• HOW TO RESEARCH YOUR NOVEL

    By Guest Blogger, SL Matthews “The first time young Ryder drowned, it became the beginning of something new—an idea he perceived as infinite immunity to the perils of daily life.” With these words, my debut historical fiction novel, Nickel’s Luck, begins. And with that first line came the first wave of research. No, I realized, […]

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  • To Prologue or Not to Prologue – That is the Question

    It’s an age-old debate. Many readers and authors love prologues, while we often hear that agents and publishers loathe them. In fact, I’ve even seen advice from writing “experts” and agents who implicitly say “no prologues.” This has always bothered me, as plenty of great books I’ve read have included prologues and epilogues. So what’s […]

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  • COMMON WRITING MISTAKES

    As an editor, I’ve found I run into several common mistakes on a regular basis. So I thought I’d put these out there as a sort of refresher course for any interested writers who might find themselves falling into the same traps. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all editors…that would be […]

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  • How to Determine (or Confirm) Your Genre

    Are you SURE you know your genre and category for your book? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had an author tell me, “My book is an adult fantasy,” but after I begin editing, it becomes apparent they were way wrong about either their category or genre.  Either they have the wrong category […]

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  • Why You Should Still Launch Your Book During a Pandemic

    Lately, since this whole pandemic erupted and shook us to our core and changed our lives possibly forever, I’ve heard a lot of authors debating on social media whether or not they should postpone their book launches scheduled through summer. I know firsthand of several who did postpone their book launches. And many of my […]

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  • Tik Tok for Authors

    If you’re wondering where I’ve been lately…why I’ve been “quiet,” it’s because I’ve got a new addiction, and I wanted to tell you all about it. It’s called Tik Tok! And all authors who want to sell more books need to be on this platform ASAP! Don’t believe me?  Using just the hashtag #authorsoftiktok, there […]

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  • How NOT To Scare Away Readers & Lose Sales

    I get it. You’ve spent weeks, months, or even years writing this lovely book, you’ve finally finished it, and you’re so proud of the final outcome, you just can’t wait to share it with everyone and sell millions of copies.  So, naturally, you take to social media, your blog, or your newsletter, and you begin […]

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  • How to Earn the Title “Award-Winning Author”

    One of the best things that has happened to me in my career as an author was winning a national book award in 2017.  After years of struggling to get any kind of recognition, it felt amazing to be acknowledged as one of the best suspense writers, at least in the indie community. Receiving that […]

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  • Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly Part 2

    One Sunday afternoon, I blissfully planted myself in my favorite reading chair and cracked open Mary Higgins Clark’s As Time Goes By, which she graciously signed for me the day before.  Sadly, my bliss didn’t last long, because a commonly misused word ripped me from the story. A character used the word insure to convey […]

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  • What’s the right publishing path for you?

    As authors, we all have some version of the same dream for our books. We want to sell as many copies as possible, gain some recognition for our craft, and maybe even see our books turned into a movie or Netflix series. Am I right? But it’s a long journey between story idea to commercial […]

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