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Anne R. Allen
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Want to know about author blogging and why it's different from business blogging? This podcast gives tips for authors about starting an author blog and why it helps your book sales.
Novelist Anne R. Allen
Novelist Anne R. Allen
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Stupid writing rules and bad advice can zoom around the booky quarters of the Internet as fast as Russian troll disinformation memes on Facebook. Newbie writers are mostly getting their advice online these days—from other newbie writers—so problems escalate quickly. So how do you learn from critique groups and beta readers? How do you know who do believe? It helps to know your own writer personality and learn how to filter rules and guidelines to find which ones pertain to YOU.
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We’re always hearing that traditional publishers don’t do anything to market a non-superstar author’s book. Turns out that’s not true. Canada’s Queen of Comedy, Melodie Campbell, tells us exactly what her publisher, Orca, does for her, and what she does herself. She gives great insights into what works for launching a book into today’s marketplace and what doesn’t. (Hint: Facebook launches and newsletters are totally last year.)
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Brits--if you write KidLit, Memoir, Thrillers or SciFi and are looking for an agent, here are 4 agents looking for you!
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I admit it. I write slowly. It took me 8 months to write the rough draft of “Googling old Boyfriends”, my Camilla Randall mystery debuting in December. Does that mean I’m doomed in the digital age? I don’t think so. Slow writers have a place in our speed-obsessed culture. Here’s why.
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Here's another fantastic list of FREE contests!
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When your WIP has become a Work in No-Progress, or you want to revive that #NaNoWriMo novel from 3 years ago that somehow never came together, radical revision may be the answer. This week Ruth Harris has some great tips for making big changes in your plot, setting, and characters that may get that book going again.
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No, you don't have to worry about being poisoned with Halloween candy--well except for the high fructose corn syrup. The reports of poisoned candy were bogus. But "Dear Abby" and Ann Landers believed them, and spread the faux news.
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Dear Abby and The Myth of Poisoned Halloween Candy
Lots of folklore feeds our fears of apples. Snow White got poisoned with one. And Greek legend blames the entire Trojan war on an apple: the " Golden Apple of Discord " thrown at three goddesses by Eris, the goddess of discord.  Apples get a bad rap But app...
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I'm talking about critique groups at the Insecure Writers Support Group blog today. Here are 10 kinds of critique groups you want to avoid!
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