Charmisse M. Owens is a first-generation college graduate who self-published "Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Started College" with BookBaby.

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Writers’ conferences are valuable because they immerse you – if only for a few short days – into your art. They can make you aware of how much you don’t know, how much you need to know to publish and promote, and expose you to things you need to succeed.

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When you are able to control the pace of your story, you’ve mastered one of the more important skills in writing.

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Writers, authors, newbies, and experts – BookBaby's first-ever Independent Authors Conference is coming to historic Philadelphia November 3-5 at the elegant Sonesta Hotel in downtown Rittenhouse Square.

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You need a good straight man (or woman) to bring your comedic, heroic, or otherwise unconventional characters into sharper focus.

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Elmore Leonard's punchy style and compelling characters has Hollywood continually coming back to his work. Some of the many adaptations of his writing are highlighted in this post.

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Two of the classic story shapes are "the fall" or "the rise." In these story arcs, the main character climbs to a peak of happiness, falls from one, or does a round-trip for maximum emotional impact.

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