Grabbing Readers With Eye-Catching Covers

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An eye-catching cover is essential for grabbing readers’ attention. It’s important that the cover be catchy and appealing while not being too busy. A cluttered cover can interfere with the readability of the words on the page. Importantly,

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Tips on Titles

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A good title is a must. As the primary fiction selector for a large library system, I read dozens of book reviews from a variety of reviewing sources–Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus–to name a few. When I see books with banal,

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Something He Could See Himself In

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The visions started soon after Tattoo Tommy caught sight of the empty spot at the bottom of his back. It was the only tattooless spot on his body, minus his face and head, and it lived right below a tattoo of Mary that looked like one of those

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The Necessity of Editing

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After you’ve revised your manuscript several times, you should have it professionally edited. There are different levels of editing, from basic proofreading to more extensive editing which includes such elements as character development and flow

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Writing from the Heart

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I’m a librarian and select fiction for a large library system so I’m constantly reading book reviews in the subject area of fiction. I see many books by authors who seem to be jumping whatever current bandwagon is popular. I’m

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Lessons and Inspiration for Indie Authors

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As independent authors, we are living in an unprecedented time of opportunities. But with this great plethora of opportunities comes the issue of weeding through all of them, and deciphering the good from the bad from the ugly.  I’ve

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Walking To My Next Story

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Whenever I feel blocked, I go for a walk. There’s something about feeling my feet on the ground, listening to the birds sing and looking at the trees that inspires me. I always think of a great line or idea for a plot while I’m

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Dreaming Stories

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When I dream, my subconscious mind is creating stories from various random things, people and events that have been thrown my way in my waking life.  The stories are sometimes funny and sometimes scary and always weird and nonsensical.  My

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To Rise Above

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The theme of transcendence is explored within my novels as I am very passionate about this subject. I believe it is possible to live in the world while occasionally being able to rise above it, and that this is essential for one’s

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Believable Dialogue

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Readers will not be able to suspend disbelief if dialogue is not believable. Dialogue must flow naturally from the mouths of the characters and must be in keeping with the qualities, characteristics and motivations of characters. The Grecos are

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