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Quote: Joy Cowley

Whoever said ‘We only live once’ wasn’t a reader. Joy Cowley

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Yours truly … on a camel

Yes, that’s me. On a camel. Right beside the Pyramids. The camel’s name was California, which I reckon that was a sop to wealthy American tourists. I was only one…

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Had a bad review? Check these out!

Even the esteemed New York Times doesn’t always get it right, as these blasts from the past show … “Shall we frankly declare that, after the most deliberate consideration of…

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Quote: John Keats

“The roaring of the wind is my wife and the stars through the window pane are my children… I do not live in this world alone but in a thousand…

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Stay away from traditional book publishing

Dean Wesley Smith knows a thing or two about writing. He’s a prolific, with almost two hundred novels and hundreds of short stories under his belt. In forty years in…

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Quote: Stephen King

Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life. … If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. Stephen…

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5 Rules to Remember

1. Money can’t by happiness, but it can make misery a lot more comfortable. 2, Forgive your enemies, but remember the bastards’ names. 3. Help someone when they’re in trouble…

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Quote: Joe Konrath, Publishing is a lottery

No matter how talented you are, no matter how hard working, no matter how awesome and committed your publisher might be, statistically you are far more likely to lose the…

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Using two words instead of one

Benjamin Dreyer has compiled a list of redundancies, surplus words to delete from your writing where you’ve used two words when one would do. Some are rather arcane (the word…

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Four publishing lessons in four minutes

Quote: Amor Towles, How I Write

Writing is a craft. It’s not a mystical state. It’s not a single emotion. It is craft. I like to think of it is as a great tennis player. Agassi…

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