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How to Start a Writing Career

(Photo compliment of Morguefile.com) John Steinbeck said, “The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.” I agree with Mr. Steinbeck. If we don’t believe our work is important we’ll never finish. […]

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Fiction MUST Tell the Truth, by Jim Denney

Fiction Must Tell the Truth by Jim Denney “The secret of good writing is telling the truth.”— Gordon Lish In February 2015, National Public Radio’s ombudsman confirmed that a bestselling biography — American Legacy: The Story of John and Caroline Kennedy by C. David Heymann — was riddled with falsehood and made-up dialogue. It was […]

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How to Spit Shine a Manuscript, by Michelle Griep

For the last few months I’ve been working an Kelly’s memoir, and the scenes are coming together nicely, but soon it will be time for me to edit the book. So when Michelle asked if she could guest post today about how to spit shine a manuscript I was ready! I hope her tips help […]

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How to Find Reviewers for Free

If you’re an author you know how important reviews are. Good reviews sell books and improve your ranking. Good reviews get you visibility and give you the opportunity to place ads with popular book sites like BOOKBUB. Many book promo sites won’t accept you unless you have a certain amount of five-star reviews. Reviews matter. […]

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How to Write a Rockin’ Pitch for Magazines, by Janine Petry

Photo compliments of Morguefile.com Would you like to write for magazines but aren’t sure how to get started? Have you written a novel and don’t know how to get exposure? Think about writing articles that center around the theme of your book or topics you know. For instance, if your book has divorce as a […]

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Do’s and Don’t Guidelines for Critique Groups

Photo Compliments of Morguefile.com   Are you in a writing critique group? If so, have you ever wondered what to say about someone else’s writing? You want to help, but you don’t want to sound like a know-it-all either. You want to feel valued by your writer friends. You want to be respected as someone who […]

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Jarring Memories in Yourself, Characters and Interviewees

This month I’m writing 50,000 words and participating in NaNoWriMo. I’m writing Kelly’s memoir. She’s my niece. (Here’s her picture right after the accident that rendered her a quad.) Writing a memoir is something very different from anything I’ve done before because THIS STORY IS TRUE! I can’t make up crap. (Darn!) It’s really hard […]

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An author, a publisher, and a divorce

A publisher and I parted ways recently because we had a different view of contracts. The debate, and ultimately the separation, stemmed from this provision in the contract: “The Author shall provide one blog post per month, a day each month to be designated and agreed upon, to be placed on the [REDACTED] Blog. The […]

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NaNoWriMo Tips from Dylan Newton

It takes TWENTY-ONE days to make something a habit. Gear up for Na No Wri Mo (National Novel Writing Month) next week and you’ll be on your way to making a habit of writing. On December 1 you can celebrate that you’ve written 50,000 WORDS! First, find your road map and set your strategies in place. […]

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SEEK AND HIDE Book Giveaway, by Amanda G. Stevens

A few years ago I met Amanda G. Stevens at a Susie May Warren, My Book Therapy retreat. I didn’t know Amanda well, but instantly liked her. Through FB we’ve kept in touch and encouraged each other, posting and commenting on each other’s status pages. Today, I’m sharing Amanda’s debut novel with you. I haven’t […]

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