Improving your craft: Writing a smart opening

Today in our ongoing series, Improving your craft, we're going to talk a little bit about your novel's opening. How many times have you gone to Amazon to check out an advertised book, launched the Look Inside feature, and then walked away without buying? Probably more...

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Improving your craft: how to get started

So let's say that you want to publish a book. How can you ensure that your readers won't want to put your book down? Well, today, we'd like to talk a little bit about stakes. Good books raise the stakes. Whether romance, historical fiction, thriller, or even YA, every...

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Improving your craft

Happy New Year! PageCurl has big plans this year. We're going to be revamping our website a bit to speed it up, take on more clients, and hopefully publish at least four or five new authors! Do you want to be one of them? That's right, we're taking submissions now!...

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Should you join NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo? Is that some new dance move? No. National Novel Writing Month is the annual event that brings writers together to attempt to write a novel (or at least 50,000 words of one) in the month of November. Both of the PageCurl founders have done NaNo multiple...

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So you've got a bad review

Reviews. Authors need them. They crave them. Agonize over them. Even beg for them. But while a good review can boost your confidence into the stratosphere, a bad one can send you into a tailspin. So what's an author to do with a bad review? Well, we've got a few...

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Social Media for Authors: Dos and Don'ts

We spend a lot of time on social media. After all, it's one of the best ways to connect with readers, fans, and clients. With how many authors and readers we see in a given day, we've compiled quite the list of best practices: what works, what doesn't, and what's just...

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All about Amazon and the recent KDP Select changes

Okay, folks. There's a lot of confusion out there (and a fair bit of outrage) over the recently announced and implemented changes to KDP Select borrow payments. Well, we're here to answer some of your questions. Let's go over the basics, shall we? In mid-June, Amazon...

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Words Have Meaning

I just had to deliver some bad news to a client. No names will pass these lips, and no plot will be detailed. So don't even ask. But I'm going to talk about this particular event in general terms, because it's an important lesson that all authors need to learn. Words...

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Editing 101: Outlining

  Today, we're going to introduce you to a friend. Well, two friends. One of our friends, and one of your new best friends. Our friend is Ally Bishop of Upgrade Your Story. Your new best friend is outlining. Authors tend to fall into one of two camps. Plotters or...

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What's your editor thinking? We've got the inside scoop.

Have you ever wondered what editors really think? What goes through their minds when they edit your manuscripts? Well, now you can find out. The wonderful Ally Bishop, of Upgrade Your Story, and the illustrious Patricia D. Eddy, of PageCurl, spend an hour together...

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Get realistic about reviews

Straight talk. Reviews are a measure of an author's success. Now, they aren't the only measure of success. Not in the least. But, particularly for new authors, they are a tangible thing to track, to obsess over, and to panic about. So we wanted to give you the REAL...

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Editing Tips

We've been doing a lot of editing lately, both for ourselves and for our fabulous authors. Because we've been doing so much editing, we've compiled a list of our top five editing tips to make your writing shine. Tip #1 Unless you're in dialog, your characters...

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Editing 101: Snappy dialog and those pesky dialog tags

For today's Editing 101 post, we'd like to take a few minutes to talk to you about dialog and dialog tags. Dialog is a necessity, but did you know that not all lines of dialog need a tag? Do you know all of the dialog tag rules? Don't worry if you don't. That's what...

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Publishing 101: Timelines

One of the most common questions we're asked is this: How long will it take to edit, format, and publish my book? Unfortunately, there isn't one answer to that question, but in this post we'll try to give you a general idea of how long each stage takes. We recommend...

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Self-Publishing 101: Kindle Unlimited

Another day, another treatise on Kindle Unlimited. Is that what you're thinking? We wouldn't blame you. But we're here to provide our perspective on this controversial program in the hopes that if you're considering it, you'll be able to make an informed decision....

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Editing 101: How should you pick an editor?

Today on the Editing 101 series, we're going to talk a little bit about how you, the author, should go about selecting a good editor. This is a hot button topic for us because a few months ago, we took on a new client. This client had a book professionally edited and...

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Editing 101: Passive Voice

One of the mistakes we see most often with new authors is the use of passive voice. So what is passive voice? How can you tell if you're using passive voice? How can you fix it? Let's examine a couple of sentences. You are loved. She was saved. I am taken. All of...

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Editing 101: Hiring a pro on a budget

We'll be honest with you. We're hoping you read this post and immediately send us an email to hire us for editing. But editing isn't cheap. So, if you're a new author, just starting out, should you hire an editor? Short answer? Yes. Absolutely. Longer answer: We...

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Self-Publishing 101: Know your genres

Genre is defined as a category of artistic expression. Books, movies, and music all have genres. When you write your bestselling novel (they're all going to be bestsellers, right?), you'll need to specify its genre when you're querying or when you're self-publishing....

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Editing 101: Smiling and laughing and sighing, oh my!

Today we're going to talk about one of the most common mistakes new writers make: using smiling, laughing, and sighing as their characters' most common affectations. Think about the last interaction you had with another person. Assuming it was a positive one, how many...

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Cover Design 101: Dress up that book!

Let's be honest. How many times have you walked through a bookstore or browsed through Amazon and passed by a book because the cover design didn't speak to you? The book's cover is the first thing the reader sees. It's got to grab his or her attention and be an...

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Editing 101: Reading your work out loud

Here at PageCurl, we believe that every author needs an editor. Patricia, our Founding Editorial Director, has fifteen years of editing experience and her own editor routinely finds mistakes that she can't even believe. It doesn't matter how much of a grammar ninja...

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Self-Publishing 101: Smashwords

Today we're talking about one of (in our opinion) the most under-appreciated and valuable self-publishing sites out there. Smashwords. Now, there are two main things you should know about Smashwords. They publish everything. If you've written some hard core erotica...

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Editing 101: I saw, I felt, I heard, I knew

One of the reasons PageCurl sprang into existence, besides a truly staggering amount of coffee, was because Samantha and Patricia wanted to help other authors out there succeed. Sure, we'd love it if you'd hire us for all of your editing, marketing, and cover design...

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Self-Publishing 101: Choose Your Platform

At PageCurl, we take the scary out of publishing. Part of how we do that is by helping you understand all of the various decisions you'll need to make to take your book from manuscript to publication. Today let's talk platforms. The main publishing platforms are...

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