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Cover Crush | May

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May has arrived and so has the winter chill. We have said goodbye to summer dresses, long days filled with sunshine and the background reverberation of cicadas at night. Winter is almost here, but that’s okay, because our Member’s New Releases will keep us warm.

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The Tasting Table: The First Book

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What a delight this month to gather around the table with three new authors, each with their first published novel. Publishing my first book was a dream come true, as it is for so many of us. All the hopes, fears, joy, dread, delight, and everything else that comes with it, all wrapped up in a cover with my name on.

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Worldbuilding – not just for fantasy writers! | Sue-Ellen Pashley

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Worldbuilding is often seen as the domain of fantasy writers. But it’s so much more than just creating a fantasy world. It’s in the foundation of every story – even those set in the real world. It encompasses where we set our story in both location and time, it’s the mood of the book, the way our characters move in their setting and environment, the reason why our characters interact as they do. The world pushes on our characters and the characters push back in some way – just as we do in real life! It draws the reader in, …

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Perfecting Your Pitch & Plotting Your Story | Soraya M. Lane.

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Whether you’re a new writer starting out or an already published author, one thing you have to be good at is pitching. This is as true for someone querying agents as it is for someone already working with an editor? Why? Because pitching doesn’t stop when you sell your first or even your 30th book – trust me, I’m in the thick of writing pitches right now! I’m fortunate to be able to sell ideas at proposal stage, thanks to working with my editors for some time, but if I can’t write a good, short pitch to hook their attention, …