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  • Try this mental trick to combat blank page freeze

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    Carly Sandifer
    1 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Fight the blank page! In previous posts, I’ve suggested ways to pre-plan for National Novel Writing Month, where writers strive to produce a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. While some writers create an outline, nail down character sketches, devise a story question, and outline their novel’s setting, others like to dive in on day 1  and just start typing. Regardless of where you’re at, the blank page can be a terrible thing. You may be saying, “How can I not have a blank page? It starts out that way — blank.” True. But just don’t let it…
  • Scam Warnings For Freelancers

    Writer Beware
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIdentity Theft This week, freelance writer Heather Boerner (who has published with such well-known venues as The Atlantic and The Washington Post) alerted me to her experience with a scammer.Heather discovered the scam when she was contacted, out of the blue, by an individual who claimed to have hired her through a freelance jobs bidding website called oDesk. From an article about the scam by one of Heather's colleagues, Paul Raeburn:[Heather] quickly realized that she had been the victim of identity theft. Somebody--a fake Heather--had gone to…
  • Editorial Calendars: Why Simple is Better

    Published and Profitable Writers Tips Blog
    Roger C. Parker
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:48 am
    There’s a wide variety of content marketing editorial calendars available, and some are very robust. But, often, the simplest solutions are the most effective. I observed the power of simple editorial calendars about a decade ago, when I was helping small business owners and pioneering thought leaders commit to publishing a monthly One-Page Newsletter. The deal was, as part of their training, these newcomers to marketing and writing for business had to choose the topics for their first 12 monthly newsletters before they published their first issue! This played a major contributor in the…
  • Why It’s Important To Finish Your Shit

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    terribleminds
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    Maybe you’re doing NaNoWriMo. Maybe you’re not. Honestly, I don’t give a pony’s patoot — NaNoWriMo is, always, and has been a bit of a stalking horse. It creeps up on you and you think it’s fun and neat and there’s this whole community vibe and then suddenly a goblin jumps out and bellows: “HA HA SUCKER NOW YOU’RE A WRITER. YOU ARE CURSED!” And then the camera pans up and you shake your fists and screamweep into the rain, because you can already feel the penmonkey hex taking hold in your blood and your marrow. I may have…
  • You're Trying to Find Out Something You Don't Know

    Advice to Writers
    JW
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    When you’re writing, you’re trying to find out something which you don’t know. The whole language of writing for me is finding out what you don’t want to know, what you don’t want to find out. But something forces you to anyway. JAMES BALDWIN
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  • You're Trying to Find Out Something You Don't Know

    JW
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    When you’re writing, you’re trying to find out something which you don’t know. The whole language of writing for me is finding out what you don’t want to know, what you don’t want to find out. But something forces you to anyway. JAMES BALDWIN
  • Writing Has Laws of Perspective

    JW
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. TRUMAN CAPOTE
  • Sentences Must Be Dramatic

    JW
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Sentences are not different enough to hold the attention unless they are dramatic. No ingenuity of varying structure will do. All that can save them is the speaking tone of voice somehow entangled in the words and fastened to the page for the ear of the imagination. ROBERT FROST
  • Voice is the Music of the Story's Intelligence

    JW
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I think voice is the music of the story's intelligence, that the voice of a novel, the voice of a story, is not the speaking voice of Frank Bascombe but it is something a good bit more complex. It is how a novel sounds when it is doing its most important business on you, when it is, as novels do, as poems do,. Novels lean on us. They are artifice. They are rhetorical. They are trying to affect us and change us. And that's what I hear, what I understand, when I use the word “voice.” RICHARD FORD
  • Be There to Write

    JW
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Over the years, I’ve found one rule. It is the only one I give on those occasions when I talk about writing. A simple rule. If you tell yourself you are going to be at your desk tomorrow, you are by that declaration asking your unconscious to prepare the material. You are, in effect, contracting to pick up such valuables at a given time. Count on me, you are saying to a few forces below: I will be there to write. NORMAN MAILER
 
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    Daily Writing Tips

  • Business Cadence

    Maeve Maddox
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:02 pm
    The meanings of cadence with which I’m most familiar have to do with poetry and music. In poetry, cadence refers to rhythmical construction. For example, “Iambic pentameter has a cadence similar to that of common English speech.” In music and movement, cadence is the measure of rhythm. For example, “The importance of the delayed cadence in Wagner is most easily observed by looking at his use of rests.” In speaking, cadence is the rise and fall of the voice. For example, “What can be done to improve the cadence of a student [whose speech] sounds very choppy?” Because rhythm is…
  • Black Friday: Grab a Pro Subscription with 40% Discount!

    Daniel Scocco
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:23 am
    As you probably know, last year we launched the DWT Pro subscription. As a Pro subscriber you receive our daily articles via email, with additional perks: 1. A daily English exercise. You may opt to receive the exercise in text format included with your daily email, or you may visit the subscribers’ area to go through an interactive version of it, where you’ll get a score right after submitting your answers. 2. Access to the exercise archive, which contains more than 320 interactive exercises on a wide range of topics. Examples include punctuation, capitalization, subject-verb…
  • Get Ahold Of

    Maeve Maddox
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:58 pm
    A reader objects strongly to the expression “get ahold of,” viewing it as an example of “the slang [that is] slowly and insidiously debasing English.” I wouldn’t go so far as to say that. Both the Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster provide entries for ahold. The OED lists ahold as an adverb. The first definition is for an obsolete nautical term meaning “at a position close to the wind.” The second definition given is “So as to hold on to someone or something.” The earliest citation for this use is dated 1850; the most recent, 1994. Both are from American sources:…
  • Bare or Bear With Me?

    Maeve Maddox
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Commonly seen on the Web is the misspelled phrase “bare with me.” The correct expression is “bear with me.” It means, “be patient with me.” One of the many meanings of the verb “to bear” is “to tolerate.” The verb bare, on the other hand, means “to reveal” or “to uncover.” For example, “Do not bare your navel in public.” It’s not unusual to find “bear with me” spelled incorrectly in discussions of domestic problems: I know it’s long, but please bare with me, I’m in desperate need of advice. I’m having trouble putting my thoughts into words so you…
  • Credence

    Maeve Maddox
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:47 pm
    I started wondering about the use of the word credence when I noticed the following headline on an entertainment news site: Al Pacino gives credence to James Gunn’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ The noun credence (KREE-dns] usually functions as a synonym for credibility or believability. For example, “The premise of the argument lacks credence.” As much as I enjoyed the Gunn film, I find nothing believable about a tree creature that wins everyone’s affection by saying the same three words again and again, or a genetically engineered raccoon with anger issues. I decided to find out…
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    Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

  • 444 GG Between You and Me

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Read along on the website: Lightning versus Lightening http://j.mp/1uIYkGQ Between You and Me http://j.mp/1qWTStf How Teddy Bears Got Their Name http://j.mp/1zw2WEv Sign up for my December 12 corporate webcast. http://bitly.com/ggwebcast
  • 443 GG Done Versus Finished

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Done Versus Finished (Follow along at the website: http://bit.ly/1uNZgyH) Types of Nouns (http://bit.ly/1vwzG3c) Why Grimm's Fairy Tales Should Make You Think of Linguistics (http://bit.ly/1yzfHOs) Try my iOS game, Grammar Pop: http://bit.ly/14eeMDb
  • 442 GG Make Me a Sandwich

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Based on Versus Based off. Make Me a Sandwich: A Joke About Verbs. How to Pronounce Zero
  • 441 GG Mic or Mike? Simple or Simplistic? Uppercase and Lowercase

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Mic or Mike? Simple or Simplistic? Uppercase and Lowercase. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1qEiW2m
  • 440 GG How to Plan a Novel

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    For NaNoWriMo: How to format a character's thoughts, how to plan a novel, and the surprising newness of the novel format. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/13DNlJ8
 
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  • Against Attention: The Pre-Thanksgiving Manifesto

    Demian Farnworth
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Attention is not a fixed resource. Thank goodness. This means the little guy and gal can rise above the crowded skyline. Just because Seth Godin has 400 million eyeballs, it doesn’t mean you can’t capture some of those eyeballs, too … Doesn’t mean you can’t attract some of that interest and loyalty. We all start at the bottom. In obscurity. In the mud. In the dark. But because of the nature of attention, you too can become a skyscraper. You too could rise out of the dark. Might not be one of the Manhattan variety. But it’s attention, no less. Be…
  • Jay Baer on “Generosity Marketing” and the Power of Business Podcasting

    Brian Clark
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    You’d expect a guy who’s started five multi-million dollar businesses from scratch to know a thing about marketing that works. And then, of course, he’d write the book on it. In this case, the guy is Jay Baer, and the book is Youtility, a guide so useful for effective marketing it’s becoming a franchise unto itself. In his spare time, Jay is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, podcaster, angel investor, new media personality, and restless entrepreneur who can’t help but add just one more project to his portfolio. I asked Jay to be the first in a series of…
  • Why Too Much Emotional Appeal in Your Copy Can Harm Your Credibility

    Yael Grauer
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Let’s be clear: You need emotional appeal in your writing. Compelling stories keep readers on your website, and since you must discover their worldviews and understand their experiences so that you can serve them better, you’ll naturally learn about their emotional states. But when you communicate with your audience, you need to strike the right emotional balance. In fact, getting heavy-handed with emotional appeal in your writing can backfire and potentially harm your credibility. The dangers of overstating the problem If you really know your readers, you know their pain points.
  • The ABCs of Landing Pages That Work [Infographic]

    Steven Lowe
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Landing pages are bread and butter. Landing pages never stutter. Landing pages are rhyme and reason. Landing pages stay in season. See what I did there? Rhymes help make learning fun and easy. And when you want to make a living as a blogger, learning how to create landing pages that convert is a smart way to help you build your career online. So, what’s even more fun than a list of rhymes that help you learn the fundamentals of effective landing pages? An infographic that visually depicts each rhyme! Landing page rhyme time The ultra-creative Lauren Mancke designed this handy guide to…
  • How to Use Content Curation to Create a Recurring Revenue Business

    Brian Clark
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s no secret that I’m a tireless advocate for the creation of original content to fuel business growth. My next online project, however, is based on … curation. You read that right. I’m starting a new site, and the centerpiece of my content strategy will be locating and making sense of the smartest articles, audio, and video I can find in that topical market that are created by others. Sound strange? Listen in and check out the three-part process I’m following, so you can start building your own profitable content curation strategy: In this 49-minute episode…
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  • Dialogue tips: the fastest way to improve any manuscript

    Carol Despeaux
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    In this 30-minute video below, author Joanna Penn interviews author and writing teacher James Scott Bell about his book on dialogue, “How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript.” Bell gives some great tips to make your dialogue sing and catch the eye of an agent, publisher and reader: Characters shouldn’t be feeding each other information they already know. Example: Brother to sister: “Look sis, our mom, Linda who is a school teacher is home.” Don’t hide exposition or backstory in dialogue. Readers are savvy, will pick up on it, and won’t be…
  • Start a project notebook for NaNoWriMo and beyond

    Carly Sandifer
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    Part of my love (vice) of books includes an addiction to notebooks and journals. I imagine it goes along with my deep need to write, which showed itself on the walls of my childhood home. (Sorry mom.) For each new writing project, I like to select a notebook to track my wild digressions, character ideas, and anything else that could be important for building in themes, plot, or subplots. When I was writing my memoir, I kept a list of research and ideas I wanted to pursue and questions that I needed to answer. I used my project notebook as a place to park them so I could free up my brain…
  • Three posts to keep the words flowing

    Carol Despeaux
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re one of thousands of writers joining in National Novel Writing Month, you’re likely knee-or-neck deep with ideas and currently in that wonderful zone of writing hot. You’re 8,000 or so words into your story and everything’s flowing until…well…until it’s not. But not to worry. When you reach that point where your brain has turned to mush, when you’re asking yourself what the heck you’ve gotten yourself into and where did your normal, real life go….that’s when it’s time to take a deep breath and read these posts below for inspiration in getting back on…
  • Try this mental trick to combat blank page freeze

    Carly Sandifer
    1 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Fight the blank page! In previous posts, I’ve suggested ways to pre-plan for National Novel Writing Month, where writers strive to produce a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. While some writers create an outline, nail down character sketches, devise a story question, and outline their novel’s setting, others like to dive in on day 1  and just start typing. Regardless of where you’re at, the blank page can be a terrible thing. You may be saying, “How can I not have a blank page? It starts out that way — blank.” True. But just don’t let it…
  • Use NaNoWriMo month to hone your character’s deep point of view

    Carol Despeaux
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) begins tomorrow, November 1st, and is the perfect opportunity to hone your character’s deep point of view. What is deep point of view? Author and writing teacher Rhay Christou says, “In deep point of view the character owns the page and the author becomes nonexistent.” Deep point of view will hook your reader and keep them entranced with your character and story. Why is NaNoWriMo perfect for diving into deep point of view? Because we’re focused more on word count and less on structure, it’s a great time to just let go and be in the voice of…
 
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    Word Grrls

  • Make a DIY Rotating Goal List

    Laura
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Most of us seem to work smarter and stay organized by keeping a to-do list. The problem is that the projects are in constant flux, and you set out to achieve one thing only to be derailed by another. Sound familiar? Curated from Curbly This seems a sensible way to keep your goals and manage a to-do list too.Related Posts:New Ideas for New Projects to Start this YearWriting a Top 10 Sort of List PostHow to Write a Babysitting ResumeEasy ways to Stay Motivated…Try a New Writing Format
  • The Flash Fiction I Wrote for Inner Writer

    Laura
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The Shoes at the Edge of Tomorrow Today I woke up and the world is broken. I’ve read about people having their shoes knocked off when hit by a train or a bus. But there are no trains, no skid marks, no blood or bodies. Just shoes. Far in the distance the sky is lighter, too light, without explanation. The lack of sound, as if it were vacuumed out of the air, surrounds me. It fills my ears, creating a buzz of nothingness inside my head. I smash-kick a shoe out of my way to make it stop. I love ... Read more...Related Posts:Why Do I Like Exploring Old Houses?The Delights of Personal…
  • Inner Writer: Why Do You Write?

    Laura
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:08 pm
    This is from a research project which was posted for HubPages writers. The survey part is still up but there is no longer a raffle for the Amazon gift card.Related Posts:Do you Have to Wait for Inspiration?Make your Writer Feel More like a Writer this ChristmasWhy Aren’t You Writing for HubPages?Horror Writers are Nice Girls TooWriting for Content Marketing Sites is Too Expensive
  • The Words of the World Want to Make Sentences

    Laura
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:56 pm
    The words of the world want to make sentences. – Gaston Bachelard.
  • True Love Stories Never Have Endings

    Laura
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:11 pm
    I just watched the Veronica Mars episode where Duncan leaves with his daughter. Veronica pushing the old fortune cookie quote into her mirror was such a great ending for this episode. Sad and yet keeping the hope for more in the future. I’m not an expert on Veronica Mars but I don’t think Veronica and Duncan do get together again. Not so far anyway. As a writer… what would you say is the most romantic quote for missed love? Has a romantic quote meant something to you personally? Post it in the comments.Related Posts:One Word Blog Day: AvatarThe Art of Comment SpamWriters…
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  • Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party - I Despair.

    28 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/11/2...o-exempt-religious-people-from-equality-laws/ The DUP have got to be having laugh. After years upon years of sectarian hate-mongering, it seems they have at long last realised that they need to make a play for... Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party - I Despair.
  • mentioning Disney characters

    28 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    I know Disney has copyright things about mentioning the actual location and place, but is it okay to mention Disney characters? Like I want to say when I describe what this one girl looks like, I want to say she looks like Shrek. Is that allowed? Do you mention Disney characters in your stories?
  • Genre - love to read vs able to write??

    28 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Hi, I am new here, and seeking some advice. There is a story that has been forming in my sub-concious for years now and it is now starting to crystalise in my concious and I keep getting drawn to write it. The problem is my favourite genre to read is fantasy... the books that engage me and... Genre - love to read vs able to write??
  • Unnatural Campus

    28 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    UNNATURAL CAMPUS GM: TheApprentice Co-GM: KingType The Unnatural World: For longer than records here on Earth will tell, there have always been supernatural creatures hiding among the human race and out of sight. Perhaps there was a time long ago when they showed themselves to the... Unnatural Campus
  • I am afraid to admit but I think I am a pantser. What shall I do to become a decent plotter?

    28 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Aren't there any famous pantser Novelists? Are all of them a brilliant plotter?
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    The Purdue OWL News

  • American Sociological Association Updates for November 21, 2014

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    American Sociological Association UpdatesBy Joshua M. PaizWe're pleased to announce that our ASA resources are now up-to-date with the ASA Style Guide 5th Edition.  Content Coordinator Joshua M. Paiz completed this work. 
  • American Sociological Association Updates for November 20, 2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    American Sociological Association UpdatesBy Joshua M. PaizPardon our dust. Recently, the American Sociological Association (ASA) released the 5th edition of their style guide. The Purdue OWL staff is currently working towards updating our ASA content to reflect the changes (relatively few) and expansions to..
  • Purdue OWL: PowerPoint Updates, Part 2 for November 11, 2014

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    Purdue OWL: PowerPoint Updates, Part 2By Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce that the second round of updates to ourPowerPoint resources are complete and now live on the Purdue OWL. In this round of updated, the following resources have been moved to our new template, as well as havi..
  • Purdue OWL: PowerPoint Updates for November 4, 2014

    4 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    Purdue OWL: PowerPoint UpdatesBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce that the first round of updates to our PowerPoint resources are complete and now live on the Purdue OWL. In this round of updated, the following resources have been moved to our new template, as well as havi..
  • The Alumni Annotations for Fall 2014 for October 31, 2014

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    The Alumni Annotations for Fall 2014By Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue Writing Lab is pleased to announce that the Fall 2014 issue of the Alumni Annotations is now available. This issue features a fresh new design thanks to the Writing Lab Secretary Chris Voeglein. To access this semester's issue, click ..
 
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  • Thanksgiving: No Whining on the Yacht

    Charlotte Dixon
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:16 am
    Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, a day to eat too much turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes, and show our gratitude for, well, everything.  And because of that, I highly doubt that many of you are reading blog posts or newsletters today.  So I'm going to keep things simple today, with a reminder that nearly all of us can appreciate: No Whining on the Yacht. I get that there are many people suffering all around the planet.  I am deeply, truly sorry for their pain and wish I could wave a magic wand and have it all go away.  However, for most of us--likely you who are…
  • Wednesday Within: This Will Save Me

    Charlotte Dixon
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:11 am
    I am a woman of great passions.  Some of them, like writing and reading, have lasted a lifetime. Others, like gardening or knitting, wax and wane.  And still others (Jazzercise, anyone?) have their brief moment in the sun with me and then I lose interest. And then there are the things I find that I'm certain will save me.  Things like an eating or exercise plan. Or some kind of meditation.  A different kind of prayer.  A new book that has all the answers!  If only I follow the directions exactly, I will be a new person.   The problem is, I'm not at all good at following…
  • Rewriting: The Middle Way

    Charlotte Dixon
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:58 am
    This is a short-ish post, seeing as how it is two days before Thanksgiving, when I host a dozen family members here for dinner, and the lovely Olivia (19 months) is spending the day with me, and the house needs a lot tad bit of cleaning and, oh right, I do have to figure out a few recipes. I'm deep into rewriting my next novel, and all I can think about writing-wise is related to rewriting, which is kind of an individual thing.  So I've had a hard time coming up with ideas for writing posts lately, which you know is unusual seeing as how we're coming up on eight years of…
  • Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #17

    Charlotte Dixon
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    Here is the latest collection of prompts from my Tumblr page.  For reasons known only in the deep recesses of my subconscious this time around we focus on days of the week. Weird, I know.  Go figure. #117  Sunday.  A day to attend church for many people, a day of rest for others. Some have regular family suppers, others devote the day to reading the Sunday Times.  What do you do?  Your character? #118  Arrggh, its Monday.  How does your main character feel on this day? Does he or she love getting up and going back to work?  Or maybe she worked all weekend so this day feels no…
  • Wednesday Within: Integrity

    Charlotte Dixon
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    Here's a little secret about me: if I announce I'm going to do something, at some point I am sure to rebel against myself and not do it.  Does anybody else have that?  What is that about?  You would think at this advanced age, I'd have figured it out and stopped doing it. So all this is by way of saying that last week I didn't get around to writing a personal post.  (My idea around all this being that once a week I could give myself latitude to write about something beyond writing.) Well, come to think of it, I was on an airplane on the way home from Pasadena.  And it…
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • What Makes YOU Happy?

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    This question, “What makes you happy?” is so simple, but who ever stops to consider it? I hope you will, as I have been doing the last couple of days. It could change your life. I found this question in the draft of a book I’m beta-reading for a friend. The book will soon be published, and you’ll learn more about it before long. Meanwhile, although answers to this happiness  question could easily fill a book, my initial list has helped me find a focus to reboot this blog.Let’s take a look at my list. In addition to obvious things like laughing with family and friends, blowing…
  • On Hiatus, Part 2

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    I’m touched by the outpouring of people who contacted me yesterday after reading that terse notice that I’m taking a break from blogging. Thank you for your concern, my friends! I’m deeply touched to realize the extent of the cyber community that has developed among those of us writing our lives. But never fear. All is well. It’s just time to formalize the break that had already begun with  no plan. It’s time to reevaluate the purpose of this blog and what I want to achieve. A month or more offline will be digital detox to restore clear vision and balance.A primary focus for me…
  • Tips for Dealing with Details

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Several pages into a highly recommended memoir, a factual error popped my eyeballs nearly out of my head. Can you find the mistake?In September 1963, the Cuban and Russian governments placed           nuclear bombs in Cuba.In October 1963, the Cuban Missile Crisis ended….In November 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated.In December 1963, I was born….The Cuban Crisis was in 1962! Both that event and the JFK assassination are indelibly burned into my memory. The author can’t remember, I thought, but how could something this obvious slip by the…
  • Accentuate the Positive

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Ac-cent-tchu-ate the positiveE-lim-inate the negative Latch on to the affirmativeDon't mess with Mr. Inbetween.Who doesn't recognize the value of this sage advice from the 1945 hit sung by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters? But you may not realize the power of this advice for your writing when applied at the micro-level of sentences. I'm not talking here about avoiding negative topics. I'm talking about the value of rephrasing sentences from negative statements to positive. One of the most compelling examples of this is found in an online article, Kurdish Female Warriors On the Front Lines…
  • Five Powerhouse P's for Your Memoir Opening

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Everyone knows that the first paragraph of a story is the most important and often determines whether a reader will continue or set the story aside. Follow tips in this guest post from Matilda Butler to learn how to gain instant reader connection with a hot opening paragraph. Read the tips, then put them into practice by entering the “First Paragraph” Contest described below the tips. Don’t dawdle about the contest. Entries are due by midnight PDT September 3. It’s only a few words, so you can do it! If you are already nodding your head, then here's the link to the contest rules…
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  • Editorial Calendars: Why Simple is Better

    Roger C. Parker
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:48 am
    There’s a wide variety of content marketing editorial calendars available, and some are very robust. But, often, the simplest solutions are the most effective. I observed the power of simple editorial calendars about a decade ago, when I was helping small business owners and pioneering thought leaders commit to publishing a monthly One-Page Newsletter. The deal was, as part of their training, these newcomers to marketing and writing for business had to choose the topics for their first 12 monthly newsletters before they published their first issue! This played a major contributor in the…
  • 7 Reasons Every Content Marketer Needs a 2015 Editorial Calendar

    Roger C. Parker
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:36 am
    If you’re using content marketing to grow your business, now is the time to learn how to prepare a 2015 Editorial Calendar. Regardless whether you use a worksheet or a mind map), an Editorial Calendar is the most important part of your written content strategy for 2015. Each year, research indicates that the presence or absence of a documented content strategy spells the difference between content marketers satisfied with their content marketing and confident about their return on investment from their marketing. The remainder are dissatisfied with their content marketing and uncertain…
  • Simplify Planning Your 2015 Content Marketing

    Roger C. Parker
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    Learn how a Mindjet Editorial Calendar mind map can simplify your 2015 content marketing. My latest Mindjet Content Dashboard article describes a 3-step approach to creating a 2015 Editorial Calendar. My article on Mindjet’s Conspire blog also includes a sample Editorial Calendar MindManager template for you to download! Editorial Calendar benefits An Editorial Calendar mind map simplifies planning your 2015 content marketing and book promotion in several ways, including: Eliminates searching for topics at the last minute. An editorial calendar gives you a “big picture” view…
  • Blueprint for Building and Measuring Your Business Success

    Roger C. Parker
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:47 am
    Paul Roetzer’s latest book, The Marketing Performance Blueprint:  Strategies and Technologies to Build and Measure Business Success addresses the biggest challenges facing today’s content marketers of all sizes: the need for more content and greater confidence. The need for more agile and versatile content marketing workers was highlighted in a recent Content Marketing Institute article, A Growing Challenge for 2015: How to Find Trained Content Marketing Professionals. The article reflects a growing concern emerging from extensive research by the Content Marketing Institute and…
  • Bernadette Jiwa Shares Her Marketing Love Story

    Roger C. Parker
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:39 am
    Bernadette Jiwa, a master of engaging brevity, shares an inspiring collection of ideas and tips in her latest bestseller, Marketing: A Love Story–How to Matter to Your Customers. In an age characterized by the increasing technology-driven tactical specialization of content marketing and social media marketing, Bernadette Jiwa consistently speaks to core issues with a quiet, inspiring voice. Her books, like her daily Story of Telling email updates, are masterpieces of brevity. At a time when I’m unsubscribing to many daily email newsletters, replacing them with weekly updates (when…
 
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    Writing Forward

  • 8 Ways to Mentally Squash Rejection Letters

    Guest
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Don’t let rejection letters get to you! Please welcome Natasa Lekic from NY Book Editors with a post that will help you handle rejection letters. Read well, because this post is packed with excellent advice. Rejection letters are a cruel, inevitable part of every writer’s life. However, they shouldn’t derail your writing habits, which is why it’s critical to get over rejection notes as quickly as possible. To do this, you need to understand their actual value and how it compares to the act of writing. The advice below will help you cultivate habits and a state of mind that will…
  • Living the Creative Writing Lifestyle

    Melissa Donovan
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Is creative writing a lifestyle? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines lifestyle as “a particular way of living: the way a person lives or a group of people live.” Dictionary.com defines it as “the habits, attitudes, tastes, moral standards, economic level, etc., that together constitute the mode of living of an individual or group.” A lifestyle is something you build for yourself from all the elements that make up your daily life: your thoughts, dreams, actions, routine, work, family, friends, food, hobbies, habits, and interests. So is creative writing a lifestyle?
  • The Only Four Types Of Writing That Count (And How to Ace Each One)

    Guest
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Let’s look at four types of writing. Please welcome guest author Bryan Collins with a post exploring four types of writing. This craft of ours is hard. You’ve got an idea, you’ve finished your research, and you know you’ve got something important to write about. There’s just one problem. When you try to write, the words feel slow, awkward, and off target. Do you want to know a secret? Good writing does at least one of four things: it educates, informs, entertains or inspires. For example: A tutorial shows a reader how they can accomplish a task. A news story tells your reader…
  • Creative Writing Prompts for Crafting Compelling Imagery

    Melissa Donovan
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Creative writing prompts for crafting stunning imagery. Today, I’d like to share a collection of prompts from 1200 Creative Writing Prompts, which contains a variety of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction writing prompts. Some of the prompts in the book are story starters. Some are word lists. The prompts I’m sharing today are simple but provocative images that are designed to spark a writing session. In writing, imagery is the key that can unlock a reader’s imagination. When an image is rendered with the right combination of words, it magically appears in the reader’s…
  • Writing Resources: Wired for Story

    Melissa Donovan
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Are you wired for storytelling? Are you a storyteller? Do you want to be? Then I suggest you pick up a copy of Wired for Story, ASAP. This is easily the best book on writing fiction that I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. The book takes a fresh approach and tackles fiction writing from a scientific perspective. Thus the subtitle: “The writer’s guide to using brain science to hook readers from the very first sentence.” Before all you left-brained creatives bristle at the word science, know this: the book is completely accessible. It doesn’t confuse you with…
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    We Are Change

  • A Very WAC Black Friday

    Luke Rudkowski
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:05 pm
    We Are Change Luke Rudkowski reports on Black Friday in Brooklyn, New York outside a Best Buy & Toys’R’Us. Guest reporter Rachel also drops in. The post A Very WAC Black Friday appeared first on We Are Change.
  • WikiLeaks founder: Google works for US State Department

    Luke Rudkowski
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:44 pm
    We Are Change http://en.itar-tass.com/ According to the edition, the company provides FBI and CIA with unfettered access to users’ e-mails Julian Assange  EPA/JOHN STILLWELL    EPA/BORIS ROESSLER Russian lawmaker says Google allegedly conducts anti-Russian policy MADRID, November 27. /TASS/. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in his book planned to be out on December 1 reveals that Goggle in fact works for the US State Department, as reported by the Spanish Publico.es web edition. According to the edition, Assange arrived at the conclusion that Google works for the US government…
  • Ferguson bakery vandalized during unrest receives $230,000 in donations

    Luke Rudkowski
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:33 pm
    We Are Change BY DANIELLE SCRUGGS AND BONITA CORNUTE /  http://fox2now.com/ FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)- We have some uplifting news out of Ferguson this morning. Help is on the way for the owner of Natalie’s Cakes and More! On Monday night, those who participated in rioting damaged the shop and the equipment inside. Natalie DuBose has invested everything into her business. The windows and other materials that were needed for upcoming Thanksgiving orders were destroyed. However, Natalie says she can’t go anywhere and plans to remain in Ferguson. Natalie’s Cakes and More opened its doors in…
  • How Squanto Screwed Up, The Real History of Thanksgiving

    Luke Rudkowski
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    We Are Change In this video you will find out how the Bush family almost never existed and how FDR sold out thanksgiving for corporations. The post How Squanto Screwed Up, The Real History of Thanksgiving appeared first on We Are Change.
  • Millionaire Chinese businessman bulldozes run down huts in village where he grew up and builds luxury flats for residents instead… for free.

    Luke Rudkowski
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:38 am
    We Are Change By JULIAN ROBINSON FOR MAILONLINE Xiong Shuihua paid for wooden huts he grew up in to be knocked down Tycoon then spent millions replacing them with luxury flats for residents He has housed 72 families to repay them for their kindness in his youth A further 18 families who were particularly kind will be given villas to live in Elderly and low paid residents will also be given three meals a day for free Flats constructed in Xiongkeng village in the city of Xinyu, southern China  A millionaire Chinese businessman has bulldozed the wooden huts and muddy roads where he grew up…
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    Work-in-Progress

  • "What I Could Buy": Story Posted at Hobart

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I have a story up at Hobart,a fabulous online journal.  It’s very short and once again (or, perhaps, "as usual"), rather sad.  And there was also a lot of math involved in the writing of it—which I did all by myself, and which is as accurate as humanly possible.The story is called “What I Could Buy” and here’s a sample:What I could buy with the insurance money they gave me when you died: …Four separate world cruises, assuming 107 days at sea, assuming Queen Mary 2 on the Cunard Line, assuming supplement for a single room, assuming balcony, assuming one glass of wine…
  • Thanksgiving Week Focus on Food: Hushpuppies!

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Speaking of food, you just have to sneak over to my online journal Redux and read R.T.Smith's amazing ode to the hushpuppy.  (Warning:  you will end up starving and longing to drop everything so you can start building a catfish pond.)Here's an excerpt:...Now I’m not about to define “hushpuppy” in some partisan and proprietary way, though it is kissing cousin to a fritter, neighbor to cornbread and a far cry from a crepe.  I’m not even going to dictate how to concoct the ideal knee-knocking, unforgettable, whiplashing-scrumptious hushpuppy, other than to recommend some…
  • Getting Close: Pushcart Prize Special Mention

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    In the writing world, we celebrate when we can, so while my work didn’t win a Pushcart Prize this year, my story “The Circle” was given a special mention in the list in the back as an “important work” published during the year.  Yay for bridesmaids!!And yay for The Gettysburg Review, the journal where it first appeared, and yay for writer Mark Wisniewski who nominated the story.  And yay for everyone in the Pushcart organization who must work SO HARD to compile this 655 page book, which you should read and support.  And yay for VCCA (Virginia Center for Creative Arts)…
  • "How to Transition from Introverted Writer to Marketing Maniac"

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    Many writers struggle with self-promotion, it’s true.  Here’s a pep talk and some good advice on how to promote your work, written by Kathleen Nalley, one of the Converse MFA grads who is doing a great job of getting the word out about her forthcoming chapbook from Finishing Line Press, American Sycamore:"You wrote. You edited. You rewrote. You submitted your manuscript. Finally, the acceptance letter arrived. You celebrated. You high-fived. You fist-bumped. Then, reality hit. You now must promote your work. Before you retreat under your bed in terror, before you have an anxiety…
  • Apply for the FREE Jenny McKean Moore Community Workshop at GWU!

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    The George Washington UniversityJenny McKean Moore Free Community WorkshopSpring 2015 – Creative Nonfiction WorkshopWednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.21 January 2015 – 29 April 2015Led by Brando SkyhorseCome and take part in a semester-long creative nonfiction workshop! To apply, you do not need academic qualifications or publications.  The class will include some readings of published writings (primarily memoir and the personal essay), but will mainly be a roundtable critique of work submitted by class members.  There are no fees to participate in the class, but you will be…
 
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    Wordful

  • Please Help Me, I’m Stuck

    Charles Bohannan
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    A piddly 9 posts in the past 4 years, and this blog continues to occupy my thoughts…daily. And what are the 7 reasons for that? Wordful.com started over six years ago and I still believe in its potential It’s got a cool, catchy domain name There used to be a small but loyal audience here… …and it even caught the attention of a few prominent bloggers back in the day Very recent redesign and it’s the best one yet It helped me land a job at a Silicon Valley startup I love blogging Here’s the problem Don’t know what to write about anymore. I get a…
  • Write Like This to Get More Readers

    Charles Bohannan
    1 May 2014 | 12:21 pm
    No matter how deep or shallow your subject matter — adapt your writing style to satisfy how people read on the web. Write short paragraphs with short sentences and simple words. Omit needless words. Think casual, assertive efficiency for readers with infinite choices and shrinking attention spans. Avoid huge, wordy paragraphs. They detract most readers because they remove the ease of skimming. Go ahead and test the theory: go on Facebook and scroll around until you open a blog post. Don’t even read it. Just look at it. Your brain will send you an instant signal if…
  • What Ditching My Blog for Three Years Taught Me

    Charles Bohannan
    10 Mar 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Three years ago, in early 2011, this blog Wordful dropped off the Internet. I don’t mean it was hijacked or taken down, but the posting slowed down to a point of near-death. Then it just flatlined. The last post was on May 2, 2012. The good news is I’m back, and the first thing I want to do is share some of the lessons learned from ditching my blog like a dropped popsicle on a hot sidewalk : Don’t be afraid of what you want Fear is the biggest reason most people don’t believe in themselves, so they lose sight of what they want, or who they want to be. I started…
  • 3 websites that take headline writing to an entirely new plane of existence

    Charles Bohannan
    2 May 2012 | 5:01 pm
    On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar. —David Ogilvy Ogilvy wasn’t messing around when it came to headlines, and if he were alive today he’d definitely bump it up to ninety cents. Headlines do all the heavy lifting when it comes to attracting clicks and shares, which is why it’s more important than ever to invest in good copywriting. But who actually gets it right? I don’t mean your average headline-writing-formula-right, but rather…
  • How Pete Cashmore Grew Mashable

    Charles Bohannan
    30 Apr 2012 | 7:48 pm
    It’s always cool to learn how the world’s most popular blogs got their start. In almost every backstory, you’ll find a heavy dose of creativity and execution, good timing and touch of the unconventional. Mashable founder Pete Cashmore is one of those bloggers. He started the social media news site from his parents home in Scotland, then quickly expanded to New York and San Francisco (I actually used to work on the same floor at SOMACentral). Now it’s the #2 blog in the world behind the Huffington Post, with rumors of a massive buyout from CNN. The videos below…
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    Quips and Tips for Successful Writers

  • 10 Careers for Writers Who Want to Make Money

    Laurie
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Not all writers are starving! This list of writing careers will help you find the right niche and show you how you can make money as a writer. Finding the right career can be challenging for a beginning writer, but there are a surprising number of options to explore. One of the “secrets” you need The post 10 Careers for Writers Who Want to Make Money appeared first on Quips and Tips for...
  • 7 Writing Strategies for Beginners

    Laurie
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    These tips and strategies for beginning writers are from a published writer, world traveler, and blogger of rants, reviews, and writing advice. How do I know Jim Heskett is the right person to offer writing strategies for beginners? Because his voice and personality shines through his writing. His writing is fun. Interesting. Quirky. About these strategies The post 7 Writing Strategies for...
  • Get Paid to Blog for Quips and Tips

    Laurie
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    If you want to get paid for blogging, I have a job for you. I’ve been blogging since 2008, and created seven “Quips and Tips” blogs. I can’t write for them all – I can barely keep up with the comments from readers. Help! I want to pay bloggers to write articles that show readers The post Get Paid to Blog for Quips and Tips appeared first on Quips and Tips for Successful Writers. Related...
  • How to Predict if Your Novel Will Be Popular

    Laurie
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    There’s a big difference between getting your novel published and writing popular novels. This research shows how to predict popular novels. If you can convince literary agents and publishing houses your writing will be popular, you’re more likely to get your novel published. In Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success, K. M. Weiland helps authors choose The post How to Predict if Your...
  • 10 Ways Blogging Pays Writers

    Laurie
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Does blogging pay? You better believe it! These benefits for blog writers start with money, and include recent research findings about how blogging pays financially, emotionally, and socially. If you want blogging to pay your bills, you have to approach it like you would any small business. That means you need to be disciplined, professional, The post 10 Ways Blogging Pays Writers appeared first...
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    About Freelance Writing

  • 108 Things This Freelance Writer is Grateful for in 2014

    Anne Wayman
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    When Rev. Guy Williams challenged a class I was in to write down 100 things we were grateful for every day I had no idea that challenge would also kick off an annual posting from me. It became 108... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Giving Thanks for Freelance Writers

    Anne Wayman
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    By Allison VanNest of Grammarly.com At Grammarly, we focus on cleaning up copy after it’s already written. Even though we’re on the opposite team, so to speak, we’re deeply for grateful for all the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Freelance Writers – When Should You Approach An Editor?

    Anne Wayman
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Unless you have a hot news story that has to be published today or tomorrow, it can pay to think about the editor’s schedule before you submit a query or an over the transom article. This is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Freelance Writer Business Education Costs

    Anne Wayman
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    I’ve been trying to figure out how freelance writers learn the business side of writing. I did a bunch of googling and came up with not much. Here’s what I found: According to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sometimes You Simply Can’t Educate a Freelance Writing Client

    Anne Wayman
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    You’ve heard me explain that part of our job it’s freelance writers is to educate our clients. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at how few people who hire freelancers have any... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Bad Language

  • Get our new (free) 10-minute guide to inbound content marketing

    Clare Dodd
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    From the writers of Bad Language comes an ebook so full of inbound marketing knowledge and know-how you’d be crazy not to read it. We like sharing what we know If you’re a regular reader of Bad Language you’ll know that we’re fans of writing, marketing and technology. And where do those three things converge? Inbound content marketing. Here at Articulate we’ve spent the last 18 months reading, experimenting, completing HubSpot certifications and rolling out campaigns using the inbound marketing method. And we’ve learned an lot in the process. So now…
  • Tools for writing: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 first impressions

    Matthew Stibbe
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is an important device for its maker: a showcase for Windows 8.1, a role model for other OEMs (original equipment manufacturer) and, finally, a source of profit. And, more than a tablet that can replace your laptop, it is also a challenge to Apple’s MacBook Air, as Microsoft’s ad confirms. So when mine arrived this week, I was excited to see whether it lived up to its promise. (Full disclosure: Microsoft kindly loaned me the unit and they are an Articulate client but this is my own review.) There’s much to like: Super-high-resolution screen. Text in Word…
  • Connect with Customers: sign up for Microsoft’s mini-summit

    Clare Dodd
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Connect with Customers – the latest event in our Microsoft business mini-summit series – is almost here. Small businesses far and wide: take note and sign up today. The basics Monday December 1st 2014 9.30-13.30 (including breakfast and lunch) London Sign up for free here Why you should attend Looking to grow your business? Connect with new customers? Join us for an informal networking opportunity, roundtable discussion and expert insight from Microsoft, GoDaddy and Articulate Marketing. In the third event in this popular series, we’re focusing on sales and marketing.
  • How we work: open book project management

    Charlotte Littley
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    At Articulate we strive to be approachable, responsive and ‘no drama’, which often equates to being honest to the point of transparency with our clients. This is why our project management process is totally open. We work collaboratively and write in pairs, but we are also a virtual company so it’s important we keep everyone in the loop about what we’re doing and when. Transparency makes sense to us. By transparency we mean using open book project management so everything within a project is available and viewable for everyone, colleagues and clients alike. Here’s how we do it.
  • The 8 best lists of all time: why lists work and how to do them better

    Matthew Stibbe
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    The listicle – an article built around a list – is a hugely successful format. For example, alongside ‘how-to’ articles, they are the most popular form on Bad Language. It’s not just a blogging thing, either. Historically, lists have been very popular. In no particular order here are a few that have worked: The four noble truths The ten commandments Seven deadly sins Seven wonders of the world The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous The noble eightfold path Benjamin Franklin’s 13 virtues Ummm, Craigslist This got me thinking. Why do lists work? Others have also observed that list…
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    Founders' Blog

  • The Ambulance Drone by student Alec Momont

    Robin
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    YouTube Excerpt:  Each year nearly a million people in Europe suffer from a cardiac arrest. A mere 8% survives due to slow response times of emergency services. The ambulance-drone is capable of saving lives with an integrated defibrillator. The goal is to improve existing emergency infrastructure with a network of drones. This new type of drones can go over 100 km/h and reaches its destination within 1 minute, which increases chance of survival from 8% to 80%! This drone folds up and becomes a toolbox for all kind of emergency supplies. Future implementations will also serve other use…
  • Health & Wellness in the District of Columbia [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Robin
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    In 2010, the poverty rate in the United States was 15 percent; in Washington, D.C., it was 19 percent. But inequality and poverty are just one part of the puzzle when it comes to the general state of public health in the District. From crime to chronic disease to substance abuse, the District of Columbia — and other major cities like it — must contend with many complicated issues that only stand to magnify one another.  The George Washington University’s online master of public health, MPH@GW, created an infographic, Health & Wellness in the District of…
  • BEKANT Sit/Stand Desk by Ikea

    Robin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Over the years, we have done a considerable amount of writing on office ergonomics and found that adjustable desks are traditionally overpriced.  Furniture makers like Anthro and Martin Ziegler charge thousands of dollars for the added luxury of raising a slab of wood up and down a few inches.  Fortunately for the price-conscious consumer, IKEA is entering the Sit/Stand desk market at a lower price point with the BEKANT starting at $489.  Check out the video.  
  • Structure Sensor – Another Giant Leap Toward NUI

    Robin
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    I have written several posts over the years about NUI Natural User Interface being the next great expedition in computing. When you can reach beyond the 2D limitations of your computer screen and interact with an application beyond the surface, computing will never be the same. This technology is already here but not quite ready for the commercial market. Occipital has taken a giant leap toward making NUI available to the public with Structure Sensor – a mobile hardware device that allows the capturing of objects in 3D. This alone can make shopping online for furniture, cars, boats,…
  • Brazillian Kids Learn English By Chatting with Elderly Americans

    Robin
    9 May 2014 | 12:43 pm
    This story is such a wonderful mix of technology and humanity and connection that we simply have to share.  It really is a simple equation.  Kids learning English need to converse and the elderly just want someone to talk to.  The power of online video is the solution.  Grab a tissue and take a look. Source it:
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    Ben Crowder

  • Ebook poll

    Ben
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Last night I tried to find a decently formatted free EPUB of War and Peace. Nada. Most were painful, and not a single one had curly quotes. None of them. So now of course I’m thinking about getting back into making free ebook editions of classic books. The hitch, though, is that in-depth proofing (checking the existing text — whether from Project Gutenberg or Wikisource or Google Books or elsewhere — for typos) takes a long time. It’s important, obviously, but it slows things down quite a bit. Thus this poll. It’s for people who read ebooks. (Yes, I’ve done…
  • Sustaining the presence

    Ben
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    From Sustaining the Presence, a great essay by Karandeep Singh in the book Finding God at BYU: The Lord’s University taught me a new tongue, one that enables me to do three things: (1) delineate between spiritual discourse and worldly discourse; (2) recognize when I have slipped from the spiritual into the worldly and rectify the slippage; and (3) check my tendency to hijack the language of the spiritual to suit my convenience in the worldly. And: I returned to BYU for a graduate degree because of the abundance of the spirit on its campus. Partaking of this spirit creates the courage to…
  • Landing on a comet

    Ben
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    A bit late on this, but Rosetta’s photos of Comet 67P are on Flickr. Some are quite lovely:
  • On writing

    Ben
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    As I’ve begun blogging again, a voice in my head keeps demanding to know how I dare have the gall to consider my opinions important enough to post online for (an admittedly small sliver of) the world to see. It’s a persuasive voice, and I see now how often it has silenced me, stifling my words because I am dumb or I have nothing worthwhile to say or I’ll just make a fool of myself or I’ll get in a heated argument and I’m not good at arguments. Its list of reasons is long. While heated arguments still aren’t worth getting into, I’ve been thinking about…
  • Interstellar

    Ben
    8 Nov 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Saw Interstellar today. My non-spoilery review first: I liked the first two hours, not so much the last hour. It was an emotionally taxing film for me as a parent, and I was relieved to go home and hug my kids afterwards, but I do think it’s worth watching. Okay, spoilers below. Consider yourself warned. No, really. That should be enough vertical space, I think. I’ll talk first about the things I didn’t like, then about the things I did. Part I It started to fall apart for me after he entered the black hole. I’m not opposed to the idea of hyperdimensional beings…
 
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    Write to Done

  • Nominate *Your* Favorite Writing Blog: Top 10 Blogs For Writers Contest 2014

    Mary Jaksch
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:44 pm
    It’s time to open up nominations for the 9th annual Top 10 Blogs for Writers Contest—the blogosphere’s biggest contest for writing blogs.How to Nominate Your Favorite Writing Blog:To Nominate your favorite writing blog, you need to do 3 things in the comments section of this post:Nominate only one writing blog. If you nominate many blogs, even in different comments, only your first vote will be counted.Specify the correct web address of the blog you’ve nominated.Give reasons why you believe the blog you’ve nominated should win this year’s award.If your…
  • 20 Inspiring Quotes to Boost Your Confidence as a Writer

    Mary Jaksch
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:33 am
    Does your writing never feel quite good enough?You are not alone.All writers feel like that at times.And there is a simple reason why.Hidden within us is the writer we are born to become. And this inner writer urges us to improve our craft.That’s a good thing.But the process starts unraveling when the gremlins of fear, doubt and shame start to bombard us with negative messages:“You haven’t got what it takes!”“You’re hopeless!”“You can’t write!”“Everyone else writes better!”Are these thoughts familiar?I bet they are!The…
  • Have You Made This Huge Mistake Online (Like Pulitzer Winner Donna Tartt)?

    Mary Jaksch
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:02 am
    It happened to a gifted writer.In fact, Donna Tartt is so talented, she got the Pulitzer Prize for her latest novel.And yet she made a huge mistake online.I’m writing this to make sure you don’t make the same mistake.Here’s what happened…Just before getting on a plane from Bangkok to Auckland, I hurriedly downloaded a handful of suspense novels at random onto my Kindle.During the flight, I kicked back and started to read one of books called The Goldfinch.I didn’t expect much.But by the second paragraph, I sat bolt upright. ‘Wow!’ I thought,…
  • Scene Stealers: Can Heroes and Villains Fall in Love?

    Vinita Zutshi
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:27 am
    We’re thrilled that so many of you are participating in our writing prompt series. (Read the other Scene Stealers here and add one of your own.) How it worksWe set the sceneYou steal it, make it your own, andShare your creation in the comments section of this postOf course, it’s perfectly fine if you don’t want to share your work, but we hope you’ll do the exercise anyway. The ground rules:Your story must begin with the exact wording we provide.Your story must be 350 words or less.Your work must be original and not previously published.WTD provides an…
  • Is ‘Finding Your Voice’ as a Writer Just Plain Laughable?

    Mary Jaksch
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Have you found your voice yet?I hope not!Because this whole idea of ‘finding’ your voice is pure, well …cow splatter!Why?Because you and I never lost it in the first place!Our writing voice is innate.What do youthink?Are we on the same page here?If so, you’ll understand that I’m not going to give you ‘10 Exercises to Help You Find Your Voice.‘YIKES!There’s so much finding your voice noise out there that it gets confusing and you start to believe that, next to oxygen, finding the right voice is the singular most vital key to your existence.
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    Lisa Romeo Writes

  • Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- November 21, 2014 Edition

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    > I love Katie Riegel's "Literary Magazine Wishes"over at The Gloria Sirens. Sample: "A human-sounding 'about' page. Pretentious = no. You don’t have to deride other branches of the literary world in order to do what you do."> Via the New York Times' Learning Network: "500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing". (Yes, 500. Neatly categorized. 500.)> Perhaps a bit surprisingly, for someone who thinks of herself as something of a word nerd, and at the risk of seeming old or out of step, I had to look up the top three new words of the year named by the Oxford…
  • Acceptance After (Multiple) Rejections: It Only Takes One Yes, One Editor, One

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
    On Facebook a couple of weeks ago, a friend had something to say about acceptances and rejections – a good news/bad news post; not exactly an infrequent topic among writers toiling in the upside down world of literary submissions, occasional publication, and hope.  This writer noted that she'd received a third place finish in a literary journal contest, from a publication near the top of her wish list -- after she'd already received 51 rejections from other journals, some of which she admitted she might have been less than enthusiastic about appearing in anyway.I understood this too…
  • Of Print, Pixels, and Publication

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    I've gotten used to posting a link when something I've written has found its way to publication; even when a piece appears in a print journal, there's often an online version too. But not always. Since I'm a writer-who-came-of-age-in-the-time-of-typewriters, there's a part of me that finds a print-only publication quite satisfying. But since I'm also a writer-who-has-adapted-and-loves-the-online-world, it also feels a bit odd."The Nurse We Needed" is a piece of flash nonfiction excerpted from my memoir manuscript, and appears in the Fall 2014 issue of The Healing Muse (volume 14). When the…
  • Writing Ideas, Interruptions, and Sometimes, a Storm of Inspiration

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Where do writing ideas originate? In our minds? Our hearts? A little of both, surely. Do they come along in a flash, or simmer for some time? In my experience, both. But some arrive with a powerful, abrupt interruption to life as usual. And then hold on, refusing to be shaken loose.   About 10 days ago, folks here in New Jersey marked two years since HurricaneSuperstorm Sandy slammed into our coastline, then worked its way north through the state to where I've lived most of my life. BAM, regular life was interrupted. Like many writers, I wrote about it, not once but several times.
  • Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- November 7, 2014 Edition

    7 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    If you're new here, this is the deal: on (many) Fridays, I dish up links I've stored lately. The post is named after the way I like to feed my family at the end of the week--by getting all those leftovers out of the fridge. Enjoy!> Not an outliner, planner, or particularly organized writer? Patrick Madden too is "Against Getting It All Down."> Tired of arguing about the Oxford comma or single spaces after periods? Consider the single quotation mark. Or, please don't.> When a former This American Life producer starts producing podcasts, better find your earbuds. I've heard Serial is…
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    Will Write For Food

  • Questions from a Recipe Copy Editor

    diannejacob
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:43 am
    If a copy editor has ever touched your cookbook manuscript, you will relate. And if you haven’t had the experience yet, you will be intrigued — and possibly worried. Before I start this discussion, however, I want to be clear. I’m grateful for all the goofs our very capable copy editor caught in chef Craig Priebe’s and my new pizza [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Q&A: Making Big Money at Pinch of Yum

    diannejacob
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Like thousands of other young women, Lindsay Olstrom started a food blog in 2010 called Pinch of Yum. She was in charge of the content and photography. Her husband Bjork, a techie, took charge of the tech issues and business. Here’s what’s different: Four years later, the site receives more than 2 million page views per [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 17 Super-Useful Links for Food Writers and Bloggers

    diannejacob
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    Who has time to keep up with all the tips and irresistible stories on the Internet? Now you do! I’ve saved you hours by aggregating this tomato-sauce colored list of links about food and recipe writing, successful bloggers, book promotion, and freelance writing opportunities — all to read at your leisure, or right now, if you can’t [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Q&A: Change is Scary but Not Listening to Yourself is Scarier

    diannejacob
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Wondering how to transition from a blog whose subject no longer thrills you? Looking for a career change or a way to recharge? Joe Yonan understands the positive power of change and has accomplished many shifts in his career. The award-winning Food and Travel editor of The Washington Post spent 2012 in North Berwick, Maine, on leave from [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thug Kitchen Draws Fans and Ire

    diannejacob
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Paging through a new cookbook never fails to thrill me. So when I got a copy of Thug Kitchen as a gift while attending the Food Bloggers of Canada annual conference, I put my feet up for a few minutes to take a look. It’s a vegan cookbook with great recipes and gorgeous photography. What makes it [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Fiction Notes

  • Never Visited a Place? You Can Still Writing About It – Here’s the Secret!

    Darcy Pattison
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    NOW AVAILABLE! 30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video Course Paperback Book Available now. Video Course Available now. Kindle PreOrder Now Kobo ebook PreOrder Now Two years ago, I wanted to write a story set in Campinas, Sao Paolo, Brazil. I had never been there. I only knew the name of two people who lived there. Yet, I could convincingly write about the setting. Here’s the secret. Google Earth The free app, Google Earth, is immensely helpful to writers. I use the free, desktop version. View satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, galaxies far in space, and the deepest depths…
  • What is Really Necessary to Do Online? Authors You Have Surprising Freedom!

    Darcy Pattison
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:05 am
    NOW AVAILABLE! 30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video Course Paperback Book Available now. Video Course Available now. Kindle PreOrder Now Kobo ebook PreOrder Now I’m doing a survey of your burning questions for 2015 about writing and publishing. I’ll be answering some of the questions over the next few months. If you haven’t taken the survey yet, it’s a simple 3-question survey. Answers are anonymous. Takes just a couple minutes. Please take the survey now! Today’s online world for authors is confusing! I’ve written about setting up an Author Website.
  • How to Choreograph a Great Action Scene

    Darcy Pattison
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    NOW AVAILABLE! 30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video Course Paperback Book Available now. Video Course Available now. Kindle PreOrder Now Kobo ebook PreOrder Now I recently found a gem of a writing book. For my NaNoWriMo challenge, my current love/hate WIP, I decided I wanted to include more action scenes, pushing it more toward YA and more toward a true action book. OK. Action. That should be easy. Um. No. Until I read this book. Ian Thomas Healy breaks down action into manageable chunks in his book, Action! Writing Better Action Using Cinematic Techniques. The title appealed to me right…
  • Online Video Course: 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL

    Darcy Pattison
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:36 am
    NOW AVAILABLE! 30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video Course Paperback Book Available now. Video Course Available now. Kindle PreOrder Now Kobo ebook PreOrder Now The course is now live on Udemy.com! Each day includes: A quote that inspires Short, practical instruction from Darcy on a specific topic A simple “Walk the Talk” action to take Over the course of the month, you’ll receive the entire text of Darcy’s book, 30 Days to a Stronger Novel (November, 2014 release). We can’t guarantee that you’ll end the month with a publishable novel; but we can…
  • The Power of One

    Darcy Pattison
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    NOW AVAILABLE! 30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video Course Paperback Book Available now. Video Course Available now. Kindle PreOrder Now Kobo ebook PreOrder Now I did a school visit on Friday in the tiny town–only about 700 population–of Gillett, Arkansas. The Elementary School and Early Childhood Center are still located in Gillett, but the district was merged with DeWitt, Arkansas, and all middle school and high schools are located in Dewitt, about twenty miles away. I came at the request of Joli, the PTA President. Young, beautiful, and full of passion for her community,…
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    The Truth About Lies

  • Commentary on commentaries

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it. – Shel Silverstein I’ve mixed feelings about commentaries. I’ve said before that a poem which needs notes to explain it—e.g. Beckett’s ‘Whoroscope’—is basically a bad poem; the poem should stand or fall on its own merits. I do talk about my poetry in some of my articles but they’re not really commentaries. I don’t think I’ve ever dissected a poem for everyone to see. Perhaps I should. I do what I do mainly for newbies. When I was starting out I hated the fact that everyone seemed to…
  • The Bell Jar

    16 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I felt very still and empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar Of all the mental illnesses that we’ve labelled the one I expect most people imagine they’ve got a handle on is Depression. I, myself, have suffered from depression-with-a-capital-d since I was a teenager but the more I read about other people’s experiences the more I think the following is true: If you’ve met one person with depression you’ve met one person with depression; I’ve heard the same said of sufferers of…
  • The Artist of Disappearance

    9 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ravi was too crushed by the school day to take the risk of any other failure, and heaved his school bag onto his back to slink home with the hope of going unnoticed—which he mostly was. – Anita Desai, ‘The Artist of Disappearance’ The cover states this volume contains three novellas. I’ll deal with each separately. The Museum of Final Journeys In his review for The Washington Post Ron Charles says that “The Museum of Final Journeys is a little toothache of a story that you’ll have trouble putting out of your mind.” It’s as good a description as any without actually saying…
  • Out of the Dark

    2 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Everything disappears his books seem to tell us, and also—in small but omnipresent echoes—everything somehow stays. – Jordan Stump in the introduction to Out of the Dark In his introduction to Out of the Dark translator Jordan Stump talks about the title he chose to give to this novel: The French title of this book, Du plus loin de l'oubli, poses a particularly thorny problem, since the English language has no real equivalent for oubli, nor even a simple way of saying du plus loin. The phrase, taken from a French translation of a poem by the German writer Stefan George, is literally…
  • Reading

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The best moments in reading are when you come across something—a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things—which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours ― Alan Bennett, The History Boys: The Film I don’t read in bed. I don’t read on the loo or in the bath. I don’t understand people who do. I think the reason is—now I’ve given the matter some thought, because before I began writing this a few seconds ago…
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    Flogging the Quill

  • Flogometer for Margaret—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Submissions Wanted. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first pages of chapters/prologues start about…
  • Flogometer for Sherry—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Submissions Wanted. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first pages of chapters/prologues start…
  • Front matter sometimes takes the rear

    Ray Rhamey
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    In traditional print books there are usually pages of “front matter.” For Indie authors, here’s a useful article from PW Select, a publisher’s digital magazine, on what front matter consists of and where it goes. On the other hand, I’ve heard some say that with ebooks they’re putting the front matter at the rear of the ebook in order to give their book the best chance of capturing a reader’s interest with the story, not book information. That makes sense to me—with a print book it’s easy to quickly flip to the first page of chapter one, but with ebooks that takes laborious…
  • an interview with yours truly

    Ray Rhamey
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    Author Richard Mabry has posted an interview with me in two parts: the first is here, the second here. Many thanks, Richard. 
  • Flogometer for Elizabeth—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Submissions Wanted. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first pages of chapters/prologues start about…
 
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    Founders' Blog

  • The Ambulance Drone by student Alec Momont

    Robin
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    YouTube Excerpt:  Each year nearly a million people in Europe suffer from a cardiac arrest. A mere 8% survives due to slow response times of emergency services. The ambulance-drone is capable of saving lives with an integrated defibrillator. The goal is to improve existing emergency infrastructure with a network of drones. This new type of drones can go over 100 km/h and reaches its destination within 1 minute, which increases chance of survival from 8% to 80%! This drone folds up and becomes a toolbox for all kind of emergency supplies. Future implementations will also serve other use…
  • Health & Wellness in the District of Columbia [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Robin
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    In 2010, the poverty rate in the United States was 15 percent; in Washington, D.C., it was 19 percent. But inequality and poverty are just one part of the puzzle when it comes to the general state of public health in the District. From crime to chronic disease to substance abuse, the District of Columbia — and other major cities like it — must contend with many complicated issues that only stand to magnify one another.  The George Washington University’s online master of public health, MPH@GW, created an infographic, Health & Wellness in the District of…
  • BEKANT Sit/Stand Desk by Ikea

    Robin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Over the years, we have done a considerable amount of writing on office ergonomics and found that adjustable desks are traditionally overpriced.  Furniture makers like Anthro and Martin Ziegler charge thousands of dollars for the added luxury of raising a slab of wood up and down a few inches.  Fortunately for the price-conscious consumer, IKEA is entering the Sit/Stand desk market at a lower price point with the BEKANT starting at $489.  Check out the video.  
  • Structure Sensor – Another Giant Leap Toward NUI

    Robin
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    I have written several posts over the years about NUI Natural User Interface being the next great expedition in computing. When you can reach beyond the 2D limitations of your computer screen and interact with an application beyond the surface, computing will never be the same. This technology is already here but not quite ready for the commercial market. Occipital has taken a giant leap toward making NUI available to the public with Structure Sensor – a mobile hardware device that allows the capturing of objects in 3D. This alone can make shopping online for furniture, cars, boats,…
  • Brazillian Kids Learn English By Chatting with Elderly Americans

    Robin
    9 May 2014 | 12:43 pm
    This story is such a wonderful mix of technology and humanity and connection that we simply have to share.  It really is a simple equation.  Kids learning English need to converse and the elderly just want someone to talk to.  The power of online video is the solution.  Grab a tissue and take a look. Source it:
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    Fritinancy

  • Thanksgiving Present, Thanksgiving Past

    Nancy Friedman
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    Has it really been a whole year since Thanksgivvukah? Friendsgiving, on the other hand, is timeless. How the turkey brand Butterball got its name. A toast to (or with) Cranpagne. And other cran-things. Turducken, anyone? Or turbaconducken? Or would you prefer some veggieducken With cherpumple for dessert? This year's version: the festopump. And don't miss Language Log's roundup of "The Posts of Thanksgiving Past." 
  • Word of the Week: Pre-cation

    Nancy Friedman
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    Pre-cation: An employer-mandated vacation taken before the start of a new job. Sometimes spelled precation. The coinage of pre-cation has been attributed to Tom Freedman, co-founder and CEO of 42floors, a San Francisco-based commercial real-estate search engine. In a September 30, 2014, article in SlateWill Oremus quoted Freedman, who recalled courting a new hire: “Every other company he was talking to was asking, ‘How soon can you start?’ ” says Freedman, co-founder and CEO of 42Floors, a San Francisco-based commercial real estate search engine. Freedman wanted the guy, but he…
  • Names in the News: Illegal Petes, Mirai, Pineapple

    Nancy Friedman
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:36 pm
    In Fort Collins, Colorado, a Mexican restaurant chain called Illegal Pete’sis being targeted by immigrant-rights groups that say the name is derogatory and offensive because of “the i word,” as in “illegal immigrant.” The chain’s owner, Pete Turner, opened the first Illegal Pete’s in 1995; he told the New York Times the name “was inspired by the name of a bar in a novel and by his late father, also named Pete, who had a rebellious streak.” “I never intended it to be about undocumented immigrants,” Turner told the Times. “Never. Not once.” Turner, who calls himself a…
  • On the Visual Thesaurus: British Borrowings

    Nancy Friedman
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    My November column for the Visual Thesaurus looks at British (or “chiefly British”) words that are increasingly popular among American slingers of marketing lingo. These words—from bespoke to stockist—are often employed, I write, “to sound old, established, or ‘classy.’ Then again, sometimes a Britishism simply fills a gap in the language for which there’s no adequate American equivalent.” Full access to the column is restricted to subscribers. (Hint: a subscription makes an excellent holiday gift!) Here’s an excerpt: Book (verb): Americans traditionally reserve a table at…
  • Word of the Week: Enallage

    Nancy Friedman
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Enallage: Substitution of one grammatical form for another that violates a grammatical rule. Pronounced almost exactly like analogy, but from a different Greek source, , which means “change.” (Analogy can be traced back to , which means mathematical proportion or correspondence.) I learned enallage only recently, but it turns out I was very familiar with examples of it. Mark Forsyth (@InkyFool on Twitter) dropped the word into a recent New York Times column about the rhetoric behind successful slogans. Here’s the relevant passage: The other day I told a friend I was writing an article…
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    Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writers

  • Writers: Didn't Have Time For #NaNoWriMo? Try 250, 500 or 1000 Words A Day (and why I need to do this)

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    If you're a writer who has no trouble banging out thousands of words a day on a regular basis, you can skip my 250, 500 or 1000 Words A Day Writing Challenge. This post is for others who fit into one or more of the following situations:- You started NaNoWriMo with good intentions but ended up falling further and further behind until it was way too late to try catching up.- You've always wanted to try a writing challenge like NaNoWriMo but knew you'd never have the time to write 50,000 words in November.- You have a day job and need some motivation to squeeze out extra time to do regular…
  • Comic: Being Thankful

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:54 pm
      I've decided that the girl's name is Keiko.  Haven't come up with a name for the baby yet, though.
  • My First Author/Illustrator Skype Visit: What I Learned, What I'd Do Differently Next Time

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    Skyping with 115 first-graders at A. Blair McPherson School in Edmonton, Alberta Although I've used Skype before, I resisted doing Skype classroom visits until recently because I wasn't confident about the technology working properly. Since I first tried Skype, however, broadband services have improved and more schools are starting to do Skype visits with authors and illustrators. Other reasons I decided to explore visiting schools via Skype: - I lack the time and finances to visit schools outside of the Toronto area. I also don't drive, which makes transportation more of a hassle and…
  • Comic: A Quality Picture Book

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    A comic in celebration of Picture Book Month. Do check PictureBookMonth.com, where you can find daily inspirational essays by children's book authors and illustrators about the importance of picture books. If you like my book-ish comics, I also post on my Facebook Pro Page and Pinterest.
  • Comic: An Honest Critique?

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
 
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Black Friday at SPR – 15% Off Everything!

    Cate Baum
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    Here’s our Black Friday checkout code – click it to go to the reviews page:
  • SPR and CreativIndie Announce The Bestseller Book Launch Package

    Cate Baum
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:36 am
    Self-Publishing Review and CreativIndie have come together to offer authors a guarantee of reaching #1 in their category in Amazon on launch day.
  • Review: The Lycetta Legacy by SJ Oaksley

    T B Markinson
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:23 pm
    The Lycetta Legacy, Book One, by SJ Oaksley is a clever new addition to the young adult fantasy genre. Julia Lynch is a seventeen-year-old girl who thinks she has a normal life. Like most teens her age, she hates her part-time job and enjoys spending time with her friends. Julia and her mother are really ...
  • Review: Suicide Lettres by Jack O’Riley

    Cate Baum
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    Suicide Lettres, a book of twenty short stories is the brilliant and dark debut by Fargo-based writer Jack O’Riley. Starting with an unbelievably imaginative and original tale, this is the showcase of a talented writer. These stories are so unusual that they take the reader into a world of lives twisted and broken by their ...
  • An Interview with Author Donna Brown

    Donna Brown
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Tell us something about your book. The basics: what’s it about? Losing Heart is about a woman – Helen – with a serious, life-threatening heart condition who is lucky enough to receive a donor heart just as she feels time is about to run out. Grateful for her new lease of life, Helen feels compelled to ...
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    WritersWeekly.com - Freelance Writing Ezine

  • BookLocker - Your Book Deserves the Best

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is one of the top-rated POD publishers in the industry.
  • Paying Markets And Jobs For November 25th

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    New markets and freelance writing jobs.
  • Whispers And Warnings For November 25th

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    JUST BECAUSE IT'S ON THE INTERNET DOESN'T MEAN YOU CAN REPUBLISH (OR BROADCAST) IT TV station in the Philippines sues 18 pirate sites for $12-M "ABS-CBN Corp. has filed a $12 million copyright infringement lawsuit against 18 websites for publishing TV shows and movies owned by the entertainment and media conglomerate." ARE YOU PAYING FACEBOOK TO PROMOTE YOUR POSTS? IF SO, YOU MAY NOT BE HAPPY ABOUT THIS. Facebook Cracks Down On Non-Ad Promotional Feed Posts, Bait-And Switching Pages That Bought Likes "Facebook is about to start punishing business Pages that publish spammy, aggressive…
  • Do Not Be Afraid to Expand Your Freelance Writing Business By Victoria Heckstall

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Back in 2011 when I started freelancing, I would have never imagined that I would be at the level that I am at now. While I still am not reaching all of my freelance writing goals, I must say that over these past three years I am nowhere near where I started...
  • Can I Publish My Late Father's Stories? Maybe, Maybe Not...

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    I have a short story written by my late father. He was a talented writer and had many short stories he had written. I would like to submit one of his stories for publishing under my father's name. I didn't know if there would be any legal reason I would not be able to.
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    Writing Forward

  • 8 Ways to Mentally Squash Rejection Letters

    Guest
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Don’t let rejection letters get to you! Please welcome Natasa Lekic from NY Book Editors with a post that will help you handle rejection letters. Read well, because this post is packed with excellent advice. Rejection letters are a cruel, inevitable part of every writer’s life. However, they shouldn’t derail your writing habits, which is why it’s critical to get over rejection notes as quickly as possible. To do this, you need to understand their actual value and how it compares to the act of writing. The advice below will help you cultivate habits and a state of mind that will…
  • Living the Creative Writing Lifestyle

    Melissa Donovan
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Is creative writing a lifestyle? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines lifestyle as “a particular way of living: the way a person lives or a group of people live.” Dictionary.com defines it as “the habits, attitudes, tastes, moral standards, economic level, etc., that together constitute the mode of living of an individual or group.” A lifestyle is something you build for yourself from all the elements that make up your daily life: your thoughts, dreams, actions, routine, work, family, friends, food, hobbies, habits, and interests. So is creative writing a lifestyle?
  • The Only Four Types Of Writing That Count (And How to Ace Each One)

    Guest
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Let’s look at four types of writing. Please welcome guest author Bryan Collins with a post exploring four types of writing. This craft of ours is hard. You’ve got an idea, you’ve finished your research, and you know you’ve got something important to write about. There’s just one problem. When you try to write, the words feel slow, awkward, and off target. Do you want to know a secret? Good writing does at least one of four things: it educates, informs, entertains or inspires. For example: A tutorial shows a reader how they can accomplish a task. A news story tells your reader…
  • Creative Writing Prompts for Crafting Compelling Imagery

    Melissa Donovan
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Creative writing prompts for crafting stunning imagery. Today, I’d like to share a collection of prompts from 1200 Creative Writing Prompts, which contains a variety of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction writing prompts. Some of the prompts in the book are story starters. Some are word lists. The prompts I’m sharing today are simple but provocative images that are designed to spark a writing session. In writing, imagery is the key that can unlock a reader’s imagination. When an image is rendered with the right combination of words, it magically appears in the reader’s…
  • Writing Resources: Wired for Story

    Melissa Donovan
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Are you wired for storytelling? Are you a storyteller? Do you want to be? Then I suggest you pick up a copy of Wired for Story, ASAP. This is easily the best book on writing fiction that I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. The book takes a fresh approach and tackles fiction writing from a scientific perspective. Thus the subtitle: “The writer’s guide to using brain science to hook readers from the very first sentence.” Before all you left-brained creatives bristle at the word science, know this: the book is completely accessible. It doesn’t confuse you with…
 
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    Letters of Note

  • There was a war, a great war, and now it is over

    Shaun Usher
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    On November 11th of 1918, the First World War effectively came to an end with the signing of the armistice—an agreement between Allied and German forces to end, with immediate effect, all hostilies and withdraw troops from the battlefield. Peace, at last, after four years of fighting and more than 16 million deaths. Shortly after the armistice was signed, 26-year-old Lewis Plush—a lieutenant with the American Expeditionary Forces—wrote home to his parents and spoke with great eloquence of his experience. He returned home in February of 1919.(Source: War Letters, edited by…
  • Letters of Note on NPR

    Shaun Usher
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    Dear All,Last week in the US, NPR aired a really lovely Letters of Note series that was recorded a short while ago, in which a few people related to various letters in the book were interviewed by Audie Cornish--a couple even read their letters aloud. Those people were: Amy Corcoran, a lady who, as a young girl, received a letter from Roald Dahl; Bill Baxley, who, as attorney general of Alabama in 1976, wrote a succinct letter to the KKK; and Frank Ciulla, whose father was killed in the Lockerbie bombing and whose family received a beautiful letter from Scotland a few years later. I…
  • BOOK!

    Shaun Usher
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Hello!The Lists of Note book is out today and can now be found in shops across the UK. I'm VERY excited. A few things:1. The special edition can still be purchased via Unbound. 2. Waterstones have chosen it as their 'Non-Fiction Book of the Month' across the land. Hooray!3. An extract of the book was published by the Telegraph the other day. 4. A lovely piece was written in the Independent, inspired by the book and our fascination with lists in general. 5. More info about the book and its stockists can be found here. 6. Photos of the book can be found here. Feel free to use them as you…
  • Barbarous Saxons

    Shaun Usher
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    In 1400, a middle-aged Welshman named Owain Glyndŵr spearheaded the Glyndŵr Rising—an ultimately unsuccessful but initially promising independence movement intended to shake Wales free from the ruling grip of Henry IV's England. The revolt started well, and within a few years Glyndŵr, now Prince of Wales, had control of the majority of the country and valuable support from the French; however, by 1407 the English had slowly begun to regain control. Glyndŵr eventually retreated and was last seen in 1412. He remains a hero in Wales.Below are two letters written…
  • Hello!

    Shaun Usher
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Dear All,Hi! It's been a while. I've missed you.I've just returned from a much-needed holiday that seemed to finish before we'd unpacked--quick as a flash; however, the main reason for my recent silence can be seen above. The Lists of Note book. I finally got my hands on a copy yesterday and it's completely lovely, head to toe, cover to cover. You can see more photos over here on Flickr; also, more info about the book can be found on the Lists of Note website.Next week I'll restart the engines around here.Have a great weekend.Shaun RSS Feed proudly sponsored by TinyLetter, a simple newsletter…
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    Mysterious Matters: Mystery Publishing Demystified

  • What Happens When Dumb People Read Your Book?

    Agatho
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The question I am asking myself this week is: How much do I really take readers' IQ's into account when signing and then publishing a book? The truth is, I do, quite a bit. The average IQ is 100, and that's the level I aim for. Of course, I want the book to be well-written, with a good plot and great characters. But even though my own tastes run to the avant-garde, I rarely sign up such titles. Many, many times I've thought, "Wow, I like this. But people won't get it. It's too challenging, too demanding. That's what literary fiction is for."…
  • Technology, Blah Blah Blah

    Agatho
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    I just finished editing a manuscript, and I realized that my eyes tend to glaze over when a writer gets into discussions of technology. It's not that I don't like technology; in fact, I love it. What I DON'T love is lazy writers' tendency to use technology as a substitute for good detection. And I'm seeing a lot of this lately. There's a fictional (or perhaps it's nonfictional) assumption that you can simply click on Google and find accurate answers to any question you may have, including personal information about just anyone (for a price, with a…
  • The Perpetual Discussion: Reviews

    Agatho
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    Many years ago, a mentor said to me, "You'll know you've been in the business a while when you care a lot more about sales than you do about reviews." I've partially achieved that state, but reviews do matter to me. After working on my books for so long, I want the world to like them as much as I do. Then again, I prefer to have the last laugh when I see a 2-star average on Amazon but very nice sales figures. (Not that I publish James Patterson, but take a look at the Amazon reviews of You've Been Warned. They are execrable, but I'm sure the book sold…
  • Small Presses: The Future?

    Agatho
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:45 pm
    A couple of days ago I had to have a conversation following the completion of one of those forms you have to fill out in your life. One of the questions was about occupation, so I listed myself as "editor/publisher." The form had nothing to do with business life at all, but when people hear that I'm a publisher, they often ask questions about the business. This particular woman told me that her husband had recently signed a contract with a small press after several years of frustration with "getting noticed" by the establishment. I sympathized with her because, of…
  • So Much Revelation! So Little Space!

    Agatho
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:47 pm
    I just finished a classic mystery published by The Crime Club in 1931. The title: The Midnight Mail, by Henry Holt. I like to dip my toes into classic waters a few times a year, and I'm usually happy with the choice I've made. I've always liked Holt and have read quite a number of his books. So I expect them to be good, and this one was. Holt does something in this book that I find remarkable every time I see it done. What's more, I see this particular thing done so rarely, it becomes all the more remarkable for that reason. So what is this thing, you ask? Let me explain.
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    Nicola Furlong » Blog

  • The Secret to Creating Memorable Fictional Characters

    nfurlong
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    Quick, what do Scarlet O’Hara, Hercule Poirot and Lisbeth Salander have in common? They’re fabulous fictional characters. Okay, that was waaay too easy. Now, even quicker, what’s the secret to creating reader interest? Ah…hmmn…let me see… Unlock the clue today in my guest blog post at Ink from an Earthen Vessel. #amwriting #writingfiction The post The Secret to Creating Memorable Fictional Characters appeared first on Nicola Furlong.
  • Youdunit Whodunit, How to Write Mysteries by Nicola Furlong on Sale

    nfurlong
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:50 pm
    YOUDUNIT WHODUNT! How to Write Mysteries on Sale Today! Huge Discount – Only 99 cents on Amazon.com & Amazon.co.uk. Okay, so you LOVE murder mysteries? Well, why not WRITE one? YOUDUNIT WHODUNIT! is my short, practical, how-to guide to crafting mysteries. But what’s inside this jam-packed little ebook? Here’s your FIRST CLUE: Maureen Jennings, author of the best-selling Murdoch Mysteries, says author Nicola Furlong “…is witty, thorough and she certainly knows what she’s talking about.” Look, there’s more! A SECOND CLUE: “You’ll pick up useful insights…
  • Textured Steampunk Fine Art Using Joint Compound

    nfurlong
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    Created a little 10×10 inch piece of textured fine art called Hummingbug for my great nephew, using thick joint compound, steampunk impressions of gears, keys and other funky objects and layers of wild colours. Micah’s Hummingbug by Nicola Furlong Micah’s Hummingbug by Nicola Furlong (close up) Micah’s Hummingbug by Nicola Furlong (side view) Love the colours & funky reliefs? Check out more textured art. The post Textured Steampunk Fine Art Using Joint Compound appeared first on Nicola Furlong.
  • Readers’ Favorite Loves Teed Off! Mystery by Nicola Furlong

    nfurlong
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    YOUR HALLOWEEN TREAT: READERS’ FAVORITE LOVES TEED OFF! >>>Another 5 Star Review!
  • Author Nicola Furlong’s Six Clues to Shameless Self-Promotion

    nfurlong
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Struggling with self-promotion? I’ve got six fab clues which will help you sell your books. 6 Clues to Shameless Self-PromotionCheck out my guest post at FastFingers.com and good luck! The post Author Nicola Furlong’s Six Clues to Shameless Self-Promotion appeared first on Nicola Furlong.
 
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    Sean McManus's Writing blog

  • Making music on the Raspberry Pi

    Sean McManus
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    In the run-up to the publication of the second edition of Raspberry Pi For Dummies, I've created an infographic to help you with making music on your Raspberry Pi. It shows the note numbers you need to use in Scratch and Sonic Pi. Both are covered in Raspberry Pi For Dummies, with Sonic Pi being a new addition to the second edition, with a chapter of its own. You can find out more about Sonic Pi
  • What's new in the second edition of Raspberry Pi For Dummies?

    Sean McManus
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    Later this month, there is a second edition of Raspberry Pi For Dummies coming out. A lot has changed since the previous edition was published in March 2013, including the launch of the Model B+ earlier this year and the introduction of NOOBS, which makes it easier to install the operating system. For this second edition, Mike and I have checked and updated the whole book to account for the new
  • Discover my two new Scratch programming tutorials

    Sean McManus
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    The first half term of the new school year has now finished, and with it the first few weeks of a whole new set of Code Clubs. I've written two new articles to cover two of the key challenges that Scratch presents to new programmers: Finding and debugging the top 5 errors in Scratch programs: There are several errors that new Scratchers tend to make. If you're on the look-out for them, it'll make
  • Download my Scratch demo files in the Raspberry Pi Store

    Sean McManus
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    I'm pleased to say that you can now download the examples from Scratch Programming in Easy Steps for free in the Pi Store on the Raspberry Pi. You can find them filed under Tutorials there. I've also included the PDF sampler from the book and some of my 10-block Scratch demo cards. I hope that this will make it easier for readers to download and experiment with the example files, and will also
  • Planting poppies at the Tower of London

    Sean McManus
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is an installation at the Tower of London to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. It fills the moat of the Tower with 888,246 ceramic poppies, each of which represents a British military death in the war. Last week, I was pleased to be able to spend the morning as one of the volunteers assembling and planting the poppies in the moat. The
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    Emerging Writers Studio

  • Going From Stupid to Cool

    Nanci Panuccio
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    Maurice via Compfight In February of last year, I attended a weekend west coast swing dance intensive with dancer, choreographer, teacher extraordinaire, Robert Royston. The weekend was ultra light on footwork and dance patterns and high on technique; the physics of movement, partner dynamics and connection, how to spin from a low to high center of gravity, musicality, and a multitude of other technical issues. The techniques were subtle, but new and awkward for most of us, including the most advanced dancers. On the last day of the intensive, as we were wrapping up, Robert said something to…
  • What is Writer’s Voice?

    Nanci Panuccio
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    We hear it prescribed in workshops and countless writing books. “Find your voice!” We’re encouraged to develop a “unique voice.” Literary magazines say they’re looking for “fresh new voices.” But what is writer’s voice, exactly? Years ago, during my first semester as an MFA student, my mentor told me the first draft of a story I sent her lacked voice. So much so, that she didn’t want to offer any further feedback until I understood how to incorporate my voice into my fiction. I already knew the story was awful. I’d felt…
  • Getting Under the Skin

    Nanci Panuccio
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    photo by Aristocrats-hat It’s one thing to understand a character. It’s another thing to become them. Readers crave the latter. In my early twenties, at Columbia University’s Summer Writing Program, I was fortunate to have novelist and short story author Ethan Canin critique my first completed short story. The story centered around a love triangle of sorts: two friends, both Julliard piano students, and their mentor Joshua who becomes smitten by one of the girl’s musical powers. Ethan’s major criticism was that my story was plot-driven rather than…
  • The Difference Between Plot and Story

    Nanci Panuccio
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    umjanedoan via Compfight My first writing workshops in NYC included a few lawyers with novels-in-progress based on real life cases they’d defended throughout their careers. They were writing what they knew. Intricate and wild criminal cases brimming with drama and excitement. Endless twists. Mega suspense. Their plots were riveting. But there was no story. No character development. No emotion driving the novels forward. They had built a scaffold. But not a world. Many of the stories I edit suffer either from too much plot, or not enough. A plot-driven story is full of action, which is…
  • What Is Your Story About?

    Nanci Panuccio
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Photo credit: Stéfan “So what are your stories about?” someone at a party recently asked. “Hmmm,” I said, mentally scanning my most recent collection, grasping for a cogent response. “Loss. Regret. Grief. Disillusionment. It’s hard to explain. I actually have no idea what my stories are about.” If you’re anything like me, you routinely trip over this question. It’s challenging to understand, let alone, articulate what we’re writing about. To sum up a story or book in terms of its aboutness feels reductive and abstract, a hollow…
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • SMASHING IT and TV Addiction

    MikeFook
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Admit it – your TV owns you. You’ve been owned by Hollywood and they’re all making money off your misguided ass. How many people that are really SMASHING IT across the world do you think are addicted to TV, like you are? Cool photo ©2014 Baily Weaver at FLickr. How many senators? Presidents? CEOs? How many elite athletes? How many of our top scientists? How many of the world’s top adventurers? Politicians of any sort? How many kings and queens? Seems to me that people of this caliber… cannot afford to waste their time with TV. Seems to me that ANYBODY that is…
  • Mike Fook Podcast – Day 1

    MikeFook
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:42 am
    Just on a whim I threw up a podcast about some knob that left me threatening Youtube comments a while back. I installed the podcast creator and it shoots it up to iTunes, so if you’re looking for it, in a day or so you’ll find it there. Heck, it might even be there now if Apple has its act together. Search under “Mike Fook Podcast” as the keyword phrase. They tell me this is the link – but it has the wrong image and podcast name – click. I was sitting here this morning trying to figure out how I can start cranking out content immediately, and be doing…
  • Never Fight with Anyone Who Has Less to Lose Than You Do

    MikeFook
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:16 pm
    I went through some of the comments on my books recently. I found a couple that weren’t so good, but no zingers like I used to find after just getting started publishing books where I had edited them myself. There were some bad sentences in those books. Still, the comments were from some disturbed people. Disturbed authors and wannabe authors that were coming to grips with the fact that my books were going to push them down in the Amazon results. Sick comments on your books bring immediate wrath and uncontrollable mental agitation, cogitation, and violence. If I knew some of the…
  • If You’re Really Creative – Should You Be Writing Books?

    MikeFook
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:07 am
    Hmm, write books, or work with venomous snakes in Southeast Asia? (Trimeresurus venustus – The Beautiful Pit Viper)   I can’t play an instrument. Can’t read music. Can’t compose music. I can’t write screenplays or musicals. My brother can do all of these. I can’t sing. I can’t win writing contests online. I can’t write short-stories that blow people away. My sister does all of these. I can run. I can bike. I can climb stairs. That’s what I do well. What I do VERY well is create things. I am an idea factory. I can churn out ideas all…
  • Whiskey Helps Me Buy Shit

    MikeFook
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I’ve said it at some time during the past, I know. I labor over decisions in which I have to spend a lot of money to buy something that isn’t absolutely essential for my own, or my family’s well-being. A few nights ago I learned something. Whiskey helps me buy shit. I have been looking at the line of Suunto Ambit2 and Ambit3 sports watches for, oh about a year. I haven’t been able to pull the plug and buy one because: I’ve never paid more than $75 for a watch in my life. I could buy a computer for the price I could buy a Suunto watch for. There are no stores…
 
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    About that Writing thing.

  • An Open Letter to the Paris Review

    Shannon Barber
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Dear Whitey and other assorted Whiteys, In the wake of the continuing dehumanization of, murder of, lynching of Black children I see that you may want to find a way to use your position to make a statement. The venerable Paris Review did this. (Also check out Donotlink if you would like to show people stuff on the internet but don’t want to contribute click money) The Ballad of Ferguson, Missouri. Right now just about every Black person I know is in pain. We have to see on social media how many of our sometimes beloved friends are racists. We have to watch people who could be us or our…
  • Yeah Write #188- Tempted

    Shannon Barber
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Tempted I see my bus pull away from the curb fifty feet away. I am too tired to even try to run. “Fuck me.” I realize I said that out loud when Big Ed the 85-pound crackhead giggles. “Well if you’re gonna twist my arm.” I laugh. “Hey Big Ed, how are you?” I plop on them nearby bench; he stands a few feet away, smiling. “Waitin’ on the man, you know how it is. I was wondering where you was at. New bus schedule is a bitch ain’t it?” I give him a cigarette. “Yeah. You stay safe.” He thanks me and scurries away. I watch the other crackheads and play a game with myself,…
  • Craft notes- experimentation in Flash fiction

    Shannon Barber
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:50 pm
    So I want to talk about craft and some things I’ve been experimenting with in terms of flash fiction. If you’ve read me for a while you know I like to screw around with literary things. Lately (as in the past six goddamn months) I’ve been really interested in remaking of individual myths and as usual vagina dentata. Another thing I’m really interested in experimenting with is the idea that plot doesn’t have to be the Western idea of what plot and a story story has to be in order to be good or interesting. So first a little piece I wrote on my phone- wait let me…
  • Write like a motherfucker forever.

    Shannon Barber
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Since I have been digging myself out of my shit filled emotional hole I’ve been writing a lot. I’ve also done a couple of things I’ve never done before. On some issues I have a mean sense of humour and I’ve been interested in using that to write up some non fiction. I wrote a satire thing, very angry, mean. And I sat on it for a while because I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Then the other day I was organizing my work and decided to just do a thing with it. So I put it up on Medium and I’m kinda proud of myself. I’ve also been toying with some horror…
  • So hey.

    Shannon Barber
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Apparently I’m still a writer. I have a new thing at Xojane. More self care and stuff. Lately I’ve had what you could call a mega crisis of faith in myself and stuff. I fell down the deepest of “every word I write sucks” holes and have had a bit of a hard time pulling out of it. Not to say that I’m not writing because I am. In fact I’m working on some pretty exciting to me stuff and yet, I’m feeilng some type of way about showing people I don’t know my work. I go through this every now and then. It’s a combo of losing faith in my own work…
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    Robert Bruce

  • A Greeting

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    Though there are no stories here at the moment, on January 1st 2015, there will be. Until then, hold fast and subscribe ...
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    Writing from the Twelfth House

  • …Transforming common days into thanksgivings…

    Anne Whitaker
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    Growing older has brought me an understanding of the value of living in the day, of being grateful for the texture of blessings that each new dawn brings: all we have to do is be mindful. So, on a very regular basis  now – without denying that life is often difficult and sometimes downright brutal – I remember to give thanks. Give Thanks I live in Scotland, home of many expat Americans. Today, and across the world, citizens of the USA both at home and in all corners of the globe will be gathering in groups great and small, familial and otherwise, preparing for today’s great…
  • Some thoughts on friendship: Anne and Peggy chew the fat…

    Anne Whitaker
    8 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    I have been reflecting on the importance of having inter-generational friendships, in relation to the type of society in which we live which is riven by a huge paradox. Thanks to the Internet-expedited social media revolution,  never in human history have we been so inter-connected at so many levels worldwide as we are now. This fact co-exists with a rising tide of human loneliness, especially amongst older people, who in terms of life experience are probably the richest members of our human community. Good Friends Today I have decided in my own small way to bridge this paradox, by using…
  • A ‘Time Slip’ Tale: Mediaeval church music 1980s to 1990s

    Anne Whitaker
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:52 am
    Everybody knows the secular holiday of Hallowe’en. But not everybody knows it derives from a holy day,  All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1, which is followed by All Souls’ day on Nov. 2. The root word of Halloween – ”hallow” – means ”holy.” The suffix “een” is an abbreviation of “evening.” It refers to the Eve of All Hallows, the night before the Christian holy day that honours saintly people of the past. All Saints is a celebration of the communion of saints. The religious connotation of today thus fits well with the third…
  • Oh no – not more Tudors!! Reincarnation Tales for Hallowe’en (ii)

    Anne Whitaker
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    I was in my twenties; about to leave my lecturing job, my flat in Bath, and return to the Outer Hebrides to “ be a writer”. A few weeks previously I had met artists and astrologers Gloria and Seamus. Since their delivering of one of my greatest ever shocks, in the shape of an unsolicited and stunningly accurate horoscope reading, we had become friends. They intrigued me, as well as being warm hearted, kind people. They subsequently introduced me to their friend Jake, an author and expert on astrology amongst other Arts. Seamus had joked that we had to be careful of Jake – he was…
  • Reincarnation Tales for Hallowe’en i) : Beware the noonday sun – uncanny events in Lecce, Italy

    Anne Whitaker
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    The first in this series of four posts on the intriguing topic of Reincarnation can be found HERE Lecce, Italy: September 13th 1986 This first one took place in the mediaeval town of Lecce, known as ‘the Florence of the South’, on 13th September 1986. I still recall what happened very, very clearly. My husband Ian and I were on a bus trip with a voluble female Italian guide in her thirties, determined to cram as much local information as possible into the heads of the ignorant Brits in her charge. As a result, not helped by the heat, we reeled off the bus somewhat brain damaged for our…
 
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    Sara Dobie Bauer's Blog

  • I’m obviously going quite mad

    saradobiebauer
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    In the past week, my grandmother died, a friend of mine tried to commit suicide, I haven’t been sleeping, and eating is something forced upon me by my lovely husband. My neighbors already have Christmas decorations up, and radio stations are playing “Silver Bells” seemingly on repeat. I haven’t … no, I can’t write fiction. I’ve tried. I’m constantly on the verge of complete panic, and I’m beyond crying, the necessary water and salt expunged each night during my cold sweats. What does this mean? I’m obviously going quite mad. Madness…
  • Grandma Goes Home

    saradobiebauer
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    What do you do the morning after you lose someone you love? Even if that death was for the best, following months (years) of illness, suffering, and grief? We lost Grandma Schwind last night: the last remaining grandparent in my family, the matriarch. She left us at 7 PM. She navigated her way past the pain, the hospital bed, and all the other old, sick, and suffering at her nursing home to see Heaven and Papa and her beloved son, lost much too soon, Barney. Last night, Grandma went home. It’s a relief really. Ten minutes prior to The Call from Ohio, I was having trouble eating. I was…
  • Quotes from a Matt Haig alien: Remember how to live

    saradobiebauer
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    I love British author Matt Haig for The Radleys, Dead Father’s Club, and now, The Humans, perhaps my favorite of his books—which is saying something. The Humans is about an alien who comes down to earth in the body of Professor Andrew Martin to erase the solving of a mathematical equation that could alter the course of human history. However, the more time the alien spends among “the humans,” the more he becomes human. Instead of a book review, here are favorite quotes that trace the alien as he becomes more human but also quotes that speak to us as humans. PS: Buy the damn book.
  • Halloween Horror Story: How It Died

    saradobiebauer
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    In honor of Halloween, I offer you my newly released horror story, “How It Died,” published by Blank Fiction Magazine. I hope everyone had a night of horrors. Maybe ghosts followed you home and dark creatures lingered in the corner of your eye. I hope you kept the pumpkin lit and danced around the fire. Halloween is the night when the dead come to visit. Were you ready to say hello? How It Died by Sara Dobie Bauer Published by Blank Fiction Magazine My first and last November in Boston, I attended what Americans call Thanksgiving. My attendance was due to my romantic affiliation…
  • Gina’s Team gives me reason to hope (and live)

    saradobiebauer
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    I’ve thought about giving up. No longer creating. No longer caring. It’s on these, the darkest days, that I end up at Perryville Prison or on a road trip to Prescott or, say, to a sober-living halfway house in downtown Phoenix. It’s on these darkest days that Gina’s Team has saved my life. Gina’s Team was named for Gina Panetta, a young mother who died while serving time in an Arizona prison. In her memory, we actively promote education and self-sufficiency for incarcerated women and men in Arizona at no cost to the prisons. My title at work is “Book Nerd,” and this title…
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    Elizabeth Spann Craig

  • Dealing With Writer’s Block

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    by David Khara, @DavidKhara I wish I received a dollar every time someone asked me if I suffered from writer’s block—in France, they call it “the blank page syndrome.” You know, those moments when you want to write, you are ready to write, but you can’t seem to write a single word. Ideas keep coming to mind, but don’t seem to make sense. Or worse, every time you write a sentence down, you immediately erase it because you simply hate it. Actually, I do no suffer from this syndrome, probably because I started writing novels at a fairly advanced age. Still, when I worked in…
  • Going from ‘Pantster’ to Outliner

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    by Elizabeth Craig, @elizabethscraig I loved the organic, ‘pantster’ approach to writing.   I followed the genre-determined general structure  (meet victim, meet suspects, question suspects…) and then happily made up each story as I went along. This worked really well until I started writing three books a year…a book each for several different series.  Then, apparently, I was juggling too many balls at once and I had to give myself more of a plan to follow. I’ve got a post up on Writer Unboxed, which is a great resource for writers if you’re not familiar…
  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific writing links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 23,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. Examples of using kernel ideas to write your book:  http://ow.ly/EqgzV @bob_mayer The missing author mystique–authors and social media:  http://ow.ly/EGq4O @Porter_Anderson @writerunboxed   Writing a Novel? 6 Visual Storytelling Techniques to Borrow From Film and TV http://ow.ly/EqgzZ @CSLakin 6 Ways To…
  • Free Help With Graphic Design

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig I’m design-challenged.  I learned this early.  My father was a teacher and when I was in elementary school, one of my father’s friends (also a teacher) knew I was very creative and asked me to create a back-to-school bulletin board for her students. I loved the huge box of art supplies that she brought over.  Tissue paper, construction paper, markers, stickers, stencils.  I loved it.  But I didn’t know what to do with it.  I ended up making a tissue paper flower that was about 6 inches in size.  I couldn’t for the life of me figure out…
  • Creating Strong Characters—Some Typical Challenges

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Guest Post by Jack Smith To write a publishable novel, you must cover a lot of bases.  This means handling a number of fictional elements seamlessly.  Chief among these is creating a strong protagonist, one that is believable as well as compelling. It’s one thing to speak of a strong character in the abstract, another to create one in a novel.  If you’re like most writers, you continuously face any number of challenges, and since each novel is different, each set of challenges is different. There are, of course, some standard character issues every writer eventually faces. And so…
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    Polon

  • Six tips for better proofreading

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    1. Are you sitting comfortably? Proofreading is a task that takes concentration. So make sure you’re in an environment in which you can concentrate – even if it’s just for short bursts. If you work in an open-plan office, can you make use of a quiet meeting room or even get some noise-cancelling headphones? 2. Print it out, read it out Now, we don’t advocate wasting paper. But proofreading is much easier to do in print than it is on screen. So while you’re getting the hang of it, print things out to check them. As you get better you can do more on screen. Reading…
  • Txting isn’t killing good writing

    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Take a look at the image above. The message says ‘I arrived all right about 4 oclock hope you are all right grand wether’. Is it another example of how modern technology is lowering standards of writing? No, it’s not. As Dr Caroline Tagg points out in the Guardian, the text is from a postcard written in 1907.There was no golden age when people wrote perfectly in informal communications. People have always played around with words. What’s more, as the Guardian article highlights, research shows that children who use textisms have greater phonological awareness. They…
  • What you can learn from Keats

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    We’re publishing this in autumn, so it seems fitting to look at the famous opening lines of Keats’ poem Ode to Autumn: In a dozen words, Keats conjures up not just what autumn is or what it looks like, but how it feels. And he does so using metaphors that entice you to explore his ideas.This makes the writing not only beautiful, but very efficient. By the end of the first line, you have the idea that autumn is a season where things have matured to abundance. Thanks to his choice of the word ‘fruitfulness’ to convey this, you are also left with an image of…
  • ‘That’ or ‘which’?

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In British English, which and that are equally correct in many cases – as in this example: As the Oxford Dictionary on ‘that’ or ‘which’ explains, it’s to do with things called restrictive relative clauses and non-restrictive relative clauses. In the sentence above, that and which introduce a restrictive relative clause. The clause contains essential details about the vase – the fact he broke it – that it wouldn’t make sense to leave out. You can use that, which, whose, who, or whom to introduce a restrictive relative clause. And you…
  • The business benefits of writing like a human

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The Red Rock Cafe isn’t a posh joint. No lobster on the menu here. No Michelin stars. Just a welcome little hut sandwiched between a rocky outcrop and the railway near Dawlish, South Devon. But on this sign the Red Rock Cafe is using language a lot more effectively than many big brands. What’s so great about this writing? First of all, it’s friendly and polite – full of hellos, pleases and thank yous. It’s also funny. The story about the waitress running off with a train driver suits the cafe’s location right by the railway line, and is a lovely…
 
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    Litopia All Shows

  • The Cosmic Trigger

    Litopia Writers Colony
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
    Ian’s guests tonight are Daisy Eris Campbell and Jon Higgs who are bringing Robert Anton Wilson’s cult classic The Cosmic Trigger, The Final Secret of the Illuminati to the stage.   Impossible?  Well, when you consider that this nonfiction and partly autobiographical work covers, amongst many other topics... Freemasons, Discordianism, Sufism, the Illuminati, Futurology, Zen Buddhism, Dennis and Terence McKenna, Jack Parsons, the occult practices of Aleister Crowley and G.I. Gurdjieff, Yoga, and many other esoteric or counterculture philosophies... yes, you might well conclude…
  • Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler

    Litopia
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:40 am
    One man goes against the system he helped create and the results are not encouraging. Koestler fictionalises the Moscow Show Trials of the 1930s, where parts are fused onto the whole and the whole is broken into parts. A masterful novel. >>> Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the craft of writing, the ideas that are at the heart of great novels as…
  • The World According to Mal Peet

    Litopia Writers Colony
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    Mal Peet is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest British writers alive. His books have won many awards, and reviews range from the merely enthusiastic to the ecstatic. A deeply creative writer, Mal joins us tonight to chat about the writing process, tar-grouted macadam, nano-drones and Tolkienism. Oh, and also his newly publishing book, THE MURDSTONE TRILOGY… which isn’t a trilogy at all. Click to order from Amazon Is there a formula for writing the next George “Rolls Royce” Martin swords-and-sorcery, high-fantasy epic troll opera? Mal says yes… and what’s more, he…
  • Three Faces of War – Very Special Forces

    Litopia Writers Colony
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    On this day in 1918 – the eleventh day of the eleventh month, at the 11th hour – the hostilities of the First World war formally ended. This is Remembrance Day, aka Poppy Day. But why poppies? Well, contrary to popular belief, poppies have been associated with war since at least Napoleonic times, when a writer first noted how poppies grew over the graves of soldiers. It is theorized that the damage done to the landscape in Flanders during WW1 greatly increased the lime content in the soil, leaving the poppy as one of the few plants able to survive. At the war’s conclusion, it was an…
  • Three Faces of War – The English Lady

    Litopia Writers Colony
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    She does her job with typically understated bravery. To meet her, you might think (for a moment) that this headscarved and very English lady is, perhaps, a headmistress, a rose grower or possibly something a bit nebulous in the arts. But this is Lindsey Hilsum. The woman for whom the expression sang-froid might have been invented. Specialising in remaining imperturbable under fire, and always meeting her deadline. As International Editor for Britain’s Channel 4 News, she reported from Belgrade in 1999 when NATO bombed Serbia, from Baghdad during the 2003 US invasion, and covered the…
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    Joel Trains Authors | Write A Book | Your Business Website

  • An embarrassment of riches for readers

    Joel
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:26 pm
    For $10/month or less, you can get access to a library of hundreds of thousands of books. There are at least three such libraries: Kindle Unlimited (Amazon); Oysterbooks.com; and Scribd.com. All three let you try their service for a free month. I tried all three. There is lots of overlap among them, in terms of titles. But just recently, Scribd leaped out in front of the pack by adding a collection of 30,000 audio books. I listen to audio books all the time, and have a $24/month subscription to Audible.com that I’d like to drop. If the Scribd library can satisfy my exploratory…
  • Music to focus by

    Joel
    31 Jan 2014 | 4:09 pm
    The Brain Club is a monthly meeting in San Francisco founded by my friend Phil Dixon. Their presentations are video-streamed. Here is yesterday’s, by Will Henshall, on the subject of focus. More precisely, on the types of music that actually help you focus on the task at hand—say, the book you are writing—and the types that do not. Will, a musician and scientist, has founded a science-based company that lets you play the “right kinds” of music via your web-connected devices. Check out his site here. Video streaming by Ustream The post Music to focus by appeared first on…
  • Word Trippers

    Joel
    31 Jan 2014 | 8:59 am
    Barbara McNichol has written Word Trippers, a short book that will help you distinguish between lie and lay, less and fewer, affect and effect, and more. Watch her brief promotional video (below), then head over to her site for more information. I, who am pretty good at such distinctions, get a lot out of Barbara’s book every time I dip into it. The post Word Trippers appeared first on Joel Trains Authors | Write A Book | Your Business Website.
  • To Write A Good Book, Answer These 3 Questions

    Joel
    21 Jan 2014 | 8:37 pm
    1. What is the question my book answers? 2. Who cares? Who is seeking the answer to this question? 3. Where do I find that caring audience?  If you are writing a non-fiction book, it answers some question. “How do I play the guitar?” “How do I find the right midwife?” “What are some low-capital businesses I can start?” Your answer is simple, methodical, and action-oriented. You give some background, some definitions, then lay out the steps the reader needs to take. Then you answer frequently asked questions and list resources for digging further. Next, you…
  • Note-taking for the writer

    Joel
    12 Jan 2014 | 1:56 pm
    I’m listening to author Amy Tan being interviewed on City Arts and Lectureson NPR. The wonderful interviewer–I missed his name–asked, “Why do you write?” To my surprise, she said she discovered that writing has enabled her to explore her life purpose. One kind of writing is note-taking–jotting things down as they happen, whether event descriptions or thoughts and ideas. (I wrote this in NotePower, a blog I’ve stopped keeping about notes.) One kind of note-taking is called “journaling,” or keeping a diary. People do this for a variety of…
 
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    The Write One Blog

  • How To Self Publish On Kindle – Best Practices For Kindle Publishing

    Stefanie Newell
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:39 pm
    The arrival of the Kindle Direct Publishing platform (KDP) was a major publishing solution for many aspiring and established writers. This is because authors both big and small have an easier opportunity of publishing their work ... The post How To Self Publish On Kindle – Best Practices For Kindle Publishing appeared first on The Write One Blog.
  • Write A Book For Kids That Sells! A Formula That Works!

    Stefanie Newell
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    What constitutes a great book for kids? This is perhaps one of the most asked questions by children’s writers looking to write a book for kids that will grab their attention and keep them enthralled. In this ... The post Write A Book For Kids That Sells! A Formula That Works! appeared first on The Write One Blog.
  • How To Get Book Reviews For Your Book!

    Stefanie Newell
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Getting book reviews for your book before and after the release is essential to your success. This video will share why it’s important to secure book reviews ... The post How To Get Book Reviews For Your Book! appeared first on The Write One Blog.
  • How Writers Should View Their Competition!

    Stefanie Newell
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel This video shares how writers should view their competition. It provides tips on how to assess your competition’s strengths and apply it to your own brand and ... The post How Writers Should View Their Competition! appeared first on The Write One Blog.
  • How To Deal With Negative Book Reviews

    Stefanie Newell
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel As writers, we’re all eventually going to deal with the dreaded negative book review. The key to dealing with negative book reviews successfully is learning how to ... The post How To Deal With Negative Book Reviews appeared first on The Write One Blog.
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    Blogito Ergo Sum

  • Don't Forget THANKSgiving

    James Kiester
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    -The candy has been eaten, store bought costumes have been boxed up, and Jack-O-Lanterns have been composted.   Halloween is over, and the masses have turned their attention to Christmas.Wait a minute.  Halloween…  Christmas…  Halloween…  Christmas…  There’s something between those, right?  Oh yeah, Thanksgiving is November 27th.As soon as we doused our porch lights, and quit handing out candy to tot sized superheroes, Target began airing jingles about, “A Marshmallow World,” and stores were decked for Santa’s visit.  While I…
  • I Voted - Now Shut Up

    James Kiester
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    -Here in Oregon, we vote by mail.  Last week I received my ballot, dutifully filled it out, and sent it in.  While I've made my series of educated choices, and signed on the dotted line, I still find myself inundated with fact bending campaign commercials every time I watch TV.Subject: A voter returns his vote-by-mail ballot in the 2006 General elections in Lane County, Oregon. | Date: 10/22/2006 | Photographer: Chris Phan | This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. If I'm not being subjected to mixed messages about "genetically…
  • My Heroes Have Always Been Human

    James Kiester
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    -Dirk Benedict (born March 1, 1945) is a television actor who played the characters Lieutenant Starbuck in the original Battlestar Galactica and Lieutenant Templeton "Faceman" Peck in The A-Team. I vividly remember watching both shows as a kid. I remember the excitement I felt as I watched him blast the feldercarb out of the bad guys, first in space, the as part of the Los Angeles underground.Photo courtesy of Amazon's Affiliate Program. This weekend I had a chance to meet one of my childhood heroes at Rose City Comic-Con. While giddy as my 12 year old self, I carefully prepped for the…
  • Musicals, The Maligned Movie Genre

    James Kiester
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    -Mayor Shinn, of River City, shakes his fists from his podium as he reminds the townspeople of how much money "Professor" Harold Hill has taken from them for instruments, uniforms, and instruction books, promising to create a boys' band. When he loudly demands to know "Where's the band?" Hill is saved by the town's boys who have Photo courtesy of Amazon's Affiliate Program. learned to play Beethoven's Minuet in G on their instruments. Although their technical expertise leaves much to be desired, the boys' parents are enthralled. The somewhat ragged boys' band marches out of the town hall. As…
  • I Want To Live In Springfield

    James Kiester
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    -As I write this, FOX owned FXX Network is running every chapter of "The Simpsons" -- all 552 episodes, plus the movie -- in a 12-day marathon. What began, in 1989, as a series of family based animated shorts for The Tracey Ullman Show,  Photo courtesy of Amazon's Affiliate Program. has evolved into a 25 year chronicle of the, fictional, town of Springfield. While I haven't watched the entire marathon, needing at least enough time to catch the premiere of DOCTOR WHO's 8th season and True Blood's grand finale, I've caught enough stretches of the marathon to know that I want to live in…
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    Stories To Tell Books

  • So How’s the Book Going?

    Sarah Hoggatt
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    It’s the question so many people ask. As writers, I’m sure you know what it is. It’s the question that brings both great delight and great discomfort. It’s the question that makes us smile with pride yet also makes us suddenly shy. It’s the coaxing out of information we tend to clutch tightly to our chests. The one we are secretly longing to be asked. Image courtesy of Gisela Giradino on Flicker under Creative Commons “So how’s the book going?” There it is. What do we say? Do we tell them what we’re writing about, what stage the book is…
  • Who Should Publish My Book? (Part 1) Ingram Spark

    Biff Barnes
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    Your book is almost ready to publish. You have lots of questions. Print? eBook? Both? How can I make sure that I get the widest possible distribution and easiest order fulfillment services? What publisher is best for my needs? In the next few posts we will look at some of the options you might consider. If your book is intended for a limited distribution to family and friends like many family histories or memoirs you’ll want what is often called private printing. (We’ll explore private printing in an upcoming post.) If you have commercial aspirations for your book you have many…
  • If NaNoWriMo Writers Are the Hare, What About the Tortoise?

    Biff Barnes
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    We’re a third of the way through National Novel Writing Month? It’s estimated that approximately a half-a-million people are banging away at their computers to knock out the first draft of a novel. The annual event might be well advised to make Nike’s famous slogan “Just do it!” the month’s theme. Pulp mystery writer Mickey Spillane could be its poster boy. I once saw Spillane on the Tonight Show. Johnny Carson asked him how long it took him to write a book. “Depends on how bad I need the money,” said Spillane. “What's the fastest you ever…
  • A Veterans Day Goal - Preserve Your Veteran's Story

    Biff Barnes
    9 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Veterans Day is the day Americans officially honor the service of our military veterans. What better way is there to honor them than to preserve the stories of their service? That preservation can take a variety of forms. The Library of Congress Veterans History Project at the American Folklife Center is preserving oral history interviews with veterans. The project website provides specifics on how you can participate and offers guides to the interview process. A quick web search of veterans history” will provide listings for many state and local veterans history projects which support…
  • Want to Be a Writer? Find What You're Good At

    Ben Kostyack
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Today's post is by our intern Ben Kostyack, a senior at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington D. C. Welcome Ben! In my creative writing class I recently encountered my most dreaded sort of writing: poetry. I decided a long time ago that it took a certain type of person to write poetry, and I wasn’t that type. I’ve always thought that it took a certain amount of emotion from loss or heartbreak to write poetry, none of which I’ve experienced a lot of. In middle school I was forced to write poetry about a time I was scared (the assignment was given around Halloween). I wrote…
 
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    The GrammarPhile Blog

  • Number Nine...Number Nine...Number Nine

    5 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    November was the ninth month in the ancient Roman calendar. Nine is the atomic number of fluorine. We're obsessed with nine today. Can you tell?
  • Names of Government Bodies (Be Nice Now!)

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Though you may have your own private names for some governmental agencies, you'll want to use the formal, proper names in your professional writing. Here's some help when writing your next proposal for that grant for ten million from Uncle Sam.
  • Can You Pick the Correct Verb?

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Which verbs are correct?
  • Words Religious

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    People have said that the best advice is to never discuss religion and politics. Well, maybe. Today's post is not about religion itself, but about words having to do with "religion." What to capitalize. Names of religions, denominations, communions, and sects are capitalized, as are their adherents and adjectives derived from them.
  • Words and Phrases People Often Mangle

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
     Mark Twain said something like "Say nothing and they'll just wonder if you're a fool. Open your mouth and you'll remove all doubt." If he were living today, he would certainly not aim that remark at you, because you're reading the GrammarPhile blog and that makes you smarter than the average bear (we hope!). You always want to appear intelligent, don't you? Study these words and use them properly. Mark Twain would be proud of you.
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    Self-Publishing Experts

  • Crowdfunding: A Creative Way to Fund Your Book

    Lisa Shultz
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:17 pm
    This article was contributed by Polly Letofsky. One of the greatest revolutions in the past few years of this self-publishing boom is the advent of crowdfunding. Here’s the hard truth—up until just a few years ago big publishing companies had full control over the content that got out into the world by saying yes or no to writers and their works. They also had full control over the presses and all the distribution channels. The revolution of publishing means that as writers we can now get any content we want into the world, with full access to printers and distributors. And the last…
  • How to Know if Your Book Will Be Successful First

    Andrea Costantine
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Are you someone who dreams of sharing what you’ve learned, created or discovered but worries that you don’t have what it takes to write a book? You know the positive impact you can have and you’d do write your book if only you knew people really wanted it. Does that sound like you? You are absolutely not alone. Over 80% of Americans say they would like to write a book. What holds them (and maybe, you) back is the stomach-turning fear of being a flop. Nobody wants to be the author of a book that doesn’t sell. Stuck between a rock and a hard place I felt that same way after I wrote my…
  • Perfectionists Rarely Publish or Promote Their Books

    Lisa Shultz
    26 Feb 2014 | 7:34 am
    There may be a point where you stall in the publishing or marketing process of your book. Deep down inside, you want to give birth to your book, but the fear of exposing yourself in such a public way terrifies you. You may become overwhelmed with the fear of judgment and criticism. You may feel naked and vulnerable. These are normal feelings for both the first time author and even for seasoned authors with each new book creation. You may suddenly doubt yourself and wonder if your book is good enough or if you are good enough. You may begin to think your book is not perfect enough and begin to…
  • Book Contests

    Lisa Shultz
    31 Jan 2014 | 9:56 am
    As your book approaches launch or soon afterwards, you may want to consider entering it into a few book contests. Usually these contests are for the year your book is published, so you should check deadlines and be aware of them. There are pros and cons of entering contests. If your book does well and wins an award, you can add this accomplishment to your marketing efforts. If you attend the awards ceremony, you can add pictures of you receiving the award to your website and post on social media giving you increased exposure, credibility and an excuse to shout out to the world again about…
  • E-Books & PDFs & Apps—Oh My!

    Lisa Shultz
    21 Jan 2014 | 6:42 am
    Did you know that 50% of Americans now own a tablet or e-reader device? A new Pew Research Center survey shows that e-reading has been rising along with tablet ownership. This is encouraging if you are considering publishing your book digitally. But which would be a better way to go: e-book or app? Let’s take a look at how they compare. An advantage to reading e-books on a digital device is the flexible text which allows the font size to vary and reflow to fit the screen. Additional features such as highlighting, note-taking, read-along audio, and a built-in dictionary are important to…
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    James Shelley

  • Have You Ever Heard of This Poem?

    James Shelley
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    I am looking for a poem. I have very scanty details. All I know is that is Italian, and that it is told as a conversation between two dead soldiers, from opposing sides of the conflict, who are buried underground beside each other. From what I can gather, they reach the conclusion that buried in the earth they are equals, and that it is only the living men above the ground that make the differences. Do you have any leads that could help me locate and identify this piece? Update (11/27/2014): Thanks to @gothick for kindly sharing the question on Twitter, @claireellent offered this great lead:…
  • Essence of Justice

    James Shelley
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The introduction to Plato’s Republic invites us to eavesdrop on a conversation about one of humanity’s dearest questions: what is justice? The three characters in the debate are Thrasymaschus, Socrates, and Glaucon. I say that justice or right is simply what is in the interest of the stronger party… what is good for someone else, imposed at the expense of the subject who obeys him. (Thrasymachus, in Plato, Republic 338c, 343c) Thrasymaschus argues that every state has a “strongest element” that determines what is right and wrong. Right and wrong, therefore, are…
  • On Justice

    James Shelley
    8 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This coming week (November 10-14) the Caesura Letters spends a few days reflecting on justice. Justice is one of those ideas that is easy to shrug off… until someone punches you in the face. With Plato to provoke our thoughts, we’ll unpack and reconsider the concept of justice, approaching this epic theme of moral philosophy in the terms of every day life. As the aforementioned punch in the face reminds us… the idea of justice is something we all do, in fact, have some opinions about. Subscribe to the Caesura Letters now.
  • Race is a Verb

    James Shelley
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Speech is the shadow of action. (Democritus, quoted in Diogenes Laërtius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers, IX.7.37) In his critical theory of race, Kendall Thomas, Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, proposes that: “race” is a verb, and that we are “raced” through a constellation of practices that construct and control racial subjectivities. (Kendall 1993:1806-7) In other words, your “race” is not something you are, it is something people and society do to you. It is a categorization made by others. Since “race” has disintegrated as a…
  • To Have It All

    James Shelley
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Beginning on Monday, I am publishing another mini-series on the Caesura Letters. This two-week bloc is about the theory, concept, and seemingly ever-elusive nature of contentment. Read more here.
 
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    Helping Writers be in Charge

  • How Oliver Emberton Used Quora to Build a Popular Blog in Less Than One Year

    Agota
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Oliver Emberton’s articles have been read over 9 million times in the last year, and featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, TIME, and many more. Yet he started writing entirely by accident only 2 years ago. How did he go from Internet nobody to wildly successful blogger? The evil genius that started it all It all started with a website called Quora. “Quora was what got me into writing in the first place. At the time it was just a place to hang out, a place where I found a lot of unknown but fascinating people answering the questions of strangers. I decided to try writing a few answers of my…
  • The Writer’s Guide to Winning E-Negotiations (The Art of Persuasion)

    Lanre Solarin
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    There’s only one message that runs through the veins of this blog and that is, “How to help Writers Get Paid What They’re Worth”. Various tactics have been shared that help us as freelance writers boost quality and confidence but the truth is that the “How to” of getting paid your worth is never complete without learning one of the most important ingredients in business success. This ingredient is what has made businesses grow from zero to hero within a period of time… It’s this same ingredient that allows internet entrepreneurs live the kind of lifestyle they choose… And…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Getting Freelance Writing Jobs

    Karol K
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    It’s July 2008 as I’m sitting in my room, holding my shiny new Master’s Degree in Computer Science, and making up my mind about staying at the univ to become what the western world calls a Doctor of Science. Sounds like a life-defining career choice, doesn’t it? October that year is my first month as a serious scientist, with a room on the top floor of the building (given to me by pure chance, still counts though) and a schedule of lectures that I needed to give (instead of sitting in the back and being bored – my usual). Fast forward one year later, and it turns…
  • 11 Months, an Abandoned Blog, and a Hero’s Return

    Bamidele Onibalusi
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    September 13, 2013. That’s a little over 11 months ago, and it was also the last time I personally “published” an article written by me for this blog. Around then, I was on a quest to write a guest post a day for other blogs, and I did for quite a while, but that also stopped around November, 2013. My emails to my newsletter stopped around then as well, except for one final email I sent on the 22nd of December, 2013 – it was my birthday then – to gift an ebook to my subscribers. That’s it. I recently went through my period of longest silence since I’ve been blogging. I…
  • The Top Skill Bloggers Need Now to Skyrocket Their Success

    Guest Post
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:58 am
    By Carol Have you been wondering how to make your blog stand out? At this point, there are umpty-million blogs out there. Every niche has tons of bloggers. There is no wide-open field you can claim — and if you spot one, it’s probably there because that’s a topic nobody can earn from. Now, it’s a matter of competing successfully with other blogs on your topic to grab readers’ attention. Especially as a startup in a niche full of already successful bloggers with huge mailing lists, it’s tough. But it can be done. When I started my freelance writing blog in…
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    American Writers & Artists Inc.

  • How to Make Great Clients Call You First

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:19 am
    Steve Coombes shares several proven ways you can become recognized as an expert. Apply these tips and you’ll be well on your way to earning six figures.
  • Black Friday Deal: 85% Off Popular Program

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Black Friday Deal: 85% off one of our most popular programs — Secrets of Becoming an Internet Research Specialist.
  • Newest AWAI Member Case Study: Cindy Cyr

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:52 am
    AWAI member Cindy Cyr has been crisscrossing the country, managing her son’s music career, spending more time on tour and in Los Angeles for meetings and auditions. Despite the hectic, irregular schedule, Cindy earns an impressive six-figures annually. Read on to find out how this mom is able to fulfill her son’s dream, as well as her own.
  • How to Become an Overnight Expert

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    Steve Coombes covers another important secret behind earning six figures as a copywriter in the next 12 months… how to double your income in one day.
  • 9 Writing Tips for Successful Email Marketing

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    Steve Slaunwhite gives you 9 expert tips for boosting response on any B2B email you write. Which one will you try next time you write email copy?
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    Florida Writers Conference Blog

  • If you don’t know how to write, start writing

    jamiebmusings
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    Originally posted on Jlahoff's Blog:“If you don’t know how to write, start writing” I read that somewhere. “Is what you say you want your life to stand for consistent with what your life really stands for?” I read that this morning. And then I got to thinking about something else read a while…
  • Exercise Wednesday: Uphill, both ways. And I was thankful!

    Chris Hamilton
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Everyone’s parents, it seems, likes to tell them how bad things used to be. I was a kid when Little House on the Prairie was on. One year my dad watched the Very Special™ Christmas episode where the Ingalls children didn’t get the massive haul of booty we got. Instead, they got a stick and a […]
  • Pick Your POV

    jamiebmusings
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    By CP Bialois “The most common mistake newbie writers make is to head hop.” How many times have we heard this? A handful? A dozen? A hundred? Yet each time it’s preached like the writing gospel. I guess the best way to answer it is with another question: What is head hopping? Head hopping is having multiple […]
  • What NaNoWriMo has taught me about writing

    jamiebmusings
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    You’ve probably seen a hundred posts out there about NaNoWriMo at this point. There’s a plethora out there ranging from ‘it’s the greatest’ to ‘it’s the worse thing ever invented.’ I can’t speak to the more negative side as I am firmly on the side of participation (if someone wants to). Here are some of […]
  • Exercise Wednesday: The island and the chalkboard

    Chris Hamilton
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    I can’t confirm this, and my Google search was fruitless, but I’ve heard that one interview at a large company in the Silicon Valley consists of a simple question and your answer. You’re on an island and you have a piece of chalk and a blackboard. What do you do? That’s the question. That’s the prompt […]
 
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    Ontext social media marketing and author mentoring

  • How to Be Visible in Google Search

    Maryan Pelland
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    If you want attention for your product in Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ or any other venue, whether you like it or not, your social media marketing has to include a way to be visible in Google search. Here’s why. Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second on average (visualize them here http://www.internetlivestats.com/google-search-statistics/), which translates to over […] The post How to Be Visible in Google Search appeared first on Ontext social media marketing and author mentoring. Related posts: Google for Your Social Media Marketing Don’t Get…
  • Google for Your Social Media Marketing

    Maryan Pelland
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
      Why Google+ is a FANFREAKINGTASTIC Place to Grow Almost all major brands are knee deep in social media. They have a plan, a strategy, a social media co-ordinator, and a daily, if not hourly presence on the major social media marketing player sites like Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and you know the rest. Social media […] The post Google for Your Social Media Marketing appeared first on Ontext social media marketing and author mentoring. Related posts: Writers and marketing – 8 perfect ways to sell your writing Don’t Get Buried in Google Search Results: Do…
  • Conquer Audiobooks—a New Market to Expand Your Author Reach

    Maryan Pelland
    3 Dec 2013 | 2:47 pm
    Jamie Sheffield, our guest writer, is an author, adventurer, traveler who excels at connecting with people and sharing his publishing experiences. We caught up with him for a discussion about his experience having one of his books made into an audiobook.   Jamie, tell me a little bit about yourself? I live in the upstate […] The post Conquer Audiobooks—a New Market to Expand Your Author Reach appeared first on Ontext social media marketing and author mentoring. Related posts: Author Solutions’ Publishing Practices Investigated Vook: An Author Tool in Search of an Audience…
  • Fiction Writers Can Eff Around with Almost Anything If It’s True

    Maryan Pelland
    24 Nov 2013 | 9:27 am
      I’ve neglected my blog readers as I’ve spent a ton of time this month creating strong web visibility for two new clients. I apologize, but the new SEO fascinates me and I’m immersed. Dragged myself out of it last evening and watched two interesting movies on the same topic to see how two sets of […] The post Fiction Writers Can Eff Around with Almost Anything If It’s True appeared first on Ontext social media marketing and author mentoring. Related posts: Writing Your First Book Without A Ghostwriter or Substantive Editor Will Eff You Up Tips for Writers…
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  • How to Coauthor a Book

    John Soares
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    Collaborating with a coauthor on a book or other writing project is often an excellent idea; however, it can also lead to major problems. I’ll examine the benefits of coauthoring first before moving on to point out the potential perils. 3 Reasons Why You Should Coauthor The Coauthor Has Expertise or Knowledge You Don’t This is […]Related Posts:Profitable Freelance Writing for NonprofitsHow I Chose My Freelance Writing NichesThe Best Way to Bid a Freelance ProjectMy Nightmare Freelance Writing ClientMy 11 Questions About Publishing Ebooks on Amazon’s Kindle
  • Time Management and Productivity Twitter Hashtags

    John Soares
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    Effective time management and high productivity are very important to me and most readers here at Productive Writers. That’s why I put together this list of the most important relevant hashtags for Twitter and Google+. You can use these hashtags for your own tweets and Google+ shares, or you can use them to search those […]Related Posts:Twitter Hashtags for Freelance WritersThe Top 10 Twitter Rules for Writers You Better Not BreakThe Best Google+ Communities for Freelance WritersTop 10 Ways to Be a More Productive Freelance Writer8 Time Management Techniques for Successful Writers
  • The Top 27 Ways to Boost Your Writing Willpower

    John Soares
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    How strong is your willpower? Do you do what you should, when you should, whether you feel like it or not — whether it’s for your writing or any other task large or small in your life? Do you have strong self-control? Perhaps the most important factor that determines whether or not you are a […]Related Posts:My Main Goal in Six WordsComprehensive Guide to Setting Freelance Writing Goals8 Time Management Techniques for Successful WritersShould You Go to Sleep an Hour Earlier?Sleep Deprivation Hurts Your Writing Productivity and Your Health
  • Sleep Deprivation Hurts Your Writing Productivity and Your Health

    John Soares
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    I’ve frequently stressed the importance of good health to your career as a productive freelance writer. Sleep is especially crucial, not only to your ability to concentrate on your writing projects, but also so you have enough energy to get them done on time. I wrote an extensive post about how lack of adequate sleep […]Related Posts:Are Your Sleep Habits Hurting Your Writing Career?Should You Go to Sleep an Hour Earlier?8 Time Management Techniques for Successful WritersBetter Time Management through NOT Watching TVComprehensive Guide to Setting Freelance Writing Goals
  • Does a Freelance Writer Need a Post Office Box?

    John Soares
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Why would a freelance writer or any other home-based worker want a post office box? Well, as a freelancer who has a home address and can easily get home delivery, I’ve chosen to have all my mail go to my post office box. Here’s why… The Advantages of a Post Office Box #1, If You Rent If you’re […]Related Posts:Your Ideal Freelance Writer Home OfficeThe 8 Top Ways to Legally Lower Your 2013 Freelance Writer Tax BillMy Criteria for Keeping a Print BookThe Freelance Writer’s Guide to Avoiding Paper BurialHow Freelance Writers Can Keep Editors Happy
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • SMASHING IT and TV Addiction

    MikeFook
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Admit it – your TV owns you. You’ve been owned by Hollywood and they’re all making money off your misguided ass. How many people that are really SMASHING IT across the world do you think are addicted to TV, like you are? Cool photo ©2014 Baily Weaver at FLickr. How many senators? Presidents? CEOs? How many elite athletes? How many of our top scientists? How many of the world’s top adventurers? Politicians of any sort? How many kings and queens? Seems to me that people of this caliber… cannot afford to waste their time with TV. Seems to me that ANYBODY that is…
  • Mike Fook Podcast – Day 1

    MikeFook
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:42 am
    Just on a whim I threw up a podcast about some knob that left me threatening Youtube comments a while back. I installed the podcast creator and it shoots it up to iTunes, so if you’re looking for it, in a day or so you’ll find it there. Heck, it might even be there now if Apple has its act together. Search under “Mike Fook Podcast” as the keyword phrase. They tell me this is the link – but it has the wrong image and podcast name – click. I was sitting here this morning trying to figure out how I can start cranking out content immediately, and be doing…
  • Never Fight with Anyone Who Has Less to Lose Than You Do

    MikeFook
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:16 pm
    I went through some of the comments on my books recently. I found a couple that weren’t so good, but no zingers like I used to find after just getting started publishing books where I had edited them myself. There were some bad sentences in those books. Still, the comments were from some disturbed people. Disturbed authors and wannabe authors that were coming to grips with the fact that my books were going to push them down in the Amazon results. Sick comments on your books bring immediate wrath and uncontrollable mental agitation, cogitation, and violence. If I knew some of the…
  • If You’re Really Creative – Should You Be Writing Books?

    MikeFook
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:07 am
    Hmm, write books, or work with venomous snakes in Southeast Asia? (Trimeresurus venustus – The Beautiful Pit Viper)   I can’t play an instrument. Can’t read music. Can’t compose music. I can’t write screenplays or musicals. My brother can do all of these. I can’t sing. I can’t win writing contests online. I can’t write short-stories that blow people away. My sister does all of these. I can run. I can bike. I can climb stairs. That’s what I do well. What I do VERY well is create things. I am an idea factory. I can churn out ideas all…
  • Whiskey Helps Me Buy Shit

    MikeFook
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I’ve said it at some time during the past, I know. I labor over decisions in which I have to spend a lot of money to buy something that isn’t absolutely essential for my own, or my family’s well-being. A few nights ago I learned something. Whiskey helps me buy shit. I have been looking at the line of Suunto Ambit2 and Ambit3 sports watches for, oh about a year. I haven’t been able to pull the plug and buy one because: I’ve never paid more than $75 for a watch in my life. I could buy a computer for the price I could buy a Suunto watch for. There are no stores…
 
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    Byzantine Roads

  • Homemade Winter Herbal Tea

    Lou
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    Since the country seems to have started winter early and with a vengeance, here’s a little something recipe for Homemade Winter Herbal Tea to tide you over as I work on my daily writing practice. Keep Warm Guys! It’s a soothing and aromatic winter tea we’ve made for years. It’s great by itself, or sweeten with a little honey. Spike it with rum or whiskey if really, really needed. The original recipe was taken from a magazine, but I can’t give credit: it’s been lost to the ages. But the recipe is simple enough, I think I’m in the clear. We use our own…
  • Why I’m not NaNoWriMo -ing This Year

    Lou
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:31 am
    I See in WordPress that I have a few more followers this week! Thank you and I hope you stick around. Since I haven’t been updating the site, I thought I’d do a quick post this week and maybe start getting back on a schedule. So. What am I doing this month? Well, for the first time in almost a decade, I’m not failing at Nano. Instead, I continue to work on a daily writing practice, and am coming close to pulling the trigger on a couple novellas, and my journal-ling is going great (Obviously, since I’ve decided to get back to publicly posting,right?). I’m not…
  • Leafless Video Game Intro

    Lou
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Jamie has been working on a couple of projects for her senior Thesis, the main one of which is Team Jomie and Leafless. This video will probably be the Kickstarter Intro, and I thought I’d post it here first: Leafless: The Making of an Indie Game – Episode 1 from Karl Allsop on Vimeo.     The post Leafless Video Game Intro appeared first on Byzantine Roads.
  • Six Things I Love About Scrivener ( For Linux)

    Lou
    1 Mar 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Do a quick Google search, and you’ll see most writers have a real love/hate relationship with scrivener. For every scribe raving about how their productivity has gone up since switching, you’ll find another who’s decided the learning curve was too steep or it didn’t do what they needed it to do (Not true- it just couldn’t do it easily). I’ve used Scrivener for the past year or so, and as I’ve gotten used to its strange peccadilloes and eccentricities, found that yes, as advertised, my productivity is going up and I’m finding it easier to develop…
  • Family Trip to Imaginary London

    Lou
    17 Feb 2014 | 4:40 pm
    The Family and I at COSI’s Sherlock Holmes Exhibition. As fas as traveling Science Exhibitions, this was one of the Better ones. Nice use of Artifacts and story telling. Really fun, even if light on the Cumberbatch. First room, Conan Doyle and the true life Inspirations. Second Room, the underground Arcade, where a variety of exhibits led you through Victorian Tech and Society, leading to a coded message from Sherlock to meet him At Baker Street… Then A quick jaunt to the crime scene to collect clues. And a trip around London to perform experiments in Blood Splatter analysis,…
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  • Video Book-Coaching Session with Jennie Nash

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    I’m so excited today to be able to share with you this 30-minute video session with book coach Jennie Nash, and to be part of a special offer she’s extending to readers of Write It Sideways: a free week’s trial of her new book-coaching program, Author Accelerator. Jennie and I first connected years ago when I reviewed one of her novels, and for the last couple of years we’ve worked together on the masthead at Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing. I even had the pleasure of having Jennie as my editor for a couple of interviews I conducted for the journal, and her…
  • 7 Tension-Building Tips for Writing Action Scenes

    Guest Contributor
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Today’s post is written by Joan C. Curtis. She’s the author of four business books and a new mystery, The Clock Strikes Midnight The best writers know how to create action scenes that cause readers to fly through the pages, dying to know what happens next. As a reader, I lose myself in the action and forget to notice how the author had me spellbound. I savor the moment until I’ve turned the very last page. As a writer, I wonder how that author did it. How did he or she create such effective action? For some writers creating action scenes comes easy. For others the task is…
  • I Got Published in “The Writer” Magazine

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    I’m happy to share some exciting news with you today: an essay of mine was purchased by The Writer a few months ago, and it appears in the November issue. The piece is called “Stand out”; the cover line is “Make your mark in literary journals.” Although “Stand out” is not available online, the November issue is on newsstands now. For the past four years I’ve focused most of my writing efforts on the short story form. It’s not that I’ve given up on writing a novel, but this detour into writing, editing and publishing literary…
  • Sorry! Why I Didn’t Answer Your Email

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    So, the other day I mentioned to my hubby—who is also my technical guru—that one of the online forms at Compose didn’t seem to be working. As he prodded into both of my sites, he also discovered a glitch in the contact form at Write It Sideways. In fact, there were hundreds of email messages I hadn’t received from my readers, and they were sitting there in my system. Some of them were more than a year old. How could this happen? How hadn’t I noticed? I suppose there were a number of factors: I was still receiving dozens of messages every day that related to my…
  • How to Write Better Short Stories and Get Published in Lit Mags

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    A couple of days ago, I published a post at Writer Unboxed called How to Get Your Short Stories Published in Lit Mags. Some commenters said they bookmarked the article as a reference for when they have a polished short story to send out to the world of lit mags. Others were grateful for that little push they needed to get started either writing or submitting. If you aren’t interested in short stories because you consider yourself a novelist (or an aspiring novelist), you’ll want to also read my article What Novelists Should Know About Short Fiction. And here’s a couple…
 
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    Words on a page

  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
    How to ensure your writing proposals work The top 27 ways to boost your writing willpower Good opening sentences: how to write and edit them Stephen King still fears failure. Do you? 5 steps to writing great how-to content Related posts: Blog posts, now a touch of Creative Commons A few links for the end of the week A few links for the end of the week
  • Why are writers so strident about getting paid?

    Scott Nesbitt
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    At least, paid decently. And on time. Mainly because writing is work. It’s real work. It’s not easy work. Anyone can bang out 500 words. But how many people can do that and come up with something that’s of professional quality, that can be published? Not many. Writing well takes thought. It requires research. It […] Related posts: Making a bit of extra cash with reprints Writers and practice Writers, promotion, and enlightened self interest
  • Creating a rate card

    Scott Nesbitt
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    If you’re a professional freelance writer, chances are you do more than blog or write for newspapers and magazines. You might also, for example, do copywriting, technical writing, editing and proofreading, and more. The question that potential clients always ask is How much do you charge for x? You might have committed your rates to […] Related posts: A few resources that can help you set your freelance writing rates Business cards and the writer The elements of a good writer’s website or blog
  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    The dos and don’ts of a freelance writing contract Some style tips for ghostwriting blog posts for business clients A short guide to enhancing your freelance writing career Advice that can help you overcome the inertia of perfectionism 10 careers for writers who want to make money Related posts: A few links for the end of the week A few links for the end of the week A few links for the end of the week
  • Note taking tools: a graveyard for ideas

    Scott Nesbitt
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    As I’ve said countless times in this space, and elsewhere, notes are essential to the serious writer. And, over the years, I’ve taken notes in a variety of ways: in physical notebooks, using plain text files, and digitally on the various mobile and smartphones and tablets that I’ve used. A good note taking tool is […] Related posts: A look at some Linux tools for writers Thoughts about effective digital note taking Some useful research tools for writers
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    From Meredith Allard

  • A Trail of Breadcrumbs…Otherwise Known as Foreshadowing

    Meredith Allard
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:45 pm
    I managed to take some time to see Gilcrease Orchard, a real-live farm right here in the desert in Las Vegas. I’m very nearly finished with my first semester as a doc student. While I seem to have survived relatively unscathed, I wonder if I’ll have as much luck next term when I’ll be taking a research statistics class. Let me put this in proper perspective–I haven’t taken a math class (that’s maths for my British friends) in 25 years. That’s not an exaggeration. I counted. You Doctor Who fans out there will know what I mean when I refer to the…
  • An Interview with C. W. Gortner

    Meredith Allard
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Here’s my interview with C.W. Gortner. If you love historical fiction, particularly Tudor fiction, then Gortner is your guy. C.W. Gortner holds an MFA in Writing with an emphasis in Renaissance Studies from the New College of California, as well as an AA from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco. In 2012, he became a full-time writer following the international success of his novels. His books have garnered widespread acclaim and been translated into twenty-one languages to date, with over 400,000 copies sold. A sought-after public speaker. C.W. has…
  • Another Rejection Letter? Here’s an Editor’s Point of View

    Meredith Allard
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    You mean I have to do work for a PhD? Who would have thought? The truth is, I’m enjoying my work for my doctorate, but it certainly is time consuming. I knew it would be, but crazy me I signed up anyway. I needed a new challenge, and this is it. I’m researching the teaching of writing (no great surprise there) and it’s fascinating. I’ll share some of my findings soon. The new novel is coming along. Somehow I’m managing to steal a few moments here and there to scribble out a few words. Luckily for me season 5 of Downton Abbey is on so that’s giving me the…
  • Advice On How To Be Happy

    Meredith Allard
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:29 pm
    I was standing in Starbucks yesterday morning when I saw this list from author Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) hanging from the community board.  I think his advice is as appropriate today as it was over a hundred years ago. I’ve been pretty busy lately and I haven’t had time to slow down, so reading this was a good reminder of what’s really important. Enjoy. 1. Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.  2. Make the best of your circumstances. No one has everything, and…
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    Game On! Crafting Believable Conflict

  • A Few of My Favorite Things

    Diana Hurwitz
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    There is nothing I love more than finding a new author who blows my socks off and keeps me up reading well past my bedtime.With Christmas on the way, I'll tempt you with a list of my favorite finds from 2014:1. Susan Kaye Quinn: Third Daughter, Second Daughter, and First Daughter.A bollywood steampunk trilogy, how is that for a combination? I enjoyed the world-building, interesting plot lines, and delicious descriptions.I enjoyed Quinn's other series: The Mindjack Trilogy, a dystopian YA set in Chicago. In a world where everyone can read minds, how do you fight back?And the Debt…
  • Narative Summary

    Diana Hurwitz
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    There is an art to narrative summary. Ideally the information should be related through the point of view character's lens, not an info dump, like this:The city was founded in 1779 by tea and sugar plantation owners who commissioned elaborate mansions on top of the hill with a view of the inlet that was large enough to dock their ships. Small villages soon cropped up along the periphery to house the tradesmen needed to service their needs. Over the centuries, the spaces between were filled until it became a crowded, mish-mash of squalor and grandeur.This passage provides the information, but…
  • Sound Effects

    Diana Hurwitz
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    Imagine watching a movie with no sound effects. It would not be satisfying.You, the author, are the sound effects creator and sound mixer for your verbal movie.Rhetorical devices and sentence structure add rhythm and emphasis to your prose, but there is also the task of decsribing the sounds in your setting.You must decide when to add them and which words to use.Onomatopoeia is the rhetorical device that provides sound words such as: whine, chirp, buzz, roar, clatter, clank, harrumph, giggle, guffaw, chortle, snort, twang, thwack, ring, clang, boing, knock, screech, hoot, bay, and bark.Sound…
  • Trolls & the NYT Bestsellers

    Diana Hurwitz
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    What do trolls and the New York Times bestseller list have in common?More than you might think.It is often stated that bullies act out of a lack of self-esteem. But it is postulated that the opposite is also true: early humans that were good at convincing others of their superiority were perched at the top of the social hierarchy and demeaned others to keep their lofty position. Their followers aped their behavior and adopted their opinions.Malicious internet trolls tend to be narcissistic, perhaps sociopathic. They need to lash out at other people to make themselves feel better. They…
  • Interjections

    Diana Hurwitz
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Interjections are exclamations or parenthetical words that add color to your dialogue or internal dialogue. They are set off from the rest of the sentence with a comma or set of commas. They can be followed by an exclamation point. However, if the sentence is doing its job, you shouldn't need it.Interjections express a gamut of emotions: surprise, doubt, fear, anger, hate, happiness, joy, glee, disgust, or sarcasm. They insult, incite, and ignite.Here are a few examples (minus profanity, which is another topic).All rightCoolFar outAs ifYeh, rightDig itYoFair enoughOuchDang itFor real?DuhNo…
 
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    Raquel Byrnes

  • Book of Ivy Blog Tour!

    Raquel Byrnes
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1)by Amy Engel Release Date: 11/04/14Entangled TeenSummary from Goodreads:After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.This year, it is my turn.My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my…
  • Coming Up For A Peek

    Raquel Byrnes
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Hello to all you NaNo warriors! Just popping out of my cave to see how everyone is doing on their writing adventure. I, for one, am woefully behind on my word count.  I know, I know...its still only halfway through.  I can do it....  At least I will try my darndest.For those of you floundering, tiring, or just plain overwhelmed here is a really cool link to tons of Pinterest stuff on NaNoWriMo.  Everything from writing tips to inspirational quotes can be found there.  Its a great stress reliever too!Meanwhile I am trying to push forward through my "architect"…
  • 50K or BUST!

    Raquel Byrnes
    2 Nov 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Here we are at the start of the NaNo adventure and I'm feeling a little overwhelmed already. I've done my share of plotting, outlining, and graph making. I think its just that putting in my word count...currently 3197...well, 6% doesn't  seem like all that much of a headway.I have to remember that normally I take months to write a book so this is good progress...I shall chant this over and over to myself.To make things a little more interesting I've posted the above chart for you "Discovery" writers or "Pantsers" as my crit partner calls herself.Hope you are all doing well with the…
  • All 4 Steampunk Fantasy serials in 1!

    Raquel Byrnes
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Raven (Chronicles of Steele #1)by Pauline Creeden Released Date: 10/2014Summary from Goodreads: This is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel - all four parts of the serial in one volume!Human life has value.The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor.The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count,…
  • 4 Inspirational Sites for Writers

    Raquel Byrnes
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:56 pm
    I thought as all of you either head into NaNo or work on your current projects that you could use some helpful sites that I've come across. Here are 4 of my favorite sites for writing inspiration...Writing Questions Answered is a site for new authors but I find it very helpful and uplifting. Here's a taste of the great motivation you encounter there...Write About Dragons is a website dedicated to the craft and arcanum of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. If you've always dreamed of being able to create fantastic worlds and write compelling stories about such things as magical cats and…
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    Grant Writing Confidential

  • Grant Writing Confidential Goes to the Movies 4: Titanic Edition and Sink-the-Ship mistakes

    Isaac Seliger
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Titanic is not actually one of my favorite movies, but I’m going to use it to illustrate a critical aspect of grant writing: you’ve got to know when you’re about to commit a sink the ship mistake. We’ve written about aspects of this before (see here, here, or here), but the issue is worth emphasizing because it arises so often. We all remember the hapless Titanic passengers, whether it be the swells in first class epitomized by the beautiful Kate Winslet or the proles in steerage personified by Leonardo DiCaprio. As least as depicted in the movie, they all bought into…
  • Department of Education Grants Are All About Going to College and Completing A Four-Year Degree

    Jake Seliger
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Certain things about grant writing can only be learned by reading between the lines: that requires reading individual RFPs carefully, reading many RFPs, interacting with various organizations, interacting with program officers, and the like. This is a post about reading Department of Education (DOE)* RFPs, which means reading “between the lines;” whatever else a particular DOE RFP may require, they really want kids to graduate from four-year colleges. Almost every DOE program—whether it targets four year olds, eight year olds, or eighteen year olds—has to claim that…
  • Everyone Is Now In Job Training: The “Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program (Ladders of Opportunity Initiative)”

    Jake Seliger
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Last month Isaac wrote about how the Jobs Plus Pilot Program show that HUD is getting back into jobs training. Now we’ve run into another odd job training program, and it too has an exhaustive name: Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program (Ladders of Opportunity Initiative). The program offers funding to “to provide information, education, technical assistance, and peer support to families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN [which I defy anyone to pronounce]) and professionals who serve such families,” just like many other…
  • Seliger’s Quick Guide to the Concept of “Program Income” in Developing Federal Grant Budgets

    Isaac Seliger
    2 Nov 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Almost all federal budgets require applicants to complete the ever-popular SF-424, which has been the cover page for federal grant applications since the Carter administration. The “SF” stands for “Standard Form,” but at the link you’ll find many variants of this “standard” form (don’t ask why). Regardless of the version, the SF-424 includes sub-forms, including the SF-424A, which is a summary of federal “Object Cost Categories.” The “Program Income” Object Cost Category is found near the bottom of every SF-424A. The…
  • Another (and Exhaustively Named) Insider RFP: CMS Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI), Support and Alignment Network (SAN)

    Jake Seliger
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    We may be seeing an increase in “insider” RFPs. By “insider” RFPs, we mean RFPs that don’t allow any random nonprofit to compete. HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) program (explained at the link) is an example: a nonprofit already has to be a CoC member to get a Cut of the Cash (which is another sort of “CoC”), which naturally creates barriers for new organizations that wish to try to do things better or at least differently than the existing funded organizations. The grant system as we presently know it got started in earnest in the ’60s…
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  • Going From Stupid to Cool

    Nanci Panuccio
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    Maurice via Compfight In February of last year, I attended a weekend west coast swing dance intensive with dancer, choreographer, teacher extraordinaire, Robert Royston. The weekend was ultra light on footwork and dance patterns and high on technique; the physics of movement, partner dynamics and connection, how to spin from a low to high center of gravity, musicality, and a multitude of other technical issues. The techniques were subtle, but new and awkward for most of us, including the most advanced dancers. On the last day of the intensive, as we were wrapping up, Robert said something to…
  • What is Writer’s Voice?

    Nanci Panuccio
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    We hear it prescribed in workshops and countless writing books. “Find your voice!” We’re encouraged to develop a “unique voice.” Literary magazines say they’re looking for “fresh new voices.” But what is writer’s voice, exactly? Years ago, during my first semester as an MFA student, my mentor told me the first draft of a story I sent her lacked voice. So much so, that she didn’t want to offer any further feedback until I understood how to incorporate my voice into my fiction. I already knew the story was awful. I’d felt…
  • Getting Under the Skin

    Nanci Panuccio
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    photo by Aristocrats-hat It’s one thing to understand a character. It’s another thing to become them. Readers crave the latter. In my early twenties, at Columbia University’s Summer Writing Program, I was fortunate to have novelist and short story author Ethan Canin critique my first completed short story. The story centered around a love triangle of sorts: two friends, both Julliard piano students, and their mentor Joshua who becomes smitten by one of the girl’s musical powers. Ethan’s major criticism was that my story was plot-driven rather than…
  • The Difference Between Plot and Story

    Nanci Panuccio
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    umjanedoan via Compfight My first writing workshops in NYC included a few lawyers with novels-in-progress based on real life cases they’d defended throughout their careers. They were writing what they knew. Intricate and wild criminal cases brimming with drama and excitement. Endless twists. Mega suspense. Their plots were riveting. But there was no story. No character development. No emotion driving the novels forward. They had built a scaffold. But not a world. Many of the stories I edit suffer either from too much plot, or not enough. A plot-driven story is full of action, which is…
  • What Is Your Story About?

    Nanci Panuccio
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Photo credit: Stéfan “So what are your stories about?” someone at a party recently asked. “Hmmm,” I said, mentally scanning my most recent collection, grasping for a cogent response. “Loss. Regret. Grief. Disillusionment. It’s hard to explain. I actually have no idea what my stories are about.” If you’re anything like me, you routinely trip over this question. It’s challenging to understand, let alone, articulate what we’re writing about. To sum up a story or book in terms of its aboutness feels reductive and abstract, a hollow…
 
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  • Good opening sentences: how to write ‘em, how to edit ‘em

    Harry
    9 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    At the wonderful post-Festival knees up in London last Friday, we ran a brief and for-fun exercise in giving live feedback on opening sentences. Because people enjoyed the event and because not everyone had their sentence read out, here goes … Continue reading →
  • Why screenwriters should write for the market that actually needs their services

    Harry
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    On the whole, writers are paid poorly and there is a vst over-production of supply. So professional novelists, for example, earn an average £11,000 for their year’s work, yet even so agents reject 999 in every 1000 manuscripts that come … Continue reading →
  • For self-publishers who want, you know, a book

    Harry
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:49 am
    We recently posted a long and comprehensive piece by David Gaughran which is your navigation guide to the world of e-publishing. The post is all about how to get your book up on to Amazon, how to format it right, … Continue reading →
  • Amazon-Hachette: by your words shall we know ye

    Harry
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Amazon-Hachette: all fighting, no fun, right? We thought it was time to lighten up, so we’ve created two beautiful images, word clouds in both cases. The first one is based entirely on material taken from the Authors Guild, in the … Continue reading →
  • The winds of change

    Harry
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    The publishing industry has, apparently, weathered the erevolution with remarkable ease. The transition to e-books appears to have broadly levelled off, at around 1/3 of the trade fiction market. Publishers remain profitable. Sales remain comfortable. The change seems to have … Continue reading →
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    The Vandal

  • Reading The News

    Derek Haines
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    As a young teenager, I used to go to the airport in Perth on a Saturday morning to buy newspapers from other cites, and countries. Living in an isolated city in Australia, I wanted to read and learn about alternative opinions and attitudes to the news of the moment. Reading the news has for almost all of my life been my means of learning how other people think and react to the issues that confront us all every single day. Through great journalism, I learnt to understand the Vietnam War, changes in society values, Watergate and one thousand other issues. It was my way, as a young teenager,…
  • Time For The Vandal To Go

    Derek Haines
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    I have never totally agreed with the concept of giving ebooks away for free. My experience with free ebook promotions is that they have a very limited effect on real ebook sales or sales rank, and zero effect on book sales. I know that there is a train of thought that a free ebook giveaway is beneficial when launching a new title, but in my experience, all it achieves is giving away thousands of free copies, which probably won’t be read. A more detrimental side effect is that free ebooks tend to attract troll reviewers, who seem to take delight in trashing any ebook they get for free.
  • Can You Spot Bad Spelling?

    Derek Haines
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    I read an Amazon Kindle review recently, which made a point of criticising a book for its spelling mistakes. The review was less than complimentary, and I immediately classified it as one written by one of the infamous one star troll reviewers, who unfortunately still inhabit Kindle reviews. However, when I checked the preview read, I couldn’t find any spelling errors at all. But then the penny dropped. The book was written in British English, and therefore used British spelling. It took me a little while, but I found a few more troll reviews that mentioned ‘awful spelling’…
  • Is This Really Self-Publishing Success?

    Derek Haines
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    I just read this article announcing that self-published titles are enjoying a lot of success on the best seller lists. Here is the headline of the article on Digital Book World announcing this monumental success for self-published authors. Self-Published Ebooks Keep Ahead on Best-Seller List Um, but when I read it, something seemed awfully wrong. Here is an image grab from the article. The top two self-published titles are a miserable $0.99 each! So the authors get to collect only 35% of this, due to Amazon’s penalty on ebooks below $2.99. For ebooks above $2.99, Amazon pays 70%…
  • What Are The Most Popular Plots?

    Derek Haines
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Booker Prize list of nominees is probably a very good place to start investigating popular plots for a book. The infographic below tracks the themes of this years longlisters and it is immediately obvious that Death and Love occupy the top two positions. If you look carefully though, you will find the one surprising little theme that gave me a chuckle. Yes, I think I will definitely include and Escaped Tiger in my next book. Mind you, I’m rather disappointed by the absence of evil aliens and time warping spaceships. Maybe next year! Booker Prize Infographic from Delayed…
 
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  • An embarrassment of riches for readers

    Joel
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:26 pm
    For $10/month or less, you can get access to a library of hundreds of thousands of books. There are at least three such libraries: Kindle Unlimited (Amazon); Oysterbooks.com; and Scribd.com. All three let you try their service for a free month. I tried all three. There is lots of overlap among them, in terms of titles. But just recently, Scribd leaped out in front of the pack by adding a collection of 30,000 audio books. I listen to audio books all the time, and have a $24/month subscription to Audible.com that I’d like to drop. If the Scribd library can satisfy my exploratory…
  • Music to focus by

    Joel
    31 Jan 2014 | 4:09 pm
    The Brain Club is a monthly meeting in San Francisco founded by my friend Phil Dixon. Their presentations are video-streamed. Here is yesterday’s, by Will Henshall, on the subject of focus. More precisely, on the types of music that actually help you focus on the task at hand—say, the book you are writing—and the types that do not. Will, a musician and scientist, has founded a science-based company that lets you play the “right kinds” of music via your web-connected devices. Check out his site here. Video streaming by Ustream The post Music to focus by appeared first on…
  • Word Trippers

    Joel
    31 Jan 2014 | 8:59 am
    Barbara McNichol has written Word Trippers, a short book that will help you distinguish between lie and lay, less and fewer, affect and effect, and more. Watch her brief promotional video (below), then head over to her site for more information. I, who am pretty good at such distinctions, get a lot out of Barbara’s book every time I dip into it. The post Word Trippers appeared first on Joel Trains Authors | Write A Book | Your Business Website.
  • To Write A Good Book, Answer These 3 Questions

    Joel
    21 Jan 2014 | 8:37 pm
    1. What is the question my book answers? 2. Who cares? Who is seeking the answer to this question? 3. Where do I find that caring audience?  If you are writing a non-fiction book, it answers some question. “How do I play the guitar?” “How do I find the right midwife?” “What are some low-capital businesses I can start?” Your answer is simple, methodical, and action-oriented. You give some background, some definitions, then lay out the steps the reader needs to take. Then you answer frequently asked questions and list resources for digging further. Next, you…
  • Note-taking for the writer

    Joel
    12 Jan 2014 | 1:56 pm
    I’m listening to author Amy Tan being interviewed on City Arts and Lectureson NPR. The wonderful interviewer–I missed his name–asked, “Why do you write?” To my surprise, she said she discovered that writing has enabled her to explore her life purpose. One kind of writing is note-taking–jotting things down as they happen, whether event descriptions or thoughts and ideas. (I wrote this in NotePower, a blog I’ve stopped keeping about notes.) One kind of note-taking is called “journaling,” or keeping a diary. People do this for a variety of…
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  • Read "Möbius" in Nature's Futures

    J.W. Alden
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The latest issue of Nature is out, and if you turn to the "Futures" page, you'll find a story of mine called Möbius. You can also read it for free online, along with all the other science fiction stories in the Futures series. As a science enthusiast, I'm thrilled to have my work featured in one of the most respected science journals in the world. Getting into Nature's Futures has been a goal for a long time.Normally with these heads up posts, I like to write a little about the story behind the story. This time, however, I was invited to write a guest post about Möbius on the Futures…
  • Read "The Dragon Weeps" in Sorcerous Signals (and Mystic Signals)

    J.W. Alden
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    The Dragon Weeps is one of the first short stories I ever cobbled together when I started taking this writing thing seriously. Looking back now, it seems so long ago. When I think back to those fabled days of yore (aka 2012), I think, "Man . . . a baby wrote that." I'm such a different writer now. My entire process has changed, from the way I approach ideas, to the way I shape the stories themselves. What a difference two years makes.But The Dragon Weeps has a special place in my heart. It was my first real attempt at fantasy, and it ended up spawning an entire world that I still like to…
  • An Overdue Update (on Writing, LonCon, and Life)

    J.W. Alden
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    When I transitioned my blog away from weekly "content" style updates in favor of a more traditional author site, I knew this would mean posting less. I did not, however, anticipate leaving the poor thing in a lurch for months at a time! I can't believe my last update was in July (not counting Beth Cato's visit in my last post).I'm afraid I can't fall back on the old "nothing has been going on, so I had nothing to write about" excuse, either. This has been a very eventful year for me. Monumental, even. So with this post, I'm going to attempt to cover some of the major happenings in my life…
  • 5 Surprises As a Debut Novelist (A Guest Post by Beth Cato)

    J.W. Alden
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This morning's post comes from the awesome Beth Cato, whose debut novel The Clockwork Dagger comes out on September 16th. Everyone go buy it!Beth hails from Hanford, California, but currently writes and bakes cookies in a lair west of Phoenix, Arizona. She shares the household with a hockey-loving husband, a number-obsessed son, and a cat the size of a canned ham.Beth's short fiction can be found in Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many other magazines. The Clockwork Dagger is her first novel. The sequel, The Clockwork Crown, will be…
  • My London WorldCon (LonCon 3) Schedule

    J.W. Alden
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    In a couple of weeks, I'll be attending LonCon 3, the 72nd annual WorldCon (and my first). Last week, they officially announced their programming schedule, and I'm pleased to say I'll be on a couple of panels. In addition to participating in the stuff below, I'll be bouncing around the con in a dizzy haze, pulling my hair out trying to decide which awesome thing to see at pretty much any given time.Feel free to keep an eye out for me if you're going. My wife will be with me in London, but she's a muggle, so I'll be attending the con all by my lonesome. In other words, friendly company…
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    Kathleen H. Wheeler

  • The family saga novel deconstructed

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Novels must be categorized. A novel must be categorized for publishing purposes, fitting nicely into some classification for marketing efforts. To sell it, you have to know where it belongs in the scheme of things apparently. So I’ve set to work making sense of my book, determining where it fits in the publishing landscape, and it seems to fall best into the category of family saga. What is the family saga novel? The family saga is defined as a genre of literature that follows generations of a family through historical events, changes in social circumstances, or the gain and loss of wealth…
  • The first winter snow

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:36 pm
    I’ll admit it, I hate winter and snow . . detest . . . loathe . . . despise . . . abhor. Get the picture? And snow before December really gets to me. It’s not fair, it’s too early, I’m not ready. The gorgeous autumn leaves aren’t even gone yet! And then here it comes . . . . snow . . . falling already in November—dusting the grass, and the cars, and the multi-colored leaves I’m still admiring. The mere sight of winter snow makes me colder, and I’m always cold anyway! I sat watching the winter snow gently falling from the windows of my sunroom this afternoon…
  • Quote about family relationships: Leo Tolstoy

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Sweeping generalizations are discouraged for writers, yet some of the greatest authors have used broad statements to their advantage. Take the quote about family relationships in the opening line to Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece Anna Karenina: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” ~ Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1877; trans. Constance Garnett) This brilliant quote seems to fit for the most compelling family sagas of any era, even though Tolstoy penned this introduction to his novel 137 years ago. Tolstoy’s observation still holds…
  • Announcing my author website redesign!

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
    My new author website redesign is finally up and running, and I’m so happy to announce this update! As an author moving forward with the publication of my first family saga novel, I decided my website needed to reflect my commitment to this endeavor. I’m pleased with the results and the professional new look and feel of my online author’s home. Thanks to all my visitors for your patience over the last few months as I’ve tweaked and changed the website around. Sorry if all the construction has been a little confusing. With the simple navigation now in place, you should be able…
  • Glen Campbell, God bless you!

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    Glen Campbell has earned my admiration and respect for his selfless efforts to raise awareness for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. What a courageous man to consciously decide to share his struggles years ago when he was first diagnosed. His farewell song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” is so bittersweet, sad and beautiful at the same time. Bravo to Glen Campbell! May God bless him and his family as his final act plays out. The post Glen Campbell, God bless you! appeared first on Kathleen H. Wheeler.
 
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    The Book Deal: A Publishing Blog for Writers and Book People

  • Women mystery writers break out of the shadows

    Alan Rinzler
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    The tired old stereotype of a mystery writer as some hard-boiled noir guy with a cigarette in one hand and a tumbler full of whiskey in the other is obsolete. Over. Done. Make way for Sisters in Crime, a nationwide organization of women mystery writers who are achieving commercial and literary success. Ever since Sara Paretsky’s debut novel Indemnity Only in 1982, a steady flow of increasingly popular women mystery writers has emerged, including Patricia Cornwall with her Scarpetta series, Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhane Alphabet series, and many others. For the love of mysteries I’ve…
  • Eavesdropping for story ideas and other tips from a veteran novelist

    Alan Rinzler
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Today we have some sage advice for writers from a proven practitioner of the art and craft of literary commerce who’s had a successful career as a writer for more than 50 years. Warren Adler has published more than 32 novels and short story collections, including The War of the Roses, which was made into the devastatingly funny movie starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. That story grew out of an overheard conversation, incidentally. More on that below. Adler studied writing at the New School with fellow students Mario Puzzo and William Styron. Here’s Warren: I’ve spent my whole…
  • How authors support their writing dreams

    Alan Rinzler
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:53 pm
    A few aspiring authors get to stay home and write all day. Think of them as the 1%. The rest need to worry about putting food on the table before they can focus on their literary dreams. Even the most successful writers I’ve edited, past and present, took whatever work they could find along the way. Claude Brown was a mailman in 1964 when I discovered his monumental manuscript for Manchild in the Promised Land overflowing a sagging cardboard box under my desk at Macmillan where I had just landed a job as a junior editor. Claude introduced me to his friend Toni Morrison, a young textbook…
  • Ever wonder what a developmental editor could do for your book?

    Alan Rinzler
    20 May 2014 | 10:35 pm
    More and more writers are hiring their own developmental editors, whether they plan to self-publish their book or hope to land a literary agent and go for a book deal with a traditional publisher. To give you an idea what a professional developmental editor could do for your book, here’s a checklist of some of the essential services we deliver: • Help to get you started Provide early feedback and creative suggestions when you’re still figuring out what the book is about. Help with focusing the plot, structure, literary style, and deciding which issues or aspects of the story to include…
  • Ask the editor: Breaking the “write what you know” rule

    Alan Rinzler
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Q: I have a terrific story to tell, but it didn’t actually happen to me. Is it possible to write with authenticity about something you haven’t experienced firsthand? A: Many great books are written by authors who seem to have nothing in common with their character’s experiences. Different gender, culture, time in history, geographic location. Stephen Crane wrote The Red Badge of Courage, an amazing description of a bloody hand-to-hand combat and death during the infamous Civil War battle of Chancellorsville without ever having any experience in the military or violent conflict of any…
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    Jane Friedman

  • What Should Authors & Publishers Expect in 2015?

    Jane Friedman
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    In January, I’m moderating a panel at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo, which focuses on information and ideas about the digital publishing landscape. In advance, I’ve answered five questions about digital publishing to help attendees make the most out of the three-day event, and lay the groundwork for conversations that will take place at the conference and continue afterward. Those questions include: What’s been the most newsworthy event for authors in 2014? What big change am I anticipating in 2015? What’s the most important thing publishers need to…
  • Does Building an Online Presence Stress You Out?

    Jane Friedman
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    You’re not alone. Being told to build an online presence creates internal conflict for a lot of writers. This is the topic I tackle (somewhat obliquely) this month in my column at Writer Unboxed. Here’s how it begins: I’ve been reading with interest (and sympathy) the comments on Porter Anderson’s Unboxed post last week, where we see the familiar Sturm und Drang of writers grappling with the demands of online marketing—or how to be publicly communicative and chummy when it’s against our nature, perhaps even against our work. This has remained a problem for a long time…
  • Should Children’s Book Authors Self-Publish?

    Sangeeta Mehta
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Salem (MA) Public Library / via Flickr Note from Jane: Today’s guest post is by Sangeeta Mehta (@sangeeta_editor), a former acquiring editor of children’s books at Little, Brown and Simon & Schuster, who runs her own editorial services company. With all the changes taking place in the publishing industry, it seems harder than ever for even the best writers to secure a book deal. Those who do land with a traditional publisher often find that their time there is short-lived, unless their sales meet or exceed expectations. Adult genre writers are solving this problem by…
  • 5 Free WordPress Themes for Writers

    Jane Friedman
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you have a WordPress-based site, then you know that one of the first choices you have to make (and then live with) is your choice of theme. A theme drives the aesthetics of your site—how it looks and feels—and thus its personality. But a theme also affects the functionality of your site. Some themes have more page or post templates than others. Some have very specific ways of formatting the homepage. Others allow for special customizations. I use a simple, free theme for this site—TwentyTwelve—that’s developed by WordPress itself. It offers very few bells and whistles,…
  • Finding More Readers Through Wattpad

    Anne Pfeffer
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Note from Jane: Today’s guest post is by Anne Pfeffer (@AnnePfeffer1), an author of several YA and new adult novels. As the author of three indie novels, I was looking for ways to expand my base of readers. This blog’s very own Jane Friedman suggested that I try Wattpad, an online writing community where authors post their work for free. In April 2014, the site reported 35 million unique visitors per month, which is a lot of exposure for one little indie book, if you can get people to find it. The problem is, they also have over 1,000 story uploads per day, so the fight for reader…
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    Writer Beware

  • MeGustaEscribir: Author Solutions Inc. Expands Into Spain

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareToday I'm highlighting a post by author and self-publishing expert David Gaughran. Like Writer Beware, David has been following Author Solutions Inc. closely over the past few years, and has written a number of important, in-depth articles about ASI and its operations.From David's blog: Penguin Random House is speeding up the international expansion of its vanity press operations, while also seeking to integrate them more closely with the traditional side of the business – hoping to counteract flat growth for Author Solutions at a time when…
  • Scam Warnings For Freelancers

    14 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIdentity Theft This week, freelance writer Heather Boerner (who has published with such well-known venues as The Atlantic and The Washington Post) alerted me to her experience with a scammer.Heather discovered the scam when she was contacted, out of the blue, by an individual who claimed to have hired her through a freelance jobs bidding website called oDesk. From an article about the scam by one of Heather's colleagues, Paul Raeburn:[Heather] quickly realized that she had been the victim of identity theft. Somebody--a fake Heather--had gone to…
  • Alert: Cookbook Marketing Agency

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareAre you thinking of creating your own cookbook--or have you already created one? Good news: an apparently new venture called Cookbook Marketing Agency is here to help.Cookbook Marketing Agency (CMA) is a global book marketing agency, publisher and branding consultancy. Along with our partners, we have helped thousands of authors, as well as other publishers increase their book sales potential.Sounds pretty impressive--if not very specific. That's OK, though, because CMA is ready to offer you a whole menu of assistance, including a promotional…
  • Solicitation Alert: LitFire Publishing

    7 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareEDITED 11/11/14 TO ADD: Either as a result of this post or of the accompanying discussion at Absolute Write (which includes a lot more speculation and information about possible LitFire staff names and aliases), changes have begun to appear on the LitFire website. I've therefore appended a bunch of screenshots at the bottom of this post. A few weeks ago, I began hearing from writers who'd been solicited, out of the blue, by a company called LitFire Publishing. In some cases by phone, in others by email, a LitFire "consultant" claimed to have…
  • Kindle Scout: The Pros and Cons of Amazon's New Crowdsourced Publishing Program

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareYesterday, Amazon's brand-new crowdsourced publishing program, Kindle Scout, opened for voting by the public.The concept is pretty simple:Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing. Authors can submit their full manuscripts of 50,000 words or more (including cover art,…
 
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    TVWriter.Com

  • What Happens When Your New Show is in Trouble?

    TVWriter™
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:25 am
    Brothers-From-Another-Mother Dept: The ever-popular, ever-funny, ever-wise Ken Levine explains to newbies the hard truth that our Beloved Leader, LB himself (who doesn’t know Ken, nor does Ken know him), has learned all too well over the years: Soon to be late and, possibly, lamented. Too bad. We liked this one. by Ken Levine We’re at the time of year when networks are beginning to cancel new shows. No matter how successful you are, at one time or another you will find yourself in this position. My heart goes out to all of you showrunners currently going through this. I don’t…
  • Cargo 3120: The Making of a Sci-Fi Franchise #7

    TVWriter™
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:15 am
    Entry 7 On to the Advanced Class by Aaron Walker Sr. (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Story So Far starts HERE) One thing the writing class experience taught me was the importance of planning before you write. A little preparation in the beginning helps to prevent writer’s block later. But as I mentioned last week, my failure to plan made the revision process difficult. The first task Daymond, Lloyd Walker Jr. (our artist! and an outstanding one!), and I embarked upon was to go through the script and get rid of any extraneous scenes. You know, those scenes that are kind of just there, but…
  • The Real Link Between the Psychopathology Spectrum and the Creativity Spectrum

    TVWriter™
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    Years ago, our Beloved Leader, Larry Brody’s writing mentor at Northwestern University, E.B. Hungerford, told him, “I don’t think you can make it as a writer. You’re not crazy enough.” So LB bore down and made himself totally nutso. But is that kind of thing still necessary? by Scott Barry Kaufman Plato once noted that “creativity is a divine madness, a gift from gods.” Romantic notions of the link between mental illness and creativity still appear prominently in popular culture. But ever since scientists started formally investigating the link, there has…
  • Happy Thanksgiving Y’All!

    TVWriter™
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:25 am
    Welcome to our slightly abbreviated Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Edition. We’ll be running fewer posts than usual cuz…well, cuz LB’s outta town and we’re ready to boogie in the name of National Gratitude! Yeah, baby! Have fun counting your blessings! Remember, every time you eat a bite of Thanksgiving turkey, a member of the Tyson family of fine foods gets one step closer to that new Ferrari s/he needs so badly. (And don’t forget the bonus if you try to eat the dark meat: You lose a pound!) Our full article count returns Monday, December 1st. (The same day at…
  • So Wait, Why Aren’t There More Women Writers In Late Night Again?

    TVWriter™
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:15 am
    Time now for a Thanksgiving complaint. Cuz no matter how hard we try everything can’t be a blessing to be thankful for: Late night writer wimmins – oops, wait, there’s only one….? by Katla McGlynn The 2014 New York Comedy Festival had a lot of incredible shows featuring women. A panel discussion called “Women Aren’t Funny” brought together hilarious stand-ups, the (female) executive producer of “Louie” and “Orange Is the New Black” star Lea Delaria — the first openly gay woman to break into late night on the original “Arsenio Hall Show” —…
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    Everyone's Blog Posts - Our Salon

  • Tropicals

    Dicky Neely
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
  • Standing tall, about to be covered

    Dicky Neely
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
  • Call the Cultbusters!

    Con Chapman
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    Did your daughter just shave her head?  Has the little woman started getting mail from The Rosicrucians?  Call the Cultbusters now, before it’s too late! Dear Cultbusters: Our daughter Francine had a wonderful job as Fulton County Assistant Sealer of Weights and Measures when my dingbat husband Gene persuaded her to take a management training course at H&R Block, America’s largest tax preparation company.  She would drive up to Raytown on weekends, sometimes staying late on Saturdays for a casual dinner at T.G.I. Friday’s with her colleagues. Yesterday Francine surprised us…
  • Open Mike Night

    Keiko Alvarez
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    Here's a sketch of my performance. Perhaps I misunderstood the concept:
  • PASSIONATE JUSTICE Radio: "Her Child's Stillborn, She's Charged with Murder more/Saturday, 11.29, 3:00 pm US Eastern

    Jonathan Wolfman
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
                          PASSIONATE JUSTICE                                   RADIO        Saturday, 11.29.14   3:00-4:00 pm Eastern                             TOPICS: . 1-Sentence Ferguson . Ten Most Telling Signs of Abusive Men "He Never Hit Me"  (Reut Amit on an Invisible Injustice) . Where You May Cashiered for Breathing-While-Gay . Pollution's At-Risk Worst: Kids of Color (An Essay from New York's Marcia G. Yerman) . Her Child Stillborn, She's Charged with Murder (The 'Personhood' Movement at its Worst) . "Entitled to their Own…
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    The Web Writer Spotlight - Shining the light for aspiring and inspiring web writers

  • 7 Little Things to Do Early in the Morning for a Truly Productive Day

    David K. William
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:42 pm
    What time do you wake up in the morning? It’s a good idea to get an early start to the day. You may find it difficult to shake off the morning haze, especially if you are a self-proclaimed night owl, but waking early is highly recommended. Many successful people believe in an early start to the day. Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher woke up every day at 5 a.m., Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney wakes up at 4:30 am, renowned architect and educator Frank Lloyd Wright was up at 4 am, author Kurt Vonnegut woke at 5:30 just to name but a few. In one interview with George Plimpton,…
  • 25 Powerful Quotes about Perseverance to Inspire You

    David K. William
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Whatever your dream is, the temptation to give up is a common one, especially when starting out. However, reminding yourself that failure and setbacks are temporal can be all the motivation you need to keep forging ahead and not give up. Whether you are looking to have your article published, your manuscript accepted or grow a loyal readership, you need perseverance to get through the inevitable tough times that stand between you and your dream. And don’t be fooled. Everyone goes through tough times, including web writers. Nobody is exempt. We all face obstacles and want to quit sometimes.
  • 7 Books Bill Gates Wants You to Read That We Actually Love

    Staff Writers
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Ever wondered what books the richest, most successful people in the world read? Well, you don’t have to wonder any more. Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world, often opens up and shares his current list of favorite books on his blog, along with brief descriptions of the books and sometimes his personal review. Check out these seven books Bill Gates recommends you read that we actually love. The books include novels, inspirational books and a few great business manuals. Enjoy! "My Years with General Motors"  by Alfred Sloan. This classic was published in 1963 and became an instant…
  • 15 Things Mentally Strong Writers Don't Care For

    David K. William
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Mentally strong writers are not bothered by mundane things that many of us are hung up on. They have a marked assurance about them that gives them an edge to succeed. If you want to boost your happiness and success as a professional writer, then you’ve got to cultivate mental toughness and fortitude. Look at the most successful writers around. You will notice how confident, content and at ease they are with who they are and what they do. What keeps them confident, focused and bound for even more success is that there are certain things that mentally strong writers just don’t care for. 1.
  • 6 Ways Sitting in Front of Your Computer All Day is Killing You (And What to Do About It)

    David K. William
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Sitting is so much a part of our modern lifestyles that we often don’t realize how inactive we’ve become. For those of us who work online or in a work-at-home setting, sitting at a computer for hours on end working seems natural to our way of life. Add all the time you spend on your couch and in your car and odds are you’re probably leading a sedentary lifestyle without even knowing it. Hopefully, you already know sitting for long periods of time is really, really bad for you. Prolonged sitting ranks second after smoking as the world’s top risk factor for non-communicable diseases.
 
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    Angie’s Diary

  • Creating a Healthy Home Environment

    Ella Andrews
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:45 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine Home is the place where we spend time with our friends and family, where we see how our children grow up, where we share special moments with our loved ones. Therefore keeping your place healthy is vital and should be your number one priority. Unfortunately, statistics show that many households live in moderate to hazardous […] Creating a Healthy Home Environment Ella Andrews
  • Favorite Products That Can Profoundly Affect Your Skin

    PaisleyHansen
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine When creating a highly effective product that can improve the texture and the thickness of your skin, many companies use the same ingredients Favorite Products That Can Profoundly Affect Your Skin PaisleyHansen
  • The Present of Life

    Jo Anne Mitchum
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine Jazz has a way of soothing the soul while at the same time, sparking an awakening of sorts The Present of Life Jo Anne Mitchum
  • Is Social Gaming Completely Changing the Slots World?

    Edward Brooks
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:36 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine Ever since Charles Fey introduced the first slot machine in 1895, the game has been in a constant evolutionary phase Is Social Gaming Completely Changing the Slots World? Edward Brooks
  • Thanksgiving: Celebration of Life

    Nancy Duci Denofio
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine My cousin could not be seen sitting behind twenty pounds of potatoes – mashed, with butter dripping down the side of white Idaho Thanksgiving: Celebration of Life Nancy Duci Denofio
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    The GrammarPhile Blog

  • Number Nine...Number Nine...Number Nine

    5 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    November was the ninth month in the ancient Roman calendar. Nine is the atomic number of fluorine. We're obsessed with nine today. Can you tell?
  • Names of Government Bodies (Be Nice Now!)

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Though you may have your own private names for some governmental agencies, you'll want to use the formal, proper names in your professional writing. Here's some help when writing your next proposal for that grant for ten million from Uncle Sam.
  • Can You Pick the Correct Verb?

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Which verbs are correct?
  • Words Religious

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    People have said that the best advice is to never discuss religion and politics. Well, maybe. Today's post is not about religion itself, but about words having to do with "religion." What to capitalize. Names of religions, denominations, communions, and sects are capitalized, as are their adherents and adjectives derived from them.
  • Words and Phrases People Often Mangle

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
     Mark Twain said something like "Say nothing and they'll just wonder if you're a fool. Open your mouth and you'll remove all doubt." If he were living today, he would certainly not aim that remark at you, because you're reading the GrammarPhile blog and that makes you smarter than the average bear (we hope!). You always want to appear intelligent, don't you? Study these words and use them properly. Mark Twain would be proud of you.
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    Positive Writer

  • 7 Distractions Stopping You From Writing (and How to Beat Them!)

    Andy Mort
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:03 am
    Whether you are a professional, doing it alongside a day job, or it’s simply a hobby, you write because you feel a compulsion. It’s a passion, a calling, a process that brings you to life and helps you make sense of the world. But simply loving something doesn’t make it easy to do… I think Dorothy Parker connected with a deep and collective truth when she said: I hate writing, I love having written. (Click to Tweet) It feels good to step back and observe something I have spent my time creating and crafting. It’s a wonderful feeling to have written in large part because writing…
  • The Audacity to be a Writer

    Bryan Hutchinson
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:03 am
    You’re a writer. An artist. You write about things that matter to you and I’m sure you hope those things will matter to others, but even if they don’t you’re still going to do the work. That’s what artists do. It’s remarkable. But it’s more than that… It’s audacious. You don’t need recognition and approval We might want it,  and from time to time we may even wonder why we’re not getting more of it, but we: Don’t. Need. It. Vincent van Gogh wasn’t recognized as an artist during his lifetime, and yet today there’s no argument that he was an…
  • 4 Pieces of Well-meaning Writing Advice to Beware of!

    Shanan Haislip
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Writers get well-meaning advice all the time. Whether you’re a poet, a novelist, a business writer, or the editor of the New York Times, there will always be people telling you how to do what you do, but this way. Their way. Should you always listen? Good question… Write What You Know I don’t know about you, but I have lived a basically pleasant, average life. I believe everyone gets dealt their measure of unhappiness and discord, but I was never abducted by Somali pirates, I’ve never contracted a rare disease, traveled the world, had a whirlwind love affair with the son of a…
  • 36 Writing Tips to Put Your Butt in the Chair

    Bryan Hutchinson
    8 Nov 2014 | 1:37 am
    I have days when I find it entirely too difficult to get in to my writing groove. On those days I’m uninspired, unmotivated and well, bleh! Maybe you have days like that, too? The challenge is to put our butts in our chairs and write anyway – good, bad or ugly, come rain or shine. It’s easier said than done. Right? Well, let’s work on that… If you love writing (and I know you do!) and you’re not willing to compromise, then I’ve got 36 darn good tips to help you write every-single-day. Are you ready to put your butt in the chair? You’re a…
  • The Secret to Taylor Swift’s Success as a Writer (It’s Yours, Too!)

    Bryan Hutchinson
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:07 pm
    In an age when music stars are seeking our attention with the way they (barely) dress and with shocking antics, there comes along a refreshing singer- songwriter who refuses to conform to sensationalism. So what is the secret to Taylor Swift’s success? What makes her different? Whether you’re a fan of hers or not, you probably are a fan of an artist’s work, the art, taking center stage rather than tabloid accounts of their personal life. The message Taylor Swift is sending is clear: The work matters. Your art is what is most important. (Click to Tweet) Perez Hilton recently…
 
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    Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books

  • Enough of the Small Talk: Write Your Book with Help from the Christian Writer’s Guide

    admin
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    Enough of the small talk. It's time to write the book you've always wanted to write - with help from the Christian Writer's Guide! The post Enough of the Small Talk: Write Your Book with Help from the Christian Writer’s Guide appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • How to Promote Your eBook: Lessons from the Trenches

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    In which I share my experience of how NOT to do a free ebook promotion. The post How to Promote Your eBook: Lessons from the Trenches appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Trust Me: You’re Doing Great

    admin
    9 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    I’ve been feeling really sorry for myself lately, and last weekend’s event brought me out of my funk, so to speak. The post Trust Me: You’re Doing Great appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Book Review: Amish Vampires in Space, by Kerry Nietz

    admin
    2 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Now, you may think that the idea of an Amish community in space being hunted down by vampires is rather far-fetched, but Nietz’s writing makes it entirely plausible and fun. The post Book Review: Amish Vampires in Space, by Kerry Nietz appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • How to Create Relevant Fiction Characters

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    My favourite word while character building is ‘Why?’ If I don't know why a character is acting in a certain way, I can't sell that character to a reader. Even when it's a character that I 'love to hate', my audience still needs to know where that character is coming from. The post How to Create Relevant Fiction Characters appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
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    Now Novel

  • How a Novel Ends

    brendanmc
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Roderick Thorp was part of a small group of novelists who came together on a monthly basis in the late eighties in Los Angeles to chew the fat. Rod had made a breakthrough success at the age of twenty-seven with the novel The Detective, which became a very successful movie that starred Frank Sinatra. Rod’s novel Nothing Lasts Forever was the source material for the tremendously successful movie Die Hard and its numerous sequels. This group of novelists, founded by yours truly and the great thriller novelist Andrew Kaplan (War of the Raven), also included Ib Melchior (Robinson Crusoe on…
  • 7 ways to write a plot outline

    brendanmc
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Writers are often told they should outline their novels, but far less often are they told how many approaches to outlining there really are. These seven approaches to outlining offer a number of alternatives that can appeal to writers’ strengths and help them shore up their weaknesses as they plot their novels. The traditional approach The traditional approach does not mean that you have to use something as rigid as an alphanumeric outline, but you should create a reasonable way of dividing your novel into sections. Most likely this will be chapters. Then, write a summary of what will…
  • Doris Lessing’s top 10 tips for explaining

    brendanmc
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:02 am
    Explaining things in fiction requires giving readers just enough to go without telling them too much. A writer like Doris Lessing who effectively strikes this balance can teach us a great deal about explaining things to readers. Born in present-day Iran and raised in present-day Zimbabwe – the countries were then called Persia and Rhodesia respectively – Doris Lessing’s published her first novel, The Grass is Singing, in 1950 when she was 30 years old, and she wrote more than 50 books throughout her life. She penned both realistic novels as well as fantasy and science…
  • How to take charge of your plot, writing a story from beginning to end

    brendanmc
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Some writers swear by writing on the fly and letting themselves be guided by their characters or by instinct. However, it is possible for all types of writers to take charge of the plot and steer it in the desired direction from the opening sentences to the final paragraph. The first thing to keep in mind is that while structure, story and plot are all related to one another, they are not the same thing. Structure is something that can be shared by hundreds, thousands or even millions of stories, but the stories themselves can be very different. This is why most movie screenplays can follow a…
  • How to understand your characters’ motivations

    Mbali
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Some readers say one of the things they love most about books is having the opportunity to become someone else for the duration of the novel or to understand how others think. In order to create characters convincing enough to offer your readers this experience, you need to fully understand the characters’ motivations. Convincing character motivation is key for other reasons as well. Understanding the motivations of your characters will ensure that the actions that they take make sense. Books with poorly developed character motivation may feel contrived; the characters seem to exist…
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    The Gryphon Clerks

  • Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2015

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    It’s SJV Awards nomination time again, and I have several eligible works. However, I’d like to focus on one work in particular, my short story “Gnome Day“. That link takes you to the full text of the story here on my website. The story is included in my collection Good Neighbours and Other Stories from HDWP Books, but the publisher has given permission for me to make it publicly available. If you enjoy it and think it’s good enough for an award, please nominate it by sending an email, with the information laid out as below, to sjv_awards@sffanz.org.nz. Make sure…
  • Books Like Mine

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    In many ways, there are no books like mine. I deliberately don’t imitate other people too closely. I’m not writing generic commercial fantasy; that’s been done by plenty of other people, and I have no interest in it. At the same time, nothing that’s readable at all is completely unlike everything else. If you’re a fan of my books, here are some others that resemble them a bit. I’ve noted the ways in which they resemble them, so that you can avoid the ones that are like my books in ways that you put up with, rather than in ways that you actively enjoy. These…
  • Untold History of the Gryphon Clerks

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    I’ve hinted at some of this before, but there’s a substantial history to the world of the Gryphon Clerks novels which sets up some of the conflicts and opportunities that are explored in the series. I thought I’d post it as a summary here for fans to enjoy. Many centuries ago, the elves kidnapped a group of humans from our world – somewhere in the Mediterranean region, and before people there were literate, so a very long time ago in our world’s timeline. They made them slaves, in order to have someone to do the work that their own discontented lower classes…
  • How to be a Light Hybrid Author

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:53 pm
    I recently participated in a thread on Google+ started by someone who was arguing for leaving self-publishing in favour of trad pub. Now, I’m not sure if he’s genuinely naive or just trolling, but his view of trad pub is, let’s say, rosier than the facts justify. I’ve set out my views on traditional publishing before, but to summarise: the main remaining benefits of traditional publishing that I can see are wider exposure, including print distribution to bookstores, and some residual (and rapidly vanishing) extra credibility. The two are intertwined. There are many…
  • Lost Books

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:30 pm
    As I gear up to publish Beastheads, the next Gryphon Clerks novel, and my short story collection Good Neighbours and Other Stories, I’ve been reflecting on the books I haven’t published. It’s sometimes pointed out that one of the problems with self-publishing is that there’s nothing to stop people publishing novels that should never have seen the light of day, “practice” books that are useful for learning, but will only put your potential audience off your writing if anyone reads them. In the biz, these are known as “trunk” novels, because back…
 
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    thebloggingwriter

  • The Holiday Season is Here

    Derek Rizzo
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I know the holiday season is here, not because of christmas sale commercials, or the ridiculously early arrival of decorations, I know the holidays are coming because Sierra Nevada’s Celebration ale is on store shelves. This wonderful beer by the “Sierra Nevada” brewing company, is perhaps my favorite beer. It is unfortunately only available during the holiday season, so it’s a long wait, but when I see it in the store my holidays begin. It is a hoppy beer, that to me, tastes like the smells of the holidays. I swear it tastes like the combination of holiday smells like…
  • A Fall Tree

    Derek Rizzo
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    He sees the reds, the golds, the greens and myriad oranges in between. The cold skin tightens, frosty air awakens his mind, as he views the trees of fall. He exhales and thanks those above, in a crisp breath, For a chance to see The beauty of a Fall tree. Tagged: Autumn, Fall, fall color, fall trees, gold, green, Happiness, leaves, orange, Poem, poems, poet, poetry, publish, Reading, Thebloggingwriter, Tree, trees, world, writing
  • Little Feet

    Derek Rizzo
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Pitter-Patter, Pitter-Patter, The rain, on the window falls.   Pitter-Patter, Pitter-Patter, The clock chime echoes through the halls.   Pitter-Patter, Pitter-Patter, The sound of little feet.   Pitter-Patter, Pitter-Patter, Here comes the kitty fresh from sleep.   Pitter-Patter, Pitter-Patter, Claws scratch the wood in the hall.   Pitter-Patter, Pitter-Patter, The little mouse will fall.   Pitter-Patter, Pitter-Patter, Click the little feet.   Pitter-Patter, Pitter-Patter, Back to sleep     Tagged: cat, clock, kitties, kitty, Little Feet, mouse,…
  • A Lonely Chair

    Derek Rizzo
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Sitting in that chair over there, You seem lonely. I wish I could, not sit and type. I wish my tale would ripe, and I would be free to speak, play, listen. Maybe my presence would soothe or Is it by choice, you sat in that chair over there. Tagged: alone, chair, Life, listen, loneliness, lonely, Online Writing, play, Poem, poems, poet, poetry, Reading, write, writer, writing
  • Buddy

    Derek Rizzo
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Buddy dressed hurriedly, haphazardly A fast comb A quick check   Food.., shoveled like coal Juice.., orange, cold Funneled into a Waiting throat   The grapefruit colored sun Spreads its waking fingers Over the dark, slow-moving Morn.   Wiping the crusty,  grimy Still-dream from blue eyes,  still finding their focus. The near sleep slough falling slowly away   Buddy headed out. There a shed lonely and dark, like a sentinel on the wall of night.., his destination. A silver clasp his only obstacle.   The dark poured out The door was open Inside… the thin flexible…
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    The Red Ink

  • Should You Suspend Your Job Search Over the Holidays?

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    The holidays are sufficiently busy that many jobseekers effectively put their searches on hold, from Thanksgiving through the start of January. They simply assume that employers are going to be too busy with holiday parties and end-of-the-year reporting—plus getting ready to start strong in the new year—to deal with things like hiring new talent. This couldn’t be more wrong. On the contrary, the holiday season is often an ideal time to seek out new employment. There is a lot less competition—many jobseekers actually do suspend their searches over the holidays—but also a lot more…
  • What Our Content Marketing Team is Thankful for This Year

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    Content marketing moves at such a breakneck pace sometimes that it’s hard to find the time to just stop, relax, and reflect—but then again, isn’t that what this season of the year is all about? We know that many of our readers are travelling and spending some much-deserved time with family and friends, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t take some time to reflect on the things that our content marketing team is thankful for this year. Just a few noteworthy items, then, and in no particular order: We’re thankful for your engagement. If you’ve ever read our blog, shared our Facebook…
  • Are Your Blog Posts Readable?

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Last week, the Grammar Chic, Inc. team offered a few tips for businesses just getting into the blogging routine. Today, we’re going to hone in on an important concept for new and seasoned business bloggers alike—the concept of readability. Obviously, you want your blog to offer value, you want it to be interesting to read, and you want it to cast your business in the best light possible. All of that is predicated on your blog being approachable, accessible even to lay people. After all, if reading your blog is nightmarishly difficult, headache-inducing, or just flat-out impossible, then…
  • Are You Sabotaging Your Own Job Search?

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    What might seem like a great job search strategy at the time can prove to be less than productive down the road. In fact, what seems like a smart approach might actually be doing you more harm than good. That’s a tough thing for jobseekers to hear. Searching for employment is, after all, a rather daunting and even discouraging thing, and it can be hard to figure out what’s right and what’s not amidst the sea of job search advice. Nevertheless, it’s important to ensure that what you’re doing is as smart and as pragmatic as you think it is—and to remove from your job search arsenal…
  • Don’t Let These Content Marketing Myths Hold You Back

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    What you don’t know about content marketing can hurt you—or at the very least, hold you back. At Grammar Chic, Inc., we are constantly talking with small business owners about their own content marketing endeavors—and are sometimes surprised at the sheer number of businesses that have yet to really jump on the content marketing bandwagon. What’s frustrating is that the reasons for holding off on content marketing are usually pretty flimsy—based on myth rather than fact. Let us give you some examples of what we’re talking about here. All your content has to be long, thorough, and…
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    Writing By The Seat of My Pants

  • How To Know If Your Book Will Sell Before You Publish: Finding Out What Readers Really Want

    Rachel Rueben
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Question Mark, Ipswitch by ed_needs_a_bicycle via Flickr Before I begin, I have to give a hat tip to Steve Scott and his book, “How to Discover Best-Selling eBook Ideas,” which inspired this post. After reading his book, I asked myself how could I apply what I learned to the fiction market and ended up with a few surprising ideas.  And no, it has nothing to do with KDP Select, nor will it require the blood of a goat. With the proliferation of the internet, it has never been easier to access book lovers.  I mean, they’re everywhere!  I believe if indie authors would just take the…
  • Podcasts That Feature Indie Authors

    Rachel Rueben
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    By Alan Levine via Flickr It’s not easy finding a podcast that will interview a self-published/indie author. Trust me I know, I just spent the past week researching, emailing and tweeting podcasters.  And I was pretty surprised to learn that there are still lots podcasters that won’t touch an indie book.  I was even more stunned to learn that there are podcasters charging fees for an interview.  By the way, it’s unnecessary to pay for an interview, because most podcasts make their money from advertising, not from charging their guests. I’m not saying these businesses…
  • Old School vs New School Crowdfunding: Which One Should Authors Consider? Part 2

    Rachel Rueben
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    By chris@APL via Flickr Last week, I discussed traditional crowdfunding and today, I’ll be explaining the new way the publishing industry is using that same model to test a book’s profitability. They (the publishers), do it mainly to get out of hardest and most costly parts of publishing, which are acquiring books as well as marketing them. Think about it, if a publisher doesn’t have to actually commission a book, then there’s no risk involved. It’s the perfect model for them. However for an author, it may not be such a great deal but you didn’t ask me all that did you? Don’t…
  • Old School vs New School Crowdfunding: Which One Should Authors Consider?

    Rachel Rueben
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Eat Money (Lynne Hand) via Flickr Not long ago, Kickstarter became a household name when it became the go to place to raise money for independent artists without a corporate sponsor.  Crowdfunding websites have raised money for films, music albums, and yes, even books.  Now flash forward to 2014 and even mainstream artists like Kenny Loggins and Zach Braff have used the site to raise quite a bit of money for their own pet projects. However, there is a new kind of crowdfunding popping up in the publishing world and it would be wise if authors learned the difference between the two if they…
  • Keywords & Subtitles: They’re More Important Than You Think

    Rachel Rueben
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    A man of few words by Jason Mrachina via Flickr It was brought to my attention that one of my posts “How to get Featured or Reviewed on Amazon” had an incorrect address, that has now been updated.  I apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused.  Over the past few years, I’ve encountered article after article, lauding the importance of key words and categories. However, these articles were only centered around Amazon and its search engine but recently, I discovered the importance of keywords on Wattpad as well. It makes sense, because some readers are very genre…
 
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    S.A. Barton: Seriously Eclectic

  • What is the cost of space exploration?

    Tao23
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Originally posted on Science in our lives:“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry In centuries past, comets were considered the supernatural bringer of…
  • Dystopian Science Fiction: Is It In The News?

    Tao23
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:05 pm
    By my headline, I’m not asking if there are any current stories about dystopian science fiction in the news. I’m asking if perhaps the things we see on the news are influencing the science fiction we writers write. Science fiction is speculation about what the future may bring, but like all literature and art it […]
  • I’m A Thanksgiving Literalist: I Give Thanks For Stuff And Ignore Our Weird National Fables

    Tao23
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    I WILL EAT YOU. YOU ARE A DELICIOUS TRADITION. The title pretty much says it all: I take the word “Thanksgiving” at face value, and I give thanks. Some folks might — and do — question how an atheistic sort like myself can give thanks without giving thanks TO something, by which they mean to […]
  • Ursula K. Le Guin at the National Book Awards

    Tao23
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Originally posted on Ekostories:Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014. “I think hard times are coming when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now and…
  • Thirteen Word Story: Desperate Restraint

    Tao23
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Somehow, they restrained themselves until their children traveled among the stars. Then: self-destruction. ————- I remember the Cold War, going to school in a designated nuclear shelter, the uneasy jokes about getting nuked, Reagan joking about nuking the Russians, ha-ha, ho-ho, we’re all going to die so let’s yuk it up black humor style. But […]
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    Jeremy Porter

  • A step by step guide to creating great key messages

    Jeremy Porter
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    Key messages are a key part of public communication. This step by step guide will help you develop messaging that is memorable and tells a story. If messages aren’t narrative then what are they? Messages are the words that deliver your narrative. They evoke frames. They change depending on the time, context, and your audience. They take patience and practice to develop. Here’s what you need to develop great key messages: Know why you need them Understand frames, narrative, and the basics of persuasion Creating your key messages Three features of great messages…
  • Three things Democrats must do to win

    Jeremy Porter
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    It was another bruising election cycle for Democrats. There are three things Democrats must fix before 2016 or it will be more of the same. Capitol Hill Photo: GPS One year ago I made the case that Democrats should settle on a narrative and align themselves with President Obama. They did neither. Seven Senate and fifteen house seats lost and with them, any hope of Obama being able to achieve anything like what he set out to do. The strategy for Democratic success in 2014 was, I thought, straightforward: show that Republicans are hurting people. Americans elected Obama twice but the…
  • If you do one thing, kill passive voice

    Jeremy Porter
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The easiest way to improve your writing is by writing in the active voice. Passive voice hides the villain, the problem, and the solution. Pollution doesn’t happen by itself Photo: Arnold Paul The rules of writing often resemble religion. There are scores of things writers are told they cannot do. Never start a sentence with “and”; use the Oxford comma; don’t use the Oxford comma; use the rule of three. For me, one sin rules them all: the passive voice. When I edit something I usually look for passive voice. Converting passive voice to active is often the quickest…
  • What companies say and don’t say about their 4G LTE networks

    Jeremy Porter
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    The carriers providing 4G LTE coverage essentially offer the same service. Here’s how they sell the mobile internet and what they don’t say. Photo: Esther Vargas When a company has the same product as a competitor it basically falls to branding experts, communications strategists, and copywriters to make sure the product sells. We see it in political campaigns. The product each candidate is selling — sincerely or not — is to represent their constituents’ interests in government. Policies and values are the way candidates differentiate themselves. Differentiation is…
  • One reason this ad campaign might work

    Jeremy Porter
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Environmental organizations often mistakenly frame nature as separate to people. This campaign avoids that mistake, but does it work? Nature is Speaking Credit: Conservation International The main mistake environmental organizations have made is talking about the environment as something separate to us — something that exists around us. It’s a mistake because we are a part of nature. We eat the food, breathe the air, and drink the water that nature provides us. Framing nature and the environment The “environment” frame is so entrenched that if you asked a hundred people on…
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    Karen Karbo

  • Shelf Awareness Reviews The Diamond Lane

    Karen Karbo
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Discover: A reissue of a smart early-’90s-era comedy of manners about familial, romantic and Hollywood entanglements. Shirl, the widowed matriarch of the FitzHenry family, has undergone brain surgery following a freak accident involving a ceiling fan. Amid the trauma, Mimi–Shirl’s aspiring-screenwriter daughter–tracks down her long-lost sister, Mouse, a documentary filmmaker flitting around Africa, who hasn’t... Read More
  • Nancy Pearl Reviews The Diamond Lane

    Karen Karbo
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    Marcie Sillman talks with revered librarian Nancy Pearl. One in a series of regular book reviews on KWOG.org.
  • The Largehearted Boy Features The Diamond Lane Playlist

    Karen Karbo
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Largehearted Boy is a music blog featuring daily free and legal music downloads as well as news from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture. In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate... Read More
  • The Legend of Il Palio

    Karen Karbo
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    The A.V. Club and Basil Hayden’s Bourbon have been doing a series of parties around the country celebrating cocktails and craftsman. Called This is My (Fill In Name of City Here), their idea was to get a bunch of really photogenic creative folks in one place, then film them as they powered down some fine... Read More
  • Julia Child’s savory life lessons inspire Portland writer Karen Karbo

    Karen Karbo
    5 Dec 2013 | 6:13 pm
      By TRISTA CORNELIUS/Special to The Oregonian My friend is taking a recipe-writing class, and her instructor presented an elaborate example. The class declared it terrible. “Guess where it was from?” my friend chided. “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” I said, not at all surprised that Our Lady of the Ladle — as Time... Read More
 
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    Solitary Spark - A Creative Writing Blog

  • 10 Common Literary Devices (With Examples)

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    There are certain literary devices that I use often in my writing because they are simple and seem to make it flow. I never bothered to intentionally use them when I wrote in the past, but now I find that they just add that extra something. A literary device has to do with the sound, repetition, meaning, and description of words or phrases. Used wisely, these devices can really enhance your work and create a deeper level of meaning that readers will enjoy decoding. Try some of these in your next poem or story. (Mini Magnum by hobvias sudoneighm via CC) Alliteration. This is one of the easiest…
  • Photo Prompt: Gateway to the Past

    16 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    A photograph from Fort Morgan in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
  • The Stairwell

    15 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Week after week I saw him. He slowly descended, step after step, holding onto the railing for dear life as people absently rushed past. The elevator in our crumbling complex had failed some time ago and now this stairwell buzzed with activity. People raced and skipped over steps and puddled landings to reach their destination before the dank smell settled firmly in their noses. But not him. I watched him from the top one morning. Briefcase in one hand, the other attached firmly to the rusty rail, he creeped down the concrete steps with wide eyes and slow breaths. His once pressed suit…
  • Ten Excuses I Use to Avoid Writing

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:39 pm
    The past few months have been very busy and writing has completely taken a back seat in my life. I always find an excuse to avoid writing. When I took a weekend trip to the lake, I read a book instead of working on my novel. Right now? I'm writing a blog post instead of becoming reacquainted with my characters. I am writing a blog post about avoiding writing instead of working on my novel. It makes little sense, but here's the thing: writing is hard. Writing takes time and effort and concentration. It's frustrating, infuriating, painstaking. It means taking a part of yourself and opening it…
  • Book Review: Ticker by Lisa Mantchev

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:53 pm
    After suffering much loss in past years, Penny Farthing and her family find themselves reeling from yet another blow: a family friend is on trial for murder, murder he claims he committed for Penny and the clockwork heart that saved her life. Penny's world quickly starts falling apart when the family's factory is bombed and her parents go missing. With her brother Nic and their close friends Violet and Sebastian, Penny and her failing ticker race to save her family before her clockwork heart finally runs out of time.As a new entry in the steampunk genre, Ticker paints a fascinating world…
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    Randi Minerva

  • Tarot Tip #56: Predicting the Timing of Events

    R. Minerva
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Get your tarot reading here.
  • Tarot Tip #55: Smudging and Cleansing

    R. Minerva
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Get your tarot reading here.
  • Tarot Tip #54: Crystals for Tarot Readers

    R. Minerva
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Get your tarot reading here.
  • Tarot Tip #53: Grounding and Centering

    R. Minerva
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Get your tarot reading here.
  • Tarot Tip #52: Tarot Specialties

    R. Minerva
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Get your tarot reading here.
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    copywritercollective.com

  • Expectations: the great creative hurdle

    Hillary Weiss
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:11 am
    A friend of mine (a poet at heart) recently told me he was trying to write a poem, but hadn’t drafted anything he considered worthwhile. Or anything at all, really. His reason? He had his heart set on writing a 30-line sonnet. And he hadn’t been able to pull it off yet. Uh… what? I was startled. I’d never deliberately started a work with the idea it had to fit into a certain number of lines. Sure, I wrestle with word limits every day for clients, but creative writing? Free bird! Let the thoughts spill everywhere like buckets of bright paint. Swirl something awesome together…
  • USING GOOGLE+ FOR B2B – INFOGRAPHIC

    Jason Finnerty
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:08 am
    Today’s infographic (shared by guest poster Russel Cooke) provides helpful tips and tricks to get more out of your Google+ profile: How to get started with your Google+ profile, how to find connections, and how to keep growing.   Image via SmartVirtualPhoneNumber.com   About the author: Jason Finnerty I’m a Canadian writer providing kick-ass copy for local and international clients. When I’m not writing for business, I’m probably writing something sick and twisted – check out Fotogone or YuckFou on the Amazon. Plenty of nieces and nephews, a family that…
  • If you want to be a writer …

    Charlotte Calder
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:22 am
    Be it children’s stories, literary fiction, web copy, poetry, newsletters, plays, picture books … whatever. There’s a myriad of self-styled experts out there – both on and off-line. Very well-meaning. And just busting to tell you just how to go about it! The first thing they’ll tell you is to Find Your Own Voice. I’ve got no argument with this. Unless you happen to be writing something very dry and non-fictional, of course you have to find your own voice. (Wherever it may be hiding … ) But these so-called experts also tend to lay down the law on your writing…
  • Why good online copywriting makes a difference to your business

    Mike Robinson
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:17 am
    I’ve written many times about the importance of using quality copy on your website – and it’s something that many businesses now recognise – but what’s often overlooked is how well you write elsewhere online can also affect your company’s success. Take, for example, your humble blog post. While most businesses want their home, about, services and contacts pages all written for them by a professional, they’ll often assume that they can muddle through with the blog themselves. Sadly this regularly results in long gaps between posts as staff struggle to think up worthy topics and…
  • Black Swan Marketing: The Power of What You Don’t Know

    Will Hoekenga
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:38 am
    Picture this: An old friend you have not seen in many years invites you over to his house for a dinner party. It is in the swankiest part of town. A valet wearing a red tie takes your keys upon arrival. You walk through the front doors that are twice the height of any reasonable doors. Your old friend greets you with an honestly-glad-to-see-you smile and introduces the other guests, whose casual attire lets you know you are overdressed in your sport coat. Dinner is served. Nine courses, and you cannot pronounce any of them. The conversation wanders from international economies to politics.
 
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    The Write Practice

  • Black Friday Deals for Writers (and Those Who Love Them)

    Joe Bunting
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    by Joe BuntingBlack Friday evokes the best and worst of humanity. It’s a day of generosity, when people sacrifice their sleep, their time, and their sanity to get the best gifts possible for their friends and family. It’s also a day when people get trampled to death (sometimes literally) by mobs of crazed consumers. Luckily for those of us who prefer to steer clear of the mob but still want to treat the ones we love (and ourselves!) to the best, there are plenty of deals to be found online. In this post are a few great offers we’ve found for writers and those who love them.
  • I’m Thankful for Writing. How About You?

    Joe Bunting
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    by Joe BuntingToday is Thanksgiving in the U.S. If you’re like me, every time you go on Facebook, someone is posting what they’re thankful for. In the spirit of the season, today, I want to talk about one thing I’m very thankful for: writing. Photo by Nana B Agyei (creative commons). Adapted by The Write Practice. This has been a good year for my writing. This year, the little blog that I started in 2011 (this very one you’re reading right now) went from 30,000 or so readers per month to over 200,000 readers. Pretty cool, right? Earlier this year, I got to live…
  • Here’s Why It’s Important To Call Yourself A Writer

    Pooh Hodges
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    by Pooh HodgesThis post is by our newest regular contributor, Pooh Hodges. The cat. The cat who writes. Yes, I know it’s odd for a writing blog to have a contributor who is a cat, but I’ve been following Pooh on his blog, thecatwhowrites.com, for several years. He’s a particularly talented cat, and we’re thrilled to have him joining our team. Welcome to The Write Practice, Pooh! Before others will believe what is true about you, you’ll have to first believe it yourself. ―Jeff Goins, You Are A Writer A few days ago I went to the veterinarians’ office for my…
  • 3 Tips for Writers Who Are NOT Their Own Worst Critic

    Emily Wenstrom
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    by Emily WenstromConfession: I am not my own worst critic. This fact goes against The Writer’s Code. Shouldn’t I feel embarrassed by my writing? Shouldn’t I review my words on the page and cringe? Photo by Angelica (creative commons). Adapted by The Write Practice.   But if we’re really being honest, I often like my own writing. And honestly? I suspect I’m not as alone as it generally sounds. If you also missed the your-own-worst-critic boat, high five. Take a moment and bask in your confidence. What You Need if You’re NOT Your Worst Critic But, we have to remember a few…
  • 10 Writing Tips from Ursula Le Guin

    Joe Bunting
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    by Joe BuntingAt the National Book Awards a few nights ago, Ursula Le Guin was honored with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, a fancy sounding award that basically means she’s the bomb (she really is). I’ve been reading Ursula Le Guin for a long time, since I first discovered The Earthsea Cycle, which re-invigorated my love for fantasy. She’s also famous for her science-fiction, especially The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, and was one of the first to show the world that women can not only write great science-fiction, they can…
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    Lauren Sapala

  • Essential Skills for Writers: Having the Courage to Make Up Your Own Rules

    Lauren Sapala
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Recently I was reading through one of the many writing blogs I subscribe to and I came across a list of do’s and don’ts for writers. Some of the advice came from editors, some from agents, and some from famous, bestselling authors. One of the “rules” said (and I’m paraphrasing): “Any time two characters are sitting around talking about another character the scene is dead.” I instantly panicked. Because in the novel I’m writing right now, I’ve written a few scenes in which two of the characters are sitting around talking about a third. I thought about going back and cutting…
  • Why Indie Writers Market Better and What You Can Learn from Them

    Lauren Sapala
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    If you’re a Gen X, Gen Y, or even one of the Baby Boomers, you grew up surrounded by traditional advertising. And chances are, you can’t stand it. That’s because traditional advertisers use a very simple formula that most artists find to be a huge turn off. They push one agenda (buy our product) and try to blanket the biggest population they can with it using the power of persuasion. When writers and artists talk about how they hate marketing and advertising, they’re usually talking about this very method. It feels smarmy, insincere, and pushy. It’s the thing that drives writers and…
  • 3 Signs the Inner Critic Has Sabotaged Your Writing and What to Do about It

    Lauren Sapala
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Every writer has the voice of their inner critic somewhere inside their head. It might be a judgmental parent, or a toxic friend, or even someone from a long-ago writing group who made one hurtful comment about your story that stuck with you forever. We all know the inner critic when that voice shows up. The problem is that we don’t know what to do about it. The reason most writers can’t conquer the inner critic on their own is because it’s impossible to see around your own perspective. You can’t get outside of your own head. This is why our beliefs and the way we feel about ourselves…
  • The One Mistake Writers Make that Can Ruin their Characters

    Lauren Sapala
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    Some writers call it a burst of inspiration. Some writers call it “being in the zone.” It’s that magical shift that happens when your characters start speaking and acting with their own free will. That point of no return when they run off on their own wild ride and you really have no choice but to follow along. If this is what we all want from our characters, then why does it seem like it’s so hard to get there? As a writer in the early stages of beginning your story, you have probably read a few different writing guides. You’ve also probably jumped around on the internet a bit and…
  • The Most Important Thing You Could Hear before Starting NaNoWriMo

    Lauren Sapala
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    I first heard about NaNoWriMo in 2009, and at that time, I didn’t know what to think about it. It seemed like a crazy thing to do. As I talked to more writers about their feelings on NaNo I realized how many loved it…and how many hated it. I couldn’t say that I felt either, but I was suspicious. Did it work? Was it worth it? And maybe most importantly, were the results any good? Five years later I get it. NaNoWriMo does work, on many different levels. But it also depends on what you’re looking to accomplish. There are a lot of writers out there who think that nothing Nobel…
 
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    Milo James Fowler

  • Hang on for the Ride

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Three can be a real crowd, particularly when you're crammed into a cellar full of preserves in mason jars, down in dark so black you can't see your own hand in front of your face, and when you try, you end up bumping into somebody's unmentionables. But when that cellar door stands between you and certain death at the claws of a giant, rabid hound, well, then you thank the Good Lord for that
  • Starlight in SUPERPOW

    16 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    As promised in the November Transmission (my newsletter), all members of The Crew have been entered to win a copy of the SUPERPOW anthology, which includes my story "Starlight." It's about a girl with galaxies in her eyes. Here's how it opens:  There were stars in her eyes. Not from thoughts grounded in a different space or time; not from a nostalgia she alone could use to summon forgotten
  • #99centnovember

    9 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    This part-time-but-feels-like-full-time writing career may pay only enough to cover one out of every twelve mortgage payments, but it's not all about the money. It's about finding readers. Sure, I like to be paid for my work, and I only submit it to paying publications and publishers, but once the rights revert to me and I make my stories available on Amazon and other venues, I can afford to
  • Prepping for Blastoff

    2 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    It's been a year since Musa Publishing accepted Yakuza Territory for publication, and this Friday the 7th, it will finally hit virtual shelves all across the Interwebs. Rounds of edits are done. The galley has been proofed multiple times. And the final product is lookin' mighty fine, if I do say so myself. And I do. This is my third outing with Charlie Madison, private investigator. In Girl
  • Creepy Freebies 2014

    26 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    > Join THE CREW and never miss another giveaway. It's finally here, folks! To kick off the festivities, I'm giving away TWO of my story collections: Alienated:    Amazon   |   Barnes & Noble   |   iBooks   |   Kobo   |   Smashwords Unseen Things:    Amazon   |   Barnes & Noble   |   iBooks   |   Kobo   |   Smashwords And joining me in the madness, here are 11 talented authors you
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    Write Line Blog - Free Expressions Seminars and Literary Services

  • Friday Roundup 11.21.14

    Lorin
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Enjoy the weekend!NaNoWriMo Tip #15: Consult Cheat Sheets50 Great Dark Books for the Dark Days of Winter20 OF THE GREATEST OPENING LINES FROM OUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS AND WINTER-THEMED BOOKS12 AUTHORS WITH RECOGNIZABLE FACESHow to Succeed at NaNoWriMo: Advice from Hugh Howey, Marissa Meyer, and Others
  • Prompt-A-Palooza #48

    Lorin
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Have a nice weekend!They fired into the silent night...A subtle chafing of water against stone...Slips of haiku, fluttering to earth...The train came from the wrong place...She'd summoned him...He wouldn't take the money...I knew I was made for better things...
  • Friday Roundup 11.14.14

    Lorin
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    Enjoy the weekend! 13 Great First Pages in LiteratureTemporary Literary Tattoos!50 Novels Featuring Famous Authors as CharactersNon-Fiction Books Everyone Should Read: INFOGRAPHIC5 Reasons Why Love (of Writing, Reading, Words!) Is Meant to Be Shared
  • Picture Prompt #14

    Lorin
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    The Picture Prompt concept is simple yet challenging, so get those fingers ready! This prompt can be done with any photo you find interesting, but preferably one you haven’t had a long time to study. It’s a fun exercise for a writing group as well, especially if everyone reads his/her piece to the group.Ready?Here’s the prompt: In just thirty minutes, write a complete story based on the photo below. When you’re finished, come back and share your experience in the comments. (Or even your story!)Did you like this exercise? What was the most challenging part about it? Did…
  • Prompt-A-Palooza #47

    Lorin
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Have a great week!The one with the broken tusk...A hand with an all-seeing eye...His dreams drove him...The light pouring over her like water...Dictionaries stacked against the door...A chair on its last leg...All the words were written wrong...
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    Words & Music

  • Darcey Steinke In Conversation with Rick Moody

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    "Let’s start with the bad sex. In the basement of the Word Bookstore in Brooklyn, Rick Moody said that he and Darcey Steinke would be talking about bad sex, among other things, in relation to her new novel Sister Golden Hair, published in October by Tin House Books. It turns out Ms. Steinke has a bit of a reputation for writing about less-than-ideal sex in her novels and that’s not something that’s going to change any time soon." For more of my review, follow the link to the NYC Writers Network blog.
  • Happy Blogday

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:47 am
    One year ago today I posted the first entry to my blog. Titled "(Just Like) Starting Over," it was about quitting the band Late Model Humans and trying out this new adventure.For the first 9 months I was religious about the blog, posting 3 times a week: music on Mondays, fiction on Fridays, and a wild-card thrown in on Wednesdays. There's nothing like regular writing (or regular practice of anything) to develop technique. It developed so well that I've been devoting most of my writing time to a novel and haven't been posting to the blog as often, though that's about to change for a couple of…
  • Days

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    I found an old friend over the weekend: the twelve-string guitar I used on this song. But I've been losing more old friends than finding them lately. Some of them are coming back but others never will. And with some of them, I don't know yet. The first thing people feel when they lose someone is sadness. So at least I'm feeling things in the right order. The next, and more satisfying feeling, is appreciation. If losing someone makes you sad, there must be something about them that you're going to miss. That's what this song is about: Appreciation.Days was written by Ray Davies and recorded by…
  • Mostly You

    3 Nov 2014 | 3:26 am
    I wrote this song last week. It reminded me of The Kinks' "Too Much On My Mind," at least lyrically, so I added the harpsichord. Just a little something to pass the time.I didn't get much sleep last nightThere's too much on my mindMostly youMostly youMostly you but other things tooLike ugliness is so cheapAnd beauty is so deepBut mostly youMostly youMostly you but other things too A love I can't disguiseIs burning in my eyesFor mostly youMostly youMostly you but other things too
  • The Harasser And The Harassed

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    "We insult her every day on TVAnd wonder why she has no guts or confidenceWhen she's young we kill her will to be freeWhile telling her not to be so smart we put her down for being so dumbWoman is the nigger of the world." John LennonI. Sexual HarassmentOn Tuesday a video titled "10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman" was posted to YouTube. Within 24 hours it had been viewed more than 6 million times but it didn't take 24 hours before the woman in the video,Shoshana Roberts, became the target of rape- and death-threats. It's worth watching.The carefree harassment from such a wide array of men…
 
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    Out of the Lockbox

  • Thanksgiving and Some Announcements

    Mary DeSantis
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    Hello folks, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving has a wonderful day full of food, friends, family, and fun. (This post is brought to you by the letter ‘F.’) I’m having lunch with my family and dinner with friends, and I’m just looking forward to the day. And now the announcements. A few weeks ago I posted that I had a story published. (YAY!) That story went on to win the editor’s choice award for this month at Fiction Vortex. (YAY!) I’m over the moon, and I hope everyone who read the story enjoyed it. Which brings me to announcement part two. I am also…
  • Good News! (No, the wicked witch is not dead.)

    Mary DeSantis
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    We interrupt this blog hiatus to bring you a special news bulletin.Today is a good day. It’s a published short story day!Yes, my fantasy short story, To Forever – approx. 2300 words, is live at Fiction Vortex today. I’m super excited! Yes, that excited! Anyway, this is the part where I wave and bow and say “go read it. It’s good. I promise.” Well, of course I think it’s good. I wrote it. Seriously, though, this is one of my favorite short stories I’ve ever written, and I’m so pumped to be able to share it with the world. Fiction Vortex blurbs it as a story about a young…
  • Official Lockbox Blogging Hiatus

    Mary DeSantis
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Hi folks,Yes, it’s true. I’m taking a break. I had every intention of getting back on the personal blogging wagon, but it’s not the time. I need to focus on writing and some other stuff. Blogging at the Lockbox needs to take a back seat.I will still be blogging about books over at Kit ‘N Kabookle, and if I get any kind of news, I’ll post it here. As for the Disney posts and any other stuff, I’m not sure when I’ll pick it back up, but you’ll be the first to know.Take care.Lots of love,Mary-Keep up with me on Twitter @desantismt.
  • MCS #24: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    Mary DeSantis
    2 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)IMDB blurbA deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer.I haven’t watched this in years. It kind of terrified me as a kid. I think I want to watch it again now. I think there’s a lot to get out of this as an adult. This isn’t a story of pure good. The good guys aren’t picture perfect heroes. And the villain, well, have a look. The music is actually beautiful. The first part is heartbreaking/heartwarming. Then Frollo starts singing, and things get a little odd.I saw…
  • MCS #23: Hercules

    Mary DeSantis
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    Hercules (1997)IMDB blurbThe son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it. Now that that’s out of the way. K, I’m done. Really.If you can’t tell, I love this movie. Meg is kickass. Pain and Panic are hilarious, and Hades is possibly one of my favorite Disney villains ever. I mean really. See what I mean? Also, mushroom cloud. Enough said.“Somebody call IXII!”That’s 911 in Roman Numerals. I was so pumped the day I figured that out, and my friend was pumped the day I told her.“The Big Olive…
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    Write Kids' Books!

  • GUEST POST: Moving Small Stones: Closing the Diversity Gap in Children’s Books

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:21 am
    Welcome to my stop on The Secret Life of Jenny Liu book tour!  (Want to check out all the stops?  Here’s a list.) Today, you’ll discover a tasty new middle-grade chapter book, and hear from its writer about why diverse books matter.  What am I saying?  You’ve probably heard the buzz about diverse books already.  But are you convinced yet? Jean Ramsden is.  These days, she’s connecting with her readers one-on-one.  And she’s hearing from them how much it means to kids to see characters “just like me” in the books they read, on the covers, on the…
  • How NOT to get reviews. Three top turn-offs reviewers HATE.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    You’re a writer, right?  So you’re only one letter away from being a WAITER, which isn’t a bad way to think of yourself when it comes to getting reviews. Like a waiter, you have to serve up your book to reviewers in the most appealing possible way.  And if you forget the basics of customer service, it’ll bounce back to bite you in the form of a lousy tip – er, review. Here are three ways you may be turning off reviewers – and what to do about them to make sure those reviews keep rolling in. Ask them to buy your book first I just came across a post by an writer asking on…
  • Caution, Rant: spammy spammers spamming stupid “Children’s Books” in their KDP listing title.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:29 am
    Every once in a while, I’ve just got to rant.  Maybe you know the feeling? Today’s rant is about that growing breed of Kindle kids’ ebooks that have almost more title than actual book.  I’m sure you know the ones:  the cover of the book has maybe a five-word title, but the title of the book as shown on its Amazon listing is a mile long, like this: Children books : MARGARET AND THE DONUT: (Explore the Galaxy kids book exclusive collection) (Super-Duper eBook)Sleep & Playtime Books(Short Story) (Bedtime ... Books for Babby & Toddler Readers #15) [Kindle Edition]…
  • Fever Pitch: 1-step first aid for sick stories

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Is your story sick?  Something not quite right? Your spelling and punctuation may be perfect, but if something just seems off… if it’s under the weather, but you’re not sure how to fix it… … just pitch it. No, I don’t mean throw it away.  I mean create a sales pitch and start selling your book.  Not (yet) on Amazon, or Kobo, or Smashwords, or anywhere else.  No, to make it great, you have to sell the story to your most important customer – yourself. You’ll do that with a “pitch.”  Known by a few different names, it’s basically a 1-2 sentence…
  • CLOSING SOON! 3 free (LEGITIMATE) contests for indie kids’ writers.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    In the age of spammy contests, with scammy reviews and prizes being awarded left, right and centre (and preying on our eagerness to help our books stand out), it’s nice to know that there are still a few legitimate places you can send your books.  These are folks you can trust to evaluate your book honestly against the best of what’s out there in children’s literature today.  It’s a tough game, but at least you know it’s not rigged. Is your book a winner? Consider submitting it to one of these three free contests.  (I already have, in 2 out of 3 cases.) But…
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  • It's the Weekend. Time to Write

    Ruth Barringham
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    This weekend, instead of doing the usual chores, why not get that novel written, write that screenplay, start that blog.Whatever it is that you've been promising yourself that you'd get done when you get "a round tuit" make this weekend the beginning.And the reason to start this weekend is because of all the amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for writers.Below is a list to help get you inspired and get you going. Final Draft 9 on Sale for $99+ at Writers Store, now-12/31/14Get your copy of Final Draft from The Writers Store, the Industry’s #1 screenwriting software source for over…
  • How to Be Better Than the Rest in Just 30 Minutes a Day

    Ruth Barringham
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:38 pm
    There are all different kinds of writers.But mostly, there are only 2 kinds.Writers and wanna-be writers.The real writers write every day.The wanna-bes don't.And somehow there seems to be far more wanna-bes than actual writers.But this is good news for you.Read more »
  • If You Don't Make Your Processes Easy, You Won't Do Anything

    Ruth Barringham
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    I've just finished reading a book on Essentialism and it was quite an inspirational book that changed the way I look at life and work.One of the things it talked about was the fact that, if you want to do something, you need to make the processes easy or you won't do it, or if you start, you won't finish it.And I thought that this was so true.This idea not only applies to many things in life but also to writing for a living.And I'll explain.Read more »
  • My Writing Failures of 2014 and Writing Plans for 2015

    Ruth Barringham
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Because the New Year is fast approaching (Holy crap! November already?), I've been doing a lot of thinking about what I've achieved and what I've failed to implement this year with my writing, and what I plan to do next year.And what I also thought was that I don't need to wait till next year to implement my plans/goals for 2015, I can start them straight away.Why not?I know of one blogger who begins his New Year resolutions on his birthday every year because he considers this to be the start of a new year in his life instead of January 1st, which makes perfect sense.But we…
  • 2 Special Offers and 2 Free Offers That You Won't Believe

    Ruth Barringham
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Today I have 2 special offers for writers to tell you about plus 2 free offers.The special offers are really great.The free offers are fantastic. In fact one is so amazing you won't believe it.It's a copywriting course by one of the world's best copywriters.This course usually sells for over $700. But you can download it absolutely free.Read more »
 
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  • Key Principles of Management: An Overview

    admin
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:11 am
    In the discipline of business management, some of the key principles include the practices which are typically adopted by managers for the success of a business venture. Henry Fayol (1841-1925) and Frederick Winslow Taylor, who are widely considered as the fathers of modern management methods, devised the basic principles of modern management. Principles of management Division of labor: According to modern management principles, division of labor is essential to maximize productivity and ensure high production level. Authority: Managers must be authoritative and able to give orders. However,…
  • How to Solve Linear Equations

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Solving Linear Equations Linear equations are equations with simple variables like x or y rather than complex variables like x/y or x. Linear equations are the simplest equations you will deal with in schools. In order to solve a linear equation you will first need to isolate a given variable by ‘undoing’ what has been done to the variable. For instance, in the previous equation,  4x-7=5, Step 1 Try to isolate x by putting all the other coefficients and constants on one side. So shift them to the other side of the equals sign. Thus in, 4x-7=5, shift 7 on the other side. This…
  • How to Solve Quadratic Equations

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Solving Quadratic Equations : We now move on to a difficult terrain. Once you have mastered linear equation, we now must tackle quadratic equations. A quadratic is a polynomial that looks like ax+bx+c, where a, b and c are just numbers. In order to solve quadratic equations, you will first need to factor quadratics. Factoring the quadratics:  For an easy case of factoring, you will need to find two numbers that will not only multiply to equal the constant term c but will all add up to equal the b the coefficient on the x term.  For instance, factor the following: X2 + 5x + 6…
  • How to Solve Radical Equations

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Solving Radical Equations An equation with a square root or a cube root is usually called radical equation. Square root of any number is simply that number multiplied by itself once. Cube root of a number is that number multiplied by itself three times. A radical equation is therefore an equation with a square root or a cube root. In order to solve radical equations we need to get rid of the square roots and cube roots. Square roots equations: Here, you isolate the square root on one side of the equation. Then square both sides of the equation. Here is an example:      …
  • How to Solve Linear Equations with Fractions

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Solving Linear Equations with Fractions Linear equations may be expressed in terms of fractions rather than whole numbers. These are called linear equations with fractions. In order to solve equations with fractions we need to transform it by transforming it into an equation without fractions. We call it ‘clearing the fractions’ x/3    +   (x-2) / 5  =  6 Step 1 Clear the fractions. Multiply both sides of the equation with the LCM of the denominators.  The LCM of the denominators 3 and 5 is 15. Therefore, multiply both sides with 15. 15 × x/3 +…
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    The Writer's Life eMagazine

  • Interview with Mary Lawlor, author of 'Fighter Pilot's Daughter: Growing Up in the Sixties and the Cold War'

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Mary Lawlor grew up in an Army family during the Cold War.  Her father was a decorated fighter pilot who fought in the Pacific during World War II, flew missions in Korea, and did two combat tours in Vietnam. His family followed him from base to base and country to country during his years of service. Every two or three years, Mary, her three sisters, and her mother packed up their household and moved. By the time she graduated from high school, she had attended fourteen different schools. These displacements, plus her father?s frequent absences and brief, dramatic returns, were part of…
  • A Dead End in Vegas Book Blitz!

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We're happy to be hosting Irene Woodbury and her A Dead End in Vegas Book Blitz today!About the Book: Title: A Dead End in VegasAuthor: Irene WoodburyPublisher: Synerg EbooksPages: 248Genre: Women's FictionFormat: Paper/KindlePurchase at AMAZON As Dave Sloan is leaving for the Denver airport to pick up his wife, Tricia, the phone rings. It’s the cops in Las Vegas.  His wife is dead.  Her nude body was found that morning in a hotel room at the Bellagio. Dave is stunned and devastated.  He thought she was in Phoenix at a week-long teachers’ conference.  A lie, of course,…
  • Winter Wolf by RJ Blain ~ Book Blast / Giveaway

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Title:  Winter WolfAuthor: RJ BlainGenre: Urban Fantasy / Thriller / Supernatural SuspensePublisher:  Pen & Page PublishingPublication Date: November 24, 2014ISBN:  978-1-928148-00-5Book Description:The Hunted WizardWhen Nicole dabbled in the occult, she lost it all: Her voice, her family, and her name. Now on the run from the Inquisition, she must prove to herself—and the world—that not all wizards are too dangerous to let live.The savage murder of a bookstore employee throws Nicole into the middle of Inquisition business, like it or not. Driven by…
  • One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second by Rebecca Marie Book Feature

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    Title: One Month Week Day Hour Minute SecondAuthor: Rebecca MariePublisher: iUniversePages: 113Genre: Self Help/Personal GrowthFormat: Ebook Purchase at AMAZON Abuse knows no boundaries. It doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, old or young. It can enter your life at any time and stay as long as you let it. In One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second, author Rebecca Marie discusses that the key is to release the secrets, talk about the abuse, and take the power away from the abusers. In this memoir, she shares her personal journey surviving sexual and physical abuse, describing…
  • Warrior of the Way by Nathan Chandler Book Feature

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Title: Warrior of the WayAuthor: Nathan ChandlerPublisher: iUniversePages: 376Genre: FantasyFormat: Ebook Purchase at AMAZON Civil war is a curse that touches everyone, including King Tashdar of the Mulamar. When he is ordered by a powerful and mysterious stranger to send warriors toward Kanai and Kadisha to slaughter everyone, Tashdar has no choice but to obey. As the Hebari emperor’s palace is invaded, only one man escapes—a captain of the guard to whom the emperor has entrusted the safety of his remaining two children. Moments later, the emperor’s legacy is erased from…
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    Wylie's Writing Tips

  • Crack the case

    Ann Wylie
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    How to organize a case studyA colleague in health system marketing counsels his case study writers to “Get the patient to the hospital.” Wrong! When it comes to case studies, it’s about the client’s problem and results, silly, not your solutions.Make a case for yourself The best case studies focus on the client’s problem and the results, not on your organization’s solution. Download this poster for a step-by-step look at how to organize a successful case study.Here’s how to use the feature-style story structure to organize a case study.I. Introduce…
  • Get clicked, read, shared and liked

    Ann Wylie
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Polish your Web writing with Shel Holtz and me in Santa Fe, Feb. 11-12Would you like to use fill-in-the-blanks templates that virtually write your blog posts for you? Reach clients and customers through images, infographics and Instagram? Write content for the mobile Web?If so, please join Shel Holtz and me for “Catch Your Readers Via Social Media,” a two-day writer’s Master Class on Feb. 11-12 in Santa Fe.Multiply friends, fans and followers Polish your blog posts and status updates, discover the latest channels and apps, and reach readers with social storytelling at this…
  • Check it twice

    Ann Wylie
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    How to write a good list“I love lists,” writes Adam Savage. “Always have. When I was 14, I wrote down every dirty word I knew on file cards and placed them in alphabetical order.”I’ve got a little list Write lists for flippers and skimmers, as well as for real readers. Image by Kaity HemgesbergThere are lots of things to list — organizational accomplishments, steps for getting the job done, dirty words. Here’s a list of three ways to list things right:1. Got a list? List it.Lists are easier to read and scan than paragraphs. So if you have a series of…
  • Don’t personalize, localize

    Ann Wylie
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Avoid ‘Ann, your e-zine is here’It just makes sense that calling out to your recipient by name in the subject line would grab attention and drive opens and click-throughs. Right?Location, location, location Adding your recipient’s name to an email subject line reduces opens and click-throughs. Add her location, though, and increase engagement.After all, 94% of businesses believe personalization is critical to their success, according to a recent Econsultancy survey. Shouldn’t it help with email, too?Wrong, say the authors of several major studies of email subject line…
  • ‘He said it right’

    Ann Wylie
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Make your leads concrete and creativeWho said TV was bad for you? My West Wing binge watching is paying off with great writing tips. Here, some insights on approvals — and the right way to start a story:What Would Josh Do? What writing tips can you learn from West Wing? Image by Philip Cummings“CUT TO: INT. MARS BRIEFING REHEARSAL — DAY The TelePrompTer shows the name ‘Galileo’ on it and Sam’s head pops up. The crewmembers of the NASA Public Affairs are around the place.“SAM Who wrote this intro?“SCOTT TATE I did.“SAM You’re from…
 
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  • Cover Reveal: Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones

    Woelf Dietrich
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:39 pm
    I accidentally wrote a short story called Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones. Date of release is set for 1 December 2014. This tale is a bit different to my usual genres of fantasy and the supernatural. It’s about bullying and about how it feels to be bullied. The plot description is pretty succinct: A tale about […]
  • Why do I write the books I write? – Venture Galleries

    Woelf Dietrich
    15 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    I have a post live at Venture Galleries today. It’s about honesty in writing and about the books I write, and why I write them. Also, I’m publishing my short story, Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones end of this month. I’ve made some changes, fleshed it out some, and had critical eyeballs scrutinize it. Still […]
  • R.A. Salvatore and Why He Loves Writing

    Woelf Dietrich
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Every now and then I find an article or a video clip or something else that inspires me creatively, specifically when it comes to writing. It’s fascinating to read about authors and how they started in this profession, how they write, what emotional challenges they conquered, etc. I soak in this information, hoping that something would […]
  • 90 sites to advertise your book

    Woelf Dietrich
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Originally posted on James Calbraith:As far as I’m aware, this is the most comprehensive list of book promo sites anywhere on the internet. The list was compiled from various online sources, most notably – Rachelle’s Window (go there and thank her! :) she also lists Alexa rankings for the sites) and my own research. As…
  • Let’s Get Digital 2 Is Out!

    Woelf Dietrich
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    Originally posted on David Gaughran:I’m very excited to announce the release of the new updated and expanded 2nd edition of Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should. If you purchased the old 1st edition of Digital, you can grab the 2nd edition for free (instructions below). You won’t actually be able…
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    The Proof Angel

  • Writing tips from Booker winners

    The Proof Angel
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:37 am
    It’s always a good idea to get tips from those with a good track record, isn’t it? Get some tips from Booker Prize winners here. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.  Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: writing tips
  • Getting the most from your book research

    The Proof Angel
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:07 am
    Most books take a lot of research. It makes sense to get the full benefit from your efforts, doesn’t it? Find out more here. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: research
  • How to identify fonts

    The Proof Angel
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Ever wondered how it is done? Find out the basics here: Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: fonts
  • Are your adverbs in the right place?

    The Proof Angel
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:06 am
    One of the most common causes of a silly sentence is known as the misplaced modifier. It happens when you have 2 points to make in the same sentence, & you don’t make it clear who is doing what. My English teacher always used this example, which she found hugely amusing: Wearing my pink frilly party dress, the big red bus came over the hill. That makes it sound as though the bus was wearing the dress. It would be better to write: I was wearing my pink frilly party dress when the big red bus came over the hill. Here is a reminder about how this relates to adverbs. Visit my websites…
  • Ever wondered about the names of punctuation marks?

    The Proof Angel
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:36 am
    Here is a post about the words behind the marks. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.  Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: punctuation
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  • How to Pitch Your Book to Reporters

    Smitha Abraham
    28 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    You have written an awesome book that has got good reviews on Amazon and you have a huge social media fan following. Now what next? How do you make an effective pitch to the press or to reporters? What should you do to ensure that your book does not reach the trash? Do you require an agent or an agency to pitch your book successfully? Media exposure is crucial to a book publicity campaign. To grab the limelight or to be in media, you need to pitch your book to all types of media like print, online, radio, TV, blogs, magazines, etc. What is a pitch? A pitch is an e-mail that you send to the…
  • How to Deal with Negative Book Reviews in a Dignified Way

    Hiten Vyas
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    Writers, no matter how good or talented, are still human. It’s understandable if you sometimes feel slighted by a brutal negative book review or even by a well-meaning but still negative one. However, acting out on the perceived slight is an entirely different thing – if you do it the wrong way, you may end up tarnishing your reputation in the process. Here are a bunch of effective tips on how to deal with negative book reviews in a dignified way: Always Remember That Any Review is Publicity Keep in mind that when a review trashes your work, not everyone will agree with the reviewer. But…
  • Interview with Pierce Brown, Author of The Red Rising Trilogy

    Hiten Vyas
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
            © Joan Allen His debut novel Red Rising released at the beginning of the year became a New York Times bestseller and is currently being adapted into a movie. The man behind Red Rising is American author, Pierce Brown and it is the first book in The Red Rising Trilogy. We caught up with Pierce to find more about how he got into science fiction writing, and about his novels including the eagerly awaited next story in his trilogy called Golden Son, to be released in early 2015. Please tell us a bit about your writing experience, how you got into writing, and in particular how…
  • What Young Writers Need from a Mentor

    Hiten Vyas
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    Mentoring a writer takes particular skill, and a good writer is not necessarily a good mentor. The situation is further complicated if you are mentoring a young writer. You need to avoid being too aggressive because that could scare them into quitting, but being too lax might result in them not learning anything. If you want to be an effective guide, you need to understand exactly what young writers need from a mentor, such as: Expert, Specific Advice You’ll be doing your understudy a huge disservice if you constantly dole out vague, ambiguous advice and lessons. What they need is specific…
  • 5 Powerful Ways Writers Change the World

    Hiten Vyas
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    If you’re one of the few people left in the world who still think that writers don’t really have any value in the grand scheme of things, you might want to rethink your stance because there are a number of powerful ways in which writers change the world. Some of these include the following: 1. Preserving History Word of mouth is hardly a reliable vehicle for handing down historical information throughout the ages. As information passes from person to person, wrong choices of words, mistranslations, and even something as simple as one person forgetting key pieces of information means that…
 
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    StoryShelter

  • A Thanksgiving You’ll Never Forget!

    Kerri Lowe
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    This week, in honor of a foodie's favorite holiday, we asked StoryShelter users to share their favorite Thanksgiving memory. We chose one of the funniest, most suspenseful stories (though I suppose we all could see where this one was going...) as the winner of our #WeeklyWriting contest! The post A Thanksgiving You’ll Never Forget! appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

    Melisa
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    Because we spend most of our time chasing the 'things' that we don't have - both tangible and intangible - not much time is left for appreciating the 'things' we do have. And that's really a shame. The post Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • Share Your Happiest Childhood Memories!

    Kerri Lowe
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    For the #WeeklyWriting Contest we asked about  an “aww” inducing subject…your happiest childhood memories! Read the winning response and share yours on StoryShelter! Read the rest of Barbara’s winning story!   Want to read more cherished childhood memories or add your own? What are you waiting for?! Answer here. The post Share Your Happiest Childhood Memories! appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • Thanksgiving Day Quotes – From Inspiring to Funny

    Melisa
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Here is a collection of Thanksgiving Day Quotes from famous people that range from inspiring to funny. Enjoy! The post Thanksgiving Day Quotes – From Inspiring to Funny appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • Thanksgiving Games for Groups – Try the Fun & Easy Game: Gratitudes

    Melisa
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:21 pm
    It's that time of year again - Thanksgiving! For most people, this is a joyous occasion to gather around family and friends and celebrate all that we are thankful for. I started to think about the spirit of Thanksgiving and how to come up with a game that really focuses in on the spirit of gratitude. Thus, Gratitudes™ was born. The post Thanksgiving Games for Groups – Try the Fun & Easy Game: Gratitudes appeared first on StoryShelter.
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  • 9 Reasons I’m Thankful for Being a Freelance Writer

    Laura Spencer
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    ©Laura Spencer We freelancer writers are known for self-examination. To succeed, we must learn to make the best of our strengths and overcome our weaknesses. We must also persist in the face of likely rejection of our writing. And in the face of uncertainty. Nothing less than total honesty about one’s self and one’s abilities helps a freelance writer to get ahead. But no self-examination list is truly complete without adding an inventory of the good things in our lives. Yet, we often forget about the good things, especially when things are tough. There are plenty of good things…
  • 21 Hard Decisions Freelance Writers Face

    Laura Spencer
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    ©iStock.com/Ralwel Ralwel When you picture the life of a freelance writer, what do you picture? Do you imagine waking up late, taking a few calls from your editor in the comfort of your own home office, and wrapping work by 4:00 p.m.? That’s the way some movies and books depict the writing life. If you’ve never written professionally, you may have the wrong idea about freelance writing. The movies can make freelance writing look easy–glamorous even. The reality is quite different for most freelance writers. At its roots, freelance writing is about making decisions. Hard…
  • Reduce Your Number of Bad Freelance Writing Clients in 3 Easy Steps

    Laura Spencer
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    ©Laura SpencerDon’t you wish you could avoid working for bad clients? The Internet is filled with horror stories about bad freelance writing clients. If you read freelance writing blogs and forums, as I do, you may start to think that almost every client is a bad one. You’ll read about: Clients who never pay. Clients who contact you at all times of the day and night. Clients who are never satisfied. Clients whose projects never end. Clients who disappear. And these are just a few of the horror stories out there. If you’ve been a freelance writer for any length of time, you…
  • Secrets You Need to Know About Writing Longer Blog Posts

    Laura Spencer
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    ©iStock.com/jurgenfr Should you be writing longer blog posts? As I explained in an earlier post, longer blog posts often attract more page views and social media attention. For that reason, many blog owners are asking for them. Don’t be surprised if you get a client request for a longer post. Writers need to know the difference between writing an effective longer blog post and writing a short blog post. Most of all, writers need to understand that simply adding more words to blog post doesn’t make always make it better. In this post, I’ll discuss longer blog posts and…
  • Why Writers Need Feedback and How You Can Get the Feedback You Need

    Laura Spencer
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    © Laura Spencer Feedback. For many freelance writers, the very thought of hearing from a client after a project is complete is enough to make them cringe in fear. Yet feedback is exactly what you need if you are to improve as a writer. In this post, I discuss how feedback helps writers and explain why clients often don’t provide feedback.  I also list some techniques that you can use to encourage your clients to give you feedback. How Feedback Helps Writers If you’ve ever worked with a good editor, you have some idea of how helpful feedback can be if it’s done right.
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    Angelique Voisen

  • Book Spotlight: James Games by L.A Rose

    Angel Voisen
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    James Games by L.A. RoseBlurb: Every year, the girls of Phi Delta Chii, Fiona Arlett’s dream sorority, hold a competition.The prize?James Reid, king size bar of eye candy and famous actor turned haughty undergrad.The rules?No girl but the winner can touch him.The problem?Fiona might have unknowingly banged his brains out last week.Losing the competition may mean wearing a chicken suit to the sexiest Halloween costume contest, but she’d rather have feathers up her butt than let the truth out.Unfortunately, she and James have lots in common and more chemistry than the science…
  • New Release: Bastard's Pride (The Spectrum 4)

    Angel Voisen
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Buy Links: Siren PublishingBlurb On the verge of losing everything, can a bastard put aside his pride in order keep his wife and third?  Spectrum Wielders Gus Terrel and Iris Donovan have seen and tasted hell’s finest. Exiled and nearly killed by their own kin in their youth, they’ve stuck with each other and built a life of their own. They’re more than husband and wife. They’re soul mates, but even soul mates wear each other down after a time. The only thing they’ve both badly wanted and needed is Chris Skinner. They’d risked all to acquire the rare creature, even if…
  • A Sexy Thanksgiving: My Sexy Saturday Week 69

    Angel Voisen
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to the 69th week of My Sexy Saturday.This week’s theme is our sexy Thanksgiving. We know what you’re thinking. Thanksgiving is about families. What’s more sexy than family? This week, I'm posting a 7-sentence snippet of Fat-free Alpha (Wolves of New Haven 5). In this scene, Carlos, the pack alpha finally realizes how much Reed, his estranged mate and only family, means to him.TeaserCarlos remembered Reed’s words and the solemn expression accompanying his mate’s face. “I meant what I said, Carlos. After you, I’ve never taken another mate. I belong to you…
  • NaNoWriMo Week 3 Check-in, Cultivating Positive Psychology and Cover Reveal for Blazing Glory

    Angel Voisen
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:19 pm
    So its now week three of NaNoWriMo. Just a week to go to hit that 50k-word mark. How’s your progress going? I’ve just managed to hit the 34k-word mark, but with some deadlines for my day-job I have to meet, it’ll be a sprint to the last 16k words. The GalleyCat’s tip #13 today is to practice positive psychology. The TED video in the link talks about ways to cultivate happiness. Yesterday, after being weighed down by a load of work for my day job I’ve decided I was too burned out to do any writing for NaNoWriMo, so I did something I thought was inconceivable. I took a break.
  • New Release: Fat-free Alpha (Wolves of New Haven 5)

    Angel Voisen
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    Buy Links: Evernight Publishing | ARe | Amazon | BookStrand | B&N | Smashwords | Kobo |Blurb: Carlos Medina has his hands full controlling his unruly pack, especially when his wolves are plagued by some sort of health condition preventing them from acting like proper predators. Not that Carlos is a shining example. With his high cholesterol levels, he can’t deal with both his health and an invading enemy wolf pack. The enemy offers a one-on-one fight to the death, and Carlos accepts to save his wolves. When he finds out his opponent is the man who shattered his heart long ago,…
 
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    GARTLER WRITING STUDIO

  • THE ELUSIVE MUSE: Journaling your way to writing

    Beatriz
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
         Journal prompts are a great way to kick off a writing session when you’re feeling uninspired.  We all have days when writing ideas are nowhere to be found, but that doesn’t mean you have to go a day without writing.  In fact, on those days when my muse is being elusive, I like to either work through some writing exercises to stretch and strengthen my writing muscles–or I evaluate my writing goals.  Often, this means I spend time making notes about my writing goals to see how far I've come as well as where I’m going and how much work…
  • ANOTHER READING; this time with video

    Beatriz
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Chicago Calling
  • READ A REVIEW

    Beatriz
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Review of "Unveiling the Mind"
  • DO YOU WANT TO LISTEN?

    Beatriz
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    CHICAGO CALLING: READING FROM MY NEW COLLECTION
  • I WRITE; THEREFORE I AM: Memoir Writing

    Beatriz
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    One of the first questions we encounter when we think about writing memoir is what are the rules?  In other words – how much can we make up?  Can we trust our memory?  Writers and teachers of writing debate these questions often. There are as many answers as there are writers and teachers.  My personal philosophy is that it is ok to make up details, embellish or fill in information we don't remember.   A memoir – as differentiated from autobiography – is a meditation on an aspect of one's life.  It requires interpretation.  Therefore, the small…
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    Kindle Me This

  • Free Kindle Books on Writing for November 15, 2014

    Elizabeth Yetter
    15 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Getting free Kindle books never gets old. Here are the latest free Kindle downloads for books about writing. 1. How To Write A Novel The Easy Way Using The Pulp Fiction Method To Write Better Novels by Jim Driver. 2. A Handbook For the Productive Writer: 33 Ways You Can Finish What You Started by […]Continue reading...
  • Writing and Publishing Textbooks for Kindle

    Elizabeth Yetter
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Textbooks are a hot item to write, and can be written for self learners and for classrooms. Traditionally, textbook writers would seek employment with textbook publishing companies and were given jobs to write about certain topics within their expertise. With Kindle publishing, writers can now employ themselves and write textbooks to self publish. Use What […]Continue reading...
  • Train Yourself to Be a Novelist

    Elizabeth Yetter
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:06 pm
    So you want to be a novelist? You can spend your entire life dreaming about what it is like to be a novelist, but you will never know what it is really like until you take that first leap into writing. Keep a Journal of Ideas All writers get ideas, notions, and snippets of possible […]Continue reading...
  • Baby Proof Your Writing Area

    Elizabeth Yetter
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Working at home, writing books, blogs, and articles, is a great way to bring in money while staying home with the little one. The only trouble is, you need to baby proof your work area so that you can have baby or toddler in the same room or area as you while you work. Here […]Continue reading...
  • Self Publishing on Amazon

    Elizabeth Yetter
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Self publishing is the fastest way to get a book on the market and, after having been publishing on Amazon’s Kindle platform for over a year, I feel it is also the easiest way to get published. With Amazon’s direct publishing, you can publish your book for the Kindle platform and sell your book globally. […]Continue reading...
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    The Art of Storytelling in Novels, Journalism and Pop Culture - Bernice Landry

  • Beethoven, Sara Davis Buechner, and the Archetype of the Hero

    Bernice Landry
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    Before he picked up his baton to signal the beginning of Bizet’s Symphony in C, the conductor of Symphony Nova Scotia, Bernhard Gueller, looked around the podium for a microphone.The symphony we were about to hear, Gueller said as he turned to face the audience, was written by a teenager, perhaps as a test or an assignment for school. We will probably never know, since it was lost for decades until a musicologist happened upon it, immediately admiring its youthfulness and optimism.But Bizet, he continued, is known for really only one composition: Carmen. When he finished Carmen, said…
  • The Hand That Holds The Mirror With James Risen

    Bernice Landry
    2 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    New York Times investigative journalist James Risen, who won a Pulitzer Prize for documenting the CIA’s secret history with President George W. Bush in his book “State of War”, and who faces criminal prosecution for refusing to reveal sources on a story involving Iran’s nuclear program, is apparently not in danger of running out of shocking, disillusioning and depressing material any time soon.His latest parry, “Pay Any Price”, is a series of essays that looks at the aftermath of 9/11, including President Obama’s tenure. Here Risen doesn’t chronicle the convoluted hunt for al…
  • The Twin Masks of Comedy and Tragedy With Peter Mehlman

    Bernice Landry
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Since you never know what will happen on a travel day, we didn’t set up anything special for our first night in New York, but, of course, that didn’t stop us from going out. After consulting listings for every kind of event imaginable, we decided on a reading, discussion and signing event at the Barnes & Noble close to our airbnb apartment on the Upper West Side.Though the author, Peter Mehlman, was unknown to us, since he was listed as a producer on the TV show “Seinfeld” — and one who had written some of the most recognized episodes — I was curious to see how his particular…
  • Art, Love, and the Fullness of the Moon With Tom Stoppard

    Bernice Landry
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Meaningful art is like a mirror, or a system of mirrors, that reflect themes, experiences and ideas, back to the audience. But, of course, there is more than one type of mirror. Some mirrors clarify. Others distort. Some concentrate and distill. Others diffuse and radiate.When it comes to the great themes — love, death, sex, artistic creation — it is interesting to see how artists use their craft to manipulate these mirrors. If they are very good they orchestrate entirely unique combinations that create both intimacy and distance at the same time.I was lucky enough to check out a few…
  • The Slow Bloom of Bountiful Ideas With Steve Himmer

    Bernice Landry
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    The taste of something new is almost always disorienting. It may inspire wonder or exhilaration, or it may be alienating, off-putting or even maddening.I experienced many of these responses, and in unpredictable combinations, after I happened upon the fascinating and original book “The Bee-Loud Glade”, the first novel by writer Steve Himmer.The book is about a solitary and feckless man named Finch, who, after being laid off from his job posing as various online aliases to promote plastic plants, is hired by The Man — a Master of the Universe called Mr. Crane — to sign a contractual…
 
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    All Indie Writers

  • “Pay What You Can” Sale on My Marketing Boot Camp E-book, This Week Only

    Jennifer Mattern
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:41 pm
    I decided to try something new over the holiday weekend, and I'm kicking it off a bit early. I'm letting you decide how much you want to pay for my e-book, the 30 Day Marketing Boot Camp for Freelance Writers.  This special offer will run through Cyber Monday, ending at midnight on Tuesday, December 1st. What Does This Mean? Simply put, you set the price for my e-book. Do you want to pay the usual price of $9.97? You can. Would you like to pay half price over the holiday week? Then pay closer to $5. Can you only spare $.99? Then that's your price. Heck, if you're not able to spare a…
  • Authors Attack: Dealing With Negative Book Reviewers

    Jennifer Mattern
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
      In the third episode of the All Indie Writers Podcast, I'm joined by Princess Jones. We chat about extreme cases of authors behaving badly by attacking negative book reviewers. And we offer tips on how you can deal with negative book reviews more tactfully (hint: there is almost never an appropriate time for you to take on a reviewer). You can hear the latest episode below (warning: it contains profanity). Or you can read the show notes for the important takeaways. As always, your questions are welcome. Visit the main Podcast page to submit questions to be answered in a future…
  • All Indie Writers: New Design, Newsletter, and Other Updates

    Jennifer Mattern
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    As of late last night, All Indie Writers is sporting a new look. And I hope you like it. Today I'd like to go over a few key site updates to make sure you can still find everything you're used to. New Look, Same Basic Layout The new look for All Indie Writers was built on the same theme as the former green and black design. So most things will be accessible in the same ways -- breadcrumbs are still in the header, most of the navigation links are the same, you still log in using the same link at the top right corner of the site, and you can still search the site by clicking the same…
  • Podcast E-book Giveaway Results

    Jennifer Mattern
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    In episode two of the All Indie Writers Podcast, I put up a copy of Alicia Rades' new e-book for a giveaway. Anyone sending me a question about blogging to be answered in a future podcast episode would be entered in a drawing, and one person would win a copy. I promised the results would be posted today, so here you go: The Winner(s) Only three people sent in questions for the giveaway. They were: Anne Wayman KeriLynn Engel Emily Fowler Because of that, I changed my mind on the drawing. Instead, because there were so few entries, I decided to buy them all a copy of Alicia's e-book. And I…
  • Princess Jones to Guest Co-Host the All Indie Writers Podcast

    Jennifer Mattern
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    Just a quick announcement: Princess Jones will be my first guest co-host on the All Indie Writers Podcast, co-hosting the third episode scheduled for Thursday, November 20th. As mentioned in the first episode (listen below if you missed it), I'll bring on occasional guest co-hosts for casual, frank discussions rather than taking the traditional route of bringing on interview subjects. In the upcoming episode, Princess and I will discuss negative book reviews, some of the craziest reactions authors have had, and how you can deal with negative reviews without following their examples and…
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    chicagoliterati.com

  • Memories of Meals- From Scratch

    alexnall
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    This week, cartoonist Alex Nall presents a series of comics focused on the foods he remembers most. You can view more of his work at his website alexnall.tumblr and follow his ongoing series ‘Teaching Comics’ here at Chicago Literati.
  • Memories of Meals- The Eating Habits of a Bachelor

    alexnall
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    This week, cartoonist Alex Nall presents a series of comics focused on the foods he remembers most. You can view more of his work at his website alexnall.tumblr and follow his ongoing series ‘Teaching Comics’ here at Chicago Literati.
  • Writers Writing About Comfort Food: Kabanos and Norman Rockwell

    Joshua Lukasik
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:47 pm
    While perusing the Art and Appetite exhibit at the Art Institute, I came across Norman Rockwell’s iconic painting: Freedom From Want. It depicts a family at dinner conversing and laughing as the gray-haired mother sets a roasted turkey before the... Read More ›
  • Berlin, 1944 by Amy David

    Chicago Literati
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    In a 2013 interview, Margot Woelk, revealed she had been one of Hitler’s food tasters during World War II.     Fifteen of us, all young and blush, perch on the kitchen bench,                 critics on opening night, so eager... Read More ›
  • Memories of Meals- Grandma’s French Toast

    alexnall
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    This week, cartoonist Alex Nall presents a series of comics focused on the foods he remembers most. You can view more of his work at his website alexnall.tumblr and follow his ongoing series ‘Teaching Comics’ here at Chicago Literati.
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    Denise Drespling

  • When Books Become Movies: Mockingjay, Part 1

    Denise Drespling
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
    I’ll admit, I was a bit nervous about this movie. Mockingjay was my least favorite book in the Hunger Games series (though I loved them all), and with it being broken into two movies when it wasn’t any longer of a book than the other two… Luckily, my fears were unwarranted. It was every bit as good as Catching Fire, which was amazing. Book Accuracy Really pretty close. Which, with two movies to cover it all, I would have hoped for, and they delivered. And where there were changes, they were pretty minor. Instead of Katniss’s original prep team being there in 13 (and…
  • How I Won NaNoWriMo in 15 Days

    Denise Drespling
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
      This is the true story of how I won NaNoWriMo in 15 days while being a full-time employee, graduate student, freelancer, blogger, wife, and mother (and still had time to read). It started as a kind of dare, a bet, a deal. “You can’t do it in half the time.” Ha! I laugh in the face of absurd challenges! At first, I was kind of thinking that it wouldn’t happen, but when I realized I was ahead anyway, it seemed much more doable to eek out the last few thousand words to hit 50k on the 15th. I know that 50,000 words in 30 days is hard enough. So, how in the world did…
  • Book Review: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

    Denise Drespling
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
      I’ve often played with this idea in my mind that if one little thing in my past had changed, my whole life would turn out differently. That little thing could be a decision, a certain person I met, an instance of being in a certain place at a certain time. Sometimes I’ve longed to go back in time, to change one thing and see what becomes of it. This novel plays upon that idea in a way that my imagination loved. Plot Well, which one? There are actually several plots happening throughout this story because each time Ursula dies, she goes back, relives part of her life, and…
  • BICFOK, FTW! – The Key to Finishing Your Book

    Denise Drespling
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Nope, it’s not a curse word. If someone shouts, “BICFOK” at you, you shouldn’t be offended. (Unless they’re not a writer—then they might have meant something else.) But you should do what they say because BICFOK is an abbreviation for what all writers need to do to get the work done: Butt In Chair, Fingers On Keys Pretty simple, right? Yet, there are so many things out there to keep our butts out of our chairs and/or our fingers off the keys. Here’s some common distractions and how to eliminate them. The Internet The internet is both treasure chest of…
  • Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

    Denise Drespling
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
      Plot Parts of the book felt somewhat disjointed for me and I found out later that some chapters were written as short stories. So, while there were plotlines that ran the length of the book, I was a bit frustrated with some scenes and situations that felt like a big plant with no payoff. Major things happened that seemed to have no purpose later in the story. The main plotline was intriguing, as the man Jack seeks out Nobody Owens, the boy who escaped his attempted murder, to finally put him to death. I do wish the plot was a bit… more. There wasn’t always something to make…
 
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    A Writer's Journey | A Writer's Journey

  • Review: Quirky Claus by Sebastian White

    Nat Russo
    2 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    The post Review: Quirky Claus by Sebastian White appeared first on A Writer's Journey. I’m not going to lie. My first reaction whenever a writer asks me to read and review his/her book is usually “I don’t wanna do this…I don’t wanna do this…I don’t wanna do this!” And I really need to get my attitude in check, because I’ve been blessed, lately, with a slew of awesome independently-published books. Quirky Claus is one such book. It’s not often that I’m delighted while reading a book I’m reviewing, but delighted…
  • Serve the Story

    Nat Russo
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The post Serve the Story appeared first on A Writer's Journey. Many of you who follow me on Twitter have seen this tweet that I send out periodically: It’s all about the story. When deciding what to cut, ask yourself: does it serve the story? #writetip Those of us who have been writing for a while have this ingrained in our DNA. Make no mistake about it, though. We didn’t start our writing career that way. Like any other element of the craft, this is something we had to learn over time. Writing is a like a muscle. The more you write, the stronger you get. “Also, the…
  • Erindor Press October Giveaway

    Nat Russo
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    The post Erindor Press October Giveaway appeared first on A Writer's Journey. October is here! I don’t know about you, but Fall is my second favorite season (Winter is my first…I’m odd like that). In honor of these gloriously lower temperatures, changing colors, and anticipation of the upcoming holidays, I’m offering a chance to win a signed copy of Necromancer Awakening, or a digital edition for your Kindle reader/app. Also, for the next 7 days, BOTH of my books are on Kindle Countdown Sale on Amazon! I know e-books can be a little pricey at times, so for the…
  • 5 Writing Tips From Robert Pruneda

    Nat Russo
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The post 5 Writing Tips From Robert Pruneda appeared first on A Writer's Journey. It’s with great pleasure that I hand over the reigns to my friend and fellow author Robert “Sharky” Pruneda for today’s post. Robert is the author of Amazon bestselling horror Devil’s Nightmare, is a gamer like myself, and is an all-around scholar and gentleman! Oh, and if that weren’t enough selling points, he’s a fellow Texan! In today’s post, Robert shares 5 writing tips I wish I would have known when I was starting out.       ROBERT…
  • RBSS Interviews Nat Russo

    Nat Russo
    4 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    The post RBSS Interviews Nat Russo appeared first on A Writer's Journey. A few weeks ago I had the great privilege of chatting with Melissa Vandover from Reaching Best Seller Status. Those of you who have followed me for a while may be surprised to discover I have a voice! All kidding aside, this is one of those rare audio interviews I do on occasion, and I had a blast doing it. It was originally supposed to be a video interview, but Skype kept dropping the connection whenever I was in video mode, so we had to resort to desperate measures. Melissa was an extremely charming host, and she…
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    When I should be writing, I'm here

  • My dog wouldn’t look at me when I snapped the photo.

    m.e. welman
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I asked my dog, “Did you dig that hole you are sitting in?” His response, a lowering of the eyes and silent turn of the head. I believe they call this an admission of guilt. The post My dog wouldn’t look at me when I snapped the photo. appeared first on When I should be writing, I'm here.
  • Today in Oh, Jobs!

    m.e. welman
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Craigslist, you never let me down, do you? Just when I was giving up hope for a devilishly entertaining job posting a la the Bohemian Chic people (who were on Indeed.com), this gem amongst gems pops up. And it is, indeed, a gift. Posted under Writing/Editing jobs in Los Angeles, I present to you the ‘Win $20,000 If you Can Write A Winner Sales Letter.’ Yes, prospective writing and editing job hunters, you read that right ‘Winner Sales Letter’ and not the correct, ‘Winning Sales Letter’. But there’s so much more contained in this $25 posting, so…
  • Today in Oh, Jobs! bad grammar found on Career Builder. Oops.

    m.e. welman
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Know what I get a kick out of? Bad grammar, usage and misspellings in job postings for writers and editors. It’s so, what is the word, ironic? Today I present to you a job posting from Career Builder (Workway) for a Content Manager/Writer. This person should be detail oriented, they say so, and have good proofreading and editing skills. Too bad the person who posted this didn’t possess those traits. See, the sentence I have highlighted below should read “Professional Staffing is in partnership with a leader in the National Title Industry whose core business…”…
  • Stock photo conversations.

    m.e. welman
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    “Boris, like this with my eyes?” “No. Look away, behind my right shoulder, that’s it. Vacuous yet smoldering with the eyes, yes, off in the distance, like that my little sugar plum.” “Am I smoldering yet?” “Perfect.” “Remind me who will buy stock photo of woman in heels in rubble again?” “Plenty of rich people, many photo needs in the world. Now stretch out your right leg a bit more. You are a gazelle, nimble over the decay of society.” “It’s stretched.” “Give us a bigger stretch my little…
  • Today in Oh, Jobs!

    m.e. welman
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Craigslist, you are forever an entertaining website. Truly. Look what I found today in the Writing/Editing jobs section of LA’s Craigslist. If you look past the egregious disrespect for employment laws (recent grad? recent headshot? height, weight, etc?) and delve into the heart of this job posting, it comes down to one thing: You want someone to be an Ivy League grad/write/edit/market/be in good physical condition/shop/prepare meals/travel/research/be your ‘wingman’/be on-set during production/accompany you to tennis and mountain biking/live with you, therefore eschew…
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    terribleminds: chuck wendig

  • The Inevitable Black Friday Deals Because Deals Mmm Deals

    terribleminds
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    First of all, let me say up front that books make hella good presents. Because books. Books are containers of wisdom and imagination. They are binders of facts and fancy. BOOKS MAKE HELLA GOOD PRESENTS. I write books, so maybe you wanna check some of them out. But, also, maybe you wanna check out some awesome books by awesome people. Books I have loved greatly this year. Books including (but not limited to): Maplecroft, The Girl With All The Gifts, The Incorruptibles, Broken Monsters, The Area X trilogy, The Three, Young God, Cibola Burn (which is holy shit $3.25 right now for Kindle?!).
  • #talesfromblackfriday

    terribleminds
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    On Twitter, #talesfromblackfriday has begun. (You can find 2013’s, crowdsourced Storified Black Friday saga right here.) (And you can find my own early contribution to 2014’s edition Storified here.) If you usually do flash fiction challenges at the site — well, now you’ve got this week’s challenge: Join the fun on Twitter. Or write flash fiction horror stories based around Black Friday. Post today and today only though — this is no weekly challenge. Link back here if you do flash fiction, yeah? It happens today, folks. Horror and hilarity. The love-child…
  • Why It’s Important To Finish Your Shit

    terribleminds
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    Maybe you’re doing NaNoWriMo. Maybe you’re not. Honestly, I don’t give a pony’s patoot — NaNoWriMo is, always, and has been a bit of a stalking horse. It creeps up on you and you think it’s fun and neat and there’s this whole community vibe and then suddenly a goblin jumps out and bellows: “HA HA SUCKER NOW YOU’RE A WRITER. YOU ARE CURSED!” And then the camera pans up and you shake your fists and screamweep into the rain, because you can already feel the penmonkey hex taking hold in your blood and your marrow. I may have…
  • On The Subject Of Cultivating Empathy

    terribleminds
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    Predictably, Facebook is pretty much a shit-show after last night. Of course, that’s a glimpse of the privilege I possess, isn’t it? That for me, Facebook is a failed, unreal, intangible place — and I can turn it off, or I can filter out the conversation and look at funny Buzzfeed articles instead, or I can wall myself off and post pictures of my kid and my dog. Ferguson, though, isn’t like that. The rest of the real world isn’t like that. Some folks — again, not me, because I’m white and have a little money — are in the thick of it. They live…
  • NaNoWriMo: One Week To Go

    terribleminds
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    So, those of you doing NaNoWriMo — how’s it going? Still in? Not in any longer? What’s the scoop? Is there anything anyone here can help you with to get you past this last week’s worth of feverish squirrel-bitten wordsmithy? Also, feel free to take a favorite sentence or even a paragraph from your work and drop it into the comments below. Swing into the comments space and talk it out. Ask questions. Yell at the clouds. Drop some mad rhymes. I mean, if you have mad rhymes to drop. With one week to go, how flows the NaNoWriMo? SEE? MAD RHYMES. Let this be a community…
 
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    Creative Writing Prompts for Writers

  • Fantasy #4

    Missy
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:58 am
    At the store, there’s been a sale on a popular kid’s toy. All the toys are gone except one. **Who gets the last toy? Why was that one left behind?** The post Fantasy #4 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Dystopian #2

    Missy
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    Two men are walking through the woods. A heavy leather bag bounces between them. Each has a hand on one of the straps because it’s so heavy and neither of them can carry it alone. **What’s in the bag? Who are these men?** The post Dystopian #2 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Thrilling #4

    Missy
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    Balloons bob in a lazy row on the front fence of the house. From deep inside the home, laughter can be heard. **What’s happening in the house?** The post Thrilling #4 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Criminal #4

    Missy
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
    She gets a phone call. On the other end of the line, the voice sends a shiver through her. It’s one she hasn’t heard in 15 years at least. **Who’s on the other end of that surprise phone call?** The post Criminal #4 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Sci-Fi #4

    Missy
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
    For her birthday, a young girl receives a junior metal detector. She wants to find treasure in the backyard, and her parents indulge her fantasy. They expect to be treated to some dirty pennies and pieces of unidentified metal. **What does she find on her first day with the detector?** The post Sci-Fi #4 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
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  • How to Make Money with Facebook

    Nurdin Budi M.
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:26 am
    Facebook impact on the way people react to each other. The effect has been felt by the people in a higher level of communication, so communication between people not only through text, but also through photos, status, and links to web sites and widened a on other things.Nowadays, everyone knows that social networking can be used as land for the money. Facebook can be used as an online business, whether it be a good or a service. Facebook can also be used as a customer engine on the website and create a link in it.So how do I make money with Facebook is more detailed? The first trick…
  • Social Media for Marketing Web

    Nurdin Budi M.
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Social media is a great way to market and improve a website. We all know that social media is a communication tool that is widely used by the public to interact between friends or even strangers who are not one country with them.For people who want to have a website, especially the rise of web traffic they have to refresh the network with the various layers of the world community to work together to facilitate a good relationship.Share a variety of brands of products or services you are selling to them through social media, as this is the main reason you should do if you want to give them a…
  • Tips to Increase Blog Traffic with Targeted Trending News

    Nurdin Budi M.
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:31 pm
    You must have been well aware that content will help in improving blog traffic and this has also been done by many bloggers to build their blogs in order to be the best.Although sometimes a little insert a topic which is very controversial or strange to get the attention of readers of the blog.In addition to using tricks that have been common in the above, there are several ways to increase traffic to blog with easy, by using the trending topic or news that are much sought after and reported by others, are as follows:1. Creating a celebrity news Celebrity popularity has fairly high in…
  • Building Traffic with Social Media

    Nurdin Budi M.
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:31 am
    So if you currently have a website and you are regularly providing content on a daily basis. Then you also have done various advertising programs and also has an ad on your website. So what else should you do to make the website better?If you are doing things above then this is the time you do one more step that really will make the website go up, build traffic, especially in high volume. This will not happen if you just keep quiet and do nothing and just wait in front of the computer or in a chair alone.Below are several ways to set up a website and increase traffic using social media:The…
  • Algorithms in Search Engines and Determinants Algorithm

    Nurdin Budi M.
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    Why Search Engine Algorithms in Search Engines Important? For SEO experts, it may already be familiar and have become a common discussion, then what about those who are beginners and do not know more than them? Yes they sometimes mistranslated on an algorithm of search engines.This article will help you to explain about the algorithm and some of the terms commonly used by many SEO experts increase traffic to their blog or website.Every online business must understand and have the main tool that will be used to make the business accepted and get the best traffic on the internet. So what is an…
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  • Finding Your Writers' Voice

    Anne OConnell
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    I've just finished leading a writing retreat in beautiful Phuket Thailand and am buzzing from the high that hanging out with fellow authors always leaves. On day one we talked about the start of the journey towards finding your author voice. As we opened with an exercise where participants interviewed and introduced each other, one writer introduced another by saying, "Her inner artist is very protective of her own blank canvass." It was the beginning of the shedding of egos, the recognition that to be a writer you have to say 'I'm a writer!' very loud and very clear and... then just get down…
  • Author Interview with Sophia Bar-Lev - Pasta, Poppy Fields & Pearls

    Anne OConnell
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:24 pm
    It gives me great pleasure today to interview another one of my new author friends who I met on D'vorah Lansky's Book Marketing Boot Camp Facebook page. What an amazing group of dynamic authors, many of whom are now on virtual book tours. Sophia Bar-Lev is the author of Pasta, Poppy Fields and Pearls and she and I are doing interview swaps today so make sure you pop by her blog and read my interview with her as well.So... Sophia, please tell us a little bit about your book and what it's about.Pasta Poppy Fields and Pearls is a 'Boomer Fiction' novel featuring four very different women from…
  • The Wrap-up Paralysis

    Anne OConnell
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:31 pm
    I’ve been trying to write the closing scene of my next novel for months. I’ve been talking about it in my writers’ group ad nausea, setting and breaking deadlines weekly and agonizing over it in my sleep. I’m a master procrastinator so I put it off by going back and doing the first edit and then the second edit for which I’m using AutoCrit for the first time. In my mind I was making progress! It wasn’t until today, while I was answering questions for an author interview that will post this weekend on a fellow indie author’s blog, that it finally hit me. One of the questions…
  • Guest Blog - Mari Barnes, Author of My Peace Place

    Anne OConnell
    10 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I'm very pleased to host Mari Barnes today as part of her virtual book tour for her book, My Peace Place. Mari is participating in D'Vorah Lansky's Book Marketing Boot Camp, which is where we 'met'. Take it away Mari!Eye on the WhyI read this recent post from a discouraged new author: My friends don't seem very excited about my new book. Does no one read anymore? I've sold 4 whole copies so far.That did more than ring a bell—it set a gong clanging in my mind. I remember those days too well. Some friends and family weren’t even reading gift copies of my book, much less actually…
  • Using Facebook to Target Readers

    Anne OConnell
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    If you're building your author platform and haven't started a Facebook page yet, what are you waiting for? It's the most effective way to pinpoint target exactly who your readers are. Check out this infographic from Qwaya!
 
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  • How I Went From Unknown to Boost Blog Traffic Writer in Six Months (and How You Can, Too)

    Kevin Duncan
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    (My apologies for the pretentious-sounding title. Gwyneth Paltrow is my new headline writer.) Six months ago, this blog didn’t exist. I had 30 followers on Twitter. I had a measly 22 followers on Google Plus. I had zero email subscribers. In short, I was about as popular as a guy who understands every obscure reference in a Dennis Miller rant or MST3k episode. And yet, somehow, I just wrote a post for one of the most popular websites in the world. Scratch that… I was asked to write for one of the most popular websites in the world. They contacted me and I said yes. “How the…
  • Do You Make These 7 Blogging Mistakes?

    Kevin Duncan
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Mistakes. I’ve made a few. As a teenager, I failed my driving exam because I didn’t tell the instructor to buckle his seat belt. In college, I once stayed awake 48 straight hours so I could study for finals. This was back before I discovered the magic elixir known as coffee. As an adult, I paid good money to watch “The Glass House” starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. And as a blogger I’ve made more mistakes than I can count. I’m in good company, though. All bloggers have made their fair share of mistakes. What separates good bloggers from complacent…
  • The Horrors of Repetitiveness (Or, Do All Your Posts Sound The Same?)

    Kevin Duncan
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    As I walked down the hallway towards my college dorm, I could already smell it. “Not again,” I thought to myself. “Please, Lord, not again.” As I reached for the door, I took a deep breath. I knew the horrors which awaited me on the other side. Fred, my roommate, was a psychopath. I didn’t want to admit so at first, but I couldn’t deny it any longer. I had seen too much. Endured too much. Smelled too much. Oh, that smell. That horrible, nauseating smell. If I was lucky, the worst would already be over. The stench would remain, of course, but at least I…
  • The ONE Person Who Can Give Your Blog Clarity and Increase Engagement

    Mandie Sanders
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Note from Kevin: This post is written by my friend Mandie Sanders of Rambling Mandie. She’s a former marketing and social media strategist who said goodbye to Corporate America so she could travel and do the things she loves. She’s an amazing writer and designer, so you’re all in for a treat today. Read about how you can give your blog clarity and, when you’re finished, be sure to leave Mandie a comment! What kind of an audience do you want for your blog? You want a mob of fanatical fans who eagerly check their inboxes for your latest post, right? Fans who are actively…
  • Copyblogger Deletes Facebook Page, Darren Rowse Creates a Second (What Does This Mean for You?)

    Kevin Duncan
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you hear that sound? It’s the sound only thousands of gasps spread out all over the world can make. No, Joe Biden didn’t say anything silly. We have Copyblogger to thank for this one. Copyblogger’s announcing it was killing its Facebook page surprised many people. For one thing, the Facebook page had over 38,000 fans. To put that into perspective, Copyblogger had 32,835 more fans than the Facebook page for NewsRadio, the greatest TV show of all time. The other reason the announcement surprised many people is because barely a month ago Darren Rowse of ProBlogger and…
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    Cristy Burne

  • Writing for museums: Meet the crown dragon

    cristyburne
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Want to be paid to learn new things? Be a science writer! I recently worked as a writer on the Australian Museum’s TYRANNOSAURS – MEET THE FAMILY exhibition, now touring New Zealand. Prior to this job, if you’d said “tyrannosaur”, I’d have screamed “Rex!” and started running. I knew they had teeth, I knew they […]
  • Another reason I love science: blood, guts and fine dining in Tokyo’s themed bar

    cristyburne
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ever feel like the night life in your city just isn’t cutting it? Check out my review of Alcatraz+ER, a science-themed Tokyo pub, originally published in Cosmos magazine. I dare you to read it and not secretly wish you could be there. I still have nightmares… Pub crawl – Alcatraz meets E.R. Ever felt it might […]
  • Laurie Oakes on political journalism in the digital age

    cristyburne
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Will they still need us? Will they still feed us? Laurie Oakes spoke tonight at Curtin University on political journalism in the digital age. It was terrific. I’ve never identified as a journalist (I’m a writer), so I don’t suffer from the same issues that besiege modern journalists, but I can look around and see the […]
  • Dreadful writing, bloodcurdling thrillers, fun and games

    cristyburne
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    Term 3 is nearly over! It’s time to celebrate, so come on down to the Riverton Library on Thursday 9 October to talk dreadful writing and spooky stories. We’re aiming to have loads of fun, including a bit of theatre, some games and some writing. This will be a fab morning and it’s totally recommended […]
  • Writing science: Avian AIDS, French beetles, ocean modelling and parasite genetics

    cristyburne
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    When I’m not writing children’s fiction, I’m writing popular science, and right now I’m thrilled to be working with SciTech as a consultant editor, collaborating with the ScienceNetwork WA news team and content editor to increase our readership and spread the word of Western Australian science. This is a mission I’m close to: to paraphrase Todd Sampson, saying you’re not interested in science […]
 
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    Leave the Frigging Marshmallows

  • 7 Dangers of First Person Narrators

    10 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Since the narrator tells the story, he can drastically alter it with his voice, with his point of view, with what he knows and has privy to, and with the technical limitations of his role—the limitations that you, the writer, set up for him. Last time, I offered 6 questions to consider about your narrator. This dealt mainly with third-person narration. I also promised to clarify some of the pitfalls of using a first person narrator.In previous posts, I asked you to think of the narrator as one of your characters. This may be more intrinsic when working with a narrator who is also…
  • Who is Your Narrator?

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    You've carefully thought out your characters and planned the plot and structure of a novel. Then, once your characters get moving and start revealing new aspects of themselves that you never expected, everything changes. They'll start doing things in your story that you hadn't planned and you'll find yourself going back to rework your plan. Again.That's okay.You are not the puppet master. You are a novelist. Image courtesy of Matthijs and altered.)As a writer of novels, you have to give up control. Planning gives you direction and helps you move through the story so you don't…
  • 27 Things You Know as a Writer in Middle Age

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    1. You know that writing is not a romantic endeavor. It's a struggle. It's sacrifice. It's not a party and drinking doesn't help. It's real love.Michael Douglas as Grady Tripp in the 2000 film adaptation of the novel The Wonder Boys. Grady is on page 2,611 of his second novel. 2. You know that it takes a lot of sitting and that leads to back pain. Back pain makes it difficult to sit for a long time. You have to exercise.3. You know that you just need to write the damned story. Be clear. Write well. Don't worry about being "unique" or "new". You're mostly like other people and a little…
  • Issue 02 of Four Chambers has been realeased.

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Jake from Four Chambers asked me to pass this along...Four Chambers—what certain members of the community are calling Phoenix's pre-eminent literary magazine (but only in jest)—has just released its second issue. The magazine—which measures a satisfying 6” x 9”, is exactly 152 pages long, has relaxing margins, and is printed on a luxurious 70# Husky White in an pleasantly legible 10 pt font—features 13 short stories and 62 poems from 64 authors—about 50% local—including but not limited to the following names you may or may not recognize: Allyson Boggess; Dexter L. Booth;…
  • How Procrastinating Helps You Write More

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Procrastination is critical for a writer. Sometimes we get trapped in our writing schedule and our deadlines and our goals and our word counts. That can mean death to a novel. We get hung up on “Writers write”. Gawd, how many times has someone said (or written) that snarkily in response to someone discussing writing?Really, it pisses me off.You want to know when I've done the most and best writing? Those periods in life when I walk a lot, when I read a lot, when I get the chance to talk about writing.Want to know when I don't write pages and pages or particularly well? When I'm…
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    The International Freelancer

  • The Only Thing That’s Stopping You From Freelance Writing Success

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:45 am
    There’s one thing, only one thing, that’s the scourge of freelance writers everywhere. If you’re not making enough money, you’ve suffered from it. If you’ve ever had a client who took advantage of you, you’ve been a victim. If you’ve ever accepted low pay and regretted it, procrastinated on an article until you’ve missed the deadline, or failed to read a contract, you’ve experienced its effects. What’s this thing, this affliction that hurts writing careers? What’s the one thing that’s stopping you from achieving freelance writing success? The post The Only Thing…
  • 4 Things You Must Do After You’ve Finished an Assignment

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:45 am
    There are four things you should do after you've finished an assignment that will get you paid faster and improve your chances of getting the next one. Want to know what they are? Read on. The post 4 Things You Must Do After You’ve Finished an Assignment appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • 3 Ways That Low-Paying Assignment May Turn Out to Be a Good Deal

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    I started realizing the sanity of what six-figure freelancers like Kelly James-Enger have been advising for years: Don’t look at the per-word rate of an assignment, but the per hour cost. This works even better for you if you’re familiar with a topic or if you’re a fast writer. Here are some other ways in which that seemingly low-paying assignment might actually turn out to be a good deal. The post 3 Ways That Low-Paying Assignment May Turn Out to Be a Good Deal appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • The Six Numbers No Freelance Writer Can Afford to Ignore

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    There are a few numbers that no freelance writer can afford to ignore because it provides you with insight into your business and make clear your shortfalls and the areas you need to improve upon. The post The Six Numbers No Freelance Writer Can Afford to Ignore appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • The Only Two Things You Need to Know About Negotiating Better Rates

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    Not only can you negotiate, but you should. In business—which is what your writing is if you’re reading this blog—you have to get the best deal for you while still making your client feeling like he or she won. Negotiating is a delicate balance. You don’t want to make the client feel cheated or that she’s lost at the negotiating table, but you also want to get as much as you possibly can. The post The Only Two Things You Need to Know About Negotiating Better Rates appeared first on The International Freelancer.
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  • Sales, Service and Loyalty Lessons from a Skydiving Serial Entrepreneur

    Hunter Boyle
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    When big companies talk about marketing and sales, and ROI impact, customer service is often cut out of the conversation. But entrepreneurs know better — because they do it all. That’s why companies large and small lend a proverbial ear to Peter Shankman, an entrepreneur, author and speaker with no shortage of energy or stories. He’s built his businesses and personal brand around accessibility, helping others and just being himself, onstage and off. In other words, he’s the kind of person you’d want to work with, learn from and have a beer with. He brings that…
  • Common Email Marketing Mistakes: Why Your Emails Aren’t Getting Results

    Kristen Dunleavy
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    Picture this: You’ve just hit the send button on a new email campaign for your business. You’ve got killer content, a great call to action and an attention-grabbing subject line… or so you think. As you watch your analytics, it becomes clear that your email isn’t getting the results you want. What went wrong? Whether your open rates are suffering or you’re not getting enough click-throughs, there are lots of common email marketing mistakes that even experienced marketers make. The good news is that they can be easily fixed to increase engagement. The mistake:…
  • 12 Days of Holiday Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

    Olivia Dello Buono
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    The holiday season is almost upon us! Aside from spreading the yuletide cheer, your customers have only one thing on their minds: shopping. This time of year marks a lucrative opportunity for small businesses: it’s forecasted that consumers will spend over $616.9 billion this season (that’s a 4.1 percent increase over holiday 2013 sales). Since we believe it’s better to give than to receive, we’re gifting you this handy list (don’t worry – we’ve checked it more than twice!) to help you engage your audience and optimize your holiday marketing efforts:…
  • AWeber On the Road: Meet Our Team

    Olivia Dello Buono
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s no secret that the AWeber team has racked up their share of frequent flyer miles. This month, we’ll be popping up in cities like Chicago and New York to learn from and network with industry thought leaders. PRNews’ Measurement Conference: November 20, Chicago IL Join industry-leading PR professionals as you learn the best practices in PR measurement, real-world case studies of successful measurement strategies and interactive learning. Team: Brandyn Bissinger, Andrea Carter How To Use Facebook To Double Your Email List: December 4th, 12pm ET Learn how a marketing…
  • Grow Your Email List Anywhere with AWeber’s Atom Mobile App

    Kristen Dunleavy
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Owning a business is a 24/7/365 proposition – so is growing your email list. Miss an opportunity to sign up a prospect for your newsletter, and you’re missing out on a potential sale. Sure, there’s the old-fashioned pen and paper method for collecting names and email addresses on the fly, but we all know how time-consuming and error-prone that can be. Here at AWeber, we’re all about making email marketing as easy as possible for our customers ? even from their mobile devices. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce Atom, AWeber’s newest mobile app that…
 
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    Robin Writes

  • Writer Wednesday—How to Write a Book

    Robin Tidwell
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here you go, the handy dandy guide to writing that book you were always planning: Have a story Write it down Check for plot consistency Check for mechanical errors Let someone read it. Make any necessary changes Simple, right? Everyone has a story, their own story; some people come up with other stories—which are really […]
  • Prep Tuesday—Ferguson

    Robin Tidwell
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’ve barely blogged about the Ferguson situation these last two months, simply because, well, everyone else does, and besides: I’m a white woman, what could I possibly contribute? And then I thought about it all, again, constantly, 24/7 it seems, and so here I am. The grand jury decision is going to be announced any […]
  • Prep Monday—Mental Prep

    Robin Tidwell
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Based on the events of the last few months, I’m starting to wonder if I’m mentally tough enough to handle SHTF. Three months of protests, some violence, lots of rumors. Rumors perpetuated by the media, hell, even started by them . . . I’ve written a lot of articles on stress and its effects, and […]
  • An interview with Robin Tidwell

    Robin Tidwell
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    Originally posted on bookbrowsing:Robin’s writing career began at the age of eight, when her grandmother insisted she read Gone with the Wind before taking her to see the movie. Inspired by Margaret Mitchell, she began scribbling little booklets of stories, and was the editor of her elementary school newspaper and a columnist in high…
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  • Friday Prompt: Dragon Lady

    Davide Mana
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I just got me a copy of the excellent The Art of Robert E. McGinnis, and I think it’s worth celebrating. The book is simply gorgeous. I always loved the covers and movie poster painted by Robert McGinnis, and this is Christmas one month earlier for me.
  • I won’t spend a single cent on your ebooks anymore!

    Davide Mana
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:31 pm
    We were told this, a few nights back – me and a few other self-produced authors. The person informing us he will no longer invest his savings in our work did so as a reaction for being told that his opinion was not correct, or founded on facts. It was surreal. Now, here’s something I learned. It is a good practice never to respond to negative reviews with anything but a public thank you. And no author needs to justify his or her choices or his writing with the readers. “On page 17, you should have written so and so, and then you have to explain to me why in the seventh…
  • Civilized men

    Davide Mana
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
    “Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.” (Robert E. Howard)
  • A daring experiment

    Davide Mana
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    I’m posting this here because I think this is one of those experiments that deserve respect and support. Just click on the image to learn more.
  • Leaving Shanghai for a while

    Davide Mana
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:22 pm
    I’ve been too long in Shanghai – in my head, at least. The research and the writing of my book have caused me to spend many hours, daily, thinking about Shanghai in the ’30s, reading about Shanghai in the ’30s, writing about Shanghai in the ’30s. Lucky me, only the first half of the novel takes place in that city*. I realized I need to take a break from Shanghai two or three days back, as I sat down to read a novel called – you guessed it – Shanghai. Written by Barth Jules Sussman, and set in 1945, Shanghai is a historical potboiler – intrigue…
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  • ND Nightstand: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

    Dylan Kinnett
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
    New Directions Publishing announces a new blog series: ND Nightstand. They ask their favorite authors what their favorite books are. Related Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti via ND Nightstand: Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
  • Litblog Roundup 10

    Dylan Kinnett
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:49 pm
    The weekly liblog roundup features the latest highlights from the world of literary blogs. Attentive regular readers of the litblog roundups will remember that in my last of these posts I promised an overview of good, lit-blog style content from Longreads.com. Those readers will note the absence of that overview here, because I’ve decided to do that in a different post. Ursula Le Guin’s Speech The most popular topic on litblogs this week was a speech that Ursula Le Guin gave at the National Book Awards. For example, The Rumpus adds that in her speech she “blasts the…
  • LED Baltimore Haiku

    Dylan Kinnett
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    I’ve written a haiku poem that appears on the giant jumbotron billboard in Baltimore. The project to publish haiku poems onto the LED Baltimore screen was led by Carabella Sands. Here is a list of writers who contributed haiku: Anne Frydman, Madison Smartt Bell, Jen Michalski, Michael Kimball, Justin Lawson Isett, Juliet Escoria, Jessica Anya Blau, Cort Bledsoe, Stephen Michael McDowell, Dave K., Tim Paggi, Julie Reiser, RM O’Brien, Sarah Jean Alexander, Joseph Young, Heather Rounds, Erik Wagner, Fitz Fitzgerald, Jenny O’Grady, Yatsura Still, Tracy Dimond, Timmy Reed, Madeleine…
  • Litblog Roundup 9

    Dylan Kinnett
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:09 pm
    I’ve never really bothered to define what I mean by “litblog” for this series. That’s intentional. Whatever it is, it might be worthwhile to add to that definition a bit. To the mix of “blogs” this week, I’d like to add some new things to the mix: Twitter feeds, collections and authors on Medium, and Tumblrs. I’d include Longreads in the mix, but at the time of this writing, their site seems to be having difficulty, so maybe next week. There are plenty of roundup posts out there already about which hashtags to follow on Twitter if you’re…
  • Litblog Roundup 8

    Dylan Kinnett
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:13 pm
    The weekly liblog roundup features the latest highlights from the world of literary blogs. I’m trying a variation of the format for this edition of the Litblog Roundup. Here are some interesting things, without much comment or categorization. These links are paired with excerpts from their posts. As one of these posts suggests, a writer should experiment for a reason. My reason for this experiment is frankly to save time. With the time I saved, I could add more to the roundup! Let me know what you think of this approach, in the comments. The Integration Of Poetry And Life The…
 
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  • No Such Thing as Perfect available for preorder

    sarahdaltry
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:32 pm
    No Such Thing as Perfect is available for preorder for December 11 arrival. For details, visit the page about the novel or read an excerpt here. Amazon Paperback Smashwords Kobo Apple and Barnes and Noble coming soon!
  • Here There Be Dragons

    sarahdaltry
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    In consideration of so many things, it’s seeming best to maintain the hermit lifestyle. I find I’m so much happier that way. I figure I can check in here maybe weekly or so to give some boring updates about my life and my thoughts on things so people don’t worry. Today is the release of Dragon Age: Inquisition, which is basically super exciting. I’ve also now finished all of Game of Thrones and have only the final London Season Christmas special left of Downton Abbey. Then I will have to wait until something comes on TV that I want to watch. (I can just keep…
  • Welcome to the Future – A Brave New World, Isn’t It?

    sarahdaltry
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:16 pm
    This is from Fahrenheit 451, not Brave New World although both apply in many ways. Maybe the so-called “death of dystopian fiction” is simply our way of saying that dystopias are merely redundant now. Why read about one when you can look around you?   Things Remembered: Beatty’s Speech.
  • Dust is live!

    sarahdaltry
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    Who makes YOUR choices? “I was once the type of person who was impressed by starlight; the type of person who would dance beneath glass ceilings and let the world swim in its loveliness. The sky reminds me of the parties we used to throw – parties like the one last night. The memories bring back the trill of harps and endless ripples of satisfied laughter. Now, though, when I try to recall what I felt, all I hear is screaming.” In a world ravaged by war and oppressive forces of evil, a princess must fight to claim her bloodright and save her people. When the princess, Alondra, falls for…
  • A Butterfly’s Wings

    sarahdaltry
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    I’m a fairly private person, which people find strange as I’m very outspoken about certain things. However, my struggles with depression and suicide, as well as my experiences with sexual violence may make someone uncomfortable to talk about as they’re not pretty things, but I talk about them because someone should. I don’t want others who have similar experiences to feel like their stories or voices are somehow less than those of people who are unable to understand. With that said, I’m still very private and I like my own space. I need my own space and my…
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    Agent Hunter |

  • Meet the Agents: An Interview with Kate Burke

    Harry Bingham
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:20 am
      This is an interview with literary agent Kate Burke. She has previously worked as a commercial fiction editor and now works as a literary agent for Diane Banks Associates. Kate is currently on the lookout for some new writers to add to her client list. Her Twitter is here, the Diane Banks Associates [...]
  • Meet the Agents: An Interview with Alex Christofi

    Harry Bingham
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:54 am
        This is an interview with literary agent, Alex Christofi. Alex read English at Oxford, worked at RandomHouse and is now an agent for Conville and Walsh. His agency website is here, his Agent Hunter profile is here and his Twitter feed is here!       Q. What books/authors [...]
  • Meet the agents: An interview with Jo Unwin

    Harry Bingham
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    This is an interview with literary agent Jo Unwin. Jo has been an actress, a literary scout, an agent and now runs her own agency. Her agency website is here,  this is her Agent Hunter profile and finally, her Twitter feed! Q. What books/authors do you love [...]
  • Why should any successful self-published author turn to traditional publishing?

    Harry Bingham
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    There have been numerous recent examples of highly successful self-published authors turning to traditional mainstream publishers for the next stage of their careers. Examples include: James Oswald. Offered his first book free on Amazon, by way of a taster for his second book which was priced at £2.99. He sold 50,000 copies in a month [...]
  • Meet the agents: an interview with Nelle Andrew

    Harry Bingham
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    This interview is with literary agent Nelle Andrew of PFD. Her full profile can be found here. She’s also an author, writing as Nelle Davy, and her Amazon page can be found here. Her page on the PFD website can be found here.   Q. What books/authors do [...]
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    Long Tail Writing

  • Overcoming Creative Writing Fear

    James Livingood
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Writing fear comes in so many different flavors. Each fear can paralyze a writer and freeze their word counts. Many of these fears are why writers tend to think about writing a lot, instead... The post Overcoming Creative Writing Fear appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • Ups and Downs of Writing

    James Livingood
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Writing is not as technical as one may expect. Instead, the act of writing is considered artistic. Many find this classification very true for two reasons: they are a starving artist, and there are... The post Ups and Downs of Writing appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • The Value of Editing, Copy-Editing, and Criticism

    James Livingood
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Writing is more than simply adding words where none existed before. Writing is more than tone, taste, and direction. A major part of writing is in the mechanics. These parts of writing are but... The post The Value of Editing, Copy-Editing, and Criticism appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • The Importance of Grammar

    James Livingood
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    My first short story was nearly my last. I took a lot of time and passion with the endeavor. Bit by bit, word by word, I felt the prose shined beautifully. However, wanting to... The post The Importance of Grammar appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • The Hidden Danger of Writing

    James Livingood
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Writing has an interesting hidden danger lurking within. Many new writers / word artists expect the potential danger of not finding clients or needing time to build a platform. However, many new writers don’t... The post The Hidden Danger of Writing appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
 
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  • Tweeter, Justice and Ferguson

    rolandrhicks
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Weaseling out of things is what separates us from the animals.  – Homer Simpson I did something I almost never do around midnight Monday night – I commented on breaking news using a hashtag. #FergusonDecision. I never do that, for many reasons. But, I watched St. Louis County Prosecutor McCullough’s presentation with such . . . incredulity . . . I […]
  • Herzog, Hamilton Burger’s Revenge, and My 2 Soups

    rolandrhicks
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:04 pm
    I just spent ten days putting together a nonfiction book proposal for 2 Soups & a Fish, my narrative of prison, the criminal justice system and, the ultimate target – sports talk radio and NFL pre-game shows (how I get there is a real hoot). Those ten days really brought me back as I flipped through […]
  • The Eleventh Minute of the … Have You Forgotten Yet?

    rolandrhicks
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    Perhaps if we take  a moment to remember that today is Veterans-Armistice-Remembrance Day; that at eleven past eleven this morning in 1918 The War to End All Wars ended; and then take another to really read Siegfried  Sassoon’s poem – written in the trenches – we would stop churning out veterans. HAVE you forgotten yet? … For the […]
  • Halloween Thoughts From William Hanlin’s World

    rolandrhicks
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    In glades they meet skull after skull Where pine-cones lay–the rusted gun, Green shoes full of bones, the mouldering coat And cuddled-up skeleton; And scores of such. Some start as in dreams, And comrades lost bemoan: By the edge of those wilds Stonewall had charged– But the Year and the Man were gone. When William […]
  • Ebola, the Eastland, and Government

    rolandrhicks
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    I think its safe to say governments, particularly in the form of the lower houses of law-making bodies, are usually reactionary, very rarely proactive. For the simple reason that being reactionary is a very public way of ‘solving a problem’ while proactive measures are pretty damn hard to trumpet after they work. “Hey, the bill […]
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    Josh Spilker

  • The Question of Genres // On “Save The Cat” and Stories

    Josh Spilker
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Here’s a trick question. What do you think of genres?  Why is it a trick? Because that’s the wrong question. Or we have a wrong perception of what that word is. Because what do we immediately think of? Westerns or rom-coms, which are genres. But stories can be similar but have wildly different settings or […]
  • Writing Fiction? 21 (or 22) Things A 21-Year-Old Should Be Doing

    Josh Spilker
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    You love words and love writing them down. You like to read and want to read your own book one day. You were born in the 90s. Here are 21 tips for any 21-year-old (or young writer) thinking about writing fiction. 1) Write a novel. Any novel. When I was 21, I wanted to be […]
  • What’s Going on With Amazon and Literary Fiction? 3 Articles That Explain It.

    Josh Spilker
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    Because of the big Amazon-Hachette publishing fight, there’s been lots of talk about what fiction writers and authors in general should do. This has been going on for awhile, but I found these three articles really helpful and insightful about the pros, cons and general atmosphere. 1. “The War of The Words”  at Vanity Fair. […]
  • The Everyday Object That Could Be A New Publishing Platform

    Josh Spilker
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Most us get one of these every day. Or have the option to get one. We give it one glance and throw it away. Yet it could be a new publishing opportunity. What is it? The receipt.   The co-founder of Twitter and the CEO of Square, Jack Dorsey, has called it a new type […]
  • 5 Great Art of Fiction Quotes From 5 Great Authors

    Josh Spilker
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:01 pm
    If you’re not regularly checking  the Paris Review archives for Art of Fiction interviews, you should be. They’re valuable not only for the writing insights, but for their look at the authors as personalities. After skimming through a few interviews with notable names, I really enjoyed these quotes from Don DeLillo, Joyce Carol Oates, Raymond […]
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    The Art of Writing - Austin Ray Miller

  • Black Science: Nitty, gritty, and far from...

    Austin Miller
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Image sourced from comiclist.com Black ScienceAuthored by Rick Remender (creator/writer of Fear Agent and Deadly Class), Black Science is a refreshingly twisted take on the ever common literary theme of time travel. It's been a long time since I've read any science fiction that has cojones and puts just as much emphasis on its characters as it does the science and action of the narrative.The protagonist Grant Mcckay is a bit of an antihero, on one hand he is the genius charismatic leader of a band of anarchist scientists, on the other hand he's a self centered *insert expletive* who has no…
  • Smart Contracts: A Step Towards Dystopia or Utopia?

    Austin Miller
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    image from occupycorporatism.com It's not often I take the time to blog about non "literary" types of writing. However, after listening to Karl Schroeder's claim (author of Lockstep) on Wired's A Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast, that the future of contract law (and other legal fields) would be in the hands of the internet and even potentially in the hands of A.I..--my interest was undoubtedly peaked. First off, what are Smart Contracts?For those of you who are not accustomed with current legal and technological trends, which is probably many of us (sorry to…
  • Lucky Peach Magazine: What you Don't Know Might Kill you

    Austin Miller
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Image from I just Read About That Why David Chang's (owner of Momofuku) quarterly journal is a much appreciated dose of amphetamine for food journalism.By Austin MillerBob Dylan famously stated "He not busy being born is busy dying" in his 1964 song "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)." The same could be said for the state of journalism on many fronts—including food journalism. So whether the food "journalist" you have been following are lacking critical insight or you find yourself in a literary slump—let me help you connect with something that will help you get busy "being born" once…
  • How to Defeat Writer's Block

    Austin Miller
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Image taken from deviantART Why all Authors Should Also be HistoriansIt’s a fact—all writers get stuck. But what should we when the painstaking proverbial writer’s block hits us over the head? Should we slip into a Requiem for a Dream type of depression? Or do we saddle up like John Wayne and brave the elements? One idea is to brainstorm—they say that the creative side of our brain works non-linearly. The most conducive environment to brainstorming is indeed one of chaos—the less linear, the more creative. I’ll leave you to your own devices as you try and figure out your own…
  • Dr. Takahiro and the Electric Cauldron

    Austin Miller
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    From DeviantART A Short Story by Austin MillerWhen Dr. Takahiro first set foot on planet X2 he pinched the meat of his left arm. It was an old habit of his, something he did to reassure himself that he was not simply ambling about in a state of subconciosness. “Why do you hurt yourself Professor?” asked Tonto, Takahiro’s research assistant. Tonto was a university issue android that was built to look like an average human but with above-average knowledge of the sciences. His name came about after the professor stumbled across an ancient earth series called The Lone Ranger. After…
 
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    M.C. Simon Writes

  • Midnight Conference

    MCsimon
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    Midnight Conference In the middle of the night… A drunken man walks on the street, staggering and singing. A police officer sees him and stops him. While searching him for his documents, the officer asks the drunken man where he is going at that hour. The drunken replies, “I am going to a conference on the harmful effects of alcohol over health and the high risk drunken people expose themselves to by becoming losers.” “Are you crazy? Who would ever hold a conference in the middle of the night?” the police officer asks. “My wife and for sure my mother in…
  • Book Tour – Claiming Carlos by Rachelle Ayala

    MCsimon
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:26 pm
    BOOK TOUR Book R3vi3w Tours Presents Book R3vi3w Tours Presents: Claiming Carlos by Rachelle Ayala Title: Claiming Carlos Series: Book #2 of Sanchez Sisters Series Author: Rachelle Ayala Genre: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary Length: 332 pages Publisher: Amiga Books (October 22, 2014)   ABOUT THE BOOK Claiming Carlos by Rackelle Ayala   Book #2 of Sanchez Sisters Series Choco Sanchez is stuck in a rut. She’s never hit a softball and has been friends forever with Carlos Lopez, the head cook at her family’s Filipino restaurant. When flashy restaurant consultant Johnny Dee…
  • Somewhere in time

    MCsimon
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:23 pm
    WWW’s SUNDAY (The Weekly Thought) Don’t you know what WWW means? It is simple… Wonder Woman’s Week Somewhere in time “Somewhere in time“… is a beautiful movie I saw again today. Such a mind blower! This week I cannot even say I have a Thought to share. Rather said, this week I have a bunch of Questions to meditate on. I am wondering… did You ever go back in time? Did You ever go back in a time when nothing material would matter? Did You have that feeling that you made a leap in time and even if your human eyes couldn’t see anything, still…
  • I am Grateful to YOU!

    MCsimon
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    WWW’s SATURDAY (Gratitude Journal) Don’t you know what WWW means? It is simple… Wonder Woman’s Week I am Grateful to YOU! There are moments in life when your soul almost yells, praising the One who created everything. There are moments of deep intensity, in which you feel that your heart will explode with so much happiness. Moreover, you want to share with someone this feeling. However, with whom to share it with? How will you be sure that the one you share with will understand each aspect of what you feel? I wondered about this… I wondered a lot during this…
  • HOW I MET FENG SHUI

    MCsimon
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    WWW’s FRIDAY (Let’s Feng Shui) Don’t you know what WWW means? It is simple… Wonder Woman’s Week How I met Feng Shui More than twenty years ago, while all my friends were falling in love with their boyfriends or with an actor who was looking gorgeous in magazines… I also fell in love. One day I was invited to visit the home of an old lady whom I was admiring a lot. She was always so stylish and no matter of the circumstance, an adorable smile was always laying on her face. Whenever I saw her, I wondered if she discovered the secret to happiness. When I…
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