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Blurb Do’s (But Mostly Don’ts): Writing Blurbs That Sizzle–and Sell! by Karen S. Wiesner

As I’ve probably stated before in my writing reference titles, articles and workshops, I’m not a big believer in hard-and-fast rules, and even the ones stated in this lesson can be legitimately broken. I break them all the time myself–if you take a look at the blurb examples on my Blurb Service website. The short …
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The People We Meet – Using Body Language To Show Characters’ Emotions by Kathy Otten

Welcome to 2019.  Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? Every year, along with my new list of personal goals, I create a list of writing goals; among them, ways to improve my craft. One of the first elements of craft we’re taught is to show, not tell our stories.  In a rough draft, an …
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Branding With Series Blurbs: Writing Blurbs That Sizzle–and Sell! by Karen S. Wiesner

While an author may have little or no control over the process of the publication of her book or series, she can still influence the outcome and specific areas of consideration in order to do this. The place to start is with branding–and this is something that applies to the books, series, as well as …
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Filler Words to Remove From Your Novel By Meg LaTorre

All writers want their prose to read smoothly and have the reader fully engaged without being pulled from the story due to an overabundance of unnecessary words that make sentences read clunkier. These unnecessary words are often referred to as “filler words.” Filler words aren’t necessarily “bad” words, and they have their place in the …