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By Steve Newton

Hardcore fans of Stephen King are aware that he used the pen name Richard Bachman for a number of his early novels because he was a huge fan of Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

But not many BTO fans know that the band’s founding guitarist, Randy Bachman, once went looking for King in the horror icon’s own backyard.

I rediscovered this fact today when I came across some quotes from an interview I did with Bachman back in 2009.

“I was pretty amazed that he chose that as a pseudonym for his earlier stuff,” Bachman explained. “He also had a [movie] called Maximum Overdrive, and I thought ‘Holy cow, it’s like he’s trading on the name.’

“So I tried to meet him a few times,” added Bachman. “I was up where he lives in Maine, and I went to his little cottage, but he just wasn’t there. I really wanted…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

I am very keen to make reviews a prominent feature of the book promotions and encourage readers to review the books that they buy and enjoy, or not as the case may be.

Word of mouth is still the most powerful marketing tool that anyone who is selling a product benefits from. Authors are no different, and our books tend to be judged by the number and quality that they have received.

Part of the problem is that those who are not writers of books or blogs are uncomfortable in offering reviews and feel that what they have to say is not important. Many who do review a book, leave just one line after their star rating, simply saying that the reader enjoyed or disliked a book, but they do not elaborate.

That is obviously very welcome. But whilst a potential reader does not want to read three pages filled…

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Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

Courtesy ofAdirondack Editing

Research – How Much is Enough or How Much is Too Much?

Once your first draft is completed, you might decide there are areas that you need to research. How long a body will keep in a refrigerator, for instance. Or how apt someone is to be struck by lightning while jogging through San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in July. Or whether or not the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City is uptown or downtown from where your main character is. There are many details that writers have to research to make sure they are correct.

Just like anything, some authors love to research and others hate it. Those who love it can get lost in researching, using…

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