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A New Book Blurb Could Revolutionize Your Sales

First impressions matter, both in person and for selling books. But when you've finished your 70,000-word fiction masterpiece, the prospect of condensing it into a 150-word book blurb is overwhelming enough without also needing a one-line tag to catch a reader's eye. ALLi Partner Member Adam Croft explains how spending a little time with your hook and new book blurb could earn you thousands.
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Inspirational Indie Authors: Maggie Lynch on Women in Science Fiction

The latest inspirational indie author interview is with Maggie Lynch who writes science fiction for and about women. Like many awkward, nerdy boys, I grew up reading a lot of science fiction. This was in the 1970s, so I read all the classic. And for the most part, they were very male-centric. Space, it seemed, was a very male-dominated place. That bleak future for women is changing now, although not without some backlash.
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Is it Characterisation or Cultural Stereotyping?

As authors, it's important that we're free to write the things we feel most strongly about. Whether that's the travel and cultures we've experienced or the made-up fantasy worlds of our imaginations. But we also need to be sensitive to the nuanced differences between our own culture and the ones we write about. Virginia King discusses the boundary between characterisation and cultural stereotype.
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