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Good Presentation—Can it Really Influence How your Novel is Received and Perceived? By Tessa Shapcott

For everyone who has self-published out there, you’ve asked yourself whether you need a professional to copy edit your work. Tessa Shapcott is here to tell you her side of why you should! In my […]

Creating Author Newsletters With MailChimp by Pat Haggerty

Do you have a newsletter on your author website? No? Well here’s your chance to learn about Mailchimp from our resident expert Pat Haggerty – he’ll steer you in the right direction! Staying connected with […]

Adam Firestone: I’m Sorry Ma’am, That’s Classified: Security Clearances and Classified Information Basics for Writers

Instead of his usual instructional posts on weaponry, today ADAM FIRESTONE lifts up the curtain on the shadowy world of secrets and classified information. (This post was originally published in March 2014.) If you’ve read […]

The Things That Keep Me Up at Night, or How to Kill a Million People with a Keystroke by Adam Firestone

I’m excited to welcome back weapons expert Adam Firestone, but I have to admit, when I saw the title of Adam’s post I was nervous to read it. I figured if something keeps Adam up […]

Understanding the New Kindle Unlimited Pricing Model with Pat Haggerty

Are you a writer wondering about the joining the Kindle Unlimited Program? Well, here’s Pat Haggerty to tell us what the new pricing model means to you! So what is Kindle Unlimited? Do you listen […]

The Myth of the Ladies’ Gun by Adam Firestone

Today’s post is a replay of a 2013 post by RU’s resident weapons expert ADAM FIRESTONE. The internet has been full of accounts of parental displeasure over the proliferation of Pepto Bismol pink in girls’ […]

Don’t Let Your Characters Get PWN’D¹! Using Cyber-Attacks as a Plot Tool by Adam Firestone

We at RU refer to Adam Firestone as our weapons expert, a wide-ranging title that encompasses Adam’s knowledge of modern day weapons and weapons from centuries past. Adam’s expertise also includes the very hot topic […]

Pathways to Dystopia: Trademarks, Lawsuits and Smith & Wesson by Adam Firestone

When weapons expert ADAM FIRESTONE joins us, you can count on finding useful information for writers as well as discovering lessons in chapters of history that may have slipped your notice.  A dystopian future offers […]

The Million-Dollar Apple by Laurie Schnebly Campbell

Book blurbs. What should you include? What do you leave out? There isn’t a secret formula for writing a book blurb, but Laurie Schnebly Campbell is here to give us the skinny on factors you should […]

The Secret Lives of Polish Sten Guns: Resistance and Ingenuity in Occupied Europe by Adam Firestone

We are pleased to welcome back RU’s resident weapons expert ADAM FIRESTONE. Today’s post gives us a fascinating look at the Polish Resistance and the weapons of WWII. Firearms history, especially in a wartime context, […]

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