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Choosing an Independent Book Editor

Choosing an Independent Book Editor

You need an editor—of that much you are certain. But how can you avoid falling prey to incompetent, untrained, or inexperienced pretenders who may insert more errors than they correct? (Yes, it happens alarmingly often.) And how can you avoid falling prey to the scammers?

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Are You Thinking About Self-Publishing?

Are You Thinking About Self-Publishing?

The business of self-publishing ... Perhaps you have tried to find a publisher and have not succeeded. You are not alone. The reality is that unless you are a celebrity or have a ready-made marketing platform that is guaranteed to sell thousands of books, it is...

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How Writing Query Letters is Like Dating

How Writing Query Letters is Like Dating

It is not as if you and your literary agent are star-crossed lovers, it is that you both seek a similar outcome: the sale of your manuscript, your growth as a writer, a meaningful relationship. Depending on circumstances, any of these scenarios may precede the other....

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The Challenge of Writing Good Fantasy

The Challenge of Writing Good Fantasy

I read a lot, but it's mostly just for entertainment. It's not often that I tell myself, "Damn, I wish I could write like that!" and start studying someone else's work for pointers. In this essay, I'm going to tell you about someone whose work hit me that way,...

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Writing a Book. The All-Important Opening.

Writing a Book. The All-Important Opening.

Novels that most of us read while in school probably opened very differently than successful novels of today. In the past, an author was allowed the luxury of giving the reader details right away about the main character's past, sometimes even going back to their...

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