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Writing Insight: September – Reading Inspiration

As the old saying goes: “Writers write, and writers read.” A few years ago in an online writers discussion group, someone asked what we (as writers) read. Most people listed certain genres – biography, historical fiction, fantasy, etc. I don’t remember my exact answer, but my wording was something along the lines of reading across genres …

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The waiting and the wave

My first rejections for my first novel manuscript came in this weekend, and I’m glad I have prepared myself for them. Discovering recent posts about rejection (some links to those here) and just being in writing groups for several years and getting a feel of this process was a big plus in the preparation.  The only thing I …

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Great Tips for Authors interested in Self-publishing

This is a short-and-sweet but informative article by Kealan Patrick Burke with some great tips for authors who are thinking of going into self-publishing.  He doesn’t say much about editing, but what he says should be a hard and fast rule.  Many in the publishing/media industry look down on self-published authors because they skimp on editing …

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Defining some agent terms

Now that I’m actively shopping my book to agents, I’ve had to do a lot of research. Some of the lingo I’m coming across in agents’ bios even I don’t understand, and I’ve researched agents before. Yesterday, I had to Google what speculative fiction was. (FYI: it’s any fiction that imagines a different world–sci fi, …

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