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Twins representing commonly confused homophones

6 Commonly Confused Homophones

If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to get your proofreaders and editor on your case with a vengeance, it’s falling prey to homophone confusion. Homophones are words that sound alike when you’re speaking out loud but have different spellings and completely different definitions. It might seem, to some, like a small thing – but using […]

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Greek God statue: Dodging the Deus Ex Machina

Dodging the Deus Ex Machina

The phrase deus ex machina is one that you’ve likely encountered throughout your literary travels. Latin for god from the machine, it describes an unexpected and sudden event which saves a hopeless situation. Allegedly, the phrase’s roots go all the way back to ancient Greece, where many a play would see an actor lowered from […]

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AutoCrit Author Jeffrey Whittam

AutoCrit Author Spotlight: Jeffrey Whittam

At AutoCrit, we’re extremely proud – and consider ourselves blessed – to have such a huge range of authors that make us their first choice for self-editing. From romance, to sci-fi, high fantasy, young adult, horror, grimdark and beyond, the diverse styles we’re alerted to every day is a constant source of wonder. Amongst those […]

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10 Tips for How to Write Romance

10 Steamy Tips for Writing the Perfect Romance Novel

It’s undeniable that romance is a hot topic (no pun intended). The genre shows no signs of slowing down, with romance novels continuing to dominate every other genre within the self-publishing and ebook sphere. At its heart, almost every romance novel is about the relationship between two people.  There will be minor characters and extras […]

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What’s the Score – The Next Always

It’s time to give the AutoCrit treatment to another popular name in the industry, and this time, we’re diving into one of the world’s biggest-selling genres – romance! One of Amazon’s top five authors in the romantic fiction category, Nora Roberts has written over 200 novels, and enjoyed immense success and a passionate fan base […]

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Judged by Its Cover: Dean Samed Talks Cover Art and Entrepreneurship

Referred to as “the UK’s most prolific genre cover artist” by DIYPhotography, illustrator and digital artist Dean Samed has never been one to shy away from a challenge. Responsible for art that has accompanied books by Stephen King, Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft, and Graham Masterton, Samed thoroughly appreciates the importance of cover art in the […]

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Making minor characters matter when writing your book

Making Minor Characters Matter

Any novel could potentially contain a cast of hundreds. Most of the important action, however, will only involve the protagonist and a few other major characters. But just because minor characters aren’t taking up the limelight, it doesn’t mean you have license to make them bland and unmemorable. On the other side of that coin, […]

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