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20 Things I Learned After Reading 150,000 Words in Opening Pages

20 Things I Learned After Reading 150,000 Words in Opening Pages Recently on the blog we discussed 15 things I learned after reading 100 query letters during the RevPit contest. You can read the article here. During that submission period for the RevPit contest, I not only read 100 query letters, but I also read […]

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Writing Romance: Why Perfect Men Make Boring Heroes

Recently I was reading a promising romance novel, and then, in the midst of chapter six, I found myself placing the book face down on my kitchen table in frustration. The hero was absolutely perfect. And I was bored out of my mind. A perfect man—that sounds amazing, right? That’s what we want in a romance […]

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What is Developmental Editing? Does Your Story Need it?

Developmental editing may be an unfamiliar term to some writers and authors. This is, in the most basic of definitions, is editing that enhances your story. Have you ever read a book and felt the plot was all over the place, or the characters were inconsistent? Maybe the climax wasn’t strong enough or the story […]

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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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