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Being able to do what’s best for your story, and not your ego

If you are a writer you are most likely familiar with the feeling that your writing is your “baby”. You treasure your writing—that poem, that book, that essay—it is a piece of you, it is you. But, if you wish to share that piece of you with the world, then you open yourself up to […]

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7 Steps to Take After “Winning” NaNoWriMo

So you’ve completed your 50k words for NaNoWriMo and feel like you will never type again.  Now that you have just written a book (holy cow you just wrote a book!) what’s next? Put it away! Do not look at your book, open it, read it, send it to anyone, etc. Put that thing away […]

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Developmental Editing: What is it Exactly?

I’ve been fortunate enough in that many of my clients are already aware of developmental editing and why it’s important for their work, however this is not always going to be the case. Many authors, even self-published ones, still underestimate the importance of a “story” edit. That’s right, developmental editing focuses on the story, characters, […]

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The Reality of Judging a Book by its Cover

I think it’s time we talk about book covers. We all know the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but let’s be honest, this usually applies to people, and not actually a book. If we are really keeping it honest here, then readers and authors alike understand that books really are judged by […]

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4 Things Authors Can Do To Keep It Fresh This Fall

Sunday marked the First day of Autumn, which means change of scenery, cooler weather, pumpkin flavored everything (for me at least), and for many authors out there, a new season of writing, editing, publishing, and marketing.  So in light of the changing season I came up with a short list of things authors can do […]

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Guest post by author J.M. Garlock on how The Tao of the Alligator and the Crocodile came to be

Today I have the honor of hosting J.M. Garlock, the author of The Tao of the Alligator and the Crocodile, in which I recently posted a book review for a couple weeks back. In this guest post, J.M. discusses the challenges that came with writing The Tao of the Alligator and the Crocodile and how he was […]

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