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Crossing Over

Fiction and nonfiction writers have a lot to teach each other about the craft. Here's how writing in both genres will make you that much better.

Show and Tell

To show or to tell isn't a battle of good versus evil, but the skilled storyteller knows how to play each to maximum effect.

Giving It Away

Information-packed websites, blogs and free chapters are great promotional tools. But it's possible to give away too much. Here's the lowdown on what to make free.

3 Tips for Writing Successful Flashbacks

Most writers try to avoid flashbacks, but if you just can't resist sending your readers back in time, fiction columnist Nancy Kress has some advice. Kress explains what makes a flashback work, and how to perfect your own time traveling techniques.

3 Tips for Developing Solid Dialogue

Dialogue is perhaps the most important characterization tool at a fiction writer's disposal; unfortunately, it is also one of the most difficult techniques to do well. Stiff, unnatural or overdone dialogue can doom the liveliest characters or stall the most exciting plot. But great dialogue can propel your characters and story...

5 Tips for Writing for Children

"Dialogue not only keeps young readers engrossed in the action, but also makes the page appear less formidable by breaking up the text." That's one of the tips from Tracey Dils, author of You Can Write Children's Books. Read more tips here.

8 Reasons Books Fail

No one wants his or her self-published book to fail. In the new issue of Publishing Success, learn to avoid eight of the most common mistakes and make sure that your book is a success.

Meet the Press

When you're trying to scare up publicity for your book, the media wants to know just one thing: Is it newsworthy? Of course it is—you just have to know how to sell it.