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Erika Bennett

Erika Bennett has been a freelance editor for nearly half a decade. Before joining the Xulon team in 2010, she worked with several first time authors who wanted to test the waters of self-publishing. Her aim is to make sure great books find their way into readers' hands.

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How To Build Creative Confidence In Your Writing

Filed in From the Desk of... by on September 19, 2019 35 Comments
How To Build Creative Confidence In Your Writing

I’ll let you in on a secret: writing is less about professional training and more about creative confidence. Anyone can string together a few decent sentences. The difference is that those with creative confidence will share their decent sentences with anyone and everyone, while other writers hide their work away from the world—proclaiming it isn’t […]

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How to Add Subplots to Your Novel and Why You Need Them

Filed in Writing Tips by on September 10, 2019 0 Comments
How to Add Subplots to Your Novel and Why You Need Them

While your main plot is solely focused on your protagonist and his or her outcome, subplots serve as side stories to the main plot and tend to focus on secondary characters. Subplots should not overpower the main plot, but instead, strengthen the story and more develop the theme of your novel. The How While short […]

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Showing Characters’ Moods and Emotions

Filed in Writing Tips by on September 5, 2019 0 Comments
Showing Characters’ Moods and Emotions

Whether you’ve been writing for decades or are just embarking on your first writing journey, you’ve likely heard the phrase “show, don’t tell” ad nauseum. It’s one writing rule that applies to every genre because it makes or breaks the reading experience for your end-user—the reader. When we take it upon ourselves to tell readers […]

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10 Steps to Plotting Scenes Using Index Cards

Filed in Writing Tips by on September 3, 2019 0 Comments
10 Steps to Plotting Scenes Using Index Cards

Whether you’re a plotter or a panster, writing fiction or nonfiction, you can benefit from using index cards to plot your book ahead of time. The old-school outlining format we used for research papers in high school isn’t for everyone and can often make it more difficult to rearrange material later on. So, grab a […]

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Writers, Tell Your Story on Instagram

Filed in Marketing Your Book by on August 29, 2019 0 Comments
Writers, Tell Your Story on Instagram

The thought of branding and marketing yourself as a person—let alone a writer—can feel like a challenge. With social media’s continued growth, however, it’s easier than ever to create and cultivate your online persona. Instagram, for instance, isn’t even a decade into its existence yet and has 1 billion active monthly users. So, if you […]

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