in lost sales, especially if readers are not clear what the book is about. read more
Considering Self-publishing? Prepare for the Journey
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You wouldn’t embark on an extended journey without making plans, getting prepared. The same is true for indie writers considering self-publishing. Scan any number of writing magazines, resources, authoritative reviewers like Publisher’s Weekly or Kirkus, or bestseller lists and you will find few from self-published indie authors. Despite the higher threshold for credibility for self-publishers vs traditional publishers, more memoir writers are choosing self-publishing. Why? read more
Navigating Bookstagram for Indie Authors
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Bookstagram is an niche community for readers, authors, publishers – everyone in the literary world. Today award-winning author and poet, Rae Scott, shares some tips on navigating the #bookstagram world on the aesthetically pleasing Instagram social networking platform as an Indie Author. read more
Don’t Murder Your Co-Author… Especially If You’re Writing a Series
Don’t Murder Your Co-Author… Especially If You’re Writing a Series 1024 768 Reader Views
As with all your relationships, it’s always a good idea to choose your co-author wisely. Today co-authors John Roosen and Susan Rogers give us a glimpse into the creation of the first book in their Yoga Mat Mysteries series – Dead Man’s Pose. read more