Why Authors Beg For Blurbs

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Before I got my first book published, a novelist I knew quipped, “The only thing worse than not being published is being published.”  I had no idea what he meant, but I soon figured it out.

Take blurbs. Begging for blurbs for your forthcoming book is a definite downside of being published. It’s humiliating to have to grovel for them rather than have your publisher take care of it. You can feel like Dorothy menaced in Oz.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Outline Your Novel DURING Revision

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by Kelsie Engen

Today we’re going to talk about how to approach the next revision step: developmental edits. Basically this means addressing the major, structural issues of your WIP before moving on to the minor things.

This step comes after you’ve read your first draft, made some comments or jotted down ideas.

Of course, whether you’ve merely jotted down ideas, or come up with new pacing suggestions, or discovered some character motivations, etc., at this point you should create a new outline.

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Writing Pain in Fiction

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by Allison Maruska

Confession: I’m writing this post as a form of procrastination and it may be a bit wandering, but I think we’ll end at a coherent place.

I’m supposed to be working through my editor’s notes for Part 2 of the Project Renovatio series (hereafter known as Project Liberatio, or PL). And I have been. In fact, I’ve been elbow-deep in said edits for the past few days. But yesterday, I reached a certain scene…

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7 Ways to Write Visually (Without Describing Everything)

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by Phoebe Quinn

The world is pretty visual, but I’m not. Despite my insistence that, if I had to choose, I’d rather lose my hearing than my sight, I’ve never been able to work in a visual way. My mother is an artist and Boyfriend is a filmmaker, and I admire the crap out of them for their talent even more so than I ordinarily would because they work in ways I just cannot understand.

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Not Second Best – Book Review

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Not Second Best

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As a lawyer at Touchstone management, Tessa’s position brings her up close and personal to some of the world’s biggest heartthrobs. Sometimes that intimacy crosses professional lines, which is understandable considering Tessa’s impressive contact list. But when rock star Brian Ellis set her aside for the girl of his dreams, Tessa can’t help wonder if “spinster aunt” is her true vocation. Which explains her hook-up with rising star Brett Cherney at Brian’s celebrity wedding . . .

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Why Are Rituals So Important For Writers and Artists?

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by Pekoeblaze

A few months ago, I read a fascinating online article about “method writing”, which also mentioned some of the things that famous writers did to get into the mood for writing. So, I thought that I’d share a few of my own thoughts about this subject.

To be honest, “method writing” sounds like a silly fad which, from the descriptions in the article, actually seems to get in the way of actually writing – rather than enhancing the experience. It’s probably a good type of publicity stunt, I guess. However, many writers and other creative people have some kind of ritual that they use to get into the mood.

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Do You Ever Feel Like You’re Writing the Same Thing Over and Over?

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by Meg Dowell

We are in a weird era of online publishing right now. The internet is a mix of personal essays meant to be empowering, listicles meant to be funny and news stories meant to be accurate. The more of these genres of content get tossed around, though, the less appeal they have. I’m pretty sure if I see another article about body positivity – as much as I support the movement and appreciate the idea behind it – I’m going to lose it.

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The City of Mirrors – Book Review

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The City of Mirrors

When the latest and final installment of one of my favorite series came out last week, I raced over to the bookstore to pluck it off the shelf (along with several other books that I just couldn’t help but grab as well). Arms overloaded with books, I made my way into my house where I unceremoniously plopped them down on my bed and cracked open The City of Mirrors, by Justin Cronin.

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Why Networking is So Important For Aspiring Authors

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by Monique Hall

Up until recently, I was writing in the closet. By choice, the only person I had to speak to about my writing was my husband. Luckily, he’s interested and very supportive of everything I do, but as I recently finished the first draft of my very first manuscript, I knew it was time to start seeking feedback elsewhere.

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