Where to Start Your Novel

Successful commercial fiction doesn’t start with first words you ever put on the page. The start is where the true beginning lies. It’s where the book takes off.

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How to End Your Story

As a writer, you should have some idea of how you want to end your story from the beginning. When I began writing Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever, I thought I knew how I wanted it to end.

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Do You Really Need Two Print-On-Demand Providers?

A lot has changed in the independent publishing industry since I published my novel, Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever in 2009. I found an interesting guest column by Amy Collins, an expert in book sales and marketing previously published on www.buildbookbuzz, courtesy of Sandra Beckwith.

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Famous Authors and Their Worst Rejection Letters

If you are an author who has been brave enough to submit your work to either an agent or publisher, odds are you’ve received a rejection letter.

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Choosing Names That Fit Your Characters

Choosing the wrong name for a character can be disastrous. A poor choice can jar a reader, make the character less memorable or worse, send the wrong message.

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Sample Query Letter That Actually Worked

Worse than writing the book is the daunting task of crafting the query letter. How do you hook an agent?

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Should You Reveal the Ending in a Synopsis?

What’s harder than writing a query letter? Writing a synopsis. Seriously, how can you summarize an 82,000 word novel in a couple of pages?

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Watch Your Grammar!

You say “that” and I say “which.” You say “may” and I say “might.” You say “affect” and I say “effect.” Let’s call the whole thing off.

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Writing is a Business

The minute you write a book, you’re in business. And if you want to have a successful business, you must think like a business person. What does that mean?

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Literary Scams and Schemes – A Year in Review

Take a look at Writer Beware’s most notable posts of 2011.

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