Month: July 2015

3 Reasons Authors Shouldn’t Worry About Piracy but How to Protect Yourself Anyway

 Guest blog by Joanna Penn New authors worry about piracy, especially in this age of and online marketing. Yes, piracy happens, but here’s why you shouldn’t let fear keep you from putting your words out into the world. 1. Serious readers prefer to buy books rather than download stolen copies Most of the reading public are book lovers, law-abiding (usually) citizens, and want to compensate you for your creative work. Trust…

Editors’ Wish List When Working with Nonfiction Writers

What follows is common sense, but you’d be surprised at how many novice writers skip too many of the suggestions on this list. You can get a leg up on the competition by following these to a T. And if you’re primarily a fiction writer, you’ll find much of this advice applies to short stories too.Jerry J. Guest blog by Karla Dial and Diane McDougall 1. When pitching for the…

How to Create Dazzling Dialogue

Guest blog by Gabriela Pereira Of all aspects of the writing craft, dialogue is by far my favorite. Maybe it’s because dialogue makes me feel like I’m in the scene with the characters or lets me see their dynamic personalities bounce off each other. Or maybe it’s just because I’m impatient and don’t like to weed through pages of boring description. Whatever the reason, I always look forward to dialogue passages……