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13 Ways to Promote Before Publication

A number of months back, I wrote an article on how to promo preorder books for Bookbub. The original piece was pared back a little, but today’s post is the whole enchilada. Enjoy! For a traditionally published author, a hefty number of preorders can increase a print run and create …

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10 Cheesy Ways to Celebrate National Cheese Day

Monday, June 4th is National Cheese Day, a fine excuse to tuck into some glorious, melty, unctuous fromage. It’s early enough in the season to still get away with making little cast-iron skillets full of mac and cheese. These brim with vitamin A and vitamin C-packed sweet potatoes, but we’ve got lots …

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Four Ways to Make Clafoutis: the 45-Minute Dessert of Your Dreams

  Berry season is nearly here. If we had to name one problem we have this time of year, it’s keeping our greedy paws off the berries long enough to put them in a dessert. Thank goodness for the clafoutis (pronounced kla-foo-TEE). The traditional French treat hailing from Limouisin, in the South of …

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13 Ways to Engage Your Reader with a Despicable Character

photo adapted / Horia Varlan I’m not one who believes that character likability is key to winning over the reader—for me, “relatability” is more important—but there is a character in David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks (long-listed for the 2014 Man Booker Prize) whose lack of moral compass challenges even my …

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10 Ways to Use Up All Those Lemons

  Ah, lemons. They’re such flexible culinary players, adding oomph to savory and sweet dishes alike, that it’s no wonder of us buy them by the armful or bagful. But sometimes that crisper drawer is so packed that one must take a moment to figure out how to use all …

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5 Clever Ways To Use Christmas Leftovers

It’s always hard to figure out what to do with Christmas leftovers. It would be a shame to let roasted ham or turkey, mashed potatoes, peas, cranberry sauce and other goodies go to waste in the fridge. What about turning Christmas leftovers into delectable treats like muffins, croquettes, soups and …

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Three Ways to Discover Your Character’s True Motivation

Please welcome Jim Dempsey back to Writer Unboxed today, this time as our newest regular contributor! Jim is a professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and works as a book editor at a company called Novel Gazing. In his own words, Jim tells us that: I’ve been editing …

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10 Ways to Maintain Your Integrity in the Kitchen According to a Professional Chef

The kitchen environment is a demanding one, and it can be easy to let standards slip, both personally and professionally, in the pursuit of a paycheck or simply to cut corners and get things done. It’s something chef and writer Paul Sorgule addresses in a blog post entitled, ‘Chefs – …

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Seriously Funny: 7 Ways To Add Humor To A Novel

Please welcome novelist Marilyn Simon Rothstein to Writer Unboxed today! Marilyn Simon Rothstein is the author of Lift And Separate, the story of a woman forced to restart her life when her husband of thirty-three years, the Bra King, leaves her for a perkier fit. It was released by Lake …

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7 Must-Try Ways of Cooking Pumpkin Seeds

Did you know pumpkin seeds are one of the top seeds you should be eating? That’s because they are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help boost your immune system. You can reap the benefits by munching on plain pumpkin seeds but that can get boring quick. So how …

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