Novel Starting Point: Where, oh, Where to Start?

by Sarah Tun In recent posts we’ve been discussing flashbacks and general structure of a longer piece of writing. Today, I’d like to raise some thoughts about choosing the starting point for a novel. I have completed several full length manuscripts. Each time I’ve developed a story line, I’ve begun with the focus on my
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The End Game

by Steven M. Moore, Contributer If you’re a reader, do you peruse what’s at the end of a book? Many authors only include a short bio, but you might like a bit more. What can authors add to that for you, especially authors of indie books and those writing for indie publishers (small presses)? Consider
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Transitions: The secret to excellent story flow

by Gina Burgess She looked at his expressionless face and wondered what he was thinking. She remembered that key, and the box it opened. Bernice might know. Bernice was the neighborhood gossip and tidbit collector. Betty tried to quit thinking about Bob to no avail. She looked out of her window and saw his car.
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To market, to market to fetch my dog a bone

by Sarah Tun An age old nursery rhyme goes, “To market, to market to buy a fat pig.” Funny, I remember it as an engagement to get a bone.… In any case, it is a rhyme to celebrate the age old action of going into a village from your isolated country farm to sell your
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Why are classics still powerful today?

by Gina Burgess Several years ago an author sent to publishers in London, England several of Jane Austin’s classics: “Pride and Prejudice”, “Northanger Abby”, and “Persuasion” with his name on them. He did this because he was bumfuzzeled why his own work, a thriller, had not been bought. Only one publisher called the author on
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Genesis of a Novel

by Ian Wall Some twenty years ago (I don’t remember exactly when) The Lord asked me to write a novel for him. I said, “Yes Lord, but you are going to have to show me what to do”. I had not written a novel before and I did not have a clue what to do.
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Average cost of indie publishing a book

by Gina Burgess DID YOU KNOW?!? The average cost of developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading, cover design and typesetting for an 80,000-word book is as follows: Romance $4,079 Thriller, Mystery, and Crime $4,159 Science Fiction $4,399 Fantasy $4,319 Young Adult $4,359 Historical Fiction $4,399 Literary Fiction $4,519 Memoir $4,598 Business, Self-Help & Health $5,239 That’s
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Reaping and Sowing

by Sarah Tun We reap what we sow. Isn’t that right? Here at Authors Community it is easy to reap first from the great blog posts, and newsletters, and even from eBookChristian.com. Those are all free right into our inbox. Jesus said some seeds yielded one hundred fold, sixty fold, and thirty fold. That’s a
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Fiction is Fiction, Right?

by Gina Burgess Well apparently it isn’t. In a newspaper story, echoed by a Vanity Fair story, a few years ago, Katheryn Stockett was under fire for her character Aibilene in her blockbuster book The Help. It is a story about the relationships between the white families and their black maids back in the 1960s. It
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Naked Dialogue

by Randy Ingermanson   “What’s naked dialogue?” “It’s dialogue without any action, description, interior monologue, or interior emotion.” “Can you do that?” “In short stretches.” “Why would you do that? It sounds stupid.” “If the main conflict is in the dialogue, then adding anything else takes the edge off the conflict.” “I don’t believe that
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