Guestpost: J. Mark Boliek “Read to Write”

Today we welcome author J. Mark Boliek of Durham, NC to these pages. Mark is a Durham native and fellow NC Writers’ Network member. His book, Mahogany Door is now available through Split Rail Books and in his guestpost, Mark talks about something that’s...

Faking It Book Review

Book Review Faking It by Elisa Lorello My rating: 4 of 5 stars What happens when an uptight writing professor and an escort become friends? In Faking It, a romantic comedy novel, Andrea meets Devin and finds out! Thirty-four year old professor Andi Cutrone is...

Queen’s Pawn Book Review

The Queen’s Pawn by Christy English My rating: 4 of 5 stars In her first novel, The Queen’s Pawn (Penguin Group, 2010) North Carolina native Christy English brings a pivotal, yet largely unknown historical woman to life. English introduces readers to the bright...

How Poetry Can Make You Write Better

Is your novel suffering from bloat? Have your words lost their bouncy and lean touch? Tired of the lumpiness in your paragraphs? Fear not, reading poetry can improve your writing and get you back on the smooth writing track. We tell each other poetry to make sense of...

Ten Reasons You Should You Hire an Editor

If you’re serious about publication, you’ll need to hire an editor before you send your manuscript off to agents. I’m directing this post mainly to fiction writers who want to be traditionally published, but this information also applies to nonfiction or who are...
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