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Creating a Tantalizing Book Title

By Kim Hotzon


You know that saying, “It’s all in a name”? It’s true for book titles. You’ll come up with a story line and then . . . a great title. Or, perhaps you have a title that pops into your head, and the story follows. For me, the story line always comes first. My novel’s title may miraculously appear early on in my writing, say Chapter 1 or 2 but more often I’ll finally decide on a title halfway through. Arriving at your book’s title is one thing—whether it’s a catchy, memorable one is another story.

Book titles are important—artistically and commercially. A good title resonates with a reader and will. . .

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How to Write A Fiction Novel, Part 7 – Settings Are More Than A Place

By Susan Hanniford Crowley

When writing your novel, you will want to really examine your setting. Some writers make the mistake of info dumping, which gives too much about the setting in one spot in the book. The more experienced author sets the stage with some great sentences where their character is interacting with the setting. That gives the setting more meaning for the reader. You relay how the character feels about where they are or where they’re going through interaction, action and dialogue.

While the story moves on, the character continuously interacts with. . .

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Writers need to perfect the art in their posts if they want to sell their books

By Anne Montgomery

Authors tend to think in black and white. We are words-on-paper people who weave our worlds for readers in print. However, when sharing book posts on the Internet, we need to do better in regard to the art we use, myself included.

Think of how much time and effort you spend choosing cover art for your books, an often-laborious task that has us second-guessing our choices, even the moment after we hit the send button giving the final go ahead.

In the Huffington Post story, “Yes, We Really Do Judge Books by Their Cover,” Smashwords founder Mark Coker said, “A book’s cover is. . .

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How Authors Can Snag 1 Million Page Views: Guaranteed!

By Book Marketing Buzz

Many authors want to sell lots of books, get media attention, win awards, hit a best-seller list, and impact society with their books. Lots of writers will employ a social media strategy that contributes to marketing their books and promoting their brand. Can any author achieve a significant milestone, such as snagging one million page views for a website or blog?

The answer is. . .

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A Series in the Making

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Marci Boudreaus

Never before have I felt the need to make a series bible. Maybe because I’ve only written one series before and had no idea what the hell I was doing!

On to series two…the title is still a work in progress, but I have some ideas that I’m just waiting for my editor to tell me are crap so I can start over. (She’d say it very nicely, though.)

This new series is about a detective agency run and operated by some pretty kick ass dames who don’t take crap from nobody—especially the men in their lives. This is also completely out of the norm for me, so we’ll see what (if anything) happens to it.

Meet the ladies of the yet to be named agency that will be doing awesome to be determined kick ass things! Also known as Em’s imaginary friends for the next year or so.

Problem is, unlike my last series, I’m dropping all the characters into book one. Most will be in the background so I don’t boggle anyone’s brain with a huge cast. But, even so, my brain gets boggled so I gotta keep all these people and their nuances straight in my head.

And, that right there, folks, is what that whole series bible thing is for.

I get it now.

Since I’ve never done this before, I’m totally winging it. Pinterst pages. Word docs. Notes in two different notebooks that will eventually all be put in one place. I have pictures. Descriptions. Quotes. All kinds of things that someday, I’ll look at and go “DAMN! I totally forgot she’s got blue eyes not green!”

I’m working on getting organized enough to have all this in one place. I’ll get there. I’m just a wee bit slow, but I am taking this whole thing very seriously, y’all.

I’d love to introduce you to the ladies, but book one is still with my editor and I don’t want to jinx this series before it is even out of diapers, but keep an eye out. I think you’ll be hearing about them soon!

Until then…any suggestions on how to keep all this stuff straight?

As a teen, Marci Boudreaux skipped over young adult books and jumped right into the world of romance novels. She’s never left. Marci lives with her husband, two kiddos, and their numerous pets. Until recently, she was a freelance writer appearing monthly in a variety of local magazines. She now focuses on writing and her work as a content editor.

Romance is her preferred reading and writing genre because nothing feels better than falling in love with someone new and her husband doesn’t like when she does that in real life.

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WHAT IS A SYNOPSIS & WHY DO AUTHORS NEED ONE?

By Michelle Somers

The synopsis is one of the most essential tools for writers, yet it’s also one of the most dreaded.
Why?. . .

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How to Write A Fiction Novel, Part 4 – How To Avoid the Squishy Middle?

By Susan Hanniford Crowley

No, we’re not talking about diets. We are talking about the most fatal part of a book, the part where if it’s not interesting anymore, the reader closes it for another day. I was talking to a book reviewer about this topic and was told that’s where they put down the book and they’re done. You don’t want this to happen to your novel. We’re going to go over a some options to prevent this.

In my book Vampire in the Basement, I was working with two couples and a series of helping or hurting characters (good guys and villains). My goal was. . .

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