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Michael A. Stackpole

The Secrets

Mike Stackpole

When you are serious about writing...

The Secrets is a compendium of wisdom by writers for writers who are serious about their craft and the business. Written and edited by New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole, each bi-weekly issue is packed with a minimum of four pages of vital information about how to succeed with a writing career.

The Secrets gives you the need-to-know information that will start your career off racing, or propel your career into the stratosphere. If you are serious about writing and getting published, The Secrets is something you cannot do without.

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Issue #1 (4 pages) contains: ... • To Plot or Not? ... • Characterization: The Soul of the Art ... • Speed Kills ... • Quick Tip

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