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So Your Friend Is an Author…

Great tips for people who are friends with authors!

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Amazing, Isn’t It?

Yes. It is.

How many authors do you actually know?

Now your friend is one.

The key word there is friend.

This was your friend before. Becoming an author doesn’t change that.

Sure, you can tease your friend about this, if your relationship ordinarily involves teasing.

But your friendship is based on more than just teasing:

  • You support one another. Even if one of you writes a book.
  • You’re honest with one another. Even if you think the book isn’t quite, well, you know.
  • You know each other well. How to get on one another’s nerves. How to put things gently. So you can figure out the right way to share honest feedback.
  • You motivate one another. So in addition to honest feedback, you’ll provide encouragement, motivation, and direction.

Your friend wrote a book. That’s a huge accomplishment. Treat it as such.

There are some things you…

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Review of The Thin Places by Laura K. Cowan

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Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism

 

The Thin Places by Laura K. Cowan is a collection of supernatural short stories. The stories include many different kinds of fantasy, ranging from stories where reality is fluid, changing before the character’s eyes, to stories of dreams that influence the waking world, to stories where characters cross the veil. The stories in this collection have a running theme of hope and healing. The characters discover that the natural world contains more than what we normally see, and it’s through this understanding that the characters can change their world and heal.

 

The Thin Places is one of the best collections of short stories I’ve read. Each story held me fascinated, and I felt like I was on a mystical journey with the characters. Laura’s writing flows so well that I could easily imagine the supernatural overlaying the natural as she created it in these stories. I loved how some of the stories left the reader to decide what was real and what was illusion. Laura does an excellent job of creating a world for her characters where anything is possible, and her writing persuades readers that this magic can be found in their own life, if only they choose to see it.

 

The Thin Places is available here.

 

For more information about this talented author, please visit:

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http://laurakcowan.com

 

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10 Types of Blog Posts for Writers to Increase Traffic

Good blogging post tips!

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waterfall Here’s what you need.

If you’re blog is floundering with a small trickle of traffic, here’s some tips to help crack the Internet faucet open more. We don’t want trickles and streams, we want rivers, to have our content shared and read.

And that brings us to readability. Are your articles optimized for the average internet user? Are your posts easy to share? Do they encourage interaction, and attract the momentary attention of skimmers?

Those questions are key to ask before publishing to your blog.

Here are ten types of blog posts for aspiring authors, poets, and writers that will help boost your blog in the right direction.

1. How-to/tutorial posts

This one provides information on how to perform a specific task, or reach a goal. How many of you have Googled how to do something you simply didn’t know how to? Videos and images that provide information on accomplishing…

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