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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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The W.R.I.T.E Prayer

by Cherrilynn Bisbano The W.R.I.T.E. Prayer By Cherrilynn Bisbano Writers write and called writers pray, then write. Has God called you to write for His kingdom? You must pray, my friend. To be empowered and focused we must storm the gates of heaven before we write. We must lay our expectations, dreams, and difficulties at
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Children’s Book Authors—Agents of Change?

by Margaret Welwood During storytime, kids are especially receptive to lessons that teach values. Stories of kindness will reach their hearts in ways that direct discussions never can. As parents and grandparents, we rightly worry about violence on TV and in movies and games, and its effect on children. As children’s book authors, can we
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A Physician Analyzes the Crucifixion

[Editor’s note: This is hard to read. It is also graphic. To fully realize what Jesus endured, read on.] A Physician Analyzes the Crucifixion (Originally published in Arizona Medicine, March 1965, Arizona Medical Association. A medical explanation of what Jesus endured on the day He died.) By Dr. C. Truman Davis Dr. C. Truman Davis
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The Cost of Breakthrough

by Sarah Tun Authors need fellowship. Teachers speak the same language, scientists and artists do too. And so do writers. Perhaps it’s because our work is generally solitary that we often don’t recognise our need to “socialize” or it may be that we are so used to managing on our own that we have learned
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