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Another Great First Line: A Dance with Dragons

Here’s another great first line. This one’s from George R R Martin’s A Dance with Dragons. The night was rank with the smell of men. Related Posts:First Lines of Novels: Some Great Ones to Inspire YouFirst Lines Draw the Reader In: Make Them Great

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Book Editors: Are They Needed?

Do you need an editor? Yes, you do. Here are some of the reasons why writers think they don’t need editors: They are so in love with their own writing they cannot bear the thought of someone suggesting that every word, comma, dash and ellipsis is not perfect. They think spell check and that squiggly […]

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Indexes for Novels – Fact or Fiction?

A number of years ago (actually 24 years ago!), I called for publishers to experiment by adding an index to a novel. Certainly War & Peace could have used at least a character index. While some novels include a Table of Contents listing the various chapters in the book, I’ve never seen one with an […]

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Advice to Authors: Designing Your Book as Sales Aids

The following are a few of the book design tips I shared with authors in the old Chapter 7 of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books: Tip #1: Don’t insist on your own cover design for your books. Rely on the judgment of your publishers. Your publishers are far more likely to be in tune […]

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