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How to Support Authors with Books out During Social Isolation – Arslan Hassan | Guest Post

How to Support Authors with Books out During Social Isolation – Arslan Hassan | Guest Post

The current pandemic has affected just about everyone. Authors are experiencing a difficult plight as people are too distracted and as events get canceled. In addition to this, many bookstores are not even allowing browsing, while Amazon has de-prioritized many books. The fact is that the world of publishing moves very fast. If authors do

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Book Publicity Campaign Extras: PR Elements to Boost Excitement – Diane H. Wong | Guest Post

Book publicity extras—like book tours and book parties—can boost media and reader awareness during your book’s launch. In addition to the book publicity basics you can expect from your publisher or hired publicist, there are a number of other tactical publicity elements that can be deployed in service of getting media attention for your book.   Book

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Children’s Books Never Go Out of Style – Kathryn Starke | Guest Post

Fifteen years ago, I wrote a children’s book to teach the seven continents to my second-grade students who could not imagine a world outside of their own community. Amy’s Travels became the first children’s picture book to teach all seven continents. Based on the true story of my college suitemate Amy, the example of Latina

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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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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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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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The Half-Life of Published Works is Shrinking. Here’s What Publishers Need to Do – Paul Perry | Guest Post

Less than two minutes. That’s how long the average user spends on a website consuming content that interests them. The old days of publishing are long gone. Captive audiences no longer subscribe to a few news outlets, spending hours consuming one or more newspapers or magazines in their entirety over morning coffee. These days, people graze

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Ages of Bestselling Authors – Francesca Bjorkegren | Guest Post

In The Book, a small publishing house, has undertaken research on the age of New York Times bestselling authors when they published their first bestseller. From this, they have created an interactive index to look at, in a new way, how old each bestselling author was when they published their very first bestselling work of

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Do Traditional Publishers Hate Self-Published Authors? – Joseph McLean | Guest Post

As far as sticking points go in the literary world, publishing tops the list of controversies. Why? Well, to put it mildly, some authors simply want to be able to publish their works, or self-publish as it’s commonly called, while others hold the notion that literary works have to follow the ‘normal’ or traditional route

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