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Instill a Love of Books by Reading to Your Child

Did you grow up loving to read? If so, chances are that love was encouraged by the adults in your life: parents, teachers and others who introduced you to books. My mother read to me from a very early age. She says that I had memorized “The Night Before Christmas” by the time I was […]

What Qualifications Should a Ghostwriter Have?


When hiring a ghostwriter, you might be most concerned with what qualifications they should have. However, you may not need to be quite as concerned about their formal education and credentials as you are about their skill level in certain areas. This is because writing is not necessarily an art form that someone professionally trained […]

Sell More Books at the Back of the Room

Photo of Author Ellen Jaffe Jones by Ejmamawama (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

As an author, you may have many opportunities to speak to groups, present at conferences and instruct classes. Making your book available for purchase at these events can build your fan base and put cash in your pocket. Even giving a free talk to a small group can be profitable. I have given many talks […]

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Mining the Law for Dramatic Gold

The law offers a great many obvious scenarios for compelling fiction. Just think about the primal needs and fears that can be evoked in a story about child custody or adoption, or a dispute between relatives over the validity of a will, or a struggle against foreclosure — not to mention serious criminal charges. Or […]

The Productive Sprint

Note from Cathy: NaNoWriMo is coming soon, and the following post from Leo Babauta contains excellent advice for getting a lot done in a short time. Why not try a ‘productive sprint’ to get your next project done, whether for NaNoWriMo or any other time? In the past two weeks, I’ve written more than 45,000 […]

Feedback Is A Fiction Writer’s Friend


You’ve spent countless hours writing a story, poured your soul into it and edited it half a dozen times. You finally have a draft that you’re proud of. You give it to a couple of friends to read, and ask them for comments. Instead of getting feedback such as, “It’s brilliant,” though, you get back […]

Author Interviews

Scott Keen – Scar of the Downers


What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it. is a young adult fantasy about two slaves named Crik and Jak, who are thrust into a difficult spot. Do they stay in the dark city of Ungstah under Kilvar, their cruel owner, or do they try and escape, knowing if they fail […]

Karen Mann – The Woman of La Mancha

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What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it. First, let me say thank you for printing this interview. After 27 years of writing, two of my books, and , were published in the same week. The book I want to talk about today is The Woman of La Mancha, a companion […]

Herb Williams-Dalgart – The French Girl’s War

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it. My most recent book is entitled, >. It takes place beginning in 1939; just when Germany has invaded Poland and France enters the war. Sophie Claveaux, my protagonist is an eighteen-year-old Jewish farm girl, who believes she carries a curse that threatens her […]

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