6 Books You Should Be Reading for Unique Worldbuilding

6 Books You Should Be Reading for Unique Worldbuilding

I’ll admit it. I like the funky mash-ups. I love the cross-genre novels that feature worldbuilding with cultures and elements that have never touched each other before. I think it’s fascinating when authors create fantasy and magic cultures as diverse as our world (which, let’s face it, is not solely medieval Europe). Unfortunately, well-written stories

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Pitching to impress an agent or editor in 15 minutes or less

Pitching to impress an agent or editor in 15 minutes or less

They say public speaking is people’s most common fear, even more than dying. So I suppose it’s not surprising that most writers fear pitching to agents and editors more than any other aspect of the writing and publishing process. Oh. And then there’s the bit where a disproportionate number of writers are shy introverts. That

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New Name a finalist for the Realm Awards

New Name a finalist for the Realm Awards

We’ve had a lot of really exciting news this year, starting with signing our first outside author, Timothy Moynihan. But our good news for 2017 hasn’t stopped. Late last week, we received word that New Name: The Destiny Trilogy, Part Three has been chosen as a finalist in the 2016 Realm Awards Contest! Realm Makers made

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5 Ways to Know if You’re Ready for a Book Editor

5 Ways to Know if You’re Ready for a Book Editor

Congratulations! You’ve finished your book manuscript! My green plaid newsie cap goes off to you. I know firsthand how difficult it is to persevere through all the stages of writing and finally complete a manuscript. It’s an accomplishment worth celebrating. Now it’s time for the key question. What’s next? Publication? Fame and fortune? A beautiful

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Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Okay, I’ll admit it. I went into Fantastic Beasts cautiously excited and more than a little skeptical. I love the Harry Potter world and series (both the movies and the books) and I was prepared to be disappointed by a completely different story line, time period, and cast of characters. Instead, I was utterly charmed

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We have so many things to be thankful for in 2016. This is our list. What’s yours?

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5 Autumn Staples for the Weary Writer

5 Autumn Staples for the Weary Writer

It’s that time of year again, the season of colorful leaves and walks in crisp fall air and bleary-eyed writers stabbing wearily at keyboards in a mad attempt to pound out a novel in a month. The struggle is real, my friends. The struggle is real. If you’re the unfortunate friend or family member of

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Attention, writers: Your book could save a life

Attention, writers: Your book could save a life

Just a couple weeks ago in the Rio 2016 Olympics Michael Phelps swam for a silver medal and five gold medals to become the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 28 career medals, 23 of them gold. He broke and defended multiple world and Olympic records at the ripe old age of 31, becoming

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Why grace, not blame, is the real way forward

Why grace, not blame, is the real way forward

When tragedy strikes, blame is never far behind, buzzing around like wasps at a church picnic. Some people throw darts of blame to divert the pain of their responsibility onto someone else. Others are merely flailing in agony, striking out at anyone and anything conveniently nearby. Some see tragedy as a way to cast blame

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Culture, Racism and the Christian Storyteller

Culture, Racism and the Christian Storyteller

What role should culture and race play in our stories? And why are we, as Christian writers, so afraid to talk about it? Or, perhaps a better question, Why are Christian fiction books so white?  I’m not even talking about the much-maligned Amish romance trend. In nearly every Christian fiction book that comes to mind, the

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