Meredith R. Stoddard writes folklore-inspired fiction from her writing shed in Virginia. She studied literature and folk-lore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before working as a corporate trainer and instructional designer. Her love of storytelling is inspired by years spent listening to stories at her grandmother’s kitchen table. She also helps authors create repeatable processes for productive writing.

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Are you writing a police procedural? Or a novel set in the wild west of the 1860? Maybe in modern day Japan?

Every book needs research, but how do you do it effectively?

Writers know the research rabbit hole all too well, but you don’t want to get stuck down there forever. You need the right tools for the right job, and know you’ll get the information you need.

That’s why I asked Meredith R. Stoddard to be a part of Launch Pad: The Countdown To Writing Your Book. She’s an expert when it comes to research tools and how to make the most out of them.

In her chapter Meredith R. Stoddard gives practical advice on how to search smarter, which tools to use and what you can do if you want to go the extra mile.

And, she’s condensed her top ten tips on how to research efficiently and effectively into a handy free, pdf download you can access here: