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How to Pitch a Book

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/e177HowtoPitchaBook.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for our intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From James Earls via aarongansky.com: Is there a rule or some kind of guideline for chapter titles. Are they necessary? I’ve seen it go both ways but I’ve never been sure with whether there was a…

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FiF’s Favorites: First Lines

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Due to technical difficulties, there will be no audio-only podcast this week. My apologies. Please be sure to watch the YouTube video below.   ASK THE AUTHOR: From Dave Fessenden via aarongansky.com: Could you address in one of your podcasts the issue of multiple story lines in a novel? I…

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FiF’s Favorites: Authors!

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/e175FIFsFavoriteAuthors.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From James Earls via aarongansky.com: How many times do you go over one page before you say that’s enough? Is it possible to go so far that you ruin or lose part of your story? AARON:…

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Through the Editor’s Eyes–What Editors Look For

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/e174throughtheeditorseyes.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! ASK THE AUTHOR: Bill Giovannetti via Facebook: Have you ever written yourself into a blind alley? How do you get out of it? AARON: This is another way of saying “have you written yourself into a corner?” My answer…

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What’s in a Name? Choosing Character Names

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/e173WhatsinaNameChoosingCharacterNames.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From James Earls via aarongansky.com: When is it too long in laying down your writing to the point you have lost a bit of it? Do you scrap it & start over, or try to pick…

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Cleaning up Clutter and Cliches

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/e172CleaningupClichesandClutter.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: Darion Wells via Twitter: How do you remain so ridiculously awesome with a family, a full time career, and a writer’s responsibilities? AARON: Pops, I assume this question is for you. *Pause for laughter.* I’ve actually…

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Story Bibles

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/e171StoryBibles.mp3 Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music!   ASK THE AUTHOR: From Curt Croel via Facebook: How do your families influence your writing? AARON: Good question! We can take this a couple of different ways: 1) In what ways do the people in your family influence the…

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Managing Multiple Projects

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/e170ManagingMultipleProjects.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! ASK THE AUTHOR: Bill Giovanenetti via Facebook: What are some do’s and don’ts with backstory? AARON: I’ve heard that backstory should be avoided at all costs. I think this is a newer, trendier “rule” bandied about by industry professionals….

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Habits of Highly Successful Writers

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/e169HabitsofHighlySuccessfulWriters.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for our intro and outro music NEW BI-WEEKLY FORMAT. Firsts in Fiction will now cast every other week as opposed to every week. Our next cast will be on January 17th, 2016. ASK THE AUTHOR: From Dennis Lee Bates Jr. via Facebook: What is a…

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Kill Your Darlings

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/e168EditingKillYourDarlings.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From lanie Peterson via aarongansky.com: What’s the best way to promote your book–press releases, book signings, a party (a book signing and potluck dinner)? AARON: This is an excellent question. To keep it simple, the answer…

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