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What’s the Difference between Genre and Category?

Posted by Brooke Warner on June 29, 2015 at 9:30pm 2 Comments

A simple look at the definition of “genre” might cause confusion for any writer seeking to understand the difference between genre and category. According to Merriam-Webster, genre is:

“a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content.”

So if genre is a category of literary composition, what’s a category? And why does genre matter? A post on agentquery.com articulates a great response to “why genre matters” with the simple statement that genres are “a staple of the publishing world.” This characterizes what genre is better than the actual definition above because it speaks to something universal in the…

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Marketing Tip: Set Up an Author Page on Amazon

Posted by Maria Murnane on July 6, 2015 at 9:46am 0 Comments

Did you know you probably have an Author Page on Amazon? Amazon automatically creates Author Pages for most authors, but if you haven't claimed yours, you aren't taking full advantage of this option. Setting it up on Amazon's Author Central site is easy, free, and a great way to connect with readers. In addition to information about your book(s), your page can include your photo and bio (where you can include your e-mail address, a link to your Facebook page or website or anything else you want to share with readers), your tweets and blog posts, even video! There's also a "Follow" button under your profile image that allows anyone to connect with you and receive notifications if you write additional books. (In my opinion, that feature alone is worth creating a page.)…

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Grammergency #6: Help! I Need an Editor

Posted by Annie Tucker on February 17, 2015 at 10:30am 8 Comments

Last week, I spent four days at the San Francisco Writers Conference, meeting with fiction and nonfiction authors in various stages of the writing and publishing process. One of the most frequent questions people asked me was, “What does an editor do, and what kind of editor do I need?” So I thought I’d dedicate this week’s Grammergency post not to a specific grammatical issue but to breaking down the general title of editor into three distinct roles.

Developmental Editor

Whether you are in the midst of writing a book or have a complete first draft, a developmental editor is the first kind of professional editor you should consult. Developmental editors help authors address all of the big-picture aspects of good storytelling, including structure, sequencing, pacing, scene and…

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Grammergency #10: Who’s Zoomin’ Whom?

Posted by Annie Tucker on April 13, 2015 at 11:00am 1 Comment

Virtually every time I log on to my Twitter page, I try to avoid looking at the upper-right-hand corner, where the words “Who to follow” appear. Is there no one at this multibillion-dollar company, I wonder, who can add one little “m” to turn this grammatical error into the correct version of the phrase: “Whom to follow”? I guess not. That’s why I want to give you a quick tip this week on when to use “who” and when to use “whom”—so that if you ever found your own tech start-up, you can help teach your users good language skills while you make your millions.

“Who” Versus “Whom”: The Breakdown

“Who” is a nominative form, used as a subject—e.g., “Who are you?” and “Who’s calling?” and “The boy who cried wolf.” “Whom” is…

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My Life is being Held up for No Reason

Oh boo, I have to work during the day because:

a. People who are not rich have day jobs.

b. I am getting older/closer to retirement.

c. I need money for food.

d. Vacations are finite.

e. Work is a waste of time, and wasting time is what life is mostly about, right?

Marketing Tip: Set Up an Author Page on Amazon

Did you know you probably have an Author Page on Amazon? Amazon automatically creates Author Pages for most authors, but if you haven't claimed yours, you aren't taking full advantage of this option. Setting it up on Amazon's Author Central site is easy, free, and a great way to connect with readers. In addition to information about your book(s), your page can include your photo and bio (where you can include your e-mail address, a link to your Facebook page or website or anything else you…

Monday Muse: New South Dakota Poet Laureate

Posted Monday Muse profile of Lee Ann Roripaugh, newly appointed Poet Laureate of South Dakota:

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2015/07/monday-muse-new-south-dakota-poet.html ;

My Journey to South of Everything


The idea of writing a novel was as distant as the moon the first 50 years of my life. Even though working as a journalist getting good quotes was the key to good writing, I feared creating dialogue on my own. And I knew that a novel needed dialogue. Therefore, it was in the backlog of my mind until in the mid 1990s, married to a pro boxer and soccer personality, living in Montevideo, Uruguay in a huge house on the Rambla with the beach and ocean spread outside the windows,…

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