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Conscious Language: Writing with Respect and Compassion

Guest post by Crystal Shelley Writers have many factors to keep in mind when trying to decide what words to put down on paper or type on a keyboard, such as their audience, message, and intent. Another important element to consider is how their language can affect...

How to Write a Nonfiction Book that Sells

Writing a nonfiction book can be a great strategy to increase your brand visibility, get new speaking opportunities, build your platform, expand your reach, and get new clients, but simply writing the book isn’t enough. You have to sell it, too! Otherwise, simply...

Writing a Screenplay? Five Tools to Get Started on Your Blockbuster

by Julia King with screenplay editor Amy Jones Captivating entertainment begins with a great story, and a great story starts with a great script. Are you inspired to develop an idea for a movie or turn your novel or short story into a movie script or play but don’t...
The Fainting Damsel

The Fainting Damsel

Adding Emotion to Your Writing without the Melodrama by Amy Michelle Carpenter and Angela Woiwode Many writers struggle with making their writing shine and adding emotion without making it melodramatic. It can be tempting to rev up the drama in every scene to ensure...

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Kidlit: Writing for Young Children

Kidlit: Writing for Young Children

by Victoria Passey Stories are where many of us first learn to use our imagination and think outside ourselves. We learn to empathize, experiment, and build connections through the power of words. According to Jim Trelease, author of best-selling Read-Aloud Handbook,...

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How to Get Virtual Interviews

How to Get Virtual Interviews

Even for Those Previously Out-of-Reach Shows! by Melissa Dalton Martinez I work in the media (mostly TV) and have some inside information for all you lovely authors out there. Now is an excellent time for you to get on TV, both within your home market and across the...

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How to Write a Nonfiction Query Letter

How to Write a Nonfiction Query Letter

by Emilee Newman Bowles and Lindsay Flanagan The query letter. It’s your audition, your one shot at piquing an agent’s or editor’s interest so they want to see more. And it either thrills you to the tips of your fingers to write it or scares you to your very core....

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How to Write a Nonfiction Query Letter

How to Write a Nonfiction Query Letter

by Emilee Newman Bowles and Lindsay Flanagan The query letter. It’s your audition, your one shot at piquing an agent’s or editor’s interest so they want to see more. And it either thrills you to the tips of your fingers to write it or scares you to your very core....

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Writing a Nonlinear Timeline

Writing a Nonlinear Timeline

by Emilee Newman Bowles with Angela Eschler, Adrianne Montoya, and Lindsay Flanagan Have you ever thought about time travel? What if we said it’s possible—well, sort of. We don’t have a DeLorean, and we’re not sure falling through Stonehenge can take you back in time,...

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Nonfiction Cover Design—Must Knows & Nots

Nonfiction Cover Design—Must Knows & Nots

by Brian Halley with Mike Nash Book-cover design is about getting the reader’s attention (hooking them) and then reeling them in with promises about what transformative and/or emotionally and intellectually exciting experiences they’ll get from the book. If it’s...

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