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How To Write

A collection of insightful BookBaby Blog posts that explore the craft of writing, the habits of successful writers, and myriad topics that will instruct and inspire seasoned and new writers alike.

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How To Write A Great Author Bio That Will Connect With Readers

Your book is riveting, but your author bio is a snooze. If you're afraid this describes you, don't be too hard on yourself; plenty of brilliant authors freeze up when it comes to writing about themselves in sound bites.
books on writing

The Absolute Best Books on Writing (according to 10 “top” lists)

The list of favorite books on writing can be very different from one author to another. So where do you start? I've scoured 10 "top" lists to see which titles spanned the gamut. Here's what I found.
old time horse and carriage depicting the setting in your story

The Importance of Setting In Your Story

Setting is the context in which a story or scene occurs and includes the time, place, and social environment. It is important to establish a setting in your story, so your readers can visualize and experience it.
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What Type Of Book Editing Do You Need? And When?

There are different types of book editing – including proofreading, copy-editing, and developmental editing – for different stages of the publication process. You should be aware of what kind of editing your manuscript needs and what is involved in each type.
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Crafting The Perfect Chapter

There are many ways to use chapters effectively in your writing, just make sure your design is never random and you're on your way to crafting the perfect chapter.
unity in writing

Unity In Writing

In an important sense, unity in writing is an author’s core design principle. This is the starting point and end goal in writing.
phone conversations

How to Write a Phone Conversation to Forward Your Plot

Does your one-sided dialogue give insight into the character the participants? Read on to learn how to write phone conversations in books.

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