Story Openings–Part 4: Case Studies

From Scott: We’ve had a few blog entries (including our excellent guest blogger, Robert Vardeman) about what a strong opening needs to have to capture the reader’s attention. Character. Setting. Conflict. Hook. Put all four of them in the opening

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Story Openings–Part 3: Voice

From Rick: The last installment left off with the opening from Charles Dickens’ “Bleak House.” This is arguably one of the best openings in literature because it includes all of the elements of a great opening: character, setting, conflict, and

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Marketing: Channeling Your Inner Madison Avenue

From Scott: Marketing. No matter how much sweat and polish you put on your product, if you don’t market it correctly, your chances of making decent sales are slim, at best. This was the topic of discussion at a break-out

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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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