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  • Why The Right Word Choices Result in Better Writing

    Writing Forward
    Melissa Donovan
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Find out how the right word choices result in better writing. Have you ever read a sentence and wondered what it was trying to say? Ever gotten hung up on a word that felt out of place because the meaning of the word didn’t fit the context? When was the last time you spotted a word that was unnecessarily repeated throughout a page, chapter, or book? There are two sides to any piece of writing. The first is the message, idea, or story. The other side is the craft of stringing words together into sentences and using sentences to build paragraphs. Adept writing flows smoothy and makes…
  • Write Articles That People Want to Read

    Writeaholic Inspiration
    Ruth Barringham
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Saying that you should only write articles that people want to read sounds like common sense, doesn't it?Yet it's surprising how many people don't do it.There are 3 things that your article needs if you want people to read it.Read more »
  • Writing Tips: Show, Don’t Tell

    Writing Forward
    Melissa Donovan
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Show, don’t tell — what does that mean? The first time I heard the advice “Show, don’t tell,” I was young and it confused me. Show what? Isn’t writing all about telling a story? At the time, I shrugged it off as some kind of mysterious double-talk, but the phrase kept popping up: show, don’t tell. It rolled off my teachers’ tongues. I spotted it in books and articles on the craft of writing. A couple of times, it appeared in red on my papers with an arrow pointing to a specific sentence or paragraph. Then, I took a poetry class and had a big…
  • Pronoun Review #1: Reflexive Pronouns

    Daily Writing Tips
    Maeve Maddox
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:36 pm
    The English reflexive pronouns are: Singular: myself, yourself, himself/herself/itself Plural: ourselves, yourselves, themselves They are called “reflexive” because they reflect or restate another noun or pronoun that has already been stated. (In the case of an imperative sentence, the pronoun You is understood: “[You] Watch yourself on the ice!”) Reflexive pronouns are used as direct and indirect objects when the object is the same as the subject of the verb: I hurt myself when I fell. (direct object of hurt; restates the subject I.) You must tell yourself not to forget her birthday.
  • Why Copyblogger Is Killing Its Facebook Page

    Copyblogger
    Erika Napoletano
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever stared at something, knowing you’re doing everything right, but it still won’t … freaking … work? That’s how Copyblogger has felt about its Facebook page for quite some time. As of today, the page has 38,000 “fans,” but Copyblogger’s presence on Facebook has not been beneficial for the brand or its audience. Just over three months ago, Brian Clark reached out to me for some extra help on the page. He thought that, given the success I have with my own Facebook page, several others I’ve managed for clients over the years, and…
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    Advice to Writers

  • Everything Becomes Agitated

    JW
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Everything becomes agitated. Ideas quick-march into motion like battalions of a grand army to its legendary fighting ground, and the battle rages. Memories charge in, bright flags on high; the cavalry of metaphor deploys with a magnificent gallop; the artillery of logic rushes up with clattering wagons and cartridges; on imagination's orders, sharpshooters sight and fire; forms and shapes and characters rear up; the paper is spread with ink—for the nightly labor begins and ends with torrents of this black water, as a battle opens and concludes with black powder. HONORÉ DE BALZAC
  • It Is People's Secrets We Want to Know

    JW
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    God preserve us from writers who regurgitate what they have learnt from books! It is people’s secrets we want to know -- it is the natural history of the human heart that we have been trying to put down for a thousand years and everyone must and can leave their contribution. AUGUST STRINDBERG
  • You Have to Have Trouble

    JW
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    It’s very hard to write about that which is always beautiful and pleasant and good. You don’t get anywhere with it. There’s no friction in it. There’s no trouble. You have to have trouble. Somebody’s got to get in trouble, or no one wants to read it. PAUL BOWLES
  • You Must Have A Sacred Place

    JW
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen. JOSEPH CAMPBELL
  • All Writers Are Mystery Writers

    JW
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:09 pm
    All writers are mystery writers. We may not employ detectives in our work, but as seekers of guilty parties, we can identify with Nick Charles, Sam Spade, Lew Archer, Miss Marple and the rest. Like them, we muck about in a world studded with clues, neck-deep in motives. Like them, we falter in our investigations and follow wrong leads. We are foolhardy, preposterous, nosy, irritating. No one wants us around. We work alone, yet like Sam Spade, we operate within a tradition of our own, of which we are respectfully aware. Write and you are in the company of all who have written before you. Only…
 
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    Daily Writing Tips

  • Pronoun Review #1: Reflexive Pronouns

    Maeve Maddox
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:36 pm
    The English reflexive pronouns are: Singular: myself, yourself, himself/herself/itself Plural: ourselves, yourselves, themselves They are called “reflexive” because they reflect or restate another noun or pronoun that has already been stated. (In the case of an imperative sentence, the pronoun You is understood: “[You] Watch yourself on the ice!”) Reflexive pronouns are used as direct and indirect objects when the object is the same as the subject of the verb: I hurt myself when I fell. (direct object of hurt; restates the subject I.) You must tell yourself not to forget her birthday.
  • Origin of OK

    Maeve Maddox
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:26 pm
    The word OK has found its way into just about every language on earth. Although it’s usually written in all capitals and pronounced as separate letters, OK is a word and not an acronym, although it began as one. The most likely origin of OK is as an acronym for “Oll Korrect,” a deliberate misspelling of “all correct.” In the years before the American Civil War (1861-1864), journalists thought it was great fun to misspell words for comic effect. Writer Charles Farrar Browne (1834-1867), for example, wrote political humor under the byline Artemus Ward. Abraham Lincoln is said to…
  • Get Your Goat

    Maeve Maddox
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Until a reader asked me about it, I hadn’t encountered the eggcorn “to get one’s goad.” eggcorn: the reshaping of a common word or expression in a way that makes sense to the speaker. The expression is “to get one’s goat” (not goad). The earliest documentation in the OED is dated 1910. In modern usage, the usual meaning is “to annoy,” “to make angry,” “to cause someone to display emotion.” Here are examples: After Ferrer took office, when opponents really wanted to get his goat, they taunted him as “Stanley Ferrer.” The name made him seethe. Extreme left liberals…
  • Hypocorisma

    Maeve Maddox
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:35 pm
    When Dick Cheney said, “We’re in deep doo-doo,” he was expressing himself with hypocorisma. Hypocorisma is a type of euphemism derived from a Greek word meaning “pet name.” The English word hypocorism may be defined as “the diminutive or otherwise altered version of a given name.” Sometimes the original name is clear in the hypocorism: Johnny < John Chris < Christopher Millie < Millicent Pat, Patty < Patricia Sometimes the hypocorism differs from the original name: Kit < Christopher Hal < Henry Ned < Edward Meg, Peggy < Margaret Molly, Polly < Mary Hypocorisma also applies to…
  • Borne By, Borne On, and Borne With

    Maeve Maddox
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:06 pm
    The English word bear has so many definitions and uses that it could provide fodder for several posts. This article is about the use of the past participle borne followed by a preposition. Here is the odd usage in my local newspaper that prompted this post: there’s blame to be borne on everyone. I looked on the Web to see if anyone else was using “borne on” in this way. I found these examples: [Lack of fresh food] leads to lower lifespans in these areas, higher healthcare costs borne on everyone and general malaise. And, we had people opting out of the system and waiting until they got…
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    Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

  • 438 GG Why Do People Say Punctuation Out Loud?

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    "Vaccine" Versus "Vaccination." Syelle Graves explains why people say things such as "We never leave any soldier behind. Period," and more generally, the relationship between speech and writing. A doozy of an eighteenth-century grammar rule: Don't use "who" to refer to children. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1Fc7Lrk
  • 437 GG What’s the difference between England, Great Britain, and the UK?

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I know all you European listeners think it’s ridiculous that Americans don’t know the difference between England and Britain, but a British friend told me that many of you don’t know the difference between Britain and the United Kingdom, and that this would be a good topic for a podcast even though people should already know. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1D7rupV
  • 436 GG Why People Have Always Been Confused About Apostrophes

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    An interview with Ammon Shea about the confusing history of apostrophes. Hanged Versus Hung. The story of the Victorian Great Exhibition, where Adolphe Sax displayed his invention: the saxophone. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/Zsa0po
  • 435 GG We Might Could Harvest the Corn

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Yes, you can start a sentence with "because." Here's how to do it. What are helping verbs (also called auxiliary verbs), and why do people in some regions say things such as "might could" and "might should"? English writers didn't always use a dot over the letter "i." We'll talk about when and why they started. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1phbhWH
  • 434 GG Ya Shank: The Made-Up Swear Words of 'The Maze Runner'

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Insults, swear words, and world-building for young adults: In an interview with James Dashner, I got the inside scoop on the language of "The Maze Runner." Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1poctaV
 
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    Copyblogger

  • Why Copyblogger Is Killing Its Facebook Page

    Erika Napoletano
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever stared at something, knowing you’re doing everything right, but it still won’t … freaking … work? That’s how Copyblogger has felt about its Facebook page for quite some time. As of today, the page has 38,000 “fans,” but Copyblogger’s presence on Facebook has not been beneficial for the brand or its audience. Just over three months ago, Brian Clark reached out to me for some extra help on the page. He thought that, given the success I have with my own Facebook page, several others I’ve managed for clients over the years, and…
  • 5 Ways to Prevent Business Burnout When Your Inspiration Starts to Flicker

    Amy Harrison
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    In a space as fast-paced as the Internet, you know there are many tasks you “should” perform to reach more people with your story. You’re well-aware of other businesses with meteoric rises to fame and companies thrown into the spotlight seemingly overnight. In order to seize opportunities, you know you have to stay ahead of the game with relentless focus. So when it comes to creating content, there is palpable pressure and stress to get everything right. If you feel a little frazzled by all of your content marketing duties, here are five ways to keep your cool and stay on…
  • Want to Hook Your Readers? Apply These 10 Principles to Create Captivating News Stories

    Julia Ogden
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Writing well-structured articles that inform, educate, and entertain is not as easy as it looks. There are billions of webpages out there that contain poorly written, unimaginative, boring content. But those aren’t the descriptions you want associated with the media you produce, right? As all content marketers who want to grow their digital media platforms know, audiences reward websites that offer special resources, whether they’re up-to-date blogs, in-depth ebooks, smart podcasts, or evergreen whitepapers. There is, of course, a definite knack to writing well, especially about a…
  • 25 Ideas to Transform Ho-Hum Infographics into Something Extraordinary

    Barry Feldman
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A few weeks ago here on Copyblogger, Demian Farnworth presented the infographic as the Salvador Dalí of content marketing — the most interesting person at the cocktail party. More than just a superficial presence, an infographic is a significant asset pillar with diverse possibilities that help you grow your media empire. Today, let’s equate the Internet to the world of pop music. In this case, infographics are The Beatles. They’re irresistible. They create massive hits. At their best, they balance style and substance. They can be relentlessly imaginative. And like John,…
  • How to Stand Out in a World of Dull Podcasts

    Demian Farnworth
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Think about this for a moment. Your favorite podcasts. This American Life. WTF with Marc Maron. Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income. Every single one of them started at the bottom. Every single one of them started in obscurity. Every single one of them started without an audience. It’s hard to believe. Over 25 years ago, at age 19, Ira Glass was an intern at NPR, and a terrible writer. It took him, he confesses, eight years to learn how to effectively structure a story. Now he hosts a show with nearly two million weekly listeners. Marc Maron was a late-30-something comedian, twice…
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  • Get ready for NaNoWriMo by choosing your novel’s story question

    Carly Sandifer
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s that time of year when everywhere you look you can find pumpkins and things made with pumpkin. Pumpkins for carving, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes, and pumpkin ice cream. It’s also the time of year when writers everywhere are gearing up for Nanowrimo. That mad rush to write a novel during the month of November. If you plan to get into the NaNoWrimo groove, you may find that a plan will set you up for success in making your daily word goal. Some writers have an idea of what they’ll write about when Nov. 1 rolls around. Others dive in and just go for…
  • How to stay creative in an age of distraction

    Carol Despeaux
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    I love owning my own home-based business. I sleep until I’m done (mostly) and schedule my day any way I want. Can I take a day off to go shopping in my favorite little artist-colony town? You bet. Can I spend the middle of my day visiting with a friend? No problem. What I find most difficult, believe it or not, is scheduling time to write. In my business, I get e-mails and phone calls on a daily basis that I need to respond to. Often, when I’m writing, I may hear the phone ring or see an e-mail has landed, and I’ll be tempted to answer it because it will “just take a minute.” Or, I…
  • Poetic inspiration for your writing

    Carly Sandifer
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    We’ve all faced the need to clean out our closets and finetune our possessions, whether we’re making a move, downsizing our living space, or just reorganizing. We have to make hard decisions about what to keep and what to toss or give away. And sometimes the decisions aren’t hard. We wonder why we still have that stack of papers or miscellaneous junk that we never should have saved to begin with. Exercise: Think about a time when you sorted through your stuff and had to decide what to get rid of and what to save. Think about how you felt. What were the emotions? What tugged at you…
  • Five prompts to propel you into a writing zone

    Carly Sandifer
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    Do you ever feel a bit of restlessness about writing? It’s as though an idea or epiphany is dancing at the edge of your brain. You know you want to write but can’t quite settle down to do it. Those are times when I like to pick a prompt and freewrite. The prompts put me in a groove and help work out the fluttery energy that’s holding me back. If that sounds like something that might help you, check out the five prompts below. Set a timer and see what your writing reveals. You might turn your ideas and images into an essay, a poem, a short story, or a scene in a novel. 1. Write about…
  • Fiction writing: A lie that tells the truth

    Carol Despeaux
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    “We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.” –Pablo Picasso   In his Ted Talk, “Why a Good Book is a Secret Door,” children’s author Mac Barnett quotes Picasso and says he loves writing for children because they make the best audience. Children are so willing to enter other worlds. He says good fiction will leave us with the feeling that the characters are real even though we know that they are not.
 
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    Word Grrls

  • Crossing Lines

    Laura Brown
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    I wrote a short horror story and submitted it to Tor just now. I feel kind of bold and yet full of doubt at the same time. The weird thing about writing it was the moment I felt myself cross the line from sanity into horror. There was a point in writing it where I […]
  • Can Nice Girls Write Horror?

    Laura Brown
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    It may be true that nice girls/ women can’t write horror. Or, not that we can’t write it but we just can’t put it on paper and then let someone else read it. What would they think?!!! What a shame if “What would they think” is the real hold up. But… it may be that […]
  • Clear Your Head Before Writing?

    Laura Brown
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I flushed this as a spam comment because it was on an old post which had nothing at all to do with the question asked in the comment. But, just before I clicked the magic button… I cut the actual question so I could paste it in here. See below: I was interested to know […]
  • What is Gaslamp Fantasy Fiction?

    Laura Brown
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Though it’s been around for a while, I’ve just recently come across the actual name of what is now my favorite genre to read, Gaslamp Fantasy Fiction. I came across it quite by accident while scrolling on Twitter and decided to do a little research on the topic by way of searching the internet.Inspired by […]
  • Bill Murray – His Personal Philosophy

    Laura Brown
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:58 pm
    I think the only reason I’ve had the career life that I’ve had is that someone told me some secrets early on about living. You can do the very best you can when you’re very, very relaxed, no matter what it is or what your job is, the more relaxed you are the better you […]
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  • The Gaming Thread

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Due to some random glitch/hack, my previous Gaming Thread has been deleted. So, without further ado, I bring you back the Gaming Thread, along with one of my questions. After finally realizing that aside from a few rare gems (SSBB, Zelda, Metroid, RE4) the Wii is really for casuals, I've finally... The Gaming Thread
  • Abortion

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    So, thanks to an entirely different thread about character reaction to an abortion kept secret from the father, a discussion on abortion started and the consensus was: let's move it to the debate room. So here it is @ChickenFreak @BayView The thing I was... Abortion
  • Christian genre: why is it so bad and how to write it well?

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    So, disclaimer - I'm a Christian, go to church every Sunday, and I recently volunteered to take part in this Christmas musical they're setting up. I got the script, looked at my part, the songs etc. And MY WORD it's cringe-worthily badly written! I mean, yes, I believe Jesus is Lord etc, and yes, I... Christian genre: why is it so bad and how to write it well?
  • What should I read?

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Hi. I've been writing for the best part of a year now, and I've produced two novels and a third one on its way. I consider them to be rough drafts rather than publishable works due to the fact my writing quality isn't the best (it's not terrible, its semi-decent but it could be better) and I've... What should I read?
  • That Moment...

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    That moment... you realize your joke wasn't as funny as it was in your head. That moment... someone tells a joke about someone and you look around and you're the only one not laughing. It was probably about you.
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    Charlotte Rains Dixon

  • Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #12

    Charlotte Dixon
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    #82  He dealt cards to the four of them playing.   As they picked up their hands, she said, “This seems like as good a time as any to tell you.”  And so, as the game progressed, she told her story.   What did she have to say? #83  In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue… Where have you (or your main character) gone lately?  Write about the journey. #84  "Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you," they sang.  She sat at the table, staring at the candle-laden cake and beaming, and then looked around at all the faces she loved so much.  What would they think if they…
  • 12 Ways for Writers to Celebrate Autumn

    Charlotte Dixon
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    Yay! It's autumn, my favorite season.  There's something about this time of year that I just love--the crisp days and fall color, the nummy seasonal food (apples and butternut squash, anyone?) and, of course, Halloween. I always feel a sense of personal renewal at this time of year, stretching on through the dark days of December.  It's because for so many years I returned to school come September, going back to a whole new slate of things to learn.   And now, with the cooler temperatures here at last, there's no better time for writers.  So, herewith are my…
  • 5 Tips (Plus a Bonus) For Writing More Dynamic Scenes

    Charlotte Dixon
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    (I've been working on this post for a few days.  I planned to publish it yesterday and then things happened.  Like having my granddaughter here.  And getting a tattoo!  Yes, you can tell me how brave I am!  It is wonderful!  I will post a photo when it is all healed.  But, anyway, here's the post at long last.) I have discovered the secret to enduring long, overseas flights, and no its not paying for business class, though that would likely be the ultimate answer. It is to watch movies.   On my recent flight home from Paris, I watched three, count 'em, three, movies.
  • Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #11

    Charlotte Dixon
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Your weekly collection of writing prompts from my Tumblr blog: #75  Getting ready to leave is hard, but coming home and unpacking is even harder. #76  "You don’t realize how a lack of sleep affects you until you have a good night’s sleep," she said.  Then she yawned and smiled. #77   I can’t. Yes you can. No I can’t. You you can and will. What is it they can’t do and why? #78  When in Rome, do as the Romans do, but never, ever…. #79  Autumn is my favorite time of year, with all the fall colors and the crisp air. I find it invigorating.  But others find this time…
  • Come to France With Me in 2015

    Charlotte Dixon
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Just saying right off the top here--this is a teaser post. Because you want to come to my next writing retreat in France, don't you?  You know you do!  We don't have every detail confirmed yet but we have decided where we will be.  Ready? Collioure, France. It is a seaside town with mountain views, and also the twisty, curvy medieval streets I love so much in part of it.  Tons to explore in the town itself, and many wonderful things to see nearby. Collioure is in the Languedoc-Roussilon region of France, and I can personally attest to the wonderfulness of their wines.  It is…
 
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  • Gogyohka: Poetic Form

    Robert Lee Brewer
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    If only a poetic form existed that could be both concise and free. Oh wait a second, there’s gogyohka! Gogyohka was a form developed by Enta Kusakabe in Japan and translates literally to “five-line poem.” An off-shoot of the tanka form, the gogyohka has very simple rules: The poem is comprised of five lines with one phrase per line. That’s it. Write a poem for a chance at $1,000! Writer’s Digest is offering a contest strictly for poets with a top prize of $1,000, publication in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a copy of the 2015 Poet’s Market. There are cash prizes…
  • New Literary Agent Alert: Alec Shane of Writers House

    Chuck Sambuchino
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Alec Shane of Writers House) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.     About Alec: Alec majored in English at Brown University, a degree he put to immediate use by moving to Los Angeles after graduation to become a professional stunt man. Realizing that he prefers books to breakaway glass, he moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue a career in publishing. Alec quickly found a home at Writers House Literary Agency, where he worked under…
  • Writer’s Digest Retreat on the Water: Nov. 13-16, 2014 in Florida

    Chuck Sambuchino
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Escape with your writing for the weekend! The Writer’s Digest Retreat on the Water (Nov. 13-16, 2014, in Celebration, FL) is your chance to escape the demands of everyday life and immerse yourself in your craft for a few purposeful and peaceful days. Enrollment at this Retreat is limited—you’ll enjoy the close mentorship of the instructors and the attention to your individual manuscript that only an event this small and exclusive can provide. At the retreat, your work will be read, discussed, revised and reexamined with the goal of prepping it for review (and consideration) by industry…
  • How I Got My Literary Agent: Rebecca Brooks

    Chuck Sambuchino
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    “How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Rebecca Brooks, author of the erotic romance, ABOVE ALL. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics. GIVEAWAY: Rebecca is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a random…
  • The Short Leap from Fiction to Copywriting

    Guest Column
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    Editor’s Note: The following content is provided to Writer’s Digest by a writing community partner. This content is sponsored by American Writers & Artists Inc. www.awaionline.com. Curious how you go from writing fiction to writing copy? Meet Pat McCord … A successful published fiction writer who successfully made the leap to well-paid freelance copywriter – and back again! Rebecca Pat Mccord I knew I wanted to write fiction by the time I was twelve. I’d sit out back with my older sister and craft “novels” divided into real chapters, reading each page to her as it came off…
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • On Hiatus, Part 2

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

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

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

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

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    I couldn’t put words to the vision, perhaps because the vision itself wasn’t clear. Looking across the Godfrey’s living room while  babysitting, I vaguely sensed a phantom group of sophisticated people gathered in a dimly lit, smoke-filled living room much like this one. People lounged on sofa and chairs, some sitting on the floor. They sipped martinis or gin and tonic, discussed philosophy, and ascended to levels of vision inaccessible to mere mortals. These beings were in touch with another realm, larger than life. In touch with the gods? This vision stirred a nameless yearning…
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    Published and Profitable Writers Tips Blog

  • Tweeting Blackbeard Uses Design + Story to Create a Memorable Ebook

    Roger C. Parker
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    Doug Eymer’s Tweeting Blackbeard: 10 Swashingbucking Business Tips from the World’s Greatest Pirate shows how design and story combine to create a memorable ebook. Good ebook content, by itself, is not enough these days. No matter how good your ideas or business tips may be, if the title doesn’t immediately arouse curiosity, your ideas may never be read. Design + Story = Memorable Ebook To cut through the clutter, you need a combination of design and story to encourage downloads and social media referrals. Here are some of the elements that immediately attracted me to…
  • Content Marketing Resource Center Tips For Authors and Small Businesses

    Roger C. Parker
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Click here to learn how a content marketing resource center can help visitors quickly locate the content they’re looking for. If you’ve been blogging, podcasting, or publishing newsletters,  reviews, or tips for more than three years, a content marketing resource center can save visitors time searching for ideas. Attend tomorrow’s free call and learn the 8 best practices for content marketing resource centers centers! Tomorrow’s free monthly coaching session builds upon the ideas introduced in my recent Content Marketing Institute article, Drive Retail Sales with B2C…
  • How to Create a Content Marketing Resource Center

    Roger C. Parker
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    A content marketing resource center is for you if you’ve been blogging, podcasting, or publishing newsletters for more than 3 years. Content marketing resource centers breath new life into your existing content, making it easier for visitors to locate existing content that may have originally appeared in a variety of formats and locations. My latest article on the Content Marketing Institute blog, Drive Retail Sales with B2C Content Marketing: 8 Tips + a Checklist, describes the 8 essentials of a successful resource center. Resource center best practices The article also showcases…
  • 10 Reasons Why Mike Rohde’s Sketchnote Workbook Is Even Better Than His First Book

    Roger C. Parker
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Mike Rohde’s The Sketchnote Workbookshows, once again, why authors should immediately follow-up their first book with a workbook. The success of Mike Rohde’s first book, The Sketchnote Handbook, was pretty much a sure thing long before its publication, because of Mike Rohde’s excellent author marketing and monthly updates while he was writing it. By approaching sketchnoting from two different perspectives–introducing the topic and covering the basics in The Sketchnote Handbook, then focusing on applying the basics in The Sketchnote Workbook–offers significant…
  • Lessons from David Meerman Scott’s New Rules of Selling

    Roger C. Parker
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Click the graphic to find out how David Meerman Scott has redefined the rules of selling in today’s Internet-driven world. David’s SlideShare presentation provides a concise and visual introduction to his latest book, The New Rules of Sales and Service. Invest 7 minutes (or less) Even if you spend less than 7 minutes with the presentation, it will inspire you to reevaluate the relationship between your online marketing and sales of your products and services. The New Rules of  Sales and Service provides the “missing link” between Internet marketing and sales success…
 
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    Writing Forward

  • Writing Tips: Show, Don’t Tell

    Melissa Donovan
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Show, don’t tell — what does that mean? The first time I heard the advice “Show, don’t tell,” I was young and it confused me. Show what? Isn’t writing all about telling a story? At the time, I shrugged it off as some kind of mysterious double-talk, but the phrase kept popping up: show, don’t tell. It rolled off my teachers’ tongues. I spotted it in books and articles on the craft of writing. A couple of times, it appeared in red on my papers with an arrow pointing to a specific sentence or paragraph. Then, I took a poetry class and had a big…
  • Why The Right Word Choices Result in Better Writing

    Melissa Donovan
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Find out how the right word choices result in better writing. Have you ever read a sentence and wondered what it was trying to say? Ever gotten hung up on a word that felt out of place because the meaning of the word didn’t fit the context? When was the last time you spotted a word that was unnecessarily repeated throughout a page, chapter, or book? There are two sides to any piece of writing. The first is the message, idea, or story. The other side is the craft of stringing words together into sentences and using sentences to build paragraphs. Adept writing flows smoothy and makes…
  • What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers

    Melissa Donovan
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers. Good fiction is comprised of many different elements: believable characters, realistic dialogue, and compelling plots. Every decent story has a beginning, middle, and end. Intriguing tales are built around conflict and are rich with themes and symbols. And those are just the basics. It can be pretty overwhelming. Fiction writing is hard work. It requires a complex and diverse set of skills. Stringing words together into sentences only scratches the surface of what goes into good fiction writing. Fiction that is truly worthwhile is layered with…
  • How to Develop Your Best Novel Writing Ideas

    Melissa Donovan
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    How many novel writing ideas do you need? Writing a novel is no small task. In fact, it’s a momentous task. Some writers spend years just eking out a first draft, followed by years of revisions. And that’s before they even think about the grueling publishing process. In other words, you’re going to spend a lot of time with your novel. So you better love it. No, wait–loving it is not enough. You have to be in love with it. You have to be obsessed with it. And obsessions cannot be forced. It’s normal to lose interest when you’re on your tenth revision, but…
  • From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Couplets and Quatrains

    Melissa Donovan
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Couplets and quatrains, a poetry writing exercise. Today’s writing exercise comes from 101 Creative Writing Exercises, which takes writers on an adventure through different forms and genres while offering tools, techniques, and inspiration for writers. Each chapter focuses on a different form or writing concept: freewriting, journaling, memoirs, fiction, storytelling, form poetry, free verse, characters, dialogue, creativity, and article and blog writing are all covered. Today, we’ll take a peek at “Chapter Seven: Form Poetry” with a poetry exercise called “Couplets and…
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    We Are Change

  • Man With Testicular Fortitude Pulls Over Cop About His Illegal, Unmarked Patrol Car. Gives Warning

    Eric Barlow
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:38 pm
    We Are Change www.libertyviral.com Click here to view the embedded video. Libertarian Gavin Seim pulled over a police officer in an unmarked car the other day and gave him a recitation of the law that is an incredible viral video. “Hey the reason I stopped you is I saw this car was unmarked,” Seim asks the cop. “Is this a registered unmarked vehicle for undercover work?” The officer responded that it was a patrol car. “OK, you’re not allowed to have patrol cars that are unmarked, are you aware of that?” Seim says. Seim explained, “In Washington we have unmarked police…
  • Willie Nelson on the Wealth of the Land and the Power of the People

    CarolineC
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    We Are Change By Willie Nelson via Huffington Post Last month at Farm Aid 2014, I was lucky to meet Phillip Barker, a Black farmer who, like many minority farmers, lost much of his farmland as a result of discriminatory lending practices by banks and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Today, Phillip and his wife Dorathy farm the 20 acres they were able to hold on to in Oxford, North Carolina. Their farm is one of two Black dairy farming operations in the state of North Carolina. They also operate a nonprofit organization, Operation Spring Plant, which provides resources and training to…
  • Riots erupt during Keene, N.H. pumpkin festival

    Luke Rudkowski
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    We Are Change Number of arrested unknown http://www.wmtw.com/ KEENE, N.H. —After a brief calm, riots near the area of Butler Court in Keene, New Hampshire, flared up again Saturday night. Dozens of rioters threw objects at police and set fires near Blake Street around 9:30 p.m., as police officers wearing riot gear pushed the crowd back. Earlier Saturday afternoon, Keene police say they fired pepper balls into a crowd of hundreds around the Butler Court and Wincester Street areas to diffuse the riot. Rioters threw glass bottles into the crowd and tore down street signs. Police from as far…
  • NYPD fires Internal Affairs lieutenant after tipping off her fellow cops about phone wiretaps in 2010 ticket-fixing investigation

    Luke Rudkowski
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    We Are Change The NYPD fired Lt. Jennara Cobb after she was found guilty of tipping off fellow cops in the 2010 scandal about wiretaps. BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA / http://www.nydailynews.com/ HARBUS RICHARD/FREELANCE NYDNJennara Cobb leaves court after being arraigned. She’s in a real fix now. NYPD Lt. Jennara Cobb was fired two days after her Bronx conviction for leaking information to fellow cops in the ticket-fixing scandal, sources told the Daily News on Saturday. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton signed a termination order for the 38-year-old lieutenant on Friday, according to…
  • FBI Frames Muslim-American After He Refuses to Be a ‘Terrorist Informant’

    Luke Rudkowski
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    We Are Change Carey Wedler / http://theantimedia.org/ (TheAntiMedia) How does a non-violent man who once owned a store called “Nature’s Garden” and who founded a religious center that offered free meals and prayer services…end up in jail? He is born half black, subscribes to Islam, and refuses to be an informant for the FBI. He is then denied justice at every level of his fabricated arrest and trial. Ayyub Abdul-Alim is a 36-year-old native New Yorker who was arrested in Springfield, Massachusetts on December 9, 2011 for “possession of a firearm and ammunition without a firearm…
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    Work-in-Progress

  • Sonnet Class & F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Some upcoming events/classes of interest:Reading Sonnets: a seminar led by Kim Roberts, editor of Beltway Poetry QuarterlyThis class will use a range of modern and contemporary sonnets written by authors from the Washington DC region as a text. We will examine the traditions of the form: rhyme, meter, subject matter—and discuss how contemporary poets have both honored and subverted those traditional expectations. Participants will be asked to read assigned poems in advance of each of the three class meetings, and be ready to join in a lively discussion on the amazing longevity and…
  • Kinda Cool: My Essay Is Selected for "100 Notable" in New Best American Essays

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
     Hmm…I’m not sure how the New York Times Magazine’s Ethicist columnist would feel about an editor publishing her own work in her literary journal.  But apparently I don’t care because I’m doing it!I found out this weekend that one of my essays was listed in the “100 Notable Essays” section in the back of the new edition of Best American Essays (thanks for telling me, Anna Leahy!).  So, yay for that, and yay that I hold the incredibly powerful position of editor/founder of Redux, the online journal that features previously published work not found elsewhere on the…
  • Politics & Prose Class: October 16

    2 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I’ll be offering a class at Politics & Prose soon:  Right Brain Writing.  I’ve taught it before and (if I do say so!) it’s been both fun and successful, in that everyone goes home with the start of some excellent pieces.  We laugh, we cry, we write up a storm!Thursday, October 163:30 – 6 PMExplore your creative side at this afternoon of guided writing exercises designed to get you energized and your ideas flowing. No writing experience necessary! This is a great class for beginners and for fiction writers and/or memoirists with experience but who might be stuck in…
  • Why Your Writing Matters

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Feeling discouraged about writing?  Let me recommend this essay by poet Karen Craigo, which should rouse your spirit and remind you that what we do as writers is important. …Two nights ago, I was driving up National Avenue in Springfield, Missouri, and off to my right I saw an unusual thing. There was a man trudging up the block and he carried a homemade walking stick. He had fashioned it from a long, stout branch that was made smooth, perhaps through sanding or long use, and to its base, affixed with duct tape, he had affixed a baby’s pink sneaker for traction…. When…
  • Writing about Loss

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    Looking for something else on the internet, I came across this short piece by Jessica Handler about writing of loss and how she decided if she should read her dead sister’s diary while she worked on her memoir:I couldn’t deny that I had the rare opportunity to see into my beloved sister’s heart and mind. She was no longer here to answer my questions in person, and I missed her terribly. Maybe the answers would be on those pages, in her deliberate, rounded, cursive handwriting, but I couldn’t shake the mental image of my little sister not-so-playfully slapping my hand and laughing,…
 
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    About Freelance Writing

  • The Fourth Secret of Freelance Writing

    Anne Wayman
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    For years I said there are three secrets to successful freelance writing. I was wrong. There are four secrets to being a successful freelance writer. The initial three secrets were and still are:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Inequality and Freelance Writing

    Anne Wayman
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    This post is part of Blog Action Day 2014 – the discussion this year is about inequality. One of the things I like about freelance writing is there is no real discrimination – if I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Freelance Writing Fears & What to do About Them

    Anne Wayman
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    I’m not sure that freelance writing fears are worse than say sales fears or CEO fears, or teacher fears. My hunch is we’re more aware of our fear than others, partly because we are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Freelance Writers Can Deal With “World Noise”

    Anne Wayman
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    I’m a fan of Mark’s Daily Apple and this week he had a post called How to Deal with Health “Noise”. As I read it I realized that we freelance writers have to deal with what I’m... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • When a Freelance Writer’s Marketing Stops Working

    Anne Wayman
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    A writer I’ve coached reached out to me not long ago, concerned that her plan for marketing her writing was not longer working. She has been sending emails to corporations in her speciality and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    EditorUnleashed

  • 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 […]
  • We’re Back in Action!

    editoradmin
    30 Dec 2009 | 3:17 am
    Well, Happy New Year everyone! Great news: I was able to find a tech genius working over the holidays to fix our broken forum. Check it out—good as new. Due to the forum downtime, we’re extending the deadline of the Editor Unleashed/ Smashwords “Why I Write” essay contest to January 31. Popular ranking will now […]
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    Bad Language

  • Tools for writers: Taco for to-do lists

    Matthew Stibbe
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    I’m really learning to love Taco. Really love it. It does two important things. All your tasks on one screen First, it pulls in tasks and to-dos from all the apps I already use and displays them in one place. It supports a ton of apps. I use it with Basecamp, Zendesk, Office 365 and Salesforce. So, instead of four open windows, I have one for all my tasks. Priority and focus The second, and in many ways more important, thing that Taco does is make it easy to prioritise your tasks and focus only on the few tasks that matter today. It has two columns: ‘for later’ and ‘up next’. You…
  • Offshore development for beginners

    Matthew Stibbe
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    We talk about marketing for start-ups and tech companies but did you know that we are talking from experience? We drink our own champagne: Turbine is a software start-up and a subsidiary of my marketing company, Articulate. Although Turbine is based in London, England, we built the application using outsourced, mostly offshore talent. The main development was done by a company in Ukraine called Anadea. We also used testers in Romania, web developers in Argentina and AdWords consultants in Austria, among others. For the most part, it worked very well. But I learned a lot and this article…
  • Impatience is a virtue and six other essential attitudes for entrepreneurs

    Matthew Stibbe
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
    Get a cup of coffee and prepare for launch. Rome wasn’t built in a day but it should have been. The status quo is obsolete. Best practice is someone else’s idea of what you should do. Good enough isn’t. Impatience – the fierce hunger for progress – is one of the defining characteristics of an entrepreneur. For them (for us), impatience is a virtue. If you want to understand what your boss is thinking, remember that she is probably frustrated that things aren’t changing fast enough. Attitude adjustment Clare gave me this title – ‘impatience is a virtue’ – to work with and…
  • Why customers are your best allies in sales

    Katelyn Piontek
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    The days of cold calls are dwindling. That’s because potential customers are turning to the internet looking for products and information. It’s no longer about finding customers, but making sure they can find you. Content marketing’s main purpose is to ensure that the right customers find you and that when they do, they like what they see. But there’s another side: content marketing builds a relationship between your company and your customers. As you learn more about your existing customers, you can hone content to delight them. This fosters greater customer loyalty, which is…
  • Roll up, roll up: I’m speaking at MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum in Boston next week

    Matthew Stibbe
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Here at Articulate, we live and breathe marketing. In particular, inbound marketing and copywriting. And what are the essential ingredients for amazing marketing content and lovely qualified leads? Personas. We believe in understanding your customers’ personas and your own. This is why I’m going to be talking on this very topic, next week, at Marketing Profs’ B2B Marketing Forum (#mpb2b). Interactive Session: Creating Useful Personas and Tone of Voice Guidelines Well-executed marketing copy has deep foundations. Whether it is your website home page, blog, social media…
 
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    Ben Crowder

  • Queen of the Cruel Sea

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As promised, “Queen of the Cruel Sea” is finished and available for reading on the web and in EPUB, Kindle, and PDF. I hope y’all enjoy it. (FYI, the background cover art is Seastorm, a piece I painted a few years ago.) I’m still waking up early every morning to write, which is the only reason this story is finished instead of having fallen by the wayside like so many other stories and novels I’ve begun. So that’s good — I’m finally getting the hang of this writing thing. Expect many more stories and poems and novels in the years to come. And…
  • A sabbatical

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A couple days ago I got this crazy idea: for a semi-long period of time (like four or six months), I would stop posting to my blog or to anywhere else online — step completely out of the stream — and instead focus just on making things, without any self-inflicted pressure to release them as soon as they were done. At the end of the period, then and only then would I emerge from hiding and post the things I’d made during the long hibernation. And ... I’ve decided to actually do it. Starting October 1 (after I release “Queen of the Cruel Sea”), I won’t…
  • French Fly

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    More punnery. I’m so sorry. Drawn in Photoshop.
  • Landlord

    11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Drawn in Photoshop.
  • More PlotDevice experiments

    7 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I’ve been playing around with PlotDevice more, and yes, it is awesome. For example, I can quite easily create something like my Latin declension charts programmatically: As you can see, I’m taking a simple list of words with brackets around the endings and displaying it, styling the endings using PlotDevice’s stylesheet functionality (lines 11 and 15–16). Super easy. It’s also great for trying out design ideas that would take much longer to prototype in Illustrator, like fan charts for genealogical purposes: Using that code, which took me less than twenty minutes to…
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    Write to Done

  • The Winner of the WriteToDone Flash Fiction Contest No.1

    Mary Jaksch
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    A complete story in 500 words? Is it possible? The winning story of the WriteToDone Contest (read it below) shows what a talented writer can do with 500 words. The contest was judged by the WTD team, Mary Jaksch, Editor-in-Chief and Vinita Zutshi, Associate Editor,  together with Head Judge,  Dr. John Yeoman of the Writer’s Village. The judges considered the following questions and awarded points from 0 – 5 for each. Were the guidelines followed (a maximum of 500 words of fiction) Was the title enticing and appropriate for the story? Were spelling, punctuation and grammar…
  • 10 Ways To Refuel Your Creativity

    Mary Jaksch
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Sometimes it’s a struggle to find what to write about, don’t you agree? A blog is like a hungry beast, always asking for more. Sometimes, you’re stuck and just can’t get anything onto a page. It happens to me too. A short while ago I was on a flight from Thailand to New Zealand and I was determined to write a post. I opened my laptop, put my hands on the keyboard, and focused hard. What happened? Nothing. Nada, Nichts. I couldn’t think of anything to write about. So I packed away my laptop, stretched, had a gin-and-tonic, looked around, and finally watched a…
  • How To Be A Well-paid Writer

    Pooja Lohana
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Do you struggle to be paid well for your writing? You may find it hard to believe, but good clients are everywhere. Yes, prospects willing to pay for quality content abound. Then why is it so difficult to find them? It depends on where you’re looking. If you look at places where cheap content sells, you’ll get cheap clients.   But what if you’re looking in all the right places like job boards and websites with well-paying client listings? You may still not succeed in landing the highly-paid gigs you want, because it is way too hard to stand out from the crowd in their…
  • How To Use Your Mistakes To Achieve Success As A Writer

    Neal Martin
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    Have you ever made a mistake in your writing? There isn’t a writer in the world who doesn’t make mistakes occasionally. What separates professional writers from amateurs is how they handle mistakes. Some writers see mistakes as disasters. But if you know the right way to handle them, making mistakes may actually be good for you! The more mistakes you make as a writer, the more you learn and the further you will progress.   My Recent Mistake   Recently, I made a stupid mistake on my blog. I was posting an article titled “How To Find Your True Writing Voice And Why…
  • How To Rekindle Your Love of Writing

    Marcy McKay
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    Writing is a lonely process. It takes a lot of courage to sit down and write day after day, week after week, month after month. The struggle can continue for years, while self-doubt, criticism and fear bully you like a gang of thugs. As if that’s not torture enough, you may want to move beyond writing for yourself, and pursue publication. Then, the real challenges begin: losing writing contests, diminishing support from family and friends because you’re gasp…still unpublished? Don’t forget rejections from agents on stories you’ve slaved over, pouring your heart into each…
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    Lisa Romeo Writes

  • A Reading, A Writer in the Family (no, two), A Coincidence (or not)

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    I'm a hugely pragmatic person. Planning, facing reality, hard work--these are my guideposts. Write, revise, rewrite, submit, submit, toss rejections aside, learn from it all, repeat.But once in a while, I'm reminded of something my father often said: "Dream a little."My father has been gone for eight years. Friday, October 17, is his birthday, and he would have been 88 years old. In a striking coincidence, I'll be reading from my manuscript on that day, essays about the relationship that developed between the two of us after he died.  The event is part of Live Literature, at Montclair…
  • Guest Blogger Nancy M. Williams on How Claiming Her Passion Transformed Her Writing Career

    6 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I quit piano lessons at age 15, after my teacher firmly recommended it to my parents. I went on to my real passion – riding horses. So it may seem odd that, when a member of my former writing group needed input on a long essay about her love of the piano, I'd tackle it. But I loved offering Nancy M. Williams feedback on that piece, as she'd done for me so many times on essays I was working on at the time.Nancy has a stunningly long and impressive list of accomplishments, including a Harvard MBA, and normally I'd list some of them here, especially the writing-related highlights. But in this…
  • Guest Blogger C. Hope Clark on Why Writing What You Know Doesn’t Mean You Know How to Write

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Like many writers, I imagine, I get several newsletters intended to help me write and market work. Some I barely read. Others I keep in a separate, long term file on my computer. I may not read them the day they arrive, but these are the ones I want on hand, and comb them for opportunities and insight. C. Hope Clark's Funds for Writers is one of these. I've found many excellent tips in her pages, and she's impressed me as one of the most sincere, generous, and supportive folks in the writing world.            This week, Hope's newest…
  • Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers, September 26, 2014 Edition

    26 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    > Monica Byrne, a published novelist and produced playwright, discussed her submission, rejection, and acceptance stats in a brief Washington Post article, shared her spreadsheet, and offered some perspective: "That means I got 32 rejections for every acceptance."> A bonanza of articles, essays, lists and more, all about the MFA, at Publisher's Weekly.> Then, from the Ploughshares blog, there's an "MFA for the Rest of Us" -- a semester-by-semester list of oh-so-aptly-named "courses". Ahem.> Wired magazine (and science) explains some of the reasons why we can't catch typos,…
  • Guest Blogger Donna Baier Stein on Rejection, Writers of a Certain Age, and the Persistence of Hope

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    One of the many perks of working with The Writers Circle (a wonderful regional organization in northern New Jersey) was finding new colleagues among my fellow teachers. That includes Donna Baier Stein, who guides writers in the art of the short story. Donna's work has appeared (among other places) in Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Puerto del Sol. She was a founding poetry editor at Bellevue Literary Review and now publishes Tiferet Journal. Donna has been honored with three Pushcart nominations and prizes from Kansas Quarterly and Florida Review. Please welcome Donna Baier…
 
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    Will Write For Food

  • Should Recipes Still be About Meals?

    diannejacob
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    As The New York Times reported recently, “sitting down to three square meals is going the way of the landline.” People now graze throughout the day and some 40 percent of Americans eat only snacks, not meals. And yet, we still write cookbooks for one-pot meals and recipes for dishes meant to be consumed by [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • My Year of Submissions to Literary Magazines

    diannejacob
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    A guest post by Paula Panich Fueled by frustration and a manuscript of unpublished culinary essays with recipes, I spent two years writing letters to agents. Silence. Only one wrote back with regrets: She hadn’t heard of M.F.K. Fisher. Fit to be tied, I swore I’d never write again. Then I thought: The literary magazines! Why not [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to be the Writer Magazine Editors Want

    diannejacob
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Freelance writers like John Kessler are rare — the kind of writer editors can count on, who  can tackle just about any story and come through at the last minute. John is the full-time dining columnist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. On the side, he freelances for Garden & Gun, Food Arts (recently deceased), GQ, and has written for Cooking Light and Every Day [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • It’s Official: Readers Don’t Like Sponsored Posts

    diannejacob
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Are readers of online content comfortable with sponsored posts? According to a new study, no. Most are confused and feel deceived. Sponsored posts, for those not in the know, is also known as advertorial or native advertising. In our field, it means a company has paid (in cash or in kind) a blogger or website writer to [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • FTC Disclosure Rules on Social Media

    diannejacob
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    A few months ago, in exchange for appearing on a panel, the conference paid my expenses. During the event, I wanted to share photos of the meals on Facebook and Twitter. I also knew the conference organizers were expecting speakers to promote the event on social media. So I did the wrong thing. I posted a few photos, and I didn’t [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Fiction Notes

  • Why I LOVE Cliches and Tropes

    Darcy Pattison
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video Course Sign up for EARLY BIRD list for discounts I confess: I love a good cliche or trope. A cliche is a phrase or expression that has been used so often that it is no longer original or interesting. A trope is a common or overused theme or device, as in the usual horror movie tropes. I’m in the middle of plotting a massive 3-book story and I need all the help I can get. Here’s the problem: what happens next? No, let me rephrase: what could possibly happen next? Sometimes, I just need to know possibilities, or what a story typically does at…
  • 10 Writer Quotes to Keep you Working on Your Novel

    Darcy Pattison
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video Course Sign up for EARLY BIRD list for discounts 30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video course Writing teacher Darcy Pattison teachers an online video course, 30 Days to a Stronger Novel. Each day includes an inspirational quote, and tips and techniques for revising your novel. Here are the 10 of the inspirational quotes. LEARN MORE: ONLINE VIDEO COURSE. Or sign up for more information on the availability of this course and other courses. The titles below are the first ten entries of the Table of Contents for the Online Video Class. Sign up now for…
  • 3 Ways to Know If Your YA Fiction Is Really New Adult Fiction

    Darcy Pattison
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video Course Sign up for EARLY BIRD list for discounts In the immortal words of Charlotte in E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, “It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.” I was privileged to have Deborah Halverson edit my Harcourt picture book, Searching for Oliver K. Woodman. When we met at a retreat, it was instant friendship, and anytime we talk, it feels like we’ve been friends forever. That’s why I am so excited about this new book. Well, I’m excited because it’s Deborah’s…
  • Subplots Fight Writer’s Block

    Darcy Pattison
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video Course Sign up for EARLY BIRD list for discounts Subplots are a connected sequence of events, just like any other plot; the difference is that this is a minor plot with fewer developments. It should affect the main plot in some important way–or else you should delete it–but it doesn’t need the same development of a main plot. I am still plotting my trilogy, and I’m taking a different strategy this time. I am working on the plot line for the entire trilogy before I start writing. Each book focuses on a different aspect of the…
  • Do You Write for the Market? Or Yourself? Or Both?

    Darcy Pattison
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video Course Sign up for EARLY BIRD list for discounts Do you write for the market? Or do you just write novels, picture books and articles for yourself? You’ll hear the advice both ways: Write what you want to write so you can write the truest book you can write. Write with the market in mind. It depends on your writing goals. If your writing is self-expression and you have other means of monetary support, then please yourself! If your goal is a career as a writer, and becoming a writer who makes a living wage, then the answer is more nuanced.
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    WritersDigest.com » There Are No Rules Blog by the Editors of Writer’s Digest

  • 15 Oscar Wilde Quotes About Reading, Writing and Books

    Adrienne Crezo
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Poet, playwright and novelist Oscar Wilde was born October 16, 1854 in Dublin. While his most famous works, The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest, live on, Wilde is most frequently remembered for his wit. Here are 15 of his best quotes for writers, readers and artists in honor of his 160th birthday.   1. All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. 2. I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. 3. If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. 4. There is no…
  • When Do You Officially Consider Yourself a Writer?

    Brian A. Klems
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    At the opening session of the recent Writer’s Digest Conference in New York, bestselling author Dani Shapiro, led off her keynote address with what seemed to be a very simple question: “How many writers are in the house,” she asked? I scanned the room to see how many hands were raised – about a third of the crowd. Given that I was surrounded by over 300 people who had paid good money to attend what’s termed a writer’s conference, that seemed like a sparse response. The speaker noticed as well. “Let me ask this another way,” said the author of…
  • “Plot Perfect” Agent One-on-One Boot Camp Starts Oct 24 — Let Agent Paula Munier Help Construct & Critique Your Plot

    Chuck Sambuchino
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Whether you’re writing a novel, short story, memoir, stage play, or screenplay, this boot camp will show you how to craft a great narrative scene-by-scene. It’s a hands-on event that provides personalized feedback on your story structure and plot. The agents of Talcott Notch Literary Services share the secrets of creating a story structure that works – no matter what your genre – in this entertaining and informative online event. It’s all part of the 2014 “Plot Perfect” Agent One-on-One Boot Camp starting Oct. 24. In addition to the tutelage and…
  • 10 Tips for Fiction Writers from the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market

    Rachel Scheller
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market, now in its 34th year, is hot off the presses, and today I’m sharing ten pieces of advice from the contributors to this year’s edition. NSSWM features articles on fiction craft, getting published, and marketing and promotion, as well as more than 400 pages of listings for novel and short story writers, including literary agents, book publishers, magazines, and contests that are interested in your work. This year’s edition also features access to an exclusive webinar from best-selling author Cheryl St.John, on exploring…
  • Tips and Inspiration to Write a Book in a Month

    Jessica Strawser
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    One of the things I love about working at Writer’s Digest is the excitement each time a new issue hits newsstands. And it’s especially true with the November/December 2014 Writer’s Digest–because this special guide to Writing a Book in a Month arrives just in time for November’s National Novel Writing Month challenge. Regardless of whether you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, counting down 30 Days to Your Novel on your own schedule, or simply looking to write your next draft faster, this is an issue you won’t want to miss. Find Writing Inspiration and…
 
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    The Truth About Lies

  • A History of Books

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    If the reader prefers, this book may be regarded as fiction. But there is always the chance that such a book of fiction may throw some light on what has been written as fact. – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast When you read you forget. You’re forgetting right now. Reading is an act of forgetting but there are levels. Whilst reading you temporarily forget the outside world and become absorbed in the text before your eyes but as your eyes scan the page in front of you, you also almost instantaneously begin to forget what you’ve read. You carry the gist of what you’re read from page to…
  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    12 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I wanted to get the tears out of the way so I could act sensibly. – Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking I began reading this book the day after my goldfish died. We’d had him for eight or nine years and would’ve happily hung onto him for another eight or nine but he became ill, was refusing food and in the end the kindest thing was to euthanise. At one point I walked back into the living room and my wife asked me, “How’s Fishy doing?” to which I replied, “He’s dying.” At which point I cried. I begin with this not because I think that the loss of a goldfish equates with…
  • The H-Bomb and the Jesus Rock

    5 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the western hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response... – John F. Kennedy: Address on the Cuban Crisis October 22, 1962 When I first chanced upon this novel I imagined it was going to be one of those books like When I was Five I Killed Myself or Naïve. Super, a little gem that those in the know were raving about but had somehow managed to escape wider exposure. And I was right but here’s the thing: no one seems to have…
  • The optics of poetry

    28 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Poetry is the art of saying two (or more) things at once and making them one. – Richard Wakefield, 'Poets display writing translucent and opaque', Seattle Times, 10 April 2005 In the opening chapter to his book Seven Types of Ambiguity William Empson states: An ambiguity, in ordinary speech, means something very pronounced, and as a rule witty or deceitful. I propose to use the word in an extended sense, and shall think relevant to my subject any verbal nuance, however slight, which gives room for alternative reactions to the same piece of language. Simply put then: Ambiguity is the quality…
  • Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Diseases desperate grown,By desperate alliances are relieved, Or not at all. (Hamlet, IIII.ii.) Books written solely in dialogue divide people so I wasn’t surprised to see a lot of one- and two-star reviews for this. I, personally, loved it to pieces. I enjoyed Cormac McCarthy's The Sunset Limited and Nicholson Baker’s Checkpoint; Aaron Petrovich’s The Session was good, if a little short, but Padgett Powell’s Me & You was simply wonderful. There are others I’ve still to get round to like Philip Roth’s Deception which I’ll probably have read by the time I get round to posting…
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    EditorUnleashed

  • 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 […]
  • We’re Back in Action!

    editoradmin
    30 Dec 2009 | 3:17 am
    Well, Happy New Year everyone! Great news: I was able to find a tech genius working over the holidays to fix our broken forum. Check it out—good as new. Due to the forum downtime, we’re extending the deadline of the Editor Unleashed/ Smashwords “Why I Write” essay contest to January 31. Popular ranking will now […]
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    Flogging the Quill

  • I’m excited!

    Ray Rhamey
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    I’m only a proof and a couple of weeks away from publishing Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling, a sorta-new writing craft book. My original book, Flogging the Quill, Crafting a Novel that Sells, is now out of print. I’ve gone through it to polish the content, reorganized it completely, and added new content and examples. It still feels good to me, and it seems I’m in good company: a couple of quotes from Amazon reviewers on the original about what's in my book(s): “This is one of the outstanding 'how-to' books about writing. I keep it right beside two other…
  • Flogometer for George—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Submissions Needed. Nothing 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 Iziah—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:57 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…
  • Announcing a sorta new FtQ book

    Ray Rhamey
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Yep, I've sold out the first printing of Flogging the Quill, Crafting a Novel that Sells and, rather than reprint, I'm coming out with a new-and-improved version. In November, Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling updates and expands the content of the old FtQ. The book is completely reorganized, the original content polished and expanded, and new material has been added. But wait, there's more! Print format: 5.5" x 8.5" trade paperback, 320 pages (not the 8.5" x 11" of FtQ) Ebook formats: will be available in Kindle and epub Insterested in…
  • Flogometer for Jack—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    Submissions Needed. 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: Quarantine

    Nancy Friedman
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    Quarantine: A period of enforced isolation or restriction of movement to prevent the spread of infectious disease. From Italian quarantina, a 40-day period. “Quarantine” has spiked recently because of news coverage of the Ebola virus, which originated in West Africa—the virus was named for for what researchers believed to be the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo—and has spread to other areas, including the United States. NYTimes.com, October 19, 2014 From the Times story: So it has been in Quarantine Nation. As the Ebola scare spreads from Texas to Ohio…
  • On the Visual Thesaurus: Ish

    Nancy Friedman
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    My latest column for the Visual Thesaurus looks at ish, a flexible little suffix with multiple meanings that’s increasingly seen in titles (ABC-TV’s “Black-ish”), brand names (the Berkeley bookstore Bookish, the Oakland T-shirt company Oaklandish, the vintage-furniture etailer Chairish), and brand descriptors (anonymish). In some places, ish has even attained independent status (Ish Watch; Ish, a children’s book). Full access to the column is restricted to subscribers (only $19.95 a year!). Here’s a shortish excerpt: Bookish: This word has meant “literary” or “enthusiastic…
  • October Linkfest

    Nancy Friedman
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    When McDonald’s met Play-Doh, and other examples of peculiar co-branding. (Marketplace) Forward thinking, incremental thinking, and three other proven alternatives to brainstorming. (Strategy+Business) Worst. Infographics. Ever. (WTF Visualizations, via The Guardian, via Paul Wiggins) Bad math, bad spelling, and … chickens? Many more like this at WTF Visualizations. “Years ago, I asked one of my mentors what he thought was the hardest part of designing a typeface. I was expecting ‘the cap S’ or ‘the italic lowercase’ or something like that. But he answered without hesitation:…
  • Word of the Week: Raffish

    Nancy Friedman
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Raffish: Disreputable, vulgar, sleazy; also (and more commonly now) mischievous, offbeat, showing an attractive disregard for conventional behavior. I’ve been doing some research into brand names that end in -ish, so a recent tweet from word guy James Harbeck caught my attention: The adjectival suffix -ish signifies “having the qualities of [the noun it’s attached to].” So if raffish is “having the qualities of raff,” what is “raff”? It turns out that raff goes back to Middle English. Back in the late 14th century, according to the OED, it meant “a class or group of people…
  • Here a Meow, There a Meow, Everywhere a Meow Meow

    Nancy Friedman
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    I’m serious. Everywhere. First sighting: in a story from early September about a BBC radio announcer (oops, presenter) who admitted snorting a drug called mephedrone—street name “meow meow.”Precisely how meow meow got that sobriquet is subject to some debate, but it may derive from the drug’s chemical name, 4-methylmethcathinone, or MM-CAT for short. According to a 2011 Mindhacks postjournalists (and one anonymous Wikipedia editor) were responsible for popularizing the feline nickname. Then I attended a performance at Berkeley Repertory Theatre by the post-post-modern cabaret artist…
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    Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writers

  • Comic: Why You Should Always Proofread Your Email Before Hitting 'SEND'

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
  • #BookADay: A HITCH AT THE FAIRMONT by Jim Averbeck, illustrated by Nick Bertozzi

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    #BookADay: A HITCH AT THE FAIRMONT by Jim Averbeck, with very cool chapter heading comic illustrations by Nick Bertozzi. Fun and satisfying read with some great twists, and I loved the fact that young Jack is an artist.   Advice for new illustrators and writers from Jim Averbeck from his interview on Kidlit411.com: "Grow a thick skin. Get great teachers. Challenge yourself. Value yourself. Put all of your heart into each story, but don’t put all of your heart into only one story. Surround yourself with creative people. And if you can manage to get hold of a trust fund, do…
  • Comic: The Leaf

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
  • #BookADay: WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Just finished WE WERE LIARS by Emily Lockhart. Totally lives up to the hype, I have to say.  It's a novel I definitely want to reread (if you've read the novel yourself, you know why). In hunting down interviews with the author, I was intrigued by the fact that Emily rewrote the novel multiple times as well as reorganizing "over and over." This hard work clearly paid off. What I loved most: the voice. I only had to read a sample excerpt to be hooked, and immediately bought the book for my Kindle. You can find out more about E. Lockhart and her work at EmilyLockhart.com. If you're on…
  • To fellow Canucks: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend!

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Self-Publishing Success Story: Lisa Genova

    James Grimsby
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
    Lisa Genova is a trained neuroscientist whose debut novel, Still Alice, is about a woman with an early onset form of Alzheimer’s, who has to learn to cope with the way her life is changing. Genova self-published her book in 2007 with iUniverse, and it was picked up by Simon & Schuster in 2009, and ...
  • Review: Blood Line by John J. Davis

    James Grimsby
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Blood Line is the debut novel of the Granger Spy thriller series by John J. Davis, following the enigmatic Ron Granger and his unusually talented family – thoughtful and unstoppable wife, Valerie, curious and intuitive daughter, Leecy – after what seems to be a simple home invasion turns out to be something far more serious than ...
  • Ten Ways To Use A Professional Book Review

    Cate Baum
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Often at Self-Publishing Review we are asked, “What can I do with my book review once I purchase it?” So here is a list of ten uses for your review to garner sales and exposure. 1. Editorial Review section on Amazon The Editorial Reviews Section on your Amazon Author Central profile is an all-important showcase ...
  • Review: The Ituni Experience by Forbes Skinner

    T B Markinson
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Have you ever met someone who has almost accidentally cut off his leg with a chainsaw, set himself on fire trying to light a cigarette, who was thrown from a tractor, and lived to tell about it? Meet Forbes Skinner, author of The Ituni Experience: The Trials of a Chainsaw Logger. In his memoir, Skinner ...
  • Review: Legacy of Leadership – Zenon C.R. Hansen by Steve Myers

    Cate Baum
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Zenon Hansen was an all-American enterpreneur with motivational skills who became the president of Mack Trucks, one of the biggest trucking companies in America. Starting off as an Eagle Scout, he won a badge that led him to give his life to the Boy Scout movement. Pitched by writer Steve Myers as an inspirational read ...
 
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    WritersWeekly.com - Freelance Writing Ezine

  • BookLocker - Your Book Deserves the Best

    15 Oct 2014 | 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 October 15th

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    New markets and freelance writing jobs.
  • Whispers And Warnings For October 15th

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    FURTHER PROOF THAT NOT ALL DOCTORS ARE SMART, NOR UNSELFISH! Nancy Snyderman Breaches Ebola Protocol "Nancy Snyderman, the NBC News doctor who recently returned from Liberia, breached the Ebola protocol for quarantine set for those exposed to others diagnosed with the disease." IS MICROSOFT USING DMCA NOTICES TO STOP CRITICISM OF WINDOWS? Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers "Microsoft has sparked fury among the faithful following a DMCA takedown trawl that snared innocent Windows bloggers." WHO DO YOU BELIEVE? Fresno heart surgeon sues man for defamation "A…
  • Writing About The Minutia Of Life Can Be Quite Profitable! By Rebecca MacKenzie

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    It's no secret that everyday experiences are fodder for writers. Readers relate to everyday experiences. Often, though, we writers think we've exhausted all our everyman material, and have nothing to write. Such thinking is nonsense. Right off the cliched top of my head, I can think of a well-known example where writing success has been the result of making something out of nothing: Seinfeld (the "show about nothing").
  • Can You Pay Writers Via Paypal?

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    I have reviewed your writer's guidelines and I want to write for you. I am not in the United States. Can you pay for articles using PayPal? - M.R.
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    Writing Forward

  • Writing Tips: Show, Don’t Tell

    Melissa Donovan
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Show, don’t tell — what does that mean? The first time I heard the advice “Show, don’t tell,” I was young and it confused me. Show what? Isn’t writing all about telling a story? At the time, I shrugged it off as some kind of mysterious double-talk, but the phrase kept popping up: show, don’t tell. It rolled off my teachers’ tongues. I spotted it in books and articles on the craft of writing. A couple of times, it appeared in red on my papers with an arrow pointing to a specific sentence or paragraph. Then, I took a poetry class and had a big…
  • Why The Right Word Choices Result in Better Writing

    Melissa Donovan
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Find out how the right word choices result in better writing. Have you ever read a sentence and wondered what it was trying to say? Ever gotten hung up on a word that felt out of place because the meaning of the word didn’t fit the context? When was the last time you spotted a word that was unnecessarily repeated throughout a page, chapter, or book? There are two sides to any piece of writing. The first is the message, idea, or story. The other side is the craft of stringing words together into sentences and using sentences to build paragraphs. Adept writing flows smoothy and makes…
  • What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers

    Melissa Donovan
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers. Good fiction is comprised of many different elements: believable characters, realistic dialogue, and compelling plots. Every decent story has a beginning, middle, and end. Intriguing tales are built around conflict and are rich with themes and symbols. And those are just the basics. It can be pretty overwhelming. Fiction writing is hard work. It requires a complex and diverse set of skills. Stringing words together into sentences only scratches the surface of what goes into good fiction writing. Fiction that is truly worthwhile is layered with…
  • How to Develop Your Best Novel Writing Ideas

    Melissa Donovan
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    How many novel writing ideas do you need? Writing a novel is no small task. In fact, it’s a momentous task. Some writers spend years just eking out a first draft, followed by years of revisions. And that’s before they even think about the grueling publishing process. In other words, you’re going to spend a lot of time with your novel. So you better love it. No, wait–loving it is not enough. You have to be in love with it. You have to be obsessed with it. And obsessions cannot be forced. It’s normal to lose interest when you’re on your tenth revision, but…
  • From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Couplets and Quatrains

    Melissa Donovan
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Couplets and quatrains, a poetry writing exercise. Today’s writing exercise comes from 101 Creative Writing Exercises, which takes writers on an adventure through different forms and genres while offering tools, techniques, and inspiration for writers. Each chapter focuses on a different form or writing concept: freewriting, journaling, memoirs, fiction, storytelling, form poetry, free verse, characters, dialogue, creativity, and article and blog writing are all covered. Today, we’ll take a peek at “Chapter Seven: Form Poetry” with a poetry exercise called “Couplets and…
 
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    iDefine TV

  • How To Make It In The Music Industry | Blueprint To Successful Music Career

    iDefine TV
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Wondering how to make it in the music industry? During The International Music Conference in downtown Atlanta on September 13, 2014, we were able to sit down with two experts who dropped a lot of nuggets about the music business. Here’s the perfect blueprint… artists guide on how to make it in the music industry with Alexis Kimbrough and Chester Wilkins. For exclusive coverage from The International Music Conference checkout  iDefine TV on any Roku Player or TV! Related Posts:YouTube To Delete Independent Artists & Labels From…Can Passion, a Video Camera & Widows…
  • Can Passion, a Video Camera & Widows Movie Maker Create Video?

    iDefine TV
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Passion, drive and ingenuity can create a video. Over the weekend I had the opportunity to run into a buddy if mine’s mentee. This fellow is in high school with a dream of going big in music. He’ll be a junior this coming school year. What I like about TJ is his ability to ask questions with the intention to gain understanding and knowledge. Like last summer he asked me about video cameras and videography. He shared with me what he was on a mission to accomplish. Now, let’s fast forward to this summer. I run into TJ and he tells me he has purchased a couple video cameras off…
  • YouTube To Delete Independent Artists & Labels From Site

    iDefine TV
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Have you heard or read about the major change YouTube is in the process of making? If you’re an independent music artist or independent music label, then you’d want to pay close attention. Above is the screenshot of the YouTube Is About To Delete Independent Artists From Its Site article found on Forbes. It actually says in a matter of days they will be removing independent music from its site. It will be interesting to see how this looks and how this will actually work for YouTube. Don’t you agree? The bigger picture is this… isn’t it time for the indie music…
  • WEBINAR: Bulletproof Your Marketing… Video Marketing Strategies….

    iDefine TV
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Free Webinar Here’s what we will go over during this webinar… The POWER Behind Doing Video The Most EFFECTIVE Style of Video To Build Your Credibility, Expert & Authority Status Why You SHOULD BE Doing Video Like Yesterday We’ll Share A Powerful STRATEGY To Developing Effective Video Content… You Don’t Want To Miss This. SIMPLE… Yet Powerful! How To Get Started With Video To GROW Your Bottom Line How To Get Help To LEVERAGE What You Are Good At, So That Others Will Know, Too Register Today! Related Posts:How to Use Video to Reach CustomersSimple Small…
  • Are You Attending The Opportunity UP Conference?

    iDefine TV
    13 Dec 2013 | 4:32 pm
    Have you heard about the Opportunity UP Conference? How about Daymond John, co-founder of FUBU and Shark from ABC’s hit show Shark Tank? Are you seeking small business marketing advice or need access to investors to grow your business? Then you must attend the Opportunity UP Conference in Atlanta, GA. It’s an event poised to be the most impacting three (3) day conference you will ever attend. It’s for any entrepreneur who may be seeking small business marketing advice, angel investors or simply network with potential new partners or co-founders. Each day is set to take you…
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    Letters of Note

  • Letters of Note on NPR

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

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

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

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

    Shaun Usher
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:32 am
    In 1932, renowned Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung wrote a largely critical piece for Europäische Revue on the subject of Ulysses, James Joyce's groundbreaking, controversial, and famously challenging novel. From Jung's essay:I read to page 135 with despair in my heart, falling asleep twice on the way. The incredible versatility of Joyce’s style has a monotonous and hypnotic effect. Nothing comes to meet the reader, everything turns away from him, leaving him gaping after it. The book is always up and away, dissatisfied with itself, ironic, sardonic, virulent, contemptuous, sad, despairing,…
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    Blair Hurley

  • How Do You Carry the Fire?

    blairhurley
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today’s post title comes from Cormac McCarthy. In his incendiary novel The Road, his main character, an unnamed boy, keeps reminding his father that they’re “carrying the fire.” It’s an unexplained refrain with unmistakable spiritual overtones; the idea that they are keeping something of humanity alight within them. This is an old connection that many religions make between human beings and fire. We are the only species to keep and use fire, after all, and so we see it as our sacred duty to maintain it, to keep it alive. The Bible tells us not to keep our light…
  • It’s supposed to be hard: why anything worth doing feels awful while you’re doing it

    blairhurley
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
     Image by Christian Ferrari In the never-ending quest for self-improvement, I started a modest exercise regimen this summer, of running increasing distances three times a week. Readers, I am not a runner. When I run, my entire body seems to protest. I wheeze and my arms flap, my heart pounds and my ribs heave. Particularly in the beginning, every workout felt miserable. The first few times I ran, I found myself stopping after a little while, gasping for breath. “Is it supposed to feel like this?” I kept asking my running partner. Patiently, he told me, it is, it’s supposed…
  • New Story Available in Nerve Cowboy!

    blairhurley
    2 May 2014 | 8:15 am
    I’m delighted to report that a story I wrote nearly four years ago, “Enjoy Our Fair City”, has found a home at the literary magazine Nerve Cowboy. I found out about Nerve Cowboy through my usual flipping through databases of magazines, but thought there was something especially charming about this journal; it’s edgy, fun, and full of attitude. I’m honored to have my story published in the journal; be sure to check it out!
  • Are You a Binge Reader?

    blairhurley
    29 Mar 2014 | 12:38 pm
    I saw an interesting post on the New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog the other day about a new trend in entertainment consumption that book publishers are trying to capitalize on. We’ve all heard of “binge watching” as the new it term for sitting down and bombing through an entire season of “Battlestar Galactica” or “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix; there’s something absolutely addictive not only in the way the episodes are framed these days, but even in the way they’re queued on our computers, inviting us to watch more and more. Now…
  • At a Writer’s Colony

    blairhurley
    18 Aug 2013 | 7:23 am
    I’m excited to report that this month I’m trying something new in my writing career. For the rest of August I’ll be at a writing and art colony in upstate New York, focusing exclusively on my own writing projects. Some of my goals include finishing the novel editing and starting some new short stories that I’ve been kicking around my head for a while. This does mean that posts will be a little slower around Writerly Life for a little while. I’ll try to send along updates when I can, but my focus is to really stay off the grid as much as possible for the next few weeks. I have no…
 
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    Mysterious Matters: Mystery Publishing Demystified

  • Technology, Blah Blah Blah

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

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

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

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

    Agatho
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    ... you referred to your manuscript as a "fiction novel." ... your book was previously published by an e-book publisher and now you want a print version of it. ... the first paragraph of your cover letter had misspellings or grammatical errors. ... you sent me a boilerplate email telling me you are "seeking representation." I'm not an agent. ... you want me to publish something that you have already self-published (badly) on Amazon. ... your manuscript was 150,000 words. ... I don't like or trust your agent. ... your book has no marketing handles, no easily-told…
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    Punctuality Rules!

  • 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.
  • I Salute You

    --Deb
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    Here’s a question for you: When you write an email, do you include a salutation? You know, the “Dear John,” or even something as simple as a person’s name at the top. I was reading an old blog post on Linda Formicelli’s excellent Renegade Writers site the other day that was discussing whether or not to use an editor’s first name when sending a query letter. This made me realize that, most of the time, I don’t bother starting my emails with names at all. I usually just jump right into the meat of the message. I addressed this back in 2008, when I…
  • Being Carded

    --Deb
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Let’s talk about business cards, shall we? It’s true that a lot of business is done electronically, these days, and it’s not like we pay polite visits that require calling cards anymore. (Though, let’s pause a moment and reflect on a society that used to have time to ramble from house to house on any given morning, leaving a bread crumb trail of finely printed cardboard behind to mark each stop.) No, these days, we’re busy. Time is of the essence and some days, we’re lucky to send a text message. And besides … business cards? Isn’t there an app for that? Just a swipe on…
  • What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

    --Deb
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Here’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately. If I were doing something else, what would it be? Or, how about: If I could do anything I wanted, what would it be? Sometimes life imposes changes that you have to make, and this can be hard and frustrating. Heart-breaking. Terrifying. Life changes are scary, people. But, here’s the thing. Change can be scary, but it also opens up the door to so many possibilities you might not even be aware of. I’ve been told by many people who lost their jobs or otherwise had unforeseen Life Changes forced upon them that, after…
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    Nicola Furlong » Blog

  • The Clutter Queen Spills by Barbara McDonell

    Nicola Furlong
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Another former student of my electronic publishing course has just self-published, and this time it’s a nifty non-fiction how to book. Barbara McDonell, aka The Clutter Queen, has released The Clutter Queen Spills, offering DIY unclutter and organize secrets from a pro, with giggles guaranteed! Clutter Queen Spills by Barbara McDonell Written specifically for women and their clutter challenges, it’s a practical and humorous 133-page self-help guide that provides hundreds of tips to help you unclutter your world! 3 simple DIY steps Client stories with before and after photos 5-10…
  • The Christian BookWorm Features Heartsong by Nicola Furlong

    Nicola Furlong
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    The Christian Book Worm Digs Heartsong! TheChristianBookWorm.com has just chosen Heartsong, Book 1 of the Sisterhood of Shepherds series, to be featured as one of “Christian’s Favorites” on their home page. Why not let it blossom in your heart? “Looking forward to the next book so I can again share in the warmth and humor of this active family…Enjoyed the book and found it heart warming…An uplifting reading experience of love, caring, family, friends, healing, & resolving.” Heartsong on Amazon #AmReading #GoodRead The post The Christian BookWorm Features Heartsong by…
  • A Most Precious Gift by Jacqueline Freeman Wheelock

    Nicola Furlong
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    My terrific publisher Mantle Rock has added another novel to its list. A Most Precious Gift by Jacqueline Freeman Wheelock is a fine historical romance. A Most Precious Gift by Jacqueline Freeman WheelockDinah Devereaux, New Orleans-born slave and seamstress, suddenly finds herself relegated to a sweltering kitchen on the Natchez, Mississippi town estate of Riverwood. Having never cooked a day in her life, she is terrified of being found out and banished to the cotton fields as was her mother before her. But when she accidentally burns the freedom papers of Jonathan Mayfield, a handsome free…
  • Okay Hell on Wheels – Episode 406 ‘Bear Man’ Stunk

    Nicola Furlong
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    Why didn’t the ‘white woman’ leap on Elam’s horse to escape his abuse? How could she be whip-smart enough to hook the ‘Bear Man’ into getting her out of White Feather’s camp, but so plank-dumb that she stumbles past his stallion to flee fruitlessly on foot? In order to enjoy many historical TV series, I (and every other woman on the planet) must endure the appalling maltreatment of women. This is bloody hard. Often, overwhelmed by fury and frustration, I abandon these shows as gratuitously misogynistic, and tokens to the testosterone-addled world of movies and television. Like…
  • Crafty Gardener Loves Heartsong by Nicola Furlong

    Nicola Furlong
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    The CraftyGardener Loves HEARTSONG “…loved the gardening quotes at the beginning of each chapter. HEARTSONG is the story of family love, sorrow, regrets, and forgiveness…I enjoyed reading and I’ll look forward to the next book in this series.” Why not let it blossom in your heart? #MustRead #GoodRead The post Crafty Gardener Loves Heartsong by Nicola Furlong appeared first on Nicola Furlong.
 
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    Sean McManus's Writing blog

  • Download my Scratch demo files in the Raspberry Pi Store

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

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

    Sean McManus
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    One of the biggest challenges that organisations face is finding and identifying the right talent, so I'm pleased to announce the publication of a book that helps to address that problem. The Interviewer's Pocketbook is a compact guide for hiring managers, showing how they can plan for and conduct successful recruitment interviews. A successful interview is one in which you can identify the right
  • Using the Raspberry Pi Minecraft API in the new version of Raspbian

    Sean McManus
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    The Raspberry Pi Foundation updated the Raspbian software the week before last. The good news is that Minecraft is now preinstalled in Raspbian, so you can start playing it, and more importantly programming it in Python, straight away. However, it installs into a new location, so you might need to update any programs you've written so they can find the Minecraft Raspberry Pi API. Here's the code
  • New photos from China, San Francisco, Blackpool and a hot air balloon

    Sean McManus
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    If you follow me on Twitter, you might know that I'm still updating my travel photography gallery. The latest galleries are China, San Francisco, Blackpool (including Dr Who in the illuminations), and Hot Air Ballooning. Here are a couple of samples. Click them to go through to the full galleries. You can browse the full gallery here. Photo of the Shanghai Pudong skyline by day Cathedral of
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • FOOK, OFF DA HOOK!

    MikeFook
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    I know some of you probably think I’m an Ass. I come across that way sometimes. I’m funny though. I’m a likable guy once you get to know me. Here, I’ll share something with you… aawww, sharing time, right? I feel like you should get to know me a little bit better. I mean, you’ve been reading this stuff how long? I know, I know… I’ll go ahead and file this under the WTF category.
  • Massive Article – How to Write a Fiction Novel – 8,000+ Words

    MikeFook
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:06 pm
    I’ve been working on a beast of an article. I hadn’t planned to write it, but I saw so many other authors doing it, and I thought since I’ve written so many books and had some success at sales at Amazon and other places I’d write one myself. I’m 8,500 words into it and not sure where it’s all going to end. It is one of the most helpful articles I’ve ever written. To be clear, this piece doesn’t tell you how to create amazing characters and stories. It’s more about the flow of the process of writing an ebook. Will probably release Monday…
  • Kindle Scout – a New Digital Publishing Option for Authors

    MikeFook
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    FICTION WRITERS If you’ve heard Joe Konrath, Hugh Howey, or some other lucky authors blab about getting the special treatment over at Amazon, any of us writing fiction can submit to this new program and get similar treatment. Amazon just came out with a new program – Kindle Scout. You submit your 50,000+ word manuscript to them, ready to sell – with a professionally done cover. They look it over and give it to a bunch of readers to preview. If they like it, Amazon will offer to publish your book. They give you $1,500 and give you 50% of royalties for the next 5 years. You…
  • 8 Things About Mike You Didn’t Know

    MikeFook
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Time to share… 8. I drove in the Presidential motorcade in Hawaii on H-1 freeway! Yes, I was in charge of Hickam Air Force Base’s Details program and I volunteered for that detail myself. I drove Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s personal secretaries and 2 other members of the staff in a limousine from Hickam AFB and to their hotel in Waikiki. I also drove various dignitaries to places around Honolulu as needed. 7. One time when I was 13 I was hunting deer in the deep woods in Pennsylvania with two uncles that left me in one spot from 4:30 a.m. until after 6 p.m. I had some crackers and…
  • Book Sales Declining? What to Do?

    MikeFook
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:05 pm
    The storm is moving in, if it isn’t already on top of you. What are you going to do as your book sales decline? Over the past few months, after a less than spectacular Christmas season at Amazon for book sales, I’ve seen a drop-off in sales that seems like it is going to last for a while. Possibly forever. Over the past eight years I’ve been selling ebooks and there have been some ups and downs, but they always came back to a nice level that I couldn’t complain about. The drops have never lasted more than two or three months, but this one appears to be more serious.
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    About that Writing thing.

  • Thoughts on Transgressive writing.

    Shannon Barber
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    I’m reading the (affiliate link ahead) Burnt Tongues. This is the love child from Chuckpalahniuk.net. The anthology is okay. Even if I didn’t know it was Palahniuk related I’d know inside two stories. If you are a fan of that style you’ll like it. I don’t really feel too strongly about the actual work in the anthology. Most of the stories so far rely fairly heavily on the gross out mode of transgression, I’m halfway in and so far vomit, obsession, some kind of mental deficiency. The sort of things that are SHOCKING OMG GROSS OH NO. Overall none of the…
  • Welcome To Bordertown the review.

    Shannon Barber
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    I finished (sorry this is an affiliate link, I know it sucks, but I like extra book money) Welcome to Bordertown. Okay so the short version is I enjoyed it for the most part. Good stories, I like the world of Bordertown. Now okay here is the deeper longer thing. For extra background see here, the history of Bordertown. And okay. So immediately within two stories, I realized a couple of things were going to be a problem for me as a reader. First thing, did you know Elves are White? Honestly through most of the book there is that hammer of Whiteness that is magical creatures. I had to put it…
  • Books and things.

    Shannon Barber
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    I’m almost done with the Borderlands Anthology. I’ll review it when I’m done. Essentially (thank you for clarifying for me Nalo  H.) I was mistaken about the stories being more interactive with each other. So that disappointment is kind of whatever. The rest. Well yeah. It’s been a struggle. It is the same struggle I have with 90% of the genre reading I do and yeah I’m gonna talk about it more. What else? Um there’s more bullshit happening regarding Alt lit and it’s pretty fucking awful and I think I’m just yeah. First read this. TW for sexual…
  • Well I’m just not good for that thing.

    Shannon Barber
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    I had the most wonderful beautiful conversation with my friend and publisher Milcah. My decision to partner with her and become a Self Caring couple of boss ass bitches power couple was definitely sound. I feel like I can say this now but quite a while back I had some nibbles of interest from more mainstream outlets and frankly, what they wanted was the generic watered down Shannon and I said no. I’m so glad. This is what’s right. After our conversation I laid in bed and ate a sandwich and thought more about some stuff our convo stirred up. One of the things that I have been…
  • Some thoughts on Genre Fiction, the reader who also writes edition.

    Shannon Barber
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Okay for my purposes and thought processes, when I say genre fiction I’m including Horror, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, SF, Spec fit etc. I started reading the last in the Borderland series of anthologies this week. The whole reason I wanted to read it was because I heard Nalo Hopkinson’s piece in it via Podcastle and wanted more of that world. I also did some research and whatnot and I’m having a problem with this book already. I learned a bit more about the background of this world and everything and was really looking forward to it. Going from the impression I got in Nalo…
 
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    Writing from the Twelfth House

  • We still need ritual!

    Anne Whitaker
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    In his wonderful book  ‘The Sacred and the Profane’, famed historian of religion Mircea Eliade observes that even modern people who reject the tenets of religious belief and practice are unconsciously nourished by the memory of the sacred. As he observes in the Introduction, “the wholly desacralised cosmos …is a recent discovery in the history of the human spirit.”(p 13) He makes the point that we still need ritual, even in this materialist culture of ours. He says “What is found in the profane (ie non-religious) world is a radical secularisation of…
  • Into the Deep: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto cross the I.C.

    Anne Whitaker
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    I’m often asked about what clients/students can expect when the biggies, ie Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, cross the Imum Coeli or I.C. Well, here is an account of one person’s experiences, ie mine! Do not worry, those of you in the throes of one of those heavy duty, life changing transits. I’ve had all of them cross my I.C and I’m still here…( as far as I know…) Although this article was written and published in the mid/late 1990s I thought it was worth posting on “Astrology: Questions and Answers”.. It’s been the most-read-ever article on…
  • Autumn: a Scottish poet’s take in words and images – with optional fairy…

    Anne Whitaker
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    “…And I rose In rainy autumn And walked abroad in a shower of all my days…” How I love those lines from Dylan Thomas’ magnificent “Poem in October”. On the first rainy, cooling, leaf-blown October day each year – that’s today, where we live! - I dig out my battered old copy of Thomas’ Collected Poems to read “Poem in October” to myself, whilst gazing out of our third floor window into the Botanic Gardens below, just beginning to unfold its autumn glory. Mabon Moon This year, I also have the pleasure of presenting a…
  • Inspiration needed! Find it here…

    Anne Whitaker
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Today I have been most inspired and uplifted by a wonderfully accessible, lucid,  reasonable, rational and open-minded statement which puts that fundamentalism which has so narrowed the general scope of scientific enquiry firmly in its place – but without being the least bit offensive in the process of doing so. Earth from Space – from Mokko studio It also reminds us that we live in an inter-connected, multi-levelled Cosmos; our knowledge both of what we now know and what we do NOT know, should be turning us away from narrow position-taking towards open-mindedly and…
  • The Scottish Independence Referendum: a Scottish astrologer’s view

    Anne Whitaker
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    Just posted on Astrology: Questions and Answers: To read my thoughts on the Scottish Independence Referendum, viewed through the lens of the larger, and extremely turbulent, contemporary world picture, click HERE  Scotland’s HoroscopeFiled under: 01 - New Posts: January 2014 onwards, An astrologer's 'take' : the Scottish Independence Referendum Tagged: Scotland, Scotland's Horoscope, Scottish Independence Referendum
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    Every Person Is a Philosopher

  • Journal of Ordinary Thought – Still Alive

    admin
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Today on the Front Porch we take a moment to look back at what was, to celebrate the present of what is, and to share the future of what will be. Just eleven months ago you read a post here about the dissolution of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance. Today, we’re here to tell you that the Journal [...]
  • Banned Book Week

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    Banned Book Week is September 21 through September 27. The Chicago Public Library has many events planned, follow the link to their Celebrate Banned Books Week web page.  Chicago as a whole has several events at various locations, (follow links for details): Banned Book Week Display at after-words’ bookstore, 23 E. Illinois St. Banned Book [...]
  • Thoughts on Youth Violence

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:59 pm
    I have been remiss in blog posts for various reasons over the past several months. For this, I apologize. The Every Person Is a Philosopher blog remains in operation along with the Journal of Ordinary Thought, and I will try to post more frequently. Today, on The Front Porch, Ida Watanabe from our King Branch workshop, [...]
  • Remembering Writer Mayi Ojisua by Donna Kiser

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Please help to plant blooming flowers, become a harvest to others.                                      Mayi Ojisua On September 6 Chicago lost another extraordinary voice when Mayi Ojisua passed into peace. He was a musician, a poet, a painter, a dreamer, believer, and [...]
  • JOT Workshops Calling Teaching Artists

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:58 pm
    To Migrate to this Place Delores Tolliver Hall Branch Workshop When children can walk and play in their neighborhood and parents have no fear, I have migrated to the right place. When the color of skin is removed from the heart that once determined or classified another, I have migrated to the right place. When [...]
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    Working Writers

  • The Difference Between Being an Expert and Being a Fan

    Guest Post
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    Have you noticed that it seems these days everyone is an expert? I use an app called ZITE on my iPad and in the morning I flip through all the stories that the app finds relevant to my interests. Out of the maybe 50 or 60 stories it shares with me, I open maybe 5 […]
  • World Wide Blog Hop

    Cherie
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    I’m answering four questions from Cyndi Lavin for the World Wide Blog Hop. Here’s what she asked: What am I working on? Right now, I’m writing a first draft of a women’s fiction novel, spiffing up a yet-to-be published romance I wrote last year, writing for my freelance clients (all nonfiction) and working on a […]
  • Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle: How to Maximize Existing Content and Generate Quick, Helpful Ideas to Cut Your Blogging Time in Half

    Guest Post
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    By now we’ve all heard the endless chatter about Google’s issues with duplicate content. In the past, we could easily re-run pieces in a variety of places. Some experts I know reused articles as many as twenty times, but if you do that now you may find your site in a lot of trouble and […]
  • How to Turn a Freebie Lover Into a Super Fan

    Guest Post
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    A few years ago I worked on a project with Days of Our Lives. For those of you who grew up with soap operas (or maybe still try to catch them from time to time) you know that this show has been on the air for 47-odd years. A couple of years ago they released […]
  • Seven Steps to Successful Online Promotion

    Guest Post
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    You’ve done the research and now you’re implementing your strategy. Do you know if it’s working? The truth is, we sometimes get so caught up in the “doing” that we don’t take time to see if we’re spending our time wisely. It’s important to know how to evaluate your marketing, and this is something you’ll […]
 
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    Sara Dobie Bauer's Blog

  • Urban Midnight: Embrace your inner psychopath

    saradobiebauer
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    A chat with the director. There’s a secret I hide. Few people know this secret, and they have kept quiet for the past twelve years. They can now break their silence, as I make this astounding announcement: I used to be an actress. When writer pal Rasheda Poe asked me to be in her short film, I hedged. I was vague. I told her I wasn’t “actually an actress.” This is untrue. In high school, I was Theater Student of the Year as a senior. I earned my varsity letter as a thespian. In college, I minored in acting. My last stage show was in 2002, and I haven’t acted…
  • Lesson Learned

    saradobiebauer
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    A week ago today, my short story, “Don’t Ball the Boss,” was published in one of my favorite literary magazines, Stoneslide Corrective. I’d been waiting months for the big unveiling, and when I saw my story (mine) flash across the homepage, I was thrilled. Then, something unexpected happened. Well. I mean, nothing happened. I don’t know if I expected a call from Stephen Colbert, inviting me to be on his show. Maybe a couple literary agents on my front stoop, begging to sign me? Helicopters circling my house? Nope. Nothing. Radio silence. I thought publishing was supposed to make me…
  • “Don’t Ball the Boss” featured in Stoneslide Corrective and playful smut ensues

    saradobiebauer
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    “Don’t Ball the Boss” is a whopper of a good time. If you’re offended by homosexuality, cussing, or super hot British actors, do not read. This hilarious and irreverent short story is featured in The Stoneslide Corrective today, and I dedicate every word to the adoring Cumber Collective and/or my Cumberbitches (depending on how you identify). Definitely rated R. Don’t Ball the Boss by Sara Dobie Bauer Rule number one: don’t fuck the boss. Even if he is doing that thing he does when he’s nervous. He pulls on the cuffs of his dress shirt. I don’t think he…
  • BOOK REVIEW: Hate List by Jennifer Brown

    saradobiebauer
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    Five months ago, Valerie’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire in their high school cafeteria. He targeted people who made their “Hate List:” a collection of people who harassed them, picked on them, and made their lives at Garvin High a living hell. Valerie had no idea he was going to go this far, but in his way, Nick did it for her. To stop the bloodshed, Valerie ended up getting shot before Nick took his own life. Now, Valerie must return to her high school with an injured leg and face the consequences of Nick’s actions and their shared Hate List—which of course made the news. People…
  • Need feedback: BITE SOMEBODY query letter

    saradobiebauer
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Query letters are supposed to be catchy, succinct, and intriguing. They’re also a pain in the ass to write. As I prepare to sell my manuscript, Bite Somebody, I must first prepare a dreaded query letter. That’s where you come in. Kindly read the following query letter and tell me if it a) makes you wanna read my book and b) flows and/or makes sense. If all goes well, maybe I’ll mention you in the Acknowledgments. Bite Somebody Query Letter: First Draft All Celia wanted was her first bite and a cute boyfriend. She expected her life to change when she became a vampire, but…
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    Elizabeth Spann Craig

  • How to Write Compelling and Balanced Backstory

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    By Jeni Chappelle, @jenichappelle Writers often spend hours creating a realistic and compelling backstory for each major character in their novels. After all that hard work, it’s natural to want to include as much of that as you can. But there’s a fine line between clarifying a character’s past and writing too much backstory. Readers don’t usually need to know much of the characters’ history in order to engage with the story. Here are some ways to help you find the right balance. The Four I’s First, let’s revisit what makes an engaging backstory. Only include backstory that fits…
  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 23,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. Why Humorous Fantasy Isn’t Popular:  http://ow.ly/CyKNw @mharoldpage 11 best practices for working with an editor: http://ow.ly/CyKND  @awsamuel 5 Tips How to Write and Sell a Picture Book with a Plot:  http://ow.ly/CyKNH @plotwhisperer The Craft of Outlining:  http://ow.ly/CyKNL…
  • Tips for Better Mystery Writing

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    Thanks for French writer Frédérique Molay  for guest posting today.  A quick note that I’m posting on the Writers on the Storm blog today on Making Our Content Work Harder for Us.  Thanks! by Frédérique Molay  So just how do you write a good mystery? Well, I’m going to have to disappoint. I don’t have a secret recipe—for mystery writing, that is. I do have one to make delicious cookies, hot from the oven, but my repertoire doesn’t have step-by-step instructions for writing a good novel. There is some good news though: it is possible to list some of the ingredients that…
  • Add an Element of Mystery to Every Genre

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    by Kathryn Jones, @Kakido The Secret of the Old Clock…The Bungalow Mystery…The Mystery of Lilac Inn… I was twelve-years-old when I began reading Nancy Drew mysteries by Carolyn Keene.  Nancy not only drew me in to her stories, making me feel like a part of them, she made me feel like one of the sleuths.  And if I solved the mystery before Nancy or one of her friends, I felt especially smart. As an adult, I enjoy writing novels and stories with elements of mystery in them.  In 2002, I published my first novel, “A River of Stones.”  This book, though not specifically a mystery…
  • Goals: On Setting the Bar Low

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig I mentioned a couple of months ago that I’d been going to physical therapy since July for a back issue I’d been having (from sitting.  Don’t believe that writing isn’t dangerous). I’ve been an extremely good patient, if I do say so myself.  I’ve done my daily stretches and other exercises. I attended all of my PT appointments. The only time I balked was early last month when my physical therapist asked me to start going to the gym to use the weight machines.  As soon as Carol finished her sentence, I was ready with excuses. I have no…
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    Litopia All Shows

  • Soul of the Hooligan

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Football hooligans! The words are enough to strike terror into the hearts of the upstanding middle classes and have entire towns boarded up and quaking with fear. Garry’s guest has more than a casual acquaintance with the subject. Dougie Brimson, a former hooligan himself turned bestselling writer, is an expert. Join us tonight as we explore this controversial topic in depth. With over half a million books sold worldwide, Dougie’s first title was Everywhere We Go - first published in 1996, it remains a cult classic. His first novel, The Crew, held the #1 slot on the soccer charts of both…
  • Hygiene and the Assassin – Amélie Nothomb

    Litopia
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    Morbidly obese misery of a writer – and Nobel Laureate (topical) – more than meets his match in the slender and deadly Nina, who conducts the last interview of the writer’s life. Secrets are dredged up and, in a twist, it *is* pretty. Keep your daggers handy. This is going to get nasty. >>> Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the craft of…
  • Deadmau5 Takes The Mickey

    Litopia Writers Colony
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    He gets $425,000 for a gig – that’s a whole lot of cheese – and Joel Thomas Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5, is about to have the adventure of his life. The Walt Disney Company have finally woken up to the fact that Mr. Zimmerman’s rodentiatic trade mark bears some resemblance to their very own crown jewels… and they’re not happy.  Cue m’learned friends.  Someone’s getting pwn3d. Links to stories mentioned: EU Court: No Parody For You! European court rules that libraries can digitize books Deadmau5 fights Disney in mouse ear logo legal dispute Fan Arrested As…
  • Lars Frederiksen: Growing Up Punk

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Rancid are one of the world's biggest ever punk bands. Formed in California in 1991, they have sold more than four million albums worldwide. Vocalist and guitarist Lars Frederiksen has been with them since 1993, and he also fronts his own streetpunk band The Old Firm Casuals. Son of a Danish mother and an Italian-American father, Lars has devoted his life to his vision of punk and the old ideals of uniting different youth tribes against the system. Tonight, he speaks frankly to Garry about his childhood experiences growing up with gang violence, and how UK rock weekly Sounds helped him…
  • Susan Greenfield – Baroness of the Brain

    Litopia Writers Colony
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Baroness Susan Greenfield is one of the most interesting scientists alive on the planet. Reviled by some, admired by many, never short of a piercing insight and a provocative soundbite... Susan Greenfield is everywhere. But who is the real Susan Greenfield – and what is she really saying to us? On tonight’s show, we go head-to-head. And not just with our guest: but with her critics, too! >>>>>> Download the show as an audio file Subscribe in iTunes  
 
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    Nitpickers' Nook

  • Remove bias from discussions

    Columbia Books, LLC
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    How you frame a discussion can have a huge impact on how your team views and responds to situations. To avoid swaying their viewpoints, use these approaches: Listen first. Ask others to describe the situation before you chime in. Choose neutral words. If you say “crisis” or “opportunity,” for example, that’s how everyone will see further information and formulate their responses. Create two views. Describe important situations in more than one way. For example, have your team view what is happening as both a crisis and an opportunity. That will lead them to propose a wider variety…
  • Update those passé phrases

    Columbia Books, LLC
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    Just a few stodgy phrases can damage the effectiveness of any letter, email or memo you create. The following is a list of the worst offenders: “Yours truly” and “Sincerely yours.” Whomever you are writing to, you most likely are not really “theirs.” Avoid antiquated language in favor of a simple “Sincerely.” “Respectfully.” Many writers sign off with that closing—particularly when they have delivered bad news—in hopes of softening the blow. But that’s a hollow gesture that won’t make your reader feel any happier. “Please be advised …” Are…
  • What’s wrong with your to-do list

    Columbia Books, LLC
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    A to-do list is essential for effective time management, but a poorly written one is nothing more than a reminder of what you haven’t done. If your to-do list isn’t working for you, check whether any of these is the problem: It isn’t with you. If you can’t access your to-do list, it’s useless. Whether you choose a digital or paper format, you must be able to add items, update priorities and remind yourself what to do next throughout the day. It’s too long. You need two lists: one complete list of tasks and one just for today. Your daily to-do list should have only three to five…
  • Grammar lesson: bad vs. badly

    Columbia Books, LLC
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Even the most careful writers stumble when it comes to using the words bad” and “badly.” Which of the following sentences are correct? Our stock performed badly last year. Tim delegates badly. We felt badly about our stock’s performance last year. When I visited her in the hospital, she looked badly. Answer: Only the first two are correct. Because “badly” is an adverb, it describes the manner in which an action is performed. In the first two sentences, “performing” and “delegating” are action verbs, so it’s appropriate to use an adverb to describe how they are…
  • Words are Powerful; Use With Care, Media Expert Notes 

    Columbia Books, LLC
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    This is a guest post by Steve Kayser is an award-winning writer, editor, publisher, former radio host and founder of Kayser Media. It’s easy to take words for granted; most of us use them as effortlessly as we breathe. But words hold power that we often overlook at our own peril, says media expert Steve Kayser. “Language is the code that translates ideas so they can be shared. They give us an advantage in the natural world, which has enabled us to evolve as human beings,” says Kayser, author of “The Greatest Words You’ve Never Heard,” (www.stevekayser.com). “But in our personal…
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    The Write One Blog

  • How To Get Book Reviews For Your Book!

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

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

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

    Stefanie Newell
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:24 pm
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Book marketing on Facebook creates a unique opportunity for authors looking to gain maximum exposure for their books. Imagine creating a post that’s shared to your target ... The post Book Marketing On Facebook – 3 Methods To Boost Exposure appeared first on The Write One Blog.
  • How Writing A Book Can Advance Your Career

    Stefanie Newell
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Are you a professional looking to advance your career by writing a book? Author Stefanie Newell is interviewed by Eric B. Horn and shares exactly how writing ... The post How Writing A Book Can Advance Your Career appeared first on The Write One Blog.
 
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    Blogito Ergo Sum

  • My Heroes Have Always Been Human

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

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

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

    James Kiester
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    -I won’t rehash his biography, or list his extensive library of cinematic roles.  NBC Nightly News has already done that.  I’m not going to talk about his struggle with addiction, speculate on the causes of his depression, or try to discern the motives for his final solution.  A special episode of 20/20 will undoubtedly do that.  All I can do here, is to record my reaction to the August 11th suicide of, the comedy genius, Robin Williams.Photo courtesy of Amazon's Affiliate Program. In 1980, my father organized the parking garage for the, then brand new, Marriott Hotel,…
  • A Tradition Of Hate

    James Kiester
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:32 pm
    -On June 12th, 2014, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped, and later killed, in Gush Etzion, in the West Bank, as they were hitchhiking to their homes.  Under the assumption Hamas (a Palestinian Sunni Islamic organization, with a military wing known as the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades) committed the crime, the Israeli military began bombing Gaza.Since then, rockets have killed multiple civilians and destroyed infrastructure on both sides.  As the death toll has risen, diplomats have appeared on Meet The Press, and other talk shows, to explain their  solution to the…
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    Stories To Tell Books

  • Copyrighting Your Self-Published Book

    Sarah Hoggatt
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Is your book legally protected from copyright infringement? Would you be able to prove your rights to your work in a court of law? Though anything you create in written or viewable form is automatically copyrighted according to United States law, such a claim will not stand up in court. To prove you own the work, you need a certificate from the Copyright office at the Library of Congress. image courtesy of WikipediaIt’s a pretty easy process to obtain a copyright certificate. You fill out an application online, pay the fee (between $35 for online registration and $85 for paper…
  • Are Print Books Going Away? Not If Ikea Can Help It!

    Biff Barnes
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Are print books an endangered species? You can find plenty of people to argue either side of the question. But if you find the whole debate a bit tedious and would be happy to continue reading your print book, you’ll get a chuckle out of Swedish furniture retailer Ikea’s video announcement of its 2015 Catalog. Taking a swipe at Apple’s over the top product announcements, Ikea invites you to “experience the power of a “bookbook.” Listening to the description of a paper catalog in the language of the latest high tech gadgetry will warm the heart of anyone who…
  • Tips on How to Make Yourself a Better Writer?

    Biff Barnes
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    There has been a lot of advice on the web of late suggesting that writers can improve their productivity by paying attention to their environment, routine and work style. Here are four of the best posts on the subject: Courtesy of Acebrand on Pixab 7 Ways Your Physical Environment Can Help or Hinder Your Writing on Writing Forward Ali Luke examines external factors that may interfere with your productivity from a writer’s perspective. The Psychology of Writing and The Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine on Brain Pickings Maria Popova explores the issue productivity for…
  • 2nd Thoughts Before Choosing My Canvas To Print Your Family History Book

    Biff Barnes
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Ancestry has found a new home for My Canvas. There has been a good deal of celebrating in the genealogy community. At Stories To Tell we are always happy to see more opportunities for people to share their family history. But this is a good time to ask whether My Canvas, the best known place to publish a family history, is really the best way to create a family history book. Image courtesy of geralt on Pixabay There are two reasons My Canvas seems an attractive option to people who want to publish a family history, but don’t know much about how book publishing works. Ancestry’s…
  • Six Writing Tips to Add Drama to Your Story

    Biff Barnes
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    Every writer is looking for ways to enrich the characters, deepen the conflict and build a more dramatic story. Here are six great tips from around the web to help you do just that: Courtesy of Mats Halldin on Wikimedia under Creative CommonsThree Guidelines for Writing Villains from The Write Practice Story Structure: A Graphic You Can Use from Story Fix Boost Story Conflict By Exploring The Dark Side of Your Hero’s Best Qualities from Writers Helping Writers Painting a Scene vs. Dramatizing a Scene from Fiction University 3 Steps to Taking Your Character Further and Deeper –…
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    The GrammarPhile Blog

  • Words Religious

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

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

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Most word lovers love Scrabble™, the classic word game developed originally by Depression-era architect Alfred Butts, who sold the rights to James Brunot, who sold the rights to Selchow & Righter, which sold out completely to Coleco, which shortly thereafter went bankrupt, the assets of which were bought up by modern-day Hasbro. Here are some words for your next conquest. (Each word's basic score is in parentheses.) Memorize them and win all the challenges!
  • Omitting Parts of Verbs

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    As the summer winds down, we thought we'd post a short article and perhaps cause you to laugh (or at least chuckle a little). Hope you enjoy today's post.
  • A Great Moment in American Literature

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Rather than a grammar post this week, we chose to devote the post to a great moment in American literature. Whether you're in a lofty Manhattan skyscraper or an out-of-the-way home office in the Australian Outback, we hope you'll find a quiet moment today to enjoy this moving excerpt from Cross Creek, a book about early 20th century life in the Florida "scrub," by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
 
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    Self-Publishing Experts

  • How to Know if Your Book Will Be Successful First

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

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

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

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

    Andrea Costantine
    31 Dec 2013 | 5:39 am
    Cathie Beck shares her success from Self-Published to Book Contract: Striking a book deal with VOICE Books in November of 2009 and then watching my memoir, “Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship” hit bookstores across the country on July 20, 2010 is a saga that looks a lot like many other book authors’ publishing tales. I drafted “Cheap Cabernet” in 1999, all 90 pages of it. Those 90 pages gave me something to work with and for the next two years, while still working full time as a freelance writer, adjunct professor and PR hack, I worked the manuscript into something palatable and 250 pages…
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    James Shelley

  • To Have It All

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

    James Shelley
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    On observing our bookstores and cinemas, one might fairly conclude that the ‘Science of Happiness’ has become our new religion.
  • Welcome to Fame Quest

    James Shelley
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    I found researching and writing for this Caesura Letters mini-series particularly compelling and introspective… For the following two weeks (September 29-October 10, 2014), the Caesura Letters invites you to join an exploration deep into one of the most intricate aspects of our humanity — our impulse to be known and recognized by others. From Achilles’ heroism to our Twitter feeds, we will unpack various (and conflicting) perspectives on honour, fame, influence, and renown. It is a theme that bears itself out equally in our own innermost ambitions as in the collective landscape of…
  • Beyond Here – Author’s Notes

    James Shelley
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Today I am pleased to announce the release of Beyond Here — the eighth volume of the Caesura Letters, The Daily Devotional for the Curious and Contemplative. This is another quarterly compilation of thought experiments, propositions, and ideas, presented in hopes of inspiring new perspectives on life. As with other volumes, this edition gathers three months of the Caesura Letters into thematic ‘bundles’, dancing between the arts, sciences, and humanities. This volume explores mindfulness and intentionality, bias and cognition, the meaning and value of work, the purpose of…
  • Perspectives on Depression and Mental Health

    James Shelley
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    This coming week, I am publishing a series about mental health in the Caesura Letters — The Daily Devotional for the Curious and Contemplative. Here’s a snippet from the update on the Caesura Letters newsfeed: As always, we’re looking for perspective in life, and few issues are throttled with more controversy and conflicting perspectives than the issue of mental health. At the same time, few issues are more central to the lived experience of daily life. Starting Monday, start each day this week with a contemplative reflection inspired a timeless question… what is a…
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    Helping Writers be in Charge

  • The Writer’s Guide to Winning E-Negotiations (The Art of Persuasion)

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

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

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

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

    Guest Post
    3 Dec 2013 | 8:27 am
    It takes time to build up a freelance writing business from scratch, particularly if you are trying to create an income stream that covers your outgoings and enabled you to freelance full time. For that reason, it’s common for budding freelancers to start their careers in their spare time and keep a regular salaried 9-5 job for “guaranteed” income. Moonlighting after hours as a freelance writer is a great way to get started in the business without giving up your job security (it’s what I did!). However, it also means that you will have a lot less time to devote to your writing,…
 
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    Florida Writers Conference Blog

  • Creative Efficiency and Rubber Bands

    jamiebmusings
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Anne Hawkinson Think big, think small.  Imagine the entire story, but don’t forget the smallest of details.  Sometimes my mind feels like a rubber band, stretching to its outer limit while remaining stationary and focused.  As a writer, I have to be able to do both. The first draft of my story is complete […]
  • Missed the Deadline to Register for the Annual Florida Writers Conference? Relax!

    jamiebmusings
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Okay, you were waiting to see how your schedule shook out. Or you procrastinated. Bottom line: if you recently hopped onto the FWA website to register for the 2014 Annual Florida Writers Conference, “Stars of Florida Writers,” you found the item—poof!—gone from the shopping cart! Ditto, signups for faculty interviews. No worries. You may register […]
  • On Marketing

    jamiebmusings
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you’ve been following the Florida Writers group on Facebook, you might have seen a little discussion about book promos. I promised that I would talk a bit about how this strategy might not be the most effective, and what can be done. You might have seen me talk a little about marketing online before. […]
  • Exercise Wednesday: You. Next week. What happens?

    Chris Hamilton
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today’s exercise is more of a preparation for the conference, if you’re going. (And you should. It’s the best conference in the history of writer’s conferences.) If you have an interview booked with a publisher or agent, it’s probably going to be nervous-making for you, right up to the time you hit your stride with […]
  • Ebook or Paperback?

    jamiebmusings
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By CP Bialois Good morning everyone! I thought I’d start this week off with a fun discussion topic: Which do you like better? E-books or paperbacks? To be honest, I love them both. The kindle (or Nook or whatever device you prefer) allows us to carry around hundreds of books in our pockets. The convenience […]
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    Productive Writers

  • Sleep Deprivation Hurts Your Writing Productivity and Your Health

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

    John Soares
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Why would a freelance writer or any other home-based worker want a post office box? Well, as a freelancer who has a home address and can easily get home delivery, I’ve chosen to have all my mail go to my post office box. Here’s why… The Advantages of a Post Office Box #1, If You Rent If you’re […]Related Posts:Your Ideal Freelance Writer Home OfficeThe 8 Top Ways to Legally Lower Your 2013 Freelance Writer Tax BillMy Criteria for Keeping a Print BookThe Freelance Writer’s Guide to Avoiding Paper BurialHow Freelance Writers Can Keep Editors Happy
  • Why I Don’t Have a Smartphone

    John Soares
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    I spend a lot of time on the computer completing my freelance writing projects, and I also spend significant time on the Internet dealing with my multiple blogs, promoting my services on LinkedIn, and networking with other writers and entrepreneurial types on Twitter, Google Plus, forums, and other blogs. But when I’m not on my computer, I […]Related Posts:Why You Need Much More Time OfflineWhy Multitasking Makes You a Less Productive WriterHow to Make the Best Use of Your Travel TimeWhy Writers Need Free Time AloneWhen a Freelance Writer Gets Only Silence from an Editor
  • When and How a Freelance Writer Should Hire Help

    John Soares
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    When you become successful enough as a freelance writer, you’ll need to consider when and how to hire people so that you can become even more successful and make even more money. When Should You Hire Help? Here’s the simple Hiring-Outside-Help Maxim: Assuming you can get as much work as you want at your preferred hourly […]Related Posts:How Freelance Writers Calculate Their Hourly RatesSix Copy Editing Tips for Freelance WritersFour Reasons Why Freelance Writers Should SpecializeHow Freelance Writers Can Keep Editors HappyDoes Your Freelance Writing Niche Have Busy Seasons?
  • Watch Me Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

    John Soares
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    ALS is a very serious and debilitating disease that leads to loss of motor-nerve function and frequently results in death. Unfortunately, Steve Bachman, one of my childhood friends, has ALS. Steve is an intelligent and brave man who openly discusses ALS on his excellent blog. My Challenge to You As I mention in the video, […]Related Posts:Sleep Deprivation Hurts Your Writing Productivity and Your HealthHey Writer, Do You Make the Best Use of Your Brain?5 Things About WordPress That Really Bug MeMy Criteria for Keeping a Print BookProfitable Freelance Writing for Nonprofits
 
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • FOOK, OFF DA HOOK!

    MikeFook
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    I know some of you probably think I’m an Ass. I come across that way sometimes. I’m funny though. I’m a likable guy once you get to know me. Here, I’ll share something with you… aawww, sharing time, right? I feel like you should get to know me a little bit better. I mean, you’ve been reading this stuff how long? I know, I know… I’ll go ahead and file this under the WTF category.
  • Massive Article – How to Write a Fiction Novel – 8,000+ Words

    MikeFook
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:06 pm
    I’ve been working on a beast of an article. I hadn’t planned to write it, but I saw so many other authors doing it, and I thought since I’ve written so many books and had some success at sales at Amazon and other places I’d write one myself. I’m 8,500 words into it and not sure where it’s all going to end. It is one of the most helpful articles I’ve ever written. To be clear, this piece doesn’t tell you how to create amazing characters and stories. It’s more about the flow of the process of writing an ebook. Will probably release Monday…
  • Kindle Scout – a New Digital Publishing Option for Authors

    MikeFook
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    FICTION WRITERS If you’ve heard Joe Konrath, Hugh Howey, or some other lucky authors blab about getting the special treatment over at Amazon, any of us writing fiction can submit to this new program and get similar treatment. Amazon just came out with a new program – Kindle Scout. You submit your 50,000+ word manuscript to them, ready to sell – with a professionally done cover. They look it over and give it to a bunch of readers to preview. If they like it, Amazon will offer to publish your book. They give you $1,500 and give you 50% of royalties for the next 5 years. You…
  • 8 Things About Mike You Didn’t Know

    MikeFook
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Time to share… 8. I drove in the Presidential motorcade in Hawaii on H-1 freeway! Yes, I was in charge of Hickam Air Force Base’s Details program and I volunteered for that detail myself. I drove Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s personal secretaries and 2 other members of the staff in a limousine from Hickam AFB and to their hotel in Waikiki. I also drove various dignitaries to places around Honolulu as needed. 7. One time when I was 13 I was hunting deer in the deep woods in Pennsylvania with two uncles that left me in one spot from 4:30 a.m. until after 6 p.m. I had some crackers and…
  • Book Sales Declining? What to Do?

    MikeFook
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:05 pm
    The storm is moving in, if it isn’t already on top of you. What are you going to do as your book sales decline? Over the past few months, after a less than spectacular Christmas season at Amazon for book sales, I’ve seen a drop-off in sales that seems like it is going to last for a while. Possibly forever. Over the past eight years I’ve been selling ebooks and there have been some ups and downs, but they always came back to a nice level that I couldn’t complain about. The drops have never lasted more than two or three months, but this one appears to be more serious.
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    Aberration Nation

  • Farewell Aberration Nation: 2007 - 2014

    28 Sep 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Aberration Nation is no longer an active blog.My first post was published on 17 Nov 2007, and the blog ran until January 2014.  I began writing the blog a month or so before I began painting after having focused my creative efforts on writing for as long as I could recall.Aberration Nation chronicles my expanding thoughts as I transitioned from a creative focus on writing to painting, and the emotional impact that transition had on my perception of myself and others. The blog also served as an avenue for me to interview many people who have overcome hardships of…
  • What Erich Fromm Would Think of Please Love Me

    6 Jan 2014 | 6:20 am
    “Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.” ― Erich Fromm Guest blogger, Lisa Bonet, whose focus is mental health, compares the psychological aspects of my book, Please Love Me, with Erich Fromm's classic, international bestseller, The Art of Loving. The Art of Loving launched a movement with its powerful insight. Per Lisa, "If you are begging for reality in reading, read these two together for balancing opinions."A Combination to Shatter Your Heart “Please Love Me” by Penelope Przekop is a tale of overcoming child abuse to continue into rocky…
  • Please Love Me: A Review

    21 Dec 2013 | 1:09 pm
    "The best part of PLEASE LOVE ME is its honesty."Freelance writer, Lisa Bonet, recently read my novel, PLEASE LOVE ME, and kindly sent me the following review. Lisa's professional focus is on creativity and mental health.Lisa states at the end of this review that the book does not have a happy ending. While that may be correct in many ways, the ending portrays a more mature and empowered Peyton leaving behind the people, emotions, and life that have not worked for her. This is, in fact, the start of a new beginning, although one suspects the journey may be a long one. That is an honest ending…
  • Finding Natural Audience: Marc Zegans

    20 Nov 2013 | 7:24 pm
    I love art. I love words. I do not love marketing. If my passion were to be the world's greatest marketing strategist, I would have majored in marketing. Or perhaps I would have gone into sales. It's probably a Captain Obvious statement, but these days the question of 'who's got talent' has gone by the wayside in favor of 'who's got marketing skills'.Well, that feels like crap to me, and I'm tired of it. A lot of creatives agree. We seem to be labeled dumb by some of those who embrace the conundrum. I know I’m not dumb. I can’t speak for everyone else. I just don't…
  • Teen Suicide: A Raw and Honest Glimpse into the Darkness

    14 Nov 2013 | 8:43 am
    Introducing PLEASE LOVE ME ...Over the last few weeks I've listened to narrator Rebecca Robert's draft audio version of my first book, Truck Bodies. Listening to the word of my younger self reminded me how painfully close to my heart the book is, and how far I've come. As I listened, I had an epiphany about the value of the story, and what I needed to do to get the book in front of its natural audience (Intentional Practice & The Art of Finding Natural Audience). I realized that the title needed to change, and so the book has been reborn as PLEASE LOVE ME. I also changed the cover, using…
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    Zach Everson

  • ‘Transparent’ flash review

    Zach Everson
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    One their own, each of “Transparent’s” subplots is fascinating and worth watching. But taken as a whole, there’s just too much going on and the show comes off as a bit forced.... [Select the headline to view the full story.]
  • Misadventures with Andi interviews me as its Tuesday Traveler

    Zach Everson
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    A belated but heartfelt thank you to Andi Fisher at Misadventures with Andi for featuring me as her Tuesday Traveler a few weeks back: Traveler Tuesday—Zach Everson [Select the headline to view the full story.]
  • ‘Chef’ flash review

    Zach Everson
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Who knew that a national food-truck permit was a thing! [Select the headline to view the full story.]
  • MapQuest Commute launches on Apple iOS, Android, and Amazon. Now you go download.

    Zach Everson
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    Just released! MapQuest’s latest app—Commute—“personalized alerts deliver real-time traffic and road conditions along your route 15 minutes before you are scheduled to leave home or work.... [Select the headline to view the full story.]
  • Have any questions about taking a Disney Cruise? Ask me.

    Zach Everson
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Last week my family and I went on the Disney Dream for a three-day cruise of the Bahamas. While I was there to research Disney Cruise Line’s Halloween and holiday activities for MapQuest... [Select the headline to view the full story.]
 
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    Write It Sideways

  • I Got Published in “The Writer” Magazine

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

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

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

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    24 May 2014 | 6:20 am
    Today, I’m over at the award-winning blog Writer Unboxed to discuss writing talent and whether or not it’s an innate ability or a skill to be developed. Here’s a short excerpt of the post, “Do I Have Writing Talent?” You’re Asking the Wrong Question Hemingway. Austen. Dickens. Woolf. Carver. We know these names well, these masters of their craft. Were they born with an elusive writing gene the rest of us just don’t have? We not-yet-famous writers sometimes ask ourselves, “Do I have talent?”—the implication being that talent is what…
  • Still here. Still writing. Just taking a breather.

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    Today’s post is written by founding editor Suzannah Windsor. First, it’s great to be back. I’ve really missed sitting down to write something personal to you—especially to those of you who have supported my writing in many different ways over the past five years. Maybe you thought Write It Sideways had come to an end because nothing new has been posted for a while, but I was really just taking a breather from blogging to focus on other things and figure out where we go from here. In the past few months, my life has been anything but quiet: I moved overseas. Many years ago,…
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    Words on a page

  • Collaborating with other writers, in real time, with EtherPad

    Scott Nesbitt
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    While writers have the reputation of being solitary figures, tapping away at keyboards in small rooms, we sometimes have to collaborate with other writers. And sometimes we need to do it while an idea or document is hot. Collaborating in real time can be tricky. You just can’t email word processor files around and hope […] Related posts: Useful offline Chromebook apps for writers Writers and collaboration A few alternatives to Google Docs
  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    What one writer has learned from being a self-published author 6 danger stages to overcome when writing a book or a blog 3 habits that can help make writing blog posts easier 5 ways to come up with blog post ideas How to make sure you get paid 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
  • 3 books that can help you master Evernote

    Scott Nesbitt
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Evernote is a useful and flexible tool for anyone, especially writers. You can use Evernote to record your research, outline your writing, hammer out drafts, collect links and citations, manage your tasks, and more. It can be a bit challenging to get up and running with Evernote. And, if you’re like me, you sometimes overthink […] Related posts: Two books that can help you become a more productive writer Five books every writer should consider reading Reevaluating Evernote
  • Holding on to your passion, and letting go when the time comes

    Scott Nesbitt
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Passion is a funny thing. It’s easy to become passionate about a subject or a style of writing or a publication that you’re working with. But the fire of that passion can also be easily dimmed or extinguished, often due to circumstances that are beyond your control. Throughout your career, you’ll definitely find your passion […] Related posts: Taking a look at Letting Go of the Words Letting ideas come to you Focus
  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    How freelance writers calculate their hourly rates 3 good reasons to write like a monk How to market your freelance writing business without seeming like an imposter Coming up with writing ideas when your muse is on vacation 10 reasons you’re not succeeding as a writer Related posts: A few resources that can help you set your freelance writing rates A few links for the end of the week A few links for the end of the week
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    From Meredith Allard

  • Another Rejection Letter? Here’s an Editor’s Point of View

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

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

    Meredith Allard
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    I was asked by Prism Book Alliance to name the top ten authors I admire. Sounds simple, right? Yet I found it wasn’t that easy for me to narrow down the list since I’ve been influenced and inspired by so many authors over my lifetime. Dickens is listed at number one–no great surprise there–though the others aren’t in any particular order. I’m not sure there are any surprises here except for perhaps the poets–Whitman and cummings–though anyone who has read any of my fiction can see the Whitman influence in my prose (and in my choice of titles). Here…
  • Here’s My Blog for The Huffington Post

    Meredith Allard
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:48 pm
    The nice people at The Huffington Post were kind enough to publish my article on their Gay Voices page about why straight allies should be willing to speak out on behalf of LGBT issues. I added it here too in case you missed it. If you don’t agree, that’s fine. I’m not trying to convince anyone of anything. I’m simply sharing my opinion on the matter. I felt like I needed to have my say on the issue, which is why I wrote my novel That You Are Here in the first place. Here’s the link to the article on The Huffington Post’s website. If you have a moment, stop…
 
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    Game On! Crafting Believable Conflict

  • Interjections

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

    Diana Hurwitz
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Rhetorical devices are rich, fragrant, heady flavors. In cooking, a talented chef knows the right amount to add and what dishes a spice complements.Writing rhetorical devices takes the same deft hand. As with compound or cumulative sentences, the rhetorical devices should be placed with precision and intention. They should be used at a moment requiring poignancy, pathos, joy, fear, tension or horror. The bulk of your construction should be simple and compound sentences. If not, your devices become so overwhelming, you reader chokes on them.As you read through each chapter, underline…
  • Spicing Up Your Prose Part 6 of 6

    Diana Hurwitz
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Over the past few weeks, we have explored an exotic array of language spices starting with A. This week, we complete the collection with Z.Simile compares two different things that are similar to each other using like and as. They often border on cliché. A hidden simile does not use like or as.Jane curled up on the couch like a satisfied cat licking her lips.Jane curled up on the couch, a satisfied cat licking her lips. (hidden)Symploce uses anaphora and epistrophe in the same sentence or paragraph. It should appear once or twice in a manuscript for maximum impact and emotion.Dick…
  • Spicing Up Your Prose Part 5 of 6

    Diana Hurwitz
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    This week, we continue to add to our collection of rhetorical devices.Polysyndeton uses conjunctions to string phrases in a series.The library was dim and overly warm and full of sneaky shadows.Neither rain nor snow nor sleet nor hail would keep Dick from finding Jane.Polyptoton repeats words from the same root but with different inflections appearing in close proximity.Dick believed the only thing they had to fearwas fearlessness.Prefabs can be used to create two and three beat rhythms to speed the sentence up. They include, but are not limited to: boom and bustbump and…
  • Spicing Up Your Prose Part 4 of 6

    Diana Hurwitz
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    This week, we continue to add to our collection of rhetorical devices.Parallelism uses balance and three beats following a sentence or clause with a phrase that starts with a similar kind of word (adjective, adverb or noun          The book was damaged1, damaged beyond all hope of repair2. (balance)Jane loved him more for it1, more than she loved her books2, more than she loved herself3. (3 beats)Personification attributes an animal or inanimate object with human characteristics.         The book hid its…
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    Raquel Byrnes

  • Book Review: The Young Elites

    Raquel Byrnes
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    I have been waiting for this book to come out ever since the buzz caught my eye over at Deviant Art. So many concept drawings and excitement really piqued my interest. A huge fan of fantasy, I was so excited when the book finally dropped.Let me just say that Mary Lu's world building, much like her Legend series, is phenomenal. The story is breathtaking in its pace and exploration of emotional treachery. Here's what Goodreads has to say..."I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside."Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept…
  • With Music In Their Hearts

    Raquel Byrnes
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Today I'd like to introduce you to fellow author, Carole Brown's Romantic Suspense...     About the book:Angry at being rejected for military service, Minister Tyrell Walker accepts the call to serve as a civilian spy within his own country. Across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio, a spy working for a foreign country is stealing secret plans for newly developed ammunition to be used in the war. According to his FBI cousin, this spy favors pink stationery giving strong indications that a woman is involved.He’s instructed to obtain a room in the Rayner Boarding House run by the…
  • I'm Going to Mars!

    Raquel Byrnes
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Click to Launch!Okay, my name is at least. For those of you that get my Facebook feed you know that I am always posting links to NASA, JPL, and other space information. I love...LOVE, astronomy and space flight and anything having to do with the stars.I even force my unwitting daughters to camp out in the yard with me to watch the Perseids and other sky spectacles.  Here we are during the Lunar Eclipse in April...Selfie Level: Astronomy Geek!So it is no wonder I'd be all giddy over this new project over at NASA where you can get a boarding pass and send your name along on ORION'S FLIGHT…
  • Prepping for the BIG GAME

    Raquel Byrnes
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Prepping for NaNo is well underway in my house. Not only am I gearing up to participate myself, but the students in my creative writing class are taking part as well.  I've created a classroom and even ordered those adorable buttons for their backpacks. Its the BIG GAME for us writers. The play-offs of novel writing...So I cheerlead and get excited and rile my students up for the big day.I also try to have some funny Gifs and encouraging links because, lets face it, the idea of writing 50K words in one month is super intimidating.  My students are on the "youth" section so they…
  • Prophecy Book Blitz!

    Raquel Byrnes
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Prophecy (Calypso, #1)by Julie Anne Lindsey Release Date: 10/06/14Kensington BooksSummary from Goodreads:On the other side of death, is destiny.Callie Ingram is spending her senior year focused on one thing: swimming. Her skill as a competitive swimmer is going to secure a scholarship and her future, or so she hopes. She has big plans, and Liam Hale, her gorgeous new neighbor, isn’t going to affect them. But when Callie sees Liam beheading someone, she learns his family has a secret that will change everything. The Hales are Vikings, demi-gods who’ve been charged by The Fates to…
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    Grant Writing Confidential

  • Grant Writing Confidential Goes to the Movies Part 3: Ghostbusters (Who Ya Gonna Call? Program Officers!)

    Isaac Seliger
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Ghostbusters was Jake’s favorite movie when he was a child. He watched the video at least a hundred times and it remains a classic of its type.* As Ray Parker put it in his incredibly catchy, eponymous Ghostbusters theme song, “When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!” There’s a Koanic simplicity in this advice: when you have a problem, call the expert, not someone pretending to be the expert. I was reminded of this over the summer, because we wrote proposals for clients applying to several federal grant programs with…
  • HUD Gets Back in the Job Training Biz: “Jobs Plus Pilot Program” NOFA Released

    Isaac Seliger
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    HUD just issued a NOFA (Notice of Funding Availability, which is HUD-speak for RFP) for the Jobs Plus Pilot Program. There’s $24 million up for grabs, with grants to $3 million, for Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities (PHAs/IHAs). While the issuance of a new HUD NOFA is not usually all that interesting, this one is because it represents a shift in HUD’s priorities. As I wrote last February, job training is one of the current favored project concepts in grant making. There are at least 47 federal job training programs, or possibly 48 including the newly minted…
  • We’re Not Taking Sides: We’re Describing How Grant Programs, Like Those Related to Domestic Violence, Get Funded

    Jake Seliger
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In Isaac’s post about the NFL spurring new interest in domestic violence, he points out the likely public response to the issue: more grant money. He’s showing what is likely to happen, and he is tracing the formation of a new grant wave—as we have done before. We want to clarify one point: we aren’t trying to minimize domestic violence as an issue. Our purpose in writing this blog is never to minimize or maximize issues. In one of our oldest posts, “What to do When Research Indicates Your Approach is Unlikely to Succeed: Part I of a Case Study on the Community-Based…
  • “You Can’t Shovel Tens Pounds of Shit in a Five Pound Bag:” The New York Times Ignores CHCs, Section 330 Providers, and HRSA

    Jake Seliger
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    In “For Many New Medicaid Enrollees, Care Is Hard to Find, Report Says,” Robert Pear discovers something that has long been obvious to our many Community Health Clinic (CHC) clients: having insurance doesn’t mean you can see a doctor. Many if not most doctors won’t see Medicaid patients. CHCs, however, are a class of primary care organization designed specifically for Medicaid patients and the uninsured. We’ve written numerous Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) proposals for CHCs, and everyone one of those proposals is supposed to expand access…
  • NFL PR Fiasco Creates Great New Funding Opportunities for Domestic Violence Nonprofits

    Isaac Seliger
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    Unless you’ve been on Venus for the past few weeks, you’ve been engulfed in a tidal wave of bad news from the NFL* parade of domestic violence players/perpetrators. Leaving aside the spectacularly inept response of the suddenly hapless Commissioner Roger Goodell and the apparent media surprise that pro football players are pretty violent guys, this episode has suddenly thrust domestic violence back into the public consciousness for the first time in years. When we started Seliger + Associates 21 years ago, there was a lot of interest in and funding for domestic violence, and we…
 
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    Brenda Chapman » Blog

  • Women Grossly Underrepresented as Directors in Indie Films, Too

    Brenda
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s not exactly news that women are underrepresented in the film industry, right? But it’s eye-popping when you take a good look at how truly stark the contrast is between males and females in directorial roles. My friend and the uber smart Melissa Silverstein showcases the truth of the matter in another great piece, this [...]The post Women Grossly Underrepresented as Directors in Indie Films, Too appeared first on Brenda Chapman.
  • New Line Makes Clothes that Let Girls Be Kids

    The Brenda Chapman Team
    11 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’ve been talking a lot in society today on what’s wrong with the over-gendered marketing of toys to girls, which is awesome. But yet another thing that concerns our team of moms and does a disservice to our girls is the lack of appropriate clothing available to them. Have you shopped for girls’ shorts lately? [...]The post New Line Makes Clothes that Let Girls Be Kids appeared first on Brenda Chapman.
  • Teen Entrepreneur Changes the Shape of Girls Underwear

    The Brenda Chapman Team
    2 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you’re a regular reader, you’ll notice that we’re all pretty passionate about empowering girls. Our team is comprised of all women—women who also happen to be mothers of daughters, so that’s a no-brainer. Brenda has written about how toys are heavily over-gendered and we agree. We also think that clothes for girls need some [...]The post Teen Entrepreneur Changes the Shape of Girls Underwear appeared first on Brenda Chapman.
  • New Children’s Book Shows Kids How Different is Awesome

    Brenda
    27 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’ve spent plenty of time here letting you know my thoughts on taking the heavy emphasis on gender out of marketing to kids; this is a topic that will always be important to me. There is something else I’d like to see emphasized in our culture – a push to educate kids on how differences [...]The post New Children’s Book Shows Kids How Different is Awesome appeared first on Brenda Chapman.
  • Toys ‘R’ Us Drops Gender-Specific Toy Labeling in the UK

    Brenda
    21 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s probably not a gigantic secret that I’d love to see better practices in the marketing of toys to girls. After all isn’t a toy just something to be played with? Why does it matter if a boy or a girl plays with it? We hold to the argument that toys should be made for [...]The post Toys ‘R’ Us Drops Gender-Specific Toy Labeling in the UK appeared first on Brenda Chapman.
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    Write Edit Seek Literary Agent

  • For self-publishers who want, you know, a book

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

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

    Harry
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    The publishing industry has, apparently, weathered the erevolution with remarkable ease. The transition to e-books appears to have broadly levelled off, at around 1/3 of the trade fiction market. Publishers remain profitable. Sales remain comfortable. The change seems to have … Continue reading →
  • How to Self-Publish your Book (It’s easier than you think)

    Harry
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:53 am
    This post, by David Gaughran, is an all-you-need-to-know compilation about self-publishing . Obviously, there’s more to say about the subject than will fit into a single post, but there are links to everything else you will need. We’ve published other … Continue reading →
  • Agent transparency: an issue for every writer

    Harry
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Agents work very hard indeed. They are, the huge majority of them, among the most professional, ethical, passionate and committed people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. They add a lot of value to authorial careers. They have … Continue reading →
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    The Vandal

  • The 32 Sour Grapes of Kobo

    Derek Haines
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    I read the thirty-two Tweets written by Kobo President, Michael Tamblyn to Indie Authors, saying, ‘You’re on Amazon’s Hit List.’ Quite honestly, he sounds like the Monty Python sketch, ‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’ He conveniently forgets about all the great things Amazon has done for self-published authors. He also does a very good job of making one think that he is not up to the job, as his 32 Tweet manifesto reeks of sour grapes. To be blunt, Kobo has done little worthy of mention and is struggling at the very tail end of self-publishing. This…
  • Are You Being Locked Out Of Twitter?

    Derek Haines
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    I added this post on one of my other blogs today, but thought it would also be of interest to my regular readers on The Vandal, to understand what Twitter is doing to dissuade following. In recent months, many Twitter users have been locked out of their Twitter accounts on a regular basis. When a Twitter account is locked, it cannot send Tweets or follow new users. For the many authors who use Twitter as one of their main book promotional platforms, and as a traffic driver to book links and blog posts, this new procedure will have a serious negative affect on their ability to attract new…
  • Do I Pontificate?

    Derek Haines
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    I was quite taken aback when someone on Twitter told me that I pontificate on my blog. Well, I was rather shocked to say the least, because, well, I am not a Catholic. Well, I should add here that I am actually Anglican, which although classified as Protestant, is more closely aligned with Catholicism. Ok, except for a few beheadings and divorces, it would have remained closer, but the Anglican Church does have bishops and priests, so, according to my very quick research on Wikipedia, (which is of course the source of all truth) it is really about not recognizing the Pope that caused all the…
  • The End Of The Trolls

    Derek Haines
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    I wrote a article on one of my other blogs Just Publishing, earlier today about the release of the Bowker Report into Self-Publishing. While I was writing, I realised that although there was a clear slowdown in new self-published titles according to the report, my thoughts were elsewhere, on a more positive slowdown. In the last twelve months, the trolls that once inhabited Goodreads and similar social media sites have at last gone quiet. It was a terrible situation for a couple of years, as social media site owners, and especially of Goodreads, took no action at all when new self-publsihed…
  • Putting The Self Into Self-Publishing

    Derek Haines
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    I have written a lot about self publishing, and it occurred to me while I was writing a post for one of my other blogs about the traditional publishing ‘smear’ that is dressed up as advice for self published authors that I should clear up a few fallacies. Firstly, let’s get one thing straight. Self-publishing gets its name from the logical interpretation that the author does everything. The author writes, researches, edits, markets, sweats, spends money, spends time, gets covers and well, I think you get the idea. The author does everything. If an author writes, and a team of people are…
 
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    Indie Author News

  • New Indie Book Release: Toe Up to 10K (Steven Fujita)

    Alan Kealey
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New Indie Book Release: Toe Up to 10K: A Journey of Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury - Steven Fujita Health / Fitness (162 pages - September 2014) Toe Up to 10K: A Journey of Recovery from Spinal...
  • Indie Author Interview: Alex Ashe

    Alan Kealey
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Indie Author Interview with Alex Ashe - Author of the Mystery / Crime Thriller Death on the Water. Alex Ashe writes from her home in rural New Hampshire and incorporates the history and cultural...
  • New Indie Book Release: Camouflaged Encounters (David Englund)

    Alan Kealey
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New Indie Book Release: Camouflaged Encounters - David Englund Science Fiction (260 pages - September 2014) "This is a great read for sci-fi fans and ANYONE! The author tells a gripping story...
  • New Indie Book Release: Deny Me If You Can (Nellie C. Lind)

    Alan Kealey
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New Indie Book Release: Deny Me If You Can - Nellie C. Lind Paranormal Adult Romance (160 pages - September 2014) Deny Me If You Can has a twist that readers have never encountered before in vampire...
  • New Indie Book Release: Twinkle (SJ Parkinson)

    Alan Kealey
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New Indie Book Release: Twinkle - SJ Parkinson Science Fiction (572 pages - July 2014) Twinkle is an epic length science fiction thriller. It tells the story of the Earth after being blinded by...
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    Brought to Their Senses

  • Announcing my author website redesign!

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

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

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Sting’s birthday is today, October 2nd. Each year I take the time to offer my best wishes in thanks for the music he has shared with the world. Happy birthday Sting! Sting is my muse and has been since 1980 when I first heard his unique voice and music on a vinyl record (remember those?). His artistry and songwriting are the inspiration behind my own writing (since I can’t sing or play an instrument). If my novel included a soundtrack, it would play from Sting’s vast catalog of songs, and I’d like to share a special one in honor of his birthday. This breathtaking…
  • 25 First-Rate Family Sagas from Entertainment Weekly

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    I’ve been making time to read again because it’s one of my favorite pastimes. Recently I came across a helpful list in the Fall Movie Preview 2014 issue of Entertainment Weekly that has helped me plan the next novels I’ll dive into! The list is titled “25 First-Rate Family Sagas” and includes some useful information to pick and choose: Number of pages Brief description If the book won any prizes If the book had a movie or TV adaptation In what formats the book is available: ebook, CD, audible I’ve found a few right away that call out for my attention.
  • This Is Where I Leave You movie review

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:24 pm
    I went to see the movie This Is Where I Leave You, and I must say I really enjoyed it. Family relationships are so complicated in real life, and I think this movie does a good job of showing that. It’s not all hugs and kisses and happy times.In fact, your own family can get at you like no one else because they know you too well. With family, you fight, you don’t get along, you say awful things to each other, sometimes you don’t even like each other very much. But in the end you still love each other, and this movie proves that point with a dysfunctional but still lovable…
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    Workin' with What I've Got

  • Circle, Sphere, Shadow, Year

    T
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    This post is in dedication to my sister, who has been a saint over the last year.  I owe her more than I could ever repay.   365. That’s the number we’ll be studying today, readers (my loyal friend-readers via FB and my very few/equally loyal readers who may arrive via email or various feeds.)  I’ve continued to write, btw.  But I’ve done it directly onto my top-secret FB wall, to a “customized” audience.  But back to the subject of the day.  And, as usual, first draft — unproofed before publishing.  Thus, forgive typos and go with the…
  • Protected: Concerto, with and without strings, in 365 Notes

    T
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:55 am
    This post is password protected. You must visit the website and enter the password to continue reading.Filed under: Stigma
  • This Sweat Goes Out To The Ones I Love

    T
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:23 am
    *Sorry about the formatting.  WordPress is temperamental today.         Have you ever wanted to sit beside really sweaty strangers? Have you ever longed for the scent of unfamiliar body odor and smoke to sear your nostrils?  Ever dreamed of sitting in total darkness while pressed against said strangers and their body odor?  Yeah, me neither.  Except that, turns out, it’s pretty awesome.      A friend facilitates a community sweat lodge ceremony most Saturdays and, either because he’s half Native American or because he’s a professor, he knows what he’s…
  • Swimming Lessons

    T
    4 May 2014 | 1:49 am
    In my mind’s eye the memory appears to me as if through Instagram’s “vintage” filter: I am 6, maybe 7, on a diving board so bright-white it seems to glow beyond its edges.  Then I am turned upside down.  My dad is holding me by my ankles.  He is saying something. Something that is preparing me.  Giving me courage. Water — sky-blue and speckled with sunlight — moves about five feet beneath me.   I feel the cool of it on my face.  I smell chlorine and a hint of mold.  Dad lets go.  Do I really remember that splash?  The weightlessness of that…
  • Protected: C.S. Lewis and a Poem Before Sleep

    T
    23 Nov 2013 | 1:01 am
    This post is password protected. You must visit the website and enter the password to continue reading.Filed under: Midlife, Ouch
 
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    The Book Deal: A Publishing Blog for Writers and Book People

  • Eavesdropping for story ideas and other tips from a veteran novelist

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

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

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

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

    Alan Rinzler
    11 Mar 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I sure have. It was 1964 and I was on assignment for The Nation magazine to write a review of the Beatles at Carnegie Hall, their first live appearance in the United States. No Soul in Beatlesville There I was, standing on a shaky balcony seat trying to see the stage over a mob of hysterical, screaming and sobbing 13-year-old girls. I was 25 years old and a rhythm and blues purist, a wannabee soul brother. I didn’t get the Beatles. My review?  It was vicious. I called it No Soul in Beatlesville and eviscerated the band as “derivative, a deliberate imitation…manna for dull minds”.
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    Jane Friedman

  • How to Tell If Your Story Idea Is Mediocre—And How to Improve It

    Laurie Scheer
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Royce Bair / via Flickr Note from Jane: Today’s guest post is adapted from The Writer’s Advantage: A Toolkit for Mastering Your Genre by Laurie Scheer (@mediagoddess213). So you think your idea for a new vampire novel is a good one? Think again. Nine times out of ten, your idea is really quite mediocre and has been done before, actually a number of times and in a number of different ways. And there’s also a possibility that an even better version of your idea already exists. Sorry to have to burst your bubble, but agents, managers, publishers, folks who work at production…
  • How True and Factual Does Your Memoir Have to Be? 5 Principles

    Brenda Peterson &#38; Sarah Jane Freymann
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Photo by abhiomkar / Flickr Today’s guest post is adapted from OUR LIFE IS A BOOK: How to Craft and Publish Your Memoir, by Brenda Peterson and Sarah Jane Freymann, published by Sasquatch Press, 2014. Memoir is a most intimate bond and sometimes our characters are not content simply to be created by us. If they are still alive, they can talk back, argue with us, disown us, call us to account, and sometimes congratulate or thank us. Unlike the fiction writer, the memoirist must truly face his or her characters. A memoirist will not exactly mirror everyone else’s perspective, so…
  • The Long-Term View: 3 Exciting Mind Shifts for Author Entrepreneurs

    Joanna Penn
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Mike Cogh / via Flickr Note from Jane: Today’s guest post is from Joanna Penn (@thecreativepenn), and is based on her new book, Business for Authors: How to Be an Author Entrepreneur, out now in ebook, print and audio. During the last five years, I have seen a major shift in the publishing arena because of emergent technology and a changing economic situation. We’ve seen: the rise of ebooks the shift to online purchasing and the closing down of many physical bookstores the indie movement with creatives selling directly to consumers the empowerment of agile micro-business the…
  • The German Market: A Guide for Indie Authors

    Beate Boeker
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Note from Jane: Today’s guest post is by Beate Boeker (@BeateBoeker), whom I met at the International Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy. It was the first writers conference I attended that offered any kind of in-depth information (geared toward authors) about the international and translation market. Find out more about Beate and her novels at her website. This is a compilation based on the experience of several indie authors who started in the English-speaking market and have branched out into Germany. It will never be complete, and it’ll never be perfect, but we…
  • The Benefits of Procrastination & Distraction

    Jane Friedman
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Elizabeth Kadetsky Every month, Glimmer Train releases a bulletin that includes a few brief essays by writers on the writing life. For October, I was happy to find the themes of procrastination and distraction—and how they can be a positive influence in our work lives. Elizabeth Katdetsky discusses how she gives in to the procrastinator in herself, and how her recent project is a testament to “artful obsession, to letting go expectations, the quest for reward or compensation.” Claire Luchette finds that the best thing she can do to help her writing is to … not write.
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    Writer Beware

  • How Not to Register Copyright

    10 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareA few years ago, I wrote a post on the difference between copyright (literally, the right to copy or reproduce, ownership of which guarantees authors control over their intellectual property) and rights (the bundle of rights contained within copyright, which authors can grant or license to others or exploit on their own). This week, that post received a (likely spammed) anonymous comment:Copyright protects works of original authorship such as text, artwork, photographs, sound recordings, screenplays, music, lyrics, etc. You can register more than…
  • How to Request Rights Reversion From Your Publisher

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewarePartly in connection with the controversy surrounding troubled publisher Ellora's Cave, I've been getting questions about how to go about requesting rights reversion from one's publisher. There's no official format for a rights reversion request, and if you do a websearch on "rights reversion request" you can find various pieces of advice from authors and others. Here's the procedure I'd suggest. (Note that I'm not a lawyer, so this is not legal advice.)First of all, if you have a competent agent, ask your agent to handle it. Especially if you're…
  • A Hand in Your Pocket: Monetizing the Business of Writing

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareThere is a natural law in writing and publishing (as elsewhere): where need and desire are greatest, moneymaking enterprises follow.Vanity publishers are an easy (and long-standing) example of this law, presenting themselves as a way around the bottleneck of traditional publishing--as long as the writer is willing to "invest" in his/her work. Ditto for literary agent "middleman" services, in which an individual or company offers to "represent" writers to agents, supposedly to increase their chances of snagging a super-busy agent's attention.More…
  • COLOR SONG Release Day!

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    We don't often do self-promotion here at Writer Beware--but I have a new book out!Today is publication day for my young adult historical novel, Color Song. A tale of art, intrigue, and romance set in glorious 15th century Venice, it's a followup to my previous YA historical, Passion Blue, but can be read as a standalone.I'm incredibly excited to have Color Song out in the world at last, and for the wonderful reviews it has been receiving on Goodreads and elsewhere. It's published for the older teen market, but there's plenty of crossover appeal for adults.I've got a virtual book tour…
  • Alert: Trouble at Ellora's Cave

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareOne of the original digital pioneers, erotic romance publisher Ellora's Cave has reportedly had financial and other problems for some years. But in 2014, things seem to be coming to a head. In May, news surfaced of late royalty payments (though this was not news to EC authors), which EC's CEO blamed on faulty software. Then, in August, EC announced that it was laying off the majority of its staff, attributing this to a precipitous decline in ebook sales via Amazon.Since then, rumors have been swirling, and authors have started to go public with…
 
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    TVWriter.Com

  • Peggy Bechko: Rewriting is Hell

    Peggy Bechko
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    by Peggy Bechko Rewriting is hell, right? Nope. Not when you can goose the effectiveness of your writing and create a really outstanding script or manuscript. Have you heard from a producer, “there’s nothing wrong with your script, it just needs a rewrite.”? Have you heard from an editor, “it’s a great story, it just needs some rewriting.” Did your heart lurch, your stomach drop and your mind rail, “I want it the way it is!”? I mean here it is, you thought the script or the manuscript was great just as written, you thought it was ready to submit and someone was going to be…
  • The Art of the Villain Backstory (and Why Dracula Untold Fails)

    TVWriter™
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    Time now for a perceptive look at both a new feature film and an old feature film and TV writing problem. Yes, even we egomaniacs at TVWriter™ are suckers for good analysis and advice: by Petra Halbur Villainous backstories are an… imprecise science. When done well they can imbue a previously simplistic baddie with depth and challenge conventional morality. When done poorly, however, they are frustrating, self-pitying, and utterly off the mark. Unfortunately (though not surprisingly), Dracula Untoldfalls into the latter category. To be fair, as a film it’s not entirely awful. It…
  • TV’s Remake Craze: Who Gets the Money and Owns the Rights?

    TVWriter™
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    The Hollywood Reporter is nothing if not practical. Which gives it a special place in the uber-idealistic world of Hollywood. Okay, okay! We kid! But as past, present, and future stakeholder in the re-boot rights issue, we find this a potentially very valuable discussion: by Lesley Goldberg Hollywood’s reboot and remake frenzy is spreading from film to TV. To break through in a competitive scripted landscape, networks are turning to familiar feature-film material with new fervor. Fox is reviving Big and Monster-in-Law, CBS is tackling Rush Hour and In Good Company, CW is plotting The…
  • Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/20/14

    TVWriter™
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Aisha Muharrar (PARKS & RECREATION) is developing an NBC comedy series about a “young, agnostic woman who inherits a church” after which, presumably, hilarity ensues. (Silly muncher, I had no idea that churches were private property to be passed on through families. Gonna have to re-read all the “begats” now….) Allison Kiessling (newbie!)has sold a comedy series pilot called THE MIGHTY CAMILLA to ABC about another young woman (dunno if she’s agnostic) who “gets recruited by…
  • Writing TV is Far More Dangerous Than You Might Have Thought

    TVWriter™
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Uh-oh: David Letterman’s Cue-Card Guy Fired After Argument, Assault by David Bloom Tony Mendez, long an on-air fixture handling the cue cards for David Lettermanon The Late Show, took the wrong cue this week, assaulting staff writer Bill Scheft, a 15-time Emmy nominee, and getting himself fired, the New York Post reported. Mendez, 69, who had been with Letterman for 21 years, got into a verbal altercation with Scheft and Letterman over changes in cue cards, went home overnight and stewed about perceived slights from Scheft over a long period. When Mendez came back the next day, he…
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  • "Eat, Pray, Love" Author's Cat to Pen Tell-All Book of Her Own

    Con Chapman
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    NEW YORK.  The runaway success of Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love” has, according to The New York Times Book Review, spawned a mini-industry of spin-off titles including the forthcoming “Eat, Pray, Whine” by her former husband and “Eat, Pray, Floss” by her dental hygienist.  “A lot of people claim to know Elizabeth,” says Cheryl Dimarco of Metropolitan Dental Associates, P.C., “but have they ever seen what’s behind her third molars?” Elizabeth Gilbert:  What’s behind those molars? The newest entry in the field is being written not by human hands, but by…
  • Go take a hike - Oh, okay

    Myriad
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Getting old and creaky, so quite pleased at having done a (however short) hike - uphill going and oddly just as difficult coming back downhill.  Though there are stairs at one point...  Here are my daughters preceding me.  The destination?  Bridal Veil Falls.  Very nice! No, I didn't do the last bit, clambering up damp rocks and logs to get to the foot of the falls.  Satisfied to view from the official viewing platform. The falls probably contributed to the 100+ humidity, but it is rain forest.  Lots of moss on the trees. Trees grow tall and leaves grow huge. And afterwards a quick…
  • mom

    Michael Todd Cheeseman
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    mom As my mother grows older she has let her hair grow out and long for a couple reasons; mostly because she can't get to the salon as much. My mother will be eighty this summer. My mother looks like me with her long white hair and no facial hair. It's her karma working. She always told me I was ugly. Now this thinking gives way to two possibilities, my mother was just cruel or I am truly ugly. In any case mom is paying the price for her mean spirited ways. I am very careful what I think and feel about others now. I can pinpoint my karma for every instance of learning the truth. I have a…
  • With Robert Frost, at Wal-Mart

    Con Chapman
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    Derry, New Hampshire town officials are considering zoning changes that would permit strip malls, fast-food outlets and big-box stores to be built a short distance from Robert Frost’s farm.                    The Boston Globe Frost It’s Sunday, the day I check in on my fellow rustic poet, old man Frost, who lives down the road less travelled. He’s a cranky old cuss, but you would be too if you’d fallen as far as he has. In 1960, he was America’s most revered poet and spoke at Kennedy’s inauguration. Today, he’s seen his star eclipsed by a Republican surety bond…
  • Lou's Delta Blues

    Dicky Neely
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Lou's Delta Blues, my brother's top race horse, won again this week!
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    The Web Writer Spotlight - Shining the light for aspiring and inspiring web writers

  • 15 Things Mentally Strong Writers Don't Care For

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

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

    Staff Writers
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Have you always wanted to make money selling on the internet? How about starting your own website to make money? Having an extra source of income is something we should all aspire no matter if we have a job that pays well or a solid savings account. The internet presents hundreds of ways to make money. There's no shortage of options for you. Almost everything you can think of can now be done online from selling your old stuff to teaching a skill, freelancing and site flipping. If you’re ready to make extra money from the internet, you’ll first need to decide on the general method you…
  • 12 Web Writing Myths & Beliefs That Make Online Success Harder

    David K. William
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    What do you believe when it comes to writing content for the web and building a successful business online? Some things we believe are myths that keep us from reaching our goals and make it harder for us to fulfill our dream of online success. Thankfully, many of these myths are false and you can break free of them. Here are some of the most common myths and beliefs about web writing and entrepreneurship you should bust today and move past if you want to succeed online. 1. You need to be a good writer before you write professionally. Many aspiring writers don't write at all or write but fear…
  • 5 Ways You Are Wasting Productive Time Online (And How to Stop It)

    Scott Huntington
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Have you ever gone online to look up some piece of information and before you know it, it’s three hours later and you haven’t written a single word? The internet is a great resource for writers because of the nearly limitless access to information, but it can also be a great source of distraction. Click bait headlines wish to attract your visits in order to make money putting ads in front of your eyeballs. Notifications pop up and demand your attention to deliver messages that usually don’t even matter. Even weather.com has distracting stories like “Kayaker’s SHOCKING Catch!”…
 
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  • Looking For Self-Love In All The Wrong Places

    Joyce White
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - eMagazineWhen I was a young single mother, I remember wearing too much rouge and lipstick, high heels and black pinafores. I let my breasts hang unobstructed almost reaching out for loveLooking For Self-Love In All The Wrong Places Joyce White
  • A Timely Poem

    Joyce White
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - eMagazineThere’s never enough time, Wanting you or not, I’ve solaced myself, Waiting for buses on Broadway, Getting me to my 9:00 x 5:00, My hat sometimes taking wing, My dress dancing to an unheard melody, While admirers look on, Pigeons squatted, Screaming for more room, More food, Always more food, Not wanting the others to […]A Timely Poem Joyce White
  • David Fincher’s Gone Girl

    Hernibs
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - eMagazineGone Girl, written by Gillian Flynn has topped the New York Times Bestsellers list for more than a yearDavid Fincher’s Gone Girl Hernibs
  • Unsold Stories Writing Competition

    Mahmoud Mansi
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - eMagazineUnderground artists have proven their exceptional existence in the various realms of artUnsold Stories Writing Competition Mahmoud Mansi
  • Rev. Patricia Brooks

    Biola Olatunde
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - eMagazineThere is a reason for incarnation; there is the Love of the Creator that makes it possible for repeated journeys into the world of matterRev. Patricia Brooks Biola Olatunde
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    The GrammarPhile Blog

  • Words Religious

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

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

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Most word lovers love Scrabble™, the classic word game developed originally by Depression-era architect Alfred Butts, who sold the rights to James Brunot, who sold the rights to Selchow & Righter, which sold out completely to Coleco, which shortly thereafter went bankrupt, the assets of which were bought up by modern-day Hasbro. Here are some words for your next conquest. (Each word's basic score is in parentheses.) Memorize them and win all the challenges!
  • Omitting Parts of Verbs

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    As the summer winds down, we thought we'd post a short article and perhaps cause you to laugh (or at least chuckle a little). Hope you enjoy today's post.
  • A Great Moment in American Literature

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Rather than a grammar post this week, we chose to devote the post to a great moment in American literature. Whether you're in a lofty Manhattan skyscraper or an out-of-the-way home office in the Australian Outback, we hope you'll find a quiet moment today to enjoy this moving excerpt from Cross Creek, a book about early 20th century life in the Florida "scrub," by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
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  • The Monster in Every Writer’s Head

    Bryan Hutchinson
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Note: This post is the 2nd place winner in the “Writer’s Doubt” writing contest, “The Monster in Every Writer’s Head” by blogger, Liwen Ho of 2 Square 2 Be Hip. *Warning* This is the type of post you’re going to want to save and read again and again. Trust me, it’s sneaky good like that. Join me in congratulating Liwen in the comments. You know how under every kid’s bed is a monster? Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. In every writer’s head exists a monster, too… I’m talking about that hairy, slimy and drooling creature…
  • How to Overcome Writer’s Doubt (3rd Place)

    Bryan Hutchinson
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today I begin presenting the winners of the “Writer’s Doubt” contest with 3rd place, “How to Overcome Writer’s Doubt” by Chelsea. This is a great essay, and it’s very inspiring for anyone dealing with doubts about their creativity and writing. Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. Over the following few days I will be posting all of the winning entries. Stay tuned, and help me congratulate Chelsea in the comments! Read Chelsea’s essay below the picture… How do you overcome Writer’s Doubt? You Start. Stop…
  • Slay The #1 Enemy of Creativity and Writing (Only 3 Days!)

    Bryan Hutchinson
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    I’m about to do something I said I wouldn’t do with my latest book, “Writer’s Doubt.” But as we get closer and closer to the holiday season something is urging me to do it. I can’t stop myself from…. WIN a $100 Amazon Gift Card Or a Fire HD 6 Tablet It’s your choice! (Read this entire post so you don’t miss any information necessary to qualify.) For the NEXT 3 DAYS ONLY (October 13th to 15th 2014) you can download a full-length FREE COPY of “Writer’s Doubt” in exchange for your honest review of the book on Amazon. Now here’s the thing, once you’ve…
  • What I Learned From Screwing-up My Book Cover Design

    Bryan Hutchinson
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
    Book cover design is not rocket science. It’s simple: You need a book cover that instantly grabs attention, describes what the book is about in a single glance, and has an easy to read subtitle that explicitly explains what the book is all about in case there are any remaining questions. This all needs to come together and work within 60 seconds or less… Pretty simple? Perhaps, perhaps not, but authors, especially self-published authors like me, well, we screw-up our book covers all the time. My first cover for “Writer’s Doubt” was a failure. Allow me to explain why it was a…
  • 6 Weird but Awesome Hacks for a Happy Writing Life

    Shanan Haislip
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:43 am
    Whether you’re a full-time writer, a hobby writer, or a writer with another full-time job, you have to admit that being a writer is a pretty good life. On the whole, we’re pretty lucky to do what we love. But… But like any lifestyle, it’s got some rough spots, some things that need to be smoothed out. Such as: 6. Get your writing juices flowing early with writing podcasts. Writing podcasts are a way to instantly connect with your writing self, whether it’s 6:30am or 9:30pm. As a writer with another full-time job, I write early in the morning, late at night, and on weekends, but I…
 
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    Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books

  • How to Create Relevant Fiction Characters

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

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    Since most books do not earn out their advance, you should consider your advance your last pay cheque from your publisher – and hold on to the day job. The post The Truth About Being a Traditionally Published Author appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • What To Do While You’re Waiting For Your Bestseller

    admin
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Think of everything you do as a writer, from the first thought you put on the page, to the hundreds of interviews you do, to the many people you’ll meet, even how you respond to the negative reviews, as opportunities to build influence. The post What To Do While You’re Waiting For Your Bestseller appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Christian Writer or Christian Who Writes: Does it Matter?

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:32 am
    To the ‘Christian plumber’, I would say that when I need my kitchen plumbing fixed, I wouldn’t search for a ‘Christian plumber’ online. And neither would I care if the plumber was Christian or not. I just want my plumbing fixed. Preferably, now. The post Christian Writer or Christian Who Writes: Does it Matter? appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Interview: Margaret Daley, Author, ‘Deadly Hunt’

    admin
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    I sold 20 books then went through an eight-year dry spell. If I had given up, I wouldn’t have gone on to write 70 more novels. The post Interview: Margaret Daley, Author, ‘Deadly Hunt’ appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
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  • What Gabriel Garcia Marquez can teach us about description

    brendanmc
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez was praised for his lyrical, vivid descriptions among other aspects of his work. By studying his prose, writers can learn more about how to use description effectively in their own work. The most famous works of Garcia Marquez are the novels One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, and he is best known as a writer of magical realist fiction. Winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature, he is broadly considered one of the most significant writers of the 20th century. Although reading Garcia Marquez in English means reading him in…
  • How to learn to write while you’re reading

    brendanmc
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    We become writers because we love to read. However, once we learn to read as writers, we can use what we learn to strengthen our own novels. Sometimes, writers will complain that they no longer have time to read, but reading is important for writers at every stage of their careers. Writers who don’t read their colleagues risk losing touch with the genre in which they are writing as well as general fiction trends. A writer who does not read is no different from any other professional who fails to keep abreast of their field. Reading also presents opportunities for writers to observe…
  • 5 easy ways to research your novel

    brendanmc
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
    Writers tend to be split in their feelings about research with some enjoying it and others dreading it. Almost every writer will need to do at least a little research from time to time, but there are a number of methods available to get your the information that you need. Not every novel requires research. However, at some point, you will probably find yourself needing to do at least a little bit of research. If you are writing about a time or place that is not your own, if your character has a profession that you know little about that is key to the story or if you are writing about a…
  • How to explain your story without using backstory

    Mbali
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Backstory is everything that happens before the main action of your novel begins. While it can be an effective way to add meaning and depth to a novel, backstory can also slow down the narrative, and there are other approaches that can perform the same function as backstory without its drawbacks. Like many literary devices, backstory is useful, but it can also become a crutch. Something about backstory seems to be particularly tempting to new writers. They may get so caught up in explaining the things from a character’s past that motivate that character in the present that the actual…
  • Talking about your character: Voice

    Mbali
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    A character’s voice is a distinctive and important part of both character development and overall development of your story. Each main character in your novel and perhaps even some of the minor ones should have a distinctive voice that sets that character apart from others. What is character voice? Have you ever had a friend or relative you were so close to that you could always imagine what they might say in certain circumstances even if they weren’t with you at the time? There might also be certain things you can’t imagine that person ever saying. If so, you had a strong…
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  • Little Feet

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

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

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

    Derek Rizzo
    2 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    You make me dance and jump for your love. I’ve always played the fool and it was fun. I am your fool now, and The work is hard. You switch from emotion to emotion in a breath! I cannot sustain in the whirlwind. How can I do what you need, when you don’t Know what you want. In the vast sea of your insecurity , I am drowning! Where went the joy? Did you ever have it? Do I hope for something, that will never flower? Happiness..? It’s been a long time.   Tagged: Arts, Derek Rizzo, fool, Happiness, happy, joy, Life, love, North Carolina, Online Writing, People, poems, poet,…
  • Sunlit Thoughts

    Derek Rizzo
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Sun-baked brown, burnt hill. Dead, Crunchy, Greying, Pine needles. Shield me, From the Chaotic sound Of the world, Packed into Their cars Gliding by. I am Ponderous In the sunlight. Watching the world Pass, In a warm, Beer laden haze. Where Do they go? Why Must they rush? A smile, A sip, And my mind Moves to other Sunlit Thoughts. Tagged: Arts, beer, cars, Derek Rizzo, Earth, Life, literature, North Carolina, Online Writing, Poem, poems, poet, poetry, Reading, sun, Sunlight, sunlit, Thebloggingwriter, thoughtful, world, write, writing
 
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    A Blog for the Comma Man

  • Halos and Pitchforks: The Power of a Positive First Impression

    Freestyle Editorial
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    You never get a second chance to make a first impression. The adage is old, but when it comes to proposals and presentations, it’s as important as ever. In fact, even the briefest of first impressions can become the lens through which a prospect views all of your remaining messages. That’s right, the first messages [...]Read More »
  • How Sequencing Can Improve Persuasion—and Win Rates

    Freestyle Editorial
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    When it comes to proposals and presentations, order matters. In fact, studies have found that even with outstanding, prospect-focused content, changing just its sequence can have profound effects on a prospect’s understanding, recall, and impression of your key messages. So this week we’re discussing the connection between memory and order—and what it means for the [...]Read More »
  • Repetition: Making Prospects Remember Your Key Messages

    Freestyle Editorial
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Think about your most recent proposal or presentation. Did you use clear, simple messaging? Great. Did you limit your focus to the three (plus or minus one) main benefits your service/product will provide to your prospect? Even better. Did your prospect remember them? Don’t be so sure. According to two studies at Indiana University, information [...]Read More »
  • Three Is a Magic Number (for Proposals and Presentations)

    Freestyle Editorial
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Chances are your organization has lots of compelling features and benefits. Most do. But when crafting a proposal or presentation, how many should you highlight for your prospect? Five? Ten? According to cognitive psychologists, it’s probably less than you think. That’s why this week, in continuing our discussion of simplicity, we’re examining your prospects’ short-term [...]Read More »
  • Four Reasons to Keep Your Content Simple

    Freestyle Editorial
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:05 am
    Your prospects are bombarded with persuasive messages—400 a day, according to psychologist Kevin Dutton. Moreover, research shows that 81 percent of those messages contain more written or verbal content than is necessary, encouraging audiences to tune out, gloss over, and move on. It’s time to streamline. So before allowing the kitchen sink to be tossed [...]Read More »
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    The Red Ink

  • Is Content Marketing Here to Stay?

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    What will content marketing look like in five years’ time—or for that matter, one year’s time? Will content marketing still exist as we know it, or will changes to the digital marketing world render it unrecognizable or obsolete? Questions like these are common in online marketing circles, and it’s not hard to understand why. Google’s algorithms change, on average, close to three times per day; the world of social media is in a constant state of flux. This entire enterprise is characterized by how fast it moves, how quickly it changes. It is little wonder that there are so many who…
  • What is Cause Marketing?

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Newsflash: Content marketing isn’t just for for-profit companies. In fact, Grammar Chic has previously blogged about the different ways in which charities and philanthropic organizations can make use of social media, inbound, and content marketing techniques. What you might not know is that there is actually an entirely separate—and increasingly prolific—arm of content marketing, dedicated solely to working for social and charitable causes. It’s called cause marketing, and while it has much in common with conventional content marketing, there are some key distinctions that are worth…
  • Supporting Customers Through Your Business Website (It’s Easier Than You Think)

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have an automated customer service center on your website—a place where your customers could go to chat, in real time, with a technical support representative, a sales staff team member, or simply some caring employee able to guide them through use of your product? That’s clearly something that would go a long way toward enhancing the customer experience, but sadly, it’s also a significant investment, both in terms of the technology and the manpower needed to staff it. Amazon.com can do it, maybe, but your small business likely can’t. What small…
  • Grammar Chic Loves Pop Culture

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    There’s an old episode of The Simpsons in which young Bart has the audacity to suggest that there might be some downside to watching too much television—that maybe TV’s effects on the mind are sometimes less than positive. Homer responds to his son with barely contained rage, and through gritted teeth: “I’ll pretend you didn’t just say that about TV, boy!” Here at Grammar Chic, we may not be quite as defensive of television as Homer is, but in case it isn’t already obvious, we enjoy it plenty—and for that matter, love all manner of pop culture. Just last evening, our…
  • How to Search for a Job When You Already Have One

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    Being out of work and in dire need of employment is obviously a tough place to be, but searching for a new job when you’ve already got one can bring its own challenges. In many ways, seeking new work is a full-time job in itself; how do you devote yourself to it while still remaining productive at your 9-to-5, and without jeopardizing your current career status or your chance for a good letter of recommendation? For that matter, how do you ensure that your job search remains private? How do you keep your current employer from becoming privy to what you’re doing? The Grammar Chic team has…
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    Writing By The Seat of My Pants

  • Old School vs New School Crowdfunding: Which One Should You Consider?

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

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

    Rachel Rueben
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Max Sat via Flickr Last week, I discussed how to get your self-published book translated using various techniques from hiring contractors to using a royalty splitting website. Today I’ll talk about the next logical step in this journey and that is selling your foreign rights to a publisher. Yes, you can sell your book’s rights whether they be digital or print to a publisher in another country.  Sounds cool huh?  Seeing our books being sold at  store overseas is the dream of many authors. There are several options that self-published authors have, you can find an agent who can…
  • Freebies: Forget What You’ve Heard

    Rachel Rueben
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Jackson Ward via Flickr When KDP introduced its Select program, many authors balked at the idea of giving away their work for free. After all, it took several months, or years to create a decent story worthy of publication so giving it away for nothing seemed like a waste. And I completely understand that line of thinking. I was a freelancer and was very adamant about getting paid for my work. However, I wasn’t a publisher at the time and therefore didn’t have large billion dollar corporations to compete with. The one advantage indie authors have over the big guys is the ability to…
  • Translating Your Book: What You Need To Know

    Rachel Rueben
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    It’s a subject most self-published authors avoid and I don’t blame them, translating a book seems complicated as well as expensive. It’s murky territory, where we’re flying blind because we don’t speak the language.  I mean could you imagine embarrassing yourself in another country?  So out of fear we indies stay put in the shallow waters too terrified to dip our toes in the deeper parts of the pool.  Well, I’m getting my poodle noodle as well as my floaties and I’m diving in. Before I go on, I’m not discussing selling your foreign rights, that’s a completely different…
 
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    Derailed Thoughts

  • Conduct Unbecoming by Dellani Oakes

    Rachel Rueben
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Romance and suspense, who would’ve thought those worlds would go so good together?  I had never even heard of the term romance suspense until I was given “The Ninja Tattoo” and Immediately I was hooked.  Over 15 years ago, I just stopped reading romance because the genre had become too formulaic.  You were either in …
  • We’re Doing It Again! The Fantastic Blog Hop Returns But Different.

    Rachel Rueben
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Fantastic Blog Hop is here again, but this time bigger and better than ever!
  • Fedelta Parte 12: Hangman

    Rachel Rueben
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Originally posted on Cereal Authors:By mhlradio via Flickr Amato went to the rendezvous point at the 52nd street junk yard to meet New York’s infamous investigative reporter, Javier Marín. It was an unusual cool June morning but Amato wasn’t the least bit nervous in fact, he was determined to get this done. Feeling the…
  • Fedelta Parte 11: The No Tell Motel

    Rachel Rueben
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Originally posted on Cereal Authors:By Jason B. via Flickr Nervously Amato looked out of his window, before answering the door. He wasn’t safe as long as his heart was still beating. They wouldn’t quit until he and Cassie were dead which made his situation dire. It was just the manager wanting his money. Quickly…
  • Psst…There’s a Contest Going on

    Rachel Rueben
    29 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Free book! Shout it from the roof tops, share it on Facebook, and tell your mama!
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    S.A. Barton: Seriously Eclectic

  • Garbage Music: a Story About Listening, Understanding, and Things Beyond Words. Also, Australia.

    Tao23
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    A short story, about 5000 words. Young Jacinta Jaara likes to sit by the old landfill mine and listen to the music ancient Neyerneyemeet plays. The music speaks of her of the old days, when the people of Australia were divided, before the war that changed everything. Soon, Jacinta’s curiosity will lead her to an […]
  • Telling an Unlikely Story

    Tao23
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    One criticism of stories we see is something in the vein of, “this is too unlikely.” The reader finds the story ridiculous, outlandish, contrived, unrealistic, impossible, or other things the thesaurus might suggest that mean that the reader doesn’t think such events could occur. It’s very easy for a writer to find themselves in the […]
  • Swallowing Lies – a Flash Friday story

    Tao23
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Originally posted on Andrew Knighton writes:‘Lying is an art,’ Falling Leaf said, pouring from the small earthenware teapot. ‘I do not go to such lengths for those I despise.’ Aoandon’s clawed blue fingers reached across the low table and closed around her teacup. Her lips parted, revealing a flash of teeth as sharp as…
  • Coming Soon: Garbage Music

    Tao23
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
    I wrote this one a while back, and posted a few choice paragraphs from it.  It’s a story from a future Australia scarred by a disaster, changed, different, perhaps stronger in some ways. But more than that, it is a tale of music, of communication, of growing up, and of finding wisdom by finding what […]
  • The Times, They Are a-Changin’. Also, My Feet Are Wet. Must Have Stepped In Some Climate Change.

    Tao23
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    The view from where I used to live in the fall of ’06 Above, is an image of climate change and rising sea levels. Granted, this was during a storm, and also I lived on what is essentially a large paved-over sandbar. But still, Norfolk, Virginia is one of the US cities most affected by […]
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    Creative Genius 101

  • 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
  • How to Pitch Story Ideas to Online Magazine Editors Without Annoying Them by Brian Scott

    Brian Scott
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:27 pm
    With more people working part-time and looking to supplement their income with freelance work, it's important for creative-types to learn how to pitch, communicate, and correspond with editors the right way, especially if they dream of becoming full-time freelance writers. A difficult but essential writing rule I had to learn as a budding freelance writer was to communicate and interact
  • To All Big Mouths: Junk the Jargon and Write in Plain English by Brian Scott

    Brian Scott
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Jargon is a specialized writing style often abused by big business, certain trade industries in the legal and medical fields, federal and state governments, and institutes of education. Jargon contains "workshop words," vague figures of speech, hackneyed expressions, and pompous writing that communicators use obsessively to communicate with their peers and colleagues. Many communicators who are
  • The Query Letter: Advice for the Aspiring Writer by Brian Scott

    Brian Scott
    17 May 2014 | 8:31 am
    Freelance writing can be an exciting career choice or a creative way to make extra money on the side. The daily chore of freelancing involves seeking out new editorial markets, whether print magazines, online ezines, news journals, etc. If you have an idea for an article, the most common method to procure a writing assignment is with a well-written, compelling, and persuasive query letter.
  • 10 Fascinating Facts about William Shakespeare by Brian Scott

    Brian Scott
    1 May 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Few figures in history have had a lasting effect the way William Shakespeare has. Simply stating the man's name is enough to make a connection to literature, drama, and the written word as a creative tool rather than just a means of communication. But even with a legacy as robust and celebrated as time has awarded William Shakespeare, other trivial facts make this historical giant even more
 
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    Jeremy Porter

  • What companies say and don’t say about their 4G LTE networks

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

    Jeremy Porter
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Environmental organizations often mistakenly frame nature as separate to people. This campaign avoids that mistake, but does it work? Nature is Speaking Credit: Conservation International The main mistake environmental organizations have made is talking about the environment as something separate to us — something that exists around us. It’s a mistake because we are a part of nature. We eat the food, breathe the air, and drink the water that nature provides us. Framing nature and the environment The “environment” frame is so entrenched that if you asked a hundred people on…
  • Why you probably don’t have a narrative

    Jeremy Porter
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    Campaigns and organizations that rely on messages in place of narrative risk saying nothing. Messages deliver narrative, but they are not the same. Jonah Sachs’ Story Strategy Map Earlier this year I walked into a meeting with excitement. I was quickly deflated. It was a meeting with the campaign manager of a political campaign. It was clear within a few minutes I couldn’t help them. I had hoped to talk about ideas for the campaign narrative, but the campaign was operating with a false sense of urgency and they only wanted to discuss tactics. I was assured they had…
  • One idea, a lifetime of better writing

    Jeremy Porter
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Words are easily forgotten, but feelings and emotions are seared in the minds of everyone. Understanding that is the key to better writing. Audience Photo: Beatrice Murch A few months ago a remarkable woman died. She was a poet, a dancer, a film producer, a playwright, and a civil rights activist. And she said, I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou knew a thing or two about communication. This idea can cure many communication problems. Jargon is one of these problems.
  • Three notes you must hit when making a political TV ad

    Jeremy Porter
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Can you guess which of these political ads works? The major political parties are off and running in New Zealand’s federal election. National Party election ad 2014 There’s no formula for creating a great political ad, but there are notes that must be hit: a coherent narrative, an appeal to emotion, and a strong message about what the party or candidate stands for. Yesterday the two major political parties in New Zealand released their first TVCs for the upcoming election. They couldn’t be more different. National The National Party’s first 2014 election ad. Labour The…
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    Karen Karbo

  • The Legend of Il Palio

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

    Karen Karbo
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    THE DIAMOND LANE When I sat down to begin The Diamond Lane (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1991) it was called The Young and the Desperate, and was about my then-tribe, thirtysomethings from my film school graduate program who were mostly in the process of not breaking into Hollywood. My class at USC had graduated a few... Read More
  • Julia Child’s savory life lessons inspire Portland writer Karen Karbo

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

    Karen Karbo
    17 Nov 2013 | 4:22 pm
    Friday, 11/ 1/2013 12:00 PM Life Advice From Julia Child That Goes Way Beyond the Kitchen by Maggie Mertens If there’s one thing I’ve learned here at Glamour, it’s that when amazingly successful women share their stories, the result is downright inspiring. So I was thrilled to see Karen Karbo’s fourth, and final, book from... Read More
  • Interview with Allison Frost, Oregon Public Broadcasting: Julia Child Rules

    Karen Karbo
    5 Nov 2013 | 11:11 am
    “Every generation imprints on a slightly different Julia.” Listen to my interview on Julia Child Rules with the highly skilled interviewer, Allison Frost, of Oregon Public Broadcasting.
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    Randi Minerva

  • Tarot Tip #52: Tarot Specialties

    R. Minerva
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Get your tarot reading here.
  • Tarot Tip #51: Setting Boundaries

    R. Minerva
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Get your tarot reading here.
  • Tarot Tip #50: Charge What You’re Worth

    R. Minerva
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Get your tarot reading here.
  • Tarot Tip #49: Keep Reading Those Witchy Books

    R. Minerva
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Get your tarot reading here.
  • Tarot Tip #48: Organize Your Online Readings

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

  • 3 phone phrases to land more copywriting clients

    Steve Roller
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:26 am
    You can have the best lead-generating machine, but every copywriting client project still comes down to one thing. A conversation. I’ve landed projects just through email, but it’s rare. High-paying projects usually require a phone call. What you say on that phone call can either get you the gig and open the door to more, or close it. It’s subtle, and prospective clients aren’t going to give you feedback. You just won’t hear from them again. Last time we talked about what never to say on a client phone call. We talked about three things you don’t want to say: “Sure I can start…
  • 8 Hurtful (Yet True) Scenarios That Demand You Invest In Professional Health Copywriting Services

    Joe Leech.
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:47 am
    Sometimes in life it’s hard to admit you need help. Whether it’s love-life, business, or repeat DUI speeding convictions, we’re hard-wired to try and at leastlook like we can handle it ourselves. That’s human nature. But there’s a fine line between confidence and ego. In this post, I’m calling your ego out with a list of eight hurtful – yet true – scenarios that describe those who desperately need to invest in health copywriting services. Swallow your pride, grab a cuppa, and read on. 1. Your product or service sings out like a drowning cat It’s not that…
  • Pfft… Copywriting. What Does A Copywriter Do That I Can’t Do Myself?

    Joe Leech.
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    A small business owner strapped for cash is like Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce at a press conference. They’ll try to cut costs wherever possible. They are reluctant to spend additional money on services, of which content marketing — including a strong social media presence, a blog for the SERPs, and persuasive copywriting — is viewed as inessential. This mindset stems from a lack of understanding, where many owners and solopreneurs believe they can save a buck by doing most everything themselves– especially writing. After all, surely any non-dyslexic person…
  • 5 questions to land new copywriting clients

    Steve Roller
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:16 am
    Want to sound like every other copywriter the next time you talk to a prospective client? Ask the same questions every other copywriter asks. “Who’s your target audience?” “What’s your USP (Unique Selling Proposition)?” “Who’s your competition? What do you do better than them? What do they do better than you?” “What’s worked for you before? What hasn’t?” “What’s your budget for this project?” Those are all good questions, and it’s okay to ask them (even though I said you should never ask two of them in this blog post). I’m just saying that you might not…
  • Feet up, hands down – The Freelance Working Vacation

    Sally Symondson
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
    The idea of a working vacation may sound like a starry-eyed dream full of sand encrusted keyboards, but for a Freelance Copywriter with a passion for travelling, here are five reasons why it’s SO possible. Firstly, I’m not going to apologise for going quiet these past few months, because this time I really do have a dazzling reason (yes, even shinier than the usual “I’ve been too busy pleasing clients”, which to be fair, remains a very valid part-excuse). What, where, when, W-H-A-T? Last December, life was turned on its head. I swapped police sirens for shark sirens, grey clouds for…
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    Cliff Ball

  • New Release Pre-Order 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 pre-order on Kindle, Apple iBooks, and Kobo, and it’ll be available to download on October 20th. If you want to read it now, head on over to Smashwords, since it’s live there. 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…
  • 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…
  • Now Available: Times of Judgment

    Cliff Ball
    5 Jun 2014 | 3:07 pm
    By Cliff Ball Times of Judgment – Christian End Times Thriller book 6, is now available in paperback and ebook. I published it to Kobo a couple of days ago, but it still hasn’t showed up yet. This is the end of the main part of the storyline, but I will have one last novel that encompasses the whole seven years with other characters who have to survive the Tribulation Period. Times of Judgment, book 6, goes through the last three and a half years of the seven year Tribulation Period. The world leader gets “assassinated” and Lucifer teams up with him shortly before…
  • Times of Judgment – Coming Soon

    Cliff Ball
    23 May 2014 | 7:12 am
    By Cliff Ball Currently, I’m writing Times of Judgment, the sixth novel in The End Times Saga. It’ll be available (hopefully) by June 9th, or a couple of days earlier. It’ll cover the last half of the Tribulation Period, where the Bowl Judgments from Revelation 16 will affect the whole world, unlike the trumpet judgments that affected 1/3 of the part of the world they were affecting. Judgment Cover Lucifer joins forces with the Patriarch, after his second attempt at trying to usurp God’s authority, and they try to rule the rest of the population with an iron fist.
  • $.99 sale for Times of Turmoil

    Cliff Ball
    7 May 2014 | 6:50 am
    By Cliff Ball Until Saturday, Times of Turmoil will be $.99 on Kindle and Nook. Next week, starting on Sunday, Times of Trial will be $.99 on both sites too. The links to Amazon are universal. In this first novel in The End Times Saga (prequel to Times of Trouble and Times of Trial), we follow how the Evans family gained their riches and eventually their power to influence events in the United States. We see important events that the Evans family gets themselves involved in: such as the return of the Israelites to Israel, the assassination of President Kennedy, the terrorism of 9/11, and…
 
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    The Write Practice

  • Celebrating Our 1,000th Post with a HUGE Giveaway

    Joe Bunting
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    In July 2011, I started The Write Practice, a blog to help people become better writers through deliberate practice. I couldn’t imagine what it would look like three years later: our incredible team of contributors and, most of all, the amazing community of talented writers that it’s become. Today, we’re publishing our 1,000th article on The Write Practice, and we’re giving away over $550 worth of free stuff to show our deep gratitude to this community. Enter the Giveaway now! Or check out the details below. How to Win The Write Practice’s 1,000th Post…
  • How to Transform Your Inner Critic Into an Inner Cheerleader

    Guest Blogger
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    This guest post is by Jackie Johansen. Jackie is a writer and soul seeker who is passionate about how writing has the capacity to create huge, positive change in ourselves and others. She writes at Finally Writing. If you are ready to unleash your inner writer and get writing from the inside out, head over to Finally Writing for writing inspiration, strategies and freebies. Do you ever feel like your own worst enemy? Are there times when you are bursting with inspiration, bursting with ideas to write about, but struggle to get started or bring them fully to form?   You struggle because…
  • 4 Reasons NaNoWriMo Rocks

    The Magic Violinist
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    In a nutshell, NaNoWriMo—or National Novel Writing Month—is an event held in November where one attempts to write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days. It may seem daunting (and it is), but it’s also a great opportunity for us writers. Why NOT to Participate in NaNoWriMo NaNoWriMo is no easy feat. It’s hard, it’s stressful, and life gets in the way. Our family tries as hard as possible to keep our schedule for November clear so we have time to write, but stuff comes up. It’s barely the middle of October and our calendar’s slowly getting full. My little brother and…
  • How To Create a Character Sketch Using Scrivener

    Matt Herron
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Special thanks to Matt Herron, who’s back today for another great lesson on the basics of writing fiction. Thanks Matt! How do you create compelling characters? Nothing is born in a vacuum. Characters don’t emerge fully formed. Creating compelling characters is a process of getting to know them and working to make them come to life. They’re developed through character sketches, through the writing process itself, through lots feedback, and diligent revision. Photo by Kevin Dooley. Modified by The Write Practice. What Is a Character Sketch? Think of a character sketch as the rough…
  • Why Writers Love Red Herrings: A Brief Guide

    Liz Bureman
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Agatha Christie is my all-time favorite author. I was first exposed to her work in middle school through the summer reading assignment of Murder on the Orient Express, which I adored. I then proceeded to tackle pretty much every book by her that I could get my hands on. My favorites are Orient Express (you never forget your first love), The Murder of Roger Aykroyd, and And Then There Were None, which has a brilliant ending that has you throwing down the book emphatically when the red herring is finally revealed. But wait! What’s a red herring? I’m so glad you asked. Photo by…
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    Lauren Sapala

  • 5 Things Beta Readers Should Know before They Agree to the Task

    Lauren Sapala
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    There is a difference between a Critique Partner and a Beta Reader. A Critique Partner is someone who approaches a manuscript from the point of view of a writer. They are prepared to hone in on the nitpicky stuff, be blunt with their criticism, and give ample notes on where the story just doesn’t work. A good Critique Partner puts significant work into critiquing a manuscript, and they usually understand what they’re in for. That’s why the relationship with a Critique Partner should always be reciprocal in some way. Either the writer is trading manuscripts with them and doing the same…
  • Why Do Some Writers Have So Much Trouble Actually Writing?

    Lauren Sapala
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    Eight years ago I joined a writing program in San Francisco even though I was scared to death to do it. I hadn’t written in the eight years before that and I was terrified to start writing again. I had made small attempts over the years—the beginning of a story here, or a journal entry there—but my writing was so clumsy and forced that I couldn’t read what I’d written without cringing. I was torn between two extremes. On one hand, I was convinced I was a horrible writer and I had no idea how to go about becoming a great writer, or even a good one. On the other hand, I had never…
  • Why Writers Should Listen to Readers, Not Publishers

    Lauren Sapala
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    If you are a writer looking to publish, chances are that you’ve done your fair share of research online about what the publishing world is looking for. And you know that this world encompasses not only publishers, but agents, fiction journals and magazines, and readers. It’s very easy to believe that if you can figure out “what publishers are looking for” then you can be that thing, and make your writing career a success. You also know that trends and fads come and go with violent intensity when it comes to what people are reading right now. After Harry Potter got big, everyone was…
  • 7 Signs You’re Living Your Life Purpose

    Lauren Sapala
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    If you’ve ever looked into becoming self-employed, striking out on your own as an entrepreneur, or thought about quitting your day job to pursue your dreams, you’ve probably run across that classic piece of advice: Do what you love and the money will follow. And immediately after that, you probably ran across dozens of people who disagreed with that advice. It’s such a tough issue because the real question is: If you pursue your passion, is there any guarantee that it will work out for you? The hard answer is: There are no guarantees. This is where finding and embarking on your life…
  • Best Blogs and Links for INFJ Creatives

    Lauren Sapala
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    As some of you know who read this blog regularly, I’m pretty interested in the Myers Briggs personality types. I’m an INFJ and I’ve written a few articles on being an INFJ (or INFP) writer. I’ve found a lot of excellent resources for INFJs on the web, but I’ve also noticed that some of these resources aren’t so easy to dig up. The following is a top ten list for any INFJ writer, INFJ artist, or just plain INFJ sensitive (which is all of us, to be honest): Jennifer Soldner offers a detailed, yet concise, list of what makes us INFJs tick. She touches on the INFJ intelligence,…
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    Stories and Stuff

  • Tell Me About Your Favourite Bookstore

    harmamae
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Last Friday The Guardian published a wonderful list of bookstores worldwide – including one from Canada, woohoo! Any book-lover knows there is no shortage of lovable bookstores out there, so which is your favourite? I’d have to say, from The Guardian‘s list, I want to visit the bookstore-in-a-van that sells Portuguese books translated into English. Leakey’s, in Scotland, looks worth visiting too. Shakespeare & Company, in Paris, is not included in this list – I have a feeling it might’ve been too cliche to include such a famous landmark. But in case…
  • Do Spoilers Spoil Stories?

    harmamae
    11 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Spoilers ruin everything. They rip out ask the suspense and enjoyment, they wreck – Wait, you’re saying people actually like a work MORE if it’s been spoiled for them? Are you serious? This is what Derek Thompson argues in “In Defense of Spoilers.” Apparently, anticipation of a twist can take away our enjoyment of the parts of the movie or book that don’t lead up to the twist. Or maybe we just like predictability. Anyway, research by psychologists has shown people rate stories higher when all the plot twists have been spoiled for them ahead of time. Okay, okay,…
  • Useful Words English Doesn’t Have

    harmamae
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    Anyone who’s ever started learning another language has come across words that just don’t translate into English. My favorites are ‘saudades,’ from Portuguese (meaning a feeling of longing, melancholy or nostalgia), and ‘gezellig,’ from Dutch (meaning a nice atmosphere, but also belonging and time spent with loved ones). Today, Slate published an excerpt from Lost in Translation that lists many more. My favorite is ‘tretar,’ which apparently means a third refill of coffee in Swedish. This sounds like a very useful word! Go check out the original…
  • Why Own Unread Books?

    harmamae
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    Unread Books, by Paulina Van Vliet. All rights reserved. I used to never buy a book I hadn’t read. That was what libraries were for – I didn’t want to buy something that might be garbage. Only after I knew the quality of the book would I buy a copy for myself. However, I have started seeing the error of my ways. Two recent blog posts brought this to my attention. The first – ‘The Virtue of Unread Books’ – argues that unread books are not merely pages on a shelf, but collectively they express an idea. When you stockpile books you’ve already read, Scott James argues,…
  • Do You Hear Voices In Your Head? (While Reading)

    harmamae
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    Do you hear voices in your head? When you’re reading, I mean. Of course I mean when you’re reading. I’m not trying to suggest anyone is crazy… I mean, do you hear voices of narrators and characters speaking out loud in your head when you’re reading? I’d never thought about this before. I’m struggling to remember what I actually hear when I read, but I think I enter the fictional world so completely that it’s hard for me to pin down individual sensations when I snap out of it. However, many people do hear voices. And accents. This phenomenon was brought by to me by a lovely…
 
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    In Medias Res

  • Social Media Review 2014

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Blogger. Facebook. Goodreads. Google+. Twitter. Social media platforms that take time away from our writing…but for a good cause. Multiple good causes, in fact. And definitely worth a 2-hour investment each week. If I hadn't started this blog way back in the fall of 2009, I wouldn't have discovered how many of us are posting regular updates on our writing endeavors. I wouldn't have made the
  • Something Wicked Good

    12 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It's getting to be that time of year again, when netherworldly spooks crawl out of the termite-infested woodwork to send cold shivers drooling down your spine. Around here, their bony appendages are pointing you toward an annual horror extravaganza I like to call Creepy Freebies. This year, I'll be offering a couple of my creepifying story collections free for the taking. But that's not all
  • Friends with Benefits

    5 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Is it time to take this relationship to the next level? Do you dare? Maybe we haven't known each other very long. Or maybe you're carrying some heavy baggage from the past, and you can't commit. Not yet. But maybe, just maybe, now is the perfect time to throw caution to the wind and dive in headfirst. Forget about those other guys who spammed your inbox with all manner of crap. That ain't me.
  • Cover Art Cage Match

    28 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    With a little over a month before Yakuza Territory greets the masses, my publisher has whipped up a few potential covers to choose from. The problem: each one is cool in its own way. So the choice isn't as simple as it might be if, say, there was a real stinker in the bunch. Care to cast your vote? Here they are in random order: cover options 1 through 4. Let me know why your pick is the
  • A Pre-Order Experiment

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Amazon couldn't have picked a better time to allow KDP authors to offer pre-orders. The rights to my novelette Girl of Great Price (originally published by St. Martin's Press) will revert to me next month, and I'll be making it available as a standalone for the first time. According to Amazon, "Pre-orders contribute toward sales rank and other Kindle Store merchandising ahead of release, which
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    Write Line Blog - Free Expressions Seminars and Literary Services

  • Picture Prompt #13

    Lorin
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    The Picture Prompt concept is simple yet challenging, so get those fingers ready! This prompt can be done with any photo you find interesting, but preferably one you haven’t had a long time to study. It’s a fun exercise for a writing group as well, especially if everyone reads his/her piece to the group.Ready?Here’s the prompt: In just thirty minutes, write a complete story based on the photo below. When you’re finished, come back and share your experience in the comments. (Or even your story!)Did you like this exercise? What was the most challenging part about it? Did…
  • Friday Roundup 10.17.14

    Lorin
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Have a nice weekend! Pen Names - Should You Have One?How to Tell If Your Story Idea Is Mediocre—And How to Improve It13 Ultra-Creepy Books To Avoid Before BedtimeINFOGRAPHIC: YOGA FOR WRITERSVillains in literature - quiz
  • First Page Feedback: Untitled #8

    Lorin
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Copies of Lorin and Brenda's feedback are available for download in the Resources for Writers section under Extras. If you're interested in submitting your first page (up to 250 words) for feedback, please email a Word doc or text file copy to erin_anderson@free-expressions.com. Feedback sessions are also open for QUERY LETTER submissions (up to 400 words)! Email a Word doc or text file copy to erin_anderson@free-expressions.com to participate.Untitled #8 by Anna S.Original:“Your daddy is back,” his grandmother said.Anger erupted like a flash fire throughout…
  • Prompt-A-Palooza #46

    Lorin
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Prompts, prompts, prompts! Bottled sunshine...A sting like regret...The whirl of seedpods...She left it all on the page...Rowing against calamity...An avalanche of Post-It notes...He couldn't shut the door...  
  • Friday Roundup 10.10.14

    Lorin
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Enjoy your weekend!19 Magical Bookshops Every Book Lover Must VisitThe 430 Books in Marilyn Monroe’s Library: How Many Have You Read?10 Dark, Creepy Children’s Books Every Kid Should ReadLittle-Known Punctuation Marks: INFOGRAPHICPre-Writing: Discovering Your Character’s Secrets
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    Copywriter Collective

  • Desk for rent in Amsterdam

    Jack
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    We have a desk for rent in Amsterdam. It’s slap bang in the middle of town on the Rokin opposite the torture museum, which you can pop into during your lunch break for a bit of light relief. The office is small with three rooms and a large meeting room that you’re also free to use. Most importantly for writers and creatives, it’s quiet, so you can work in peace. Plus, it has all the amenities like a stella coffee machine, printer and a nice plant. This desk is much nicer than the one we have for rent. We just put this one here because it is more eye-catching. Look at…
  • Dream teams, now you can hire creative + copywriter teams from Copywriter Collective

    Copywriter Collective
    16 May 2014 | 6:08 am
    Sometimes you need more than just copy or just art direction. You need the full package: a whole creative team. That’s why Copywriter Collective is now offering just that. We’ve invited some incredibly talented creative dream teams to come and join us, and they’re available to work for you right now. Check out what they can do below, and get in touch to see how a little creative teamwork could transform your marketing effort. WHY HIRE CREATIVE TEAMS THROUGH US? Worry-free hiring.  We don’t just take on anyone at Copywriter Collective. The teams we represent have been thoroughly…
  • Is a copywriter the missing link in your marketing chain?

    The Collective
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Hire a copywriter on a monthly basis: Save money and get better results No company would hire an accountant on an ad hoc basis, or get a different one every month to do their accounts. So why should it be different with copywriting? If you regularly need a freelance writer, subscribing to a set number of hours each month can bring a lot of major benefits to your company. Better value for money By guaranteeing the copywriter a certain number of hours each month, we can offer you a discount on the regular freelance rates. So you get the same top copy for significantly less per hour. More…
  • Make the right impact with native English copywriters

    The Collective
    30 Jan 2014 | 4:34 am
    It can be tempting to use non-native English copywriter to write copy in English. But if you want your advertising and marketing to make a real impact you need writers who know all the nuances and subtleties of the language. That means native speakers only. Here at Copywriter Collective we have an entire international network of freelance English language copywriting talent. And the writer you need is just a phone call away. Proven native English copywriting All our English language copywriters have proven track records – many worked full-time in the UK’s most famous agencies and for…
  • Translation? No thanks! International campaigns work better with transcreation.

    The Collective
    12 Dec 2013 | 8:27 am
    Translation is great for getting a basic message across. But it can’t capture the real spirit of the brand you’re trying to promote. Nor does it take into account cultural differences between different target markets. So campaigns that work well in one region may flop completely in another. That’s where transcreation comes in. Transcreation = Translation + Creativity Our transcreation writers are part translator, part creative copywriter. The use all their skills to adapt a campaign developed for one region to be suitable for another. Using a specialist transcreation writer from…
 
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    Words & Music

  • The Immeasurable Treasure

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    If I spent every moment of the rest of my life with youIt wouldn’t be enough If I knew everything there was to know about youIt wouldn’t be enoughIf I tasted the flavor of you alone on my tongueI would always be starving for moreIf I could read every thought that flickered across your mindI’d want to know so much moreIf the sound of your laughter echoed always in my earsI’d need to hear more and more and moreIf you touched me just once, with your fingers or your lipsI’d carry that sensation to my graveIf I looked one time into your eyes and saw love for me thereI would never…
  • Self-Portrait

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    "It gets worse the older that you getThere's no escape from the state of confusion I'm in." - Ray DaviesIt must be hard for even an egotist to look too closely at his face in the mirror, and I'm no egotist. Some people find it helpful to ask another to take a hard look at them and offer advice. I've been told more than once that I might benefit from therapy but it always makes me think of the old joke: How many therapists does it take to change a light bulb? Only one, but the light bulb has to want to change. As painful and confusing as my life sometimes gets, I don't want to…
  • Broken Angel

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    "Either I'm too sensitive or else I'm getting soft." - Bob DylanOne of the great themes of classical poetry is the damsel in distress. Any kind of suffering is bad enough but contemplating the suffering of someone dear to your heart is almost unbearable. Even more so when you're unable to do anything to alleviate it.   A meditation on that particularly bitter form of disappointment was the inspiration for this song. That, and playing around with the rinky-dink riff. Broken angel on the floorWhat did you come here for?Have I seen your face before?Will I see it anymore?Broken angel where's…
  • Images of a Lunar Eclipse

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    An astrophysicist friend of mine (don't you love sentences that start like that?) told me on Tuesday night that there would be a lunar eclipse on Wednesday morning. She wasn't kidding.I wound up waking up naturally a little before the event and you wouldn't know it by the photo but the moon was large and clear, low in the sky, near the horizon and I watched the shadow of the earth creep across its face.It's not hard to see how ancient people could have gotten a little freaked out witnessing such a display. The Egyptians believed it was a sow swallowing the moon. The animal-eating-the-moon…
  • The Mistress of Disguises

    6 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    Two years ago I wrote a play called Digging Up John Barrymore. At one point I considered a musical version and wrote a few songs for it. This one is called The Mistress of Disguise and here's the relevant passage from the play (Barrymore's deathbed scene) that leads into the song:Steve Izant and Julia Menn reading their linesJULIA: Do you remember when you kissed me on Errol’s boat?JOHN: Is that where it was? Yes. I remember.JULIA: You frightened me.JOHN: Good. I wish I still could.JULIA: You do frighten me still.John smiles.JOHN: And you still frighten me. Your indestructible beauty, and…
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    Write Kids' Books!

  • Have you joined SCBWI yet? (and why I did)

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
      Are you a member yet??? After a couple of years of putting it off, I finally joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) at the beginning of October, and last week, my membership package finally winged (wung?) its way across the ocean and made it here to me. Yes, it’s true.  I’m legit now. Well, kind of legit.  They have a checkbox when you join that forces you to admit that, if you’ve self-published your kids’ books (even if you have been published for adult writing, which I have), then you are not exactly a “published” author. That…
  • Are you the next Dr. Seuss? 4 "Doctor's Orders" to write rhyming books kids will love to shreds.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Thinking of writing in rhyme?No wonder.  Thousands of new rhyming kids' books come out every year, and lots of them are snapped up eagerly by parents and teachers.  A great rhyming book can help a reluctant reader, lull a child almost to sleep, or turn storytime into a bouncy fun lap experience for parent and kid.But the best books, the ones kids carry around until they're loved to tatters, pages hanging out, covers falling off - not from abuse but from sheer love - those are the books you probably hope to write someday.(Me, too.  Who wouldn't?)The great news is that you really…
  • “Can I have another free Microsoft Word children’s book template, please?”

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Ooh, I thought you’d never ask. I’ve been offering a free 8.5” x 8.5” children’s book template for a while and it’s very, very popular.  No wonder.  When I wanted to find a free template to give me some idea of how to format my kids’ books, I couldn’t find one anywhere.  So I made one, and then shared it with you. Now, 8.5” x 8.5” is a great size.  I love it. That size is perfect for a 32-page picture book, or even something a little shorter (for younger kids) or longer (for slightly older kids).  But it’s not perfect.  That’s where 6” x…
  • 5 illustrated ways to overcome the “self-published” curse (and make your picture book look great).

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Are you cursed? Lots of writers would swear they are. It’s sort of true.  There’s a “self-published” curse that makes many, many independent, print-on-demand and Kindle books look… bad.  Stinky.  Rotten. Is yours one of them? I don’t believe in curses, I believe in bootstraps.  I hope you do, too. I believe that today every writer has a chance to succeed in publishing a kids’ book… by following these five tips (illustrated for your amusement) to help ensure that yours succeed. Before you go on, here’s my confession:  I have made mistakes in all of…
  • One-star review?!? What to do when it happens to you.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Did you ever fall totally in love with your own book? I sure hope so. But as all the romance novels suggest, love makes us vulnerable.  In this case, vulnerable to… our readers. Like that one reader in however-many who comes along and absolutely hates your book. Ouch. It happened to me two days ago, and I’m still reeling. Let me tell you a little about my book Penguin Rosh Hashanah.  It’s all about the Jewish new year, and it’s also all about penguins.  Light on facts, heavy on cute. [The Kindle version is free until Wednesday, Sept 24, 2014 if you want to check it…
 
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    Technical Writing ToolBox

  • Youtube Webinar Recording- API Documentation

    Gurpreet Singh
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
    I recently conducted a webinar on API documentation for STC India Management SIG. You can view the Youtube video recording of the session on this blog post. I would love to hear your feedback regarding this session. Is it exciting? Is it boring? Would you like to attend my next webinar? Please leave a comment […]
  • Webinar on API Documentation for STC India Management SIG

    Gurpreet Singh
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    I am conducting a webinar on API documentation for STC India Management SIG. Please register if you are interested in learning more about API documentation. Registration link: http://www.stc-india.org/events/webinar-api-documentation/ Filed under: Elements of Technical Writing Tagged: Application Programming Interface, careercast, Communication, Management SIG, stc
  • Top 10 Best Jobs in 2013

    Gurpreet Singh
    14 Mar 2014 | 1:09 pm
    In my last blog post, I talked about the 60th best job in 2013- Technical Writing. But what about the top 10 best jobs in 2013? Comcast released a list of top 200 different jobs in the U.S based on five criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook. The data for this report […]
  • Technical Writing: The 60th Best Job in 2013

    Gurpreet Singh
    12 Mar 2014 | 11:22 am
    Following the yearly tradition, Comcast released  a list of top 200 different jobs in the U.S based on five criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook. The data for this report came from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other government agencies in U.S. Technical Writer was the 60th best job in 2013 though it […]
  • How to document a sound?

    Gurpreet Singh
    24 Jan 2014 | 8:29 am
    As intriguing it may seem, have you ever considered the idea of documenting a sound in your writing? It seems impossible, right? Apparently, technical writers working at Electrolux have discovered a creative way to do exactly that. This illustration describes various sound (noises) which occur inside a freezer during its normal use. I know what […]
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    Writeaholic Inspiration

  • Write Articles That People Want to Read

    Ruth Barringham
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Saying that you should only write articles that people want to read sounds like common sense, doesn't it?Yet it's surprising how many people don't do it.There are 3 things that your article needs if you want people to read it.Read more »
  • 2 Freebies and 2 Writing Markets

    Ruth Barringham
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Today I have 2 writing markets for you plus 2 free offers.So lets's dive straight in.Flash Fiction ContestThe WCCL Network have decided to hold another Prize Flash Fiction Contest on the myWritersCircle.com forumTo enter, submit a story of EXACTLY 100 words, including three specified words (jade, conduit, effervescent). A maximum of two stories may be submitted per author.But you have to be quick. The closing date for entry is Friday 10 October at 10 am EDT / 3 pm BST.The contest is free to enter, and the first-prize winner will receive a copy of the CD-based course Write Any Book in…
  • They are Calling Me "an online writing guru"

    Ruth Barringham
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    With my years of experience of writing, freelance writing, and online writing I was offered the opportunity of teaching a course at my local community college.Yesterday they sent me an email with a link to my new course page.I clicked through and two things struck me.The first was that the course is already listed as "sold out."The second thing was that they have called me "an online writing guru."Read more »
  • 5 Amazing Resources For Writers

    Ruth Barringham
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Today I have 5 new amazing writing resources from the Writers Store, that are all designed to get you writing and keep you going.It doesn't matter if you want to write your next novel or start writing that screen play that you've always dreamt about.2 of these resources are substantially reduced in price and 3 are on sale, but only for a short time.Download free trials.Read more »
  • The Author Whose Readers P*ss Her Off

    Ruth Barringham
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:39 pm
    I was reading an interview with a new fiction author last week and I couldn't believe what she was saying.The whole point of doing author interviews is to attract readers (or so I thought) and not to repel them.In the interview, one of the questions she was asked was what "p*ssed" her off the most.Her response astounded me and I thought "Wow! Just wow!"Read more »
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    Assignment Help

  • Which is the suitable assignment writing service for you in UK?

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:26 am
    It is common that UK students stumble on the stages of assignment writing, but the question arises why? Why this large number of students are failing to get the skills of assignment writing. The answers can be unlimited; there are numerous problems possibilities that are countered by students. How to resolve these problems in assignment writing? Students invest a good amount of time in writing and when the result becomes zero, the feeling of restarting it all over again in order to get it finished on time, is a bitter one.   There are many students who face major problems in assignment…
  • The importance of Professional Essay Writers

    admin
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    There are a number of individuals in the market who have entered the field of content generation and professional, Australian essay writing. The essay writing industry has shown its depths in each and every sector of the economy and is being progressively used for educational and other purposes. Not only has the increased amount of help required for essays writing generated the growth of the sector but has also lured in a number of individuals with a knack to write to enter this field as Professional Essay Writers. Myassignmenthelp.com The role of the professional essay writing individuals:…
  • Excellent custom writers for cheap prices

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:04 am
    Custom essay writing is of great help to students who are busy working. Essay writing takes a lot of time as it needs detailed knowledge about the subject. Working students will not be able to spare time for these essays. Do my essay for me! Essay writing is done by qualified writers. These qualified writers have been into writing since years and it just takes few minutes for them to pen down an excellent grammatically perfect essay. Through the help of these qualified essay writers students can score an A+ easily in their examinations. Writer treats students essay as his assignment and puts…
  • Schizophrenia – The Problem of 21 Million Worldwide

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    Getting To the Core of the Problem Called Schizophrenia On World Mental Health Day, 2014 you need to know about a serious health problem such as Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is viewed as a mental disease or disorder that is, usually, characterized by a person’s understanding of the outside world being disrupted and thus showing abnormal social behavior. Schizophrenia – The Problem of 21 Million Worldwide A person who suffers from the health illness of Schizophrenia may exhibit any of the following symptoms: They may lose touch with the world realities due to hallucinations. They may start…
  • Get the best essays by our essay help service

    admin
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    Assignments and home works form an integral part of today’s education system in Australia. It sometimes takes a lot of time and effort from the students’ end to write their assignments. Since punctuality plays an important role in submitting the essays, it gives the students a tight schedule as well. Under these circumstances, there arises a requirement for essay writing help from other sources. Myassignmenthelp.com is one such place where essay help service is provided to students irrespective of their age and qualification. What are the benefits of taking their help? It is well…
 
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    The Writer's Life eMagazine

  • Interview with Edie Harris, author of 'Blamed' & WIN PRIZES!!!

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We're thrilled to have Edie Harris today at The Writer's Life!  Be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post and enter!Edie Harris studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and GrinnellCollege. She fills her days with writing and editing contract proposals, but her nights belong to the world of romance fiction. Edie lives and works in Chicago and is represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency. Her latest book is the romantic suspense/espionage, BlamedFor More InformationVisit Edie Harris’ website.Connect with Edie on Twitter.Check out…
  • Guest Post: "The 100 Rejections Strategy: An Almost Foolproof, Nearly Effortless, Slightly Masochistic Plan for Getting Yourself Published" by James Ryan Daley

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    As someone with a decade of experience as both an editor and author, I’ve been asked about a thousand times what the “secret” is for getting published. While I don’t believe that there is any real secret, I happened to receive some great advice on the matter when I was just starting out as a writer myself, so I happily pass it along to anyone who asks. The advice comes from my college writing mentor, Kenny Cook (author of The Girl From Charnell, and about a thousand beautiful and heartbreaking short stories) and it basically goes like this: “Write well and collect 100 rejection…
  • Interview with Brandi Rarus: 'Every book begins with a great story' #authorinterview

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Deaf since age six after contracting spinal meningitis, Brandi Rarus could speak and read lips, but felt caught between the deaf and hearing world—fitting into neither. When she realized you don’t need to hear to live a fulfilled life, she became empowered and was chosen as Miss Deaf America. From signing the National Anthem at a Chicago Cubs game to speaking at corporate conferences, Brandi traveled the country speaking out for deaf children and building awareness of what it means to be Deaf.She married Tim Rarus, an advocate for Deaf people whose work inspired the landmark Americans…
  • Conscious Experience by W.H. Sparks Book Blitz - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Title: Conscious ExperienceAuthor: W.H. SparksPublisher: iUniversePages: 164Genre: PhilosophyFormat: EbookPurchase at AMAZONThe fundamental principles that explain the heretofore mysterious phenomena of consciousness are: (1) Consciousness is energies of the environment, and energies developed in intrafusal muscle spindles are conscious experience, and(2) the experience occurring as the developed energies, depending on purpose and intensity, are detected by muscle receptors. The conscious experience occurs as perception (the experience of the environment), imagery (imagination, memory,…
  • Interview with Gary Mancuso, author of The Last Places on Earth

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    Title: The Last Places on EarthAuthor: Gary MancusoPublisher: Great Lands PublishingPages: 375Genre: Travelogue/EssaysFormat: Hardcopy/Ebook Gary Mancuso has seen how fast the world’s biological and cultural diversity is being obliterated by rapid globalization. In 2005, He saw the earth reaching a major turning point, when the last remnants of primal humanity and nature would soon be gone. So, in a life-changing gamble, he set off on a six-year journey to see the earth’s remaining wildernesses. This intensely personal account of Gary’s journey includes feasting with New Guinea’s…
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    Wylie's Writing Tips

  • Take a tip from Norm MacDonald

    Ann Wylie
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:12 pm
    #RIPRobinWilliams tweets show how to serialize your storyWhat can you learn from Norm MacDonald’s Twitter tribute (would that be twibute?) to Robin Williams? What can’t you learn?! MacDonald shows us how to serialize our stories, how to get the word out in 144 characters or less — and when to stop typing.Serial killer Norm MacDonald’s serialized Twitter tribute to Robin Williams kills. What can you steal from his approach?Here are six tips to take from MacDonald’s tribute:1. Tell a story.Heck, tell two stories. Why not make it three?MacDonald’s 19 tweets…
  • Skimm this!

    Ann Wylie
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Make your e-zine interesting, relevant, easyWhat’s the secret to a successful e-zine? Make ‘em laugh; make ‘em think; make ‘em Skimm.Express mail Readers can skim a digest of the day’s events — in 1,000 words or less — with the Skimm.In other words, make it interesting, relevant and easy.That’s the formula e-zine the Skimm uses. You can steal a trick from the Skimm and produce an e-zine that’s:InterestingThe Skimm makes the news fun to read, from the subject line to the final column:Subject line: “Seize the Hump” for a…
  • Don’t say ‘when’

    Ann Wylie
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Date leads date your storyIn a “West Wing” episode, President Jed Bartlet is in the Oval Office, where a technician prepares to record his Saturday morning radio address.Remember when? Your readers are more interested in what happened than when. Avoid date leads.TECHNICIAN: “Here we go. In three, two …”He holds up his index finger on “one,” then points to Bartlet.BARTLET: “Good morning. This month, as autumn is in full bloom in much of the nation, the weekends will be devoted by many of you to leaf peeping and football … watch … ing…
  • How small is small?

    Ann Wylie
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Mini narratives can be as brief as a paragraphIn The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee shares this tiny tale:“In 2005, a man diagnosed with multiple myeloma asked me if he would be alive to watch his daughter graduate from high school in a few months. In 2009, bound to a wheelchair, he watched his daughter graduate from college. The wheelchair had nothing to do with his cancer. The man had fallen down while coaching his youngest son’s baseball team.”Tiny but mighty A story need not be enormous to be amazing. Image by Rob SheridanIn just 61 words, Mukherjee gives…
  • Don’t miss your chance …

    Ann Wylie
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:08 pm
    … to learn to Catch Your Readers in New York, Oct. 28-29Consider the issues:The secret to writing to get read is to position your messages in your reader's best interest. Yet most writers position their messages in their organization's best interest. Which approach do you use?Our old friend the inverted pyramid has been proven in the lab to reduce readership, understanding and engagement, according to the The Poynter Institute and The Readership Institute, among others. Are you still using this news structure that, researchers say, does “not work well with…
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    Wo3lfMad

  • R.A. Salvatore and Why He Loves Writing

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

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

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

    Woelf Dietrich
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Early last week I received a tweet from Jessica West summoning me to a Blog Hop aptly titled, “I’ve Been Summoned”, which, as a consequence of being so tagged, resulted in today’s post. The summons entails me answering a few questions and then tagging the next hapless victim or two. I thought perhaps I could […]
  • In Which I Attempt Poetry

    Woelf Dietrich
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I have something different for you today. I don’t normally write poetry, mainly because I think I suck at it. My strong suit is popular fiction about gods and demons and angry werewolves, but now and then, for some unexplainable reason, I’ll venture into poetry and I’ll play with it, and sometimes I’ll pour my […]
 
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    The Proof Angel

  • Stigmatized and still alive: English in the time of “ain’t”

    The Proof Angel
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:36 am
    Do you believe that standards of English are declining, and as a result the end of the world is nigh? If you do, or if you are a disciple of Gwynne’s Grammar, you might find this post enlightening. As the writer says, English is more flexible & robust than some people think.  It can be used for many different purposes without impact on other areas. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: grammar, language, usage
  • 19 Magical Bookshops Every Book Lover Must Visit

    The Proof Angel
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
    Are you planning a trip? Need a destination? This selection of book shops might inspire you. There are just a few I still need to visit.  I rather fancy the barge idea. We just need a few more bookshelves first. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: book shops
  • The daily rituals of famous writers

    The Proof Angel
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    They say one of the best ways to make progress on any project is to work on it on a regular basis. Getting it into your routine makes sure you do that. If you are struggling to make room for your writing, you might find this post on the daily rituals of great writers interesting. I must say, I’m glad I don’t live with Jane Austen. I know pianos were quieter in those days, but even so I’m not convinced it is very sociable to play before everyone else is up. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: daily rituals, famous…
  • Why not take part in an accent survey?

    The Proof Angel
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
    David Crystal is collecting accents. He needs you to record yourself saying “potato”. Read more here. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: accents, language, survey
  • A cheat sheet if you are writing for young adults

    The Proof Angel
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:42 am
    Are you writing something for young adults? Are you confused about the process? This cheat sheet, as with all these things, oversimplifies the position, but it might help to guide you through the process. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: Fiction, writing resources, YA, young adults
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    eBooks India

  • An Introduction to Websites for Authors

    Smitha Abraham
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    In this age of the Internet, authors should take advantage of electronic publishing, and create online profiles to become visible and accessible to readers globally. Today there are various channels for authors to build their online presence. If an author wants his/her work to be read globally, then it will be a good idea to build an author website that contains an author page, reviews and social media links. Today, there are a host of options to run a website, ranging from do-it-yourself ones to professional web developing services. Read on to learn about these. Use Do-it-yourself (DIY)…
  • Interview with Warren Adler, Bestselling Author and E-Book Pioneer

    Hiten Vyas
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    In the literary world he is considered a superstar. A number of his novels, including The War of the Roses, starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito, have been turned into Hollywood blockbusters. He is a pioneer in digital publishing, and has been self-published before the term was even coined. We’re talking about Warren Adler, of course. A dedicated writer in the truest sense, with a strong entrepreneurial flair, we interviewed Warren to find out about his passion for writing and his approach to storytelling, his bestselling books and recent releases, what motivated him…
  • How Diwali Can Inspire Your Next Story

    Smitha Abraham
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    You crack your head; you whip your hobby horse; you stare at the skies above waiting for inspiration, waiting for that moment of illumination to strike you so that you can write. The Indian festival of lights or Diwali is around the corner. There are many legends behind the celebration of Diwali. Many celebrate Diwali to honor the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana from exile. So this is the right time for you to use the opportunity to write your next story. Make one of your characters a villain If you are looking for some great inspirational ideas to kick-start your…
  • How to Become a Better Writer

    Hiten Vyas
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Anybody can learn how to write, if we’re going by the purest definition of the word. However, much like driving a car, there are those who go beyond simply learning how to do and actually get better at it. Some of them even get paid and become famous because they’re so much better than the rest. When it comes to writing, there are a few specific things you can do that will help you. Read on to learn how to become a better writer. Read, and Read as Much as You Can This may sound like obvious advice, but you’ll be surprised how many aspiring writers fail to take this into account. Reading…
  • Interview with Aditi Chopra, author of NRI Fiction and Nonfiction

    Hiten Vyas
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    In the world of writing and self-publishing being versatile in what you can write can be a real advantage. If you can write fiction and nonfiction, your work has the potential to impact a greater number of people. Aditi Chopra is one author who does this. We interviewed Aditi to find out about how she got into writing, how being non-resident Indian impacts her work and about her bestselling nonfiction books. Can you please tell us a little about your background and how your interest in writing came about? I have worked in the software industry for twenty years before I got into the writing…
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    WritingThoughts

  • Could You Write a Viral Blog Post?

    Laura Spencer
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    ©iStock.com/MohamedMaaz If you write blog posts for pay, you know how important social sharing is. For bloggers, social shares are like television ratings–the higher, the better. To get your post in front a lot of people, there are some steps you need to take. As someone who has created blog posts for pay for over seven years, I’ve had many posts that received hundreds of social shares. In this post, I’ll share what makes a blog post popular and what writers must consider before they agree to write a viral post. Define Your Expectations What do you consider to be a popular…
  • How to Fight Your Cheap Competitors and Win

    Laura Spencer
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Are you sometimes overwhelmed by the number of writers who accept writing projects for just a few dollars? If you feel overwhelmed by writers willing to work for practically nothing, you’re not alone. I’m still shocked that writers respond to project postings that will wind up paying less than minimum wage. I find myself wondering how those writers can afford those jobs and whether there are any writing jobs left that pay a living wage. Also, in my weak moments, I sometimes wonder whether I can compete with those cheap competitors. The good news is that I can compete successfully…
  • 10+ Ways to Take Control of Your Work/Life Balance

    Laura Spencer
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Have you ever spent a vacation day caring for a sick family member?  Do you have an unfulfilled bucket list a mile long that never seems to get shorter? If you answered “yes” to either question, chances are that you have a traditional job instead of a freelance writing job. Even flexible traditional work positions don’t give you the same control over your schedule that a freelance writer has.  In fact, the desire for a better work/life balance is one of the reasons that many people become freelancers. But even freelance writers sometimes struggle with work/life…
  • Can Anyone Be a Writer? 6 Basic Skills that Writers Need

    Laura Spencer
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    ©iStock.com/alexskopje “Anyone can write.” “The barrier to becoming a freelance writer is low.” “Writing is easy.” These are comments that I often see made online. While there’s a grain of truth in them, they are not completely true. It’s important to correct these misperceptions because they drive down income for those of us who earn a living as a writer. These beliefs also lead to unhappy clients with writing projects that need to be rewritten. In this post, I’ll discuss the question of whether anyone can be a writer. I’ll list…
  • Are You Making These 5 Careless Writing Blunders?

    Laura Spencer
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    ©iStock.com/Thinglass Studies show that crisp, concise writing that gets the point across quickly is the most effective. For online writing, efficient copy is even more important. Most readers scan online posts and articles before they decide to read them. Yet, many writers make careless mistakes. You can’t count on your spell checker to catch everything. Do you make these five careless blunders? If you liked this post, you may also like Tighten Your Web Writing in 6 Easy Steps. Blunder #1. Wordiness Is your writing full of extra words and phrases that don’t add anything to your…
 
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    Angelique Voisen

  • Release Blitz: Sinful Desires Vol. IV by M.S. Parker

    Frances C
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
             How could I have been so stupid? Anastascia had told me that Brock was bad news but I'd never dreamed what he was capable of. First Reed, then Brock. Was my taste in men really that awful? When Piper Black finds out the truth about her first encounter with her boyfriend Brock Michaels, she's devastated, but things only get worse when a familiar face shows up at the wrong moment. With her life in shambles, Piper is given the opportunity for a new start... back in Philadelphia. Will her luck change if she moves back? And what will it mean being in the…
  • My Sexy Saturday Bloghop (64th Week) #MSS

    Frances C
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to the 64th week of My Sexy Saturday.This week’s theme is a sexy thriller. We’re talking about well…thrillers…like those commonly seen in mysteries or suspense or even zombie books where the heroine and hero are thrown together for whatever reason. They could be a likely or unlikely pair. You decide.You know what we like. Give us the scenes that best show us your sexy characters and their sexy romance in a thriller type atmosphere. Tell us the whole story on how they fell in love, what they do to stay in love and all the little details in between. Show us the good, the bad and…
  • Blog Tour: Hot for His Hostage by Angel Payne

    Frances C
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
             It’s the layover she’ll never forget. Stuck in an airport bar with a choice between three drunk roommates or one dark and delicious stranger, Zoe Chestain decides to live dangerously for once, and succumbs to a night of Shay Bommer’s dominant passion. But her cloud of sensual bliss is blown apart the next day, when the Vegas dancer and her friends are taken hostage by the hijackers of their flight home. Zoe’s horror deepens when her kidnapper reveals himself. Shay. It’s the mission he’ll never give up. Shay Bommer is one…
  • New Release: The Fox's Willing Captive (Yamato, #2)

    Frances C
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Buy Links: Siren PublishingBlurb[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Historical Fantasy Paranormal Romance, M/M, shape-shifters, capture, voyeurism, bondage, HEA]The crown prince of Yamato doesn’t have it easy. What Mori’s got, he’s earned thrice over. His whoring days come to an end when he becomes engaged to a woman he doesn’t love. When his fiancée mysteriously vanishes in a forest ruled by a malevolent nine-tail fox, it’s up to Mori to save her. Obligation requires him to save his woman, but how can Mori outwit an opponent when he’s turning from a reluctant captive to a…
  • Roll out the Red Carpet: Evernight celebrates four years of publishing!

    Frances C
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    Join authors, bloggers and reviewers as we take a RED CARPET tour featuring Evernight's smart and sexy books. Slip on your virtual stilettos and walk the red carpet of award winning titles, spectacular reviews, and paparazzi style interviews.Be sure to visit every stop on the tour where you can enter for a chance to win great prizes, including a new eReader, gift certificates, swag, books and much more!Don't forget to visit the Evernight Publishing website where all eBooks are 50% off through October 13th!Now I turn the spotlight on my smart and sexy book...I’ve been asked a few…
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    GARTLER WRITING STUDIO

  • DO YOU WANT TO LISTEN?

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

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

    Beatriz
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Last Saturday I read at an international event: 100,000 poets for change.  Here is a recording : https://chicagocallingartsfestival.bandcamp.com/track/bones-and-unveiling-the-mind 
  • POETRY FOR ALL

    Beatriz
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
         Summer has left us behind. Leaves are changing colors, falling.  The sky is gray and foggy.  The air is cool and growing colder.  It's the season for poetry.  Let's write some.  Here are a handful of ideas:1. The hallmark of great poetry is imagery. A truly compelling poem paints a picture and invites the reader into a vivid scene. Choose an image or scene from one of your favorite poems and write a poem of your own based on that image.2. You’re feeling under the weather, so you put the teapot on. Soon it starts to scream. Write a poem about…
  • A POEM FOR THE DAY

    Beatriz
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    ODE TO A YARD SALEBy Gary SotoA toaster,A plateOf pennies,A plastic roseStaring upTo the sky.It's SaturdayAnd two friends,Merchants ofThe salvageable heart,Are throwingThings ontoThe front lawn –A couch, a beanbag,A table to clipPoodles on,Drawers ofPotato mashers,Spoons, knivesThat signaledTo the moonFor help.Rent is dueIt's somewhereOn the lawn,Somewhere amongThe shirts we've Looked good in,Taken off beforeWe snuggled up To breasts That almost madeUs gods.It'll be a goodDay, becauseThere's muchTo sell,And the pitcherOf waterBlue in the shade,Clear in theLight, with The much-handledScotch…
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    Kindle Me This

  • Baby Proof Your Writing Area

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

    Elizabeth Yetter
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    As a writer, you need a space that is all yours to do your writing. For me, that means a table in the living room where I can do my writing and take care of my toddler at the same time. For others, this could be a space in the bedroom, at the back of […]Continue reading...
  • First Step to Writing a Nonfiction Book – Choosing a Topic

    Elizabeth Yetter
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    I have written over 20 nonfiction books under 4 different pen names, and I have published them on Kindle. I am currently working on yet another book, so I am going to share my steps with you. The very first step to writing a nonfiction book for Kindle is to choose what you are going […]Continue reading...
  • Breaking Down the Task of Writing a Nonfiction Book

    Elizabeth Yetter
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Saying you are going to write a nonfiction book is one thing, but sitting down and actually beginning it is quite another. The task is overwhelming and that is why I always break down the goal of writing a book into smaller tasks. Idea The first step to writing a nonfiction book is to come […]Continue reading...
  • E-Book Wars Book Review

    Elizabeth Yetter
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    E-book Wars: How to Avoid Review-Bombs and What to Do When They Happen By D.G. Harrison Summary The author presents the readers with ways on how to handle review bombs and how to avoid them form the start. Pros Author talks about poor writing skills and how you can improve your writing to avoid negative […]Continue reading...
 
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    The Art of Storytelling in Novels, Journalism and Pop Culture - Bernice Landry

  • Art, Love, and the Fullness of the Moon With Tom Stoppard

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

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

    Bernice Landry
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    There are all kinds of books on writing — manuals, style guides, words of wisdom, words of warning, and every kind of bizarre miscellany imaginable. Like many writers I read a lot of them — not always for the advice, but often as maps to foreign countries that my fellow travelers have visited.I came across another of these when I thought I would check out Eudora Welty, a writer I didn’t know too much about, who fell between Isaac Bashevis Singer and John Gardner in my copy of The Paris Review Interviews vol. II that has spent the summer on my bedside table. Welty, I discovered, lived…
  • The Electric Wit and Tender Heart of Robin Williams

    Bernice Landry
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:49 am
    Like millions of others, I knew Robin Williams as a famous actor and comedian extraordinaire. I was also familiar with some details of his personal life, like that he had a house in San Francisco, was married more than once, and was a recovering addict. Other than that, I didn’t know much about him.On the other hand, I’m not sure how much the details circulated by the gossip and celebrity industries tell us about a person. It seems like the more minutiae we are peddled — what the celebrity eats, who he is seen with, behind-the-scenes gossip about his quirks and idiosyncrasies — the…
  • Psst! Hey, Peter Mendelsund! Illustrate my book cover, why don’t you?

    Bernice Landry
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    Well, what do you know? Apparently the publishing industry is not even close to dead. As we are reminded by the recent release of two books, “Cover” and “What We See When We Read”, by guru designer Peter Mendelsund, there are whole departments of smart and talented people devoted to the ancient art of book cover illustration. And these designers are not historical re-enactors in period costume wielding ancient, cryptic tools — but living and breathing professionals working on lofty floors in Manhattan highrises! Designing real printed book covers (on real paper!) that do not even…
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    All Indie Writers

  • 71 Tools and Tactics for Your Book Marketing Plan

    Jennifer Mattern
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    In my recent book marketing plan series I shared a book marketing plan outline. One element of that outline involved marketing and PR tactics to support your larger promotional strategy. These are the specific things you'll do to promote your book and your visibility as an author. While I'm working on a short e-book covering basic book marketing and PR tactics, I wanted to give you a starter list -- a menu of tools and tactics that you can choose from to create the perfect book marketing recipe for your next book launch. Here are 71 book marketing and PR tactics that can help you spread the…
  • Book Marketing Timeline: From Pre-launch to Post-launch

    Jennifer Mattern
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    In my free book marketing plan outline, I suggested creating a book marketing calendar or schedule to keep track of your marketing activities in the months leading up to, and extending beyond, your book launch. But when exactly should you pursue each promotional tactic you're considering? This post offers a book marketing timeline that you can use as a guide. This book marketing timeline includes example marketing activities and when you might want to focus on them. But you know your book and market better than anyone else (or at least you should). Adapt things where necessary. Re-schedule…
  • Free Book Marketing Plan Outline

    Jennifer Mattern
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    Continuing with this week's series on book marketing plans, it's time for a freebie. This is a book marketing plan outline that you can use This book marketing plan outline is a short form "real" marketing plan for indie authors (meaning it goes beyond a simple, and often untargeted, list of tactics). While a simple list might be fine when pitching publishers, a list of marketing tactics is not a marketing plan. As an indie author you're a business owner. And as a business owner you owe it to yourself to have a comprehensive and thought-out plan in place. This outline is meant to serve as a…
  • Book Marketing Plans: Keep Market Research Simple

    Jennifer Mattern
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Market research is an essential step in creating a book marketing plan. But it doesn't have to be as scary, dull, or time-consuming as you might think. You can't afford to ignore it. So why not keep it simple? In this post, my goal is to help you do just that -- simplify market research for your book marketing plan by helping you focus on three key areas. Let's explore some of the questions your market research should answer and some of the ways you can conduct simple market research on your own. 3 Key Questions Your Market Research Should Answer Market research doesn't have to be…
  • Book Marketing Plan Basics

    Jennifer Mattern
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Today marks the first day in a week-long blog series on book marketing plans. In addition to sharing some background on what book marketing plans are all about, I'll also release a few fun tools and resources to help you create your own. Let's kick things off with a quick introduction to book marketing plans. Who needs them? What can they do for you and your books? And when should you worry about writing one? Who Needs a Book Marketing Plan? Are you an author? Do you hope to sell your books as opposed to writing solely for yourself, family, and friends? If you answered "yes" to both of those…
 
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    Denise Drespling

  • 14 Things I Learned in One Year of Blogging

    Denise Drespling
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Happy Blogiversary to me! October 1, 2014 was a very important date for me. It was my one year blogiversary! In the last year, I’ve learned quite a lot. I started this blog at the same time as, and as part of, my author platform. I knew it’d take time to build, and even though people said, why do you have a blog or who’s going to listen to you if you’re not published, well… they did. So here are 14 things I learned in one year of blogging and platform building. 1. It’s Not Enough to be on Social Media That’s important—critical even—but you…
  • When Books Become Movies: A Long Way Down

    Denise Drespling
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    This movie came out a while ago, but didn’t get much attention. I’m thinking it’s because, unfortunately, it wasn’t very good. And the trailer made it look so good! I enjoyed the book, though, and reviewed it a little while back. Book Accuracy Sadly, there were many changes. The way their pact happened was different and the whole end was different. I didn’t think the movie ending was satisfying enough for the characters and did not go a good job of showing their growth, which was so evident in the book. Most of the key plot points were the same, however.
  • Book Review: Defective by Susan Sofayov

    Denise Drespling
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Have you ever struggled with something that no one seemed to understand? That’s the case with Maggie in Defective, who is just learning that her “drama” is actually Bipolar II Disorder. Plot There are two main plotlines that interweave to tell Maggie’s story. She’s in the process of finding out that her good days and her “episodes” have a name and medications that may help. She’s also just lost her fiance because of these “episodes” and is fighting to win him back despite the fact that he’s already found another woman. We…
  • Guest Post: The Wandering Wizard by Kristy Carey

    Denise Drespling
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
      Meet Kristy! She has published a short story through Amazon called “The Wandering Wizard.” It’s available here for $.99. This is what “The Wandering Wizard” is all about: The Wandering Wizard is a being who has devoted his life to protecting the world from the mystical forces that seek to destroy it. After merging with 5 others over 550 years, his mind is starting to crack under the pressure. Memories of the past flood his mind as he searches for the next vessel to continue keeping the darkness at bay. And a little sneak peak inside: The world was easier…
  • How NaNoWriMo Can Help You Get the 2 Most Important Things a Writer Needs

    Denise Drespling
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    photo from Flickr via Creative Commons from good-karma A writer needs many things. Ideas, a mastery of language, an understanding of grammar and punctuation, a medium with which to write, and the time to actually do the writing. But there are two things far more important than knowing how to describe a sunset without using clichés. And NaNoWriMo can help you get them. First of all, if you didn’t know, November is National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo. Or even NaNo for short. It’s 30 days in which several hundred thousand writers come together and try to write 50,000…
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    A Writer's Journey | A Writer's Journey

  • Serve the Story

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

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

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

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

    Nat Russo
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The post Honesty In Writing appeared first on A Writer's Journey. There are many bits of common writerly wisdom that I tweet on a regular basis using the #writetip hashtag. Some of these nuggets are mine and others are parroting the masters. Most are widely held to be axiomatic, but some are confusing or enigmatic. Such is the limitation of 160 characters. One of the more confusing writetips deals with honesty in writing. Above all else, be honest in your writing. Readers sense fakes a mile away. #writetip Whenever this one comes up in the rotation, I get a flood of questions. I get…
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    Sheep Noir

  • Drunken Train Encounters

    Mabel Thandi
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    Led by her hope which was powered by the spirits she had sniffed and drank, she staggered into the train. She called, or tried to call out to her equally drunk husband/boyfriend/drinking buddy but her swollen split lips muffled the sound. Their sour struggle to sit in the almost empty carriage would have been comical if a little four year old boy was not trying to follow them. It was the 8 o’clock train from Mowbray to Cape Town; the other passengers were too drained from standing on their feet the whole day to voice their concern. Passengers tucked away in corners of the empty carriage…
  • How to be a writer in the year 2014

    Mabel Thandi
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Originally posted on : 1. Write a lot of lists. Lists are cool. Lists are in. Lists are super easy to digest, and take very little of a potential reader’s effort, thought, or time. Throw a few funny gifs in there, and ignore the sinking feeling in your stomach when you realize gifs will eventually replace even the measly word count you’ve been assigned.  2. Be famous for something else. So, you wanted to write a novel or, god forbid, a short story collection? Who do you think you are—James Franco? Because unless you are literally James Franco, no one cares about your short stories.
  • When my love for reading was almost derailed

    Mabel Thandi
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    At the age of 11 I was a shy little girl, naive but armed with a form of curiosity that refused to be appeased. I was excited, having just transferred to a brand new school where I was to start Grade 6, it was Standard 4 back then. I am not sure but maybe because of my shyness and quiet nature (let us go with that naive narrative) it seemed that my it was assumed that my intelligence was dubious at best by my English teacher on the first day. In the first week we were told to choose any book from the classroom’s bookshelf to read during class and take home. I chose the book that had topped…
  • Cape Town’s top six spots if you are a book lover

    Mabel Thandi
    17 Jun 2014 | 3:11 am
    Here is another one of Sheep Noir’s totally subjective lists. I believe that if you love books the Cape Town CBD is very kind to you and has several diverse spaces where you can find your regular dose of happiness. The Book Lounge The basement of the Book Lounge The independent book store, Book Lounge is a magical space on the fringes of Cape Town CBD and District Six. What sets it apart from the large franchises (which I will not name) is that they do not get a million copies of a book and shove it into your face but they are rather selective, choosing their books based on merit. What is…
  • The 7 awful characters that haunt book launches and talks

    Mabel Thandi
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:35 am
    If you attend lots of book launches you will no doubt bump into some characters that will relentlessly irritate you. At least one of the seven characters listed below are likely to pop up at a literature event. There are of course many more I could include, but here I have chosen to focus on the ones that irritate me the most. Like the people who attend book launches to openly critique books and authors they have never read. The restless ones who keep walking up and down. It seems like microphones, confined spaces and (sometimes) free wine attracts them, so beware. We can only hope that you…
 
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  • Sure those Yelp reviews are real.

    m.e. welman
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    The post Sure those Yelp reviews are real. appeared first on When I should be writing, I'm here.
  • Always being connected is deeply disruptive to the creative process.

    m.e. welman
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    We are social creatures, there’s no doubt about that. We’re connected to other humans, whether we like it or not. Neighbors, family, friends, we see these people in person, have drinks with them, share the highways with them, want to bang them over the head when they cut us off on the highway–but we see them, in-person, on a daily basis. Then there’s the sort of connected that the age of Facebook, smartphones, Yik Yak and other forms of hyper-connected connectivity have spawned. Things have changed dramatically since I first started writing. For one thing, I became a…
  • Stock photo conversations.

    m.e. welman
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    “Admit I look good.” “I look better. See? I brought my own box. I mean, you know I take how good I look like really seriously. Hello? Props?” “Yes, you do, but props are just that, a way of propping up something, a support, an artifice where, in your case, none is needed. You had me with that hip, jutting out ever so provocatively, the look of indifference, reckless abandon and devil-may-care attitude all underscored by your beautiful, crimson lips.” “I still brought my own box.” The post Stock photo conversations. appeared first on When I…
  • Meta, an altogether confusing word. What’s it mean?

    m.e. welman
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Image taken from http://humanitycanwait.com/2014/04/03/arab-hipster/ You’ve got your meta data, meta description, meta key (on the Space-cadet keyboard), meta tag, metamorphosis, metatarsal and metaphysics–that’s a good one–you’ll see. It’s the name of a river, Meta–but you say that Mee-tuh; a major tributary of the Orinoco. You know, the Enya song about the Orinoco flowing. How many of you really knew the Meta was a tributary to anything, major or not? And speaking of the Orinoco Flow, everyone wanted Enya’s songs in their weddings back in…
  • If you think one of your characters is over the top, think again.

    m.e. welman
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The next time you are questioning whether your characters are too audacious, reckless, narcissistic, abysmally greedy, what-have-you, just remember these guys because they make for really good, deliciously evil stories. I present to you one incredibly too-good-to-be-true cast of characters, thanks to the government bailout of AIG. If any of you don’t know who AIG is and what kind of bailout they got from the U.S. government, here it is from Forbes: AIG:Bailout in Brief The U.S. taypayers bailed out AIG to the tune of $182 billion (that billion with a b), basically for being really bad…
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  • 25 Quotes that will Inspire you to write better content

    Prachi Kulkarni
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Who said that the job of a content writer was easy? Despite being good at it, there are moments when a content writer feels totally inadequate and totally spent. It is quite challenging to maintain creativity through the job. He or she mus also be willing to take up challenges that may be thrown their way. In order to stay on the top of the game, it is important that the content writer stays motivated at all times. Reading some quotes may help in this regard. Some of the most attention grabbing quotes that rise to the occasion are - “The writer must be in it; he can’t be to one side of…
  • 5 Content Writing Secrets that bring your visitors back

    Prachi Kulkarni
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Despite making a lot of efforts, sometimes visitors start bouncing off from the site. Browsing monthly traffic reports clearly indicates whether your visitors are able to find you, whether it is through email, organic search, blogs, social media, word of mouth or banner ads! It is very difficult to ascertain from which source visitors are coming. Irrespective of the source from where visitors are coming, the visitors get attracted with the content being published. The major reason behind bouncing off of visitors is the realization that what they were looking for is not available in the site.
  • How your Blog Plays an Essential Role in your Business

    Prachi Kulkarni
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In the age of social media blogging has taken a place of importance. Those who want to express their personal thoughts and feelings or are in search of a platform for communication, they are resorting more and more to blogging. Blogs help to interact with many others, other bloggers and those with similar thoughts and mentalities. Blogs have various other functions too. They are not just matters of entertainment but also a medium for venting out thoughts. Nowadays along with social media blogs are used for business and business communications. Various companies are taking on to blogging to…
  • 6 Killer Tips to Write an Attractive Press Release

    Prachi Kulkarni
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    In this age of social media press release seems to be out of date as people are leaning more towards news that come fast and with drama. However, a powerful and attractive press release can still hold a reader glued to it even in this age of social media. An experienced and smart writer would know how to make a press release writing attractive enough to get plenty of readers hooked on to it and get the message spread throughout various channels. Press release writing requires time, skill, research, some creative talent and a will to make it attractive. Here are some tips on how to write an…
  • How to Write a Compelling ebook That Goes Viral

    Prachi Kulkarni
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Books have always been a source of joy and pleasure for book worms from the time printing presses came into being. From ages and even till some years back, libraries had been the haunt and source of every kind of books for the bookworms. With advancement of technologies in the modern era, where everything is going digital, books have gone digital too. People now slide through the pages of e-books and internet is the source for these. Notes, reviews and recommendations are available on the digital pages itself instead of the printed papers. The days of print are fast depleting. Thus ebook…
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  • Ooh, Scary Scary: Movies!

    terribleminds
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    Last week I asked you about the scariest books you’ve ever read. This week? It’s time to talk about movies. So, hit the comments, and let us all know: what are the scariest movies you’ve ever seen? (They don’t have to be horror, explicitly — though certainly we want some of those in there.) Why did it freak you out? Was it just one scene? The whole film? Something deeper and darker? A film that scared me early on was The Shining, less because of it’s overt fright factor. More because of it’s slow, freaky creep. I had never seen a film like it. And…
  • Miriam Black Lives

    terribleminds
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I’ll just let Publisher’s Weekly tell the tale: For Simon & Schuster’s new SF imprint, Saga Press, Joe Monti took world English rights, in a six-book deal, to Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black series. The books follow the titular heroine, who is cursed with the ability to see the death of every person she touches. Through the deal, Saga will release the three backlist titles in the series—Blackbirds, Mockingbird, and The Cormorant (all originally released by Angry Robot)—first as e-books, then as trade paperbacks. The deal also covers three new titles. The books are…
  • The Pupdate

    terribleminds
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    This morning, around 1:30AM, my wife woke me up and thrust her iPhone into my face. “Look at this poop,” she actually really said. And there, on the screen — viewed blearily and gauzily through my sleep-shellacked eyes — was indeed a pile of canine diarrhea in the grass. However, that word — “pile” — is notable here, because up until recently, what came out of our taco terrier’s Other End could best be described as “gray water.” And it’s been going on for months. Tai has IBD/colitis and maybe, just maybe, cancer.
  • Flash Fiction Challenge: Spammerpunk Horror

    terribleminds
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    Last week’s challenge: Picking Uncommon Apples. So, I’ve been getting some weird spam comments and emails these days. They are vaguely tinged with horror. Goofy horror. Worthless, not-scary horror. Poorly-written horror. But horror. For instance, a strong vampire theme runs through, as in this one: My name is Clavin.,am an agent of vampire,am here to introduce our new world trend to you,a world of vampire where life get easier,we have made so many persons vampires and have turned them rich,you will be assured long life and prosperity,you shall be made to be very sensitive to…
  • Shane Burcaw: Five Things I Learned Writing Laughing At My Nightmare

    terribleminds
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw’s Laughing at My Nightmare describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a “you-only-live-once” perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye-opening perspective on what it is like to have a life threatening disease. Last year, as my blog began to grow into the hundreds of thousands of…
 
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  • How to Blog from Your Website

    Nurdin Budi M.
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    You will have many options open to you in the design and functionality of your blog that are not available on the blog hosted.You can use Blogger or WordPress from wordpress.com or blogger.com. Each has its own characteristics, advantages and disadvantages, such as lack of reference groups on Blogger, and raw HTML editing facility relatively poor on WordPress. However, each has its fans and followers, and those changed. Some general fatigue, however, does not provide a wide range of opportunities for those who chose to Word and other programs Blogging own term PSPs own.Those who use hosted…
  • Display Most Commented Posts on Blogger with Yahoo Pipe

    Nurdin Budi M.
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    In a blog we need to accentuate the very articles that we rely on to improve the reader's desire to explore our blog further. There are many ways that can be used in doing so, one of which is by way of display the most commented posts.There is a very easy way of doing the things above, especially if our blog using blogger.com; using yahoo pipes, you don't have to think hard, but simply used in a simple manner that is like the following guidelines:#1. From your blogger dashboard, select "Layout" menu, then specify the position of the most commented posts widget is placed.#2. Press Add a Gadget…
  • Tips Internet Marketing Monetizing Your Hobby

    Nurdin Budi M.
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    Do you have a hobby? Is there something that you enjoy doing, and that you did not think to use to earn some extra money. Well, if there is, this article will give you some ideas for your hobbies and monetize it. I'm going to give you some examples of how easy it is to do, especially some of the sites that are available to us today. After reading this article, and I doubt that you'll be raking in the cash for something you enjoy doing. That will not be a blow.The other day, I was in more than one site YouTube. I do not know what is YouTube. Well, it's a Web site that displays the member…
  • Learn How To Make Your Own Blog Specialized Prevail

    Nurdin Budi M.
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Let's look at the four corners, which you need to focus on the blog, and increase traffic to your place and talk.1)Give your identity blogEvery successful blog requires identity to stand out from the crowd than the other. And identity is you! Allowed to leak your personal tone of your blog, or do you have another method. Let factored planning is possible and practicable. Nature of your blog to make it easier for you and your readers to bond.2)Set Cell Blog This is why you are blogging. It's a specialized subject, or goals that you selected blog. Another argument is that you have to…
  • Add Alexa Rank Checker on Blogger

    Nurdin Budi M.
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:07 am
    Recognition of the credibility of a web traffic is urgently needed on the internet; It is very necessary to know how good the web rank. There are several providers that accommodate web traffic rank system, and one of the most known is Alexa.com.In addition to web traffic ranking data, Alexa.com also provides information some other much-needed data to analyse the advantages of a web. Therefore, as bloggers we want to provide facilities to the reader the article we can check the alexa rankings of a web.It is very easy to add Alexa Rank Checker Widgets into your blog, especially for those who…
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  • Dream Big… (Why I Switched to the Rainmaker Platform)

    Kevin Duncan
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Losing my job was one of the most horrible and wonderful things to happen to me. For four months, I was in limbo. Paychecks stopped being deposited. Savings accounts started dwindling. Ramen noodle consumption skyrocketed. This wasn’t part of “the plan.” It wasn’t what I had in mind when I entered the work force 12 years ago. It wasn’t what I had in mind when I worked 40+ hours a week while going to graduate school. It wasn’t what I had in mind when I proposed to my wife, confident in the knowledge I would be able to financially support her and our future…
  • Making Your Split Personality Work For You (aka Me, Myself and Them)

    Jaime Buckley
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Note from Kevin: You’re all in for a treat today. This post is written by my friend Jaime Buckley of Wanted Hero. Jaime writes fantasy novels for children and teens, and as you’ll soon see his talent for writing is only matched by his imagination, kind spirit, and sense of humor. At the end, I’ll share with you a gift Jaime has made available only to Be A Better Blogger readers. Read, enjoy, and I’ll see you in about ten minutes. I’m grateful to Kevin for allowing me an opportunity to share what’s left of my sanity with you. Be A Better Blogger is the only blog…
  • What the movie ‘Newsies’ can teach us about blogging success

    Brittany Bullen
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Note from Kevin: This post is written by my friend Brittany Bullen of Mommy Blogger Academy. She’s also the founder of the International Bloggers Association and NerdyGirl Writers. In short, she’s prolific, she’s an amazing blogger, and I’m excited to have her here. Read on and, when you’re finished, be sure to leave Brittany a comment! Have you ever seen the Disney musical classic, “Newsies”? If you haven’t, stop what you’re doing immediately and rent it, or better yet, buy it! You must have Newsies in your life. You must. And while…
  • The Howdy Neighbor Technique

    Kevin Duncan
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s difficult to believe for those of us under a certain age, but people used to be nice to each other. It’s true. Back in the day, people would actually return their shopping carts to the designated areas. Sure, it required them to walk an extra ten feet. But the alternative was leaving their carts in the middle of parking lots where they might roll and hit other vehicles, and what kind of jerk would do such a thing? Back in the day, people would stop what they’re doing and make eye contact when someone was speaking to them. The idea of continuing to look down at your…
  • Why building connections is crucial

    Luke Guy
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Note from Kevin: This post is written by my new friend Luke Guy of Lukeguy.com. When he’s not guest writing for sites like Smart Passive Income and ProBlogger, Luke blogs on his eponymously-named website. He’s also a Be A Better Blogger subscriber. Read on and, when you’re finished, be sure to leave Luke a comment! Connections are everything in life. It takes connections to be successful or to even get a job these days. So as a blogger you should want to achieve connections as much as possible. That process should never end. No matter how big you get, keep the connections…
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  • My Oral-B was made in Ireland 

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    Huh.I am starting to like things like this. I am starting to hate art.They are too similar. 
  • Hi I don't speak German

    5 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    Lortzingstraße-A young boy with his two friends. Has a laser pointer. Bounces the light on and off my nipple, screaming something in German. I need cigarettes. And a map.Mariannenstraße-Two young men on a coffee date. One looks at me. No, he is looking at the waiter. The one on the left has an attractive nose. The one on the right has a larger nose, but seems to have a better disposition. They are young. When they lean forward their faces are eclipsed by the chair across from me. They have gel in their hair. I put my hair up and wonder if I have shaved my armpits recently...Two…
  • Overheard at Isabell's

    21 Sep 2014 | 5:19 am
    "...and she was crying on the other end of the phone, saying 'I'm so happy, I'm so happy, I'm so happy, I'm so happy......let's feel it from our solar plexus and then we can take the elevator up.......and the boy said, 'In my solar plexus, there is a burning sea of hate.' I mean...wow."And I am thinking, you cannot teach a third grader how to meditate.This chakra woman has short, black, curly hair. I think she is going to ask the man across from her for money.Her words are meant to be inspirational, but her tone is insincere.---I have never liked watercolors---The man responds only…
  • I believe I am worthy, but who am I to say?

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    If I believed in God, I would just lay completely still in bed until I starved to deathor maybe I would watch TV all day and eat wasabi peas until I inevitably choked on one and went straight to heavenbecause I can't see a single sin in that.
  • A man named "Tails" should not own a dog kennel.

    3 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    So here's the thing. I don't know. I don't have time to know right now. But the reality is that most people do not have time to know. They do not have time to sit in a cafe for four hours and think about what to write about their more-or-less trivial lives. Because nobody has time for that bullshit. It's hard to know which is more productive. Living day to day, blinded, but busy and working? Or living in your own head only thinking about the future instead of the present? I had an amusing encounter with an old man last night. He had his grey ponytail in a pink Scrunchie. He ranted…
 
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  • Laurie Oakes on political journalism in the digital age

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

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

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

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:20 am
    We recently adopted a rescue puppy from Wish, and for the first time since I was a kid, I’m sharing my life with a pooch. It’s terrific. I expected the joy of seeing my kids learn to love and care for a dog. What I didn’t expect is that this floppy-eared creature could teach me so much about […]
  • 3-step CPR for your feature film script (or my over-edited novel)

    16 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Is your script missing something? Does your story meander? Or maybe you can’t seem to find your rhythm? Join the club! CPR for your script: form and structure I’ve been working on the same *insert-swearword-here* manuscript for nearly three years. My draft has been through a zillion carnations and reincarnations. It’s been called The Cockroach Book, The Half-witch Wars, Exploits, Ranger […]
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  • Potential Gig for Nurse Writers at Healthgrades.com

    Elizabeth Hanes
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    I don’t know how much this pays — or anything else beyond the information on the Healthgrades.com website. But I’m passing it along as a potential way to get you started on the freelancing path. From the website: Our editorial team is seeking freelancers who can write accurately and objectively about health topics, citing multiple […] The post Potential Gig for Nurse Writers at Healthgrades.com appeared first on Healthcare Content Marketing Writer | Nurse Elizabeth Hanes RN.
  • The ONE Seminar You MUST Take to be a Successful Freelancer

    Elizabeth Hanes
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    If you’re serious about entering the freelance writing arena, you need to equip yourself with certain business skills. Freelancing is a business, not a hobby or extracurricular pursuit. Many freelancers just don’t get this simple truth. YOU can give yourself a huge leg-up on the competition by taking my good friend Debra Gordon’s upcoming webinar […] The post The ONE Seminar You MUST Take to be a Successful Freelancer appeared first on Healthcare Content Marketing Writer | Nurse Elizabeth Hanes RN.
  • Freelance Friday 5: The Productivity Edition

    Elizabeth Hanes
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Where have I been?? It’s been a few weeks since I wrote a Friday 5. Why? Whyyyyy? Thanks to everyone who emailed me with these very questions, perhaps sans so many question marks. It’s nice to know I’ve been missed. The short answer to your question is: I attended Content Marketing World in early September. […] The post Freelance Friday 5: The Productivity Edition appeared first on Healthcare Content Marketing Writer | Nurse Elizabeth Hanes RN.
  • Inbox: Where do you come up with salable ideas?

    Elizabeth Hanes
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    I get mail, and I sincerely appreciate that! It’s nice to know so many nurses who read RN2Writer are seriously pursuing freelancing and take my tips and advice to heart. It warms my cockles. Like the old cliche says, I’m unable to respond personally to everyone who writes (though I do get back to most […] The post Inbox: Where do you come up with salable ideas? appeared first on Healthcare Content Marketing Writer | Nurse Elizabeth Hanes RN.
  • Your Friday 5: Threats, Gigs and Your Mission – Tips for Freelance Nurse Writers

    Elizabeth Hanes
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Freelance nurse writers, unite! (Almost) every Friday, I share five tips to help you launch, amp up or maintain your freelance writing career. Enjoy! Tip 1 (Monday): Assess threats to your business For three weeks, we’ve been performing a SWOT analysis of ourselves (and our business). You should complete all four activities by writing your […] The post Your Friday 5: Threats, Gigs and Your Mission – Tips for Freelance Nurse Writers appeared first on Healthcare Content Marketing Writer | Nurse Elizabeth Hanes RN.
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  • Issue 02 of Four Chambers has been realeased.

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

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

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:32 pm
    In my previous post, I presented a series of questions to help think about your character-driven novel as a whole. The intent of this was to make you consider what you want your readers to feel and what you expect a novel to do. It also got you to think of your main character in terms that would help her to push the plot along, rather than depending on outside forces to move through the story.Now I'm going to ask you to contemplate who your all characters are in greater depth. Even though we often spend a lot of time insideour protagonists and imagining them in great detail,…
  • 3 Steps Before Starting the Novel

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Back in June, I began to talk about where the idea for a novel comes from and how understanding your main character helps develop plot. I stand by this. Your novel starts with a compelling protagonist. The character doesn't need to be entirely sympathetic, but somebody who we can see humanity in, someone we can feel. And they must have a goal and a desire. (Note that I used and there—not or—I'll get there, eventually.)I am also a proponent for writing several scenes until you develop an understanding for your character. This…
  • "There is no literary community here."

    16 Aug 2014 | 3:52 pm
    I live in Phoenix--widely known as a cultural wasteland. But it's not. Or it doesn't have to be.When I lived in Downtown Phoenix a few years ago, the arts community was organizing in a grass roots way. There was so much need for it that the First Fridays grew into First and Third Fridays. It grew from people setting up folding tables on the sides of the streets to having to rent space and white street fair tents. The single block that had art parties on Saturday night (the Phoestival) grew into three blocks--then the vendors were banned altogether and there was a public outcry and the…
 
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  • Lessons Learned From Teaching the 30 Days, 30 Queries E-course

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    If you want to learn, teach. I’d have laughed at the simplicity of that statement a few years ago, but I’ve found a lot lately that every time I help someone else, I end up learning something myself. Here are some of the lessons I learned teaching 30 Days, 30 Queries. The post Lessons Learned From Teaching the 30 Days, 30 Queries E-course appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • 7 Reasons Editors Are Not Responding To Your Queries

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    If you don’t have a relationship with an editor, they have no obligation to respond to you. You are, after all, like any other business pitching them a service that they may or may not have a need for. While most editors actually do respond to pitches sent their way, here are some good reasons why they don’t: The post 7 Reasons Editors Are Not Responding To Your Queries appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • The Simple Querying Technique That Doubled My Response Rate

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    Rejections are tough sometimes, but most of us understand that they’re a part of the job and we don’t take them personally. Non-responses, however, piss off even the most battle-hardy amongst us. Using this technique, I doubled my response rate. The post The Simple Querying Technique That Doubled My Response Rate appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • 5 Ways to Stop Obsessing and Send That Query NOW

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    Regardless of how frequently you market, I can guarantee that you've been guilty of obsessing over your query letters and have spent countless hours procrastinating on sending them out. Don't worry, I come bearing efficiency tips. Here's how I've learned to stop obsessing and send that query now. The post 5 Ways to Stop Obsessing and Send That Query NOW appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • What Gets Your Queries Assigned? A Top Editor Tells All

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:43 am
    Early on in my career, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with a senior editor at TIME magazine. He's written hundreds of articles and features, is profile frequently, and has lived and reported from several countries. Here's what he told me about getting your queries assigned. The post What Gets Your Queries Assigned? A Top Editor Tells All appeared first on The International Freelancer.
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  • 20 Ways to Improve Your Small Business Writing Skills

    Kristen Dunleavy
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    If you’re serious about growing your business, you need amazing content. The great news about writing for your business? You’re already the expert! While writing engaging content isn’t easy (most business owners aren’t professional writers, after all), it’s one skill worth developing. Here are 20 ways you can begin improving your writing skills today. Keep these tips handy for the next time you get a case of writer’s block. 1. Know your audience Speak their language, know their terms and don’t bog them down in lingo. Address their biggest problems and…
  • A Little Incentive Goes a Long Way

    Kristen Dunleavy
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Remember when you were younger, and your teachers would reward your class’s good behavior with no homework over a long weekend? Suddenly, nothing else mattered except that precious extra time you’d have on your hands – and nothing beat that feeling of freedom once you had it. As adults, we still like to be rewarded for our actions, especially when it’s a reward we can use. That’s why incentives are incredibly valuable marketing tools for any business looking to grow their email list. What is an incentive? Some people call it a sign up bonus, others consider it a…
  • Social + Email: How One Small Biz Grew Their Email List To 80k (And Counting!)

    Olivia Dello Buono
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Trying to keep up with the it-apps of the moment can be an overwhelming endeavor. And when every up-and-coming social network is being dubbed “the next Facebook”, it’s easy for a small business owner to feel spread too thin. So how do you determine which social network is the right choice for your business? And furthermore, how do you integrate it with your email marketing efforts to grow your list and optimize conversions? Cue Matt Jabs, founder of the sustainable living and do-it-yourself blog DIY Natural. With a collective social media following just shy of 40,000, he…
  • Creating Email-Opening Worthy Content

    Monica Montesa
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Creating content seems easy. But creating valuable content that’s worth a spot in your emails? Now that’s a different story… Yet it doesn’t have to be. Writing content for email is vastly different than writing content for other publication channels, such as your blog or social networks — and it should be treated that way. To ensure your emails are filled to the brim with content that produces results, here are some tips to help you get started: Exclusive Content When the first customer-facing email was created, its purpose wasn’t to send content that…
  • Membership Site Software and Plugins: 4 Tools to Grow Your Business

    Hunter Boyle
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whether you’re selling content products, training courses or exclusive services, launching a membership website is now easier than ever before. Caveat: You still need the right tools for the job. Since email plays such a vital role in growing a membership site, knowing which membership services will plug right into your email marketing gives you a big headstart. That’s why we asked four of the top membership site software providers to describe their product, and extend a special offer to our readers. So if you’re looking to launch a new membership site, or exploring new…
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  • Prep Monday—Stocking Up

    Robin Tidwell
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Along with everything else, I’m trying to 1) actually accomplish and 2) catch up on, getting ready for winter—like the squirrels—is high on my list. Speaking of, yes, I do have a list of stocked supplies. It does need to be updated periodically though, because of course I rotate, but with a twist: If I […]
  • QOTD

    Robin Tidwell
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    As most writers know, there are several types of writing styles: APA, MLA, and CMS, the Chicago Manual of Style. I’m going to focus on the CMS, as this is typically the style in which fiction is written. A reader asked about the use of quotation marks versus italics when mentioning, in a novel, certain […]
  • Writer Wednesday—NOTHING HAS CHANGED!

    Robin Tidwell
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    In spite of all the blog changes I’ve been posting about, Writer Wednesday will remain the same: Tips, tricks, ideas, suggestions about writing. And—bonus—I’ll do a second one on Thursdays! But here’s the catch: YOU have to ask a question! Anything at all, about writing or even publishing . . . And, well, since one […]
  • Prep Tuesday—What’s Happening Now

    Robin Tidwell
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last Monday, a new listing came on the market—absolutely perfect, at least online. Forty acres, an old, historic schoolhouse, a well and pump, and adjoining a national forest. Ah . . . By Wednesday, there was a contract on it. Dammit. I’m still hopeful, but we’d planned to see it on Sunday, assuming the contract […]
 
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  • The First Karavansara Readers’ Poll!

    Davide Mana
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    The time has come for the readers of Karavansara to make their voice heard, and make their opinion count! As some of you may have noticed, someone is hitting Karavansara with one-star ratings of most posts. Known as Twinky to his fans (from Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star, you see…), the guy* used to do the same on my Italian blog too – back then we called him “Stella Stellina”. Yes, he’s pathetic. And yes – ignoring him would be the logical thing to do. But… what about another approach? So here’s a poll for you. Cast your vote, and let me know…
  • Writing and piling up wood

    Davide Mana
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Two metric tonnes of firewood. That’s what distracted me from writing during the weekend – need to pile-up the wood, because as that guy said (was he from Gazprom?), winter is coming. Sure it’s not like sitting at the PC, I was told. The world’s full of stand-up comedians. Fact is, as I tried to explain to the happy comedian, I do not sit at the PC. I work at the PC. It’s hard work – just like stockpiling firewood. With a little difference – I can do both, he can only move the logs around. He did not like it, put that way. And yet, I stick to my…
  • Indy

    Davide Mana
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Pop culture blog Beati Lotofagi featured a HUGE selection of Indiana Jones art… and dedicated the gallery to Karavansara! Enjoy! Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Shanghai Fusion

    Davide Mana
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    More musical references for my novel. A selection of “fusion” from the ‘1930s and 1940s Shanghai musical scene. A pity I can’t find and post the complete performance. But anyway, enjoy!
  • Karavansara is growing

    Davide Mana
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    A very quick post today. First and foremost – thank you to all the readers for reading this blog. Thank you to those of you that used the Star Rating (just underneath the title of each post) to let me know they’ve been here. Thank you to those that put a Like on my posts (at the bottom of each post – in full read mode), because feedback is precious. Thanks to all that shared these posts (using the colorful buttons down below), because they are helping Karavansara to grow. And of course thank you to all of you that made your voice heard in the comments. It would be nice to…
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  • Litblog Roundup 5

    Dylan Kinnett
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    The weekly liblog roundup features the latest highlights from the world of literary blogs. 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature This week, the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature went to Patrick Modiano. Earlier, a member of the Nobel academy made some critical remarks about writers who have support from grants and institutions. Iain Broome frowns in response. The New Republic has 5 Steps to Getting Over Your Ignorance of the Nobel Winner for Literature. Alternative Alternatives For several weeks, there’s been an ongoing controversy in the Alt Lit community. It started with allegations of…
  • At the Maryland State Fair

    Dylan Kinnett
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
  • Pop-up Playwright

    Dylan Kinnett
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    a pop-up playwright at the burger wagon in Baltimore
  • LitBlog Roundup: Book Tube, Essays, Typography and More

    Dylan Kinnett
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    BookTube I don’t know how I ever missed out on the phenomenon of Book Tube, the community of book bloggers on You Tube. It’s a huge, vibrant, diverse, active community that talks about books all the time, with people joining Book Tube, dropping out of Book Tube and even rearranging book shelves. This is good stuff. (I heard about it on the Write for your Life podcast.) So, for this week’s roundup, I think I’ll start with an overview of Book Tube and a blog about Book Tube. It seems the best way to get the highlights from Book Tube is by subscribing to the Book Tube…
  • Link Posts, Longform Blogging, and Social Bookmarks

    Dylan Kinnett
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:21 pm
    The other day, the first book blog in Britain became ten years old. Ten years is a long time to commit to a project, especially on the Internet. The ten year mark is a good point at which to step back and ask: how was it? After about a decade of blogging, Mark Thwaite did just that. He mentions why he got started in the first place. My hope at the time was that countless blogs would emerge that would prove an untested thesis to which I’d long cleaved: that the attempt by the mainstream media to contain the intelligence of the average reader by trivialising their seriousness could be…
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  • Meet the Characters: Dust

    sarahdaltry
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    We’re only a few weeks away from release! Today, I want to introduce you to the characters of Dust, a YA fantasy novel that’s as much about morality and philosophy as it is about epic quests. Alondra: I can’t help but think a little of Amy Pond here, although Alondra is still younger and more naive than Amy. As the princess of Kooram, a landlocked city in the middle of Anara, Alondra has never had to do… well, anything. It doesn’t sit well with her and she dreams of adventures, but princesses don’t have that option. Instead, Alondra is generally shown…
  • My Problems with Permanence

    sarahdaltry
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    This is a weird post. It’s also really personal and something I’ve only talked about with a few people. I suppose it’s less personal and depressing than the things I have been open about, but it’s still probably the most personal part of me. Recently, someone teased a friend of mine, whom I have never met in person and who has only seen a picture of my eyeball, that I was Catfishing her. That I’m not a real person. It makes sense, I guess, because we live in a world where people do those things. I don’t take photographs. I try to avoid any kind of real…
  • Dust Preorder Blitz and #Giveaway!

    sarahdaltry
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Who makes YOUR choices? “I was once the type of person who was impressed by starlight; the type of person who would dance beneath glass ceilings and let the world swim in its loveliness. The sky reminds me of the parties we used to throw – parties like the one last night. The memories bring back the trill of harps and endless ripples of satisfied laughter. Now, though, when I try to recall what I felt, all I hear is screaming.” In a world ravaged by war and oppressive forces of evil, a princess must fight to claim her bloodright and save her people. When the princess,…
  • Celebrate Teen Read Week and Enter to Win!

    sarahdaltry
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    It’s Teen Read Week, which is obviously a really important event. This year’s theme is “Turn Dreams into Reality” and you can find out more about programs in your area through the YALSA site. Clearly I care a lot about engaging young readers. (If you’re interested in my YA titles, they’re Dust, Backward Compatible, and No Such Thing as Perfect). To celebrate, I want to do a giveaway to encourage reading! Enter to win a signed ARC of Dust, swag, or a $50 Amazon gift card (just click on the image below). This is open to everyone – I just ask that…
  • What I’m Reading/Watching/Playing

    sarahdaltry
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Week of October 10 (to be fair, this should probably just be called what I’m writing/revising since most of my free time is spent on that, but I’m slowly working on things): Reading: I’ve started A Hole in the Ice by McCallum J. Morgan. The writing just draws you right in to this YA fantasy world and I really can’t wait to have time just to sit down with it and enjoy it! Definitely worth checking out! Watching: As I said recently, I am addicted to Downton Abbey now. I think I’m almost done with Season 2. I kind of just want to live there. Playing: I still…
 
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  • Do literary agents want self-published authors?

    Harry Bingham
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    A few years ago, most agents were snobby about self-published work. And rightly so. A few years back, it was genuinely the case that a large majority of self-published authors wrote bad books that were poorly edited with terrible covers and sales to match. There were some breakout successes of course [...]
  • Do literary agents really care about your author platform?

    Harry Bingham
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    You don’t have to trawl the Net for long to discover articles recommending that authors work hard to build up their online and social media presence as part of the whole get-an-agent, get-a-book-deal campaign. And, no question, it never hurts to have a reasonable web presence. That kind of thing will never count [...]
  • Literary agents and the slushpile: slaying the myths

    Harry Bingham
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    There’s a stupid amount of mystique around the slushpile and really there’s no need. This post slays some myths and explains how the slushpile process really works. Myth #1: Agents don’t want slushpile submissions OK, it’s true that there are some agents who really don’t. Those would include (a) agents winding their business down prior [...]
  • The Ultimate Juliet Mushens Novel

    Harry Bingham
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    Ask some agents what kind of books they want, and they’ll say, “Oh, you know, books that are well-written with a strong story and an interesting and original voice.” That is: they want good books. Juliet Mushens of course wants the exact same thing, but she can also be amazingly specific in her loves. (Her AH [...]
  • Agent Transparency: a manifesto for change

    Harry Bingham
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:20 am
    Agent Hunter is, by far, the UK’s most complete database on literary agents and agencies: a database that extends far beyond mere contact info, to deliver such things as photos, biographies, genre preferences and much more. We’ve crunched our mass of data to produce the first full demography of Planet Agent and, if you want [...]
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    Long Tail Writing

  • Ups and Downs of Writing

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

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

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

    James Livingood
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Writing has an interesting hidden danger lurking within. Many new writers / word artists expect the potential danger of not finding clients or needing time to build a platform. However, many new writers don’t anticipate this major hidden danger: easy […] The post The Hidden Danger of Writing appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • The 100 Article Tipping Point

    James Livingood
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Many blog authors fail miserably. None of these authors started out thinking they would fail, but they under-appreciate the time requirements that building a blog requires. This article discusses an interesting concept called the 100 article tipping point. This marker […] The post The 100 Article Tipping Point appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
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  • Santa’s Prison Poem

    rolandrhicks
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    Santa was about 5’3″, round, jolly in the ‘the-nicer-I-am-the easier-they-fall’ professional conman sense, perfectly bearded with a prodigious mustache that twirled up in perfect Snidely Whiplash fashion, and smart enough to turn any circumstance into a profitable venture. Any. He graduated from Providence College about fifteen years before me, was a practicing Catholic who fully agreed with Tom […]
  • A Tale of Two Tales

    rolandrhicks
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Here’s the deal – a chunk of The Hanlin Series was written in prison. No, prisons – ten in five states over four and one half years.  Most readers know this, I’ve told a few, it’s mentioned – albeit somewhat obliquely – on my ‘About Me‘ page, a few other places . . . then […]
  • Nobody Learn No Nothing . . .

    rolandrhicks
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    But goddammit, this round is on me Nobody learn no nothing from no history ~Gogol Bordello, Ave. B There’s a story out there, pretty horrible story at that: a superpower gets involved in the Mid-East because of vital national interests; forms and supports a local government; finds itself overextended around the world; walks away from […]
  • Writing the Hanlin Novel(s)

    rolandrhicks
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    I had the idea for the Hanlin novels years ago. Somewhere between lasting through Ted Turner’s Gettysburg (worst cameo in movie history, by the way) sitting riveted by the first 22 minutes of Saving Private Ryan, visiting Litchfield Connecticut’s town green, and …. Well, a few other influences …   I ended up writing it […]
  • Yup, It’s Out!

    rolandrhicks
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:21 pm
    The Ceremony of Innocence,Volume One of William Hanlin's Civil War is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle ….. The special signed copy/deal is also still available …… All comments and questions are welcomed.     Posted with BlogsyFiled under: Stuff
 
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