Story Openings–Part 1: Elements of a good opening

From Rick: The opening of your story is the most important piece of writing in the entire work because this is where you either engage or lose your reader. In today’s market, where e-books abound and readers have the opportunity

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Routes to publishing II: The Kindle Select Program

From Scott: Several weeks ago, I discussed the different publishing options available to authors these days. You can go the traditional route, through legacy publishers, with or without an agent. You can pay to have the paper version of your

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Too Outrageous for Words: guest blog by Robert Vardeman

INTRO BY RICK: This week we have a special treat for our faithful blog readers. The first of our promised guest posts is by noted sci-fi and fantasy author Robert Vardeman, whom we thank for taking the time to share

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Pub-quest: The choice between traditional and self-publishing

From Scott: Scott’s note: Back in September, I wrote a blog entry entitled Publishing Pitfalls, Perils, & Perks. In it, I discussed some of the options available to us, as writers, for publishing our work. I described the techniques involved,

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Self-publishing 2011: A year of changes and face-offs

Here’s our round-up of thoughts from 2011. From Rick: November 19, 2007–Amazon introduced the first Kindle (was it really that long ago?), and the revolution began. Sure, e-books existed long before that. Check out this Wikipedia article. But most folks

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