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This week Ruth Harris talks editing. As a former Big 5 editor, as well as a NYT bestselling author she knows the subject from both sides.

She tells us 9 ways editors can make you look good...and 7 ways they can make you miserable
9 Ways Editors Can Make You Look Good…and 7 Ways They Can Make You Miserable by Ruth Harris As a former editor, I’m biased but, as a writer, I’ve learned that for me (and for just about every writer I know), editing is the most productive and transformative part of writing a book. Whether you …
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Apparently we should all be looking at China to expand our readership. Here's the latest from +mark w. international  on the ebookbargainsuk blog!
China’s StoryDrive convention kicks off later this month. Not something we can easily attend, so enjoy the photo of the convention centre as a reminder that China is very much part of the dig…
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Arrgh! Today I'm talking about pirates. The kind who steal your intellectual property. If your work is available on the Web—either in ebooks or blogs or on websites, chances are you've been pirated. So what do we do about it? Here's the skinny in today's post.
by Anne R. Allen Intellectual property theft has become big business in the age of e-publishing. If your work is available on the Web—in ebooks, blog posts or other web content—chances are pretty good you’re going to be pirated at some point. If you have a Google Alert on your name and book titles …
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Here's a really useful guest post on Molly Greene's blog by Anne Hagan. It tells how to use Fivrr for inexpensive covers, logos etc. And also what NEVER to buy on Fivrr.
by Anne Hagan, @AuthorAnneHagan Fiverr can be an indie author’s best friend. Never heard of it? Allow me to introduce you. Several years ago, when I was working from home doing eBay sales and quick…
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Very interesting, +George Beckingham Thanks for telling us that. I know there's one in the UK where everything is five pounds. It's called Fivesquid, or something like that.
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Today we have an amazing guest. Jackie Diamond is the author of 101 novels! Yup. You read that right. Jackie writes in many genres, and she's recently returned to cozy mysteries. She read lots of contemporary mysteries to prepare, and found out what made her—as a reader—put a book down. So this week she gives us the skinny on what NOT to do when you're writing a mystery. A lot of these tips apply to other genres as well.

http://annerallen.com/2016/05/the-dirty-dozen-12-ways-not-to-write-a-mystery.html
by Jacqueline Diamond Today we have an amazing guest. Jacqueline Diamond is the author of 101 novels! Yup. You read that right. Jackie writes in many genres, and she’s recently returned to writing cozy mysteries. She read a lot of contemporary mysteries to prepare, and discovered what made her—as a reader—put down a book. …
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Poison Dart Frogs (Dendrobatidae), also called poison arrow frogs, are native to Central and South America and can produce some of the world's most toxic poisons (batrachotoxins). BBC Earth calls these cute little guys "the most poisonous animals alive." The amphibians got their name because some South American indigenous tribes use their secretions to poison their darts and arrows.

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Poison Dart Frogs (Dendrobatidae), also called poison arrow frogs, are native to Central and South America and can produce some of the world's most toxic poisons (batrachotoxins). BBC Earth calls these cute little guys "the m...
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Oleander has been around since ancient times and it's so hardy that it is grown on the median strips of California highways. But beware! It's highly toxic to humans and most mammals. Its leaves, flowers and fruit contain cardiac glycosides, which cause death by heart attack.
by Anne R. Allen Ancient Roman painting of Oleander Oleander (Nerium Oleander) is a lovely flowering shrub that grows in subtropical climates all over the world. It's native to Mediterranean countries and was favored by an...
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Arsenic used to be the bread and butter of poisons. Probably more classic mystery novels rely on it than any other. In the 19th century it could be found in pretty much every household, since rats and other vermin were a constant problem. People could buy it without anybody suspecting them of planning to do in their rich, cranky Great-Aunt Augusta. And best of all, the science didn't exist to detect it. Not true any more, but it has a fascinating history.
Arsenic used to be the bread and butter of poisons. Probably more classic mystery novels rely on it than any other. In the 19th century it could be found in pretty much every household, since rats and other vermin were a cons...
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Linda--I'm so jealous! Such fantastic roles. And yes, arsenic is the perfect weapon for a Victorian mystery.
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Hashtags can make all the difference in getting your blogposts and books noticed. +Frances Caballo offers a list of some of the best ones for authors.
Check out this list of more than 45 hashtags just for authors.
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Here's a great post from the Insecure Writers Support Group on how to give a good critique. Great tips for one-on-one critiques or critique groups. An important one: a critiquer is not an editor. It's not up to you to change the text. http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/2016/05/how-to-be-good-critique-partner.html
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We all make mistakes. It's how we learn. But some mistakes have the potential to end a writing career before it starts. Today I'm talking about the things a lot of writers do that can keep them from having a career—or derail it for a long time. How do I know about them? I did a lot of this stuff myself

Today I list 8 ways new writers can sabotage themselves.
By Anne R. Allen We all make mistakes. It’s how we learn. But some mistakes have the potential to end a writing career before it starts. Today I’m talking about the things a lot of writers do that can keep them from having a career—or derail it for a long time. How do I know …
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Thanks, Linda! I'm glad you find it useful!
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Anne writes funny mysteries and how-to-books for writers. She also writes poetry and short stories on occasion. Oh, yes, and she blogs. She's a contributor to Writer's Digest and the Novel and Short Story Writer's Market for 2016. 

Her bestselling Camilla Randall Mystery Series features perennially down-on-her-luck former socialite Camilla Randall—who is a magnet for murder, mayhem and Mr. Wrong, but always solves the mystery in her quirky, but oh-so-polite way.

Anne lives on the Central Coast of California, near San Luis Obispo, the town Oprah called "The Happiest City in America."

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Anne R. Allen's Blog...with Ruth Harris was named one of the Best 101 Websites for Writers by Writer's Digest.
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4 Lessons for Authors About the Current State of Publishing | Jane Friedman
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What authors need to know about current marketing practices and emerging business trends in the book publishing industry.

Interview with mystery author and blogger, Anne R Allen
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Today I’m pleased to be able to welcome mystery author Anne R Allen to the blog. Anne is the author of ten books, including the bestselling

Twitterific Writing Links - Elizabeth Spann Craig
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A weekly roundup of the best writing links from around the web.

Are Paid Book Reviews Worth It? | Jane Friedman
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The majority of authors will not benefit from paid book reviews, and should invest their time and money elsewhere. Here's why.

5 Benefits of Writing in Your Second Language | eBooks India
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Want to write in a language that isn’t your mother tongue, but are unsure? Sasha A. Palmer describes 5 benefits of writing in your second la

Conferences, Workshops, Etc. and Publications
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Blogs for Self-Publishers, May 16 – 22, 2015 — The Book Designer
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Blogs for Self-Publishers, May 16 – 22, 2015 including Anne R. Allen, Dara Beevas, Amy Quale, Laurie Boris, Jordan Rosenfeld and Debbie Youn

Eleven Sundays
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I talk about books because books are my life. Pardon the F**K outa me. (...
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Something that really got under my skin this week: an author friend of mine was erased from Facebook. Both her personal account and author p

Boost Recognition, Get New Readers, and Increase Sales
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18 of the world's foremost thought-leaders on book marketing and authorial development weigh in on how to best get your book into the hands

Amazon Adds New Review Options Via Drop Down Menus
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If you've tried to review a book on Amazon recently, Amazon has added a few options for users when r...

The Top 10 Resources for Self-Publishing Authors | Mark my Words
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Self-publishing authors have a fair bit to do: Write, edit and format books, design covers, learn how to use Kindle Direct Publishing (and o

6 Quick Tricks to Transform Crappy Ideas into Gleaming Nuggets of Undeni...
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Struggling to come up with content ideas that don't suck. Learn how to transform mediocre to magical with these simple creativity tricks.

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Over several years of blogging, I’ve received some interesting letters from people. And by “interesting” I mean “rude.”

Your eBook Deal How-To Guide! - Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
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eBook Sites You Should Be Using to Promote Your eBook Deal! POSTED eBook Deal How-To 02122015 So you've scheduled an eBook promotion and mar

Copyright Myths Authors Should Know About
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Authors are no strangers to bullshit. We listen to book reviewers, we have agents, we troll forums; we are constantly immersed in a world of

The Beauty Of Being A Hybrid Author • Pubslush Blog
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This week, we had the pleasure of interviewing the talented, Catherine Ryan Hyde author of 27 published and forthcoming books. Her bestselli

9 Ways Writing Short Stories Can Pay Off for WritersWritersDigest.com | ...
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BY ANNE R. ALLEN Bite-sized fiction has moved mainstream, and today’s readers are more eager than ever to “read short.” Here’s why writing l