Jean Davidson

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Formatting Your Manuscript for Submission

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b><p>Submitting a manuscript to an agent or editor can be a terrifying experience. We worry about every little detail we …

Seek and Destroy: Using MS Word’s “Find and Replace” to Save Your Sanity

<b>By Dario Ciriello</b><p><b>Part of the Indie Authors Series</b><p>You know the problem: you have a story or novel with a lot of fancy formatting in it, and when it …

Your Hook: the On/Off Button in Your Proposal - Books & Such Literary Management

Blogger: Mary Keeley<p>After at trip to the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS), Christian publishing’s version of the general market’s Book Expo …

It's Exposition, Yeah, Baby! Handling Your Exposition.

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b><p>Exposition is necessary to tell a story, but it hangs out with some pretty unsavory characters--Infodump. Backstory. …

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Did You Hear That? Showing Sound

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b><p>I love crafting scenes where my narrator can't see. I'm not sure when this developed, but quite often in The Healing …

Three Quick Tips to Help Your Print Books Look Professional

<b>By Marcy Kennedy, @MarcyKennedy</b><p><b>Part of the Indie Author Series</b><p>Many self-publishers stress out about formatting their ebooks (my post Understanding …

Five Ways to Create Likable Characters

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b><p><i>Before we dive into today's topic, just a heads up that I'm also over at Pub Crawl talking about the ins and outs of</i> …

The Top Five Things My Editor Taught Me

<i>This post first ran on Tuesday, March 26, 2013</i><p><i>Have you ever felt damned by a cold inward stare as you try to write to the</i> tsk, tsk tsk <i>of your inner</i> …

I Have an Idea. Kinda. Tips On Plotting Your Novel

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b><p>Story ideas can come from anywhere, and those are the easy part of writing. It's figuring out what to do <i>past</i> that …

Copyright Demystified

<b>By Dario Ciriello</b><p><b>Part of the Indie Authors Series</b><p>Since the 1976 Copyright Act, a work (in our case, a book or piece of fiction) no longer has to be …

Finding Your Perfect Editor and Editing Level

<b>By Jordan McCollum, @JordanMcCollum</b> <i><br>Part of the Indie Authors Series</i><p><b>Editing is possibly the #1 most important budget item for an indie author.</b> …

Creating Unlikable (Yet Compelling) Main Characters

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b><p>Most of the time the characters we create to tell our stories will be likable, but sometimes a story requires a less …

10 Steps to Creativity and Boosting Intuitive Awareness

Living a creative life takes creativity nurturing and intuitive awareness boosting. By having the right external environment and internal tools for …

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3 Steps to Building an Author Web Site - Books & Such Literary Management

<b>Guest Blogger: Kelli Standish</b><p><i>Note from Janet: One of my clients asked me what were key elements for her to have on her author website. She has a book</i> …

Word Count Confusion - Books & Such Literary Management

Blogger: Mary Keeley<p>Did you know that every little detail you include–or leave out–in your book proposal reveals something about you? That’s why we …

Ask Questions to Find Your Story

Becca and I are super pleased to have editor and author <b>C.S. Lakin</b> of Live, Write, Thrive here today, because the stuff that comes out of her brain is …

Lessons Learned from Self-Publishing

<b>By Julie Musil, @juliemusil</b><p><b>Part of the Indie Author Series</b><p>Wouldn’t it be grand if we could do things perfectly the first time? No bad first dates, no …

How To Create Antagonists And Unlikable Protagonists

<i>The following is a guest post by our WD intern, Laura Wooffitt.</i><p>When writing any genre, the character that takes center stage, and often most of the …

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Thirteen Secrets for Sizzling Dialogue

<b>By Guest Author Rayne Hall, @RayneHall<br>Part of the How They Do It Series</b><p>Please join me in welcoming Rayne Hall to the blog today to share a few …

What To Do When Your Work Is Plagiarized

As I noted yesterday in my post about how to share the blog posts you like, there have been a handful of edubloggers experiencing plagiarism of their …

What's in a Name? Naming Your Characters

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b><p>Shakespeare said it best, and names carry a lot of weight in a novel. They're often the first thing we know about a …

Using Colloquial Speech To Spice Up Dialogue

Hi everyone! The rush of New Years is over, and I hope you are all well rested, sober, and ready to tackle 2014. Have you created a simple Business …

Guest Author Al Watt: Dilemma: The Source of Our Story

<b>By Al Watt</b><p>I can't believe it's already the last post of 2013, and the last guest author spot of the year. So please help me in welcome Al Watt to the …

The Cure for Writer's Block

There Is No Left Brain/Right Brain Divide

You are hardly alone if you believe that humanity is divided into two great camps: the left-brain and the right-brain thinkers — those who are …

Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions

And why their "bad" decisions might be more rational than you'd think.<p>In August, <i>Science</i> published a landmark study concluding that poverty, itself, hurts our ability to make decisions about school, finances, and life, imposing a mental burden similar to losing 13 IQ points.<p>It was widely seen as a …

How Growing Up in Poverty May Affect a Child’s Developing Brain

Once upon a time, scientists thought that the human brain was a rigid, predictable organ, not tremendously different from the lungs or liver. Based …