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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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Genre-Hopping Your Way Out Of The Midlist

The Midlist. You know where that is, don't you? Technically, the midlist is the well-stuffed section of a publisher's catalog full of books written by authors who are neither debut nor bestsellers. For new writers of commercial genre fiction, most especially in romance, this is a clear and well-defined destination. No longer a newbie, a

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Miniseries: Maximum Payback

Benefits of a Miniseries: * Each book is promo for other books. * Creative opportunities to hook readers on upcoming characters and/or enjoy "epilogue" style moments for previous characters. * The longer length of a series gives you room to explore deeper backstories with characters as their conflicts build over several books. * Promoting a

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Put A Little Laugh In Your Heart

"I wish I could do that!" "Were you funny as a child?" "Where do you come up with your ideas?" I hear those comments every time someone learns I write romantic comedies. These are my stock answers: You can, if you put your mind to it. No, but I grew up in a household filled

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Split Personalities

How to write for two genres and/or two publishers and/or two editors and keep your voice, your writing style and your sanity! On how to be true to yourself as a writer and the line/publisher you write for. Carly's contribution to RWA 2004 Workshop with Pamela Britton, Leslie Kelly and Harlequin Executive Senior Editor Brenda

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Unraveling The Complexities of Romantic Suspense

Romantic suspense is one of the hottest subgenres in the market today and shows no sign of slowing. The subgenre is broad and encompasses a lot of different styles of writing, and one of the first questions that new writers ask is what exactly qualifies as ‘romantic suspense?’ In my opinion, a romantic suspense is

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