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Episode 006 – Chat with Michelle DeRusha

Our guest on Book Chats today is Michelle DeRusha. We will be chatting about her difficult choice of leaving the publishing industry after several books. Sometimes the cost of success…

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Writer’s Block and Writing Hygiene

In the medical world, hygiene provides the conditions and practices that make good health possible. By analogy, Writing Hygiene would be the conditions and practices that make good writing possible.

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Episode 005 – Chat With Katja Kaine the Creator of the Novel Factory

We welcome Katja Kaine to Book Chats. She is the creator of The Novel Factory Software and the author of The Novel Writing Roadmap. If you are a writer and…

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My Personal Favorite Middle Grade Novels and Books – Part 1

The Magic of Middle Grade Novels Middle Schoolers are creatures that live half in the world of fairy and half in brutal reality. They are living through a time of…

Book Chats – Episode 004

I discovered Richard Fairbairn last Winter. I have an insatiable appetite for reading material, so I was trolling Smashwords looking for something in the New Releases. I clicked on Beyond…

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1979/80: The Greatest Year of Reading Ever

I Don’t Wanna Go to Mississippi My family moved from Southern Virginia to Jackson, Mississippi in the summer after my 7th grade year. I was pretty upset to be leaving…

Book Chats – Episode 003 – Selling to a Publisher and the Editing Process

We welcome David C. Innes as our guest this week on Book Chats. David will tell us how he sold two books to P & R Publishing, and what the…

Episode 2 – Becoming an Author with Mellanie Rourke

Book Chats – Episode 002 – Becoming an Author We welcome Mellanie Rourke as our guest this week on Book Chats. Mellanie will give us insight into what it is…

20 Great Cozy Mysteries You Need to Befriend

Cozy Mysteries are one of the most popular genres. Readers can’t get enough of moms, bakers, grannies, and housewives solving a murder or two. Writers churn them out by the thousands each year. Readers devour them.

In the publishing world, I liken the Cozy to the modern sitcom. They are supposed to be fun and should be binged, frequently and often. They should occasionally make you stop and think.

Ultimate List of Great Books That Made Great Movies

Is there anything more controversial than turning a book into a movie? You are almost guaranteed to lose the super fans of the book in conversion from book form to…