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    Love Your Reader, Love Your Art, Love Yourself A Guest Post By A. E. Snow

      The first two weeks of February are #ethicalauthors weeks here at 10 Minute Novelists. As an author and a reader, I got to thinking about authors who misbehave and how that can affect their readers and how it affects their art and their writing. Love your reader! There are lots of ways to love your readers. Write about things you are passionate about. Engage with them. Appreciate them because really, they didn’t have to one-click and buy your book. They didn’t have to give you a five-star review. Always be giving back to them. It’s a lot to keep up with but loving your reader is easy. There is…

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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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    Our 2015 Editorial Calendar! We’d love for you to write about this!

    We publish 1-2 guest blog posts a week. If you’d like to be a guest blogger and need ideas, check out what we’re planning for 2015! But keep in mind, we plan months in advance. The sooner you contact us, the better. Click here to find out how. FEBRUARY: The month that we celebrate love is the best month to talk about Ethics!  We’re also discussing ways to Love Your Reader, Love Your Art, Love Yourself.    MARCH: March is REALLY SPECIAL! Besides celebrating the 1 Year Anniversary of the creation of 10 Minute Novelists, it’s also the month that Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day is released! We’ll be partying all…

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    Love Your Reader, Love Your Art, Love Yourself a Guest Post by Jude Knight

    When this post goes live, Valentine’s Day will be right around the corner, which is good, because this post is about love. Not romantic love, of course. Did you know that the Feast of St Valentine originally commemorated two or three different saints, and was associated with the beginning of Spring? The connection between Valentine and romantic love is only a few hundred years old (700, to be exact). Before the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer made the link, the love that we celebrated on the Feast of St Valentine was not romantic love, but the love given by one who serves. As writers, we serve readers and, in a sense,…

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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…

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    Do Author Ethics Matter? A Guest Post by Jane Steen

    Jane Steen, a member of the Facebook group, 10 Minute Novelists, shares with us today about good practices and ethical behavior for writers. This is an important issue for everyone who has published either traditionally or independently. Please read and consider carefully Jane’s thoughtful suggestions on ethics for authors.  Read the Ethical Author Code here A short history of how I came to draft the Ethical Author Code It started with a Facebook conversation between authors. Someone suggested a visibility tactic that involved, I think, upvoting your own book on a site. I can’t remember the specifics. But I do remember writing, “I don’t think that’s ethical.” Up to that point,…