Author Steve Laube

Resist the Urge to Explain Your Title

For fiction writers, there is an important self-editing technique called RUE (Resist the Urge to Explain). The problem occurs when an author overwrites a scene and explains every thought, movement, etc., or fails to allow the reader to fill in the details, thereby ruining the reading experience. The concept is …

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Fun Fridays – February 8, 2019

Almost a million and a half people have viewed this video already; but if you haven’t, be prepared to laugh. The comedian Jon Crist created this bit called “If Bible Characters Had iPhones.” There are some wild anachronisms in movies, but they probably weren’t intentional. This satire is great fun. Enjoy!

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Book of the Month – February 2019

The necessity of proper grammar is a blessing and a curse. A blessing for clear communication and consistency in how we communicate. A curse because it can be so complicated—everything from spelling to punctuation to phraseology. To make matters confusing, there are conflicting style guides. The Associated Press (AP) Stylebook …

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Fun Fridays – February 1, 2019

Attention to detail. You’ve heard it as an important principle in writing authentic fiction and nonfiction. But who makes sure a movie pays attention to that detail? The script supervisor. Today’s video is a seven-minute education for a job that few appreciate. Our eyes will even pass over that name …

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Will Libraries Eventually Pay Authors?

In 33 countries, not including the U.S., there is a program in place called the Public Lending Right (or PLR).  As the PLR website states, “Public Lending Right is the right of authors and other rights holders to receive payment for the free public use of their works in libraries.” …

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Fun Friday – January 25, 2019

While the music on this video is amazing, it has a very fun feature. The best tambourine player in the world! After awhile I couldn’t help but smile and then laugh. Hope he brightens your day. Question: If this video is a metaphor of the publishing life and the author …

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Glitch

The regularly scheduled post for today, Monday January 21st, did not go out to our newsletter subscribers as planned. Instead a fragment of a future scheduled post went out instead. Therefore today’s post has been moved to next Monday while we solve our technical glitch. Technology is great, when it …

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The Quest for Originality

Are you tired of being told by a publisher “We simply don’t do books like that”? or “Yours is certainly out of the box, but is not what we are looking for at this time”? What’s the Deal with Boxes? In general all books are sold under a category. Be …

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