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Words With a Flourish
C.J.R.
Watkins

The transition from using a pen in forming beautiful calligraphic letters to using a keyboard in composing a beautiful story is not as difficult as one might imagine. Not because they aren’t entirely different endeavors, but because the desired effects are, in many respects, the same.

Smashwords CEO Mark Coker’s business depends on being able to determine the ups and downs, the changes and the successes in the publishing market.  As a result, he has become surprisingly adept, and often prophetically correct, at gauging what the future holds in this ever-changing industry.

Lowering the Boom
Maggie
Wells

Baby boomers are influencing almost every facet of our economy—including publishing. Readers tend to fall for heroes or heroines whose trials and triumphs reflect their own. And so, the logic would follow that Romance writers—and publishers in general—would want to, uh, tap that, right? Well…maybe. Eventually. The industry is a little slow to come around.

I recently had the supreme pleasure of crossing something off my author bucket list when I pitched my novel to some heavy-hitting Hollywood producers as a great concept for a feature film.This opportunity blew past my desk like a tornado one day, and in my never-say-never optimism, I got myself an invitation to the pitching party and was on a plane three days later.Although the event was called

EVERYONE is a Character!
Barbara
Venkataraman

I used to be so careful. After all, every How-To book on the art of writing provides the same advice—don't base your fictional characters on real people. While it's okay to borrow a trait or a habit or a quirk, you should never borrow the entire personality or persona—at least according to the experts. It only leads to trouble and who wants trouble?Thus were born my composite people. I was Dr.

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