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7 Tips for Writing Unfamiliar Settings

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 @ 03:53 PM

Are you longing to set your next novel in Prague, but you've never left your own country's borders? Traveling to foreign countries is a great way to research settings for your book, but not everyone can afford a month in Europe. Luckily, there are legitimate ways to get the foreign flavor you need. Here are seven useful techniques for finding what you need to know. 

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5 Tips for Writing a Great Series Character

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 10:42 AM

Series books are hot right now and the trend doesn't look to slow down any time soon. One of the strongest hooks in a book series is a great continuing character. When readers fall in love with your character, they'll buy every new book you write that includes him/her. Here are five great tips for crafting that character. 

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Jim Butcher on How to Be a Horrible Writer

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 @ 03:18 PM

Jim Butcher's bestselling Dresden Files series is at 15 books and counting. A frequent visitor to multiple author conferences across the country, he's always willing to help out a fellow author. When asked to give advice to those beginning their writing careers, Butcher instead gave this tongue-in-cheek advice on going the other way. 

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How to Choose Your Genre: Writing to Market

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 @ 11:48 AM

There are two reasons for writing: for love or for money. If you're writing the book of your heart, and you don't care if anyone buys it, go ahead and write your dream. On the other hand, if you're one of the millions of authors who want to make a living with what they write, you're going to have to produce what the readers want to read. You've got a better chance at making a living income if you write to a larger audience than a small one. 

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How to Select the Right POV For Your Book?

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 @ 12:38 PM

First person, third person, deep POV... do you get confused about which viewpoint is the best for your novels? Let us clear up the confusion about POV, and help you decide which one is right for your books. POV is as important as your novel's setting; it gives your entire book flavor and attitude. Let's break down the most common types of point of view so you can decide which one fits in best with your next novel.

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Dan Brown's Top 7 Tips for Writing Suspense Novels

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 @ 12:10 PM

Dan Brown has made it onto that list of authors whose books are a must-buy for millions of readers. His suspense stories have been made into a series of movies starring Tom Hanks, and he's sold well over 2 million books worldwide in 52 different languages. When it comes to suspense stories, he's been a top seller for over a decade. 

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7 Good and Bad Reasons for an Author to Use a Pen Name

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 @ 02:01 PM

Some of the most famous authors in history had one or more pen names. Pseudonyms have been in use for hundreds of years, for a wide variety of reasons. If you're just starting out, or if you're beginning to write in a new genre, you may be considering using a pen name instead of your legal name. There are good and bad motivations for doing so, and your reason will determine whether it's the right thing to do. 

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Top 10 Online Classes for Authors: Improving Your Craft

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Sun, Jul 30, 2017 @ 12:21 PM

Great authors don't rest on their laurels. They're constantly improving their craft, working to improve their writing and create better books. Thanks to the internet, you can now take classes in a wide variety of writing-related topics, many of them created by accredited universities. Some are free, some cost as much as a normal college class, but all of them give you the opportunity for real growth in your writing career. Here are ten of the best offered this year. 

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Fact or Myth: The Truth About Copyrighting your Book

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 @ 11:28 AM

What is a legal copyright? With pirate ebook sites popping up like mushrooms every day, it's in every author's best interest to find out exactly how they can protect the words they've written, in case they need to take legal action. In the United States, authors have to take certain steps to ensure that they own the rights to their work, in the eyes of the law. Author's forums are full of advice, but should you trust your online friend's opinion on how to protect your legacy? Here's the scoop on the law, as of 2017. 

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The Parent-Author's Guide to Writing on Summer Vacation

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Wed, Jul 05, 2017 @ 01:19 PM

It's summer time, the kids are over the novelty of being out of school, and they're looking to you for entertainment suggestions. That's a tough situation for any parent, but what if you're an author? How do you find time to get the words down each day when you've got little ones running around the house, constantly needing your attention? Unless you're ready to take the summer off along with them, you've got to find some sort of compromise with your time and attention. Here are some techniques that other authors have found helpful. 

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