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Sensitive Feelings and Thick Skins by Karen McCullough

Posted by Guest at Jun 9, 2016 1:30 am in , , , ,

Early in my writing career – more years ago than I even want to think about— a wise older author warned me that if I wanted to have a career as a published author I’d need to grow a thick skin. That seemed a bit odd to me since I knew most authors were actually […]


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Keeping Mythology Fresh in a Modern Setting

Posted by Ally Broadfield at Dec 7, 2015 1:30 am in , , ,

by Ally Broadfield There’s a lot of wonderful mythology-based fiction set in modern times, especially for the middle grade and young adult markets. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, the Forgive My Fins and Oh My Gods series’ from Tera Lyn Childs, and Aimee Carter’s The Goddess Test series to name a few. How […]


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Showing Your Villains a little Love!

Posted by VampWereZombie at Oct 19, 2015 1:42 am in , ,

by Rebekah R. Ganiere How many times have you read a book, seen a movie or watched a TV Show and loved or absolutely hated the Villain? There is nothing better than a well played, well fleshed out villain who isn’t a cardboard cutout of what evil is supposed to look like. I’ve rooted for […]


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Romance Your Social Media Campaign with Pinterest

Posted by Guest at Feb 5, 2015 1:22 am in , ,

by Giulia Torre  What? You’ve never heard of Pinterest? Pinterest (like a digital bulletin board, where you can ‘pin’ what interests you) has four primary elements:  the images you pin (‘pins’) the description of your images (text that can be located in searches) a web link to the source of the image (outside of Pinterest, […]


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Searching for an Agent — What To Consider

Posted by Guest at Dec 8, 2014 1:32 am in , ,

by Diana Cosby ©2014 In today’s competitive writing market, many authors are seeking an agent, and with good reason.  Most major publishing houses accept agent-only submissions, which nearly closes the door to unagented work.  In addition, contracts are written to favor the publishing houses.  A good agent not only deciphers the legal jargon, but negotiates […]


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One month left until we ring in 2015

Posted by Nancy Lee Badger at Dec 1, 2014 1:40 am in , , ,

     Time to make a couple of New Year’s Resolutions!   FF&P is ready to help. We are offering two on-line workshops that start January 5th. Sign-up now and be ready to improve your career!   POV: Going Deep and Staying Put-An Interactive Workshop It doesn’t matter if you write first-person or third-person multiple […]

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Why Should I Care About Business? by Pepper O’Neal

Posted by Guest at Oct 23, 2014 1:07 am in , ,

I recently mentioned to an author friend that I was teaching a class on the business end of writing, and his comment was, “Why? Why would authors care about that stuff when all we want to do is write?” That’s actually a very good question, so I’ll tell you what I told him. Unfortunately, when […]


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My Publisher Made Me A Better Writer by Tami Lund

Posted by Tami Lund at Aug 25, 2014 1:17 am in , , , ,

Signing with a publisher has made me a better writer. There, I said it. Typed out the words. Posted it on this blog. It is out there in cyberspace, and I am forever beholden.  But it’s the truth, so I’m okay with it. I have read plenty of articles and blogs about working with a […]


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Research Intimidation by Donna Steele

Posted by dsteele at Aug 18, 2014 1:30 am in , , , , , ,

I have to admit I didn’t have to look far to do research for my latest work. Global warming information is in our faces right now and politics aside, something seems to be happening. I chose to go with an old virus in my civilization-ending story – it’s an entirely plausible theory, but what caught […]


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Writing Tight Editing for Impact by Diana Cosby

Posted by Guest at Aug 14, 2014 1:30 am in , , , ,

Editing is the writer’s opportunity to tighten their work to ensure each word works, each sentence counts, and each chapter supports their story and propels it forward. As with anything you do in life, your perspective makes it dull or fun.  Allow the excitement that inspired you as you wrote the rough draft to fuel […]


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