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What a writer wants for Christmas. Please, Santa?  by Tara Sparling Dear Santa, This year I have been a very good writer. I did all my homework, cheered on my fellow authors, and accepted rejections with grace and good humour. Smashed through writer’s block and only lost faith in myself every other Tuesday. Rewrote Chapter […]

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Win #NaNoWriMo? Time to celebrate! Especially if it’s your first novel. by Anne R. Allen. Did you win #NaNo? Is it a first novel? Congratulations!!! Only about 3% of people who start novels actually finish, so you’re a major winner right there. You’ve done something spectacular. So break out the bubbly and savor the moment! […]

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by Anne R. Allen Ruth Harris and I have both written about how there are no rigid rules for writing good fiction, only guidelines. Even guidelines don’t apply to everybody. Every genre has its own conventions. What is de rigeur for a romance can be deadly in a thriller. And what readers expect in a […]

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New Book Marketing: how today’s author launches a book. By Melodie Campbell New Book!!  Gak – I have a new book coming out January 29.  The Goddaughter Does Vegas is number 6 in an award-winning series (Derringer and Arthur Ellis – yay!)  Because of that, I do have some expectation of sales from previous readers of […]

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Creativity wounds: the slings and arrows of outrageous criticism.  by Anne R. Allen.  A couple of weeks ago, Grant Faulkner, executive director of NaNoWriMo, wrote a short piece for Jane Friedman’s blog about what he calls “creativity wounds.” The post resonated with me. Oh, yeah, I know about creativity wounds! I have to admit that […]

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Twitter is important for authors, but not for direct sales.  by Rachel Thompson (@BadRedheadMedia)   Twitter is a terrible selling channel… …if your goal is to spam your book links and hope for the best. Most writers write their book and then realize, oh hey, there are millions of potential readers just waiting to buy […]

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Legitimate publishers, or scammy villains? How can you tell? by Anne R. Allen New writers have much to be wary of these days. New publishing scams are landing in writers’ inboxes faster than we can send out warnings. Probably the most dangerous predators for the newbie writer are phony publishers, because they can shatter dreams as […]

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