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    Author Spotlight: Meet Jane Steen

    10 Minute Novelists is a community of writers from all over the world. Twice a month, we feature one of our writers. Today? It’s Jane Steen, author of House of Closed Doors and champion of Author Ethics. Welcome Jane! 1. How did the topic of ethics for authors become an interest of yours? It just started out as an observation that there were quite a few authors out there behaving unprofessionally. I’ve been active on Goodreads as a reader for years, and I could see wave after wave of shock run around the community because an author had plagiarized another author’s work, or had attacked a reviewer in the comments thread,…

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    #Top10 Tuesday Top Ten Ways To Love Your Art

    In the first two weeks of February, the writers over on my Facebook group, 10 Minute Novelists, will be talking about  Love Your Reader, Love Your Art, Love Yourself.   Today’s top ten list is about what that means, to love your art.  To read our Top 10 Ways To Love Your Reader, click here. 1. If you love your art, then you respect the masters. You have spend time reading the works of great writers, analyzing their style and choices. You’ve saturated yourself only with the best books so that you can be inspired and taught how to be great. 2. If you love your art, you don’t makes excuses for others’…

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    #Top10 Tuesday Top Ten Ways To Love Your Reader

    This month, on this website and over on the 10 Minute Novelists Facebook group, we’re talking about “Love Your Readers, Love Your Art, Love Yourself”. Within this theme, we want to address good practices, good behaviors and general excellence. Today we want to talk about what it means to love your readers.  Top 10 Ways To Love Your Readers 1. Be accessible.  This means have connections with your readers. Your social media presence should be there to nurture relationships, not just push your sales. Carefully consider every way that you and your brand are represented. If it’s not welcoming or easy to find, make some changes. 2. Be generous. This…

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    Are You An Ethical Author? Take This Quiz full of Taylor Swift & Zombie References!

     Get A Pencil! Let’s Take A Quiz! 1. Have you ever used the words “best-selling” to describe your own books, when what you mean is that of all the books stored in your closet, Your Guide To Amish Zombie Princesses, really has generated the most sales? 2. Have you ever claimed that you were in a professional writers association, like International Fiction Writers Who Use Modems when you let your membership expire in 1998? 3. Have you claimed that you sold thousands of copies, when really you sold 556 and you just rounded up? 4. Have you ever made up an endorsement for the back of the book, like say, “Taylor Swift…