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Building Your Author Brand on Social Media: From Zero to Hero

Building Your Author Brand on Social Media: From Zero to Hero

Social media isn’t a new fad in marketing. Gone are the days when having a platform was optional for authors. Today, it’s an absolute necessity, whether self-published or traditionally published. In fact, having an established social media presence is now a crucial factor when it comes to securing representation or publishing deals. But where to even begin? With so many platforms to choose from and endless ways to use them,...

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March Featured Author - Beth Revis

March Featured Author - Beth Revis

Welcome to Scribbler’s author spotlight series — an interview with our subscription box‘s monthly author! Each month, we’ll interview the author of our featured book to help you learn a little more about them and their writing process. This month’s spotlight was Beth Revis. 1. “Pantser” or “Plotter?” A mix! I start with a chart that I designed myself over years of practice that hits the major plot beats. Sometimes I add...

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Avoiding "Practical Action" Sentences

Avoiding "Practical Action" Sentences

One way you can up your writing game is to challenge yourself to look for and eliminate the vast majority of “practical action” sentences in your prose. I’m referring to those functional movements your characters make to accomplish basic tasks. Things like coming downstairs in the morning or walking across the kitchen. The underlined sentence below is an example: Ethan left the party at straight up ten o’clock and bolted...

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Rolling With the Punches: How to Deal with Rejection

Rolling With the Punches: How to Deal with Rejection

I’ve never been less inclined to share my credentials, given the subject of this article, but I do believe it to be necessary at the outset, so here we go.  I am an actor who’s been pressing at the walls of the entertainment industry, trying to find a door, a window, a crack–anything–for almost twenty years. I am a writer who started writing her first novel in 2009 and finished...

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The Momma Writer

The Momma Writer

Whenever someone asks what I “do” for a living, it always takes me a second to reply. Do I roll with the simple “I’m a stay-at-home-mom” line? I mean it’s true, I do watch my daughter full time while my husband works and I wouldn’t trade that privilege for the world (tantrums, messes, and all). But being a SAHM isn’t the full story. The truth is, I’m also a writer,...

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February Romantic Scene Contest Winner

February Romantic Scene Contest Winner

One of the prizes for February’s contest was the winner’s submission posted on our blog. We’re so excited to share Brenda Morrell‘s winning piece! It was full of heart, love, sadness, and beyond relatable. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Jennie knew two things. Tonight was the night, and nothing mattered after. Her youngest daughters were already there to help to make every detail perfect for her...

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A Quick Explanation of "In Medias Res"

A Quick Explanation of "In Medias Res"

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make when writing a novel is where to begin. Of course your story really begins well before page one, with all the events that made your world what it is and with all the experiences that made your characters who they are. But when we’re talking about page one, we need to pinpoint where our written story, our plot, is going to begin. You’ll often...

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February Featured Author

February Featured Author

Welcome to Scribbler’s author spotlight series — an interview with our subscription box‘s monthly author! Each month, we’ll interview the author of our featured book to help you learn a little more about them and their writing process. This month’s spotlight was Amy Andrews. 1. “Pantser” or “Plotter?” Little bit of A, little bit of B. There are things I know when I start a book because it’s usually been ruminating for...

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