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1. Avoiding Stereotypes for Characters of Color
No matter how good or creative the storyline is, if the characters are unrealistically developed the writer has failed. Here are three tips to help create well-rounded characters of color without the trappings of stereotypes.
2. An American Marriage Book Review
As a book club selection, this novel will surely generate interesting discussions as there is so much to explore. However, does the basic story make for a great standalone read? That depends on if the reader can get past its one glaring flaw.
3. Self-Publishing Writing Tips
The number one task for any author is to deliver a well-written book. Here are seven tips to help writers improve their craft before introducing their book to the reading public.
4. Queenie Book Review
The novel Queenie has been described as "light, breezy, funny and witty," but is it really just a quick, lighthearted read?
5. African American Literature Defined
What is African American Literature? Here's why that definition should change.
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7. Stock Photos for Black Books
You're a writer interested in self-publishing but are stumped when it comes to finding photos that will fit your book. Whether you're looking for the perfect book cover photo or photos to imbed within your work, these sites will lead you to professional images of African-Americans.
8. Do Not Skip on Editing
Are you an aspiring writer who is dying to publish your book but cannot afford an editor? Skipping the editing process is never a good idea but there are options for getting eyes on your books without having to pay for it.
9. Book Clubs Bring Success to Black Authors
There are book clubs specifically devoted to spreading the word about black authors and their books. Black writers often don't receive the mainstream exposure they deserve so it's crucial that they take advantage of the buzz book clubs can provide.
10. Yes You Do Need Book Reviews
The idea of seeking out book reviews can make an author cringe with fright but they are a vital part of the promotional process. I spell out ways to make the review hunt easier by highlighting tips that will help you along the way.
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