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How to Make Your Main Character Relatable

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By Julius St. Clair When people talk about a novel, there are usually three things that can make, or break a story: the plot itself, the ending, and the main character. While a reader could make it through a book from cover to cover, regardless of a bad plot or...

Lolita Dark: Anything But Silenced

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I felt terrible walking into my interview with the three guys and two ladies who currently make up Lolita Dark, a rock and roll band from California, who also have ties to Japan via their Japanese front woman and keyboardist. I wasn’t expecting traffic so early coming into Pittsburgh,...

Attack on Tekko!

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It was that time of the year again. Oh boy. The annual Tekko (formerly known as Tekkoshocon) anime convention held at the David L. Lawrence Center in Pittsburgh once again blew my puny little brain. I mean, I love anime, consider myself maybe a level five otaku, don’t have the...

The Hard Road of Self-Publishing: Is It For You?

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What it means to Do It Yourself with publishing By Julius St. Clair There is a well-known Greek aphorism that goes a little something like this: “Know Thyself.” And if there is anything that an aspiring self-publishing author should know, it is exactly that. At a first glance, self-publishing appears simple....

Why every Author should read Death Note

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By Julius St. Clair Graphic novels are all the rave these days. Sales are higher than ever in the comic book/graphic novel market, and a sector of the publishing industry that was once deemed a niche category is now being given careful consideration. Want proof? Look no further than the...

Finding Your Author’s Voice

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Finding Your Author’s Voice By Julius St. Clair   Since the arrival of the e-book in the publishing industry, the writing game has changed significantly. One effect is an oversaturation of the market, as a flood of new authors, both indie and traditional, struggle for their voice to be heard and fight...

CORNERMEN, STEP UP YOUR GAME!

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CORNERMEN, STEP UP YOUR GAME! - By Ian Ebbitt I am a fan of Mixed Martial Arts.  I watch Mixed Martial Arts, I study Mixed Martial Arts, I train Mixed Martial Arts, and I have taught Mixed Martial Arts.  I have also cornered sixteen different MMA fighters over the years,...

Literary Agent by Day, Poet by Night

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By Sakura Publishing Author Brian Wood I really liked the Sakura blog on Oct 18 about James Joyce.  A little reminder that, if a writer of his stature had trouble getting published, our problems don't seem so big. I revere his writing and am amazed it took Ulysses to get his talent recognized. So...

Are you on the Verge of a Growth Stall? By Dan Mack of Mack Elevation Forum

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Are you on the Verge of a Growth Stall? By Dan Mack (Mack Elevation Forum) According to most research, the higher up the ladder a leader climbs, the less accurate his or her self-assessment is likely to be. The problem is an acute lack of feedback, especially on people issues. We recently observed...

Three marketing tips on self-promotion

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Three Awesome Ways to Make a Name for Yourself It’s no secret that in the modern writing world, it’s pretty difficult to get yourself recognized as a serious author. Even more, with the massive amounts of written work now being produced en masse, it can be hard to compete with...