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Can dog food help you sell your work?

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A friend told me that Walmart’s dog food was once called plain old Walmart Dog Food. Equal in content to most, it was passed over by consumers. Then Walmart's marketing...

POV = Point of View

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When you're in a character's POV, you know not only what he is saying but also what he is thinking, feeling, planning, etc. If you are not in that character's POV, you...

Today's authors have more and varying demands placed on them than at any time in the past, but these new demands also present great opportunities to connect with our readers, the reason behind what we do. So many of those connections,...

No matter what our political affiliation or lack thereof, most of us are irritated by the fact that our elected officials seem to spend more time, creative energy, and enthusiasm campaigning for the next term rather than delivering what was promised for...

We're all familiar with the golden ticket young Charlie used as his all-access pass to the chocolate factory. Securing an agent or a publisher can sometimes seem like you, too, need to win the lottery in order to have your...

I'm a history lover, an avid reader, and an experienced novelist, so writing books set back in time should be as easy as plucking ripe berries, right? Or so thought I, the inexperienced, fresh-faced, new historical novelist, a few years...

Novels are normally limited to between 75,000 and 125,000 words. That means, in addition to telling a good story, we must determine which details, which events, which characters, and which images and motifs to include and which to leave out....

A human heart has a regular rhythm, although it can be sped up or slowed down as necessary. Exercise, illness, and emotional excitement (both positive and negative) speed the heart up and make it move more quickly. Sleep, meditation &...