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  • Giving Constructive Writing Feedback

    March 9, 2022 by

    If you belong to a writer’s group or know other writers, odds are that they will ask you to give feedback. Constructive feedback shouldn’t leave the writer feeling dejected and ready to give up, but inspired and motivated to make their manuscript better. Here are some tips on how to give truly helpful feedback. Find… Read more

  • UK vs US Spelling as a Canadian Writer

    February 24, 2022 by

    Is it favourite or favorite? Traveller or traveler? As a Canadian writing for a (hopefully) global readership, do you choose to write with UK or US spelling when writing your manuscript? As a Canadian writer, I often find myself in a unique position. As a child in a commonwealth nation, I grew up learning the… Read more

  • Utilizing Beta Readers

    February 11, 2022 by

    Whether you’re polishing up that NaNoWriMo manuscript or have a New Year’s resolution to get that work in progress to press, you need reliable feedback. Beta Readers are a great way to discover what the average reader’s response will be to your book and to find out if there is any dissonance between the author’s… Read more

  • Writing Prompts–75 Ideas to Get the Creativity Flowing

    January 29, 2022 by

    Sometimes writers get stuck. It happens to all of us. One way to get over a slump is to use a writing prompt. A writing prompt is a topic that provides a starting point for writing ideas. It gets the creativity flowing, helps you practice the craft of writing, and provides a cue to physically… Read more

  • How to Write a Back-Cover Blurb

    January 20, 2022 by

    The back-cover blurb has many names: book blurb, blurb, flap copy, back-cover copy, jacket copy, and book description. Whatever the name, the blurb has one major purpose, to sell your book. It is a marketing tool designed to produce sales and is the first thing a potential buyer will read about your story. A great… Read more


    January 14, 2022 by

    News Release from Mischievous Books. This Book is Top Secret officially released. Available on Amazon – eBook and paperback Google Play Books – eBook Smashwords – eBook Direct from Author – paperback. Signed copies available.

  • Crafting Query Letters

    January 1, 2022 by

    Oh, the dreaded query letter. If you choose the traditional publishing route, it is a necessary, albeit frightful, step in publishing your novel. An exceptional query letter can propel your manuscript to representation and a publishing contract. A query letter’s purpose is to persuade an editor or an agent to read your manuscript—to invest their… Read more

  • “Top Secret”Announcement

    December 11, 2021 by

    From Mischievous Books Facebook page: “We’re working on a new project and would love to tell you about it, but we can’t because This Book is Top Secret. We’ll try to contain our excitement until early 2022.”

  • A Guide To Children’s Book Categories

    September 14, 2021 by

    So, you have an idea for a children’s book. But where to start? Navigating the world of children’s books can be confusing, and it can be difficult to pinpoint how your idea will fit in to that world. Before you begin to write, you need to choose a category. Children’s book categories are narrowed down… Read more

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