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Critical Thinking: The 5 Factors That Earn 5-Star Book Reviews

ILLUSTRATION © GETTY IMAGES: OIVIND HOVLAND Novelists live and die by reviews, yet uncovering what garners a gushing ovation or blistering takedown is often a mystery. A professional critic lays out what it takes to earn five-star book rev...

Infographic: The Book Reviewer’s Hierarchy of Needs

[Enter your self-published book into the Self-Published Book Awards!] In his article “Critical Thinking” in the March/April 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest, professional book critic Paul Goat Allen shares his criteria for evaluating a n...

Fake News, Books, and Audio Slides – The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where it is good to be home after two weeks of travel for back-to-school workshops. Nothing says “back to school” quite like seeing a couple of leaves that have changed color. Yes, that happens early here...

Geography, eBooks, and Nature – The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where we’re anticipating our first significant snowstorm of the year. As a skier, I cannot wait for the fresh snow. As a Dad, I’m excited to show my older daughter the joy of making snow angels. But as th...

Your Next Read – Webs of Book Recommendations

Your Next Read is a site that provides you with a web of book recommendations based on the authors and books you already like. Here’s how it works; type in the title of a book you like or author you like and Your Next Read&n...

Google Classroom, Jeopardy, and Scratch – The Week in Review

Good evening from Paris Hill, Maine where I’m home after a week on the road in which I facilitated professional development for teachers in Kansas and Illinois. Next week I’ll be in Missouri. If you would like to have me visit y...

Videos, Scratch, and Fly Fishing – The Week in Review

Good evening from rainy Paris Hill, Maine where I’m home after a few days of fly fishing. It was nice to get away and recharge offline before a busy few months of workshops and conference keynotes starts on Monday when I fly to Kansas...

Masters of Suspense: Thriller Agents on Querying & the Best Books in the Genre

In the October 2018 Writer’s Digest, our panel of agents provided their thoughts on the state of the thriller subgenres. In this web exclusive, thriller agents share their own favorite thrillers and what makes them work, along with some c...

Five Tools for Creating Animated Videos on Chromebooks

The new school year will be here soon and I haven’t taken a break all summer. I’m taking a short break from the Internet to go fishing at one of my favorite places in the world, Kennebago Lake. I’ll be back with new posts ...

GIFs, Forms, and Math – The Month in Review

Good evening from Maine where the sun has set on July. As I do at the end of every month I’ve put together a list of the ten most read posts of the previous 30 days. It’s interesting to note that not all of the posts in the list...

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