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ISBN-10:  1458152192 Type: 

Copyright:  Jan 24, 2011 ISBN-13:  9781458152192

Mary Deal on Smashwords

A compilation of many of my articles on writing to help authors make their prose the best that it can be.

My eBook, Write it Right - Tips for Authors, Volume I, is available in all downloadable formats on Smashwords. You can read the first 30% free.

"Write it Right - Tips for Authors, Vol. I, written and compiled by an award-winning novelist, is a major source of information for breathing life into your prose. Learn how to polish your work with a collection of extraordinary tips and examples for making your writing the best that it can be."

Here is the entire Table of Contents:


About This Book

Section 1: Preparation

The First Time Writer

9 Tips for Beginners

Sleep and Creativity

Writing in the Dark


Creative Writing Prompts

File of Notes

Writing Rules

Story: The Hawaii Muumuu, a Writing Aid

Section 2: Things to Know to Help You Write

Plot or Character Driven

Plot Elements

Parts of a Story

Voice in Writing

Choosing the Point of View

Outlining a Story

Character Sketches

Breaking Stereotypes

Character Arc

Faces and Quirks

Clichés and Jargon

Know Your Genre

Naming Characters

Author Intrusion

Story: Grandpappy’s Cows

Section 3: Getting it Written

Starting your Story

Sentence Structure

Building a Story

Let the Dialogue Speak

Dig Deep for Plot Remedies

Drop the Words

Emotional Release through Character Conflicts

False Sense

Forensic Evidence in Plots


Reader Empathy

Repetition Offends your Reader

Taking Liberties

Talk Uppity

Talk the Talk

When I’m Stuck

Words and Sounds

Those S and ES Endings

Scene Changes

From Novella to Novel

Story: Any Way you Distort It

Section 4: Edit and Edit Again… and Again

Get Away from Your Story

Never an End

When Editing Backfires

River Boners

Hidden Grammar Flaws

Let Nothing Slip By

Dead Words

Story: The Editor

Section 5: Soliciting Agents, Editors or Publishers

About Copyrights

Preparing the Manuscript for an Agent

Choosing a Publisher

Follow those Guidelines

Designing Book Covers

Section 6: The Business of Promotion

Amazon Rankings

What’s Your Book About?

Writer’s Self-Esteem

Your Public Persona

Section 7: Some Final Thoughts

A Second Volume

About the Author

Professional Reviews

Matter-of-Fact Style
“Mary Deal’s articles first appeared in Mississippi Crow in 2006. Reader response was so good, that we invited Mary to send us more. Soon she was being featured in every issue. It wasn’t a quantum leap for us at that point, to bring Mary on board as an associate editor. Her articles are especially good for writers looking to learn more about storyline and character development, and even solving grammar and composition problems. Mary’s matter-of-fact style, seasoned with an occasional pinch of humor, gets to the “meat” of the subject without wasting the reader’s time--and in today’s busy world, this is a big plus.”

~ Nadia Giordana is the founding editor of Mississippi Crow, a literary and arts magazine dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging and up and coming writers, poets and artists. She is the author of the award-winning book, Thinking Skinny from Cloud 9 Publishing, and she hosts the BlogTalkRadio program, Interviews with Extraordinary Women. Links to each of these can be found at Nadia’s blog,

Mary Knows her Stuff
“Mary Deal has been a regular contributor to my website,, for a very long time. Her writing articles have been a weekly feature on my blog, and my readers have warmly embraced them for their insightful tips about the craft. Between Mary’s articles and my weekly author guest-bloggers, people keep coming back for more. Her tips are a wonderful addition to my thriller genre focused website, but her advice and counsel are applicable across the spectrum of writing…all genres and sub-genres.
“Mary knows her stuff, and I personally have learned so much from her. (Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?) When she told me she was compiling her articles for a book, I knew she had a winning idea. While her advice for authors appears in scattered posts on my blog, having them all available in one place – this book – makes for a wonderful reference resource.
“What I enjoy the most about Mary’s articles is how straightforward she is in presenting information. She doesn’t mince words (a tip in and of itself), rather, she delivers short-cropped, to-the-point guidance. And very often she does it with a great sense of humor! There’s something for everyone: cliché avoidance, point of view adherence, repetition rejection…you name it. Each article is easy to read, register, remember and render into practice. Enjoy this book. Learn from it. Apply the lessons herein. Mary will make you a better writer, and put a smile on your face along the way.”

~ Mike Angley, Special Agent (USAF, ret), Colonel (USAF, ret). Award-winning Author of the Child Finder Trilogy,

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