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Kristen Houghton is the author of GRAVE MISGIVINGS, book 2 in the popular series A Cate Harlow Private Investigation.

An award-winning author of five fiction and two non-fiction books, Houghton's vast portfolio includes writing for The Huffington Post, More Magazine, the San Francisco Examiner, and Women Magazine as well as celebrity interviews and reviews for HBO documentaries, OWN-The Oprah Winfrey Network, and The Style Channel. She appears as a guest author and book commentator regularly on TV, radio, and internet shows.

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Entries by Kristen Houghton

The Author and Editor Relationship: Professional Sparring Partners

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 10:44 AM

A friend of mine who is about to join the ranks of published authors emailed me in a panic. His new manuscript was in editing with a small but well-respected press and the edits he was receiving from their top-notch editor were not at all to his liking. "This guy...

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Have I Got a Story for You!

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 11:29 AM

Writers are fair game for anyone with a "terrific idea" for a story. There is a part of me that truly understands this. It's the same concept as when authors send out our manuscripts to agents and publishers hoping they'll like it enough to publish. We want someone to like...

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Is Your Short Story Film Worthy? You Never Know!

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 1:57 PM

Do you ever dream of one day seeing the fictional characters you created being portrayed by real actors on TV or the movie screen? Think it's only a daydream or wishful thinking? Is it possible that it will ever happen? It can, and does, happen. All it takes one good...

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Use Your Imagination and Write What You Enjoy!

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 9:50 PM

Anyone who has ever been in a writing class has heard the time-worn, (and very worn-out), advice given to those seeking a career as an author: "Write what you know." It's not necessarily bad advice and may ring true for some authors.

An example of an author who has...

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Internet Distraction: The Writer's Main Dilemma

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Listen up authors. It's time to play the writers' game of True or False. Ready? Here goes!

1. The Internet and social media are a boon to all writers; your work and name become known to millions of people and you connect daily as a writer worldwide.

2. The Internet...

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What Books Do Authors Read? Surprise!

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2015 | 8:56 PM

Ever wonder what authors read? It's not always someone who is well-known. Of course, reader recognition is the goal of all authors. Getting your name and your work to be known is a must. Readers are comfortable having books in hand from authors whose works they have grown to love...

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Joining a Professional Authors Organizations vs. Author Forums

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 4:58 PM

There's an old joke about a man trying to sell an air conditioner at an air conditioner sales convention. Concerning this experience he had some clear-cut advice for prospective salespeople. This advice was summed up in two words: DON'T TRY! Common sense asks, he said, who would buy an air...

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A Bad Book Review Isn't the End of the World

(3) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 1:18 PM

"Writers, fall into two groups" said Isaac Asimov, acclaimed science fiction author. "Those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review."

Sound like anyone you know? Yes, been there too, but it's not all bad. Don't get...

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Is Writer's Block Really So Bad? No, and Here's Why

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 1:00 AM

Writer's block is the dreaded mental stumbling block many authors have come to fear. You know, the awful feeling you have when your usually prolific talent with words hits a verbal roadblock? You think,

"Omigod! I'm stuck in chapter 4 and I can't seem to come up with anything...

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Setting the Price for Your Novel -- What You Need to Know

(1) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 9:43 AM

Think you know all about publishing your book? The writing, the edits, etc., sure. But there's more. Do you know how to price your novel so it will sell well? This isn't about publicity, this is about the actual book price seen by your readers. There's a whole new world...

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Writing Hot and Steamy Scenes for Your Novel-Whew!

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 6:24 PM

"I'm here baby," he whispers in my ear as his hand slides up the skirt of my expensive dress... I'll say this about my ex; he knows all the right erotic buttons to push. After a few minutes and some close encounters of the erogenous kind, I feel..."

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Book Reviews: Should You Pay for Them?

(7) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 11:29 AM

Every author wants his or her book reviewed in a positive manner. Realistically, a book by an unknown author starts out with a small chance of success while that same book and author can gain excellent momentum toward success with a number of positive reviews. Most writers ask fellow authors...

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Authors Beware of Publicity Scams

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 7:20 PM

Every writer is aware that the job doesn't end with just writing a book. There's a heck of a lot more that needs to get done; editing that seems endless with back and forth correspondence with your editor, cover approval, layout approval, and printing. Writing the book was easy compared...

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Becoming a Publisher: A Positive Choice for Authors

(3) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 8:34 PM

The book is written, proofed, edited and re-read until you feel as if your eyeballs will bleed, you've "sent it out" and now the wait begins. If you have chosen to go the way of traditional publishing, you have either submitted through an agent where you have discovered that most...

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You're an Author? So You're Really Not Working, Right?

(12) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 2:23 PM

Most authors have some sort of a home office which is good and bad. Good in the sense that you have a quiet place to weave your stories without major disturbances from co-workers. Bad because your neighbors and family members know that you're home and they don't understand the reality...

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Be a Patron of the Arts-Your Own Art!

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 12:47 PM

Chances are that if you're an aspiring or struggling author, you have a day job. And chances are equally good that you dream of a time when you're free to write all day or at least a substantial part of every day and that the writing will be lucrative enough...

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Strong Female Characters in Books: Are There Any Other Kind?

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 3:14 PM

For an upcoming Book Fair and book signing in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, I was asked to be part of a panel discussing how authors write strong female characters in today's world. I will be part of a group of extraordinarily talented...

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The Savvy Author: Research Is Not a Dirty Word

(1) Comments | Posted May 31, 2015 | 2:10 PM

Some authors cringe at the word"research." Margaret Mitchell spent years researching the characters and places for her epic novel Gone With The Wind and it shows. Besides being an incredible character study with several intertwining story lines, it is historically accurate enough to be used as a lesson...

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Writing As Your Opposite Gender Can Be Successful

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2015 | 10:47 AM

Authors love to tweak the imaginations of our readers; we love to provide those who have spent good money on our books with a little something extra; women writing as a male, men writing as a female. While most writers write main characters in their own gender, many others, quite...

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Balancing the Loneliness of the Writing Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2015 | 11:45 AM

During an interview, Sara Paretsky, author of the V.I. Warshawski, was asked what she thought were the best thing, and the worst thing, about writing.

The best thing about writing is you get to explore a thousand different personalities, all by going deep into your own soul....
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