35+ Literary Devices and Terms That Everyone Should Know

Whether you’re a writer, reader, student, or all of the above, it’s important to know how literary devices work. For writers, strong device usage can elevate prose from meager to magnificent. For readers, they can provide a greater understanding of the text. And for students, knowing a few literary devices …

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30 Rhetorical Devices — And How to Use Them

Rhetorical devices (also known as stylistic devices, persuasive devices, or simply rhetoric) are techniques or language used to convey a point or convince an audience. And they’re used by everyone: politicians, businesspeople, even your favorite novelists. You may already know some of these devices, such as similes and metaphors. Others, maybe not …

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12 Book Marketing Mistakes to Ban in 2019

For many authors, selling a book is even harder than writing it. But whether you’re self- or traditionally published, learning to market and sell your work is a key factor in author success. In this post, our co-founder Ricardo Fayet shares the 12 most common marketing mistakes he’s observed in the …

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What is Urban Fantasy? Definition and Examples

Urban fantasy is perhaps one of the most exciting subgenre fantasies right now. From werewolves in Manhattan to gnomes in suburban gardens, it is a major part of the movement that is re-defining “fantasy” in the 21st-century. But what is urban fantasy exactly — and where can you go to read more of it? …

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9 Common Types of Fantasy Characters (With Examples)

When you think of fantasy, your mind might drift to enchanted settings and the magical systems that govern them. And while it’s hard not to marvel at the brand-new worlds that authors are able to conjure, it’s the people and creatures that inhabit those worlds who claim readers’ emotional investment. …

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How to Self-Publish a Book: 7 Simple Steps to Success

Learning how to publish a book and getting your ideas into the world is easier than it’s ever been. There is a wealth of knowledge available online, shared by authors who have developed proven techniques for selling more books. There are also a number of ways new authors can access professional …

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11 Popular Romance Tropes — and How to Make Them New Again

“And they lived happily ever after.” This line alone should give you an idea that this article is talking about the romance genre. And while a Happily Ever After is really a non-optional feature of the genre, authors can choose to incorporate romance tropes to provide readers with instantly recognizable markers that help …

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How to Write a Romance Novel

Romance novels have always captured our hearts — they contain the intrigue, intimacy, and basic human drama that all readers love. And while it was once a “shameful” genre read mostly in secret, romance today is having a huge moment, with mega-popular books like Outlander and Crazy Rich Asians even being adapted for film …

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What is the Best Service for Print on Demand Books?

When it comes to determining what how best to print your self-published book, there’s no easy answer. Most indie authors will prefer the flexibility of print-on-demand solutions over the upfront cost of offset printing, but even then there are lots of other factors to consider: the type of book you’re printing, …

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READ THIS Before You Enroll in KDP Select!

We get it: writing a book requires a lot of your time, effort, and money. Taking a book from inception to completion is intense work, and by the time you’re ready to publish you might find yourself referring to your manuscript as “my baby.” Of all the big decisions you …

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