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The value of a great book synopsis

Whether as a substance check, a means to kick-off the writing process, or a vehicle to share your story with beta readers, agents, and publishers, there is a lot of value in a book synopsis.
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Five Self-Publishing Mistakes You Need To Avoid

The first step toward success as an independent author is educating yourself about everything involved with self-publishing. It’s what your book — this project to which you’ve invested so much emotion and time — undoubtedly deserves.
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Black Friday Deals For Writers

They're heee-re... Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner, and we've partnered with the good folks at ProWritingAid to round up some excellent deals on courses, software, and books for writers.
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Creating A Low-Cost Book Trailer

Creating videos can be as satisfying as writing books, so don’t be afraid to extend your communication outreach to new dimensions by producing an inexpensive, but compelling, book trailer.
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Creating A Motion Map Of Your Story

Great writing is all about great motion and change — and every bit of motion needs a motivation. You can track these cycles by creating a motion map.
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A Novel Approach To Writing A Business Plan

You might not be familiar with the process of writing a business plan, but you can tell a story. Why not put that talent to use for your vision statement for 2020?
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What Goes In The Front Matter Of Your Book?

What you include in the front matter of your book depends on the information you want to impart to your reader to help enhance, explain, or set things up.
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Why You Should Set A Reading Goal For 2020

The health and emotional benefits of reading are reason enough to read more, but there are plenty of others... so set a reading goal and get to it!
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Creative Leaps Are The Lifeblood Of Great Writing

Writing prompts are one way to work your creative-writing muscles — and while scenario-based prompts can help you practice creative leaps, images can sometimes open the door even wider.
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Nothing is Wasted (If You Put It To Use)

Your life experiences — exhilarating and tedious, mundane and magnificent — should inform your written work. Channel your emotions and use descriptive details to make your story-world come alive.

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