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The Rug Bazaar

The Rug Bazaar: A Chapbook

Two American women. Two Turkish men. A love duet. Ready to shop for a rug? Travel to Istanbul where rugs are sold and hearts are broken. Eat kebobs. Listen to the call to prayer. Gaze out over the lights of the Bosphorus. Most of all, discover how the baggage of the past affects everyones’ dreams […]

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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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Could ARCs Help You Get More Amazon Reviews?

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

Ever wondered how authors get tons of reviews the first week of their launch while you’re writing groveling emails to your family and friends, asking them to please, please, please read your book and write a review? The answer is that authors who get reviews provide free ARCs (Advanced Review Copies) to avid readers. Avid […]

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Midnight Black

Ten Questions for Robert J. Emery

by Robert J. Emery 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, Robert J. Emery, for giving readers insight into a writer who has successfully made the transition from writing for the screen to writing page-turning books. Read Midnight Black.–Marylee MacDonald Robert J. […]

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