A rose by any other name is still a warmonger.

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Three more 5-star reviews for The Visitor.

Here are the highlights from this week’s featured reader reviews of The Visitor:

1). “Had me hooked from the start . . . . The ending was spectacular.”

2). “An excellent short story that captures your imagination . . . . Well done.”

3). “This is a great story that makes you think . . . . I can’t wait for the next story.”


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The worst ways to begin your novel.

imageThe Write Life blog has featured some handy tips on how not to begin your novel, from an article entitled: The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel.

No one reads more prospective novel beginnings than literary agents.

They’re the ones on the front lines, sifting through inboxes and slush piles. And they can tell us which Chapter One approaches are overused and cliché, as well as which writing techniques just plain don’t work when you’re writing a book.

Below, find a smattering of feedback from experienced literary agents on what they hate to see in the first pages of a writer’s submission. Consider it a guide on how to start a novel. Avoid these problems and tighten your submission!

Continue reading here.