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The Fullness of the Void

I wrote this mainstream fiction story some years ago. I believe in 2010. When I read it to my writers' club, they were telling me it was one of the best things I'd written (up to that point, of...

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Top Ten Ways Authors Bore Readers

R. L. Copple gives his top ten ways that authors tend to bore readers. What bores you?

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Interview: Seeking Unseen
by Kat Heckenbach

R. L. Copple features an mini-interview with Kat Hechenbach upon the publication of the second book in her The Tosh Island Chronicles, Seeking Unseen.

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Publisher or Agent?

There’s a growing trend among agents. Dean Wesley Smith has recently gone totally anti-agent on his blog. In previous post, he’d allowed that some writers may want to consider an agent, but now he feels he can no longer recommend that anyone use an agent.

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Look Ma, No Practice!

In the creative arts, practice is the norm. It’s expected that a pianist will spend hours and years perfecting their playing ability. Rock bands spend days and months practicing a song before releasing it. Actors attend numerous rehearsals for plays, or do a movie scene numerous times before the director is satisfied. And before that goes years of practice in most every profession before an artist ever gets on stage or in front of a camera.

So why do people who want to become published authors expect their first novel to sell? Why do people think authors don’t need to practice before snagging a publishing contract?

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    Second book in The Virtual Chronicles. A superhero space adventure!

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    First book in The Virtual Chronicles. Virtual reality has never been so real!

  • Reality’s Fire

    Third book in The Reality Chronicles. The exciting finale goes to Hell and back.

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    Second book in The Reality Chronicles. An adventure with consequences.

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    First book in The Reality Chronicles. 15 adventures of Sisko to enjoy!

  • Ethereal Worlds Anthology

    25 short stories and flash fictions written over five years by R. L. Copple.

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    Let's go there. It's a silly place. Two flash fictions in this anthology: "Shake, Rattle, and Roll," and "Baby Truth."