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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 »

Finding Your Style

Pub Date: Jan 1, 2017 | Columnist: Columnist: William Kowalski, Bestselling Author. Reprinted from WRITING FOR FIRST-TIME NOVELISTS, Practical Thoughts on the Creative Craft. Kowalski is a bestselling author and independent publisher

I have deliberately refrained from discussing many matters of style in this book, because I feel that writing style is a highly personal and subjective issue.  Frankly, although I have found a style that works for me, I have no interest in trying to impress that upon other writers. I like to see people develop Read more »

Dealing With Rejection and Criticism

Pub Date: Dec 1, 2016 | Columnist: William Kowalski, Bestselling Author. Reprinted from WRITING FOR FIRST-TIME NOVELISTS, Practical Thoughts on the Creative Craft. Kowalski is a bestselling author and independent publisher

Let’s not beat around the bush here.  Rejection is soul-crushing.  It’s especially bad when you feel like you were rejected because you’re just not good enough, rather than because you’re not a good commercial fit. When I was looking for an agent for Eddie’s Bastard, I sent out no less than eighty different query letters Read more »

Warren Adler

Bestselling Author Warren Adler: Why I Went Indie

Pub Date: Dec 1, 2016 | Columnist: Bestselling Author Warren Adler- Reprinted from www.CrimeFictionLover.com

Today we bring you one of the America’s most enduring authors, who’s written across a range of genres from historical crime to drama and comedy. Best known for The War of the Roses, made into a film starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, he’s been an advocate of digital publishing and has published as an Read more »

Do I Need Connections to Publish?

Pub Date: Nov 1, 2016 | Columnist: William Kowalski, bestselling author

Do I Need Contacts or Connections? It seems to be a common myth that only insiders and well-connected people have a shot at being published.  The average schlub from some small midwestern town who doesn’t know anyone important and didn’t go to an Ivy League school doesn’t have a chance, they think. While it may Read more »