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Warren Adler

Test of a True Novelist By Warren Adler, Bestselling Novelist

Pub Date: Jul 1, 2017 | Columnist: Warren Adler Bestselling Novelist

  Dear Readers, There’s been a recent wave of letters from fans on my forum sharing their struggles in getting their work published. My first novel was published when I was 46, so I know a thing or two about being a late bloomer. The first thing to remember is that it is never too Read more »

Penny Fletcher

Maximize Your Income by Recycling Your Work

Pub Date: Jul 1, 2017 | Columnist: Penny Fletcher

  Maximize Your Income by Recycling Your Work By Columnist Penny Fletcher July 2017 Having worked for newspapers for almost 40 years while moonlighting for national magazines as varied as True Story, Today’s Christian Woman, and Gulf Coast Fisherman, I amassed a stack of clips even though I only saved award-winners or those on subjects Read more »

Warren Adler

Audiobooks for Those With Little Time to Read

Pub Date: Jun 3, 2017 | Columnist: Warren Adler

Audiobooks for Those With Little Time to Read For those who lead busy, active, frenetic lives and who have little leisure time to read and immerse themselves deeply in an audiobook offers an opportunity to fill any “down” moments without missing out on an art form that offers so much to those who know the Read more »

Penny Fletcher

What’s the Difference Between Writing a Sex Scene and Porn?

Pub Date: Jun 1, 2017 | Columnist: Penny Fletcher

  What’s the Difference Between Writing a Sex Scene and Porn? By Columnist Penny Fletcher June 2017   Back in the day, the movie Pillow Talk created quite a stir because Doris Day and Rock Hudson were seen getting into the same bed and turning out the light. Until that movie, which I saw in the 1960s, Read more »

Penny Fletcher

Plot is a Verb

Pub Date: May 1, 2017 | Columnist: Penny Fletcher

  Plot is a Verb An exclusive Authorlink interview By Columnist Penny Fletcher May 2017 “When I think of plot, I first ask myself what’s the concept of, or “idea behind” my story. “ —FLETCHER Both authors and readers tend to talk about “plot” as if it were an object, like an item in a Read more »

When Should You Show Your Memoir to Family or Friends?

Pub Date: May 1, 2017 | Columnist: Lisa Dale Norton, Book Editor, Speaker, Author

Reprinted May 1, 2017, from Lisa Dale Norton’s blog   Never. At least not while you are working on it. That is what my gut tells me to say to you, but then I know better. I know you seek approval. I know you want your loved ones to see your hard work. You want Read more »

Warren Adler Chats With Kirkus About Self Publishing

Pub Date: May 1, 2017 | Columnist: Warren Adler

An excerpt from KIRKUS REVIEWSRead the full Kirkus interview  By 1997, when he was 70, Warren Adler had already released 27 novels and had 12 of them optioned for film adaptations, including the blockbuster The War of the Roses (1981) and Private Lies (1991). Despite this incredible success, Adler became frustrated with the practices of Read more »

Penny Fletcher

A Great Lead is Like Opening a Door

Pub Date: Apr 1, 2017 | Columnist: Penny Fletcher

  A Great Lead is Like Opening a Door An exclusive Authorlink interview By Columnist Penny Fletcher April 2017 “Good lead sentences come in all shapes and sizes. One size does not fit all. “ —FLETCHER For example, in nonfiction- including newspaper and magazine work- a quick summary of what the story is about may Read more »

Five Cautionary Points to Ponder Before Publishing on Amazon

Pub Date: Mar 9, 2017 | Columnist: Doris Booth

So, you are about to self-publish a book in e-book or print-on-demand format. It seems like a no-brainer to sign an exclusive contract with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and up goes your book to Amazon’s vast online audience. After all, presumably they own 60 or 70% of the e-book market. This super rich company Read more »

Penny Fletcher

Developing Strong Characters is Like Playing the Game of “Clue”

Pub Date: Mar 1, 2017 | Columnist: Penny Fletcher

Developing Strong Characters is Like Playing the Game of “Clue” An exclusive Authorlink interview By Columnist Penny Fletcher March 2017       “If your characters have a purpose and move towards it, you know you’re off to a good  start. “ —FLETCHER Most writers know they need three things to call their words a story Read more »