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IOD-TV Episode #5: Squeaky Wheel Syndrome

Not all immersion busters are actually errors. Sometimes, perfectly sensible prose can backfire.

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New IOD-TV Episode: What is immersion anyway?

A working definition of immersion, and how it can help you write more engaging fiction.

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The Fire Mages, by Pauline M. Ross (29:29)

Today a young girl named Kyra takes us on a whirlwind journey to her heart’s desire, but forgets to let us experience it with her.

The Grey Bastards, by Jonathan French (40:00)

Today we see that every grumble from a reader costs the author credi… Today we see that names giveth and names taketh away.

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Exopod: The flat-pack display stand for books

As an author, I frequently go to book fairs, signings, and other sales events, and I’ve never been able to find a decent display stand for showcasing my books. Most of the commercial versions I’ve seen are either too big, too clumsy, or too complicated. What I want is something that is strong enough to hold up a large book or several smaller ones, packs flat so that I can fill my boxes with books rather than hardware, and is easy to assemble. Plus, it wouldn’t hurt if they brought a bit of style to my display table.