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6 Tips from Ann Rule for Writers Researching True Crime

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Tue, Apr 11, 2017 @ 04:45 PM

In 1980, The Stranger Beside Me sped to the top of the bestseller lists. Although every word of the story is true, it reads like the slickest of murder mysteries. This tale of serial killer Ted Bundy may have been the first mass market true crime novel to grab the general public's attention to such an extent, but it's been far from the last. Author Anne Rule has written dozens more books in the same genre, and she says she begins each one the same way: with meticulous research. Her best advice for researching true crime is to do it right at the trials. Here are her best tips for getting those details right.

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YA Superstar Suzanne Collins Best Tips for Authors

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Fri, Mar 31, 2017 @ 02:36 PM

If J K Rowling redefined children's literature, Suzanne Collins did it with young adult dystopian novels. Her Hunger Games series spent months on the best seller lists, eventually spawning three blockbuster movies and igniting a hot new genre in the writing world. For someone who's such a trailblazer, Collins has surprisingly traditional writing habits. Or maybe they're not so surprising, considering the work she's been able to do in such a short time. Far from being an overnight success, Collins has been a working writer for years, publishing her first novel in 2010. When asked about being a successful author, she often gives the same advice. Here are some of her best tips: 

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8 Pitfalls That Kill a Great Book Plot

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Sat, Mar 25, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

You've written The End on the last page of your manuscript, and now it's time to edit what you've written. What happens if your story isn't as great as you thought it would be? If your story just doesn't pop and you can't figure out why, you might have fallen into one of these plot pitfalls. Can one of them fix your book? 

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The 4 Key Elements to Writing a Great Memoir

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 01:03 PM

Memoirs can be the most difficult type of book to write, which is really counter-intuitive. After all, it's your life. Why shouldn't you be able to write it easily? By taking non-fiction information and putting it into the fiction form you're changing the knowledge you know best, and that doesn't come easily for most people. It's tough to tell what to leave in and what to edit out, since your entire life is important to you. It's all about the arc: the story line that ties your tale together. Here are the key elements that draw your arc into a book that readers will love. 

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5 Mistakes Authors Should Avoid in Developing a Book Series

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Thu, Mar 09, 2017 @ 03:18 PM

Fiction series are hot right now; readers love them, and they create an instant audience for future books you'll write. The key to writing a successful series that readers will stick with is consistency. Fans get comfortable picking up the next book in a series if they can count on the same characters and environment from book to book. Mix up the details, though, and you'll start to get bad reviews and lose readers. Here are five basic mistakes that kills a series' consistency. 

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Radish: A Totally New Way Authors Can Attract Rabid Fans

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Wed, Mar 01, 2017 @ 11:50 AM

For some authors, a new site with a unique way to monetize their books is resulting in massive sales and fan interaction. It's called Radish, and it's been growing into a high-paying platform for some authors for over a year. If you're great at writing chapters that hook your readers into wanting more, Radish can be the most important self publishing platform you use. 

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4 Clever Steps to Get from First Draft to Finished Novel

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

Writing a novel is a marathon, whether you smash through it in six weeks or take years before putting down the final sentence. Spend time congratulating yourself once you reach that point, but not too long. The real work is far from over. They're called first drafts for a reason. It takes many rewrites to turn beginning ideas into a book that readers can't put down. The process can be broken down into four distinct steps: 

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5 Tips to Activate Your Book Back Matter

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 @ 11:45 AM

Once you've typed The End in your manuscript, it's not the end of the book. It's just time to switch hats from author to book marketing guru The back of your book is the most valuable real estate you own, when it comes to selling more books in your series or other work you've done. If a reader's gotten all the way to the end of your book, she obviously likes what you do. Take advantage of that admiration and hook ask her for a favor while she's there. The right back matter in your book can mean significant increases in your book sales, all across your catalog. You should at least be including these five things at the back of every book. 

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Are you Getting Reviewed by Influencers in the Self-publishing Field?

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 @ 11:47 AM

Are you getting reviewed by people within the self-publishing field? Are you getting reviewed by people who really have an influence on your audience? 

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Wattpad a Book Marketing Bonanza? 5 Things You Should Know

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Wed, Feb 08, 2017 @ 03:33 PM

Giving away a sample of your work has always been a good business model, but Wattpad has taken this concept and turned it into a book marketing sensation. Once home to droves of fan fiction authors, Wattpad had positioned itself to be the next coming thing, the YouTube of books. It's got a completely different fan base from the normal crowd at Amazon and iBooks, and it's one that can turn your author career around. 

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