What Authors Can Learn from Box Office Bombs

It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a small city to make a movie. Directors, actors, producers, cameramen, extras, set designers, costume designers...when you go see Avengers Endgame in a couple of weeks and you’re sitting through the credits waiting for that post-credit scene, try to keep track of how many people …

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Plagiarism and You – How to Respond When You are Plagiarized

I pretty much exclusively write, and pay attention to, genre fiction. I’m a proud resident of Genretopia, and don’t look outside of my own little subset very often. However, today when I hopped on Twitter, I came across #copypastecris, and discovered that someone had committed the absolute worst crime possible for writers over in Romanceland. …

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When Plot Holes Don’t Matter

The sheriff’s intervention comes under the heading of what we have discussed many times before: “Why don’t they go to the police?” I’ve always replied, “They don’t go to the police because it’s dull.” -Alfred Hitchcock, Hitchcock by Truffaut: The Definitive Study of Alfred Hitchcock This quote is from a 1965 interview of Alfred Hitchcock, …

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How to Go Broke While Writing (A Satirical Approach to Financial Advice)

Doing a rerun post this week, the first part of my favorite series of posts so far. You can find part two here and part three here. --- When I first decided I wanted to become a serious author, I’ll freely admit I lost myself for a time in dreams of money and financial independence …

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The First Words – Some of the Best Opening Lines in Fiction

Have you ever read a book that hooked you completely from the very first sentence? On the recommendation of Amanda Cade, I started reading Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor, and I was absolutely drawn in from the opening line - which don’t worry, I’ll share in a moment. It grabbed me from the very …

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