Inspiration with a Club

By Gina Burgess Truman Capote:Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does or music. If you are born with them, fine. If not, learn them then rearrange them to suit you. Just what we were talking about last week. Frankly, no two writers will work, or write, in the same way.
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Google+ going, going, gone

by Jann Martin We’ve been hearing lately that Google+ is shutting down. “When John Lewis heard that Google+ was shutting down after the discovery of a security bug that left private profile data exposed, it felt like a crushing blow — even though he could see it coming.” CNBC report In The Guardian “This March, as Facebook was
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Writing Rules the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

by Gina Burgess Like me, you may have wondered where in the world all those rules about writing came from. From people who supposedly know about writing. Duh. In one of my Facebook groups, someone asked, “What is the writing rule you dislike the most?” I’m amazed at some of the dislikes, so I thought
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A Blog Is an Author’s Best Friend

By Gina Burgess Last May we talked a little bit about authors blogging, why and what to blog. Something missing is how an author should maintain the blog. Where to get inspiration for blog posts? I’ve been writing blog posts since 2005 when my professor challenged us to create a blog for a class project.
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Where do you place your inciting incident?

by Randy Ingermanson First, let’s define our terms. The inciting incident is some “new thing” in your protagonist’s world. It marks the change that is ultimately going to pull your protagonist into your story. Usually, this is something external to your protagonist, but it’s possible it could be an internal change. Exactly where to put
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Web-Ed EVENT! Terry Whalin, acquisitions editor

By Gina Burgess First flush of love finally blossoms into full-fledged, lasting love that ends with accepting a proposal. Like an on-the-knee marriage proposal, an accepted book proposal leads to long relationships, trusted relationships, and even better, profit for both parties. Terry Whalin–an acquisitions editor for Morgan-James Publishing–has the scoop on how to write a
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Guerilla Marketing Your Book…

by Gina Burgess (using part of an excerpt from Using the Ripple Effect) Guerrilla marketing—the idea of using a small amount of money [or zero money] to do something unconventional—should be a part of every writer’s book marketing strategy (Scott La Counte – @buzz_trace) This is probably the most fun thing, but least used thing
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Navigating websites isn’t always smooth sailing

by Julianne Rigali Designing Your Navigation Menu Before you start design on your website,  the second thing to do: You should layout your navigation menu for website navigation. (Wondering about the first thing…that’s for an upcoming post…stay tuned.) First, use a piece of paper, a blackboard, or a dry erase board. Second, jot down what
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The Writer’s Cuppa Joe: Marketing that’s Achievable

By Whitney McKendree Moore As an author, my mind was pretty much clamped shut on marketing until Tom Blubaugh bravely said, “Marketing is just reaching out to share what you have been given. That changed everything for me. Suddenly it was about sharing “my bread” with others who hunger for it. My bread is for
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