Fiction

Do Writing Contests Help Your Career?

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Recently, one of my clients emailed that two of her stories had placed near the top in a writing contest and would be included in an upcoming anthology. An editor’s note soon followed confirming that all three …

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Your Hook: the On/Off Button in Your Proposal

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

After at trip to the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS), Christian publishing’s version of the general market’s Book Expo America (BEA), which Rachelle Gardner reported on here, I served on the writers track at SpeakUp, …

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3 Tips to Enhance Your Marketing Efforts

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

With so much competition for readers and still only 24 hours in a day, writers have to find ways to maximize their efforts to increase their name recognition and their book’s discoverability. I’m going to give you …

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5 Tips for Writing a Synopsis that Shines

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Last week some of you commented about your love-hate relationship with writing a synopsis. Some authors say they enjoy it. More often, though, I hear writers express uncertainty. It doesn’t have to be a dreaded task if …

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Fiction Craft– Focusing the Camera

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Novelists have learned much from photographers and filmmakers over the years. Today I want to focus on the technique of using the appropriate camera angle. We are going to explore what can be accomplished by intentionally focusing …

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What Your Proposal Says about You

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Writers communicate volumes of information between the lines and paragraphs, in what is there and in what is missing in their proposals. Today, I’ll let you in on some of the first things agents and editors notice.…

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Daily Word Count, Part Two

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Last Tuesday we started our discussion about writer productivity and word count goals. If you missed it, you can find it here. I received such great input from many of our Books & Such authors, I …

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3 Tips for Your Marketing Campaign

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Several authors have commented recently that they wish they could just write and leave the marketing and promotion of their book to the publisher. It’s with gentle understanding that I repeat the reality: those days are gone. …

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Daily Word Count, Part One

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

When I was actively writing one of the questions I always asked fellow writers was their daily output. Being a wee bit on the competitive side (understatement) I was always anxious to track my progress and improve …

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Defining Speculative Fiction

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

First, I’d like to announce that KRISTA QUINTANA was randomly selected as our winner for the Starbucks gift card for participating in the survey. Congratulations to Krista!

We had more than 370 people respond to our survey …

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