Critiques are best when served warm

Hello from Jann, When you consider something from numerous perspectives you can easily see the whole picture rather than a tiny corner of your universe. This is why critique groups are an excellent way to get a broad perspective of your writing, which is a great way to prepare your manuscript before you have to
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Even the flu can be a blessing

by Teresa Martin [Editor’s note: Here’s a pick-me-up for this flu season, even though it happened at Christmas!] Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love doing my Christmas shopping; writing Christmas cards, getting out the special china and crystal, and polishing all my tarnished silver-plated serving pieces. But last year, the week before Christmas, I
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Writing and the Principles of Sowing and Reaping

by Sarah Tun We reap what we sow. Isn’t that right? So here’s how I encourage us all, myself included, to pour into Authors Community in order to reap what we need from it. Writing is, generally speaking, a solitary experience. Here at Authors Community, we are a collective of individuals, accustomed to working primarily
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Decision

by Cecelia Lester (1st place in fiction under 500 words) He found himself walking along the beach. He mulled over the difficult news. Before he realized it, he discovered he was on the point, that spot where his life could have ended. He sat on the bench, letting his mind reflect on earlier times. His
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The Forgiving Eye

by Steve Muir Sounds benevolent, doesn’t it? After all, forgiveness is a great virtue, right? In this case, unfortunately, wrong. The Forgiving Eye is the name I’ve given to a particular phenomenon that afflicts me – and I’m sure, most authors – when it comes to reviewing their own writing. Content is not the problem
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Give Us this Day – AC Contest Winner

by Connie Houston Unedited and Unabridged Our Daily Bread.  When I grew up, one of eight siblings living in public housing in Lackawanna, NY. , we ate bread every day.  My mother made cornbread for father. Not Jiffy.  Not cloying.  Mama’s cornbread was from scratch, savory, made with gritty, yellow cornmeal and cooked it in
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Determining ROI–or Success Rate

by Tom Blubaugh I was talking to an author client/friend the other day about return-on-investment (ROI). 100 % of most conversations about ROI involve money. The thought came to me that money is not the only ROI that can give an author satisfaction. If it is, then many authors would discontinue writing today since, on
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Why a Writer Needs Relationships

by DiAnn Mills Writers spend hours perfecting their manuscripts. The time, sweat, and tears that go into a remarkable writing project can’t be measured when our ability to create is always working. We live and breathe the words filling our mind and transfer them onto the page. Some say writing is an isolated profession, and
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