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Should My Novel Have a Prologue?

In a novel, the prologue – a section preceding your first chapter – is a powerful literary tool. When utilised correctly, a prologue can elevate your novel to the next level. Fiction or non-fiction, crime or fantasy, a prologue sets the tone for the reader from the very outset. The blank-canvas nature of this opening …

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Should My Novel Have An Epilogue?

Appearing at the very end of a novel, an effective epilogue can leave a lasting impression on your audience. Written in similar fashion to the prologue, this short section is situated directly after the final chapter. Writers typically employ an epilogue for a variety of reasons, ranging from a narrative resolution to a detour or …

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Can A Novel Be A True Story?

As writers, we always hear that familiar old adage: Write what you know. Most often, we take this to mean that we should write about our own lives. Many well-known books have been based on the life of the author. But does this make it a novel, or an autobiography? Similarly, many authors claim that …

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Talem Press Expands List With Multi-Book Deal From Debut Australian Fantasy Author

Exciting news, folks! Our imprint indie house, Talem Press, has signed debut author, Bonnie Wynne, in a multi-book deal for her fantasy series The Price of Magic. Wynne is based in Sydney, where she works for the Australian government. Her debut novel and the first book in The Price of Magic series, The Ninth Sorceress, …

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Literary Devices: Setting

On its most basic level, the setting of your story is simply the location at which your story takes place, like a set to a stage show. This includes the location, the immediate surroundings, the weather and the time. But quite often, the setting is much more than just the ‘where and when’ of your …

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