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[REALITY CHECK] - How Where You Live Affects Your Speech by Mandy Campbell Moore

Do you listen when people talk? I mean, do you hear their voice and can tell from their accent or dialect where they come from? Perhaps you try to suppress your own accent or dialect when speaking in public.

You think you don't have an accent? Just move to a different part of the country--or to a different country--and your accent will come out.

What happens when you're writing and you have a character and you want them to sound…

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Added by Zetta Brown on February 1, 2016 at 7:30am — 17 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] How to Create a Fictional Setting by Michelle Gwynn Jones

I read many manuscripts where very little detail or description is given. I think many authors are (mistakenly) told that readers don't want too many details because they don't want to have things dictated to them. Readers want to use their imagination to fill in the blanks.

That's bunk. While too much detail and description can bog down the pace of a story, the reader still needs adequate description to frame the…

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Added by Zetta Brown on December 15, 2015 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Two Steps Forward & A Huge Hurdle Ahead - by NancyKay Sullivan Wessman

NancyKay Sullivan Wessman is the author of Katrina, Mississippi: Voices from Ground Zero. This week, she tells of her [REALITY CHECK], which is basically, what do you do after you have written your book?

Like Karl Malden used to ask: "What'll you do? What WILL you…

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Added by Zetta Brown on November 17, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - 5 Branding Tips for Authors by Zetta Brown

Stephen King, Anne Rice, Nora Roberts, and Tom Clancy. Even if you’ve never read their work, you know that King writes horror, Rice writes paranormal (mostly vampires), Roberts writes romance, and Clancy writes espionage thrillers.

 

Despite the different genres, these authors all have something in common. They are brands—personal brands—and their names have become synonymous with what they write. You can do the same…

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Added by Zetta Brown on November 3, 2015 at 7:30am — 11 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - What Does It Mean to Go Mainstream? by LeTeisha Newton

As promised, this week on [REALITY CHECK] is the follow-up post of LeTeisha Newton's "Interracial Writers and the Problems We Face."

If you write about or have…

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Added by Zetta Brown on October 6, 2015 at 6:30am — 9 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Interracial Writers and the Problems We Face - by LeTeisha Newton

This week on [REALITY CHECK] is the first of a 2-part guest blog by international bestselling author LeTeisha Newton. It's an issue that affects me and I'm sure it touches many other writers too, whether they know it or not.

 

The topic of race is the elephant in the room. Recent, major…

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Added by Zetta Brown on September 22, 2015 at 7:30am — 31 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - What If Your Whole Book Is a Darling? by Patricia Robertson



Writers can be their own worst enemy when it comes to publishing. 

How? By not being able to let go of their work. Every word and sentence is too precious to delete and too important to the story in its entirety.

We all have written things that are very close and personal to our hearts, but believe me when I say that once you've gone through the editing process and it's been published and out for a while, you will…

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Added by Zetta Brown on September 8, 2015 at 7:30am — 12 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - When You Get Outed As A Writer - by Kait Nolan

Has this happened to you?

It's happened to me. I was outed on the job by someone who worked in a different department, and considering the novel in question is an erotic romance, it made things weird. Especially since the person who found out said they would never read such "filth"...or did…

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Added by Zetta Brown on August 25, 2015 at 7:30am — 15 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Shaping the Novel: How I Trimmed a Manuscript from 150,000 Words to Fewer than 70,000 - by Libby Ware

Recently, Brooke Warner wrote "3 Good Reasons to Keep Your Book Shorter Than 80,000 Words."

The main reason being that doing this can make your manuscript more…

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Added by Zetta Brown on August 11, 2015 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] – Amazon’s Kindle Lending: Pennies or Progress? by Jim Brown

Could the days of making big (if not easy) money selling your ebooks through Amazon be over? 

If you have ebooks on sale through Amazon and participate in Kindle Unlimited  and/or the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, chances are you have become aware of the change with regard to your Kindle…

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Added by Zetta Brown on July 28, 2015 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Dialogue Tips For Characters From a Similar Background by Patricia Robertson

Writing the words your characters say may be easy, but it isn't always easy conveying your character's "voice." I have edited a lot of writers whose characters all sound the same, and if you get a group of them in a single scene, it can be confusing to keep track of who says what.

What your characters…

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Added by Zetta Brown on July 14, 2015 at 7:30am — 11 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] Non-Writing Friends – and Why You Should Have Them

Authors, I’m sorry to say, can be a fickle, thankless bunch.

 

When I started moving deeper in publishing circles as an author and a publisher, I began to meet a lot of wonderful authors, publishers, artists, and others in the industry. I like to say that I’m friends with many of them and even good…

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Added by Zetta Brown on June 30, 2015 at 7:30am — 19 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Adjusting the Sales - The Life of a Freelance Writer by Trisha Faye

This is perhaps one of the realest reality checks I've presented in my column. Returning She Writer, Trisha Faye presents the early days of her foray into starting her career as a full-time writer. Warts and all.

If anything, it…

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Added by Zetta Brown on June 16, 2015 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Two Tips for a Better Podcast Interview by Catharine Bramkamp

First she gave you tips about scheduling podcast guests.

Then she gave you advice on…

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Added by Zetta Brown on June 2, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

[REALITY CHECK] What NOT to Do With a Podcast Guest - Catharine Bramkamp

Last week, Catharine Bramkamp talked about…

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Added by Zetta Brown on May 19, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Podcast Guests? Three Tips to Better Bookings by Catharine Bramkamp

Hi everyone!

 

I have been very lucky by having guests…

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Added by Zetta Brown on May 12, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - 10 Lessons I Learned My First Year as a Hybrid Author by L. G. O’Connor

This week, my friend, fellow author, and She Writer L. G. O'Connor is summarizing her first year's experience of being a published author. The following blog post is what inspired me to start this blog a few years ago.

I published my debut novel in 2008 and…

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Added by Zetta Brown on April 21, 2015 at 7:30am — 25 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] The EU VAT (Sales Tax) Situation...and You by Jim Brown

This week on [REALLITY CHECK] and in honor of the tax season, we will be discussing one of the less-glamorous topics to be found in publishing: taxes! Or, to be more specific, the European Union Value Added Tax aka EU VAT.

If you are an independent author or a small publisher and sell ebooks online, you need to…

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Added by Zetta Brown on April 7, 2015 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - The Realities of Being a Published Author by Kathleen Kaska

Kathleen Kaska is an award-winning mystery author. Her Sydney Lockhart Mystery Series is set in the 1950s and features the plucky "girl" reporter and sleuth of the…

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Added by Zetta Brown on March 24, 2015 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - How to Make a Trailer to Promote Your Writing by Soniah Kamal

We get so used to promoting with the written word. We're writers, after all. But it's nice to change things up with something more visual and dynamic.

Enter the book trailer.

A good book trailer is like going to the theater and seeing a movie trailer that leaves you counting the days until the…

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Added by Zetta Brown on March 10, 2015 at 7:30am — 13 Comments

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