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Publisher Style Guides

Publisher Style Guides

When we’re talking about style guides, there are some clear, global rules that all writers know (or should know) and adhere to. For example: Submissions are sent with a cover page. Documents are formatted to be 1-inch margins, 12-point size, Times New Roman font, double-spaced. Synopses should only introduce main characters, and they should do so …

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Book Release: Quantum Wanderlust

Book Release: Quantum Wanderlust

You’ve seen the cover. Now’s your chance to read the book. Thirteen unique time travel stories gathered together into one anthology, and it’s yours… FREE! What if you had all the time in the world? Thirteen authors answer that question with short stories about time travel. Go back in time to right a wrong, forward …

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Advantages of Writing Prompts

Advantages of Writing Prompts

We have been getting writing prompts since we were small children. Schools start us early, with fill-in-the-blank stories, and gradually step us up from there. The next steps include writing our own stories with blanks for others to fill in, or prompts meant to inspire creativity with no word limit or page length, or creative …

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The Role of the Minor Character

The Role of the Minor Character

A minor or supporting character is vital in developing a well-crafted novel. For example: Harry Potter and Mr. Filch Filch delights in the misery of the students and is still far from likable; however, he is devoted to Hogwarts. Office Space and Milton Waddams Milton is famous for his rant about the red Swingline stapler. …

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Cover Reveal–Quantum Wanderlust

Cover Reveal–Quantum Wanderlust

AIW Press is proud to reveal the cover for Quantum Wanderlust. Spring Forward, Fall Back That reminds you of changing the clocks, right? When we talk about the passage of time, it’s usually in short bursts—seconds, minutes, hours—. Or slightly longer chunks—weeks, months, years. What if it was limitless? What if you could go forward …

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Professional Editing (Part One)

Professional Editing (Part One)

This article is the first of a two-part series on the importance of using a professional editor. I’ll post the second part in late September. Self-editing, beta readers, and critique partners or groups are all an important aspect of the writing process. Each step has its own benefits. Some writers may not use beta readers, …

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A Pre-Submission Checklist

A Pre-Submission Checklist

We’ve been talking a lot about story submissions, but we never really stopped to discuss all the things you need to consider in general terms. I thought it might be nice to provide you with a checklist so you have no questions about whether your T’s are crossed and I’s are dotted. Print out this …

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The Importance of the Book Cover

The Importance of the Book Cover

You walk up to the bookstore. Chances are, before you even enter, you’ve seen them in the window. Bright colors, shades of grey, pastels, neutrals. Maybe they’ve got pictures on them, sometimes just words. Thousands of them sit on display in the window and throughout the store. They lure us in as readers, and make …

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Author Wendy Taylor on Fox and Friends

Author Wendy Taylor on Fox and Friends

We are proud to announce Wendy Taylor, author of the memoir Undefeated: A War Widow’s Story of Faith and Survival, had the opportunity to discuss her new book on Fox and Friends on Monday, August 14, 2017. Wendy talked with guest anchor Abby Huntsman about life as a military wife, coping with becoming a war widow, and …

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What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

Blanche, Muffy, Winchester, Bruiser, Tiny. Each name and nickname evoke something in us. They imply something. Each time you choose a name for a character in your work, that name determines how you want your reader to react to the character—the image you want the character to portray.A simple name will set the tone of …

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