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Hook ‘em Hard (Part Three)

A 3-Part Series on the Book Selling Process Hook ‘em Hard (Part Three) This is a three-part series on getting a reader to buy your book. Be sure to read part one and part two.  As you’ll recall from our last blog post, the third thing that sells a reader on your book is the […]

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The Dos and Don’ts to Dialogue Tags

Guest post by Ryan Lanz Writers use dialogue tags constantly. In fact, we use them so often that readers all but gloss over them. They should be invisible. However, there are ways to misuse them and make them stand out. In an effort to avoid that, let’s take a closer look at dialogue tags. Toward […]

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How Do You Write? Paper vs. Computer

How Do You Write? Paper vs. Computer I’m always looking for ways to improve my writing. Certain tools and habits help me get into the writing groove, while others can be distracting. One choice that can affect our writing is whether to use paper or a computer. Like an artist knowing which brush to use […]

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5 Key Ingredients All Young Adult Novels Must Have

The young adult market is unyielding in popularity, at least for the foreseeable future, but this also means it’s a flooded market with content published daily. So the big question right now is how can an author stand out from the crowd? The answer is writing a seriously great YA novel. That may seem like […]

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What Makes a Reader and Character Connect

Guest post by Ryan Lanz How does a reader connect with a character? This is a well-debated question, and one that many authors have asked themselves. It can mean the difference between a novel’s life and death. “Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more […]

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13 Tips for Writing Better Dialogue

Dialogue is extremely important to a story, and the best writers know how to use this to their advantage. Sure, you can argue there are “no rules for writing,” but by using these tips for writing better dialogue you’ll be encouraged as your scenes feel tighter, your characters grow, and the story captivates. When writing […]

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