JB’S JOURNAL FOR AUTHORS

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KEY INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS PUBLISHING THIS YEAR

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

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PUBLISHING PATHS: TWENTY-EIGHTEEN by Jane Friedman

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EDITOR’ S COMMENT:  Jane Friedman is a definitive source for all matters of publishing. I encourage authors to download her 2018 Key Book Publishing paths. If download is not preferable, she has pasted the full text into the post. If publishing in 2018 is on the radar, this is a must read.

HOW TO EVALUATE SMALL PUBLISHERS–PLUS DIGITAL-ONLY PRESSES AND HYBRIDS by Jane Friedman

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FEATURED ARTICLE

2018 Release

SEO FOR AUTHORS-PART ONE AND SEO FOR AUTHORS-PART TWO by Dave Chesson from The Book Designer

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  SEO has become an essential tool for authors to create traffic for their website. There is a wealth of information in the two articles including the power of SEO, optimizing author platforms, SEO for book basics, and applying SEO findings. Outstanding information

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

2018 Release

EIGHT COMMON PACING PROBLEMS by September C. Fawkes

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EDITOR’S COMMENT The author notes a number of pacing problems  including not enough potential conflicts, no hooks or subtext, the readers learn the ending before the characters. Another point is misunderstanding the interests of the reader.

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DIVE DEEP INTO DIALOGUE by Lori Freeland from Writers in the Storm

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: A number of important points are raised in the post including avoiding contractions, unclear punctuation, and not knowing who is speaking. One point caught my eye, name calling. People seldom use the person’s name when speaking to them. To clarify who is speaking, authors have to use the other speaker’s name in a conversation. “I don’t agree with you” vs “I don’t agree with you, Bob.”

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2019 Release

HOW TO WRITE A THRILLER NOVEL by Joslyn Chase from The Write Practice

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Earlier, we highlighted the post on how to write a mystery novel. Today, it is a thriller novel’s turn. Joslyn covers the ingredients of a successful thriller including a devastating crime, revealing the stakes, and the balance of power, The examples of opening paragraphs are outstanding.

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 BONUS

HOW TO INTERTWINE PLOT, CHARACTER, AND THEME IN EVERY SCENE by K. M. Weiland from Helping Writers Becoming Authors

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  The post gets into the weeds on the premise of integrating the three elements into a scene.. For example plot and character works when external and internal conflicts must drive each other. There is also a discussion of the theme on the scene level.

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SECOND PAGE

HOW TO MAKE YOUR SENTENCES MORE DESCRIPTIVE by Jordan Conrad by Live Write Thrive

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BOOK MARKETING: FIVE WAYS TO SPICE UP YOUR AMAZON BOOK PAGES by Joanna Penn from The Creative Penn

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THE EFFICIENT AUTHOR’S CHEAT SHEET FOR CREATING SUSPENSE AND TENSION by Tiffany Yates Martin from Writers in the Storm

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AN EASY GUIDE TO CRAFTING FICTIONAL CULTURES by Kristen Kieffer from Well-Storied

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HOW TO OPEN A QUICK REFERENCE WINDOW IN SCRIVENER IN ONE STEP from April DaVila Storyteller

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HOW TO LIST YOUR PUBLISHING CREDITS IN A QUERY LETTER by Nathan Bradford

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