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How about you? I'm barely awake at breakfast, never mind brilliant.

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The Challenges of Reviewing Spoken Word

In recent years, spoken word has continued to grow and diversify in wonderful ways, from the meteoric rise of Kate Tempest and Hollie McNish, to the boundary-pushing of Hannah Silva, Ross Sutherland, and more. And yet, outside of big-ticket events, reviews of spoken word performances are still far and few between. What can we do to change this?

-by Claire Trévien- Since launching Sabotage Reviews nearly 8 years ago, reviewing spoken word has been at the core of our mission. In that space of time, spoken word has continued to grow and dive…

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Yes it’s painful, but the general rule for reacting to a negative review is: Don’t respond. Yet if you must, tread lightly. Let’s face it, online reviews have become one of the most effective marketing tools an author has to promote their books. Here are a few things you can do to minimize, improve, or reverse the review. https://buff.ly/2iRGMQw

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How to Handle Dialogue – The Penmob Blog

Some tips on how to handle writing dialogue:

Beginner writers often shy away from using dialogue in their pieces. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In this post, I’m going to talk…

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The perfect breakfast on a cold day. Photo by Brigitte Tohm on Unsplash

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Almost all gardens have bricks. They are an extremely reliable element in landscaping. You might assume that bricks are boring and obsolete. However, you can use some creativity and transform your landscape into an attractive place using bricks.
Here are some creative ideas and tips on how you can landscape using bricks.
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I love berries in the snow, they're a reminder that the flowers fill bloom again in the spring. Photo by John Price on Unsplash

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5 Things I'm Not Doing to Launch My Book—Plus What I’m Doing Instead | Jane Friedman

I wonder if I should have read this before launching K.I.A.? It doesn't matter, the launch party was fun, wasn't it?

The gist of all marketing advice for authors essentially boils down to: try everything and see what works. Here's what didn't work for me.

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Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle

I've been binging MTG artwork lately for some inspiration. I've never really been a vampire guy, but these evil, conquistador styled ones from the new Ixalan set really look good. It's always nice to know if you turn into a vampire you have options beyond goth teen or dracula.

Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle MtG Art from Ixalan Set by Daarken

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