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One of the most important relationship you will have as a writer is with your editor, but only if you understand how to work well with the editor and what his or her goals are and how they mesh with yours.

My experience working with editors at publishing houses has…


Do you find habits and human psychology as interesting as I do?

I’ve read many books about habits and making positive change. One of the book clubs I belong to chose to read Atomic Habits, and that month I was just too busy, so I didn’t order the book. …


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I need more time!

Do you feel this way often? Ugh, well I definitely do at this time of the year.

I’m in the middle of grading midterm exams. I’ve just released a new book. And I’m involved in a couple of personal projects. …


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We are all on our own writing path and no matter how many books another writer has written, how many sales they have, how many awards they’ve won, it has nothing to do with our choices and career. And yet, so many writers compare their writing progress with that of…


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A teacher friend, she teaches third grade, has been having a problem with one of her students. Everyday, he comes to class, puts his head down on the desk and goes to sleep.

As a caring teacher, my friend has tried to contact parents to find out what is going…


Fiction authors do not really write fiction.

Okay, sure, those of us who write fiction do create characters and stories that are not true. You might have seen the memes — writers lie for a living. …


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How do you choose character names? Does it matter what you name your characters? Do readers really care?

I bought a baby name book years ago, not to name my children because I already had a name picked out for both of my kids. This book was for my characters…


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We’re winding down to the last quarter of the year, and it’s a great time to look at what you’ve accomplished and what you’d still like to get done this year.

I spent a big part of the weekend planning for the last three months, looking at what projects need…


Writers juggle many balls as they try to succeed in the writing world, keeping previous books in circulation, speaking at conferences, participating online while still writing new books as well as planning for future books.

It’s common for writers to get overwhelmed and stress because it’s a lot to do…


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I’m reading a book right now where the author does not know the difference between “I” and “Me” and it’s driving me crazy. She even confused we and us, for example in this sentence: Us women have to stick together.

It pulls me out of the story each time!

I…

Julia Amante

Women’s Fiction author of That Was Then, Say You’ll Be Mine, and Evenings at the Argentine Club. Speaker and and teacher. https://www.facebook.com/juliaamante/

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