Author Archives: Janine Savage



Janine Savage

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Divas Rec: Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing by Kristen Lamb

Divas Recommend: Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction by Kristen Lamb   When I read this article, I fell it love with it and had to share it with everyone. If you are an author navigating the world of writing and self-editing, you’ve got to read this Kristen Lamb’s article, “Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction.” The six easy tips address some of the...

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25 Sep 2014
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Penned Con 2014

Penned Con St. Louis 2014   This weekend the Divas all met in St. Louis, Missouri for the first annual Penned Con, an event for writers, readers, editors, stalkers, and book lovers. We had a wonderful time connecting with the authors. The convention offered many wonderful and informative panels and workshops. Best-selling author, Jasinda Wilder, was the keynote speaker, and Smashwords founder, Mark Coker, held...

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15 Sep 2014
in Articles, Diva Chat

Writing Tropes

Being editors, the Divas notice writing tropes, whether it’s in the manuscripts we edit or the books we read. I asked each of the Divas to write a bit about their least favorite writing tropes and why they don’t like them. Please keep in mind that these are the personal preferences of the Divas. There will be just as many readers, authors, and editors out...

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10 Sep 2014
in Articles, Commonly Confused

Because and Since

Because and Since   You’re probably wondering why I’m writing an article about two words that can be used interchangeably most of the time. Well, that’s because it’s most of the time and not all of the time. There are some instances where these two beauties cannot be swapped one for the other and it simply has to do with the use. When because and since are...

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02 Sep 2014
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Divas Rec: 8 Ways For Self-Published Authors to Rise Above Their Fear of Metadata

Divas Recommend: 8 Ways For Self-Published Authors to Rise Above Their Fear of Metadata by Beth Bacon   Today’s Divas Recommend is “8 Ways For Self-Published Authors to Rise Above Their Fear of Metadata” by Beth Bacon from the Digital Book World website. For some self-published authors, understanding metadata may be the equivalent of understanding quantum physics. And if you do understand quantum physics, you...

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28 Aug 2014
in Articles, On Writing

It Takes a Village to Publish a Book

Divas on Writing: It Takes a Village to Publish a Book   I read an article the other day that suggested that authors could publish a book without hiring an editor simply by asking their readers to catch their mistakes for them. Interesting concept, if the only errors in the book are simple typos. But what if the story has issues with the plot, pacing,...

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18 Aug 2014
in Articles, Diva Chat

Diva Chat: Kindle Unlimited

Diva Chat: Kindle Unlimited   With the start of Amazon’s new program Kindle Unlimited, I asked the Divas to weigh-in on the pros and cons. For those not in the know, Amazon rolled out Kindle Unlimited, a subscription e-book service. For $9.99 a month, subscribers receive unlimited access to participating e-books and audiobooks listed on Amazon.   I asked the Divas to answer the following...

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13 Aug 2014
in Articles, Commonly Confused

That’s All Well and Good

Quick Tips: That’s All Well and Good   Well and good are two words that seem to be used interchangeably with increasing frequency as of late. Either that, or I’m starting to succumb to the elementary school English spoken on the playground when I substitute at recess. So what better way to combat this than with an article to clearly define their proper use. 🙂 There...

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05 Aug 2014
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Divas Rec: Building a Killer Email List by Nick Stephenson

Divas Recommend: Building a Killer Email List by Nick Stephenson   By show of virtual hands, how many of you have an e-mail list and know how to grow and use it? I mean, really use it? Wow, so not very many. 😉 Have I got an article for you! In my never ending search for ways to do things better, I came across Nick...

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31 Jul 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Character Voice

Divas on Writing: Character Voice   Do all your characters sound the same, use the same catch phrases, the same endearments? Is everyone snarky, timid or formal? Developing a distinctive voice for each character takes work. But if it’s done right, it can add depth to your characters and layers to your story. There are many things that can influence the way people sound, and...

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21 Jul 2014
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