Catherine Jones Payne

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  • Print your book

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    It’s all over the news in our corner of the social media sphere: Ebook sales have slipped, and physical books are still viable! “Hooray,” I cry, as I clutch my paperbacks protectively and scowl at the dusty Kindle in the corner. Of course, the article that launched this whole discussion primarily discussed books published by […]

  • Ten reasons not to go to conferences

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    This weekend, Stephanie and I traveled to Missouri to attend Realm Makers, a Christian speculative fiction conference. And let me tell you, it was fabulous. It featured some tremendous writers, including Robert Liparulo and David Farland–both of whom I can now say firsthand are wonderful human beings in addition to being excellent writers. But I […]

  • An Interview with C.M Boers

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    Today we bring you an interview with C.M. Boers, whose second novel, Divulge released this weekend! We were privileged to be able to work with C.M. Boers on a limited developmental review, line editing, and her cover, and we’re so excited to introduce you to her series! Get Divulge on Amazon! Tell us a little […]

  • Can you be a writer?

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    It’s easy to think of writers as a special breed of human, as profoundly gifted individuals who, through prodigious talent, star-defying luck, and the right connections manage to turn their love for the written word into a career. This is, of course, partially true. It does take a modicum of talent, luck, and knowing people […]

  • Craft a Compelling Villain

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    Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith was a pretty good film, taken on its own. The dramatic tension, the score, and the cinematography all lent it an epic feel, and it was well-paced, with much better dialogue than the preceding two films and a plausible sequence of events that didn’t leave us scratching our heads. […]

  • Dialogue Tags that need to go now

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    Nearly every manuscript I return to a writer bears metaphorical red pen saying, “Tone down the dialogue tags!” Put simply, dialogue tags have a time and place. They can inject clarity into a scene, help set the rhythm of the prose, and explain necessary pieces of information. But they’re much-overused. Especially if you’re writing popular […]

  • Rage’s Echo Re-releases!

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    This has been an exciting week for veteran novelist J.S. Bailey, who is re-releasing her supernatural thriller Rage’s Echo as an indie novel with a brand new cover! And man, is it a beauty! I’m hard at work on a developmental edit for her upcoming novel, Sacrifice, and I recently had the opportunity to chat […]