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I am Selling a Lot of Historical Fiction These Days

I am Selling a Lot of Historical Fiction These Days

What is historical fiction? A historical fiction novel is set in the past, and typically during a significant time period. ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak, for example, was set during World War II, and Kathryn Stockett’s ‘The Help,’ was set in Mississippi during the civil rights movement in the 60s. The time period is […]

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Short Fiction – First Person

Short Fiction – First Person

Short Fiction Short fiction has been a hard sell for traditional publishers who typically refuse to take short fiction unless the author is famous or very well-established. The cost of traditionally publishing a print book of short stories for an unknown or relatively unknown author is prohibitive. With digital publishing, however, a book can be […]

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Set Your Keyboard On Fire

Set Your Keyboard On Fire

Note that we’re not saying that you should genuinely set your keyboard on fire. That would be dangerous. While it may be very satisfying during a particularly arid writing session, we don’t think it will do anything for your productivity. We’re talking about writing fast. Many authors churn out novel after novel, month after month. […]

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Kindle Worlds

Kindle Worlds

Recently back from the Novelist’s, Inc. (NINC) National Conference where there was a lot of talk about Kindle Worlds, the new publishing platform from Amazon. For years, fan fiction has operated in the shadows, with occasional breakout successes, the best-known perhaps being E. L. James’s “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which began as a story set in […]

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Getting Ready For NaNoWriMo

Getting Ready For NaNoWriMo

Getting ready for NaNoWriMo. If you’ve participated in NaNoWriMo before or you’ve signed up for this year, you’ve probably received an introductory email by now. Are you feeling excited about the prospect of writing 50,000 words in a month? Daunted? Whatever the emotion, it’s time to prepare for the writing marathon that is NaNoWriMo. Start now. […]

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Minor Character Development

Minor Character Development

Minor Character Development When thinking about minor character development let’s first deal with that word: “minor.” You have major, main or primary characters, and you have minor, supporting or secondary characters, but they are all relevant to the story you are telling. A general rule of thumb is that if you have a character that […]

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