Pen to Pen: Write Sex Scenes that Sizzle with Elizabeth Lister

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Just like it takes practice to get good at sex, it also takes practice to get good at writing about it. Award-winning romance author Elizabeth Lister is here to pass on what she’s learned and to help you draw from your own experiences when writing about this crucial part of a character’s story. … Read more

Piracy Alert: Seller Stealing Books on KissLibrary.com

KissLibrary.com users have been using the site to sell pirated ebooks, including romance and erotica titles. Fortunately, KissLibrary.com’s owners have been good about getting infringing content removed. Authors and publishers, read on to learn how to make sure your books aren’t being pirated on the site. … Read more

Pen to Pen: Write Blurbs that Sell More Books with Clare London

I’ve been working on blurbs for some upcoming releases these past couple weeks, so the topic of this week’s Pen to Pen post by gay-romance writer Clare London has been fresh on my mind. She’s got some great tips for luring in new readers with the power of your words. And since you’re a writer, isn’t that what you were born to do? … Read more

Pen to Pen: Audiobook Creation for Indie Authors with Isobel Starling

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This week in Pen to Pen, romance author Isobel Starling stops by to advise independent authors on publishing and marketing audiobooks using ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange), a platform developed by Amazon and Audible.com. She’s got a lot of information, so she’ll have two columns this week. Today’s, “Using ACX: Audiobook Creation for Indie Authors” is on creating your audiobook and paying for a narrator. On Thursday, she’ll be back with some great promotional tips in “Marketing Your Audiobook.” … Read more

Pen to Pen: Matching Character Dialogue to Age with Ginna Wilkerson

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I spent last week revising a young adult story that had been lazing around on my hard drive, so the topic of this week’s Pen to Pen column by Ginna Wilkerson has been on my mind. Wilkerson recently published the young adult urban fantasy Buried Secrets, for which she had to reacquaint herself with the ways that teens talk—not only now, but also three centuries ago. Read her advice and try out the easy-to-follow checklist. … Read more

Pen to Pen: Editing your first chapter with Annetta Ribken

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Developmental editing takes a look at the big picture, rather than the nitty-gritty of word choice and grammar. It’s the first type of editing any story should go through. Annetta offers great advice on specific things to ask yourself and where to start: your first chapter.

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Pen to Pen: Selling your Special with Sonni de Soto

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Guest author Sonni de Soto argues that the key to success is to publishing success is emphasizing what makes you different. Sell based on what makes you special. Your stories are one-of-a-kind, and that’s what readers are looking for. … Read more