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Writing Short Stories: 5 Authors on The Craft of Short Story Writing – K.T. Mehra | Guest Post

Writing Short Stories: 5 Authors on The Craft of Short Story Writing – K.T. Mehra | Guest Post

There is magic in a great short story.  Short stories can capture your imagination like nothing else, and in as short a time as your morning coffee break.  How do you write a great short story that moves someone in just a few pages? We’ve gathered 5 world-famous authors on just that!  Here’s 5 authors

How to Write a Strong Female Character the Right Way

How to Write a Strong Female Character the Right Way – Jennifer Jacksons | Guest Post

Over the past decades, the term “strong female characters” has become a buzzword in the literary world. Strong female characters basically refer to those women in books, poems, and other works of literature who possess strong qualities and convictions. They are the female characters that women in real life ought to idolize. For the past

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Marketing Strategies for Authors: Beyond Beginner – Rebecca Carter | Guest Post

You might be ready for more advanced social media strategies. When you first dipped your toe into Twitter or gathered friends on Facebook, it was enough to just have a social media presence. Now that you’ve gotten a little savvier, maybe refresh yourself on social media best practices and etiquette — and then take it

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IPG REVEALS 2020 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING AWARDS SHORTLISTS

The Independent Publishers Guild has announced the 13 shortlisted categories and finalists for this year’s Independent Publishing Awards. They are: THE PAPERBACK BOOKSHOP TRADE PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR Atlantic Books, Faber & Faber, Oneworld, Sandstone Press BLACKWELL’S CHILDREN’S PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR Nosy Crow, Sweet Cherry Publishing, Walker Books, Wonderbly PLS ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL PUBLISHER

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Writing and Reading for Pleasure (July 2020): Douglas Burcham

Douglas Burcham writes another (maybe last) post in his “Writing and Reading for Pleasure” series.    1.0 Introduction On 1st June 2020 I celebrated being a writer for ten years. Writing is not a short-term activity. The first three years – a million words of draft modern fantasy fiction and then five years of not

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How to Create Amazon Ads that Convert – Dave Chesson | Guest Post

Ads are one of the most important elements to being a successful indie author, especially if you sell on Amazon. Nowadays, Amazon ads are getting more and more competitive, so you need to be on your A-game to make sure you’re making a positive ROI. In this article, we’re going to look at how you

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5 Tips On How To Promote Your Book in Times of Crisis – Rachael Cooper | Guest Post

In times of crisis, like the present pandemic, there’s a tendency to assume that everything from buying groceries to getting a publisher interested in your book proposal will be harder. That people will be too distracted to care about you, or your book. The reality is very different. Many authors, self-published and traditionally published, have

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5 Tips on Writing for Children | Guest Post

Writing for children is not as easy as it seems. Compared to adults, children are more difficult to please, and their literary taste are harder to satisfy. When writing for children, it is always necessary to strike a balance between being amusing but not bewildering; reflective but not condescending; and distinct but not complex. If you

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10 Ways to Market Your Book on a Budget – Dave Chesson | Guest Post

If you’ve self-published before, you’ll know that book marketing can get very expensive very quickly. Luckily, there are some ways that you can market your book on a tight budget. In this article, we’ll go over 10 of my favorite low-cost marketing techniques that you can use to sell more books. Most of the strategies

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Staying in the Game: Book Marketing for Self-Published Authors – Virginia Colton | Guest Post

Self-publishing is becoming more and more popular among authors nowadays. Self-publishing is the publication of books, magazines, and any other media by authors without the involvement of an established publisher. In other words, self-published authors do pretty much all the tasks necessary to publish and sell a book – this includes book marketing. To be quite

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