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What Happens if the President Chews Gum? Or, Editors Hate Characters That Resemble Cardboard Cutouts
By Helga Schier
As a development editor, I come across many manuscripts that introduce every character with a detailed description. The description might tell me what the character looks like, where and how he grew up, what she does for a living and prefers to eat for breakfast.

As a reader, it's hard to digest all that information at once.

The plot comes to a screeching halt, all suspension of disbelief is gone, and I realize that I'm meeting a new character in a novel.
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Autumn is Here and New Magazines Are 'Falling' as Naturally as the September Leaves
Samir Husni 'Mr. Magazine'
Fifty-nine magazines hit the ground running in September, 12 with frequency and 47 specials. From The Golf Sport for those wanting to personify the lifestyle to preparing to Be Ready for the next Katrina or Sandy, September's selections were as varied as the veins running through the autumn leaves. So have a warm apple cider and sit back and enjoy September’s awesome offerings of new launches!
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7 Reasons to Write an Entire 1st Draft Before Going Back to the Beginning
Writer's Digest
There are important benefits of writing a novel or memoir from beginning to end before going back and starting again. Here are seven of them that you should know.
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E-Books Are Changing Reading Habits
USA Today
David Delk, 47, remembers "the old days," when his extended family went on vacation carrying three or four bags filled with about 30 books and another 30 magazines. In a digital age, packing is easier.
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How To Submit To The Best American Nonrequired Reading Series
GalleyCat
The Best American Nonrequired Reading is out, collecting "the country's best fiction, journalism, essays, comics, and humor" for readers of all ages. In this article, GalleyCat collected all the information you need to submit your work to the anthology.
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Bestseller Success Stories that Started Out as Self-Published Books
The Huffington Post
You write, you rewrite, you edit, you tweak and when it's perfect, you submit. And then you get rejected. Many times, maybe by a person who didn't even read it. Rejection is painful because it instantly devalues your creation. Someone says this isn't worth publishing. Rejectees, take heart.
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Apple Appeals eBook Collusion Charges
AppNewser
Apple has filed an appeal against the verdict in its eBook pricing case. The company is hoping to overturn the judgement that it is guilty of conspiring with publishers in order to fix the prices of eBooks.
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Let's Do It
The New York Times
"Birds do it," Ella Fitzgerald sang. "Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it." Musicians have always had an easy time expressing lust. Without sex, most of Prince's work would be a John Cage-like experiment in complete silence. It's different for writers.
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Alexander Maksik on Character and Point of View
The Writer
In the process of writing his second novel, A Marker to Measure Drift, Alexander Maksik had to sift through various characters before finding Jacqueline, the Liberian refugee stranded homeless and alone in the coastal tourist towns of Greece and the anchor for his book. As Maksik moved her through her story, recording her struggle from one meal to the next, one temporary shelter to another, all the while uncovering her horrific past in a country filled with unspeakable violence, the author found himself falling in love with his creation.
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The Truth About Author Websites
Digital Book World
For some writers, the author website is a thing of pride of beauty. It's an active well of new material, a place of engagement and connection, an extension of their books, even an invitation into their writing life. It gathers email addresses, expands audience, benefits SEO, and is their personal beachhead on the Web.
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