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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 »

Warren Adler

The Many Facets of Love

Pub Date: Mar 1, 2017 | Columnist: Warren Adler, Bestselling Author

From romantic love to deadly love, Warren Adler covers the whole spectrum of relationships in his repertoire of 50+ works of fiction, including his most famous tale of love gone wrong, “The War of the Roses.” Aspiring writers can learn from his approaches to love.     Devastating Love Vivienne Thompson and Edward Davis are in Read more »

Is Amazon Kindle Cheating Self-Published Authors?

Pub Date: Feb 2, 2017 | Columnist: Doris Booth

Five crafty tactics Amazon uses to lure unsuspecting authors 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, and up goes your book to Amazon’s vast online audience. After all, presumably they own 60 or 70% of the Read more »

Penny Fletcher

Add Some Stanislavski to Perk Up Your Scenes

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

Add Some Stanislavski to Perk Up Your Scenes By Columnist Penny Fletcher February 2017 As the writer of more than 12,000 news stories, columns, short stories and six books, I’ve relied on the Stanislavski acting method for fiction and nonfiction all my life. I just didn’t realize I was doing it until I started teaching Read more »

Warren Adler

7 Details to Consider When Writing Historical Fiction

Pub Date: Feb 1, 2017 | Columnist: Bestselling Author Warren Adler

I’ve always considered myself a history buff and have written quite a few historical fiction novels requiring exhaustive amounts of research. Creating believable historical fiction means getting facts straight and making sure that your research and imaginative input inspires the most plausible, complex plots and characters you can possibly bring to life. Here I lay Read more »

5 Types Of Heroes Everyone Loves

Pub Date: Jan 1, 2017 | Columnist: By Jennie Evenson, reprinted with permission from ScreenwritingU Magazine.

 by Jennie Evenson  Ideas For Crafting (Or Improving) Your Heroes Writers rarely stop to categorize the many different variations of characters out there. But categories can be useful if you are at the conception stage and unsure which way to go, or stuck in the middle of draft and wondering what your hero ought to Read more »

Warren Adler

The Top Five Literary Investigators You Should Know

Pub Date: Jan 1, 2017 | Columnist: Warren Adler, Bestselling Author

Posted by Warren Adler As a prolific writer of more than fifty novels, I’ve been inspired by many mystery writers, from Georges Simenon to Agatha Christie, who’ve created indelible detectives that every mystery lover should know. These writers constructed complex, nuanced, and intelligent investigators who have influenced my own Fiona Fitzgerald mysteries series and standalone Read more »