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Being a Writer

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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Why Characters Matter

Why Characters Matter

A Session with Lou Aronica I have a thesis about fiction readers that drives all of my thinking about the book business: fiction readers take fiction very seriously. There might have been a time when people read novels casually as part of their entertainment mix, but I think that happens very rarely now. Yes, your […]

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Hitting the Road

Hitting the Road

A Session with Ken Goldstein Twelve Tips for Your Next Book Talk One of the greatest fears many people will ever confront is public speaking. For many writers accustomed to spending a great deal of time alone perfecting their craft, the anxiety of being in front of even a small group people can be soul […]

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Workshopping Pros and Cons

Workshopping Pros and Cons

A Session with Peter Murphy It has been my experience that any discussion about creative writing workshops can become emotive, divisive and, on rare occasions, downright combative. So let’s begin by assuming that there is, as in most things, both good and bad. For a great many aspiring writers, including myself, workshops can be the […]

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The Writer’s Toolbox

The Writer’s Toolbox

A Session with Peter Murphy I have always been skeptical of any attempt to offer writer’s advice, as there are so many types of writers, each with a different perspective, working in such a variety of genres. That, I think, might discount the possibility of a one-size-fits-all set of rules or guidelines. Instead, I have […]

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Determining Your Passion for Writing

Determining Your Passion for Writing

A Session with Emily Sue Harvey Why do you want to write?  For an aspiring writer, that’s a loaded question. And that’s my intention—to prod you to analyze the reasons. I’ve heard many answers to that through the years, from the passionate “I cannot not write” to the lackadaisical “it’s better than a nine-to-five job.” […]

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Why do you want to write?

Why do you want to write?

A Session with James LePore Why do you want to write?  To be a writer, you don’t have to be good. You don’t need to have any fancy tools. Whether you use a Macbook pro and markdown authoring tools, or a few pieces of paper and a decade old crayon, you are a writer. It’s […]

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