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  • the differences between major and minor characters;
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  • characters in historical fiction;
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  • why you should interview characters;
  • details that make the difference;
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Montpelier Tomorrow

Montpelier Tomorrow: A Novel

Her grandchild’s first steps. Her son-in-law’s final days. The choices she makes will determine her family’s fate. After her second grandbaby’s birth, Colleen Gallagher puts life on hold to lend a helping hand. But when she arrives at her daughter’s out-of-state home, she’s surprised to discover that it’s not just the newborn who’s in need […]

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The Gurus of Author Marketing

by Marylee MacDonald in General

Self-published authors who wonder how to find readers for their books can learn a lot from these four internet gurus: Mark Dawson, Nicolas Stephenson, Joseph Michael Nicoletti, and Bryan Cohen.

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Amelias autumn trail children's book

Ten Questions for Haley Belinda

by Haley Belinda in Ten Questions

In this column I’m asking subscribers to share their knowledge about writing, publishing, and marketing their books. I’m calling it “Ten Questions.” Thank you, Haley Belinda, for allowing us to share in your excitement about your new book release, Amelia’s Autumn Trail.–Marylee MacDonald Haley Belinda’s Author Tip: “The most important lesson I learned is to […]

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Scene and Summary | What’s the Difference?

by Marylee MacDonald in For Beginning Writers

Scene and summary are the key building blocks of any novel. Some novelists devote more of their page count to scenes. Other writers use fewer scenes and more summary. Sometimes, publishers want writers to cut a book’s length, and writers are forced to compress moments in the tale when they might have wanted to let […]

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