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Your Editor is Coco Chanel

Have you ever heard the expression, “Dressed up to the Nines?” Back in the late twenties and early thirties there was a famous night club/restaurant that required white tie, waistcoat and top hat to get in. Women had to have on an evening gown, and no woman unescorted by a male was allowed. It was Read More …

First Decision a Writer Needs to Make

  by Tom Blubaugh The first decision a writer has to make is whether he/she is writing as a hobby or as a business. If your goal is simply to write for yourself, your family, and your friends and you really don’t care whether you sell any copies or not–you have a hobby. If you Read More …

Self-Publishing Is Dead

by Randy Ingermanson It’s time to just say it. “Self-publishing” is dead. I’m not talking about the act of self-publishing a book. I’m talking about the phrase itself. “Self-publishing” now means two different things that are miles apart. It’s time to kill this useless phrase.   Randy sez: Let’s start with the most confusing term of Read More …

Fuel Your Fire: Goodreads is a Great Thing

By Whitney McKendree Moore ONE ANSWER: GOODREADS! When literary strategist, Tom Blubaugh, suggested joining Goodreads Dot Com, I was reluctant. The last thing I felt I needed was yet another learning curve on yet another website. I was already feeling somewhat overwhelmed by all the social networks in which I was participating. Today, I stand Read More …

Weeding Out the Dross

by Sarah Tun  Writing is an art… and a science. Just like in gardening, you want to weed out the bad stuff so the good stuff can shine and breathe and spark a reader’s imagination. It’s obvious that writing is an art, but perhaps not so clear there is a science to the process of Read More …

Craft: Can you spot a liar?

by Randy Ingermanson Every person on the planet tells lies. Which means your characters all tell lies. Wouldn’t it be cool if you knew exactly what lying looks like so you could show it to your readers? Yeah, that would be cool. I’ve been watching the TV series LIE TO ME on Netflix lately. The Read More …

Realistic Characters that are Believable

by Joni Fisher GATHER BASIC INFORMATION If your story involves characters in a specific career, then research it. You can learn basic information about any legal job from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ . For hundreds of different types of jobs, the Occupational Outlook Handbook Read More …