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Why You Should Find an Editor BEFORE You Start Writing

If you’re an independent spirit like me, you might feel like: You should “already know how to write a book.” Asking for help before you’ve completed a first draft means you’re “not a real writer.” You might think that “real authors don’t need help.” I totally...

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The Pros and Cons of Using a Pen Name

Let’s face it: Putting a book into the world can be a vulnerable thing. You’re putting your words…your story…your ideas…dare I say your heart, right out there. And if you’re lucky and do your job right, people are going to read it! And judge it! And most...

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[VIDEO] What the Best Memoirs Have in Common

More than half the authors we work with at kn literary arts are writing their own stories. Whether for their heart, their art, or in hopes of becoming a bestseller. Life is asking for their experience to make it to the page and into the world. Alas, too often these...

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Quick Start Guide to Building Your Author Platform

As an aspiring author, there is (no joke) so much you could be doing at any given moment. But perhaps nothing is as freaky-scary-frustrating to new authors as the concept of building a platform. Your “platform” is the audience that’s ready and waiting to buy your book...

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[VIDEO] Why Done Is Not Good Enough for a Book

Not long ago a friend told me she had someone she wanted to introduce me to. Let’s call this person Cathy. Cathy, my friend told me, had just published a book! As an editor, I’m intimately aware of how much time, effort and energy it takes to cross the threshold from...

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How to Tell Your Story (Even If Mom Won’t Like It)

This weekend, we in North America are celebrating Mother’s Day. I think it’s a fairly normal thing to have complicated feels toward our mamas. We love them with all we have, but they are human, too. It's a part of life. But the mother-child relationship can be...

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The Worst Reason to Write a Book

I have a confession to make: When I first dreamed of being an author, I wasn’t dreaming about changing my readers’ lives. I also wasn’t dreaming about what a great example I would be setting for my nieces, or how publishing my own book would make me that much more...

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Someone’s Already Used Your Title…Now What?

The fact is, over 300,000 books are published every year. As original as each of us is, we aren’t that original in certain ways. As an aspiring author, you may bump up against this lack of originality in one particular—painful—way. During the research phase that is de...

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How to Make Money Writing Books

Back in college I took a class on the great works of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Never had two more romantic figures entered my view. Starving artists just trying to find a clean, well-lighted place to write. Parisian nights and Barcelona days. Champagne and cigarettes;...

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