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Being a Writer

Marketing 101

Marketing 101

A session with Kathryn Le Veque It’s not just writing the book… it’s selling it. You can write the greatest book in the world, the next War and Peace, but unless you can get it in front of a million hungry readers, it won’t make any difference how good your book is. In the world […]

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SHOWING RATHER THAN TELLING: A PRIMER

SHOWING RATHER THAN TELLING: A PRIMER

A Session with Lou Aronica By the time I started writing my first published novel, I’d already been working in the publishing industry for more than twenty years. The majority of that time had been spent working with writers on their manuscripts, and I had edited quite a few bestsellers and award winners. Of course […]

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Giving a Story Scale Even When the Focus is Narrow

Giving a Story Scale Even When the Focus is Narrow

A Session with Peter Murphy The unplanned trilogy To begin with, I should tell you that I never intended to write the story of Danny Boyle as a trilogy. Life & Times happened because I made three separate efforts to tell Danny’s story from different points in his life. Each grew to about one hundred […]

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Going Deep in a Sensory Bath: The Art of Immersive Fiction

A session by Dr. John L. Hart and Olivia Rupprecht The scent of Mary Jane and incense and the sound of Fleetwood Mac wafted through the air of Haight Ashbury. A shave-headed goateed hipster in bell bottoms and classic Air Jordans flashed a peace sign that didn’t match his snarled, “What’s your bag, dude?” Izzy […]

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Getting Published Requires a Lot of Pasta

Getting Published Requires a Lot of Pasta

Getting published requires a lot of pasta. Not in the literal sense, although I can find plenty of inspiration in a bowl of authentic puttanesca. I’ve always written. Most writers will say that. I kept a diary as a child, and as a teen I composed horrible, yet heartfelt poetry, worked on the school newspaper, […]

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SYNOPSIS VS. OUTLINE

SYNOPSIS VS. OUTLINE

A Session with Leora Skolkin-Smith A large question when one is starting a new novel is whether or not to outline the plot, the characters, and all the characters’ actions. That is, to have a clear idea of its “arc”– its beginning, middle, and end which will tell the reader whether the protagonist gets what […]

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The Truth About Blog Tours

The Truth About Blog Tours

A Session with Ethan Cross Chances are that in this day and age, you know what a blog is. In fact, you may follow a few. And chances are that if you’ve ever published a book or are considering publishing a book then you’ve heard the terms “book tour” and “blog tour”. Physical author promotional […]

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Figuring Out Your Strengths as a Writer

Figuring Out Your Strengths as a Writer

A Session with Steven Manchester   The first step in figuring out your strengths as a writer is to understand what inspires you as a writer. For me, it’s my children, my wife, my family, and the thoughts and feelings I want to share with them—the things in my life that evoke the most emotion […]

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A Matter of Point of View

A Matter of Point of View

A Session with Olivia Rupprecht and Lou Aronica If you’re ever at a party with other writers and have a lull in the conversation, there is one topic you can count on to get things going and spike more than the punch: Point-of-view, or POV, for short. POV is an incredibly powerful tool in the […]

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Getting Reviews

Getting Reviews

A Session with Steven Manchester   The process of getting reviews begins long before your book is ever released. For years, I’ve been coaching aspiring writers to “place the cart before the horse” and go after pre-publication book reviews (or endorsements)—once their completed manuscript has been professionally edited. By recruiting online magazine editors, authors, and […]

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