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6 Must-Have Scenes In Your Romance Novel

6 Must-Have Scenes In Your Romance Novel

Writing a romance novel aimed at traditional publishing When you plunk down money or check out a title from a library, you expect certain reading parameters to be met. If you’re a prolific romance reader, you want to experience all of the emotional high notes at the...

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The Dark Horse: A Walt Longmire Mystery – Book Review

The Dark Horse: A Walt Longmire Mystery – Book Review

If you like crime dramas with a police-procedural slant, and you like modern Westerns with a noir touch, then check out this series about sheriff Walt Longmire, set in rural Wyoming. Here in volume five, Walt sets out to prove that a woman who confessed to killing her...

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6 Tips For Writing A Family Memoir

6 Tips For Writing A Family Memoir

How to write a family memoir Example: An Ordinary Tragedy An Ordinary Tragedy by Lori Hart Beninger explores memories, research, and interviews with family and friends to understand her brother's life of escalating crime. This intimate memoir profiles the dynamics of...

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How Amazon And New York Times Bestsellers Are Ranked

How Amazon And New York Times Bestsellers Are Ranked

WHEN IS A BESTSELLER REALLY A BESTSELLER? It’s no secret that the book industry has long been secretive about how bestsellers are actually chosen. If, like me, you wonder why, the answer is as simple as it is enigmatic: Because there is no universal system, company,...

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33 Essential Self-Editing Tips for Writers

33 Essential Self-Editing Tips for Writers

When I copy edit a manuscript, I make at least hundreds—and usually thousands—of changes to adhere to the rules of grammar, Merriam-Webster, and Chicago Manual of Style (the “bible” of the book publishing industry). By adhering to the 33 tips below, you can do a...

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6 Important Tips For Writing Nonfiction

6 Important Tips For Writing Nonfiction

People read nonfiction books to be educated. History and technology, people and places, geography and archaeology, religion and meditation, biographies and memoirs, gardening and cooking---no matter the subject, nonfiction books help readers solve problems, examine...

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21 Essential Tips On How To Write Your Memoir

21 Essential Tips On How To Write Your Memoir

What is a memoir --- and what is it not? It's not an autobiography It’s not a linear account of your life, beginning with the twinkle in your parents’ eyes, your kid’s first tooth, and every trial and triumph and exotic place you traveled to, or wish you had. In fact,...

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5 Tips For Writing Evil: Let It Sink In

5 Tips For Writing Evil: Let It Sink In

How to Write a Villain Readers Won't Forget Writing a palpable evil character is harder than it looks. Even Stephen King gets it wrong every now and then. First you have to think up evil things for your character to do. Then you have to make the character frighten the...

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