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Everybody Doesn’t Like Something . . .

July 29, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Every writer and every book gets negative reviews, whether deserved or not. A lighthearted look at reasons why some readers won’t like your fiction.

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Reader Saturation—Dealing with Changing Reader Tastes

July 2, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Even your most avid fans may hunger for a different protagonist, a different story world, or even a different genre. Consider options for when readers become saturated by elements of your stories.

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Use Beta Readers to Strengthen Your Stories

June 12, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for using beta readers to help strengthen your manuscripts before publication or submission to agents and editors.

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Readers are Smart—Respect What They Bring to Books

April 12, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Readers don’t have to write books to know a lot about them—and writers would do well to respect the reader’s knowledge and expectations.

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Don’t Explain, Don’t Explain, Don’t Explain

March 3, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Excessive and unnecessary explanations can weaken the dramatic and emotional impact of sentences. Learn why explanations are often unnecessary and annoying.

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Get Pushy—Push Character Conflict and Reader Emotion

February 7, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Lack of conflict between characters and lack of emotion-inducing scenes for readers will make stories flat, boring, and tedious. Discover why conflict and emotion are so important to fiction.

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Make Readers Care

March 17, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for making readers care about your characters and the story events at every stage of your long fiction.

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Build Toward The Story’s End

November 6, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Include anticipation in your stories to keep readers turning pages and involved with possible outcomes for your characters.

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Dig Deep and Push Harder

September 17, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A reminder to layer on the emotional hits so the reader will feel them. Use knockout lines or zingers when that works for a scene, but don’t be hesitant about pushing, about hitting the emotional button again and again.

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Reader Takeaway

May 30, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Give your readers a takeaway, something to remember you and your stories by once the book has been read.

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