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Anticipation and Uncertainty—Lessons From TV Sports

August 10, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Take a lesson from Olympic TV coverage and interest your readers in your characters and the ordeals they undergo. Make readers care about characters and a story’s outcome.

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Entertain the Reader

June 5, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Entertain the reader by telling a good story. Make readers want to read what you write.

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Remember Your Readers (Excerpt #5)—Launch Week Festivities*

March 16, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Excerpt from The Magic of Fiction—Keep the Reader in Mind

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Engage Readers—Feed Them Tasty Fiction

February 1, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Treat readers the way a chef treats his favorite customers—give them the good stuff, prepared with their tastes in mind. Make each story, beginning to end, a tasty one.

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Lessons from the Movies—The Force Awakens

December 18, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Take a lesson from a review of the newest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens—give readers more than the expected.

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Drive, Passion, and Creativity

September 16, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

The last couple of articles I’ve written have focused on grammar and punctuation. On rules. And while learning rules is important, sometimes we need to focus on other writing concerns. Sometimes we need to immerse ourselves in the power of our passions. Just recently I was dramatically reminded of this need once again. PBS stations in the […]

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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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