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How To Write Compelling Back Cover Copy New!

How To Write Compelling Back Cover Copy Two things entice a reader to pick up your book. First, it is the book cover that catches their eye and immediately after seeing that, they flip to the back of the book for the back cover copy. Generally speaking,...

How To Write A Synopsis For Your Novel New!

How To Write A Synopsis For Your Novel First things first, we are talking about the synopsis here and not the back cover sales copy. A synopsis is what your agent, editor or publisher will ask for if they want to see what happens in your...

5 Great Books to Research Your Historical Fiction: 1940s New!

Historical fiction is a great way to capture an era, whether it is the elegant Victorian era or the swinging pace and sizzle of the Jazz era. Unlike contemporary novels or even fantasy, where all a writer needs is their imagination, historical fiction requires meticulous...

Why “Bang, Bang, You’re Dead!” Just Doesn’t Cut It Anymore New!

As a writer of murder mysteries and suspense, I’m a huge fan of modern-day police procedural shows like Elementary, Bones, Forever, the CSI franchise, and the NCIS franchise. All of the shows are somewhat predictable in that there’s a crime – usually involving a murder or two – and the police and/or...

5 Great Books to Research Your Historical Fiction: 1930's New!

Historical fiction is a great way to capture an era, whether it is the elegant Victorian era or the swinging pace and sizzle of the Jazz era. Unlike contemporary novels or even fantasy where all a writer needs is their imagination, historical fiction requires meticulous...

Essential Writing Tips for Aspiring Authors – Tips That Help You Write Better (Part 2) New!

Aspiring authors have a lot of things to consider before they can even start writing. Although there are no sets of rules that new writers can follow, there are tips from seasoned authors who have decades of successful writing experience and their advice is always worth...

Essential Writing Tips for Aspiring Authors – Tips That Help You Write Better (Part 1) New!

There is a reason why F. Scott Fitzgerald said, "All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath." There are no rights and wrongs when you write; every writer has their own expression, their own style and their own reasons to write. No...

Witches in Horror: The Macabre of Magic New!

Even before the European Trials, witches have remained a mysterious force of nature hidden within our imaginations. With blood sacrifices, familiars, and hexes at their disposal, the witch has remained a staple of the horror genre. Even with authors such as J.K. Rowling, Kami Garcia,...

Tips for writing survival horror New!

Some of us have read about humans being hunted for game, a zombie apocalypse or two, or even a government from a faraway planet gone awry. Whether it be a group of people struggling to survive in an unknown environment, or an individual fighting against...

Why Children Are Used in Horror New!

Whenever we think of kids, or even teenagers, we don’t think of murderers or monsters (not usually anyway). We might reminisce about when we were young, swept up in the follies of youth and young love. We might even try to relive our dreams through them,...