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In this issue... Your Fiction Book Series


Your Fiction Book Series

By Bruce L. Cook

When you write interweaving stories within a fiction story, there comes a time to bring the strands together. .... (continued below)


Your Fiction Book Sereies

Now that the book market has shifted its focus to shorter books, writers are more likely to break a long novel into a series..

A serial novel has special problems in motivating the reader to continue to each next book in line.

For example, think of a novel where Part One resolves all conflicts and ties everything up neatly. Even though Volume 2 might have the same characters and setting, why would a reader continue to Volume 2?

That's where the publisher or agent will insist that some conflicts remain unresolved at the end of each volume in the series. Only the final volume is permitted to tie everything up.

Here the problem becomes maintaining the integrity of each book. For example. In a recent book to remain unnamed, the protagonist is forced to hug another character who, as it turns out. Is wearing a bomb in a backpack. The bomb blows up. Oh gosh! What now? Well. The book ends, leaving the reader to the buy book 2, or to quit in disgust.

Here us the problem. A book should resolve main conflicts as part of its development. A "shaggy dig story" like the above example, fails to satisfy the reader.


Cover of book - Theories Ethnic ViolenceFundamental Theories of Ethnic Conflict, by Muli wa Kyendo (ed.)


This book develops and expands on theories that aim at explaining the root causes of ethnic and racial conflicts. The aim is to shift focus from research, policies and strategies based on tackling the effects of ethnic and racial conflicts, which have so far been ineffective as evidenced by the increase in ethnic conflicts, to more fundamental ideas, models and strategies. Contents extend across many disciplines including evolution, biology, religion, communication, mythology and even introspective perspectives.around the world.

Drawn from around the world, contributors to the book are respected and experienced award winning authors, scholars and thinkers with deep understanding of their special fields of contribution. The book was inspired by the conditions in Kenya, where ethnic violence flared up with terrifying consequences following a disputed election in 2008. Although the conflict was resolved by the intervention of the international community, Kenyans like many other Africans - continue to live in fear of ethnic conflicts breaking out with more disastrous consequences. The book will be useful to policy makers, NGOs and others involved in promoting peace. It will also be useful in guiding research and as a text book in universities and colleges.

Handbook of Research on Examining Global Peacemaking in the Digital Age, Bruce L. Cook (ed.)


Violent behavior has become deeply integrated into modern society and it is an unavoidable aspect of human nature. Examining peacemaking strategies through a critical and academic perspective can assist in resolving violence in societies around the world.

The Handbook of Research on Examining Global Peacemaking in the Digital Age is a pivotal reference source for the latest research findings on the utilization of peacemaking in media, leadership, and religion. Featuring extensive coverage on relevant areas such as human rights, spirituality, and the Summer of Peace, this publication is an ideal resource for policymakers, universities and colleges, graduate-level students, and organizations seeking current research on the application of conflict resolution and international negotiation.


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Publishing New Writers,

October, 2020 (vol. 21, no. 10)


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