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O Captain, My Captain: Romance in Pirate Booty

Jack Brightside Pirate Booty

O Captain, My Captain: Romance in <em>Pirate Booty</em>

By Jack Brightside For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved historical romance novels. My friend in high school was my hookup, and we traded them like illicit material. Her grandma had nothing to live for and spent her whole check at the Goodwill, buying secondhand copies. I read everything, and I mean everything. I read copies so beat up that the covers had fallen off. There was no genre that I would turn down. I went through southern belles, pirates, regencies, modern setting, scifi romance, CIA stuff, medieval, you name it. Trash bags full. Once, my boyfriend’s mom...

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Just Getting the Words Out: Otherline Road

Mary Ogle Otherline Road

Just Getting the Words Out: Otherline Road

By Mary Ogle The year I turned forty-eight I decided to become a writer. It was a considered and deliberate decision, not a whim or impulse. I was creative in other ways – I’m a painter and digital artist and I make my living by commercial illustration and designing websites. But I was restless, feeling I was treading a path so worn my head was disappearing below the ruts. I flailed, seeking doorways, searching for exit signs, but encountered only mirrors. I found myself considering a long hidden reflection. I gazed into the troubled eyes of a lonely twelve-year-old in...

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How to Disagree With Your Editor

Atlin Merrick Publishing Reference

How to Disagree With Your Editor

We don't start off knowing this stuff. When my first books were published I knew nothing about anything. Do I have to make every change the editor asks for? Can they do it if I don't agree? Will they hate me if I disagree? No, no, and no. Edits to Your Beloved Manuscript Every writer is edited. All of us. Oh sure, maybe not the famous ones, but you've read a later work of a superstar, the stuff no editor touches because the writer's too powerful? Yeah, well then you've seen how those books too often needed help they didn't...

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How to Set Up Your Own Website for Free – Or Almost Free

Atlin Merrick Book Promotion Publishing Reference

How to Set Up Your Own Website for Free – Or Almost Free

Got a book? Then you want to be online to help promote it, whether that's Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or a website. While you can stick to social media-only for promotion, if you decide to create a website – a good long-term investment in your writing self – here are a few ideas on how to do it for free or for cheap. Tumblr For the Win – Maybe The cheapest and easiest way to create a website is to start with Tumblr –  if you're already using it. Something you already know will make the process easier, and a benefit...

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Quick Book Promotion Don'ts: What Not to Do After You're Published

Book Promotion Publishing Reference

Quick Book Promotion Don'ts: What Not to Do After You're Published

There are a lot of things to do to help promote your book – and here are 11 book promo ideas – but there are a few things you want to not do, including: Don't create a Goodreads page for your book Goodreads is owned by Amazon, and once your book is listed there by your publisher, Amazon automatically generates a Goodreads page for your book. So if you create one before Amazon you will end up with two pages. If you have no book page after a few days or a week after your book is out (it sometimes gets...

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