A quick round up of publishing news!

Over on The Creative Penn blog, graphic designer AD Starrling explains how to create the most effective cover possible.

Jane Ryan writes about the various pitfalls and scams that are all too easy for aspiring authors to fall into.

Ojibway writer Maggie Blackbird discusses the evolution of the romance landscape and the increased opportunities available for diverse voices within the genre.

Along the same lines, this is a short but compelling read on the wider importance of romance novels within the publishing world.

Anyone still writing their novels by hand? Ethel Rowan explains why this helps her connect with the writing process, and how she uses automatic writing to keep the ideas flowing.

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Shout out to the following KWL authors, who have been featured in this week’s bestsellers lists!

Boyfriend for Hire by Kendall Ryan, Wall Street Journal #9; USA Today #19

Forever Notorious: Forever Bluegrass by Kathleen Brooks; Wall Street Journal #9; USA Today #27

#32 USA Today Dead Memories by Angela Marsons

#89 Susan Gable, A Family to Keep

#92 Penelope Ward, When August Ends

#98 Best Laid Plans by Lauren Blakely

#112 Jagged Ink Carrie Ann Ryan

#124 Misadventures of a Curvy Girl Sierra Simone

#128 The Wrong Gentleman Louise Bay

#141. Finding Grace KL Slater

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