Tag: authors

Amazon to pay Kindle authors only for pages read – Telegraph Special

It looks like Amazon is at it again. With a tag line of Books people want to read, what do you think of Amazon’s new plan to pay self-published Kindle authors (those who use their KDP program) only for the pages their readers actually read? What’s even scarier? What else is Amazon tracking and how deep does it go when they know how much of the book a...

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Divas Recommend: 7 Deadly Sins of Worldbuilding by Charlie Jane Anders A few weeks ago I had a discussion with my siblings about the importance of worldbuilding. We discussed many of the mistakes first-time authors make with their worldbuilding and how it can have an adverse effect on the book and derail the entire story. Sometimes worldbuilding takes center stage and eclipses the characters and...

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Articles / On Writing

Top 10 Grammar Pet Peeves   As an editor, I find that most people feel compelled to apologize to me when they have typos in their messages or use incorrect grammar around me. I usually try to reassure people that I’m not secretly editing them… mostly. I admit there are a few grammar goofs that will always catch my attention. These are the ones I have a...

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Writing Exercises

Featured Writing Exercises & Prompts   Welcome to the Write Divas Featured Writing Exercises & Prompts! This week’s writing exercise involves description. In what unique way will you do the following: Write a scene where your character is describing snow to someone who’s never experienced it before. We hope you enjoy this feature and feel free to share the results of your hard work. ~...

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Writing Prompts

Featured Writing Prompts   Welcome to the Write Divas Featured Writing Prompts / Exercises! We wanted to give our readers a weekly writing prompt or exercise to hone their writing skills over the weekend. We hope you enjoy this feature. Feel free to share your creations or the results of your hard work. ~ The Divas      

On Editing

Divas On Editing: Content Edit   What is a content edit? A content edit of a manuscript is an edit that focuses strongly on story, plot, inconsistencies, character development, structure, pacing, and flow. Although grammar and punctuation are also part of the process, a large effort is placed on the creative elements instead of the technical ones. The primary goal is to edit with a...

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For my Twelve Days of Christmas, I decided to list my twelve favorite books of 2013. In no particular order, they are:   Favorite Young Adult book (even though I’m a grownup) – The Guardians by T.M. Franklin   ~oOo~ Favorite book that made me cry – Where We Fell by Amber L. Johnson   ~oOo~ Favorite Short Story (NOT set in an elevator) –...

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Diva Chat

National Write a Novel Month (NaNoWriMo) is starting in a few days. Are you ready to take the challenge? A few years ago two of my friends made the commitment to NaNoWriMo, and they asked me to join them. My workload at the time was too heavy, and I had to decline, but I did support them. One friend successfully completed her novel and the...

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Kathie's Corner

Series or Serial? What’s the difference? Quite often an author will call their books a series.  But sometimes they’re wrong because, in fact, it’s a serial. What is a serial? Think comic book. Think fan fiction. Think soap opera. There is a place on a person’s kindle for this kind of book. Soap operas wouldn’t run for decades if people weren’t watching them. I don’t...

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