Author Archives: Evelyn Puerto

How to Write and Publish a Book Review

“If you like the book, would you consider writing a review? That’s a standard question I ask when I do book signings. While most people are at least open to the idea, a surprising number make a face like I … Continue reading

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The Worst Mistake a Novelist Can Make

I’ve read all kinds of books and blog posts that tell me how to be a better writer. Show, don’t tell. Cut out adverbs. Don’t give too much backstory. But give enough so the reader isn’t confused. The list goes … Continue reading

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How to Define Your Ideal Reader When You’re Just Getting Started

Nearly every article I read about marketing books starts with the same idea: identify your ideal reader. Which makes sense. If we have a picture in our minds of who our ideal reader is, we can tailor our books, our … Continue reading

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Seven Best Blogging Tools for Writers

(Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on a link and buy a product, I get a small commission. There is no change to the price you are charged.) Let’s face it, … Continue reading

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Anne With an E: Right Story, Wrong Theme

  Netflix recently premiered a remake of one of my long-time favorites with its version of Anne of Green Gables, titled Anne with an E. At first I was mesmerized. Some of the casting was brilliant, especially Marilla, Matthew and … Continue reading

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Summer Reading for Fun and More

No matter how busy I am, I manage to fit in time to read. Whether it’s two minutes while I wait for my tea to heat up, or an entire afternoon on the deck with a thrilling novel, I make … Continue reading

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In the Valley

Just a short piece of fiction for your reading pleasure… Eric rolled down his window to spit his gum out and nearly ran over a rattlesnake. He swerved to miss the slithering reptile, clenching the wheel to avoid running off … Continue reading

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Nine Plot Twist Ideas

One of my go-to drinks when I don’t really want to drink is club soda with a twist of lime. It’s refreshing and low calorie. Best of all, it looks enough like a vodka and tonic that it keeps those … Continue reading

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10 Awesome Blogs for Writers

Most of the other indie authors I’ve met didn’t major in English Lit in college. Fewer started life intending to be writers. Somehow along the way, our gift demanded to be used and here we are. Now that we have … Continue reading

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Story Ideas are All Around

Have you ever been stuck for a story idea?  It happens to all of us. But it doesn’t have to. Story ideas are literally all around us. Sometimes we just can’t see them. But they really are just about anywhere … Continue reading

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