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Advantages to Self-Publishing
I have published fiction through traditional royalties-paying publishers, and I have self-published fiction and nonfiction with the Amazon.com Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program. Both experiences have been good overall while having their pros and cons.

Antihero in The Devil She Knows
The Devil She Knows by Bill Loehfelm is a fast-paced, absorbing crime thriller, and a lot of fun to read. But more than that, it will teach you how to write a good antihero.

Beware the Mary Sue Character
The Mary Sue character reads like a too-perfect version of the author. With no faults, she has no depth or complexity, and therefore no story worth caring about. She drags down the strongest plot, but if you know her characteristics, you can transform her into someone real on the rewrite.

Check out the Website DoesTheDogDie.com
The website DoesTheDogDie.com lists movies with succinct information on whether the plot of each requires an animal to be harmed or die. This enables the soft-hearted to avoid such movies. I wish there were an equivalent website for fiction books.

Dangling Participle Phrases Annoy the Readers
Dangling participle phrases are the most common grammatical mistake that I see in published fiction nowadays. Because they contain several words, they stick out like blight on the landscape. But now you can learn what a participle phrase is and how to use it correctly.

Describe an Awkward First Date
Take the following text writing prompt: Describe AN awkward first date. Notice how it does not say, Describe YOUR most awkward first date. The secret to a successful text prompt is to make the wording a bit loose and open-ended so you are not limited to your own experiences

Different Sample Blurbs for Star Wars
Your blurb should introduce the hero, his world, and his big problem without revealing major plot points. Use word choice and writing style to convey the story's genre and overall feel. Here are five examples of blurbs for Star Wars written as a space opera, a comedy, a romance, and a thriller.

Gay Romance Genre Fiction
The gay romance genre is a subset of the romance fiction genre. If you want to write in the genre, or you are just curious to check it out as a reader, here are some book recommendations to get you started.

Good Luck Changing That Author Bio
When you write your author bio for the first time just before your book gets published, you might be so overwhelmed with excitement or exhaustion that you dash off a paragraph without giving it sufficient thought. But you may regret this later when your bio proves hard to change.

Hook The Readers Through Character Emotion
If you are writing a novel that feels flat and boring, you will need to rewrite to go deeper into what is at stake for your viewpoint character. The stronger his emotion, the more interesting the story. We readers can all relate to needing something.

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