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Book Signings Are Your Best Friend

Article posted by Nina Davies with the permission of Cheryl Kaye Tardif. So you've written a book, had it published and you are now facing the dreaded book signing or book launch. Your palms sweat at the thought of facing droves of people and actually having to talk to them. You are a writer, not

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Creating A Character Wall

Article posted by Nina Davies with the permission of Cheryl Kaye Tardif. For any great novelist, defining your cast of intriguing characters is the key to the success of your story. So how do you maintain the image of your characters -- both their physical attributes and their personality? It's easy! Build a Character Wall,

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Creating An Internet Identity - For Authors

Article posted by Nina Davies with the permission of Cheryl Kaye Tardif. October to December is usually the busiest season for anyone wishing to promote their books. This is the time to schedule book signings at bookstores, readings at libraries and cafes, and it's also the time to fork out advertising dollars. Books don't sell

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Belief Goes A Long Way For A Writer

Article posted by Nina Davies with the permission of Cheryl Kaye Tardif. During a recent discussion in one of my writer's groups, the topic of book signings, marketing, shyness and belief came up. Some authors expressed that they find signings or sales to be difficult, 'embarrassing', nerve wracking experiences. They don't like them or don't

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A Murder Wall For Crime Novelists

Article posted by Nina Davies with the permission of Cheryl Kaye Tardif. A Murder Wall is a vital tool for crime novelists. Imagine trying to write a story without knowing your suspects or their possible motives. For any great crime novelist, your job is to treat your novel like a police investigation, following the clues

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Writing Dialogue That Speaks Volumes

Fiction is made up of two main structural elements: narrative and dialogue. Narrative is the description of what’s happening--the describing of characters, settings, moods and actions. Dialogue is either spoken or thought. * Spoken dialogue, often referred to as external dialogue (or verbal, active or impassive dialogue), is always easy to spot. Just look for

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