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How to Write a Children’s Book (10 Stress-Free Steps) – by Marcy Pusey…

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on Self Publishing:

If you’re wondering how to write a children’s book that readers will love, you’re not alone. One of the questions I get most from children’s writers is: “How do I know if my book is good?”

You can be given all of the logistical steps, from A to Z, on how to publish a children’s book, but it doesn’t mean your final product is high quality.

Maybe you follow the steps: write a story that’s 700 words or less, get it to fit on 28 pages, have a child-hero, decent illustrations, and you finally hit publish.

Then crickets.

Crickets, in this case, can represent two major problems:

  1. You didn’t have a strong launch or market your book well.
  2. It’s just not that great of a book.

So how can you be sure that your book is the kind that readers will love?  

In this article, we’ll…

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Archetypal Antagonists for the Hero Arc: Dragon and Sick King – by K.M. Weiland…

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on Helping Writers become Authors:

The well-known Hero Arc offers us the exciting story of a brave youth fighting to discover and earn his own worthiness. It follows on the heels of the Maiden Arc‘s initial individuation from the Authority Figures that dominate one’s youth, and it offers the young adult the opportunity to discover what he is meant to do with his life.

Viewed mythically, the Hero Arc (or Journey) is usually an epic Quest, in which the Hero ventures away from the Kingdom to confront a Dragon and find the Elixir that will heal the Sick King and save the Kingdom. More realistically, it is a story about finding meaning and setting one’s course in the very specific ways that will influence the entire rest of one’s life.

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Trust – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

He studied her with a skeptical eye. He’d found it hard to trust people thanks to his rough childhood. But there was something about her that seemed different, that said he would be able to trust her. After a moment of consideration, he decided to trust that feeling and put his trust in her.

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “trust”:

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/09/28/tuesdayuseitinasentence-trust/


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Underwriting: 6 Problems And Fixes

K.M. Allan

If you read last week’s blog post, you’ll know we looked at some common writing gremlins, such as overwriting, multiple gestures, extra staging, etc (check out the full post here).

When the post went live, a few readers commented on underwriting being one of their gremlins.

As a chronic overwriter, underwriting hadn’t occurred to me, so I looked into it. Turns out it’s not just finding it hard to write enough words. Underwriting also involves leaving out details that can rob your characters of depth and your story of important info.

Those are things I have definitely done when penning my manuscripts. If you have too or would like to know more about underwriting problems and fixes, read on…

Underwriting: Problems And Fixes

Problem #1: Low Word Count

This is probably the first thing most people think about when they hear the term underwriting.

Not reaching a certain word…

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Amazon Book Categories: An Author’s Essential Guide – by Reedsy…

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Contents

Part 1 – Kindle Direct Publishing: An Author’s Guide

Part 2 – Publishing on Amazon

Part 3 – Amazon Algorithms

Part 4 – Amazon Book Categories

  • Why should you care about Amazon categories?
  • How to choose the right categories for your book
    • 1. Build a (sensible) list of categories
    • 2. Identify categories with good traffic and beatable competition
    • 3. Secure bonus categories by contacting KDP Support
    • 4. Protect your ‘also-boughts’

Part 5 – Amazon Keywords

Part 6 – Royalties and Costs

Part 7 – KDP Select

Part 8 – Book Promotion on Amazon

Get Full Details HERE

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Season of Change

Seasons come,

And seasons go.

Summer has gone

As Autumn arrives.

Days grow shorter

While the air turns cooler.

Leaves turn color

With spectacular beauty,

Showing us that change

Is nothing to fear

But is instead

Something good.

As you face change

In your life

Remember the beauty

Of the Autumn leaves

And see the good

That lies in store.


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Shock vs. Subverted Expectations

Story Empire

literary twist (gears in the mind)

Ciao, SEers! The last two times I chatted with you, we were talking about clichés in fiction, namely in horror and in mystery and sci-fi. After revealing potential solutions, we discussed the fact that the common element in the solutions was that they all subverted the readers’ expectations.

Today, I want to discuss the difference between shocking the reader and subverting their expectations.

Shock for shock’s sake, unless you’re going for a gore-factor in horror, isn’t a good thing. (Even then, that’s not necessarily a good thing.) You might get the reader to gasp and recoil, but you also might make them put your book down and walk away. Shock shouldn’t disgust or irritate or frustrate. There needs to be a purpose and intent behind everything you do. There should be breadcrumbs leading to every reveal, and when the moment happens, the wow-factor shouldn’t be negative.

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Character Types: The Introvert

Story Empire

Hey SE Readers. Joan with you today. This is the fourth in a series of posts about character types. Most are from my personal observations or public knowledge of well-known people. The other posts are The Attention Seeker, The “I Can Top That” Person, and The Know it All.

My mom used to say, “Be careful of the silent type.” At the time, I was seeing a boy who was somewhat introverted and soft-spoken. Coupled with my extreme shyness at the time, you can imagine how that went. But that’s another story.

I’m an introvert. I think that is a characteristic of many writers. I need alone time, but I don’t want total isolation. At the start of last year’s pandemic, I worked from home for five weeks. I hated it. Getting back to the office and my coworkers was a huge boost to my morale.

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WARNING to WRITERS: You Won’t See This New Publishing Scam Coming – by Anne R. Allen…

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Yes, I’ve already written a warning to writers about publishing scams this month. But I heard about a new, diabolical one only a few days ago. This can affect both traditionally published and indie authors. And everybody needs to help spread the word.

That’s because the author won’t know it’s happening. Readers need to alert them before it’s too late.

I first discovered this scam through the blog of New Zealand author Maureen Crisp. It’s worth subscribing to her blog, Craic-er. She has all the latest publishing news from around the world.

This scam can affect any author who uses Facebook. If you’re not on Facebook, you’re safe from this one. (But read on. I have another warning to writers of a scam that targets all authors.)

For those of us who have “Author page” on Facebook, these scammers can be deadly.

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Medieval Scribes Discouraged Theft of Manuscripts by Adding Curses Threatening Death & Damnation to Their Pages – on Open Culture site…

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I’ve concluded that one shouldn’t lend a book unless one is prepared to part with it for good. But most books are fairly easy to replace. Not so in the Middle Ages, when every manuscript counted as one of a kind. Theft was often on the minds of the scribes who copied and illustrated books, a laborious task requiring literal hours of blood, sweat and tears each day.

Scribal copying took place “only by natural light — candles were too big a risk to the books,” Sarah Laskow writes at Atlas Obscura. Bent over double, scribes could not let their attention wander. The art, one scribe complained, “extinguishes the light from the eyes, it bends the back, it crushes the viscera and the ribs, it brings forth pain to the kidneys, and weariness to the whole body.”

The results deserved high security, and Medieval monks “did not hesitate to…

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