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Read aloud text to voice app

Read aloud text to voice app

How many times have you heard the advice to read your manuscript out loud?  The advice is repeated because it works. Reading your work out loud can help you catch errors, notice repetition, and prevents you from filling in what you think it says versus what it...

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What Readers Want: Genre Fiction

What Readers Want: Genre Fiction

We're kicking off another round of the What Readers Want series. This month we have an interview with Joselyn! Joselyn is an avid reader across multiple genres and a top reviewer on Goodreads. 1. What’s your favorite genre to read? For me it will be thrillers, horror,...

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Boundaries

Boundaries

Recently I did something that still has me shocked to my core. Something that made me hyperventilate as I did it, utterly terrified of what this one thing would mean for my future. And yet, I was thrilled I was brave enough to take the chance. Ready? . . . I deleted...

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Quick Edit Tip: Cheap Hooks

Quick Edit Tip: Cheap Hooks

It’s natural to want to use the “cheap hook” for an opening of a story. For example, beginning with a line that tricks readers, shows a main character dying, or opening with an exciting moment and then suddenly jumping back into the past to show how we reached this...

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Dialogue balance

Dialogue balance

Reader Q: I’m struggling with my dialogue scenes. How do I find the balance? How do I know if I've included too much or too little?  I’ve been listening to the Writing Excuses podcast lately, and I heard them quote—I believe—Orson Scott Card on one of his dialogue...

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Memoir Tips

Memoir Tips

I get a lot of memoir clients and I love working on these stories, but memoirs have challenges ahead of them that fiction does not. Here are some tips for enhancing your life-story so it captures your audience. Memoirs are a collection of factual memories from an...

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Filter words: Do you need to eliminate these from your WIP?

Filter words: Do you need to eliminate these from your WIP?

If we’ve worked together at all, you may have heard me mention Filter Words, especially as I recommend against them. I know, mean editor. ☺  Filter words are words that put a filter, and in result a distance, between the character and the reader. Typically, I want my...

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Self-publishing IS legit

Self-publishing IS legit

If you are an indie author, it’s only fair to warn you that the first part of this article may frustrate you big time, just as it did me. I was recently at an event and I audibly gasped when I heard a gal on stage say, "Yes, I finally have a legit book coming out! I...

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What is a book coach?

What is a book coach?

So it's like, mental coaching? What even is a book coach?  This term isn't necessarily new, by any means, but it has been popping up more and more these days, and no, not just by me. Let me know if this is what you pictured:   An industry professional. A cheerleader....

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Download Your Free Query Letter Template

Download Your Free Query Letter Template

Query letters: what are they and do I need one to become an author? To determine the answer, here are the questions you need to ask yourself first: Do I want to traditionally publish my book? Do I want a literary agent? Do I want to know how to pitch my book so I am...

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