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Email Newsletters for Authors: Why everyone is telling you you HAVE to have one.

Email newsletters… a pain, right? You have to build the list, you have to house the list, you have to design newsletters, come up with content and then send the newsletters. So much work… and so much techy type crap. Ugh. No, double ugh. But, yes, you really should have […]

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Creative Writing Prompts: Start with a Setting

The DaVinci Code begins with a murder in the Louvre. The story of Sarah’s Key had to take place in France. In the case of Water for Elephants, the setting—a circus—moves with the story but is a complete world nonetheless. A setting does more than add interest. If your story […]

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Jump-Start Your Imagination with Story Starter First Lines

One way to fire up your imagination? Creative writing exercises focused on the first line of a story. Below is a list of first lines for you to use to hone your storytelling and writing skills.

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Dog POV and the Brontes — a mashup this month

* Will the e-reader make a comeback? I didn’t know it was gone… * This looks like fun — NYC from a dog’s POV. * The real person behind the pen name. * People buying books, reading them, then returning them for a full refund. I don’t know. Seems like […]

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Springtime links: so much to choose from!

* Proofing and editing tools. Always useful. * The secret history of the girl detective. Interesting. * Pretty cool. Book jewelry. * A look at some of the best-sellers — romance authors — and the bull they put up with. * A glimpse behind the scenes of male cover models […]

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