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Watch for Nickum’s Notes, a one-page newsletter that brings information tidbits on the craft of writing nonfiction. Reviews of new books and some not so new on topics ranging from historical fiction to cooking and the outdoors, information on writing from critique groups to online conferences, and announcements will be covered.
Newsletter Dated: 9/3/2014 7:50:24 AM

Subject: Nickum’s Notes

"From the CEO of Saguaro Books, LLC "
Sept. 2014 Issue # 1
Saguaro Books, LLC has published 10 titles since opening its doors in late 2012. Our authors must be first time authors with one exception. We will publish new editions of prviously published books, if the author has clear rights from the previous publisher. We do no work with agents, we prefer to work directly with authors.
For more information, please visit our website:
In This Issue:
• Feature Article: [Article Headline]
• Recommended Resources
• Quote of the Week
• Contact the Editor

1. Feature Article: [Article Headline Goes Here]
What is “denouement” and what does it mean?
Denouement is a hard word to pronounce (and a harder word to spell for some of us, especially me—it’s one of my Achilles’ heels for some reason). But the role of the denouement in literature is not hard to comprehend and, once you understand it’s definition, you’ll be to spot it quite easily in most novels.
The denouement is the final outcome of the story, generally occurring after the climax of the plot. Often it’s where all the secrets (if there are any) are revealed and loose ends are tied up. For example, the denouement of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet comes just after the Romeo and Juliet take their own lives. When the families find their dead bodies, Escalus explains that their deaths are a result of the family feud, leaving members of both sides to feel guilty. That is the denouement.
As a writer, it’s important to keep this in mind when crafting your own story. While you want to give away bits of information about your plot (and subplots) throughout, you want to save the juiciest revelations for the end, rewarding readers for staying the course. That’s the ultimate goal of any good denouement

2. Recommended Resources
Twelve Useful Websites to Improve your Writing
by Johnny Webber - Daily Zen List

1. - A different kind of thesaurus.
2. - One quick dictionary search tool.
3. - The quickest, most intelligent way to improve your vocabulary.
4. - A minimalist writing zone where you can block out all distractions.
5. - Write three new pages every day.
6. - Get scored on your writing's readability.
7. - Get a new writing prompt every time you visit.
8. - Improve your writing with repetitive exercises.
9. - (I Write Like) A tool that analyzes your writing and tells you which famous authors you most write like.
10. - Simplify your writing.
11. - Generate fake names for your characters.
12. - Collaborate on a story with others by submitting a paragraph.

3. Quote of the Week
“The research is the easiest. The outline is the most fun. The first draft is the hardest, because every word of the outline has to be fleshed out. The rewrite is very satisfying.”
---Ken Follett

4. Contact the Author
Copyright © [2014] by [Mary Nickum] - All Rights Reserved.
Editor: [Mary Nickum], [Saguaro Books, LLC]
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