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The ABC of Book Editing

The ABC of Book Editing

In a previous post, From Author to Reader: The Line of Book Publishing, we examined the stages of book publishing. The process is a conglomerate of brains and experts who work together to get the manuscript from the author's desk into the hands of the reader. And the...

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Six Qualities You Need to Be a Successful Author

Six Qualities You Need to Be a Successful Author

I’m sure it’s happened to you. You’re chatting with someone — perhaps on the bus, or at a kitchen party — and you mention you’re working on a book. Before you can even talk about the idea, they’re already responding. “Oh yeah,” they say, “I’ve got a killer idea for a...

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Are there any Original Writing Ideas Left?

Are there any Original Writing Ideas Left?

I’ve come to realize that creativity isn’t always coming up with something new; often, it’s simply finding new connections, perspectives, and combinations of elements. Letting go of your ideals regarding originality and reshaping them with this new understanding will send you soaring into less inhibited and better writing experiences.

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10 Obvious Truths Writers Always Forget

10 Obvious Truths Writers Always Forget

Writers spend most of their days stuck in their own heads.   More than any other occupation, writing requires creative thoughts and emotions that warp reality. As writers, these wild imaginations are valuable. But they can also distract us, fill us with fear, and...

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How to Write on a Topic You Know Very Little About

How to Write on a Topic You Know Very Little About

As a writer, people expect you to write only on areas you are versed in. However, there are times you would be required to write on a topic you have little or no knowledge about. This kind of task can be nerve wrecking and difficult, because of your lack of knowledge...

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Be Bold for Change

Be Bold for Change

In all walks of life, the role of women cannot be underestimated, they are said to be the bedrock of a society and they remain vital in the growth of the home, workplace, business and many more. Women have been placed in this space as natural nurturers, with grace, brain and brawn, and immense influence.

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The Top Ten Mistakes New Fiction Authors Make

The Top Ten Mistakes New Fiction Authors Make

Are you wondering why your short stories keep coming back with polite rejection letters? It could be that one of these ten "fatal errors" is standing between you and publication! Lack of Editing. The best writers re-write and re-write. New writers tend to think that...

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Short Stories: Have You Been Doing It Wrong?

Short Stories: Have You Been Doing It Wrong?

If you write short stories, you’ve got to make everyone love ‘em. Or at least get as many people as possible to. If you’re writing for a submission to a publishing group, the importance of “getting everyone to love ‘em” suddenly jumps up two levels. Your first thought...

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