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An Audience of One: A Story for Thanksgiving

By Kris Radish The lone woman looked terrified. She sat with her shoulders hunched and her face down as if she were trying to turn her body into a tent where she could hide. I remember standing off to one side and looking at her—really looking at her. She was clearly uncomfortable being in...

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The Lie I Told Myself About Self-Publishing

Three years ago I officially began writing a book. That’s when the lie began. As my first draft grew to 50,000 words, the book changed from being a memoir based on my experiences as a fire eater to a novel. I kiddingly say that this was because no one would care about a fire...

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4 Ways to Write a Compelling Character

Where do fictional characters come from, and, more important, how do you build one from scratch? For some writers, characters whisper in their ears or appear in their dreams; for others, building a character requires as much effort and forethought as constructing a house. Though the method will vary for every writer, there’s no...

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An Outline for Pantsers

Outlines based on set pieces and dramatic scenes, for instance, can cause your book to feel like a hopscotch of mandatory moments. But an outline of antagonism could help even pantsers.

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Don’t Be Afraid of Indie Publishing

Let me be clear­—I don’t take sides. I appreciate the self-published author, the author published by a small press, and the New York-published author. Because you know what? No matter what publishing route any of us decide to take, we are all still authors.

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Teen Writers Come of Age

Teenagers see the world through a completely different lens than adults do. Teen writers can show you the world through our eyes, and what it’s like to be growing up today.

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What’s YOUR Brand? Writer Publicist Dana Kaye Explains

Promotion can be the most daunting and confusing part of the publishing process. From building a website, to navigating social media, to booking events, there are many facets that make up a successful book promotion campaign. But where do you start? Dana Kaye, owner of Kaye Publicity and author of Your Book, Your Brand:...