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Guest Post: 4 Publishing Tips for Authors in the Time of COVID-19

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 Guest post from Desiree VillenaThe first half of 2020 has wrought havoc on all our lives, writers and non-writers alike — but for professional authors in particular, the chaos and uncertainty of the past few months have been incredibly daunting. Book launches have been delayed, releases that forged ahead have gone unnoticed, and for some auth...
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Why I Write

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Thank you so much to Christi Craig who hosted me on her Sunday Series. From her site: In this Sunday Series, you'll meet writers new and seasoned as they share what inspires them to put #PenToPaper.I have never attended a Canadian creative writing program, so I cannot say with certainty that my distance from Ottawa, my hometown, allows me to m...
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Writing Lies and Other Truths: AutoFiction

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By Gila GreenWe live in a publishing world that not only craves categories; it demands them. These pigeonholes are like gasoline for the modern manuscript, which cannot even move through cyberspace to an agent's inbox without the fuel labeling supplies. For those who guide writers on query letters, one of our first lessons is to help authors define...
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Forget the Rules! Take a Flash Fiction Break

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 By Gila GreenWhen I tell people I teach a virtual flash fiction course, I often get strange responses bordering on laughter. Isn't flash fiction just really short fiction? What's the point of taking a specific Flash class?No, flash is its own genre deserving of its own class and in my opinion, it's still underrated as a way to break into publ...
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Write to be Heard

Write to be Heard
by Gila GreenI have never attended a Canadian creative writing program, so I cannot say with certainty that my distance from Ottawa, my hometown, allows me to mentally glide over to the 1980s version of the city, pecking at bits and inserting them into my fiction, squirreling away savory pieces for later use, because I don't know any other writing ...
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Seven Read-Aloud Tips

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Thanks to Chrissey Harrison for mentioning my suggestion to film an author read-aloud in her excellent post. Here she offers ten ways to promote your book and I have to agree with her number one suggestion, which is to write another book. Another book is your best marketing tool and you're a content creator after all. Check out the rest o...
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8 Ways to Beat the Clock

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By Gila GreenThe secret of getting ahead is getting started—Mark TwainThree deadlines coming up, dinner's not made, and you haven't even hit the grocery store yet? The short answer might be fast food or begging a colleague to take one of your assignments, but the long-term answer is to improve your efficiency. Here are eight tips to help you save t...
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Does Your Story Have a Case of Runaway Pace?

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This indirect or left-branching sentence builds tension and creates excitement because it slows down the pace of the story. by Gila GreenHave you ever seen any of these comments in the margins of your work?Slow downUnevenLacks climaxFlatIf you answered "yes," you should immediately browse through your writer's toolbox of literary devices for pacing...
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Five Ways Living in One Language Fingerprints your Writing in Another

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Are your notions about your birthplace outdated? By Gila Green Diction. Slang and other everyday words sneak into our vocabularies. If you don't live and write in the same language, it takes an extra effort to root foreign words out of your work, unless they're part of your story.Names. Many writers spend a great deal of time enhancing their work w...
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Description Might be Draining your Writing

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What you need to work on in your writing isn't description it's imagery.  By Gila GreenIf you write fiction you've probably been told dozens of times to include vivid description, work on your description, and not to forget description. Likely, you've also been reminded not to overdo it on the description. Unfortunately, being told to inc...
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Writing Lies and Other Truths

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By Gila GreenWe live in a publishing world that not only craves categories; it demands them. These pigeonholes are like gasoline for the modern manuscript, which cannot even move through cyberspace to an agent's inbox without the fuel labeling supplies. For those who guide writers on query letters, one of our first lessons is to help authors define...
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4 Tips for Writing Historical Fiction

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 After writing three Jewish historical fiction novels (White Zion, Passport Control, and my as yet unpublished novel A Prayer Apart) here's my best advice for Jewish historical fiction writers:Sometimes research provides more than one answer and you'll have to use your best judgement: Someone may call you out on it but don't let that stop you....
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Guest Post on Don Jimmy Reviews, Book Chat, and sometimes more

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Thanks so much to James Tormey, the host of Don Jimmy Reviews for having me on his site today.  It's always a pleasure to spend time with book lovers all over the world. The Secret to Inspired WritingBy Gila GreenI don't get ideas. I feel ideas. Let me explain. I'm commonly asked where my ideas come from for my fiction. It's a legiti...
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Five Tips To Help You Write A Novel About Anything

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by Gila GreenNovels are peppered with males and females, young and old, witches, aliens, and murderers. Yet many writers still feel limited to topics they know inside and out.What a great pity. I published a young adult novel about a teen heroine who takes on an elephant poaching ring in South Africa's Kruger National Park and you know what? I'm no...
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Re-posting Myself: Writing Beyond the 5 Senses

Re-posting Myself: Writing Beyond the 5 Senses
My "five worst writing tips" was such a popular post that today I'm re-posting more writing advice regarding what could easily have been worst writing tip number six: use the five senses. Do I disagree that we should use the five senses in our writing? Not at all. It's the number five that I disagree with. Read on to find out why.Beyond the 5 ...
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Five bad pieces of writer advice

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There's more advice for writers out there than ever. You need to know that 1. A lot of it is bad 2. A lot of it doesn't apply to you; it was that writer's experience. 3. It doesn't go away, but happily, you can ignore it.Here are my top five worst pieces of writing advice:1. Never respond to a potential publisher with more ...
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Gila Green's Top 5 Writing Tips

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1.Learn something that has nothing to do with writing--often. Take a gardening course, photography, dance, archaeology, religion, anything. Career writers must have compelling things to write about. Am I the only one who notices how often novel characters are magazine editors, journalists, and writers? Dentistry, law, accounting, welding, real esta...
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How to help an Author in Minutes

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If you read Passport Control, White Zion, or No Entry, please leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. It can be one line. It's tremendously helpful for all authors for people to leave reviews because people are naturally attracted to what others recommend. Here are some of my ideas for a one line review:  I recommend this boo...
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Guest Post: Julie Zuckerman

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"The job of the fiction writer, as I see it, is to get inside someone else's skin." by Julie Zuckerman  ​I'm happy to present a guest post today by author and fellow writer in Israel, Julie Zuckerman. Welcome, Julie!Bio:Julie Zuckerman's fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of publications, including The SFWP Quarterly, The MacGuf...
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Guest Post: Saying Goodbye to Your Characters: How Novel Writers Move On

Guest Post: Saying Goodbye to Your Characters: How Novel Writers Move On
"Saying goodbye is the hardest part of life. We say goodbye to loved ones, to lost dreams and causes, to the crumbling expectations of life. The same is true with past books." by Rene Denfeld by Tara Lynn MasihI'm honored to have Tara Lynn Masih on gilagreenwrites. Not only does she have much wisdom to share, she has a new novel out, My Real Name i...
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Four Ways to Avoid Moralizing in your Young Adult Fiction

Four Ways to Avoid Moralizing in your Young Adult Fiction
Like millions of other authors, I write because I have a message I'm passionate about; I want to express myself to the world. The problems with messages are long and complicated: people suffer from denial and refuse to hear them; they don't buy books to read sermons; preaching can engender resentment, come across as heavy- handed, and read as thoug...
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Repost: How to write a press release by Rick Hodges

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This is a repost by fellow Stormbird Press author Rick Hodges. I enjoyed it so much I'm sharing it with you. You can read more about Rick on his site and check out his new book To Follow Elephants. I'm delighted that we are both writing about elephants and older teens traveling to Africa. I am thrilled to be publishing my first young adul...
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Really Good Writing Advice

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Not a new one but a very good one.  

Love this quote

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 Wanted to share this quotation I read today from prose editor at Tahoma Literary Review, Yi Shun Lai. "Years ago, I decided to stop telling young creatives that they should find what they're passionate about. Now I tell them to hunt down what they're willing to work towards. (I stole this from someone on LinkedIn and can't remember who n...
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What I learned from my Second Book Launch

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 In 2013, I published my first novel, King of the Class (KOTC). Three months later, I wrote a post titled, "What I Learned from Publishing my First Novel." It was a necessary integration of what I'd gleaned after three months of full-time, dedicated hard work—the kind of twenty-four-hour work after which you can't even think about the topic. I...
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My post on The Creative Penn

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I'm thrilled to be hosted on Joanna Penn's The Creative Penn today. Thank you so much for having me on your site. Writing Tips: Writing Beyond The 5 SensesThe most useful way to show what you want to say is to tap into the five senses: touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing and get into the 'why' behind each sense.In other words, you must ask...
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Viva Literary Magazines

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I've been publishing in literary magazines since 2005 and, I admit, I'm addicted. I've had four novels accepted for publication to small presses, an offer of a young adult series and yet I always have at least a handful of submissions out there, far beyond what's considered the usual expiry date for writers. I can't seem to stop, though that's craz...
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Remember When?

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He sighs and holds his glass up remembering things that happened years ago. I try to diminish myself in my chair, so he'll see his memories and share them instead of seeing me."I begged your father to run away to the kibbutz with me. So many young people were doing it then. There was no food in Jerusalem. But he was the oldest, and he wouldn't leav...
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Another cure for Writer's Block

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​I can't sum up how I feel about libraries better than this. I already have a vlog on writers block. Here's another take.This is my prompt to remind me to write a longer piece on podcasts. For now, This American Life podcast is an excellent cure for writer's block. 

I’ll Bet You Think This Story’s about You: When People Keep Finding Themselves in Your Fiction

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A Phone Call from Mom"Do you know what your brother did when he finished reading your novel?" my mother asks."He WhatsApped me," I answer. "'Just finished your book. Great read'."I reread my brother's exact words from my phone. There is a cheery note in my voice because I've already won this conversation. With this book publication there will be no...
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Latest Books

No Entry

No Entry

In No Entry, Canadian teenager, Yael Amar, signs on to an elephant conservation program and ends up coming face to face with violence, greed, and murder and the taste of a very real danger for all of us: elephant extinction.

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White Zion

White Zion

White Zion is a novel in stories forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press (April 2019). The novel takes readers into the worlds of 19th century Yemen, pre-State Israel, modern Israel and modern Canada...

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Passport Control

Passport Control

Miriam Gil knows little about Israel. Her father won’t talk about his life there or the brother he left behind when he came to Canada. Hurt and angry when he tells her to move out to make room for his new girlfriend, she enrolls in an Israeli university. She falls in love with Guy... 

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King of the Class

King of the Class

Eve and Manny are engaged in post-civil war Israel, but Manny has a secret: he’s falling in love with his religious roots and turning his back on moral relativism. As their wedding date approaches...

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