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Bologna Book Fair Impressions

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Bologna Book Fair 2016

I’ve just returned from an amazing first-time trip to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Here are some of the amazing and inspiring impressions of both the city and the book fair experience.

Road Testing a Story Mock-Up

This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series Community

Road testing my story mock-up revealed the story’s strengths and weaknesses – all of it unexpected. Here’s what I discovered and what might help you, too.

How to Get Great Book Reviews: 5 Ways

This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series Book Promotion

Getting book reviews is really important in promoting your books. But how do you get them? Here are 5 solid ways to get great book reviews, even if you are self-published. Includes honest review sources.

Story and Real Life Merge

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series Community

This is what happened to me this morning, a happy accident that made me smile because it’s proof that story and real life merge – they really do. About the strange-and-wonderful sensation of seeing a whimsical storybook come to life right in front of your eyes.

How to Write a Great Ending

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series PLOT writing

Find out how to write a great ending to your story. This isn’t just about plot, it’s about feelings. What we feel is quite different from what the hero feels.

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