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How to Write a Book

How to Write a Book

Yes, I’m going to explain how to write a book in 750 words. After writing more than seventy books myself, I feel I can boil down the book-writing process to several simple tips. Note that I said book-writing process. Before attempting to write a book longer than Goodnight Moon, a person should understand and be […]

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The Book Synopsis, in Brief

The Book Synopsis, in Brief

One of the crucial elements of any book query package is the synopsis: a very condensed version of the story, presented in just a few pages. This holds true whether the book is fiction or nonfiction, but publishers and potential agents most definitely want to see synopses for novel submissions. When I first started in […]

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The Book Synopsis, in Brief

A Foolproof 7-Step Story-Building Model

Structure is one area that beginning writers struggle with the most. We all know our stories should have suspense, surprise, drama, intrigue, and all sorts of other spicy elements. But how do we create a structure that delivers all of these elements? Over the years of working with writers as and editor and creative writing […]

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Holiday Tidings to You!

Holiday Tidings to You!

Stories, stories, stories. Whether it’s a spaceship full of pirates in a fight that will determine the fate of the universe … or a young magician who embraces his destiny and stands alongside dragons, elves, and the like in a battle against a dark legion … or even a US Army first sergeant’s real-life account […]

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Getting Through Your Crappy First Draft

Getting Through Your Crappy First Draft

Years of editing have taught me a great deal about writing, and I’m very grateful for it. But an editor’s path can be a tricky one when it comes to writing her own book. As so many of you who are inclined toward self-editing will know, it’s so easy to get mired in the morass […]

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How To Hire An Editor

How To Hire An Editor

How do you find the best editor for your book? You have written a book, or you are in the process of writing one. That's great! Maybe you're just thinking about writing one. You hope it will be a bestselling novel. Or maybe it is more practical---a tool for promoting...

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Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Writers

Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Writers

Compassion Compassion is at the top of the list. Without it, I can't imagine a writer getting very far. As writers, we are often too hard on ourselves, either because we haven't kept to a writing goal, or we got rejected from an agent, or we beat ourselves up, or...

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