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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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Importance of 30 Seconds

  By Cherrilynn Bisbano You invest time, energy, sweat, and tears into your proposal. You are ready to hit the send button. Stop and count to thirty… it was longer than you expected, right? Thirty seconds can determine destination. An athlete will not qualify for the Olympics if he’s thirty seconds behind. He must practice
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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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A Beautiful Idea for Children’s Books Authors

On the surface, it’s a cute story about a duckling who doesn’t want to get wet–until he tries swimming and finds out that he likes it. But I think that for those of us who write books for children, it’s much more than a cute, beautifully illustrated story. Author Susan Lurie says, “I fell in love with this little
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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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Moral Arc in Literature

By Genevieve Fosa A transcendentalist named Theodore Parker once said that the “… arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.” Many people feel that it wobbles considerably on its way towards this justice. This is where the term moral arc of a story comes from. Though some stories do not
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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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