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Melodee's Rules for Authors — Number Nineteen

Number Nineteen Between The Quotes, Grammar Doesn’t Count I’m a Grammar Nazi. I admit that freely and fully. Bad grammar—and other associated issues like slang, syntax errors, and all the rest—drive me absolutely bonkers. Ask my kids. But the simple fact of the matter is that between the quotes—that is to say, in dialog—grammar doesn’t …

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THWT Question for 18 FEB 2020

Today’s Two Hundred Word Tuesday question is: Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? Keep Loving!

Melodee's Rules for Authors — Number Eighteen

Number Eighteen Never Listen To English Majors…Most Aren’t Published The short version of this is that an English major knows a lot about the English language, like how to build a proper sentence, but by and large, they don’t know jack-shit about how to write a book people want to pay for and read. Now, …

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Melodee's Rules for Authors — Number Seventeen

Number Seventeen Family Comes First…Most Of The Time Family is very important, and there is no denying that. In your day-to-day life, no matter what your occupation is, family should come first. But, just like if you’re a firefighter, police officer, military member, banker, lawyer, machinist, bus driver, or flipping burgers at the local fast …

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Melodee's Rules for Authors — Number Sixteen

Number Sixteen Good Books Take Time This is an important rule and it applies 100% of the time. The question is, “How much time?” Well, that part gets a little fuzzy. The real answer is that a good book takes as much time as it needs. Not a moment less, and not a second longer. …

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Two Hundred Word Tuesday Question

The THWT Question for 28 JAN 2020 is: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Keep Loving!

Where I've Been…

Hello, All! Yes, I know it’s been nearly a year since I more or less vanished from the world of online presence, but I’m back now! I think all of you deserve at least a cursory overview of where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to the last 11-ish months, so here goes… The …

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Fifteen

Number Fifteen Agents Only Care If Your Current Book Sells Also see Rule Number Fourteen. Just like publishers, traditional agents only care about your current book. That’s all. On the other hand, a representative cares about all of your books—past, current, and future—and about you as a professional in order to reach their goals. It …

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THWT Question for 19 FEB 2019

Here is the Two Hundred Word Tuesday question for today: How long does it take you to write a book? Keep Loving!

Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number Fourteen

Number Fourteen Publishers Do Not Care If You Succeed This is a sad fact of the publishing industry. What the publishers care about—and the ONLY thing they care about—is if your latest release succeeds. There are a few publishers who worry about your backlist sales success (see Rule Number Seven) because backlist sales can make …

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