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Real Writers Never Write Anything In All Small Letters – by Derek Haines…

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on Just Publishing Advice:

youre not a writer if you write in all small letters

i get a lot of emails and messages from writers and authors

i also get book submissions along with book descriptions

but i get so annoyed when i get them written in all lower case letters with little or no punctuation

its not only lazy its impolite

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Summer #Sale – Phase Two – #Free Books in July

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Now that the posts for the books that are reduced in price are nearly full… it is time to set up some posts for those of you who have FREE books during July. Personally I prefer to encourage sales of books rather than giving them away. But, it does help generate some reviews, and it can act as a promotion for a new book that is coming soon.

It also is a way to reactivate older books that might now be overlooked and if you can get even one or two new reviews it does help revive interest in them and your other books.

That being said.. I am an indie author so am not part of the various programmes on Amazon.. but one of my books will be FREE from this Saturday for a week… you will need to email me to let me know if you would like…

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How to Intertwine Plot, Character, and Theme in Every Scene – by K.M. Weiland…

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on Helping Writers Become Authors:

If plot, character, and theme are the foundational underpinnings of story itself, then they must be present in every scene as well, right?

But that gets tricky.

How can you make surethese elements are doing their job in every scene?

And if they’re not present in every scene, does that necessarily mean the scene is problematic?

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15 Ways to Make Your Characters Suffer (for the Good of Your Novel) – by Ali Luke…

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on Aliventures site:

Do your characters suffer enough?

Even if you’re writing a light and fluffy romance, at some point, someone in your novel is going to need to get hurt.

I’m not suggesting all-out graphic torture here, obviously – unless that suits your genre. Suffering comes in a lot of different forms – and I’m going to go through a bunch of those in a moment.

In general, making characters suffer should do at least one, ideally both, of these:

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Claire Fullerton, Judy Penz Sheluk and Darlene Foster

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Welcome to the Friday Cafe and Bookstore update with more recent reviews to share for the authors on the shelves.

The first author is Claire Fullerton, whose book Mourning Dove, I reviewed last week. I am not the only one who is enjoying the story set in the rich and inclusive Memphis.

About the book

“An accurate and heart-wrenching picture of the sensibilities of the American South.” Kirkus Book Reviews

The heart has a home when it has an ally.

If Millie Crossan doesn’t know anything else, she knows this one truth simply because her brother Finley grew up beside her. Charismatic Finley, eighteen months her senior, becomes Millie’s guide when their mother Posey leaves their father and moves her children from Minnesota to Memphis shortly after Millie’s tenth birthday.

Memphis is a world foreign to Millie and Finley. This is the 1970s Memphis, the genteel world…

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So You Think Social Media Won’t Sell Your Books? – by Frances Caballo…

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on Social Media Just for Writers:

Every indie author hears the message, “You have to use social media to sell your books.”

But is it true?

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Social Media for Authors: Quick Tips to Get It Right – by Kimberley Grabas…

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on Your Writer Platform:

No matter how difficult it proves to be to get your ideas and stories down on paper, it’s more often the promotional aspects of “being a writer” that become the biggest obstacles for today’s author.

In the following post, professional writer, Jessica Fender, shares a bit of her struggle in “getting the book out there”, as well as her suggestions on how to effectively use social media channels to engage readers and build relationships you’ll leverage for this, and every book you write.

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