Category: Publishing Resources

Authors Need Websites
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Authors Need Websites

It shouldn’t surprise authors that they need a website to promote themselves.  But in my experience, it does. Many authors think that having their book on a publisher’s site (or worse, listed on Amazon) can substitute for the web presence they really need. In today’s connected world, people don’t just buy books. They buy a...

Make it Logical
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Make it Logical

Have you ever watched a movie or read a book and thought, that wouldn’t really happen? Of course you have! As adults, we are constantly expected to allow some suspension of disbelief in our entertainment, especially in science fiction and fantasy. Children, however, are not as forgiving and will call you out if the facts...

Engaging Dialogue
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Engaging Dialogue

While it’s not difficult to describe your characters, a paragraph (or more) of exposition is really boring. The best way to present your characters is to show their personalities through engaging dialogue. A quick search yields many tips for writing better dialogue. The ‘rules’ of dialogue are fairly simple (if not always simple to follow)...

Past or Present Tense
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Past or Present Tense

Does your story play out in cinematic ‘real time’ or is it narrated from a past event? Past and present tense narration are the two primary (and most logical ) choices for storytelling and each has pros and cons. Because it is very difficult and time consuming to change from one to the other you...