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20 Ways to Generate Article Ideas in 20 Minutes or Less

Are you looking for new ways to generate fresh article ideas? Here are 20 you can accomplish in fewer than 20 minutes each. The old adage is true: Time is money. But for most freelancers, coming up with timely ideas that spur editors to ass...

Shelf Savvy: How Book Categorization Helps Maximize Sales

Book categorization is key to finding readers and maximizing sales. Here’s what you should know. If you’re an author—aspiring or published, traditional or indie—you have a lot to think about: the quality of your work, your relations...

How a Strong Character Arc Can Make Readers Love Your Protagonist

by Jerry B. Jenkins Rags-to-riches stories result in the most common dramatic character arcs. But the best character arcs result in inner change, not just changes in circumstance. Novels readers love it when a protagonist dramatically trans...

The Tragical Mystery Book Tour (Part 4)

At the risk of too much of a good thing being a bad thing, here is one last installment in author and New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein’s book tour. Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.  December 10th, New York City, Upper East Side, Barn...

The Tragical Mystery Book Tour (Part 3)

Author and New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein recently set out on a book tour of his own devising to promote his book The History of the Snowman. In this four-part series, he outlines his experience, lessons learned along the way, and w...

The 30 Book Challenge: Responding to Marie Kondo and Tidying Up

Are you ready for the 30 book challenge? If you haven’t seen it on social media yet, there’s a new meme making the rounds related to Marie Kondo and her Tidying Up show on Netflix. Apparently, she feels people ideally should have fewer ...

Starting Over, But Not From Scratch: Book Marketing Insights From a Third-Career Debut Novelist

Former public relations executive and career consultant Rita Dragonette outlines the book marketing strategies she employed with her debut novel, from developing her online presence to organizing book events and creative publicity campaigns...

The Tragical Mystery Book Tour (Part 2)

Author and New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein recently set out on a book tour of his own devising. In this three-part series, he outlines his experience, lessons learned along the way, and what up-and-coming authors might expect from the...

Changing the Face of Crime Fiction: 6 Writers of Color on Writing Mysteries, Crime Novels and Thrillers

In a genre that has historically lacked diversity, six writers of color discuss overcoming the challenge of breaking in and the current climate for crime, mystery and thriller fiction. “It can be lonely. … And there have been times when...

Making Magic: Mastering the Art of Magical Realism

Magic realism is a literary genre grounded in reality and imbued with mystical elements. Conjure the extraordinary on the page with these techniques. Ever since I started writing as a kid, unusual things have happened in my well-grounded ...

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