Bestseller Walter Mosley on Characterization and the Legacy of Devil in a Blue Dress

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In a conversation with WD, Easy Rawlins author Walter Mosley reflects on the passion and craft that informs his bestselling novels.

Walter Mosley is known for iconic characters. From Easy Rawlins to Leonid McGill and Fearless Jones, his heroes quickly come to life on the page in a way that draws interest and empathy from readers. Their personalities are so distinct that legions of fans line up to buy his books, eager to devour a new mystery through the evolving lens of their favorite sleuth.

“They’re all getting older,” says Mosley, referring to his cast of series protagonists. “So [in each book] it’s a differe…

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6 things every author can do to captivate an event audience

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captivate an event audience 2Today’s guest blogger, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, is an award-winning novelist, memoirist, and  public speaking coach. She shares her coaching expertise in her new book, From Page to Stage: Inspiration, Tools, and Public Speaking Tips for Writers<img id="amznPsBmPixel_3361622" style="border: none !important;margin: 0px !important;padding: 0px !important;height: 0px !important;width: 0px !important" src="https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?source=bk&t=beckwithcommu-20&bm-id=default&l=ktl&linkId=0b816969220639a79daf35da8687c459&_cb=1533255864143" alt="" width="0" height="…

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How Much Time Do You Spend Writing And How Much Time Marketing?

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Today I’m talking about a common question I get asked all the time: how much time do you spend writing and how much time on marketing?

You can watch the video below or here on YouTube, or read the transcript below.

In the video, I cover:

how to market a book third editionThe (incorrect) assumption that the job of a writer is just writing, but it has always included marketing.
Marketing generally IS writing, whether you’re blogging, prepping for a video or a podcast, or writing social media, writing text is the cornerstone of marketing.
The question implies that only the &#821…

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How Reader Profiles Can Help You Sell More Books

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Reader profiles are an author’s version of market research, and what develops from your reader profiles should help determine what book promotion strategies you’re implementing in order to sell more books.

Okay that sounds a little technical and perhaps easier said than done, but if you haven’t developed your reader profiles yet, I really need you to take this post seriously.

It will help you tremendously.

I can’t tell you how many authors I chat with about book promotion who say their book “is for everyone,” or something like, “all women between with hopes and dreams.” Another scary comment I get is, “I’m not sure.”

No book is for everyone. Learn how to build your reader profile here! via @bookgal #bookmarketing…
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Making The Most Of School Assemblies

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By BookBaby author Scott McCormick

Part two of our school assemblies series focuses on getting speaking gigs and what you can do to maximize book sales and positive promotion when you get them.

This is the second of a two-part series on school assemblies. Read part one, “Promoting Your Book (And Yourself) At A School Assembly.”

Let’s say you’ve put together a program for school assemblies that you’re happy with. Now you need to get some gigs. This post will address not only how to land assembly gigs, but also how to maximize your visits so you can have a fun assembly and sell lots of books.

Promote school assemblies on your website

Create a section on your website that is just for school visits. As I mentioned in the previous article, schools love …

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Meet the Future of Science Fiction: The Teen Scribes of the Octavia Project

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“What if?” is the question that fuels the creation of some of the best science fiction and fantasy. For writers of those genres, toying around with hypotheticals doesn’t just come naturally, the ability to imagine the as-yet unimaginable is a prerequisite. But until relatively recently, the joy of building brain-bending worlds and relating epic adventures was too often out of reach for writers of color who wanted to see their work published.

But, as the books foretold, things are changing. What if a new generation of writers was exposed to everything science fiction and fantasy had to offer? And what if they were given the tools, encouragement and opportunity to build new worlds of their own? What if?

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From Author To Screenwriter: Tips for Taking your Books to Hollywood with Huss McClain

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Most authors dream of seeing their books turned into film/TV, so millions of people can experience their worlds. In today’s show, J.A.Huss and Johnathan McClain tell the story of how they worked together to turn Julie’s books into a successful TV pitch.

From Author To ScreenwriterIn the intro, I talk about my writing progress with Valley of Dry Bones, and some tips for moving books over from Createspace to KDP Print.

Plus, I have updated all my main landing pages on writing fiction, writing non-fiction, publishing, marketing, making a living with your writing, and the author mindset. You can find …

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Editing Fiction Like a Pro: The 5 Most Common Mistakes That Bog Down Your Narrative

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The most common mistakes that bog down an otherwise flowing narrative are easy to avoid or correct when you’re editing fiction scenes. These five simple steps will make your writing soar and your readers sit up and take notice.

by Ellen Tanner Marsh

Writing is hard, even for prolific published authors, but polishing your work shouldn’t be. By focusing on the “don’t’s” of sentence structure rather than agonizing over every word until it sounds just right, you can make your prose shine.

How do I know? As a long-time freelance editor, I’ve helped countless authors whose writing skills ran the gamut from brilliant to barely literate overhaul or fine-tune their plots and characters and buff up their words. Some of these auth…

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The Three-act Structure: Formulaic or Foundational?

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By BookBaby author Dawn Field

Focusing on the three-act structure and your nine plot points can help you construct a vibrant and meaningful narrative structure and bring your story to life.

If you ask book editors what’s most often missing from the manuscripts they review, a likely answer is, “great structure.” Structure is not dry, boring stuff — it’s the substance of your story. It’s the meaning and the purpose. The detail you add brings it to life.

Narrative structure is only difficult because writing books is a complex process. If you have a great story, you’ll have great structure from the get-go. Structure is substance.

Examining structure can help when it comes time to diagnose problems with a manuscript, but it can also help imm…

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Writing Tips: How Writing A Screenplay Can Help Your Writing In General

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Over the last few years, I’ve been going to screenwriting seminars and even wrote a couple of draft screenplays myself. It’s been amazingly useful because it helps you focus on engaging the viewer. 

How Writing A Screenplay Can Help Your Writing In GeneralYou have to cut down your story to character, setting, dialogue and action, with no interior explanations that can’t be shown on screen.

I absolutely believe that studying screenwriting can help with writing novels, and in today’s article, B. O’Malley from Screenplay Readers explains why. 

It might be a to…

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