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Know Thy Stuff – Why Research is Important

Has this happened to you? You are reading a book and starting to enjoy the story.  Part of the reason you chose this book is that it includes a subject that you are especially interested in.  The further you read … Continue reading

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The Simple Joy of Unexpected Descriptive Metaphor

“He was the crazy one who had painted himself black and defeated the world. She was the book thief without the words. Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in … Continue reading

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Name that Book Challenge #2

Today’s Name that Book Challenge comes from the required reading list for many schools.  These were selected from books I was personally subjected to during my formative years.  Two of the books are on my top 50 favorite  book list, … Continue reading

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Interview with Annie Besant

For Feature Friday I am excited to share an interview with young and vibrant author Annie Besant. Annie published her first children’s book through Tulika this year, a charming story called Mala’s Silver Anklets.   On with the interview! What was … Continue reading

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NYT Best Seller Barry Eisler turns down $500,000 advance in favor of Self Publishing

That’s right,  Mr. Eisler was offered a whopping half million dollar advance for his book from a mainstream publisher, and he said no.  For all of us struggling writers out here in the real world the thought seems completely insane.  … Continue reading

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Writing a Fantasy Novel: The Basic Steps

So, you want to write a fantasy novel and you think you have a great idea? Now what? Do you sit down and start writing chapter one? You could. Do you create elaborate timelines, charts, character profiles, and maps? Perhaps. … Continue reading

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