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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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Cover Reveal―Undefeated

Cover Reveal―Undefeated

Coming in August UNDEFEATED A War Widow’s Story of Faith and Survival A look inside: It was a Sunday—uneventful for the most part. Earlier that day, I was at a birthday party with my eleven-year-old son, Justin, and my six-year-old daughter, Meredith. Home from the festivities, I began to make dinner. I had just started …

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What Does A Good Book Synopsis Look Like?

What Does A Good Book Synopsis Look Like?

As authors, we spend a lot of time on our manuscripts – whether they are novels, novellas, short stories, poems, or other genres. We want to get the most out of our marketing, and one of the best marketing tools for our published content is the synopsis of our work. A well-written synopsis can really …

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Villains Add Depth To Your Story

Villains Add Depth To Your Story

All good stories have conflict. Something to keep you interested. What provides conflict? A well written villain. Someone who makes you root for the hero. As you write your novel, if you simply concentrate on your hero/heroine, you are leaving out what makes your story great. Conflict. Something or someone for the good guy to …

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Critique Groups

Critique Groups

Critique groups. Critique partners. For many writers, the idea of joining such a group or linking with another writer is scary. New writers, in particular, may be hesitant about sharing their work. Some might be afraid of what other members will say or think. Still, others may feel inferior to more seasoned writers in the …

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Revisions and Elevator Pitches

Revisions and Elevator Pitches

Dear Booksie, I’ve been working really hard on my dystopian space opera/fairy tale mashup novel. It’s got all the cool elements of the genres I mixed, and it starts with a really neat description of a dark and stormy night. It took me three whole weeks to write these 200,000 words. I think it’s just …

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Writing Tips To Improve Your Work – Part 2

Writing Tips To Improve Your Work – Part 2

Last week we discussed a few tips to help you create a good manuscript. This week we have more tips to keep you going. Keep it Simple Long words, complicated sentences, and off the cuff tags only distract the reader. Don’t force your audience to stop to look up words you’ve written. If you continue …

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Writing Tips To Improve Your Work – Part 1

Writing Tips To Improve Your Work – Part 1

Every writer experiences it. Distractions. Anxiety. Doubt. It can come from anywhere. And it always come at the worst time. Honestly, writing success boils down to hard work, imagination and passion—and more hard work. Give yourself every chance possible to be successful. Use these tips as guide—or better yet, print a copy to put on …

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Proofreading Your Manuscript

Proofreading Your Manuscript

You’ve finished the first draft, edited, re-written, and maybe even edited some more. You’re satisfied with the results, and now it’s finally time to send your manuscript to a publisher. Or in the case of self-published writers, time to format and upload into various online retailers. But before you do this, I think there is …

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Five Benefits to Participating in Anthologies

Five Benefits to Participating in Anthologies

If you peruse the AIW Press website, you’ll see we’ve published a few anthologies, and we currently have another one in the works. If you’re a novelist, you might wonder why you would ever consider writing a short story for inclusion in such a compilation. After all, it takes writing time away from your ongoing novel …

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