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  • how many characters Chekhov thought a story needed;
  • the differences between major and minor characters;
  • tips on adding emotional depth;
  • characters in historical fiction;
  • how to make the most of dialogue;
  • why you should interview characters;
  • details that make the difference;
  • character worksheets, and much, much more.

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The Big Book of Small Presses and Independent Publishers: Small Presses, book contests, university presses, and independent publishers for unagented authors

Have you tried and failed to find a literary agent? Grown tired of pitch sessions and query letters? The Big Book of Small Presses and Independent Publishers lists over 350 small presses, book contests, university presses, and independent publishers that take “unagented” submissions. This book is for you if you have: finished writing your book; given […]

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Are you a writer, or are you an author? Here’s the difference. A writer has one story to tell, and although it may take years to finish a book, a writer will feel content when that book is done. An author–someone who aspires to have a career as a creative person–will feel driven to learn […]

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Ten Questions for Dan Lawton

by Marylee MacDonald in For Readers, Ten Questions

THAT WAS BEFORE is thriller and crime writer Dan Lawton’s sixth page-turning novel.

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Book Launch Strategies, Part 4: The Money Quote

by Marylee MacDonald in Book launch, For Writers Ready to Publish

A money quote from a professional book reviewer is an essential part of an author’s book page.

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