Spotting Hybrid Authors in the Wild

Here's a link to a blog post I wrote for Digital Book World about hybrid authors and expanding your delivery options while keeping story at the heart of your craft! http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2017/hybrid-authors-spotting-one-in-the-wild/

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Why Grammar Matters

There's an old joke that most of us have probably heard at some point, and it goes something like this: "Today I met a man with a wooden leg named Smith!" "So what's the name of his other leg?" Misplaced modifiers often lead to unintentional humor. And my...

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Tips to Use Your Five Senses When Writing

Guest post by Terry Persun We all know the old adage, show don't tell, and including sensory detail from our five senses helps us drop the reader into our story world.  Here are some tips to consider for your next project. Sight The most often used sense when writing...

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Bid on Critiques to Benefit the ACLU

It's our Agencyversary! Happy birthday, Fuse Literary! *confetti cannon* That means it's also time for our annual charity benefit. Last year, we donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The year before, we donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society....

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Children’s Book Categories

Recently I have seen some confusion about what is a picture book vs a chapter book (don't chapter books have pictures too?) and what is a middle grade title. Obviously there are some gray areas, and some titles that cross genres. But I thought I'd do a post on the...

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Finding Balance

Whether you're a supporter of the new president and administration or not, you can't deny they're causing a lot of chaos and anxiety. It's hard to keep up with the crazy coming out of Washington. Waking up every day and facing headlines and social media full of the...

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Writing by Hand

After a stint in journalism for daily and weekly newspapers, I spent more than 20 years in and around the high tech industry, so I am very comfortable with computers. I use them in nearly every aspect of my life. Writing on a keyboard is my preferred method for its...

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Congratulations to the 2017 SFWC Contest Finalists!

I'm a fan of reputable writing contests because I see them as a milestone on a writer's career path. Imagine what it must feel like to finally put your book idea on a page (or 350 pages) and then show that work to strangers. Frightening! Exhilarating! That exposure is...

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Writing Captivating, Complex Characters

I read a lot of fiction. A lot. And what keeps me turning the page, besides a well-plotted and -paced story, is a character I'm invested in. Not necessarily because I like him or her--I think we've all read books where we hate characters--but because I need to know...

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