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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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Research ~ A Necessary Evil

Research ~ A Necessary Evil

Allison stepped onto the patio, enjoying the coolness of the desert southwest evening. Saguaro cacti were silhouetted against the sunset, and a roadrunner darted behind an agave plant. A cactus wren perched nearby. Allison walked further into the yard and stopped to stand beneath a giant magnolia tree… Okay, I won’t say research is evil, …

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THE RIDE OF MY LIFE—COVER REVEAL

THE RIDE OF MY LIFE—COVER REVEAL

Coming in August THE RIDE OF MY LIFE A look inside: Fear of financial ruin began when I discovered the coast-to-coast bicycle tour price was $10,000. How would I afford it? The cost was all inclusive, but not suitable for my budget. After all, I was retired and lived on a fixed income. Then one …

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What’s a Writer to Do?

What’s a Writer to Do?

One criterion publishers use to determine whether they should take a risk on a writer is the ubiquitous author platform. I know. You’re rolling your eyes and sighing. Maybe getting a little queasy feeling in your stomach. All authors—traditionally published, self-published, or hybrid—need a platform to market their work. There are several tools you can use …

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