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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 Immense Popularity of the Cozy Mysteries

(2) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 12:57 PM

What's a mystery book-wise? Well... "If it's got a dead body in it, it's a mystery!" Sounds about right. That's the statement Butch Cassiday, author of Mayhem in the Mainstream: A Study in Bloodlines, received when he asked a neighborhood librarian how she would describe a mystery.

Call them...

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Why Authors Need an 'Outside Life'

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 12:23 PM

If you're in the field of writing the changes are good that you tend to face more rejection and less acceptance than those in any other profession. No other group of people face criticism and rejection as often as we do. Truthfully, though we may rant and rave, we have...

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Horror Novels: Women Write Them Too

(3) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 4:18 PM

Once upon a time in a literary setting long ago, an accomplished "lady novelist" searching for a change of venue from writing about "womanly" interests might have tried her hand in writing a neat, nothing messy, of course, who-done-it. It was unthinkable that the fairer-sex would ever have the unholy...

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Fiction vs. Non-Fiction: Which Do You Prefer?

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 3:46 PM

New year, time to review what you're going to be writing in the coming months. Maybe like me you have a project or two already in the works from the previous year and you're working hard to reach a book launch deadline. Or maybe you're mulling over new ideas and...

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Tips for Becoming a Successful E-Book Author

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 3:08 PM

If the publishing world is changing it is because of the many ways authors are choosing to find and expand their audiences through self-publishing. One of the newest ways to find an audience is by being an ebook-only author. Believe it or not, these authors who write only...

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The Keys to Publishing Success Are in Your Hands

(4) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 4:28 PM

Getting your book published is no longer a 'wait-and-hope' proposition. There are so many ways to get published today that no author has to go through the process of submitting a proposal (non-fiction) or a full manuscript (fiction) to literary agents and endure the agonizing wait to see if it's...

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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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