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Edit Before Editing: Why the End Is Only the Beginning

After pouring out pages of your creative sweat and tears, you finally type every writer’s favorite closing words:   THE END   Your book manuscript is now ready to submit to your editor, right? Not quite … It’s time to switch out your writer’s hat and think like an editor. Don’t fear the editor’s hat! We aren’t the evil destroyers of your creative dreams with our red pen markups and detailed comments. Editors want to help your book dream become a reality and we are … [Read more...]

Find Your Way: Writing Warm-Ups

I'm sitting at my kitchen table agonizing over how to start this blog post. I've been sipping coffee, nibbling on some breakfast, petting my dog as he sits on my foot, and racking my brain for any sort of inspiration. Most noticeably, I'm not writing.   My irritation is very apparent. When I sit to write and can't, I go temporarily insane with frustration. It gets dramatic and loud as I angrily start slamming "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" into my keyboard just to get … [Read more...]

Building Character(s)

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 character as … [Read more...]

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 percentage of … [Read more...]

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

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 your … [Read more...]

Relevance of Writing a Good Press Release

A press release is a written or recorded communication focused at members of the news media, drafted with the intent of broadcasting something deemed newsworthy. Each individual press release announces significant or beneficial information about an upcoming event or one that has occurred.  Press releases act as a free public relations tool, which is particularly favorable for independent authors looking for cost-friendly opportunities to promote their newest title. Characteristically, a press … [Read more...]

Manuscript preparation Basics

Making sure the manuscript is compatible to the submission requirements is a daunting task, for some writers. The way the manuscript is submitted for publication is equally as important as the content to be published. Most publishers have their own set of rules for submission of manuscript and it is easy for writers to subconsciously breach one or more of them; thus diminishing their chances of being accepted. Although publishers may have their own manuscript submission guidelines, certain … [Read more...]

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