Anticipation is making me wait…

by Gina Burgess Sally watched Harry yawn, scratch his chest and pad to the bathroom to brush his teeth. He wet his toothbrush and spread the minty paste over it then popped it in his mouth brushing up and down the one hundred twenty-eight times he allotted every night. Bleh! What a boring paragraph. Why
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Picture Book Dummy is a Smart Idea

by Margaret Welwood “You mixed up the spaghettis,” announced Coralie (Scissortown artist and spaghetti sorter). I had printed off my story as a Word doc, then cut the text into strips and taped them onto pages of 8” x 8” paper. I then taped the rough line drawings of Coralie’s pictures to the pages. That’s
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Book or Benefits – Appeal to the Senses in Promotion

By Gina Burgess I have nearly 35 years’ experience in sales and marketing all kinds of products and services, mostly services. I found out that I’m much better at promoting intangibles rather than tangibles. Services seem to have more obvious benefits than physical objects. Promotion of books came a bit harder for me to do
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Types of Editing

by Jann Martin We ALL need help with editing. Even the people that type the messages into electronic signs. We passed this one the other day. At Authors Community we want to help you with all of the steps of making your manuscript be the best it can be. When we get your manuscript through
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DisABLED Writer—Dealing with Fear and Focus

by Cherrilynn Bisbano Many writers endure physical and/or mental challenges as they try to get their words on paper. I have a friend who died in a car accident. God revived him and called him to write. His traumatic brain injury doesn’t keep him from obeying God. He studies the craft and edits his manuscript,
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Cover Stories

by Margaret Welwood “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is one adage that doesn’t work for young children. So how do we get these powerful little judges on our side? Reading to children is an incredibly rich source of feedback on illustrations, plot, pacing, and wording. Cover artists also do well by offering young
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Trash or Treasure

by Marilyn Friesen Someday I would like to write a classic.  But how would you define one? It seems like what was regarded as classics in the past aren’t as highly esteemed by the publishers of the present, that is if you came to the same conclusion I did from a previous article. Were you
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