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Video! Make readers’ great expectations pay off.

When you establish a contract with your reader in your novel’s opening pages, you set up their expectations–and often the success of your story. Do you know how to do it well? Find out in this short video clip, in which I talk about one of the many essential writing terms for novelists. Learn about story contract from my book,…

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Social Media for Authors: Week 3 of 4

If you spend a lot of time on social networking sites, are you wasting your time or getting results? Last week in Brazen Careerist’s Social Media Bootcamp course, the focus was on how to answer this question. So far we learned: Week 1′s lesson was to listen to your audience and figure out what they care about. Week 2′s lesson was on how to…

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Talk about fiction better with The Editor’s Lexicon

Become a revision-savvy writer or reviewer with the help of The Editor’s Lexicon: Essential Writing Terms for Novelists. It decodes, defines, and provides helpful examples of the editorial jargon used in writing workshops, critiques, and online forums. Written by an experienced editor and writing teacher, this dictionary-style reference book is a fundamental guide for writers across the spectrum of experience, editors…

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Top 10 errors you can fix in your own manuscript in 10 minutes…

…and not make your editor regret drinking that third cup of coffee, because her nerves are getting seriously frayed. Microsoft Word’s find-and-replace feature is a writer’s friend. Find it under the Edit menu, as “Replace…” or just hit Control-F and click on the “Replace” tab. At the bottom of the window you’ll see a button to expand the window and…

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How to Plot a Novel

Part of my job is helping writers find plot. The other part is to be a writer. Since finishing my second (actually third) novel this year I have had many conversations about choosing and building plots that work, and while I claim no absolutes, I thought some readers of this blog might find the bare bones of this conversation helpful….

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Social Media for Authors: Week 2 of 4

Caveat: This is the week my imagination ran a little wild, dragging me along in a gadarene frenzy behind it. How I got here has more to do with my cart-first nature than with the Social Media Bootcamp course; and how I got back on the horse has everything to do with the quality of the week’s lessons. The first lesson…

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Social Media for Authors: Week 1 of 4

One week down, three to go in the monthlong Social Media Bootcamp*. After weeding out some corporate-speak and translating the course into author-speak, three themes are emerging. I’m getting interested in GoodReads as a forum to connect with readers, even though it will take some time to build up that presence, if I choose to do so. It’s kind of…

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