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How to Start a Novel: Literally

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When I discuss how to start a novel in this post, I’m not talking about serving up namby-pamby inspirational go-juice or a step-by-step tool-heavy walkthrough. I’m talking about a quite literal start: crafting your opening line. The first sentence (or paragraph) is one of the most pivotal parts of your novel, the thing that begs the readers’ attention and

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Under Deadline: An Author in 3 Months

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Most writers know the feeling of being under deadline. In On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King advises writers to set deadlines for themselves. And according to King, “the first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.” Three months. How many of you

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Why Understanding Amazon’s Algorithm is Important for Your Book’s Rank

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Last week I talked about how a negative review on Amazon can actually help sell books. This week I’m going to go more in-depth on Amazon’s rating system as it applies to book reviews. Full disclosure: I have no secret knowledge of Amazon’s algorithm. Everything I’m about to tell you is experience-based only. I first realized

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