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  • New Books Released This Week: July 27, 2015

    Working Writers
    Cherie
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    It’s Monday! Time to start a new week. What will you read or write? Here’s some newly released books that may inspire you.  
  • Movers and Shakers: July 28, 2015

    Working Writers
    Cherie
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:38 am
    If you’re wondering which books are “hot,” you might want to start with this list. It contains many of the books Amazon feels are the “movers and shakers” of their bestseller lists. The interesting thing about this list is many of them are brand new or not even released yet, and others have been around […]
  • Getting Reviews for Your Indie Book - As Easy As 1-2-3

    Stories To Tell Books
    Biff Barnes
    19 Jul 2015 | 12:51 pm
     If you want sell your book, you’ll need high quality reviews. Any savvy author knows that Dana Lynn Smith was absolutely correct in her post  Seven Reasons Why Reviews Sell Books on the Book Buzzr Blog when she said, Image courtesy of SEO on Flickr under Creative Commons. Book reviews are a powerful marketing tool for books of all types. Not only do they bring books to the attention of people who might never have heard of them otherwise, but they provide “social proof” that the book is valuable, and help the reader determine if the book is a good fit for them. The…
  • Hashtag: 10 Things Not to Say to a Writer

    Working Writers
    Cherie
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:55 am
    Spotted the hashtag #tenthingsnottosaytoawriter on Twitter yesterday and of course it got my attention. I definitely agree with most of these! Which ones would you add? I’ll start with my favorite one: Non-fiction must be so much easier to write than fiction. #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter — Ray E. Boomhower (@RayBoomhower) July 28, 2015 Bet you can’t guess […]
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    Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow along on the website: How Do Words Get in the Dictionary? http://j.mp/1IHGSKr
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    Advice to Writers

  • Prefer the Familiar Word to the Far-fetched

    JW
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Prefer the familiar word to the far-fetched. Prefer the concrete word to the abstract. Prefer the single word to the circumlocution. Prefer the short word to the long. Prefer the Saxon word to the Romance. HENRY WATSON FOWLER
  • Dialogue in Fiction Should Be Reserved for the Culminating Moments

    JW
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Dialogue in fiction should be reserved for the culminating moments and regarded as the spray into which the great wave of narrative breaks in curving toward the watcher on the shore. EDITH WHARTON
  • First Rule: Do Not Use Semicolons

    JW
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:31 pm
    Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college. KURT VONNEGUT
  • Simple, Short Sentences Don't Always Work

    JW
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:04 pm
    We throw in as many fresh words as we can get away with. Simple, short sentences don't always work. You have to do tricks with pacing, alternate long sentences with short, to keep it alive and vital. Virtually every page is a cliff-hanger—you've got to force them to turn it. DR. SEUSS (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
  • Completing A Book is Like Having a Baby

    JW
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Completing a book, it’s a little like having a baby. There’s a feeling of relief and satisfaction when you get to the end. A feeling that you have brought your family, your characters, home. Then a sort of post-natal depression and then, very quickly, the horizon of a new book. The consolation that next time I will do it better. JOHN LE CARRÉ
 
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    Daily Writing Tips

  • Chalk It Up

    Maeve Maddox
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Having read the post about the expression chock-full, a reader asks, Could you also clarify and explain the origins of “chalk it up.” I’ve also seen “chock it up” which I assume is an error.  I’ve also heard “chop it up” in the same context. The expression “chalk it up” is one of several English idioms that contain the word chalk. The noun chalk, denoting “an opaque white soft earthy limestone,” has been in the language since the 10th century. The verb arose from the uses to which chalk can be put, especially for writing, drawing, and marking on a variety of surfaces,…
  • Comment, Suggestion, and Feedback

    Maeve Maddox
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:46 pm
    A reader asks about these three words: I was wondering about the differences between comment, suggestion, and feedback. They often seem to be used interchangeably. I would like to know how to use each word appropriately in different contexts. Here are the relevant definitions of these words in the context of social media: comment noun: a remark or criticism on or upon anything. suggestion noun: an idea or thought suggested, a proposal. feedback noun: information about the result of a process, experiment, etc. The word comment has the broadest application because a comment can contain a…
  • 10 Misspelled Words That Get Me Down

    Maeve Maddox
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:51 pm
    NOTE: Any spell-check program ought to catch most of these for you. However, the wisest course is to master them yourself. For fun, I did a search for the incorrect version of nine of the ten. I didn’t bother with Number 7 because both its and it’s are valid spellings. The number of hits for the misspellings is shown in parentheses. Some refer to intentional misspellings on English sites like this one, but not all. 1. argument (“arguement” 730,000) The verb is argue, but the noun is argument. 2. calendar (“calender” 29,600,000)  The register on which you schedule…
  • Raining Death and Destruction

    Maeve Maddox
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:33 pm
    This week I received an email that contained the phrase “reigning death and destruction on innocent people.” Naturally, I was moved to do a web search to see if other writers were misspelling the phrase “raining death and destruction.” Here is some evidence that some are: INCORRECT: Civil liberties are suppressed for our own good, and patriotism means going along with lawless governments, reigning death and destruction on defenseless nations for imperial, not noble, reasons.—Political commentary blog. CORRECT : Civil liberties are suppressed for our own good, and patriotism means…
  • Is Ask a Noun?

    Maeve Maddox
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:25 pm
    A reader questions the use of ask as a noun: “The ask was unreasonable.” “I realize it’s a big ask, but I’m hoping you can do it.” In these examples, “ask” seems to be a synonym for “request.” Merriam-Webster says “ask” is a verb, but increasingly I hear it used as a noun.  Is this use of “ask” increasingly prominent?  Is it appropriate? Examples of ask as a noun can be found in Old English, and the OED includes a citation of its use as a card-playing term in 1886, but the uses illustrated in the reader’s question are fairly recent. The financial idiom “bid…
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    Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

  • 281 How Do Words Get in the Dictionary?

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow along on the website: How Do Words Get in the Dictionary? http://j.mp/1IHGSKr
  • 475 GG How a Comma Can Get You out of a Parking Ticket

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Follow along on the website: Numbers in Parentheses: http://bit.ly/1GGZDfs Comma Law: http://bit.ly/1CW2mqj Minions: http://bit.ly/1TSiDB4 QDT Block Party: http://apple.co/1gA1pKr Sponsor: http://edx.org/gg
  • 474 GG Flesh Out. Last Names. Hat Trick.

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Follow along on the website: Flesh Out or Flush Out? http://j.mp/1TDrE0x Last Names: http://j.mp/1V57cHH Hat Trick: http://j.mp/1Mv2j4O Help the show by taking our short survey: http://podsurvey.com/grammar Grammar Girl on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/realgrammargirl/
  • 473 GG How Understanding Toy Story Can Help You Get into College

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    9 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    Follow along on the website: Ban Together or Band Together? http://j.mp/1JTe7xl How Understanding 'Toy Story' Can Help Get You into College. http://j.mp/1S7L4Ik Left Holding the Bag. http://j.mp/1gmXhNG Sponsor: http://AudiblePodcast.com/GG
  • 472 GG Citizen or Resident? Let's and Let Us. Newfangled.

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    Follow along on the website: Citizen or Resident? http://j.mp/1BBaE67 Let's and Let Us: http://j.mp/1SL2NaP Newfangled: http://j.mp/1NbEVcJ Survey: http://podsurvey.com/grammar Sponsor: http://DiscountFilters.com/GG
 
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    Copyblogger

  • 3 Resources to Help You Create the Content that Already Exists in Your Imagination

    Stefanie Flaxman
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Even though it may seem like starting to write is the most difficult part of the content creation process, just starting is not good enough. As writers, we also need to have both a strong vision and unwavering confidence that enable us to complete, publish, and promote our projects. To support you as you create your next piece of content — whether it’s your website’s cornerstone content or your email autoresponder series — this week’s Copyblogger Collection is a series of three handpicked articles that show you: How to identify and overcome the factors that keep you from…
  • Create Successful Products with the MVP Process

    Rainmaker.FM
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    You create a successful product when you deliver something people want to buy, simple as that. Is there a way to figure out what people want before spending a ton of time and money? There is a way, and it’s becoming more and more popular due to the lean startup movement. It’s called the minimum viable product approach. The technical definition of minimum viable product (MVP) is a product with the highest return on investment versus risk. And the way you minimize risk related to your investment of time and money is basically figuring out if people want to buy that product. Most lean…
  • The Art of Planning Before Podcasting

    Rainmaker.FM
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    As creatives, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and Showrunners, we have a tendency to get an idea, follow our gut, and jump straight into it without planning. The Showrunner hosts Jerod Morris and Jonny Nastor agree that this can sometimes be necessary, but not always the best plan. Jerod and Jonny begin this episode with a quick discussion about the upcoming Podcast Movement conference and how you can join them without flying to Texas. Then they dive into the topic of the week: how much research is enough and how much is too much? As you will learn in this episode, this is more art than science,…
  • How to Let Your Business Thrive (By Getting Out of Its Way)

    Rainmaker.FM
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur has started several successful businesses, written three books, is a motivational speaker, and has consulted with companies in several different industries. He coaches teams and businesses on the actions required in order to grow. As a result, he is known as the entertainer, educator, and consultant of choice for America’s leading companies. He is the founder of Thrive 15, an online education and practical training platform for entrepreneurs, which is taught by millionaires, mentors, and everyday success stories. Now, let’s hack ……
  • The Critical Importance of Customer Onboarding

    Rainmaker.FM
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    So many businesses focus solely on getting the sale, but as far as the customer is concerned … the sale is just the beginning. What comes next can make or break not just that one customer relationship, but the future viability of your business as a whole. In this episode of The Mainframe, Chris Garrett and Tony Clark reveal: Why your onboarding process is as important, or maybe more, than your sales process The impact that good and bad onboarding processes have on your business Why you should go beyond merely delivering your product to a customer, and focus on the user experience he has…
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    Word Grrls

  • Personality Insights from Your Writing

    Laura Brown
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    This was such an interesting test. I don’t agree (or like) everything it had to say about me from my writing. But, the sample I chose was about art, so that may have biased the results. I’m going to try it with a couple of other articles I’ve written. Maybe some from years ago even just to see what kind of results I get overall. You are unpretentious, boisterous and explosive. You are empathetic: you feel what others feel and are compassionate towards them. You are unconcerned with art: you are less concerned with artistic or creative activities than most ...
  • Millions Of Houses Left Abandoned This Morning 

    Laura Brown
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:39 am
    Source: Millions Of Houses Left Abandoned This Morning – The Onion – America’s Finest News Source How is your satire? Could you come up with a great headline like this? Think of something obvious and spin it in a different way. Try it with a few ideas. It’s not easy but gets better once you get the hang of it. Start just by changing a few words on the headline from the Onion: Millions of Cows Robbed of Milk this Morning School Children Sent Home at the End of the Day Apples Found, not Far from the Tree    Related Posts:Why Do I Like Exploring Old Houses?The…
  • Obsolete and Forgotten – Technology Changes Lifestyle

    Laura Brown
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:58 am
    So much technology is becoming obsolete right now. Our current time mirrors the Industrial Age for changes to mechanics, industry and our daily lifestyle. I wonder how much we take for granted from the lifestyle of people before the Industrial Age. We imagine them like ourselves. But, think of the simple changes in our own life from cell phones. Wrist watches, pay phones, cameras and other gadgets and tools we relied on are now seldom used and, in the case of pay phones, rarely seen. This changes how we live, how we communicate too. How different, therefore, would it have ...
  • Describing Sounds to the Deaf

    Laura Brown
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:38 am
    How would you describe a sound to someone born deaf? Think about explaining how your alarm clock sounds. How does a cat’s meow sound? What sound does your keyboard make when you type? Simple things to people who have heard sounds before. What can you hear right now? What little sounds are going on around you, unnoticed? Pick one sound in particular. Describe that sound for someone who has never heard anything. It helps to consider your other senses: Frying bacon sounds like ants running up your arm. Little sizzles and tingles the odd pop and snap as they tickle your ...
  • Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Group

    Laura Brown
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:57 am
    This is a group for anyone who has ever dreamt of waking up one day and finding the world we know now has been stripped away. All of society gone, wiped out. Only the ghostly remnants of society remain as deserted cities and abandoned eerie highways. A world where only the strong and determined survive. To all of those of us who fantasize about living in a city like the overgrown, abandoned ruins of Chernobyl. Whatever form your chosen apocalypse takes, be it viral outbreak, terrorism, nuclear holacaust, zombies, alien invasion or biological contagion then this is the group for ...
 
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    Writing Forums

  • Lea's Progress Journal

    1 Aug 2015 | 7:48 am
    So the thread on losing inspiration really hit me hard the other day. A member there said what I've always been afraid of -- that there's a difference between writers and fantasizers. Because I want to be a writer, yes. Absolutely. But I've become a fantasizer. I used to write short stories as... Lea's Progress Journal
  • Does this sentence make you think about paranormal phenomenon or mental illness ?

    1 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    I'm writing a novel with paranormal elements in it, but there's also a lot of romance and everyday life of a college student, so until a few chapters before the end, the MC doesn't know for sure if paranormal things are happening. I posted a thread on the forum a few days ago asking how I could... Does this sentence make you think about paranormal phenomenon or mental illness ?
  • Windows 10: a step back to 1984?

    1 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    I just read a really disturbing article about Windows 10 privacy (Google it; there are quite a few). In short, the end user has no privacy whatsoever. Microsoft will have access to everything you do, type, and say as well as every web site you ever visit. What's more, they state clearly in their... Windows 10: a step back to 1984?
  • How does editing work?

    1 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    So, basically, I'm interested in finding out some more about editing. I'll be doing some quite extensive self-editing once my 100000-word novel is complete, but I want a professional to do it. Provided that my agent can find me a publisher, how does it work from there? Will the published provide... How does editing work?
  • Aiming for quantity produces quality better than aiming for quality.

    1 Aug 2015 | 6:38 am
    Based on this article of ceramic production: https://sivers.org/qlq The ceramics teacher announced he was dividing his class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right...Click to expand... Aiming for quantity produces quality better than aiming for quality.
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    Charlotte Rains Dixon

  • Five Things on Friday: July 21, 2015

    Charlotte Dixon
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:29 pm
    I'm late with this (and nearly everything else in my life at the moment) so I'll keep this edition brief. What I'm Reading:  I finished Life As We Knew It, and have the other two in the series on hold at the library (along with half the catalog).  Still reading After Perfect by Christina McDowell, and also started Safekeeping by Karen Hesse, which is yet another in my current string of apocalyptic YA novels.  Main character Radley returns home from volunteering in Haiti to find an America transformed by the recent election of the American Political Party and the…
  • Writers, Do This and Be Amazed At the Success of Your Marketing Efforts

    Charlotte Dixon
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:40 am
    Marketing. Ugh I am one of the worst marketers in the world.  There's something about shouting my name out from the rooftops that makes me cringe.  And I know that I am not alone in this.  But last week I had an experience that gave me some new perspective on the topic.  And from that I learned something that I hope to figure out how to apply going forward. I've heard that one way to succeed is to quit worrying about promoting yourself and put others first. But how, exactly, are you supposed to do this? Beats me.  Don't have a clue.   In the past, I'd read this sage…
  • Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #52

    Charlotte Dixon
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    Here we go again with our weekly collection of prompts from my daily Tumblr blog.  Enjoy and write a lot, will you please?  It would make me happy. #357  Use the words umbrella, metal and sunlight in a sentence.  Now use that sentence as a prompt. #358  He couldn’t understand a word she said.   #359  Write about your character experiencing a storm.  Is he/she scared or exhilarated?  Eager for it to end or happy to let it rage around her? Does it energize her or tire him? #360  Who is the love of your main character’s life? #361  “I’d stay another year if I saw a teardrop in…
  • Five Things on Friday: July 24, 2015

    Charlotte Dixon
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:57 am
    Here we go again.  It's still summer, still hot, but rain is forecast tomorrow.  Yay! What I'm grateful for: Friends and family who turned out en masse last night to hear me read from The Bonne Chance Bakery manuscript, and to also hear Kayla Dawn Thomas read from her latest novel, Tackling Summer.  She and I are Twitter friends and since she lives in Washington and I live in Oregon we'd never met until last night.  So fun. She's awesome!  The bookstore where we read, Another Read Through, is awesome, too, and owner Elisa offers readings every Thursday night.
  • When You Don't Know How to Write

    Charlotte Dixon
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:23 am
    Years ago, as a freelance writer, I wrote a lot of articles about art.  One of them was about the Makk family of artists, who lived in Hawaii.  The big thing I remember from this article happened while I interviewed the Eva, the matriarch of the family. She told me how when she was a young artist she had images in her head that she wanted to paint--but it took her a long time to figure out how to get those images onto canvas. I could relate.  As a fledgling fiction writer, I often had trouble translating the stories in my head onto the page.  And even now, after writing fiction a…
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    WritersDigest.com

  • Agent Adds & Cancellations for WDC 2015

    Chuck Sambuchino
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
    Here is a list of changes for the Aug. 1, 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference Pitch Slam. Attendees should feel free to write this info down or print this info off. CANCELED: Thomas Flannery Jr Sarah Nagel Linda Camacho Catherine Luttinger Jill Grosjean Steve Kasdin Cara Mannion Connor Goldsmith – out first session, present for last 3 sessions 3 ADDITIONS:  Amanda O’Connor – Trident Media Group Agent Trident Media Group She is seeking: Amanda is continuously building her client list in general-interest and upmarket nonfiction, spirituality and wellness, and literary…
  • How I Got My Literary Agent: Sarah Elizabeth Schantz

    Chuck Sambuchino
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:05 pm
    “How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, author of FIG. 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: Sarah is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a random commenter.
  • How to Make Your Poems Stand Out: Advice From a Reader

    Robert Lee Brewer
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    Today’s post comes from Daniel Ari, who proposed writing a guest post about his experience as a screening reader for the 2015 April PAD Challenge. He explores how to make your poems stand out from hundreds (if not thousands) of others. By the way, if you have an idea for a guest post, send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Poetic Asides Guest Post. Receiving my 213th rejection notice, I felt no negativity. No regret, no indignation, no self-recrimination. The immunity took a while to acquire, but at last I could take no-thank-you’s in stride—and…
  • I Have an MFA. What Now? 6 Paths for MFA Graduates

    Chelsea Henshey
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:33 am
    The MFA degree is of the utmost importance—until someone asks you what your plans are after graduation. Don’t know what to do with your MFA? You’re not alone. Here’s some advice to help you decide. Teaching Before you even graduate, you’re most likely going to work in a Writing Center and/or teach undergraduate courses for your university English Department. This not only pays some or all of your tuition, but provides you with work experience. If teaching is your passion, you have two to three years of experience under your belt and valuable connections in the field of academia.
  • Breaking Into True Crime: Ann Rule’s 9 Tips for Studying Courtroom Trials

    Zachary Petit
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:32 am
    In honor of the passing of crime writing legend Ann Rule (you can read all about her life here), we’re re-sharing this piece—written by former WD managing editor Zachary Petit—that’s full of tips and advice delivered by Rule. Bestseller Ann Rule had a heck of a journey to becoming a writer—something she never really wanted to be in the first place. “All I ever wanted to be was a police officer,” she told the crowd in her ThrillerFest session “How to Stalk a Serial Killer and Tell the Gruesome Tale: All You Need to Know to Write Great True Crime.” “The one thing I…
 
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • What Is TRUTH?

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Nine years ago as I pulled together the material that became The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing, I thought I knew the answer to that question, what is truth: It's what really happened, or what you really think. It's basic honesty, plain and simple. Everybody knows that, right?That's a good starting point, but as I've learned since then, that's both incomplete and misleading. Some of my increased understanding is old news, things I knew that had not integrated into my cluster of life writing neurons. Meanwhile, advances in the study of memory continue to deepen understanding. These…
  • Photo Scanning Tips for CreateSpace

    19 Jul 2015 | 1:23 pm
    My heart nearly broke when I checked the resolution of a photo in a client’s family history/memoir I was preparing for upload to CreateSpace.com for printing copies for family members. When I copied the document photo and pasted it into IrfanView (my favorite free photo editor for low-end needs), I saw that the resolution was only 72 dpi (dots or pixels per inch). That’s a small fraction of the pixel density CreateSpace requires. This was the case with nearly all the several dozen photos in the book. I had the gut-wrenching task of explaining to my client that she had a choice: I could…
  • Six Things I Learned Going from Memoir to Fiction

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Invited guest post by Carol BodensteinerLong time readers may be surprised to find a post about writing fiction on this blog about life writing. While it’s true that my focus is on memoir, lifestory, journaling and other forms that draw upon actual experience to express personal truth, sometimes the freedom of fiction is more effective in conveying truth. Carol Bodensteiner found this to be true. She has successfully written in both genres and her experience moving from memoir to fiction has lessons for all.I’d been a business writer all my life, so I was used to working with facts.
  • A Delicious Way to Eat Your Words

    28 Jun 2015 | 5:09 am
    Thanks to the efforts of his creative wife Vivian, on May 9 this year, about thirty people helped Don Duncan eat his words. We were all gathered at the Whitehall Public Library in Whitehall, Pennsylvania to celebrate the conclusion of The Power of Memoir, an eight-week series of classes  that I had the pleasure of leading. Each week a dozen eager students gathered for two hours to learn a few pointers from The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing. During the class, they read stories based on their assignment for the week. Each week we had a predictably wide spectrum of stories. Some,…
  • Clear the Haze from Pictures and Memory

    22 Jun 2015 | 5:57 pm
    The pictures above have deep meaning for me, and I think they are likely to strike a chord with most viewers, evoking memories of their own. I want my stories to have that effect. I want readers to see themselves in my words, finding new ways to see old situations and become more fully themselves.I recently found this left-hand picture from 1973 in a pile I was sorting through. Something in it stirred me, though haziness dimmed my response. I decided to try restoring it. I scanned it with my Epson V600 scanner using Professional mode on the scanner interface. I used the Color Restoration tool…
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    Published and Profitable Writers Tips Blog

  • Content Marketers Turn to a Series Approach to Blogging

    Roger C. Parker
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:41 am
    Find out why over 2,100 content marketers have Tweeted my article, How to Turn 1 Idea into 2 Months (and More) of Content Marketing. The article appeared Monday morning on the Content Marketing Institute Blog. By 11:00 AM, EST, the number of Tweets exceeded 700. As the illustration shows–the number continues to grow. Help me sustain the momentum! Why serial content matters I wrote the article to share the importance of replacing the current content marketing emphasis on “topics” with a serial blog post approach. Instead of trying to cover a complete topic in a single blog…
  • Lessons from Last Week’s Popular Content Marketing Blog Post

    Roger C. Parker
    13 Jul 2015 | 4:50 am
    What lessons can we learn from the success of my second most popular Content Marketing Institute blog post….one that was Tweeted, Retweeted, and Favorited over 1,000 times? Granted, the environment where it appeared played a major role in its popularity. My  Latest Must-Reads: Summertime Books for Content Marketers on the Go (or on Vacation) post appeared in one of the world’s most popular marketing blogs. It also benefited from superb editing and an excellent cover graphic by the Content Marketing Institute’s Joseph Kalinowski. But, my previous post on the same blog,…
  • Need Help Choosing a Niche?

    Roger C. Parker
    12 Jul 2015 | 12:36 pm
    If the question, “What’s your niche?,” makes you uncomfortable, Ilise Benun’s new Pick a Niche Kit is for you. It offers a proven process for niche marketing success. Ilise Benun’s new Pick a Niche Kit is intended to  help creatives–firms and individuals, like graphic designers, web designers, and writers– identify their ideal clients and create an efficient, focused marketing plan that targets their interests and needs. Generalists need not apply Many creatives are proud to be generalists–and rightly so. It appeals to the “Renaissance…
  • 11 New Books for Content Marketers

    Roger C. Parker
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    Looking for helpful, informative content marketing books and ideas? Check out my Latest Must-Reads: Summertime Books for Content Marketers on the Go (or on Vacation). This is my 3rd annual Content Marketing Institute summer roundup of new books of interest content marketers, entrepreneurs, and authors looking for ways to promote their books, their businesses, and their personal brands. Insights from beyond the content marketing world My midsummer 2015 book roundup several new titles from both established content marketing and newly-minted content marketing authors. To broaden my perspective,…
  • Creating Templates for Social Media Graphics

    Roger C. Parker
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:41 am
    Creating your own social media graphic templates can boost your productivity, increase readership and shares, while reinforcing your brand. I’d like to share some examples, ideas, tips, and resources to help you explore creating your own social media graphic templates. Graphics are no longer a luxury. Graphics are a necessity if you want to add attraction and engagement to your blog posts and social media. You need graphics not only not only standing elements, like your profile pages, but also for individual blog posts. Old versus new approach Until recently, I would create each social…
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    Writing Forward

  • Writing Tips For Staying on Your Game

    Melissa Donovan
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Stay on your game with these writing tips. Believe it or not, there are a few writing tips that we writers can steal from athletes, strategies that show us how to stay in shape and on top of our game. Athletes work hard even when they’re off the field. They spend hours practicing with their teams. They run miles around the track when nobody else is around. They swim the laps, dunk the balls, and sweep their rackets. They do all this so that when it’s time to play, they’ll steal the show and take home the trophy. We all went to elementary school, where we learned our ABCs and…
  • How to Find and Choose Ideas for Writing a Book

    Melissa Donovan
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Are you in search of ideas for writing a book? Almost every writer on the planet wants to write a book. Some have finished a manuscript and others are already published, but many more dream, talk, and think about completing a full draft and seeing their name on a book cover. Some already have a book in the works while others have several half-finished drafts floating around. Some can’t even get started. They have too many ideas to choose from, or they are waiting for the right idea. You could spend your whole life waiting. The world is full of inspiration. Think about what moves you.
  • Six Guidelines for Writing Creative Nonfiction

    Melissa Donovan
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Guidelines for writing creative nonfiction. Here at Writing Forward, we talk about three types of creative writing: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. With poetry and fiction, there are techniques we can use to invigorate our writing, but there aren’t many rules beyond the standards of grammar and good writing in general. We can let our imaginations run wild; everything from nonsense to outrageous fantasy is fair game for bringing our ideas to life when we’re writing fiction and poetry. However, with creative nonfiction, there are some guidelines that we have to follow.
  • Grammar Rules: Who vs. Whom

    Melissa Donovan
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Do you know when to use who or whom? It sounds pretty old fashioned: To whom have you sent those letters? Modern colloquial speakers expect something more along the lines of Who did you send those letters to? While whom may sound outdated, it is still the technically correct word in certain situations. In the example above, the second sentence (Who did you send those letters to?) ends a sentence with a preposition, and it uses who incorrectly. Let’s examine the grammar rules surrounding who vs. whom. Here are the grammar rules and common practices violated by our example sentence (Who…
  • Fiction Writing Prompts for Romance and Love Stories

    Melissa Donovan
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Fiction writing prompts for lovers. The biggest selling books in the world are nonfiction and children’s books, but in the adult fiction categories, romance tops the list, outselling every other genre. And romance readers are voracious — I’ve heard that many romance readers consume a book a day. The main rule of the romance genre is the happy ending. These stories tend to conclude with a couple figuratively walking into the sunset, hand-in-hand. But not all real-life or fictional love stories end with a happy couple. Romeo and Juliet immediately springs to mind as a love…
 
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    We Are Change

  • Gay Man Pulled From Home, Beaten By NYPD Officers Yelling “Faggot” In Horrifying Video

    Jeffrey Phillips
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:22 pm
    We Are Change   (NewNowNext.com)A gay Staten Island man is suing the NYPD after four officers dragged him from his home last month before violently beating him in the front yard while repeatedly yelling homophobic slurs. Louis Falcone, 31, told the New York Daily News that officers arrived at the home he shares with his 66-year-old mother on June 19 to investigate a noise complaint. He had been arguing loudly with his brother an hour earlier, who had come home in an “obnoxiously drunk” stupor and left before police arrived to investigate the noise. “As I’m talking to them through…
  • Behind The Scenes Of Operation Give Back, Only For Sponsors

    Luke Rudkowski
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:07 pm
    We Are Change Please Login to view this content. (Not a member? Join Today!)The post Behind The Scenes Of Operation Give Back, Only For Sponsors appeared first on We Are Change.
  • Terrorist linked crime-ring infiltrated the Bank of England

    Alec Cope
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    We Are Change By Alec Cope We Are Change A powerful new report reveals the UK’s central bank, has been infiltrated by a terrorist linked crime syndicate, since at least 1998. The British intelligence agency known as MI5, has also been suppressing knowledge of this breach since the very beginning. On Thursday the investigation exposed the public to the fact that the United Kingdom’s central bank has been silently invaded by an organization linked to assassinations, terrorism and money laundering. BuzzFeed News established these facts, after it secured access to secret police…
  • What Happens To Your Body One Hour After Drinking A Can Of Coke

    Alec Cope
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:39 am
    We Are Change By Alec Cope We Are Change An image first posted by The Renegade Pharmacist depicting the detrimental effects of Coca-Cola has gone viral. A recent study by the American Heart Association found that up to 184,000 people die per year as a direct result of soda consumption. Multiple studies have also shown it lowers your IQ, some groups in India claim to use Coca-Cola as a pesticide in their crops, agreeing it, “achieves the same result.” “You end up with one of the great health epidemics of all time” – Dr. David Kessler, former FDA commissioner. There are many…
  • Sugary drinks kill 184,000 people a year, study says

    Alec Cope
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:25 am
    We Are Change By RT News If you love the taste of an ice cold soda, you may want to determine whether the flavor is actually worth the risk. Sugary drinks are killing around 184,000 people each year, according to a new study. The research, published in the American Heart Association’s Circulation journal, points the finger at sugar-laden drinks ranging from sodas to sweetened iced tea, fruit drinks, and sports/energy drinks. “Many countries in the world have a significant number of deaths occurring from a single dietary factor, sugar-sweetened beverages,” said study author…
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    Work-in-Progress

  • Flash Fiction: "The Tension Between What Is Said and Unsaid"

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    I’m intrigued by flash fiction, tending as I do to write on and on and on, so I was as avid a learner as the students described in this piece by Virgie Townsend that discusses the experience of teaching flash fiction to a group of high school students (oh, and getting an appendectomy halfway through the 2-week session!):But my explanations [of what flash fiction is] felt incomplete. They didn’t describe what fascinates me about flash: The tension between what is said and unsaid, and the stunning language that emerges from the form’s roots in ancient fables and its kinship to poetry.
  • Why I Love the Gettysburg Review & A Contest for a Free Subscription!

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    I’m honored to announce that I’ve been invited to serve as an Advisory & Contributing Editor for The Gettysburg Review, which is one of my favorite literary journals—to read, and to see my work published in. As you probably know, it’s impossible to subscribe to every single excellent journal out there, so I tend to pick 3-4 to read for a year or so and then rotate on to a new batch (as heart-breaking as it is to say goodbye to a beloved journal). But The Gettysburg Review is so very, very beloved that I’ve kept my subscription going for years and years.Five of my stories have…
  • My Short Essay in Washingtonian Magazine

    21 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    If you wanted to read my flash essay recently published in Washingtonian magazine but either A) couldn’t get a copy of the paper magazine or B) forgot to read that back page in line at the grocery store, here it is online now:“…People gaze into tiny screens, lost in tiny worlds of … what? We can’t see if it’s Facebook, games, Netflix. We don’t know which e-book is so enthralling, what the incoming text message advises. Most times the Metro is as quiet as an old-fashioned library. It’s what I thought I wanted, but I don’t like this desolate silence, either….” Read…
  • My New Work in Progress Published in WIPs...the journal for works in progress!

    20 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    One of the (many!) challenges about writing a novel is those looooong periods of time where you’re afraid you don’t know what you’re doing, where you’re afraid that what you think you’re doing is no good. Combine that with the difficulty of getting a burst of satisfaction that you might be on the right path that comes (rightly or wrongly) from seeing your work published, from getting that scrap of approval from the larger landscape. Because who would sign up for this plan: Write on your own for three years and then we, the world, will let you know what we think. But please don’t…
  • Richard Kostelanetz on Creative Space: Black Mountain College Revisited

    18 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Richard Kostelanetz, the avant-garde writer and artist (and so much more) offers his thoughts on making creative space. Recently, I found myself lost for a good bit of time in his website, exploring his views on art, and I highly recommend taking a whirl yourself. Maybe start with his additions to the “Third Edition of my Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (1992, 1999),” to be reminded of or introduced to a thought-provoking collection of art and artists. Links are below…because, of course you want to read this short piece first!BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE REVISITEDBy Richard KostelanetzWhat was…
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    Blossom in Your Writing

  • How to Become a Better Writer – an Artistic Perspective

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:28 am
    I’m always searching for ways to write better; these tips on how to become a better writer are inspired by a book for new, or busy, or hesitant artists. In Art Before Breakfast: A... The post How to Become a Better Writer – an Artistic Perspective appeared first on Blossom in Your Writing.
  • 10 Tips to Help You Start Your First Online Magazine

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:02 am
    Are you a writer who wants to go beyond blogging and freelance writing for magazines? Here are several things you need to know about starting online magazines. In Writing Online: Write Your Dreams To... The post 10 Tips to Help You Start Your First Online Magazine appeared first on Blossom in Your Writing.
  • Creative Gifts for Artists – Inspired by Picasso

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    10 Jul 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Painters, sculptors, cartoonists, potters, and sketch artists  will love this list of creative gifts for artists. I also share a short parable by Picasso – it’s both inspirational and realistic. It offers insight into the painter’s... The post Creative Gifts for Artists – Inspired by Picasso appeared first on Blossom in Your Writing.
  • Inspirational Speech Sample for a Charity Ball

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    8 Jul 2015 | 2:26 pm
    This inspirational speech sample – and my tips for speaking at a charity ball – is from my experience with a fundraising gala with Big Sisters. The best ideas for raising funds for a charity involve... The post Inspirational Speech Sample for a Charity Ball appeared first on Blossom in Your Writing.
  • Grow, Little Blog! Blogging Tips From the Most Popular Blogs

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    What makes the most popular blogs sizzle? These blogging tips aren’t the secret sauce; they’re the meat and potatoes of how bloggers attract traffic and keep readers. Search engine optimization is the prime rib... The post Grow, Little Blog! Blogging Tips From the Most Popular Blogs appeared first on Blossom in Your Writing.
 
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    About Freelance Writing

  • Word Use, Usage Panels and Other Pronouncements About Language

    Anne Wayman
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    A week or so ago Cathy Miller, who among other writing is the creator of A Baby Boomers Second Life, posted an article called Our Obsession with ‘Real Words’. It’s a fun read,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Of Writing Rituals and Freelance Writers

    Anne Wayman
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:28 am
    Ed Gandia, creator of the truly helpful High-Income Business Writing even if your focus isn’t business writing sent a newsletter that details his morning writing ritual. It’s extensive... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why I Reject The Idea Of A Freelance Writing Muse

    Anne Wayman
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    Is there a freelance writing muse? First, a definition from Vocabulary.com: In mythology, the Muses were nine goddesses who symbolized the arts and sciences. Today, a muse is a person who serves as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Writing Less May Improve Your Writing

    Anne Wayman
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Writing less may seem an odd technique for a freelance writer, but if you’re like me you find it easy to get caught up in a certain kind of writing. Maybe it’s the 500 word blog post that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 4 Best Ways to Improve Your Writing

    Anne Wayman
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:22 am
    I doubt there’s a freelance writer in the world who wouldn’t benefit from improving their writing. Although taking continuing education classes or workshops on writing help, there’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Articulate

  • Apples and oranges: the ABCs of A/B testing in under 10 minutes

    Toby Knott
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:27 am
    A/B testing, or split testing, is as simple as it sounds. You test two variants (A and B) of an element of a particular piece of content – the leading image of a blog post, say – against each other and record which one performs better using metrics that you care about, such as social shares, conversion rate, etc. Here’s one we made earlier. The beauty of A/B testing is that you can use it to fine tune all of your content – web pages, landing pages, emails, tweets, blog posts, you name it. That means, with the right testing methods, you can boost your conversion rates by up to…
  • How to craft email campaigns that entice and convert

    Toby Knott
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:15 am
    Email marketing is a fine art. Too many and you come across as a spambot, too few and you leave your leads dangling. There are around 2.6 billion email users across the globe, set to reach 2.9 billion by 2019, so the audience just keeps growing. And yet, in 2014, the average open rate for UK small to medium-sized businesses’ email campaigns was just 22.87 percent, and the click-through rate a paltry 3.26 percent. Automated email workflows are an excellent way of tapping into this rich resource but, clearly, you need more than just the software to make a success of your email…
  • 68.27 percent of statistics in marketing are made up: recognising the danger of remarkable facts

    Sam Livingstone
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:15 am
    There are three kinds of lies’ ex-PM Benjamin Disraeli allegedly declared, ‘lies, damned lies and statistics.’ Throw enough mud at the wall and some of it will stick. Remarkable statistics litter the public domain thanks to the spin tactics of politicians and advertisers. You name it: Satisfaction Unemployment Efficiency Speed Consumption Someone, somewhere will have a stat they can wangle to support their agenda. Chances are, if your first reaction to a particular factoid is ‘wow that’s unbelievable’, you’re probably right. Implausibility is the first indicator that…
  • How to make content worthy of the share button

    Toby Knott
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:23 am
    Marketers are forever chasing the elusive ‘social share’, but they rarely stop to ask: why do people share? A study of 2,500 online sharers by the New York Times found five of the most common motivations: 49 percent share content to inform others of products they care about and potentially change opinions or encourage action. 68 percent share to define themselves and give a better sense of what they care about. 73 percent share to connect with others who share their interests. 69 percent share to feel more involved in the world. 84 percent share to show support for causes…
  • Are you marketing to people or stereotypes?

    Toby Knott
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:15 am
    The buyer persona, as we’ve said before, should be the keystone of your marketing strategy. But there’s a fine line between a persona and a stereotype. How can you tell when you’re creeping toward the dark side, marketing to stereotypes rather than real people? Putting people in their place Of course, assumption and market segmentation are necessary in marketing – you don’t want campaigns that are all things to all people – but treating such generalisations as gospel is a sure-fire way of creating shoddy campaigns. Buyer personas are not real individuals,…
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    Get Paid to Write Online

  • Scrivener: a Great Tool for Professional Bloggers

    Sharon Hurley Hall
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Update: See my latest thoughts on Scrivener on the FreelancerFAQs blog. I think I’m in love! In the past month, I have completely changed my blogging workflow. That’s because I have discovered the joys of using Scrivener. Originally a Mac tool, Scrivener is software for writers. It’s now available for Windows, and that’s the version I’m using. I’d heard about it before but figured it was only for novel writers. Boy, was I wrong! Although I wasn’t sure how it would work for a professional blogger, I found an article by Thaddeus Hunt (one of my new…
  • Writer Marketing – How to Focus on Value [2015 Update]

    Sharon Hurley Hall
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    When I started out in freelancing on the web, the conversation was all about price – price per word, price per hour, price per article. That kind of conversation really hurts writers because it places the focus on the wrong aspect of writing (the word count or time count) rather than the right aspect: the value of your work for clients and for you. Price vs Value – Hard Lessons Of course, I learned this the hard way. Some of my early freelancing gigs were for a copywriting agency which paid a set fee per word. At the time, I was happy to have the work, because it meant I was…
  • Kick start Your Freelance Writing Career: Beyond the Margins Review

    Sharon Hurley Hall
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Looking for some advice to kick start your freelance writing career? Then you’re in luck! I recently read another ebook aimed at beginning freelance writers (see my previous review here). Called Beyond the Margins, the book is by professional freelance writer Michael Kwan. This short ebook has five chapters covering: Preparing to enter the freelance arena Finding work and making some money Managing and expanding your business Dealing with the day to day grind Moving toward greater independence In other words, it mirrors the stages of the average freelance writer’s career. Each…
  • The Step by Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success [Review]

    Sharon Hurley Hall
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    I recently had the pleasure of reading The Step by Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success. Authored by Laura Spencer of Writing Thoughts and Carol Tice of the Freelance Writer’s Den, it promised to answer the questions most new freelancers have about getting started. The ebook is based on several presentations the pair did on getting freelance work that pays well. Inside the book are 6 chapters covering: 1. How to land your best first markets 2. How to market when you have no clips 3. Marketing strategies for new writers 4. Negotiating good gigs 5. Pro tips and tricks 6. 12 mistakes…
  • Step Away from Your Writing Desk

    Sharon Hurley Hall
    28 May 2014 | 3:46 am
    As a not-so-secret introvert, I love doing everything online. So living thousands of miles away from most of my clients isn’t a big deal. Google Hangouts, Skype and email give us that almost face to face interaction that we all need occasionally. But here’s something even introverts need to accept: if you remain a hermit, you miss out on growth opportunities for your business. That’s why, even if your natural inclination is to shy away from in-person meetings and events, it’s a good idea to step away from the computer and the office cubicle and smell the not-so-virtual roses. One of…
 
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    Founders' Blog

  • World’s Best Travel Jacket with 15 Features by Baubax

    Robin
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Continuing on with our July theme of how the Technology Age our planet is experiencing is influencing other industries… We love entrepreneurs of all sorts.  In particular we love entrepreneurs who create things that make our lives easier. In this example technology has a date with the world of couture.   World's Best Travel Jacket with 15 Features (WBTJ/15) by Baubax is another Kickstarter project that has the potential to make travel easier and style effortless.  The company is presenting a travel "hoodie" that essentially has a lot of slots to store things…
  • CLING: Magnetic Clothing Hanger

    Robin
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:09 pm
    If you look around you will see many things in your day-to-day life that have undergone very little innovation. For example, pens, scissors, light sockets, wall sockets, doorknobs, ceiling fans, and yes – relevant to this article – the hanger. The simple hook and hang concept has been credited to multiple inventors as far back as the late 1800s. Yet, little has changed… until now. You see it turns out this little Technology Age we are undergoing as a planet is helping to galvanize other industries like design, industrial, etc. and the hanger is the latest benefactor. Thanks…
  • Time For a New Door

    Robin
    19 May 2015 | 1:46 pm
    When was the door invented? Anybody know? Who cares.  Doors with hinges and knobs are old hat.  Check out the video below of the Australian artist who has reinvented the door.   
  • US NAVY TURNS SEAWATER INTO FUEL…HELLO ANYONE THERE?

    Robin
    18 May 2015 | 7:59 pm
    The US Navy has built a prototype that extracts CO2 from seawater while simultaenously producing H2.  Those gases are then converted to liquid hydrocarbons by a metal catalyst in a reactor system.  Ok, so if the first two sentences of this blog article didn't drop your jaw to the ground then the fact that the liquid powered an internal combustion engine should.  They are now moving to a full-scale commercial implementation.  Why is this not on the cover of Times?  I get local news is too dumb to grasp the gravity of this accomplishment, but why are scientists…
  • The Cost of Aging in America [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Robin
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Advances in modern medicine mean that Americans are living longer lives than ever before…but at what cost? Aging population growth — especially among those older than 85, who are most likely to require expensive long-term care, suffer disability or require assistance with daily activities — comes with serious financial consequences for aging Americans and their families. MPH@GW, the online MPH offered through the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, created "The Cost of Aging in America" to explore some…
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    Ben Crowder

  • More spondylolisthesis

    Ben
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Concerning my spondylolisthesis, it appears I spoke a little too soon. (Also, disclaimer: I’m writing this only to document what’s going on, not to try to coax pity out of y’all. There are many people who go through much worse than this. I hope this post doesn’t come across as complaining, because really, my back issues are lightweight compared to other issues, medical or otherwise.) Two weeks after my last post, my lower back got worse, and in spite of doing some more physical therapy and a heavier load of exercises, it doesn’t seem to be getting better. I now…
  • Laying on of Hands

    Ben
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Another new abstract religious painting. Painted in Photoshop.
  • Remission of Sins

    Ben
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:27 pm
    A new abstract religious painting, wherein I branch out from circles to, well, lines. Painted in Photoshop.
  • The Tarsier That Got Away

    Ben
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Made in Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Latin pronouns chart

    Ben
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Nerdy newsflash: I made a Latin pronouns chart to go along with the conjugation charts and declensions chart: There are several I didn’t include (quis, aliquis, ipse, etc.) because I wanted to keep it from getting too crowded. As with the conjugations chart, I made this in PlotDevice.
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    Write to Done

  • Writing Fiction: 10 Ways To Keep Readers Hooked

    John Yeoman
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:37 am
    How can you entice your reader to turn the page? By writing a good story, of course! The drama within the tale—plus the implied question ‘how will it all turn out?’—should be motivation enough. But it isn’t. Even great stories must be structured to sustain that drama. ‘Scene hangers’ are one way to do it. They’re lines set at the end of a scene or chapter that tempt the reader to read on. Most great stories contain scene hangers, though they might not be obvious. The device became popular in the mid-19th century when many novels were sold in monthly instalments and readers…
  • Creative Writing Prompt: This Picture is Worth 350 Words

    Mary Jaksch
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    What is the story behind this image? Can you come up with a mini-story of not more than 350 words? In case you’re not familiar with our Creative Writing Prompt Challenge here’s how it works: We set the scene You make it your own, and Share your creation in the comments section of this post  Now for the ground rules: Your story must be 350 words or less. Your work must be original and not previously published. WTD provides an encouraging and safe environment for writers to grow and learn from each other. We’d love you to comment on other people’s submissions in a friendly…
  • Are You a Procrastinator? Check Out Which Type You Are

    Mary Jaksch
    18 Jul 2015 | 1:07 am
    Be honest, are you a procrastinator? I think a lot of writers suffer from procrastination. You too? Maybe you’ve promised to write something—but only start a day before the deadline. Or maybe you’ve been planning forever to write a book—but have just got started. Okay, I admit that I sometimes procrastinate. Especially with any task connected to taxes… Can we overcome procrastination? There’s an interesting new study about how to overcome procrastination. Researchers at the University of Southern California found that the trick to overcoming procrastination is to think in…
  • How to Craft the Best Headline for Your Post

    Douglas Armey
    11 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
    Don’t you want the best headline for your post? You write a great post. Obviously, you want it to go viral. Then you give your post a headline and watch it drift into the internet nether world. Headlines are critical if you want your masterpiece to be read. With RSS and Google search, many readers just glanceat headlines, scanning to see which few to click on. Must-read posts like 10 Easy Ways to Write Headlines that Go Viral and The Art (and Science) Behind Neck Snapping Headlines help us create attention-grabbing headlines. But what if you need to create your headline in real…
  • The Winners of The Freeditorial Contest

    Mary Jaksch
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    It’s finally time to reveal the winners of the Freeditorial Contest. Warmest congratulations to them! Read on to know more about them, their work, and how they won the Freeditorial contest. Heather Rolland won the First Prize for her story Queen of the Catskills. She is a writer, lover of Belgian Malinois dogs whom she rescues, mom and Catskill hiker extraordinaire. She has also co-directed and produced the short documentary The Mica Movie: Life is short. Bite hard! chronicling one of her rescue dog’s journey through the 35 highest peaks of the Catskills despite advanced age…
 
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    Lisa Romeo Writes

  • Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- July 24, 2015 Edition

    24 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    > Weary of those "writers under 30/40" lists? So was Claire Fuller, debut novelist at 48, who helped form Prime Writers.> Poet Jessica Piazza vowed to only submit to paying markets in 2015. At the mid-point of the year, she tallied her dollars and reflected on the process.> Is Joan Didion "the ultimate literary celebrity"? Laura Marsh, at The New Republic, thinks so, and makes the case for why and how.> In two weeks, I'll give a presentation and be on a panel at HippoCamp2015, a Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers (Lancaster, PA). There's still time to register,…
  • The Book List That's Constantly Changing, and Remains the Same

    22 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    Over at Facebook, this pops up from time to time: The 10 Books That Changed Your Life. I'm often tagged to chime in, and have always conveniently "forgotten". For me that top 10 list changes year to year, sometimes month to month. What I think "changed my life" at 12 fell off the list by 20, what moved me enormously at 30 slid away when I tried to re-read it at 40. And so on. Plus – changed my life how? Which life? My reading life? My entire life? My life as a writer? Recently though I saw it worded slightly differently: The 10 books that have stayed with you. I interpret that as the…
  • Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- July 10, 2015 Edition

    10 Jul 2015 | 5:16 am
    > Ever read pieces by different writers that share a specific theme/subject, and you wish you could ask both writers about them? Joe Bonomo noticed essays in two different journals that each pivot on a particularly disturbing summer, and so he invited Ann Hood and Marcia Aldrich to a joint interview.> Interesting self-examination by an about-to-be-published memoirist, on what it means to write about others in creative nonfiction.> Behind the shutdown: an interview with the founder of Scratch Magazine, a one-year old project to examine the relationship between writers and money, about…
  • The Essays We Must Write, Must Let Languish, Must Rewrite

    8 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    By now, I haven't ridden horses on a regular basis for more than 20 years. But the 20 years before were spent riding every day, competing, and writing about horses. The people in that equestrian life were so important to me, then. Which is why, when one of my "horse friends" disappeared, the departure was deeply unsettling, haunting me for many years, for decades.I first tried writing about that fracture nearly 10 years ago, then put away the crappy draft for a long time. At various times, I'd rework that draft, bury it, forget about it, start fresh, decide to skip it, pull it out, start all…
  • Conference Organizer Interview: Donna Talarico on HippoCamp2015, A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers

    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    I would like to say that a few years ago, I was first drawn to Hippocampus Magazine because it presented so many wonderful pieces of creative nonfiction. Truth is, as a former rider and equestrian journalist, I simply wanted to know why their logo was a seahorse.Quickly, I came to love the journal for their essays, memoir, and narratives, and discovered many new-to-me writers there. Hippocampus is presenting its first conference this August, three days of  CNF-centric celebration and education. Donna Talarico, founder and publisher, has been busy putting everything in place, but…
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    Will Write For Food

  • How to Successfully Cold Call for Food Writing Jobs

    diannejacob
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:31 pm
    As you saw in my post about the new edition of Will Write for Food, my new chapter focuses on how to make money as a food writer, which interests an increasing number of food bloggers. Food blogger Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen, a world-class negotiator , contributed tips. She and her husband Scott launched a new mastermind [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Of Dresses and Events Coming Up

    diannejacob
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    The third edition of Will Write for Food came out last week, and I’ve been busy with promotion. I love in-person events best because I get to see people in real life versus virtual, and wear dresses. Sometimes friends show up for support, which makes these events even more fun, kind of like parties. So far my [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How a Weekly Get-Together Grew Into a Powerful Support Group

    diannejacob
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:28 am
    A guest post by Emma Christensen I love working from home. My own schedule. My own space. Peace. Quiet. No one randomly stopping by my cubicle and interrupting my flow. But even for a consummate introvert, the work-from-home gig can get lonely. This is why, shortly after moving to Northern California in 2011 and taking [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Blogger Finds Famous Cookbook Recipe Doesn’t Work, but He’s Happy

    diannejacob
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:42 am
    When a high-end cookbook recipe doesn’t work, how can this story have a happy ending? Somehow, it does. First, a little backstory. Remember when Julie Powell started her career-changing food blog, The Julie/Julia Project, in 2002? It was about a government drone who makes every recipe from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking over a one-year period. [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The United States of Pizza

    diannejacob
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:32 am
    The suspense has been killing me. It’s finally time to to tell you about the cookbook chef Craig Priebe and I co-wrote, The United States of Pizza. It comes out September 22, 2015, and today it’s Number 1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Baking list. Chef Craig and I had so much fun writing Grilled Pizzas & [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Fiction Notes

  • An Incredible Signature: Thanks, Marcia and Sergio!

    Darcy Pattison
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm
    As writers, we put our books out into the world, and they take on a life of their own, apart from us. But sometimes, we get an echo back about what the book is doing, who is reading it and how they are affected. This week, I had one of those incredible, amazing and powerful moments. Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma When I worked on the story of an orphaned puma cub from Brazil, the scientists involved were incredibly generous with their time and information. Dr. Marcia Goncalves Rodrigues and Sergio A.P. Ferreira made this book possible. With the publication of the Brazilian translation, they are…
  • Author Website: Getting Started

    Darcy Pattison
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:42 am
    One of the more popular series I’ve written is 30 Days to a Stronger Author Website. It breaks the process of creating an author website and blog into a series of daily tasks. Theory covers the WHY, WHEN, and HOW. Technical aspects are covered in depth. More important, it gives solid reasons for WHAT, or the content of your site. Learn what readers want on each of these pages: Home, About, Books, News, Contact, Privacy. Get ideas on how to write your first 15 blog posts. But first you need a site. This post will lay out a clear, simple, 15-minute process for starting your website, with…
  • 10% of My Referral Traffic Comes From Pinterest: Expand Your Author Platform

    Darcy Pattison
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Note: On Jane Friedman’s blog, you can read my guest post about a unique Pinterest project. I’ve pinned the entire picture book, I WANT A DOG, to Pinterest as a preview of the book. Read the reasons and how-to’s here. Social media–what a controversial topic among writers! You have the social media mavens, who are everywhere on every platform. And you have those who espouse the WIBBOW test: “Would I be better off writing?” You’ve decided that you want to raise your social media profile as an author. There are a couple compelling reasons to turn to…
  • 8 Most Popular Writing Books with Our Readers

    Darcy Pattison
    13 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    From time to time, we recommend writing books, and we find that some are popular with our readers. Following are the most popular how-to-write books purchased by our readers in the last six months on Amazon, the first half of 2015*. Action! Writing Better Action with Cinematic Techniques Certainly one of my favorite new writing books is Ian Healy’s excellent book on writing action scenes. Before I read it, my action scenes were awful. Now, my latest novel has effective action scenes sprinkled throughout. Thanks, Ian! Be sure to also download the Action Scene Checklist that I created,…
  • What’s in Your Writer’s Bag of Tricks? Putting the Writing Process in Context

    Darcy Pattison
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:17 am
    I’m in the middle of a big revision of the first book of a sff trilogy and I thought I knew what to do. I’ve written several novels now and when I get to this stage, there’s one big problem. I am sick of reading the thing. How many times do you read a novel before you send it out into the world? 5 times? 20 times? 100 times? I don’t know; I just know that it’s a lot of times and it reaches a point where I’m not re-reading what’s in front of me. My mind wanders off to anything and everything else. One strategy I’ve used to deal with that is to…
 
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    WritersDigest.com » There Are No Rules Blog by the Editors of Writer’s Digest

  • I Have an MFA. What Now? 6 Paths for MFA Graduates

    Chelsea Henshey
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:33 am
    The MFA degree is of the utmost importance—until someone asks you what your plans are after graduation. Don’t know what to do with your MFA? You’re not alone. Here’s some advice to help you decide. Teaching Before you even graduate, you’re most likely going to work in a Writing Center and/or teach undergraduate courses for your university English Department. This not only pays some or all of your tuition, but provides you with work experience. If teaching is your passion, you have two to three years of experience under your belt and valuable connections in the field of academia.
  • Relief for Your Revision Struggles

    Jessica Strawser
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    The September 2015 Writer’s Digest, The Smart Writer’s Guide to Revision, is new on newsstands, and I’ve gotten so many nice notes about my Editor’s Letter that I thought I’d share it here—both as a preview for our latest issue and as a way to commiserate, connect and relate with fellow writers in the revision stage. I think it’s so helpful when you’re feeling daunted, or when you’re struggling, to know that others have been there too—and are willing to share their lessons learned to help you on the road ahead. Before and After I tend to be kind of all-or-nothing with my…
  • 2016 Writer’s Market and Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition

    Robert Lee Brewer
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    The time has come to update your copies of Writer’s Market and Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition. This will be my 16th edition with the series, and I’m confident this version is both the latest and the greatest yet. Writer’s Market 2016 Writer’s Market 2016 Let’s start off by looking at the updated Writer’s Market 2016, which includes the updated submission information for consumer magazines, trade journals, book publishers, literary agents, and contests that writers have come to expect along with articles on the business and promotion of writing. This…
  • 8 Blogging Tips for Writers to Find Success

    Robert Lee Brewer
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:56 am
    Blogging is an incredibly effective and efficient way for writers to reach their target audience and build writer platforms. In other words, it’s a great method for writers to find engaged readers and more success with their writing. In this post, I’ll share eight simple, but super effective tips (that not all bloggers use) for writers to find more success with their blogging efforts. Plus, I’ve even included a bonus “super secret” tip at the end that always works for me. Blog Your Way to Success! Learn how to blog your way to more success as a writer with this…
  • The Power of Observation: How to Observe and Improve Your Writing

    Cris Freese
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    Athletes practice. Musicians practice. As a writer, you need to do the same. Whether you havedreams of writing a novel, a memoir, or a collection of poems, or you simply want to improve your everyday writing, you’ll need to build your skills by way of practice. Doing so includes making use of all of your faculties, including the act of observation. The following excerpt is taken from Barbara Baig’s How to Be a Writer, which is an empowering, down-to-earth book that gives you the tools you need and tells you what (and how) to practice so that you can become the writer you want to…
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    The Truth About Lies

  • #550

    29 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    SunbatherSplayed on the grassIn her yellow dressQuietly pornographicIn the sickly heatWrinkled, sweatySkin-like clothClings, defines and barely covers. In the park they lock at night.   20 July 1983 I mentioned this poem when I published ‘Heat’ (#530) back in May. I find ‘Sunbather’ an inferior poet to ‘Heat’. ‘Sunbather’ is like ‘Atonement’ (#548), less of a poem and more of a setting for the imagination to wander through. For me it’s all about the last line. In my hometown none of the parks got locked at night. None of them had gates. This concept had…
  • #549

    26 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Chained in the BrainHiding from drab realityin orgasmic bliss or drunken stupor; Free for a time shorter than before –Anonymous and without. Forced back by guilt, Catching sight of your reflectionin an empty mirror, Suddenly aware of being awakethough never really asleep: Hanging on the torture stake of the past. Again.   20 June 1983 Twenty-nine years after I wrote this poem I published a two part essay on ugly poetry. You can read the first part here. In the second part I included my poem ‘The Rats’ (#366) as an example but really I was pulling my punches; I’d written far…
  • #548

    22 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    AtonementMariko sat quietly on the Silent Way: A tiny figure framed by a sea. My only focal point. Sitting with herselfin a strange sense of place... 11 June 1983   This poem sits in the middle of two rather ugly pieces, ‘For the World is Hollow…’ (#547) and ‘Chained in the Brain’ (#549). I have no idea where this one came from or what I was trying to say in it. The word ‘atonement’ is one I believe my father defined for me as ‘at + one + ment’, to atone is to return to a state of single mindedness. My dad was not a language expert—far from it—but every now and…
  • #547

    19 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    For the World is Hollow...In the salty darknessSomething horrid and familiarFading in spasmsNumb security, fadingI'm fading awayWrapped in guiltDrowning in dreams11 June 1983   The title of this poem comes from an episode of Star Trek, the eight episode in the third season, ‘For the World is Hollow and I have Touched the Sky’. In this episode, the crew of the Enterprise rush to stop an asteroid from colliding with a Federation world, but discover the asteroid is actually an inhabited generation ship. The title sounds like it might be a quote—Shakespeare perhaps?—but if it is…
  • Us

    15 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The best little novel you haven't heard about – Oprah's Reading List This is the second book by Michael Kimball that I’ve read. The first was the slightly odd The Way the Family Got Away, slightly odd in that its two narrators are a seven- and a three-year-old trying to comprehend their family's journey through a series of towns after the death of one of their siblings. It’s quirky, perhaps even gimmicky; it’s definitely risky and not all readers were willing to get on board with him. Us—a revised version of How Much of Us There Was as it first appeared in the UK—is a little more…
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    Kari J. Wolfe

  • Interview with DAN WELLS of THE HOLLOW CITY and I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER!

    admin
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Earlier this year, I was able to meet Dan Wells of THE HOLLOW CITY and I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER. He was gracious enough to do an interview with me. — First, I absolutely loved THE HOLLOW CITY. Can you give us some idea of the research you did in order to write the story as you did, from a first-person POV of a person suffering from schizophrenia? I’ve always been bothered by the depiction of mental illness in media–sometimes they get it right, but most of the time it’s either canonized or demonized. On the one hand you have stories like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s…
  • Review: FINDERS KEEPERS by Stephen King

    admin
    7 Jun 2015 | 10:55 pm
    In Finders Keepers, Bill Hodges, his assistant Holly and friend Jerome are back from Mr Mercedes. Peter S has found the jackpot — cold hard cash and a stack of notebooks from a popular author who was murdered 30 years ago. What happens, though, when the murderer gets out of prison and comes looking for his loot? Yadda yadda yadda. I’m not too sure what’s going on with Steve in his older years, but neither this or it’s predecessor, Mr Mercedes, have what it takes to be great Stephen King books. First off, his voice is different. Something has changed that I’m not sure of how to…
  • Q&A with Richard Thomas, Author of DISINTEGRATION!

    admin
    5 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Richard Thomas graces us with his presence today!  His novel, DISINTGRATION, was just released and I was able to get a hold of a copy. It’s fantastic! My review is forthcoming From Random House Alibi: In a brilliantly stylish breakthrough thriller for fans of Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho and Will Christopher Baer’s Kiss Me, Judas, here is the compelling tale of a man who has lost it all—and is now navigating a crooked, harrowing path to redemption. Once a suburban husband and father, now the man has lost all sense of time. He retains only a few keepsakes of his former…
  • Interview with STANT LITORE of THE ZOMBIE BIBLE!

    admin
    30 May 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Stant Litore and I at the Denver Comic Con Stant Litore is the author of THE ZOMBIE BIBLE, a series of FIVE different stories retelling biblical stories and adding just a touch of zombie, as well as the Ansible series and his most recent book is Lives of Unstoppable Hope, a story that tells the story of why he writes the stories he writes. I was able to chat with him for a bit at the Denver Comic Con. 1. How did you come up with the idea for the Zombie Bible? You’re combining two different genres — religious fiction and horror — in a way that recreates some of the existing…
  • A Recipe for Changing the World

    admin
    25 May 2015 | 8:50 pm
    When I was young, I always thought that I was made for something great, something special. That there was something special for me to do and I would change the world to see through my eyes, rather than be the way it was. I was more than a little idealistic back then. Now I’m still idealistic to a degree, but it’s been tempered with being a bit more realistic. You could say I’m even a bit jaded now against the hopes and dreams I had of making things different in the world. I realize that the world is bigger than what it appeared to me as a young girl and I know that one person can’t do…
 
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    The Adventurous Writer

  • How to Blossom When You’re Busy

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Do you wilt or thrive when you’re busy? If you’re an introvert, you wilt. If you’re an extrovert, you thrive. I’m an introvert, so…you guessed it…I’m a droooooopy juggler today. My... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Blossom When You’re Holding a Snake

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Last week, I shared how to blossom when you’re criticized – and a reader emailed me some sage advice… “I would like to add the importance of assessing the source of the criticism,”... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Blossom When You’re Criticized

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
      O, the sting of criticism! Yesterday, a woman I interviewed for a magazine article sent me negative feedback on how I handled the interview. Specifically, she said I should have told her... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What’s Your Africa?

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:07 am
    Did you know I lived in Africa for three years? Lately, I’ve been longing for a huge adventure like that. The thrill of finding a job overseas, getting rid of all the junk I... The post... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Squeeze Us, Jesus – A New Christian Blog

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    8 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    Ta da! I hereby announce my new Christian blog! Finally, I’m blogging about the one thing that means more to me than anything. It only took me seven years of wandering around the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Flogging the Quill

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

    Ray Rhamey
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:38 am
    Submissions Welcome. 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…
  • Flogometer for Joseph—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    Submissions Welcome. 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…
  • Is there a library in your ebook’s future?

    Ray Rhamey
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    I came across an article at ALLi, a blog for independent authors, about three services that might enable you to place your book in libraries. Two of the services provide payment for authors, one does not. Why would you want to be in a library where your book can be read by many for the price of just one sale? For unknown, independent authors, discovery is the reason that makes sense to me. I’ll be checking these out for my novels and, perhaps, Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling.  The article offers insights on the mechanics and capabilities of the three services, including…
  • Flogometer for Ellis—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    Submissions Welcome. 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…
  • Flogometer for Susan—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:25 am
    Submissions Welcome. 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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    Founders' Blog

  • World’s Best Travel Jacket with 15 Features by Baubax

    Robin
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Continuing on with our July theme of how the Technology Age our planet is experiencing is influencing other industries… We love entrepreneurs of all sorts.  In particular we love entrepreneurs who create things that make our lives easier. In this example technology has a date with the world of couture.   World's Best Travel Jacket with 15 Features (WBTJ/15) by Baubax is another Kickstarter project that has the potential to make travel easier and style effortless.  The company is presenting a travel "hoodie" that essentially has a lot of slots to store things…
  • CLING: Magnetic Clothing Hanger

    Robin
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:09 pm
    If you look around you will see many things in your day-to-day life that have undergone very little innovation. For example, pens, scissors, light sockets, wall sockets, doorknobs, ceiling fans, and yes – relevant to this article – the hanger. The simple hook and hang concept has been credited to multiple inventors as far back as the late 1800s. Yet, little has changed… until now. You see it turns out this little Technology Age we are undergoing as a planet is helping to galvanize other industries like design, industrial, etc. and the hanger is the latest benefactor. Thanks…
  • Time For a New Door

    Robin
    19 May 2015 | 1:46 pm
    When was the door invented? Anybody know? Who cares.  Doors with hinges and knobs are old hat.  Check out the video below of the Australian artist who has reinvented the door.   
  • US NAVY TURNS SEAWATER INTO FUEL…HELLO ANYONE THERE?

    Robin
    18 May 2015 | 7:59 pm
    The US Navy has built a prototype that extracts CO2 from seawater while simultaenously producing H2.  Those gases are then converted to liquid hydrocarbons by a metal catalyst in a reactor system.  Ok, so if the first two sentences of this blog article didn't drop your jaw to the ground then the fact that the liquid powered an internal combustion engine should.  They are now moving to a full-scale commercial implementation.  Why is this not on the cover of Times?  I get local news is too dumb to grasp the gravity of this accomplishment, but why are scientists…
  • The Cost of Aging in America [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Robin
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Advances in modern medicine mean that Americans are living longer lives than ever before…but at what cost? Aging population growth — especially among those older than 85, who are most likely to require expensive long-term care, suffer disability or require assistance with daily activities — comes with serious financial consequences for aging Americans and their families. MPH@GW, the online MPH offered through the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, created "The Cost of Aging in America" to explore some…
 
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    Fritinancy

  • Five Naming Rules You Can Break with Impunity

    Nancy Friedman
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    Spend even five minutes searching for business-naming help and you’ll discover a lot of self-proclaimed experts dispensing free advice. In many cases, those “experts” are entrepreneurs themselves with one or two naming experiences to their credit—unlike professional name developers (me, for example) who’ve named hundreds of companies and products. As a result, much popular advice is of limited value (“Use a name generator”) or utterly untethered from reality (“Allow one day for the naming process”). Now is the time to set the record straight. Here are five naming non-rules…
  • Mister? I Hardly Knew Her!

    Nancy Friedman
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:04 am
    Has it really been two years since my last roundup of “Mister” brands? Time to fill the gap with a long list of new-to-this-blog “Mister” names. If you’re joining us late, here’s how the game is played: The name must consist of “Mister” or “Mr.” plus some generic noun (or, occasionally, verb). “Mister Smith”—a business owned by John Smith—wouldn’t make the cut, but “Mister Blacksmith” would, if the company manufactured, say, horseshoes or wrought-iron fences. Drumroll, please, Mister Percussion! First, a news bulletin: Mr. Coffee—which calls itself…
  • Word of the Week: Janky

    Nancy Friedman
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    Janky: Of extremely poor or unreliable quality. U.S. slang (chiefly African-American); earliest citations are from the early 1990s. Sometimes intensified as janky-ass or truncated as jank. Janky was one of a clutch of words added to OxfordDictionaries.com in February 2015. (Other additions included vishing, McTwist, and teachable moment.) The word’s origin is murky; the more comprehensive Oxford English Dictionary says it’s “probably” a regional, affected, or colloquial pronunciation of junky. Juba to Jive: A Dictionary of African-American Slang, published in 1994, classifies it as a…
  • A Question of Taste

    Nancy Friedman
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:59 am
    Let us briefly imagine the brainstorming session at Polish Eats, of Garfield Heights, Ohio, that led to this travesty.  “WHYYYYYY WHY WHY. Why.” -- K. Sekelesky, via Instagram/Twitter. (“Ditto.” – Fritinancy.) Now let’s unimagine it, if we can.  Pierogi are Polish dumplings. Sophie’s Choice is the title of a novel by William Styron that became a film starring Meryl Streep as Sophie. The “choice” of the title is an excruciating one: to survive a Nazi death camp, Sophie must sacrifice one of her children. Let us review: I don’t care if your beloved founder is named Sophie.
  • Mr. Product

    Nancy Friedman
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    I’ve been working on a massive update to my series on “Mister” brand names (coming soon!). Meanwhile, I stumbled across a couple of Misters that deserve special mention of their own. Meet Mr. Product Volume 1 and Mr. Product Volume 2. Image via Brand New. The books, by Warren Dotz and Masud Husain, are a fond tribute to the “magnificent mascots” used by advertisers between 1960 and 1985. Originally published in 2003, the first volume has been reissued in hardcover, along with the brand-new second volume, by Insight Editions.* I knew about Mr. Peanut, Cap’n Crunch, and the Jolly…
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    Holt Uncensored Blog

  • Hey Bernie! Listen to Barney

    Pat Holt
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:55 pm
    If you’re already in awe of the fact that rogue Senator Bernie Sanders has been drawing as many as 10,000 people to hear his speeches about running for president, here’s an episode from Barney Frank’s memoir, Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage (Farrar), that may be of interest. Barney Frank Early in the 2000 presidential campaign, Frank, the irreverent and tough-minded Democratic congressional representative from Massachusetts, sent a memo to Al Gore’s advisers about Ralph Nader, the Green Party candidate. Although observers were…
  • The Harper Lee Backfire

    Pat Holt
    12 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Don’t you think the whole debacle about Harper Lee’s “new” novel sounds like a Christopher Guest mockumentary? For Your Consideration movie poster Guest’s satires on American foibles about dog shows (Best in Show), folksingers (A Mighty Wind), small town theater (Waiting for Guffman) and the Academy Awards (For Your Consideration) portray big, big hopes for greatness building up all over the place in ways that are so, so stupid and so incredibly American that we have to laugh, even if the parody stings a little bit. Go Set a Watchman jacket In the case of Harper…
  • Brooke Shields and the Publishing Revolution

    Pat Holt
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    This is how actor and model Brooke Shields begins her memoir, There Was a Little Girl (Dutton), about the death of her mother and former manager, Teri, in 2012: “I’d written my own simple and rather short obituary about my mom and had sent in the required $1,500. The following afternoon I got a call from the [New York] Times saying they wanted to print it on the front page of the obituary section. I said they could position it wherever they wanted. Teri and Brooke Shields in the 1970s “They explained that they thought Mom deserved to have a more prominent placement. This…
  • Radio Bookmobile, Program #2, April 8, 2015

    Pat Holt
    6 May 2015 | 3:57 pm
    H Is for Hawk Helen Macdonald Doris: This is a beautiful passage from a new book called H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, a British naturalist and falconer. It’s about a period when she the author battling grief after her father died and began dreaming of hawks after the death of her father.  This passage doesn’t mention her grief, but it’s a parallel theme to the discovery that emerges later: The birds she studied with a team of scholars… “were goshawks, and one in particular. A few years earlier, I’d worked at a bird-of-prey centre right at the edge of…
  • Radio Bookmobile, Program #1: March 25, 2015

    Pat Holt
    6 May 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Well, we lurched around a bit ourselves for the first Radio Bookmobile, just to get the kinks out, but the passages we read from the books quoted below have so much power and authority we simply needed to get out of the way. Here they are, with a brief word about context: ——————————————————————————- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel Doris: In spite of many strange and difficult aspects, I count this as the best book I’ve ever read. The scene is…
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    Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writers

  • #BookADay: HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED by Jess Keating (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky)

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:57 am
    #BookADay: HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED by Jess Keating ( Sourcebooks Jabberwocky). If you or your tween is looking for a fun summer read, I strongly recommend this book. Love the funny, fresh voice and quirky humour. Love the poignant moments. Love the fact that Ana's parents are zoologists (Ana is short for Anaconda!) -- the author herself has a zoology background. Read the *starred* review in Kirkus. I've already bought the next in the series, HOW TO OUTSWIM A SHARK WITHOUT A SNORKEL and also look forward to the release of HOW TO OUTFOX YOUR FRIENDS WHEN YOU DON'T…
  • A Reminder: Stop comparing yourself to others and focus on enjoying your OWN journey

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:36 am
    Writers and illustrators: Resist constantly comparing yourself to others. Instead, focus on appreciating and enjoying your OWN journey. (I've been gradually working my way through the panels in my own career, so figured it was about time I repost this comic :-))  
  • Tips for SCBWI-LA conference newbies, second-timers, plus a CHALLENGE for the many-timers

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:31 am
    (Updated version of a post I made earlier this year before the SCBWI-NYC conference) I'm leaving this week for the SCBWI Summer Conference! If you haven't yet registered, you're out of luck....the conference is sold out. However, you can follow along virtually via the #LA15SCBWI hashtag on Twitter as well as the SCBWI conference blog. Here's my updated SCBWI Conference Advice post for first-timers (as well as a challenge for the many-timers): If you're a conference newbie who is nervous, I encourage you to browse my SCBWI Conference Newbie comics. I created these when I was a…
  • Three Questions For Maple Lam: Advice for young illustrators, office toys & TWO GIRLS WANT A PUPPY

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    Today's #BookADay is TWO GIRLS WANT A PUPPY, a new picture book written by Evie & Ryan Cordell, and illustrated by my friend, Maple Lam, published by HarperCollins last month. Maple Lam loves creating characters and constructing worlds around them. When she is not illustrating or writing children's book, she is either reading books in a local Los Angeles library, or playing badminton with good friends. You can check out more of Maple's work via her website at www.maplelam.com. You can also find her on Twitter at @MapleLam and Instagram at @MapleLam. I've been a fan of Maple and her work…
  • #BookADay: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF ZEBULON FINCH by Daniel Kraus (Simon & Schuster, launches Oct. 27, 2015)

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:48 am
    Just finished THE DEATH AND LIFE OF ZEBULON FINCH (Volume One: At The Edge Of Empire) by Daniel Kraus, which launches October 27, 2015 from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. Whenever I start a big book (and at 642 pages, Zebulon Finch definitely qualifies), I cross my fingers and hopehopehope that the first few pages will pull me in right away. If they do, I can relax and settle in for what promises to be a satisfying long read. If they don't, then it's just going to be long. Zebulon Finch had me from the beginning. I already knew the premise, which was what lured me to read the…
 
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  • The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine

    Publetariat
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:38 pm
    This post by Maria Popova originally appeared on Brain Pickings on 8/25/14. How to sculpt an environment that optimizes creative flow and summons relevant knowledge from your long-term memory through the right retrieval cues. Reflecting on the ritualization of creativity, Bukowski famously scoffed that “air and light and time and space have nothing to do […]
  • Millennials ‘Least Likely to Buy E-books’

    Publetariat
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:58 pm
    This post by Charlotte Eyre originally appeared on The Bookseller on 6/24/15. Millennials are less likely to purchase e-books than any other age group, with 63% of 16-24 year-olds saying they have never bought one, according to a report from Deloitte. For its Media Consumer Report 2015, Deloitte surveyed 2,000 UK consumers about their media […]
  • Genius Time

    Publetariat
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:45 pm
    This post by Jennifer Crusie originally appeared on her Argh Ink site on 7/10/15. I looked at Lavender Blue‘s first act and realized it was 46,244 words long. That’s too many. I’m not really that fixated on numbers, but I know that readers are going to need to be turned into a new story long […]
  • What Personality Features Do Heroes And Psychopaths Have In Common?

    Publetariat
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:18 pm
    This post by Scott McGreal originally appeared on Eye on Psych on 6/28/15. A recent research paper attempts to answer the question: “Are psychopaths and heroes twigs off the same branch?” Psychopathy is usually thought of as one of the most malevolent manifestations of a disturbed personality structure as it is associated with selfishness, callousness, […]
  • There Is No Map for Grief: On the Work of Art

    Publetariat
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:44 pm
    This post by Lidia Yuknavitch originally appeared on The Millions on 7/8/15. Trauma brought me to the page, it is that simple. When my daughter died in the belly world of me, I became a writer — so that all the words that cannot name grief, all the words threatening to erupt from my belly […]
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Review: She’s All Caught Up by Jamila T. Davis ★★★★★

    Avery Hurt
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:37 am
    This memoir of a childhood and young-adult life spent advancing inexorably toward disaster was written from federal prison. Jamila Davis is currently serving a 151-month sentence for bank fraud. This memoir serves as both cautionary tale (for young people as well as their parents) and sociological profile. The cautionary tale is powerful, the sociological profile ...
  • Review: Finally, For Me by Roseanne Burke ★★★★

    T B Markinson
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    Finally, For Me, by Roseanne Burke, is the smoking hot start to the Finally Book Duo series. Lacey Singer has uprooted her life after college and moved away from her family to live with her boyfriend. There’s one problem. Her boyfriend isn’t nice and is controlling. Ben Anderson, a young and successful lawyer, is dating ...
  • Lucid Dreams and the Holy Spirit by Maria Isabel Pita

    Henry Baum
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:34 am
    Lucid Dreams and the Holy Spirit by Maria Isabel Pita is a fascinating account of one woman’s experiences with lucid dreaming over many years. Describing over 50 dreams, Pita explores the imagery of each dream and the ramifications for her life both personally and spiritually. The book is not necessarily a handbook on lucid dreaming ...
  • Writing Behind Bars Part II by Jamila T. Davis

    Cate Baum
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:57 am
    Jamila T Davis is serving more than a decade as an inmate in federal prison. Here, she describes how she started a self-help publishing imprint from behind bars to inspire and changes womens’ lives through writing, in the second of her two-part series on self-publishing from prison. During my first few months in federal prison, ...
  • Review: A Draemorian Chronicle: The Western World (Fated Book 1) by Sebastien Leonard ★★★★

    James Grimsby
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
    In the beginning, there was a tribe of nomads that took only what they needed and lived as one with the world. As time grew, the tribe became the tribes, and the tribes’ three wisest argued the nature of things: one argued light was the true creator, one argued dark, and one argued both were ...
 
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    WritersWeekly.com - Freelance Writing Ezine

  • BookLocker - Your Book Deserves the Best

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is one of the top-rated POD publishers in the industry.
  • Paying Markets And Jobs For July 29th

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    New markets and freelance writing jobs.
  • Whispers And Warnings For July 29th

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    NEW COMPLAINT ABOUT TATE PUBLISHING There are several other complaints on that page as well. COPYRIGHT LAWS ARE NOW FAR TOO COMPLEX AND CONFUSING New evidence should free 'Happy Birthday' from copyright: lawyers "Lawyers suing Warner Chappell Music over the right to use Happy Birthday To You in a documentary about the song found a key piece of evidence in documents owned by Warner itself which appears to show the existing 1935 copyright is invalid..." DESPITE THE RULING, CELEBRITIES (AND JOURNALISTS) SHOULD NOT BEHAVE IN HIS MANNER. INNOCENT FAMILY MEMBERS COULD HAVE BEEN HARMED. Judge tosses…
  • 5 Ways Freelance Writing Made Me A Better Parent By Wendy Hobday Haugh

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Juggling a freelancing career with three youngsters underfoot challenged my creativity, and tightened my writing chops. It also strengthened my parenting skills in five significant ways.
  • My Publisher Wants All Rights to My Edited Manuscript....THAT I'LL BE PAYING THEM TO EDIT!

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Can you send me the list of freelance book editors you recommend? My publisher's contract says if I pay them to edit my book, they'll then own the rights to that version of my manuscript. No way!!
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    Writing Forward

  • Writing Tips For Staying on Your Game

    Melissa Donovan
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Stay on your game with these writing tips. Believe it or not, there are a few writing tips that we writers can steal from athletes, strategies that show us how to stay in shape and on top of our game. Athletes work hard even when they’re off the field. They spend hours practicing with their teams. They run miles around the track when nobody else is around. They swim the laps, dunk the balls, and sweep their rackets. They do all this so that when it’s time to play, they’ll steal the show and take home the trophy. We all went to elementary school, where we learned our ABCs and…
  • How to Find and Choose Ideas for Writing a Book

    Melissa Donovan
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Are you in search of ideas for writing a book? Almost every writer on the planet wants to write a book. Some have finished a manuscript and others are already published, but many more dream, talk, and think about completing a full draft and seeing their name on a book cover. Some already have a book in the works while others have several half-finished drafts floating around. Some can’t even get started. They have too many ideas to choose from, or they are waiting for the right idea. You could spend your whole life waiting. The world is full of inspiration. Think about what moves you.
  • Six Guidelines for Writing Creative Nonfiction

    Melissa Donovan
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Guidelines for writing creative nonfiction. Here at Writing Forward, we talk about three types of creative writing: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. With poetry and fiction, there are techniques we can use to invigorate our writing, but there aren’t many rules beyond the standards of grammar and good writing in general. We can let our imaginations run wild; everything from nonsense to outrageous fantasy is fair game for bringing our ideas to life when we’re writing fiction and poetry. However, with creative nonfiction, there are some guidelines that we have to follow.
  • Grammar Rules: Who vs. Whom

    Melissa Donovan
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Do you know when to use who or whom? It sounds pretty old fashioned: To whom have you sent those letters? Modern colloquial speakers expect something more along the lines of Who did you send those letters to? While whom may sound outdated, it is still the technically correct word in certain situations. In the example above, the second sentence (Who did you send those letters to?) ends a sentence with a preposition, and it uses who incorrectly. Let’s examine the grammar rules surrounding who vs. whom. Here are the grammar rules and common practices violated by our example sentence (Who…
  • Fiction Writing Prompts for Romance and Love Stories

    Melissa Donovan
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Fiction writing prompts for lovers. The biggest selling books in the world are nonfiction and children’s books, but in the adult fiction categories, romance tops the list, outselling every other genre. And romance readers are voracious — I’ve heard that many romance readers consume a book a day. The main rule of the romance genre is the happy ending. These stories tend to conclude with a couple figuratively walking into the sunset, hand-in-hand. But not all real-life or fictional love stories end with a happy couple. Romeo and Juliet immediately springs to mind as a love…
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      WriteForKids - Writing Children's Books

  • Sneaky Marketing for Self-Published Authors

    Laura Backes
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:06 pm
    By Laura Backes If you’re a self-published author, the idea of being writer, editor, publisher, art director and promoter for your book can be intimidating. But when it comes to marketing, don’t try to reinvent the wheel. If you don’t have a marketing staff, take a look at what the big publishers are doing, and put your own spin on the process.   Here’s one terrific example:   In order to create a buzz for the paperback edition of Dreams of Gods and Monsters, the final installment of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone young adult fantasy trilogy,…
  • Free eReport – Overcome Your Fear of Author Marketing!

    Jon Bard
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:33 pm
    By Jon Bard A few weeks back we talked about author marketing. Many of you have made great strides since then, but I know that marketing is still an intimidating proposition for most writers.     So, I’ve got a freebie for you…     It’s my new free report:           It’s called The 10 Minute Turnaround: Overcome Your Fear of Marketing and Start Connecting with Readers Now!     It’s 100% free and I think you’ll really like it. Hopefully, it’s what gets you over the final hurdle and helps put…
  • The Author and the Future of Children’s Books

    Guest Author
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:16 pm
    By Guest Author by Suzanna E. Henshon   Over the past ten years, the business of publishing children’s books has changed. Large chain bookstores are consolidating or going out of business. Independent booksellers are catering to specific niches or adding non-book products to stay relevant. And kids are just as likely to read a book on an e-reader or smart phone as in print.   How will books change in the 21st century?  Specifically, how will the market of children’s books change?  And what do you need to know as you write your novel, short story, or poetry for…
  • Which Age Group Should I Write For?

    Alice Kuipers
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:53 pm
    By Alice Kuipers Best-selling author Alice Kuipers is back to answer another Ask Writer Alice question: “Which age group should I write for?”   Be sure to catch more advice from Alice on her other videos, such as Writing Dialogue for Children and Teens, Making Your Story Original, and Trends and Great Books on Writing.   Alice Kuipers is the author of four young adult novels and a picture book. Visit her website to get more tips for writers.   This is a post from writeforkids.org. Read the original post: Which Age Group Should I Write For?
  • We Need More Diverse Books!

    Guest Author
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:51 pm
    By Guest Author by Tracy Bryan   I am a relatively new children’s author, but from where I stand, (way down here looking up) there seems to have been a lot of transition within children’s literature over the last few years.   This isn’t news to any seasoned veteran of the industry, but to a novice like me, it has been quite overwhelming joining this almost circus-like trade. I seem to witness a constant flux in the publication world every week due to major changes in traditional publishing, the rise of Amazon, the growth of e-books and the emergence of vanity publishers. You…
 
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    Letters of Note

  • Is it a disgrace to be Born a Chinese?

    Shaun Usher
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    In September of 1884, San Francisco residents Joseph and Mary Tape did something seemingly quite ordinary: they attempted to enroll their 8-year-old daughter, Mamie, at Spring Valley School, a local school also to be attended by Mamie’s friends. However, this was 1884, and although born in the U.S., Mamie was of Chinese descent and the daughter of immigrants—as a result, she was quickly denied entry by the school’s principal, Jennie Hurley. Furious, the Tapes took the untested route of suing the school board, and, against all odds, won. Despite the decision, the school board then…
  • A Most Important Discovery

    Shaun Usher
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    On March 19th of 1953, weeks before it was announced to the public, scientist Francis Crick excitedly wrote a letter to his son and told him of one of the most important scientific developments of modern times: his co-discovery of the “beautiful” structure of DNA, the molecule responsible for carrying the genetic instructions of living organisms; or, as Crick explained it to 12-year-old Michael, “the basic copying mechanism by which life comes from life.” Although DNA was isolated back in the 1860s by Friedrich Miescher, its now-famous double-helix structure wasn’t correctly…
  • DO

    Shaun Usher
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:40 am
    In 1960, pioneering American artists Sol LeWitt and Eva Hesse met for the first time and instantly clicked, quickly forming a strong, deep bond that would last for ten years and result in countless inspirational discussions and rich exchanges of ideas. Indeed, they remained incredibly close friends until May of 1970, at which point Hesse, still only 34 years of age, sadly passed away after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. In 1965, half-way through their relationship, Eva found herself facing a creative block during a period of self-doubt, and told Sol of her frustrating predicament. A few…
  • Letters of Note: Volume II

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

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

  • New Story Available at Day One Lit Mag

    blairhurley
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    Readers, I’m excited to announce that a short story of mine, “Grimalkins”, is now available for download in Amazon’s online literary magazine, Day One. The story can be read on any Kindle or any Kindle app for iPhone or Android. I worked hard on this story, which is loosely inspired by my stay at an artists’ colony and the very interesting characters one meets there. Somehow the story ended up being about motherhood and the gulf that exists between young and older artists as well. Please support this writer by buying an issue or subscribing — there are some really excellent poems…
  • Looking at the World With New Eyes

    blairhurley
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:10 pm
    I’ve been frantically busy the past month, readers. The summer was supposed to allow time for relaxation, but with visits from friends and relatives, a few major milestones, travel to and from home, and weekend adventures…well, you know the drill. Somewhere in mid-July you look up from your computer or from your car’s steering wheel as if in a dream, wondering the cliché: where did the time go? As long as we do raise our heads, though, there’s hope for us yet. For the first time in millennia, I looked up today and realized I had time — time to think, time to write, time to work on…
  • New Stories Available Online

    blairhurley
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:46 am
    I’m so pleased to say a couple of new short fiction pieces by me have appeared online. The flash fiction piece “Bats” is available to read at Lumina, and another short piece, “Decide”, is up at a literature blog I love, The Toast. Have you checked these guys out yet? I’d love to have more readers, and I’m proud to be among some wonderful pieces of fiction there.
  • The Art of an Artist’s Residency

    blairhurley
    27 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    Readers, this month I have been tucked away in the splendid Vermont Studio Center, busily editing the novel and also trying to produce some new short stories. About once a year I love attending programs like these; there really is nothing like devoting yourself to the quiet, singular craft of writing. You’d be amazed what kinds of work can come out of an experienc like it. I am stunned by how smoothly the VSC is run, by how beautiful the facilities are, and how friendly and welcoming the entire community is. I’ve met a terrific bunch of writers and artists while being here, and I’m so…
  • New Post from Writerly Life

    blairhurley
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    Why Television will Suck Out Your Soul. And Be So, So Fun.
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    Mysterious Matters: Mystery Publishing Demystified

  • God Bless You, Gillian Flynn

    Agatho
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:39 pm
    The full magnitude of Gillian Flynn's brand hit me today in an unexpected way. I don't think it's particularly insightful of me to say that this industry is completely, utterly, insanely gaga over Gillian Flynn and Gone Girl. This is America, after all, and we don't tend to focus on anyone or anything for too long. But Gillian just keeps going... First, I noted during an out-of-state trip to a Barnes & Noble that there was an entire bookshelf, floor to ceiling and of the usual bookcase width, devoted solely to Gillian Flynn and her three novels. No such Stephen King…
  • Speaking in Superlatives!!!

    Agatho
    30 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    I just got done writing the flap copy for one of my fall books. I never delegate writing that all-important copy to a junior person, because I know it will end up on the Web page, in the catalog, on Amazon ... pretty much everywhere ... so it has to be perfect. Here's what I realized. Of course the flap copy and marketing/publicity copy have to build the book up, using superlatives and other much-overused words and phrases like "thrill ride," non-stop suspense," "fast-paced." Lee Child, blurber extraordinaire, often comes up with superlatives that outdo anything…
  • Secrets of a Small Press

    Agatho
    5 May 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Can it really be two months since I blogged? Wow. Well, I always said I wouldn't blog unless I have something to say, so I guess the last couple of months have been pretty thought-free. The idea for today's post came to me after reading about the death of Ruth Rendell, one of mystery's luminaries. This isn't something I'd necessarily say in public, but I didn't like her work. Nor was I a fan of the late P.D. James, either. I found Rendell's work to be cold, and James' to be unbearably snobbish. Both had a tendency to write books that were much too long,…
  • Let's Hear It for the Girls

    Agatho
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:33 am
    Let's talk about the hugest of the huge best-sellers of recent years and what they have in common. Above are the three ubiquitous books that the world has embraced--selling zillions of copies, spawning films, receiving thousands of reader reviews on Amazon and Goodreads... All are mystery/thrillers, of course. But what I find most interesting is the fact that all have the word GIRL in their title. Now, there was a time not too long ago that I wouldn't have dared call any woman a "girl." Having a wife and two daughters, and sharing their experiences, I came to understand…
  • Name a 500-Page Book...

    Agatho
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:49 pm
    This all started with Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch. My wife read it and said what everyone else is saying, "What a magnificent book, but 200 pages too long." That brings me to the question of the day: Can anyone name a 500+ page book that is NOT at least 100-200 pages too long? I read and liked Kate Atkinson's LIFE AFTER LIFE.  But 100 pages too long. I read and liked Ken Follett's PILLARS OF THE EARTH. But 200 pages too long. So ... if you can name a 500-page book that sustains your interest for 500 pages, please hit the comment button and share the author and title.
 
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    603 Copywriting

  • Never Mind the Scalpel – Edit With an Axe

    Andrew
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Even after eight years, I’m still learning how to be a truly great copywriter. I’ve just had a superb lesson. For a fortnight, I’ve been working with a client on an outreach email. We’ve had seven or eight discussions. We’ve swapped dozens of emails. And I’ve written six drafts. The draft I sent out last week […] The post Never Mind the Scalpel – Edit With an Axe appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • Review: Bob Hoffman’s Marketers are from Mars, Consumers are from New Jersey

    Andrew
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:20 am
    The post Review: Bob Hoffman’s Marketers are from Mars, Consumers are from New Jersey appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • The Web Design Survey 2015 – Results

    Andrew
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:06 am
    The results are in. I asked dozens of web designers for feedback on the parts of their job which cause them the most problems. Because if copywriters are going to work with designers, we should know a bit more about the challenges they face. Here’s what our colleagues in website design have to say. The […] The post The Web Design Survey 2015 – Results appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • Five Indispensable Tools for Freelancers

    Andrew
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:01 am
    You learn a lot when you start out as a freelancer. About a week in, you realise that managing everything manually and balancing sixteen different spreadsheets isn’t an option. And if you’re operating on a narrow start-up budget, hiring professionals to handle everything might not be viable either. Fortunately, there are a wealth of free […] The post Five Indispensable Tools for Freelancers appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • 5 Free Ways to Make the Most of Your Content (and One Tactic to Avoid)

    Andrew
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:36 am
    Congratulations! You’ve made a very sensible business decision, and you’ve hired a copywriter to create some new content for your company. You’re holding (or, more likely, looking at a digital version of) some professional, compelling content. It does exactly what you need it to. But could you use it for anything new? Once you’ve paid […] The post 5 Free Ways to Make the Most of Your Content (and One Tactic to Avoid) appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
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    Emerging Writers Studio

  • Building Character by Raising the Stakes

    Nanci Panuccio
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:14 am
    photo by Colin Cubitt   Happiness may be great in real life. But it’s fatal in story. Few things numb readers more than a character surrounded by birdsong and puppies, who isn’t risking something deeply important. There’s no payoff when everything works out all hunky dory. Or when the outcome is as simple as a character getting what he wants. Or not. Readers are hungry for danger. We’re just hardwired that way. We all have within us remnants of that fight-or-flight response inherited from our primitive ancestors. As we’ve evolved, opportunities to test our…
  • The Simple Trick to Writing Riveting Sentences

    Nanci Panuccio
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Photo Credit: Rebecca Siegel When it comes to writing stories readers devour, it’s all about creating immediacy sentence by sentence.  We can engineer a stellar plot line, dream up characters with compelling conflicts — all the broad strokes – but it’s the accumulation of small word choices that keep a reader spellbound. Writing is all about the sentence. Here’s the empowering thing about that: We’re making choices every step of the way. And an often overlooked choice is the verb. Here are three ways to go from good writing to to great writing, right on…
  • Writing With and Beyond Uncertainty

    Nanci Panuccio
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    How much should you know about your story before you write it? The conventional advice goes something like this: First, write a one page summary of what your story is about. Know your characters inside and out. Come up with the conflict. Plot out your beginning, middle, and end. Know your theme. Then write the story. The urge to follow this advice is understandable. It’s scary to stare down a blank page. What if we have nothing to say? What if what we have to say is boring? Or foolish? What if nobody likes it? When we do have plenty to say, there’s so much meandering and…
  • How to Create Subtext in Dialogue

    Nanci Panuccio
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    There’s this unforgettable scene in the film Sideways where failed novelist Miles and his romantic interest Maya rhapsodize to one another about their reverence for wine. Except that they’re talking about so much more. An excerpt: MILES … [Pinot}’s a hard grape to grow. As you know. It’s thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It’s not a survivor like Cabernet that can grow anywhere and thrive even when neglected. Pinot needs constant care and attention and, in fact, can only grow in specific little tucked-away corners of the world. And only the most patient and…
  • Character Questionnaire: the actor’s technique

    Nanci Panuccio
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Jan Erik Hjelseth We spend a lot of time thinking about what our characters want. Wanting something, and wanting it bad, is fundamental to developing character and plot. But often what we come up with is what our characters want in the most immediate sense. The concrete goal. Humbert wants Lolita. Anna wants to be with Vronsky. Hannibal Lecter wants brains for dinner. But to dig even deeper into characters, to humanize them, you need to understand where they’re coming from. You need to know why they want what they want. And why they do what they do. You need to tap the invisible drive…
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    Singapore Politics: Blog

  • Lee Kuan Yew: On Ministers’ Salaries

    Jess C Scott
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:34 pm
    [LKY ON MINISTERS’ SALARIES (1980’s)] 1) “In Singapore, [wealth and power] are two different things. And we should keep them as two different entities.” — LKY, National Day Rally 1984 2) “Recently, we persuaded a graduate, who is a journalist, to be a candidate for the next elections. He went through a stretch of soul-searching. He decided to take up the responsibility. He explained it this way: In Malaysia, Dr Mahathir [warned] of dangers of using vast sums of money to buy voters. To be elected is the way to power and to wealth. This journalist found…
  • Saw Phaik Hwa, Former SMRT CEO

    Jess C Scott
    19 Jul 2015 | 5:58 pm
    * Thanks to SGClub Forum for the images. A few choice excerpts on Ms. Saw Phaik Hwa, former CEO of SMRT. 1) “The rot really started with the appointment of Ms. Saw Phaik Hwa as CEO. Her only experience was in the retail business and she knew next to nothing in the running of SMRT and its maintenance. She was however successful in making hugh profits for the shareholders, especially Temasek Holdings, mainly through rentals of SMRT properties and for a time she was able to ride high in the organisation. It’s amazing that the Government had not learned from the bitter lesson of Ms.
  • Teo Chee Hean – Related to Lee Hsien Loong?

    Jess C Scott
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:46 pm
    * Thanks to Veritas for making the original identification. I have included a family tree chart and verification below. Short Version: Teo Chee Hean is related to Lee Hsien Loong. Long Version: 1) Kwa Geok Choo is the mother of Lee Hsien Loong. 2) Kwa Soon Chuan is the brother of Kwa Geok Choo. Image from NLB. 3) Kwa Soon Chuan is the husband of Ivy Lim Seok Cheng. 4) Ivy Lim Seok Cheng is the daughter of Lim Chong Pang, a prominent businessman. 5) Lim Chong Pang is the son of Lim Nee Soon, one of the pioneers of rubber planting. 6) Lim Nee Soon is the son of Lim Peng Guan, who married Teo…
  • All in the FamiLee

    Jess C Scott
    8 Jul 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Associated words used by netizens: FamiLEE, LEE-gime and Marry-tocracy. I was very curious about a Lee Family Tree graphic that was created by Alternative View SG. I have gathered some excerpts from reliable sources which verify most of the family ties in this Lee Family Tree image. If readers know of any inaccuracies, please contact me to verify the data. Thank you :) * SECTION 1: RUMOURS AND SPECULATIONS 1) RUTH LEE = LKY’s Niece Wong Kan Seng is married to Ruth Lee Hong Geok, who is rumoured to be the daughter of Lee Suan Yew (Lee Kuan Yew’s brother). If this is true, it makes…
  • The Main Cause of Singapore’s Brain Drain

    Jess C Scott
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:25 pm
    A paper on the main cause of Singapore’s brain drain. Excerpts from “The Causes of Emigration from Singapore: How Much Is Still Political?” by Joel S. Fetzera & Brandon Alexander Millan (2015) PDF Link to Journal Article: Taylor and Francis Definitions: 1. Brain Drain: The emigration of highly trained or intelligent people from a particular country. Extracts from Article: 1) Efforts to maintain a robust Singaporean economy have had to confront the serious challenge of brain drain from the city-state. 2) To address the negative effects of this problem, Singapore’s…
 
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • Which is Better for Writers – MacBook Pro 13 Retina or MacBook Air 11?

    MikeFook
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    Which MacBook is better for writers? That’s what I set out to answer as I compared these two computers. The MacBook Pro retina 13-inch and the MacBook Air 11-inch are obviously different machines, but if you are ready to choose between MacBook notebook computers, you should watch this review. Now that I own both of these MacBooks, there is no reason I’d ever buy the 13-inch Air, and I’m glad I didn’t do so before I had the retina 13. The Air 13 doesn’t offer anything better than either of these machines. If you’re considering the 13-inch Air – just…
  • 25 Reasons I Love Writing with My Macbook Air Notebook

    MikeFook
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:02 am
    Before I finally broke down and bought a Macbook Air computer, I laughed at them for years. I had a MAC 17 inch G4 Powerbook back in 2001 I think it was. It was junk. I couldn’t even get the cursor to move fast enough using the trackpad, I’d have had to use a mouse. No dice. I sold it the next day on Ebay. It took me eleven more years to consider Apple computers again. Guess what? I am SO glad I did. I had lost my faith in the  Microsoft Operating System and I was ready to throw all my computers out the window and do something drastic, like start a brick and mortar business.
  • Month 7 – Stomach Pain

    MikeFook
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    Just shoot me now… January sometime my stomach hurt a bit as I ran around the park one time. I thought little of it. Then in June I realized, it’s still hurting. I don’t respect pain. I just live with it and it always goes away. One time my Uncle John from Virginia visited me to do some fishing in Florida. I was coughing. He said, how long you had that? I said, since October… he said, JESUS CHRIST, DIDN”T YOU FIX IT YET? So I went to the doctor after he left. Apparently ten months and hacking like I had strept throat or something probably meant I had strept…
  • Write Something Big or Starve

    MikeFook
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:26 pm
    This is the first post I’m going to do using the transcribe feature on my MacBook Air 11-inch. I am talking and the computer is changing my voice to text. When this becomes a viable option for writing books, it is really going to change the industry. The main problem that I can see, is that I’m not ready in my mind to verbally write articles or books. Each sentence here has taken me many times longer than it normally would to just type it on the computer. But the computer is transcribing it perfectly. I was reading some articles today and the writers were talking about authors are…
  • A Friend Died Today

    MikeFook
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:04 pm
    A friend of mine died today in the United Kingdom. He didn’t want to die there where he grew up, but he didn’t have a choice. He told me many times that his ideal way to exit the world would be in Krabi at the top of the mountain steps, or the trail we climbed over in another district that was also incredibly scenic. In a way, I talked him into returning to his home country to get treated for his cancer. He was treated here in Thailand for a bit and they declared him completely cancer free. Then within a year, it was raging through his body again. So he returned, got chemo for a…
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    About that Writing thing.

  • The Big Dream

    Shannon Barber
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Another question by my writer friend. This person is a young POC writer and I’ve been delighted to be of some kinda service. This also fits in with me really thinking about making a home for myself and my partner. So here we go. First a place to live. Where we live now is not terrible, but it’s not convenient for anything. Being that my partner is disabled and has mobility issues I want a first floor or small house with two bedrooms. No stairs. Laundry on site. I won’t live in another pretty much all White neighborhood again because last time was traumatic for me. So…
  • 28 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm

    Shannon Barber
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
    They always come calling. Soft teen girls nervous and giggling. Trying to be hard boys drunk and full of bravado. In the end, they are really all the same. Hot bags of blood and emotions that wake me from sleep to rattle my chains and deliver nonsense messages to the other realm. I loved them once. I knocked and bumped and moaned when they chanted. “Billy. Billy, are you here? Can you make your presence known?” I don’t even know if my name was Billy but, they always seem to like it. So I answer. I whisper in their ears and blow graven breath on their sweet necks. Now they…
  • Some more how I work questions answered.

    Shannon Barber
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:08 pm
    More questions. The same person asking and they really want to stay anonymous so I might get a bit vague. One of the things this person and I have talked about is my less than stellar experience with writing groups and other writer spaces, both in meat space and on the internets. Frankly, my experiences with writer spaces haven’t been great, honestly. My first experiences were so overwhelmingly White and cis male I did not feel comfortable sharing any of my work for the most part. And for a few years had an issue with men “finding out” that I wrote erotica and harassing me.
  • Yeah Write Entry #223- Billy’s Revenge (Another Billy prompt remix)

    Shannon Barber
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Billy’s Revenge-Another Billy Prompt Remix By Shannon Barber Detective Billy Clark sat in the dark with a huge fluffy German Shepherd named Bootsy laid in his  lap. When he heard the soft snap of the safety on an automatic pistol he smiled. “That’s my girl.” The light flicked on and the woman in the doorway held her piece down. “God damn it Billy. Next time I’m shooting you in the knee.” Bootsy looked up at her with pleasure bright brown eyes. Billy grinned. “Look in the bag on the table in the kitchen.” She passed by grumbling and paused…
  • On Writing the Filth.

    Shannon Barber
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:01 pm
    A while back someone asked me some stuff about writing Erotica and I figured I’d answer finally. These aren’t verbatim. First thing. This person wanted to know how I know what is/can be arousing to readers. So this is really not how I work. My erotic stories start out like every other bit of fiction I write. There is a voice or a phrase, sometimes there is a theme type thing to explore or I will (as y’all have seen) I sometimes just grab a prompt and go. The writing process for me doesn’t change with the genre or subject matter. If I’m writing fiction, there is a…
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    Writing from the Twelfth House

  • Astrological Pluto and the horoscopes of atomic scientists

    Anne Whitaker
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    Here is the latest post on my astrology blog – with thanks to the Astrology News Service! http://astrologyquestionsandanswers.com/…/how-significant-…/ Filed under: 01 - new Posts: January 2015 onwards Tagged: Astrological Pluto, astrology, mundane astrology
  • Do you like seeing community green space covered in concrete? If not, please read on!

    Anne Whitaker
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:14 am
    Anne Whitaker:You would think, wouldn’t you, that our local City Council – which likes to promote Glasgow’s “Dear Green Place” image – would be proud of having such an impressive green community initiative in our local, much loved and used Children’s Wood. You might even think, mightn’t you, if they were savvy politicians, that they could be claiming some of the credit for this world-class initiative, using its success to attract positive interest – maybe even money – in promoting their Glasgow’s Green Year 2015 campaign? Not a bit of it!!! No interest whatsoever has…
  • How NOT to teach either science or religion…

    Anne Whitaker
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:28 am
    She was so electrified by religious fervour that her wiry red hair almost stood on end. I was fourteen, she was enraged. Angry? Moi? “ Miss Anne Whitaker, how dare you ask me if I believe in the theory of evolution. If  YOU believe in the theory of evolution, you will be damned to hell everlasting !!” I believe that was the last time I asked a question in R.E. Ardmore beach, during the summer holidays a few weeks later. I was just beginning to develop my pilgrimages, being at an age where I could slip away for a bike ride without attracting too much parental protectiveness and…
  • What do we know, anyway? Not a lot…

    Anne Whitaker
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    In my view, we all need to be humble in measuring what little we actually know against the vastness of what we contemplate. We need all the help we can get in our attempts to make sense of a vastness which a great and respected scientist has not long ago admitted may be beyond our comprehension. (He could be wrong, of course!) We need to co-operate with one another, as we all go about honing and sharpening the particular lenses through which we look out at mystery. Reaching for the Moon… We need the perspectives of rationalist, reductionist science. But we also need the perspectives…
  • Rupert Sheldrake – a persistently open-minded scientist

    Anne Whitaker
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:31 pm
    As those of you dropping by here will know by now, I am as interested in science as I am in esoteric topics – and what I most admire in scientists apart from breadth and depth of knowledge is: open-mindedness, and generosity towards those with whom they may disagree. Rupert Sheldrake is one of those. To his great credit, he has kept up that spirit despite severe testing by diehard reductionists in recent years. Rupert Sheldrake What I most dislike is dogmatic dismissal of others’ theoretical positions, knowledge bases or viewpoints, especially if that dismissal is rooted in ignorance…
 
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    Working Writers

  • Covers I Love: July 2015

    Cherie
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:05 am
    Every month I list book covers that caught my eye. These aren’t necessarily those that just came out (look for the new book releases posts on Mondays for that) but rather, the ones that for whatever reason, caught my eye. I share these because as more and more writers are going indie, we’re doing our […]
  • Review of Rising Strong by Brene Brown

    Cherie
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    I really value Brene Brown’s work and have enjoyed her other books. I wanted to love this book so much and perhaps that set me up for disappointment. I found the personal examples drawn out and out of the place with the rest of the advice in the book. There is one story in particular […]
  • Hashtag: 10 Things Not to Say to a Writer

    Cherie
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:55 am
    Spotted the hashtag #tenthingsnottosaytoawriter on Twitter yesterday and of course it got my attention. I definitely agree with most of these! Which ones would you add? I’ll start with my favorite one: Non-fiction must be so much easier to write than fiction. #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter — Ray E. Boomhower (@RayBoomhower) July 28, 2015 Bet you can’t guess […]
  • Movers and Shakers: July 28, 2015

    Cherie
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:38 am
    If you’re wondering which books are “hot,” you might want to start with this list. It contains many of the books Amazon feels are the “movers and shakers” of their bestseller lists. The interesting thing about this list is many of them are brand new or not even released yet, and others have been around […]
  • New Books Released This Week: July 27, 2015

    Cherie
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    It’s Monday! Time to start a new week. What will you read or write? Here’s some newly released books that may inspire you.  
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    Sara Dobie Bauer's Blog

  • Goodyear, AZ, author featured in new book (Hint: it’s me)

    saradobiebauer
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:03 am
    Photo by Ray Thomas.(Article by Jeannette Cruz, featured in the West Valley View.) Most people don’t spend time discussing literature with inmates, but Sara Dobie Bauer isn’t most people. The Goodyear author established a book club three years ago at Arizona State Prison Complex-Perryville in Goodyear. Dobie Bauer, who is a board member for the nonprofit Gina’s Team, which works to improve the lives of inmates and ex-convicts in the Valley, said she was inspired to write an essay about her experience at the prison after realizing the importance of hope. Her essay “Hope in…
  • What’s an erotica-writing left-leaning Christian to do?

    saradobiebauer
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    Photo by Paul Jacob. I feel conflicted. Due to the whole Caitlyn Jenner/ESPY and gay marriage in the USA thing last week, my dad wrote a lamenting post on Facebook about “the state of things” for Christians in America and got equally applauded and attacked. The big surprise for me was that some of his attackers were my childhood friends. I’m not surprised they disagree with my dad; I’m surprised they were surprised by his post. I mean, my dad is the most conservative Christian I know. The fact that he considers gay marriage, nationwide, to be a bad thing should go without saying. His…
  • Dear Charleston: A Love Letter

    saradobiebauer
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Oh, city of raw oysters and lamplight, Of uneven, brick sidewalks and Rainbow Row. Dear haven of seafood cuisine and champagne, Quiet jazz and Southern charm. You embraced me—our two-year affair— Welcomed a Yankee and called yourself “Home.” In your arms, I felt love: With you, with men, with myself. When lonely, I walked the Battery. When happy, I wandered East Bay. When too hot, I hid in your restaurants. When it snowed, I walked the Market in awe. You were a place of love and loss— But also of joy and never-ending beauty, Of climbing vines and green gardens, The smell of the sea…
  • Evolution of horror films: The Babadook and mad mommies

    saradobiebauer
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:04 am
    If you know me at all, you know I love scary movies. I find them therapeutic, as in, “Well, at least I’m not THAT person, being chased by the psycho with the butcher knife!” Really puts life in perspective. In the past week, I’ve watched three horror films: The Babadook, Oculus, and The Others. Two of these movies I watched alone, which meant I couldn’t go pee without first checking behind the shower curtain because YOU JUST NEVER KNOW. Babadook is about a monster that pops out of a children’s book. Oculus is about a damn evil mirror. The Others is about…
  • Picture association with Clockwork Crown author Beth Cato

    saradobiebauer
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:24 am
    Today … that’s right, TODAY … the much-anticipated sequel to Beth Cato’s Clockwork Dagger is available for purchase all the world over. Because I’m, like, important and stuff, I already read the sequel, Clockwork Crown, months ago, and I’m not exaggerating when I say you should buy your copy now. Just for fun, I decided to pick Beth’s brain in the weirdest way possible: PICTURE ASSOCIATION! I sent her pictures; she sent me the first thing that popped into her head. Most of the images relate to Clockwork Crown, so enjoy this little visual tease and…
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    Elizabeth Spann Craig

  • A Changing Marketing Mindset

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig My firstborn will be leaving home for college in a couple of weeks and it’s put me in a reflective mood.  This is unusual for me, since I’m ordinarily not even reflective at the end of the year. My first traditionally-published book was Pretty is as Pretty Dies in 2009.  At the time, Kindle wasn’t even really making a ripple in my consciousness.  I had an author friend of mine at a signing to tell me that he had a Sony ereader and it seemed sort of Star Trekkish to me. I couldn’t imagine wanting to read on one or what the potential benefits…
  • Using ‘Free’ as an Incentive

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Free book promos aren’t for everyone.  Some writers are passionate about receiving payment for their hard work.  Other writers don’t yet have enough published work to offer one of their books for free. It’s possible, also, that writers of standalones might not find as much value in a free promotion as series writers. For me, I’ve found that free book promos do have their place.  I use them often.  In fact, at least one of my books is always free. I don’t like the idea of Kindle Unlimited (KU), because I don’t…
  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific writing links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 30,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. For any curiosity seekers, I released my ‘cozy zombie’ book last week. :)   How to Polish Your WIP Before Sending:  http://ow.ly/Q2lRG @ava_jae Mini Writing Retreat:  http://ow.ly/Q2lV1 @JulieMusil No More Love Triangles, Please:  http://ow.ly/Q2mxf @srsharms @bookriot 5 Things To Remember When…
  • Pantsers, Outliners, Savor Readers and Fuel Readers: Writer Beware

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    by Barry Knister, @BarryKnister “Pantser” and “Outliner” are terms used by writers to describe different approaches to writing novels. The CEO of the very good website you’re visiting, Elizabeth Spann Craig has written effectively in personal terms on the subject. In over-simplified terms, pantsers write as inspiration dictates, by the seat of their pants, whereas outliners do advance planning in the form of outlines before they begin writing their work. Outliners are often both envied and pitied by pantsers. Outliners strike pantsers as drudges, people better suited to accounting…
  • Offering Free Ebooks to Subscribers

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Warning: boring post ahead!  But since I’ve struggled with Mail Chimp and Amazon, I thought I’d share what I’ve learned about both platforms.  Many writers offer free ebook incentives for signing up for their newsletter.  I liked the idea of the giveaway, but I knew one thing: it had to be automated. I don’t have the time to email ebooks to readers in their preferred format. After researching, I realized that I already had the tools to be able to get the delivery process automated…I just hadn’t realized it.
 
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    Polon

  • Is it the last post for letter writing?

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    I suspect not many of us can. It seems that letter writing is a dying art and that our access to electronic devices to contact friends, loved ones and business associates has taken over. But next time you need to correspond with someone, take a few moments before you fire up the laptop and begin tippy tappy-ing on the keyboard or grab your phone to send a text message. Ask yourself if what you’re saying could would be better conveyed in a personal, handwritten note? Lakshmi Pratury, founder of Ixoraa Media and co-host of TEDIndia 2009, mourns the loss of letter writing. Her father had…
  • Five things you can do to boost your productivity

    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    We're not claiming to be experts. And we know only too well that not every tip works for everybody – I now work standing up at a desk, for example, but Janet can't stand this idea. So we've only included things we agree have worked really well for all the team, things which we felt could work well for you too. 1. Step away from the screen"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got." Henry Ford may or may not have said that, but whoever it was has a point. If you can't think of anything to write or your motivation is flagging, then take a few minutes…
  • How immigration made English a richer language

    21 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    If you’ve ever studied French, Latin, Greek, or even Old Norse, you’ll know that English speakers have imported thousands of words from other languages over the centuries. So many, in fact, that it’s hard to distinguish between ‘English words’ and imported words. In Melvyn Bragg’s book and accompanying TV series, The Adventure of English, he explores how we’ve assimilated the languages of invaders and interlopers into our writing and our speech. The Romans gave us wine, fork and letter. The Vikings contributed they and – perhaps surprisingly – smile and happy. And in 1066…
  • The amazing story of the writer who couldn't read

    21 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Nearly every list of tips on becoming a better writer suggests you should read as much as you can. So imagine being a writer and not even being able to read your own books. Engel's word-blindness was caused by a stroke. His brain could no longer process the shapes of letters and words and assign them meaning. NPR reports that Engel was eventually able to teach himself to read again – by using his tongue to trace the shape of letters on the roof of his mouth. It's an amazing story, one that makes me grateful that I can see the words on the page and determined to get through more of the books…
  • Do typos really matter?

    7 May 2015 | 5:39 am
    Hands up if you've ever sent a text or a tweet and and felt your heart sink microseconds later as you realise you included a typo? We live in such a fast-paced society that we get a message and, without a second's hesitation, we ping off a reply. So is it any wonder we make mistakes? And is it such a big deal? Sheffield University psychologist Tom Stafford says the reason typos get through isn't because we're stupid or careless, it's because what we're doing is actually very smart. Apparently, when we look at what we type on a keyboard or a smartphone we know in our own minds what we're…
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    Litopia All Shows

  • Flexipop - When Plastic Was Fantastic!

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    If you can remember the nineteen eighties... you probably weren’t there. Barry Cain was – and he’s got 27 incredible issues of Flexipop magazine to prove it! It was a publishing phenomenon. Launched in 1980 by Barry and Tim Lott, every issue came with a flexible music disc. Flexipop was an overnight success rapidly reaching sales of more than 100,000... but it only lasted for 27 issues before it folded in 1983. Why? Get out your flares and big hair extensions... tonight, we’re gonna party like it’s 1980! Follow Flexipop on Facebook Buy 77 Sulphate Strip from Amazon Download the show…
  • Master Georgie – Beryl Bainbridge

    Litopia
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:46 am
    Spare parts make up the engine of this rickety ride from here to there. One solipsistic young man from England leads friends and acquaintances to Crimea, and for some reason they follow him. With allusions to Nicholson Baker and Peter Carey, this episode also features a drop from Masterchef Australia, which is what I’m into these days. The plating was not successful. 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,…
  • When Garry Met Steven Berkoff

    24 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    There is only one Steven Berkoff. Perhaps there’s only room for one. What happens when an enfant terrible of the British theatre grows up? They become Steven Berkoff, that’s what. Prepare yourself for an encounter like no other. Bad boy Berkoff is every bit as bad as you’ve heard, and then some. But in this searingly honest encounter with Garry, he bares the soul of a great actor. “Great actors are stupid” he spits out, contemptuously. Typical Berkoff. Uncensored, unrestrained, unleashed. The sort of radio you only get right here, on Litopia. Pass it on. Download the show as mp3…
  • A Gronking We’d Rather Forget

    Litopia Writers Colony
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    Links to stories mentioned in this show... A Gronking To Remember Suit Gets Strange While Amazon Argues Liability Would Chill Speech And Art Mom’s Story Of Raising ‘Princess Boy’ Facing Library Censorship - Gay Star News Florida Man, Accused Of Terrorism Based On Book Collection, Set Free - The Intercept Brussels Tries To Ban Selfies At Tourist Landmarks; Need Permission To Photograph Eiffel Tower? Europe Is Not Banning Tourist Photos Of The London Eye, Says Eu Blog Follow-ups:  Appeals Court Upholds Verdict Against Apple  Best-Selling Maine Author Tess Gerritsen Drops Lawsuit…
  • Out of It

    Litopia Writers Colony
    10 Jul 2015 | 4:39 am
    Links mentioned in the show: After 800 years, Britain finally asks: Do we need a written constitution? Amazon is going to start paying authors according to how many pages people read Authors Guild Announces 'Fair Contract' Initiative Simply Read Books Faces Complaints of Late Payments, Breached Contracts SCOTUS rules in favor of man convicted of posting threatening messages on Facebook Follow ups: Sirius Beats Fla. Case Over Pre-1972 Songs Brian Williams to Stay at NBC, but Not as News Anchor 'Gravity' Author Tess Gerritsen Says Latest Court Ruling 'Could Be Devastating to All Writers'…
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    HEMRAJ SINGH

  • The Website and the Official Facebook Page

    HemRaj Singh
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:45 pm
    I am happy to announce the humble launch of ‘hemrajsingh.com‘ and my official Facebook Page to share some of my work and my concerns. Much of the content published on ‘hemrajsingh.com‘ was originally written for and published in LAWYERS UPDATE at different times. Through the website I am putting some of my published work at one place for better accessibility. With the launch of the website, the nature of this blog would alter a little because so far I have been using this blog to republish some of my previously published work, which the above-mentioned website would do…
  • THE DARK KNIGHT: Ledger-Joker All The Way!

    HemRaj Singh
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:40 am
    The Dark Knight is doubtlessly a cinematic masterpiece and the Joker is by all means one of the most intriguing negative characters to have ever come to life on the silver screen. The movie is remarkable not only in terms of characterization, but also because it deals with eternal human struggles once again without looking, feeling or sounding stale. The plot has Batman — the masked vigilante of Gotham City — called upon to reveal himself by an eccentric villain who calls himself ‘Joker’ and wears a fitting make-up. The Joker holds the city to ransom and squeezes it in order to…
  • NISHANT: A Tale of Violent Re-ordering

    HemRaj Singh
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:31 am
    Those with means and influence tend to be adamant and oppressive apart from being almost completely indifferent to the miseries of the less-privileged. Feudal India with its notorious landlords was a society in which power and money were concentrated in those few hands that did not hesitate in brutally squeezing the poor and the weak with or without reason. The excesses were tolerated solely because individuals and even state institutions were powerless against the mighty zamindars . But then, one didn’t necessarily have to be dirt-poor to suffer at their hands. To invite violence and…
  • SPARSH: Paranjpye’s Deft Touch

    HemRaj Singh
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:24 am
    In the dark world of the blind, touch is the only true guide — Sparsh (Hindi for ‘touch’). But whether the blindness shuts the world out and makes the blind incapable of engaging with the world visually, or makes the blind stay in touch with their own alternative world running parallel to the world of the sighted without losing touch with either of the two, or whether they have a combination of the two worlds to savour are certainly not the easiest questions to answer. Sparsh deals with all the issues that a blind person encounters while interacting with the people in the world…
  • BHUMIKA: A Woman’s Quest for Home

    HemRaj Singh
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:17 am
    The roles that human beings play in their lives are not too different from the way an actor essays a character in a movie or a play. One might argue that the difference lies in the ‘reality’ of life and the ‘make believe’ nature of plays and movies. That perhaps is a major perceptual mistake. Most of our real life is founded on the conceptual constructs of our own making. And it is by adjusting into the mould provided by the world that we spend our lives. At many levels our lived life is founded on the ‘make believe’. The question of ‘reality’ is too complex to…
 
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    Memoir Writing Blog

  • Memoir Writers: Just for the Fun of It

    Matilda Butler
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Do you have favorite jokes? Here are Matilda's and she invites you to recall your own as a writing prompt.
  • How Writing Your Family’s Memoir Benefits You Too: Tips from Denis Ledoux

    Matilda Butler
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Women's Memoirs welcomes Denis Ledoux, founder of The Memoir Network to share details on writing his mother's memoir…something you just might want to do as well. Be sure to read to the end where Denis tells you how to get a free copy of the ebook version of the memoir -- a gift to you to honor his mother on what would have been her 94th birthday.
  • Memoirs at the Movies: Pamela Jane Opens Our Eyes to Story Structure

    Pamela Jane
    14 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Pamela Jane brings us a fun article on her top 5 memoir movies. Read about the story structure of her chosen movies and write about your favorites.
  • Free Memoir Giveaway and Guidance on What We Write About from Memoir Author Anne Kaier

    Matilda Butler
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    Like animals? Then you have to read this article by Anne Kaier who tells us about the story of her rescued cat. Her post helps us better understand how we can write about our own lives. ALSO, be sure to leave a comment about animals in your life…cats, dogs, horses, deer, kangaroos (well, maybe not that one). Anne will choose one of the comments and that lucky person will win a free copy of her new memoir -- Home with Henry: A Memoir.
  • How Will You Use Today’s Extra Time?

    Matilda Butler
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:01 am
    It's official. Today you get extra time. Join WomensMemoirs for an honest look at time, reflection, mindfulness, and memoir writing.
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  • How To Sell Books By Partnering With Writers!

    Stefanie Newell
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:54 pm
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel How To Sell Books By Partnering With Writers! Are you looking to sell more books? The two tips I will provide in this video are so very simple ... The post How To Sell Books By Partnering With Writers! appeared first on The Write One Blog - .
  • How To Write A Book That’s Painful To Write!

    Stefanie Newell
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel How To Write A Book That’s Painful To Write! Some of you may be wondering how to write a book that’s painful to write. This video will share ... The post How To Write A Book That’s Painful To Write! appeared first on The Write One Blog - .
  • How Writers Can Build A Massive Email List

    Stefanie Newell
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel How Writers Can Build A Massive Email List If you’re a new writer, you’re probably wondering how to build an email list the right way. An email list ... The post How Writers Can Build A Massive Email List appeared first on The Write One Blog - .
  • What Is Authentic Book Marketing?

    Stefanie Newell
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:50 am
    Yesterday I was sitting at my desk working on something for a client when I received an alert from Facebook saying someone had posted a message to my wall. So I clicked out of what ... The post What Is Authentic Book Marketing? appeared first on The Write One Blog - .
  • Create A Book Cover That Sells

    Stefanie Newell
    27 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel How To Create A Book Cover Did you know that your book cover is the most important aspect of your book aside from great content? Don’t believe the adage ... The post Create A Book Cover That Sells appeared first on The Write One Blog - .
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  • How PC Is Too PC?

    James Kiester
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
    -For a long time I’ve wrestled with the question of political correctness vs. tradition. My liberal default position says we should be willing to axe offensive and oppressive traditions from our society in order to promote justice and equality for all. Yet, a wise man once said, "Traditions, traditions. Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as... as... as a fiddler on the roof!" So, where do we draw the line?Lately, in reaction to a hate motivated church shooting, an issue has arisen which has brought the question to the forefront of Americans’ minds. Certainly, traditions…
  • We're Not Stupid!... Are We?

    James Kiester
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:19 pm
    -Right now, almost every blogger, vlogger (video blogger), and columnist is addressing the Supreme Court's virtual legalization of same-sex-marriage. Don't get me wrong, I'm tickled pink (no pun intended) that institutionalized bigotry has been dealt a crippling blow. However, given the number of opinions, buzzing across the internet, on the topic, there's nothing of any intelligent significance I can add to the conversation.Thus, I'd rather address something which has been bugging me lately.  It's becoming increasingly obvious that corporate America thinks the buying public is made up…
  • Goodbye Grocer

    James Kiester
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:45 pm
    -The shelves had been picked half clean by the time I arrived. Memories of mothers with bee hive hairdos and cat-eye glasses clung to the few remaining cans of instant soup. Subject: Hank's Thriftway | Date: 06/17/15 | Photographers: James Kiester & Dani Cogswell | This picture was taken by the author of this blog. |The morning paper told me Hank’s Thriftway was in the process of closing its doors after 80 years. When I was a child, in Aloha, in the 70s, there was Hanks and the TV Highway Safeway if one wanted to buy groceries at a supermarket. We didn’t even have a local 7-11 store…
  • Must Sees

    James Kiester
    7 Jun 2015 | 12:47 pm
    -During a recent coffee date, my friend, Mallorie, remarked that Carrie Fisher hadn't had any movie roles since the original Star Wars trilogy concluded.  When I pointed out she'd Photo courtesy of Amazon's Affiliate Program. played Marie in When Harry Met Sally, Mallorie said she hadn't seen it.  I was surprised.  Until that moment, I'd thought of the 1989 romantic comedy as one of those films which everybody had seen, such as The Wizard of Oz.So, what makes a movie a "must see?"  While MANY movies mindlessly regurgitate cliches, a must see movie, at least in my mind, is…
  • My Red Nosed Reaction

    James Kiester
    22 May 2015 | 4:25 pm
    -On May 21st NBC dedicated their primetime slots to Red Nose Day. I’d seen the $1.00 noses at Walgreens and the commercials, but I didn’t understand what it was. An hour before it hit the air, I put myself into irreverent foodie mode a tweeted that if I wanted a red nose I’d open a bottle of vodka.From the comfort of my cozy bed, I turned the special on. My HD the screen showed Jack Black being guided, through a city in Uganda, by a 12 year old homeless boy. When the boy showed him the best garbage bins to eat from, my heart sank. When the boy begged to go home with Jack, I completely…
 
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  • Creating Content for Your Author Page on Facebook

    Sarah Hoggatt
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Looking at your Facebook page can be like staring at a blank canvas. What content do you post so you gain an audience and they stay interested? What do you share first? Before we discuss content, be sure your profile and banner pictures are uploaded­­. If you’re operating as a business, then your profile picture could be your logo. If you are creating an author or free-lancer’s page, then you’ll want to use a professional headshot of yourself, preferably the one you use on other social media sites so your branding stays consistent. The banner needs to be an image…
  • Getting Reviews for Your Indie Book - As Easy As 1-2-3

    Biff Barnes
    19 Jul 2015 | 12:51 pm
     If you want sell your book, you’ll need high quality reviews. Any savvy author knows that Dana Lynn Smith was absolutely correct in her post  Seven Reasons Why Reviews Sell Books on the Book Buzzr Blog when she said, Image courtesy of SEO on Flickr under Creative Commons. Book reviews are a powerful marketing tool for books of all types. Not only do they bring books to the attention of people who might never have heard of them otherwise, but they provide “social proof” that the book is valuable, and help the reader determine if the book is a good fit for them. The…
  • Creating a Facebook Author Page in 10 Easy Steps

    Sarah Hoggatt
    11 Jul 2015 | 11:25 am
    This is the second in a series of posts by Stories To Tell editor and book designer Sarah Hoggatt, an experienced self-published author herself, on how authors can best use social media to promote their books. Many of us have Facebook profiles where we interact with our friends and family. It’s a great way to share our news, photos, and invitations to events. Did you know you can also create a Facebook “page” to promote your books? Such a page can be invaluable in getting the word out about upcoming publications and events and what’s more, it’s free! To better…
  • Facebook for Authors: Profiles vs. Pages

    Sarah Hoggatt
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    This is the first in a series of posts by Stories To Tell editor and book designer Sarah Hoggatt, an experienced self-published author herself, on how authors can best use social media to promote their books. If you’re not already on Facebook, you have certainly heard about it. Most of my friends are on the social media website to some extent and it has become a regular part of my social life. As an author, I also have a page for my company: “Spirit Water Publications,” that is, sadly, sorely neglected. While my logo is posted, there’s no banner and the last post is…
  • The Key to Engaging Readers: Scene Not Summary

    Biff Barnes
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:22 am
    “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” Mark Twain Image Courtesy of Horia Varian on Flickr under Creative Commons Substitute narrative and narrative summary for lightning and lightning bug and you have a sound piece of advice for writers. Learning the difference between the two, and when to employ one and not the other is a critical step in becoming a good storyteller. Over reliance on narrative summary is one of the surest signs that a story, whether fiction or nonfiction, is written by a novice…
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  • Into (and out of) the Mystic

    Terri Porter
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Last week we talked about when to use onto (one word) versus on to (two words). As promised, we’re talking about the distinction between into versus in to this week. While some of the same guidelines apply, into can be trickier because it has more definitions and different strategies for remembering which form to use. Demystifying Into Like onto, into (one word) is a preposition that indicates movement. But into can mean so much more. Understanding the various definitions of into can help in figuring out whether to use one word or two. If you’re questioning whether to use into or in to,…
  • Little Words, Big Problems

    Terri Porter
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    While reading an article recently on 29 famous people who failed before they succeeded, I came across these two sentences: [Walt Disney] went onto become the guy who redefined American childhood. [Thomas Edison] went onto be fired from his first two jobs for not being suitably productive. And voilà! A blog post was born. Any idea why? Here’s a hint: It’s not about Mickey Mouse and light bulbs. No, the inspiration is smaller than that. Much smaller. Four letters to be precise — o n t o — and the spacing between them.
  • 8 Proofreading Red Flags

    Terri Porter
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    With the celebration of the American flag on Independence Day and the recent flap around the Confederate battle flag, now seems a good time to talk about red flags in proofreading — the sneaky errors in documents that are easy to overlook, especially if you’re self-editing.
  • We Want YOU ... to Understand Restrictive/Nonrestrictive Clauses

    Terri Porter
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. In the spirit of Independence Day, freedom and such, this first sentence of the Declaration of Independence provides a springboard for a timely discussion of restrictive versus nonrestrictive…
  • Proofreading Quiz: And the Winner Is …

    Terri Porter
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
      Thanks to everyone who took our proofreading quiz last week. Congratulations to Arlene Gregoire, who missed just three of the 51 errors, including some of the sneakiest ones. The mistakes that tripped up most people appeared in the second and third sentences of paragraph 3: decreases/increases insulin and hyper/hypoglycemic. These errors go beyond basic grammar and punctuation mistakes, many of which Microsoft Word will highlight, and require a closer read to ensure the text makes sense.
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    James Shelley

  • Letters from a Stoic by Seneca

    James Shelley
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    Letters from a Stoic contains 40 of Seneca’s 124 epistles to Lucilius, translated by Robin Campbell. I spent quite a bit of time comparing Campbell’s translation to Richard Mott Gummere’s translation from the 1920s (which is now in the public domain). Reading the rest of Seneca’s epistles not included in the Penguin edition, I wish that this book was a comprehensive compilation rather than just a sampling. However, Campbell’s introduction points readers who want to read all 124 letters to Gummere’s three volume edition. Final summary on this Penguin Classic…
  • A Library as a Timeline

    James Shelley
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    Like many others who have fallen in love with the classics, I began developing an acute appreciation for the breadth and depth of literature over the last several thousand years. By ‘appreciation’, I mean ‘an overwhelming and crippling sense of awe’. To help myself ‘situate’ new readings as I go, I have organized my library into a quasi-chronological timeline, which I have titled A Library for a Lifetime. This basically started as a spreadsheet to help me keep my centuries straight, but it has grown into a hybrid of a reading record, ‘to read’…
  • Mortality by Christopher Hitchens

    James Shelley
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Hitchens is very honest about death. He is also very honest about his disdain for sentimentality, self-pity, and denial. This book chronicles his experience of undergoing chemotherapy for esophageal cancer, and it quietly wrestles with the “bargain” of gaining a few extra months to live at the cost of independence, comfort, and wellbeing. Chapter V — Hitchens account of losing his voice — is alone worth the read.
  • The Greek Sophists by Jonathan Dillon

    James Shelley
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:12 pm
    The sophists — public orators and “speech coaches” for hire — were an extremely influential variable in the social and political life of ancient Athens. Many of their ideas frame the issues that exercised people like Socrates and Plato, and thus in these pages we encounter the kernels of many propositions that later grow into full-blown philosophical inquiries. Dillon and Gergel’s curation and reconstruction of the sophist’s ideas is excellent, with the notable exception being the exclusion of Isocrates. (Dear Penguin Classics: how about a collected works…
  • Podcast Fixed

    James Shelley
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:38 pm
    For some reason — which I do not understand, but can only assume was due to a technical mishap on my part — the podcast here was temporarily out of commission. It has now been fixed. If you were subscribed via iTunes, you will probably need to resubscribe, since I had to resubmit the podcast to the iTunes Store in the process.
 
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  • Citing Is Major For The Aspiring Writer

    admin
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    In the recent movie Seven, Brad Pitt tracked down a killer who modeled his crimes after the seven deadly sins. If the killer had taken a more professional view of sin, he might have plotted quite differently. For a doctor, I suppose, the great sin is leaving a sponge in the patient. For an accountant, it’s got to be moving money from your clients’ ledgers to your own. And for a writer, of course, the deadliest sin is plagiarism. Every writer has heard stories of careers ruined by a single, inexplicable slip of passing someone else’s work off as his or her own. Yet every…
  • Talking Skin Tag Removal Creams And Their Effectiveness

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:31 am
    Skin tags are small, harmless, soft pieces of hanging skin. The have a short, narrow peduncle (stalk) that connects it to the surface of the skin. They can appear virtually on any part of the body, but normally show up in the areas where the skin rubs up against other skin. Typical areas where they can appear are: • Armpits • Eyelids • Under the breasts • In the groin area • On the upper chest • On the neck Skin tags are characteristically small, benign, non-cancerous tumors of the skin that don’t exhibit any type of symptoms. They are also known as a acrochordon. A person…
  • Getting Organized Is Everything With Article Writing

    admin
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    Use this seven-step “building block” process to keep your articles on track, without getting locked into the rigidity of a commanding outline. Here’s the plan that I tend to roll with: * Let’s say you’re writing a piece titled “How to Grow Bigger and Brighter Begonias.” Before you start writing, organize your research material through a system of indexing and filing; you must know where everything is and how to get at it easily. (If your notes or interview transcripts aren’t extensive, you can simply number your notebook pages, then make a list…
  • Get Bibilical When It Comes To Series Creation

    admin
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
    If you drank a gallon of gasoline and then sat in a hot tub filled with napalm to have a cigarette, your chances of survival would be better than your chances of selling an original series idea to television. The best way to do it is still to work your way up in the world of episodic television by successfully peddling scripts to other people’s shows, then become a staff writer on a series, then a story editor, an executive story editor, an associate producer, a supervising producer, a co-producer, a producer and finally an executive producer. Why, in five or ten years … Despite…
  • Keeping A Strong Balance

    admin
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:06 am
    It was 9:30 at night and I was driving north on a quiet road, hooked to a cell phone. My 6-year-old son, Lucas, sleepy and tearful, was on the line. Do you love writing better than me?” The asked. Peering into the darkness, I increased my speed. I had just walked out in the middle of a blue-ribbon publishing panel so I could be home in time to put Lucas and his older sister to bed. “I love you and my work,” I explained. They’re two different kinds of love. Mommy has lots of love inside.” I listened to his shortened breathing. “It’s just like your…
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  • 13 Top Techniques For Achieving Your Goals

    John Soares
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    It’s not so hard to set good goals. What’s hard is actually following through on what you need to do to make those goals reality. But there are important techniques to keep you on track so you can achieve your goals… 1. Review Your Goals Daily It’s very important that you review your goals every […]Related Posts:Setting Freelance Writing Goals That Work8 Time Management Techniques for Successful WritersThe Top 27 Ways to Increase Your Writing WillpowerWhy I Am Taking a Short Blogging BreakHow to Align Your Writing Income with Your Career Goals
  • Do You Ask Yourself Why You Have Writer’s Block?

    John Soares
    3 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    The next time you have writer’s block, do a little self-psychoanalysis. Relax, ask yourself “Why do I have writer’s block?” and then see what your mind tells you. Often you’ll find that there are one or more reasons that hinder you from getting going on that important project. Here are a four of the biggest: Fear […]Related Posts:Beat Writer’s Block and Procrastination With My Kindle EbookThe Science and Psychology of Why You ProcrastinateWhy Freelance Writers Often Miss Deadlines8 Time Management Techniques for Successful WritersGet More Writing Done By…
  • Leave Freelance Writing for a Full-Time Job?

    John Soares
    20 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    Should you leave freelance writing for a full-time job? This is a dilemma many freelance writers face, including some who have been freelancing for a long time and have had significant success. There are many ways to approach the question, and the answer will be different depending on the individual and the specifics of the […]Related Posts:How Freelance Writers Calculate Their Hourly RatesHealth Insurance for Freelance Writers Under the Affordable Care ActHow Freelance Writers Can Keep Editors HappyWhy I Am Taking a Short Blogging BreakMy Nightmare Freelance Writing Client
  • 8 Simple Steps to Writing Faster

    John Soares
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    We all want to write faster, as long as we can still write well. This infographic lays out eight steps for quickly creating articles and blog posts, but the process also applies to many other types of writing. I have a more detailed post on how to write faster, but I overall agree with the points […]Related Posts:Successful Freelance Writers Write WellWhy Freelance Writers Often Miss Deadlines5 Things About WordPress That Really Bug MeTop Interview Tips for Freelance WritersHow to Coauthor a Book
  • Get More Writing Done By Simplifying Your Life

    John Soares
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:36 am
    Freelance writers’ lives are usually quite busy. But busy with what? Often we are busy doing things that don’t matter, or actually detract from our lives. And that’s why we should practice simplicity. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of […]Related Posts:Be A More Productive Writer by Deciding What NOT to DoShould You Go to Sleep an Hour Earlier?How Stoicism Will Make You a Happier FreelancerSetting Freelance Writing Goals That Work13 Top Techniques For Achieving Your Goals
 
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • Which is Better for Writers – MacBook Pro 13 Retina or MacBook Air 11?

    MikeFook
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    Which MacBook is better for writers? That’s what I set out to answer as I compared these two computers. The MacBook Pro retina 13-inch and the MacBook Air 11-inch are obviously different machines, but if you are ready to choose between MacBook notebook computers, you should watch this review. Now that I own both of these MacBooks, there is no reason I’d ever buy the 13-inch Air, and I’m glad I didn’t do so before I had the retina 13. The Air 13 doesn’t offer anything better than either of these machines. If you’re considering the 13-inch Air – just…
  • 25 Reasons I Love Writing with My Macbook Air Notebook

    MikeFook
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:02 am
    Before I finally broke down and bought a Macbook Air computer, I laughed at them for years. I had a MAC 17 inch G4 Powerbook back in 2001 I think it was. It was junk. I couldn’t even get the cursor to move fast enough using the trackpad, I’d have had to use a mouse. No dice. I sold it the next day on Ebay. It took me eleven more years to consider Apple computers again. Guess what? I am SO glad I did. I had lost my faith in the  Microsoft Operating System and I was ready to throw all my computers out the window and do something drastic, like start a brick and mortar business.
  • Month 7 – Stomach Pain

    MikeFook
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    Just shoot me now… January sometime my stomach hurt a bit as I ran around the park one time. I thought little of it. Then in June I realized, it’s still hurting. I don’t respect pain. I just live with it and it always goes away. One time my Uncle John from Virginia visited me to do some fishing in Florida. I was coughing. He said, how long you had that? I said, since October… he said, JESUS CHRIST, DIDN”T YOU FIX IT YET? So I went to the doctor after he left. Apparently ten months and hacking like I had strept throat or something probably meant I had strept…
  • Write Something Big or Starve

    MikeFook
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:26 pm
    This is the first post I’m going to do using the transcribe feature on my MacBook Air 11-inch. I am talking and the computer is changing my voice to text. When this becomes a viable option for writing books, it is really going to change the industry. The main problem that I can see, is that I’m not ready in my mind to verbally write articles or books. Each sentence here has taken me many times longer than it normally would to just type it on the computer. But the computer is transcribing it perfectly. I was reading some articles today and the writers were talking about authors are…
  • A Friend Died Today

    MikeFook
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:04 pm
    A friend of mine died today in the United Kingdom. He didn’t want to die there where he grew up, but he didn’t have a choice. He told me many times that his ideal way to exit the world would be in Krabi at the top of the mountain steps, or the trail we climbed over in another district that was also incredibly scenic. In a way, I talked him into returning to his home country to get treated for his cancer. He was treated here in Thailand for a bit and they declared him completely cancer free. Then within a year, it was raging through his body again. So he returned, got chemo for a…
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  • How to Succeed When You Don’t Have a Clue

    Steve White
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:28 pm
    I’ve been around the block enough times to have accumulated a few successes and failures – in writing and elsewhere – and some of those have surprised me. Stuff I thought would work, didn’t – and some of my long shots came through. So I wrote this list. There are plenty of “How to Succeed” lists on the internet… but at least mine is only three bullets long. 1) Reject “knowledge.” The world is much more complicated than we think. Theories about how something should work are nice for making us feel less overwhelmed, but if you fly by theory, and…
  • What readers pay, what writers make

    Steve White
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    I thought it would be fun to break down the dollars and cents of an ebook sale. Who gets what? What’s Amazon’s haul? What does that legendary 70% royalty really add up to? Suppose you live here in Washington State in the bucolic Pacific Northwest, and you buy Outrageous Fortunes from Amazon.com (the numbers for other ebook retailers would be similar). The price is $2.99. But you notice that your credit card is charged $3.30. That’s the down side of Washington State: a sales tax near ten percent. So you have blessed the people in Olympia with 31 cents, so they can keep the…
  • The Writing Process Blog Tour Continues

    Steve White
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Thanks to Claire Gebben for inviting me to this tour. Claire was born and raised on the southeast side of Cleveland in Moreland Hills, Ohio, and penciled her first novel at age ten. Her writing has appeared in Shark Reef, The Speculative Edge, Soundings Review, The Fine Line, and ColumbiaKIDS e-zine. The Last of the Blacksmiths is her first novel. Now, on to me. What am I working on? Hair of the Bear is the sequel to New World. It’s in the final editing stages and will be available Real Soon Now. These books take place in a fantasy wilderness derived from American folklore and…
  • A Writer’s Commencement Speech

    Steve White
    4 Sep 2013 | 6:19 pm
    Last month, I graduated from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts with my sparkly new MFA. My fellow grads were kind enough to elect me as their commencement speaker. Among other things, I said this: There are benefits to a writing career. Nicholas Taleb, in his book Antifragile, says that in most careers – teacher, banker, janitor – the unexpected is bad news. (He calls this the “turkey problem”: most turkeys are fed and cared for, day after day – it’s very predictable… until Thanksgiving, when those turkeys confront the unexpected.) Most professionals don’t like…
  • The Promised Confrontation

    Steve White
    1 Apr 2013 | 11:22 am
    [This is another snip from my talk on “suspense” at Write on the Sound in 2012.] It was a powerful moment for me when I realized that we don’t read fiction to find out what will happen. We read to find out if what we expect will happen actually does. A key to suspense is to create expectation in the reader – preferably the expectation of “something good.” Readers love upheaval, reversal, conflict, turmoil, transformation… readers love confrontation. Example: Chekhov’s gun. (That is, “If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle…
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  • Yahoo, Stride Health quote me about ashtrays, motivation

    Zach Everson
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
    In the past couple weeks, two publications quoted me about completely different subjects: Yahoo: “The Perfect Souvenir” by Nell McShane Wulfhart Stride Health: “11 Ways to Stay... [Select the headline to view the full story.]
  • Can a new smart-trip planner create my dream vacation? By me for ‘Condé Nast Traveler.’

    Zach Everson
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:02 am
    Last week I tested a new digital smart-trip planner for Condé Nast Traveler: This week, Inspirock launched what it claims is “the first free smart trip planner that instantly learns your... [Select the headline to view the full story.]
  • MSN.com runs my Viking Cruise article on its home page

    Zach Everson
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:13 pm
    MSN.com ran my article for Condé Nast Traveler on Viking Cruises’s new ocean ship on its home page a few weeks ago (top left). Thanks to Ian Jeffries of Edelman for pointing it out. Photo:... [Select the headline to view the full story.]
  • Trips + Giggles posts my top 5 family travel tips

    Zach Everson
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    A couple weeks back Trips + Giggles, one of my favorite travel outlets for parents, published my top five family travel tips: “Trips + Giggles Top 5 Family Travel Tips with Zach Everson”... [Select the headline to view the full story.]
  • The best Fourth of July hotel deals, by me for ‘Condé Nast Traveler’

    Zach Everson
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    Last week Condé Nast Traveler published my round-up of the top 10 domestic hotel deals for the Fourth of July weekend: The Fourth of July is less than two weeks away, but there are still plenty of... [Select the headline to view the full story.]
 
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    Write It Sideways

  • “Story Is a State of Mind”: The Best Online Creative Writing Course + A Free Writing Critique

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Advertise here with BSASummer is finally here, writers! While the coziness of winter is great for snuggling up with a notebook and pen, you can’t beat the sights and smells and sounds of summer when it comes to inspiration. If all this fresh air has you itching to dive deeper with your writing, I want to make sure you know about my favourite online creative writing course, Story Is a State of Mind, and its sister course, The Story Intensive. I also want you to know about some great bonus offers I have for you, so be sure to read all the way to the end of this post. Story Is a State…
  • The Most Obvious Writing Tool You’re Not Using

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:04 am
    Advertise here with BSAI have a confession to make: Even though I’ve been writing since I was a kid, and even though I’ve written about the benefits of this particular tool in the past, for many years now I have largely ignored my own advice. It’s a writing tool suitable for everyone, regardless of skill. It takes very little investment of time or money. It’s readily available and portable. If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m talking about the humble journal. And now you’re thinking, “Um . . . duh.” But bear with me. By…
  • 5 Reasons to Attend a Writers’ Conference

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    12 May 2015 | 6:49 am
    Advertise here with BSAKat Gonso, our fiction director at Compose | A Journal of Simply Good Writing, recently wrote an article called Why You Should Go to a Writers’ Conference … Now. This is a topic I know you’ll appreciate, so here’s a little clip: For years, I talked myself out of attending a writers’ conference. I’m not good enough. What if I don’t make any friends? It’s too much money. Each spring I’d wistfully review the websites and begin writing my Bread Loaf application before snapping my computer shut, crawling into bed, and beginning my…
  • Stash, Trash or Refresh: The Ultimate Guide to Dealing with Boring In-Between Story Parts

    Guest Contributor
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    Advertise here with BSAToday’s post is written by Alex Limberg. In a thrilling murder mystery, your detective has just found out that the villain and his partner in crime will be meeting in the abandoned slaughterhouse. The scene before and the scene after are packed with suspense. But how does your protagonist pass the two days until the showdown? Will you show him brushing his teeth and going to the toilet? There is just nothing happening! This post will give you a practical roadmap for how to make the in-between sexy. (Also, because I know excess length in stories is often hard to…
  • Here’s the Type of Hate Mail Bloggers Get …

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

  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:25 am
    The fives edition: 5 questions freelance writers should ask prospective clients 5 ways to annoy and editor and never get published 5 tips that can help make you a better writer 5 reasons your writing project went off the rails, and what to do about it 5 signs perfectionism is killing your writing 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
  • How to say what you want to say in three paragraphs

    Scott Nesbitt
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    What would you do if you were told you only had three short paragraphs in which to explain something, describe something, report on something? Would you curl into a whimpering ball under your desk or would you tackle the problem head on? I’m hoping you’d tackle the problem head on. Think minimum viable product By […] Related posts: Using pecha kucha to focus your writing Breaking through the freeze by writing in point form Write everything as if writing for the web
  • Why you should write morning pages

    Scott Nesbitt
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with another writer and I casually mentioned that I’ve been writing professionally for a long time. Since 1989/1990. A lot has changed since then. I’m a different person, and a different writer, than the uncertain young man I was all those years ago. I still have […] Related posts: On writing part time Learning the discipline of writing Write everything as if writing for the web
  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    From BBC News: the principles of good writing Do people want to read your web content? Maybe not … The BBC News guide to grammar, spelling, and punctuation 3 easy ways to improve your writing skills 6 copyediting tips for freelance writers 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
  • A thought about word count

    Scott Nesbitt
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    How much should I write? That’s a question people constantly ask me. And, often, they’re surprised at what I say. I look at it in this way: if you need 1,000 words to properly present an argument or effectively make a point, then by all means use those 1,000 words. If you only need 250 […] Related posts: Exalting the mundane with your writing A thought about word count Word processors and me
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    Mike Salsbury's Blog

  • Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 8, Days 20-26

    Michael Salsbury
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    My adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge continues.Last week I managed just under 7,500 words.  For the month up to this week, I've only managed an average of 1,121 per day, which is above my December, January, and May output levels but well below the 1500-1800 words I was doing in February through April.On Monday, I wrote a journal entry (284 words), added information to two posts on Begin Brewing, and wrote a third (835 words total).  I also did some more work on the ASL series story The Revenant (1,453 words).  That's 2,570 words for the day…
  • Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 8, Days 13-19

    Michael Salsbury
    19 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    My adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge continues.Monday evening I spent some time putting labels on the last three batches of beer I brewed at home, so I could keep track of them all.  I took notes from my reading of James Scott Bell's Super Structure book and built a review for How To Write Fiction (1,168 words) and responded to a reader comment (160 words) on an existing article there.  Also did a journal entry (399 words).  Total words for the day: 1,727.On Tuesday evening, I did opening line practice.  I wrote a total of 16…
  • What the Minions "WTF" Caveman Toy Can Teach Us About Our Minds

    Michael Salsbury
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Recently, I began reading about how there are many people who are either amused or outraged that the McDonald's Happy Meal toy of a caveman Minion from the Minions movie reportedly utters the phrase "What the f---".  Being a fan of the Minion characters and somewhat amused by the controversy, I decided I had to get one of these toys for myself, and I did.This particular Minion toy makes three separate noises.  The first is "para la bokay" which presumably is Minionese for something.  The second noise is "eh eh" which comes out of the toy sounding more two bursts of static or…
  • Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 8, Days 6-12

    Michael Salsbury
    12 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    My adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge continues.Monday I wrote a journal entry (804 words), did opening line practice (959 words, 13 lines, 10 paragraphs, and 1 page), and a post for this blog about an irritating spam message (385 words).  That made a healthy total of 2,148 for the day.Tuesday I wrote only a journal entry (387 words).Wednesday we didn't get home and finish with dinner and the dishes until fairly late.  I also injured my hand during the dinner prep and had to ice it for a while, so writing wasn't something I was prepared to do until…
  • "I'm sick of all your actions..."

    Michael Salsbury
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Today at the office I received a spam email with the subject line "I'm sick of all your actions - I know the truth now" and a message body which claimed "An online search was made and your name came up with some horrible things" and "Now everyone, including your boss, family and friends will have access to this info."  While I'm not stupid enough to fall prey to this obvious scam, I can imagine that some percentage of people receiving this message actually think it is legitimate.  Sadly, they're probably the people who can least afford to lose the money these scammers are hoping to…
 
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    From Meredith Allard

  • Guest Post: Writing the Love that Dare Not Speak Its Name in Historical Fiction

    Meredith Allard
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Here’s author Laurel Deedrick-Mayne talking about her new novel, A Wake For The Dreamland, and her experiences writing historical fiction about a gay character during World War II. * * * * * How do we write the love that ‘dare not speak its name’ within the genre of historical fiction? I confess that even writing the love that can be ‘shouted from the rooftops’ has thrown me into flushed-faced fits of laughter… and since this is historical and not hysterical fiction, I have to take a deep breath; maybe recline amidst the mass of rumpled sheets…not those kinds of sheets……
  • Dare To Do Nothing: Replenishing the Creative Well

    Meredith Allard
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:28 pm
    The view from the park in The Lakes in Las Vegas. To say I had been having a busy time of it would be an understatement. Suddenly, I was a university student for the first time in 20 years, I was still a full time teacher, and I was working on the first draft of my new historical novel. I was looking forward to summer vacation from both work and school as a time to focus on my novel full time. I think this is why I’ve never been worried about having a day job—even with my day job I still get summers off to write full time. Then a funny thing happened—nothing. The novel was stalled.
  • Hello, Good-bye: Changes Are Good for the Soul

    Meredith Allard
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:05 pm
    One of the benefits of living in the 112 degrees of Las Vegas is the conservatory at the Bellagio Hotel. At least it’s cool in the hotels! I recently finished my first year as a doctoral student in the Teacher Education program at UNLV. I even ended up with a B+ in my Statistics class, which for me is like an A+ for anyone else. For someone who has had to retake every math class she’s ever taken in her life, finishing the first time with a B+ was a definite personal best. Recently, I made another change as well, which was resigning my full-time teaching position. Where at first I was…
  • The Courage to Let Our Light Shine

    Meredith Allard
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s…
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    Game On! Crafting Believable Conflict

  • Using Physical Boundaries To Add Conflict

    Diana Hurwitz
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:26 am
    Last week, we discussed blurring psychological bounaries. This week, we'll tackle utilizing physical boundaries as conflict at the scene and overall story level.The concept of physical boundaries ties in with the thematic question of ownership. Do we ever really “own” anything? Characters draw chalk lines and erect fences, warning signs, hedges, and walls to define physical boundaries.Characters in any genre can argue the fine points of the debate whether they are talking about a desk, a house, a country, a dog, a child, or a partner. Trusts, inheritance entailments, and wills are…
  • Five Ways to Use Context to Add Tension

    Diana Hurwitz
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    Context is the frame that defines words, actions, and people.1. When the mind registers something out of place, it hangs onto the image and tries to reconcile it. This dilemma can eat away at your character, and the reader, until it is explained.Dick will either deny what he saw, decide he didn't see what the thought he had, or blame it on a trick of light.A slick detective will notice the slightest thing out of place. The image will keep churning in his brain until he figures out why it bothered him. Things presented out of context cause cognitive dissonance. Dick will pick up on things…
  • Characters with Blurred Lines

    Diana Hurwitz
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    Boundaries can be geographical, social, psychological, or physical. This post will address psychological boundaries: the lines that are drawn that separate one person from another. Blur these lines and things get messy fast. No one likes having their boundaries violated. Cross them and you create conflict. Characters adopt behaviors, coping mechanisms, verbal warnings and body language to defend psychological boundaries. Psychological boundary violations are often very subtle and complicate relationships between protagonists and antagonists, siblings, lovers, parents, children,…
  • Communication Roadblocks Part 2

    Diana Hurwitz
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:52 am
    This week, we conclude the discussion of roadblocks to communication. Miscommunication can add hilarity, subtext, conflict, or motive for murder.1.Body Language: If what Dick is saying doesn’t match his body language, Jane will know something is up. Smiling while sad and grinning while angry are sure signs that something is amiss. Jane may change tactics or attempt to understand why Dick is sad or mad. She can ignore the underlying body language or be distracted and not notice, creating an even bigger problem for herself. If she is a detective, she will know that Dick is lying about his…
  • Communication Roadblocks Part 1

    Diana Hurwitz
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    Speech is how we communicate our thoughts, feelings, ideas, and opinions.Every species communicates. So far, other than talking birds, humans are the only ones who can speak and write languages. Languages are diverse. There are thousands of languages disappearing all over the globe every year. Speaking is our single most important tool, the one thing in addition to opposable thumbs that gives us an evolutionary advantage. We don’t always use it wisely, which is really good news for fiction writers. There are many different barriers to communication that your characters can…
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    Raquel Byrnes

  • 41 Large and 20 Short

    Raquel Byrnes
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:57 pm
    So I'm churning out the first draft of the second book in my steampunk series and boy...is it a tight timeline. I've set word count goals every week to keep on track with my deadline, but I have to say its feeling fast and furious like NaNo. The thing is, I don't want to deal with the kind of manuscript I usually end up with with at the end of 30 days of frantic writing.I'm not too worried, though. A LOT of planning went into this book beforehand. As an architect author (as opposed to you discovery writers) I do have the entire book plotted, outlined, and visualized. So I've got that going…
  • Cover Reveal: Nora and Kettle!

    Raquel Byrnes
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Noraand Kettleby LaurenNicolle TaylorReleaseDate: 02/29/16CleanTeen ReadsSummaryfrom Goodreads: What if Peter Pan was a homeless kidjust trying to survive, and Wendy flew away for a really good reason?Seventeen-year-old Kettle has had his share of adversity. As an orphanedJapanese American struggling to make a life in the aftermath of an event inhistory not often referred to—the internment of Japanese Americans during WorldWar II and the removal of children from orphanages for having “one drop ofJapanese blood in them”—things are finally looking up. He has his hideout in…
  • IWSG, I Panicked

    Raquel Byrnes
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to another installment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group conceived by illustrious Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh! Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSGSo I'm plugging away on my WIP and usually a third of the way through I stop and go through a few helpful "how to" lists I have compiled over the years. I check to make sure I'm hitting the right action beats and leaving the proper amount of threads...just sort of taking the pulse of my novel, as it were.This normally helps to double check my Type A tendency to need order when sometimes in the midst of writing it can…
  • Was That With An "S" or Not?

    Raquel Byrnes
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:20 am
    Werkin' the Words...So I'm chugging away on the second book in my trilogy and I'm finding all these little things I SHOULD know off the top of my head...but don't.Place names, most of which are original, sometimes get spelled differently. Placement of rooms or battle grounds. Does mech-hand have a hyphen or not?What about dirigible...zeppelin...blimp...Aero Squad? Was there a space in between there?So I started to really rely on my style sheet. Especially the one I made for The Tremblers (1st book in the series). Sooo glad I did this. If you'd like to look into using one, I suggest a great…
  • IWSG, Shaking in My Boots

    Raquel Byrnes
    5 Jun 2015 | 11:54 am
    Its my first confession via the Insecure Writer's Support Group conceived by illustrious Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh!Okay, so I have been visiting and reading these Wednesday posts for months. I have to say I really did like feeling like I was not the only one who struggled with freak outs and worries.  I never really thought I had any reason to post myself...I have it all handled, right?Uh...not so much. Right now I am struggling so much with confidence. I had no idea that writing a true trilogy...books with a continuing story line and ever growing characters could be so…
 
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    Grant Writing Confidential

  • More on Using the Critical Path Method (CPM) in Grant Writing

    Isaac Seliger
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This post expands on an issue raised in “No Calls, No Bother: ‘Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule’ and the Grant Writer’s Work.” Specifically, the critical path method (CPM), which is a jargon-sounding acronym that actually conveys useful information. CPM has been around for decades and is commonly used in construction, software development, and manufacturing. CPM can also be used effectively in developing human service project concepts and writing compelling grant proposals that accurately reflect the project concept. We write proposals for some federal…
  • More on Developing Federal Grant Budgets: Stay in the Proposal World, Not the Operations World

    Isaac Seliger
    19 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    This is an update to our popular post “Seliger’s Quick Guide to Developing Federal Grant Budgets.” While that post provides a step-by-step description of how to develop a federal grant proposal budget, it assumes that the budget preparer understands the difference between the real world and the proposal world. In preparing proposal budgets, experts in real-world budgets are often too sophisticated for the proposal world. When Seliger + Associates is hired to write a federal proposal, we send our client an Excel template that models the SF-424 budget form found in all grants.gov…
  • Be “Experienced” and “Innovative” at the Same Time

    Jake Seliger
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    Certain buzzwords and buzz-ideas take over the grant world (and the larger world) at various times. “Innovation” is one concept everyone loves. According to Google’s Ngram viewer, “innovation” has appeared to triple in popularity over the last two centuries. Way back in 2010 we wrote “Change for Change’s Sake in Grant Proposals: When in Doubt, Claim Your Program is Innovative.” That’s still true today and will likely be true for many years to come. But being “innovative” often feels contrary from being “experienced.”…
  • Links: Sex Offender Registries, Why We Can’t Read Anymore, New, Dumber War on Sex Workers to Replace Dumb War on Drugs, Why Tech Will Never Fix Education, and More!

    Jake Seliger
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    * “Teenager’s Jailing Brings a Call to Fix Sex Offender Registries,” a point that seems completely obvious to anyone paying attention. We wrote about a similar issue in footnote to this post. Those of you who are writing Healthy Marriage or Pathways to Fatherhood Grants may wish to cite this. * “Why can’t we read anymore?” Long attention spans are one of our competitive advantages: see also “One of the Open Secrets of Grant Writing and Grant Writers: Reading.” I think attention control is an increasingly valuable job market skill; most of the…
  • Sean Parker Writes about the New Group of Billionaire Hacker Philanthropists and Forms The Parker Foundation with $600M

    Isaac Seliger
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Sean Parker of Napster and Facebook fame is a very smart guy, and he recently wrote “Philanthropy for Hackers;” the essay posits that newly minted tech billionaires are “hackers,” like himself, Mark Zuckerberg, and the Google guys, who collectively represent a new wave in philanthropy: The barons of this new connected age are interchangeably referred to as technologists, engineers and even geeks, but they all have one thing in common: They are hackers. Almost without exception, the major companies that now dominate our online social lives (Facebook, Twitter, Apple,…
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    Emerging Writers Studio

  • Building Character by Raising the Stakes

    Nanci Panuccio
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:14 am
    photo by Colin Cubitt   Happiness may be great in real life. But it’s fatal in story. Few things numb readers more than a character surrounded by birdsong and puppies, who isn’t risking something deeply important. There’s no payoff when everything works out all hunky dory. Or when the outcome is as simple as a character getting what he wants. Or not. Readers are hungry for danger. We’re just hardwired that way. We all have within us remnants of that fight-or-flight response inherited from our primitive ancestors. As we’ve evolved, opportunities to test our…
  • The Simple Trick to Writing Riveting Sentences

    Nanci Panuccio
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Photo Credit: Rebecca Siegel When it comes to writing stories readers devour, it’s all about creating immediacy sentence by sentence.  We can engineer a stellar plot line, dream up characters with compelling conflicts — all the broad strokes – but it’s the accumulation of small word choices that keep a reader spellbound. Writing is all about the sentence. Here’s the empowering thing about that: We’re making choices every step of the way. And an often overlooked choice is the verb. Here are three ways to go from good writing to to great writing, right on…
  • Writing With and Beyond Uncertainty

    Nanci Panuccio
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    How much should you know about your story before you write it? The conventional advice goes something like this: First, write a one page summary of what your story is about. Know your characters inside and out. Come up with the conflict. Plot out your beginning, middle, and end. Know your theme. Then write the story. The urge to follow this advice is understandable. It’s scary to stare down a blank page. What if we have nothing to say? What if what we have to say is boring? Or foolish? What if nobody likes it? When we do have plenty to say, there’s so much meandering and…
  • How to Create Subtext in Dialogue

    Nanci Panuccio
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    There’s this unforgettable scene in the film Sideways where failed novelist Miles and his romantic interest Maya rhapsodize to one another about their reverence for wine. Except that they’re talking about so much more. An excerpt: MILES … [Pinot}’s a hard grape to grow. As you know. It’s thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It’s not a survivor like Cabernet that can grow anywhere and thrive even when neglected. Pinot needs constant care and attention and, in fact, can only grow in specific little tucked-away corners of the world. And only the most patient and…
  • Character Questionnaire: the actor’s technique

    Nanci Panuccio
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Jan Erik Hjelseth We spend a lot of time thinking about what our characters want. Wanting something, and wanting it bad, is fundamental to developing character and plot. But often what we come up with is what our characters want in the most immediate sense. The concrete goal. Humbert wants Lolita. Anna wants to be with Vronsky. Hannibal Lecter wants brains for dinner. But to dig even deeper into characters, to humanize them, you need to understand where they’re coming from. You need to know why they want what they want. And why they do what they do. You need to tap the invisible drive…
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    Literary Agents Advice

  • Me and My Literary Agent – Getting an Agent and the Deal you Really Want

    Harry
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:42 am
    Those who have been to the Festival of Writing will know James Law – the author of this guest post – very well. Here James tells us about his journey to the top and what it toook for him to … Continue reading →
  • Kerry Fisher: My top five reasons for coming to the Festival of Writing.

    WW Office
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:42 am
    Kerry Fisher is doing a workshop with her agent, Clare Wallace from Darley Anderson, about the all-important agent/author relationship at this year’s Festival of Writing. Kerry knows about life on both sides of the publishing fence. Her debut novel, The … Continue reading →
  • Social media & social reading – an author’s view

    Harry
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:09 am
    A guest post by M.K. Tod author and blogger at A Writer of History. A longer bio (with links) follows at the end of this piece We’ve been socializing over reading for centuries, book clubs being one example, salons being … Continue reading →
  • How to create characters in a novel

    Harry
    2 Jun 2015 | 3:44 am
    Today’s pearls of wisdom come from Cal Moriarty: a novelist and screenwriter, the only European screenwriter chosen for the prestigious Hollywood Blacklist Labs through which she is developing her feature Katherine & Virginia. Her debut novel, The Killing of Bobbi … Continue reading →
  • How crime writers can research police procedure

    Harry
    7 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    This is a guest post from crime author and former police officer, Clare Mackintosh. Clare’s I Let You Go is published in paperback by Sphere today. Whether you’re a published crime writer or an aspiring one, you’ll need to know … Continue reading →
 
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    The Vandal

  • Quick, March!

    Derek Haines
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:22 am
    Click to view on AmazonThe very unexpected new fourth book in The Glothic Tales TrilogyQuick March, the planet Earth needs to be saved!Not from alien attack, nuclear destruction or even being hit by a misguided comet. No, Earth needs to be saved from making millions of years of painful losses for Gloth, and it falls to March Gregorian, eldest son and heir to February the Twenty-Ninth, the Supreme Potentate of the Twelve Sun Systems of Gloth to find a way to finally make Earth profitable.The obvious starting point in such a difficult assignment is of course to do some quick research and then…
  • Line Editing – Never Rush It

    Derek Haines
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    No matter how great your new story may be, are you really sure that you have an error free manuscript? Hitting the publish button because you are impatient to get your fantastic new book out to readers can be one of the most fatal mistakes a self publishing author can make.New books fail for many reasons; such as a weak plot, shallow characters or simply because it is not in a popular genre. This is a fact of life in publishing fiction. But to have your new book fail because it contains so many errors that it makes it annoyingly unreadable is a guaranteed way to gain poor reviews and…
  • The Perverted Value System of the Internet

    Derek Haines
    19 Jul 2015 | 12:53 pm
    The Internet is all about FREE STUFF! Free porn, free music, free movies, and sadly for me as a writer, free bloody ebooks.Well, pardon my screaming in caps, but ever since the Internet came into our daily lives, that is what it has really been about to so many. Yet, even now, after thirty years, one would think we would have matured and learnt to understand the benefits of being able to happily and conveniently shop online, and avoid queues and cashiers.Unfortunately not it would seem, as FREE is still king.But, there is a HUGE Internet economy that has thrived from almost day one way back…
  • I Hate Having Advertising On My Blogs, But…

    Derek Haines
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:35 am
    It’s the devil of the Internet. How does one make enough return to recover the costs of serious blogging? Sure, there are free blogging alternatives, but when it comes to blogging for real, only self hosted blogs offer the tools that can attract decent daily levels of daily traffic, and hence interaction, and if I may be so bold, attention.In my case, keeping my blogs online costs around $2,500 per year, which includes hosting fees, software and theme purchases, annual upgrade fees, plus the costs of site development by my (absolutely brilliant) WordPress developer.While clicking…
  • You Are Too Scared To Speak Your Mind, Aren’t You?

    Derek Haines
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Not only are you too scared to say what you think, you are too frightened to even comment, like or favourite articles you come across that you earnestly agree with. You have been silenced. Hello, Winston Smith.Why do I say this? Because I have seen and felt the change in what I read on social media, and how people react, or in fact not react at all to anything that could be classed as, well, topical, or involving something that could be remotely seen as political. Political debate and free speech has not been enhanced by social media; it has been strangled, squashed, killed off and…
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    Litopia

  • Flexipop – When Plastic Was Fantastic!

    Peter Cox
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    If you can remember the nineteen eighties… you probably weren’t there. Barry Cain was – and he’s got 27 incredible issues of Flexipop magazine to prove it! Click here to buy Barry’s FLEXIPOP book direct from his website It was a publishing phenomenon – and, in common with many of the most interesting things about that decade, it soon got itself banned. Launched in 1980 by Barry and Tim Lott, every issue came with a flexible music disc. Flexipop was an overnight success rapidly reaching sales of more than 100,000… but it only lasted for 27 issues before it…
  • Good Grief

    Peter Cox
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:40 am
    Have you checked your ticket recently? No, not the one from easyJet–the one you were issued at birth.  The one that states your final destination: but not your time of arrival. Make no mistake, the Reaper is coming.  In all likelihood, he will claim many of your loved ones before you feel the sickle yourself.  And– unless your amygdala’s broken— when your friends and family die, you are going to grieve. Yet why are most of us so surprised by grief?  Is there a way we can prepare for grief’s inevitable journey?  Can it even be, as tonight’s guest…
  • Bin Laden And Me

    Peter Cox
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:33 pm
    LITOPIA AFTER DARK is back! And in typical style, our first guest for the summer season spent four nights in a freezing cave in Tora Bora interviewing none other than Osama bin Laden. How’s that for openers? But that’s far from Abdel Bari Atwan’s only claim to fame. Born in Gaza, he is one of the world’s leading authorities on al-Qa’ida. Indeed, he wrote the definite book on the subject – ‘The Secret History of al-Qa’ida’. At a moment when the West seems poised for yet more intervention in a deeply unstable Middle East, this is just the right time to hear from an author,…
  • Introducing GBH – The Garry Bushell Hour

    Peter Cox
    25 Jul 2015 | 4:01 am
    We’ve rebranded the Garry Bushell Talk Show to give it a little bit more… Garry.  Most Brits will know Garry from his witty newspaper columns and hugely successful #1 rated television series Bushell On The Box. International listeners may not be so familiar with him, so we asked rock journalist Kylie Olsson to give Garry a good grilling… here’s what happened… GBH – The Garry Bushell Hour kicks off here on Litopia with a classic encounter between Garry and a titan of the British stage and cinema, Steven Berkoff. It’s pure Litopia… the sort of intense…
  • Master Georgie – Beryl Bainbridge

    Peter Cox
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Spare parts make up the engine of this rickety ride from here to there. One solipsistic young man from England leads friends and acquaintances to Crimea, and for some reason they follow him. With allusions to Nicholson Baker and Peter Carey, this episode also features a drop from Masterchef Australia, which is what I’m into these days. The plating was not successful. Picture – Jeff Krause
 
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    Author Kathleen H. Wheeler

  • Book Review: The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:47 pm
    I recently finished reading the novel The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls. Because I’m a big fan of her memoir The Glass Castle, I thought it was time to read another one of her books. I enjoyed The Silver Star and the fresh perspective offered by its twelve-year-old protagonist Bean. She and her older sister Liz are left to fend for themselves thanks to their selfish mother Charlotte, whose only concerns seem to be her lack of a singing career and herself. I chuckled many times at the juvenile logic and rash actions of feisty Bean, like when she decides how to handle her biggest…
  • Inside the O’Briens book review

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    28 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova I just finished reading Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova and enjoyed it. The book was a quick read about a family dealing with the father’s Huntington’s disease diagnosis. As far as disease goes, Huntington’s is a nasty one, ranking right up there with Alzheimer’s or ALS. Patriarch and Boston policeman Joe O’Brien must learn to deal with his terminal and incurable illness, and the rest of his family—wife and four children—struggle with their caregiving roles and the genetic consequences of the disease. The story touches on a lot of…
  • Book amnesia

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    5 May 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Book Amnesia: From the Mouth of Babe My teenage daughter offers a goldmine of ideas with her casual comments. The trick is to filter the precious metal from the sand and gravel, panning to find the very best material. Like me, she loves to read and has amassed a huge collection of books that she proudly displays in her room on a bookshelf like sports trophies. She’s even gone so far as to color code the books on each shelf, so she knows if anything is borrowed or out of place! Recently my bookworm of a child gave me this nugget to consider: I wish I had amnesia so that I could…
  • The politics of Alzheimer’s disease funding

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    Rauner Versus Blunt Funny how two Midwestern politicians can have completely different opinions on the exact same subject of Alzheimer’s disease funding. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri just announced he will make Alzheimer’s disease funding a priority on his agenda. Meanwhile, Governor Bruce Rauner of Illinois has now proposed cutting $3.3 million in annual funding to the three primary Alzheimer’s centers in the state, leaving them with ZERO funding for the first time ever. Nada. Zilch. Nothing. Both politicians are republicans whose constituents are separated only by the…
  • Julianne Moore for best actress Oscar 2015!

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Will Julianne Moore win best actress at Academy Awards tonight, February 22, 2015? I just saw the movie Still Alice last night. I’d been patiently waiting for it to reach my central Illinois city. The film finally made it just in the nick of time – the same weekend of the Academy Awards 2015. I’m left haunted by the performance of Julianne Moore as Alice, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed she finally wins her Oscar for what I’d consider a worthy and heartbreaking portrait of an early-onset Alzheimer’s victim. I’m so grateful for this movie and…
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  • 5 On: Craig Lancaster

    Chris Jane
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    In this 5 On interview, Craig Lancaster talks about his surprise success, what he learned from his most memorable rejection, why he gets so personal on social media, and more. Craig Lancaster is the best-selling author of the novels 600 Hours of Edward, The Summer Son, Edward Adrift, The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter, and This Is What I Want, as well as the short-story collection Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure. His work has been recognized by the Montana Book Awards, the High Plains Book Awards, the Utah Book Awards, and the Independent Publisher Book Awards. He lives in Billings,…
  • How a Book Becomes a Movie

    Jane Friedman
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Note from Jane: I wrote the following article for Scratch magazine earlier this year. It discusses what authors need to know about the process of getting to the big screen. In 2008, writer Jeanne Bowerman was working at home in upstate New York when her husband pointed to an article he was reading in the Wall Street Journal and said, “I would see that movie.” The article discussed Slavery by Another Name, by Douglas Blackmon, a book detailing an episode of American history that very few people know about: after the abolition of slavery, millions of African-Americans experienced new forms…
  • Why Your Non-Disclosure Agreement Is Probably a Bad Idea

    Jane Friedman
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Photo by zimpenfish via Flickr While working at F+W Media (from 1998–2010), on one or two rare occasions, I would receive a frustratingly vague query from an unagented author. Such authors would promise to send more information after I signed their non-disclosure agreement (NDA). I never agreed. First, I couldn’t enter F+W into that kind of agreement without permission from the executive team. (And they would have laughed me out of their offices.) But perhaps more importantly, NDAs have never been part of the traditional book publishing business. When literary agents submit work,…
  • 5 Ways to Quickly Improve Your Email Newsletter Performance

    Jane Friedman
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    by David Moran 1988 / via Flickr Earlier this year, I wrote about how authors can start an email newsletter. It’s a very big-picture, broad overview of the considerations for email content, frequency, and list building. Once you start sending—and as you observe how well your list grows—you’ll learn all kinds of things about what works and doesn’t work. Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way. 1. Improve your sign-up copy. Maybe you’ve noticed everyone seems to be starting an email newsletter these days. For that reason (and more), you…
  • Using Pinterest to Market Children’s Picture Books

    Darcy Pattison
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Today’s guest post is by author and publisher Darcy Pattison (@FictionNotes). Two years ago, I committed to indie publishing of my children’s picture books and middle grade to YA novels. As I wrote here, the first eighteen months were devoted to production, distribution and accounting. The last six months, my focus has switched to marketing. Often for indie books, people will say that the book’s quality—or lack of quality—is the reason marketing efforts for a title won’t work. So, let me start by explaining that my marketing process includes sending the books out for review in…
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  • Writer Beware Blog on Temporary Hiatus

    26 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareLast Sunday, my elderly mother, who's fighting cancer, fell in her apartment and broke three ribs. Cue nightmare scenario: 911 call...12 hours in the emergency room...confusion over hospital admission...fighting the massive hospital bureaucracy that wanted to discharge her ASAP despite the fact that she couldn't even get out of bed unassisted...it was the week from hell.Stubbornly independent, my mom still lives alone, with a ton of assistance from me and my husband, my brother, and family friends. But as much help as she's needed over the past two…
  • Pay-to-Play Alert: #WORLDCLASS Magazine

    15 Jul 2015 | 10:25 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareAuthors: have you received an unsolicited email from a "talent scout" at #WORLDCLASS Magazine pitching an interview and/or cover feature? Here's what you need to know in case you do: it's pay-to-play.Here's a sample pitch, sent to me by a wisely wary author (emphasis added, and all errors courtesy of the original):Dear [name redacted], You were selected by our talent scout to be featured in #WORLDCLASS magazine as an author of [book title redacted].We interview and feature top achievers in all areas of lives: entrepreneurs, world-class athletes,…
  • Alert: Don Semora, "Professional Designer and Author"

    10 Jul 2015 | 11:44 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareMaking money from authors can be good business, which probably explains why so many of those who exploit them return again and again to the trough. Case in point: Don Semora, whose brand-new website styles him a professional designer of book covers, games, websites, and more.  Semora offers a smorgasbord of services for authors, from book layout to map design to a "self-marketing pack." His fees start at $60, with rates varying depending on the project. As you can see, the man's got mad skillz, at least in his own opinion:Of course, mentioned…
  • Amazon's "Personal Connection" Review Policies Are Nothing New

    8 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareOne of today's most popular pastimes, in the writing world at least, is demonizing Amazon (or sanctifying it, but that's not the subject of this post). Latest flashpoint: Amazon's review policies.The flap seems to have begun with blogger Imy Santiago, who wrote about her attempt to post a review of a self-published book she'd just read. She received an automated response from Amazon indicating that she was "not eligible to review this product," and when she contacted Amazon to ask why, she was told:We cannot post your Customer Review for (book title…
  • Author Solutions Lawsuit Update: Class Certification Denied

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIn April 2013, the law firm of Giskan Solotaroff Anderston & Stewart filed a lawsuit against Author Solutions Inc. and its parent company, Penguin, alleging fraud, unjust enrichment, and violation of various statutes and consumer protection acts. Penguin was later dismissed from the suit.In February 2015, having completed discovery, Giskan Solotaroff filed for class certification with a lengthy Memorandum of Law that unpacked a lot of information about ASI's business model and internal operations.That certification has now been denied, in a…
 
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  • BETTER CALL SAUL Writer Tells Us How His Emmy Nominated Script Came to Be

    TVWriter™
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:33 am
    From producer’s assistant to Emmy nominated writer. These are the kinds of stories we love: “I Broke My Boy” by Alan Sepinwall In show business, it’s often better to be lucky than good. “Better Call Saul“ writer Gordon Smith has been both. Vince Gilligan’s assistant for the latter half of “Breaking Bad” — a job he got in part because a friend of a friend was on the “BB” writing staff — Smith was promoted to full-time writer when Gilligan, Peter Gould and company moved on to “Saul,” then wound up with the best…
  • Brian Helgeland on How It Feels to Win an Oscar & a Razzie on the Same Weekend

    TVWriter™
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:23 am
    We’re publishing this just to make sure everybody gets a taste of what it’s like to, you know, succeed: Click here to view the embedded video.
  • TVWriter™’s Top Posts of the Week Ending July 31st 2015

    TVWriter™
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    The posts TVWriter™ visitors clicked on most during the past week were: 2015 PEOPLE’S PILOT Winners! 2015 PEOPLE’S PILOT Finalists! Five Common Screenwriting Mistakes Made By Film Students Steven Spielberg Tells Us Why He’s a Great Director Looking for TV Pilot Scripts? And our most visited resource pages were: Writing the Dreaded Outline THE PEOPLE’S PILOT THE SPEC SCRIPTACULAR The Teleplay THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: Prizes Big thanks to everyone for making this such a great week. Don’t forget to read what you missed, re-read what you loved, and, most importantly, come back for more…
  • Indie Film & VIdeo: THE PAVEMENT

    TVWriter™
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    Here’s a short film that works…because its narrative is unique. And wise. Yes, it’s all visual. But guess what? It’s still about the writing: Click here to view the embedded video. A Sploid Short Film Festival Official Selection
  • What Do Pro Readers Like in a Spec Screenplay From an Unknown?

    TVWriter™
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:24 am
    This has got to be the most important thing any aspiring TV or film writer will read all week. Well, it made this TVWriter™ minion’s day anyway: by the Staff of Scriptshark Q: What do producers like in a spec script from someone who is unproven? Analyst: It depends on the level of producer in question. A low level producer, who is most likely working in the genre space, is likely to be looking for a project that’s in a marketable genre, with a reasonable budget, a premise that’s high-concept enough to be clear on a poster, and juicy roles for actors. One very specific casting…
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  • Salad Lovers Fret as Crouton Shortage Looms

    Con Chapman
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    GREEN RIDGE, Mo.  Sam Jones has been a grain buyer in this small town for nearly four decades, but he wears an expression of concern as he watches farmers arrive at the local grain elevator to sell their crops.  “If I had the money right now, which I don’t,” he says with a knowing look, “I’d be buying up all the croutons I could find.” Croutons–sauteed or rebaked bread that is seasoned, cut into cubes and added to salads to provide texture and flavor–are a reliable cash crop in the Midwest, where school children have historically been excused from class during spring…
  • Peeking thru the Windows

    Julie Johnson
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Almost midnight July is not over yet.  There's a full moon tonight, and there was one on the first of July also.     My turn to Mamaw sit.  We've been going in shifts.   Tonight's reading selection is Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. About one chapter in, seems like it'll be a good read to pass the time 'til morning.  
  • Space Probe Philae Finds Organic Molecules on Comet

    Johnny Robish
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Space Probe Philae Finds Organic Molecules on Comet:  The European Space Agency's probe Philae may be struggling to stay in touch, but still managed to find something very special - several organic molecules - including four never detected before on a comet, which are important building blocks of life.  In addition, the space agency vehemently denied rumors that the Philae probe may have also found debris from flight MH370. http://www.johnnyrobish.com Ohio Man Sentenced to Jail for Petting Zoo Cougars:  An Ohio man who posted a video of himself petting cougars at the Columbus Zoo and…
  • GREAT PROGRAM

    MARY WALSH
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Conscious Connecting this evening with Delia Yeager was fabulous. Clear, concise information. I will be back
  • Karma Attached

    Michael Todd Cheeseman
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:03 pm
              Every spiritual being of this earth that I have been given permission to have in my life I always misused them out of my own fears, selfishness and self-centeredness.           The karma attached to my ability to be able to help mom in ways even if they are as simple as transition movements within this life and those lives that were past and are present and reveal future makes me very humble in what I am capable of doing.  My mother takes patience and love.  She requires silence and gentle handling for anything to work in a positive way.           I keep…
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  • 3 Ground Rules to Follow When You Live With Someone Who Works From Home

    Leda Marritz
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:07 pm
    When my husband, Tim, quit his job to develop his own game almost two years ago, I knew there would be challenges. For example, he was funding its development entirely with his own savings, with no guarantee of any kind of return—and I became the sole breadwinner in a city famous for its unaffordability. To save money, he decided to work from our small one-bedroom apartment, where his desk and our living room share the same space. I definitely anticipated stress over money, long hours, and uncertainty, but I looked forward to the perks and flexibility of having someone at home during the…
  • Do you realize standing when working isn't that much better than sitting?

    David K. William
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Many of us have sedentary desk jobs where we spend most of the day seated in front of a computer working. Reading and writing and creating on a computer constitutes a big chunk of sedentary time. Incidentally, if you are reading this article while seated and you’ve been sitting for a while, you might want to stand up for a moment. Leading a sedentary life can have serious repercussions. Numerous studies conducted over the past decade suggest that too much sitting doubles the risk of diabetes and heart disease, leads to more disability in older people, and could even shorten your lifespan.
  • 40 Memorable Bill Gates Quotes to Inspire You In Business and Life

    Staff Writers
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:52 am
    From 1995 to 2007 Bill Gates was consistently the richest man on planet earth! More than any other entrepreneur, he is the reason you're using a personal computing device to look at this story right now. For that, he became the world's richest man. In 1975, Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard to co-found Microsoft Corporation with Paul Allen. Twelve years later, when he was just 31 years old, he became the youngest billionaire in the world. Microsoft is now one of the largest and most iconic software companies on the planet, and Gates among the richest men on earth. Can you imagine what that…
  • Why It's Okay to Daydream As a Creative Person

    David K. William
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:58 pm
    It’s a familiar scenario. You are sitting at your desk and you realize you’ve been staring at the computer screen for five minutes without doing a thing! Other times you may be in a meeting and realize you haven’t heard a word of what the speaker is saying because your mind was elsewhere. Or, you could be one of those people who is unlikely to finish writing a few pages without drifting off and staring out the window blankly. At which point, you will be lost in thought probably thinking about your next project or changing your mind a couple of times about what to have for dinner.   …
  • 10 Best Quotes from Ann Handley’s ‘Everybody Writes’

    Staff Writers
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    “In our world, many hold a notion that the ability to write, or write well, is a gift bestowed on a chosen few. Writing well is considered a kind of art, linked murkily to muse and mysticism. That leaves us thinking there are two kinds of people: the writing haves—and the hapless, for whom writing well is a hopeless struggle, like trying to carve marble with a butter knife,” says marketing veteran Ann Handley. “But I don’t believe that, and neither should you,” she adds. “The truth is this: writing well is part habit, part knowledge of some fundamental rules, and part giving a…
 
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  • Words now Pictures

    Nancy Duci Denofio
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:25 am
    Angie's Diary It had to be art…. It became your obsession, you craved it, desired it, so you knew By Nancy Duci Denofio
  • Winning Negotiations

    Barbara Garro
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:11 am
    Angie's Diary The better we are at negotiating, the more likely we are to get what we want By Barbara Garro
  • Know Your Worth

    Amanda M Thrasher
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Angie's Diary Writing can be both rewarding and become a brutal chore within the confinements of few pages By Amanda M Thrasher
  • A More Disciplined United States?

    tucsonmike
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:18 am
    Angie's Diary I am no paragon. I am diabetic, can stand to lose weight etc. By tucsonmike
  • If Thine Tooth Offend Thee, Pluck it Out

    tucsonmike
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    Angie's Diary Time to stop being mouthy By tucsonmike
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  • Into (and out of) the Mystic

    Terri Porter
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Last week we talked about when to use onto (one word) versus on to (two words). As promised, we’re talking about the distinction between into versus in to this week. While some of the same guidelines apply, into can be trickier because it has more definitions and different strategies for remembering which form to use. Demystifying Into Like onto, into (one word) is a preposition that indicates movement. But into can mean so much more. Understanding the various definitions of into can help in figuring out whether to use one word or two. If you’re questioning whether to use into or in to,…
  • Little Words, Big Problems

    Terri Porter
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    While reading an article recently on 29 famous people who failed before they succeeded, I came across these two sentences: [Walt Disney] went onto become the guy who redefined American childhood. [Thomas Edison] went onto be fired from his first two jobs for not being suitably productive. And voilà! A blog post was born. Any idea why? Here’s a hint: It’s not about Mickey Mouse and light bulbs. No, the inspiration is smaller than that. Much smaller. Four letters to be precise — o n t o — and the spacing between them.
  • 8 Proofreading Red Flags

    Terri Porter
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    With the celebration of the American flag on Independence Day and the recent flap around the Confederate battle flag, now seems a good time to talk about red flags in proofreading — the sneaky errors in documents that are easy to overlook, especially if you’re self-editing.
  • We Want YOU ... to Understand Restrictive/Nonrestrictive Clauses

    Terri Porter
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. In the spirit of Independence Day, freedom and such, this first sentence of the Declaration of Independence provides a springboard for a timely discussion of restrictive versus nonrestrictive…
  • Proofreading Quiz: And the Winner Is …

    Terri Porter
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
      Thanks to everyone who took our proofreading quiz last week. Congratulations to Arlene Gregoire, who missed just three of the 51 errors, including some of the sneakiest ones. The mistakes that tripped up most people appeared in the second and third sentences of paragraph 3: decreases/increases insulin and hyper/hypoglycemic. These errors go beyond basic grammar and punctuation mistakes, many of which Microsoft Word will highlight, and require a closer read to ensure the text makes sense.
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  • What I Learned about Being a Creative Person from Meeting Tom Cruise

    Bryan Hutchinson
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:21 pm
    With Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation in theaters I thought it’d be fun to repost this article I wrote a couple years ago about Tom Cruise and the art of being yourself. Have you ever wondered how to express yourself artistically in a way that captures the hearts and ignites the imagination of other people? I have, and I learned the secret as to how when I met Tom Cruise. We all have a creative spark within us. There are times we might not think so and we might not think of our creativity as anything special, but I disagree with that kind of thinking. Your creativity is not only…
  • Writers, Why You Must Beware of the Rejectionists or Risk Utter Failure

    Bryan Hutchinson
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:55 am
    There’s a new bandwagon in the writing community, actually, it’s in nearly every community. The trend dictates that it’s okay to fail, in fact, it’s not just okay – you should expect to fail. And if you’re not careful you might jump on, tricked into not living your passion and not striving to achieve your goals. Indeed, failure is imminent. I’ve even stated as much. But there’s a problem and I discovered it the hard way. (It’s always the hard way, isn’t it?) The problem is not with the message that we all fail from time to time, because we do. The problem is…
  • How to Care for Your Writing Muse

    Guest Post
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:29 am
    ~ Note: This is a guest post by Lisa Tener, she is the recipient of the Silver Stevie Award for Mentor/Coach of the Year 2014. For a free guided visualization to connect with your inner muse, click here. You can also read Lisa’s book writing blog or find her articles on writing and publishing on the Huffington Post. As writers, we often expect our inner muse to produce on demand. Sometimes it works and sometimes…you know…it starts with feeling a little blocked, turns into dread, you pass by your desk feeling guilty, and then you let the papers pile on your desk to completely avoid…
  • How To Thrive as a Writer (But First You Will Fail)

    Bryan Hutchinson
    13 Jul 2015 | 11:45 pm
    I’m not always comfortable admitting this, but I make mistakes all the time. Some are major blunders, and some are not that serious. All of them make me feel like an idiot on some level. Sometimes I wish I would never fail, make a mistake, or stub my darn toe again. And yet, without the potential for failure, and actually falling on my face more than a few times, I would never have had any successes. I would never have tried harder, better, and strived to thrive. In fact, I would not have created this blog, and published any books on writing, and tried to connect with you on such…
  • Moving Towards Audacious (Grand Prize Winner)

    Bryan Hutchinson
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:59 am
    I want to take a moment today to thank everyone who entered the recent mini writing contest. Thank you! If you didn’t find the time to enter, that’s okay, a new writing contest will be starting soon and you can enter that one if you like. It was an easy to enter contest that only asked readers to write and publish an honest review on Amazon for “The Audacity to be a Writer.” The prizes are 3 Amazon gift cards for 3 randomly drawn reviewers and 1 Grand Prize winner for which a quote from the GPW review will be displayed here on Positive Writer. If you’re…
 
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  • Weaving Christian themes in your novel

    Abidemi Sanusi
    11 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The eternal conundrum for Christian writers: do I go for straight hell-fire preaching, or do I dilute the ‘message’ of the book? Truth is; readers don’t like being cheated. They paid money for a good read. If they wanted a sermon, they would’ve gone to church, not bought a novel. It's much better to concentrate on telling a good story, with strong, believable characters, and let your readers work out what the ‘message’ of your book is – if indeed there is one. The post Weaving Christian themes in your novel appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian…
  • Interview: Paul Stanier, founder, Zaccmedia

    Abidemi Sanusi
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    "Pick a publishing service that gives only what you need. Don’t spend money on what isn’t required. If you don’t want the full professional treatment but just want to get word out in a simple way, then choose cheaper options. If your ambition is to be stocked by shops, then you ideally need a full professional service. As a publisher, it’s painful to print a book that hasn’t been edited. Always source this service... But editing by friends, even highly qualified ones, is no replacement for a professional editor." The post Interview: Paul Stanier, founder, Zaccmedia appeared first on…
  • A guide to the business of writing

    Abidemi Sanusi
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    It’s the New Year and you've made a resolution to be a serious writer, i.e., earn money from your writing. But before jacking in the day job, think. A freelancer’s life is not a bed of roses. It takes grit, determination and – in a lot of cases – dry seasons of financial hardship before acquiring clients. The post A guide to the business of writing appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Book Review: Reinventing Rachel, by Alison Strobel

    Abidemi Sanusi
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    The first inkling I had that Reinventing Rachel was not going to be a mundane read was an Amazon review with the words: “Very disturbing”. And to call it a prodigal story would be doing the novel a disservice. It’s more than a prodigal story. It’s a story for any Christian who has ever wondered: What if I’m wrong about Christianity? Does prayer really make a difference? The post Book Review: Reinventing Rachel, by Alison Strobel appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Writer’s block: all in your head?

    Abidemi Sanusi
    3 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Some argue it's an excuse for lazy writers, while others argue it's a real issue that many writers grapple with. And then, there are some (usually, non-writers), who believe it's part and parcel of the writer's lot, a romantic ideal, so to speak, of the 'tortured creative'. Writer's block: an excuse for lazy writers or is it all in your head? The post Writer’s block: all in your head? appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
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  • Creating fantasy worlds: Social critique

    Jordan
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:54 am
    Creating fantasy worlds can be an excellent means for social critique because writers have the opportunity to imagine worlds that are entirely different from our own. This allows highlighting its quirks and issues through contrast and similarity. Here’s why it is important for writers to do so and how you can address issues you care about without resorting to ineffective polemic: In 2014, fantasy and science fiction writer Ursula Le Guin received a National Book Foundation award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In her acceptance speech, Le Guin warned that “Hard times…
  • Writing for all ages: why do adults read YA novels?

    Jordan
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:12 am
    Depending on which survey you read, adults buy anywhere from 55 to 80 percent of YA novels, and they make a substantial number of those purchases for themselves, but why is YA fiction writing for all ages? Here are a few reasons along with writing tips that writers of all types of fiction can take from YA’s global success: The first thing to keep in mind is that YA is not a genre but a marketing category. YA books may share little in common besides the age of the protagonists. That age is roughly 15 to 17 years old since — as conventional publishing wisdom goes — teens want to read…
  • How to write a book: 151 must-visit writing websites

    brendanmc
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:37 am
    While there are some excellent books on how to write a book, the web is also filled with terrific sites on the topic. Here are 151 of the very best writing websites, and they’re organised for you by subject and genre. Structure and Plot Screenwriting Tips for Authors is the blog of screenwriter and novelist Alexandra Sokoloff, and she comprehensively breaks down the three-act structure for writers. The Plot Whisperer blog is all about plotting. Storytech Literary Consulting is a site by the author of The Writer’s Journey. This is a book for writers based on Joseph…
  • How to write novels ready for the screen

    Jordan
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:22 am
    You might have often heard good books describes as ‘unfilmable’ and wondered how to write novels ready for the screen. Sometimes, films of good books are disappointing: but why is that? There are certain aspects that make some books more likely to be attractive to filmmakers and that make for more successful films, and you can keep those aspects in mind while you are writing,  to make your book more film-ready: Quality is not a measure of what makes a book into a great film. Of course, you will want to write the best book that you possibly can, but writing a good book does not…
  • How to write better characters: Clothing choice

    brendanmc
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:55 am
    To write better characters, it’s wise to make every detail of each character – from body language to verbal tics to clothing choice – convey something vivid and real.  In real life, people make judgements about others all the time based on what they are wearing. Showing the clothing choices that your characters make can say a great deal about who they are, their social or professional status and even their personality and psychology. Here are some ideas for how to use clothing description to write great characters: Imagining characters: Changing clothes Think about what…
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    The Gryphon Clerks

  • Genre Considered As a Restaurant

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:47 pm
    If you’ve spent much time around writers, you’ve probably heard someone complain that “genre” is just a way for publishers and booksellers to impose marketing categories for their own convenience, and it should die in a fire, because we’d all be better off without it. I’ve said things adjacent to this myself. After all, my first novel is set in a secondary world--like a fantasy, but with no magic--that’s loosely based on Shakespeare’s Italy, and combines the language of a literary novel with the plot of a serial-killer mystery thriller, told in diary entries. Consequently,…
  • Launch Day: The Well-Presented Manuscript (and other news)

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    It's launch day for The Well-Presented Manuscript: Just What You Need to Know to Make Your Fiction Look Professional, my new non-fiction book for my fellow writers. Currently, it's exclusive to Amazon, but if you use other outlets, I'll soon have it available in the B&N, Kobo and Apple stores and via Oyster and Scribd. I've just finished reading Damon Knight's excellent book Creating Short Fiction. I was pleased to note that his section on "How to Be Publishable" included the point that you need a command of language, including some knowledge of how to assemble words into phrases and…
  • Blokes in Black is coming

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    3 Apr 2015 | 2:28 pm
    I don't have a launch date yet - I've just today finished the first draft - but, after appropriate revisions, Blokes in Black will be on its way to you very soon. This is my new urban fantasy. I hope it'll be the start of a series, especially since I already have some ideas for a second book. Here's the blurb: As minor practitioners, Tara and Sparx are careful to stay clear of magical politics. So they're not expecting the anonymous goon-o-gram from a more powerful talent, who's apparently miffed with their acquaintance Steampunk Sally, the short-range seer.   Fighting off the attack…
  • Spec Fic and Comedy

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

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

  • 6 Social Sharing Techniques You’ve Probably Forgotten

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:20 am
    The great bloggers and SEO professionals at Search Engine People recently published an article with an eye-catching headline: “37 Ways to Promote Your Blog Posts.” Of course this post drew our attention, for the same reason that it’s probably drawn yours: 37 seems like an awful lot! After all, we’re all aware of the need to share company blog posts on Facebook and Twitter, on LinkedIn Pulse and in e-mail newsletters… but can there really be 37 avenues for content sharing? As it turns out, there are—but what really impressed us about the post is the sheer number of practical,…
  • Your Guide to Hiring a Content Marketing Agency

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
      At Grammar Chic, we are obviously big believers in the content marketing process, and strong proponents of content marketing outsourcing. Even so, we understand that it can be a little bit daunting. If you have never worked with a content marketing agency before, you may have serious questions about price; about the kinds of results you can expect to see; and about what working with a content marketing agency is actually like. One of our goals is to demystify the process, and to make it as inviting and as appealing as possible. We want to answer as many of your questions as we can, and…
  • How to Invite People You Know to LIKE Your Facebook Page

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    There are plenty of ways to build an audience for your company Facebook page, to extend its reach and its influence. Many Facebook marketing methodologies are rather costly, of course, and nearly all of them require a long-term commitment and a big-picture mindset. But what if we told you there was something you could do right now to grow your Facebook audience, that it would only take two or three minutes, and that it’s free? Simple enough: Just invite your existing friends to like your company Facebook page. Not all of them will do it, necessarily, but many will. Every like counts, and…
  • The Twitter Dictionary: Common Terms Explained

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    A lot of our small business owner clients come to us rather sheepishly, asking us to explain some of the common terms and slang associated with Twitter. Truthfully, there’s no reason to feel sheepish about it: Twitter has its own vernacular, and getting hip to the lingo is one of the toughest parts about Twitter use. Your time is probably better spent growing your business, strategizing, leading your team, and serving your customers; with that said, if you’re going to be using Twitter as a tool for business promotion and growth, it’s helpful to at least have a reference for some of the…
  • What Happens When a Job Interviewer Asks About Your Salary?

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:02 am
    Talking about how much money you make can be a little awkward—but never more so than when you’re approached about it in the middle of a job interview. So tell us what they’re paying you at your current job, the interviewer might casually ask—and sometimes it’s enough to completely throw you off your game, leave you stammering, or get you blurting out the first thing that comes to mind. Of course, you may undersell yourself, and end up getting a lower salary offer than you might have gotten otherwise. Then again, you might oversell yourself, and end up talking yourself out of a job,…
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    Babz Buzz

  • Babz Buzz 035

    18 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Play Babz Buzz 035In this edition Babz talks about: What Babz wants The end game Editing Reverse Engineering Like Babz on Facebook or Follow Babz on Twitter. Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0Music provided by IncompetechBabz Buzz is produced by Michael Cornetto
  • Babz Buzz 034

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Play Babz Buzz 034In this edition Babz talks about: Year in Review Table reads Comedy Characters Songs Progress not Perfection Story Reading scripts Note from Babz: This show had to be a bit more personal for me. I'm a lot more comfortable with you, my wonderful friends, and thus I really wanted to just chat with you all and I hope that's ok. REMEMBER: if you need to talk very business specific, I'm here. But with all this business, there must be LIVING! Joining Writer Arena is free and easy. You can use Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn for easy registering and login. If you are having…
  • Babz Buzz 033

    30 May 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Play Babz Buzz 033In this edition Babz talks about: Padre Mike Maples Spec scout Tracking board Jeanne V Bowerman Screenwriting tips Richard Botto Stage 32 Craft Voice Writer Arena Second act Three musketeers Adaptations Gay Comedy Tanya's Tips Discuss this show here. Joining Writer Arena is free and easy. You can use Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn for easy registering and login. If you are having trouble registering please contact me. Check out the current scripts Babz is looking for here.  Like Babz on Facebook or Follow Babz on Twitter. Creative Commons license:…
  • Babz Buzz 032

    23 Mar 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Play Babz Buzz 032In this edition Babz talks about: Pitches Being an agent Wordsmiting Deals Public Domain Prequels Story Ideas Thrillers Drive Profanity Like...you know? Noah Discuss this show here. Joining Writer Arena is free and easy. You can use Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn for easy registering and login. If you are having trouble registering please contact me. Check out the current scripts Babz is looking for here.  Like Babz on Facebook or Follow Babz on Twitter. Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Music provided by Incompetech…
  • Babz Buzz 031

    28 Dec 2013 | 10:16 pm
    Play Babz Buzz 031In this edition Babz talks about: Pitches Jeanne Bowerman Ed Beach Vince Flynn * Babz apologizes for saying Vince Vaughn. Mitch Rapp Writing action Protecting your rights Getting Paid Agents Studio System Marketing Story structure Visual Screenwriting Winning the lottery Microbudget Discuss this show here. Joining Writer Arena is free and easy. You can use Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn for easy registering and login. If you are having trouble registering please contact me. Check out the current scripts Babz is looking for here.  Like Babz on Facebook or Follow…
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    S.A. Barton: Seriously Eclectic

  • July’s Flash Fiction For Patrons: PUT IT IN YOUR MOUTH

    Tao23
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Every month on Patreon, I post a piece of microfiction or flash just for Patrons — even contributing one thin dollar. Because every buck is precious to a writer in the early stages of his career. And often later, as well. The post is here, and I’ll put a teaser paragraph or two below, because […]
  • Lab-Grown Meat: The Next Great Culinary Playground

    Tao23
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Oh, look. A tray of raw beef garnished with… a sprig of juniper for some reason? Who eats raw beef with juniper? What the hell is going on here? Less than two years ago, laboratory-grown beef made a big splash in the news. The scientists who grew the first hamburger not carved from the flank […]
  • Preview Empty Plastic Father

    Tao23
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:09 pm
    NOTE: THERE’S A 30% PREVIEW AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST. YOU SHOULD READ IT. YES. A short story, about 3900 words. Danny is a young man who doesn’t see eye to eye with his father. When dad won’t help Danny realize his college dreams, he does what any reasonable person would do: he cuts […]
  • Pluto, 1930 Yearbook Photo — Plus Space Program Grumbles

    Tao23
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:33 pm
    This is how Pluto looked when Clyde Tombaugh discovered it in 1930. A bright mote, an apparent star that moved in a way that betrayed its planetary nature — for someone who was looking carefully enough. Things have gotten a bit better with New Horizons; you can see the latest images on NASA’s NH page. […]
  • Don’t Trump Your Cat — Your Cat Begs You

    Tao23
    11 Jul 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Even if you don’t actually “Trump” your poor, long-suffering kitty who implores you not to do this, please, pleasepleaseplease, you should look at what’s coming out of the #TrumpYourCat hashtag online because it’s freakin’ hilarious. Also, I think your cat would be a better President than the person that’s being made fun of here. I […]
 
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    Solitary Spark

  • Book Review: The Einstein Prophecy by Robert Masello

    17 Jul 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Set during World War II, The Einstein Prophecy by Robert Masello takes readers on an adventure of historical discovery and other-worldly dangers. Lieutenant and art professor Lucas Athan's recruitment into the United States military leads him on a perilous mission to rescue important artifacts collected by the Nazi regime. When his next mission sends him into the depths of a huge hidden Nazi art collection, Lucas never expects the unease he feels as he sets his sights on the object of his mission: an ancient ossuary. Little did he know that the accident immediately following its discovery…
  • Bittersweet Beach

    27 Jun 2015 | 11:51 pm
     Written in one of my classes for creative writing in 2013.Bittersweet Beach     It was something I avoided for months. The pain in my chest grew and devoured, the kudzu-like vines suffocating my heart at each mention, thought, or vision of her name. Countless times we'd vacationed here—laughing, spending, relaxing—yet the recent past lingered, shadowing our every move. The innocent brown eyes staring up at me had no clue why everything had suddenly gone silent. Yawning and wiggling, she stood in my lap, placing her large paws on the window's edge to look out in…
  • Book Review: The Red Sea by Edward W. Robertson

    26 Jun 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Dante and Blays are once again off on adventures in Edward W. Robertson's new trilogy, The Cycle of Galand. I'll be honest: I am a huge fan of Robertson's Breakers series and would probably rate it at the top of my favorites list. When I saw he had a new book, I figured I'd give it a shot, but it wasn't until I was finished with The Red Sea that I realized this is a sequel to his other series I never read, The Cycle of Arawn. If you haven't read the prior series, do not be deterred. I thoroughly enjoyed The Red Sea and now that I'm starting The White Tree, the first of the prior…
  • Word Prompt: Summer Sails

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
     
  • Literary Devices: Anagram

    16 Jun 2015 | 9:35 pm
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    copywritercollective.com

  • Content Marketing: The 40-25-35 Formula for Effective Writing

    Michael Gass
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:34 am
    Even though there are big rewards from content marketing for new business, it is also a huge challenge. Content marketing is proving to be beneficial for gaining a positioning of expertise and thought leadership. It also is the magnet for generating leads and creating new business opportunities without having to pitch for them. It can also improve current client perceptions and aid in client retention. Writing is a process that takes time and effort. Even the best writers have difficulty putting their ideas into words. They aren’t born with this gift, they have to work at it. According to a…
  • SEO copywriting – a totally useful How To guide.

    Helen Steemson
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    Despite all the confusing acronyms and jargon, writing search optimised web copy isn’t rocket science. It’s about creating clear, targeted and useful copy – something you should be doing anyway. Let’s start by being clear: there’s only so much you can achieve by just tinkering at the content on your site. Recent studies have shown that 85% of your ranking is down to things that happen off your site. And that comes down to content. With Google’s fancy new algorithm, SEO copywriting these days is all about a fresh stream of relevant, original and useful content that will keep people…
  • How to focus on your customers’ needs, inspire their devotion and make the world a better place

    Erin Whalen
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Because why not have it all? The first rule of writing marketing copy and content is to speak to your customers’ or clients’ needs instead of your own. Instead of focusing your copy on your product or service – what it does, what it’s made of, its super-cool bells and whistles – focus on what your customers or clients are going to get out of the experience. It’s the whole benefits vs. features thing: rather than talking about how many amps of power that air conditioner has, emphasize how gloriously cool and refreshedyour customers will feel when they use it. But speaking…
  • Win Your Buyer’s Trust: How to Use Honesty in Marketing

    Mary Rose Maguire
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:11 am
    Years ago, legendary American advertising executive James Webb Young started “Old Jim Young’s Mountain Grown Apples,” which sold fruit by mail. In the book How I Learned The Secrets Of Success In Advertising by Guy Lynn Sumner, a story was told about an apple-growing season that nearly ruined him. Violent hailstorms bombarded his apple trees with ice pellets, marking the fruit with small blemishes. Young felt he was in between a rock and a hard place. If he shipped the bruised apples to his mail-order buyers, he was afraid he’d experience a massive amount of complaints and returned…
  • The New Agile Marketing Method

    Mary Rose Maguire
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:07 am
    In February 2001, a bunch of software developers got together in Snowbird, Utah to discuss lightweight development methods. They published the Manifesto for Agile Software Development to define what is now known as agile software development. “The Agile Manifesto” defined their core values, which was: Individuals and interactions over Processes and tools Working software over Comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over Contract negotiation Responding to change over Following a plan They emphasized that they valued the items on the left more than the right. Further definition…
 
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    The Write Practice

  • Announcing a New Writing Contest (Over $400 in Prizes)

    Joe Bunting
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    by Joe BuntingToday, I’m thrilled to announce The Write Practice Writing Contest, our first official writing contest in over two years. But first let me tell you that this is not your average writing contest. A New Kind of Writing Contest Click here to see all the details of The Write Practice Writing Contest » Like many writers, I’ve submitted to my share of writing contests. The competition was fierce, and while I managed to have a few successes, honestly I came away disappointed, with little to show for my effort and no idea why some stories were awarded and others…
  • This Simple Principle Will Solve Your Show, Don’t Tell Problems

    Guest Blogger
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    by Guest BloggerThis guest post is by Tom Farr. Tom is a storyteller, blogger, freelance writer, and high school English teacher. He loves creating and spending time with his amazing wife and three children. In addition to blogging regularly about writing at The Whisper Project, his writing has appeared on LifeHack.org and Medium.com. Follow him on Twitter (@farrtom) for updates on what he’s working on next. No doubt you’ve heard the old writing advice, “Show, don’t tell.” But how do you do it, and how do you balance the showing versus the telling? Today I’m going to…
  • What the Heck is an Em Dash?

    Liz Bureman
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    by Liz BuremanAnd now, another punctuation term that you probably have never heard before: the em dash. Truthfully, I was ignorant of the em dash until Joe first approached me about a punctuation post. So I did what any educated American would do and went straight to Wikipedia. (Remember encyclopedias? Those were the days.) Em Dash—Definition Turns out the em dash (also known as an m dash, m-rule, or, in the grammatical slang circles, “mutton,” and I am not making that up) is just that extended dash you see when there is a break in narration or conversation. You know the one:…
  • How a Scene List Can Change Your Novel-Writing Life

    Monica M. Clark
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Monica M. ClarkBy the end of this post you will have a nagging urge to use an excel spreadsheet. Don’t make that face—I know you’re a writer and not a data analyst.  Or if you are a data analyst—I get that you’re on this blog to get away from your day job. Photo by Kent Bye But guess what? At the suggestion of Randy Ingermason—the creator of the Snowflake Method—I listed all of the scenes in my novel in a nice little Google spreadsheet.  It changed my novel-writing life, and doing the same will change yours too. “Creating a scene list changed my novel-writing life,…
  • This New Characterization Technique Could Transform Your Writing

    Kellie McGann
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Kellie McGannCharacterization is one of the most important aspects of writing good fiction. Characterization is what gives authors the power to sway their readers. It’s how you get your reader to fall in love with—or despise—the characters in your book. Speaking of characterization, The Write Practice offers a tutorial with our seven best lessons on creating great characterization. It’s free and easy to sign up for. Check it out here. In this post, I want to give you a new technique to use to develop characters that I believe could transform your writing. Why Your…
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    Lauren Sapala

  • Finished with Your Sloppy First Draft? Here’s What to Do Next

    Lauren Sapala
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    It was 2008 and I had just finished the sloppy first draft of my very first novel. It had taken me two years to write it. Two, long crazy years during which I painstakingly cobbled together the book piece by bloody piece. I felt like I had opened up my heart and vomited out everything it held onto the page. Needless to say, it was a bit messy. It kind of looked like something that had just crawled out of a moat. Over those two years I’d told more than a few people I was writing a book. “Really?” They would ask, eyes lighting up, incredulous yet curious. “I want to read it!” I took…
  • Single Most Determining Factor of Success: Your Future Identity

    Lauren Sapala
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    I got sucked into looking at old photo albums last weekend. As I flipped through the glossy pages I leaned closer to examine this young woman in all the pictures. Was that really me? I could hardly believe it. Twelve years ago I was a party girl living in Seattle with no attachments. I was posed with people I haven’t talked to in years, wearing clothes that I wouldn’t dream of wearing today. My only goal in life at that time was to get myself to the bar every night. How did I get from there…to here? In my present day life I never go to the bar. In fact, I’ve been sober for over ten…
  • To Create Your Best Art, Surround Yourself with the Best People

    Lauren Sapala
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:25 am
    What is it about writing a book that’s so hard? Obviously, we know it’s a lot of mental work. Committing to the time, unraveling plot and character, editing and revisions. Every step of the process takes energy and attention out of our already busy lives. But for anyone who’s ever tried, it becomes apparent that the hardest part isn’t the time or effort involved. It’s the emotional risk. Writing a book brings up a lot of questions—from yourself and from other people. The negative self-talk and doubts definitely kick in. Am I good enough? Who am I to put my opinions or my story out…
  • Introverted and Intuitive? Why the Writing Rules Probably Don’t Work for You

    Lauren Sapala
    8 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    I’ve always known that I have great intuition, but I didn’t always know that I was an intuitive. In fact, I was almost 35 years old before I really grasped what that meant. It didn’t help that I tried to actively hide almost all of the traits that came from being an intuitive. I was empathetic to a fault. Too sensitive. I let my emotions “get the best of me” at inopportune times. Sarcasm and snark were lost on me and teasing people made me uncomfortable. In short, I seemed to be everything that popular culture implied was uncool and nothing about me fit in. I felt like an alien. So…
  • An Interview with Ev Bogue

    Lauren Sapala
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
    Today’s post is an interview with Ev Bogue, one of my personal writing heroes. I started reading Ev’s work about five years ago and it shifted my perspective on everything. Just like when someone hands you a tape of new music with lyrics that speak directly to you, I felt stronger in my own creative convictions every time I read his writing. Ev Bogue is the person who gave me the courage to start my own blog, and then my own business. I’m greatly honored to feature this interview with him. Lauren: You write and publish books that teach people tech skills, ranging from how to learn…
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    Milo James Fowler

  • BEYOND: SPACE OPERA

    26 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Mark your calendars, bold starfarers. Beyond: Space Opera will be available wherever eBooks are sold on August 15th, and it'll be chock-full of rollicking space adventures the likes of which you've never seen! Included in this collection: "The Ungreat Escape" by Siobhan Gallagher  "All Comms Down" by Anne E. Johnson  "Remembrance Day" by Simon Kewin  "The Lion's Den" by Devin Miller
  • Writing Myths: Fact and Fiction

    19 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Anyone can write. As a teacher, I believe this. But the truth is, while anybody can write, not everyone can do it well. Many novels shouldn't have been published. Where's the quality control these days? Demand better, folks. Authors write what they know. If everything I wrote was based on real-life experiences, I would be precluded from dabbling in speculative fiction genres. I write
  • Emily and the Bruiser

    12 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    My story about domestic violence, mental illness, and unrequited love appears in this month's issue of Beyond Imagination. After twenty-two rejections (only two close to being acceptances) and four years of submitting this tale, it's great to see "Emily and the Bruiser" finally greet the masses. I was close to giving up on this one, but I'm glad I didn't. "Never give up, never surrender!" (
  • Enter to Win

    5 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    TB Markinson is giving away five eBooks by various authors and a $5 Amazon gift card this month. How cool is that? One of the titles she's raffling off is my future noir novella Immaterial Evidence. Here's the blurb: A detective with a price on his head.  An invisible criminal with nothing to lose.  To avoid the fury of a local mob boss, private investigator Charlie Madison has been
  • Trying My Hand at an Anthology

    28 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    You've seen it happen: actors think they can direct; directors think they can act; editors think they can write; writers think they can edit an anthology.  Well, I've decided to test the anthology waters with just a toe or two.  For a while now, I've noticed something about most of the top-tier publications that I've either broken into or am still attempting to break into: they publish
 
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    Write Line Blog - Free Expressions Seminars and Literary Services

  • Friday Roundup 7.31.15

    Lorin
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Have a nice weekend!10 Books You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them)Breaking Into True Crime: Ann Rule’s 9 Tips for Studying Courtroom TrialsThe Power of FictionHow to know when to leave your agentAdvice for Authors from a Bookseller’s Perspective
  • Friday Roundup 7.24.15

    Lorin
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Happy Friday!Why Your Non-Disclosure Agreement Is Probably a Bad IdeaTHE OBSESSIVELY DETAILED MAP OF AMERICAN LITERATURE'S MOST EPIC ROAD TRIPSThink, Plan, Write, Edit, Repeat8 Blogging Tips for Writers to Find SuccessWriting With Confidence
  • Friday Roundup 7.17.15

    Lorin
    17 Jul 2015 | 10:07 am
    Enjoy the weekend, everyone!Literary Currencies!Books. Cats. Life is Sweet.Writing a lot, Writing a little, and the Power of FailureWriters on WritingFrom the Couch to 5K Words: How to Write Your Way Out of the Starting Blocks
  • Friday Roundup 7.10.15

    Lorin
    10 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Happy Friday!Vacation Reading Time: INFOGRAPHICLay vs. Lie (vs. Laid)11 Charts That Accurately Sum Up Being A Book NerdDemystifying Keywords, Categories, and Themes For Amazon Indie AuthorsBest Writing Advice: Do One Scary Thing Every Day
  • Friday Roundup 7.3.15

    Lorin
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Have a great weekend!Times of Change, Times to BreatheONLINE IS IRL - Chuck Wending NSFW5 Important Tips on How to Pitch a Literary Agent In PersonQuiz: Which Fictional Home Is For You?Openings: Intrigue Versus Engagement
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    Words & Music

  • The Artists' Prayer

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:08 am
    When I was small, I prayed. It connected me to something bigger than myself. Henry Miller prayed to a different god than the one I grew up with. We all pray to our own gods and goddesses.In 1934, the Apollo Theater opened in Harlem. Babe Ruth, in his last year as a Yankee, hit .288. Gehrig hit .363. Adolf Hitler became fuhrer of Germany. What could possibly go wrong?Henry Miller was in Paris, working on the book that would become Tropic of Cancer, full of lice, and vino rosso, and cunt, and the strange diseases that eagerly manifest themselves among the people who have nothing better to do…
  • Two Hearts Beat As One

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:54 am
    "Say I'm a fool, you say I'm not for youBut if I'm a fool for you that's something"I saw U2 at the Garden Monday night and was reminded again of how similar a rock concert is to a Christian mass. Bono - following in the footsteps of singers like Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Al Green, Bruce Springsteen - leads the congregation across the thin line that separates singing from praying.I started going to concerts right about the time the church lost meaning for me and immediately recognized the feeling of community, of like-minded people sharing a thing that brought them great joy. Something…
  • Racist Friend

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:46 am
    "If you have a racist friendNow is the time for that friendship to end." The Special AKAI ran across this picture and it got me thinking about the false logic behind racism and the type of bigotry that likes to think of itself as rational, as even a type of common sense. It's a false syllogism. You could say how did we go from this to being afraid of offending Al Queda, but nobody's afraid of offending Al Queda. The logic behind this quote would be the same as "How did we go from the holocaust to being afraid of offending Christians?" or "How did we go from Dylann Roof to being afraid of…
  • Marriage

    24 Jul 2015 | 4:55 am
    On the sixth of June, three days shy of our silver anniversary, my wife and I found ourselves on a pew in a cathedral in Sicily, unintentional witnesses to the sacrament of marriage. The bride and groom, in front of their God, family, and closest friends committed one of the most audacious acts imaginable: they declared their intention to forsake all others until death tears them apart.No marriage is without its trials, temptations, and tears. There are sexless marriages and loveless marriages, marriages of convenience, greencard marriages, arranged marriages, and now, in the more civilized…
  • Sicilian Sketchbook #2 - Taormina

    22 Jul 2015 | 4:25 am
       From Taormina, Sicily, you can see the mainland of Italy. In the other direction you can see the smouldering volcanic giant, Mt. Etna. You can see a lot of things. It's difficult, in a place like that, to not see something beautiful. As you might expect, the people who live in such a place are happy, and inspiring.  It's always a good idea to have a sketchbook handy in a place like Taormina. I'm a sucker for the Moleskine 5 x 8.5" (13 x 21 cm) plain cahier journals - 80 pages of unlined potential. Rumor has it they were used by the likes of Van Gogh, Picasso, and Hemingway.
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  • Beat the blahs with these zesty local story setting ideas

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Think about a story you've written.  Where is it set? Now think about where you live.  In the city, the countryside, a small town, a suburban hub?  A farm, a trailer, an apartment, a cottage, a motor home?  In North America, or Asia, or Chile? Some of us naturally write stories set where we live.  In the vegetable patch in back of our farmhouse, or in the driveway of our one-storey suburban house, or the elevator to our twenty-fifth storey penthouse. Other writers pick a location that's as exotic as possible.  If they live in Canada, they'll set their story in…
  • Should you self-publish your children’s book? These 5 questions will help you decide.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    You have a wonderful story, and it’s written at last.  What should you do with it now?  You want to get it off your hard drive and out into the world… but how? Maybe you're thinking you should self-publish... but then, you've heard that it's hard work.  Or maybe you're considering sending it out to a publishing company - but have heard there’s so much frustration if you go that route. Should you self-publish?  Or traditionally publish?  This may be the hardest question we face as writers today. Self-publishing has grown tremendously and is starting to find its…
  • Forever young: 20 famous children’s authors still working hard after 65

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Years ago, the age of 60 marked a threshold in a person’s life.  Not anymore.  Today, 60 is just the beginning.  For many authors, including independent, self-publishing authors, it’s the start of the most productive years of their career. Why? Easy:  we’re busy doing other things.  If you start having a family in your 30s, then you’ll be in your late 50s before they’re all up and out (if you’re lucky).  Plus, until age 60ish, you’re probably working like crazy and perhaps caring for elderly relatives as well. It’s a tough time to sit down and…
  • Beyond Comic Sans: 11 free fonts handpicked for children's book interiors

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    Have you fallen into the Comic Sans trap? Comic Sans was considered a great font when it was first released in 1994.  But over the years, it’s gotten tired.  These days, many indie authors use and recommend it as a good font for kids’ books, because it’s clear and easy to read.  But it will brand you as an amateur more quickly than almost anything else. I’m sure you recognize this – right? Here are some great choices of alternative fonts you can use – and they’re all free, so there’s no excuse. Before we start, you should know the difference if you don’t…
  • 3 ridiculously easy ways to get more words down on paper (a guest post)

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:18 am
    We’re heading overseas for our big family vacation in Canada, so I’m turning over the rudder to the experienced hands of Australian writer Ruth Barringham, who’s here to talk about… 3 Ridiculously Easy Steps to Writing More We all have the same amount of hours in a day and it's usually not possible to complete everything on our daily to do list. This is especially true when it comes to writing because not only is it something that we put off doing to last every day, but find it hard to concentrate because of the nagging feeling that we should be doing something else. But what if you…
 
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  • Why I Feel Like I've Been Shirking My Writing Responsibilities And Why You Should Care

    Ruth Barringham
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Lately I've been really busy with my writing and publishing. Yet at the same time I feel as though I've been shirking my writing responsibilities because I haven't been updating my websites or this blog.But it's not because I've been lazy, but rather because other things have gotten in the way, or should I correctly say I'VE ALLOWED other things to get in the way.What has mostly kept me busy is working on my new online course which is aimed at teaching you how to make money as an online writer. I'm still working on the script and figuring out how I'm going to make it all work but the eventual…
  • How to Write Viral Content Every Time

    Ruth Barringham
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If you run an online business, you'll know that there are things that can hurt your business and things that can kill it.You'll also know that getting visitors is the lifeblood of any website because without visitors there is no business.That's why lack of visitors is the number one killer of any online business.Working online is a numbers game.Only a certain percentage of visitors to your site will buy from you.So the more visitors you get, the bigger the percentage will be.So if only 1% of visitors are buying from you and you want to make 100 sales a day, then you need to attract 10,000…
  • My First Practice Screencast

    Ruth Barringham
    19 Jul 2015 | 8:31 pm
    A few days ago I downloaded a free 30 trial of Camtasia screen-recording software.I wanted to try it out because I am venturing into doing online courses and to do it, I need to be able to do video screen capture and then edit it to make it more watchable.So, I downloaded the software and, in between working on other things, I recorded a short (less than 3 minutes) screencast and then set about editing it.And while editing was time consuming to learn and to do, it was also quite fun as I experimented with all the things I could do.It's take me a while but finally I created a video screen…
  • How to Get Things Done

    Ruth Barringham
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    It’s easy to have a long list of things you should be doing, but actually starting is often hard.If you want to get started and get things done, here is a system to follow:Decide > Action > ResultsIt’s THAT easy…in theory.But the reality may seem more complicated so you need to expand the Action step like this:Pick a project you want to work on. It may be a writing project or it may even be simple like washing your car.Once you’ve decided what you want to do break down the action steps into 2 parts like this:Tasks > OrderThis means you first need to list the tasks you need to…
  • Learning to Type The Easy Way

    Ruth Barringham
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Typing is a lost art form these days.At school I learned what they called Touch Typing which is a really useful skill to have now that we all own computers.At school children were taught to type at up to 100 words per minute (wpm). But we didn’t learn to type that fast by typing as fast as we could.We were taught to NEVER try and type fast.Instead we had to learn to keep a rhythm as we typed, and it was something that we all did in unison in class.We learned to never look at the keyboard because that’s the worst habit to get into.Instead we had to place our hands on the ‘home row’…
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  • 10 Ways to Overcome Math Anxiety

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    29 Jul 2015 | 9:44 pm
    “I am interested in mathematics only as a creative art”                                                                                                              — Godfrey Harold Hardy (Mathematician) Math, a creative art? Is the guy talking sense? Tell that to the students who are about to face a math test. Panic, helplessness, numbness and partial memory loss are few forms of anxiety disorder that the students experience before, during and after the math exam. But don’t…
  • 10 Tips to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

    admin
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:41 am
    Public speaking can be worrisome if you are insecure or an introvert by nature. Public speaking or effective communication skills are special abilities which decide the success and failure of a person in his/her various course of life. Often students with excellent public speaking skills perform better than the students with a weak nerve. From impressing the examiner in the viva voce to guiding the boss and moving up the corporate ladder, you need strong and poised speaking abilities. But how can the students and aspiring professionals develop sturdy public speaking skills? Well! By simply…
  • 10 Tips for Renting an Apartment Abroad

    admin
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:24 am
    Moving to a foreign land for higher studies? It is probably one of the bravest things you are doing in your life. Yes, it can be scary. But there should not be any room for uncertainties now. You need to be prepared for every unseen challenge that life throws at you. The first and foremost challenge: Apartment hunting! It is needless to remind you that this is one of the biggest worries when you intend to study abroad. To save you from the well-known hassles of apartment renting abroad, we bring to you 10 practical tips that will make your hunt easy and successful. 1. Warm up before real…
  • 10 Body Language Mistakes During Presentations

    admin
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:44 am
    Non-verbal communication can impact your presentation at large. Several studies have shown that body language contributes both in a positive and negative way to a presenter’s influence. Body language is extremely important as you walk into a room to deliver a presentation. Your behavior helps the audience to figure out your personality and message much before you begin the presentation. So you should know how to avoid the body language faux pas during a presentation. For this, we present to you the 10 most common body language mistakes that a person usually commit while making a…
  • Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Intern Abroad

    admin
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:12 pm
    If you think that simply showing an internship in your resume can make you stand out in the crowd of applicants, you are in for a disappointment. The cut-throat competition in the job market has made things extremely difficult and employers are only looking to hire the best of the lot. Hence, it is important that you demonstrate exceptional qualities. So why not take your resume to the next level with a foreign internship. When you calculate the cost of living in a foreign country, you may think it is not worth it. But we request you to read this article first where we have listed top 10…
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  • STOP THE DIET I WANT TO GET OFF RELEASE DAY BLITZ!

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We're happy to be hosting Lisa Tillinger Johansen and her STOP THE DIET I WANT TO GET OFF RELEASE DAY BLITZ today!About the Book: Title: Stop the Diet, I Want To Get Off!Author: Lisa Tillinger JohansenPublisher: J. Murray PressPages: 275Genre: Nonfiction/Nutrition/HealthPurchase at AMAZON The Paleo.  The Zone.  The Gluten-free.  Another day, another diet.  We’re caught in a never-ending merry-go-round of weight loss plans, fueled by celebrity endorsers, TV doctors and companies angling for a piece of a $60 billion industry.  But do these diets really work?  And…
  • On the Spotlight: The Aqua Lie, by L.L. Hunter

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    Title: The Aqua LieSeries: The Aqua Saga book 2Author: L.L. HunterGenre: YA DystopianCover Designer: Regina Wamba of Mae I Design and PhotographyRelease Date: July 31stEver since being told he had to work for General Maddox in order to see Pym, Rush has had more than enough time to contemplate how to get out of this deal. When he is invited to play a high stakes poker game with the General and his father, he is a little suspicious of the General’s motives.When he discovers just what he is playing for, it has Rush seeing red.The prize: Pym’s heart.But if he loses, he will have to watch his…
  • Guest blog from Sarah Smith Ducksworth, author of No Crystal Stair

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Title: No Crystal StairAuthor: Sarah Smith DucksworthPublisher: TraffordGenre: PoetryFormat: Kindle Each poem in this collection is a reflection upon the author’s personal life or is a response to her vicarious interactions in the lives of characters she has met in real life or in books. Through the critical lens of poetry, she has looked for deeper meanings inside those experiences. Though the writer ends with an understanding that her life has not been a “crystal stair,” alluding to the hardships the titular character in Langston Hughes’ Poem--“The Negro Mother”--…
  • Interview with Judy Carlson, author of The White Knight, the Lost Kingdom, and the Sea Princess

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Judy Carlson is from St. Paul, MN. She and husband Tim have six children and 20 grandchildren and reside in Missouri. Judy has a BA in English from Trinity International University. Her lifetime passion for literature and writing and the works of C.S. Lewis and Tolkien has permeated this novel with their characteristic sense of wonder. She  wrote her first story at age nine, and has been the grand storyteller to her children and grandchildren.Connect with Judy:Publisher Website: www.NordskogPublishing.comAuthor InterviewWelcome to The Writer's Life!  Now that your…
  • Interview with Larry Laswell, author Vows To The Fallen

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
            Larry Laswell served in the US Navy for eight years. In navy parlance, he was a mustang, someone who rose from the enlisted ranks to receive an officer’s commission. While enlisted, he was assigned to the USS John Marshall SSBN-611 (Gold Crew). After earning his commission, he served as main engines officer aboard the USS Intrepid CV-11. His last assignment was as a submarine warfare officer aboard the USS William M. Wood DD-715 while she was home ported in Elefsis, Greece.In addition to writing, Larry, a retired CEO fills his spare time with…
 
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  • Catch Your Readers in Washington, D.C.

    Ann Wylie
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Learn to write copy that moves people to act in this 2-day, hands-on Master ClassIf you want to Catch Your Readers, you need to think like a reader. Then you need to use the bait your reader likes, not the bait you like. Problem is, many of the techniques we’ve institutionalized in business communication writing are not the bait the reader likes.But in Catch Your Readers — a two-day writing Master Class on Oct. 27-28 in Arlington, Virginia — we’ll debunk destructive writing myths. (You’re not still married to the inverted pyramid, are you?!) You’ll leave with scientific,…
  • Break the news

    Ann Wylie
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:10 pm
    The New York Times improves on the fact packWriting a news story? You could do worse than study The New York Times for inspiration.News? Or snooze? Take a tip from The New York Times and run “snappy synthesis” news leads instead of fact packs and announcements.We analyzed 87 stories in the Dec. 15, 2014, edition of the Times. (We skipped the sports pages and one-paragraph stories.) Reporters started 44 of those pieces with news leads.News leads put the bottom line up front so busy readers in a hurry can gulp the news in one paragraph rather than reading the whole story. On Dec.
  • I’ve got a little list

    Ann Wylie
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Eight thoughts about the length of your listicleThank you, David Letterman.Is 10 tops? How many items should you include in your listicle?The Top 10 list rules the Web — or at least, Buzzfeed. The number of Buzzfeed listicles with the numeral 10 in the headline outranked the next most popular numeral (15) by 142%, according to research by Noah Veltman and Brian Abelson, two Knight-Mozilla fellows. Fiddle around with their addictive “listogram” for details.Perfect 10 The number of Buzzfeed listicles with the numeral 10 in the headline outranked the next most popular numeral —…
  • Your brain on wordplay

    Ann Wylie
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:08 pm
    We pay attention to and remember puns, alliterationA hand shoots up in my Make Your Copy More Creative workshop.Center of attention The Broca area is the part of your brain responsible for processing language — or not. Image by Henry Vandyke Carter via Wikimedia Commons“But,” the communicator says, “don’t you risk confusing people with wordplay?”Well … yes, you do. And that’s part of the point.When readers encounter wordplay, they first try on the literal meaning of the words. When that doesn’t work, they seek alternative meanings.Because readers…
  • Ann’s touring schedule

    Ann Wylie
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Polish your skills at one of these eventsAlas, I can’t invite you to the in-house seminars I present for private organizations.Come along for the ride Catch Ann at one of her upcoming workshops.But everyone’s invited to these upcoming public seminars in:Tacoma on Aug. 19: Create Content Marketing Pieces That Almost Write Themselves, a half-day workshop for PRSA Puget SoundNew Jersey on Sept. 21: Catch Your Readers, a one-day writing workshop for IABC New Jersey.Washington, D.C. on Oct. 27 and 28: Catch Your Readers, a two-day Master ClassAtlanta on Nov. 9: Ann presents Make Your…
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  • These Broken Worlds – A Featured Work on SpecFicNZ’s Blog

    Woelf Dietrich
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:34 am
    My article on the release of These Broken Worlds is featured on SpecFicNZ’s blog today. I’m a member of the association and it’s good to have word of Kōsa Press’s first publication make the rounds here in New Zealand. A little more about SpecFicNZ: It’s an association for creators, writers and editors of speculative fiction (science […]
  • #Art of Fantasy 28: Xiaodi Jin

    Woelf Dietrich
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:23 am
    Xiaodi Jin is a freelance concept artist from China. His work is dark and fantastic and thus an appropriate addition to the #Art of Fantasy series. I tried to find more information about the artist but to no avail. It’s a pity because Xiaodi’s paintings are phenomenal. His mood and tone remind me of Justin […]
  • An Interview with “These Broken Worlds” Author Pavarti K. Tyler

    Woelf Dietrich
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:56 pm
    One of my fellow collaborators on These Broken Worlds is Pavarti K. Tyler. She is a maverick, a rebel’s rebel, and a teller of uncommon tales.  She is a talented author and I’m proud to call her my friend. The Kōsa Press team sat down with Pavarti for an interview where she discussed why writing […]
  • #Art of Fantasy 27: Svetlin Velinov

    Woelf Dietrich
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:43 am
    Today’s artist hails from Bulgaria. Svetlin Velinov is a freelance illustrator and concept artist who has done work for companies such as Wizards of the Coast, Phoenix Age and Applibot. His style, in my opinion, captures the essence of fantasy and I especially like the gritty lines and dark colors. He is exceptionally strong on creature design […]
  • From Dark Fantasy to Science Fiction: My Kōsa Press Interview

    Woelf Dietrich
    19 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    I did an interview over at Kōsa Press. The questions were interesting and non-standard and I had fun answering them. I think you might enjoy reading it. Here is an excerpt: KPT: One main component of the universe portrayed in These Broken Worlds and Interspecies is not a lot of the Earth is habitable anymore. Many of the aliens and […]
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    The Proof Angel

  • Using transferable skills for book marketing

    The Proof Angel
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:38 am
    Sometimes you need a different perspective on a job. Particularly a job you don’t really like. These posts give a different slant on book marketing: Using knowledge gained from a failed marriage. Using guidance on applying for a job. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: book marketing
  • How to sign your book

    The Proof Angel
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:39 am
    Sometimes the simplest things are much more complicated than you thought. Once your beautiful book has been published, one of the things you are likely to be doing to market it is book signing. Seems simple, doesn’t it? If that is what you think, you may be surprised at the length of this practical post about book signing. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: book signing
  • The decline of the definite article

    The Proof Angel
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:55 am
    According to some recent research, the definite article is in radical decline. On the other hand, let’s look at why this sentence from George Washington in 1790 sounds so old fashioned: I embrace with great satisfaction the opportunity which now presents itself of congratulating you on the present favourable prospects of our public affairs. The main factors are: It is long. It is passive. Look at how he uses “the”. And the list goes on. For example, we don’t often talk about prospects these days. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits…
  • Another take on the book against ebook battle

    The Proof Angel
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    It has long been said that the paper book is on its way out. I suspect mainly by people who don’t need to compare two books very often. Now it seems that sales of paper books are taking off again. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: ebooks
  • Writing an email to market your products and services

    The Proof Angel
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:36 am
    Marketing is a hard task. There are so many things to think about, and it is so easy to run out of ideas when you sit in front of a blank screen. Here are some tips to help you with your email marketing. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: effective email, marketing
 
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  • How to Determine Which Point of View to Use in Your Story

    Kavitha
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    When you set out to write a story, one of the decisions you have to make is from which point of view to tell the story? This decision is very important and will make a huge impact on the story reading experience of the reader. Considering the choice you make, your story might turn out to be a completely different one to what might have developed if you had made a different viewpoint choice. Most beginners will start off with the first person viewpoint. This is easier because it allows the author to get intimate with a character and put themselves in that position. For most authors, this is a…
  • All the Marketing Tools a Self-Published Author Needs Are Out There

    Hiten Vyas
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:39 am
    When you were a kid, did an adult ever tell you the only way to succeed in life, is through hard work? It’s true isn’t it? And if you’re a self-published author such sentiments resonate even more. It can be argued that writing, editing, proofreading and then uploading your book using a self-publishing platform (e.g. CreateSpace) is fairly straightforward. And then there’s marketing. Marketing is one activity that an indie author really needs to get a hang of. After all, lacklustre marketing will certainly result in dismal book sales. However, the good thing is that 90% of the tools an…
  • Wattpad Co-Founder Allen Lau Writes about the Importance of Diversity for Success

    Hiten Vyas
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Allen Lau is CEO and co-founder of Wattpad, the hugely popular social platform that enables writers to write and share their stories with readers, and which currently hosts 100 million stories and has over 40 million users. In a recent article for The Globe and Mail, Allen shared his experiences of starting and running Wattpad and attributed its success to its location, which is Toronto, Canada and having access to the city’s diverse population. Below is a quote from the article: “More than half of Toronto’s residents were born outside Canada, myself included. For my company, Wattpad, a…
  • How to Develop Backgrounds in Your Fantasy Stories

    Georgina Roy
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Fantasy has many subgenres, from dark fantasy, to sword and sorcery, but all of them are linked by the supernatural – be it magic, demons, witches or sorcery. This might fool a new writer into believing that he or she can write an epic fantasy without a problem, because when it comes to fantasy, many writers tend to think that anything goes, and that anything can happen. However, the background in fantasy is what makes it so appealing, from the magic to the characters, and in this genre, all is connected by world building. There are several things you should think about when you’re…
  • Can a Book Be Pitched in 140 Characters?

    Hiten Vyas
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    So much of getting published involves an author having to sell his or her work. Writing a book is just the beginning. There are essential titbits whether it is query letters or synopses, and getting your ‘pitch’ right in order to attract literary agents and publishers to give your work a second glance; the primary emphasis being brief. It seems the need for brevity may have increased somewhat. An article written by John Walsh in The Independent reported on a couple of literary agencies welcoming book pitches in 140 characters, or even less than this. Below is a quote from the article:…
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  • App Review: Hemingway Editor

    Laura Spencer
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:06 am
    ©Laura Spencer What do you think? Can a software tool improve your writing? The debate’s been raging for years. Some say that only a human editor can understand the nuances of text draft. That hasn’t stopped software developers from trying to create that perfect software editing tool. The latest entry into the software editing arena is the Hemingway Editor app. Named after the author famous for his short, concise sentences–the app’s goal is to help you improve your writing. More on how the app goes about that later… In this post, I share my thoughts on the…
  • Your Number One Asset…and How to Protect It

    Laura Spencer
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    ©iStock.com/Tatomm As a freelance writer or small business owner, do you know what your most important asset is? If you think it’s your website, a piece of equipment, or a product that you sell–you’re wrong. For all small business owners, your most important asset is your health. Here’s why. If don’t feel well enough to work, your business suffers. If you get sick too often, your business could even go under. In this post, which wraps up the series I began with How to Get More Done and Earn More $$, I’ll talk about some simple steps you can take to protect…
  • How to Quickly Stop These 5 Common Distractions Before They Stop You

    Laura Spencer
    18 Jul 2015 | 7:40 am
    ©iStock.com/OcusFocus One of the biggest productivity drains that most freelance writers and other small business owners complain about is distractions. All day, every day, we are surrounded by circumstances that distract us from the work we are trying get done. Luckily, there are ways to keep distractions to a minimum. Handling distractions is a key part of becoming more productive. In this post, I explain how you can quickly and effectively handle five of the most common distractions freelance writers and other work-at-home professionals face. This post is part of my series on How to Get…
  • To Earn More, Learn More

    Laura Spencer
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    ©iStock.com/eenevski Should freelance writers take classes? You bet they should. For the past few weeks we’ve been learning about how to get more done and earn more money. Keeping your skills current is a big part of that process. I understand why many freelancers hesitate to invest in training classes. After all, classes usually cost money and take time. Plus, you can learn what you need to know “on the job,” right? In this post, I list three reasons why learning new things is important for freelancers. Reason 1: What You Don’t Know You’ve been a freelance…
  • Special Offer: Free Udemy Writing Course for 50 Readers

    Laura Spencer
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    Today, I have something special for you. Whether you are just starting your freelance writing career or trying to brush up on your writing skills, taking a writing course might just provide the career boost you need. I’ll write more about the importance of training in a few weeks. But for now… Our friends at Udemy have offered a free business writing course, Writing With Flair: How To Become An Exceptional Writer to the first 50 readers who redeem this offer. (This course is normally valued at $299.00.) To get the free writing course, follow these steps: Click the link with the…
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  • New Release: Lost Boy (Piston 1)

    Angel Voisen
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Publisher: Evernight PublishingCover Art: Jay AheerBuy Links:Evernight Publishing/ ARe/ Amazon/ BookStrandBlurb: Trust me. Two simple words. Easy to say, harder to give, and once lost, nearly impossible to reclaim. Five years ago, submissive Jordan Lewis made the mistake of placing his unquestionable trust in his Dom, Gabriel Rhodes. Gabe only needed five minutes to uncollar Jordan and leave his heart in pieces. It took Jordan five years to retrieve those pieces, and one night to lose them again. Gabe’s back in town and he doesn’t just want to bring his lost boy home, he’s also…
  • Book Spotlight: Claimed by the Bruin by Libby Bishop

    Angel Voisen
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    I'm excited to welcome Author Libby Bishop to my blog. Libby is here to share her latest release with us, Claimed by the Bruin Blurb: Shifter politics can be a real bitch. Mara Kane is a twenty-six year old woman who happens to have bear blood. She can’t shift…yet. But that doesn’t stop Lee Underhill, an exiled bruin, from taking his revenge out on her. After all, it was her father who played the largest role in him being exiled from the Clan and Northeast pack. Lee’s demands are clear—if she isn’t married and mated to a bruin in her clan in three days, she has to marry the…
  • Book Spotlight: Stirring up Dirty by Kacey Hammell

    Angel Voisen
    26 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    I'm excited to welcome Author Kacey Hammell on my blog. Welcome, Kacey!Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today, and sharing my newest release with your readers! Stirring Up Dirty was a lot of fun to write. Great and enjoyable characters, stubborn as all get-out, and secondary characters I've come to love too. It is the first of the Stirred by Love Series, but also connected to DARE, which is also available at Evernight Publishing! It is the story that first introduced Candy, so be sure to check that out too!STIRRING UP DIRTY Stirred by Love: Book 1 By Kacey…
  • Our Sexy Place ~ @MySexySaturday #MySexySaturday #Saturday7 #MSSAuthors #MSS102

    Angel Voisen
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to the 102nd week of My Sexy Saturday.This week’s theme is Our Sexy Place. You know the place we’re talking about…that sexy place only lovers go…we want to know all about it this week. Again, there are no rules since our sexy place can be with anyone, anywhere. You know what we think is sexy and if you’re new to the blog, look at any of the past weeks. We don’t need to explain it. Sexy is sexy and everyone has their own idea of sexy.This week I’m posting from my MM interracial contemporary short, Scarred Soldier, Inked Angel.Teaser:Decorated walls showcased his art of…
  • Cover Reveal: Lost Boy (The Piston 1)

    Angel Voisen
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    I'm excited to share the gorgeous cover for Lost Boy, the first book in my new MM BDSM series, The Piston. Cover art is done by the talented Jay Aheer. Blurb:Trust me. Two simple words. Easy to say, harder to give, and once lost, nearly impossible to reclaim. Five years ago, submissive Jordan Lewis made the mistake of placing his unquestionable trust in his Dom, Gabriel Rhodes. Gabe only needed five minutes to uncollar Jordan and leave his heart in pieces. It took Jordan five years to retrieve those pieces, and one night to lose them again. Gabe’s back in town and he doesn’t just…
 
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  • THE HAWTHORNE EFFECT

    Beatriz
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:21 am
    High ceilings and small windows with bars way up at the top of gray walls, stale air, ear-piercing din: a vast warehouse resembling a prison where you find yourself at nineteen.  Short and slim, you look more like twelve.  Everything about the situation frightens you.  You’ve never been inside a factory before in your life.  Only a few months before you were attending the university, studying philosophy and literature.  You were going to be a journalist.  You were going to write stories about the downtrodden, the exploited, exposing the abuses of power, and…
  • MY MOTHER'S ATHENS

    Beatriz
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:11 am
    MY MOTHER’S ATHENSLet me start by describing the view from my mother’s slim balcony: concrete apartment buildings of 5 or 6 floors with balconies, a very narrow street populated by pigeons, small cars, motorcycles, and the occasional cat.  Pedestrians walk in the middle of the street because sidewalks are impassable, parked as they are with motorcycles or simply too narrow to maneuver with a bag. (Is there a synonym for narrow? I’m going to need it so as not to bore you with the word.) Balconies across the street are mostly empty of people these days but there are green plants, a…
  • COMING THIS FALL!

    Beatriz
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:19 am
    GARTLER WRITING STUDIOgartlerwritingstudio@gmail.comComing this Fall!   Enjoy the summer but plan ahead for the fall – that season of yellow and red leaves, cool afternoons, the promise of snow. Fall is the perfect time to start a new project or finally sit down and finish what you started.  It only takes 5 minutes to register for a workshop.FROM JOURNAL TO MEMOIR: six sessions every other week.Journaling your way to writing memoir – be it short personal essays or a book-length narrative. The various techniques in this class will bring the past into sharp relief, allowing for…
  • WHAT YOU SEE IN THE SQUARE

    Beatriz
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
    The senior citizens sit on benches and twirl their worry beads absentmindedly. They stare in the distance. The men, at least. The women feed the pigeons or sit next to the men, attempting to chat. Some simply stare too. Pigeons walk around our feet, jump on a chair and try to grab our potato chips or chocolate cakes. Their feathers flutter around, fall on our heads or inside our coffee cups. Disgusting pigeons! Aggressive little birds ubiquitous as clouds.At the square there are so many older people. With canes. Some smoking. White-haired. Doing nothing. There is very little grass, mostly…
  • LAWLESSNESS AND EARTHQUAKES

    Beatriz
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:24 am
    The lawlessness baffles me. Cars parked anywhere, anyhow, blocking sidewalks, crosswalks, corners. Pedestrians have no rights. Watch out or you'll lose your head! Trolleys and buses are ridden without paying. No control whatsoever. Smoking is theoretically banned indoors but everyone smokes in cafes, bars, restaurants. An ashtray disguised as a cup is provided. The despair is more palpable than it used to be. Yet, nothing changes. Why is it so trying for me to spend more than a day here? The apartment is too small, too cramped for three women. Did you know that there is no Greek word for…
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  • 5 Signs Your are a Creative Writer

    Elizabeth Yetter
    8 Jul 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Creative people are popularly shown as having over-the-top behavior and eccentric clothing style, but that is just Hollywood hype. There is more to being creative than throwing on mismatched socks and wearing top designer clothes. Check out these things that really make people among the creative elite, and see if you are one of them. […]Continue reading...
  • 5 Reasons Why Book Research is Still Better Than Internet Research

    Elizabeth Yetter
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:17 pm
    Given the choice between doing my research in books and doing my research online, books win out all the time. Internet research can be tedious. There is a lot of just online that you have to weed out when doing keyword searches. Also, facts are unreliable online. Few people list their sources and those that […]Continue reading...
  • 7 Things Writers Can Learn from Scientists

    Elizabeth Yetter
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:16 am
    The best way to learn how to succeed is to learn from the great minds of the past and the present. These seven scientists can teach you how to be a better writer. 1. Keep a Notebook of Ideas Albert Einstein is famous for keeping notes. One of his notebooks is a prize above all […]Continue reading...
  • How to Increase Your Daily Word Count in 8 Easy Steps

    Elizabeth Yetter
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Writers are forever looking for ways to increase their daily word count. This is nothing new. Writers are often paid by their word count. The higher their daily word count, the higher their income. Step 1 – Prepare the Night Before The first step to increasing your daily word count is to plan ahead. The […]Continue reading...
  • When to Use Your Free Promo Days on Kindle

    Elizabeth Yetter
    31 May 2015 | 3:34 am
    When you publish your book on Kindle and sign up for the KDP Select program, you are given 5 days every 90 days to promote your book for free. According to some, there is a right way and a wrong way to schedule these free days. Giving Books Away for Free At first, it seems […]Continue reading...
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  • Quick Tip: Look Beyond Your Bubble for Freelance Writing Advice

    Jennifer Mattern
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Last week Paula Hendrickson wrote a great guest post for Lori Widmer's blog on vetting writing experts. This topic is near and dear to my heart because I've had more new writers come to me looking for help after taking horrible advice from pseudo experts than I can count. I feel for those writers. It's easy to get sucked in because some of these charlatans are masters at hyping themselves up (and that's about all they've mastered). Paula's article gives you three ways you can vet freelance writing experts before deciding to follow them, hire them as a coach, or take their courses. I'll be…
  • Review of The Freelancer Planner

    Jennifer Mattern
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    Not long ago I was contacted by Michelle Nickolaisen, asking if I'd like to review The Freelancer Planner. Of course I said "yes." Planners? Organization? Schedules? She clearly knew the way to this freelancer's heart. Total organization junkie over here. Michelle sent over a review copy of the downloadable version of her planner. This is a six-page .pdf planner (minus the cover page) that you can print at home. You would print a fresh copy for each week. The Freelancer Planner is a Kickstarter project that you can back. You can get the full downloadable version that I'm reviewing here for…
  • Quick Tip: Determine Your “Perfect Day”

    Jennifer Mattern
    14 Jul 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Do you know what your "perfect day" looks like? Those are the days when you achieve far more than you might normally expect, where you feel good and rested but still productive. They're the days that don't leave you feeling drained. They're the days that leave you wanting more. I know what my "perfect day" looks like because I've lived it plenty of times. And I've experimented quite a bit with my schedule to find out what works best. Have you done that yet? Have you looked for ways to rearrange and re-prioritize your time to see if you can get more done in less time and have more time for…
  • The Perils (and Benefits) of Reviewing Indie Fiction

    Kat Stiles
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:01 am
    I think most people by nature are polite. Maybe more so with authors, because we’ve had our hearts ripped out and stomped on repeatedly by literary agents and publishers. And maybe there’s some unwritten code I don’t know about, that says if you’re an author and you’re reviewing someone else’s work, you have to give them five stars and a glowing review. If that’s the case, then I need to quit reviewing. A friend of mine once described me as “genuine,” but it’s more than that; I suffer from this annoying condition of being honest to a fault. As such it’s really impossible…
  • Is Grammarly a Good Tool for Professional Writers?

    Jennifer Mattern
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:01 am
    Not long ago I published a review of AutoCrit, a self-editing tool designed for authors of fiction. I also found it helpful for nonfiction work such as blog posts. Shortly after reviewing AutoCrit, I was contacted by a rep for Grammarly, another online editing tool for writers which serves as both a spelling and grammar checker. The kind folks at Grammarly set up a test account for me so I could play with things and share my thoughts with you. Side Note: As I mentioned in a previous post ranting about another company's insanely bad blogger outreach, both Grammarly and AutoCrit went about…
 
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  • Har! How to Deal with Book Piracy | Nicholas C. Rossis

    Nat Russo
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    The post Har! How to Deal with Book Piracy | Nicholas C. Rossis appeared first on A Writer's Journey. If you’ve followed me on social media long enough, you’ve likely heard me repeat the words of Neil Gaiman when it comes to piracy: “Piracy is not the enemy of writers. Obscurity is.”   I’ve noticed a surge of “piracy” lately, judging by recent interactions with my readers. Check out Nicholas’s full article (the link is below) for why I put “piracy” in quotes. It’s usually not what you think it is. And, if it is what…
  • If You Like It Then You Should Have Glued Some Gears On It | mishaburnett

    Nat Russo
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:33 pm
    The post If You Like It Then You Should Have Glued Some Gears On It | mishaburnett appeared first on A Writer's Journey. I read this article from my friend Misha Burnett a few minutes ago and had to pass it along to my readers. Misha breaks down his dislike of the genre system and makes some brilliant points as to why it hurts more than helps. He’s going to be categorizing his fiction as Slipstream from now on, a word I admittedly have never heard in this context until tonight. I think the continued fracturing of genres is leading to a lot of unnecessary confusion.   Source:…
  • A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Authors United Epic Fail-O-Rama

    Nat Russo
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    The post A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Authors United Epic Fail-O-Rama appeared first on A Writer's Journey. The Stupid, which I once mentioned was “strong with Authors United”, apparently knows no bounds. If you’re not familiar with Joe Konrath’s blog, you should check it out. This is a decent intro to what he does over there. He takes the recent letter from AU to the Assistant Attorney General and absolutely shreds it in classic Konrath style. Click the link in “source” below to go to the article. Source: A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing:…
  • Ink Deep Editing Interviews Me

    Nat Russo
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:52 am
    The post Ink Deep Editing Interviews Me appeared first on A Writer's Journey. Erica Ellis, over at Ink Deep Editing, was kind enough to interview me a while back, and it allowed me to explore issues such as cross-genre writing, brand awareness as an author, and how life experience plays into the old adage write what you know. When you get a minute, stop by Ink Deep Editing and check it out. The link to the interview follows. Author Interview: Nat Russo Source: Ink Deep Editing| Erica Ellis| Professional Book Editor | Author Interview: Nat Russo The post Ink Deep Editing…
  • Buying Your Way Onto The NY Times Bestsellers List

    Nat Russo
    11 Jul 2015 | 2:32 pm
    The post Buying Your Way Onto The NY Times Bestsellers List appeared first on A Writer's Journey. As a bestselling author, I’m often greeted initially with enthusiasm. “Oh! You’re a bestselling author? How cool!” – Most strangers I meet. Then they discover I’m an independent author who self-publishes, and their tone takes on a different characteristic. It’s what I like to call the “isn’t he cute” tone. Oh. You’re talking about Amazon. I thought you meant a real bestseller list. What the average person (i.e. a non…
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  • Peanut Butter GenCon Time!

    terribleminds
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Today, I am off to the GAME-SLICK WILDS of GENCON, where I will talk a lot about writing and hopefully maybe sneak in a game or two and also did I mention the bad-ass Storium charity game that you should totally go to BECAUSE CHARITY? Anyway, so to go onto the game theme, I figured I’d pose a pair of questions: a) Favorite tabletop non-RPG game? b) Favorite tabletop pen-and-paper RPG game? Use the comments. Get to answering. GO. And if you’re gonna be at Gencon — swing by, say hi!
  • Fear Is Fucking Us All Up

    terribleminds
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    [disclaimer: I am not a MINDOLOGIST or a PSYCHOHOLIC or in any way an expert on subjects relating to emotion or the human brain, so take all this with a entire salt lick] I just read an article that literally had the headline: THIS EL NINO PHOTO SHOULD SCARE THE SHIT OUT OF THE WEST COAST. (I’m not going to link to it, because fuck that article right in its bloviating trash-hole.) El Nino is so bad, the article posits, that the entire populace of the West Coast of America should — right now — stand up and just defecate themselves while screaming in terror. It’s the…
  • Thunderbird Has A Cover

    terribleminds
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    And that is its cover. All hail the work of Adam Doyle! In the book, Miriam heads cross-country to look for a psychic who can help her understand — and potentially be rid of — her gift of being able to see how people are going to die when she touches them. But her search is fraught with danger, and her path intersects with that of a dangerous cult of domestic terrorists who want to use Miriam to aid in their mad crusade. You can pre-order the book now — it comes out April 5th, 2016. Hardcover! The first book, Blackbirds, is presently $1.99 at Amazon until Friday.
  • Writers Of Color In SFF: Recommendation Time

    terribleminds
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    There’s this thing that happens sometimes where someone asks about book recommendations from an author and that author — probably a white guy, like me — rattles off some names of other authors who are also probably white guys like me. I don’t believe this to be an actively racist kind of thing, but more a product of an industry that doesn’t publish as many writers of color. And when they do publish them, they tend to remain marginalized because of various institutional reasons. Plus, then you get that excuse that’s meant to be a positive — “I…
  • Today’s Flash Fiction Writing Challenge Is Not About Fiction

    terribleminds
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    You read that right. Today, I’m not asking for 1000 words of fiction. I’m asking for a 1000 word essay (meaning, blog post). And I want it on this subject: WHY I WRITE. That’s it. I wanna know why you write. What it is that makes you want to tell stories and write them down. What drives you? Something biographical? Something internal? Dig deep. Be thoughtful. Write it out like the bad-ass that you know you are. The standard rules apply, otherwise: Write it at your online space. Drop a link to it here in the comments. Due in one week: 7/31. Your time is now: tell us why you…
 
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  • July 31st Full Moon

    Bibi Tinsley
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    A great deal has happened since I last posted here. The latest is this video, a message brought forth by my sister co-creator, Kerry Keegan. We spent the first weekend in June in and around Sedona, mostly at Bell Rock. This is known as the most powerful vortex in that area...When we returned to our respective homes, mine in Los Angeles on top of Mount Washington, and Kerry's in the SF Bay area, we realized that we were each being downloaded massive amounts of Light Information.  The intensity and frequency of these downloads expanded exponentially with every new day we awoke into.
  • Lunar Soul Wisdom: A New Moondance

    Bibi Tinsley
    20 Jun 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Part Two of the Lunar Soul Wisdom Series (http://www.lunarsoulwisdom.com)
  • Simon Parkes: The Hobbit, DNA, & Humanity's Choice

    Bibi Tinsley
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Simon Parkes is a true Galactic gentleman. Kerry and I sat down with him (via Skype), and had a very illuminating experience as Simon answered our questions. His answers were surprising and uplifting. Simon Parkes http://www.simonparkes.org LUNAR SOUL WISDOM http://www.lunarsoulwisdom.com The Kitchen Table Ascension Podcast http://www.thebibiblog.com/archivedshows The Kitchen Table Ascension Podcast on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kitchen-table-ascension-bibi/id969384300?mt=2 Kerry Keegan http://www.kerrykeegan.com Bibi Tinsley http://www.thebibiblog.com Simon Parkes is a…
  • Simon Parkes Upcoming Interview

    Bibi Tinsley
    26 May 2015 | 7:30 pm
    UPDATE!THE PODCAST MP3 OF THE  INTERVIEW IS NOW AVAILABLE HERE  It will soon be available as a viewable video on our YouTube channel."Simon Parkes is a life long experiencer of aliens, shadow people, elementals and ufo's, these include Mantid (Mantis) beings, Draconis Reptilian, Feline, small and tall Grey creatures, Crystalline beings and other creatures that can't be identified.  Simon was an elected Politician and served a full term of office, he is currently taking a break from politics but is likely to resume later this…
  • A Special Request

    Bibi Tinsley
    24 May 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Kerry Keegan and I are experiencing ongoing expansion and joy as we continue to immerse ourselves in THE KITCHEN TABLE ASCENSION PODCAST. I am reaching out to ask you to please go to our iTunes link, and rate the podcast. iTunes will show podcasts as "recommended" after they receive a certain amount of feedback from listeners.No need to write anything (unless of course, you'd like to do so) - all we ask is that you click on the stars to show your appreciation! You can do that HERE, or by clicking on the image below. Thank you very much!!!
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  • Make It Count: Why Your Blog is Forgettable (and What to Do About It)

    Kevin Duncan
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Free Bonus: Download the PDF version of this post, which includes 3 extra tips not included on the blog. Just click here. We all do it. Sometimes, we’ll pour our blood, sweat, and tears into a blog post. We’ll spend hours getting the headline just right. We’ll spend days fine-tuning our esoteric references to pop culture. We’ll tweak, revise, edit, and refine the post over and over until it’s perfect. Other times? We’ll publish just for the sake of publishing. We’ll think of an idea, throw down a few mildly-inspiring and fleshed-out thoughts into a…
  • Storytelling: The Ridiculously Easy Way To Get Inside A Reader’s Head

    Kevin Duncan
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    “I think we’re in a horror movie,” I told my wife. As we checked the windows and barricaded the doors to our mountain cabin, my wife turned to me. “Promise me,” she said. “Promise you what?” I asked. “Promise me you will blog about this one day.” “That is a very strange request given the circumstances,” I responded. “It’s almost as though this conversation isn’t really happening and I’m adding it for dramatic and/or comedic effect.” “You are very talented and handsome,” she replied.
  • Top Blog Quotes By 101 Amazing Bloggers (and One By Me)

    Kevin Duncan
    12 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Everyone loves a good quote! Or, at least everyone should. Otherwise Shakespeare died in vain. The following is a list of top blog quotes from 101 of the very best bloggers I’ve had the pleasure of reading in blogs, interviews and social media. I also added one silly quote of my own, so I would look cool by association. Enjoy! Michael Hyatt on giving up: Failure isn’t final until you quit.” [tweet this] Michael Hyatt Darren Rowse on awesomeness: 99.9% of great bloggers are not awesome on day 1. Their awesomeness is the accumulation of the value they create over time.”…
  • The 2-Step Process to Make Guest Posting 100x More Effective

    Ahmed Safwan
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    Note from Kevin: This post is written by the talented Ahmed Safwan of Smart Marketing Boost. Ahmed has written for the likes of ProBlogger, Kikolani, and Firepole Marketing. Now he’s here to talk about a topic dear to my heart: guest posting! Traffic. Traffic. Traffic. That’s what you’re craving for, right? After all, you can’t build a business using your blog without traffic. And you were told to guest post to get traffic. Jon Morrow did it, and he built a successful business. Danny Iny did it. Even in the old days, Brian Clark did it on Problogger to promote his…
  • Bet On You

    Kevin Duncan
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    “What is the biggest risk you’ve taken?” The question took me by surprise… “What’s your biggest regret?” That one I’ve heard. “What five items would you want with you on a deserted island?” Heard that one, too. “Would you rather be mauled by a bear or watch a buddy-cop movie starring Nicolas Cage and a monkey?” Heard that one earlier in the day. But my biggest risk? No, that was a new one. As I laid in bed that night, trying not to focus on the Nicolas-Cage-themed nightmares I would soon be having, my mind drifted to my…
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  • How to Revise a Novel--Step 2

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Last time, in Step 1, I took you through the process of shrinking down a novel and looking at it in three acts.I had mixed feelings about this because I already felt I had a good idea that my draft disintegrated into a hodge-podge of random scenes in the third act. This was solidly upheld in the shrunken three-act process. It was useful in some ways, but I wanted it to be more useful.I wanted an epiphany.I wanted a miracle.I wanted the secret to fixing a novel.Logically, I know there isn't a magic pill that will solve my novel's problems, but it doesn't stop me from searching. I want to know…
  • 7 Reasons to Learn to Love Revising

    21 Jul 2015 | 5:07 pm
    I meet lots of writers who say they hate revising. Others have told me they just write a draft and give it to an editor. Done.I don't understand. Revising is writing. Therefore, if you love writing, you also love revising. Yes, it's a complex and difficult love, but it's just that which brings the greatest reward.Love takes care. Image: Eva BlueAnd because I don't want you to miss out on this amazing love, I think we should talk about the reasons a writer needs to buckle down and commit his heart and soul to revising his novel. Before I do, I'd like to define a few things very…
  • How to Revise a Novel—Step 1

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:13 pm
    If you're anything like me, your first draft is a giant mess.Chapters? Who needs chapters? No. I don't have chapters yet. Image: Early Novels DatabaseBefore I began the revision process in mid-June, I knew I had out-of-order scenes. I didn't even have chapters. I knew that, as I pushed characters through a plot, they changed. No amount of planning prepared me for how my characters changedeven though I go through various revisions of character building and multiple character exercises throughout the process of writing so that I can understand them better. I just don't know what will come up. I…
  • 8 Reasons Why Good Books Are Rejected

    18 Jun 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Your novel is brilliant. You know it is.So why aren't any agents picking it up?This is not a post about delusions of the quality of one's writing. It's about why you send your book out to 10 agents and another 10, and then 10 more, and you still haven't gotten a nibble.It takes sending a book out to more agents than you would imagine before you find the right one. And that's what it's about: finding the right person, the one who will be as committed to your book as you are.You're not represented ...yet. Persevere. Image courtesy of:  on flickr.Last month at the Pima Writers'…
  • 5 Ways Your Dialogue Tags Suck: Dialogue Diatribe #2

    11 Jun 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Dialogue tags shouldn't be difficult. Trust me. As an editor who reads the work of new writers, dialogue tags can get really screwed up and entirely disrupt the flow of a story.Don't take this lightly.In my last post on dialogue, I explained the mechanics of dialogue. Today I want to talk about the tags themselves.Make your tags invisible. Image:José María Pérez NuñezThe thing with dialogue tags is that when people begin writing fiction, they often begin to see that they are writing he said and she said and it feels like a lot of repetition. As writers, we're taught to avoid using the…
 
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  • Creative Burnout: How to Keep Loving What You Love To Do

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:01 am
    The last time I was a part of this collective creative burnout, a very close friend of mine quit freelancing and took up a full-time job. She’s still writing but is now a lot happier. As for me? I discovered content marketing, I started a business, and I moved countries. The post Creative Burnout: How to Keep Loving What You Love To Do appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • What Hiring Freelancers Has Taught Me About Freelancing

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:01 am
    When we want to freelance, it’s a very good idea that we learn from the successes and mistakes of others by hiring freelancers and seeing how much (or how little) they can deliver. Here are some lessons I’ve learned from hiring freelancers. The post What Hiring Freelancers Has Taught Me About Freelancing appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • Writing a Salable Personal Essay: 5 Key Questions to Ask Yourself

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:01 am
    This is a guest post by Amy Paturel, instructor of the essay writing How To Find the Story in You e-course. In case you missed it, we’re running a four-day-only promotion, where you can get Amy’s e-course as well as four others for a fraction of their original price. Today is the absolute last day […] The post Writing a Salable Personal Essay: 5 Key Questions to Ask Yourself appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • Need More Story Ideas? Leave Your House.

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:14 am
    This is a guest post by Kristine Hansen, instructor of the travel writing Boarding Pass e-course. In case you missed it, we’re running a four-day-only promotion, where you can get Kristine’s e-course as well as four others for a fraction of their original price. Tomorrow is the last day of the promotion. You don’t want […] The post Need More Story Ideas? Leave Your House. appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • Why People Don’t Know About Your Awesome Book (and How You Can Fix That)

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:02 am
    This is a guest post by Sandra Beckwith, instructor of the Book Marketing 101 for Non-Fiction e-course. In case you missed it, we’re running a four-day-only promotion, where you can get Sandra’s e-course as well as four others for a fraction of their original price. You don’t want to miss this. Check out the Writing […] The post Why People Don’t Know About Your Awesome Book (and How You Can Fix That) appeared first on The International Freelancer.
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  • Digital Marketing News: July 2015

    Olivia Dello Buono
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    Social was the theme of the month, as some of the most popular platforms revealed big changes and features to their algorithms. And with summer festivals, vacations and celebrations underway, people are feverishly sharing their stories, videos and pictures – something that fearless brands are capitalizing on. If your business has been flirting with the idea of going social, now’s the time to jump onboard the bandwagon. Here are the trending links to keep you in the loop. On Our Radar: Big news for Facebook-loving brands: the social networking giant has made yet another change to the…
  • Create Fun Quizzes and Grow Your Email List with Interact + AWeber

    Monica Montesa
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Lucky for email marketers, growing your email list has never been easier – or more fun. Now I don’t have to tell you that marketing quizzes have been flooding your social newsfeeds. Whether it’s Grandma sharing which Leonardo DiCaprio character is her soulmate (obviously Jack Dawson), or your colleague posting about his Marketing Superpower, there’s a quiz for everything. But beyond the lighthearted quiz lies a big opportunity to collect new email subscribers, learn about your audience, convey a more personable side of your brand and get all the social shares. Talk about a package…
  • Case Study: The Trick that Tripled Blogger Emma Johnson’s Email Sign Ups

    Kristen Dunleavy
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:56 am
    Emma Johnson’s blog, Wealthy Single Mommy, is more than practical dating and finance advice for single moms. It’s a support community for women everywhere. “Nobody was speaking to me or my peers,” Emma said. “We have our own stories, challenges. I started a blog and I didn’t know what I was doing. It was a personal project. I thought I’d talk about money, but it went way beyond money.” Today, Emma has a loyal fanbase (an email list of 6,000 and 50K monthly website visitors) and makes regular appearances on CNN, NBC’s Today Show, and NPR, just to name a few. To better connect…
  • Creating Content That Converts Pt. II [Twitter Chat]

    Olivia Dello Buono
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:34 pm
    If you haven’t heard, AWeber is back for round two of ASCEND Digital Marketing Summit. We couldn’t wait to introduce you to our incredible lineup of industry experts and thought leaders – so we won’t. We’re hosting three special #AWeberHour Twitter chats, so you can get to know our roster before all of the magic happens this October. Our second chat will take place Wednesday, August 5th from 2-3 p.m. EDT. You’ll hear from two content experts who will share the ways that you can create content that converts your readers into loyal customers. And if this chat sounds…
  • Quick Tips Video: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Our Video Strategy

    Olivia Dello Buono
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    Can you believe it? It’s our 10th episode of Quick Tips! To celebrate, we’re giving you an exclusive look at what goes on behind-the-scenes at AWeber HQ, our brainstorming process and tips to help you nail your video strategy. Because, believe it or not, not everything that goes into filming a video is all fun and games. (Just kidding – it is). Oh, and did we mention we brought cupcakes*? Take a peek (and be sure to stick around for the bloopers): Missed us last month? Catch up on the latest episode of Quick Tips and sign up for our blog newsletter to get them sent straight to your…
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    Robin Writes

  • Work Wednesday—Having Fun!

    Robin Tidwell
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:35 am
    So here’s your question: do you work all the time, or take time to have fun? Is there time available? See, living on a farm, or a homestead, or whatever you want to call it, is a lot of work. I’ve touched on this before, and it really can’t be said often enough. People visit […]
  • Prep Monday—Taking Stock

    Robin Tidwell
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:35 am
    Now that I have a supply closet in the barn, I can take stock of what supplies I have and what I still need. It’s much easier when everything is organized, and in one place. Back in STL, I had a shelf in the garage, plus overflow onto the pool table, plus the upper kitchen […]
  • Fan Friday—The Reality

    Robin Tidwell
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:56 am
    For all you tiny house and downsizing enthusiasts, I’m going to talk a bit about the reality of both these things. Not necessarily going off-grid; that presents its own set of challenges. But the idea of “tiny” is much more palatable than actually doing it . . . As I’ve discovered. Originally, we were planning […]
  • Work Wednesday—And More Work!

    Robin Tidwell
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    Sometimes it seems as though all we do is work on the farm. It’s hard to relax when everywhere you look, you see more things to be done. Which is why we’re having Work Wednesday on Thursday! I don’t think I turned on my laptop even once this past week. Between the wall-scraping and the […]
 
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    Karavansara

  • Soundscapes

    Davide Mana
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:14 am
    Back in the days before Facebook… Boy does that sound old! But it’s true – there was a time when there were no social networks as such, and we roamed freely through the web, looking for new treasures, for people to meet, for information to trade. Most of us ad websites, some were beginning to dabble with blogs. It was in that heroic time that I discovered The Quiet American. No, not the Graham Green novel1 The Quiet American is a website – and the alias of the gentleman that maintains2 it. The website hosts a huge collection of sounds. The opportunity, the thrill, and…
  • Writing Prompt – Feel like reading?

    Davide Mana
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:07 pm
    London, October 8 1940
  • Pulp in Hollywood

    Davide Mana
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    Interesting piece from Den of Geek: Could Pulp Novels Be Hollywood’s Next Comic Books?
  • By the gods! – Cursing in Latin redux

    Davide Mana
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:03 pm
    A while back I did a post about cursing in Latin and Ancient Greek. In my Aculeo & Amunet stories, Latin and Classical Greek swearwords are often used as a replacement for English-language swearwords – it’s fun, it adds a nice period-feel, makes happy the philologists among my readers and allows my characters to talk dirty without actually being dirty. Because irrumator is a lot better than a##hole. But what about invoking the name of the gods? R.E. Howard’s Conan used to curse By Crom! and (especially in the L. Sprague de camp stories) By Mithras!… and indeed…
  • He’s a pirate – Henry de Monfreid

    Davide Mana
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:41 am
    Two summers back, in 2013, I bought on a whim three books from a small italian publisher. I was intrigued by the titles, and by the short bio of the author. The author was Henry de Monfreid. The three books I bought as a bundle for a few euro are the unlikely translations of de Monfreid’s first three books – Les secrets de la mer Rouge (1931), Aventures de mer (1932), La croisière du hachich (1933). Henry de Monfreid was, by his own admission, a pirate, a drug smuggler, an adventurer and a gunrunner. Or, as his French Wikipedia page simply states, un commerçant – a man of…
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    Agent Hunter

  • Meet the Agents: An Interview with Julie Crisp

    Harry Bingham
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is an interview with literary agent, Julie Crisp. Julie was a Former Editorial Director at Pan Macmillan publishing Peter F. Hamilton, China Miéville et al. Now she’s a literary agent at her own Literary agency and a freelance editor and script doctor with the Writers’ Workshop. You can see Julie’s Agency website
  • Meet the Agents: An Interview Meg Davis

    Harry Bingham
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Meg is an established literary agent, having worked for MBA for over 25 years, representing writers in all media, and in all genres except non-fiction, children’s and poetry. Besides working hard for my clients, she likes to get involved with the bigger picture, so have served on the council of the Association of Authors’ Agents, [...]
  • Meet the Agents: An Interview with Adam Gauntlett

    Harry Bingham
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Adam joined PFD in 2010, after completing a Masters in English Literature at KCL. He’s keen to build a broad-based list of clients, and is actively seeking quality submissions. You can see Adam’s profile on the PFD website here, his twitter feed is available here and of course, his Agent hunter profile is [...]
  • Meet the Agents: An Interview with Shelley Instone

    Harry Bingham
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is an interview with literary agent, Shelley Instone. Shelley grew up in Leeds, West Yorkshire and comes from a family of storytellers. She moved to London to study Classics: a subject that still greatly interests and inspires her. She travelled the world and had lots of fantastic adventures before having her two children, Florence [...]
  • Meet the Agents: An Interview with Gemma Cooper

    Harry Bingham
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Gemma Cooper represents authors who write for children, from picture books to young adult, fiction and non-fiction for the Bent Literary Agency. You can find Gemma’s page on the Bent Literary Agency page here, her twitter feed is just here and of course, her Agent Hunter profile is here! What books/authors [...]
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    Josh Spilker

  • Josh, What Are You Doing? PLS ADVISE

    Josh Spilker
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    Josh, what are you doing? I’m releasing a small book of tweets on August 6th called PLS ADVISE: TWEETS FROM @JOSHSPILKERPLUS. This seems kinda out of nowhere. It is. And I’m building and designing the whole thing in 10 days.  I started in late July and the book will be released on 8/6/15. (((PRE-ORDER IT […]
  • You Need Your Teeth Your Whole Life :: An Interview with Rachel Bell

    Josh Spilker
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:29 pm
    I sent Rachel Bell a bunch of questions via Google Docs and FB Messenger after reading her new book, “Welcome To Your New Life With You Being Happy” which I bought from Pioneers Press. I guess it’s a “book” she calls it a book, it feels more like a thoughtful zine with no illustrations, but […]
  • You’re Reading This

    Josh Spilker
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:45 pm
    A serious conversation with the guy who made the Sharknado movies…at ViceDid you take a selfie or not? A handy guide…at NY TimesA detailed map of roadtrips in American LIterature…at Atlas ObscuraThe Fast & Furious Changed My Life…at ViceThe bleakest McDonald’s ever ( I love this)…at Grub StreetTao Lin & Mira Gonzalez talk abt ‘Selected Tweets’ & allegations […]
  • Status Update

    Josh Spilker
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    opening a food truck: the 21st century version of starting a band — Josh Spilker+ (@joshspilkerplus) July 22, 2015
  • Thoughts on ‘Nothing Matters’ by Carles

    Josh Spilker
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Carles was one of the more unique voices to emerge from the 2k07-2k11 scene with Hipster Runoff. Carles did not end with Hipster Runoff, he now blogs at Carles.buzz. Carles now blogs about Contemporary Conformists, Auth and more ‘relevant’ things. This is my favorite ‘new’ Carles post. The ebook ‘Nothing Matters’ is a free download […]
 
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    M.C. Simon Writes

  • Can You Master Your Desires?

    M.C. Simon
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Can You Master Your Desires? There are many moments in life when you have a desire. Maybe the desire is so strong that you can hardly bear the waiting time between the birth of your desire and the moment of… Read the rest
  • A Dog Dreams of Paris

    M.C. Simon
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:06 pm
    A Dog Dreams of Paris From Rescue Dog to Diva By Barbara Barth Book Review   Book Details Title: A Dog Dreams of Paris: From Rescue Dog to Diva Author: Barbara Barth Genre: Gift Book/Children Format: Paperback (also available as… Read the rest
  • Defining Spirituality

    M.C. Simon
    19 Jul 2015 | 12:50 pm
    How Defining Spirituality turned into a Meaningful Volcano Someone asked me some time ago to define Spirituality. Hearing this request, my huge Ego instantly turned to tell myself, “Wow! You can say a lot here! You are the best at… Read the rest
  • Change Your Posture, Change Your Life

    M.C. Simon
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Change Your Posture, Change Your Life Udemy Course Instructor: Greg Parry Product Review by M.C. Simon Being a sedentary person, almost permanently having to sit on a chair in front of a computer, I recently started to worry about this… Read the rest
  • Steps (Book Review)

    M.C. Simon
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Steps By Eric Trant Book Review   Book Details Title: Steps Author: Eric Trant Genre: Science Fiction Format: Kindle & Paperback Length: 288 pages Publication Date: June 16, 2014 Publisher: WiDo Publishing Kindle Price: $4.49 Paperback Price: $15.46   BOOK… Read the rest
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    Powerful Views

  • The Happiness Shack

    Karan Gandhi
    19 Jul 2015 | 2:07 am
        We sat on a rack Of a lovely shack, There was no lack Memories flashback! With my friends three We looked to the seas, To happiness and glee We found all our keys. We turned to the skies From lows to the highs, Looked up to the rise We seized our prize! We uncovered the mist As nature we kissed, We grasped in our wrist Life’s value and gist. We looked to the sun With anxieties none, We suddenly won Our pleasure and fun! Contentment grows Amidst natures glow, All friends, no foes Here gladness flows. You’re invited as well Try the joyous smell, Ring natures bell And forever…
  • Thank You Dear Rains!

    Karan Gandhi
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:57 am
    Drip and drop They just won’t stop Mounts and hill-tops Experience your slop! You come down as grace With drips on our face Your descent from space On all cultures and race! Plants and the trees You mask with your breeze Cold winds at the seas They result in a sneeze! The pakodas and tea Are the happiness key You charge us no fee For our pleasure and glee! Massive are your blessings In God-sent evenings Savoring and relaxing Your presence so calming! Both, poets and authors Are inspired by your showers The earth receives answers Through rains and its waters! Our hearts so long To sing your…
  • Thank you so much

    Karan Gandhi
    29 May 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Dear Friends, I am overwhelmed with your appreciation on articles and poems posted on this blog. Your encouragement means a lot to me, and inspires me to write more. Today, I’d like to introduce you to my website http://karangandhi.org/. While the blog has a collection of my poems, views and reviews; the new website is primarily covering Perspectives & Thoughts on Leadership, Human Capital Management, Strategy, Learning & Self Improvement. I hope that you relish reading this website as much as you enjoyed my blog. A few articles posted on the website are: Attitude of Gratitude…
  • You’re a Golden Sun

    Karan Gandhi
    20 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    Your golden rays, They always amaze No words to praise, Your supernatural glaze. You light our dawn, A new day’s born We finish our yawns At the sunny green lawns. You continually slog Be it mist or fog, No attention you hog What a thankless job! These mountains and skies They shine through your eyes, The lows & the highs You bestow at sun-rise. You bless us with heat Your glimmer so neat, In by-lanes & streets You confer so sweet. Red, orange and yellow They unite to say hello, Your touch so mellow You’re a jolly-good fellow! During monsoons and winters We miss your splinters,…
  • The Wooden Ledge

    Karan Gandhi
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:29 am
    I stood at the edge Of a wooden ledge, Gazing in infinity Looking for divinity! My attention drew To the mountain blue, Time swiftly flew In the scenic view! The lush green trees The enchanting breeze, Life got me to freeze That moment I seized! I don’t want to go Back to the show, I coveted the glow Those moments to grow! I wanted to stay With nature play, Away from the fray Underneath the rays! With responsibilities steep And commitments to keep, I sat in my jeep It was time to sleep! I looked up high To the transparent skies, With tears in my eyes I said good bye! I’ll surely return…
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    InkCrafts

  • Are You Making These Rookie Pitching Mistakes?

    Anagha Avinash Patil
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:55 am
    Have you ever wondered why your query letter is always returned with a sugar coated ‘NO’ (sometimes even a stern one)? Occasionally the reason is as crucial as a disintegrated plot and sometimes it is as minor as an incorrect link (yes, that ruins your image). You must know how to pitch to editors the [...] The post Are You Making These Rookie Pitching Mistakes? appeared first on InkCrafts.
  • An Interview with Brian Scott of FreelanceWriting.com

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

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

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

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

  • Writing Fiction: 10 Ways To Keep Readers Hooked

    John Yeoman
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:37 am
    How can you entice your reader to turn the page? By writing a good story, of course! The drama within the tale—plus the implied question ‘how will it all turn out?’—should be motivation enough. But it isn’t. Even great stories must be structured to sustain that drama. ‘Scene hangers’ are one way to do it. They’re lines set at the end of a scene or chapter that tempt the reader to read on. Most great stories contain scene hangers, though they might not be obvious. The device became popular in the mid-19th century when many novels were sold in monthly instalments and readers…
  • Creative Writing Prompt: This Picture is Worth 350 Words

    Mary Jaksch
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    What is the story behind this image? Can you come up with a mini-story of not more than 350 words? In case you’re not familiar with our Creative Writing Prompt Challenge here’s how it works: We set the scene You make it your own, and Share your creation in the comments section of this post  Now for the ground rules: Your story must be 350 words or less. Your work must be original and not previously published. WTD provides an encouraging and safe environment for writers to grow and learn from each other. We’d love you to comment on other people’s submissions in a friendly…
  • Are You a Procrastinator? Check Out Which Type You Are

    Mary Jaksch
    18 Jul 2015 | 1:07 am
    Be honest, are you a procrastinator? I think a lot of writers suffer from procrastination. You too? Maybe you’ve promised to write something—but only start a day before the deadline. Or maybe you’ve been planning forever to write a book—but have just got started. Okay, I admit that I sometimes procrastinate. Especially with any task connected to taxes… Can we overcome procrastination? There’s an interesting new study about how to overcome procrastination. Researchers at the University of Southern California found that the trick to overcoming procrastination is to think in…
  • How to Craft the Best Headline for Your Post

    Douglas Armey
    11 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
    Don’t you want the best headline for your post? You write a great post. Obviously, you want it to go viral. Then you give your post a headline and watch it drift into the internet nether world. Headlines are critical if you want your masterpiece to be read. With RSS and Google search, many readers just glanceat headlines, scanning to see which few to click on. Must-read posts like 10 Easy Ways to Write Headlines that Go Viral and The Art (and Science) Behind Neck Snapping Headlines help us create attention-grabbing headlines. But what if you need to create your headline in real…
  • The Winners of The Freeditorial Contest

    Mary Jaksch
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    It’s finally time to reveal the winners of the Freeditorial Contest. Warmest congratulations to them! Read on to know more about them, their work, and how they won the Freeditorial contest. Heather Rolland won the First Prize for her story Queen of the Catskills. She is a writer, lover of Belgian Malinois dogs whom she rescues, mom and Catskill hiker extraordinaire. She has also co-directed and produced the short documentary The Mica Movie: Life is short. Bite hard! chronicling one of her rescue dog’s journey through the 35 highest peaks of the Catskills despite advanced age…
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    joelmarkharris

  • 5 Ways Writing Makes You Happier

    Joel Mark Harris
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
      There’s this popular image of the drunk, unhappy writer that was perpetuated in the 30s with the likes of Ernest Hemmingway, T.S. Eliot and F Scott Fitzgerald and the rest of the Forgotten Generation.   But the reality is that writing actually improves your life immensely.  You don’t need to write long essays to be able to get the benefits of writing either. Even 10 or 15minutes of writing a day will help you become a better, happier person.   You Get Better Grades and Learn More   There is a
  • 5 Ways To Make Writing A Habit

    Joel Mark Harris
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
        Work Out Your Willpower   This may seem straightforward, but you know yourself the best and you know what you can achieve in a set period of time.   Perhaps that is writing for an hour every week, perhaps it’s writing every other day. Whatever it is, you must be realistic about it. Make sure you don’t aim too high or think too far ahead.     If you overstretch you’ll become less motivated and have a hard time accomplishing what you want done.   For example, you wouldn’t go to the gym and
  • 6 Reasons To Date A Writer

    Joel Mark Harris
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Writers Hang Out With Interesting People   You don’t want life to be boring and writers always have interesting characters around. They may not be the most reputable, upstanding citizens but they will never be dull.    Besides, who wants to hang out with a bunch of accountants or bankers anyways? (If you're an accountant or banker I don't really mean it. . . Or do I?)   I'm sure you want some excitement in your life, not just the humdrum of sitting in a cubicle all day and then making dinner and
  • The 6 Most Common Mistakes Authors Make (And How To Fix Them)

    Joel Mark Harris
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
      1) Not Getting Enough Feedback   It can be hard to find good people to read your book and give you helpful feedback, especially if you are, like most writers, on a tight budget.   It takes a lot of time and effort not only to read but to make notes and catch mistakes. It can be dangerous to get a friend or a family member –especially your mom – to read it if they’re not willing to give you the cold, hard truth.   A good editor will cost you anywhere between $1,000 and $5,000 but I know most
  • How To Get On The Best Sellers' List

    Joel Mark Harris
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:18 am
      The publishing business can often seem like the mafia.   Nobody really knows what’s going on behind closed doors and in order to get into their secret society it feels like you need to wack somebody—probably an employee of Amazon.   For example, you would think hitting the New York Times Best Selling list would be straight forward. You sell the most copies of your book in a certain amount of time then you get on the list.   Not so fast.   The New York Times takes in several factors when they
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    Text and Academic Authors Association Blog

  • TAA announces call for proposals for 29th annual conference

    Maureen Foerster
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    The Text and Academic Authors Association is pleased to announce a call for proposals for its 29th Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference, which will be held at the Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, Texas, June 24-25, 2016. A highly interactive event, the conference is attended by authors of textbooks, journal articles, and other academic works, as well as by industry professionals from across the country. TAA invites the submission of presentations relevant to authoring and publishing textbooks and academic works (monographs and journal articles). Click here for more…
  • The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: July 31, 2015

    Libby Becker
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    What tricks or strategies do you use to get yourself started and to get the words flowing? For me, on days when I need an extra push of motivation, I retreat to my favorite local coffee shop where there is nothing there to distract me. Words, sentences, and entire pieces are also always sure to form in my head while jogging or biking. When finally I return home the words never quite flow as eloquently onto the page as they did in my mind during that bike ride, but at least I have a starting place and an idea for what I want to write or how I want to write it. In other words, as soon as I…
  • 5 Cool resources I learned about at #2015TAA

    Kim Pawlak
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    This year’s TAA conference sessions were jam-packed with great tips, strategies and take-aways. Here are just 5 of the cool resources I learned about at #2015TAA: Quizlet provides free study tools and apps for students and teachers. It has transformed the traditional paper studying methods, such as flash cards, matching games, and multiple choice tests, into digital interactive tools that can be shared by students and teachers worldwide. ThingLink allows you to create interactive maps, images, infographics and videos. It offers both free and paid accounts. Lexile Analyzer is a tool…
  • Textbook contract negotiations: Do your homework

    Stephen Gillen
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    When it comes to contract negotiations, you have to do your homework, says Steve Gillen, partner at Wood, Herron & Evans, where he concentrates his practice on publishing, media, and copyright matters. “Negotiations are ultimately influenced by which side knows the most about the other side’s positions. The editor starts this contest with an advantage gained from experience in the market, experience doing other similar deals (undoubtedly many more than you have done), and the benefits of your perspective as reflected in your proposal. The way to get on an even footing with the…
  • The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: July 24, 2015

    Libby Becker
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    Wouldn’t it be nice if in fact inspiration would strike at just the very moment we need it? Sometimes I like to live in the delusion that it will, but really, it’s often deadlines that spark the most “inspiration.” Maybe you know this feeling too. We can try and force inspiration (like a deadline), but really it is in the moments that we aren’t looking for it that inspiration strikes. Maybe that is the key—to not go looking for it—to let it come on it’s own. Or, if all else fails follow the brilliant advice of Peter De Vries, “I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it…
 
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    Write Nonfiction NOW!

  • Nonfiction Writing Prompt #45: Improve Your Author Website

    Nina Amir
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:25 am
    Your author website serves as your home in cyberspace. It’s also a showcase for your books and accomplishments as a writer. It’s a reflection of you and your brand. The media, as well as potential readers, customers, and clients, discover you and your work when they discover your site. As such, it’s where you make a first impression. As you may have heard, you have only one chance to make a first impression—and you want to make a good one. To ensure you do, indeed, make a good impression with your author website, it’s important to regularly review it and determine how to improve all…
  • 16 Ways to Take a Writers’ Conference or Retreat Home

    Nina Amir
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:15 am
    Copywrite Laurent Hamels|fotolia.comIf you have ever attended a writers’ conference, you know how excited you get about the things you learn and the information you receive while at the event. At the time, you make plans to go home and put all that new knowledge to use. And then you don’t. You get busy. You forget. You no longer feel energized because you aren’t with other writers. The same can happen if you attend a writers’ retreat. While there, you get into the groove of writing every day, learning, and “being” a writer. Then you go home…to real…
  • How to Get Early Feedback on Your Book Idea or Manuscript

    Nina Amir
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:54 am
    Copyright Rawpixel|fotolia.comHow do you know if your book idea or manuscript is publication ready or publication worthy? You can gather reader feedback on your manuscript before you to print. If you want to produce a successful book, this might be the most valuable step you take prior to going to press. You can obtain this feedback in a variety of ways depending upon how you choose to write your manuscript. In fact, you can even get early feedback before you write your book. This type of test marketing can save you a lot of time and energy spent producing a manuscript that might never sell.
  • How to Deal with Rejection

    Nina Amir
    8 Jul 2015 | 12:25 am
    Copyright denisismagilov|fotolia.comRejection. It’s part and parcel of a writer’s life—at least if you plan to become a published writer. Let’s face it, though; it’s never easy to receive a rejection letter. When you do, you can respond—or react—in a variety of ways. However, a response might get you closer to achieve your goals. When you get that note saying someone isn’t interested in purchasing or publishing you work, you have two choices. You can choose to react. You can let your emotions drive unconscious or unintentional actions. You can choose to respond. You can…
  • How to Know When to Press the Brakes or the Gas

    Nina Amir
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:39 am
    Copyright Jarungthip Jarin|123RF.comIf you’ve been following me for a while, you know that when it comes to blogging I’ve been singing the same song for a long time. The song has simple lyrics: Blog often and consistently if you want to get any traction in the search engine results pages. But there’s a time to press the gas pedal gas and produce more content quickly and a time to put your foot on the brakes and focus your attention on other necessary tasks. For me, the time has come to put on the brakes. I am not going to stop blogging! I am going to cut back on how often I blog.
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    Unique Web Copy

  • Unique Web Copy is Hiring!

    Angie Papple Johnston
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:42 pm
      If you’re a freelance writer who can work with minimal supervision and can write under tight deadlines, we may want to work with you. We’re currently expanding our team of 12 professional freelance writers to include one or two more bloggers. You must be: Friendly Funny (or appreciative of humor – that’s cool, too) Willing to work on a dynamic team Able to deliver on tight (1-week) deadlines Able to maintain a consistent tone and style with your writing Familiar with and willing to live by AP style Disgusted with the Oxford comma Hopeful that the Oxford comma…
  • It’s All a Matter of Perspective!

    Angie Papple Johnston
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:35 am
    Read this from top to bottom. When you’re done, read it from bottom to top. I prefer the bottom-to-top version. And I love the way the English language works.     Today was the absolute worst day ever And don’t try to convince me that There’s something good in every day Because when you take a closer look This world is a pretty evil place. Even if Some goodness does shine through once in a while Satisfaction and happiness don’t last. And it’s not true that It’s all in the mind and heart Because True happiness can be obtained Only if one’s…
  • Mobile Search Data and Your Website Copy

    Angie Papple Johnston
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
      If you’ve been keeping up with trends, you know that mobile is the wave of the future present. Everybody has a mobile phone — and staggering numbers of purchasing decisions are made while people are browsing on smartphones. But what if your website copy isn’t optimized for mobile devices? I guess you’re out of luck, then. How Can Website Copy Be Optimized for Mobile? It’s common knowledge that Internet readers have super-short attention spans. It’s safe to say that the same is true whether they’re on PCs or mobile devices, so in order to make…
  • I Will Neither Confirm Nor Deny…

    Angie Papple Johnston
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:10 pm
    …that someone working for Unique Web Copy has found a new hobby. Is it wrong to laugh when someone puts googly eyes on products at Target?     The post I Will Neither Confirm Nor Deny… appeared first on Unique Web Copy.
  • The Price You Pay for Working with an Expert

    Angie Papple Johnston
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:26 am
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    Edit911 Editing Service

  • 5 Stages of Becoming a Fiction Writer – (A bit of Humor mixed with Truth)

    Edit911
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Every aspiring writer sets out to write the great novel that will make him or her famous. You may be on this journey yourself so let us prepare you with a review of the five stages you will go through on this journey.Stage 1 – Being the Invincible Writer with the most fabulous story.You begin the journey knowing that you have the best idea for a story ever to be told. You tell everyone about this book. Your phone calls go unanswered as your friends avoid listening to you tell them about your great book idea. In this stage you are euphoric, happy, and spend hours writing the outline…
  • iBooks Spotlight Roundup

    Edit911
    1 Jun 2015 | 2:04 pm
    We love the iBooks spotlight. It’s an Apple newsletter that features new and noteworthy books. It’s a great way to discover the next book on your reading list. We rounded up some recent books iBooks highlighted: Set for July release, “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee is back at it.Gabriel Allon is on the hunt for the murderer of a controversial British Royal.Renowned blogger and video blogger, Felicia Day, releases her endearing memoir.A brand new Thunder Point romance where emotions run high.   Click either banner for more iBooks picks and info on…
  • How An Editing Service Can Help You Complete Your Dissertation

    Edit911
    20 May 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Earning a doctoral degree takes several years, with graduate students often living on meager stipends, and sacrificing their social lives. Despite their arduous labor to complete their coursework successfully, many PhD candidates never actually finish their dissertations and end up becoming ABD’s (All But Dissertation) instead of PhD’s. Why is this? They, certainly, have the content for their research covered by their coursework, literature reviews, and careful selection of dissertation committee members, who know the criteria for a well designed study and publication of…
  • Featured Client: Dr. Lisa-Marie Portugal

    Edit911
    12 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Edit911 is proud to have edited Dr. Lisa-Marie Portugal’s book entitled Successful Online Faculty Principles and Best Practices. Dr. Portugal identifies the skills and attributes necessary for teachers to be effective in online classes. Her study is valuable not only for higher education leaders, but also corporate trainers, faculty trainers, administrators, retention specialists, researchers, job seekers, and students.Dr. Portugal holds a PhD in Leadership for Higher Education and instructs undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral coursework in the College of Education for various…
  • Release Your Inner Book! Win a $2900 Prize Package!

    Edit911
    6 May 2015 | 11:08 am
    Edit911 is delighted to partner with BookBaby & Writer’s Digest in a contest to release your inner book! Edit911 is offering $500 of FREE editing as part of this $2900 giveaway by these giants in the publishing industry.The complete prize package includes:Writer’s Digest 1-Year Subscription ($55.92 value)Suite of Writer’s Digest BooksYou’ve Got a Book in You ($19.99 value)The Author Training Manual ($19.99 value)The Writer’s Idea Book ($19.99 value)90 Days to Your Novel ($16.99 value)Revision and Self-Editing for Publication ($17.99 value)2015 Writer’s Digest Conference…
 
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    Nelson Lowhim; Writer's Muse

  • Chess vs Shogi

    nlo
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:29 pm
    During our last day in Tokyo, that beautiful clean maiden of a city, I forced my better half to come with me and find a place to play shogi. I had been disappointed because no one seemed to be playing the game out on the streets. Come to figure, there were clubs, and so after looking it up we went searching. We went to a neighborhood that smelled like the usual clean Tokyo with remnants of noodle dinners, and were quickly lost, as the exact address was hidden in Japanese characters we could not discern. I walked up and down the narrow street, surprised that there wasn’t a huge sign…
  • Free Speech

    nlo
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    I wrote about free speech earlier, where I decried the crime of being offended (while still trying to look at the entire situation) should not have pushed people to silence others. In fact, I disagreed with many people who said that trying to silence someone was not the same as a free speech violation, and that, duly, we should all watch what we say. Even xkcd [1] chimed in to say you cannot offend. Right. Again, this is in line with the core of the Constitution (I'm speaking specifically of America now) while being completely against the spirit of that amendment. Yes, you're violating…
  • Chess vs Go

    nlo
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:21 pm
    It’s funny how, when I was younger, I used to see pictures of chess on some article and would brim with some pride at having skills in a game that was universally considered a symbol of strategy. I was, hyper-provincially speaking, decent at chess, and most people I met face to face (again, meaning weekend players, not the rated kind) I could dispatch without too much concern. Not that I didn’t know where I stood. The internet was just budding then, and online testing revealed at best a 1700 rating, though I was sure it would be much lower against those who knew what they're…
  • Algo and his notoriety

    nlo
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Everyone here on this blog knows about Algo and his incredible infinite story. In addition there's the story of him tattooing his own skin to create a story too great for any of us to contemplate. Oh, the trials and tribulations of those artists greater than I! I personally applaud Algo’s most recent surge into notoriety, some positive, a lot negative. Of the latter, I’m uncertain as to whether or not this is good; after all, in the literary world any outside attention is better than none, isn’t it? Yet who can say that the death threats and twitter mobs who have engulfed this…
  • Greece, Grexit, #ThisisaCoup

    nlo
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:35 pm
    As anyone who reads this blog will know, I am trying to find better ways to read the news (and perhaps always improving upon this process). So when it comes to something that's big news and seems to be a story about simple economics (and so one would hope there would be much to agree upon in terms of economic policy). Yet what I see presented is, again, something like a horrid but necessary situation.Now, much of this is not so much a matter of anything horrendous, just the media's need to present such a situation in the light of a showdown (and thus, probably, increase ratings). Yet, again,…
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    Author Unlimited

  • 14 Reasons You Need An Email Marketing Strategy. Today.

    Guest Author
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
      Are you using email marketing? If you cringe at the idea of using email marketing, thinking it feels salesy and pushy, or that you like the idea but you don’t know what to say, then I want you to read on. As you build your business and author platform, email marketing will become your number one marketing tool. It gets results and it’s very affordable to get started. And, as an author you are particularly well-positioned because you have a ready-made audience, and you are creating content — two essentials of your email marketing strategy to make email marketing work…
  • Social Media Basics: 6 Ways To Clean Up Your Profiles To Make Them Share-Ready

    Cathy Presland
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    Social Media Basics Did you start your social media accounts without too much thought to what you wanted to promote later? You linked with a few friends and family members, and you followed a few celeb twitter accounts. And now what? We’ve heard stories of the teenager who didn’t get the job because of drunken party photos (or worse!); yours isn’t as bad as this I’m sure, but what ever-so-subtle hints could your profile be giving to potential clients and customers? As professionals and entrepreneurs, we need to realise that what we say and post on social media…
  • 7 Steps To A Successful Virtual Book Launch Even If You Don’t Have An Audience (Yet)

    Cathy Presland
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    A successful virtual book launch A traditional book launch, in a beautiful venue, surrounded by the people who helped you make it happen is a fantastic way to promote your book, connect with your audience, and create a buzz around yourself and your work. But they do come with difficulties, especially for independent, self-publishing authors who don’t have much of a budget, or a whole lot of time, and want to find the most effective way to reach large numbers of potential buyers. Your ‘traditional’ book launch party can be expensive. You have to fill a room with guests, attract a…
  • Knowledge versus Knowing. When To Seek Information and How To Access Your Intuition. Lessons from the I Ching.

    Guest Author
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    Knowledge versus Knowing Inspired authors are well aware of the important difference between knowledge and knowing. Knowledge is externally acquired. Knowing is internally received. Knowledge (information) Knowledge most often comes from daily experience, and is subject to change. Growing up, we first gain what we know about the world from parents or guardians. Later, school teachers, neighbors and peers are added to the knowledge mix. Books and media are also important influences. In combination, these forces solidify to form a mental box of ‘cultural conditioning.’ Knowing…
  • How To Make Your Book A Bestseller: A Case Study In The Subtle Art of Seduction From #1 Bestselling Author Ben Gioia

    Guest Author
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    You can be #1 You’re about to learn how to become a #1 bestselling author on Amazon. But first I’m going to ask you 3 questions. Because… I want you. I want your uncensored, unbridled, unfiltered answers. I want answers that come from the deepest part of your soul…and the wildest expanse of your heart. Ready? And—here’s the catch—I want answers that are less than 50 words (or 20 seconds) for each question. What’s your book about? Why do you want to write it? Who else (besides you) will be excited to buy it? If you find yourself hesitating, stuttering, nervous,…
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    Inward-Facing Writers

  • Write between the soft edges of summertime

    JELindholm
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:32 pm
    I’ve been meaning to write this post for some time.  It’s been floating it my brain like a ball bobbing in the middle of a pool. I’m like the kids pulling handfuls of water toward them to trying to pull it in. It’s mid-July already. All winter and spring, I would write at the stop ... Read more... The post Write between the soft edges of summertime appeared first on Inward-Facing Writers.
  • High-Stakes, Low Esteem

    JELindholm
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Last year, about 16% of the students in my grade level “failed” (were basic, or below-basic) the high-stakes math standardized test. This year:  31%. Last year, my overall rating from the state declared there was “significant evidence” that the math students in my care did not make the progress that a computer with a formula ... Read more... The post High-Stakes, Low Esteem appeared first on Inward-Facing Writers.
  • The Power of Writing for Teachers #amwriting #edchat

    JELindholm
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:02 pm
    The institution of education hasn’t changed very much in the past 100 years.  But the world that surrounds it has.  Teachers and administrators and parents all have their narratives to make sense of what we put children through starting in homeroom (if not before) and ending, not as they exit the school building at the ... Read more... The post The Power of Writing for Teachers #amwriting #edchat appeared first on Inward-Facing Writers.
  • Improve Your Writing, Empower Yourself! #amwriting #freebooks

    JELindholm
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:51 pm
    This site has been my home on the internet for about nine months now.  It has changed its colors, look, name, and tagline.  I’ve probably said “sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been working on something new” about 100 times.  And I know I haven’t posted here since the beginning of June. Since ... Read more... The post Improve Your Writing, Empower Yourself! #amwriting #freebooks appeared first on Inward-Facing Writers.
  • 2 Days that Changed this Teacher’s Career

    JELindholm
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:56 am
    This is an essay I wrote for my middle school colleagues… I thought you might like to read it. Welcome to my IAP, it’s a pleasure for you to be here. My IAP goal for this year was to live a day in the life of a 6th, 7th and 8th grader.  Period by period.  ... Read more... The post 2 Days that Changed this Teacher’s Career appeared first on Inward-Facing Writers.
 
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    The Takaho Post

  • Univision vs Trump: Trump Takes Headlines, Unvision Makes History

    zag102
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    Univision has taken a stand. From the online rumblings and mockery regarding Donald Trump’s statements about immigrants emerged Univision to inflict an actual and significant consequence for Trump’s racism and ignorance. This was a watershed moment for Hispanic-American political influence. Despite that, the media seems focused on the exhausting side show that is Donald Trump. The real story is Univision. When Donald Trump announced that he would run for president in a building he named after himself after descending an extremely classy escalator, he expelled from himself a meandering…
  • Answered: What Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?

    zag102
    17 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
    What came first, the chicken or the egg? People have been asking it for a while. Even Aristotle wondered about it. It was a philosophical questions meant to stimulate thought on the origin of life, and Earth, and the universe. Here’s the thing, we kind of know all that now. Darwin, Newton, Einstein, etc, we kind of get how it all works. Evolution is the key here. At the beginning of time there was neither chicken or egg. Now there is both. At a certain point in the history of the universe each of those things came into existence. Because they did not exist forever, and they do now,…
  • The Case for Mad Men: Greatest Show and Greatest Moments

    zag102
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:18 am
    Everyone knows Mad Men is a great show. Everyone knows it’s one of the greatest shows. But no one says it’s the greatest show of all time. It could be any number of factors that influence this but when the listmakers make their lists, Mad Men is always on it, it’s often high on it, but it’s never on the top of the list. And that, is just damn wrong, because it should be a contender for the top spot. The recent series finale wrapped up the show such that now, in total, I could, and will, argue that Mad Men is the greatest show of all time. The favorites for greatest TV show of all…
  • A Keynesian World

    zag102
    26 May 2015 | 7:31 pm
    “In the long run, we are all dead.” – John Maynard Keynes For 50 years there has been an effort to find an alternative to or discredit Keynesianism in economics but more so in politics. Despite that, when the sh*t hits the fan we turn to the same tried and true methods to fix it and it becomes clear we’re still, and maybe will always be, living in a Keynesian world. The latter 19th century was a time of laissez-faire. In 1929 the market crashed. The effects spread across the globe. Unemployment in the United States rose to almost 25 percent and did not dropped below 15 percent…
  • Immortality is the Right Answer: What’s Your Superpower?

    zag102
    17 May 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Has anyone ever asked you what your favorite superpower is? Sitting around at a bar, stoned maybe, just after watching The Avengers or something. Then a friend asks the big question. “If you could have any super power … what would it be?” Without hesitation I give the same answer every time. Immediately and without thought I blurt out the same thing. There’s really only one answer. The right answer. Immortality. Immortality is the greatest super power by far, no contest. It transcends all other super powers in some respects. It succeeds where all other super powers fail. It…
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    eaglesanddragonspublishing.com

  • Pythagoras’ Golden Verses – For a Good Life

    AdamAH
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:32 pm
    There has been a lot of negativity in the news these past weeks, mostly directed at Greece and Greek people. Many comments, including from high-profile public personages, have been outright prejudiced. Don’t worry. I’m not going to get into politics, who’s right, and who’s wrong, and how only the bankers seem to be winning anything. Ok, I slipped there. Sorry. With all the hatred and vitriol floating around the Web, I needed to go back to something uplifting, something ancient. I went back to a bit of research I had done on Pythagoras and the Golden Verses. These are a series of…
  • Ancient Everyday – Time for a Bath

    AdamAH
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Showering, bathing and generally keeping clean is something that we take for granted today. For most people, washing is part of the daily routine. If you look at the Middle Ages, this was not the case. In fact, medieval people were pretty filthy. This isn’t surprising as bathing was considered a sin by many. This wasn’t the case for ancient Romans, thank the gods. As we do today, the Romans bathed and washed regularly, and as with going to the toilet, bathing was yet another very social activity for Romans. Throughout the Roman Empire, public and private baths were common, owing something…
  • Tiryns: Mycenaean Stronghold and Place of Legend

    AdamAH
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    This week, I wanted to leave behind the sad and depressing subject of the destruction of heritage to write about a site steeped in myth and legend – Tiryns. “In the south-eastern corner of the plain of Argos, on the west and lowest and flattest of those rocky heights which here form a group, and rise like islands from the marshy plain, at a distance of 8 stadia, or about 1500 m. from the Gulf of Argos, lay the prehistoric citadel of Tiryns, now called Palaeocastron.” (Heinrich Schliemann; Tiryns; 1885) I visited the site with family during the summer of 2002. It was a scorcher…
  • Preserving the Past – Some Thoughts on the Importance of Historic Places

    AdamAH
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:54 pm
    I’m talking about something a bit more personal for this post. Recently, I went back to my home town with my family. We were in the area and so we thought it might be fun to take a drive through the old neighbourhood. It’s kind of weird passing by primary and secondary schools where you spent so much time, and then happily pushed them from your mind. All that feel like another life. Our last stop was the last house my family owned. It was the oldest house in the area (over 100 years old), and belonged to the original landowner who had settled the area. This is a picture of the house: As…
  • The Links Between History and Mythology – A Guest Post by Luciana Cavallaro

    AdamAH
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Today I have a special guest on the blog. Luciana Cavallaro is the author of a series of mythological retellings from the perspectives of some fascinating women in Greek myth. When I read her book, The Curse of Troy, I knew that I wanted to have her write a guest post for Writing the Past. Luciana has a wonderfully unique style, and she gives these accursed women of Greek myth a voice that you may not have heard before. So, without further ado, a big welcome to author, Luciana Cavallaro! First, I’d like to thank Adam for inviting me to be a guest blogger. I’ve been following Adam’s blog…
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    Halo Publishing International Blog

  • 3 Places to Find Key Influencers for Your Self-Published Book

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:27 am
      Word of mouth marketing is the most successful and yet the most challenging to acquire. Consumers know the value of their opinion, thanks to the power of social media, and therefore, they take care before sharing, tweeting or liking content they find on the web. As authors, we strive to find that silver bullet that will turn our self-published book into a viral sensation but wishing doesn’t make it happen. However, one thing that can help is finding the right key influencers willing to champion our cause. Following are three resources that will help you in the quest to find the right…
  • 5 Ways to Be Healthy While Sitting at Your Desk

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:17 am
    As writers we spend a lot of time on our bums. Whether we are researching, writing or marketing our self-published book; we sit on a chair, hands on the keyboard and shoulders hunched over. Add to that, the handy writer’s toolbox which include coffee and chocolate and you have a fairly unhealthy environment. I’m right there with you. So in an effort to be a little healthier, I have done some research on what we can do, as writers at a desk, to live a healthier life. Have the right equipment placed in the correct place. Let’s start with our desk, chair and computer keyboard. One of the…
  • Using Lists for Writing Inspiration

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    Do you ever just stare at the screen, the cursor blinking accusingly and your brain is just blank? You want to write. You’ve set aside time to write. Your coffee is hot, the room is comfortable, your teeth are clean and yet inspiration escapes you. How about abandoning your book for a moment and start making a list? Lists are wonderful things. Whether you use paper and pencil, a handheld voice recorder or the latest iApp, making a list and then crossing tasks off provides this wonderful sense of accomplishment. It is also a great way to make a decision. If you are a fan of the USA Network…
  • Marilyn L. Donnellan, Motivational Speaker, Releases a Powerful Book on Positive Self Image

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:12 am
    Marilyn L. Donnellan has been on an amazing journey; from dealing with childhood bullying and verbal abuse to becoming an internationally published author and motivational speaker, and successful consultant to nonprofits. But there’s a twist – she has achieved it all while fighting deep-seated feelings of ugliness and low self worth. In this unique and powerful book, Two Faces of Me, Donnellan explores all the different aspects that make up each of our lives and our self-esteem. She wrote her newest book to inspire readers to focus on positive self-image and to understand our worth in…
  • The Reality of Traditional Publishing for Your Book

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:33 am
    Last week I offered up 10 benefits for self-publishing your book. Although I am a propionate of self-publishing and in fact have built a business around self-publishing, there are some benefits to the traditional route of publishing. So let’s start by hearing an argument FOR traditional publishing from someone in the business, Harold Underdown: Try Traditional Publishing My advice is that you do not consider self-publishing until you have spent at least a few years working on your writing, making submissions, and learning about the business of publishing. That won’t be wasted time,…
 
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    The Journey for Bliss

  • King

    18 Jul 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Rigid rubies rest upon the rusted crown forced upon his developing skull. His father's kingship now his.His father's duty now his.Packaged with a newly-gifted, blood-stained kingdom,the child shivers on his tall throne.Forced to lead without anyone to lead him.A burden to bear to the grave.
  • A Rare Breed

    5 Jun 2015 | 7:19 pm
    The :P emoticon in your text message is just as sassyas you.You always teaseme about my obsession with comfortable boxer briefs.You'd tie me to my leather couchjust to make me watch a film adaptation of your favorite Stephen King book.You'd trust me with directions just to see how quickly I'd get us lost on the highway.Then, you'd laugh and tell me that you knew the way all along.
  • Heist

    27 May 2015 | 8:51 pm
    The summer sunset--the thick blankets of darknesspilfer precious light.
  • Achievement Unlocked: The Scarlet Knight

    21 May 2015 | 10:53 am
    The sun is so hot, it should be red, so it matches the new color of your skin.Yellow makes it look like a friendly puppywhen it's really a cranky boss that takeshis anger out on his employees.You're dressed in scarlet from the tomato on your shoulders to those flaming hot cheetos attached to your hips.Your name is spelled out in glitter that creates a mess every time your charcoal cap         moves.You prowl across the lengthy stage in front of 11,000 peers. Your lengthy gown is the only thing more noticeablethan your crying flesh.You smile, and all…
  • Nature

    11 May 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Her breath is the aroma that surroundsmy flesh, yet I begfor more, like the 1% with their ironeddress pants full of Benjamins.Her dress is a dark, leafy green that looksbetter when soaked in April.Her chocolate, wrinkled legs never collapse, even though she's much older than my great grandmother.Her tangerine eyes shoota continuous heat-ray upon my frosty forehead.Her beauty thrives. Our synthetic beauty dies.
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    Writer's Edit » Writer's Edit

  • Using Your Love-Hate Relationship with Writing to Your Advantage

    Casselise Rowe
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    At some point in their career, every writer experiences the love-hate relationship with writing. Casselise examine how to use it to your advantage... The post Using Your Love-Hate Relationship with Writing to Your Advantage appeared first on Writer's Edit.
  • Book Review: ‘The Subtle Knife’ by Philip Pullman

    Jessica Rhodes
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Jessica delves into the second novel in Philip Pullman's popular trilogy 'His Dark Materials'... The post Book Review: ‘The Subtle Knife’ by Philip Pullman appeared first on Writer's Edit.
  • 8 Awesome Steps To Revising Your Novel

    Katherine O'Chee
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Writing your novel is only half the battle... We've got 8 awesome steps to help you revise your manuscript to perfection... The post 8 Awesome Steps To Revising Your Novel appeared first on Writer's Edit.
  • Why Comparing Yourself to Other Writers is Killing Your Creativity

    Kyra Bandte
    19 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Deputy Editor Kyra Bandte explores why we shouldn't compare ourselves to other writers... The post Why Comparing Yourself to Other Writers is Killing Your Creativity appeared first on Writer's Edit.
  • Book Review: ‘Northern Lights’ by Philip Pullman

    Jessica Rhodes
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Our reviewer, Jessica, delves into the magic of Pullman's famous series... The post Book Review: ‘Northern Lights’ by Philip Pullman appeared first on Writer's Edit.
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    C.C. Hogan Author

  • The Joy of losing the plot

    9 Jul 2015 | 1:40 am
    Whatever the publicists tell you, writing should always be primarily selfish - if you are not writing for yourself, then what is the point? Part of my fun is letting myself fall into the trap of a sub-plot or an aside; a little journey away from the main thrust.
  • What's in a Name?

    14 Jun 2015 | 1:20 am
    One drawback of working on a series of books in a make believe world is that I find myself constantly trying to think up names for places and characters. Really, I could use anything, but something inside tells me that I need to think it through a little more than that.
  • Great Characters are born not written

    31 May 2015 | 1:09 am
    Developing great characters is the most difficult part of writing, in my mind, and is one of those things that both agents and publishers latch onto quickly. It is inconsistent, though, and I have had agents say "Your characters are weak," and "At least the characters are really strong," all about the same characters! So, ignoring agents entirely, here are my thoughts on not how you write about your characters, but how you find them in the first place.
  • We Love 1976

    26 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    My new book, The Stink, is set in 1976. It was the year the water ran out, the dustmen went on strike (again) and of the Notting Hill Riots. But I also remember it as the year when we had a huge amount of fun and grew up a lot. So, why did I chose it as the backdrop for my book?
  • The Stink Website is Launched

    26 May 2015 | 6:56 am
    Just launched - the Official website for The Stink, the forthcoming book from C.C. Hogan. Story background, band profiles, excerpts AND the whole of chapter one! Don't forget to sign up to our news letter to hear when the book is released for Kindle and Paperback.
 
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    Good Characters

  • Arnold Rimmer

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:49 am
    Spoiler alert: This post includes plot details from Red Dwarf (1988) series 1-7Minutes into the first episode of 'Red Dwarf', Second Technician Arnold J Rimmer is reduced to a small heap of icing sugar. But then, shoommm. He comes back as a hologrammatic smeghead. Played with aplomb by a plummy Chris Barrie, Rimmer really is the biggest git in deep space, which brings me to Space Corps Directive 87772: if you're a sniveling, lily-livered buffoon, your audience will love you. Why though?‘Red Dwarf’ enjoys throwing us through loops and tangling the linear flow of time, so I’ll respect…
  • Martha Jones

    23 Jul 2015 | 12:17 am
    Spoiler alert: This post includes plot details from Doctor Who (2005) series 1-4Of every companion since the momentous relaunch of ‘Doctor Who’ in 2005, Martha Jones is my favourite by a mile. Played with great warmth and twinkle by Freema Agyeman, Martha’s brief tenure as a companion was underrated, but I think there’s one big reason for that. And the moment you set that reason aside, Martha shines as the brightest 'Doctor Who' companion to date.The Doctor, who’s about a trillion years old, is understandably very precious to his fans. Whether you think he should be a commanding old…
  • Commander Lexa

    16 Jul 2015 | 12:25 am
    Spoiler alert: This post includes plot details from The 100 (2013) seasons 1-2Maybe you agree: I find that the most satisfying character introduction is when we hear about the character before we actually meet her. In young adult sci-fi series ‘The 100’, Lexa deservedly gets one such introduction. Played coolly by Alycia Debnam-Carey, Lexa hasn’t had a lot of screentime so far, but her role is vital. She represents the biggest ethical dilemma of the series: in times of desperation is cold utilitarianism the only way to survive as a group, or is it better to lead from the heart?The…
  • Frank Reynolds

    8 Jul 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Spoiler alert: This post includes plot details from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005) seasons 1-10‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ is a sitcom about how its title is a lie. It’s always dark, because the horrible main characters spend most of their time festering in that pub of theirs and being the worst human beings on the planet. And Frank – who for some reason is played by Danny DeVito – is the worst one of all.I promise I like this show. Really I do. It’s laugh-out-loud silly and its cult popularity stems from how loathsome the characters are, which is fascinating.
  • Carol Peletier

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:34 pm
    Spoiler alert: This post includes plot details from The Walking Dead (2010) seasons 1-5'The Walking Dead' is a gruesome American runner-abouter. You've probably seen it. Among the few poor sods to endure all the running about is Carol Peletier, played with awesome versatility by Melissa McBride. In a zombie apocalypse you have to adapt to survive, and no one has adapted more than Carol – which means no one deserves to survive as much as she does. At the beginning of the series she's one of the group's most fragile members. Meek and weak and really kinda lovely, she obeys her husband Ed’s…
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  • OUT-OF-THE-BOX WRITING HACKS

    writerpreneur
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:13 pm
    It’s not always easy to keep writing in spite of it all. Whether you are disheartened by writer’s block or by the futility of it all, sometimes you just need to trick yourself into carrying on. This is a list of some of the best writing hacks which are just slightly out-of-the-box, because to be honest, we’ve all tried the obvious ones. Consider this: writer’s block doesn’t exist. Maybe, just maybe, it is an excuse we use when writing gets tough. I’m trying to think of any other kind of block I experience: meal block; nope, never. Wine block; ha,…
  • WANT TO BE A SUCCESSFUL WRITER? FORGET LITERARY FICTION; WRITE RUBBISH

    writerpreneur
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    So I have been on this self-publishing journey for a few years now, starting off in journalism and then breaking into Kindle publishing with barely a whisper. I don’t think anyone knows I’m even there, hidden as I am behind the Amazon muck pile of written slurry. I’m not remotely bitter about this; I chose to write about things that have meaning for me rather than write the dross which dominates the market, but I pay the price for my discerning choice; and that price is fewer downloads. When I was still studying English, back in those heady days of education when I thought…
  • WHAT IS ‘UNBOUND’ AND COULD IT WORK FOR YOU? A LOOK AT CROWD-FUNDING

    writerpreneur
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:14 am
    In the ever-changing publishing world, writers are always looking for new ways to connect with their target audience and raise their profile. This can be a futile and costly task at times so it’s interesting to discover Unbound, a company set up by three writers who aspire to the same goal: getting good books published. Now I’m not claiming to have first hand experience of Unbound, in fact I’ve only really just stumbled upon it myself, but I can definitely see that there is potential to develop another source of publicity through them. The Unbound platform works like…
  • SO JUST WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF BECOMING A KINDLE BESTSELLER?

    writerpreneur
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:20 am
    Let’s be honest from the outset; the need to write to fulfil our creative need is a powerful reason to keep writing, publishing, then writing again; but what we all really want to some degree or another, is to write that elusive bestseller that will push our name onto the list of Kindle superstars. So how likely is that goal? Well statistically, not very; and if you do make it, it will probably take you between five to ten years, so you’d better be in this for the long haul or you might as well go and do something else. Here’s the problem simplified: the market is saturated.
  • IS IT TIME TO QUIT WRITING?

    writerpreneur
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:47 am
    Okay, bear with me; I’m not being defeatist, I’m simply presenting it as an option, and it does have to be considered at some   stage so it might as well be now. Exploring the reasons you may want to decide to give up your dreams of becoming a published writer will be a painful process, but the fact that you are even reading this means it has probably crossed your mind a thousand times already. The key to making this choice lies in your own circumstances, so you must take into account all the factors involved before deciding you will no longer pursue your writing ambitions. It is very…
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  • M.E.A.B.M.b

    Dominique Hodnett
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    M.E.A.B.M.b       By Dominique Hodnett           My mind is mimicking a model of a mannequin that is meltingSimilar to when a simian is simulating someone who is smeltingEasily the eye is eased by the etching on an easel While I'm wishing to whimsically whistle at a weaselActing upon actors who are actually in action Factoring in the fact that I'm functioning as a farce for a factionBinary bonds are bonding to a bona fidebuffoonAssuming that the assailants are already assumedMasked in the masses are the masters of…
  • Hanging On

    Dominique Hodnett
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    Hanging OnA PoemBy DominiqueHodnettIn summer and springThey are flowersHanging from Branches.In fall They are leaves FallingBut never Hitting the ground.In winter Their hanged necks Are ornamentsDecoratingA tree.
  • Fruit and Flesh

    Dominique Hodnett
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Fruit and FleshA PoemBy Dominique HodnettI was wondering around the woods one day To search for fruits and berriesI found a grove of juicy oranges And a bush which was full of cherries With a basket I plucked till it was full to the brim And boy was I ever merry My basket was heavy and overflowing With all that I could carryThe trip was long and my arms were weakBut my goal was ever so clearI needed to find enough to eatFor those who I hold dear On the way back home I walked through the woods Which I normally do not fearBut it was getting late in the afternoonAnd I knew that sundown was…
  • Stream of Consciousness Part III: A Long Night's Sleep

    Dominique Hodnett
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Stream of Consciousness Part III: A Long Night's SleepFlash FictionBy Dominique Hodnett            I was lying in bed late in the afternoon trying to make up for the lost hours of sleep from the previous night. That morning, I was forced to slug my way through work without rest. The entire day I couldn’t wait to get off so I could hit the hay. I tried to close my eyes and get as comfortable as I possibly could, but it was no use. I was exhausted but it make no difference. My body's want for sleep could not match my mind' unwillingness…
  • Stream of Consciousness: Part II

    Dominique Hodnett
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:36 am
    Stream of Consciousness: Part IIFlash FictionBy Dominique Hodnett     As I sat there contemplating life, love, and the future, my train of thought was suddenly thrown off by loud knocks on my door. At first it was three loud evenly paced knocks: knock, knock, knock. I didn’t appreciate the obnoxious method in which my visitor decided to gain my attention, so I decided to ignore the door until my mystery guest found his or her manners. A few moments passed by, it couldn’t have been more than thirty seconds before I heard a few more loud knocks. Knock, knock, knock,…
 
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  • Four resources to mine for trending content ideas

    David Leonhardt
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    The world is talking. Is your content talking about the same things? Here are four ways to make sure it is. In the world of online content, the topics people write about are often quite random. The goal of producing interesting and valuable content should be to establish credibility and drive visits to our websites. That can more effectively be accomplished by strategically choosing topics. Aside from obvious topics in our chosen fields, how can we tap into and capitalize on the ever-changing flow of topical web traffic? I mean, how was I supposed to know that Kanye West was a telemarketer?
  • Point of view – how storytellers create truth

    David Leonhardt
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    Point of view tells us through whose eyes we see a story. No point of view, no story. This article tells you how to control point of view. My daughter was reading Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige out loud while I was driving. It’s a pleasant way to pass some time, and we are both fans of Oz and its various spin-offs. We were around Chapter 12 when suddenly she stopped to recall a scene from several chapters earlier, where a goth Munchkin by the name of Indigo had been killed by the goons of…oh, dear, I almost threw in a spoiler. In any event, she was lamenting Indigo’s…
  • How to romance a blogger – Ooh la la!

    David Leonhardt
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    In case you thought this article would be about dating or relationships, it’s not. We are all business here. It’s about getting your story told to a blogger’s audience. Whether you want bloggers to review your product or you are hoping to guest post for them, whether you have a juicy Infographic you know their readers will go all agog over, or whether you hope to be interviewed or quoted, you can’t just go in cold. You can’t just walk up to a blogger and kiss him smack on the lips. You have to romance him a little first. When you have him where the only word that…
  • 99 essential writing tips for blog writers

    David Leonhardt
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:53 am
    There is much more to running a blog than writing. But writing is enough to warrant 99 tips. Follow these tips for a world-class blog. A blogger wears many hats.  He is an artist, creating images.  She is a community manager, keeping readers engaged.  He is a programmer, keeping the blog technically functioning.  She is a marketer, promoting the blog. But above all, a blogger is a writer.  The Internet is overflowing with blogging tips.  Today, we sift through the noise, mix a few metaphors and focus on the essential oils – the writing! 99 writing tips to make you a better blogger…
  • Story packing: Ara Grigorian’s Finding the Story Beats workshop (spoilers)

    Kristin
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    There is both an art and a science to setting the pace of your novel. Here is what Kristin learned at the Story Beats Workshop in Santa Barbara. In a previous post we gave recommendations as to what to pack for a writers’ conference, in this case the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. Your humble correspondent spent last week at #SBWC15 and her bags proved to be well-stocked. Packing for a trip is a great analogy for constructing story structure. You need to know your must-haves without which your vacation, a.k.a. the journey in the story, can’t succeed. For that we turn to debut novelist…
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