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Talk to Me: Writing Dialogue that Sings

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Dull dialogue can send your reader to sleep, but bad dialogue can send them running for the hills. Good dialogue establishes character and place, advances the plot, employs subtext, and is crisp and interesting enough to keep even the ficklest reader flipping pages far into the night. Sound like too tall an order? Read on for tips on turning your… Read more »

Your Editor is Not the Enemy: Tips on Surviving Rewrites

Congratulations! You’ve spent months, maybe years, crafting a thing of beauty and resonance out of your own imagination, and now a publisher has finally agreed to print it. The hard part is out of the way. Now comes the even harder part—editing. A Specialized Team. A small horde of people is going to descend on your manuscript like a beauty… Read more »

Should I Copyright My Writing or Visual Art?

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For someone who has struggled to develop a creative work, the thought that someone might steal it for their own benefit is alarming. In the age of the Internet, theft of an artist’s work can be as simple as a click and save, and software makes it easy to paste your work into someone else’s product. You may have heard… Read more »

Write It Off: Taxes for Creative Professionals

We know April 15th is only a few days away. Some of these ideas might be a bit late in your accounting process, but if you are anything like most of us, a few new ideas and routines to implement for 2016 are always welcome. Both Tom Sullivan and Janet Sunderland, current Whispering Prairie Press board members and long time self-employed… Read more »