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Books & Such Literary Management

Latest Post: September 27, 2020
Screening books for your kids.

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On September 11, I ordered a book that I thought might be a good one for my 8-year-old daughter to read to help her discover what happened on 9/11/2001. She’s reading at a 5th grade level, so I got the …
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Jungle Red Writers

Eight smart and sassy crime fiction writers dish on writing and...

Latest Post: September 27, 2020
My Dinner with Ruth @lesliekarst

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 LUCY BURDETTE : When Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last week, I thought instantly of my friend Leslie Karst. I remembered that she knew RBG and has written a memoir about cooking dinner for the Ginsburgs. (I've read it, it's excellent, and I hope we'll see it out in the world soon!) Leslie agreed...
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WRITERS HELPING WRITERS | Home of The Bookshelf Muse

Latest Post: September 26, 2020
Conflict Thesaurus Entry: Being Blackmailed

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Conflict is very often the magic sauce for generating tension and turning a ho-hum story into one that rivets readers. As such, every scene should contain a struggle of some kind. Maybe it’s an internal tug-of-war having to do with … Continue reading → The post Conflict Thesaurus Entry: Being...
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The Write Practice

Practical Inspiration

Latest Post: September 25, 2020
Why We Didn’t Hit #1 Bestseller on Amazon

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This week, it was our goal to get Sarah Gribble’s debut novel, Surviving Death, into the #1 bestselling spot in its category on Amazon. We worked hard for it, came so close, and just narrowly missed. In this post, I want to share what we did to get so close and why we missed, and talk about...
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The Book Designer

Practical Advice to Help Self-Publishers Build Better Books

Latest Post: September 25, 2020
Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #120

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Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #120 including C. S. Lakin, Nate Hoffelder, Belinda Griffin and many others The post Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #120 appeared first on The Book Designer .
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Make A Living Writing

Frank advice for writers

Latest Post: September 25, 2020
LinkedIn Tips for Writers: How to Stand Out Like Orange...

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Looking for LinkedIn tips to help you connect with prospects and land more freelance writing clients? Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know LinkedIn is a force to be reckoned with. The business networking and social media platform has over 700 million users. And it’s the first reliable...
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Jane Friedman | Being human at electric speed: Exploring what it...

Latest Post: September 24, 2020
Online Book Events: A Necessary Pivot in 2020, But How Do...

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It's now possible to fill every lunch hour and evening with book clubs and book festivals and live readings and more. Thus, even if you offer a creative and enticing online event, it’s hard to sell when so much content right now is available for free. Before you decide to run an online event,...
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Helping Writers Become Authors - Write your best story. Change your...

Latest Post: September 21, 2020
Slang in Dialogue: Use It Sparingly

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Note: I’m giving myself a quick autumn break this week, so am posting this shortie instead of the usual post and podcast. Enjoy! It’s important for authors to get the nuances of slang in dialogue right. All our research into dialectal idiosyncrasies is time well spent if it means nailing the way a...
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The Creative Penn

Adventures in Writing, Publishing and Book Marketing

Latest Post: September 21, 2020
Audiobook Narration, Production And Marketing Tips With...

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Audiobooks are one of the fastest-growing segments in publishing and the expansion of podcasts onto every major platform means there are more ways to market to audio-first consumers (which increasingly includes me!) In this episode, Derek Doepker gives some tips on why audiobooks are so important...
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Rachelle Gardner | Literary Agent

Books and Such Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner Blogs about Books,...

Latest Post: September 18, 2020
Announcing Author School’s Next Session

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Two years ago, my partners and I launched Author School with our inaugural course, “Pen to Published.” Since then we’ve had a great time walking through the basics of writing, publishing and platform-building with 700+ students. The responses at the end of the course have positive (well, raving...
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Will Write For Food

Pithy snippets about food writing

Latest Post: September 18, 2020
Those Negative Thoughts While on Social Media

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You’re having one of those days where you get sucked into social media feeds. And you’re scrolling and clicking away, generating negative thoughts on what you’re seeing. Do you even notice? That’s what I thought. Doing this has a name. It’s called negative thinking. Fancy stuff, eh?  Here are a...
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Tiferet Journal - A Global Writing Community

Latest Post: September 18, 2020
Excerpt from Six Ways of Looking upon Buddha Nature by...

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The following poem appears in our upcoming Fall/Winter 2020 issue. Subscribe today to read the rest of Beth’s poem and the entire issue. 1. Buddha probably knew       but forgot to mention              someone has to […]
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AndiLit - Writer, Editor, Online Writing Courses

Andi Cumbo is a writer, editor and teacher of online writing...

Latest Post: September 16, 2020
A Moment Leads to an Essay: A Moment in Five Parts by...

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Today, I’m delighted to have the talented writer Patrice Gopo on Andilit. She is a friend and a wise woman, and she writes in my favorite writing form – the essay. Who doesn’t love a form whose very name means “to attempt” repeatedly?  Enjoy Patrice’s essay below.  1. My daughter and I share a...
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