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  • What Good Writing Is

    Advice to Writers
    JW
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:02 pm
    I’ve tried to figure out what good writing is. I know it when I read it in other people’s work or my own. The closest I’ve come is that there’s a rhythm to the writing, in the sentence and the paragraph. When the rhythm’s off, it’s hard to read the thing. It’s a lot like music in that sense; there’s an internal rhythm that does the work of reading for you. It almost reads itself. That’s one of the things that’s hard to teach to people. If you don’t hear music, you’re never going to hear it. That internal rhythm in a…
  • I Earn a Living Because of My Blog, Not From It

    Will Write For Food
    diannejacob
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    A guest post by Amy Sherman Right now there’s a lot of buzz about how hard it is to earn an income from food blogging. I find it hard to be part of those discussions because I have never looked at blogging as a way to earn a living. I think of my food blog [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sentence Adverbs

    Daily Writing Tips
    Maeve Maddox
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Not all adverbs end in -ly, but many do. Like all adverbs, -ly adverbs are used to add meaning to verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. For example: Jones deals honestly with all his customers. (adverb modifying the verb deals) The lecture on adiabatic and isochoric kinetics was mercifully brief. (adverb modifying the adjective brief) The concert is over. You are unfortunately late. (adverb modifying the adverb late) Some -ly adverbs can also be used to modify an entire sentence. For example: Honestly, most television comedies are unbearably vulgar. (adverb modifying entire sentence)…
  • Things No Man Should Have In His Bedroom

    Word Grrls
    Laura Brown
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    The post Things No Man Should Have In His Bedroom appeared first on Word Grrls. Can you add to the list? I especially agree with the cheap sheets. Assuming he wants to bring women into his bed… clean, good sheets do a lot to make a good impression and might be what keeps her interested or sends her fleeing off into the night! via – 22 Things No Man Should Have ... Read more... Related Posts: Where Would you Wish to Wake up Tomorrow? Women are Afraid Men Will Kill Them Organize a Local Blogging Event Bare Naked Breasts? Where Did “Piss Poor” Come From? The post Things No Man…
  • You Can't Tell Or Show Everything

    Advice to Writers
    JW
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:05 pm
    You can’t tell or show everything within the compass of a book. If you try to tell or show everything, your reader will die of boredom before the end of the first page. You must, therefore, ask yourself what is the core of the matter you wish to communicate to your reader? Having decided on the core of the matter, all that you tell him must relate to it and illustrate it more and more vividly. MORRIS L. WEST
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    Advice to Writers

  • The Real Metaphoric Formula

    JW
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Metaphor is supposed to state the unknown in terms of the known. It is supposed to say X equals Y. Yet when we say “John is a lion,” we do not think of John with a mane, with four clawed paws, nor with a pompon tipped tail. We extract from “lion” the emotional equivalent we need and let the rest go. The real metaphoric formula is X does-and-does-not-equal Y. JOHN CIARDI
  • You Must Attend to Words

    JW
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:07 pm
    The price of learning to use words is the development of an acute self-consciousness. Nor is it enough to pay attention to words only when you face the task of writing—that is like playing the violin only on the night of the concert. You must attend to words when you read, when you speak, when others speak. Words must become ever present in your waking life, an incessant concern, like color and design if the graphic arts matter to you, or pitch and rhythm if it is music, or speed and form if it is athletics. JACQUES BARZUN
  • How to Overcome Writer's Block

    JW
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Writer’s block, how to overcome it: write something substantial every morning, and while doing so forget entirely the impression you’re creating. That is, overcome ego. PAUL FUSSELL
  • You Can't Tell Or Show Everything

    JW
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:05 pm
    You can’t tell or show everything within the compass of a book. If you try to tell or show everything, your reader will die of boredom before the end of the first page. You must, therefore, ask yourself what is the core of the matter you wish to communicate to your reader? Having decided on the core of the matter, all that you tell him must relate to it and illustrate it more and more vividly. MORRIS L. WEST
  • What Good Writing Is

    JW
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:02 pm
    I’ve tried to figure out what good writing is. I know it when I read it in other people’s work or my own. The closest I’ve come is that there’s a rhythm to the writing, in the sentence and the paragraph. When the rhythm’s off, it’s hard to read the thing. It’s a lot like music in that sense; there’s an internal rhythm that does the work of reading for you. It almost reads itself. That’s one of the things that’s hard to teach to people. If you don’t hear music, you’re never going to hear it. That internal rhythm in a…
 
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    Daily Writing Tips

  • Sentence Adverbs

    Maeve Maddox
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Not all adverbs end in -ly, but many do. Like all adverbs, -ly adverbs are used to add meaning to verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. For example: Jones deals honestly with all his customers. (adverb modifying the verb deals) The lecture on adiabatic and isochoric kinetics was mercifully brief. (adverb modifying the adjective brief) The concert is over. You are unfortunately late. (adverb modifying the adverb late) Some -ly adverbs can also be used to modify an entire sentence. For example: Honestly, most television comedies are unbearably vulgar. (adverb modifying entire sentence)…
  • Work of Art Titles

    Maeve Maddox
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:47 pm
    When a freelance magazine writer asked me how the title of a sculpture should be written, I went to The Chicago Manual of Style to find out if it should be italicized, enclosed in quotation marks, or left plain. Here is the advice I found and passed on to the writer: Titles of paintings, drawings, photographs, statues, and other works of art are italicized, whether the titles are original, added by someone other than the artist, or translated. The names of works of antiquity (whose creators are often unknown) are usually set in roman. Though major works of art are generally italicized, some…
  • Passionate and Impassioned

    Maeve Maddox
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:26 pm
    A reader wonders about the words passionate and impassioned: Do they mean the same thing? If not, when should you use one and not the other? The word passion derives from a Latin verb that means “to suffer” or “to undergo.” One use of the noun is to name the sufferings of Jesus. For example, a “passion play” is a performance that reenacts the arrest and death of Jesus. The title of Dreyer’s play about the trial of Joan of Arc is called The Passion of Joan of Arc in reference to her sufferings, which the filmmaker felt paralleled the sufferings of Christ. Another sense of passion…
  • Inning, Innings, and the Seventh-Inning Stretch

    Maeve Maddox
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:21 pm
    In the games of baseball and cricket, opposing teams take turns batting a ball. A baseball game is divided into nine innings during which each team has a turn at bat. Each half of an inning ends with the third out. (An out occurs when a player strikes out or is tagged between bases.) I’ll let Merriam-Webster explain the cricket term innings: innings (noun): plural but singular or plural in construction :  a division of a cricket match in which one side continues batting until ten players are retired or the side declares; also : the time a player stays as a batsman until he is out, until…
  • Beautyism and Friends

    Maeve Maddox
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:54 pm
    It’s not in my two main dictionaries yet, but beautyism has found a place in the catalogue of English words ending in -ism: Beautyism in the Workplace: Disguised Discrimination Jawahar and Mattsson (2005) investigated sexism and beautyism effects in employment processes using experimental research. The suffix -ism has been a prolific source of English nouns since the Middle Ages, but this newest use, to form words that denote perceived superiority or discrimination, is fairly recent and has produced the following nouns: ageism: Prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of a person’s…
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    Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

  • 460 GG Global English: Prepone, Do the Needful, and More

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Follow along on the website: Parentheses and Subject-Verb Agreement http://j.mp/1FWMySM Global English http://j.mp/19U43aG Stand in Line or Stand on Line? http://j.mp/1bxpONX Try our iOS game, Grammar Pop http://j.mp/1H5YiSj
  • 459 GG Subject-Verb Agreement

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    Follow Along on the Website: 'Wrong' Versus 'Wrongly' http://j.mp/1xjQN9H Subject-Verb Agreement http://j.mp/1xClTnM Is 'Heighth' a Word? http://j.mp/1GvnEIq Vote in the Podcast Awards http://j.mp/1G4ixy8
  • 458 GG Can You Process These Tricky, but Grammatical, Sentences?

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Follow along on the website: Does E-Book Need a Hyphen? http://j.mp/1wCjVs6 Can You Process These Tricky, but Grammatical, Sentences? http://j.mp/1HPgFLq The Meaning of Minions http://j.mp/1Gy6wBx Please Vote in the Podcast Awards http://j.mp/1G4ixy8
  • 457 GG If Versus Whether

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    Follow along on the website: Homely Versus Homey http://j.mp/1B9kcD3 If Versus Whether http://j.mp/1wZkOWx At Bay http://j.mp/1BMTwIP Vote for Grammar Girl for Best Education Podcast http://j.mp/1G4ixy8 Grammar Pop Sale http://j.mp/1H5YiSj
  • 456 GG Is Starting a Sentence With So Condescending?

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Follow Along on the Website When "First" Is Redundant http://j.mp/1wtjhgT Is Starting a Sentence With So Condescending? http://j.mp/1wthqsn Synecdoche http://j.mp/1FAUDua Watch Grammar Girl's TEDx Talk http://j.mp/ggTEDx
 
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    Copyblogger

  • Last Day to Save on Authority Rainmaker 2015

    Jerod Morris
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Early Bird Price for Authority Rainmaker ends today, so I had a message planned for today making one final case for why you should join us in Denver, Colorado this May. But then I read what Raubi wrote on Friday about how much last year’s event accelerated her career. The quick version: She came to Denver questioning why she was even in the room; she left prepared to take a leap of faith and bet on herself. So she did. Now she runs her own company. She got clarity, so she got moving. (By the way, we didn’t ask Raubi to write about her experience. She wanted to share her…
  • A Quick-Start Guide to Measuring Your Content Marketing Efforts

    Mike King
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Simply put, if you’re not measuring, you’re not marketing. In fact, if you’re whipping up blog posts and infographics without business objectives, you’re basically partaking in a very expensive version of arts and crafts. Your job as a content marketer is to show your boss the money — not traffic, not links — mon-naay. Let’s talk about how to get started effectively measuring your content marketing efforts. Measurement separates digital marketing from traditional advertising As a native Philadelphian (I live in Brooklyn now), I know a little too much…
  • 4 Revelations that Drove Me to Quit My Job and Start a Business

    Raubi Perilli
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Someone in this room is going to change everything because they cared. Seth Godin and his round-framed glasses stared back at a room filled with ambitious entrepreneurs-in-training, and I looked around wondering who would be the next person to “change everything.” That’s how my experience at Copyblogger’s Authority event in 2014 began — looking into the audience like I wasn’t part of the audience. Still not seeing myself as someone who could take a chance and grow my own business. But that’s not how I ended my experience. By the conclusion of the…
  • How to Launch a Podcast Network

    Rainmaker.FM
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    In previous episodes of New Rainmaker with Brian Clark, Brian and Robert Bruce have discussed the “why” of starting a podcast (or podcast network). In this one, they talk about the “how.” As many of you know by now, it has been almost two weeks since Copyblogger Media launched an on-demand audio network called Rainmaker.FM. Thanks to you, things have gone pretty well in that time. What you don’t yet know is the story behind that launch — the planning, production, and marketing of the 10 distinct shows that are currently airing. Not to mention the next crop…
  • Go as Far as You Can, then Let Someone Else Pull You Back

    Rainmaker.FM
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is a brilliant entrepreneur who has seen more landing pages than anyone on the planet — in fact, he looks at 1,000 pages per week. He is co-founder of Unbounce, a company that allows marketers to build, publish, and A/B test landing pages without an IT department or knowledge of HTML. Prior to starting Unbounce, he honed his branding skills as Creative Director at Bodog, an online poker powerhouse. He coined the term Conversion Centered Design. He is also an opinionated writer and speaker. Now, let’s hack … Oli Gardner. In this…
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    Word Grrls

  • Night Time Creatures

    Laura Brown
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    The post Night Time Creatures appeared first on Word Grrls. How does it change your perspective if the person in the image is male instead of female? How do you think the images in the illustration would change if this was a male? Nighttime creatures Ink drawing by MichaelBrack on Etsy. Related Posts: Sample Image Only for Content Curation? Change WordPress Dashboard Colours Words Hurt More Write Like a Diarist Create Your Own Unique WordPress Theme The post Night Time Creatures appeared first on Word Grrls - Writing daily whether I want to or not.
  • Pay with a Poem

    Laura Brown
    21 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    The post Pay with a Poem appeared first on Word Grrls. What is a poem worth? As authors around the world despair of making a living, a company based in Vienna has finally come up with a definitive answer: one cup of coffee. Julius Meinl, a coffee-roasting company founded in 1862, is marking Unesco’s World Poetry Day with a promotion in 1,100 cafes, bars and restaurants ... Read more... Related Posts: Slipstream Poetry What Can Writers Offer as a Live Performance? Easy ways to Stay Motivated… What to do with your Old Books Logan’s Run Should be Continued The post Pay with a Poem…
  • Things No Man Should Have In His Bedroom

    Laura Brown
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    The post Things No Man Should Have In His Bedroom appeared first on Word Grrls. Can you add to the list? I especially agree with the cheap sheets. Assuming he wants to bring women into his bed… clean, good sheets do a lot to make a good impression and might be what keeps her interested or sends her fleeing off into the night! via – 22 Things No Man Should Have ... Read more... Related Posts: Where Would you Wish to Wake up Tomorrow? Women are Afraid Men Will Kill Them Organize a Local Blogging Event Bare Naked Breasts? Where Did “Piss Poor” Come From? The post Things No Man…
  • Spelling Test: U.S. vs British English

    Laura Brown
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    The post Spelling Test: U.S. vs British English appeared first on Word Grrls. Try the actual quiz and get your score. I was mainly interested in how many words are different with Canadian spelling from both the US and the UK. Spelling Test: U.S. vs British English – Sporcle Games & Trivia. Related Posts: Dimastalgia Can you Master the Art of the Humblebrag? I Would Kill Someone What Would Godzilla Say? Lexophile is a Good Word The post Spelling Test: U.S. vs British English appeared first on Word Grrls - Writing daily whether I want to or not.
  • Writing About Fat People

    Laura Brown
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    The post Writing About Fat People appeared first on Word Grrls. BBW stands for big, beautiful woman. Why does a site like the Urban Dictionary post negative definitions like this? (See below). How do you know what’s humour, what’s serious and what’s over the line?… Substitute something else for “fat” or “black” or “Mexican” and see if it still sounds okay. Changing one descriptive word can ... Read more... Related Posts: Changing, Choosing and Deciding How Very Informative Is It? Can you Master the Art of the Humblebrag? Write Like a…
 
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    Writing Forums

  • Returning characters

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    Early on in my novel, I had a character who had a central role, as my story progressed she became a minor character, with a smaller and smaller part. Recently, I changed the structure of my story, and a new story arc appeared, now my character has returned and plays a vital role. I'm quite... Returning characters
  • It's creepy meeting your characters in real life...

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    So I'm interested to know if anyone else has had this experience. Last night I was at a friend's birthday party at a restaurant, and I was really surprised when I heard the waitress say, "Hi, I'm Madison and I'll be your server tonight." No big deal - but I have a character named Madison... It's creepy meeting your characters in real life...
  • Pitfalls of using prophecy as a plot device?

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    I am planning to use prophecy as a plot element in my fantasy novel and I want to make it work. What should I avoid, are there any clearly bad ways I can write this prophecy into my novel? I am at the stage where i am figuring out how to incorporate the ideas I'm keen on, how they can work in... Pitfalls of using prophecy as a plot device?
  • My Book Is Just Like Another ...

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    So I'm in the middle of writing something that I think is pretty different. Something, I sometimes worry, that is so odd most people will be put off. Then, lo and behold, I pick up a very famous book that I've been avoiding, only to find it has a very similar story. Of course there are... My Book Is Just Like Another ...
  • Lea's Progress Journal

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
    So the thread on losing inspiration really hit me hard the other day. A member there said what I've always been afraid of -- that there's a difference between writers and fantasizers. Because I want to be a writer, yes. Absolutely. But I've become a fantasizer. I used to write short stories as... Lea's Progress Journal
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    The Purdue OWL News

  • Alumni Annotations for Spring 2015 for March 30, 2015

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Alumni Annotations for Spring 2015By Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue Writing Lab and the Purdue OWL are pleased to announce that the Spring 2015 issue of The Alumni Annotations is now live. It can be accessed by clicking here. 
  • OWL@Purdue YouTube Channel Update for February 19, 2015

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:24 am
    OWL@Purdue YouTube Channel UpdateBy Joshua M. PaizToday, we have exciting news about the OWL@Purdue YouTube channel. We have surpassed 1,000,000 views of our vidcast resources! Launched in during the spring semester of 2011, this channel has become an important part of the Purdue OWL's efforts..
  • Purdue OWL: Professional Writing Resources - Donation Request Letters for February 18, 2015

    18 Feb 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Purdue OWL: Professional Writing Resources - Donation Request LettersBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest professional writing resource, Writing Donation Requests This resource provides users with a guide to understanding a variety of genre, language, and rhetorical issues that might arise wh..
  • Purdue OWL: Creative Writing Resources - Developing Characters for February 2, 2015

    2 Feb 2015 | 8:39 am
    Purdue OWL: Creative Writing Resources - Developing CharactersBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest creative writing resource, Writing Characters in Fiction. This resource provides users with a guide to understanding, introducing, and developing characters in fiction writing.  To ..
  • Purdue OWL: Activity and Postmortem Reports for January 15, 2015

    15 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Purdue OWL: Activity and Postmortem ReportsBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest professional and technical writing resources, Activity Reports and Postmortem Reports. These resources provides our users with a guide to understanding and drafting these two common workp..
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    Charlotte Rains Dixon

  • Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #35

    Charlotte Dixon
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Here's the latest collection of prompts from my Tumblr blog (minus one, because I forgot to do one on Sunday). #240 She sat up quickly.  She forgot!  She had totally forgotten about it!   #241  What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?  Write about it.  Work details can enliven fiction. #242  Your character’s eating habits tell a lot about him.  Write about them.  Does he drive through McDonald’s every day for breakfast?  Cook lavish meals at home? Dine in the finest restaurants?  #243  Doing new things is hard.  It is also brain-expanding.  What have you (or your main…
  • Books I've Been Reading

    Charlotte Dixon
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    I started this series of posts at the end of January with a blog post titled, Books I Read in January. And I fully intended to do one post a month. But then my life blew up, I got an agent, and I needed to turn my attention to rewriting my book.  So my blog posts suffered.  So did my reading--at least a little bit.  I haven't been reading quite as much as usual, but I've still been reading a lot.  And, let me tell you, reading novels helped me with the rewrite. I'll explain in a minute, but first, let's discuss: do you read similar books to yours while you are in the…
  • Macaron Day (Or, Jour du Macaron)

    Charlotte Dixon
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    So, last Friday, March 20 was Macaron Day worldwide. What is Macaron Day?  It was started by the venerable Parisian baker Pierre Herme (his name has an accent mark, but I can never figure out how to do those) in 2006, and the way it works is simple: you drop into a bakery, donate money to charity, et voila, you receive a macaron in return.  This year was the first year that my fair city of Portland, Oregon, has participated in Macaron Day, and let me tell you it was a raging success! But first, perhaps you are wondering why I am writing about macarons on my writing blog? Simple. My next…
  • Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #34

    Charlotte Dixon
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    Here's the latest collection of prompts from my Tumblr blog, all in one place for your convenience. #233 Use the words cried, red, burp and van in a sentence.  Now use that sentence as a prompt. #234 It happens.  You look up, and there s/he is.  The phone rings, with good or bad news.  The accident occurs.  Write about a time your life—or your character’s—changed in an instant. #235 Write about a time you didn’t wear green. #236 When the music’s over…turn out the lights.  Write about a time the music was over but your main character wanted more. #237  Nothing is…
  • Are You An Idea Generating Machine?

    Charlotte Dixon
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:39 am
    Are you an idea generating machine? Ha! Me either.  But if you're a writer, you better be.  I don't think I am by nature.  But I have trained myself to be better at it--and you can too. Generating ideas is on my mind because  I'm writing synopses for my next two books.  (And by the way, yes I did deliver the rewrite on Friday!) I have the basic idea for each of them, but there's a lot to figure out in a novel. (Let me pause right here and admit that I'm a plotter, not a pantser.  I like to have at least a loose idea of where the story is going.  This is serving…
 
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    What Kate Did Next

  • Five Years, Four Stripes and Three Wishes

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:24 am
    How are you? It's been a while. All work no play here, so far this year, editing a new story (more news soon), and the pilot becoming Captain (for any nervous fliers out there, the intense training they go through is reassuring). The last months have also been spent moving with all the fluidity and grace of Lady Penelope after someone rear-ended me. The physio laughed when I said I was a writer, (we have the worst job for backs, apparently). For those of you who have asked over the years when the books will be available in America, exciting news just in from the US: 'Last Rose of Summer'…
  • Swimming Lessons

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:31 pm
    How are you all? First rains in six months here, and the view from the desk window (above), is green and beautiful. The rain has been and gone, a couple of days - but the migrating birds are back, cicadas singing at night, and the garden is blazing with colour. Here we are with the fullest of full moons I've seen for ages, half way through December - how did that happen, where did the year go? It's a good time to take stock, as you change your diary over for the new year - relatively blank and full of potential. Let's not think about the grimly determined hairshirt and porridge…
  • Easy Living?

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:53 am
    How are you all? The weather's broken here - you can almost hear the plants in the garden sighing with relief. It was so hot this summer that the car thermometer was still hitting 58 on the school run in September, and two six foot orchid trees grown from plant souq cuttings incinerated. Now the tougher bougainvilleas and frangipanis are bouncing back. Living in constant air conditioning it's a shock, sometimes to go outside into blast furnace heat (particularly if you've been writing about winter). In the house there's European furniture, books, the internet Roberts radio constantly set to…
  • New Tricks

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    How are you all? Back to school and 5.30am starts here, and a regular writing schedule. Yes, 5.30am. Trying to get two children out of the house by 6.15 is a nightmare (school starts at 7am here). There is a lot of coffee involved. But I love that new pencil case, new shoes feel. Even after five years I find myself hankering for autumn leaves and log fires and opaque black stockings, although it is high 40s and humid outside. I want to be cooking stews and French onion soup, but the hot shamal is screeching in the garden heralding sandstorm season. Oh joy. At least the frangipanis are…
  • 1000 Miles

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    How are you all? Just back in the desert after an all too brief month in the UK full of books, old haunts and old and new friends. Boy, it was good to be home. I think it was D H Lawrence who said if you travel long enough everywhere becomes 'home', and I'm beginning to see the truth in that. The children and I covered over a thousand miles travelling coast to coast - no hardship, I've always loved long drives, the possibility of road trips (and yes, there is nothing like coming from a concrete compound in a desert to appreciate that freedom ...). First stop was our last UK home - the…
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    Blue Duck Copy

  • Content Curation Startup Livefyre Raises $47M

    Jamie
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:39 pm
      Content Curation Startup Livefyre Raises $47M More, Brings On Adobe And Salesforce As New Investors | TechCrunch Livefyre is announcing that it has raised $47 million in new funding. Livefyre was originally known as a commenting platform (we used it for a while at TechCrunch), but its been expanding beyond that with moves like the acquisition of social curation startup Storify and the launch of Livefyre Studio, which basically allows publishers to gather user generated content from anywhere online, and to republish it anywhere in turn. Livefyre sees the UGCprocess as falling into four…
  • Web Scraping: 4 WordPress Plugins To Prevent It

    Jamie
    8 Feb 2013 | 12:21 pm
    See on Scoop.it – freelance copywriting Web scraping steals your content, claims it is their own, and sometimes there is no way of proving otherwise. These 4 WordPress plugins prevent it.   Jamie Simmerman‘s insight: Content scraping is NOT the same as curation. Curation is selectively choosing content that is relevant to your business or audience, and sharing that content (usually along with your two cents).   Content scrapers are the bane of the Internet. They throw up a website, scrap content from anywhere they can get it to collect keywords and topics of interest…
  • Matt Cutts Talks Keyword Density

    Jamie
    8 Feb 2013 | 12:15 pm
    See on Scoop.it – freelance copywriting Jamie Simmerman‘s insight: Keyword density SEO campaigns are bad for businesses.   There is no magic formula” for keyword density that will automatically get you to page one of the SERPS. If there was, every business website would use it and the whole thing would be useless. Common sense tells you that any SEO company who promises front page ranking is blowing hot air.   If you want to boost your SEO, “don’t annoy your readers” and write for your readers, not search engines. Natural, sioled keyword usage is…
  • Top 10 Simple Things Every Computer User Should Know How to Do

    Jamie
    8 Sep 2012 | 10:08 am
    See on Scoop.it – Inner Geek I love the battery saving tips from Life Hacker! Learn how to share files between computers, perform maintenance on your computer and  how to use keyboard shortcuts. Now go out and manage your online business like a BOSS! See on lifehacker.com
  • Post-Penguin SEO Link Building: The Naked (URL) Truth | Search Engine Journal

    Jamie
    31 Aug 2012 | 1:55 pm
    See on Scoop.it – freelance copywriting So much of SEO can be subjective, but this solid post frpm Search Engine Journal details how Google’s new Penguin algorithm update affects your anchor text in provided internal links. A must-read for all SEO copywriters. See on www.searchenginejournal.com
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    WritersDigest.com

  • WD Poetic Form Challenge: Erasure Winner

    Robert Lee Brewer
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    For the erasure poetic form challenge, there were fewer entries than usual, which was not entirely surprising. As such, I selected a winner and Top 5 list. The winning entry is “a chatter of tongues,” by Tracy Davidson, which used Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights as a source. “a chatter of tongues,” by Tracy Davidson a chatter of tongues clatter of copper saucepans and silver tankards laden with legs of mutton a couple of horse-pistols a dark-skinned gypsy an erect handsome figure with vexatious phlegm first feathery flakes shiver through every limb heap of dead…
  • Science Fiction Writing Tips: How to Make a Vampire Not Suck

    Guest Column
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    For years now I’ve been very open and public about my hatred of vampires. If I were a delegate to the United Nations I would call for a UN resolution banning vampires from all popular culture and all media for a period of at least ten years. Never in all of human history has a monster been more tired, unoriginal, and just plain done as vampires are right now. There is no such thing as a good vampire story. They’re all stupid, derivative, boring, and clichéd. Whew. That felt good. This guest post is by Philip Athans. Philip is the former senior managing editor for TSR/Wizards of the…
  • New Literary Agent Alert: Jesse Finkelstein of Transatlantic Literary

    Chuck Sambuchino
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Jesse Finkelstein of Transatlantic Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.     About Jesse: Last fall, Jesse joined fellow Page Two principal Trena White in forming an alliance with The Transatlantic Agency. At Page Two, the two publishing experts consult authors and businesses on both traditional and non-traditional publishing strategy. As associate agents of Transatlantic, Finkelstein and White also secure book deals for…
  • 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Lisa Freeman

    Adrienne Crezo
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    BY LISA FREEMAN In “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” writers at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from Lisa Freeman, author of HONEY GIRL (Sky Pony Press, March 2015). There is no excuse. Nothing can stop you. Once I take failure out of the equation, it’s amazing how quickly I can succeed. The trick to this is to always be ready to write. Carry your pen, paper,…
  • Get in Good With Goodreads

    Guest Column
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Whenever I’m asked about the secrets to succeeding as an author, I focus on two pieces of advice, which, of course, go hand in hand: (1) Frequently release books people love so much they’ll tell others about them, and (2) Learn to utilize Goodreads. If you can master the first, and use the second to get the word out, you’ll have an excellent writing career. But many authors have told me they find Goodreads confusing. The purpose of this article is to educate you about the venue and help you maximize its potential. This guest post is by Michael J. Sullivan. Michael is a veteran author…
 
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • Respecting Your Writer’s Voice

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:16 am
    “It’s critically important to find an editor who will respect your writer’s voice and not try to change it into her own.” Electric agreement surged through  the room during a Penn Writers self-publishing workshop offered last weekend by acclaimed Pittsburgh author Kathleen Shoop. Heads nodded, and a ripple of “Mmm hmm” rose and fell. I exchanged nods with friends sitting on both sides. Then a memory tempered my thought. Ten years ago a group fondly referred to as “angel editors” banded together to help a mutual friend – I’ll call him Will – hammer a complex memoir…
  • How and Why to Write about JOY

    16 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    This advice to talk about our joys struck home with me when I saw it the other day. Not surprisingly, I immediately thought how it applies to writing – specifically to life writing – and how happy stories spread joy.In The Heart and Craft of Lifewriting, I discuss the way many people tend to shy away from discussing success and joy. “I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging,” some people say. “I don’t people to envy me,” or “I don’t want them to think I think I’m better than they are,” or “I don’t want to make people sad because they missed out.” These are valid…
  • Hidden Treasures

    7 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    I just discovered a  hidden treasure trove. I’m glad I didn’t give into the urge to purge. I almost tossed old sympathy letters unread. What relevance, I wondered, could I possibly find in condolence letters written to my now-deceased mother-in-law nearly fifty years ago when her husband died? What a surprise to find that I’m learning so much from reading between the lines. I hardly knew my father-in-law, Ezra Lippincott. We never lived near them and had only been married six years when he died. Quite likely he found his son’s young wife as baffling as I found him. We never…
  • A Grounding [TAP?] Root of the Tree of Life Writing

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:10 am
    Guest post by Denis Ledoux, founder of The Memoir Network.Just as with so many big projects in life, you’ll benefit by taking a moment to consider why you ought to start—or continue—to write this memoir of yours that is intriguing you and what role you anticipate it will play in your life.I like to think of my thoughts below as one of the roots of the Tree Of Life Writing that needs to be nurtured.You may not know it yet, but your impulse to write is probably solid.In late autumn of 1988, as people were hunkering down for another Maine winter, I was asked to read from my first…
  • To Finish or Bail?

    18 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    When do you bail out on a story? That’s not an easy decision for yourself, and even harder when someone asks for  your opinion. A couple of days ago, one of my writing buddies sent me an essay she’d planned to post on her blog, but wasn’t sure about. “Is this too boring? Should I post it?” I knew she’d struggled with that piece and put a lot of heart in it, but after a quick read, my answer was “No. Do not post this. It actually is boring, and here’s why.” Along with my reasons, framed as suggestions future stories and essays, I included the following personal…
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    Published and Profitable Writers Tips Blog

  • Dorie Clark Shares Tips for Standing Out in Your Field

    Roger C. Parker
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    If you’re looking for ways to stand out in your field, join me when I interview Dorie Clark in my latest Author Thought Leadership series. I’ll be interviewing Dorie Clark about her new book, Stand Out: How to Develop Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It on Tuesday, April 7, at 4:00 PM EDT. …a writing, speaking, and coaching dynamo Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and in-demand speaker. Her brand is reinforced by her frequent contributions to A-list blogs like the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Entrepreneur, and the…
  • Subscription Marketing: A Guide to Nuturing Customers & Readers

    Roger C. Parker
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Subscription Marketing shares proven strategies for nurturing long-term customer relationships in a world of churn. It’s an exceptionally for authors and businesses looking for ways to build lasting relationships with customers, prospects, and readers. Anne Janzer’s Subscription Marketing already shows signs of becoming one of 2015′s most important content marketing books. It’s been favorably reviewed by leading marketing authorities, like David Meerman Scott, Ann Handley, Joe Pulizzi, and others. A model for successful business books In addition to the valuable…
  • Cheryl Snapp Conner’s Viral Marketing Lessons

    Roger C. Parker
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Click the image to hear Cheryl Snapp Conner discuss her Forbes blog post that attracted over 9 million views! During my interview with Forbes contributor  Cheryl Snapp Conner, she described the circumstances behind her record-breaking blog post and the lessons that can be drawn from its success. Our discussion expanded to a discussion of authentic content and the difference between authentic and manipulated viral marketing. Cheryl also shared the story behind her choice of format and publisher for her Beyond PR: Communicate Like a Champ in the Digital Age. Before listening to the recorded…
  • Forbes Blogger to Share the Story Behind Her Blog Post that Went Viral (Over 9 Million Views!)

    Roger C. Parker
    14 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Join me next week when I interview Forbes blogger, Cheryl Snapp Conner, who is uniquely qualified to discuss blog posts that “go viral,” attracting millions of viewers. As described in her recent blog post, Can You Make a Viral Message On Purpose?, when Cheryl Snapp Conner discovered Amy Morin’s 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, Amy’s post had already been viewed over a hundred thousand times. But, after Cheryl included Amy’s list on the Forbes blog, her post was soon viewed over a million times–a number that continues to grow. It’s…
  • New Podcasting Mind Map for Content Marketers

    Roger C. Parker
    14 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    This new podcasting mind map template saves authors and content marketers time preparing podcasts and interviews. If you use podcasts as a regular part of your content marketing, you should check out this two-part series that appeared on Mindjet’s Conspire Blog: Part 1 describes the importance of using mind maps to plan, produce, and track your podcasts. It includes an example of a mind map I created for a recent interview with best-selling author, Amy Morin, author of 13 Things that Mentally Strong people Don’t Do. Part 2, includes a sample Mindjet MindManager template you can…
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    Writing Forward

  • Goodreads Giveaway and a Quick Announcement

    Melissa Donovan
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    This week, I’m giving away a free copy of 1200 Creative Writing Prompts, but before I get into the details of the contest, I’d like to share a special announcement with you. My Debut Novel A few days ago, I published my debut novel, which is titled Engineered Underground. It’s the first book in my science-fiction Metamorphosis Series. The book is currently available for Kindle and as a paperback from Amazon, and it will be available in all other bookstores by July. Plus the Kindle edition is on sale for just 99¢ until this Friday, April 3, 2015. If you like science fiction,…
  • Style Guides for Good Grammar and Consistency

    Melissa Donovan
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Using style guides for consistency and good grammar. When we’re writing, we run into a lot of technical issues. Where do the quotation marks go? When is it correct to use a comma? How should titles be formatted? Some of these questions are answered by the rules of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. But other questions are not addressed by grammar. There’s no official rule for how to format a title. We writers need trusted resources that we can use to resolve all these issues, especially if we want to produce work that is both grammatically correct and stylistically consistent.
  • Self-Expression in Creative Writing

    Melissa Donovan
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Do you use creative writing for self-expression? A lot of young people first come to creative writing because they have a burning desire to express themselves. Emotions are running high, ideas are flying, and opinions are in full supply. What better way to get it all off your chest than writing it down? Self-expression is the heart and soul of all forms of creative writing from fiction and poetry to memoirs and essays. We combine our inner thoughts and feelings with what we perceive in the outer world and put it into words. When we balance what’s happening inside with what’s…
  • Writing Tips: Writing is Rewriting

    Melissa Donovan
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Writing tips: writing is rewriting. Or is it? Those of us who spend a lot of time studying the craft of writing inevitably come across bits of writing advice that we hear over and over again: show don’t tell, write what you know, and kill your darlings. These writing tips can be a bit cryptic, but the one about revisions is crystal clear: writing is rewriting. The intention is to get ideas out of your head and onto the page (or the screen, as the case may be) as quickly as possible without worrying about grammar, spelling, and punctuation. You don’t need to get the details right.
  • Creative Writing Prompts Inspired by the Seasons

    Melissa Donovan
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Celebrate the seasons with these creative writing prompts. Writers and artists, and human beings in general, have always been inspired by the cycle of nature. The seasons provide a rotating backdrop for our lives. They mark the passage of time, and they represent change–moving on and letting go. A season can provide a setting for your story or the subject for your poem. Seasons can function as metaphors. They can bring challenges for characters in the form of severe weather and natural disasters. Even the absence of seasons will affect a piece of writing. On a tropical island, the…
 
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    We Are Change

  • Tips And Advice For Jose Rodriguez Starting His Own News Organization

    Luke Rudkowski
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:48 pm
    We Are Change Please Login to view this content. (Not a member? Join Today!)The post Tips And Advice For Jose Rodriguez Starting His Own News Organization appeared first on We Are Change.
  • This Is How TSA Decides if You Might Be Acting Like a Terrorist

    alecope88
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:37 am
    We Are Change Source: National Journal Next time you go through airport security, do your best to avoid yawning, whistling, or complaining too much: Any of those behaviors could make you look like a terrorist in the eyes of a Transportation Security Administration screening agent, according to newly disclosed government documents. A secret 92-point checklist, obtained and published Friday by The Intercept, reveals for the first time what kind of passenger behavior can merit a red flag for TSA agents responsible for pulling possible terrorists and criminals out of airport security lines. The…
  • Sao Paulo Will Fine Anyone $150 who Complains About Mothers Who Breastfeed in Public

    alecope88
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
    We Are Change (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) SOURCE: USA Today If you’re shocked by the sight of a woman breastfeeding — it might be time to get over it. The World Health Organization says breast milk is the “best source of nourishment” for a young child, and health authorities across the planet recommend mothers nurse their babies for at least the first six months of life to protect them against infectious diseases and optimize their development. Breastfed babies not only have better chances of survival, they are also more successful in life, a new study shows. A long-term…
  • Canada fury: Week of austerity protests brings tens of thousands onto Quebec streets

    alecope88
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    We Are Change Tens of thousands take to the streets across the Canadian province of Quebec to protest new regional budget cuts. The post Canada fury: Week of austerity protests brings tens of thousands onto Quebec streets appeared first on We Are Change.
  • Leave Facebook if you don’t want to be spied on, warns EU

    alecope88
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    We Are Change SOURCE: The Guardian The European Commission has warned EU citizens that they should close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security services, finding that current Safe Harbour legislation does not protect citizen’s data. The comments were made by EC attorney Bernhard Schima in a case brought by privacy campaigner Maximilian Schrems, looking at whether the data of EU citizens should be considered safe if sent to the US in a post-Snowden revelation landscape. “You might consider closing your Facebook account, if you have one,” Schima…
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    Work-in-Progress

  • Learn How to Write Better Essays, Tweet by Tweet

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    Who says Twitter is banal?  Writer/essayist Roxane Gay (@rgay) gave an impromptu tweet-by-tweet, Q&A tutorial on how to write essays, which has been captured in its entirety.Excerpt:do you think essays have to have a specific "point"? Is comedy a good enough purpose? Purpose matters in all things. Humor needs to give shape to an idea of some kind.but must there be a rhetorical point? Is expression of experience ever enough? ie,poems don't NEED a point, just a POV (in my opinion) Why should someone care about the expression of experience? That's why purpose matters Read…
  • P&P Bookstore ISO Writing about DC

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    Politics & Prose Bookstore is reading for District Lines, its annual(ish) anthology of writing that captures the DC area:We are now accepting submissions—poems, essays, short stories, coherent musings and ramblings, scribbles, comics, photographs, or graphics—that capture a sense of people or place in D.C. and the surrounding metropolitan neighborhoods. Work must be original and previously unpublished. Prose (fiction and non-fiction) should be under 3,000 words.The deadline is May 31, and you can read more here (be sure to follow the guidelines exactly!):…
  • Why a Writer Must Care about Place

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    In her blog, writer and teacher Patty Smith recommends a wonderful writing exercise based on this quotation:To provoke [my students] — I quote Scott Russell Sanders in his book Staying Put: Making Home in a Restless World: … “…how can you value other places if you don’t have one of your own? If you are not yourself placed, then you wander the world like a sightseer, a collector of sensations, with no gauge for measuring what you see. Local knowledge is the grounding for global knowledge. Those who care about nothing beyond the confines of their parish are in…
  • Novel Critiques Offered by Dzanc Books

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    Here’s a message from Dan Wickett, co-founder of Dzanc Books, a wonderful and top-quality small press:I'm now critiquing novel openings. Here's the pitch: Co-founder of Dzanc Books and one who has opened and read thousands of manuscripts with an eye toward acceptance, I would be reading and critiquing the first two chapters of your novel manuscript (or up to 40 pages) with that same eye, but as a reader and not as if I'm looking to accept or reject your novel--my critique would be a letter detailing what caught my eye, both good and bad, and where I was at when honestly were I…
  • Teeth that Bite: An Interview with Marlin Barton, Author of Pasture Art

    18 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
     By Kevin WelchThe magic of the short story seems outshined by the glitz of the best-seller, soon-to-be-a-major-motion-picture, box-office smash complete with new Hollywood cover shot of an actor’s photo-shopped face. I’m not poo-pooing success—who wouldn’t want to see Matt Damon or Claire Danes playing our characters?—just noting that stars falling from the sky and landing on a book’s cover shouldn’t necessarily be the depth of our literary blind date. Some of the stories that stick with us the most are those finished in a dentist’s waiting room, a lunch break, or even…
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    Quips and Tips for Writers

  • How to Find the Courage to Write

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Successful writers know how to find the courage to write – especially when they’re scared! These tips are inspired by William Faulkner’s famous writing quip about killing your darlings, and by The Parable of the Mountain... The post How to Find the Courage to Write appeared first on Quips and Tips for Writers.
  • Writing Motivation for Struggling Writers

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    The Parable of the Poor Farmer is the perfect storm of writing motivation for writers who are struggling to write a book, chapter, page, or even a sentence. My tips on how to stay... The post Writing Motivation for Struggling Writers appeared first on Quips and Tips for Writers.
  • How to Deal With Writing Distractions

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    These tips for dealing with distractions as a writer are inspired by a parable about James Joyce, and will help you develop the productivity of a writer like Stephen King. Learning how to deal... The post How to Deal With Writing Distractions appeared first on Quips and Tips for Writers.
  • How to Become a Photojournalist

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    These five tips for becoming a photojournalist (or a travel writer, truth be told) are inspired by the parable of the Tiger and Strawberries, and based on an article called “10 Tips for Selling... The post How to Become a Photojournalist appeared first on Quips and Tips for Writers.
  • Why You Can’t Write – 5 Causes of Writer’s Block

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    8 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    Why can’t you write? Before you can overcome writer’s block, you need to find the source. Here are five causes of writer’s block and a Sioux Indian parable about awareness, to help you stay... The post Why You Can’t Write – 5 Causes of Writer’s Block appeared first on Quips and Tips for Writers.
 
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    About Freelance Writing

  • Secrets About Freelance Writing Samples, Tearsheets and Clips

    Anne Wayman
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    Often ads and market listings for magazines and other publications will call for writing samples. These are also known as ‘clips’ and as ‘tear sheets’ which is spelled both as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Attitude Is Key To Successful Marketing For Freelance Writers

    Anne Wayman
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    When I look at my own writing career, and when I talk to other freelance writers, it becomes apparent that there really is a single secret to successful marketing. It’s not the deathless prose... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Successful Writers Follow Up With Clients & Editors

    Anne Wayman
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    In comments, I got this question: An editor gets back to you, sounding interested and suggesting tweaks to your idea. Within 24 hours you get back to them with more research and a fresh outline,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Finding Freelance Writing Work: Luck or Strategy?

    Anne Wayman
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    By Allison VanNest, of Grammarly.com The luck of the freelancer is a fickle thing. Before you throw in the towel and start filling out job applications, try changing your freelance strategy instead.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Ways To Sell Your Writing Without Selling Out

    Anne Wayman
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    Freelance writers often worry that if they market their writing and themselves they may be selling out. When I hear this, I’m always quick to ask what they actually mean by selling out and I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    EditorUnleashed

  • Google mind control

    editoradmin
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    This is a guest post by someone who wants to remain anonymous. He apologizes in advance for the poor grammar in places. Google has recently published a research paper about using facts to help rank sites… this basically means the end of opinions which do not meet Google guidelines! Google says one of its aims ...
  • Back

    editoradmin
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    The last time I was here blogging on EditorUnleashed was quite a while ago now, in fact it has been over 4 years ago now. In those 4 years the domain dropped and spammers took over EditorUnleashed posting a whole load of spam ripped from Wikipedia and the spammers were spamming about “creative writing” services ...
  • Q&A: Agent Donald Maass

    editoradmin
    7 Apr 2010 | 4:10 am
    This is a guestpost by the writer Eros-Alegra Clarke for the EditorUnleashed. As a mother, I find that parenting analogies come easily to me when contemplating the process of writing. Regardless of whether a writer is a biological parent or not, I think most writers have a sense of ‘raising’ their stories. After all, most ...
  • “Why I Write” Popular Ranking Starts Today!

    editoradmin
    1 Feb 2010 | 3:14 am
    Popular Ranking for the Editor Unleashed/Smashwords Why I Write Essay Contest begins at 12 noon EST today!Ranking will take place from Feb. 1 – Feb. 28 on the Editor Unleashed forum. You must be a registered forum member to participate in essay ranking (registration is free). Here’s how to vote: 1. We’re using the star ...
  • A Writer’s Resolutions

    editoradmin
    10 Jan 2010 | 3:16 am
    Guest post by Alegra Clarke Every year my husband and I make two lists on New Year’s Eve. One of the lists is of our resolutions, the other is our requests. We like to look at resolutions as things that we know we can achieve by our own efforts. The requests represent our dreams and ...
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    Bad Language

  • Social media success in 6 hours a week

    Clare Dodd
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    6 hours a week; an hour a day (with two on Wednesday); three working days a month. For businesses on the up and busy managers, it probably sounds like quite a lot of time, especially since you probably feel like you could do with three more days a month, not three less. But when you look at what you can achieve in those six little hours, they might not seem so daunting. The power of six hours According to the Social Media Examiner’s 2014 industry report, nearly two thirds (64 percent) of marketers are using social media for six hours or more a week, and of those marketers: More than…
  • Essential business grammar lesson ten: differentiating good and well

    Clare Dodd
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    How was your day at work? A common question heard in houses around the country after 5pm. But what’s the right answer? It was good. It was well. Perhaps that’s an easy example. ‘It was well’ sounds odd, doesn’t it? Let’s consider an even simpler question. How are you? I’m good. I’m well. Not so clear this time right? In this case, the difference is in the verb. You need to ask yourself: are you using a linking verb or an action verb? Only then can you understand the difference between good and well. Linking verbs Linking verbs are those that connect two items. The most…
  • Marketing telepathy: what content do my leads want to see?

    Katelyn Piontek
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Fifty percent of generated leads are not ready to make a final purchase decision when they enter the sales funnel. To hold their attention until they are ready to buy, you have to understand the process they’re going through and what content is appropriate each step of the way. The journey HubSpot splits the buyer process into three stages: awareness, evaluation and purchase. They define the purpose and format that content should fulfil in each: Awareness. Content and offers in the form of whitepapers, ebooks and checklists should educate the buyer. Evaluation. Content will inform the…
  • Essential business grammar lesson nine: hyphenation

    Clare Dodd
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    Hyphens are short dashes that join two words in a variety of circumstances. These words might be adjectives describing a noun, Everett is a forty-seven-year-old analyst. Or prefixes to words, which modify them without confusion. Oliver is semi-involved in that project, but he’s more focused on manufacturing practices. Compound adjectives A compound adjective is a descriptor made of two or more separate adjectives that act as one. When a compound adjective comes before the noun, a hyphen is required. When a compound adjective comes after the noun, there is no hyphen. The well-written…
  • Flying high with Business Superbrands 2015

    Clare Dodd
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    Monday 2nd March marked the annual announcement of the Business Superbrands rankings, with British Airways (BA) not only topping the list for the first time, but also topping the 2015 Consumer Superbrands, firmly establishing them as the UK’s favourite brand. The secret is out! Huge congrats @British_Airways who have topped both #SuperbrandsUK 2015 surveys! Check them out http://t.co/fUYr5jzFPV — Superbrands UK (@SuperbrandsUK) March 2, 2015 ‘It’s an incredible achievement for British Airways,’ says Stephen Cheliotis, Chief Executive of The Centre for Brands Analysis…
 
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    Ben Crowder

  • Life sketches in Family Tree

    Ben
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    I’ve been doing more family history lately (more on that soon), and one thing I’ve started doing is writing simple life sketches for each ancestor and putting them in Family Tree. For example, I took the data for Manuela Gandara Cobo and wrote this: Manuela Gandara Cobo was born around 1811 in Setién (Marina de Cudeyo, Santander, Spain) to José Gandara Valdecilla of Ceceñas (Medio Cudeyo, Santander, eight kilometers from Setién) and Josefa Cobo of Setién. She was the second oldest of five children that we know of (she had an older brother, Manuel, younger sisters Nicolasa and…
  • Alien Egg Sac no. 312, Before the Devastation of Earth

    Ben
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    Made in Blender, postprocessed in Photoshop.
  • Spacesnake and Its Prey

    Ben
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Made in Blender, postprocessed in Photoshop.
  • Paperdog

    Ben
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Made in Blender, postprocessed in Photoshop.
  • Thai consonants chart

    Ben
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    I’ve wanted to put the Thai alphabet up on our wall so my kids can start learning it, and I’ve learned a lot about design since I made the Thai script card (which was really just a touchup on an existing card design I received in the MTC), so I made a new Thai consonants chart: This one adds the consonant class (low/medium/high) and colors the initial consonant transliteration so it’s clearer. I made it in PlotDevice, using a setup very similar to the Latin conjugation charts — YAML data file with a script that turns it into a PDF. I’m planning to make two…
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    Write to Done

  • Inspiration for Writing: 10 Quotes to Get Your Juices Flowing

    Mary Jaksch
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:52 pm
     If your inspiration for writing isn’t flowing, gaze at each of these ten quotes.Let your mind roam free and they will trigger ideas and inspire you.As the quote by Thomas Merton above implies, we both find ourselves and lose ourselves in the creative process.And it takes courage. Writing takes courage.  Writing changes us.Each idea, each sentence we write changes us, because awareness is irreversible. But what about the people around us who tell us that we can’t do it, that we should set our sights lower?Mark Twain says:Keep away from people who try to…
  • Writing Prompt Challenge: Why is She Fleeing?

    Mary Jaksch
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Why is she fleeing?Can you come up with a mini-story of not more than 350 words?In case you’re not familiar with our Writing Prompt Challenge here’s how it works:We set the sceneYou make it your own, andShare your creation in the comments section of this post Now for the ground rules:Your story must be 350 words or less.Your work must be original and not previously published.WTD provides an encouraging and safe environment for writers to grow and learn from each other. We’d love you to comment on other people’s submissions in a friendly and supportive manner.This month’s…
  • 10 Tools to Help You Keep Writing

    Pooja Lohana
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    Do you rush to your writing desk when inspiration hits you?Of course you do!The muse has arrived.But, inevitably, the muse will depart, and leave you feeling deflated.Now all you have is the blank computer screen.How do you keep writing?A coffee fix to come unstuck? Visit Twitter? Or follow some new friends on Instagram?Such distractions may help, but when it comes to getting you back in the zone, these can be huge time-wasters, leading you into a downward spiral.You need more than a distraction to get back, and keep writing.Here’s a list of online tools for the busy and serious…
  • What Are YOU Writing?

    Mary Jaksch
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:04 pm
    What are you working on right now?We’d love to know here at WritetoDone!A novel? A blog post? Your best article ever? A poem? A film script?Maybe you’ve just finished something you’re really proud of? Or you just can’t tell whether it should get a Pulitzer or be thrown into the trash?Here’s your chance to share and discuss with each other what you’re writing about.Whet our appetite with the opening paragraph of your future bestseller or give us a link to your best article.Tell us: what are you writing at the moment?Who knows, your piece might even attract…
  • How to Always Have a Bagful of Exciting Writing Ideas

    Tal Valante
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    How intimately do you know the blank, virginal screen?Do you have a love-hate relationship with it?On the one hand are many writing options, waiting to unfold.On the other, a dread of the unknown that freezes your fingers.And always, that vast, nagging question: what shall I write about?Take heart!You’re surrounded by brilliant writing ideas waiting only for you to grab them and transform them into riveting pieces.Whether you write a blog, fiction, or non-fiction, inspiration is all around you. Here are some ways to make your daily life an endless source of writing ideas.1. Mix Up…
 
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    Lisa Romeo Writes

  • Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- March 27, 2015 Edition

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    > On their web "channel," the Los Angeles Review of Books is publishing a new literary journal, The Offing. And they're paying (a little), and the first wave of submissions was so strong, they're already closed to more (but re-opening on March 30).  (via Harriet Blog/Poetry Foundation)> Literary Hub, set to launch on April 8, an effort by publishers, bookstores, publications, and literary organizations, promises it "will feature original and curated content about books and the people who write them, read them, love them."> Poets & Writers has an app  for keeping up…
  • Guest Blogger Lucy Ferriss on Why She Had to Learn to Write Badly

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    I met Lucy Ferriss at a memoir conference at Trinity College in 2007. I was less than one year into a low-residency MFA program, and between on-campus residencies (at University of Southern Maine), I often went in search of literary community and inspiration closer to home (Hartford, Connecticut being only two hours away). Lucy was the conference organizer, and had put together a craft-packed and busy weekend which fulfilled my wish list. If memory serves, we also shared a meal and some lively discourse. Months later, I was pleased to find one of her creative nonfiction pieces alongside…
  • Author Interview with Lisa Lenzo on her short story collection, Strange Love

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    A couple of years ago, I was fortunate to occasionally edit essays and short stories for Brain, Child magazine—a most enjoyable freelance editing gig. That's how I met Lisa Lenzo, whose short story collection, Strange Love (Wayne State University Press) was published in 2014. I so enjoyed working with her on "Aliens," a story that first appeared in Brain, Child, that I knew I'd want to follow-up one day with an author interview. When I read the book, I was captivated not only by Lisa's prose, storycraft, and characters, but by the setting along Lake Michigan, and the role the lake and…
  • My Husband and I Didn't Have a "Meet-Cute" Moment. So of course, I wrote about it.

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    Personal nonfiction writers often ponder the delicate issue of writing about loved ones, in particular spouses, a subject I once spent months researching. What I found, and have observed, is that most contemporary memoir and personal essay writers fall into (or straddle) three categories:- show work to a spouse while it's still in very early draft form, giving him/her full veto power to delete anything- share it only in late stages of editing, with either (a) a willingness to discuss cuts, but no guarantees; or (b) just as a heads-up- stay mum until publicationI'm mostly in the second…
  • Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- February 20, 2015 Edition

    20 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    > Ann Hood--novelist, memoirist, essayist, editor, teacher--talks about her latest novel, her start as a writer, process, and much more, in an interview at The Writer. She was one of my MFA mentors, and I continue to learn from her, always.> If you're here, you're a reader. Maybe you'd like to up your reading tally for the year? Check out the 50 Book Pledge (or 75, 100, 150, 200).> The New York Times Sunday Magazine has been "re-launched" (and redesigned, re-imagined) in print and online. Except for those (like me) who are upset at the loss of the Lives column as a…
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    Will Write For Food

  • Who Says You Must Write First Thing? I Don’t!

    diannejacob
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    You’ve read a million times that writers need to write as soon as they get up or as soon as they get to their desks. It’s the conventional wisdom passed down by writing teachers and experts everywhere. Here’s my dirty little secret: I don’t write first thing. Why not? I have a different process for shallow work and [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I Earn a Living Because of My Blog, Not From It

    diannejacob
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    A guest post by Amy Sherman Right now there’s a lot of buzz about how hard it is to earn an income from food blogging. I find it hard to be part of those discussions because I have never looked at blogging as a way to earn a living. I think of my food blog [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Amateur Gourmet Shocks Fans with an Announcement

    diannejacob
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Last week Adam Roberts of Amateur Gourmet led the news among food bloggers with two major online events. On his blog, he stunned fans by announcing that his advertising income has dropped so far that he can’t make a living from blogging anymore, and he wondered if he will continue. (I’ll get to the second event at the end of this post.) [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Bryant Terry Sells Cookbooks Through Appearances

    diannejacob
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    (Photo by Paige Green) Four-time cookbook author and food activist Bryant Terry loves to perform, whether addressing a conference crowd, singing, or demonstrating how to cook a dish. It’s all part of getting his message across that good food should be a right, not a privilege. At all of these events, he’s also selling cookbooks. I’ve attended [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 17 Useful Links for Food Bloggers and Writers

    diannejacob
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:45 pm
    I adore links that teach me how to be better at what I do. Sometimes people send them to me, and sometimes I discover them online. I cull through dozens to find the best information for food writers. As a result, these kinds of lists are some of my most popular posts. This particular list came [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Fiction Notes

  • My 4000 Word Day: Prewriting

    Darcy Pattison
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    The Aliens Inc, Chapter Book Series Try Book 1 for Free Last Friday, I wrote 4000 new words on my WIP novel. That’s a great day for me. But it was only possible because Thursday was a planning day. When I work with students and teachers, I encourage lots of prewriting. My book, Writing for the Common Core, is essentially a book of prewriting activities. Here’s the thing: as professional writers, we know that our best writing comes with revision. That’s what students need to do, also: revise. However, that often devolves into merely copying a piece and cleaning up…
  • My UnEasy Relationship with Metaphors

    Darcy Pattison
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:20 am
    The Aliens Inc, Chapter Book Series Try Book 1 for Free There’s an apocryphal story about a writer who worked hard all day. In the morning, he inserted a semi-colon; in the afternoon, he removed a semi-colon. This morning, I inserted a metaphor; this afternoon, I removed the metaphor. Metaphors continue to be a thorn in my side. I appreciate when I’m reading a story or novel and there’s an apt metaphor. It adds to my enjoyment because it expands the story and creates new connections. Such glimpses into the thought process of another human are one of the joys of reading. Yet, when I sit…
  • 8 Things Writers Do When Life is Crazy: The Crazy Writing Life

    Darcy Pattison
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    The Aliens Inc, Chapter Book Series Try Book 1 for Free Life has been crazy the last two weeks and I’ve struggled to keep up. There’s been a major family crisis, a funeral, major snow storms, and illnesses. In spite of all of that, people get up and go to work. Writers must do the same thing: when life throws us crazy, we spin it into something useful. Accounting. With April 15 almost upon us, I found the extra time at home useful for doing accounting. Not sexy. Not writing. But necessary stuff. (The fact that I’ve been in accounting hell has more to do with my background…
  • Advice to Academy Award Winners: Trust Your Art

    Darcy Pattison
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    The Aliens Inc, Chapter Book Series Try Book 1 for Free As I watched the Academy Awards last week, I was struck by how little the winners trusted their works of art. The ceremony was peppered with political statements for one cause or another. (Don’t misread: I have sympathies for these causes, but not for taking over the ceremony to smash us over the head with the cause.) There were pleas for women’s rights, civil rights, gay rights, and disability rights. Really? Their work of art, the film that was being recognized, had already said what needed to be said in poignant, touching,…
  • A Big Storytelling DON’T: Messing with Timelines

    Darcy Pattison
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The Aliens Inc, Chapter Book Series Try Book 1 for Free Writers should respect timelines. Ten years ago, I taught writing at a university and the world-wide-web was just coming online and theories of hypertext fiction were bouncing around. One popular theme of these stories was that the timeline didn’t matter. Imagine a central event and going out from that, like spokes in a wheel were the other story events. The theories said that non-linear stories were possible; translated, that means a story’s timeline didn’t matter. Since then, we’ve seen stories that mess with the timeline with…
 
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    WritersDigest.com » There Are No Rules Blog by the Editors of Writer’s Digest

  • 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Lisa Freeman

    Adrienne Crezo
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    BY LISA FREEMAN In “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” writers at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from Lisa Freeman, author of HONEY GIRL (Sky Pony Press, March 2015). There is no excuse. Nothing can stop you. Once I take failure out of the equation, it’s amazing how quickly I can succeed. The trick to this is to always be ready to write. Carry your pen, paper,…
  • What We Can Learn From Multi-Genre Authors

    Jessica Strawser
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    Credit: Andy Ryan/HISTORY One of my favorite parts of my job as editor of Writer’s Digest is overseeing our WD Interview cover stories in every issue—deciding who to feature, making sure we’re hosting a conversation that covers ground our readers won’t find elsewhere, and quite often even conducting the interviews and crafting the profiles myself. I’ve always firmly believed that the key to a strong interview is to do your homework beforehand. (Have you ever read or witnessed a Q&A with an author where it’s obvious that the interviewer hasn’t read any of that person’s…
  • Tips for the Writer With No Routine

    Adrienne Crezo
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    BY ERIN ENTRADA KELLY To enter to win a copy of BLACKBIRD FLY, leave a comment—share your best tip for finding or keeping a writing routine, tell your “how I got organized” story, or just say hi to Erin Entrada Kelly. All comments count as an entry, but each commenter will be considered only once regardless of the number of comments. A winner will be chosen at random on APRIL 6, 2015. Good luck! Years ago, I was a young journalist sitting in Ernest Gaines’ living room. He had just been nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. His Lafayette home was well-organized,…
  • Have an Agent Critique Your Entire Picture Book or the First 10 Pages of Your YA/MG Book: Agent One-on-One Boot Camp Starts April 20

    Chuck Sambuchino
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:05 pm
    The world of children’s books-young adult, middle grade and picture books-has seen more growth in the last ten years than any other category in the publishing industry. Countless articles and op-eds have analyzed the booming success of now-iconic series like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Fancy Nancy. But while critics are debating the triumph of a particular series, readers-both children and adults-are clamoring for more books and new titles that will enchant and entertain them. But in such a competitive market, how do you make your book stand out as a quality submission? How do…
  • 12 Workplace Skills to Apply to Your Writing Career

    Adrienne Crezo
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    BY LISA TENER Katherine quit her pharmaceutical sales job in Colorado and moved back east to write her book. She hunkered down in a snug condo and imagined writing in her light-filled sunroom. Despite more time on her hands than ever, she went days without writing. Within six months she took another sales job and told herself she’d failed. A gutsy move, to leave behind the security of a corporate job—or any job, for that matter—and devote yourself full-time to your writing. Yet unless you have a solid plan for managing your new career, you could needlessly find yourself back to the…
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    The Truth About Lies

  • #515

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    For my FatherDutifully I dial the number and ask for him. He answers andbrick by brick we build a conversation. Progressively the pausesbecome more frequentand intense. Finally we replace our receivers, each regretting not having saidwhat he had no words to say. Somehow I love himyet cannot reach him. 8 June 1979   Leaving home was hard for me. It was harder for my father. If I was no longer under his roof I was no longer under his control. He would have to trust that he’d done a good job. Train up a child in the way he should go,And when he is old he will not depart from…
  • #501

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    BirdsThe eyesof Menare filledwith birds. Often thesefalter andfall. The birdsstand for Hopeand for Freedom. 22 December 1978   I’ve always been drawn towards the parabolic and the epigrammatic. I can think of two sources for my love of the short and the pithy. The first is obvious: the Bible, particularly the book of Proverbs. Whether you believe any of it or not it’s still a great source for writers. I mean Shakespeare’s good and all but he was only one man. The book I’m writing just now references dozens of scriptures which lends the text a familiar tone even if you’re…
  • #498

    22 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    City SceneAnna broke downby the back door of Arnotts –she slipped to the pavementand cried. Everyone simply passed her bythinking that she was drunk. Some threw money. 22 October 1978   I’ve never really considered myself a poet of place. I’m a Scot. I was born in Glasgow—pretty much in the centre of the city—and I’ve lived all my life in Scotland. But the vast majority of my poems are set in nameless places. Of course when I read them they invariably conjure up a place even where no location is specifically mentioned. This is one of the exceptions. Arnotts was a…
  • #489

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Les ÉtrangersIa preoccupation with anti-heroes: almost faithless voids and phantoms ... other trees struck by lightning, impotent as daylight –residues; threads forgotten. IIunlearning ... life-long friends –wasteland agnosticswho believe in wordsbut deny their meanings ... things burned out. IIIfugitives running fromtheir roots ... (metaphysics) ... into blind alleys; strangersagain in chains. 10 June 1978    My wife has just finished reading Ian Rankin’s published first novel, The Flood.. He wrote it in the mid-eighties while still at university. I say ‘published’…
  • The First Bad Man

    15 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Real comes and goes and isn’t very interesting. – Miranda July, The First Bad Man Quirky. It’s an… odd word. When Kate Bush first arrived on the scene she was called “quirky” and it felt like a good fit. Now it’s clearly insufficient. Kate Bush is… well, she’s Kate Bush; there’s no one really quite like her. Except there is. There’s Tori Amos. Or at least there was. She started off as quirky too, moved onto “the new Kate Bush” and has now released enough material that most people recognise her as herself. And the same will happen with Regina Spektor who’s also…
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    The Adventurous Writer

  • Putting Parables Into Practice

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    14 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    This is the month I turn 45! What better way for the Adventurous Writer to celebrate than with a new theme for my blogs? I’ve been “Putting Parables Into Practice” since the new... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Bounce Back Babe

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    8 Dec 2012 | 7:04 am
    How do you survive poverty, disease, heartbreak, and rape? As The Bounce Back Babe, I’m all about resilience, survival, adaptation to change, and flowing with what life brings. I love change,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hello! Meet and Greet The Adventurous Writer

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    21 Jul 2011 | 8:34 am
    I’m a full-time freelance writer and blogger in Vancouver, BC, Canada. My degrees are in Psychology and Education, from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. My freelance writing career... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Adventurous Writer Needs You! And She’s Willing to Pay

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    25 Mar 2011 | 11:40 am
    Let’s face it; adventurous writers can’t do it all alone. So hop on — the “Quips and Tips” train is gaining steam! I need writers to write for my websites, and I’m... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Quips and Tips From the Working World is Hiring Bloggers

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    1 Jan 2011 | 6:26 am
    Quips and Tips is busting at the seams! I’m hiring bloggers for my Working World blog – it’s easy, interesting “Quips and Tips” job that will improve your web writing and editing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    EditorUnleashed

  • Google mind control

    editoradmin
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    This is a guest post by someone who wants to remain anonymous. He apologizes in advance for the poor grammar in places. Google has recently published a research paper about using facts to help rank sites… this basically means the end of opinions which do not meet Google guidelines! Google says one of its aims ...
  • Back

    editoradmin
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    The last time I was here blogging on EditorUnleashed was quite a while ago now, in fact it has been over 4 years ago now. In those 4 years the domain dropped and spammers took over EditorUnleashed posting a whole load of spam ripped from Wikipedia and the spammers were spamming about “creative writing” services ...
  • Q&A: Agent Donald Maass

    editoradmin
    7 Apr 2010 | 4:10 am
    This is a guestpost by the writer Eros-Alegra Clarke for the EditorUnleashed. As a mother, I find that parenting analogies come easily to me when contemplating the process of writing. Regardless of whether a writer is a biological parent or not, I think most writers have a sense of ‘raising’ their stories. After all, most ...
  • “Why I Write” Popular Ranking Starts Today!

    editoradmin
    1 Feb 2010 | 3:14 am
    Popular Ranking for the Editor Unleashed/Smashwords Why I Write Essay Contest begins at 12 noon EST today!Ranking will take place from Feb. 1 – Feb. 28 on the Editor Unleashed forum. You must be a registered forum member to participate in essay ranking (registration is free). Here’s how to vote: 1. We’re using the star ...
  • A Writer’s Resolutions

    editoradmin
    10 Jan 2010 | 3:16 am
    Guest post by Alegra Clarke Every year my husband and I make two lists on New Year’s Eve. One of the lists is of our resolutions, the other is our requests. We like to look at resolutions as things that we know we can achieve by our own efforts. The requests represent our dreams and ...
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    Flogging the Quill

  • The appeal of apocalyptic fiction

    Ray Rhamey
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    I came across an article about why apocalyptic fiction and movies appeal so much to the YA audience. The writer, Tommy Wallach, author of We All Looked Up, expands the notion to include science fiction as well. See “The Lasting Power of End-of-the-World stories here. On a related note, I enjoyed “What I Learned from Watching ‘Insurgent’ with My Mom” by Maddie Crum for an inter-generational look at YA apocalyptic stories and their broader appeal. I haven’t seen Insurgent yet, but hope to get there this week. It’ll be very interesting to see what they do with the third novel,…
  • Flogometer for Rachel—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    Submissions Needed--none in the queue for next week. 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…
  • Flogometer for Michelle—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    Submissions Wanted. None in the queue for next week. 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…
  • Can I interest you in a writing workshop?

    Ray Rhamey
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    I’ve been doing workshops at writers conferences for 10 years now, and I love doing them, primarily for the joy of helping writers further their craft. I now teach 5 different workshops, and the places have ranged from Massachusetts to Mexico, with most of them in the Pacific Northwest area. A favor. If you know of a writers conference that might be interested, would you introduce me to it? You could just let me know the name of the conference and where it is and I’ll follow up by asking them how to submit proposals. Better yet would be a personal introduction if you know someone in the…
  • Flogometer for Tony—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:10 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…
 
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    Fritinancy

  • Word of the Week: Kipe

    Nancy Friedman
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Kipe (also kype): To pilfer or steal; to swipe. North American slang (20th century). Kipe is a word I associate with my childhood—it was a word used only by kids—but have heard only rarely since. Indeed, I’d have laid odds that the word was as dead as gadzooks or prithee. Then, just last week, I stumbled upon “The Revolution Will Probably Wear Mom Jeans,” by Eugenia A. Williamson, which was published this year in Issue No. 27 of The Baffler. The story is about the fashion trend called normcore, a subject in which I have more than a passing interest: I made normcore a word of the…
  • Signs of Weirdness

    Nancy Friedman
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    One side of a sandwich board in front of the John Fluevog store on Grant Avenue, San Francisco: “Know You’re Weird!” The other side: “No, You’re Weird!” The resemblance to the “Keep Calm and Carry On” oeuvre is probably not coincidental, but the weirdness and wordplay are pure Fluevog. The Canadian shoe company is weird and proud of it, starting with its name—John Fluevog is the founder and chief designer—and carrying on, as it were, through the merchandise. Take, for example, this current boot, the Angelina Or a chunky, four-color Mary Jane called the Sam. The…
  • Stricken

    Nancy Friedman
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    I’ve been collecting examples of strikethrough in print advertising for several years now.. The latest examples to have caught my eye are ads for the PBS production of “Wolf Hall,” based on the Hilary Mantel novels about Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII, and Anne Boleyn. (This is not the production that’s currently on the stage of the Winter Garden in New York; that’s the Royal Shakespeare Company’s version, starring Ben Miles as Cromwell. Yes, it’s a happy season for Tudorphiles and fans of Hilary Mantel’s excellent prose.) These half-page ads appear sequentially on pages 11, 13,…
  • Word of the Week: Libel Tourism

    Nancy Friedman
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Libel tourism: “The act of suing a writer for alleged defamation in a foreign jurisdiction where there are weak libel laws.” (Source: Dictionary.com). Often, that jurisdiction is Great Britain, as NPR reporter Ari Shapiro noted in a March 21 report, “On Libel and the Law, the U.S. and U.K. Go Separate Ways.” The hook for Shapiro’s story is Going Clear, Alex Gibney’s new documentary about the Church of Scientology, which will have its premiere March 29 on HBO. (Shapiro said the film aired “last week.” Maybe for critics, but the rest of us will have to wait.) The film is based…
  • On the Visual Thesaurus: Naming Sub-Brands

    Nancy Friedman
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    Apple’s newest device will be offered in three models: Watch Sport, Watch, and Watch Edition. The significance of those names—and the strategies behind other sub-branding programs—is the subject of my latest column for the Visual Thesaurus, “The Cues and Clues of Sub-Brands, from Cabin Class to Apple Watch.” Access is restricted to subscribers. Here’s an excerpt: Marking class distinction was the goal of one of the earliest sub-branding efforts. In the 19th century, writes John Maxtone-Graham in Liners to the Sun, trans-Atlantic steamships "separated and identified"…
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    Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writers

  • Music video: It's All About The Books (parodies of Meghan Trainor's "All About The Bass")

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    Just came across these fun book-focused parodies of Meghan Trainor's "All About The Bass", like Mount Desert Island High School: Also love this "All About That Book" video from Griffin Elementary's Literacy Night: and "All About The Books" from Andover Elementary: and from Calusa Elementary: and from Christina Iadicicco on YouTube: And they're all right, of course! It's ALL ABOUT THE BOOKS.
  • Three Questions With Christopher Cheng: Advice for young writers, office chops and PYTHON

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:57 am
    Christopher Cheng is an award-winning Australian author of more than 40 children's books and is a co-chair of the International Advisory Board for the SCBWI. I met Chris through the SCBWI, and I love his enthusiasm and positive energy. Pictured above: Chris with a python (!) as well as his narrative non-fiction picture book, PYTHON. Python was written by Chris, illustrated by Mark Jackson, and was published by Candlewick; it was shortlisted in the 2013 Children's Book Council Of The Year awards. You can find more info about Chris at his website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.
  • Can't wait to buy my copy of WHEREVER YOU GO by Pat Zietlow Miller and Eliza Wheeler!

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
      I recently had a chance to read the f&gs (which stands for "folded and gathered", an unbound galley) for WHEREVER YOU GO, a new picture book coming out from Little, Brown in April, written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by my friend Eliza Wheeler. LOVE THIS. When I read picture books for the first time (and second and third...) I usually read them out loud, and this one was so fun to read aloud with its rhythmical prose. Young readers will appreciate the fun journey and look-more-closely-what-do-you-see gorgeous artwork. Adults will also appreciate the multi-layered…
  • Comic: One of the dangers of apostrophe abuse

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
  • Three Questions For Lee Wardlaw: Advice For Young Writers and Illustrators, life reminders and WON TON AND CHOPSTICK

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:42 am
    I've known Lee Wardaw for many years: she was the first children's book professional to encourage me in my writing. Lee was kind enough to critique one of my first middle grade novel manuscripts and later introduced me to her agent, Ginger Knowlton. Ginger is now my agent! As I've ventured into the world of Skypevisits with schools, I've appreciated Lee's advice (see her Presentations page for some excellent tips). Lee claims that her first spoken word was ‘kitty’. Since then, she’s shared her life with 30 cats (not all at the same time!), and published 30 award-winning…
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • JA Konrath Reveals Initiative to Get Indie eBooks into Libraries

    Henry Baum
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:12 am
    Big news from JA Konrath’s blog. He’s created a site and service called EbooksareForever to aid both libraries and authors in stocking indie titles. From his blog post: For the past year, my business partner, August Wainwright, and I have been talking to acquisitions librarians across the country, and they crave an alternative to the ...
  • The Button Chronicles by Juniko Moody

    Henry Baum
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:28 am
    The Button Chronicles by Juniko Moody is the highly inventive dystopian novel about the very nature of human evolution. Replete with its own inventive language, The Button Chronicles is about a dark 22nd century where mysterious buttons appear from out of nowhere. When pressed, a person disappears, and soon there are buttons for every person ...
  • My Neil Gaiman Odyssey: Twitter, The Pixies And A Lost Denim Jacket

    Cate Baum
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    When I was a sixteen year-old in Cambridge, UK, it was the late 80s, and it was dull as the ditchwater gathering in the River Cam that splashed onto my Doctor Martin boots ( inscribed with Tipp-Ex “Smileys”) as I walked to the local polytechnic, where I studied a sort of art A level course ...
  • Self Publish Your Way to Success: 5 Effective Guidelines to Consider

    Tanisha Williams
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    Modern book publishing comes with a wide array of opportunities for budding authors. Self publishing is one such opportunity that has completely revolutionized the book industry. Nowadays, many authors choose to self publish their books as the process is speedy and options for marketing these books are also immense.  However, the path to becoming a ...
  • Why Clean Reader Doesn’t Matter

    Henry Baum
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Unpopular, minority opinion: Clean Reader doesn’t matter. In brief: an app called Clean Reader aimed to remove swear words from books, replacing then with freaking and crap, etc. Cue the outrage of authors who claimed this as censorship. Smashwords and others then removed titles from the app. To begin, I write books with profanity. I’ve ...
 
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    WritersWeekly.com - Freelance Writing Ezine

  • BookLocker - Your Book Deserves the Best

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 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 March 25th

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    New markets and freelance writing jobs.
  • Whispers And Warnings For March 25th

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    ABUSIVE ONLINE COMMENTS OR GOOD OLD FASHIONED STALKING? Why I Quit Goodreads (or, The Bookternet Is Not Safe for Women) "Partly, I was paring back my social media life to those that are most useful to me (Twitter) or make me happiest (Instagram). Partly, I found the Kathleen Hale controversy profoundly upsetting..." CHANGING NAMES IN FICTION WON'T PROTECT YOU FROM LAWSUITS! Self-Published Novelist Defamed In-Laws in 53k Euro Payout Case "Despite the fiction disclaimer, the author's 'husband's uncle, aunt, cousin, mother and sister lodged a criminal complaint against her for libel, claiming…
  • Hunting For Non-listed Publishers Helped Me Land A Traditional Publishing Contract! By Barb Adams

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    The day finally arrived. My polished non-fiction book proposal needed a royalty publisher. There was more than one direction my proposed manuscript could go, and I wanted to secure a publisher before completing the book so I could adapt to that publisher's style. Somewhere I'd heard the idea of hunting through specialty bookstores and book catalogues for newer or unlisted publishers. The idea was to search for titles that didn't compete, but were similar enough in topic that your own title would complement their list. But I didn't start out looking for a publisher that way. You might say I…
  • Sample Anthology Contributor Contract!

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    I am publishing an anthology book for my project, and read your article, HOW TO COMPILE AND PUBLISH AN ANTHOLOGY. I found it very insightful. I was wondering if you might be willing to share the contract that you use. I would be willing to pay for it.
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    Writing Forward

  • Goodreads Giveaway and a Quick Announcement

    Melissa Donovan
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    This week, I’m giving away a free copy of 1200 Creative Writing Prompts, but before I get into the details of the contest, I’d like to share a special announcement with you. My Debut Novel A few days ago, I published my debut novel, which is titled Engineered Underground. It’s the first book in my science-fiction Metamorphosis Series. The book is currently available for Kindle and as a paperback from Amazon, and it will be available in all other bookstores by July. Plus the Kindle edition is on sale for just 99¢ until this Friday, April 3, 2015. If you like science fiction,…
  • Style Guides for Good Grammar and Consistency

    Melissa Donovan
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Using style guides for consistency and good grammar. When we’re writing, we run into a lot of technical issues. Where do the quotation marks go? When is it correct to use a comma? How should titles be formatted? Some of these questions are answered by the rules of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. But other questions are not addressed by grammar. There’s no official rule for how to format a title. We writers need trusted resources that we can use to resolve all these issues, especially if we want to produce work that is both grammatically correct and stylistically consistent.
  • Self-Expression in Creative Writing

    Melissa Donovan
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Do you use creative writing for self-expression? A lot of young people first come to creative writing because they have a burning desire to express themselves. Emotions are running high, ideas are flying, and opinions are in full supply. What better way to get it all off your chest than writing it down? Self-expression is the heart and soul of all forms of creative writing from fiction and poetry to memoirs and essays. We combine our inner thoughts and feelings with what we perceive in the outer world and put it into words. When we balance what’s happening inside with what’s…
  • Writing Tips: Writing is Rewriting

    Melissa Donovan
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Writing tips: writing is rewriting. Or is it? Those of us who spend a lot of time studying the craft of writing inevitably come across bits of writing advice that we hear over and over again: show don’t tell, write what you know, and kill your darlings. These writing tips can be a bit cryptic, but the one about revisions is crystal clear: writing is rewriting. The intention is to get ideas out of your head and onto the page (or the screen, as the case may be) as quickly as possible without worrying about grammar, spelling, and punctuation. You don’t need to get the details right.
  • Creative Writing Prompts Inspired by the Seasons

    Melissa Donovan
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Celebrate the seasons with these creative writing prompts. Writers and artists, and human beings in general, have always been inspired by the cycle of nature. The seasons provide a rotating backdrop for our lives. They mark the passage of time, and they represent change–moving on and letting go. A season can provide a setting for your story or the subject for your poem. Seasons can function as metaphors. They can bring challenges for characters in the form of severe weather and natural disasters. Even the absence of seasons will affect a piece of writing. On a tropical island, the…
 
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    Grace Notes

  • How Do You Like 'Dem Apples?

    Julianne McCullagh
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    Man, having been wounded in his nature by original sin, is subject to error and inclined to evil in exercising his freedom. (Catechism of the Catholic Church section 1714) My formal introduction to religious education began at the tender age of five in 1963 under the guidance of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Vatican II was still in session and Original Sin featured on the syllabus for the boys and girls in grey plaid wool and serge, sitting attentively (ahem!) in long rows of desks that doubled as shields against Russian atomic bombs.  By the time high school and college rolled around…
  • The Pebble

    Julianne McCullagh
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you watch TV at all (and I watch it all too much) you cannot help but see the jewelry store ad with the penguins. Oh, it's so sweet when the cute boy penguin waddles over to a girl he's been working up the courage to talk to and drops a pebble at her feet. We anticipate a cozy cuddle and the two of them waddling off to happily ever after.Alas, she waddles away. Poor guy. We were rooting for you.In this world of penguin wooing, there is a clever fellow who dazzles his sweetie with gold and diamonds and she snuggles up with him. That's how you find true love, kiddos!Wow and…
  • Merry! Merry!

    Julianne McCullagh
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    It's been a while and I don't know if I still have readers.  but I thought I'd check in, share a few thoughts, and say Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas.Speaking of Christmas and the yearly nonsense spouted about Nativity Scenes and the insipid Happy Holidays greeting we are assaulted with and how the entire national and thus, world, economy depends on buying lots of stuff for an event that no one is allowed to name, I shake my head. I wonder. Then I shake my head some more.Now, I love Christmas. I love the lights and Santa and children touched by magic and mystery and hope and love.
  • St Clare and The Morning Offering

    Julianne McCullagh
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    photo by Peter Damour, Sacristan, St. Clare Parish *O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, for the salvation of souls, the reparation of sins, the reunion of all Christians, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month. Amen.*The halls were cool. Large pale ceramic tiles lined the walls, the floors polished by Mr. Jensen, every afternoon, so I thought. We knew to be quiet and respectful in…
  • So Vast and Shattered

    Julianne McCullagh
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:05 pm
    This mosaic is composed of a handful of shapes repeated over and over to form five major faces and several minor ones on the canvas.Artwork by Daniel McCullagh  I've been listening to Leonard Cohen while I drive. He's got several songs that deal with brokenness and being shattered, and the Love that is so vast and shattered that it will reach us anywhere.So, with his lyrics dancing in my head I wanted to write a post on the state off being broken, our lives crashed around our ankles and the redemption and light that can arrive at the end of such a difficult journey, if we pray for…
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      WriteForKids - Writing Children's Books

  • Finish the Book Already!

    Laura Backes
    14 Mar 2015 | 7:54 pm
    By Laura Backes by Christina Hamlett   Have you ever wondered if the characters in your unfinished novel will ever get so tired of waiting for you to wrap up their story that they just write the rest of it themselves? Real life, alas, has a pesky way of encroaching on the time you need for honing your craft and advancing your writing career. If you’ve ever caught yourself saying, “But there aren’t enough hours in the day,” consider this article your wake-up call. You actually have all the hours you need to keep on schedule with your projects; you simply need to allocate them more…
  • The Shortcut to Writing Stardom

    Laura Backes
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:23 pm
    By Laura Backes by Laura Backes   Admit it, haven’t you wished that authors could be “discovered” just like old-time movie stars? You’re sitting in a coffee shop, typing away on your laptop, when the woman at the next table taps you on the back.   “Excuse me for bothering you,” she says, “but I’ve been reading over your shoulder and I think what you’re writing is brilliant.” You glance at the business card she hands you: Ellen James, Executive Editor, Big Time Publishing Corp. Your heart skips a beat.   “Call…
  • Ask Writer Alice: Writing Dialogue for Children and Teens

    Laura Backes
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:37 pm
    By Laura Backes In this quick video tutorial, bestselling author Alice Kuipers give her best tips on writing realistic dialogue in books for children and teens.     Alice Kuipers is the author of four young adult novels and a picture book. Her newest novel is The Death of Us from Harper Trophy Canada. See her previous video tutorials on writeforkids, including Making Your Story Original. This is a post from writeforkids.org. Read the original post: Ask Writer Alice: Writing Dialogue for Children and Teens
  • Here’s One of the Magic Keys of Picture Book Writing

    Jon Bard
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    By Jon Bard   Based on 25 years of editing and critiquing thousands of manuscripts, CBI’s own Laura Backes has determined that all beloved picture books have 7 specific things in common, and that incorporating these 7 things into your picture book manuscript will give it a much greater chance of success.   This Wednesday (February 18th) Laura will reveal these 7 magic keys for the first time, and tell exactly how to use this discovery to take your picture book manuscripts to an entirely new level during her all-new Picture Book Blueprint webinar. Today, we have a little…
  • What to Do with Your Crazy Ideas

    Laura Backes
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:39 pm
    By Laura Backes From her Great Ideas Giveaway series of videos, Teresa Funke offers steps to help you test the ideas you worry might be too “crazy” to launch, whether it’s self-publishing your children’s book, launching an innovative website, or marketing your work in a revolutionary way. Discover if those ideas might be genius, after all. To download a PDF transcript of this video, visit: http://www.teresafunke.com/products/downloads.   Visit http://www.teresafunke.com/ to learn more about Teresa’s writer’s coaching or to download her most requested tools.
 
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    Letters of Note

  • Letters of Note: Volume II

    Shaun Usher
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    Dear All, Hello! I've just checked and it's somehow four years since I first announced that I was compiling a Letters of Note book, crowdfunded at Unbound. Thanks to you lot, life since then has been surreal to say the least. I’ve been amazed and gratified that so many people, in so many countries, have supported, bought, and read my first book. THANK YOU for helping make it happen.One of the best things about the process of publishing such a book is the huge number of readers, libraries, authors' estates, archivists and literary curators who have alerted me to wonderful new caches of…
  • LETTERS LIVE 2015

    Shaun Usher
    7 Mar 2015 | 3:34 pm
    CLICK HERE FOR LETTERS LIVE TICKETSLETTERS LIVE returns to London for its most ambitious season yet, with Benedict Cumberbatch & Louise Brealey in starring roles.Five unique shows at London’s Freemasons’ Hall (Covent Garden), from Tuesday 31st March until Saturday 4th April.Following its great successes in 2013 and 2014, LETTERS LIVE present its first season of shows in 2015 at the iconic Freemasons’ Hall, one of the finest Art Deco buildings in Britain. Inspired by Letters of Note, the bestselling anthology compiled by Shaun Usher, and To the Letter by Simon Garfield, LETTERS LIVE…
  • I miss my biggest heart

    Shaun Usher
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:49 am
    It wasn't until her death, in 1886, that the true scale of Emily Dickinson's profound poetry was both discovered and appreciated by family and friends, many of whom had only glimpsed her talents in the numerous poem-filled letters that she wrote. She found an even wider audience in 1890 with the posthumous publication of a volume of her work; a collection of her letters followed in 1894. Her most frequent correspondent, and a person now thought to have been the inspiration for much of her passionate material, was close friend (and, from 1856 onwards, sister-in-law) Susan Huntington Gilbert, a…
  • Dear Person

    Shaun Usher
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    It's difficult to overstate my love for this wonderful letter of thanks, written in 1982 by the late Jack Lemmon. It was sent to friend and fellow actor, Burt Reynolds, in response to a donation made to the Jack Lemmon Burn Center—one can only hope that Lemmon thanked all donors in a similarly amusing manner.This precious letter is currently being sold at auction. Transcript follows.(Source: Julien's Auctions. Images above via Alan Light and Wikipedia.)TranscriptsJACK LEMMONJune 7, 1982Dear Person:It has come to my attention that you sent a contribution of $10,000 to the Jack…
  • 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…
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    603 Copywriting

  • What Happened to Unmemorable Title?

    Andrew
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you’ve come here looking for Unmemorable Title, you’re probably a little confused. But don’t worry. You’re in the right place. In March 2015, I launched 603 Copywriting – a freelance copywriting agency based in Salford that offers a range of digital, SEO and marketing content-creation services. And that meant that Unmemorable Title had to be folded in […] The post What Happened to Unmemorable Title? appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • The Great Google+ Swindle

    Andrew
    18 Feb 2013 | 1:00 am
    Do you want to use Google+? The answer is probably a resounding "no!" But thanks to Eric Schmidt and leading bloggers, you'll feel like you have to. Welcome to the great Google+ swindle. The post The Great Google+ Swindle appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • Five Blog Post Ideas That Won’t Leave Your Readers Groaning

    Andrew
    22 Jan 2013 | 2:30 am
    If there's one way to ensure that you're never devoid of inspiration, it's to have a set of killer blog post ideas to fall back on when lighting just isn't striking. But too often, your backup ideas can be derivative and cliched - which will undermine your readers' confidence in you. So read on, and find five great blog post ideas that won't leave your readers groaning. The post Five Blog Post Ideas That Won’t Leave Your Readers Groaning appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • Four Great 90s Adverts (and What You Need to Learn From Them)

    Andrew
    8 Jan 2013 | 2:30 am
    Over the weekend, ITV’s CITV channel showed a collection of retro kids’ TV shows from the 90s. But while Pat Sharp and the Twins, Tregard and his hapless dungeoneers and Julia Sawahla’s Press Gang all triggered waves of fond memories from the decade that shame forgot, something key was missing. 90s adverts. And not just […] The post Four Great 90s Adverts (and What You Need to Learn From Them) appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • A thirty foot tall Christina Hendricks won’t drive me to drink.

    Andrew
    10 Oct 2012 | 3:50 am
    There's a giant Christina Hendricks overlooking Manchester. But despite my undeniable affections for Ms Hendricks' acting talents, I'm completely and utterly unmoved by her attempts to sell me Scotch whisky. The post A thirty foot tall Christina Hendricks won’t drive me to drink. appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
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    Punctuality Rules!

  • Review: Splinters of Light by Rachael Herron

    --Deb
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Splinters of Light by Rachael Herron This book is a heart-breaker, make no mistake. There’s absolutely nothing good about the main dilemma here–Nora, a single mother in her early 40s being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. It’s a horrible subject, a miserable, tragic, awful thing … which is why I hesitated to pick it up. I’m in the middle of watching my best friend’s mother disappear under the inexorable weight of Alzheimer’s and it’s a sensitive, difficult subject. So, how could it possibly make for a good novel that would be…
  • Coming Soon: Splinters of Light

    --Deb
    8 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
    I need to tell you about my friend Rachael Herron’s new book, Splinters of Light. (And yes, full disclosure, I do consider her a friend, even though I’ve only met her in person once.) Anyway–I’m digressing. She’s got a new book coming out, Splinters of Light, and in an effort to promote it, she’s offering all kinds of incentive for pre-ordering it. I haven’t read this specific book yet, but I’ve been reading her books since her first (How to Knit a Love Song) came out in 2010 and her writing keeps getting better and better. Her most recent, Pack…
  • Review: The English Tenses

    --Deb
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    No, no. This isn’t a grammar-filled post to explain all the intricacies of verb tenses in the English language. How could it be? English is complicated and it would take an entire book to explain it all–far more space than a single blog post. Which is exactly the point, because I’m here to tell you about just such a book. Title: The English Tenses: Practical Grammar Guide Author: Phil Williams Publisher: English Lessons Brighton, 2014 Published in the UK, this book addresses a problem for people learning English as a second language–how to recognize and use the…
  • Raise Your Hand If…

    --Deb
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Okay, raise your hands if you .. … Wish you had more time to write. … Wish you were a better writer. … Wish you could get other people to read your writing. … Wish writing came more easily. … Wish you had more ideas. … Wish you had time to blog about solutions to these problems. … Wish you had solutions to these problems. And … isn’t this what freelancers are FOR? To help out with problems like these?
  • I’m Guesting at the Whine Seller

    --Deb
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    If you didn’t see it, I’ve got a guest post up at The Whine Seller. The Importance of Saying What You Mean: aka The Difference a Writer Can Make.
 
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    Sean McManus's Writing blog

  • Soldering the DIY Gamer Kit in my Code Club

    Sean McManus
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:58 am
    Thanks to TechnologyWillSaveUs, my Code Club had a set of DIY Gamer Kits to assemble and solder, which we recently did in a half-day session in the school hall. The guide says it'll take about an hour and a half to assemble, but it took me a bit longer than that, and for the children it was the first time they'd done any soldering. We found that half a day was the right amount of time to set
  • Celebrating the Raspberry Pi's 3rd birthday

    Sean McManus
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Last weekend the Raspberry Pi community came together in Cambridge to celebrate the quirky computer's third birthday. It's achieved an incredible amount in its short lifetime, helping to transform education and finding its way into schools, homes and offices all over the world. Perhaps its greatest achievement, though, is the community it's built, and the birthday party gave a real taste of that.
  • See you at the Raspberry Pi 3rd Birthday Party!

    Sean McManus
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:36 am
    I'm looking forward to this weekend's birthday party for the Raspberry Pi in its home town of Cambridge. The programme of events looks incredible, with talks, workshops, marketplace stalls, discussion areas, a Robot Wars style obstacle course, and show and tell tables, plus a party in the evening. It's going to be amazing. On the Saturday, I'll be helping to run a Scratch hackathon where we'll
  • Wild Mood Swings has been relaunched

    Sean McManus
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:42 am
    When I launched my first home page way back in the late nineties, one of the features was a game called Wild Mood Swings. In it, you choose your mood from a pulldown menu, and it takes you to a site appropriate for that mood. Sometimes, the destination will reinforce and reflect the mood, and other times it will attempt to reverse it. I later spun the site off into its own website, and it was
  • What's changed in the Raspberry Pi 2 and the new Raspberry Pi desktop?

    Sean McManus
    8 Feb 2015 | 1:16 am
    There was much excitement this week as the Raspberry Pi Foundation released the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, boasting 1GB of memory and a four-core processor. The box for the Pi 2s sold by Element14 proudly declares that the new Pi is six times faster than the previous Model B, although I've heard that for some highly optimised applications performance could exceed that. I got a Pibow case to go with
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    Emerging Writers Studio

  • How Your Writing Group Is Holding You Back

    Nanci Panuccio
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:42 am
    Recently, a reader told me that members of her writing group had eviscerated her novel-in-progress. The collective feedback was so disheartening she wanted to ditch her manuscript and quit the writing gig altogether. My heart always breaks a little when I hear stories like this. But it reminded me of all the peer groups I’ve participated in throughout the years, and how delicate that dynamic is. The last writing group I belonged to, a small, stellar tribe of Hudson Valley writer friends, left me energized and on fire after each meeting, hungry to race back to my keyboard and revise.
  • 5 Ways To Get Out Of A Writing Funk

    Nanci Panuccio
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    image by Richard Holt If you’re like me, there comes that moment when you loathe what you’ve written. You read what poured out on the page in a meteor shower of inspiration. And then everything that felt glittering and brilliant just yesterday now feels trite. Flat. Messy. Implausible. We read our favorite books and think, Jeez, I’ll never write like that. My work’s no good. I’m no good. This is our spoiler talking. And it’s inherent in any act of creation. The Creative Strategy I’m not a Disney fan per se, but I do find comfort in Walt’s break…
  • How to Turn Setbacks Into Progress

    Nanci Panuccio
    4 Feb 2015 | 6:28 am
    quimby via Compfigh Your novel was turned down by a publisher. You just received a form rejection letter – the worst kind-  from an agent. Or maybe the feedback from your workshop flattened you to the point of paralysis. You thought your story was so much closer. Setbacks can crush us. And cause even the most resilient writers to believe they lack the requisite talent to write anything worth publishing. But talent has little to do with success. And failure gets a bad rap. Mind The Gap There’s a gap between your vision – what Ira Glass calls your “good taste”…
  • Writing Success Redefined

    Nanci Panuccio
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:11 am
    How do you measure your success as a writer? Is it by how much money you earn from your writing? Is it the publishing contract? Nailing an agent? Sure, those are external markers of success. But what does success as a writer mean to you? Years ago, when I began writing in earnest, a dancer friend and I had an interesting debate. She asked me how a writer could consider oneself successful if he or she didn’t write a bestseller that sold millions of dollars. My friend was a wealthy widow in her early fifties who spent her days pursuing passions full tilt. In addition to ballet, she…
  • Writing to Draw Readers in Emotionally

    Nanci Panuccio
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    Pedro Ribeiro Simõe Flannery O’Connor once said that, as writers, we can’t create emotion with emotion. We need to provide it with a body, to “create a world with weight and extension.” Love on its own, for example, is too broad and abstract for the reader to feel. If we write about something as ethereal as love without anchoring it in the physical world, we won’t connect emotionally to our reader. That’s because emotion exists beneath abstraction and explanation. It lives in the breathing world of the real, a tactile world we create when we selectively give…
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    Jess C Scott :: Blog

  • Amos Yee’s Speech

    Jess C Scott
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    I decided to transcribe the text from Amos Yee’s video so that what he said doesn’t get lost amidst the current lynching being directed at him. This is included in the second half of this blog post. PART 1: A quick summary: 16 year-old Amos Yee was arrested for posting an “anti-Lee Kuan Yew” video. At the time of this posting, you can view a copy of the video. 16-year-old Amos Yee in video Amos Yee was arrested on these charges: Police said Amos will face charges in court today under Section 298 of the Penal Code for utterances against Christians with a…
  • Separating Myths from Reality

    Jess C Scott
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    During this time of mass sympathising, I think it is important to keep certain things in perspective. SEPARATING MYTHS FROM REALITY 1. Both Sides of the Historical Narrative I’ll preface this with a recent comment I saw on Facebook: “Dear friends, it is important for all of us to hear all sides of Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy. ‪#LKY‬ has done many things right but history will record both sides of the narratives.” (– Hani Mohamed, founder/CEO of Alertist) I downloaded The Straits Times’ special 24-page edition to mark the life of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. I have also…
  • Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew dies at 91

    Jess C Scott
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Just read on the news (at 22 March 2015, 5:17PM EST) that LKY has passed away. 1) CNA 2) CNN 3) BBC 4) WSJ 5) TOC / Human Rights Watch 6) Guardian I will take this chance to point readers to Carlton Tan’s recent article once again: UPDATE (9:12 PM): “For all our sakes, I hope that Mr Lee’s passing will mark the start of a new era, of Singapore 2.0—a nation without the worst of Mr Lee but with the best of him, a nation that is willing to make its own hard choices.” (– Carlton Tan) And Roy Ngerng’s article from a few days ago: “Only with unity and…
  • As One United People (Part 1)

    Jess C Scott
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Let me preface this with the Singapore Pledge (English version): “We, the citizens of Singapore, pledge ourselves as one united people, regardless of race, language or religion, to build a democratic society, based on justice and equality, so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation.” I have listed 10 points here from “Liberalizing Electoral Outcomes in Competitive Authoritarian Regimes,” an article by academic professors Marc Morjé Howard and Philip G. Roessler. Simplified Version: Part 1 (this post) | Part 2 Excerpts Version: Part 1 | Part 2…
  • As One United People (Part 2)

    Jess C Scott
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Let me preface this (once again) with the Singapore Pledge (English version): “We, the citizens of Singapore, pledge ourselves as one united people, regardless of race, language or religion, to build a democratic society, based on justice and equality, so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation.” I have listed 10 points here from “Liberalizing Electoral Outcomes in Competitive Authoritarian Regimes,” an article by academic professors Marc Morjé Howard and Philip G. Roessler. Simplified Version: Part 1 | Part 2 (this post) Excerpts Version: Part…
 
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • My Sister’s Dark Flash Fiction…

    MikeFook
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Another one! Love these! Brothers Three, by Laura Lovic-Lindsay
  • Apple MacBook Air 12-inch Retina – Not All Bad as Writer’s Notebook

    MikeFook
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    Update – the Spring Forward Apple event just happened (it’s still going on, but all I care about is finished). The MacBook Air 12-inch retina notebook from Apple is a reality. There are some pleasant surprises. Not sure how this shakes out. The dumb thing is still light as fly-paper – at 2 lbs. Here’s what I got from the presentation: 2 pounds 1.1 GHZ processor with turbo up to 2.9 GHZ 10 hour battery on WiFi. They say 9, but they always sandbag gold, space grey, UFO silver – the usual 8 GB RAM (nice) 256 GB SSD (nice) revamped keyboard – keys using…
  • 2015 MacBook Air 12-inch Retina – The Ultimate Writer’s Notebook?

    MikeFook
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    We’re an hour away from what is probably going to be Apple’s biggest blunder since the Apple Newton back in 1996 or so. Can’t remember. I did buy one of the damn things though! No wait, we bought two of them! I thought they would be a good database manager for all my real estate contacts. The handwriting recognition wasn’t that bad. Still, it was a badly timed device. Is the MacBook Air 12-inch Retina Apple’s new HUMPTY DUMPTY MOVE? If you’ve seen my video on the topic, you already know my views. I’ll elaborate a bit here. In one hour and some minutes…
  • What Does RISK Feel Like?

    MikeFook
    8 Feb 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Reading some other blogs this morning and came up with this gem from Shane Labs who heard from his “mentor” on RISK… You have to take risks that are going to make you feel like you’ve just jumped out of an airplane. Naked. And you’re falling so fast your balls are slapping you in the face. Any questions?
  • God is Love?

    MikeFook
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:19 am
    I look at me. What am I? I’m ruled by a drive inside – the very basic, the MOST basic drive, that is pleasure and pain. I move toward pleasure. I avoid pain. Everything I do is governed by this. Nothing falls outside it. I look at everyone else. Same thing. I look at the animal kingdom – same thing. The pleasure pain principle makes us what? Selfish. It makes us look out for ourselves first. Our own pleasures, our own avoiding pain, puts us at odds not only with those around us – with animals and plants around us- which we care little for… but it puts us at odds…
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    About that Writing thing.

  • Some thoughts on art and sustainability.

    Shannon Barber
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Okay so the main part of my financial OH FUCK OH FUCK OH FUCK emergency is pretty much over and I can settle down and think. What follows is some real talk. As things settle down on the household front I’ve had some time to think about my writing and what I want out of it financially and whether or not that is actually in reach for me. At first thought I panicked. The idea of any kind of patronage beyond what people have done for me (the tips, using my affiliate links, the chromebook, pants when I needed a pair) just freaks my shit right out. I’m not a person used to having people…
  • The View From the Bottom. I did the math.

    Shannon Barber
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:27 pm
    In an attempt to soothe away some of the anxiety I’m having right now I made a list and did the math to figure out what would keep my writing sustainable. When I say sustainable I’m talking about things like memberships, software, and hosting. I’m not talking about making any profit at this point. I’m not going to detail the specifics but here’s how it breaks down: Yearly not counting any hardware (computers) +/- 10$ is 287.16 Monthly that is 23.93 That seems pretty cheap no? What that doesn’t provide for is when my computer(s) break, no travel or time off…
  • Some Win and Some Angst.

    Shannon Barber
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Y’all. I’m having a strange, wonderful and terrible week. I returned from vacation to a huge, costly emergency thing that has sent me into a panic spiral I’ve been trying to claw my way out of. I’ve been trying to work on stuff while stuck in a panic circle and shit is hard. I’m getting through it and we have financial shit handled. It’s tight and stressful but we’re doing it. AND THEN. So this happened: I posted that poem on Ink Node on my birthday. Read it here. So that was pretty awesome. Then I wrote about that Kenneth Goldsmith thing. Read it at…
  • Yeah Write 206 Entry- Secrets and Scars.

    Shannon Barber
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Secrets & Scars By Shannon Barber Tell me all your sad stories, she said. Her cheek pressed against my breast and her hot breath flowed across my heart slow and redolent of whiskey and smoke. I tried to speak, to give her my heartbreaks and fuck ups. I had no voice. No one else had ever asked. Her fingertips mapped out my pains,traced the scars of a life hard won. She moved and looked down at the lumpy scars in the crook of my left arm. “Dope?” I nodded. I could only whisper. “Yeah. I fucked up a lot.” She thought about it. “Yeah, but you’re here with…
  • The Sexy Part of the Bible, Hustling and I’m back from my vacay.

    Shannon Barber
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:48 pm
    I turned 38 last week and took a real vacation wherein I did zero work. This is the first time I’ve done that as an adult and while it was nice it did cause me a great deal of anxiety. I will likely at least write if I take another vacation. I found it pretty stressful not to be working on things. I feel like that is mostly due to Poverty Brain because we spent a good deal of money and that freaks me out. I did however do some reading. Check out stuff I finished up over on Goodreads. Short version. I tried to read the last book in the Vampire Chronicles and just no. I was really just…
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    Writing from the Twelfth House

  • “My hero the villain” – not for the faint-hearted…

    Anne Whitaker
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:32 am
    Those of a slightly squeamish disposition might be advised to read the first section or two of ‘ My hero the villian’ with their eyes closed – remember “Lord of the Flies?” and how savage children can be ? Those who are over fifty will be reminded of some of the sexist attitudes to girls which prevailed in the middle decades of the last century ! And all of us who have ever been children will remember that one of the sad but necessary entrance fees to the adult world is loss of innocence…. ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding Archie’s mother was…
  • Chip shops and kama sutra: poetry with a difference, Glasgow-style!

    Anne Whitaker
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:09 am
    It has been some time since I last wrote about a wonderful local initiative bringing children, parents,our wider community and the Great Outdoors together in North Kelvin, Glasgow, U.K - The Children’s Wood, which very happily has recently gained charitable status. Everyone around here is delighted with this achievement. One of the things we can now do is extend our fundraising activities.To this end, The Children’s Wood is teaming up on Tuesday 24th March, 7.15 pm,with our excellent Oxfam Book Shop, 330 Byres Road, Glasgow G12, which is always willing to support appropriate…
  • How do YOU define success?

    Anne Whitaker
    7 Mar 2015 | 4:24 am
    I just love this quote. What makes it special is the hope and encouragement it offers that the ‘ordinary’ lives of most of us, in their own way, hold a good measure of success, which should not be defined in terms of professional or public achievement alone……. “To laugh often and love much, to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a…
  • Is “ordinary” kindness becoming a casualty of our technological age?

    Anne Whitaker
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:49 pm
    I arrived at the bus stop, cold and in a hurry, as usual – just as the bus I wanted was leaving. “So typical!”I muttered crossly to myself, settling down to wait for the next one with an ill grace. A tall, lean, youngish woman with long, rather straggly hair, wearing a dark coloured jacket, jeans and a pair of Wellington boots arrived at the stop. I thought she looked rather strained and tired. Speaks for itself… To help pass the time, I outlined my theory of bus catching to her. If you couldn’t care less about catching a bus, two will pass you going in your…
  • Are you a Betsy Bug? Aunt Elner will cheer you up!

    Anne Whitaker
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:41 am
    Today I feel weary…weary of our unstable climate with – in the West of Scotland – its apparently increasing emphasis on cold and wet. A couple of weeks ago, it was bright and Springlike around here. The snowdrops looked perky and cheery, you got the feeling the crocuses would be poking through at any moment. Well, they have poked through, but they are probably regretting it already… Don’t know about you, but when I catch myself heading for self-pity, I deliver  a few quick slaps around the head, count a few blessings – then look for a philosophical quote…
 
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    Working Writers

  • New Books Released This Week: March 30, 2015

    Cherie
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    It’s my favorite day of the week! New books.        
  • How to Get More Out of Pinterest

    Cherie
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:35 am
    Tall images get repined more! Why? Because they fill up more space in the news feed, which is why infographics, etc. do so much better than regular-sized pins. Did you know that reddish/orange images get repined twice as often as blue images (which contrasts with Instagram, which tends to favor blue)? Odd Pinterest fact: Images […]
  • Writers and Their Platforms

    Cherie
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Platform. There, I said it. Are you covering your ears? It’s become a word no writer wants to hear these days. At this site I network with lots of writers and hear this from them: “My publisher wants me to blog, so….” Or “My agent told me I should start writing about this subject, so can […]
  • Covers I Love: March 2015

    Cherie
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:44 am
    As the warmer months approach I find myself being drawn to colorful book covers with interesting titles and descriptions. I wonder if my experience is the same as the average reader? I would guess so. Since so many indies are doing their own covers, I like to point out my favorites every month. Click here […]
  • New Books Released This Week: March 23, 2015

    Cherie
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    New books released this week! Are you excited? I am.        
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    Sara Dobie Bauer's Blog

  • YOU WERE HERE: My family’s story, without shame, in Under the Gum Tree

    saradobiebauer
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    I hadn’t intended to write about my grandparents’ house on Walnut Street. Not really. Not until I found out it was being sold and then wandered from room to room, documenting every damn thing that happened there. A couple friends read my lengthy non-fiction essay. They cried and told me it was beautiful. When I told those few readers “You Were Here” was being published by Under the Gum Tree, they seemed surprised. One woman said, “But it’s so personal.” So why not share it? On the cover of the April issue of Under the Gum Tree are four words:…
  • You’re not pretty enough to be a model

    saradobiebauer
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    “Dark Beauty” by Scott Miller. I used to be the chubby girl. Not in the obvious way but in a way that made me think, No matter how much you work out, you’re just big-boned. Not to mention large-breasted. In college, I never felt like the “pretty one,” probably because my close knit group of gal pals were all absolutely stunning. I was the wild one. I was the funny one. Pretty? My roommates were pretty; I wooed via wit. Guys didn’t seem to mind my fuller figure. I didn’t mind it … most of the time. Then, sometimes, I just felt big and ugly.
  • Norwegian Sherlock parodies: Not to be missed

    saradobiebauer
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    It’s no surprise to all of you that I love the BBC’s reincarnation of Sherlock Holmes. This is due in part to my obsession with British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, but the show really is brilliant. I’m shite at writing mysteries, but I love (love) watching them, so the brilliance of writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss is beyond me. It doesn’t hurt the show’s appeal when both leading men, Benedict and Martin Freeman, garner Emmys for their performances as the immortal Sherlock and Dr. Watson. Okay, that said, there are so many jokes about how Sherlock and Watson…
  • What’s your vice? Akashic Books presents Thursdaze

    saradobiebauer
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    Every Thursday, Akashic Books presents Thursdaze: a writer’s fictional experience with marijuana, speed, heroin, cocaine, or any other drug, real or imagined, controlled or prescribed, illegal or soon-to-be legalized. There are rules. Stories in this series must adhere to a 750-word limit. Plus, there’s an emphasis placed on stories that stylistically emulate the drug of choice, allowing readers to indulge risk-free. It’s pretty easy to spot my vice: cigarettes. Today,Thursdaze presents my rhythmic short, “No Smoking.” Inhale … exhale … No Smoking by Sara…
  • Skin: A poem about cutting

    saradobiebauer
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Your skin is the only thing keeping you together. You like to poke holes to see if it might suddenly give way. Sometimes, you feel like a balloon with a small leak. He likes to pick your scabs while you lay in bed together. He asks you questions: Why do you cut yourself? Does it feel good to cut yourself? Would you stop cutting if I loved you? You tell him you’ve been cutting since the eighth grade. Now, well into your twenties, you don’t remember how to do anything else. Except sex, he says. You remember how to do that. “Yes,” you agree. Sex is just another hole being poked.
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    Elizabeth Spann Craig

  • When You Know It’s Time to Move On

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig In October, my agent received an email from my editor.  I have a release scheduled in the Southern Quilting series this June (book 5).  My editor knew my contract for the series was about to run out and asked me to come up with some ideas for additional books for the series. I developed two book outlines but never emailed them.  My editor wrote my agent last month to say that print sales had decreased (I’ve no doubt…they’re only a fraction of my digital sales for my self-published books) and Penguin Random House wanted to stop printing the…
  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:02 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 30,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. How to Find the Number of Items in Each Amazon Category:  http://ow.ly/KDRcd @FullTimeFBA Query Question: I think I have an agent but she’s not responding: http://ow.ly/KDRRH @Janet_Reid Sell more at signings by engaging customers:  http://ow.ly/KDRwk @tombarry100 3 Magic Bullets for Success: …
  • A Reverse To-Do List

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:02 pm
    By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig I read an interesting post recently by blogger Jessica Lawlor (@jesslaw)  “A Reverse To-Do List: Why What You Say NO to Matters More Than You Think.”  It was one of those post titles that made me want to learn more, since I still struggle with protecting my time. I have gotten much better about protecting my time.  Last summer I mentioned that I had created a business manifesto and was measuring each opportunity against it…was the opportunity a true opportunity? Or was it a distraction from more important tasks? I’ve done well since then.
  • 7 Smart Tactics for Describing a Character in First Person PoV

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:02 pm
    by Alex Limberg, @RidethePen Would you like to be an actor in your own crazy play, a play you can make up any minute as you go along? That’s basically what telling your story in first person is. If your narrator is a character in your story, his point of view does come with a couple of limitations though: What your narrator knows, what he sees, what he feels all have to go through the filter of your character’s personality. You can’t switch perspectives and fly from location to location as easily as a neutral narrator, you can’t stay as invisible as a neutral narrator… in short,…
  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    21 Mar 2015 | 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 30,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. Why So Many People Write at Starbucks:  http://ow.ly/Kl2NW @theryanlanz 3 Career Reinvention Tips From A Reporter Turned Romance Writer:  http://ow.ly/KkYhI by Cindy Fazzi @forbes 5 Ingredients for Great Characters That You’re Not Using (Yet):  http://ow.ly/KkY7J @screencrafting Music For Writers: A Quartet…
 
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    Litopia All Shows

  • Alias Kid

    Litopia
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    They're the latest Manchester sensations - swaggering rockers with more than a hint of Oasis about them. No wonder Alias Kid were snapped up by music maven Alan McGee, the svengali who gave Oasis to the world! As band manager and the boss of Creation Records, McGee has been associated with some of the biggest names in British independent rock, including Oasis, the Libertines, Primal Scream and The Jesus & Mary Chain. Now he joins Garry with his latest protégées who play live in our studio. As ever the lively chat is interspersed with the best new sounds around proved by the Ming City…
  • The Viral Mind of Susan Blackmore

    Litopia Writers Colony
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    Meet Susan Blackmore, the world’s foremost expert on memes. The intro to her seminal work The Meme Machine was written by none other than genius biologist and fundamentalist atheist blowhard Richard Dawkins. Her lectures on TED receives millions of views— even despite TED's dishwater-dull format when compared to Litopia After Dark (rowr!) “Man becomes, as it were, the sex organs of the machine world,” said Marshal McLuhan. Never has this been more true.  (Full quote: Man becomes, as it were, the sex organs of the machine world, as the bee of the plant world, enabling it to…
  • Beki Adam – Top Gear Mutineer

    Litopia Writers Colony
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    You might think that landing a coveted job presenting BBC TV’s Top Gear would be the peak of most people’s careers. Not for tonight’s guest, Beki Adam. For her, presenting the most widely-watched factual television programme in the world was just the start of a long, and very strange journey... that may yet take her to a seat in the British Parliament. Predecessor of the infamous, bigoted and fisticuffy Jeremy Clarkson, Beki is the opposite of a petrolhead: she runs an organic farm. She has an environmental conscience. She spent seventeen years as a Buddhist nun. And now…
  • Exiles – Michael J Arlen

    Litopia
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    The name Michael Arlen will mean nothing to most readers but Arlen was once the cream of the jazz age novelists, the envy of Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Maugham, the owner of speedboats and a villa on the Mediterranean. Then he fell completely into obscurity. By the time his son was born, the golden days were past tense, with the father coasting on his stardust. This is the story of that. Sage butter. >>> Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books…
  • Inside The Waugh Zone

    Litopia Writers Colony
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:05 am
    Daisy Waugh is literary royalty.  Following in the footsteps of her legendary grandfather Evelyn and her journalist/author father Auberon, Daisy is a popular columnist and novelist in her own right. According to her regular column in the Sunday Times she promoted her last book, “a feminist diatribe modern motherhood” by “lying on a giant, polystyrene cut-out of my own name. In a tight red satin skirt which didn’t belong to me, and some magnificent shoes covered in velvet and jewels, on loan from Manolo Blahnik.” To promote her latest novel—…
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    Blogito Ergo Sum

  • Some Things Confuse Me

    James Kiester
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    -Some things in life confuse me.  I'm not talking about an inability to understandcertain parts of quantum physics or not being able to read ancient Hebrew.  Those are things few people have mastered.  I mean there are parts ofSubject: McDonalds' Chicken McNuggets | Date: 10/04/2011 | Photographer: Evan Amos |The copyright holder of this work, release this work into the public domain. This applies worldwide.every day life which make me scratch my head and keep me awake at night.  A friend of mine tells me that thinking about such things is what causes my chronic…
  • Fixing Boxing

    James Kiester
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:03 pm
    -Long term readers know that my favorite sport to watch is boxing.  When everything goes according to Hoyle, or rather Marquess of Queensberry, boxing is man versus man, and the better man wins.  There's no blaming the wide receiver, point guard, or pitcher.  If Fighter A wins,  Fighter A wins.  If Fighter A loses, Fighter A loses.  Of course, this ideal doesn't take "sloppy" judging and officiating into account, but that's a problem of execution, not design.  Nevertheless, when everyone executes their role correctly/honestly, boxing is an exciting sport to…
  • The Big Questions

    James Kiester
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:01 pm
    -Subject: Faith/Science Comparison | Source: Lani Kai Akers' Facebook Feed |This morning a friend of mine posted this cartoon on Facebook.  It's a humorous attempt to point out the fallacy of religious thought and promote the value of scientific thought.  The graphic got me thinking about the age old debate.  Rigid scientists tend to label the devout as being ignorant and superstitious, while some religious zealots think of scientists as heretics.I've wrestled with the question of science versus faith for years, decades even.  After much reflection, I don't think it has to…
  • Beaverton oh Beaverton

    James Kiester
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:29 pm
    - When people think of poetry they typically think of soul stirring dramatic pieces by Frost, Poe, or Shakespeare.  However, poetry can also be tongue in cheek and silly.  In that vein, I rewrote Glen Campbell’s “Galveston” to fit my hometown, Beaverton.  Enjoy.-Subject: Interior of the Cedar Hills Crossing mall (formerly Beaverton Mall) | Date: 07/277/2011 | Photographer: Steve Morgan | This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.Beaverton oh Beaverton,I still hear your cool winds blowing,I still see her dark eyes…
  • 50 Years Gone - Tomorrow Looms

    James Kiester
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    -Isaiah 56: 12 ~ “Come,” they say, “let me get wine; let us fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow will be like this day, great beyond measure.”I came across this verse during my daily reading today, and it struck me.  At first glance,  it looks like the author is advocating drunken partying.  However, it’s actually about hope for the future.  The verse is basically saying, relax and enjoy the day, tomorrow will be just as great as today.This is an attitude I’ve been lacking lately.  Fifty years ago, our country was in the middle of racial…
 
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    Stories To Tell Books

  • Write a Book Proposal Before Self-Publishing Your Book

    Biff Barnes
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Why would an author who is self-publishing want to write a book proposal? Aren’t book proposals the tools authors use when seeking an agent or an acquisitions editor at a traditional publishing house to guide their book into print? Self-publishing eliminates those gatekeepers. Image courtesy of Pixabay Before we dismiss the need for a self-publishing author to write a book proposal, let’s take a moment to think about what a proposal  is. Editor Jane Friedman, in her blog post  How to Write a Book Proposal, says, “A book proposal argues why your book (idea) is a…
  • For a Writer One Key to Success Is Staying Grounded

    Sarah Hoggatt
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:41 pm
    People tend to be extremely impressed when they meet someone who is that most magical of things — an author. Quickly placing you on a pedestal, they are impressed with the fact you actually went out and got published. Wow! image courtesy of FreeImages.com If your book is personal and about you, they also think they truly know you. They are on close terms with who you are. While you may have written about personal experiences, even intimate ones, a book can never capture the real essence of you. You as a person go far beyond what you wrote. When you sell your book, you are not selling…
  • The Look of Your Book: The Question of Illustrations

    Sarah Hoggatt
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:26 am
    When it came to the poetry trilogy, each book had an illustrator. One was a friend and two I found while searching for someone to hire. I loved working with such talented artists and they added so much to the books but since this book stands on its own, I called everything into question including the illustrations. As I saw it, there were a few ways I could go with benefits and drawbacks to each option: Image courtesy of GraphicStock.c Hire an illustrator and have them draw pictures to go with my words. (What I did for the first three.) The benefit to this is the artistry that such…
  • 4 Ways for Writers to Get Unstuck

    Sarah Hoggatt
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:01 am
    After writing over six hundred words, I reached a dead end. The additional paragraph I wanted to include in the article was not blending in and I didn’t know how to tie things up in the last half. I was so wrapped up in the story, it felt as if I was covered in knotted yarn trying to find my point. What’s more, the article was overdue and the journal’s publication date was quickly approaching. I was running out of options and time. Courtesy of Renjith Krishnan FreeDigitalPhotos.net If this happens when I’m writing poetry, I can easily scrap the first half and start…
  • Bringing It All Together

    Sarah Hoggatt
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:57 am
    I’d been looking forward to the project all afternoon. Once my work was finished for the day, I closed my laptop and pulled out my manuscript. Splayed out on the living room floor, I was delighted to finally have the time and mental space to take all the poems and put them in order. In short, I wanted to see what this book looked like as a whole. Up to this point, the book has been a collection of individual poems. Though I knew the point I wanted to drive home in the end, I had little sense of the story arc as a whole. I didn’t know the beginning or the middle or how one section…
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    Lucid Content

  • 12x12x62 Stories and Pictures

    Richard
    14 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    12x12x62 pairs photography with writing. This is from an Instagram and Tumblr project that I launched in March 2014. It involves 12 photographers from around the world taking photographs, or editing existing photographs (as is the case above) and adding 62 words that speak to the image. To see project in all it’s glory, go to Stories and Pictures.
  • The Story Works

    Richard
    20 Jan 2014 | 5:16 pm
    A few months ago, I was asked to participate in a project with D&AD, headquartered in London. The project was called The Story Works. Agroup of writers from around the world were asked to select a film, play, book, movie or advertisement that worked and show how the story worked. My choice was Robert Frank’s The Americans. I decided to choose ten photographs and write an 83 word prose / poem about how the story worked. Here’s one below. Parade, Hoboken NJ   Who sang out of their windows in despair It was Kline, DeKooning, Ginsberg who flew your freedom flag. Those stars,…
  • Green energy company, corporate bio

    Richard
    14 Jan 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Inventing CALMAC: The Making of a Greener Future “We believe in making a positive impact.” Mark M. MacCracken, CEO, CALMAC On March 22, 1947 in New York City, Calvin ‘Cal’ MacCracken, a 27 year old New Jersey engineer, graduate of Princeton and MIT, launched his dream—a creative engineering firm named Jet Heet, Inc. Early clients were Whirlpool and Westinghouse, who signed on for research and development work. Cal was as curious as he was enthusiastic and brilliant. He’d developed the combustion chamber for the world’s first jet engine at GE up in Schenectady, New York. It…
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    ProofreadNOW.com Blog

  • Spring Has Sprung …

    Terri Porter
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    … at least in some parts of the country. In other parts, it sprang some time ago. Or is it “sprung some time ago”? Spring the verb behaves in much the same way as spring the season — irregularly. Regular verbs march in lockstep, all forming their simple past tense by tacking on the easily remembered “ed” at the end. Some examples are laugh (laughed), cough (coughed) and shovel (shoveled). But irregular verbs are misfits. They march to the beat of their own drum, using whatever past-tense form they feel like. Examples include drink (drank), begin (began) and choose (chose). The…
  • Test Your Mettle Proofreading Quiz Results

    Terri Porter
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
      Thanks to everyone who entered our proofreading quiz last week. Congratulations to Barb Poole, who submitted both the first and the winning entry, missing just four of the 57 errors — even some of the sneaky ones. The two mistakes that tripped up most people both appeared in paragraph 4: “airways” and “vaccine.” Regarding the first, we have only one airway, which is the area in the throat through which air passes to and from the lungs. The second word should be “vaccination.” Vaccine is the product; vaccination is the process. Consumers can’t “get” a vaccine other…
  • Test Your Mettle (or Is It Metal?) with This Proofreading Quiz

    Terri Porter
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    It’s standard testing time for many schools. But why should students have all the fun? In honor of National Grammar Day on March 4 and National Proofreading Day on March 8, we’re giving you the opportunity to assess your proofreading skills with a little quiz. We’ve laced the five numbered paragraphs below with errors, some obvious and some a bit sneaky. But they’re all unequivocally wrong. Acceptable variations — such as words with different spellings (e.g., advisor, adviser) or sentences that could be punctuated multiple ways — are not included here. The figures in parentheses…
  • 10 Tips for Better Business Writing (Part 3)

    Terri Porter
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we talked about ways you can improve the content of your writing. This final installment offers guidance on fine-tuning what you’ve written.  
  • 10 Tips for Better Business Writing (Part 2)

    Terri Porter
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    In last week’s post, we discussed the first three tips relating to how to make the content of your business writing better: 1. Know the purpose of the piece and make it clear up front. 2. Write in plain English. 3. Use active voice. Below we provide the remaining three tips related to improving content, and in Part 3 we’ll tell you how to fine-tune what you’ve written.
 
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    James Shelley

  • Like Back in the Days

    James Shelley
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Do you ever long for the world to become right again? You know, like back in the days when new technologies didn’t threaten our ability to anticipate the future, young people didn’t mangle the language, children respected their elders, politicians were honest, corruption was held at bay, everyone strove for peace, and each citizen shared the same high ideals for their society in common? You know, like back in the 1980s. No, wait… Maybe like in the 1970s? Um, not then, either. 1930s? Maybe the 1830s? Hold on just a second here… When exactly were those days, anyway?
  • Judging the Judgers

    James Shelley
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Never am I more blind to myself than when I condemn others for being judgmental.
  • ‘Belonging to Oneself’ and The Curse of Idiocracy

    James Shelley
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Idiot. The Greek root of the word is idiotes, ‘belonging to oneself’ or ‘one’s own.’ Idiote continues to bear traces of its root in a word like ‘idiosyncrasy’ (particular traits of one individual or group). The word ‘idiom’ also originally referred to figures of speech that were limited to ‘one’s own’ people or community. Calling somebody an idiotes in Greek had a different connotation than calling them an idiot in English. Instead of referring to stupidity or dull wittedness, calling somebody ‘one’s own’ was to charge them of being a private person who was…
  • Caesura Letters Volume X is now available!

    James Shelley
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today, the tenth volume of the Caesura Letters will be released. Tenth! Where has the time gone? Hitting this milestone once again reminds me of how grateful I am to the subscribers and supporters that make this periodical possible. I am humbled — and appreciative beyond words — to be able to invest so much time and energy into this endeavour. This new volume divides its quarterly allotment of 60 reflective pieces into 9 chapters: A Face in the Crowd. How do the actions, ideas, and perceptions of others shape how we define ourselves? Fame Quest. An enlightening (well, it was for…
  • Knowledge Glut

    James Shelley
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    On the Podcast: About two weeks ago I presented a seminar about Information Glut at the Public Sociology @ Western group (Western University). It is an informal, colloquial riff on a number of ideas related to the question of how we differentiate the important from the superfluous in a world of exponentially increasing knowledge. (Recorded on Friday, March 6, 2015)  
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    Productive Writers

  • How to Take a Blogging Break and Keep Your Readers Happy

    John Soares
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    I recently took a six-week blogging break while I was on vacation in Costa Rica. Since many of you reading this are bloggers, you know there’s a general consensus that you should should post consistently. However, you also need to carefully examine your priorities for your life and your business. To that end, here are the… Three Main Areas […]Related Posts:Why I Am Taking a Short Blogging BreakTop 10 Ways to Be a More Productive Freelance WriterWhat I Love Most About Costa RicaThe Best Google+ Communities for Freelance Writers19 Successful Freelance Writers Share Their…
  • Successful Freelance Writers Write Well

    John Soares
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    If you want to be a successful freelance writer, you must write well. You don’t have to be a perfectionist, but you do need to write clearly and with very few punctuation, grammar, and spelling errors. You can learn to do this through studying the English language and proper writing and editing techniques. And learning […]Related Posts:Six Copy Editing Tips for Freelance WritersTop 10 Ways to Be a More Productive Freelance WriterWhen and How a Freelance Writer Should Hire HelpFour Reasons Why Freelance Writers Should SpecializeThe Best Way to Bid a Freelance Project
  • What I Love Most About Costa Rica

    John Soares
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:29 am
    I recently returned from a five-week vacation in Costa Rica. I can happily report that I’m tanned, rested, and ready to get back to freelance writing and blogging. Why Costa Rica? For starters, it has a great combination of natural beauty, friendly people, modern infrastructure, and a reasonably efficient economy and government. Also, I wanted […]Related Posts:Why I Am Taking a Short Blogging BreakHow to Take a Blogging Break and Keep Your Readers HappyWhy Freelance Writers Often Miss DeadlinesWhy I Am a Freelance WriterWhy Writers Need Free Time Alone
  • Why I Am Taking a Short Blogging Break

    John Soares
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    I’m going to Costa Rica for 5 weeks. That’s why! And it’s going to be a true vacation: no work and very little time on the Internet. My only connection to the wider world will be through my Kindle Fire HD 7, and that’s only when I’m around a wireless connection AND I feel there […]Related Posts:How to Take a Blogging Break and Keep Your Readers HappyWhat I Love Most About Costa RicaSetting Freelance Writing Goals That WorkHow Freelance Writers Calculate Their Hourly Rates8 Time Management Techniques for Successful Writers
  • Download My Podcasts About Writing Textbook Supplements

    John Soares
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    Writing supplemental materials for college textbooks has been my main freelance writing niche for over twenty years. I love the intellectual stimulation, plus I’ve made a decent income that has allowed me to live wherever I want, including three years on Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands. This post shares two podcasts… My Interview with the Text and Academic […]Related Posts:Why I Am a Freelance WriterFour Reasons Why Freelance Writers Should SpecializeDoes Your Freelance Writing Niche Have Busy Seasons?Successful Freelance Writers Do These Small Things EarlyHow I Chose My…
 
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • My Sister’s Dark Flash Fiction…

    MikeFook
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Another one! Love these! Brothers Three, by Laura Lovic-Lindsay
  • Apple MacBook Air 12-inch Retina – Not All Bad as Writer’s Notebook

    MikeFook
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    Update – the Spring Forward Apple event just happened (it’s still going on, but all I care about is finished). The MacBook Air 12-inch retina notebook from Apple is a reality. There are some pleasant surprises. Not sure how this shakes out. The dumb thing is still light as fly-paper – at 2 lbs. Here’s what I got from the presentation: 2 pounds 1.1 GHZ processor with turbo up to 2.9 GHZ 10 hour battery on WiFi. They say 9, but they always sandbag gold, space grey, UFO silver – the usual 8 GB RAM (nice) 256 GB SSD (nice) revamped keyboard – keys using…
  • 2015 MacBook Air 12-inch Retina – The Ultimate Writer’s Notebook?

    MikeFook
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    We’re an hour away from what is probably going to be Apple’s biggest blunder since the Apple Newton back in 1996 or so. Can’t remember. I did buy one of the damn things though! No wait, we bought two of them! I thought they would be a good database manager for all my real estate contacts. The handwriting recognition wasn’t that bad. Still, it was a badly timed device. Is the MacBook Air 12-inch Retina Apple’s new HUMPTY DUMPTY MOVE? If you’ve seen my video on the topic, you already know my views. I’ll elaborate a bit here. In one hour and some minutes…
  • What Does RISK Feel Like?

    MikeFook
    8 Feb 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Reading some other blogs this morning and came up with this gem from Shane Labs who heard from his “mentor” on RISK… You have to take risks that are going to make you feel like you’ve just jumped out of an airplane. Naked. And you’re falling so fast your balls are slapping you in the face. Any questions?
  • God is Love?

    MikeFook
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:19 am
    I look at me. What am I? I’m ruled by a drive inside – the very basic, the MOST basic drive, that is pleasure and pain. I move toward pleasure. I avoid pain. Everything I do is governed by this. Nothing falls outside it. I look at everyone else. Same thing. I look at the animal kingdom – same thing. The pleasure pain principle makes us what? Selfish. It makes us look out for ourselves first. Our own pleasures, our own avoiding pain, puts us at odds not only with those around us – with animals and plants around us- which we care little for… but it puts us at odds…
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    Creative Writing Ideas Blog

  • Story Ideas Kit

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    Use our fun Story Ideas Kit to come up with mix-and-match plots that you can turn into fiction.
  • How to Finish What You Start

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    Do you tend to lose interest in your writing projects partway through? How can you stay inspired long enough to complete your manuscript? Here's what you need to know.
  • 20 Answers to "What Happens Next?"

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    Raymond Carver offered this advice to writers: "When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand." Depending on your story, that's certainly one option. Here are twenty others.
  • Inspiring Places to Write

    28 Mar 2014 | 9:32 am
    Sometimes a change of scenery can wake up the muse. Here are some ideas to try.
  • 2 Easy Ways to Get Great Story Ideas

    27 Feb 2014 | 12:34 am
    These two magic phrases will help you come up with lots of ideas.
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    Zach Everson

  • ‘Cinderella’ flash review

    Zach Everson
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    A charming film about dead parents, human trafficking, and a shoe fetish.  [Select the headline to view the full story.]
  • Huffington Post publishes my hotel-hacks article

    Zach Everson
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    In case you wanted to re-read my hotel-hacks piece for Condé Nast Traveler, but now on a different template, it’s been syndicated and published on The Huffington Post: “How to Hack Your... [Select the headline to view the full story.]
  • Me, on BBC World News’s ‘Business Edition’

    Zach Everson
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    BBC World News’s “Business Edition” doesn’t get posted online. So unless you watched it live last night, all you’ll get to enjoy from my appearance to talk about space... [Select the headline to view the full story.]
  • Programing note: I’m slated to be on BBC World News’s ‘Business Edition’ tonight

    Zach Everson
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Watch BBC World News’s “Business Edition” tonight. I’m slated to be on, talking about space tourism on the heels of my Conde Nast Traveler article. [Select the headline to view the full story.]
  • Examining space tourism for ‘Condé Nast Traveler’

    Zach Everson
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    Condé Nast Traveler published my latest article today: “11 Questions about the Future of Space Tourism Answered” [Select the headline to view the full story.]
 
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    » Byzantine Roads

  • Back to Scrivener

    Lou
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    So My Old Linux Computer is on its last legs. I also use Citrix to login to a remote desktop at work, and the linux client hasn’t been updated for years. Every few months, I have to reconfigure it when some other update to Linux crashes a dependency or something. Long story short, I’ve been using Lorie’s computer for work, and recently, kinda took it over after fixing a newer, faster computer that had a crashed hard drive. Both run WIN8, and I’m not ready to go back to Linux until Citrix becomes usable again (Or I retire on my writing, whichever comes first). In the…
  • Reading White Guys and #LastManOnEarth

    Lou
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:09 am
      I’m pretty liberal, and I consider myself at least an ally to most of the so-called Glittery Hooha SJW crowd. I’ve followed #Gamergate and the Sad puppies with horror, subscribe to We Hunted The Mammoth and follow @Scalzi and @JimCHines. But I don’t talk about it too often. Even though it informs the decisions I’v made on my WIPs, I don’t feel comfortable taking up a microphone and mansplaining those decisions, or why I feel they’re important. The conversation interests me and concerns me, but I am not a part of the conversation. But in the last two…
  • Pulled the Trigger

    Lou
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I’ve been working hard on my daily writing practice, drafting “The Bismark”  on Wattpad and Writeon, and working on various little projects. Trying to just build the habit and momentum. Somehow, this one got done. Well, done enough that it was staring me in the face all last weekend. So, just for kicks, I posted it. And for most of the week, I just watched it sit there. I wasn’t going to do any marketing, wasn’t going to post or blog or tweet it. But something funny happened. As it sat there, I wanted people to discover it. I wanted people to read this. I…
  • #Amwriting

    Lou
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:14 am
    For the first time in a long time, when I sat down for my Morning ritual, I ignored newsfeed/Email and started writing instead #amwriting — Lcthulou (@ByzantineRoads) January 17, 2015
  • My Amazon Echo: I Have Seen the Future

    Lou
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The Echo in Its Natural Habitat: The Future I got my Echo Invite the day after Christmas, which means with the 2-day prime shipping, I’ve had a few days to play around with it. And boy, is it a pretty impressive device with a lot of potential. Forget the Kindle or Fire TV, amazon has released a real disruptive force on the market that’s going to change media. At its most basic, the Echo is little more than a nice Bluetooth speaker that wirelessly ties into your Amazon account ( And IHeartRadio and Tunein). It’s voice activated and uses Amazon cloud services to pull your…
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    Whispered Writings

  • Whispered Writings is closing shop

    Anon
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    For my faithful followers, the Whispered Writings blog will now be integrated into the Call an Editor website. You can follow the blog by visiting https://www.callaneditor.com/ The last day for this site will be Tuesday, March 31, 2015.  Filed under: Writing tips
  • We are moving!

    Anon
    8 Feb 2015 | 4:25 am
    Whispered Writings posts will become a part of the Call an Editor website. Once the migration is complete, this blog will be removed. Thanks for following! I hope that you move with us once the site is complete. I will post more information closer to time.Filed under: Writing tips
  • To Freelance Clients Everywhere

    Anon
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Your payment may be my grocery money for the week.
  • (786) 607-0603…or how to ruin every chance you had of ever doing business with me

    Anon
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Yesterday afternoon I received a call stating that this company was verifying my information that I had recently posted on an online directory. Although the woman on the phone barely spoke English, I tried to go through the routine...then the sales pitch began. I was not interested and ended the call. If it had ended there, everything would have been fine. But it didn't.
  • Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

    Anon
    17 Jan 2014 | 3:09 pm
        The novel is sold separately. Print  Kindle  Filed under: Writing tips Tagged: education, fiction, K-12, K12, language arts, Sheila Turnage, teacher resources, teaching, Three Times Lucky
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    Write It Sideways

  • Here’s the Type of Hate Mail Bloggers Get …

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    Advertise here with BSAOver several years of blogging, I’ve received some interesting letters from people. And by interesting I mean rude. These are not written to offer friendly constructive criticism or to politely disagree with me. They’re written to get a reaction, but I usually have neither the time nor inclination to give these people what they want. The following letter, for example, arrived in my inbox last week. “Dan” decided he needed to give me a piece of his mind—with a fake reply address, of course, so I couldn’t respond even if I wanted to…
  • The Duolingo Guide to Writing Productivity

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:42 am
    Advertise here with BSAOne thing I love about Canada is the opportunity for my children to receive a free bilingual education through the French Immersion program available at many public schools. Some say, “You’ll never use French unless you want to work for the government or be a French teacher,” but actually, I’m not worried about whether my kids use their French in any practical way. What compels me most about a bilingual education is this: learning in another language teaches you more than just the subject matter you’re studying. A successful French…
  • Literary Journal Seeks “Features Editor” & “Fiction Director”

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:23 am
    Advertise here with BSAUPDATE: Please note that both of these positions have now been filled.  Many of you know I’m the managing editor of an online literary magazine that has taken off quite nicely over the past couple of years. Well, our team at Compose Journal has a couple of exciting opportunities available at the moment: we’re looking for a features editor and a fiction director. Before we tell you more about the positions, we want you to know that people have been saying some pretty nice things about us and our work. Things like . . . “There’s a new literary…
  • I Dumped My S.M.A.R.T. Writing Goals, and This Is What Happened

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Advertise here with BSAIt’s a new year: a good time for change, for adopting new writing habits, for setting goals. Haven’t we heard, probably for decades now, that the best way to get things done is to set S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) goals, and write them down? My husband is one of those business-y types who loves to rib me about this. Me: “There’s this writing course I wouldn’t mind taking at some point.” My husband: “Have you written that down?” Me: “You keep saying that. Please stop saying…
  • Your Free Trial of The Author Accelerator Book-Coaching Program

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    Advertise here with BSA 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…
 
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    Words on a page

  • More Chrome apps and extensions for writers

    Scott Nesbitt
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    I like to think that over the last three or so years I’ve proven that a Chromebook is a viable tool for the professional writer. And while I’m not a tool fetishist, I occasionally too around the Chrome web store in search of new apps and extensions that I and other writers might find useful. […] Related posts: Useful offline Chromebook apps for writers Four distraction-free writing apps for Chrome Google Chrome apps and extensions for writers
  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    4 ways to host your website for free Freelance blogging as a full- or part-time job Advice on choosing the right word How to quickly learn about your client Beat your fear of self promotion and market yourself 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
  • Lifting ideas from others

    Scott Nesbitt
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    Before you jump on me, understand this: I’m not advocating that you steal from other writers. I’ve been the victim of theft a couple of times and wouldn’t want another writer to go through that. What is mean is use what others write as a launching point for something you write. Add your own perspective […] Related posts: Going off on a tangent Letting ideas come to you Don’t second guess yourself
  • Web applications and me, redux

    Scott Nesbitt
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    A lot can change in five years. I know I have. And so has how I use web applications, and which ones I use. Back in 2010, I took readers of this blog through a short tour of some of my favourite Web applications. Then, as now, I use web applications professionally. They help me […] Related posts: Useful offline Chromebook apps for writers Using Simplenote for more than just taking notes Dropbox as a writer’s tool, redux
  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Warren Ellis on the only good notebook Is blogging dead? No, but it is changing Why the page fold still matters How to negotiate a higher freelance rate Everyone’s live blogging, should you be? 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
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    Mike Salsbury's Blog

  • My "Family Tree" - The Douglas Adams Branch - Part 2 - Wodehouse

    Michael Salsbury
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:53 pm
    While reading about Douglas Adams, I learned that one of his favorite authors was P.G. Wodehouse. This places Wodehouse in my author "family tree" also.  I read about Wodehouse earlier this evening and learned some interesting parallels between the two of us:Wodehouse and Adams both wrote items for their school newpapers, as did I.Wodehouse wrote short stories that were later collected to become his novels.  Last year, I began using some of my blogs in much the same way... to write short passages that would become topic or chapters of a finished book.Wodehouse wrote song lyrics,…
  • My "Family Tree" - The Douglas Adams Branch

    Michael Salsbury
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    As I've probably mentioned before, I've become a big fan of Austin Kleon's book Steal Like an Artist. The book describes itself as the author's advice he'd go back in time and give himself at age 19.  I've read and re-read the book several times.  In terms of words and pages, it's a light read.  The ideas and concepts it covers, however, are anything but light.In the section entitled, "Climb Your Own Family Tree" the author tells you to:...chew on one thinker - writer, artist, activist, role model - you really love.  Study everything there is to know about that thinker.
  • Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 4, Days 23-29

    Michael Salsbury
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:30 pm
    My adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge continues.Monday evening I couldn't seem to get my head into the writing groove.  I sat at the computer for a while and came up with only a 349-word journal entry, making this one of the lowest word-count days in a while.Tuesday evening I was on track to repeat Monday, when I got myself starting to write out the part of the ASL Ark Story that's been giving me grief, which is the "escalating conflict" part.  I wound up with a nice amount of material for that story (2,748 words) and a journal entry (474 words).
  • Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 4, Days 16-22

    Michael Salsbury
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:30 pm
    My adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge continues.Monday was a long day at work without a lunch break.  I was burnt out when I got home, so I did less writing than I wanted to do.  I managed notes for the Immortality story (1,118 words), a post for this blog on Brainswarming (267 words), a journal entry (481 words), and a tiny addition to the ASL Ark story (37 words) for a total of 1,903 words for the day.Tuesday, I wrote some posts for BeginBrewing.com (3216 words), a short post for ColumbusBeerScene.com (91 words), and a journal entry (541 words).
  • Brainswarming

    Michael Salsbury
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    For a while now, I've been fascinated with the concept of "creativity".  What is it?  Where does it come from?  Why do we say one person is creative, and another isn't?  There's a lot of research out there if you go looking.  Tonight, I read one blog that talked about something called "brainswarming" which encourages groups to think vertically and laterally about problems.  This is not done in a typical "brainstorming" session in a room, but in an open area where people are free to contribute ideas without others being present to weigh in on them.  The idea…
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    From Meredith Allard

  • Remembering the Joys of Writing Historical Fiction

    Meredith Allard
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:42 pm
    I found myself in need of a reminder about why I love to write historical fiction. Lately, with everything else I have to do, I’ve come to realize how much more work writing historical fiction is than other genres. As I’ve been digging myself out from under books and articles about Victorian England for my new novel, I realized that this is my first foray into writing a completely historical story in ten years. That can’t be right, I thought. I write historical fiction. It’s in my tag-line, isn’t it? Then I remembered that I added the word (Usually) so I felt better. After counting…
  • How Do You Handle Negative Book Reviews? You Trust, That’s What You Do.

    Meredith Allard
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Like everything else with writing and publishing, there are a lot of opinions about how to handle negative book reviews. Here’s one from Digital Book World, one from Write to Done, and my personal favorite from Joe Konrath. I love Konrath’s advice of just ignore them. In my case, I don’t read them at all. You read that correctly. I don’t read negative reviews of my books. I don’t argue with anyone’s right to dislike my work, and I don’t argue with anyone’s right to share their dislike. I certainly don’t like every book I read. As an author, I have the right to choose what…
  • Baking Time: Giving Your Story Time to Breathe

    Meredith Allard
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:07 pm
    When the indie author revolution started several years ago, there was a lot of advice about how authors must do things in order to be successful. One piece of sage advice still making the rounds is how authors must write and publish books as fast as they can—story-time assembly line writing, if you will. The rationale behind this is simple: the more books you have to sell, the more money you’ll make. Makes sense, right? As a result, I felt bad about myself for not writing faster. I kept hearing about these authors who write, edit, and publish a book every few months, sometimes every few…
  • Wherever You Go, Go With All Your Heart

    Meredith Allard
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:26 pm
    I’ve been following Catherine Ryan Howard’s blog Catherine, Caffeinated for a few years now, and I love her insights into indie publishing, her sarcastic sense of humor, and I freely admit that I share her love for all things caffeine. Recently, Catherine posted an article about how the hardest thing about a decision is making it. In her post, Catherine talks about her long-time desire to attend Trinity College in Dublin, and how, finally, at the last minute she applied, and how, finally, she’s attending the university she dreamed about. I nodded as I read Catherine’s post because I…
 
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    Game On! Crafting Believable Conflict

  • The Persuasion Plot Hole

    Diana Hurwitz
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:01 pm
    The persuasion plot hole goes like this:At some point in your story one character has to convince another character of something or persuade him to do something.The plot derails when a character agrees to something or accepts something "because the plot called for it." There is no rational discourse that shows the character being persuaded or coerced. For example, Dick hates the ocean. He hates the smell of it and the movement of it. He would never, ever in his wildest dreams agree to go out on a boat, in the middle of the night, with a complete stranger. Miraculously, in Chapter Ten, he does…
  • Using Universal Themes Part 2

    Diana Hurwitz
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    Last week we discussed four universal themes to broaden the appeal of your story. Let's look at a few more.1. True Lovers: We all want to be loved deeply and passionately, to believe that we are the only ones they could ever love, even if it isn't technically true. We want a lover that is willing to die for us, or to profess to be willing to die for us, or at least have our backs. We all want to be valued and praised and held high. Grand passion fueled all the major love stories: Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde, Love Story by Erich Segal and the dubious entry, Twilight. This example…
  • Using Universal Themes Part 1

    Diana Hurwitz
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    There are some stories that transcend genre because they have mass appeal. The secret to mass appeal is universal theme and wish fulfillment. There are certain situations that everyone can relate to no matter what genre they prefer to read or watch.Even when a book is wildly successful, there will be readers who turn away from it; either because the content offends, the story touches a raw nerve, or the writer's technique does not suit them. You can't please everyone.Stories with universal appeal have a better chance of capturing the imagination of the populace. This week, we'll take a…
  • Revising Characters

    Diana Hurwitz
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    This revision layer does not require you to cut all descriptions of clothes, hair, and accoutrements. Rather, it asks you to take a fresh look at your descriptions and decide if they are meaningful and powerful rather than bland and boring.The best way to do that is to look at each character individually and each instance in which you have described them.1. Save a copy of your draft as “Character Description (insert character Name)” and delete everything but the sections that deal with that character (keeping chapter references). It is critical that you revise at this level for your…
  • 5 Tips for Defining Characters

    Diana Hurwitz
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:26 am
    In addition to describing a character's phyical appearance, the words you use to describe the character reveal a lot about how he or she feels about herself and others.1. A situation can cause Dick to view Sally in a different light. He might have a negative opinion of her at first and change his mind later. You can illustrate the shift in Dick’s opinion of Sally through description.First impression: The chick stalked into the conference room, wearing a tight gray dress that crackled like stiff paper. Her pale hair was cinched in a tight bun that made her skin look too tight. She met…
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    Raquel Byrnes

  • Secret of the Sevens Cover Reveal!

    Raquel Byrnes
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Secret of the Sevensby Lynn Lindquist Release Date: 06/2015Flux PublishingSummary from Goodreads: Everyone at Singer, a boarding school for underprivileged kids, knows the urban legend of the Society of Seven. Decades ago, the original members of the secret guild for elite students murdered the school's founder and then perished in the fire they lit to hide the evidence. Or so the story goes. Talan Michaels doesn't care about Singer's past. He's too focused on his future and the fact that he'll be homeless after he graduates in May. To take his mind off it, he accepts a mysterious…
  • Hidden Deep Tour!

    Raquel Byrnes
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Hidden Deep (Book 1 of the Hidden Trilogy)by Amy Patrick Summary from Goodreads:Give in to the Glamour…Sixteen-year-old Ryann Carroll has just run into the guy who saved her life ten years ago. You might think she'd be happy to see him again. Not exactly. She's a bit underdressed (as in skinny-dipping) and he's not supposed to exist.After her father's affair, all Ryann wants is to escape the family implosion fallout and find a little peace. She also wouldn't mind a first date that didn't suck, but she's determined not to end up like her mom: vulnerable, betrayed, destroyed.
  • 3 Reasons Why You NEED a Writer's Conference

    Raquel Byrnes
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    Book proposals clutched in their hands, appointment slip at the ready, writers everywhere are taking one step closer to their dream of publication with a trip to a writer’s conference. From horror writers to inspirational romance authors, they gather at conferences every year with their name tags and pitch sheets.  And I have three reasons why you should too...Most agents meet their clients at a writer’s conference than by any other means.  Be it snail mail or email query, the best way to get the attention of a prospective agent is by meeting them. Nothing can replace the…
  • Corralling Creativity for Cohesion

    Raquel Byrnes
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:40 am
    I've written about my "Cool Stuff That Never Happens" notebook where I keep all the strange scenarios that pop into my head when I should be doing something responsible. Its a creative boosting device I picked up years ago at a writing workshop.  If you're interested in the whole explanation including my reason behind "Killer Geisha's with Knife Fans," then take a look at the original post here.So anyway, this notebook I have is chock full of the most outlandish plot twist, fight scenarios, and action sequence ideas I've ever had...and it keeps growing.  I don't edit my thoughts in…
  • Situational Blindness or a Dufus?

    Raquel Byrnes
    4 Feb 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Heading into the weeks before Valentine's Day, I am working on the romantic arc in my WIP only to get stuck before the sparks even begin to smolder.Its always difficult, in the midst of tumult, to quiet your heart and mind long enough to see what is right in front of you. That sort of situational blindness has happened to me before in real life and I can totally understand how it can happen in the extreme situations of a fantasy novel.The problem is...Writing it in such a way that the heroine or hero do not appear to be clueless dufuses (yes, thats a word) that frustrate the reader with their…
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    Grant Writing Confidential

  • Batch/Cohort Versus Continuous Training: A Problem with No Solution (and the DOL Training to Work 3-Adult Reentry Program)

    Jake Seliger
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Job training programs, education programs, and related programs can work in two basic modes: batch/cohort (we’ll call it “batch” for this purpose) and continuous. Batch training happens the way most conventional schools function: the academic year starts at a particular time—usually in September—and if you don’t show up by September 5, you have to wait until the next break in the academic calendar (which is usually around January). No matter how bad you want to start school, you have to wait until the next time you’re allowed to start. The alternative is a…
  • Parsing the Department of Education’s “Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions” (HSI) Program RFP–Which Colleges are Eligible?

    Isaac Seliger
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    As we’ve written before, parsing an RFP sometimes seems like deciphering the Talmud. The just-issued ED Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) RFP is a case in point. HSI is a venerable program that provides grants to Institutions of Higher Education (ED-speak for “two- and four-year colleges and universities”) deemed to be “Hispanic-Serving Institutions.” But what is an HSI? To paraphrase President Clinton, it depends on what the meaning of “HSI” is? The RFP states: In addition to basic eligibility requirements, an institution must have at…
  • Some Positive Changes in Federal Grant Grants.Gov Submission Requirements Emerge

    Isaac Seliger
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Faithful readers know that I’ve been writing federal grant proposals since the last ice age.* For most of the last four decades, federal grant writing has changed little, other than in obvious tech-related ways—computers, online databases, quick and reliable digital literature/data searches, easy access to applicant background info and so on. I recently realized that incremental changes, glacial in speed though they may be, have begun to have a cumulative impact on the way in which proposals, and especially federal grant proposals, are prepared. The biggest change in federal proposal…
  • The HRSA Health Infrastructure Investment Program (HIIP) Illustrates Why It’s Hard to Handicap Chances of Getting a Grant

    Isaac Seliger
    8 Mar 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Anyone who’s been to a race track or Vegas knows that the odds of a given race or sporting event are being constantly updated by pros who seem to know how to handicap future events. Prospective clients often ask me to handicap their chances of winning a grant competition (and we’ve written before about why grant writing is not like the Olympics). Trying to handicap a particular grant competition is like trying to handicap a horse race in which you don’t know the horses, riders, or venue until after the race is completed. If grant writing was really like a horse race,…
  • One Way You Know a Grant Maximum is Too Low: HRSA and “‘Now is the Time’ Project AWARE-Community”

    Jake Seliger
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    In 2014 HRSA released a program melodiously called “‘Now is the Time’ Project AWARE-Community,” and the program had almost 100 awards available for an eight-figure pot of money—but the individual maximum grant was only $50,000. Last week, HRSA released the same RFP, but with different funding parameters: 70 awards are available with a maximum grant size of $125,000—or 150% more than last year’s award. We’re guessing that the maximum award changed because $50,000 was just too little money to get most organizations interested in the program, which is…
 
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    Emerging Writers Studio

  • How Your Writing Group Is Holding You Back

    Nanci Panuccio
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:42 am
    Recently, a reader told me that members of her writing group had eviscerated her novel-in-progress. The collective feedback was so disheartening she wanted to ditch her manuscript and quit the writing gig altogether. My heart always breaks a little when I hear stories like this. But it reminded me of all the peer groups I’ve participated in throughout the years, and how delicate that dynamic is. The last writing group I belonged to, a small, stellar tribe of Hudson Valley writer friends, left me energized and on fire after each meeting, hungry to race back to my keyboard and revise.
  • 5 Ways To Get Out Of A Writing Funk

    Nanci Panuccio
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    image by Richard Holt If you’re like me, there comes that moment when you loathe what you’ve written. You read what poured out on the page in a meteor shower of inspiration. And then everything that felt glittering and brilliant just yesterday now feels trite. Flat. Messy. Implausible. We read our favorite books and think, Jeez, I’ll never write like that. My work’s no good. I’m no good. This is our spoiler talking. And it’s inherent in any act of creation. The Creative Strategy I’m not a Disney fan per se, but I do find comfort in Walt’s break…
  • How to Turn Setbacks Into Progress

    Nanci Panuccio
    4 Feb 2015 | 6:28 am
    quimby via Compfigh Your novel was turned down by a publisher. You just received a form rejection letter – the worst kind-  from an agent. Or maybe the feedback from your workshop flattened you to the point of paralysis. You thought your story was so much closer. Setbacks can crush us. And cause even the most resilient writers to believe they lack the requisite talent to write anything worth publishing. But talent has little to do with success. And failure gets a bad rap. Mind The Gap There’s a gap between your vision – what Ira Glass calls your “good taste”…
  • Writing Success Redefined

    Nanci Panuccio
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:11 am
    How do you measure your success as a writer? Is it by how much money you earn from your writing? Is it the publishing contract? Nailing an agent? Sure, those are external markers of success. But what does success as a writer mean to you? Years ago, when I began writing in earnest, a dancer friend and I had an interesting debate. She asked me how a writer could consider oneself successful if he or she didn’t write a bestseller that sold millions of dollars. My friend was a wealthy widow in her early fifties who spent her days pursuing passions full tilt. In addition to ballet, she…
  • Writing to Draw Readers in Emotionally

    Nanci Panuccio
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    Pedro Ribeiro Simõe Flannery O’Connor once said that, as writers, we can’t create emotion with emotion. We need to provide it with a body, to “create a world with weight and extension.” Love on its own, for example, is too broad and abstract for the reader to feel. If we write about something as ethereal as love without anchoring it in the physical world, we won’t connect emotionally to our reader. That’s because emotion exists beneath abstraction and explanation. It lives in the breathing world of the real, a tactile world we create when we selectively give…
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    Literary Agents Advice

  • Social Media for Writers: Puzzles & Solutions

    Harry
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:23 am
    Our guest-blogger today is Laurence O’Bryan – a novelist with HarperCollins (more) but also a pioneer in the field of using social media for book promotion. His BooksGoSocial site offers a range of promotional tools to help (primarily) self-pub work … Continue reading →
  • Do you love your publisher? A survey

    Harry
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:21 am
    Are you a traditionally published author? Would you like the opportunity to say clearly and in detail what you do and don’t like about traditional publishing? Then please complete our survey which asks about everything you’ve always wanted to talk … Continue reading →
  • Big Publishing and Me (16): Some further reflections

    Harry
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:34 am
    I’m Harry Bingham. I’ve never previously written in detail about my adventures in the land of publishing, but here it is: the full story. I hope it’s of interest. These blog posts are timed to coincide with the release of … Continue reading →
  • Big Publishing and Me (15): Reflections, reflections

    Harry
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:17 am
    I’m Harry Bingham. I’ve never previously written in detail about my adventures in the land of publishing, but here it is: the full story. I hope it’s of interest. These blog posts are timed to coincide with the release of … Continue reading →
  • Big Publishing and Me (14): Tilting at windmills

    Harry
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:48 am
    I’m Harry Bingham. I’ve never previously written in detail about my adventures in the land of publishing, but here it is: the full story. I hope it’s of interest. These blog posts are timed to coincide with the release of … Continue reading →
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    The Vandal

  • How Dare You Censor My Books?

    Derek Haines
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    There is always an ‘app for that‘ as we all know, but I think I stumbled on one of the most insidious today. It is an app that blanks out all words that the app deems as bad words from an ebook, and has an option to replace them with acceptable words. This is censorship of books, and this is always dangerous. Why only replace words? Why not just burn the books?If this app is allowed to continue to be made available, it is going to change the world for writers, especially for those who like to add a little spice, a little aggression, a little violence, a little of the…
  • The Laughable Crimes Of Jeremy Clarkson

    Derek Haines
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m not a Jeremy Clarkson lover at all, but his popularity is easy to pinpoint. He refuses to bow to political correctness, which society has impolitely imposed on the rest of us. We all say, (and post) all the politically correct stuff. But is it really what we think? Or are we simply obeying the rules? Being a macho, rev head, big mouth and tosser may be out of politically correct fashion, but there are millions who watch him every week. Why? Because Clarkson represents what they believe… but dare not say themselves. He is their release, their Top Gear clown.But now it seems…
  • I Love My Apple iWatch

    Derek Haines
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Unlike the impatient millions of credit card at the ready Apple freaks around the world, I do not need to wait for a single minute, or waste my money, to experience the joy and wonder of Apple’s new marvel, the iWatch. Nor do I have to pay out between $350 and $24,000 to make myself look like a totally fashion and fad driven idiot to enjoy all the benefits that comes with this miraculous, ‘oh, I didn’t know I even needed one of these bloody things‘, iWatch. Why, because I have had a decent iWatch in my pocket for eight years now. In addition, unlike the (can…
  • I’m Self Employed, And My Boss Is An Idiot

    Derek Haines
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    You would not believe how tough my job is. My boss makes me do absolutely everything!There is not a minute’s peace for me, as my ‘if you don’t get this done today, you’re out of a job‘ list grows longer day by day. You would think he could take on a few of the items, but no. He is too busy doing what bosses do, which is of course, not bloody much at all.I would have thought that a meeting with the accountant would have fallen firmly into his fiscal responsibility, but no. I get the culpability of trying to invent the truth, and somehow legally trying to make up…
  • Wait! Wait! No, I’m Not Dead Yet

    Derek Haines
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    As some of my blog readers might know, I write books from time to time. However, I have a deep, dark and secret past, which out of absolutely nowhere, raised its head in rather spectacular fashion today.To give you an idea of how totally surprising it was, I had to get out my calculator and double check. In truth, no, I didn’t really get out my calculator, as I haven’t had or seen one in years. The last one I recall I owned was solar powered, and was completely useless, as I kept it where all calculators belong, in a drawer in my desk. I suppose I never thought of putting it…
 
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    Indie Author News

  • Featured Indie Book: Hollow Blood (Austin Dragon)

    Alan Kealey
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Horror Novel Hollow Blood (Sleepy Hollow Horrors) by Austin Dragon. Hollow Blood is the true, terrifying story about the disappearance of Sleepy Hollow’s...
  • New Indie Book Release: Stay For Me (Megan Smith)

    Alan Kealey
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    New Indie Book Release: Stay For Me - Megan Smith New Adult Romance (262 pages - March 2015) "This book was amazing from start to finish. This book has everything you love in a book, love,...
  • Indie Author Interview: Janet Leigh

    Alan Kealey
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Indie Author Interview with Janet Leigh - Author of the Romantic Comedy The Shoes Come First. Janet Leigh is a practicing Chiropractor and Acupuncturist. She has three kids, a mean cat and a dog...
  • New Indie Book Release: One to Save (Tia Louise)

    Alan Kealey
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    New Indie Book Release: One to Save - Tia Louise Adult Contemporary Romance (300 pages - March 2015) One to Save (One to Hold): All books in the One to Hold series are stand-alone novels that follow...
  • Featured Indie Book: Saving Ben (Ashley Farley)

    Alan Kealey
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Women's Fiction Saving Ben by Ashley Farley. Saving Ben is a haunting tale of love and loyalty and family relationships. Anger management, substance...
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    Litopia

  • Alias Kid

    Peter Cox
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    They’re the latest Manchester sensations – swaggering rockers with more than a hint of Oasis about them. No wonder Alias Kid were snapped up by music maven Alan McGee, the svengali who gave Oasis to the world!As band manager and the boss of Creation Records, McGee has been associated with some of the biggest names in British independent rock, including the Libertines, Primal Scream and The Jesus & Mary Chain.Now he joins Garry with his latest protégées who play live in our studio.As ever the lively chat is interspersed with the best new sounds around proved by the Ming City…
  • The Viral Mind of Susan Blackmore

    Peter Cox
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Meet Susan Blackmore, the world’s foremost expert on memes. The intro to her seminal work The Meme Machine was written by none other than genius biologist and fundamentalist atheist blowhard Richard Dawkins. Her lecture on TED receives millions of views— even despite TED’s dishwater-dull format when compared to Litopia After Dark (rowr!)“Man becomes, as it were, the sex organs of the machine world,” said Marshal McLuhan. Never has this been more true. (Full quote: Man becomes, as it were, the sex organs of the machine world, as the bee of the plant world, enabling it to…
  • Beki Adam – Top Gear Mutineer

    Peter Cox
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    You might think that landing a coveted job presenting BBC TV’s Top Gear would be the peak of most people’s careers. Not for tonight’s guest, Beki Adam. For her, presenting the most widely-watched factual television programme in the world was just the start of a long, and very strange journey… that may yet take her to a seat in the British Parliament.Predecessor of the infamous, bigoted and fisticuffy Jeremy Clarkson, Beki is the opposite of a petrolhead: she runs an organic farm. She has an environmental conscience. She spent seventeen years as a Buddhist nun. And now…
  • Inside The Waugh Zone

    Peter Cox
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Daisy Waugh is literary royalty.  Following in the footsteps of her legendary grandfather Evelyn and her journalist/author father Auberon, Daisy is a popular columnist and novelist in her own right.According to her regular column in the Sunday Times she promoted her last book, “a feminist diatribe on modern motherhood” by “lying on a giant, polystyrene cut-out of my own name. In a tight red satin skirt which didn’t belong to me, and some magnificent shoes covered in velvet and jewels, on loan from Manolo Blahnik.”To promote her latest novel— she sits down with us!But…
  • Exiles – Michael J Arlen

    Peter Cox
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The name Michael Arlen will mean nothing to most readers but Arlen was once the cream of the jazz age novelists, the envy of Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Maugham, the owner of speedboats and a villa on the Mediterranean. Then he fell completely into obscurity. By the time his son was born, the golden days were past tense, with the father coasting on his stardust. This is the story of that. Sage butter.Photo by Tom  
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    The Book Deal: A Publishing Blog for Writers and Book People

  • Toni Morrison: Write, Erase, Do it over

    Alan Rinzler
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:57 pm
    When Toni Morrison talks about writing, I listen. I’ve taken a keen interest in what she’s had to say ever since I began working with her in 1968, when I acquired, edited, and published her first novel The Bluest Eye. More on what it was like working with Toni here. The Bluest Eye was a break-out critical success, highly praised in the New York Times, sold millions and established Toni as an important new author. She went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for Beloved and published many other notable books including Sula and Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Jazz, and others. She won…
  • Lessons from a great book jacket designer

    Alan Rinzler
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    The bright yellow cover of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is instantly recognizable. The Wall Street Journal called the jacket, designed by Peter Mendelsund, one of the most iconic in contemporary fiction in the U.S. Mendelsund, Associate Art Director at Knopf, now has his own new book, Cover, published by powerHouse Books. It’s a fascinating inside look at the process that goes into creating a memorable book jacket, including the opportunity to see dozens of discarded comps. Authors line up now for Mendelsund to create their covers, but his very first assignment as a cub…
  • Wouldn’t you love an agent like this one?

    Alan Rinzler
    3 Jan 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Kimberley Cameron is a great example of how one innovative agent is dealing with the stonewalling risk-averse attitude these days of many mainstream commercial book publishers. “Traditional publishers are rejecting so many quality books we’re submitting, by both debut authors and those with a solid track record of successful titles,” Kimberly told me recently. “We’re convinced these books have a market, so we started a new in-house imprint called Reputation books, with the tag Books we stand behind. We’re publishing new titles and rights-reverted backlist books, and…
  • 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…
 
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    Jane Friedman

  • What You Need to Know About Crowdfunded Publishing  

    Matt Kaye
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    by Rocío Lara via Flickr Note from Jane: Today’s post is by guest Matt Kaye, who started his career in traditional publishing (Avalon, Wiley, FSG) and then spent the past four years at Amazon. He recently joined Inkshares, a crowdfunded book publisher, in large part due to his interest in how crowdfunding might positively impact the publishing landscape. I asked him to explain the basics of crowdfunded publishing as well as the difference among various crowdfunding opportunities. As if deciding between self-publishing and traditional publishing wasn’t confusing enough for writers,…
  • MBA for Writers: March 31 Is the Last Day to Early-Register

    Jane Friedman
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    This spring, I’m running a 6-week course, MBA for Writers, that serves as a foundational course in book publishing and digital media for authors. All students who register by March 31 get the early-bird rate of $199. On April 1, the price increases to $249. Why I created this course While knowing about the business of publishing won’t help you sell bad writing, or skip important stages of creative development, it can help reduce your anxiety and frustration. I see too many writers led astray by trends, loud opinions, and industry stereotypes. My goal is to help you understand…
  • The Basic Components of an Author Website

    Jane Friedman
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    I strongly advocate all authors start and maintain a website as part of their long-term marketing efforts and ongoing platform development. But one of the first questions raised when you get started is: What exactly goes on your author site—especially if you’re so far unpublished? Before I answer that question in detail, I’ll set a few ground rules: Use WordPress. Especially if you need to maintain the site yourself over the long term, I recommend building your site with Wordpress. It’s a robust system with good search engine optimization right out of the box. Perhaps…
  • 5 On: Anne Perry

    Chris Jane
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    In this 5On interview, author Anne Perry discusses (among other things): what plot is not what to look for when looking for a good editor the professional process for an author who writes two to three books per year Anne Perry is an English author of historical detective fiction, best known for her Thomas Pitt series and William Monk series. Her publishing career began with The Cater Street Hangman. Published in 1979, this was the first book in the series to feature the Victorian policeman Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife Charlotte. It was filmed and broadcast on ITV featuring a young…
  • My 5 Philosophies of Social Media

    Jane Friedman
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    by Niklas Wikström This year I’ve been running a 12-week course focused on social media; now that we’re reaching the end, I’ve begun to reflect on my personal approach to social media and how much of it might be applicable to others. Here’s what I came up with. 1. Social media represents your community, not a marketing bullhorn. Community is something of a warm-fuzzy term these days, perhaps over-used and also vague. In this particular case—for authors—I use the word community to mean your readers, other authors in your genre, the larger publishing community…
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    Writer Beware

  • Second Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Author Solutions Inc.

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIn April 2013, the law firm of Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart filed a class action lawsuit against Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI). The case survived various motions to dismiss, and this past February completed discovery and filed for class certification. Now the same law firm has filed a second class action against ASI.Dated March 23, 2015, the complaint was filed in District Court in the Southern District of Indiana (ASI's headquarters are in Bloomington, Indiana) on behalf of two new plaintiffs, Patricia Wheeler and Helen Heightsman…
  • Rights Grab: Omni Reboot (Updated)

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareDo you remember Omni Magazine? Created in the 1970s by Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, it published some of the most iconic names in science fiction, along with in-depth articles on science and the paranormal. It ceased publication in 1998.In 2013, Omni's archives were purchased by Jeremy Frommer of media company Jerrick Ventures. In addition to putting all past issues of Omni online, Frommer resurrected Omni as an online-only publication called Omni Reboot.Omni Reboot, which describes itself as "the intersection of science, technology, art,…
  • Manuscript Pitch Websites: Do Literary Agents Use Them?

    10 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Last week, a writer contacted me to ask about WriterPitch.com,"a website that blends the worlds of literary agents and writers under one roof."How? For Writers:You’ll have the ability to have your pitch/pitches read by hundreds of literary agents. With the click of a button an agent can request your manuscript and instantly an email will be sent to you as well as a notice to your homepage....For Agents: As an agent you’ll have the ability to search through pitches by specific genres. With the click of a button a request of materials will be…
  • Update: Lawsuit Against Author Solutions Inc.

    6 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareReported in Publishers Lunch last week (but apparently nowhere else): the lawsuit against Author Solutions launched in 2013 has completed the discovery stage, and has filed for class certification. A February 26 filing in New York's Southern District Court by Kelvin James, Jodi Foster, and Mary Simmons (added to the suit after Terry Hardy dropped out in the fall of 2013) asks Judge Denise Cote for certification of the class, covering 170,000 or more authors "who, during the period 2007 through the present, purchased a publishing package or…
  • Author Solutions Inc. Losing Market Share As Production Numbers Fall

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareOn February 9, while doing research on something else, I noticed that Harlequin's Author Solutions, Inc.-run self-publishing imprint, Dellarte Press, had closed its doors. Dellarte's website is now a placeholder, with a "we're sorry" message.Some of you may remember the outcry that greeted Dellarte (originally named Harlequin Horizons) when ASI and Harlequin rolled it out in November 2009. (By contrast, the earlier launch of WestBow Press for Thomas Nelson caused barely a ripple). Writers flipped out. A slew of pro writers' groups either issued…
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    TVWriter.Com

  • JOHN OSTRANDER’S WRITING CLASS: NEWTON’S FIRST LAW OF PLOT

    TVWriter™
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:37 am
    by John Ostrander Story reveals character through action – the plot. There are two primary ways that the plot works: 1) the protagonist initiates the action or 2) the protagonist is thrust into a situation and the plot reveals what happens. In each case, the character’s defenses are stripped away as we get down to who they really are – not who they (or anyone else) think they are. What is important is not what the character says (or anybody else says about them); it’s what they do. It’s what theychoose to do. Their choices define them. How do we determine what a given character will…
  • Shonda Rimes on Writing, Loneliness & “Diversity”

    TVWriter™
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:20 am
    The reigning empress of network primetime TV at her most inspiring: by Soo Youn Saturday night at the Human Rights Campaign’s Los Angeles gala, Shonda Rhimes gave a thoughtful speech about writing, Shondaland, and the importance of creating diverse representations. She said that her writing basically boils down to one thing: loneliness. “I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but I only ever write about one thing: being alone,” Rhimes said while accepting the organization’s Ally for Equality Award. “The fear of being alone, the desire to not be alone, the attempts we make…
  • There was Comedy Before 2005

    TVWriter™
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    Ken Levine knows cuz he sure wrote his fair share of it. As did a few others he’s very happy to remind us of: by Ken Levine As some of you know, I am in Andy Goldberg’s Improv Workshop on Wednesday nights. It’s always a blast. I did a scene a few weeks back with a fine improver (if there is such a word), John Content. It was a “Man on the Street” scene. You’ve seen those. Jimmy Kimmel does them frequently – an interview snags passersby and asks them various questions. I was the interviewer and John was the “man on the street.” We got the preliminaries out of the way. I…
  • Peggy Bechko & The Publishing, Writing & Reading Revolution!

    Peggy Bechko
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:25 am
    by Peggy Bechko Publishing and by extension, writing, are in the throes of a revolution the like of which has not been seen since the invention of the printing press. Out there is a whole brave new world (or maybe not so brave but undeniably new).  If you’re a writer in nearly any field you can’t have missed the chat, buzz and hair-pulling about the new direction publishing is taking. If you’re a reader (and writers are readers in addition to their writing hats) you can’t have missed the rapid changes; the introduction of electronic readers, the ability to read with smart phones and…
  • The Downfall of the NBC Comedy

    TVWriter™
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:15 am
    Once upon a time, NBC ruled the comedy roost. Now, well, when was the last time you even tried to laugh at an NBC show that was actually trying to be funny? In the immortal words of Harvey Kurtzman, “Wha– happened?” by Nick Cannata-Bowman The climate for comedy television in just the last few years has seen a massive shift, as shows have gone off the air and been replaced by other inferior offerings. No network has seen this happen more though than NBC. There was even a time in their history when The Office, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, and Community were all on in…
 
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  • I Handle the Cache with Awe of My History

    Robyn Martins
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I unpack a box packed up years ago,          and I open the cardboard wings to find things I had forgotten,        the tie I wore with my polka-dot dress        the year I cut my own hair in the mirror,               papers I wrote in a dorm room               and typed on a noisy Selectric, photographs bent at the corners,        books I bought in school        that smell faintly like a basement, the toys my kids made        with beads for bodies and pipe-cleaner antennae,               a ruler I have used since the fall of 1990,          …
  • "It's Just Breakfast" Fills Dating Service Niche

    Con Chapman
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:51 am
    BOSTON.  Linda Giljemi is a self-described “serial entrepreneur,” having started, built and sold two dating services before she turned 35.  “I just love bringing people together” she says with the warm smile that endears her to customers.  “I love making money, too,” she adds, “but after a while I realized it wasn’t everything.” “Don’t make fart noises on my neck–it tickles!” And so Linda sold her interest in “It’s Only Lunch,” a low-key, no-pressure service that brought unattached men and women together over lunch dates, and started planning her latest…
  • Nothing is permanent

    Julie Johnson
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:27 am
    That is the lesson I learned at 7 years old, when my mother died, the families dispersed and the farms burned down.  It only took a few years for the wind to sweep the land clean, and my mind along with it.    'and, that's why we can't have nice things', would be the reply from my Anna if I started a story that way, with her.  She's my baby, 16 years old this July.  She makes me laugh. My oldest daughter will be 35 next month, and her brother will be 30.  They would be the main characters in the second act.  I've written their dad out.   Then, would be act 3.  The years with the…
  • The Confessional - A Seriously Sacrilegious Story

    Keiko Alvarez
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:21 am
    Since re-posting seems to be in vogue I figured why not? This is one of the first stories I ever wrote and one of the most fun. Be warned - it has descriptions of sex in it so if that bothers you read no further. Interestingly the first character you meet is an Irish woman with a brogue! We discussed that a bit in my last post. At five minutes to nine in the evening, Kelly Anne McCaughey slipped into St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, closed the massive oak doors behind her and, as she had been instructed to do, turned a latch to prevent anyone else from coming in.   The young mother of two,…
  • A Most Fascinating Small-Business Model: Kenyan Chinese Restaurant Bans Blacks

    Jonathan Wolfman
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
         Perhaps the _______est [you choose] small-business decision ever:      Armando Flavio in Anonymous, reports a Chinese restaurant has banned Blacks.      In Kenya. In its capital, Nairobi, a Chinese restaurant does not admit Africans on the idea that they are a security threat.  “According to the Nairobi News, last year, there was a robbery incident at the restaurant. The Chinese owners of the restaurant thereafter made the decision to stop Africans from eating at the restaurant.”            Esther Zhao, the spokeswoman for the restaurant (how many restaurants…
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  • Does Writing By Hand Make You More Creative?

    Suchi Rudra
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:12 am
    To pen or to type, that is the question — actually for most writers nowadays, it’s an easy one to answer. Type, of course. Why would you spend all that time slowly, illegibly writing down your racing, caffeinated thoughts down with pen and paper when that just means you are creating more work for yourself since you’ll have to transcribe it all later? If you can even read your own handwriting, that is. When kids are learning to type on iPads before they can even write their own name with a crayon, what use is handwriting anymore? You may as well pick up a quill and scribe away on your…
  • 15 Reasons Why You're Not as Successful as You Should Be

    David K. William
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Do you sometimes feel like you should be more successful? Like you should have achieved more by now? Many of us feel like that sometimes. The reason you might not be as successful as you should be is because you might have picked up bad habits that do nothing but drain you of time, energy and happiness. Here are top reasons why you aren’t as successful as you should be. Consider these points a wake up call to push us in the right direction and help you live out your best life in business and life itself. 1. You live in your own head. Everyone who has ever achieved success did it with…
  • The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz: A Review

    Anthony Fox
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:13 am
    Think success, don’t think failure. The mantra of believe in yourself is the premise of this book. The copy I have read was first published in 1960. This was one of the books I found in my grandfather’s bookcase and one which I kept after he died. This is second time I have read this book with many years between the readings. I know the book has been re-published many times since and is available. The reason I selected this book to write a review is that maybe a newer generation might find it an interesting book to read, and they might not have heard about it before. The book is really a…
  • 10 Unusual Tips for Writers by Geoff Dyer

    Staff Writers
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Geoff Dyer has been described as "one of our greatest living critics, not of the arts but of life itself, and one of our most original writers" by acclaimed journalist Kathryn Schulz of the New York Magazine. The British-born writer is the author of four novels and seven books of non-fiction that have won him a number of literary awards, including, GQ Writer of the Year Award (2009), National Book Critics Circle Award (2011) for Otherwise Known as the Human Condition, and Windham–Campbell Literature Prize (2015). In the fall semester of 2012, Dyer was a Visiting Professor at the University…
  • Why You Should Stay Patient and Positive When Doing Business Online

    David K. William
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:31 pm
    “Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.”  The Internet boasts many success stories from spectacular successes by digital entrepreneurs like Evan Williams to equally inspiring successes by young writers like Adora Lily SvitakAdora, at only 17 years old (born October 15, 1997), has published three books and transformed her writing success into speaking, teaching and advocacy success. She’s spoken at the prestigious TED conference and been featured on major media outlets, including Good Morning America and CNN. She’s also…
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  • Fire Away

    Maya Kavita
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine There's nothing easy about firing someone. I know. I had to do it a lot Fire Away Maya Kavita
  • Summer

    seahand
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine This glorious time of year, grace is in bloom, divine, supple spindles gleam by golden beam Summer seahand
  • Nightmare

    Nicholas Thompson
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine The night encloses, Darkness floods the skies. Time for slumber arrives, But my mind is Nightmare Nicholas Thompson
  • CSI: Cabot Cove

    Maya Kavita
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:15 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine The TV has been playing in the background. Murder, She Wrote was on when I started, then Castle CSI: Cabot Cove Maya Kavita
  • I was Easy

    Nicholas Thompson
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine Tears riddle my face; I feel like a fool; I feel so ignorant; This would never have happened I was Easy Nicholas Thompson
 
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  • Spring Has Sprung …

    Terri Porter
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    … at least in some parts of the country. In other parts, it sprang some time ago. Or is it “sprung some time ago”? Spring the verb behaves in much the same way as spring the season — irregularly. Regular verbs march in lockstep, all forming their simple past tense by tacking on the easily remembered “ed” at the end. Some examples are laugh (laughed), cough (coughed) and shovel (shoveled). But irregular verbs are misfits. They march to the beat of their own drum, using whatever past-tense form they feel like. Examples include drink (drank), begin (began) and choose (chose). The…
  • Test Your Mettle Proofreading Quiz Results

    Terri Porter
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
      Thanks to everyone who entered our proofreading quiz last week. Congratulations to Barb Poole, who submitted both the first and the winning entry, missing just four of the 57 errors — even some of the sneaky ones. The two mistakes that tripped up most people both appeared in paragraph 4: “airways” and “vaccine.” Regarding the first, we have only one airway, which is the area in the throat through which air passes to and from the lungs. The second word should be “vaccination.” Vaccine is the product; vaccination is the process. Consumers can’t “get” a vaccine other…
  • Test Your Mettle (or Is It Metal?) with This Proofreading Quiz

    Terri Porter
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    It’s standard testing time for many schools. But why should students have all the fun? In honor of National Grammar Day on March 4 and National Proofreading Day on March 8, we’re giving you the opportunity to assess your proofreading skills with a little quiz. We’ve laced the five numbered paragraphs below with errors, some obvious and some a bit sneaky. But they’re all unequivocally wrong. Acceptable variations — such as words with different spellings (e.g., advisor, adviser) or sentences that could be punctuated multiple ways — are not included here. The figures in parentheses…
  • 10 Tips for Better Business Writing (Part 3)

    Terri Porter
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we talked about ways you can improve the content of your writing. This final installment offers guidance on fine-tuning what you’ve written.  
  • 10 Tips for Better Business Writing (Part 2)

    Terri Porter
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    In last week’s post, we discussed the first three tips relating to how to make the content of your business writing better: 1. Know the purpose of the piece and make it clear up front. 2. Write in plain English. 3. Use active voice. Below we provide the remaining three tips related to improving content, and in Part 3 we’ll tell you how to fine-tune what you’ve written.
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    Positive Writer

  • 14 Awesome, Audacious and Inspiring Quotes (Memes)

    Bryan Hutchinson
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    One of the things I enjoy doing when publishing a new book is creating a few memes (easy to share pictures with famous or popular quotes on them) and share them via my blog and various social networks. The memes I created for The Audacity to be a Writer are themed Awesome, Audacious and Inspiring Quotes. I hope you enjoy them. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson (Click to Tweet) Memes are a great tool to help promote your work online and they are a lot of fun, too. I used photoshop to create…
  • A Survivor’s Guide to Writing

    Marcy McKay
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been frozen with fear lately. My fingers and brain have felt paralyzed with my latest book…. It made no sense. I’ve completed four 400-page novels before and had literary representation for two of them. Yet, I’m still unpublished. One agent retired before we got the chance to sell my book; the other, we parted ways. I’ve been paid to write more magazine articles than I can count. I can produce. I’m a survivor. Before I pursue publication for my novels, I want to publish a nonfiction book first. The idea just won’t go away and I can’t find a book like it on any shelf.
  • 50 Inspiring Articles on Writing that Could Change Your Life

    Bryan Hutchinson
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:11 am
    The first quality that is needed is audacity.  – Winston Churchill (Tweetable) I am pleased to announce the publication of The Audacity to be a Writer: 50 Inspiring Articles on Writing that Could Change Your Life. It’s a compilation of Positive Writer’s most popular articles and guest posts published on blogs such as: Goins Writer, The Write Practice, Helping Writers Become Authors and Bestseller Labs. Several brilliant bloggers who published their work on Positive Writer are included. Bloggers who you’re likely familiar with… (This collection of articles will never…
  • How to Give Your Novel a Kicker of a Concept

    C.S. Lakin
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:37 pm
    Note: This is a guest post by C.S. Lakin, she is a multi-published best-selling novelist and writing coach. She works full-time as a copyeditor and critiques about two hundred manuscripts a year. She teaches writing workshops and gives instruction on her award-winning blog Live Write Thrive. Her new book—The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction—is designed to help writers learn the secrets of cinematic technique. *1 lucky commenter on this post will win a digital copy of C.S. Lakin’s new book! Every great novel starts with a basic idea. You could phrase an idea by starting with…
  • What Joss Whedon Can Teach You About Writing (The Avengers Writer)

    Bryan Hutchinson
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:27 am
    As a writer, I am prone to doubting myself, my writing, and whether or not the Earth is round. In fact, on the days when I can’t string a few sentences together to save my life, I become convinced that the world is flat. In other words, I doubt the truth. I doubt I am a writer. On those days I give up, throw my pages in the air, and go sulk on the sofa while half watching a grandiose movie like, The Avengers. Have you ever had days like that? I hope you haven’t had too many. If you have, I have some good news for you… The Others Have It Better Syndrome It’s interesting how much…
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    Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books

  • Three Hot Drinks for Late-Night Writing

    admin
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:27 am
    A personal favourite. Put a slice or two of lemon in hot water, add some ginger and honey for extra zing and settle down for an invigorating evening in front of the computer. The post Three Hot Drinks for Late-Night Writing appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • How to be a Food Writer

    admin
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    It’s easy to want to be everything to everybody, but you have a much better chance of growing your readership if you have a defined audience. The post How to be a Food Writer appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Interview: Kerry Nietz, Author, Amish Vampires in Space

    admin
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
    When I mentioned that I wanted to write a book someday, [the elderly author] said “Start early, you might get published before you die.” I took that as motivation. It wasn’t long after that that I started calling myself a writer instead of a programmer. The post Interview: Kerry Nietz, Author, Amish Vampires in Space appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • What I Wish I’d Known Before I Started Writing

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    I consider this one the most important of all: surround yourself with honest, encouraging and insightful people who really do understand your chosen genre The post What I Wish I’d Known Before I Started Writing appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Devotionals for Christian Writers

    admin
    26 Dec 2014 | 12:29 am
    Take your writing to the next level with these inspiring devotionals for writers - emailed directly into your inbox. The post Devotionals for Christian Writers appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
 
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    Now Novel

  • Historical fiction: 7 elements of research

    Jordan
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:54 am
    This week we’re lucky to be featuring a guest post by author and historical fiction blogger M.K. Tod of A Writer of History Mary provides valuable insights into the particular research required of the historical fiction writer, along with practical advice for sourcing the factual material that will help bring a bygone era to life in your novel. One way to examine fiction, either as writer or reader, is to consider seven critical elements: character, dialogue, setting, theme, plot, conflict, and world building. Every story succeeds or disappoints on the basis of these elements; however,…
  • How to appeal to young and old: Roald Dahl

    Jordan
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:48 am
    British writer Roald Dahl is one of the most popular and beloved children’s authors in the English language. Writers can study his work to learn how to appeal to young and old and so create fiction for children that lasts. Although Dahl died in 1990, his books remain in print. A number have become popular films as well including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The Fantastic Mr. Fox and more. Although he wrote a children’s book early in his career, Dahl began as primarily a writer for adults. He began writing for children in the early 1960s, and with…
  • The art of suspense: Donna Tartt

    Jordan
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The ability of Donna Tartt to generate suspense is one of the reasons she has as much popular success as she does critical acclaim. Writers can study her use of this element to see how she deploys it to turn her literary novels into page turners that exemplify the art of suspense. Donna Tartt has achieved an enviable status as a writer. Most writers who achieve a measure of success are generally critically acclaimed or sell a lot of books; to be both a critical and a commercial success is much rarer. Tartt burst on the scene in 1992 with her novel The Secret History about classics students at…
  • Talking about setting: Time

    brendanmc
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Setting is an element of fiction that has a number of different aspects, and time is one of those aspects. Writers must consider the era as well as the season, the hour, and how long the story takes to unfold. Contemporary Settings The first consideration when talking about setting should be the time period in which the story takes place. Will it be a contemporary setting or a historical one? You might think that once you have decided on a contemporary setting, you have no further decisions to make regarding the time period, but that is not the case. What do you mean by contemporary? How…
  • Choosing the central conflict of your novel: Infographic

    Jordan
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:52 am
    Remember our post about the six major conflicts that can be used when you write your novel? It’s now an infographic. Click the image below for full-size viewing and pin it or share it on Twitter or your other favourite social platform. Click image to view full size If you like this infographic, check out these other useful infographics on writing and publishing, and let us know if there are any others we should include in the comments below or on our Twitter or Facebook pages. Infographics on Writing and Publishing Novel Conclusions has a visual breakdown of common writing errors to…
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    The Gryphon Clerks

  • Spec Fic and Comedy

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Like millions of other fans, I'm saddened to hear of the death of Sir Terry Pratchett, one of my favourite authors. It seems like a good occasion to reflect on humour in SFF (science fiction and fantasy), a topic I've been thinking about lately in any case. I recently read, or at least started to read, a single-author collection of supposedly humourous SFF. The humour didn't work for me, as sometimes happens, and what that revealed, like mudflats at low tide, was that the stories weren't particularly good stories, and the SFF consisted mainly of cliches (while the humour consisted mainly of…
  • Wearing the Hat

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    7 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    My short story "Wearing the Hat" appears this month, in the first issue of online adventure fiction magazine The Sockdolager. You can read the whole story, and in fact the whole issue, online, but if you enjoy it I urge you to buy it (using the links from the issue's main page) and support this new venture. I had an excellent experience submitting the story. The editors got back to me within 24 hours of my submission, they loved it, they sent me a contract the same day, the contract was clear and straightforward and fair, and they paid me - earlier than the contract said they had to - in…
  • Now Kickstarting: Hysterical Realms

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:28 pm
    I have a story in this anthology, now on Kickstarter. It's the third anthology in the Alternate Hilarities series, and you can get all three at the $10 backer level, or just this one for $5. As I write, it's about halfway to its goal with 11 days to go, so pile in and add your contribution if funny fantasy is of interest to you. I haven't read the other stories, but some of them sound like they have a lot of potential. My story ("Axe Stone, Svart Detective") is a mashup of Fritz Leiber-style sword-and-sorcery, the narrative style of Damon Runyon, and classic detective noir. I think I've…
  • Worldbuilding for Urban Fantasy

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:44 pm
    I've been writing the Gryphon Clerks series, which is secondary-world fantasy, for a while now. I did a lot of worldbuilding for it upfront (originally, I planned it as a game setting, but it kept generating stories, and games are hard). It's very much a distinct world, with a lot of specific differences from our world that I have to keep in mind when I write. For example, there are no pigs, and no New World plants or animals. The calendar is completely different. The counting system is different. The way society is structured, the names for common things (even marriage)... I have to keep…
  • 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. Update: Thanks to several people who nominated "Gnome Day". However, it didn't make the final ballot for this year, and an SJV nomination remains on my bucket list. If you enjoy it and think it's good…
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    thebloggingwriter

  • Snowy Mists

    Derek Rizzo
    7 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Where are you In the snowy mists? I can no longer See you.   My mind remembers But my eyes get lost In the snow.   You are gone And we move on. Yet we always wonder If you know…. Tagged: Life, love, mists, Poem, poems, poet, poetry, Reading, snow, Snowy Mists, Thebloggingwriter, writing
  • A Sketch

    Derek Rizzo
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Tagged: art, drawing, dreans, future, Happiness, Life, lifestyle, money, sketch, Soul
  • A Sonnet?

    Derek Rizzo
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:27 pm
    I am trying on a new style of poetry. I should say that it is new to me but quite old in its original form and, that form is the Sonnet. I guess there’s nothing else to say so with hope, away we go!   I love you more than I see you capable of. I empty my soul; sharing all I am, freely. You share, what you share, unequally. She adores me, but it is not love.   I know I am heart and soul: caught! I feel like you are only lightly tied A balloon held by a child wide-eyed. Perhaps there is a lesson to be taught?   I know my love, you will come to see That a happy, loving…
  • Do You Hear The Whales?

    Derek Rizzo
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:29 am
    Listen carefully, Do you hear them sing, Beneath the sea? Do you hear The voices raised in song, Echoing on the shore? Do you hear nature, Joining in chorus? Their pleas for help, As the song ascends to the heavens, Ask yourself.., Do you hear the whales? Tagged: author, Earth, environment, Inspiration, Life, lifestyle, nature, ocean, Online Writing, Poem, poems, poet, poetry, Reading, sea, shore, Thebloggingwriter, whales, writing, writing. author
  • Flowing

    Derek Rizzo
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    Flowing lazily, through a hazy day, Flowing languidly, in a detached way Flowing beautifully Through the waves of life. Flowing smoothly on the edge of a knife. Flow with me Flow slowly, confidently, Through life, Ever-green.   Tagged: day, evergreen, flow, flowing, hazy, lazy, Life, literature, living, love, Online Writing, Poem, poems, poet, poetry, Reading, Soul, writing, writing. author
 
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    The Red Ink

  • How to Put Yourself in Your Reader’s Place

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    When writing a blog post, always put yourself in your reader’s place. This is perhaps the most frequently cited piece of blogging and content marketing advice, and it’s a good one. You need to write with empathy if you’re going to engage readers. You need to write in a way that’s helpful and relatable, not merely promotional. So yes: Always put yourself in your reader’s place. But, um: What exactly does that mean? Or, rather, how do you pull it off? It’s one of those little content marketing mantras that seems incredibly obvious until you actually stop to think about it, and…
  • Why LinkedIn Pulse is Our New Content Marketing Secret Weapon

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Is LinkedIn poised to be the next media giant? That was the question posed by a Forbes article, published just a few weeks back, and it increasingly feels like a rather redundant question. Ever since it introduced its Pulse blogging platform, LinkedIn has rapidly evolved from a career- and network-oriented site to a truly essential platform for content marketers everywhere—a publishing outpost you can’t afford to ignore, any more than you can refuse Facebook or turn down Twitter. We could bore you with general LinkedIn statistics, of course—like how the network is now up to more than…
  • Ted Cruz’s Online Reputation Fiasco: A Cautionary Tale

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Resembling nothing so much as the limpid, photo-negative version of Frank Underwood’s rigor and ruthlessness, the presidential campaign of Texas Senator Ted Cruz has, thus far, been a rather hapless affair. And that may be putting it mildly. The Senator announced his candidacy for the nation’s highest office mere days ago, and already his electoral enterprise has been plagued with problems. The first and most elementary among them: It seems as though nobody on Cruz’s brand management team thought to buy up all the online domains associated with his name. Thus, a visit to…
  • Should Your Business Be Investing More in Content Marketing?

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:53 am
    By now most small business owners know that running a blog takes time; that maintaining a consistent social media presence requires discipline; and that creating copious amounts of compelling content is ultimately going to cost some money. Nevertheless, content marketing is a great investment—and one that small business owners should double down on in 2015. For proof, you need look no further than to this recent survey, which finds that a whopping 89 percent of businesses that use content marketing find it to be effective. And then there is this recent post from Pratik Dholakiya, with a…
  • Spring Cleaning Your Online Content: 5 Simple Steps

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    It may or may not feel like it, in your neck of the woods, but today is the first day of spring—which brings with it the annual ritual known as spring cleaning. For homeowners, spring cleaning involves taking stock, getting rid of the garbage, replacing things that need to be replaced, polishing and dusting off things that have grown grimy, organizing, and simply ensuring that everything looks its best. Spring cleaning has applications for marketers and small business owners, as well: With the holiday rush well behind us and the long stretch of spring and summer laying ahead, there’s no…
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    Writing By The Seat of My Pants

  • What To Do When Someone Pirates Your Ebook: Part 2

    Rachel Rueben
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    By lamont_cranston via Flickr I had no intention of making a part 2 to my last post but when the Becca Mills story hit the internet, I felt I needed to go further with the series.  For those who don’t know, Becca Mills is an indie author, whose book was removed from Amazon by a false DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) compliant.  As the drama unfolded, many indie authors, including myself, learned several surprising things about the role retailers play in copyright disputes. Because what seemed to be an easy open and shut case turned into weeks of back and forth between the…
  • What To Do When Someone Pirates Your Ebook

    Rachel Rueben
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Pirate Daddy by Paurian via Flickr In the past couple of months, I’ve noticed an uptick in book pirating complaints from indie authors.  Unfortunately, I don’t think this trend is going  to subside anytime soon.  Why, you ask? Because according to Author Earnings, self-published books make up almost 33% of all ebooks sold on Amazon. So if we indies command a piece of the market that large, we also share the attention of book pirates. This is a problem many authors are going to have to face soon or later, so let’s educate ourselves on the various ways our work can be stolen and…
  • Should Indie Authors Use Social Media Services To Promote Books? Part 3

    Rachel Rueben
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    By Olarte.Ollie via Flickr I was going to post this separately but since it’s relevant to the other two articles on social media services, I’m extending this series. Today, I want to discuss how to research and analyze social media marketing services. Don’t worry, I won’t get too technical. This is important if you want to discern which marketing strategies have a real chance of working for you. As I learned while writing this series, information isn’t always readily available. Sometimes, you will have to dig for what you need to know. But you’re a writer, and already used to that…
  • Should Indie Authors Use Social Media Services To Promote Books? Part 2

    Rachel Rueben
    18 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    By Martin Gysler via Flickr Last week, I discussed social media services and today, I’ll talk about services geared specifically  towards authors.  Since social media is becoming more and more of a pay to play kind of environment, many authors are either abandoning their accounts, or moving on to other sites.  This is a mistake.  Social media is still useful, I talked about it before in, “How to Approach & Pitch Social Media Influencers.” However, for those who simply lack social grace, there are services which will retweet/like your posts, hold Twitter discussions, and…
  • Should Indie Authors Use Social Media Services to Promote Books? Part 1

    Rachel Rueben
    11 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Social Media Garden by J&TPlaman via Flickr Several years back a few websites popped up promising to help people grow their social media accounts and even make them look popular by liking or retweeting them. Immediately, celebrities everywhere became their biggest clients by paying for fake fans, retweets and even comments, I talked about it a while back on Writer’s Weekly. Most people, myself included, considered it to be nothing more than useless vanity metrics. Anyone who knows a little about online marketing understands how easy it is to manipulate metrics. Sadly, not everyone…
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    S.A. Barton: Seriously Eclectic

  • EAT SCIENCE FICTION

    Tao23
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Could the future be so cruel?      I love food, and it shows in my fiction. There aren’t many stories I write that go by without the characters having a meal. I’m working on a story now, and my characters just finished a Kazakh-inspired meal of mutton and rice with dried fruit and garlic. […]
  • Six Word Story: The Future Arrives

    Tao23
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The future arrives; as usual, unexpectedly.
  • Self-Driving Cars And The Century Of Death @ OMNI Reboot

    Tao23
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
    Yesterday, OMNI Reboot published a short speculative nonfiction piece I wrote entitled… well, look up; the title I used here is the title I used there. You can read it in its entirety with them — they were kind enough not to ask for exclusivity, but given that they’ve gone to the trouble to publish […]
  • Six Word Story: Poverty In 3D

    Tao23
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Poverty In 3D The poor? Let them print cake!
  • Thirteen Word Story: Change The Past

    Tao23
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Change The Past I wish great-great-great-grandfather were less racist. I’ll sneak in, edit his source code.
 
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    Creative Genius 101

  • Poetry in the Palm of Your Hand: 7 Types of Poetry to Write by Brian Scott

    Brian Scott
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Poetry uses the power of words to evoke a large variety of feelings, both happy and sad. There are as many different types of poems and poetry as there are book genres. Let’s take a few minutes to examine some favorites. The first poems we are usually introduced to as children, although at the time we wouldn't know to call them poetry, are nursery rhymes. Nursery rhymes are usually brief,
  • 5 Query Letter Hooks to Grab Your Editor’s Attention by Brian Scott

    Brian Scott
    7 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    Every line of a query letter is crucial, but the hook is the first part of the query that an editor will read, making it the most important. Most readers tend to move on to something more interesting if the first few lines of an article don't grab their attention. It only makes sense—and is plainly obvious--that an editor won't finish your query letter if you fail to grab his or her attention
  • Freelance Blogging as a Part-Time or Full-Time Job by Brian Scott

    Brian Scott
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:33 am
    Blogging is a continually expanding profession that offers lots of freelance possibilities. However, be careful about what clients want you to blog and how much they are willing to pay you. Many aspiring freelance bloggers end up working full-time for part-time pay or working part-time for little pay. If you're planning to offer blogging services, don't agree to write a 500-word post for
  • Freelance Copywriting as a Part-Time or Full-Time Job by Brian Scott

    Brian Scott
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:12 am
    The term "copy" simply denotes "information that a client wants written and published." A client may contract you to create copy for print or digital media, such as for a magazine, a website, a brochure, a DVD, or a sales letter. Because copy comes in all forms and for all industries, the variety is seemingly limitless. All writing needs "somebody" to write it. In industries where
  • Top 10 Most Embarrassing Spelling Mistakes Made by Popular Politicians by Brian Scott

    Brian Scott
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    For politicians churning out multitudes of sound bites, press releases and Tweets in our 24-hour news cycle, the probability of making a spelling or grammar mistake is high. Some are inconsequential, others are laughable, and a few are downright embarrassing. Take a look at these famous flubs from the last few campaign cycles. 1. The Obama Campaign's "Congrssional Budget Office"—In a video
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    Jeremy Porter

  • How to use fewer words

    Jeremy Porter
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    Writing shorter can be difficult. Software doesn’t help. Here’s one exercise that will help you use fewer words without losing substance. View image | gettyimages.com Truthbomb: the longer your text is the less likely it will be read. It’s difficult writing short. Journalists and copywriters are trained to write within strict (and sometimes severe) constraints. For the rest of us, it can be the hardest part of writing. It’s a tricky balance: removing words but keeping substance. Kill your darlings You’ve heard it before: “kill your darlings”. It’s something…
  • How one organization rebranded, changed its name, and achieved greater clarity

    Jeremy Porter
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:25 am
    Rebranding can be a long, fraught process. This is how one organization rebranded, what they managed to achieve, and what they learned. Credit: Justice Connect Justice Connect is a non-profit legal organization based in Melbourne, Australia. Justice Connect recently relaunched with a new brand and a new name. I interviewed Justice Connect CEO, Fiona McLeay, to see how the rebrand has helped their work and what they learned. This is an edited version of that interview. Jeremy: What does Justice Connect do? Fiona McLeay: It provides access to justice, through the pro bono legal services of…
  • The press release no-one could read (and how to fix it)

    Jeremy Porter
    3 Feb 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Writing must be readable. This press release is filled with management-speak that says nothing. The fix: shorter sentences, simpler language. Edited press release Every now and then I see writing so bad, I recoil. Last week UN Women launched a new campaign and the press release was a jargon-filled, meaningless, management-speak mess. “Galvanize momentum”? Check. “Instruments of change”? Check. “Interventions for scalability”? Check. Just how bad is it? Whenever I write I check how “readable” my writing is. I ran the first paragraph of the…
  • What’s the difference between branding and marketing?

    Jeremy Porter
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:37 pm
    What can we learn from Apple Nike, and Virgin? We can see the difference between branding and marketing, and why we need both. It’s only a few weeks into the New Year and I’ve found myself answering this question a few times: what’s the difference between branding and marketing? There’s a simple distinction I make. Branding is strategic and constant. Marketing is tactical and temporary. A brand strategy should determine the marketing strategy. Branding: Apple, Nike, Virgin Three of the world’s most loved brands are clear about what they will always do. Apple will always…
  • Write visually and inspire action using Monroe’s Motivated Sequence

    Jeremy Porter
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    Monroe’s Motivated Sequence is a persuasive speaking format. It’s a variation on the problem-solution format that is visual and inspires action. Monroe’s Motivated Sequence Sometimes we write intuitively. We all use persuasive tricks whether we know we’re doing it or not. Monroe’s Motivated Sequence is something you may be using in your speeches, presentations, and stories and you may not even know it. Monroe’s Motivated Sequence Alan Monroe, a professor at Purdue University, created MMS in the 1930s. He said, Although individuals may vary to some extent,…
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    Solitary Spark - A Creative Writing Blog

  • A Nine-To-Five Hoax

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:56 pm
    A deep breath in strain. By brick vest contained,The worn voices weep. An unspoken grief.Marred yet glowing, beauty is unmaimed.Vocation revocation. Heartless thief.Toil and grind too much time, bones bare and aged.Joints creak as pressure applies. The soul dies.What else to do when a muse is so caged?The heart wants what it wants and tells no lies.The siren’s song is a steady tune. Yet—What intent belies that smile? Sneaking singe.Beauty begins in the mind and once set,A mind wilts without ambition to binge.Follow a dream, give no excuse to pause.I fail to contemplate a more just cause.
  • The Creative Mind: A Paradox

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:42 pm
    Have you ever wondered how a musician can go from a superstar, large stage presence to trapped in mousey-quiet during an interview? How an introverted author goes from spending long days avoiding people to talking openly, animatedly about their work to an audience? It may be old news to us creative types, but according to an article from from Fast Company, creative people are a paradox. (creative quote by Sean MacEntee via CC) Creative minds are full of contradictory personality traits that may not appear on the surface. Like the musician who blossoms as they step on stage, we can be…
  • A Bittersweet Goodbye

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:20 pm
    It strikes a chord to see you go,Yet the tune is airy and lightEach note ringing high and free.This chorus is merely filler.Your next verse is sure to reverberate,line by line.
  • 40 Ways to Strengthen Your Writing and Avoid a "Very" Weak Word

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Writer's often hear a simple, yet vitally important, piece of advice:Never use the word, ‘very.’ It is the weakest word in the English language; doesn’t mean anything. If you feel the urge of ‘very’ coming on, just write the word, ‘damn,’ in the place of ‘very.’ The editor will strike out the word, ‘damn,’ and you will have a good sentence. - William Allen White"Very" often serves as a go-to word for many, but it simply leaves writing flat. Good writing draws the reader in and creates the writer's world in the reader's imagination. People imagine things with various…
  • 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…
 
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  • COPYWRITING AND ART: WHERE DOES ONE START AND THE OTHER BEGIN?

    Nathan Hartzenberg
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:46 am
    As a young man who still lives with his parents, I often retreat to the comfort and solitude of my bedroom to escape either Holby City, or the gentle bigotry one might expect from a couple of sexagenarians. Last night this very predicament befell me. It was Channel 5’s delicately named: WORLD’S WORST JOURNEYS FROM HELL, which drove me upstairs to spend a couple of hours reading about Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential angst. Turns out, he’s not that fond of the mid-afternoon. “Three o’clock. Three o’clock is always too late or too early to do anything you want to do.  A peculiar…
  • Secrets of Video Copywriting Revealed

    Michael Jones
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Does  your website welcome your visitors with an impressive visual summary of who you are and what you offer? Videos are an effective way to market your products, services, and right now, they rank really well by search engines. Apart from SEO benefits, video marketing practice can help you to interact and engage your potential customers that do not want to read anything. Creating an inspiring copy for video marketing demands terrific creativity and expertise, therefore you need to hire a qualified copywriter for video marketing. Given below are some ways to create a video marketing script…
  • when lyrics hit the wrong note

    Audrey Mason
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:34 am
    So there we were, cheerfully copywriting away with the radio on (quietly of course), when our ears were viciously assaulted by the first lines of the Girls Aloud single, Beautiful Cause You Love Me: Standing over the basin/I’ve been washing my face in Jet black mascara racin’/Down my cheeks till I taste it We don’t want to sound like our parents here, but: Eh? What the blinkin’ flip was THAT? Basin/face in/racin’? How can you sing that with a straight face? We had to buy it from iTunes it to listen again. Then we Googled the lyrics to make sure we hadn’t misheard. Then laughed.
  • How Long Should My Copy Be? Avoiding Google’s Thin Content Penalty for Better SEO Copywriting

    Gregory M Lewis
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:33 am
    Is your web content long enough? Does it have enough substance—does it add enough value? If it is, it’s in danger of getting dinged with a “thin content” penalty from Google’s Panda algorithm. While Panda’s been around for a quite a few years now, it got asignificant update at the end of September that helps it sniff out low-quality (i.e., “thin”) content. So, how’s this affect you? What kind of word-count should you shoot for with your web pages and blog posts? Is Google going to downgrade your valuable content? Don’t panic: as long as you’re not doing anything sketchy,…
  • Why quality always counts

    Audrey Mason
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:51 am
    Remember our little chat about keywords? Those little phrases we gently massage into our work to attract the attention of the SEO pixies? We always try to ensure they complement what we — and the client — are trying to say, rather than rudely gatecrashing the copywriting party. But not everyone feels this way and we’ve noted an increasing trend for just chucking handfuls of keywords at the wall, hoping they’ll stick. Surely clients can’t be happy with this? After all, what’s the point of paying for professional copywriting if the end result is clumsy sentences shoehorned round…
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    Cliff Ball » Blog of Cliff Ball

  • New Release – The Long Journey

    Cliff Ball
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Cliff Ball Now available to pre-order on Amazon, The Long Journey, book 1 of the An American Journey series. Will be available through Amazon Prime and will be live on April 6th. It’s historical Christian fiction. In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act into law authorizing the removal of southern tribes to Indian Territory in the west. In 1838, the Trail of Tears occur when the remaining people are forcibly removed and marched a thousand plus miles on foot. George Massey, a twenty year old Cherokee, finds himself being force-marched to Indian Territory during…
  • Next Work in Progress

    Cliff Ball
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:57 pm
    By Cliff Ball I wanted to let everyone know what I’m working on next. At first, I was going to write another end times novel, maybe a series, but after a month, I only managed to get four thousand words written (about 10-12 pages on 6×9 page setting on Word). I was struggling to come up with a new way of telling the story that didn’t keep seeming to bump up against actual current events. So I prayed about it. I came up with the idea of putting my Christian western short story, Dust Storm, exclusively on Amazon, and then having it go free for just two days this last Friday and…
  • Enter to win a Kindle or $100.00 Amazon Gift Card

    Cliff Ball
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Cliff Ball Enter to win a Kindle or $100.00 Amazon Gift Card   Sponsored by these great books and authors: Support one the authors and the giveaway by checking out their books!   Enter to Win: a Rafflecopter giveaway This is a post from Cliff Ball. Read the original post: Enter to win a Kindle or $100.00 Amazon Gift Card Related posts: Book Blast: Wacky Wishes by Susette Williams, Illustrated by Jack Foster – Enter to Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Book Blast: Winter’s End by Rebekah Lyn – Enter to Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Book Blast: Winter’s Past by Mary E Hanks…
  • New Release – Times of Tribulation – Book 7

    Cliff Ball
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    By Cliff Ball Times of Tribulation, the seventh and final novel of The End Times Saga is now available to on Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords. The paperback will be available in a week or so. I want to thank readers for sticking with me through the last two and a half years as I wrote this series. The next thing I have planned is a box set for all seven novels, which will include a timeline and the list of characters, and that will probably come out before the end of November. Times of Tribulation follows the entire seven year period as various characters survive the seven trumpet…
  • Crossreads Book Blast – Hope Deferred by Elizabeth Maddrey

    Cliff Ball
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    By Cliff Ball Hope Deferred By Elizabeth Maddrey About the Book: Christian fiction for women. It’s been a tough year. Twin sisters June and July and their husbands spent the last year trying to start a family. Now, as the sisters work with fertility specialists to see how medicine can help them conceive, each must determine what treatment is right for them in the midst of overwhelming options, none of which promise immediate results. Will their deferred hope leave them heart sick, or start them on the path to the fulfillment of their dreams? LINK to PAPERBACK Elizabeth Maddrey began…
 
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    The Write Practice

  • 5 Ways to Change the World with Your Writing

    Guest Blogger
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    by Guest BloggerThis guest post is by Meghan Tschanz. Meghan is a writer, finishing up her first book about the women around the world who changed her life, and an advocate of social justice, changing the world with her writing. Click here to download her free report, 11 Things Wikipedia Won’t Tell You About the Sex Trade. You can follow her on her blog, Painted Orange, and on Facebook. Why are we here? I mean, have you really ever thought about it? Not in a passing way, like what you are going to get at the grocery store tonight, but in a deep, earth-shattering way? I have been…
  • The 12 Highs and Lows of Revising Your Manuscript

    Emily Wenstrom
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    by Emily WenstromAs if writing a complete draft for a novel wasn’t hard enough—now you have to go back and face what you’ve created. No matter how seasoned a writer you are, the revision process is an emotional roller coaster, full of extreme and sometimes unexpected highs and lows. It’s enough to drive an author crazy. Photo by Eric Lynch (Creative Commons). Adapted by The Write Practice Why tell you this? Because you should know that you aren’t on this crazy ride alone. Take heart—don’t let these stages stop you from polishing up your manuscript, but rather help you get the…
  • 29 Quotes that Explain How to Become a Better Writer

    Joe Bunting
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    by Joe BuntingThe best way to become a better writer is to writeand then to publishyour writing, whether you publish it on a blog, in a book, or with a close friend. It’s only by practicing writing, and getting feedback on it, that you can improve. That being said, it never hurts to learn from those who have gone before you, and over the years, we’ve compiled a lot of excellent advice from the best writers on how to become a better writer. 1. Why You Became a Writer, According to Gloria Steinem “Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don’t feel I should be…
  • 11 Writing Tips That Will Change Your Life

    Marcy McKay
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    by Marcy McKayThere seems to be two different camps regarding the writing process. One adheres to a strict regime of rules and writing tips to achieve success: you must write everyday, you must show your work to others, you must produce X amount of pages in X amount of time. The other camp seems to believe in no rules: do whatever you want, whenever you want. My personal opinion is a combination of both. Of course, if you want to be published, then you must write. Otherwise, your dreams won’t come true. I mean, duh. And, in order to make your work the best it can be, you should show it to…
  • How to Write a Memoir: Cat Talk with Marion Roach Smith

    Pooh Hodges
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    by Pooh HodgesFor several years I have thought about writing my memoir.  But, I wasn’t really sure how to proceed. Was I supposed to write about every mouse I had ever caught? Do I start my story where I was captured in an alley during a rain storm? I was desperate to find out how to tell my story. Have you ever thought about writing a personal story from your life, a memoir? But you weren’t sure where to start? Do you wake up every morning devastated because you don’t know how to write memoir? Oh, the pain, the agony! I don’t know how to write a memoir. I…
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    Milo James Fowler

  • Make Your Book Social Proof Positive

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:37 am
    "No amount of advertising, tweeting, or direct mail can impact customers the way a customer review can. That’s because in the era of social media and online reviews, it’s not what you say about your business that matters; it’s what others say about your brand" (Nellie Akalp, CEO of CorpNet). Reviews are important. We all know that. In today's culture, social proof has become the rule of law.
  • A New Hero for the End of the World

    22 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Joe ain't no hero. He just wants to die.  The kids they call him "Roadkill" on account of how them Horrors sucked him up into the sky to have their way with him, then dropped him in the middle of a street full of traffic. Must've gotten run over five or six times before them cars and trucks stopped to see what they'd hit. But Joe he just stood up without a bone broke in his entire body and not
  • A Query a Day...

    15 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    You're familiar with the tortoise and the hare. Slow and steady wins the race.  Over the past 5 years, I've sold 100 short stories to various publications. Looking back, I might be tempted to think of those tales as little hares, sprinting past my novel-length projects and giggling with glee as they were snatched up by editors, maybe blowing a raspberry at certain novels that have been out on
  • Like a Vending Machine

    8 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    Imagine with me, if you will: a magical machine full of stories. Can you see it? Slot your quarter, punch the button, and out comes a tale of 2,000 words or less. What makes it even better? You know 22 of those 25 cents go straight to the author who toiled bloody, sweaty, and teary to polish that story to near-perfection When Quarter Reads went online last fall, readers shelled out 10 bucks
  • Another One Bites the Dust

    1 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The publishing industry has been in a state of flux for years now. Bookstores are closing. Amazon is ever-expanding, becoming a publishing entity itself. But are people even reading books anymore?  Yes they are: now more than ever. They read in print and on screens (phones, tablets, phablets, e-readers). And with thousands of writers publishing their work both traditionally and independently
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    Write Line Blog - Free Expressions Seminars and Literary Services

  • Prompt-A-Palooza #57

    Lorin
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Happy Monday!They followed the stream into the tunnel...She stole the last one...In the morning's clarifying light...The muffled sound of life in other rooms...It felt precarious...The clocks showed different times...He'd always been so tidy...
  • Friday Roundup 3.27.15

    Lorin
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Enjoy the weekend!It Turns Out, All You Need to do is Write a Great Book27 Insanely Clever Ways To Display Your BooksTips for the Writer With No Routine29 Awesome Books With Strong Female ProtagonistsSubmissions: Agents & Editors
  • Picture Prompt #17

    Lorin
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:20 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. Photo Credit 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…
  • Friday Roundup 3.20.15

    Lorin
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Hope your weekend is great!23 Struggles Only Book Nerds Will Understand10 Best Coming-of-Age Books You've Never Read4 Writing Tips I Learned at Drama SchoolFree Scrivener Webinar with Jane Friedman and Joesph Michael What Do Your Readers Know and When Do They Know It?
  • Friday Roundup 3.13.15

    Lorin
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    Enjoy the weekend!Write, Erase, Do It Over - Toni MorrisonHOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF A WRITING CRITIQUE: TEN TIPS6 Questions Writers Ask about Copyright and the LawWhy Writing is So HardHow to Self-Publish Children’s Books Successfully: Notes From the Trenches
 
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    Words & Music

  • Suicide

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:48 am
    Suicide has been on my mind a lot lately. Not my own, fortunately. The protagonist of the novel I'm writing is the daughter of a woman who commits suicide. In the news, Tom Schweich, a Republican candidate for governor of Missouri killed himself last month, allegedly due to a "whisper campaign" about his Jewish heritage. As if that reasoning wasn't bizarre enough, yesterday Schweich's former spokesman, Spence Jackson, also killed himself.Then there was co-pilot who flew a plane into a mountain. What he was actually comitting was murder, but I bet he thought of it as suicide. People can be…
  • Hiatus

    9 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    "Just about a year ago I set out on the road." Unfortunately, the road has come to a fork and following Yogi Berra's advice, I'm going to take it. Loyal followers of my blog (Hi, Mom!) are going to have to get their fiction fix elsewhere for a while. I'm grateful to everyone who's stopped by to look and listen the last sixteen months. And, especially to anyone who commented, shared, or followed me.I need to work on another project for a while.My novel, The Goddess of Love, has reached a critical point. It's not going to knock anyone off the bestseller list but I'm cautiously optimistic about…
  • The Little Things You Do

    8 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    I wrote and first recorded this song in 2009 with my band Late Model Humans and included on our Fallen Angels album. I'm very happy with that version as it shows off the talents of my bandmates nicely. It's hard to believe that was six years ago. Apparently time flies even when you're not having fun. I'm in a more solitary place than I was then so this arrangement fits the songs sentiment (which still rings true to me) in a way that better matches my mood. Also, I got a new stompbox with a nice delay that gives the solo arrangement a kick.The lyric comes from an experience I had waiting for…
  • The Difference between Comedy and Tragedy

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:42 am
    “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.” MelBrooksOne of the first things a writer has to decide after a story has presented itself to him or her, is how to tell it. Is it told from a character’s point of view (first person)? Is the reader a character in the story (second person)? Or, is the writer God (third person)? For obvious reasons, the third person narrative is far and away the most popular choice among writers.After settling on the point of view, a writer must decide on the setting (of time and place), tone, voice, depth, contrast,…
  • Karma Police

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    I always thought Karma Police was a great name for a song and Radiohead live up to the name with their tune. There are three sections to the song, each made up of straightforward yet interesting chord progressions. The lyrics are funny, biting, challenging and fluid, like the music they accompany.The song was originally released in 1997 on Radiohead's third album, OK Computer. It reached the Top Ten in the UK and came close in the US, climbing to 14 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.Karma police arrest this manHe talks in mathsHe buzzes like a fridgeHe's like a detuned radioKarma police…
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    Write Kids' Books!

  • Illustrating your kids’ book on a shoestring budget: YES, you can! (here’s how)

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:55 am
    Your book is perfect… now, do you know where are the pictures are coming from? The other day at my SCBWI meeting (have you joined yet?), I mentioned my easy technique for creating a Kindle book from Microsoft Word, and I said, “you just take the words and pictures and pull them together in Microsoft Word.”  To which someone asked, “yeah, but where do the pictures come from???” Everybody’s ears perked up.  Where DO the pictures come from? You see, most of us are writers, not illustrators.  Some of us couldn’t even draw stick figures, even if our lives depended on…
  • Best of the (Kids-Book) Writing Online this week: March 27, 2015

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:07 am
    An occasional roundup of blogs and other writings for kids’-book writers and illustrators… stuff that’s inspiring me, so I hope you’ll enjoy it, too. 1. Are we turning teens into readers… or turning them off reading? Over at Writers Rumpus, Marti Johnson asks, ”why is it that our high school age students abandon – no change that to – are driven from reading?”  Does required reading instill great habits, or just make teens resent books?  I had spent two months of the summer prodding, pleading, arguing, punishing and bullying this 16-year-old into reading a classic…
  • Beyond ABC and 123: 5 easy themes you can use to write picture books.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    21 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Do you love the light in the tiniest kids' eyes when they listen to a picture book? "Theme" books, like ABC's and 123's are time-tested favourites for a reason.  The very youngest readers (and listeners) love seeing familiar patterns and concepts - numbers, letters, colours, shapes, sizes.  What would be deathly dull for us, as adults, is absolutely the hottest thing with little kids. Lots of writers make the mistake of trying to mix things up for very young readers.  You have to keep them entertained, right? Wrong.  Instead, make your life easier and try one of these five…
  • Are you racist – and you don’t even know it? 3 easy ways to fix it.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:09 am
    You know you’re not racist.  But do your readers know it? Check your writing for signs of these 3 mistakes.  They’re probably there unintentionally, but rest assured that readers will find them – and take it personally, even if you didn’t mean any harm. Be prepared to root out these problems wherever you find them.  Let’s try to create books that accurately reflect children’s reality, regardless of their skin colour or socioeconomic status. Only one, or Tokenism I’m sure you’ve seen this one before:  all the characters in a story are white… except…
  • How to illustrate a children’s book for $1 a picture or less.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    The best price tag of all is free.  I’ve written before about finding and using free photos to create gorgeous children’s picture books.  (Don’t believe the haters; it really is possible.) But what if you can’t find what you’re looking for at the free sites? Stock photo sites can charge hundreds of dollars for a membership.  What a hassle, am I right?  That’s no problem if I’m The Huffington Post or some other big corporate website.  But for little guys like us, it’s more than we’re likely to make back from all but the most successful kids’…
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    Writeaholic Inspiration

  • 4 Discounted Resources For Writers

    Ruth Barringham
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Here is the latest batch of ever-popular, discounted offers from Writers Store and Writers' Digest. These resources are helping hundreds of thousands of writers all over the world and are becoming even more popular because they are so useful.Take a look at some of them and see for yourself. Save 75% on Writing and Selling Christian Fiction at Writer's Digest ShopWriting Christian fiction is equally challenging and rewarding. The Christian fiction genre places great responsibility on its authors while at the same time provides a sense of accomplishment that is arguably unmatched in any other…
  • Writing Articles Quickly: 4 Steps That Can Really Turbo-Charge your Article Writing Speed

    Ruth Barringham
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:40 pm
    As an online writer, I find that time is money. I can waste 15 minutes idly surfing the internet or use that time to write another marketing article or short blog post.If you can write an article in 15 minutes you can write 4 in an hour which is 32 articles a day if you work an 8-hour day.Even if you’re a bit slower and only manage 3 articles an hour, that’s still 24 articles a day.Can you imagine how much you could increase your online income if you could write that quickly?How do you write articles fast?1. Research. This needs to only take one minute or less to search online for 3 or…
  • Write by Hand Or Write Straight to Keyboard?

    Ruth Barringham
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:46 pm
    This is an age-old question that writers have been debating for years.Is it better to write by hand and type your work up later, or write straight to keyboard?Personally I prefer to write by hand first because I’m more creative when I work this way.But when you do the math of the extra time this takes compared to writing straight to keyboard, it seems like a much slower way of doing things especially when hand writing is slower than typing AND I have to type my work up as well.On the surface, it looks like I’m always doing things the slow way, but I disagree.I’ve tried writing straight…
  • 3 Ways to Make Money Writing Online Articles For Your Own Blog/Website

    Ruth Barringham
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Writing online articles is what being a writer is all about.You can’t get away from it. If you’re a writer you need a website and that means writing articles/blog posts regularly.You website needs to grow and to be filled with regular articles. But what are the articles you’re supposed to write? And how can they help you to make money?Every article that you write needs to have a reason for being. In other words, what is the article for? How does it help the reader? And most of all, how can it help you to make more money online?Below is a list of 3 ways that you can use article to make…
  • New Work Routine Forced Me to Unclutter Which Lead to an Easier Way to Write

    Ruth Barringham
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    As I told you in the last post, I now use two computers; one for writing and one for all my other work such as uploading, emailing, accessing online accounts, etc.This has really changed the way I work because my writing computer is distraction-free so I can't check emails, play games or log into online accounts because I don't have access to these on my new computer so I just have to keep writing.This in turn has made me much more productive and has helped to increase my writing income.My main computer is a Mac Book Pro and my new computer is a Mac Book Air which is light to carry around…
 
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  • Decide What You Want From Your College Education

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:21 am
    After 16 years of investment in education, did you ever assess what worth you received after completing your college years? Yes, it is true that a college degree can nearly double the lifetime earnings (according to US Census Studies). But is college education only circled around employment and earnings and nothing more? We all know that our survival depends on the quality of the job we do, but this is not the single most parameter to weigh the worth of college education.There are other things too that make our lives worth living. Yes, doing job is a major part of your life, but you cannot…
  • 5 Popular Myths about Oxbridge Admission Process

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:08 am
    Few of the funniest things are rumored to happen during the admission process of Britain’s two oldest universities, University of Oxford and University of Cambridge, collectively known as Oxbridge. On a serious note, thoughit remains a mystery to the applicants when they attempt to get into these medieval institutions by going through notoriously difficult interview process, these are nothing but myths.     To debunk the false myths, University of Cambridge came out with a video depicting the admission process, while Oxford published a list of frequently asked questions by…
  • Avail Professional Custom Essay Writing in Australia

    admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Every weak student seeks professional assistance for custom essay writing. Students from Australia are not an exception and deserve to get the best custom essay help. Why should someone do your custom essay? When you as a student think “do my essay”, you need a professional custom essay writer. Here are some reasons that compel you to choose a custom essay writer: Weak writing: If you are weak in writing a custom essay then a professional writer can guide you through expert tips. Lack of time: Your busy academic life may leave you with little or no time to work on a custom essay.
  • 5 College Dropouts who made it Big

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:34 am
    “The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.                                                                                                                            …
  • Is London’s Varied Ethnic Composition Behind the Success of its Schools?

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:24 am
    In the last few academic years, the secondary schools in London have enthralled the country with excellent results. But a decade ago, the situation was pretty different. The renowned schools of London were underperforming and their achievements were among the worst in England. Some people attribute this success story to the revised government policy while some credit the ambitious ethnic minorities living in London. The education in London and England is governed and managed by the Department of Education and the Department of Business Innovation and Skill. During the end of the last century,…
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    The Writer's Life eMagazine

  • Interview with Doug Cudmore, author of Super Steve

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Doug Cudmore is a veteran journalist who has worked in business, entertainment, and urban affairs and crime. He is also a long-time comic-book lover. You can visit his web site at www.dougcudmore.com   Connect with Doug:Author Website: www.dougcudmore.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/douglas.cudmoreTwitter:  https://twitter.com/super_stevejGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13163484.Doug_CudmoreAbout The Book  Title: Super Steve Author: Doug Cudmore Publisher: Independent Self…
  • Interview with Bluette Matthey, author of Abruzzo Intrigue and Corsican Justice

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    Title: Corsican JusticeAuthor: Bluette MattheyPublisher: Blue Shutter PublishingPages: 284Genre: Travel MysteryFormat: Kindle/Paperback In Bluette Matthey's first novel, Corsican Justice, we are introduced to Hardy Durkin, an American tour outfitter who seems to experience a mystery at every stop. Hardy is visiting Corsica for the first time to explore the possibility of arranging a hiking tour for   segments of Corsica's infamous hiking trail, the GR20.  He was also seeking closure from the fact that his father was killed in a highway accident on the island of Corsica…
  • On the Spotlight: Eleanor Parker Sapia, author of 'A Decent Woman'

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:44 am
    Puerto Rican-born novelist, Eleanor Parker Sapia, was raised in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Europe. Eleanor’s life experiences as a counselor, alternative health practitioner, a Spanish language social worker, and a refugee case worker inspire her passion for writing. When Eleanor is not writing, she facilitates creativity groups, and is making plans to walk El Camino de Santiago a second time. A Decent Woman is her debut novel. Eleanor is the mother of two adult children, and she lives in West Virginia.Listen to an audio interview with the author HERE.About the…
  • Interview with Ed Barajas, author of The Quiet Revolution

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Title: The Quiet RevolutionAuthor: Ed BarajasPublisher: iUniversePages: 110Genre: Non-fiction/LawFormat: Kindle This is a different view of our criminal justice system in a way that challenges the negative portrayals from people considered experts. Contrary to the prevailing view of most experts describing a broken and inhumane system, something appears to be working. For the past twenty years crime has taken a plunge in the US and the experts appear to be clueless regarding the cause. Barajas suggests the reason for less crime is because of an ongoing transformation of the justice system…
  • His Life, His People, and His Legacy - Edward IV, England's Forgotten Warrior King by Dr. Anthony Corbet Book Feature

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    Title: Edward IV, England's Forgotten Warrior KingAuthor: Dr. Anthony CorbetPublisher: iUniversePages: 464Genre: HistoryFormat: Ebook/PaperbackPurchase at AMAZON As the 100 Years War ground to its dismal end, England groaned under the misrule of Henry VI and his Lancastrian favorites. The House of York rose in rebellion; and Parliament restored York in the line of inheritance to the throne. Edward, Earl of March, triumphed at the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross; Parliament asked him to be King and the people proclaimed him Edward IV. His life and legacy are chronicled in Edward IV,…
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    Woelf Dietrich

  • The Mercy Giver: An Experiment

    Woelf Dietrich
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A man is on his way to Mexico to lay low for a while. He is hunted by the authorities. He has a particularly skewed take on life. While hiding in some dusty small border town he meets a very strange man. Think Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but for psychopaths. This is a WIP that […]
  • #Art of Fantasy 12: Justin Sweet

    Woelf Dietrich
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:38 am
    I discovered Justin Sweet‘s work by accident a couple of years ago. I don’t remember how it happened, what site I browsed or which piece specifically enamored me–it happened too long ago–but I am a dear fan. Somehow the darkness in his paintings attracted me, still do, actually, but for me it is a mixture of sorrow […]
  • #Writing Adventures: Neil Gaiman On Writing

    Woelf Dietrich
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    A little while ago I wrote a post titled, “Stephen King on Writing the First Draft“. It was an interesting post to write because it allowed me to compare my own experience with advice from King. Today I have a video from Gaiman where he talks about writing generally, but he also includes a section […]
  • #Art of Fantasy 11: Simon Bisley

    Woelf Dietrich
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    I first discovered Simon Bisley‘s work many years ago while reading 2000 AD. He illustrated ABC Warriors and Sláine. He later also did Lobo for DC. Yes, if you think I was and still am crazy about Sláine (the character is roughly based on Irish lore), you would be correct. He also did a variety of other comics […]
  • 10 Things Not Widely Known About Me

    Woelf Dietrich
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:12 pm
    I’ve been tagged by Jessica West and Tom Knighton to write 7 things about me and/or about my writing and post it on Facebook, which I did. Jessica then thought my revelations entertaining enough to reproduce here. I’m not entirely convinced it’s that entertaining, but it’s a fun thing to do, plus I get to post an old photo […]
 
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    The Proof Angel

  • Links about writers

    The Proof Angel
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:35 am
    Here are some general writing tips: 11 smart tips for brilliant writers. 17 writing secrets. 5 tips on perfecting the art of writing quickly. Beat the blank page blues. How to avoid a boring opening line. And here is an interview with Stephen King, entirely about opening lines. 7 “Tricks” to improve your writing overnight. 317 Power Words That’ll Instantly Make You a Better Writer. Why’s it so hard to catch your own typos. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: writing resources
  • Talking about autism

    The Proof Angel
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    Do you have any contact with someone with autism? If so, this article about use of language might be useful. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: autism, Communication, language
  • Moving from Scrivener to Word

    The Proof Angel
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:35 am
    Do you use Scrivener for your writing projects? It is a very popular tool, but once you’ve finished drafting, it is useful to have a Word document. This post explains the process of moving from Scrivener to Word. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: file conversion, Scrivener
  • Connecting with book shops

    The Proof Angel
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    Book shops can be another weapon in the marketing arsenal of an author. But they are delicate flowers, and need careful handling. This post explains how to approach your local book shop. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: book marketing
  • Write comedy for the BBC

    The Proof Angel
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:28 am
    Do you have some some comedy scripts? Bridget Whelan has found some links for you. But you need to be quick about it, the deadline is April 1st. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: BBC, comedy scripts
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    eBooks India

  • An Interview with Amit Nangia, Author of Killer in the Shadows!

    Hiten Vyas
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:53 am
    We interviewed author Amit Nangia to find out about his debut book entitled Killer in the Shadows!, released recently, and which has been getting rave reviews. Amit also described a new concept of books called Quickies and his writing plans for the future. Read on to learn what the man himself had to say who also shared some tips on writing crime fiction. Welcome to e-Books India, Amit! We’re thrilled to have you join us for this interview. Writing is something you’ve done since childhood. Can you please tell us some more about your writing journey, and about the ups and downs you’ve…
  • The Boring Parts of the Writing Process and What to Do About Them

    Georgina Roy
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    The act of writing is not a boring one; or at least it shouldn’t be. If you’re bored by the words you’re putting down on the page, then your readers will be bored by what they’re reading. However, the writing process begins from the moment when you get the initial idea that you want to write until you actually hold the book in your hand. And some parts of it can get very dull for you, especially if what you want to write about requires you to step out of the comfort zone of what you know and into the realm of what you need to learn. 1. Research Most writers do their own research when…
  • An Interview with Author, Kajol Aikat

    Hiten Vyas
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    We interviewed talented author, Kajol Aikat of Hazaribagh, who told us about his debut novel he released last year entitled Unsocial Amigos, and about his most recent work, a story entitled Life isn’t a Fairytale that has been published in an anthology called The Unbreakable You. Read on to find out what the man had to say. Welcome to e-Books India, Kajol! It’s great to have you join us for this interview. Please tell us about you. Where are you from, what work do you do, and how did you become a writer? My name is Kajol Aikat, though I prefer using Aikat as my pen name. I’m twenty at…
  • How to Truly Find Your Unique Writing Style

    Kavitha
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Every writer has a writing style, which encompasses many things. It is basically how a writer puts together words to create an effect or impart information. A good writer will be able to convincingly use different styles for different subjects and different reader niches. There is no easy or quick way to find your own unique style. It takes a lot of practice and effort. Here are some tips to help you along. Check your tone Is your writing conveying the feelings you want it to do? This is the tone of a book, by which you induce feelings in the readers. Tone is mostly discernible in the…
  • 5 Things Holding You Back From Being an Awesome Business Writer

    Hiten Vyas
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    If you find yourself having difficulties in achieving success despite having the passion and the necessary amount of skill to be one, chances are there are certain things that are holding you back from being an awesome business writer, such as: 1. Not knowing your audience While different types of writing cater to different types of audiences, business writers target a very specific niche – namely people who are interested in the business aspect of any topic that you’re writing about. If you don’t know which specific reader you’re supposed to be writing for, you’re likely to produce…
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    WritingThoughts

  • How to Have a Better Blog, Starting Today

    Laura Spencer
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    ©iStock.com/Oko_SwanOmurphy Whether you maintain a blog for your business or as a freelancer, there’s always room for improvement. You can have a better blog. And you can start taking steps to make your blog better today. This is especially true if your blog has been around for a few years. Mature blogs tend to develop problems that new blogs don’t have to worry about (yet). Of course, some bloggers just abandon their mature blogs and start over from scratch. Once in a while, that approach is justified. But more often, a mature blog can and should be fixed. If your blog has an…
  • Why You Might Be Losing Gigs without Even Knowing It and What to Do to Fix It

    Laura Spencer
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    ©iStock.com/feedough Are you getting enough freelance writing work? Do you apply for gig after gig, but never receive an answer? If you can relate, you could be alienating your prospective clients without realizing it. (Don’t worry. Most freelance writers face this problem sooner or later.) The sad truth is that a prospect who passes you by generally won’t explain what turned them away. As a writer, you’re left scratching your head and trying to figure out what you’ve done wrong. In this post, I address over seven reasons a prospective client might pass you by. 7 Plus…
  • Learn How to Write Story Ideas that Don’t Suck… For Free

    Laura Spencer
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    Are your pitches to editors getting the attention they deserve? If they aren’t, the problem could be your ideas. If you don’t have a great idea, you won’t get the gig. Period. Fortunately, you can improve your story ideas and learn to write better pitches. When I learned that writers could listen in to the first session of The Freelance Writer’s Pitch Clinic for free (affiliate link), I was excited. I know this clinic is just what many writers need to take their writing business to the next level. Now you can hear the first session at no cost. The free session is just…
  • How to Grab and Hold Your Reader’s Attention Online

    Laura Spencer
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:18 am
    ©iStock.com/michaklootwijk Mere seconds. That’s all it takes to lose the attention of someone who comes to your website. Remember, your competitor is just a mouse click away. You see, we online readers are a fickle bunch. And we’re in a hurry. It takes a lot to grab and hold our attention. Reading something online is a lot different than picking up a book, magazine, or a newspaper. Unlike with traditional media, the Internet literally puts a wealth of information at a reader’s fingertips. That’s why I stated earlier that your competitor is just a mouse click away. It…
  • What Is Scannable Content and How to Write It If You Publish Online

    Laura Spencer
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    ©Laura Spencer Do your posts and articles look like college term papers? If they do, you’re making a big mistake (and your web traffic probably shows it). Not writing scannable content just may be the number one rookie writer mistake new writers make. Don’t worry. If you’re making this mistake, you’re not alone. I made it myself years ago when I transitioned from technical writing to web writing. Learning how to make your articles and posts scannable is not difficult. In this post, I share ten elements that will help make your online posts and articles more scannable.
 
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    Angelique Voisen

  • New Release: Ketogenic Wolf (Wolves of New Haven 7)

    Angel Voisen
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Publisher: Evernight PublishingBuy Links:Evernight | Amazon | ARe | BookStrand Blurb: Sal Matthews has struggled with low-self esteem and health issues all his life. Being a werewolf doesn’t change anything. He’s tried every diet available, but Sal has never really been motivated until he sets his eyes on the dominant werewolf Kal Walker. Every inch of Kal screams dangerous, but Sal can’t keep away. After their old pack disbanded, Kal Walker and his brothers have a hard time integrating into the New Haven pack. Killing’s the only thing Kal’s good at and peace is…
  • Release Blitz: No Perfect Princess by Angel Payne & Victoria Blue

    Angel Voisen
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    SynopsisWhat came first? The princess or the shoes? And does it really matter?My name is Margaux Asher. Don’t be afraid to ask how it’s spelled though I may enlighten you, anyway. Yes, I’m that Margaux Asher. The attitude icon. The bitch in the latest heels. The princess of the PR game.Just don’t bring up the queen.Mommie and I aren’t on comfortable terms. Last winter, I learned a secret that Andrea Asher has hidden from me since my birth—by another woman. And my real father? Josiah Stone, one of the world’s richest men. Dream come true, right?There’s a lot of baggage attached…
  • Book Spotlight: Grayscale by Rebecca Brochu

    Angel Voisen
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    I'm happy to have fellow Evernight Author Rebecca Brochu on my blog today. Rebecca is here today to share with us her latest release, Grayscale. Welcome, Rebecca!Blurb: As a Chroma agent, one of the elite operatives for the Spectrum Intelligence Agency, Jonah Gray was skilled enough to handle most anything that came his way.  If not Jonah knew he could always rely on his handler, the clever Mr. Fox, to pull him through.  Drawn to the seductive voice and commanding strength of the man on the other end of the line, Jonah wavers between his attraction to his handler and the…
  • Book Spotlight: Marianne's Abduction (Voyeur Moon 3) by Ravenna Tate

    Angel Voisen
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    I'm happy to have fellow Evernight Author Ravenna Tate once again on my blog. Ravenna is here today to share with us her latest release, Marianne's Abduction, the third book in her Voyeur Moon series. Welcome, Ravenna!MARIANNE'S ABDUCTION - Voyeur Moon 3***Click HERE to purchase directly fromEvernight Publishing***BLURB: Marianne Kowalski is simply trying to survive on what’s left of Earth after two years of invasions by the Tyranns. One night she spots an alien spaceship. When two men emerge, she hands them a letter explaining how to find her missing aunt and uncle. Marianne has nothing…
  • Their Sexy Talk #MySexySaturday #Saturday7 #MSSAuthors #MSS85

    Angel Voisen
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to the 85th week of My Sexy Saturday. This week’s theme is Their Sexy Talk and it’s all about how lovers talk to each other. In line with this week’s theme, I’m posting a short snippet from my recent sci-fi menage release, Merchandise. In this scene, Dyos meets his unlikely mate for the first time, in the middle of a battlefield.TeaserI’ll kill you,” Storm whispered, suddenly spooked.Brale and he stood at opposite ends of the spectrum— Hadarian and Cobrini, captor and captive. Enemy. Soul mate. Storm wanted to laugh hysterically like a lunatic again, to weep, to scream…
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    GARTLER WRITING STUDIO

  • THE ELUSIVE MUSE: Reflective Journaling

    Beatriz
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
         Another form of discovering a story or a poem inside you is reflective journaling.             With reflective journaling, you write about your own life, but  you’re not locked into daily chronicles that outline your activities or what you had for dinner. You might write about something that happened when you were a small child. You might even write about something that happened to someone else — something you witnessed or have thoughts about that you’d like to…
  • THE ELUSIVE MUSE: Journaling your way to writing

    Beatriz
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    Journal writing is an art unto itself.  But how often do we actively use art in our journals?  We writers are passionate about our journals and notebooks, those sacred spaces where some of our best ideas manifest.  So it makes sense to rig our journals so that they inspire us as much as possible. And what’s more inspiring than art?  Let’s look at some ways we can fuse art with journal writing in order to cultivate inspiration and creativity. The Art JournalArtists keep journals just like writers do. But instead of filling their journals with words, artists fill…
  • THE ELUSIVE MUSE: Journaling for writers

    Beatriz
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
         There are days when writing ideas, stories, essays, poems, are nowhere to be found. That does not mean we have to go a day without writing.  The more we write, the better our writing becomes. That’s a fact.  Practice breeds proficiency.       Commitment sets successful writers apart from unsuccessful writers.  When we are committed to the work, our chances for success increase exponentially. And one of the easiest and most creative ways to commit to our own writing and produce better writing over time is to keep a writing journal. …
  • THE ELUSIVE MUSE: Journaling for writers

    Beatriz
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    Here are 5 journal ideas for creative writers:1) People-watch. The people around you can become fictional characters or the subjects of poems. You can go beyond mere reporting and write what you imagine as well. What do you think that woman's name might be? Where do you think she lives? Is she having an affair with that man, or are they just business partners? What is she thinking right now? What is she hiding in that big purse? Any of this can be the beginning of a story or poem. 2) Listen. Eavesdrop in restaurants, in stores. Listen to your own family and friends -- really…
  • 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…
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    Kindle Me This

  • 8 Reasons Why We Should Read More Books

    Elizabeth Yetter
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Need a reason for your piles of books cluttering up the living room or are you looking for motivation to read more books? Reading books provide us with a wealth of benefits. For writers, these benefits are nearly endless. For others, artists, business people, and retailers, reading books are a way to escape the local […]Continue reading...
  • 8 Steps to Writing a How To Book

    Elizabeth Yetter
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:58 am
    The words “how to” get around 246,000 searches a month in the U.S. on Google. People everywhere want to know how to do something, how to make something, how to build something, and more. “How to” is popular and that is why so many authors write how to books. 1. Choose a Subject What type […]Continue reading...
  • Writing Short Kindle Books – Day 1

    Elizabeth Yetter
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:29 pm
    With so many books being written about how such and such authors made gazillions of dollars writing short, roughly 4,000 word Kindle books, I decided to take on a personal challenge to see just how well these short books do in sales. For my first day, I chose a subject that I already know a […]Continue reading...
  • Can You Make Money on Short Kindle Books?

    Elizabeth Yetter
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:27 am
    There are plenty of Kindle books on the subject of writing 4,000 word Kindle books, publishing them, and making a gazomba amount of money on them. Personally, I am not sold on the idea, but I am willing to try it out. A Personal Challenge and a Test This week I have decided to come […]Continue reading...
  • How to Find More Time for Reading

    Elizabeth Yetter
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Studies have shown that the wealthy read more books than those in the $35k and below income range. Do you think that they read more books because they are wealthy or that they can contribute some of their wealth success to their love of reading? According to the experts, reading self help books, educational books, […]Continue reading...
 
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  • Reader Question: Where Freelance Writers Can Find Publications

    Jennifer Mattern
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    Today's reader question comes from Leigh Schrom: "Where do you locate publications that accept freelance work? Is the "Writer's Market" the best source?" Writer's Market is a source, and certainly a place you can start. But while it looks extensive as far as writer's market directories go, the markets there still only represent a small portion of publications that work with freelance writers. And because most writers are aware of it, you'll likely run into increased competition with publications featured there. One suggestion I frequently give to new writers is to look beyond market…
  • Weekend Reading: Author Branding

    Jennifer Mattern
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
    This week's "weekend reading" collection is a follow-up to the last podcast episode, covering branding for writers. Enjoy! How Your WordPress Blog Can Build Your Author Brand By Bob Dunn at BobWP.com If you still aren't sure what branding is, or how it applies to you as an author, this post is a good place to start. It guides you through some of the most basic components of creating an author brand, and how you can use your WordPress site or blog to help you do that. Read the post. Author Internet Branding Tips 101 By Karen Daniels at ZenCopy.com If you want even more specific ideas about…
  • Branding Tips for Writers (Podcast)

    Jennifer Mattern
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    The latest episode of the writing podcast is up. This episode is all about branding for writers. It covers: Basic branding tips for writers Copyright concerns over sharing excerpts to your book to generate reader interest A tool to help you come up with better, brandable domain names for your professional website or blog View the show notes or listen below.
  • Recommended: Write Better, Faster by Monica Leonelle

    Jennifer Mattern
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:36 pm
    You know me. I'm a bit of a productivity junkie, always looking for ways to get more work done in less time. So it should be no surprise that an e-book like Write Better, Faster: How to Triple Your Writing Speed and Write More Every Day, by Monica Leonelle would catch my attention. (And no, I wasn't asked to review it, given a review copy, paid to review it, and I'm not an affiliate -- it simply sounded like a good read.) I wasn't sure what to expect from the e-book. Normally when I come across something promising to drastically increase writing speeds, it's a bit of a scam. You have to…
  • Quick Tip: Create Custom WordPress Sidebars for Categories or Pages

    Jennifer Mattern
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Many bloggers set up a single sidebar and then include that sidebar on every page of their blogs. But what happens if you have categories that would benefit from different sidebar content, or pages on your blog where you'd like a custom sidebar? Maybe you want to place hand-picked affiliate ads, or you want to promote different books on different sections of your blog. Whatever your reason, you can create custom sidebars and have them appear only where you want them to on your WordPress site. The Custom Sidebars Plugin If your blog or other WordPress website is a good candidate for custom…
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  • Live Lit Roundup for the week of March 30th, 2015

    Chicago Literati
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Tomorrow  The Chicago Writers Conference proudly presents Bad Poetry Night at 6:30pm at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, […]
  • Teaching Comics- Phrases in Chalk

    alexnall
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    ‘Teaching Comics’ follows cartoonist Alex Nall’s experiences as a teaching artist in two Chicago Public Schools. View more […]
  • More Space by Beth Dugan

    Chicago Literati
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
    I moved to Chicago from Iowa a few years after I graduated college. I was from the suburbs […]
  • La Muralla by Cristina Cerny

    Chicago Literati
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    The sand is foreign under my feet, invasive between my toes. I stuff my hands into the pockets […]
  • Teaching Comics- Bad Tattoo

    alexnall
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    ‘Teaching Comics’ explores cartoonist Alex Nall’s experiences as a teaching artist at two Chicago Public Schools. View more […]
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  • When Books Become Movies: Small Apartments

    Denise Drespling
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
      Book Accuracy The movie was made to be funnier where the book was darker. Some of the whole trying-to-dispose-of-the-body sequence was hilarious. How he tries to get the body into the car, tries to make it look like the corpse stabbed itself, then lit itself on fire. It made Franklin seem much more awkward as well, which was funny. Some other little changes from the book were Tommy Balls having a girlfriend and having a bigger part (maybe because they got Johnny Knoxville to play him?). The Dr. Mennox book title was different, and there was an added scene where Franklin drives and is…
  • BookTube Video: Small Apartments by Chris Millis

    Denise Drespling
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    A book you can read in a day: Small Apartments by Chris Millis. View the other books I read for this challenge. Have you read it yet? Original article: BookTube Video: Small Apartments by Chris Millis©2015 Denise Drespling. All Rights Reserved.
  • Is Your Story Contrived?

    Denise Drespling
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    photo from Flickr via Creative Commons from Louish PixelYes, your story is contrived. ALL stories are contrived. The word contrived means to plan, to invent, to plot. And even pantsers plot and invent, regardless of whether or not they did it beforehand. I’d say, to an extent, even memoir is contrived because the way it’s told is often embellished or things are left out to make a better story. The problem isn’t that a story is contrived. It’s that it’s poorly contrived. A reader will feel a poorly contrived story. Things may seem too easy, too convenient, the…
  • Top 5 Wednesday: Worst Series Enders

    Denise Drespling
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    Some series finish strong, but others… not so much. My top 5! Original article: Top 5 Wednesday: Worst Series Enders©2015 Denise Drespling. All Rights Reserved.
  • Tuesday Talks: Are Audiobooks Reading?

    Denise Drespling
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    Do you have to see the words on the page to consider it reading, or are audiobooks reading? Original article: Tuesday Talks: Are Audiobooks Reading?©2015 Denise Drespling. All Rights Reserved.
 
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  • Link Globalization

    Nat Russo
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    The post Link Globalization appeared first on A Writer's Journey. Did you know there is more than one Amazon.com store? Don’t worry. If you didn’t know there is an amazon.co.uk, or an amazon.de, or even an amazon.co.jp, you’re not alone. In fact, many are unaware there are at least 13 international Amazon storefronts. But until you’re aware of this (and do something about it) you may be sending potential customers to the wrong store, losing untold sales in the process! Link globalization is something you need to be aware of if you’re attempting to…
  • Out of Office

    Nat Russo
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    The post Out of Office appeared first on A Writer's Journey. Hello friends! If I’m slow to respond to comments through my various media outlets over the next 10 days, it’s because I’m out of office with limited access. I promise I’ll get caught up around the 18th-ish of March. Cheers! The post Out of Office appeared first on A Writer's Journey.
  • Self-Published Book Awards

    Nat Russo
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:54 pm
    The post Self-Published Book Awards appeared first on A Writer's Journey. Based on the email I received this morning from Writer’s Digest, it’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about Christmas! I’m talking about the time of year to decide whether you’re entering the annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. I want to offer my perspective, since I participated in the 2014 award cycle. Frankly, I was rather disappointed with the result last year, and it wound up being a $100 (USD) experiment I won’t repeat. Full disclosure: I…
  • Violence Vs. Sex In American Culture

    Nat Russo
    7 Feb 2015 | 5:57 pm
    The post Violence Vs. Sex In American Culture appeared first on A Writer's Journey. I hope you don’t mind me taking an uncharacteristic journey into self-indulgence for a moment. This will be short, I promise. The title of the article is probably far more lofty than it deserves. Earlier this evening on Facebook, I spotted the following image: This rustled my jimmies enough to share the image on my page with a bit of a rant. I know many of you will disagree with what I said, and that’s ok! No, really! It’s ok! Here’s the original text of my rant. I’d love to…
  • As You Know, Bob…

    Nat Russo
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    The post As You Know, Bob… appeared first on A Writer's Journey. Psst. Yeah you. I’ve talked to Bob, and you’re pissing him off. He thinks you’re a pretentious know-it-all, and people are leaving the cocktail party in droves. They didn’t come here to listen to the same old stories. Oh bloody hell. That literary agent just walked out. You have any idea how hard it was to get her here in the first place?! Wait. You look confused. Ok, I’ll back up. If you’re a new writer, it’s possible you have absolutely no idea what I’m going on…
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  • Workshop Your Opening Sentence

    terribleminds
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    The opening sentence to a story (be it a short story all the way up to a novel) matters. It’s the first bullet fired in a war — you don’t have to kill the enemy leader with it, but you also oughta make it count. It’s the line that hooks the reader. The line that sets everything up. It’s the first thing the reader sees upon stepping into the world you’ve created. So, it’s worth getting it right. Let’s workshop your opening line. Take the opening line to something you’re writing / have written and, if comfortable, share it below in the…
  • Flash Fiction Challenge: You Filthy Weirdos

    terribleminds
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    So, given all the hullaballoo with Clean Reader (“read books, not profanity”) this week, I thought a flash fiction challenge in pure defiance had some meaning. Thus: I want you to be inspired by that debacle. I want you to write filthily. Or write about filth. Sex, profanity, perversion. Fiction or meta-fiction. Any genre. In some way, take something from the discussion about censorship and profanity and vulgarity and sex and — well, throw all that stuff into a blender, whip it up, and see what foamy frappe belches out into your story. We’ll say you have 2000 words…
  • A Quickie Roundup Of Clean Reader Stuff

    terribleminds
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:39 am
    The Clean Reader saga continues: - Joanne Harris has another round of reply and response with the Clean Reader folks. - Lilith Saintcrow had a reply and response round, too — and got her books taken off the site. - Jennifer Porter hilariously looks at what Clean Reader actually does, and lists the word replacements (and notes, as Joanne does, that it scrubs references to female anatomy and changes them all to “bottom,” thus suggesting that Clean Reader is not-so-secretly a fan of anal sex). - Smashwords has removed access to its library, so its books won’t…
  • Cat Rambo: Five Things I Learned Writing Beasts Of Tabat

    terribleminds
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    When countryboy Teo arrives in the coastal city of Tabat, he finds it a hostile place, particularly to a boy hiding an enormous secret. It’s also a city in turmoil, thanks to an ancient accord to change governments and the rising demands of Beasts, the Unicorns, Dryads, Minotaurs and other magical creature on whose labor and bodies Tabat depends. And worst of all, it’s a city dedicated to killing Shifters, the race whose blood Teo bears.  When his fate becomes woven with that of Tabat’s most famous gladiator, Bella Kanto, his existence becomes even more imperiled. Kanto’s magical…
  • Fuck You, Clean Reader: Authorial Consent Matters

    terribleminds
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
      There exists a new app called Clean Reader. The function of Clean Reader is to scrub the profanity from e-books. Their tagline: “Read books. Not profanity.“ You can dial in how much of the profanity you want gone from the books. Author Joanne Harris has roundly (and to my mind, correctly) condemned the app, and I would recommend you read about her and condemnation. I would further suggest you go on and read the email she received from the Clean Reader people and, more importantly, her response to that email. (Oh, also: check her tweets, too: @JoanneChocolat.) I am an…
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  • 3 Easy to Use Blog Monetization

    Nurdin Budi M.
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Some of the blogs in recent years with the increase in the stage soon; the reason behind this is more than simple - people are looking for ways to make some extra dollars and blogs often proved to be earning big for this task. Everyone has a blog struggling to start making a residual income. It is a form of income where you can cut not stop workflow fixed income. The following article will explain the three basic models of liquefaction. They are improving the easiest and very suitable for business people who are new to blogging.Affiliate marketingWhen it comes to affiliate marketing store…
  • What to Look for in Website News Technology

    Nurdin Budi M.
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:09 pm
    If you are a fan of technology news and have the web, then you have to search the web that provide information that is accurate and good. The following are some things to be aware of news websites, which are looking for that you think would be useful and help you someday.Website news is very necessary to always provide something new and searched many people, such as:1.Useful InformationThe best source to be possessed of web technology is the information that it contains a story about a company and the business that is being widely discussed and influence buying and selling in the market.
  • Wake up with the Brand Marketing on the Internet

    Nurdin Budi M.
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Marketing on the internet is very important among the various strategic solutions to increase sales. If within a few years ago a lot of people who use the internet just to do something alone regularly, in contrast to today, many people are using the internet to get a lot of other opportunities are more advanced and better than ever.Today difficult to find someone who lives who never used the internet. Almost everyone knows about the Internet and its function, although some people have a different understanding of the Internet. However, the current Internet has become king of media and beyond…
  • How to Succeed In Internet Marketing Company Affiliate

    Nurdin Budi M.
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Affiliate internet marketing is a program that is much-loved and worthy to serve as a way to earn a lot of money from the internet. By using your Affiliate may need to provide products and only need use any tactic to get customers.Basically, how is your affiliate marketing products and services from other companies and take advantage of the price of the price given by the company. You do not need to pay anything, you just market and offer it to others so that they are interested in and you get a commission from consumers that you can later on.Generally affiliate program is one-tier or…
  • How to Choose Software to Meet Your Needs

    Nurdin Budi M.
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:42 pm
    How to select the software to meet your needs - this time with the increasing demand and the amount of competition all are required to have a powerful tool and can be used as something that helps you in many ways.You can certainly find a variety of software available in the market. However, with the increasing number of software available in fact it may make you confused to select it.What should you do to find out the best and match you? Below are some tips for choosing the software to fit your needs at a price that is saving:1.FeaturesIn the market, there are several software available at…
 
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    Writing...Just because!

  • Book List Websites

    Anne OConnell
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:29 am
    The launch week activity has wrapped up and we're taking a breather before continuing with the virtual tour so I thought I'd take the opportunity and use this post to share with you some of the free book listing websites I've found and successfully posted on (some accept only ebooks and some are for print).Here are a few you might like to add to your own book marketing strategy:Authors Den"Where authors and readers come together."Author Marketing Club"Join thousands of authors who want to promote their books. Free book marketing resources and tools."Book Hitch"A search engine for books."Book…
  • The Deep Deceit Book Launch Tour Continues!

    Anne OConnell
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:43 pm
    It was a busy launch week for Deep Deceit. I'm thrilled to report that on the second day of the Kindle give away, it landed on the Top 10 Amazon Best Seller List on Amazon.ca for mystery and suspense!  The tour cranked up and if you missed any of the stops, here's a re-cap of where we've been so far:Book Readers Heaven - kicked off the tour on March 8th.Thank you Glenda Bixler for your launch day review. If you like to peruse reviews to find your next good read, definitely put this blog on your favorites list! She's started to review poetry too :)Arabian Tales and Other Amazing…
  • Virtual Book Tour for Deep Deceit Begins

    Anne OConnell
    7 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    I'm totally excited, relieved, nervous, thrilled... and any other adjective you can come up with to describe how it feels when launching a new book! Deep Deceit is finally available on Amazon in both print and Kindle and I'm heading out on tour to spread the word. I'd like to thank all the bloggers who have agreed to participate in my Virtual Book Tour and encourage you to visit their blogs not only on the day they join the tour but make sure you go back and visit regularly!Here is the line-up of blogs I'll be visiting and featured on with interviews, reviews or guest posts. As the posts are…
  • My journey to publication with Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories

    Anne OConnell
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:22 am
    Today I'm pleased to welcome author Nancy Christie as part of her 'Birthday Blog Tour' for her new collection of stories recently published by Pixel Hall Press. Here is her personal story of perseverance and commitment to her passion for writing. When I think about how I went from writing individual stories to having eighteen pieces published as Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories it is less a case of going right, left or straight ahead and more like the Beatles’ song: “The Long and Winding Road.”And it has been a long and winding road—long, because I started writing…
  • Writing Groups and Collaboration

    Anne OConnell
    1 Feb 2015 | 6:30 pm
    As I've shared before, my life is not complete or balanced unless I have the opportunity on a regular basis to meet with and share 'the writing life' with fellow scribes. The writers' group that has formed... no, actually it's not just formed, it's come alive, for me in Phuket gives me something to look forward to every month. Many of the members have become true friends as well. You know, the kind that will stay with you for a lifetime!I know this is the case with this group, especially since we are bound together by a wonderful collaborative project that finally culminated last month (Happy…
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  • Bet On You

    Kevin Duncan
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    What is the biggest risk you’ve taken? The question took me by surprise… “What’s your biggest regret?” That one I’ve heard. “What five items would you want with you on a deserted island?” Heard that one, too. “Would you rather be mauled by a bear or watch a buddy-cop movie starring Nicolas Cage and a monkey?” Heard that one earlier in the day. But my biggest risk? No, that was a new one. As I laid in bed that night, trying not to focus on the Nicolas-Cage-themed nightmares I would soon be having, my mind drifted to my senior year of…
  • Overcoming fears and kicking off the International Bloggers Association Network-a-thon

    Kevin Duncan
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    “Hello. My name is Kevin Duncan. And yes ladies… I’m single.” Several years ago, before I met and married my lovely wife, this was how I introduced myself in a speech to an auditorium full of strangers. At the beginning of my speech, I was supposed to simply state my name, my marital status, and the church I attended. Those were the instructions we speakers were given, and it’s the script followed by everyone who spoke before me. I guess you can say I tweaked the script a bit. Years earlier, the notion of speaking to an auditorium would have terrified me. Like…
  • Today’s Passive Blogger Is Tomorrow’s Former Blogger

    Kevin Duncan
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    His screams still haunt me. My childhood friend was standing ten yards away from me when it happened. At 17, he had a bright future ahead of him. College. A wife. Children. All these things were on the horizon. Each now in jeopardy. It shouldn’t have happened. He had dodged so many bullets before, you would have thought he’d learned his lesson. Alas, my friend thought he was invincible. He was mistaken. From my vantage point, you could see the moment he realized he’d made a horrible decision. Seconds from impact, the look of fear in his eyes spoke volumes. “This is…
  • Be Memorable: Why I Wrote An 8,000-Word Blog Post (and Why You Should Do Something Just As Crazy)

    Kevin Duncan
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:40 am
    In the time it takes you to read this sentence, Gwyneth Paltrow will have done something pretentious, Taylor Swift will have broken up with another boyfriend, and 21 new blogs will have been created. You see, supposedly, a new blog is being created somewhere in the world every half second. Every half second. How can you succeed as a blogger when approximately 172,800 new blogs are created each and every day? How can you compete? How can you get noticed? Exclusive Blog Post Bonus: Want a PDF checklist for “Be Memorable: Why I Wrote An 8,000-Word Blog Post (and Why You Should Do…
  • Everything You Need to Know About Evergreen Content

    Luke Jordan
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Note from Kevin: This post is written by Be A Better Blogger reader and friend Luke Jordan of Intergeek. Luke writes about SEO, but with a twist. He aims to present information to readers in a style and format in which they’re unaccustomed. So, obviously, he’s a blogger after my own heart. When you’re finished, be sure to leave him a comment! I am so tired. Do you ever have those days where nothing seems to go your way? Today was the mother of all ‘nothing-is-going-my-way’ days. I was late for work after waiting round for a repair man to come and take a look at my…
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    Cristy Burne

  • Communicate to inspire (your plaice or mine?)

    cristyburne
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:28 pm
    Yesterday at Scitech nearly 100 science communicators gathered to network, share ideas and hear from some of Australia’s exciting and most influential scientists and communicators. Highlights of the day included an opening address by the funny, inspiring and very switched-on Professor Peter Klinken, WA’s Chief Scientist. 5 quick quotes from Professor Klinken at #comm2inspire: Scientists need to […]
  • HeARTlines, diving for treasure, and digging up dinosaurs

    cristyburne
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:53 am
    How’s 2015 treating you? I’m loving it! I’ve just finished reading The Luminaries, which is AMAZING and totally worth the months of dedicated reading it took me to finish. I’m also: – writing a fast, funny chapter novel (at least my children think it’s funny), – preparing for the 2015 heARTlines festival of children’s literature and […]
  • Takeshita Demons fan art: nukekubi nightmares!

    cristyburne
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:29 am
    How’s your 2015 shaping up? Invented anything crazy yet? I’m writing a manuscript with my five-year-old, which is quite an entertaining process. He has some off-the-wall ideas, which is just what I need for this book! If you’re feeling creative, why not give yourself ten minutes to play on paper. Maybe try drawing something crazy-fun, like these awesome […]
  • 2015: Finish your book or eat grilled crickets

    cristyburne
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    You read it here first: This year I am finally going to finish that book. You know. The one I’ve been writing for THREE YEARS!! It should never have taken this long. I have all the excuses, and it has been a fabulous learning journey, but at the end of the year day, it’s time to […]
  • Diverse books to read in 2015

    cristyburne
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:21 am
    What’s on your reading list for 2015? Any books featuring diverse characters? Julie M. Fiedler recently contacted me about the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award and prepared a fabulous presentation on the award, which is for diversity in children’s fiction, and was won by Takeshita Demons in 2009. Diverse books to read in 2015 In […]
 
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    Leave the Frigging Marshmallows

  • 13 Week Novel--Week 5: Scenes

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:54 pm
    What should scenes do?What do they include?I tend to say that since we have been taking a novel apart and annotating what is going on in each scene,we can easily look at the scenes we have summarized on our note cards and know. We are already so far ahead of anyone who has not taken a novel apart in this way.Go from a skeletal scene to something more fleshy. Image: Kathy on FlickrWhen looking at scenes in the rough draft, I insist that:They have a purpose—How would things change if this scene were cut?The characters each have motivation—generally unspoken.They have conflict or tension…
  • Writing Conference in Tucson

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Arizona writers: There is a writing conference, Pima Writers' Workshop, coming up in Tucson this May. It doesn't get a lot of publicity, but it usually has a slew of agents and all attendees get a manuscript consultation.This conference has a long history and is run by Meg Files who is prominent in the Tucson literary community.Get a foot in the door--check out the Pima Writers' Workshop!
  • 13 Week Novel--Week 4: Exploring Structure

    22 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    Oh god! It can't possibly be done in thirteen weeks! Can it?I, personally, am overwhelmed and behind. I'm beginning to think that I should, at the very least, be one week ahead of you to say what has worked for me. But in truth, what works for me may seem ridiculous to you. And what works for you may be drudgery to me.Get ready to dissect a novel. Image: Arallyn!But anyway, I didn't start one week ahead. So I'm not ahead.And I want to know what is working for you, because maybe then I won't throw the idea out.It also kills me to not write something brilliant and well thought out. If…
  • 13 Week Novel--Week 3 Activities: Plots & Subplots

    17 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    I've got several things on my mind this week. I know I'm late, and it's not from all the issues swimming around in my little human brain. The Tucson Festival of Books wore me out, and I think it added to the ideas lazily backstroking into my consciousness from my subconscious mind. I know you've been keeping up on working through the next 2500 words, though. And I've been thinking.First, about the long novel process.(How unlikely.) I was at the gigantic Tucson Festival of Books. I only got to one panel. I couldn't get into two others because they were so crowded.
  • What I Learned During Week 2: First Chapters & Character-Driven Story

    13 Mar 2015 | 11:13 am
    Week 2 has been a little crazy for me. Teaching, preparing for the Tucson Festival of Books, feeling ill, editing, writing the book, and trying to keep up with this blog. I have mixed feelings about week 2.How did you feel about week 2? I have mixed emotions on the productivity... Image: Soren Rajczyk1. The process of looking at first chapters has been enlightening for me.I have really only read one book at a time and thought about it on its own. I have never read several first chapters, one after the other. Nor have I ever dissected a book, scene by scene, and recorded each scene on a…
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    The International Freelancer

  • 5 Ethical Issues to Consider as a Content Marketing Writer (And How to Avoid Them) (Part 5 of 10)

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:20 am
    There are a few ethical issues to keep in mind as you bring content marketing to your freelancing mix as a journalist. Here are some you’ll need to consider and how to best avoid them. The post 5 Ethical Issues to Consider as a Content Marketing Writer (And How to Avoid Them) (Part 5 of 10) appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • The Best Ways for International Journalists to Find Their Content Marketing Niche (Part 4 of 10)

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The first step towards a career in content marketing writing (or to supplement your existing income with it), is to home in on a content marketing niche. Here are some quick and simple ways to find yours. The post The Best Ways for International Journalists to Find Their Content Marketing Niche (Part 4 of 10) appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • So, How Much Does Content Marketing Writing Really Pay? (Part 3 of 10)

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you want to increase your income as a journalist, doing the same reporting and storytelling work you love, and have been looking for a way to make it regular and sustainable, content marketing writing is the answer. The post So, How Much Does Content Marketing Writing Really Pay? (Part 3 of 10) appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • From Journalism to Content Marketing in 7 Simple Steps (Part 2 of 10)

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you’re a freelance journalist looking to supplement your income (and there’s certainly a lot of money to be made in content marketing, with average rates easily hovering around the $1-a-word mark), content marketing is a fantastic industry to dip your toes in—or go all in! Here’s how you can make the leap from journalism to content marketing in seven simple steps. The post From Journalism to Content Marketing in 7 Simple Steps (Part 2 of 10) appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Content Marketing (Part 1 of 10)

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    I introduced content marketing into my freelancing business last year. And when I did my yearly sums in December, I found—much to my amazement—that my income had doubled from the year before. This extra income was all from the content marketing work. Even better? I’d only spent 20% of my time doing it. The post The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Content Marketing (Part 1 of 10) appeared first on The International Freelancer.
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    Email Marketing Tips

  • New in the AWeber App: Follow Up Stats!

    Kristen Dunleavy
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    You know how you can use the AWeber app to easily check stats on your broadcasts and subscriber engagement, all on one dashboard? We listened to your feedback, and we’re excited to announce that you can now keep tabs on your follow up series, too. Just tap the “Follow Ups” icon within the AWeber app, and you can check open rates on each follow up email. In addition to follow ups, we’ve made it easier to check your sent and scheduled broadcasts too. Just tap “Broadcasts” in the navigation bar. Why keep tabs on your follow up emails? If you’re using a follow up series…
  • Boost Your Subscriber Rate With AddThis + AWeber

    Olivia Dello Buono
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
    So you want to grow your email sign ups and drive traffic to your website (and who doesn’t?), but maybe you’re feeling lost about how or where to start. There’s good news: Lightboxes and welcome bars can be a great addition to your current marketing efforts and they’ll help you do just that! And now there’s an easy way to implement them into your digital marketing toolkit with the AWeber and AddThis integration! Engage Your Audience in Minutes How does it work, you ask? By tapping into the power of your WordPress site, AddThis can help increase your audience engagement and extend…
  • Building Customer Loyalty: 3 Tips To Get Customers To Stay

    Olivia Dello Buono
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    Imagine for a second that the check engine light in your car comes on. It’s time for a tune-up. After a brief Google search, you discover a service station nearby that’s offering a deal for first-time customers — and they have free coffee. Score! You’ve landed on what seems to be a gold mine. Consumers these days know how to find exactly what they’re looking for online. And why shouldn’t they? With a world of information at your fingertips, hunting down the perfect pizza joint, hair salon or coffee shop is easier than ever. Now that consumers have so many options, it can be…
  • The ASCEND 2015 Lineup Is Here

    Olivia Dello Buono
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    We built ASCEND around the modern marketer. The jack-of-all-trades, so to speak. You’ve got your hands in everything from content to SEO, email to social. And you need a conference that can keep up. As self-proclaimed conference junkies, we’ve been there (and have the badges to prove it). We made note of what works and what doesn’t to create that once-in-a-lifetime experience that we would want to attend. We learned a lot hosting our inaugural event last year, and now we’re back to bring you even more of the content you loved. It’s ASCEND 2015. The Lineup What happens when you put…
  • Importing Your Email List Just Got Easier

    Kristen Dunleavy
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    Moving is never easy. From inevitably breaking at least one mug to traumatizing your cat for weeks, moving has a tendency to be a giant headache. The same can be said of moving your email list to a different provider. Importing can be a real hassle, especially if your subscribers are required to reconfirm that they want to continue receiving your emails. You spent a lot of time building that list – you can’t risk breaking anything! Great news: You can now import your subscribers into AWeber without requiring them to opt-in again. Yes, it’s true. You can import your list…
 
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    Robin Writes

  • Prep Monday—Making Lists

    Robin Tidwell
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Good Lord, this is overwhelming! It doesn’t help that I’m trying to finish a new novel and run a business, as well as keep the home fires burning and all that, but every time I think of the new farm, I get a little panicky over everything that needs to be done. Not much, but […]
  • Fan Friday—Repeat Repeat

    Robin Tidwell
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Too redundant? I know, I know, it’s been two weeks since I said “next week,” but you should understand by now that I’m often usually always running behind . . . J So, Abby and Emmy are still at the camp, and David and Jules and EJ are going west, with just a bit of […]
  • Writer Wednesday—The Dreaded Writer’s Block

    Robin Tidwell
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Yes, it’s real. Yes, we all get it from time to time. It can strike at any moment, and last for hours, weeks, or even (gasp) months. But. It does not make you a bad person or even a bad writer. You can start and stop, in spite of what some “experts” say, whenever you […]
  • Prep Monday—Camping

    Robin Tidwell
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    We went camping this weekend, our annual freeze-our-butts-off trip. And of course, we’ll be doing a lot of camping this summer at our new farm, out of necessity while we work on the place. How do you camp? I realize that can be a complicated question, so I’ll go first: I like to camp in […]
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    Karavansara

  • Original, on topic, impossible to misspell

    Davide Mana
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:16 am
    Despite my continuing PC problems, I felt like sharing a good laugh with my readers. Back when I was working on this blog, before launch, I spent some time thinking about the name. The rule of thumb is, give your blog a name that’s original, on-topic and impossible to misspell. It took me some time but finally I hit on a concept (the caravanserai, the place where travellers meet, rest and trade stories) and a suitably original name. Yes, there’s a hotel out there with the same name. And a minimal spelling difference would have taken you to a supplier of belly dance costumes and…
  • In praise of Scrivener (in the face of catastrophe)

    Davide Mana
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    And so my much vexed, five years old PC finally kicked the bucked and went dead on me. Utterly completely dead. Dead dead dead. Which is bad – considering I have a lot of things going right now, and all the work in progress is currently buried in my dead hard disk. It’s still there, mind you, safe and warm. Only, I need a new PC to get to it. But not everything’s lost. Back when my PC started to act up, and right after the open-heart surgery we did on the CPU fan, I decided that better safe than sorry was going to be the name of the game. Scrivener has a simple backup option…
  • More ghosts (and other supernatural things)

    Davide Mana
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:06 pm
    And talking about ghost stories, two big fat books landed on my desk this week. Well, actually one on landed on my Kindle and the other on my desk. The great old Fedogan & Bremer collection Dark Detectives, edited by Stephen Jones, has been recently reissued, both as a paperback and as an ebook. Alas, the new edition does not have the incredible Les Edwards cover, but the contents are all there, and they are simply great – including Kim Newman‘s complete Seven Stars cycle of stories1, and a wealth of other supernatural investigation adventures from an authors roster that…
  • Writing Prompt – Ghost

    Davide Mana
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:03 pm
    As I think I mentioned already, I’ve been thinking about writing a supernatural mystery, maybe a ghost story, something involving an occult detective… a team of occult detectives, actually. See why I haven’t started yet? But the picture above should serve as a fine inspiration, don’t you think?
  • Chapbooks

    Davide Mana
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    One of the best bits of writing is getting a box full of copies of the book. A rather disheveled courier just braved the rain and the wilds of Astigianistan to deliver the first batch of the print run of my essay on geological time, La Misura del Tempo Geologico. The box was in very poor conditions, but the books were fine. The paper version of La Misura del Tempo Geologico is a fine white and blue chapbook. It looks like a copybook and it feels like a copybook, and it’s just great, because it was designed for schools, for teachers and students. In less than one month I’ll be…
 
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    Long Tail Writing

  • The Giant missed step when building a book

    James Livingood
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    So a niche is picked out. The cover is fantastic. The book is ready to be launched and promoted. However, there may be a crucial step that was missed along the way. A step so obvious that forgetting it may […] The post The Giant missed step when building a book appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • Avoid the Writing Glamour With These 7 Steps

    James Livingood
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Writing is far from the glamour most people connect to the profession. Most people have this idea that you expand upon a unique idea to build a story. After a person hits a specific length, they can simply post online […] The post Avoid the Writing Glamour With These 7 Steps appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • 5 Steps to Tame the Writer’s Guilt Monster

    James Livingood
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Building a life writing requires finding some balance. Many writers are bitten by the guilt monster. They may feel they write too much or too little. Finding balance means not spending a bunch of time thinking about writing. In addition, this means […] The post 5 Steps to Tame the Writer’s Guilt Monster appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • Full Time Misc Man: aka Writer

    James Livingood
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    There is a famous quote that a writer lives many lives. In today’s digital economy, this verbiage has never been more true. Beyond the typical writer, I also have to edit, market, build, and keep an eye on publishing details. Those […] The post Full Time Misc Man: aka Writer appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • First book, First day, new author! Think Like a Skinny Person (Lite)

    James Livingood
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    This 99c Kindle is my first book, so I am hoping it does well. In this book I discuss some of the tips that helped me lose 75lbs. Those tips came from skinny people around me. This all started with […] The post First book, First day, new author! Think Like a Skinny Person (Lite) appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
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  • The Past Isn’t Dead . . .

    rolandrhicks
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    I wrote a little about the Hanlin Novels, their titles, and WWI a few days ago. Well, it goes both ways with the Civil War – William and the war as tethered to the past as they are precusor to … Continue reading →
  • That means more inmates. . .

    rolandrhicks
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    “It’s a business,” he says. “And we’re gonna take all the advantage we can to bring in more business if possible. . . That means more inmates.”    ~ Joe Alexandre, mayoral candidate, Raymondville TX I don’t know Joe Alexandre, haven’t seen a picture … Continue reading →
  • The Hanlin Titles

    rolandrhicks
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Now that The Falcon is out, I’ve been asked a few times about the titles of the Hanlin series. I wasn’t going to answer right now – until I read Drew Gilpin Faust’s article yesterday in The Atlantic. In Two … Continue reading →
  • Adventures in Writing . . .

    rolandrhicks
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    If I sell one book for every time I’ve heard: “Wow, you must’ve had so much time to write in prison, I mean, hey, gee, wow, talk about time . . .” with ‘time’ said almost wistfully, I’ll be, well, … Continue reading →
  • Why I Am Editing Out So Many References to Chairs in the Hanlin Novels … And What That Has to Say About the Criminal Justice System

    rolandrhicks
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:58 pm
    I was reading, rereading, editing, and re-editing The Falcon – the second volume of the Hanlin series – when something finally hit me, something that I think I was dimly aware of while editing The Ceremony of Innocence but never quite … Continue reading →
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    The Art of Writing - Austin Miller

  • Animation Guru Pablo Navarro Stops By!

    Austin Miller
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    By Austin MillerA short conversation with Pablo Navarro where we wax nostalgic about Argentina, discuss his current projects, and his moving to Spain.Pablo Navarro is the Character Animator for critically acclaimed films Nocturna (2007) and Chico y Rita (2010).What are you working on currently and are there any projects you'd like to announce?Well, yes fortunately I’m working on something, right now I'm directing the animation for a high quality TV series, micro episodes of one minute each. I usually do not work for TV unless the project is appealing and will have a high standard of…
  • The Grandfather Paradox

    Austin Miller
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Image from Wikimedia For any author or serious student of literature-- it's important to be familiar with the various theories and ideas authors use to explore humanity. For science fiction, the Grandfather Paradox is just that theory. The basic idea is as follows: Image from trinhmanhdo.com Interestingly enough it's not scientists who have conceived of the Grandfather Paradox but a writer in 1943, a thinker by the name of René Barjavel. Now, if you start to study the Grandfather Paradox closely you'll see that there a plethora of…
  • What "The Rat Pack" Can Teach Us About Academic Prose

    Austin Miller
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Image sourced from Agentpalmer.com By Austin MillerThe Rat Pack EffectIf you're anything like me you tend to binge on specific artists. You go through periods, days, weeks, or even months where you become obsessed and want to get your hands on everything X or Y has ever produced. There's no need to feel ashamed of this tendency. For one thing, I believe it's a healthy disease to have, and secondly--it's probably Netflix's fault anyway. As of late, my drug of choice has been none other than The Rat Pack. The Rat Pack (as many of you know) consists of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis…
  • Medium Raw: Food Journalism Done Right

    Austin Miller
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Imaged Sourced from Stovetop Readings By Austin MillerThe well-read journalist and author Anthony Bourdain treats his subjects (which range from his life as a dad to his days as a heroin addict with food somehow always working itself into the conversation) with a sharp and polyphonic rhythm. One moment he's ripping into people like they're shellfish and the next moment he's talking about them with the tender respect and care only a soufflé can demand. Some of you might be familiar with his breakout hit Kitchen Confidential--the memoirs of a young…
  • Jeff Bridges: Sleeping Tapes

    Austin Miller
    4 Feb 2015 | 9:46 pm
    By Austin MillerSometimes it feels like we're lost in Borge's Babylonian Library--where art is a never ending copy of itself throughout the ages. But sometimes something just fresh enough makes us forget where we are, and for a moment we feel as if there's a virgin form of artwork. Behold--Jeff Bridge's Sleeping Tapes.The Sleeping Tapes are a sort of guided meditation into the realm of the unconscious. They are designed to be listened to as you lay in bed trying to go to sleep. Bridges uses a combination of stream of conscious commentary and sounds he records from nature. In the end they are…
 
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    M.C. Simon Writes

  • Master Your Emotional Eating

    M.C. Simon
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Skinny Delicious Series: Master Your Emotional Eating Book Details Title: Master Your Emotional Eating (Free Yourself from Overeating Forever): Your Binge Eating and Compulsive Eating Cure Series: The Skinny Delicious Series Author: Beran Parry Genre: Health and Diet Format:… Read the rest
  • Book IX Child of the Shard

    M.C. Simon
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Orbbelgguren Series: Book IX Child of the Shard Book Details Title: Book IX Child of the Shard Series: Orbbelgguren Series Author: Stephen Christiansen Genre: Fantasy Fiction Format: Ebook (paperback available) Length: 292 pages Publication Date: June 3, 2014 Publisher: Lulu… Read the rest
  • Does Money Make You Rich?

    M.C. Simon
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    There are people who have money. And there are people who are rich. Rich people are happy. But… are those who have money also happy? I am thinking today about happiness, desires and money. We used to think that we… Read the rest
  • Book VIII Eclavarda

    M.C. Simon
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    Orbbelgguren Series: Book VIII Eclavarda Book Details Title: Book VIII Eclavarda Series: Orbbelgguren Series Author: Stephen Christiansen Genre: Fantasy Fiction Format: Ebook (paperback available) Length: 317 pages Publication Date: March 10, 2014 Publisher: Lulu Regular Price: $2.99 for Ebook  … Read the rest
  • Book VII Qu’ellar B’Nossta

    M.C. Simon
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    Orbbelgguren Series: Book VII Qu’ellar B’Nossta Book Details Title: Book VII Qu’ellar B’Nossta Series: Orbbelgguren Series Author: Stephen Christiansen Genre: Fantasy Fiction Format: Ebook (paperback available) Length: 274 pages Publication Date: June 15, 2014 Publisher: Lulu Regular Price: $2.99 for… Read the rest
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    Powerful Views

  • What Color Am I?

    Karan Gandhi
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:23 am
                  What color am I? I blinked an eye Can you notice the hue Do you have any clue?   Come close and see You must look at me Come discern my shade Look what’s portrayed.   You’re green he said No, you are red He’s blue someone shouted It’s yellow undoubted!   They grumbled they fought Their heads went hot They quarreled and teased Their opponents squeezed.   I looked with dismay They were immersed in fray Not ready to blink They just wouldn’t think!   I prayed, please halt It’s all my fault! Come close,…
  • Just look at me Smile

    Karan Gandhi
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:26 am
    The trials & tribulations The never ending inflation The tension the worry Amidst the flurry! The sickness, this disease The cough & the sneeze Where shall I flee? To set myself free! O, what shall I do? In this world untrue O, where shall I go? For life to bestow! They said, just smile Try it for a while Just say ‘Cheese’ And you’ll find all your keys! Does it work, I enquired Is it really required? I was in depression Asked irrelevant questions! But try, I must Lest life turn to rust Let’s give it a shot To untie this knot. I arose and smiled Squealed like a child I…
  • Let Life Take Over…

    Karan Gandhi
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    The pressures this trauma The anxiety and the drama, The fast local trains Humongous traffic in by-lanes. Where should I run To get a glimpse of the sun, Where must I flee For fresh air to breathe! At the sea shore My heart I pour, My legs you caress You speak to my stress. A tinge of white and blue Kissing the golden hue, Be it morning or night What a pretty sight! Come touch the sea It’s glory you must see, Come and surrender Feel the breeze tender. Within the wet sands In natures hands, Come, look at the grace Let nature embrace. Far from the towers The political powers, Distant from the…
  • Beautiful Blue Eyes

    Karan Gandhi
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Beautiful blue eyes Looking to the skies Seeking relief I am done with grief! Masked in blue jeans Driving to lush greens Time to ponder I will not wander. Be still my soul While I am sole Blessings of the world Come to me twirled. Time to introspect Back in retrospect Thank the creation For this incarnation. In moments spare I’ll continue to stare The universe profound With miracles abound. Nothing to complain Or swear in vain Give thanks and be wise Through my blue eyes!Filed under: Photoliscious, Poet In Me Tagged: blue, eyes, Photography, poetry
  • Neon Dreams

    Karan Gandhi
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:17 pm
    New strengths and fresh thoughts emanate in a New Year. I am pleased to introduce a novel and innovative section to this blog – called “Guest Articles” at the advent of 2015. These articles would be contributed/ written by fellow bloggers from the Blogosphere. I am glad to present the first post in this category ‘Neon Dreams’ written by a dear friend, Biswadarshan Mohanty. Biswadarshan is a freelance writer based in Dubai. He writes fiction, poetry and travel narratives. He derives his inspiration from his travel experiences.   Neon Dreams Dreams shattered, it mattered…
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    InkCrafts

  • An Interview with Brian Scott of FreelanceWriting.com

    Sania Lali
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    Brian Scott is the mastermind behind Freelance Writing, one of the most helpful websites I’ve come across on the internet about online money making. His blog not only includes the latest paid writing opportunities but also offers great advice and tips on writing and earning money online. Recently, I decided to interview Brian Scott to learn more [...] The post An Interview with Brian Scott of FreelanceWriting.com appeared first on InkCrafts.
  • A Simple Guide to Writing Irresistible Query Letters

    Sania Lali
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:18 am
    Admit it. You’ve seen other people’s guest posts and articles published on high authority sites and thought: “One day, that will be me.” After all, you’re a great writer. You can write awesome articles. But for some reason, your query letter never gets a response. You’ve always wondered what it takes to get your pitch [...] The post A Simple Guide to Writing Irresistible Query Letters appeared first on InkCrafts.
  • How to Start a Profitable Blog in 6 Easy Steps

    Sania Lali
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:46 am
    You know, most people take blogging as a joke, right? They think it’s just a hobby or a fad. If you try to tell them you can make money blogging, they just nod skeptically and say, “Sure, give it a try.” It’s not that these people don’t want you to chase your dreams. They do. [...] The post How to Start a Profitable Blog in 6 Easy Steps appeared first on InkCrafts.
  • Are You Making these 7 Job Application Mistakes?

    Sania Lali
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:38 am
    Let’s face it. Nobody wants to go through hundreds of resumes when hiring. It’s a tedious and time consuming job and most hiring managers want to get it over with as soon as possible. That’s why most resumes end up in the garbage after just a glance. In this post, I’ going to discuss some [...] The post Are You Making these 7 Job Application Mistakes? appeared first on InkCrafts.
  • 3 Ways Your Writing Skills Can Make You Rich in 2015

    Sania Lali
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:29 am
    How many of you have resolved to dedicate more time to writing in 2015? I definitely have. And when writing is your profession like it is mine, more writing means more money. So if you’re planning to use your writing talents to earn money in 2015, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, I’m going [...] The post 3 Ways Your Writing Skills Can Make You Rich in 2015 appeared first on InkCrafts.
 
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    Write to Done

  • Inspiration for Writing: 10 Quotes to Get Your Juices Flowing

    Mary Jaksch
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:52 pm
     If your inspiration for writing isn’t flowing, gaze at each of these ten quotes.Let your mind roam free and they will trigger ideas and inspire you.As the quote by Thomas Merton above implies, we both find ourselves and lose ourselves in the creative process.And it takes courage. Writing takes courage.  Writing changes us.Each idea, each sentence we write changes us, because awareness is irreversible. But what about the people around us who tell us that we can’t do it, that we should set our sights lower?Mark Twain says:Keep away from people who try to…
  • Writing Prompt Challenge: Why is She Fleeing?

    Mary Jaksch
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Why is she fleeing?Can you come up with a mini-story of not more than 350 words?In case you’re not familiar with our Writing Prompt Challenge here’s how it works:We set the sceneYou make it your own, andShare your creation in the comments section of this post Now for the ground rules:Your story must be 350 words or less.Your work must be original and not previously published.WTD provides an encouraging and safe environment for writers to grow and learn from each other. We’d love you to comment on other people’s submissions in a friendly and supportive manner.This month’s…
  • 10 Tools to Help You Keep Writing

    Pooja Lohana
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    Do you rush to your writing desk when inspiration hits you?Of course you do!The muse has arrived.But, inevitably, the muse will depart, and leave you feeling deflated.Now all you have is the blank computer screen.How do you keep writing?A coffee fix to come unstuck? Visit Twitter? Or follow some new friends on Instagram?Such distractions may help, but when it comes to getting you back in the zone, these can be huge time-wasters, leading you into a downward spiral.You need more than a distraction to get back, and keep writing.Here’s a list of online tools for the busy and serious…
  • What Are YOU Writing?

    Mary Jaksch
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:04 pm
    What are you working on right now?We’d love to know here at WritetoDone!A novel? A blog post? Your best article ever? A poem? A film script?Maybe you’ve just finished something you’re really proud of? Or you just can’t tell whether it should get a Pulitzer or be thrown into the trash?Here’s your chance to share and discuss with each other what you’re writing about.Whet our appetite with the opening paragraph of your future bestseller or give us a link to your best article.Tell us: what are you writing at the moment?Who knows, your piece might even attract…
  • How to Always Have a Bagful of Exciting Writing Ideas

    Tal Valante
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    How intimately do you know the blank, virginal screen?Do you have a love-hate relationship with it?On the one hand are many writing options, waiting to unfold.On the other, a dread of the unknown that freezes your fingers.And always, that vast, nagging question: what shall I write about?Take heart!You’re surrounded by brilliant writing ideas waiting only for you to grab them and transform them into riveting pieces.Whether you write a blog, fiction, or non-fiction, inspiration is all around you. Here are some ways to make your daily life an endless source of writing ideas.1. Mix Up…
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  • How Spiderman Almost Became Homeless

    Joel Mark Harris
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
        In the mid-90s Marvel Comics, the company responsible for, Spiderman, Iron Man, Wolverine, and Captain America went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.   It was partly due to mismanagement and partly due to the slumping industry   A new company bought Marvel Comics and formed Marvel Enterprise.   They decided to diversify but the most important decision they made was to reboot their franchises using Hollywood. They started with Men In Black, Blade, and then Spiderman.   You would have
  • Do You Have a High Creative Quotient?

    Joel Mark Harris
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
      Human beings are naturally creative so it’s funny that most companies try to stiffer that creativity with rules and regulations. This often leads to what I call the ‘Zombie syndrome’ where a company hires a person’s body but not their mind.   Most companies do this unintentionally of course, but people who aren’t allowed to express their creativity at work become disengaged and alienated from management. They feel their opinions or feelings don’t’ really matter.   Creative expression doesn’t
  • 5 Things House of Cards Can Teach You

    Joel Mark Harris
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
      Not only has House of Cards been a phenomenon success since it debuted in 2013, but it has also paved the way for a new type of on-demand viewing experience and has helped popularize the concept of ‘binge watching’.   But in addition to being great drama, we can also learn how to be successful and achieve our goals   The main character, Frank Underwood, wants to become President of the United States. It his single ambition. He craves power over everything else.   One Ring to Rule Them All   In
  • Why Failure Is Important

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
      In a high school in North Carolina, a young man got cut from his basketball team. Determined to show the coaches he belonged, he played for the junior varsity team and averaged 40 points a game. Over the summer, he worked on his shooting and dribbling, and hit the gym constantly.  When he returned next year, he had grown 4 inches. But something else had changed too.   Being cut had a huge impact on this young man. He learned about adversity and about coming back and training harder.  He
  • The One Thing More Important Than Skill Or Knowledge

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
      In 1995, the year Toy Story was released, Pixar pulled off a brilliant putsch. It was orchestrated by Steve Jobs who planned everything brilliantly.   Pixar had a 3 picture deal with Disney but Jobs, knowing that if Toy Story was successful, Disney would want to prevent the upstart company from becoming a serious competitor. They would do this by keeping Pixar under their thumb, subservient to them.   Jobs, of course, didn’t want to play second fiddle to anyone. He wanted Pixar to have freedom
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    Text and Academic Authors Association Blog

  • Busy TAA People: Bill Koenecke forms local writing group

    Kim Pawlak
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    After learning that there was no local writing group in Murray, Kentucky, retired Murray State University professor and aspiring textbook author William Koenecke decided to start his own. His first writing group meeting, held Sunday, March 15, attracted 26 authors or aspiring authors, many more than the 5-10 he was expecting. “We had ‘tons’ of questions during our first meeting, which lasted an hour and 15 minutes,” he said. “One piece of luck is that many of the people who attended Sunday’s meeting have MUCH more expertise and experience in writing and…
  • Refusal to publish: What you need to know

    Libby Becker
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    What would you do if your textbook publisher asked you to work on a 3rd edition of your textbook only to have them tell you they won’t publish it after you’ve worked on revisions for 14 months? That’s exactly what happened to TAA member and textbook author, Phil Tate. His publisher, McGraw-Hill, asked him to author a 3rd edition of his textbook. After working 14 months on the project and having a first draft of the text submitted to McGraw-Hill, Tate was told his book project was on “pause.” This meant his book was neither being cancelled nor was it being published. Ten months later…
  • The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: March 27, 2015

    Libby Becker
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    “You can’t think yourself out of a writing block; you have to write yourself out of a thinking block.” ~John Rogers At first thought, I had mixed feelings about Rogers’ statement, thinking that at times it’s nearly impossible to find the right words to get them down on the page. Then it struck me. The thinking is precisely the thing that often gets in my way of getting those words down. My mind is trying to get it just right before allowing my fingers to type the words. I get lost in my head and that causes me to get stuck. Do you find that this too is what happens to you? Do you…
  • Time to line up for TAA’s 28th Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference

    Maureen Foerster
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    The Text and Academic Authors Association’s annual conference is fast approaching. The two-day event will be held June 19-20, 2015 at The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino, & Spa. Get in line and take advantage of the early registration rates available through May 1. All rates increase by $50 starting May 2. Don’t miss out on this outstanding program.
  • How to write a great manuscript cover letter

    Amy Benson Brown, Academic Coaching & Writing
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    Writing a compelling cover letter to submit with your manuscript is more important than most authors realize. After all, publishing, at its core, is still a business built on relationships. Tailoring your cover letter to the interests of the acquisition editor makes a good first impression. This is especially important if you have not had the opportunity to meet the editor at a conference or in some other venue. Ironically, part of the power of a brief cover letter also relates to its short length. In this age of information overload, short pieces of writing have an impact disproportionate to…
 
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  • Writing Your Own Content? Have a Friend Look at It.

    Angie Papple Johnston
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    It’s not uncommon for business owners to write their own website content. Of course, I don’t want them to (for obvious reasons) — but sometimes hiring a copywriter just isn’t in the budget. That’s okay. We all had to start somewhere. But don’t overlook this one very important piece of advice: If you are writing your own content, get someone else to look at it before you publish it. Maybe you wrote “the the” or made a glaring grammatical error. Perhaps you used the wrong your or you’re. Maybe you didn’t make any technical mistakes at…
  • Should You Use Free Articles on Your Website?

    Angie Papple Johnston
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    There are a lot of tempting deals out there, and using free articles is one of them. If your business doesn’t have the budget to build out your website content, but you know you need pages (you do!), it might seem like a good idea to populate your site with freebies. Let me put it bluntly: you’d be better off putting nothing at all on your website. You’d be better off writing it yourself (even if you’re a terrible writer). Here’s why. Free Articles for Your Website Have Hidden Costs Things that are published on the Internet are time- and date-stamped.
  • How to Add, Change and Remove Due Dates on Trello Cards

    Angie Papple Johnston
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Adding Due Dates on Trello Cards 1. Open the card 2. Click “Due Date” 3. Choose your due date 4. Click “Save Changing Due Dates on Trello Cards 1. Open the card 2. Click “Due Date” 3. Select another due date by clicking on it 4. Click “Save” Removing Due Dates on Trello Cards 1. Open the card 2. Click “Due Date” 3. Click “Remove” in the lower right corner of the pop-up The post How to Add, Change and Remove Due Dates on Trello Cards appeared first on Unique Web Copy.
  • Trello Shortcuts: How to Add a Due Date and Labels to Trello Cards (VIDEO)

    Angie Papple Johnston
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Trello Shortcuts: How to Add a Due Date and Labels to Trello Cards Due dates: Hover your mouse over the card you want to edit. Press “D” on your keyboard. The “Due Date” calendar will pop up. Click your due date and click “Save.” Labels: Hover your mouse over the card you want to edit. Press “L” on your keyboard. Your labels will pop up. Select your label and exit the pop-up by clicking the “X” in the top right corner. The post Trello Shortcuts: How to Add a Due Date and Labels to Trello Cards (VIDEO) appeared first on Unique Web…
  • How to Add and Remove Attachments to Cards on Trello

    Angie Papple Johnston
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    How to Add and Remove Attachments to Cards on Trello 1. Open the card 2. Click “Attachments” 3. Select the drive where your documents are stored 4.Click your document in the drive 5. Click “Open” Another Way to Add Attachments to Cards on Trello 1. Open the card 2. Open your “File Explorer” folder 3. Select the file from the appropriate folder 4. Left-click and hold the file 5. Drag the file to the Trello card 6. Drop How to Remove an Attachment from a Trello Card Open the card. When you see the file on your card, click “Remove.” The post How to…
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    Edit911 Editing Service

  • Top 10 Editing Tricks of the Trade

    Edit911
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    This is my own personal list. Every editor has his own list, but the following are my tried and true tricks of the trade.1. Examine the paper’s general settings.These are things such as page size, margins, spacing, font, font size, etc. Many of these items are so much easier to take care of first. Plus, if you have on Track Changes, changing some of these general settings for an entire paper will create a plethora of notations that will slow down your editing. 2. Use Track Changes. The aforementioned Track Changes (under the Tools drop down menu in Microsoft Word) is the most useful…
  • 10 Surefire Tips for Securing Capital Investment

    Edit911
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    1) Protect your idea with a patent/copyright/trademark. Depending on your business venture, you will need to take precautionary steps to protect your idea. This may involve filing a patent, copyright, or trademark. In any of these cases, it is important that you develop quality documents, easy to read figures, tables, and graphics so that the reviewer can determine the merit of your work. Venture capital investors may want to review these documents and along with your business plan, this might be the first impression of you and your capabilities. Please remember that these protections do not…
  • 8 Great Reasons to Journal

    Edit911
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    In our fast-paced high-tech world, journaling may be one of the best ways to gain perspective and peace of mind. Whether you write in a beautiful leather-bound notebook or on the latest tablet, expressing your thoughts can lead to insights that you might not discover otherwise—or, at least, not as quickly.1. Journaling allows us to reflect.The fast pace of our society often prevents us from taking time to think and to see exactly where we fit in to what is going on around us. Journaling helps us slow down to consider who we are, what we’ve done, and where we want to go.2. Journaling…
  • Edit911 Review of Guy Kawasaki’s The Art of the Start 2.0

    Marc Baldwin
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Starting a business? Thinking of starting a business? Started a business but need some or a lot of guidance and advice? Are you an entrepreneur or have a burning desire to become one? Then Guy Kawasaki’s The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested and Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything is the definitive manual for you.Waste not another minute in getting and gobbling up this completely rethought and revised edition of Guy’s 2004 bestseller of the same name. You can turn the pages of this guidebook into your roadmap for starting or building your business, and realizing your…
  • 5 Keys to Writing a Great Press Release

    Edit911
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Whether you’re an entrepreneur, business leader, non-profit organizer, community activist, inventor, or author, at some point you’ll need to write a press release. A Press Release is the perfect tool that lets the outside world communicate with those who distribute news. A well-written press release is an effective tool that contributes to your promotional success.It’s important to remember that your press release will be edited or changed somewhat. A press release in and of itself is not news–rather, it carries news. Your goal in sending a press release is to gain…
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    Nelson Lowhim; Writer's Muse

  • Art as Life

    nlo
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Ah, spring in the NW, where the sunsets emit a warmth and subtly that hints at the better weather to come. As I stare at the sepia-toned dusk, rain falling instead of crystals, I think on an event that happened a long time ago, in the brittle air of winter. It was an odd event, and one I would rather forget, but light has a way of evoking certain moods, doesn't it?I'm not sure how we met, but there was a latent sparkle of hate between us. You simply know when you don't care for another person's worldview. Nevertheless, this made for some lively and contentious discussions. I think it started…
  • MFA programs. And what they create.

    nlo
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    So the internet is abuzz with the latest literary controversy. As per the controversy, the people attacking it are hardly adding to the debate. Rather it's about personal screes (and oh aren't those addicting?) and people staking their tribal flags. What I've mainly seen—besides the reactions from those directly affected—are people who think it horrendous that he's teaching his MFA students in such a crass manner, and people who think that he's spot on. These views either hold contempt for those who take the MFA route or reject most of the doubt thrown at the students taking the MFA…
  • [OM] Internet Narratives (part 3); 3 ways to limit Comment decay

    nlo
    14 Mar 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Not really part 3 but rather part four or five or more. I have a guest post by English and more versions of what is possible, to include a video game, the creation of fractal never-ending stories (check out my own ongoing project to create something infinite) and the possible death of life for writers like myself: the creation of programs that will write more (quality and quantity-wise) than us. I've talked about the nature of narratives today in a reply to what Franzen was saying about the paucity of potential in the internet. Indeed, for anyone with a grain of imagination, there is much…
  • Familial Madness 2

    nlo
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:45 pm
    And now we see the end or perhaps the beginning of the end that we never saw before.  Enjoyed the writing? Here's a tip jar! Then Subscribe to my mailing list indicates requiredEmail Address First Name Last Name Email Format htmltextmobile
  • Familial Madness

    nlo
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:41 pm
    I'm sorry to have to do this, but with the creation of a fractal story of my own, with Familial madness now destined to be a never ending story, I will have to create story after story that will be able to encompass this entire world. What else does one do then? Well, I need these posts about me to one day become part of that story. You will be seeing more of these.To all my readers: I am still editing with and dealing with the latest novel. I will be working on When Gods Fail IV to that end and will hopefully wrap up that series as soon as I can. All the best.  Enjoyed the writing?
 
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  • Write On Target

    Judith Gaines
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Writers seem to have a natural ability to beat themselves up when they are slow to show progress on a story or novel. There’s a lot to overcome along the way: Finding time Fighting doubts that make you hesitate with each word Discouragement when it seems to be taking too long and your other writer friends are turning … Continue reading Write On Target →
  • Rewarding Readers

    Judith Gaines
    7 Mar 2015 | 7:28 pm
    DIY Book Marketing The landscape of selling and promoting books is littered with advice, often in conflict with itself and often with strong opinions. Frankly, there’s a lot of ways of doing things right, but keep in mind that what works for one author or book may not work for you and your books. So … Continue reading Rewarding Readers →
  • Time Stand Still

    Judith Gaines
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:54 pm
    “Freeze this moment a little bit longer. Make each impression a little bit stronger.” ~ Rush I love traveling and any place I visit is open game as a story setting. The tricky part is holding onto the details that once positioned into your story bring it to life for readers. Studies show that when you … Continue reading Time Stand Still →
  • DIY Book Marketing – Editorial Calendars

    Judith Gaines
    7 Feb 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Calendars have been around for thousands of years. We’ve used them since before kindergarten to track holidays and count birthdays, then graduated to day planners and mobile phones with pop-up reminders. We have no excuse for not knowing the day of the week and month and what we need to do. Calendars help us make order out … Continue reading DIY Book Marketing – Editorial Calendars →
  • Content Curation

    Judith Gaines
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    DIY Book Marketing Now that you’ve gotten to know your audience by looking at their interests in your Twitter Analytics and chatting via social media, it’s time to give the relationship more value. This is where curating content to share is a win-win proposition. Blogs and social media posts demand a lot of content and if you … Continue reading Content Curation →
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    Author Unlimited

  • Brain Food for Writers: 6 Healthy Snack Suggestions

    cathy presland
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    A Writer’s Best Friend: Snack Food for Your Body and Your Brain That awkward space between lunch and dinner can be hell for those of us who work at home. Temptation rules and not everything in the kitchen is healthy. You know the drill: your stomach grumbles, your mouth waters, and your mind wanders. All you want to do is get up, walk around and rummage through the fridge for your tastiest snack to take your mind off your writing. Writing snacks are a favourite ritual for many writers – preparing your snack, taking it to your desk and feeling your body refuel and gear back up again –…
  • 5 Unexpected Benefits Of Writing A Journal

    cathy presland
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    The benefits of writing a journal I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train. So said Oscar Wilde. But the reasons to write regularly far outweigh amusement value. It’s proven to be good for us — in life and also, of course, for our writing. And if it’s good enough for Maya Angelou, Stephen King, Susan Sontag, Richard Branson, Warren Buffet, and the productivity-obsessed Benjamin Franklin… then it should be good enough for you. You are a writer While you may not be a full-time ‘writer’, you definitely…
  • 27 Tried and Tested Tips To Enhance Your Self-Publishing Success

    cathy presland
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    This is a guest post by Sarah Juckes, the Communications Manager for Completely Novel, a professional self-publishing platform that specialises in high-quality print books and advice for authors. There is no magic formula to self-publishing success There is no one single route to overnight success for a self-published book (sorry!), but there are many things an author can do to ensure that your book has the best chance of success. After supporting hundreds of authors publish their book at Completely Novel, I’ve spotted 27 things that most successful authors do. Success leaves traces,…
  • 3 Ways To Monetise Your Book With Speaking Events

    cathy presland
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    Monetise your book with speaking You’re an author, you’ve started speaking, but what’s the protocol for pitching your book, and how do you monetise the events you’re speaking at — especially when you’re just starting out? These are all good questions and speaking is usually at the top, or close to the top, of the ambitions of the authors who come to work with me. And once you have that book, what are the different ways you can use it to bring people back to your business? 1. Your Own Events This is what most of my clients do. The have larger or smaller…
  • 6 Simple Steps To Get Started With YouTube Marketing

    cathy presland
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    A video channel? Thanks, but no thanks… The suggestion that you, a serious author, should start and maintain a YouTube channel is often met with a strange look and not a small amount of disbelief. Of course, you understand the concept of social media and marketing your book and your business, making connections and getting noticed, but video?  That’s a different kettle of fish. If you’re a writer, you write. Right? Wrong. If you’re a writer, you are turning what you know, your ideas and what you have experienced, into content that can be bought and enjoyed by the reader.
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    Inklined

  • 10 Books with Criminally Awesome Characters

    Sarah Faulkner
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    It is probably no secret that I love me a good criminal. Books about outlaws, criminals, spies, thieves, scoundrels, or anything of that sort are my favorite! This link-up is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but this post was directly inspired by Paper Fury's similar post.Honorable Mentions:The Last Knight by Hilari BellThis is the story about a knight who forces a thief to help him on all sorts of adventure. It is great! I haven't read it in a while, but I think it deserves some re-reading.Poison Study by Maria V. SnyderThis book starts out with our main character in the dungeon. She has…
  • Don't Write What You Know

    Sarah Faulkner
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    [photo credit]Sometimes I hear writing advice that is fantastic!  And sometimes I hear more popular advice that seems totally off base to me.  One piece of advice that fits the later category is"Write what you know." But think about that for a minute.If every writer only wrote what they knew, we wouldn't have science fiction or fantasy novels. Those are two of my favorite types of novels. Think of the genres and wonderful novels the "Write what you know," rule would have put an end to!Then I heard another interpretation of that rule. It said you don't have to write what you know,…
  • Getting Into the Writing Zone ||| Guest Post

    Sarah Faulkner
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Hey everyone! You might remember that in my last post I mentioned that Andrea Marie had approached me and asked if she could write a guest post for Inklined. Well, she's here today, so everyone please give her a warm Inklined welcome, and don't forget to check out her blog, where you will find a guest post I wrote.Andrea Marie onGetting Into the Writing ZoneHey guys! This is my very first time guest posting, and I’m especially stoked since this is for Inklined, an amazing writing blog! Anyway, I am here to talk about Getting into the Writing Zone, which is what I call that period of time…
  • On Approachability || Being a Public Figure Online

    Sarah Faulkner
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:31 am
    I've been blogging for three years. During that time, I've gained 121 followers and published 215 posts. In my eyes, I'm just this teenage girl with big dreams and internet access. It still floors me that people read my blog! I average 5-7 comments per post. I am by no means an internet celebrity.And yet, when I look back at the blogs I loved before I started blogging, I'm shocked. I have more followers now than my favorite blog, Go Teen Writers, did when I started reading it. The blogger I most looked up to when I started blogging, Lily for Lily's Notes in the Margins, is now my closest…
  • Epic Reads Tag || Blogging Rebel

    Sarah Faulkner
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    So in case you don't know, Epic Reads is a Youtube channel and website that is basically HaperCollins Teen interactive advertising. On their Youtube channel, they created a tag for Booktubers(basically book bloggers, accept on Youtube so larger audience.)  I saw the tag and thought it looked awesome. But I don't make videos. I have a list of about 7 things I have to have done before I can make a vlog. I haven't completed the items.So I decided to bring the tag to the book blogging world, because I am a rebel like that.Epic Reads Book TagQuestion 1If you could invite one author and one of…
 
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    Inward-Facing Writers

  • Guest Post: The 20-Something Introvert #mondayblogs

    Guest Writer
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:09 pm
    By Reece from  AdventuresofReece.com Let me ask you something. When you were a teenager, did being an introvert makes people think you were a bit strange, or did they think that you’d grow out of it? It’s almost excused- oh, you’ll be fine. You just need to grow into an extrovert, and that’ll happen when you leave home, so don’t worry about it for now. Because we all know that’s how personalities work, they can be ‘fixed’ over time. Except that yours doesn’t need fixing because there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. How about when you’re in your 20s? I don’t know…
  • The 4 Unavoidable Stages of a Writer’s Voice #freebook

    JELindholm
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    There’s an old saying I just made up:  writer’s voices are like favorite woodwind instruments, everybody’s got one. (Since your wondering:   bassoon #iknowright) He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking, Leo Tolstoy    Anna Karenina If you have only recently shoved off on your writing career, you might still be trying to find your voice (and if this is the case, please read all the way to the end of this post for a very special free offer).  And before you get the…
  • Guest Post: Taxed

    Eric Pseja
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Jack tilted his head to one side, depositing it into the cradle that was his right palm held aloft by an albow on the table. This was his de facto “woe is me” pose, one he honed to pity-party perfection. If Oscars were given for dejection, he most certainly would have had a few on the mantle. But then again, winning even one would have robbed him of the proper motivation that allowed him to excel at developing his dingy gray funk. His hand slid up, over and through his hair. It would most certainly have gotten tangled were it not for the sheen of oil that came from being too…
  • Call for a Good Guest Post!

    JELindholm
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Inward-Facing Writers was conceived as a place for all writers to express their opinions and display their art.  Of course there is a focus on introverts, highly sensitive people, shy folks and the like.  But ultimately the floor is open to all. So far I’ve had awesome short stories, fantastic reflections, an entire chapter of a great new book, and even an article on the difference between introverts and extroverts in Finland! Isn’t it time you submitted your guest post? GO HERE FOR DETAILS The post Call for a Good Guest Post! appeared first on Inward-Facing Writers.
  • The Inward-Facing Reader #writing #feedback

    JELindholm
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:10 pm
    THE INWARD-FACING READER (Writing Feedback) I had a friend in high school who I could always talk to (I bet you did too).  This was before cell phones, before the internet, so we would talk on the phone (of the landline variety) or I would trek over to her house.  We both understood that whatever was said between us was not meant for anybody else to hear. We got each other through some tough times.  We navigated the same locker-filled, bully-burdened, pothole-pocked hallway of teenage life. Together. I’m certain it helped shape the person I am today. What if you could have the same thing…
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  • Ruin Your Favorite Poem in Two Words or Less

    zag102
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    Stop what you’re doin, cause I’m about to ruin, your favorite poems in two words or less. Not unlike DNA or mid-game Jenga every word in a poem is carefully placed such that even the slightest change can drastically alter everything. Words are important. Words matter. To demonstrate… Title: A Dream Deferred Author: Langston Hughes Words Changed: dream, sun What happens to a fart deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the bum? Or fester like a sore– And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over– like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags…
  • Hipsters and Jocks: Two Cliques and the Folly of Cliques in General

    zag102
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    In the high school lunch room of life there are two groups I would argue are among the most hated. These two groups are those that if all other groups were asked who they find most annoying would probably appear in the most top 3s. There’s no polling on this issue (I’ve looked) but it’s not unreasonable to think this is true. Anecdotally, in my travels as a social group day walker I’ve found two groups, jocks and hipsters, more often the target of irrational hatred than any other group. So let’s take a moment to analyze these groups and try to figure this out. First let me explain…
  • Stop Calling It Caving: How Democratic Reactions to the DHS Resolution Are Counterproductive

    zag102
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    So Republicans failed, they gave in, they gave up, they caved, they blew it, they wussed out like a bunch of cowards. At least that’s how a lot liberal news outlets treated it when Republicans decided not to shut down the Department of Homeland Security for a side issue. Huffington Post described Speaker Boehner’s actions as, “blinking.” Slate described a scenario where Republicans, “cave” which is a scenario that is good for every single person in America. This is sadly the same descriptions used by the most radical and destructive Tea Partiers and far right…
  • Captain’s Log: Space Travel is Gross

    zag102
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Captain’s Log 137, 138, 139, and 140 -Captain Harris 137 - We’ve been touched by the brown demon. It is loose upon the ship. The entire mission is at risk. As you know  my two companions, Ivan and Doug, and I, Captain Harris, are on a mission to Mars. We seek to reach the red planet but through our own carelessness have unleashed a ferocious and mushy, yet solid in its core like a medium steak turned inside out (metaphorically and perhaps literally), wrench into the gears of our trip. I have always dreamed of going to space. As a young child it seemed the most heroic and worthwhile…
  • Why People Don’t Like the New Star Wars Movies

    zag102
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    Star Wars is one of the most financially successful, innovative, and significant film franchises of all time. The first three released, actually the fourth, fifth, and sixth episodes, are undeniable classics, giants in the history of cinema and storytelling both here and abroad. The movies alone have generated over 4 billion dollars in just movie ticket sales, another 3 billion just from DVDs. They’ve spawned toys, video games, television shows, and books. It has also led to a strong and devoted fans base. But that is not what this is about. This is about the dark side. Star Wars fans,…
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