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What Is the Difference between Middle Grade and YA Fiction?

Posted in Books for Kids, Childrens Books, Getting published, Independent Publishing, Juvenile Fiction, Learning to Write, Middle Grade Fiction, Publishing, publishing with a small press, publishing your first book, self publishing, Writing a novel, Writing Tips, and Young Adult Fiction

Everybody and Her Aunt Has an Opinion Defining the differences between juvenile, middle grade and young adult fiction seems to be a very difficult thing for many people to achieve. “What is the difference between middle grade and YA fiction?” seems to be a tough question. It’s one…

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Beginning and Ending: How to Finish Writing a Book

Posted in creativity, discipline, Getting published, how to be a prolic writer, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, Productivity for creatives, prolific writer, Publishing, publishing your first book, The debut novel, Writing a novel, and Writing Tips

How to Finish Writing a Book: Where to Begin? I was asked yesterday, by someone who aspires to be a professional writer, how to get started on her first novel. In the same hour, I was asked how to finish a book! So, here’s a quick post with some…

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How to Find Time to Write (Even if You Haven’t Got Time to Write)

Posted in creativity, discipline, finding time to write, Getting published, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, Productivity for creatives, prolific writer, Writing a novel, and Writing Tips

How Can You Find Time To Write? The question of how to find time to write is a good one and deserves a good answer. If finding writing time matters to you, I’ll guess that you’re aiming at writing professionally. Of course, once you achieve that goal – the…

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Letting Your Debut Novel Go and Judging a Book by Its Cover

Posted in book covers, Getting published, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, Publishing, publishing with a small press, Steampunk, and Writing a novel

The book is finished. Several rounds of editing – structural/developmental, copy and line, and a proofread – have all been completed. A thousand iterations of the back matter and the front matter and the dedication, acknowledgements and all the rest have finally been put aside and the wording decided…

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Why I am Going to Throw Myself Off the Edge of a Cliff

Posted in Editors, Getting published, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, Literary agents, Publishing, Rejections, Steampunk, True Stories, and Writing a novel

The title of this post is undoubtedly designed to be provocative, to pique interest, and to raise questions in the mind of the reader. Surely, to throw oneself off the edge of the cliff is a foolhardy act at best, and at worst a depressing submission to simple suicide?…

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