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What Is Irony and How Should You Use it?

Many of us probably know it when we see it, but few of us can articulate what irony really is — much less identify the different types. However, it’s important for writers to understand this literary technique, as it can really add depth to your story — so long as you’re not …

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The 13 BEST Self-Publishing Companies of 2019

Deciding to self-publish your book is both exciting and nerve-wracking — on one end, you’re the master of everything. Yet there are so many choices that you, the publisher, need to make that it can be overwhelming. One such crossroads is the pivotal decision you’ll need to make when you …

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What are Sensitivity Readers? (And Should Authors Use Them?)

A conversation is raging in the writing world and it’s not about the latest Harry Potter “backstory” that J.K. Rowling revealed on Twitter. Sensitivity readers lie at the heart of the debate — and the controversy has hit such heights that it has drawn attention from media outlets ranging from Literary Hub to the New …

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How to Write Dialogue: 10 Simple Rules (Plus 5 Mistakes to Avoid!)

No matter what your genre, learning how to write dialogue effectively is a vital part of any writer’s education. Poor dialogue can make readers put your book down in disgust — but great dialogue can transform your characters into truly believable people, and your readers into satisfied customers. Of course, the best kind …

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The Complete Guide to Ebook Distribution

At Reedsy, our goal has always been to help authors through every stage of the publishing process, from the actual writing down to the marketing and promotion. However, if there’s one thing our marketplace can’t do, it’s the actual publishing of the book. By that, I mean pressing the button that puts your …

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30+ Writing Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Well… don’t try to listen to all these writing podcasts — or you’ll never get any writing done! With the massive popularity of audiobooks and podcasts, you could easily say that we’re in an era of ‘peak audio content’ — and for book fans and budding writers, there’s never been a better time to get …

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What is Proofreading? And Can You Do It Yourself?

Whether you’re a student, a mechanic, a doctor, or a professional writer, you’ve probably come across proofreading in some form or another — though you might not be aware of it. So much of the work people do these days revolves around the written word. Mistakes in their writing can …

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How to Get Book Reviews on Amazon in 5 Simple Steps

Imagine the day of your book launch. You’re sitting in front of your computer, blissfully imagining all the five-star book reviews that will soon be yours. Yet the days pass… and the reviews don’t come. Needless to say, you’ll want people to buy and read your book ASAP so they …

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Worldbuilding: the Master Guide (with Template)

“Worldbuilding” is a term you’ll hear from a lot of writers — especially when you’re talking about the science fiction and fantasy genres. Great authors can create a living, breathing environment for their stories, invite readers into another world, and make us homesick for a place we’ve never been. But for new (or not …

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