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5 Psychological Benefits of Writing by Hand – Josh Carlyle | Guest Post

5 Psychological Benefits of Writing by Hand – Josh Carlyle | Guest Post

Not so long ago, people were inseparable from paper and pencil. This clerical couple helped them literally in everything: keep a budget and arrange business correspondence, take notes and save cooking recipes, congratulate loved ones on holidays and in many other things. Today, for these purposes, we use electronic documents, press the share button on

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The Process of Book Editing: 10 Ways to Save Your Nerves – Jennifer Pauli | Guest Post

Finally, your dream came true: after long months of writing, your book is done. The next step is finding a professional editor to give your masterpiece a final review before it gets to the bookstore shelves. Even if this is not your first book, it is natural to feel nervous about shipping your dearest offspring

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Why Writers Should Join Book Clubs and How to Make the Most of Them – Grace Carter | Guest Post

Most authors find themselves in an industry utterly inundated with all sorts of competition. There are enormous numbers of other writers competing within the print and online publication industries and as such, it requires everything you have as a writer to stay ahead of the curve: and even then, it cannot be enough. There are

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7 Attention-Grabbing Publishing Trends That Will Define Books In 2019 – Scott Mathews | Guest Post

Industry-altering book publishing trends have been a feature of the publishing industry for a while now but heading off into 2019, new and modified old trends jostle to be the attention grabber of the year. One startling fact is that the number of Americans reading for pleasure has fallen by almost a third since 2004.

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Secrets No One Mentions About Book Publishing – Martina Sanchez | Guest Post

You may have your fantastic idea, your manuscript and even your agent in place and ready to go, but the world of book publishing is far from straightforward. In fact there are many secrets about book publishing that anyone wishing to go into this field should bear in mind.   It’s Not Easy Having a

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6 Emerging Book Genres We Bet You Haven’t Heard Of – Ester Brierley | Guest Post

Literature is diverse. It evolves because people are always looking for new ways to express themselves. New styles appear, being influenced by existing genres, and serving as an inspiration for future generations of writers. Our society also doesn’t stand still. New cultural and philosophical concepts have a direct impact on literature. Some genres quickly become

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Getting the Idea for Your Novel – Louise Dean (The Novelry) | Guest Post

The idea for your novel doesn’t often come to you whole and complete. If you’re writing historical fiction then it may do, as mine did for This Human Season which is set in Northern Ireland in 1980 and 1981. That came to me on the platform of Clapham North tube station in 2003. I watched a few

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7 Emotions You Will Feel After Publishing Your First Book – Scott Mathews | Guest Post

It is often said that the greatest human endeavor is that of creation, where a human being goes beyond his or herself in order to give rise to the existence of something that was previously not there. Whether you’re creating a new piece of software, a new painting, a new book, or simply a good

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8 Tips on Handling Criticism for Beginner Writers – Serena Dorf | Guest Post

Many of us at a point in our writing career wonder what the journey to the top must have been like for the writers we so much admire. You have read several works of your writing mentor/role model and your writing seems to be at par with theirs. Despite this, your editor has rejected your

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Damning with Quaint Praise: The Five-Star Descent of Book Criticism into a Children’s Sports Day for Adults – Henry Coburn | Guest Post

Understatement is British. It is ours inherently. It is our nature to describe abject misery as ‘a little bit of a bother’. We can denounce Tony Blair as ‘a tad disingenuous’, Susan Boyle as ‘no oil painting’, and damn eternally someone we despise as ‘not exactly charming’. Ironic litotes is our Excalibur. That is why

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