JB’S JOURNAL FOR AUTHORS

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INSIDE THE ARENA OF A WRITER AND FAMILY

JB’s Journal for Authors is a bi-weekly newsletter dedicated to the authors who never has enough time and is crushed by information. The journal highlights important information to help authors sell books.

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A WELL-DESERVED EXPRESSION OF GRATITUDE by Jeanne Kisacky from Writer Unboxed

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: I have avoided posts relating to the emotional side of the writing experience. Feel-good articles are subjective to the author. HOWEVER, this post was too good to pass up. In a nutshell, this post is a must read for any author working their talent inside the arena of their family and friends.

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2018 RELEASE

 FINDING THE NOVEL OUTLINING PROCESS THAT WORKS FOR YOU by Kristen Kieffer from Well-Storied

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Kristen offers her thoughts on creating an outline that works. She discusses the Synopsis and In-Depth outlines along with the Snowflake and Bookend methods. You would think Kristen has completed her assignment on the issue. Authors are in for a treat with her adding three tips for outlining a novel.

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2018 RELEASE

BETTER BOOK DESCRIPTION IN THREE EASY STEPS by Sue Coletta from Killzoneblog

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: When you consider the volume of new books published each day, I believe authors may face the toughest competition of any endeavor. Sue points out a critical point to level the playing field. A killer book description. Check out the last hook in Step One. Wow!

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FICTION WRITERS: THE DEFINITION AND CRITERIA OF CONCEPT by Larry Brooks from Storyfix

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  This is an interesting post worthy of a read. Simply put, having a concept for a story is not the road to a successful novel. Concept PLUS premise is what agents look for in a submission. Larry offers criteria to help explain his post. Good stuff.

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 BONUS

 2019 Release

IS IT BECOMING EASIER TO GET PUBLISHED? by Brian Feinblum fromBookMarketingBuzzBlog

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Brian gives a good discussion on the effort to snag a traditional publisher and self-publishing. The post is helpful for any author struggling on which road to travel for literary success. Brian raised a statistic that surprised me. Traditional publishers published one thousand books a day each day of the year. The estimate is Indies double that number.

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HOW SHOULD A CHARACTER SAY NOTHING? by James Scott Bell from Killzoneblog

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  Okay, I admit it. I have not read much of Lee Child. I should have. I’m a thriller writer. Apparently Lee writes often that “Reacher said nothing.” James Bell offers some alternatives to Lee Child’s approach.

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WHY BLOG: FROM THE WRITER WHO SAID GOODBYE TO BLOGGING by L.L. Barkat from Jane Friedman

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Blogging is not a new subject on the Journal. This post is a bit different in that the author quit blogging only to return. For those of you who blog, this post may be of interest to you.

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FOUR WAYS TO CREATE YOUR AUTHOR PERSONA by Donna Galanti from Writers in the Storm

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Donna offers some useful points on how to create an author persona. What I found particularly helpful was examples of rookie mistakes.

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FIVE QUICK WAYS TO SHIFT DESCRIPTION AND SETTING INTO DEEP POV by Lisa Hall-Wilson from Writers in the Storm

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BOOK PROMOTION: DO THIS, NOT THAT by Amy Collins from The Book Designer

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HAVE YOU CONSIDERED SYNDICATING YOUR BLOGS by Kathy Edens from ProWritingAid

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