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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.
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Choose Kindness When You Give Writing Feedback

There's vulnerability at the heart of a request for a writing critique. I choose to meet that with kindness.
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.
lyrics in books

Lyrics In Books: Your Questions Answered

If a music artist wants to record someone else’s song, there is a set fee for that use, but rights and fees are entirely up to the publisher when it comes to printing lyrics in books. If you don't want to violate US Copyright Code, read on.
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The Story Arc Makes Your Stories Powerful

Adding structure to your stories shouldn't stifle imagination or creativity. The story arc exists to help you tell a satisfying story. Estimated reading time: 1 minute Whatever your genre or...
Edgar Allan Poe’s Notion Of Unity Of Effect

Edgar Allan Poe’s Notion Of “Unity Of Effect”

Edgar Allan Poe's notion of "unity of effect" describes his belief that everything in a written work must lead toward the denouement, starting with the first word.
man flying by the seat of his pants

How To Pants A Novel

Writing by the seat of your pants — aka “pantsing” — doesn’t necessarily mean you go from Chapter One to “The End” without a break. So what does it mean to “pants” a novel?

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