20 Questions to Help Improve Your Dialogue

Paulo Campos at Yingle Yangle http://www.yingleyangle.com/2010/07/20-questions-to-help-improve-your.html 20 Questions to Help Improve Your Dialogue One of the biggest let-downs as a reader is weak dialogue in a story successful in every other way. I think, “people do not talk this way,” over and over. I read The Stand a few months ago. I enjoyed it so much […]

10 tips for naming characters

Name That Character: Top Ten Tips There are a plethora of movie character names that become everlasting brands in American culture: Rocky, Yoda, Forrest Gump, and Shrek to name a few. And when it comes to naming characters, you want to choose wisely, which is no easy task. Fiction Writing Chapter Two: Character Name Crisis! […]

I have to sell my book as well as write it?

This is a guest post from Paul Lonergan, an author, a ghost-writer and a copywriter. For more than 20 years he’s been using words to sell everything from stock-broking services to beauty products to industrial cleaning products and more. And the big secret? The product might change but the techniques don’t. It’s all just product… […]

How to Win Friends and Influence Readers

How to Win Friends and Influence Readers A guest post by Katie Tallo of Momentum Gathering. The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most. ~ Dale Carnegie Every blogger searches for that royal road. We want to touch the real lives of our readers – […]


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CJ Lyons teaches how to Break Free from the Slush Pile

Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers OCCRWA.org CJ Lyons  Break Free from the Slush Pile http://www.cjlyons.net URGENT CARE, “Lyons continues to mesmerize readers…pulse-pounding.”~Fresh Fiction WARNING SIGNS, “Lyons is a master within the genre.” ~Pittsburgh Magazine LIFELINES, “A breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller.”~Publishers Weekly CJ Lyons http://www.cjlyons.netURGENT CARE, “Lyons continues to mesmerize readers…pulse-pounding.”~Fresh Fiction WARNING SIGNS, “Lyons is a master […]

The Secret to Getting Great Book Reviews on Amazon

The Secret to Getting Great Book Reviews on Amazon http://bookmarketingmaven.typepad.com/book_marketing_maven/2010/07/the-secret-to-book-reviews-on-amazon.html When consumers shop for books on Amazon.com and other online bookstores, many of them read the book reviews before they make a purchase. Even if they came to the site to buy a particular book, they may read the reviews to verify that they are […]

Writer’s Vacation

Writer’s Vacation Posted by Shonna Slayton Published in Creativity I’m convinced that a writer takes a vacation quite differently than most people (photographers and other artists notwithstanding.) Planning: If at all possible, the writer will finagle an entire family vacation around the future setting of her next book. No matter if the book takes place […]

agent advice

Agent Barbara Poelle On: 6 Things Writers Can Do To Make Their September Rock Barbara Poelle is an agent with the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, representing thrillers, literary suspense, historical romances, humorous/platform driven nonfiction, and upmarket fiction. Barbara’s co-agent, Irene Goodman, offers manuscript critiques on eBay every month, starting on the first day of each […]

Your Screenplay is Not Your Baby

http://thescriptlab.com/the-formula/script-tips/795-your-screenplay-is-not-your-baby Never refer to your script as “my baby”. If you’re guilty of this offense, clearly we know that you’re passionate about your story, which is good. But it also makes your ability to be objective with the material suspect. And you must be objective. Subjective emotional attachments can blind you from the truth of […]