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Author: Kris Maze

Book Parts and Better Engagement - Anatomy of an Afterword

By Kris Maze

Quick quiz. Can you tell me the difference between a foreword and a preface? Or the purpose of an Epilogue versus a Conclusion? Maybe you can with a few internet searches to clarify the fine details, or maybe you are a literary expert, but the essential parts of a book are more than necessary texts when publishing.… Read the post

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Subgenres and Comp Books. Find Ones that Sell Books Better

By Kris Maze

You’ve written your book, edited it, collected beta reader feedback, and now you want to shop it around to editors and publishers.  First off, congratulations! You have finished a book. But now you will need to know how it fits in the world of book stores and online sales, and one step to categorize your book is by using comp books.… Read the post

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The Best Music to Appease Your Nagging Muse

by Kris Maze

Writing and music can go hand in hand just like comfort food and hot cocoa. If your writing muse has left you agitated, unsettled, or discombobulated, perhaps you can appease it by selecting music appropriate for your creative process.… Read the post

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How to be the best mentor ever!

Tips for Meaningful Mentoring with Teen Writers

By Kris Maze

One of the most rewarding parts of the craft of writing is being able to share it with another writer.  Many young writers write in isolation but could benefit from having an older, more experienced writer step in for a little guidance.… Read the post

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Tips for Writing YA Your English Teacher Didn’t Tell You

By Kris Maze

The term YA as it refers to novels only requires that the protagonist be a teen and ideally the plot is shown through the experience a teen would face, but it can be difficult to write young adult stories in a believable and engaging way.… Read the post

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