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Second Child: A Tumultuous and Thrilling Ride Filled with Greed and Moral Conflict

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Second Child can’t be pigeonholed to a single genre, because it is much more than a medical thriller. It is a drama comparable to those of bestselling author Jodi Picoult, complete with a moral and ethical dilemma involving the production of human embryonic stem cells and reproductive transplantation; also known as cloning. It is a tumultuous ride that combines the promise of staggering medical advances, greed, vanity, marriage and the intensity of the love a parent has for their child. …

Smart Networking: A Beginner’s Guide to Connecting with the Right People

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Networking is an art that has baffled countless job seekers and professionals over the years. While universities and websites like LinkedIn are making it easier to find contacts, many are unsure how to approach or even reach out to a complete stranger. Especially when that stranger could put them on a path to personal or financial success. Fortunately, one of St. Louis’ “Top 100 Business People to Know” has been gracious enough to publish a comprehensive guide on what you need to do to …

Q&A with Heather Grace Stewart

Q & A with Heather Grace Stewart

Heather Grace Stewart always knew she was destined for a career in writing. After volunteering for a cable news show in Kanata, Ontario, Heather decided she would pursue Canadian Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, followed by a journalism degree at Concordia University in Montreal. Whenever Heather was not reporting the local news or hitting the textbooks, she would spend afternoons writing poetry while overlooking Lake Ontario or the St. Lawrence River. Although journalism …

Building Character(s)

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Creating compelling characters for your manuscript can be a daunting task. In order to retain your reader’s interest, you must craft interesting, full-bodied characters. New York Times best-selling author Kathleen Grissom (The Kitchen House, Glory Over Everything) emphatically believes that her characters make themselves known to her, and they “tell” her what to write about them. All writers are not that fortunate, so when creating the essential people in your work, think about the …

You’ve Written The Great American Novel: What is the Next Step? Traditional or E-publishing?

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It’s complete! Your blood, sweat and tears have gone into every word, your characters are like children to you, and your manuscript has been double- and triple-checked – hundreds of drafts reworked and rewritten several times. Now you are ready. So, what is the next step? The manuscript you’ve dream about, had nightmares about, and has (at times) been closer to your heart than family, is ready to be seen by the world. Many authors have the perception that e-publishing isn’t “real”; …

Why the Length of Your eBook Matters

Why the Length of Your Ebook Matters

Length matters! How many pages should your eBook be? There is no simple answer. There are various perspectives in which to view the question. How long does it take to capture and keep your reader’s attention? One could argue that it depends upon the genre. Readers of fiction wish to identify with the characters, so if that doesn’t occur within the first few chapters, it won’t matter how powerful and compelling your book may be. Studies conducted by Jellybooks conclude that the …

Writer’s Block: How to Manage It if you Can’t Conquer It

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Writer’s Block - When, not If Whether you are a new blogger or an established author, odds are high that you will face writer’s block at some stage in your process. When this happens, don’t beat yourself up. You are in excellent company. Acclaimed authors, such as Dan Brown and Maya Angelou, have suffered from the occasional block. Here are some ways to cope: Nibble on Some Brain Food Quinoa, trail mix, pistachios, almonds, raisins, blueberries, sunflower seeds, kale - whatever is …

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