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Tips to Create a Bestselling Title

By Margie Lawson

Titles may make books bestsellers or doom them to be shelf-dwellers.

Aack! Feeling the pressure to create a winning title?

I’m here to help. I’ll cover:

  • What Could Sabotage Your Title?
  • Titles and Traditional Publishing
  • The Evolution of a Title
  • Margie’s Top Six Tips for a Selling Title
  • Two Stories of Before and After Titles
  • The Challenge of One-Word Titles
  • The Power of Linking Series Titles

What Could Sabotage Your Title?

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Hugs You've Got to Love!

by Margie Lawson

A hug is more than just a hug.

Hugs may be long or short, hot or cold, loving or perfunctory.

Hugs carry psychological messages. Do you have those messages on your pages?

Dig deep—and you’ll have more fun and depth and power on the page.… Read the post

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Smart Writers Expand Time

by Margie Lawson

You may have read portions of this blog on WITS in 2012. It’s still a winner.

Writers are all powerful. Well, in their fictional worlds they are all powerful.

Two of the 74,386 story dynamics that writers control are expanding time and compressing time.… Read the post

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Fresh Writing Sells: Make Hugs Carry Power

by Margie Lawson

Why a blog about hugs?

Because on the page a hug may be blah-blah. But it could carry this kind of power.

Her arms wrapped around me like chains, her whispered words the lock sealing my fate.

Wow.… Read the post

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The Brilliance of Backstory Slip-Ins

by Margie Lawson

I confess. I’m in love with the way some authors slip in backstory.

I’m not talking chunks of backstory that sit on your page like cement blocks. The kind of blah blah blah that invites readers to skim.… Read the post

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