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Who Actually Wrote That Book?

Who actually wrote that book?

A guest post by Peter Rowlands. Not all writers are gifted when it comes to detail. That's why book editors exist. My understanding is that conventional publishers employ them (partly, anyway) to put the shine on what might have started out as a rough diamond. With the best will in the world, it's one reason why some self-published books miss their mark. Lack of an editor sometimes turns out to equal lack of finesse. But what about those of us…

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Writing The Epic: Take A Tip From The Racetrack

Writing the Epic: Take a Tip from the Racetrack

A guest post by Glen Craney. One of the pitfalls to guard against when writing the sweeping historical novel is losing the reader amid a legion of characters. The author becomes so immersed in the research and details that it becomes virtually impossible to understand what it will be like to read the story for the first time. Character rosters at the start of a novel can be helpful, but why require the reader to constantly turn back to refresh…

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Writing a First Novel: Don’t Give Up

A guest post by Miranda Atchley. I would say one of the hardest things about being an author is dealing with insecurity. When I was writing my first novel, I only told a very few people that were really close to me that I was actually writing a book with plans to publish it. Most of these people had known me all my life and knew it was my dream to become an author. I didn't tell anyone else because…

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The Lilac Princess–A Story of Forgiveness

A guest post by Wanda Luthman. In my children’s book, The Lilac Princess, a princess is faced with the dilemma of whether or not she will choose to forgive the dragon that was going to kill her. What would you do? What have you done with the dragons in your life? Forgiveness is not easy. Forgiveness takes a lot of courage. I want to encourage you today to choose bravery by choosing to forgive and begin enjoying happiness and better…

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2 Reasons Why Self-Editing is Hard and 5 Ways You Can Make It Easier

A guest post by Marla Sherman. Having an edited, ready-for-publication manuscript is paramount when searching for a publisher or an agent. Some vanity publishers—like EMSA Publishing—will provide editing in exchange for a percentage of the royalties. Others will provide you with a list of approved editors and ask you to pay from your own pocket for their services. Similarly, when self-publishing, the onus is on you to self-edit and/or hire an editor to get your manuscript up to standards. In…

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Writing a Novel During My Morning Run

A guest post by Kathryn Pincus. Writing a Novel During My Morning Run WRITTEN BY KATHRYN PINCUS. POSTED IN SELF GROWTH. (Published originally in Living Well Magazine, April 2015 issue) Almost every morning, as the sun is beginning its ascent into the sky, I lace up my running shoes, stretch, and bound out the door. A feeling of contentment sets in immediately—not the fabled “runner’s high” or anything as dramatic as that—just a sense of calm and happiness, a transcendence…

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What My Children Taught Me About Persistence

A guest post by Steven Remington. My two year old daughter stands at my feet while I am speaking on the phone and repeatedly says, “Dad… dad, dad, daddy, dad,” until I am frustrated enough I finally burst out, “What??” All parents have been in this situation. It could be a person you’re talking to at home, or the lady at the check-out line, but your child persists on getting the attention they feel they are entitled to by wearing…

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Finding that Happy Ending

More and more, as a reader, I find myself searching for something new. This has less to do with branching out into genres I haven’t yet explored and more to do with wanting the old and familiar to suddenly feel fresh and inspired. More zip? More zing? Is that what’s missing for me? I don’t know. What I do know is that my voracious appetite for reading is slowing down. I’m not alone. There are many out there like me,…

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Write A Better Book Through Meditation

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations   On my checklist of things to do in this life, meditation had always been in the “no time soon” category. Something about it seemed a bit suspect to me. As evidence, I offer you my original take on how it works: I’m supposed to breathe slowly and focus on the feeling of taking that breath, and then, suddenly, my mind will clear and…

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Storytelling Through Music

Yesterday evening, I attended a concert at Strathmore Hall Arts Center. Intermission was followed by a modern symphony making its world premiere performance for a concert band. As part of his introduction, the evening’s conductor, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, said that the composer intended the piece to be a journey through the ups and downs of human emotions, and the challenges and joys of our connectedness, person to person. In other words, storytelling. From the moment I learned that the…

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