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Generosity Will Help You Build Your Book Business

Tara Majuta used her business degree at a financial management firm until she realized it was sucking the creativity right out of her. So she decided to be a novelist instead. To fund that endeavor, she learned about novel writing … Continue reading

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How to Know When Your Novel is “Ready”

Kim Rendfeld worked as a journalist in Indiana for 17 years before her husband took a job on the opposite side of the state. Now she she’s a copy editor for an Indiana university. While on a family vacation in Germany … Continue reading

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Reading, Writing and Community

Sophie Littlefield, award-winning author of 24 books (16 of them published), says she found publishing success through reading, writing and community. “I’ve been writing my entire life,” she said. She quit her day job in the early 1990s to raise her … Continue reading

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A Disaster Survivor Becomes a Disaster Author

M. J. Neary describes herself as a disaster author because she writes about natural, political and social disasters—often with a different perspective from other historians. An award-winning historical essayist, multilingual arts and entertainment journalist, published poet, playwright, actress, dancer and choreographer, … Continue reading

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Responding to the Call

To Cynthia Neale, getting published has been a spiritual journey, having felt a calling from a young age. “I wanted to be that writer who was always in the attic writing,” she said. “But I had to make a living.” She earned … Continue reading

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Edgar Nominee Credits Luck, Blessings and Perseverance

Kim Fay started writing fiction at age 10 and pitched her work for 35 years before landing a publisher for her debut novel, Edgar award finalist The Map of Lost Memories, published by Random House in 2012 in print, eBook … Continue reading

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It’s Never Too Early to Starting Branding

Kris Tualla retired from teaching school in 2006 after the youngest of her four children started college. She figured it was time to do something for herself, and she wanted to write romance novels. Of course, she had to learn how … Continue reading

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It’s a Marathon

  Even when Christine Finlayson was earning her bachelor’s degree in environmental science and her master’s in water resources, she knew what she really wanted to do was write about the environment, especially water. “I was always very drawn to … Continue reading

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Novel Writing 101: Character Development

Writing was the last thing Mark Mynheir wanted to do as he grew up. Being dyslexic, “From my earliest memories, the written word was my enemy,” he said. “I struggled through school kicking and screaming, hating every moment of it. … Continue reading

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Novel Writing 101: Outlining/Plotting

First published at the age of 16, Joyce Good Henderson is a writer, writing coach, photographer, and homecare nurse whose publications include fiction and nonfiction books as well as more than 400 articles in professional journals, blogs and online. She … Continue reading

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