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The “Sweet 16” First Lines of Your Manuscript

by Chris Mandeville The first page of your manuscript contains only sixteen lines, and this “sweet sixteen” is an essential tool for hooking a reader. If Page One doesn’t capture the interest of the editor, agent, or book browser, chances are your story will be set aside, so it’s important to make those first sixteen lines as successful as possible.

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Attention Marketing: Planting Seeds With Readers

You might recognize Chris Mandeville from the inspiring and engaging monthly articles she shares on this website. But readers will likely remember Chris because of the amazing “seeds” that she planted when distributing a unique hand-out to tie-in with her novel of the same name. Seeds Synopsis: Forty-eight years after a catastrophic solar event destroys all life and technology on

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Music: a Tool to Help Writers Focus?

by Chris Mandeville It can be easy to lose focus when trying to write, especially when there’s distracting stuff going on around you. According to psychiatry professor Anthony Rostain, MD, in an article on Heath.com distractions often come in the form of external stimuli like noise. Well, that’s not news to me. External noise—specifically music—is the biggest impediment to my

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