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Everything You Need To Know About Crowdfunding Your Book

Don't have enough money to self-publish your book? Crowdfunding is a powerful tool more and more authors (including unknown, first-time authors and famous, bestselling authors in a variety of genres) are using to raise money to pay for editors, illustrators, cover designers, and the expenses of self-publishing their print or digital books.

In this essential crowdfunding for authors guide, we'll explain all about crowdfunding, analyze successful crowdfunding book campaigns, compare the top crowdfunding platforms, and share tips and advice on how to create a winning campaign from start to finish. It's time to get your story heard!

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11 Best Online Communities for Writers & Poets

The writing life doesn't have to be a lonely one! Joining an online writing community offers numerous benefits to aspiring authors, poets, and hobbyist writers. Check out our list of the top online writing communities and discover how joining them can help you in your writing career.

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8 Effective Techniques for Writing Great Dialogue

Whether you love crafting a conversation between your characters, or the thought of hitting the quotation mark key on the keyboard fills you with dread, here are some practical techniques and tips to help you improve your dialogue-writing skills and craft great, realistic conversations which will engross your readers.

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5 Tips for Crafting Realistic Characters

The way to a reader’s heart is through your characters. You want readers to fall in love with them, root for them, and miss them when the story is over. Are your characters falling flat on the page or do they just not seem believable? Try these 5 tips for crafting realistic characters to have yours teeming with life in no time!

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Bad Advice All Writers Get and How to Ignore It

Some bad advice is easy to recognize, but a lot of it we take to heart because we hear it often, or from the mouth of someone we trust. The following is some bad advice that we all hear at some point in our writing life, and why it’s due for revision.

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5 Top Fiction Publishers Accepting Unagented Manuscripts

Did you have a great fiction book you want to publish but no agent wants to represent you? Check out our list of the 5 top fiction book publishers now accepting unagented manuscripts!

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The Differences between Scripts, Teleplays, Screenplays, Novels and Books

Are you a writer, author, novelist, screenwriter, scriptwriter, poet or lyricist? What exactly is the difference? Sometimes the technical jargon of writing can be a bit confusing, so we have defined some terms to help you get more acquainted with the world of writing.

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Top 10 Writing Workshops & Classes in NY

Do you want to improve your writing and get published one day? Here are the top 10 writing workshops and writing classes worth attending which are available in NY and online.

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Top 10 Books on Creative Writing

Do you want to improve your writing skills? Here is a list of the 10 best books on Creative Writing to help you become a better writer.

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14 Best Services to Promote Your Free Kindle Book or eBook

Looking for ways your free eBook or Kindle book? Here is a list of the best free and paid Kindle book promotion sites to help you get more readers and sales.

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The Difference Between Song Lyrics and Poetry

What is the exact difference between poetry and song lyrics?

The main difference, of course, lies in the fact that poetry is presented to and received by the eyes, while song lyrics–the ears. A key aspect of poetry is the format and how the piece is broken up into stanzas and even further broken up into lines. However, in songs, it is more about how the lyrics are received by the ears. You can’t hear those enjambed lines and line breaks.

So even though the complex content may be the same in both poetry and song lyrics, the difference lie in the following:

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Editing Your First Draft: A Guide for First-Time Authors

Congratulations! You've just written the first draft of your book. Here are some helpful tips and strategies on how to begin editing your first draft.

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How to Self-Publish Your Book – A Guide for First-Time Authors

A Guide for First-Time Authors on How to Self-Publish your Book. Tips and Lists of the Best Services for Self-Publishing Digital EBooks, and Print books.

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How to Write a Great Query Letter: A Guide for First-Time Authors

If you’re a first-time author with a manuscript you’re excited to publish traditionally, you’re probably wondering how exactly that manuscript makes its way from your computer to print. The answer: through a literary agent. Since you’re an emerging author, the best way to find the right literary agent to represent you is through an amazing query letter.

Query letters are crucial in the publishing world. Frequently, an agent will request a query letter upon first contact with you. The main purpose of these letters? To convince an agent to read and pursue your work. The perfect query letter should tantalize an agent into requesting your full manuscript. Read More

A Guide for Freelance Writers: How to Get Published Online and Gain Writing Credentials

Are you a student, fresh graduate, aspiring journalist or freelance writer hoping to get hired by a magazine, newspaper, distinguished publishing house or get freelancing writing jobs?
The most important thing for aspiring freelance writers is to gain real-world experience and writing credentials.
The publishing world is a highly competitive industry. A great many students graduate each year but only a few manage to get the jobs they desire.

In this guide, we’ll share tips on how to get published online, gain writing experience and writing credentials which will help you impress your future employers and increase your chances of landing your dream job. Read More

How to Find the Right Literary Agent for You: A First-Time Author’s Guide

So you’ve finished your book—congratulations! If you’re a first-time author, you’re probably a little anxious about the next step in the publishing process: finding the right literary agent. Don’t worry—that’s what we’re here for! This guide serves as a comprehensive overview to help you find a literary agent who’s a great fit for you, both personally and professionally.  Read More

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