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All About Book Signings!

Book signings have long been thought of as an author’s sole promotion. Almost every author has book signings to promote a book across the globe. No matter where you live or which mall you prefer, if someone gets published they…

The Enigma of Originality

It’s often intimidating for author’s to take a hard look at their competition. It can be frustrating when an old idea seems to take on a new interest. Instead of wondering, “Why,” we should be looking at, “How?” How did…

Cliches, Conundrums, and Chestnuts

Hackneyed phrases, slang, and truisms should be eliminated from your writing vocabulary as much as possible. This is one time where you should not write what is commonly heard. These phrases are so overused they are loathed by writing professionals….

Kurt Vonnegut on Writing

Here are some excellent pointers from legendary, late author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) on writing short stories. These are also just as applicable to fiction! 1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she…

All About Copyrights

Note: This discussion only applies to authors seeking traditional publishers. Many authors have a backwards concept of copyrighting their manuscript. As soon as they complete a final draft, many start looking into copyrights, even before they locate a publisher. This…

What is Preditors and Editors?

What is Preditors and Editors? If you’re online for any length of time, you will see this name freely given often between fiction writers. Preditors and Editors (P&E) is a website started in 1997, managed by Dave Kuzminski. The site…

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4. Bad Author, Bad! No Cookie for You.

Yet another author turn diva, has dropped to a new level and has dragged her poor spouse in to a firestorm of lunacy. Emily Giffin, author of Something Borrowed, found a negative review on Amazon. A reader, who admits to…

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3. Bad Author, Bad! No Cookie for You.

One of the most viral examples of authors behaving badly comes from a review site titled, “BigAl’s Books and Pals.” The review fiasco took place in March of 2011. The author was Jacqueline Howett and the review was for her…

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Reviewers! Review Thyself: The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby, is one of the most popular works of the Twentieth Century. F. Scott Fitzgerald became a classic when he published the work. It became commonly used in academic literature from that point on.  Today, needless to say,…

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Reviewers! Review Thyself: Gone with the Wind

Perhaps the most amusing section to browse through reviews is in the historical fiction. Readers of today, in the era of texting and bad fiction, attempt to wrap their minds around works written decades, or centuries, earlier. Case in point,…