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What I Learned From Hallmark Movies, Part 2

by Suzanne D. Williams I addressed this issue before, but have a different twist on it this time. Maybe it’s my need to make people smile kicking in. In any case, in Part One, I gave a number of standards that make these movies work: “A well-defined setting; Two contrasting lifestyles; A big secret that […]

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Time To Say Goodbye Excerpt

by Parker J. Cole Though tears blurred Gargi’s sight, they could not mask the massive form as it stood outside the curtains. Hastily she wiped at her eyes. “What did you just say?” she repeated.  The man, hidden somewhat behind the yellow and orange checkered drapes, shoved them aside and stepped into the secluded space. […]

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How to Avoid the Slush Pile

Editor’s Note: The Following is an article written by Tonya Barbee, a client of Paulette Harper, one of our regular contributors. by Tonya Barbee Do your homework first.  I recommend checking out the most current Guide to Literary Agents that is published yearly.  Don’t move forward without getting a hold of this book. […]

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Writing Dialogue From Different Perspectives

by Suzanne D. Williams I gave this example the other day of how several of my friends would approach the same sentence within a story. Me:  The horse is blue. Friend #1:  Horses can’t be blue. Friend #2:  I’d say turquoise. Friend #3:  You mentioned the horse’s color back in chapter 2. Each of […]

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Pronoun, Smashwords, and Draft 2 Digital — The”Other” ebook sales sites

Send to Kindle Many authors have uploaded their ebooks onto Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing site to reach readers. Amazon is a great place, and some authors even choose to be exclusive there, in the Kindle Unlimited program, through KDP Select. However, if you choose to distribute your books widely, here are three options for getting […]

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Creating Another Generation of Authors – Interviewing Young Authors

by Parker J. Cole *originally posted on the Write Stuff blog I was honored to be invited again by the Michigan Reading Association to interview a new crop of young authors.  The MRA allowed me this opportunity last year and you can listen to the details of that experience here. If I thought for […]

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Dear Reader

by Suzanne D. Williams Dear Reader, I am writing this to clarify a few things regarding books and writing, specifically how we see it from an author’s point of view. You see, I was one of you once, full of opinions about what I read and sure that the writer needed to hear […]

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Courage in Writing

by Suzanne D. Williams When I decided to write fiction, I didn’t have any idea what I was getting into and, along the way, have learned a few important things about the writing process. The greatest came when I arrived at a scene in my first novel, MISSING. It was a sweet wedding […]

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Writing the Story of Your Life

by Ruth O’Neil “I want to write my life story, but I don’t know where to start.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this statement. Many people have a story to tell. It doesn’t matter that that story will never be on the New York Times best seller list. Maybe […]

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Author Interview: Nancy Jill Thames

Today we hve an interview with Nancy Jill Thames. Thank you Nancy for being here today and for agreeing to do this interview. Q. Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of […]

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