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The Art of the Blurb
August 14, 2017 Writing Advice Stephanie Ayers

Have you ever been told to send a potential agent/publisher/pa a blurb of your story? The first time I heard this, my fingernail scratched my temple. “Huh? Say what? A blurb?” I never heard of this before, so off to google I went. Here’s what I learned: most blurbs start with “When.” Blurbs are generally
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What to Check Before You Hit Submit
August 11, 2017 Writing Advice Stacy Overby

We’ve talked about building worlds and creating in-depth characters. Even our secondary characters have backstories now. Our stories are written and edited. Now what? Before you submit, there is still an important step to seeing your work in print. It is the dreaded F word. Now, get your mind out of the gutter because that’s
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The Art of the Query Letter
August 7, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

It’s been a long time since I wrote a query letter so I found I was a bit rusty.  There are hundreds of sites offering advice so I checked out a few then did my best to distill down the information.   Query letter template  Incorporate the book name three times in query.  Three is
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How to Write a Query Letter to Catch an Agent
August 4, 2017 Writing Advice Melinda Harmon

Writing a good query letter could be the difference between finding an agent or not. It is recommended that novelists complete the manuscript first before starting to write query letters. This way you know that you are prepared in the event that an agent accepts your proposal. There is always a possibility that the agent
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Breaking Down the Synopsis
August 3, 2017 Writing Advice J.K. Allen

Congratulations, you’ve finished your novel. That’s quite a feat in itself. Now you’ve revised and edited it and are ready to query. But that means you need to have a synopsis ready to go, and these can be harder to write than your novel was. This is where you boil down your story plot to
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Using Psychology to Research a Character: Testing
July 24, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

Want to know your spirit animal? There’s a test for that. In fact, there is a test for just about anything you want to know. Most of us know the ones on Facebook are just for entertainment but some are valid tools used in psychology to help people better understand themselves. But what about personalities?
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5 Tips to Apply Your Mad Research Skills to Book Marketing
July 20, 2017 Writing Advice Stephanie Ayers

Hello OurWriteSiders, We know we need to do research. Many of us delight in disappearing down the dark rabbit hole of the internet with the excuse of “research”… er, I mean, for practical and real research! Right? We enjoy sitting and watching people in public as “research.” We chuckle at the memes like this: But
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The Importance of Research in Fantasy
July 19, 2017 Writing Advice David Wiley

I know what you’re thinking: fantasy as a genre invites the reader to suspend their belief. After all, few people truly expect to enter a cave and discover a live dragon inside sitting on a horde of treasure. Many of us accept that magic, at least in the forms seen in many books, does not
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What to Research when Writing Your Novel
July 18, 2017 Writing Advice J.K. Allen

This month we are talking about research. As fiction writers it can be really tempting to just make up what we don’t know. But having realistic information and details in your story will help the reader suspend disbelief and get immersed in your story. One incorrect, made-up detail could cause your reader to put down
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How to Write on a Topic You Don’t Know
July 14, 2017 Writing Advice Melinda Harmon

Writing on a topic you know well is already no easy task, because even though you know the basics, you still are required to put it in words. Trying to write about something you know nothing about is for obvious reasons, much tougher. Unfortunately, we do not always have the opportunity to write on topics
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