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Author Archives: Jacob M. Appel

10 Ways to Start Your Story Better

A good opening line is a powerful thing: It can grab an editor’s attention, set the tone for the rest of the piece, and make sure readers stay through The End. Here are 10 ways to steer your story toward success.

by Jacob M. Appel
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7 Tips to Land The Perfect Title for Your Novel

The trick to a great title is to find a happy balance between the all-too-forgettable and the truly over-the-top. You want to choose something that makes your readers think: What a fantastic title! Why didn’t I come up with it? Here’s how to do just that.

by Jacob M. Appel
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2008 Grand Prize Winner: The Mistress of Wholesome

Jacob M. Appel’s "The Mistress of Wholesome" by  took the grand prize in our 77th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Read his winning entry here. Read more