Why I Sometimes Write Negative Reviews & Why You Should Consider Doing the Same

By Melissa Storm/ Today, I'm going to talk about a very controversial topic among authors:  Whether or not it's okay to write negative book reviews. I say yes,

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Nine Must Reads for the Aspiring Writer

By Nicolette Morrison/ One of the unwritten rule of writing is that a writer always spend hours reading. It helps to improve comprehension and grammar, but most importantly, it can

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Making Your Title Grab Readers’ Attention

By Haley Osborne/ Plenty of attention is paid to the all-important first sentence of an essay or short story but less attention is given to what readers truly see first:

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Hey, Authors: You’re Doing Twitter Wrong!

By Melissa Storm/ I grew sick of all the spam and abandoned Twitter what seems like a very long time ago. It was gradual at first. In my heyday,

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Writing Sex Scenes for the Non-Genre Novelist

By Warren Adler/ For mainstream, non-genre novelists, writing sex scenes into a story line poses some serious questions. Unlike pornography, which is intended to arouse sexual excitement, literary

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The Scary World of Self Publishing: 8 Myths Busted

By Kyoko M/ Self-publishing is a lot of things. It’s scary, exciting, and still in its toddler stages, stumbling around bumping into tables and giggling as it spins around in

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Who will buy your book? Examine your writing with a business-mind

By Kira McFadden/ For years I’ve seen masses of articles, blogs, and quips about the publishing process. Many of these articles are about querying, editing your own work, what

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10 ways to write a book review and what to do when the book sucks

By Emlyn Chand/ Book reviews. They’re where I found my start as a writer. They’re where many of us find our starts as bloggers. They’re a great way to spread

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5 simple ways to make your blog more visually appealing to readers

By Emlyn Chand/ Each time a blogger applies to become a Novel Publicity blog tour host, I break out my handy evaluation worksheet and go to work assessing this new blog.

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On Writing: One writer’s reaction to King’s crafty memoir

By dk LeVick/ In retrospect, it seems fitting there was a dark, turbulent storm in progress, that fateful day I entered the used book store (yes, there are still such things

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