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5 Things to Keep in Mind When You Title Your Book

TweetThe title of your book is important because it will generate interest among potential readers. Also, your title will: 1. Be the first thing noticed on your book cover 2. Be an essential part of your brand 3. Become part of the book promotion, marketing and advertising. 4. The thing readers will repeat to their […]

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How Critiques Improve Your Writing

Tweet  – Critiques are essential to take your book to its next level. – When receiving a critique from a professional editor, the most important thing to do as an author, is to listen with an open mind. – Keeping an open mind and not responding emotionally will help you absorb the information and gain […]

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Tips to Get Great Testimonials for Your Book

TweetTestimonials can have a tremendous effect on the sales of your book. Often books are bought based on what readers are saying about them in reviews. 1. Start early by sending out sample chapters, or the book in draft form, before it gets published, whether it is going to be self published or traditionally published. […]

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Tips for Your Novel’s First Edit

TweetAfter you have finished the first draft of your novel, it is important to put it aside for at least two or three weeks before you do your first round of edits. Following these tips should make the editing process easier! – Stick to your storyline, say to yourself “my story is about….” – Remove […]

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6 TIPS FOR AUTHORS TO PROMOTE THEIR BOOK

TweetUnless you are Ken Follett, the publisher won’t have the budget to market your book. If you don’t promote your book yourself, no one else will. Start early, before you send your book out to agents! 1. Build a network of supporters on email and social networks. 2. Start a blog related to the subjects […]

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SEGUEING FROM SELF PUBLISHING TO TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING

TweetThe advent of self-publishing is indeed upon us. The success stories of self-published authors have been dominating the news in the past year. From the children’s fare of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series to E.L James’ erotica sensation Fifty Shades of Grey (which earned her the #1 spot on Forbes’ Top-Earning Authors […]

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WHY SELF PUBLISH YOUR BOOK?

TweetIf it is unlikely that the commercial publishers will take your book, consider self publishing and we can help you. What are the major benefits of self publishing? First and foremost, it gives you control of your book. Content, interior and exterior design, together with marketing, are all in your hands. These are the critical […]

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6 Tips for Writing Scenes in a Screenplay

Tweet1. Scenes are the basis of all screenplays: they build the action, and move the story forward, helping the audience to have a deeper understanding of the characters. 2. Each scene acts as a different dramatic unit. It should have a beginning, a middle and an end. 3. Make sure all the scenes are necessary […]

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5 TIPS TO MAKE YOUR READERS CREATE AN EMOTIONAL CONNECTION WITH YOUR CHARACTERS

Tweet1. Make your characters sympathetic to the reader through their background, their habits, dreams and choices. 2. Do not just “tell” what your characters think or feel. “Show” their emotions through their reactions to conflicts, and through dialogue. 3. Use senses, such as smell, touch, sight, etc., to evoke emotions and write emotionally-filled scenes to […]

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5 TIPS FOR WRITING A SCREENPLAY’S LOGLINE

Tweet  A logline is a-one sentence summary of the essential dramatic narrative of a screenplay. It is your selling tool- choose each word carefully and get it right! 1. Before you start writing your logline, remember: do not waste words using the characters’ names, you have just one sentence! 2. Describe your main character. Who […]

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