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  • Paying Markets And Jobs For May 27th

    WritersWeekly.com - Freelance Writing Ezine
    27 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    New markets and freelance writing jobs.
  • 6 Things to Remember When You Self Publish a Kindle Book

    Kindle Me This
    Elizabeth Yetter
    29 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Deciding to join the self publishing arena is a big deal. You are becoming one of the many self employed people looking to make a living doing what you love. Here are a few things to think about when you make the big leap. 1. Publishing is the Easy Part Self publishing books is easy. […]Continue reading...
  • Time Management as a Student & Writer || Guest Post

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    Sarah Faulkner
    28 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    I'm so excited to get to have Abigail here with a fabulous guest post on time management for writers. Enjoy and please read, comment, and share!Attending high school is hard. Writing as a serious hobby is even harder. When you combine the two of them, it becomes downright ridiculous. Are you studying Calculus and attempting to write the next Tolkien epic? You’re in the right place.As teen writers, we have several aspects to our lives: our education, our families, and our writing. There are four main problems we face when we try to manage the three at once.We lose track of time.We suffer…
  • The Age-Old Cynicism Surrounding the Dream of Book Writing

    Jane Friedman
    Jane Friedman
    29 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’ve known about this joke for nearly as long as I’ve worked in book publishing. It goes like this: “More than 80% of people say they have a book inside them. And that’s exactly where it should stay.” While speaking and tweeting at the International Digital Publishing Forum at BEA this week, I had the opportunity to hear Jane McGonigal speak. (She’s well-known for this TED talk.) She shared this statistic: More than 90% of young people in the United States say they want to write a book someday. I tweeted the stat, and while there were some people who…
  • Get More Writing Done By Simplifying Your Life

    Productive Writers
    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 WorkHey Writer, Do You Make the Best Use of Your Brain?
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    Advice to Writers

  • What Could Be Stranger Than Writing?

    JW
    29 May 2015 | 9:05 pm
    People like ourselves may see nothing wondrous in writing, but our anthropologists know how strange and magical it appears to a purely oral people—a conversation with no one and yet with everyone. What could be stranger than the silence one encounters when addressing a question to a text? What could be more metaphysically puzzling than addressing an unseen audience, as every writer of books must do? And correcting oneself because one knows that an unknown reader will disapprove or misunderstand? NEIL POSTMAN
  • Writing Is Hard Work, Not Magic

    JW
    28 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Writing is hard work, not magic. It begins with deciding why you are writing and whom you are writing for. What is your intent? What do you want the reader to get out of it? What do you want to get out of it. It's also about making a serious time commitment and getting the project done. SUZE ORMAN
  • You Have To Be Yourself When You Write

    JW
    27 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    You have to follow your own voice. You have to be yourself when you write. In effect, you have to announce, “This is me, this is what I stand for, this is what you get when you read me. I’m doing the best I can—buy me or not—but this is who I am as a writer.” DAVID MORRELL
  • In the Rewriting Process You Discover What's Going On

    JW
    26 May 2015 | 9:26 pm
    My writing is a process of rewriting, of going back and changing and filling in. In the rewriting process you discover what’s going on, and you go back and bring it up to that point. Sometimes you’ll just push through, indicate a scene or a character, leave a space, then go back later and fill it in. JOAN DIDION
  • There’s Nothing Worse for Plots Than Cell Phones

    JW
    25 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    There’s nothing worse for plots than cellphones. Once your characters have one, there’s no reason for them to get lost or stranded. Or miss each other at the top of the Empire State Building. If you want anything like that to happen, you either have to explain upfront what happened to the phones or you have to make at least one character some sort of manic pixie Luddite who doesn’t carry one. RAINBOW ROWELL
 
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    Daily Writing Tips

  • Till vs. Until

    Maeve Maddox
    29 May 2015 | 9:23 pm
    A reader asks, Isn’t the shortened version of until spelled ’til, not til or till? I know that till is a word (I worked as a grocery store cashier as a teenager), so I understand why it doesn’t get flagged by spellcheck when some writers incorrectly shorten the word until as till. Many speakers believe that the till in such expressions as “Till death do us part” and “Till the end of Time” should be written ’til, as if it were a shortened version of until. In fact, till is not a shortening of until. It is a freestanding word that can be used as a preposition and as a…
  • 25 French Food-related Terms in English

    Maeve Maddox
    28 May 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Note: The pronunciation of these terms varies according to how familiar the speaker is with French. Usually, getting close is good enough. I’ve included pronunciation for six terms that may be especially tricky for some English speakers. 1. à la carte Food items that can be ordered individually and not as part of a set meal are ordered à la carte. The French word carte means card or menu. For example, a true à la carte menu would list each item separately, with individual prices: chicken legs, $4; broccoli, $2; rice, $1.50, and so on. 2. à la mode This French expression means…
  • Internet Initialisms

    Maeve Maddox
    27 May 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Although I’ve adopted a few initialisms such as BTW, LOL, and IMHO in my own informal writing, I’m mostly ignorant of the alphabet soup current on Twitter and other social media sites. When a reader recently introduced me to the combination DRTL, I realized that this new language represents not just a kind of shorthand, but also a new philosophy of written language. This particular construct, DRTL, seems to me to symbolize the new philosophy: DRTL = Didn’t Read, Too Long. Strings of commonly understood letter combinations such as FYI (For your information), TGIF (Thank God it’s…
  • Top 10 Confused Words in English [E-F]

    Maeve Maddox
    26 May 2015 | 9:28 pm
    The words in the following list represent misunderstanding of the words’ meanings and not simply an inability to spell them correctly. This post covers words starting with the letters e and f (the a-b list is here, and the c-d one here). 1. economic / economical Both adjectives are related, but have distinct meanings. Economic refers to economics or the economy: “Reagan’s economic policies came to be known as ‘Reaganomics.’ ” Economical means, “giving good value in relation to the resources used”: “Buying in bulk is an economical way to shop.” 2. ensure / insure To…
  • Verb Review #9: There Is / There Are

    Maeve Maddox
    25 May 2015 | 9:37 pm
    A reader asks about the use of “there is” and “there are”: I am writing to express my puzzlement over whether to use “there is” or “there are”. When I was reading a script, I came across [this] sentence: “In his arms there are a whole bunch of corn husks.” Should it not be “there is”? Plenty of native speakers experience a sense of puzzlement when it comes to “there is” and “there are.” The grammar is clear. A singular subject takes a singular verb. Therefore, “There is” should be used to introduce a singular noun and “There are” should introduce a…
 
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    Copyblogger

  • Deadly Conversion Busters: How to Fix a Horrible Headline

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Headlines can make or break your conversions. How do you craft a headline that works every time? In this episode of The Mainframe, Chris Garrett and Tony Clark reveal: Why being clever might be the easiest way to tank your offer How your audience targeting is the key to developing your headline strategy Testing and getting out of your own way What your headlines really need in order to connect with your prospect The 4U technique for getting your headlines right Click Here to Listen to The Mainframe on iTunes Click Here to Listen on Rainmaker.FM About the authorRainmaker.FM Rainmaker.FM is the…
  • Solve Your Online Proofreading Problems With This Simple Trick

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This episode of Rough Draft is for anyone with limited time and limited proofreading skills. Like host Demian Farnworth. There’s a common myth web writers fall for: the idea that proofreading online isn’t nearly as important as writing for print. If you believe that, you would be wrong. Proofreading is essential. So today Demian is happy as a kitten to introduce you to Stefanie Flaxman, Copyblogger’s Editor-in-Chief, who will help you choose the right words and teach you time-saving ways to improve your copy. You are going to love Stefanie because she doesn’t consider…
  • A New Way to Think About Your Show’s U.S.P.

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    One of the common threads from the speakers at Authority Rainmaker was the importance of differentiation. In this new episode of The Showrunner, Jerod Morris and Jon Nastor provide a new way to view the unique selling proposition of your show. After opening with a brief discussion about incredible benefits you can gain from taking online relationships offline, Jerod and Jon dig into differentiation. During their discussion, you’ll learn: What Sally Hogshead meant by “different is better than better” (and how it will help your show) Why you need to know what your…
  • Chris Brogan on the Business of Being Yourself

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    As cliché as it sounds, some of the best business advice you can get is simply … be who you are. It sounds impractical that in a ruthless world filled with corporations, venture capitalists, and never-ending competition, we’re encouraged to drop our personas and keep things real. From being different, to taking risks, you’ll gain a tremendous amount of knowledge in this episode of No Sidebar. Chris Brogan says, “We often mistake busy for progress,” and he’s no rookie when it comes to giving entrepreneurial advice. Listen up and take notes, as one of the most…
  • The Free Content Trap Writers Always Fall Into

    Demian Farnworth
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The other day I was walking to our neighbor’s house to let his dog out. It was noon, bright, and hot. No wind, my hands in my pockets, my thoughts somewhere else. As I rounded the corner, I ran into another neighbor — a thick, weathered man with short black hair. He was rolling a lawnmower to the end of his driveway. He said, “You know anyone who wants a free lawnmower?” I stopped and contemplated his offer. A free lawnmower? “Does it work?” I said. “Yep,” he said. I don’t need a lawnmower — mine is less than a year old — but…
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  • Nine ways to get out of your rut and create a blast of writing energy

    Carly Sandifer
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Habits and routines are good. Ruts are not. A routine is all about established habits. A rut is about feeling stuck or bored. People can be creatures of habit. Routines are comforting and comfortable. I used to work with a designer who ate the same lunch every day for the 10 years I worked with him. A turkey and havarti sandwich and a container of yogurt. I know this because when I’d go visit him at his desk, I’d see that sandwich all wrapped up nice and snug in Saran wrap sitting there on the window sill. But I digress. Routines are good when we find a habit that reinforces…
  • Be a better reader to be a better writer

    Carly Sandifer
    22 May 2015 | 11:50 am
    A simple writing truth is that to be a great writer, you must be a great reader. To fully absorb the author’s artistry, analyze the stories you read to understand how the writers crafted them. How did the author engage you as a reader? What was satisfying about the story? What craft elements stood out for you? What didn’t work? As I read, I stay alert for sentences or paragraphs that cause a ping in my chest. Then I ask myself why I liked them and make a note. Watch for these elements of writing craft as you read. Metaphors. I assigned myself a project this week to make a note of…
  • Grab your reader with a good beginning

    Carly Sandifer
    12 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Good beginnings matter, whether you write poetry, memoir, novels, or short stories. A compelling beginning hooks your reader’s attention, including agents and editors, who may hold the key to publishing. Imagine your readers walking around a bookstore and pulling books off the shelf to read the first page or downloading a sample to read online. Would your book capture their interest? Check your story’s beginning against these three elements of a good beginning. Good stories should: Raise a question. Create a sense of curiosity to draw readers into your story. At the heart of every good…
  • The poem I’m carrying in my pocket today: A call to create

    Carly Sandifer
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today is Carry a Poem in Your Pocket Day in the United States — the day every April where people select a poem to carry in their pocket and share with others. It’s one more way to celebrate poetry during National Poetry Month. I’ve been reading the work of Spanish poets recently and found a poem that struck me. “Throw Yourself Like Seed” by Miguel de Unamuno speaks to me about the low points that can affect all of us and the call to return to what makes us feel most alive — our work, which for me means writing. “Shake off this sadness, and recover your spirit;” de…
  • If you want to be a poetic writer, read and write poetry

    Carly Sandifer
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    Part of the pleasure of reading is discovering a word or an arrangement of words that resonate. Like any aspect of writing craft, injecting a poetic influence in your work requires practice. No matter what genre you write, poetry can influence your work. In honor of National Poetry month, consider adding these reading and writing activities to your creative practice: Write a poem a day. Several years ago, I decided to do a project where I would write a poem a day. I didn’t put any pressure on myself to write great poetry. I just set the intention. Some days I wrote poems I liked. Other…
 
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    Word Grrls

  • A 5-Step Plan to Become Seriously Influential Online

    Laura Brown
    28 May 2015 | 6:48 am
    The post A 5-Step Plan to Become Seriously Influential Online appeared first on Word Grrls. This post about building authority online is good for beginning bloggers but also those who have burnt out and want to try again. Do try again. Don’t expect instant success. Step 1: Narrow your focus. Step 2: Stop reading just blog posts. Step 3: Write authoritative articles. Answer specific questions. Quote other authorities in your industry. Don’t be afraid to take a contrarian view. Use stats and detailed case studies to add substance. Repeat your ideas. Step 4: Build an Audience. Step 5:…
  • Could you Try Guerilla Art?

    Laura Brown
    27 May 2015 | 5:17 am
    The post Could you Try Guerilla Art? appeared first on Word Grrls. Guerilla art, also referred to as “street art”, is a method of art making where the artist leaves anonymous art pieces in public places. It is often an installation in an unauthorized location. It is a way for an artist to express their views and opinions to a large audience in an anonymous way. In contrast to popular belief, guerilla art does not have to be done with spray paint. Other popular forms include videos and projections. There is no one motivation for making guerilla art. However, popular reasons include…
  • Pen Pal Painting Exchange

    Laura Brown
    26 May 2015 | 5:14 am
    The post Pen Pal Painting Exchange appeared first on Word Grrls. Pen Pal Painting Exchange began as a fun side-project from the creators of The Sketchbook Project and has taken on a life of its own. Our mission is connecting creative people from across the globe in a new way, making friends of strangers, and giving people a good reason to just go ahead and paint something. Source: Pen Pal Painting Exchange Related Posts: Daisy Yellow’s Creative Experiments How to Find Penpals (Pen Pals) Post Internal Links Postcard People Create a Blogger Wiki to Promote Your Content The post Pen Pal…
  • The Culture of the Diary

    Laura Brown
    25 May 2015 | 2:36 am
    The post The Culture of the Diary appeared first on Word Grrls. If you’ve never kept a diary, try it for one week. Write a note to yourself every day and see how it goes. If you already keep a diary give it an update or think of something unusual to write about. What haven’t you confessed to the clean, white pages? What are you holding back, even there? From Samuel Pepys to Bridget Jones, the private journal combines the mundane with the confessional. Lucy Scholes reveals why the diary still fascinates readers. Source: BBC – Culture – Anne Frank and the cult of the…
  • What Happens in Your Horror Movie?

    Laura Brown
    21 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    The post What Happens in Your Horror Movie? appeared first on Word Grrls. What happens in your horror movie? What kind of horror would you make a movie about? Does anyone live to tell the tale? Source: #InMyHorrorMovie hashtag on Twitter Related Posts: You are in a Halloween Horror Movie… The Horror of Being Possessed Micro Fiction: Horror The Adventures of the Wilderness Family Regifted Candy Hearts The post What Happens in Your Horror Movie? appeared first on Word Grrls - Adventures in Writing.
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    Writing Forums

  • What Are You Reading Now.

    30 May 2015 | 5:39 am
    What book are you reading at the moment and how good are you finding it. I'm reading Straight Silver its the the eight book in the gaunts ghost series. The story focus's on the Tanith regiment stuck in the trenches. of a world under seige from its invading countries.
  • How good are your first drafts?

    30 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    Hi guys! I just finished my draft of my first 4 or so chapters, and while they're long, they're absolute trash at the same time. It's annoying, since I like the descriptions of the area they're in, yet the story seems muddled and the plot has moved far too quickly. I just wanted to know if... How good are your first drafts?
  • When you aren't writing, do you feel you're neglecting your art?

    30 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    For many writers, their art is a huge part of themselves. As a result, or at least for me personally, I feel that when I'm not writing I am neglecting something important, and I feel guilt. Anyone else attached to their art this deeply?
  • My progress

    30 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    Hello everyone! I was thinking of making my progress journal, so I can easily stay motivated for my story which I am working on. My work in progress is currently over 18.000 words in, so that is pretty good. I have to say that I started this story in October last year, then stopped for almost... My progress
  • Who's Your Oldest/Best Friend on the Forum?

    30 May 2015 | 5:26 am
    I was interested in hearing stories from everyone about great times with their best friends on the forum. Maybe you collaborated, or made some good jokes together, or have regular deep discussions. While I haven't been on the forum for all that long, there have been a few people that have gone... Who's Your Oldest/Best Friend on the Forum?
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    The Purdue OWL News

  • New Purdue OWL ESL Resource for May 22, 2015

    22 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    New Purdue OWL ESL ResourceBy Dan KenzieThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest ESL resource, "Sentence Clarity: Nominalizations and Subject Position," with exercises. This resource explains nominalizations and sentence position as they relate to sentence clarity. It..
  • New Purdue OWL Literary Criticism Resource - Ecocriticism for May 22, 2015

    22 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    New Purdue OWL Literary Criticism Resource - EcocriticismBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest literary criticism resource, the Ecocriticism resource. This resource introduces the reader to the ecocriticism approach, and provides a list of suggested further reading. It can be acces..
  • New Purdue OWL Creative Writing Resource - Poetry Invention for April 29, 2015

    29 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    New Purdue OWL Creative Writing Resource - Poetry InventionBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest creative writing resource, the Poetry Invention resource and activities handout. This resource provides students with tips and strategies for creating and developing new poems. It can be ..
  • New Purdue OWL Professional Writing Resource - Stakeholder Considerations for April 23, 2015

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:52 am
    New Purdue OWL Professional Writing Resource - Stakeholder ConsiderationsBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest professional writing resource, the Considering Your Stakeholders resource and activity handout. This resource provides students with tips and strategies for approaching audience considera..
  • New Purdue OWL ESL Resource - Email Elements Workshop for April 16, 2015

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    New Purdue OWL ESL Resource - Email Elements WorkshopBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest ESL resource, the Email Elements Workshop. This resource provides students with tips and strategies for crafting professional and appropriate emails. It can be accessed by clicking h..
 
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  • Cement Your Writing Habit (A Proven Process)

    Charlotte Dixon
    28 May 2015 | 3:08 am
    One of the best books I've read this year is The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.   He spent a few years studying habits, how people form them, and how they can un-form them, and then distilled his findings into this book.  You'd think it would be about as exciting to read as watching grass grow but the way he writes and tells stories, it is fascinating.  You don't even really have to read the book to get the concept, though I highly recommend it because it is entertaining and he uses a lot of different examples that really set the idea in your head. (Though if you truly…
  • Book Review: Wild Women, Wild Voices

    Charlotte Dixon
    26 May 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Wild Women, Wild Voices: Writing From Your Authentic Wildness by Judy Reeves I was provided this book by the publisher, New World Library (whom I adore, because they always give me wonderful books to read) to review.  And then I promptly forgot about it.  Actually, the book got buried under a pile of papers on my desk and only was unearthed when I started cleaning up.  I wish I'd found it sooner, because its a wonderful book. And here's my problem with writing about it: I start reading it and then stop to go do some of the exercises and follow the prompts.  And so I am…
  • Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #43

    Charlotte Dixon
    23 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Hi, I hope you've had a great week with lots of writing.  And guess what?  It's a long holiday weekend, at least here in the states.  Surely you plan on using at least some of it to write?  Of course you do. Here are some prompts from my Tumblr blog for your inspiration. #295 Two women walk into a bar.  The entire place goes quiet, and all heads turn toward them.  It is not because they are beautiful, but rather…. #296 Would you please stop that right now?  Right this minute! It drives me absolutely crazy when…. #297  The sky darkened and lights flashed.  It wasn’t…
  • Are You a Right-Brain or Left-Brain Dominant Writer?

    Charlotte Dixon
    20 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    A Stack 'O Writing Books I learned a different way of looking at my writing this weekend, a way that I think will help inform how I plan and plot a novel. (One of the things I love best about writing is that there's always something new to learn.  It's impossible to be bored by it.) I'm thinking this thing will help you, too, so let's discuss.  But first, some background. This past weekend, I went to Seattle with my daughter.  We took the train up and back (the best way to travel), stayed in the Roosevelt Hotel downtown, and reconnected with an old friend and met…
  • Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #42

    Charlotte Dixon
    16 May 2015 | 3:25 am
    Like clockwork, like magic, like butter on bread, here it is, my weekly round-up of writing prompts from my Tumblr blog.  I'm in Seattle this weekend, but you should be writing. Kidding! Or not. Anyway, Enjoy!  Or don't enjoy, but use them to write like crazy. #288 What was your main character’s relationship with her mother like?  Happy and loving? Polite but distant? Very, very contentious? Write about it for 15 minutes–or more. #289  Everyone else was sad when the rain started falling after a long string of gorgeous days.  But not her.  She was delighted.  Because rain…
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    What Kate Did Next

  • Letter to a Friend

    10 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    You've been constantly on my mind for the last couple of weeks. By coincidence the protagonist of the book I'm editing has your name, so as my thoughts are with you, I see your name repeated again and again each day. I hadn't even made the connection until today - it wasn't a conscious decision, in 2011, to name her for you (I tend to think the names of characters find you, not the other way around). I don't base my fictional characters on real people, but she is an art historian, like us, and I wanted her to have a quiet grace and beauty about her, and wisdom - the meaning of the name…
  • Gardening Leave

    12 Apr 2015 | 1:33 am
    "Gardens are not made by singing 'oh how beautiful' and sitting in the shade" KiplingThis week the chance to sit in the shade would have been a fine thing, but we've been battered by the worst sandstorms in fifty years. The children's schools closed early (rather like the snow days we had growing up in Devon), and Spring Break began hiding indoors from the choking yellow dust. However, on the other side of the world a big ambition was fulfilled - a beautiful edition of 'The Perfume Garden' has just been released in America and Canada by Thomas Dunne and St Martin's. I'm really grateful…
  • Five Years, Four Stripes and Three Wishes

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

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

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

    Jamie
    29 May 2015 | 3:23 pm
    We all overuse some of our favorite grammar no-no’s. Sometimes it’s the word ¨that¨ sometimes it’s something as docile as an exclamation point. If you’re prone to exclamation overuse, heres a handy flowchart to help you decide what to keep and what to delete.                                   Thanks to Hubspot for the infographic and the share.    
  • Content Curation Startup Livefyre Raises $47M

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

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

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

    Jamie
    8 Sep 2012 | 10:08 am
    See on Scoop.it – Inner Geek I love the battery saving tips from Life Hacker! Learn how to share files between computers, perform maintenance on your computer and  how to use keyboard shortcuts. Now go out and manage your online business like a BOSS! See on lifehacker.com
 
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  • What to Do From Here

    Robert Lee Brewer
    29 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    Last week, I kicked off a new series of posts that address questions I receive in my inbox. The first post dealt with poets getting agents–or rather, why that doesn’t work for the most part (click here to read that post). Here’s this week’s query from someone who contacted me about writing their first poem (which happens more often than you’d think): “This is the first poem I’ve ever written. Please let me know what to do from here.” Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the…
  • 10 Ingredients for a Spectacular Book Launch Party

    Guest Column
    28 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    I recently completed a 37,000-mile pilgrimage around the world, a modern re-working of an ancient tradition. I met monks, danced with rabbis, walked on coals, and even gained an audience with Pope Francis. After traveling to North Korea, Westboro Baptist Church, Mount Athos, and the Camino de Santiago, I sat down to write the adventure. As we neared the release date, I turned my attention to planning a great book launch party. Problem was, none of my close friends had ever actually been to a book launch party before. So we made it up as we went along. This guest post is by writer Jared Brock.
  • Creation Simulator

    Brian A. Klems
    28 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    As you close your eyes you feel as if you’re being lifted. Yes, higher and higher until you decide to open your eyes. You see a vast world before, one new to your eyes. A voice booms out: “This is yours now, craft it well.” How do you shape this world? What inhabits it? Are there sentient species? Have a ball! Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments below. Download from our shop right now!   The post Creation Simulator appeared first on WritersDigest.com.
  • Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 307

    Robert Lee Brewer
    27 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    A couple things before the prompt today: First, the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition has a June 5 deadline that’s coming up fast (learn more here). Second, Poetic Asides all stars Jane Shlensky and Nancy Posey have teamed up to put together a face-to-face event in Hickory, North Carolina, for all interested Poetic Asides poets (learn more about that here). For today’s prompt, write a learning poem. The poem could be about things you learn at school, on the streets, or in affairs of the heart. Heck, the poem could be about things you learn poeming–or anything…
  • 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jessamyn Hope

    Chuck Sambuchino
    26 May 2015 | 9:05 pm
    This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Jessamyn Hope, author of SAFEKEEPING, a novel) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning.   Column by Jessamyn Hope, whose debut novel, SAFEKEEPING (Fig Tree Books, June 2015), takes place over the summer of 1994 on a kibbutz in Israel. Her short fiction and memoirs…
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • Monkeys, Jackasses and Wispy Mist

    21 May 2015 | 12:39 pm
    In her blog post, “Jackasses & Monkeys – Inner demons of writing,” Carol Bodensteiner reveals that her inner writing demons take the form of monkeys. She expresses relief on learning that others, such as Kimberly  Brock, have similar problems. In my opinion, Kimberly’s challenge is worse. She is beset by Jackasses.Carol invited readers to share their experiences. I also have demons, as I believe we all do. Like Carol, I battle monkeys, described by Zen masters as Monkey Mind. My monkeys are different from Carol’s. Mine swing through the trees at random, taking my thoughts…
  • “I Could Write About My Sex Life”

    9 May 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Soon after I began teaching lifestory writing, I met with a man I knew only slightly, I’ll call him Sam. Sam wanted my advice on how to write his lifestory. I was several years short of sixty,  and this crumpling man in his late eighties. As usual, I suggested he start with a story idea list and asked him what he might want to write about. I sat patiently for what seemed like an hour while he sat silently, slumped in his chair and lost in thought. Suddenly he seemed suffused with high noon sunshine as his head lifted. A huge smile spread across his pallid, wrinkled face. “I could…
  • Seven Secrets about Writing

    29 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    Ian Mathie, my Scottish/African writing buddy, recently tagged me on Facebook to share seven secrets about writing. I accept this challenge as great sport, and following Janet Givens’ example in her response to Ian, I’m  posting my reply here as the path to Facebook. Secret #1: Writing is fun! That is, it’s fun if you write about happy memories and ideas and send your inner critic to her room. Write with color. Write outside your usual boundaries. Write with attitude and guts. More guidelines here.Secret #2: Writing can be painful.Dark memories can be searing to write about when…
  • I Want My Grandchildren to Know I Wasn’t Always Old

    21 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I watched as an old woman entered the room, leaning heavily on her cane. Although each step seemed to be a huge effort, her sagging figure was elegantly dressed, and her face, a road map of wrinkles, tastefully made up. She sat heavily in a seat near the door, in the front row, not far from where I stood, waiting to present a book talk about The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing. I begin these programs by asking everyone why they are interested in writing their lifestories. I get a variety of predictable responses: “I have a few memories I want to write down for my kids” ... “I do…
  • Ritergal’s Birthday

    1 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    Heavens to Betsy, today is Ritergal’s birthday, and  I just realized she is a teenager, In fact, she has been a teenager for a couple of years. That could explain a lot of things, but I won’t go into that. In honor of her birthday, she’s my guest today, sharing her flash memoir, previously unread and unedited by me:That woman, the one whose fingers I’m using, thinks I’m only fifteen, and she thinks she calls the shots. Little does she know. I’m ageless. For several decades I lurked in a hidden closet of her soul, just beyond her awareness, waiting for the right moment to make…
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    Published and Profitable Writers Tips Blog

  • Blogging Tip From David Meerman Scott

    Roger C. Parker
    29 May 2015 | 4:16 am
    David Meerman Scott’s recent post, Still More Top Ten Tips for Incredibly Successful Public Speaking, shows the power of a simple blogging strategy tip. Serialization, or the idea of building blog post on one, or more, previous blog posts,  is not a new idea. But, usually, the blogger only provides links to the earlier blog posts. Proving link value What sets David Meerman Scott’s blog post apart is the fact that he not only provides links to the earlier posts, but he proves the value of the earlier blog posts by providing a list of their key ideas. I find the idea startlingly…
  • What’s It Like to be a Newly-Minted Content Marketing Author?

    Roger C. Parker
    27 May 2015 | 5:34 am
    Content marketing author Anne Janzer will share her experiences writing Subscription Marketing: Strategies for Nurturing Customers in an World of Churn during my next Author Thought Leader call. Subscription Marketing offers a fresh view of content marketing from an experienced marketer’s point of view. Join us Tuesday, June 9, at 4:00 PM Eastern. Background I discovered Anne Janzer through her participation in the Content Marketing Institute community. I was pleased to be one of the first to review her book in my article, Subscription Marketing: A Guide to Nurturing Customers and…
  • Picture Yourself at Content Marketing World Learning from the World’s Best Content Marketers

    Roger C. Parker
    26 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Picture yourself at Content Marketing World this September, learning from the world’s leading content marketers! Content Marketing World is the world’s largest content marketing event, with an outstanding line-up of experienced experts and presenters. A wealth of experienced advice, insights, and strategies It’s the one place where you can learn from a balanced portfolio of sessions dealing with all aspects of content marketing. Over 80 informative content marketing sessions that cover all the bases, including: Aligning content and sales Audience building Blogging tips Buyer…
  • Scott Abel’s 5 Characteristics of Great Content

    Roger C. Parker
    17 May 2015 | 4:56 am
    Scott Abel’s The 5 Characteristics of Great Content is one of my favorite examples of fine writing about content marketing. It’s one of those rare pieces of writing that I frequently return to because of its combination of brevity and profound, actionable insights. Scott Abel shares the essence of content marketing success in just 553 words. The following appears courtesy of  Scott Abel, the The Content Wrangler, and Steve Rotter, from Acrolinx (home of some of the best ebooks and white papers you’ll find anywhere–see below). Thank you Scott, Steve! In Scott’s…
  • New Mindjet Mind Map Dashboard Website Template

    Roger C. Parker
    12 May 2015 | 2:15 am
    My Website Planner mind map template is the latest addition to Mindjet’s MindManager Dashboard series. My Mindjet Website Planner mind map template offers an easy way for entrepreneurs, marketers, and web professionals manage the growing complexity of information–including mission-critical usernames, passwords, and size requirements for graphics–needed to manage a firm’s online presence. Often, additional user names and passwords are required for numerous ancillary services, such as analytics and reporting software, competitive tracking, and third-party add-ins and…
 
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    Writing Forward

  • 20 Fun and Inspiring Character Writing Ideas

    Melissa Donovan
    28 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Where do you get your character writing ideas? One of the most difficult things to execute well in a piece of fiction is a realistic character. We’ve all read stories in which the characters were dull or hollow; they come across like clones of the same characters we’ve met in dozens of stories before. Readers want characters who are as unique and complex as real people. Are we, as writers, obligated to deliver such characters? Not necessarily. Plenty of stories are plot-driven or centered around theme rather than character. But the stories that resonate the most have vivid,…
  • 10 Essential Lessons You’ll Learn in a Creative Writing Workshop

    Melissa Donovan
    26 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    What can you learn in a creative writing workshop? When I look back over all my years of formal education, from preschool through college, only a few classes stand out as truly educational in a life-changing way. In sixth grade, we did a section on space, which fascinated me. I retained a lot of what I learned. Later, I took astronomy and learned even more about the universe. A class on women writers exposed me to a whole world of literature I didn’t know existed. And two writing workshops (poetry and creative writing) put me on the path to becoming a professional writer. The main…
  • Steven Spielberg on Readers and Writers

    Melissa Donovan
    21 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    “Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers.” — Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg is one of my favorite storytellers. He and I have something in common: we were both English majors! He knows what he’s talking about when he emphasizes the importance of reading. The simplicity and elegance of Spielberg’s remark makes this one of my favorite quotes on writing. I encounter a lot of writers who don’t read. Some read in their younger years; others have never been big readers. Many want to read but simply don’t have time. Lots of…
  • Journal Prompts for the Fearless and Fearful

    Melissa Donovan
    19 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Journal prompts for facing your fears. Fears. We all have them, and we all have to face them sooner or later. Some people are plagued with fears that interfere with their ability to live a normal and healthy life. Others dance around their fears, cleverly avoiding those things that give them a nervous twitch. Still more people simply live day to day with minor, almost meaningless fears that are a source of mild irritation. But how often do we sit down and ask ourselves what am I truly afraid of and why? Today’s journal prompts might not get you over your fears, but they will certainly…
  • Grammar Rules: i.e. and e.g.

    Melissa Donovan
    14 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Learn the grammar rules for Latin abbreviations i.e. and e.g. Occasionally, we come across the abbreviations i.e. and e.g., but what do they mean, and what is the difference between them? How do grammar rules apply? These two terms originate in the Latin language and are just two of the many Latin phrases that have survived into modern language. Both i.e. and e.g. are abbreviations for longer Latin phrases, so one of the smartest ways to memorize these terms is to learn what they stand for. If you speak any of the Latin languages, you’ll have the upper hand in memorizing i.e. and e.g.
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    We Are Change

  • Victory Against Monsanto – Federal Judge Rules in Favor of GMO Ban

    Alec Cope
    30 May 2015 | 6:41 am
    We Are Change Source: Revolution News The Center for Food Safety, a nonprofit critical of biotech crops, considers the ruling a “big win” but expects the plaintiffs will challenge it before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, said George Kimbrell, senior attorney for the group. The judge has recognized that genetically engineered crops pose a significant commercial threat to non-biotech growers, which was a key issue in the litigation, Kimbrell said. “This case is a resounding affirmation of the right of farmers to protect themselves from Genetically Engineered contamination.” The…
  • BREAKING – Government Ran Drug Website That Killed 2 People

    Alec Cope
    30 May 2015 | 4:34 am
    We Are Change   Ross Ulbricht Mother Speaks Out Against Government Selling Drugs On The Silk Road The post BREAKING – Government Ran Drug Website That Killed 2 People appeared first on We Are Change.
  • Ross Ulbricht Lawyer and Mother Reaction To Life In Jail (Video)

    Alec Cope
    30 May 2015 | 4:28 am
    We Are Change Ross Ulbricht Lawyer and Mother Reaction To Life In Jail: The post Ross Ulbricht Lawyer and Mother Reaction To Life In Jail (Video) appeared first on We Are Change.
  • Governments Gone Insane Charging $400 To Feed The Homeless

    Alec Cope
    29 May 2015 | 4:11 pm
    We Are Change In this video Luke Rudkowski travels to Los Angeles California to talk to the cloud 9 organization that has been helping the homeless on there own dime and time. Cloud 9 recently had the government show up at their charity events and demand they pay over $400 for a permit in order to help the homeless. Please share this story in the hopes that it brings so much outrage that it can stop the governments ludicrous actions against people making a difference To find out more About Cloud 9 check out http://www.laoncloud9.org/ Like Us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/LukeWeAreChange…
  • Hooters waitress donates kidney to longtime customer

    Alec Cope
    29 May 2015 | 10:32 am
    We Are Change Mariana Villarreal will donate one of her kidneys to a longtime customer.(Photo: WXIA) Source: 11 Alive Don Thomas is a longtime regular at the Hooters in Roswell. But it’s not the beer or the chicken wings that bring him back. Instead, it’s the generosity of one of the waitresses. “Mariana had only been here a short time,” Thomas said. “I just barely knew her when she made the offer.” The offer was the gift of life. Thomas lost both his kidneys. “I said, ‘Well I have two kidneys, do you want one of mine?'” said Mariana…
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    Work-in-Progress

  • Staying Inspired AFTER the Writing Conference

    22 May 2015 | 6:56 am
    I wrote a piece for AWP on what to do after the conference to keep your writing energy alive. Though the tips are tailored to AWP, there are ideas you can carry forward after any writing conference:I copy the most inspiring remarks on pieces of paper that I tuck in odd spots—random books, a summer purse—assuming I’ll find them months later and feel re-inspired….Read on: https://www.awpwriter.org/magazine_media/writers_notebook_view/29/now_what_in_the_afterglow_of_awp15
  • My Book Cover!

    15 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    If you haven't already seen this from my link on Facebook...
  • Set Up Your Own Writing Residency

    14 May 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Here’s a wonderful article from poet Liz Ahl’s blog about how to set up your own writing residency with a group of your writing buddies:A writing retreat is not a writing workshop. It is not a meeting with the Great Visiting Writer Guru. It is not a series of Craft Talks. It’s a retreat. Not only from the job and the errands and the family dynamics and the daily worries and the porch roof that needs fixing and the job and the junk mail and the world . . . . but also from performance anxiety and productivity measures. You look forward to it because this time is yours to use as you see…
  • How to Publish a Short Story Collection: 12 Steps!

    13 May 2015 | 10:18 am
    I’m in love with this article about how to publish a collection of short stories in 12 steps. (Obviously, some of the steps are giant steps, as we used to say.) But author Liz Prato breaks down the process in a smart, sensible way.1.  I decided to learn how to write short stories. Originally, I thought I should write and publish short stories to later help get my novel published. I enrolled in classes in the craft of short fiction, at which point it became clear that I didn’t even read short stories, and that I would need to, if I was going to be any good at this.Tip: Consume…
  • Why Converse for Your Low-Res MFA?

    6 May 2015 | 3:40 pm
    I am shamelessly cut-and-pasting (with permission) this wonderful blog post by one of the Converse low-res MFA grads from the fiction program. Rhonda Browning Whitewrites her own blog Read. Write. Live! and when I saw this post, I fell victim to Rhonda’s enthusiasm and knew I wouldn’t be able to contain myself to an excerpt.(For more about Rhonda, head over to this blog post where I brag on a story she got published that was part of her thesis.)Anyway, here’s what she had to say about her experience studying at Converse, followed by information about an Open House for the program on May…
 
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    About Freelance Writing

  • There’s No Such Thing As A Standard Rate For Writing

    Anne Wayman
    28 May 2015 | 1:37 pm
    There’s a great article by a favorite writer about writing of mine, Sharon Hurley Hall, called How to Change the Conversation about What Your Writing is Worth. It’s part of Lori... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Writing 5 Minutes A Day

    Anne Wayman
    26 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    I work with two women who I call my accountability partners. We generally meet once a week to talk about our businesses, get feedback and generally support each other. We’ve been meeting over... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cloud Backup For Writers — Easy and Almost Bullet Proof

    Anne Wayman
    21 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    The other day I was talking to a young man who is graduating with a bachelor’s in communication. The passenger side window of his car was taped up with plastic and I asked him what happened. He... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Freelance Writers – Save For Your Next Computer Now

    Anne Wayman
    19 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    It’s going to happen – your computer will stop working, a hard drive will crash, the screen will get broken, a thief will snatch it from your backpack, etc. Or maybe enough time passes so... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Technology and the Freelance Writer

    Anne Wayman
    14 May 2015 | 10:08 am
    I sometimes forget how daunting technology can be – at least until I try to do something new on my computer. For example, for sales letters I’m now using a program from Thrive Themes. It... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    articulate

  • The secret to selling technology: don’t talk about technology

    Clare Dodd
    28 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Today I ordered a gold laptop. I agonised greatly over my decision. I looked at specs and I went and had a play. I read reviews and then agonised some more. Then two very astute women each gave me a piece of helpful advice: ‘Get what is right for you now’ and ‘how it makes you feel matters – it’ll help you do better work’. In light of these words, I realised it wasn’t processing speed or port holes that would tip the balance. It was what I envisioned each would allow me to do. I want to write more and write better; I want to be more versatile and…
  • Essential business grammar lesson 19: should I use which or that?

    Clare Dodd
    26 May 2015 | 1:15 am
    Which word should I use? Is it which or that? Both of these words are pronouns, and both are used to identify a person, place, thing or thought. Their misuse is one of the most common mistakes in business and technical writing, and it’s easy to get them confused. However, the rules for which sentences use that are simpler than you’d think. It all comes down to the type of clause they refer to (obviously!). Restrictive clauses and that A restrictive clause is an element of a sentence that can’t be removed without changing the sentence’s meaning. Products that are poorly design make…
  • Safeguard your business: sign up for Microsoft’s free event

    Clare Dodd
    21 May 2015 | 12:57 am
    How to safeguard your business – the latest event in our Microsoft business mini-summit series – is coming up on the 18th June. Small businesses far and wide: take note and sign up today.  These Articulate-run, Microsoft-sponsored events are a great way to meet your peers, learn about the latest technology and see us doing what we do best: creating remarkable content and compelling marketing campaigns. The basics Thursday June 18th 2015 9.30-14.00 (including breakfast and lunch) Microsoft UK 80-100 Victoria St SW1E 5JL London Find out more and register for free Why you…
  • Essential business grammar lesson 18: unusual English punctuation

    Clare Dodd
    19 May 2015 | 1:35 am
    Commas, full stops, question marks and exclamation points are commonplace in everyday writing. Maybe some people use them a little too often, but that’s a question of style not grammar and not a topic for this course. What we do need to cover are the rules of the unusual English punctuation marks, which don’t show up so often. This means semicolons, parentheses, brackets, dashes…and ellipses. Semicolons Semicolons have two purposes in writing. 1. They join two related but independent sentences. There is a mandatory meeting at work today; James will be speaking. In this case,…
  • What to do with a bad review in 7 simple steps

    Clare Dodd
    14 May 2015 | 1:15 am
    Everything is marketing. Or at least it can be. Econsultancy gathered up stats from across the internet about the power of online reviews. Here are a few: Three out of four British shoppers (77 percent) consult online reviews before buying online 92 percent of consumers say they trust recommendations from friends and family above all other forms of advertising 72 percent of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations So, if online reviews are so powerful, what do you do when you get a bad review? When life gives you lemons… Every public complaint comes with a…
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    Founders' Blog

  • 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…
  • 13-Year-Old Entrepreneur is Disrupting the Brail Industry

    Robin
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
  • Queen of Code

    Robin
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    The most dangerous phrase in the language is, "We've always done it that way".  — Grace Hopper  
 
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    Ben Crowder

  • What We Did for FHE Last Summer

    Ben
    12 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    Drawn in Photoshop, obviously influenced by xkcd.
  • “In Egypt, for example, archaeologists have even taken to...

    Ben
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    “In Egypt, for example, archaeologists have even taken to reburying objects in the knowledge that they will survive better and longer, for future generations to look at, if entrusted to mother earth rather than to museum cellars or warehouses.” —Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction, p. 14
  • I am not dead

    Ben
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Oh, right, I have a blog. Ha. I have a barrel full of excuses for why I haven’t been posting anything, but I won’t bore you with them. Consider this a “yes, I’m still alive” post. I just finished reading The Crucible of Doubt, by Terryl and Fiona Givens, and it is excellent. I highly recommend it. It’s largely about unwarranted assumptions about the Church leading to unnecessary angst. Lots of good stuff. I wish I’d taken notes while I was reading it so I had a quote for you, but the whole thing is enlightening. I’ve thought about posting about…
  • Life sketches in Family Tree

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

    Ben
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    Made in Blender, postprocessed in Photoshop.
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    Write to Done

  • How to Write Addictively Readable Paragraphs

    Michelle Russell
    29 May 2015 | 3:34 am
     Mmm, addictive writing.Like fantastic coffee or exquisite chocolate, it keeps readers perpetually coming back for more.Would you like to produce such work every time you write?Then you need to do more than just plunk words down on the page or screen.You must master the art of luring readers along the pathways that your words create for them.And one of the best ways to do this is to properly use that unsung hero of every piece of writing…The humble paragraph.Display Your Delectable WordsParagraphs are like shelves in the store—they provide the structure that displays the goodies,…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Finding Irresistible Topics to Delight Your Readers

    Sarah Peterson
    25 May 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Trying to find the perfect topic to write about is frustrating, isn’t it?You want to provide value in a way that will keep readers glued to your site.So week after week, you open a draft in WordPress and gaze at the blinking cursor, hoping that it will magically give you the perfect blog post idea.And every week you find yourself in the same position—wanting to write articles that will delight your readers, but grasping at straws to find the perfect topic.Well, I have some great news for you.There are four tools you can use to find topics that will delight your readers and boost the…
  • 102 Resources to Transform Your Writing

    Jenna Dalton
    21 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    You don’t have to play coy.You want to become a better writer.In fact, you’d love to crack the code on becoming a writer with tremendously loyal readers who covet every piece you put out there.That’s why you’re here, right? Checking out all the great ideas that Write to Done has to offer?The problem is, you keep meaning to work on becoming a better writer, but how many tips have you actually implemented? How many ideas have you really tried?The good news is you can become a better writer. The key is to totally immerse yourself in the best pieces of advice you can find—and use…
  • The Zen of Organized Writing: 5 Steps You Can Take Today

    Bryan Collins
    19 May 2015 | 12:04 am
    How can you organize your life as a writer so you can spend more time writing?What’s the best way to manage writing alongside other projects?Why is it so hard to balance the act of writing with the day-to-day demands of life?I think you’ll agree most writers have to achieve more than write every day–we have to do things like plan our research, market our writing, find a quiet place to work.The question is:Can you do all of this without losing your mind?In this post, I’ll give you five organizational tips for more organized writing.1. Capture Your Ideas Like Roald DahlInspiration is…
  • The Naked Truth: How to Write a Book And Get It Done

    Gail Brenner
    13 May 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Write to Done.I’ve always thought it an odd name for a blog until the lightbulb went off, and all became clear.It’s a name that not only encourages us to write, it also inspires us to finish that writing, and get it done and out there.I’m happy to say that’s just what I did—I found out how to write a book, and I got it done!My first book, the one that had been in me for at least two decades, is now on Amazon as of April 16.It’s called The End of Self-Help: Discovering Peace and Happiness Right at the Heart of Your Messy, Scary, Brilliant Life, and the process…
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    Lisa Romeo Writes

  • Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- May 22, 2015 Edition

    22 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    > If you enjoy hearing writers describe how a piece of writing began, took shape, changed, and finally grew into its final form, you'll like Matt Bell's (short) process story, about his short story, "The Receiving Tower." Best takeaway: "Discovering the rest of the story required dozens of iterations of key scenes and images and individual sentences, all of which required a lot of meticulous attention combined with an openness to revision and rewriting."  (Then you can read the story at Bark> A forthcoming blog from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), is…
  • Where Essays Begin: Sudden news, old friend, odd lyrics, far away

    20 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Sometimes an essay or piece of memoir begins in my head as a scrap of something that will not quiet--a phrase, a bit of remembered conversation, a line of lyrics. Like this one, a 1960s tidbit.My boyfriend's back and you're gonna be in trouble.That line circled my brain a few years ago, insisting that I write…something—in response to news I heard about my first real boyfriend. How the lyric connected to our story, or to my reaction to his news, was a mystery.Still.There it was, an earworm, a prod, that wonderful awful feeling as I'm drifting off to sleep or when just waking up, that says,…
  • The Odd Timing of an Essay about Good Timing

    14 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Earlier this week, I talked here about why I hadn't written a Mother's Day essay this year. What I didn't say is that I had written something about my mother late last year, which was published, coincidentally, just before Mother's Day, in a new collection. I didn't think of it as a Mother's Day essay, and I still don't.The timing, however, is interesting, as the piece is titled "All in Good Timing," and pivots on something my mother taught me that's applicable to so many areas of life—the kitchen, workplace, family life, even the bedroom: Timing is everything (though she never…
  • The Mother's Day Essay I Didn't Write

    12 May 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Unlike many writers, I did not write an essay timed for Mother's Day, though I read many. Some were achingly beautiful, others funny, or sad, or interesting in novel ways. I'm glad to have read them, but surprisingly not upset that I didn't have one among them. I thought I understood the reason for this; that I was busy doing other things, things I was happy to be doing. (Isn't this just the flip side to my belief that If you are going to write, you are going to NOT do something else?Lately, my calendar awareness has shifted to teaching markers. When is the class proposal due? When…
  • Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- May 1, 2015 Edition

    1 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    > Does your throat go dry (or your email go blank) when you need to ask someone to do something that will help your writing career? Check out Kamy Wicoff's excellent tips and get that Yes!> In the final session of nearly every class I teach, I spend time answering any student questions about getting their essays and short memoir pieces published, so Richard Gilbert's "A Teacher's Advice to Students on Revision and Submission" was of special interest -- and not just to student writers!> Any writer over 50 (me!) will probably find themselves nodding at Nikki Stern's post at Brevity on…
 
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    Will Write For Food

  • Submit Your Writing Now to Lucky Peach

    diannejacob
    26 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    Looking for a paid outlet for your food writing? Recently Lucky Peach launched a new website featuring “daily essays, recipes, restaurant recommendations, comics, and other miscellany,” says editor Chris Ying. That means they need lots of content, which is the best news ever for freelance food writers. Here are some guidelines for submission: 1. Write for a [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • An Agent Answers: “What Should I Expect for a Cookbook Advance?”

    diannejacob
    19 May 2015 | 1:46 pm
    A guest post by Sally Ekus Every time I talk with a new author or perspective client they ask the same question: “What can I expect for an advance?” I tell them $250,000. No wait, that was a dream I had last night. In reality, though, I can’t answer. Spoiler alert: the answer to most [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Woo Hoo! I’m Teaching in Dubai

    diannejacob
    12 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    I’m thrilled to return to Dubai, that hot, impossibly complicated and dizzying place of high rises, including the world’s tallest building. It was more than 100 degrees on my first trip in September 2013, and it will be about 100 degrees later this month. Sense a pattern? I’m packing light. Last time I was a guest instructor for Bethany [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Denise Vivaldo Uses Optimism to Develop a Thick Skin

    diannejacob
    5 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    You’re doing fine until someone makes a snide remark on social media. Then a literary agent says your book idea won’t sell, and two editors haven’t responded to your story pitches. Soon you’re having trouble getting through the day. What you need is a mini Denise Vivaldo on your shoulder. This successful food stylist and food writer is one [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Keep Up! Read These 17 Useful Links for Food Writers And Bloggers

    diannejacob
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    Who has time to keep up with everything going on in our food writing world? You do! Just click on the peachy links below, especially the fun ones. This list first appeared in my last quarterly newsletter, a free compendium of links for food writers and bloggers. If you’d like to subscribe, please sign up here. If [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Fiction Notes

  • Beta Readers: Facts, Grammar, Plot, Character and More

    Darcy Pattison
    26 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    The Aliens Inc, Chapter Book Series Try Book 1 for Free Thanks to the computer industry, we no longer have first readers, we have beta readers. Early versions of software that engineers expect to be riddled with problems were called beta versions. Beta is the second letter in the Greek alphabet, so presumably, the alpha versions were kept all in-house. Betas were the first public versions to be released. The terminology has come over to writing and we now have beta readers. The analogy holds in some ways: the versions we send to outside readers probably isn’t the “alpha” version;…
  • Continuity Goofs: Avengers, Hunger Games and Your Novel

    Darcy Pattison
    18 May 2015 | 4:07 am
    The Aliens Inc, Chapter Book Series Try Book 1 for Free When my picturebook, The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman was first published, I lied to my mother-in-law. When she saw this image of Tameka writing a letter to her Uncle Ray, my MIL noticed that Tameka was left-handed. I told her that I asked the illustrator, Joe Cepeda especially to make her left handed like my MIL. Fast forward to the second book featuring Tameka in search of a wooden woman. Again, Tameka writes a letter, but this time, Cepeda drew her right handed. Because of my lie, I realized immediately that we had a continuity error,…
  • Audiofile Reviews Kell, the Alien Audiobook

    Darcy Pattison
    13 May 2015 | 9:59 am
    The Aliens Inc, Chapter Book Series Try Book 1 for Free Totally exciting! Audiofile Magazine has reviewed Kell, the Alien, the first book in The Aliens, Inc. Series! Doing alien voices gives narrator Josiah John Bildner a fun challenge. When the Smith family’s spaceship crashes to Earth, they’re forced to live and talk like Earthlings. Bildner skillfully renders the conversations between Kell, now a third-grader, and his new friend, Bree Hendricks, as Kell learns more about his new home. An audition for the choir’s solo, a moving performance of “My Country ‘Tis…
  • Ban Cliches: How to Stand Out in Today’s Crowded Market

    Darcy Pattison
    4 May 2015 | 4:12 am
    The Aliens Inc, Chapter Book Series Try Book 1 for Free The number one rejection I hear is this: “The story doesn’t stand out in today’s crowded market.” The SCBWI is creating an opportunity for illustrators to test their art and how it holds up in today’s market. Each month, the “Draw This” monthly art prompt will provide a word for members to illustrate. For years I’ve followed a similar type experience at IllustrationFriday.com. They, too, provide an art prompt of a word. In looking through the weekly images, I started to understand the…
  • Top 20 YA Agents: 142 Sales in the Last 12 Months

    Darcy Pattison
    29 Apr 2015 | 3:31 am
    The Aliens Inc, Chapter Book Series Try Book 1 for Free What agents are selling young adult (YA) novels? Publishersmarketplace.com does a great job of monitoring the business of selling manuscripts to publishers. If you’re looking for an agent, you’ll want to spend a lot of time there doing research on agents to find the perfect match for you and your stories. Here’s just one way to look at the agents for young adult novels. This list includes information on the agent, links to his/her agency and the number of young adult deals made in the last twelve months. Please note…
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    WritersDigest.com » There Are No Rules Blog by the Editors of Writer’s Digest

  • 5 Quotes by Legendary Writer William Zinsser (In Memoriam)

    Baihley Grandison
    13 May 2015 | 9:53 am
    To write well, William Zinsser believed, you had to “believe in your writing and believe in yourself, taking risks, daring to be different, pushing yourself to excel.” The National Magazine Award–winning journalist and author of 18 books—including the acclaimed bestseller On Writing Well, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies—Zinsser was known for his fervid devotion to “cutting clutter” and energetically maintaining his “voice” in every piece he wrote. “What you write is yours and nobody else’s,” Zinsser wrote in Writer’s Digest in September 1985. “Take your…
  • Get Your First 10 Pages Critiqued by an Agent — Next Agent One-on-One Boot Camp Starts May 15, 2015

    Chuck Sambuchino
    9 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    As many writers know, agents and editors won’t give your work more than ten pages or so to make an impact. If you haven’t got them hooked by then, it’s a safe bet you won’t be asked for more material. Make sure you’ve got the kind of opening they’re looking for! In this invaluable weekend event, you’ll get to work with an agent online to review and refine the first ten pages of your novel. You’ll learn what keeps an agent reading, what are the most common mistakes that make them stop, and the steps you need to take to correct them. The best part…
  • A Chat with the Editors of YARN: Writing, Editing, and Giving Back

    Guest Column
    6 May 2015 | 4:44 pm
    YARN, the Young Adult Review Network is thrilled to be celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. When it launched in January of 2010, it was the first independent online literary journal of short-form YA to publish short stories, essays, and poetry by writers of any age and stature. In five years, it has discovered many exciting new YA voices, including teens, and published them alongside YA luminaries like Cecil Castellucci, Steve Brezenoff, Mitali Perkins, and Sara Zarr. YARN also offers lesson plans for teachers and a blog with excellent advice for writers, penned by the staff. Two YARN…
  • My Writing Wife: The Unusual Writing Partnership of Dylan Landis and Heather Sellers

    Adrienne Crezo
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    Dylan Landis / Photo: Lauren Shay Lavin Heather Sellers / Phot by Erin Gilbert In this guess post, authors Heather Sellers and Dylan Landis offer an inside look at their unique collaborative writing partnership through a conversation about their roles, routines and writing process. Do you have a writing partner? How does your process compare and contrast to Landis and Sellers’? Share your stories in the comments!     HEATHER SELLERS: This morning I wake up and pack my shiny black bag: laptop, change of clothes, glasses, pens, binder clips—a whole little office supply store…
  • 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jill Kelly

    Adrienne Crezo
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    BY JILL KELLY Over the last 15 years, I’ve become a prolific writer. I started my writing career in 2002 when I took a first workshop and began writing narrative memoir essays. In 2007 I published my memoir, Sober Truths: The Making of an Honest Woman, which was a finalist for the prestigious Oregon Book Award. Since then I’ve written four novels and published three of them, and I’ve written two nonfiction books and published one. Here are 7 things I’ve learned so far about building a writing life. 1. Write something every day. I write in the mornings after I feed the cats and give…
 
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    The Truth About Lies

  • #513

    27 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Medical StudentPaul went into doctoringdogging his sisterwho had just become a G.P. It was an immature thing to do, but then the clever ones always becamedoctors, lawyers or vets. Then his sister got pregnant andleft home to live with this man. Suddenly, he felt insecure –foetal, almost –as if he had been born again. 19 May 1979  Paul was the boy next door when I was growing up. We were the same age and went to school together but we were never exactly friends. Odd that. Last I heard he was studying to become a doctor. He was certainly clever enough but I’ve no idea what…
  • #532

    24 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Poetry ReadingPoems disappearing in words –nothing there but voices. Excerpts from other people's lives –empty as a found photograph.   25 June 1980 I went to my first poetry reading on 25th June 1980. I would not go to another one for thirty-one years give or take just over a week. I had been invited which was the only reason I went. An editor, unbeknownst to me (I suspect Carl MacDougall since he gets a namecheck on the commemorative booklet), had submitted some of my poems to a competition. I didn’t win but my poem ‘The Medical Student’ (#513) got an honourable mention…
  • #530

    20 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    HeatI lay in the park in the sticky heattaking in walking wet dreamsto cool my thoughts tilltheir smoked glass bodiesmelted in the heat haze. The girl in the collarless coatsat a little away from meand our eyes met –for a moment. 23 May 1980   Isn’t the Internet wonderful? You can get weather reports going back decades. Here’s an excerpt from one for May 1980: Many parts of the United Kingdom had a spell of exceptionally sunny weather between the 9th and 19th but from the 20th until the end of the month amounts of sunshine were once again rather variable. The girl in the…
  • Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife

    17 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Lives in stories have direction and meaning. Even stupid, meaningless lives, like Lenny's in Of Mice and Men, acquire through their places in a story at least the dignity and meaning of being Stupid, Meaningless Lives, the consolation of being exemplars of something. In real life you do not get even that. ― Sam Savage, Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife Children’s books are often populated by anthropomorphic creatures but I doubt many of them would know what the word ‘anthropomorphic’ actually means. (Mental image of Winnie-the-Pooh staring blankly at me.) Firmin is not a…
  • #527

    13 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    EuthanasiaBecause we love you –they said, holding down my arms. They said everything smiling –even before, as they pressed on the pillow. It was like gagging on a mother's breast. 22 March 1980   I don’t say who’s narrating this poem. The term ‘assisted suicide’ wasn’t commonplace in 1980 but I wasn’t thinking about an older person who might well have given informed consent. My wife would’ve been five months pregnant when I wrote this poem and I clearly had a child in mind. Not that we had been led to expect anything untoward. We knew nothing of what was to come,…
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    Kari J. Wolfe

  • 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…
  • Review: INKBLOTS AND BLOODSPOTS by Michael Bailey

    admin
    24 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll find this next name familiar and most definitely no real surprise. Michael Bailey of Written Backwards and his anthologies are some of the best short story reading I have been privileged to stumble across. But this time, it’s not an anthology I’m reviewing; it’s a collection of short stories and poems by Bailey himself called Inkblots and Blood Spots published by Villipede Publications illustrated by the brilliant Daniele Serra. If you’ve ever wondered what literary horror was, and how horror could be literary, you don’t have to look any…
  • Memorial Day

    admin
    23 May 2015 | 2:46 pm
    For all those who have served our country, in times of peace and in war, who have died in battle or at the end of their lives… Thank you. The post Memorial Day appeared first on Kari J. Wolfe.
  • INTERVIEW (Rewind): Peter Straub of GHOST STORY, THE TALISMAN, BLACK HOUSE and MRS. GOD

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Another interview from the past. —– Once again, I have been granted an interview with a well known horror author. Peter Straub is well-known to any horror aficionado.  His book, GHOST STORY, is one of the best, well, um.. ghost stories that I have ever read.  I put it side by side with THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson on my shelves.  He also co-authored two books with Stephen King: THE TALISMAN and BLACK HOUSE.  There have been hints of a third book in the series which fans of both authors are eagerly hoping for. Thank you, Mr. Straub, for your willingness to…
  • 50 Q&A About Who I Am — Stupid Time-consuming Facebook Meme

    admin
    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Why do I do these things?? ——— 1. Put your music thingy on shuffle. Give me the first 6 songs that pop up. Ideas Week 6 Session 2 Second Chapter by Engima on The Cross of Changes Handy by Weird Al Yankovic on Mandatory Fun Raised by Wolves by U2 on Songs of Innocence (thanks Apple) Language of Reality by Die Krupps on II: The Final Option TV Song by Ministry on Jesus Built My Hotrod (CD Single) 2. If you could meet anyone on this earth, who would it be? Weird Al Yankovic, Brene Brown, Tim Minchin, Dave Gahan 3. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 62; give me the…
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    The Adventurous Writer

  • 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! ]]
  • Putting Parables Into Practice

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

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

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

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

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

    Ray Rhamey
    29 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    Submissions Welcome. Only one in the queue for next week. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page…
  • Flogometer for Fran—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    27 May 2015 | 8:31 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…
  • The Master of Micro-Tension

    Ray Rhamey
    25 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    I came across the following micro-tension exercises by literary agent Donald Maass. He writes about how to create micro-tension in his craft books “The Fire in Fiction” and “Writing 21st Century Fiction.” I’m quoting the following from an article that I found here. I’ll admit to never (yet) consciously applying his ideas, but, since I’m now involved in both a stem-to-stern rewrite of one novel and beginning a new one, I think I’m gonna do it. One exercise that really interests me is the last one below. See what you think. Micro-Tension exercises by Donald Maass Pick a passage…
  • Flogometer for Juliette—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Submissions Welcome. Only one in the queue for next week. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page…
  • Flogometer for Isaiah—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    20 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    Submissions Welcome. Only one in the queue for next week. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page…
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    Founders' Blog

  • 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…
  • 13-Year-Old Entrepreneur is Disrupting the Brail Industry

    Robin
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
  • Queen of Code

    Robin
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    The most dangerous phrase in the language is, "We've always done it that way".  — Grace Hopper  
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    Fritinancy

  • Name in the News: Slack

    Nancy Friedman
    29 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    Almost overnight, it seems, the world has fallen head over heels for Slack. “I am basically in love with Slack,” declares About.me founder Tony Conrad in a testimonial on Slack’s home page. “Slack, a messaging tool designed for team collaboration, is the working digital world’s latest paramour,” writes Scott Rosenberg in an admiring article published earlier this month on Medium (“Shut Down Your Office. You Now Work in Slack”). “Slack is the new favourite tool of newsrooms” reads a headline in Digiday, which calls itself “the authority on digital media.” In April,…
  • Vote for Fritinancy! (And for Strong Language, Too)

    Nancy Friedman
    27 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    Friends, have you ever asked yourselves: “What’s the very best way to express my deep and abiding gratitude for the edifying and entertaining mini-essays and critiques that Fritinancy has been serving us—gratis!—for lo these nine years? Are there no tip jars? Are there no ‘like’ buttons?” No and no, but I bring glad tidings nonetheless: You can show your love by voting for this blog in the annual Babla Language Lovers contest. I’ve been nominated in the Language Professional category; here’s a direct link. Babla is primarily a multilingual dictionary, which is why the vast…
  • Word of the Week: Dad Bod

    Nancy Friedman
    25 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    Dad Bod: “A nice balance between a beer gut and working out.” – Clemson University sophomore Mackenzie Pearson, who popularized the term by writing about it in The Odyssey Online, a publication that serves college communities around the United States. Also spelled dadbod. From Pearson’s essay, published March 31, 2015: The dad bod is a new trend and fraternity boys everywhere seem to be rejoicing. Turns out skipping the gym for a few brews last Thursday after class turned out to be in their favor. While we all love a sculpted guy, there is just something about the dad bod that makes…
  • On the Visual Thesaurus: Pout and Smile

    Nancy Friedman
    19 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    My latest column for the Visual Thesaurus expands on a subject I touched on a couple of years ago here on the blog: the curious metamorphosis of the nouns pout and smile. In makeup branding and beauty journalism, pout has become a ubiquitous substitute for mouth; in dental marketing, smile now signifies the lips and everything behind them. Full access to the column is restricted to subscribers (just $19.95 a year for lots of great content!). Here’s an excerpt: Pout was an English verb meaning “to puff out of the lips in displeasure” since at least the 1300s; the noun form (which is what…
  • Word of the Week: Trilby

    Nancy Friedman
    18 May 2015 | 6:07 am
    Trilby: A soft hat, traditionally made of felt, with a narrow brim and indented crown. The trilby hat style takes its name from Trilby, the title and principal character of an 1894 novel by the British writer and caricaturist* George du Maurier (grandfather of Daphne du Maurier). In Du Maurier’s story, Trilby O’Ferrall is a half-Irish woman living la vie bohème in Paris; she’s transformed from artist’s model to opera diva through the hypnotic powers of a sinister mesmerist named Svengali. In one production of the play that was adapted from the novel, the actress playing Trilby wore a…
 
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    Holt Uncensored Blog

  • 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…
  • Something Literary

    Pat Holt
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    You’d think a traditional publishing person like me wouldn’t be intrigued by a tiny collection of iPhone snapshots such as this:Not a “real book,” right?  It’s smaller than a deck of cards, has fewer than 50 unnumbered “pages” and no text at all except the words iPhone Photos  Julie Gebhardt on the back page. And yet I was drawn to this mini-book from the first moment I saw it, for one thing because it’s so cute (note the green push pin, placed there for scale) and is even kind of classy with its oversized spiral binding and heavy photo-card…
  • ‘According to Our Records…’

    Pat Holt
    9 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Of the many chilling scenarios Dave Eggers lays out in his futuristic novel, The Circle (Vintage; 512 pages; $15.95) the one that scares the dickens (not Charles!) out of me popped up in emails recently from two fundraising political groups, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC). Eggers is not a great writer of fiction (a bit clunky and shallow) but his warning about tyrannical forces growing at Internet companies like Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and others is both visionary and truly terrifying. This illustration is not…
  • Thank You, Roger

    Pat Holt
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel wanted to knock each other’s block off frequently on their TV show, as shown in the provocative documentary Life Itself, that’s just been released. Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert bring it on But their unique chemistry will always be missed, I think, because they brought to the screen two very different (and often opposing) approaches to the art of reviewing. Ebert was the objective critic who emphasized reason over personal opinion. He never gave thumbs-up to a movie without offering evidence — images, themes, plot, dialogue, etc.
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    Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writers

  • Three Questions With Russ Cox: Advice For Young Writers and Illustrators, Tigers and debut author/illustrator picture book FARAWAY FRIENDS

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    29 May 2015 | 5:37 am
      I first met Russ Cox through our mutual friend Hazel Mitchell, when we were both members of Pixel Shavings. I've been grateful to Russ for his encouragement and support, especially his tips re: Photoshop and Painter. He's one of the nicest people you could hope to meet. Plus check out the WONDERFUL and uncannily accurate drawing he sent me after I admired it online (and said it looked like me in younger days): Russ lives in Maine with his wife and 4 furry art directors. When not creating children’s books, he enjoys playing the banjo, moose juggling, and debating…
  • Productivity tip for writers: see how long you can stay offline

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    28 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    Know the difference between actually being productive and the illusion of productivity, especially when you're online.
  • #BookADay: SHADOW CHASERS by Elly McKay (Running Press)

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    28 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    ‪#‎BookADay‬: SHADOW CHASERS by Elly McKay ( Theater Clouds on FB), published by Running Press. I love Elly's absolutely gorgeous paper-theater lightbox illustrations. Synopsis: "Once evening paints the summer sky, shadows will come out to play. You must move fast, because as quickly as the wind blows, the shadows will be on their way. Chasing after our hopes and dreams may take many tries before we finally catch them. This magical nighttime story shows that the journey is just as remarkable as the destination." Elly's new BUTTERFLY PARK just came out from Running Press! You can find…
  • #BookADay: WON TON AND CHOPSTICK by Lee Wardlaw and Eugene Yelchin (Henry Holt).

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    26 May 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Today's #BookADay: WON TON AND CHOPSTICK, written by Lee Wardlaw​, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin​ (Henry Holt). Synopsis: "Won Ton cat's purrfect life with his boy is changed forever when the family adopts a (gasp!) puppy." More about the book, including a Teacher's Guide & Activity Kit. Lee was kind enough to answer Three Questions for me on Inkygirl. More info: Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge | Archives of my #BookADay posts. 
  • WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? Book Tour recap

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    26 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I had a FANTASTIC time during my WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? Book Tour earlier this month. Thanks to Simon & Schuster Children's for making the book tour possible for me, and to all the schools, libraries and bookstores who participated. For those interested, I've posted links to my photos and recap at DebbieOhi.com/2015booktour, including what I learned along the way.
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • The Street Called Straight by Elizabeth Polk

    Henry Baum
    29 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    The Street Called Straight by Elizabeth Polk follows the lives of four snipers caught behind enemy lines by Al Qaeda sympathizers. This is an action packed, character driven piece that is impressively nuanced, given its subject. Given there are four different characters, Polk is able to really spread her wings and explore the Iraq invasion ...
  • Review: Black & White & Dead All Over by Anna Castle ★★★★★

    T B Markinson
    29 May 2015 | 4:56 am
    What happens when the Internet service provider in a small town spies on his clients’ cyber-lives and blackmails them for gifts and services? Murder and mayhem abound in Anna Castle’s cozy mystery novel Black & White & Dead All Over. Penelope Trigg is new to Lost Hat, Texas. She’s opened a photography studio and has ...
  • Review: A Crash Course In American Law by J. Ryan Jones ★★★★★

    Cate Baum
    27 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    I was laughing—I mean snorting tea out through my nose and onto my Kindle screen laughing—before I even got to the first page. Please don’t let the title turn you off this book. Listen to the subtitle instead. This is not a dry law textbook; it’s not even a juicy law textbook. But still you ...
  • Review: Mythborn II: Bane of the Warforged by V. Lakshman ★★★★★

    Dakota Kemp
    27 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Mythborn II: Bane of the Warforged is an epic, dark fantasy and the second installment in V. Lakshman’s Mythborn Trilogy, following the events occurring in Mythborn: Rise of the Adepts. In Mythborn’s world, the realms of Edyn and Arcadia are two sides of a cosmic coin.  Edyn is a land of physical rules and the ...
  • Murphy’s Luck by Benjamin Laskin

    Lysa Grant
    26 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    Murphy Drummer is bad luck personified. As Murphy’s Law states: anything bad that can happen will happen. This is Murphy’s lifelong mantra. After a lifetime of causing havoc wherever he goes, he becomes the ultimate agoraphobe and locks himself inside so he can’t cause any more damage. Keeping himself busy with a multitude of hobbies, ...
 
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    WritersWeekly.com - Freelance Writing Ezine

  • BookLocker - Your Book Deserves the Best

    29 May 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 May 27th

    27 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    New markets and freelance writing jobs.
  • Whispers And Warnings For May 27th

    27 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    TSK, TSK! (ALLEGEDLY) STEALING CUSTOMER INFO. BEFORE LEAVING YOUR JOB CAN BE VERY EXPENSIVE! Lee Enterprises sues former publisher over marketing info "The parent company of the Missoulian has sued a former publisher and four former advertising department employees, alleging they conspired to steal confidential client information from the newspaper and its in-house advertising agency to form a competing marketing agency." GOOD ADVICE FOR FREELANCERS! 6 Ways to Protect Your Home in a Business Lawsuit I PREDICT PINTEREST WILL WIN. THEY AREN'T RESPONSIBLE FOR ITEMS POSTED BY THEIR USERS (THOUGH…
  • Small, Niche Publications Are This Writer's Bread And Butter! By Cindy Ladage

    27 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    The freelance road is an exciting, albeit rocky one. To achieve the goal of publication, you have to be dogged, polite, tough skinned and tenacious. I always wanted to write, but was an environmental scientist in my day-to-day career. So, how did a biologist end up with several freelance writing gigs, enough to keep me busy during my retirement days?
  • Ask the Expert For May 27th

    27 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    This week's Ask the Expert has been featured in Angela's Column. Can you use other people's fictional characters or places, or real people or products in your fiction? Read about that HERE. Have a question for Angela (writing/publishing) or Richard (marketing)? Contact us
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    Writing Forward

  • 20 Fun and Inspiring Character Writing Ideas

    Melissa Donovan
    28 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Where do you get your character writing ideas? One of the most difficult things to execute well in a piece of fiction is a realistic character. We’ve all read stories in which the characters were dull or hollow; they come across like clones of the same characters we’ve met in dozens of stories before. Readers want characters who are as unique and complex as real people. Are we, as writers, obligated to deliver such characters? Not necessarily. Plenty of stories are plot-driven or centered around theme rather than character. But the stories that resonate the most have vivid,…
  • 10 Essential Lessons You’ll Learn in a Creative Writing Workshop

    Melissa Donovan
    26 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    What can you learn in a creative writing workshop? When I look back over all my years of formal education, from preschool through college, only a few classes stand out as truly educational in a life-changing way. In sixth grade, we did a section on space, which fascinated me. I retained a lot of what I learned. Later, I took astronomy and learned even more about the universe. A class on women writers exposed me to a whole world of literature I didn’t know existed. And two writing workshops (poetry and creative writing) put me on the path to becoming a professional writer. The main…
  • Steven Spielberg on Readers and Writers

    Melissa Donovan
    21 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    “Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers.” — Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg is one of my favorite storytellers. He and I have something in common: we were both English majors! He knows what he’s talking about when he emphasizes the importance of reading. The simplicity and elegance of Spielberg’s remark makes this one of my favorite quotes on writing. I encounter a lot of writers who don’t read. Some read in their younger years; others have never been big readers. Many want to read but simply don’t have time. Lots of…
  • Journal Prompts for the Fearless and Fearful

    Melissa Donovan
    19 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Journal prompts for facing your fears. Fears. We all have them, and we all have to face them sooner or later. Some people are plagued with fears that interfere with their ability to live a normal and healthy life. Others dance around their fears, cleverly avoiding those things that give them a nervous twitch. Still more people simply live day to day with minor, almost meaningless fears that are a source of mild irritation. But how often do we sit down and ask ourselves what am I truly afraid of and why? Today’s journal prompts might not get you over your fears, but they will certainly…
  • Grammar Rules: i.e. and e.g.

    Melissa Donovan
    14 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Learn the grammar rules for Latin abbreviations i.e. and e.g. Occasionally, we come across the abbreviations i.e. and e.g., but what do they mean, and what is the difference between them? How do grammar rules apply? These two terms originate in the Latin language and are just two of the many Latin phrases that have survived into modern language. Both i.e. and e.g. are abbreviations for longer Latin phrases, so one of the smartest ways to memorize these terms is to learn what they stand for. If you speak any of the Latin languages, you’ll have the upper hand in memorizing i.e. and e.g.
 
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      WriteForKids - Writing Children's Books

  • Writing Relevant YA Contemporary LGBTQ Romantic Fiction

    Guest Author
    27 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    By Guest Author by Mia Kerick   Insiders can read a full interview with Mia Kerick on how to write young adult LGBTQ fiction in the June issue of Children’s Book Insider, The Newsletter for Children’s Writers. If you’re not an Insider yet, click here to join and read this informative interview, and much more!×   When I was a teenager I wanted to read books about kids like me. Not so much someone like me who lived the exact same tedious, daily life as I did—who crawled out of bed, went to school, rushed to soccer practice, returned home, slaved over homework,…
  • How to Rise from the Slush Pile When Submitting to Publishers

    Guest Author
    18 May 2015 | 9:18 pm
    By Guest Author by Jane McBride   We’ve all heard of it. Many of us have visited it on more than one occasion when submitting to publishers, though our visits haven’t been intentional. Where have we made these unintentional and frequently painful visits?   The slush pile.   For the uninitiated, the slush pile is the abyss where unsolicited manuscripts (those sent to editors by authors they haven’t worked with in the past) too often end up.   How do we avoid this dreaded place?   Let’s start at the beginning, before you’ve ever sent your manuscript off.
  • 10 Rules for Writing for Children

    Guest Author
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
    By Guest Author by Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.   So, you dream of writing for children.  But are you willing to invest the time and effort?  Many people believe they can dash off a picture book in an afternoon, when in fact writing for children is a complex art in itself.   Begin by making a commitment to writing well.  Here are a few tips.   Take the time to learn the craft. We were all children, but very few of us can instantly produce a book that will appeal to today’s readers. So it’s important to study the craft of writing for children in this generation,…
  • A Simple Technique for Writers to Cope with Information Overload

    Jon Bard
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:25 pm
    By Jon Bard     Overwhelmed with writing instruction, market leads, helpful tips and “to-do” tasks? Jon has a quick, cheap and effective way to clear your mind and put all the information you need at your fingertips:         This is a post from writeforkids.org. Read the original post: A Simple Technique for Writers to Cope with Information Overload
  • Picture Book Shows How One Woman Changed the World

    Laura Backes
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    By Laura Backes Just in time for Earth Day, picture book author Miranda Paul talks about her new picture book, One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, how to write impactful stories for children, and why we need more diversity in children’s literature.     Isatou Ceesay speaking to a group of children about her plastic bag purse project in Fort Collins, CO in March, 2015.       This is a post from writeforkids.org. Read the original post: Picture Book Shows How One Woman Changed the World
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    Letters of Note

  • Letters Live at Hay Festival 2015

    Shaun Usher
    6 May 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Dear All,Following on from last month's mind-blowing week-long run at Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden—a whirlwind, pictured above, from which I shall never fully recover—Letters Live is returning to Hay Festival on Sunday the 24th May at 1pm (yes, that's really soon, and yes, you have no choice but to come).Those who attended last year's Letters Live at Hay Festival will know just how perfect a marriage it is: the setting, atmosphere, and humans in attendance really are fantastic. Performers in 2014 included Benedict Cumberbatch, Louise Brealey, Rob Brydon, Lisa Dwan and Ian McEwan;…
  • Letters of Note: Volume II

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

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

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

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

  • 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.
  • The Rising Rollercoaster of AWP

    blairhurley
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    AWP! Each year that you attend this massive conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, each year you crack open the wallet and plunge for the airfare to another city you’ve never visited, your emotions are taken on a wild climb, dip, and climb. For those of you unfamiliar, the thing that briefly took over the writerly corner of Twitter this week was an annual conference held in different cities each year for writers and all their ilk. It includes back to back panels led by publishers, agents, and writers, as well as a massive bookfair in which every literary magazine and…
  • New story in Hayden’s Ferry Review

    blairhurley
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
    I’m so pleased to report that a story I wrote over a year ago, “That Thing You’re Thinking”, has found a home in the wonderful lit journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review. Be sure to check out their haunting, dreamlike new issue; I’m delighted to be a part of this journal. I wrote this story while at the Byrdcliffe Artist’s Residency in Woodstock, New York. I was working hard on the first draft of my novel but also noodling away at some short stories at the same time. One of these story ideas had come to me while waiting for the train to go to work one morning, and the need to…
  • On the Suspicious Friendliness of People in the Midwest

    blairhurley
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    On the Suspicious Friendliness of People in the Midwest
 
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    Writer's Living

  • Sales Strategies to Boost Your Freelance Writing Business

    Monica Carter Tagore
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Solopreneur and freelance small business owners who launched their businesses because they are good at doing a thing like taking pictures, writing, designing, coaching, or something else often get frustrated when sales don’t just roll right in. There is a big difference between being good at doing a thing and being good at the business side of that thing. When technicians launch businesses because they are good at using a certain skill, they’ve got to learn about and become good at other essential areas of business as well, if they want to be successful. There are many essential…
  • 6 Tips For Breaking Into Ghostwriting

    Monica Carter Tagore
    2 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    I started my writing business doing what a lot of freelancers do — writing for magazines and newspapers, creating brochures, etc. And while this was a good way to get started, I found it wasn’t the best fit for me. Mainly because I needed to earn more money than what the projects I was doing were commanding. I wasn’t interested in the model of working feverishly to amass a mountain of freelance projects that paid a small amount individually, but collectively paid OK. I needed better than that. I needed each individual project to pay well. So I got into ghostwriting. As with many…
  • 5 Reasons Your Project Went Off the Rails and What to Do About It

    Monica Carter Tagore
    4 May 2014 | 12:59 am
    Your project was going along quite well and then one day things just went crazy. Or maybe things were pretty bad off right from the start, a fact you realized as soon as you landed the project, and now you feel stuck with a client who constantly complains, keeps changing his mind, and is never satisfied. Whether the bump in the road cropped up suddenly or the discontent has been brewing all along, managing a project where you and the client are at odds can be frustrating for both parties. And, unfortunately, such occurrences can be a fact of life when you run a service business, especially…
  • 50+ Tips to Network and Build Relationships in Your Business Or Career

    Monica Carter Tagore
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    If you’ve been struggling for new ways to get business or are simply interested in adding a new technique to your mix, then check out my new book, Connect and Conquer: Grow Your Business, Organization, and Career Through Online and Offline Relationships. Relationships have been a key to my own business success, and I believe they can help you, also. This is the reality: Your next job probably won’t come from the job boards. But it very well may come from your relationships. Your next business deal may not come from the ad you placed. But it very well may come from the…
  • How to Bring New Money Into Your Freelance Writing Business

    Monica Carter Tagore
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
    The proverbial feast or famine can strike anytime in a writing business when you’re not paying attention. Or for some writers, it may feel like famine and still more famine. Whatever the case, if you’ve hit a patch where money is running low and no new infusion of cash is on the horizon, you can feel pressed to hit the panic button. What not to do Well, first, hard as it may be, don’t panic. When you panic, you make rash decisions; decisions that can get you further down the hole. Another good reason not to panic is that you don’t want anyone to smell the stench of…
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    Mysterious Matters: Mystery Publishing Demystified

  • 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.
  • Exploring B The Supernatural Enhancements

    Agatho
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:39 pm
    I was feeling despair during a recent trip to Barnes & Noble.  First, I was upset that I was being made to pay full price for a hardcover. Barnes & Noble: I want to support you. I really do. And I ended up buying the book I wanted. But when I got home, I checked Amazon -- and the price was $10 lower. Yes, a full $10.  I work in publishing, for God's sake -- I'm not a rich man. That 10 bucks means something to me. I have a vested interest in this business, and I want bookstores to stay in business and thrive. Couldn't you have given me a token 10% off or something? You…
  • Rebecca: Could It Get Published Today?

    Agatho
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Note: There are spoilers in this post. Aaargh. My wife did it to me again. She has a penchant for deciding to read a classic (or older) work and leaving it on her nightstand. I see it there and tell myself, "I'll read just the first few pages," and before I know it, I've read the whole thing while my own book languishes (and Mrs. Agatho smugly comments on her excellent taste in fiction). Last week Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca showed up on that nightstand. A rather large book, I thought, turning it over in my hands. Nice cover art. Let's just see what comes after…
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    603 Copywriting

  • Mad Men: One Week and 45 Years Later

    Andrew
    25 May 2015 | 2:52 am
    Last Sunday night, Mad Men came to a long-awaited and satisfying end. Copywriters across the world sighed deeply, knowing that their go-to pop culture reference for explaining their career choices to the in-laws had disappeared into the night. And across the industry, writers everywhere have spent the last week thinking about one question. What’s really […] The post Mad Men: One Week and 45 Years Later appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • Web Designers – Why So Sad?

    Andrew
    18 May 2015 | 2:00 am
      In my time, I’ve worked with loads of website designers. And I’ve learned something about them. They’ve all got complaints about the state of the web design industry. But why? I’ve decided to try and get to the bottom of this mystery. Because the more we know about the struggles facing website designers, the more […] The post Web Designers – Why So Sad? appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • Who Should Write Your Website?

    Andrew
    4 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Maybe you’ve listened to thousands of online adverts and invested in a Squarespace website. Or maybe you’ve gone the whole hog and asked a web design agency to create a bespoke site for your business. Either way, you’ve just been faced with an important question: who’s going to write your website? You’re not the first […] The post Who Should Write Your Website? appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • Review: Dave Trott’s Predatory Thinking

    Andrew
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    The post Review: Dave Trott’s Predatory Thinking appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • How to Brief Your Copywriter

    Andrew
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    You’ve just decided to bring on an experienced copywriter to create your marketing materials. Great plan. You’ll see more website conversions, more responses to your mailers, and ultimately an increase in sales. But hiring a copywriter doesn’t stop with making that enquiry. Because there’s one stumbling block that can make your project more difficult than […] The post How to Brief Your Copywriter appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
 
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    Sean McManus's Writing blog

  • Three new photo galleries uploaded

    Sean McManus
    29 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    I've added three new photo galleries to my website, including photos from Tokyo, New York and South Africa. I've also updated my London photo gallery with some more recent shots. Here are some samples from the galleries. Click them to go through to the full galleries. You can browse the full gallery here. Photo of the face of the Statue of Liberty A Lego sculpture called 'Computer', by Nathan
  • Swedish TV show features one of my photos

    Sean McManus
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:46 am
    One of my photos of the band Whale has been featured in a Swedish TV show called "Stjärnor hos Babben". They had the former Whale guitarist Henrik Schyffert on the show, and the host, Babben Larsson, wanted to use one of my pictures of him in the programme. The picture was shown behind her on a screen, as she performed a stand-up routine, making a joke about Henrik being forced to wear a
  • Further adventures in modern recording

    Sean McManus
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:11 am
    I'm continuing to share my music online and write about my experiences recording it, but if you don't follow me on Twitter you might have missed these updates. My article Adventures in Modern Recording (hat-tip to Buggles for the title) outlines how I got started with recording, and how I'm using Sony ACID and the Alesis io4 in my home studio set-up. I've uploaded two new pieces of music. The
  • Soldering the DIY Gamer Kit in my Code Club

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

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

  • Book Review: Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore

    Jess C Scott
    29 May 2015 | 8:23 pm
    An online blurb describes this book as “a penetrating analysis of the policies and predilections of [this] controversial leader.” The table of contents accurately reflects the sequential and exciting tone of the content: 1. The Making of a City State 2. The Making of a Man 3. The Making of a Prime Minister 4. The Battle for the People’s Minds 5. Marriage and Divorce 6. Strategy for Progress 7. Strategy for Repression 8. The Mould of Conformism 9. From Athens to Israel 10. Under the Banyan Tree 11. Alone against Tomorrow As someone born in the late 80’s, a lot of the…
  • Excerpts from “Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore”

    Jess C Scott
    29 May 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Excerpts from “Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore” by T. J. S. George (1973) Link: Amazon | NLB Definitions: 1. Pugnacity: Inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative (Dictionary). Excerpts from Book: 1) The Lees are Hakkas. And that is worth remembering. . .[Hakkas] are strong individualists, known for their pugnacity. (Pg-16) 2) [During World War II], LKY learned Japanese and obtained work as a translator in the official Japanese news agency, Domei. . .during his years in power he has shown a pronounced contempt for Singapore’s journalistic…
  • Calvin Cheng Quotes

    Jess C Scott
    28 May 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Quotes by Ex-NMP, Calvin Cheng (followed by a selection of rebuttals) QUOTE #1: “I was confident that it [would] not in any way affect my ability to be impartial, objective and non-partisan.” — Calvin Cheng (July 2009) Rebuttal: “Mr Cheng is missing the point. If NMPs are truly supposed to be non-partisan, he should have resigned from the party upon submitting his application to become an NMP, not only after the results are out.” — Ng E-Jay / Socio-Political Blogger (July 2009) QUOTE #2: “The biggest danger I feel are an emerging group of Westernised,…
  • Excerpts from “Scandalising the Singapore Judiciary”

    Jess C Scott
    27 May 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Excerpts from “Scandalising the Singapore Judiciary” by Tsun Hang Tey (2010) PDF Link to Journal Article: Informit.com.au | Ebscohost Definitions: 1. Rule of Law: The legal principle that law should govern a nation, as opposed to being governed by arbitrary decisions of individual government officials (Wiki). 2. Scandalise: To dishonor and disgrace (TFD). 3. Jurisprudence: Legal system. Extracts from Article: 1) [This article] hopes to open up a new line of debate over the extent to which it is ‘rule of law’ or ‘rule by law’ that is adopted in matters where criticisms of…
  • Excerpts from “Marxists in Singapore?”

    Jess C Scott
    25 May 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Excerpts from “Marxists in Singapore? Lee Kuan Yew’s Campaign against Catholic Social Justice Activists in the 1980s” by Michael Barr (2010) PDF Link to Journal Article: Ebscohost Definitions: 1. Conspiracy: A secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful. Extracts from Article: 1) Singapore’s ruling elite runs a finely calibrated system of social and political control based on a mixture of monitoring and repression by the state, and self-monitoring and self-restraint by all elements of civil society. 2) In response to the challenges [of a fresh upsurge of social…
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  • WHERE Has this Girl BEEN All My Life? Match = Made!

    MikeFook
    13 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
    You know how you get struck by the lightning blast of love only once, maybe twice in your life? Yeah, it happened to me when I was 19. Swimming around, bodyboarding with friends at a remote beach on the Northeast shore of Oahu… there she was. I wrote a short story about something that happened to us. Anyway. We’ve all had those experiences. Then, today, from NOWHERE. OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY, this girl was brought to me from across the world, straight into my sweet little MacBook Pro. I don’t even know this girl’s name. But, that doesn’t matter in the least, as…
  • What Makes Money Vs. What Means Something

    MikeFook
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    A woman just read two of my articles on this site: Vultures Eating Kids, and Radiation – Part of God’s Good Plan for the World? She said in her comment that she cried so hard she thought her soul was bleeding. I felt the same thing as I wrote them. There are events going on in the world that are sick beyond measure, and we’re overlooking them on a day-to-day basis just to save ourselves the pain. Much of the world would be a sniveling bunch of misfit empaths if we forced ourselves to wrap our heads around the injustices that abound in astounding number. My job used to be…
  • My Sister’s Dark Flash Fiction…

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

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

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

  • What’s Going On?

    Shannon Barber
    29 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    So homies. Holy shitballs. Lots of things are happening right now. A couple are secret, but here’s some stuff I’m good to talk about. I wrote over on Medium about the recent happenings in ConPo, Vanessa Place and AWP and what critics of the mainly POC people talking about this are doing and how they are using some new shit coded racist language. That was convoluted, the short version is people in the lit world are being extra racist as fuck lately. I have more to say about that, but it’ll happen next week. What else? I’m ready for more Patrons. My household finances…
  • Yeah Write entry # 215- I Met A Girl Today

    Shannon Barber
    26 May 2015 | 4:49 pm
    I Met A Girl Today by Shannon Barber I met a girl today. I met a girl with short hair and crazy eyes. I was waiting for a bus for no particular reason other than itchy feet and enough money in my pocket for fare and a cup of coffee. I wasn’t paying attention and then there she was, her face turned to mine, her eyes open wide and her lips quivering between a smile and a frown. “I like you.” Her words were strong beneath her reedy tone. She sounded like she didn’t talk to many people. “I like you too.” We didn’t say anything else for a long time, but she reached for my hand the…
  • On Dominance in Erotic Fiction: A few Questions

    Shannon Barber
    20 May 2015 | 7:03 pm
    I spotted this over at Remittance Girl’s Blog and have been turning it over in my brain. Go look at her entry here. For my purposes I will de-gender the questions because that is how my mind works. Okay, let’s go in. 1. As an author of erotic fiction, what assets or personality traits do you believe make the  lead in a work of erotic fiction attractive to the ‘everyday’ reader? I think what works in this context depends on a lot of factors. For me as a reader, there aren’t standard traits that make any character work. I really like what RG said: I need them to have…
  • Why I am Still Going to AWP Next Year.

    Shannon Barber
    19 May 2015 | 4:53 pm
    First, I encourage y’all to do some googling because I cannot rehash a lot of stuff, but I’ll give you one link to get started. Start here and I warn you there is a lot of ugly art involved. While I was waiting for AWP to make the linked decision I started thinking very hard about boycotting along with a lot of other folks. I calculated how expensive it will be, travel, hotel, books etc. And it is a lot of money. I will probably spend almost a month of my dayjob pay. That money could do a lot of things.  New tech for my partner and I, it could go into a moving fund, it could do…
  • Updates, financial stuff and whatnot.

    Shannon Barber
    17 May 2015 | 3:46 pm
    In the past couple of weeks the Lit world and by association a lot of people I thought were allies have been showing their ass and okay, Imma be real. When it comes to art and lit, yes, I too like a lot of problematic things. But right now my problem is that whether or not the art happening (no I’m not linking I can’t look at any more of that after the research I did) is that White people who are making a good chunk of cash, and who are sitting in positions of power (AWP) and who are teaching, are using what I feel is literary Blackface for shits and giggles and career…
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  • 28 May 2015 | 9:20 am

    Anne Whitaker
    28 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Here is the latest post on Astrology: Questions and Answers. Wondering why matters to do with travel, communication and organisation seem to be more skew-whiff than normal? Read this post to find out why – and add your experiences! Capricious Mercury http://astrologyquestionsandanswers.com/2015/05/26/mercury-retrograde-status-report-the-pain-and-the-gainFiled under: Uncategorized Tagged: Mercury Retrograde
  • On returning to the world…with a little help from some friends…

    Anne Whitaker
    26 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    Today I am feeling celebratory. It is now three years this month since I returned to work part-time – albeit at an age where most sensible people are contemplating doing the opposite! An important bridging step was going back to university to do some postgraduate study. I coped well with the rigours of getting up very early to travel to my place of study, managed to do the brain-frying amount of reading each week, completed and passed my assignments.  Then, in March 2012, whilst wrestling with a social science research essay for which I felt no enthusiasm at all, I had the startling…
  • Preserving wild land and Nature: community versus politicians – Glasgow, UK

    Anne Whitaker
    16 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Our local community in North Kelvin, Glasgow,UK,  has been campaigning for years to preserve a precious piece of wild land in the middle of  the area. The most recent initiative, The Children’s Wood, has won numerous awards in its three years of activism. It operates on the cutting edge of world-wide research which shows that children – and their families – enjoying the Great Outdoors together is wonderfully effective in promoting physical, mental, and community wellbeing. Our local wild space is regularly used all year round by numerous community groups, eg  a number of…
  • In praise of sacred spaces: Salisbury Cathedral, UK

    Anne Whitaker
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Followers of this blog will have noticed that I have been conspicuous by my absence in recent weeks. Most bloggers, especially those like me who have been keeping noses to the blogging grindstone for a number of years, feel the need for a break now and then, no matter how much fun it all is. Sitting staring cross-eyed at a visually attractive wall, hand clutching a cup of tea, is a great way of chilling out and revitalising, I find. Throwing in a little therapeutic travel also helps! So, after a week of travel therapy, I am now home. Our last port of call was the historic English market town…
  • The Black Madonna Connection

    Anne Whitaker
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Anne Whitaker:Following on Easter, Jamie over at Sophia’s Children reminds us of the deep, ancient wisdom held in the archetype of The Black Madonna…read, reflect, enjoy…In Jamie’s words “…this Whole Feminine, this symbol of deep wisdom and Unity, of remembrance and healing of what has been fragmented and abused, … is needed right now in the world. She is calling for remembrance and expression in our work places, in our leadership, in the way we understand and express ourselves. The heartbeat grows louder, and the need for it grows as well. As we…
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    Working Writers

  • Tips and Tricks for a Great Book Cover

    Sam McCullough
    28 May 2015 | 9:07 pm
    There are many pros with self-publishing (more freedom, no deadlines) but one of the cons is you don’t get as much marketing as you would with traditional publishers. It’s all up to you to sell your book and yourself and one of the ways to do that is by having an eye-catching cover. While you […]
  • Covers I Love: May 2015

    Cherie
    28 May 2015 | 4:37 am
    Did you catch Nicolette Pierce’s guest post about a book cover that caught her eye? Very thought provoking and insightful. Speaking of thought provoking, here’s some of the book covers that caught my eye this month. These are books I just happened to notice this month, not books that were necessarily newly released. What catches […]
  • New Books Released This Week: May 26, 2015

    Cherie
    26 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    Hope you enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend. Here’s some of the new books released this week.
  • Write for Us!

    Cherie
    22 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    This blog, Working Writers, has been a favorite of mine almost from the beginning (which is seven years ago, starting with a review of a poetry book.) The site has grown steadily over those years, bringing in about 350,000 pageviews by my most recent count. In all the years Working Writers has been around I’ve had many […]
  • The Book Cover Mystery

    Guest Poster
    21 May 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Don’t judge a book by its cover. You heard it, right? While I try not to, I do ninety percent of the time. And it’s a subject thing, isn’t it? What one person finds attractive could be hideous to someone else. We all have preferences and opinions. How can one cover please everyone? It can’t. […]
 
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  • Double award-winner and ode to Charleston: A Man of Light and Scales

    saradobiebauer
    25 May 2015 | 10:47 am
    When you write fiction, you hope someone’s gonna like it. You never expect it’ll win an award, let alone TWO. My short experimental fiction piece A Man of Light and Scales placed second in the Maricopa Community Colleges District Writing Competition and second in Glendale Community College’s Traveler Competition. As these are both solely print journals, I now present the story for your online reading pleasure (even if my mom still doesn’t get the ending). Warning: explicit content and general mind-f**kery. A Man of Light and Scales By Sara Dobie Bauer You meet him…
  • Dear slutty teenagers: Lana Del Rey is not God

    saradobiebauer
    18 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    I had the pleasure of seeing Lana Del Rey in concert last week, along with Courtney Love (who I worshipped as a teenager and whose showmanship I still greatly admire). We arrived at the concert on a chilly Phoenix night. The first time I realized I was super old was in the ladies’ restroom when a girl in an atrocious 80s throwback outfit said, “My mom gave me ten bucks for tonight!” Then, I really looked around. Teenage girls were everywhere, and despite the chill, they were dressed like whores. Am I now officially old? Apparently yes, as even I was distraught by some of the…
  • 12 Tumblr moments that make me love life

    saradobiebauer
    12 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Now that I’m living life without antidepressants, I’ve learned ways to cope with creeping sadness. I’ve learned you gotta kick that sadness right in the ass, and there’s no better place to be surrounded by beauty and laughter … than Tumblr. There, I said it. Make fun of me all you want, but the following round-up will remind you: life is tough but it’s funny and beautiful, too. I present my 12 favorite Tumblr moments. 1. When David Tennant made this face on Doctor Who. 2. When Mulder made this face on The X-Files to scare Scully. 3. When Harry Potter…
  • LIFE WITHOUT HARRY official release on Amazon: For the Harry Potter fans

    saradobiebauer
    5 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    Cover art by Katie Stout Purcell. Today, I re-released my 2013 novel LIFE WITHOUT HARRY on Amazon. What’s it about? Consider it an homage to my love of Harry Potter … Xanax-dependent author Samantha Elliot is on deadline with a literary festival three weeks away when a white owl flies into her windshield and then disappears. This wouldn’t be the strangest thing, if not for the magic wand that soon shows up and the Invisibility Cloak that just happens to make Sam invisible. Then, there’s Paul Rudolph: the office crush who finally asks her on a date. With the help of…
  • “Mouth and the Muscle:” New noir thriller on OMDB!

    saradobiebauer
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
    What happened after I saved Max’s life is kind of a blur. The warehouse by the docks smelled like spilled motor oil and spoiled seafood. A big, blue moon reflected off black water. I walked fast, late for a meeting. My partner, Max, and I had been undercover two months by then, trying to bust a guy importing illegal drugs from Canada. We were close. Max was already inside, talking. That was his strong suit. He was the brains; I was the brawn. He looked the part, too: medium height; marathon runner thin; ginger hair that he insisted was “auburn;” and non-prescription glasses he wore only…
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    Elizabeth Spann Craig

  • Owning Up to Our Writing…Locally

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    28 May 2015 | 9:02 pm
    By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig There’s an old Bugs Bunny cartoon called Hare Brush where a psychiatrist brainwashes Bugs to make him believe he’s Elmer Fudd.  The line he brainwashes Bugs with is: I’m Elmer Fudd, millionaire.  I own a mansion and a yacht. This isn’t the line I’ve brainwashed myself to know by heart.  Mine goes: I’m a writer.  I write murder mysteries.  Yes, I do write under my own name and also as Riley Adams. Repetition makes it easy.  It’s practically muscle memory at this point.  I don’t even have to think about it. It wasn’t always that…
  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    23 May 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. I’ll be stepping away from the blog tomorrow to observe Memorial Day and will be back on Friday. Thanks! How to Write a Novel with Only 1 Hour a Day:  http://ow.ly/MWgyf by Daniel Schwabauer A Writer’s Cheatsheet to Plot and Structure:  http://ow.ly/MWgHj @mgherron 9 Tips for Hosting Book Contests: …
  • Location, Location, Location

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    21 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    by Carolyn Haines, @DeltaGalCarolyn In real estate, the old saw is that location is everything. For me, the same is almost always true in fiction. My reading and writing preference is that the characters are either organic to the setting, or they are fish out of water. Either choice provides the reader with a unique view of the story’s setting. Growing up in Mississippi, I’m well aware of the rich heritage of writers from my home state. Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams—they have imprinted an image of Mississippi on multiple generations of readers and writers. My…
  • Tips for Success on ACX

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    17 May 2015 | 10:02 pm
    By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig If you’re not familiar with ACX, it’s basically the audiobook option for self-published authors. And it can be free if you opt for the royalty-share option.  More on that in this post I wrote here a couple of years ago.  I’ll have a post up in a few weeks on the IWSG blog (June 8) on the subject, too if you’d like to learn more about starting out with the platform. I’ve found that good narrators are happy to take on a royalty-share arrangement with successful self-published authors.  A few tips I’ve discovered for being attractive to…
  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    16 May 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. Great Books Adapted from Classics:  http://ow.ly/N0eqZ @miralsattar @BiblioCrunch  @SamanthaKnoerze Mistakes Authors Make at Events (And How To Avoid Them):  http://ow.ly/MJyeR @NikkiTrex Sensory Memory Adds Grist to Your Story:  http://ow.ly/MJAvn from Kelly Saderholm @killernashville 7 Ways to Write a Plot…
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    Polon

  • 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…
  • The persuasive power of stories

    9 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    The video that Stanford University social psychologist Jennifer Aaker made for the 2013 Future of Storytelling conference is well worth a look. In it she explains why stories are so persuasive: they're more memorable, they make more of an impact, and they create a personal connection. Stories are more memorable In some ways, it's obvious that stories are more memorable. After all, how did you learn learn the colours of the rainbow as a child? I was told a story: Richard of York gave battle in vain. The mnemonic reminded me of of the initial letter of each colour. But the grown-up world likes…
 
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  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce

    Litopia
    15 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Can’t seem to shake the memoirs thing . . . This time it’s James Joyce writing about himself as the character Stephen Dedalus, a precocious, self-regarding artiste who one day is destined to become James Joyce. Not necessary. Photo by ☰☵ Michele M. F. Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the craft of writing, the ideas that are at the heart of great…
  • A Gronking To Remember

    Litopia Writers Colony
    15 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    Random House told it should pay to quote Joseph Goebbels in biography Hugo award nominees withdraw amid 'Puppygate' storm Charlie Hebdo Honor Sparks Controversy Amazon sued over Gronking book cover photo Screenwriter SLAPPs Down Libel-in-Fiction Claim 'Huge inequality' in writer earnings Journalists face increasing dangers Courtney Love Is Sued by Co-Writer of Her Memoir Follow ups: Disney Beats 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Copyright Lawsuit Photo of Gronk by Megan Asbeck   >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes
  • John Moloney – Choosing Not To Play The Accordion

    10 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Garry is joined in the studio by the award-winning stand-up comedian John Moloney (twice won Best Live Performer at the London Comedy Festival) whose four-part Radio 4 series The John Moloney Show kicks off on Tuesday 12th May. Influenced by Les Dawson, Dave Allen, The Jam and West Ham United, John’s stand-up comedy is a finely crafted blend of wordplay, one-liners and cat molesting. His radio producer says that observing him at work is “like watching a masterclass unfold. He’s like a conductor and the audience is his orchestra.” Born in on the fringes of East London in Ilford, a part…
  • Terry Alderton – The Voices In My Head

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    Garry’s guest tonight is Terry Alderton, one of Britain’s most exciting comedians and a man Frank Skinner dubbed “a flipping genius”… only he didn’t say flipping. Famous for his roles in TV hits such as EastEnders and London’s Burning, Terry’s first love was Southend United Football Club – he played in goal for their youth team – but the stage was where he really scored. Terry’s gift for mimicry made him a rising star in what we used to call old school mainstream comedy. But his originality and risk-taking appealed to young club audiences too and in 1999 he was nominated…
  • Deaf Sentence – David Lodge

    Litopia
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
    Author David Lodge stars as his thinly disguised protagonist, Old Man Bates, who is entering retirement, uselessness, and, worst of all, permanent deafness, in this tragi-comi-tragic tale of David Lodge, starring as his protagonist. Largely good. Picture by clogsilk   >>> Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the craft of writing, the ideas that…
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    Joel Trains Authors | Write A Book | Your Business Website

  • Writer: For Instruction and Encouragement, Read Brainpickings.org

    Joel
    4 May 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Here’s an example. If you read the piece at the other end of that link, you will receive several blessings: You will meet Ann Patchett, whose wisdom about writing is exquisitely life-giving You will be introduced in passing to Maria Popova, mother of Brainpickings.org, and her contagious love of writing, writers, and you You will learn the awful journey of the butterfly You will learn how to embrace that journey through love and forgiveness You will find out how to get more of these incredible riches every week, and have another opportunity to develop the writer that you are Let’s…
  • 5 Reasons You Should Write a Book Now

    Joel
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:44 pm
    I’ve probably told you this before, but so what? When did I ever learn anything from hearing it just once? Listen up, and absorb what resonates with you–and act on it: Credential. If you become an author, you become an authority. Notice “author” in the word “authority”? If you are an author, you are automagically an authority on your topic. So then whether or not you have a PhD, whether or not you have a knock-’em-dead resumé, whether or not you are skinny and beautiful–you are now an author, almost a law unto yourself. If you are service…
  • An embarrassment of riches for readers

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

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

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

    Stefanie Newell
    19 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel How To Write Your First Book How To Write Your First Book is an aspiring writer’s blueprint for success! This book is perfect for aspiring writers who want ... The post How To Write Your First Book And Be A Success! appeared first on The Write One Blog - .
  • Word Count? How Long Should My Book Be?

    Stefanie Newell
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Word Count? How Long Should My Book Be? If you are currently working on your manuscript, you’ve probably wondered how long your book should be or what the ... The post Word Count? How Long Should My Book Be? appeared first on The Write One Blog - .
  • Pen Names – 7 Reasons Why You May Need One!

    Stefanie Newell
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Pen Names – 7 Reasons Why You May Need One! Pen names are useful for both fiction and non-fiction writers. There are several reasons why an author may ... The post Pen Names – 7 Reasons Why You May Need One! appeared first on The Write One Blog - .
  • Amazon Book Descriptions That Will Convert Into Sales!

    Stefanie Newell
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Amazon Book Descriptions – Best Practices And Tips Besides your book cover and title, your Amazon book description is one of the most important factors that determines whether ... The post Amazon Book Descriptions That Will Convert Into Sales! appeared first on The Write One Blog - .
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    Blogito Ergo Sum

  • 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…
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Editors - A Guest Post By Jocelyn Pruemer

    James Kiester
    13 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    -A few weeks ago, I received the following message from a Karen Miranda of AutoCrit."I came across jameskiester.blogspot.com and wanted to contact you about providing some content for your site, or the possibility of contributing. We offer tips for creative writers, cover topics that focus on the insights into fiction writing and discuss the current landscape of publishing. I wanted to see if we could contribute an article/blog post to your site."Without it even occurring  to me that her company makes editing software, I told her, "I'd be interested in a piece on the need for good…
  • A Trend Of Violence

    James Kiester
    6 May 2015 | 3:03 pm
    -Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old African American high school student, was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch coordinator for the gated community where Martin was temporarily living.  Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.Eric Garner died in Staten Island, New York City, after a police officer put him in a chokehold for 15 seconds.  A grand jury decided not to indict the officers involved.Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, was fatally shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.  The Justice Department formally…
  • My Thoughts On Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao

    James Kiester
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:29 pm
    - Subject: Boxing gloves representing Floyd Mayweather & Manny Pacquiao | Date: 04/19/15 | Artist: James Kiester | This picture was drawn by the author of this blog. |I'll admit it, I was wrong. I NEVER thought Floyd Mayweather & Manny Pacquiao would finalize a deal.  The powers that be have been trying to put this fight together for six years.  However, not wanting to jeopardize his undefeated record, Floyd found ways to put the kibosh on the match-up.First he wanted Pacquiao to take a fight day drug test.  When Pacquiao refused Floyd tried to imply Manny was trying to…
  • I Can't Like Everything

    James Kiester
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    -I'm a red blooded 21st century American, and as a red blooded 21st century American I Subject: Screen Shot from my Facebook feed | Date: 04/0/15 |This shot was taken by the author of this blog. |spend a good deal of time on Facebook.  Many of my Facebook friends post benign tidbits featuring recipes, TV/movie updates, celebrity gossip, and other dinner party safe topics.However, some of my friend are civic minded people who keep their fingers on the political and moral pulse of the world. These friends will post news and op-ed pieces on gay marriage, war, crimes against humanity, global…
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    Stories To Tell Books

  • Tribute Books – A Great Way To Honor The Veterans In Your Family

    Biff Barnes
    25 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    I never met my Uncle Cecil. He died June 17, 1944, just over two and a half years before I was born. But I thought a lot about him as we took a few days off over Memorial Day Weekend. That was appropriate because Uncle Cecil, known to everyone in the family as Squeak, along with so many other American soldiers, was killed in Normandy, near the town of Sainte Mere Eglise, eleven days after D-day. We are working on a second edition of Squeak’s War: Letters from the Front Lines of World War II, a book that travelled around the family in a type-written form for more than sixty years before…
  • For Memorial Day Preserve Your Veteran's Story

    Nan Barnes
    22 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    As we move into Memorial Day weekend it is a time for all us to remember and honor those who served their country, and to reflect on how that service impacts their lives, and ours. Image courtesy of Pixabay Are you are a veteran? We urge you to tell your story. If you know a veteran, we urge you to encourage and assist them in making sure that their story is preserved. Over the past several years there has been an increase in awareness of the importance of creating records of the experiences of our military veterans. There are several nationwide efforts underway to collect these stories. The…
  • Writing Lessons from David McCullough

    Biff Barnes
    12 May 2015 | 4:26 pm
    There’s no better way to learn than to listen to a master. Last night Nancy and I had the opportunity to hear two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough talk about his new book The Wright Brothers. Image courtesy of Brett Weinstein under Creative Commons. Today we’re in St. Charles, Missouri for the National Genealogical Society Conference which opens tomorrow. We’ll spend four days talking with people who are working on family history books about how to tell their stories. The best advice I might offer is three insights contained in McCullough’s talk last night…
  • Printing Choices

    Sarah Hoggatt
    6 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    (This is the thirteenth article in a series by Stories To Tell editor/designer Sarah Hoggatt recounting her experiences in publishing her poetry and nonfiction.) This story starts a few years back at a women’s conference out on the coast. I had been looking over the contents of the book table when I saw a book called Soul Custody by Stephen W. Smith. The title intrigued me but when I picked it up, I had a hard time putting the book down. The book itself was great and I later bought it, but it was the feel of the cover that enthralled me. It was soft and velvety, a pleasure to just hold.
  • Who Exactly Is Your Audience?

    Nan Barnes
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    As an author, your success all depends on connecting with your audience. You’ll need to let them know you have a book of interest to them, get it into their hands, (whether it’s a purchase or a free gift), and then hope they read and “connect” with your words, in their minds and hearts. Let’s face it – not everyone out there cares to read your book. These “connections” only happen with the right audience. Image courtesy of Geoff Lemon on Flickr under Creative CommonsThere are three types of audience. The audience you target will affect many of…
 
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    ProofreadNOW.com Blog

  • We Have Met the Enemy, and It Is Pronouns

    Terri Porter
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Being an editor means never having time off. If only we could flip a switch to turn off whatever mechanism it is that forces us to notice spelling and grammatical errors everywhere. Sure, sometimes it’s a source of amusement, like this sign I saw while eating breakfast across the street from that establishment, but much of the time it’s downright painful.
  • How to Herd Cats Like a Pro (Part 2)

    Terri Porter
    20 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Last week, we talked about remedying the content and stylistic inconsistencies often found in large documents — specifically, the importance of getting a handle on how your final document should look before you begin writing. This week, we narrow the focus to talk about how to bridge the gap between your vision and the final product. That’s where templates, style sheets and style guides come in handy. They allow you to create the stylistic elements you want and to apply them uniformly throughout the document to ensure unparalleled consistency. We provide an overview of these tools below,…
  • How to Herd Cats Like a Pro (Part 1)

    Terri Porter
    14 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    We edit a fair number of large documents, often put together by multiple people or teams. Each project has its idiosyncrasies, but a common problem among nearly all of them is a lack of consistency, stemming from different: Writing styles Page layout/structure Graphics formatting/style Heading and text styles Word choice/usage Mechanics (punctuation and, particularly, capitalization)
  • The Return from Neverland

    Terri Porter
    7 May 2015 | 2:00 am
      Never start a sentence with a conjunction. Never end a sentence with a preposition. How many times have you heard these and similar refrains? Some find a certain comfort in such absolutes because correcting the problem is generally easy — they see one of these errors, and they fix it. But rigidity can be stifling, especially when the reasoning behind it is “because that’s the way we’ve always done it.” Does that mean writers can just make up their own rules as they go along? Of course not. But questioning the basis for rules serves two purposes: (1) It increases understanding…
  • When Homophones Come Calling

    Terri Porter
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
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    Productive Writers

  • 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 WorkHey Writer, Do You Make the Best Use of Your Brain?
  • How to Take a Blogging Break and Keep Your Readers Happy

    John Soares
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    I recently took a six-week blogging break while I was on vacation in Costa Rica. Since many of you reading this are bloggers, you know there’s a general consensus that you should should post consistently. However, you also need to carefully examine your priorities for your life and your business. To that end, here are the… Three Main Areas […]Related Posts:Why I Am Taking a Short Blogging BreakWhat I Love Most About Costa RicaThe Best Google+ Communities for Freelance Writers19 Successful Freelance Writers Share Their Top Goals for 2014Leave Freelance Writing for a…
  • Successful Freelance Writers Write Well

    John Soares
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    If you want to be a successful freelance writer, you must write well. You don’t have to be a perfectionist, but you do need to write clearly and with very few punctuation, grammar, and spelling errors. You can learn to do this through studying the English language and proper writing and editing techniques. And learning […]Related Posts:Six Copy Editing Tips for Freelance WritersWhen and How a Freelance Writer Should Hire HelpFour Reasons Why Freelance Writers Should SpecializeGet More Writing Done By Simplifying Your Life8 Simple Steps to Writing Faster
 
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • WHERE Has this Girl BEEN All My Life? Match = Made!

    MikeFook
    13 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
    You know how you get struck by the lightning blast of love only once, maybe twice in your life? Yeah, it happened to me when I was 19. Swimming around, bodyboarding with friends at a remote beach on the Northeast shore of Oahu… there she was. I wrote a short story about something that happened to us. Anyway. We’ve all had those experiences. Then, today, from NOWHERE. OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY, this girl was brought to me from across the world, straight into my sweet little MacBook Pro. I don’t even know this girl’s name. But, that doesn’t matter in the least, as…
  • What Makes Money Vs. What Means Something

    MikeFook
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    A woman just read two of my articles on this site: Vultures Eating Kids, and Radiation – Part of God’s Good Plan for the World? She said in her comment that she cried so hard she thought her soul was bleeding. I felt the same thing as I wrote them. There are events going on in the world that are sick beyond measure, and we’re overlooking them on a day-to-day basis just to save ourselves the pain. Much of the world would be a sniveling bunch of misfit empaths if we forced ourselves to wrap our heads around the injustices that abound in astounding number. My job used to be…
  • My Sister’s Dark Flash Fiction…

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

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

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

  • Another record year for Derby Home Rental, LLC

    Zach Everson
    29 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    Derby 2015 was another record year for Derby Home Rental LLC, my business that helps Louisville, Kentucky-area homeowners rent out their homes for Derby weekend. This year 58 homes advertised and 38... [Select the headline to view the full story.]
  • Footage I shot makes its way to U.K. TV

    Zach Everson
    28 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    In what sounds like an anecdote from every Thomas Friedman article ever, a Manchester, U.K. TV station used this Washington, D.C.-based writer’s footage of ballroom dancing in Shenzhen, China... [Select the headline to view the full story.]
  • Will Viking Cruises’ latest ship revolutionize ocean cruising? (My latest for ‘Condé Nast Traveler’)

    Zach Everson
    27 May 2015 | 8:17 am
      A couple weeks ago I sailed from London to Bergen, Norway on the Viking Star—Viking’s first ocean cruise ship. Today Condé Nast Traveler published my thoughts on Viking taking to the... [Select the headline to view the full story.]
  • National Press Club now includes this guy, right here

    Zach Everson
    26 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    Last month I was accepted into the National Press Club, a Washington, DC-based private club for journalists and communications professionals with about 3,500 members. “It is a social and... [Select the headline to view the full story.]
  • Mashable, WeWork quote me

    Zach Everson
    18 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    Two articles recently published quoted me: WeWork—”Get That Cool Job: Travel Writer” Mashable—”Some customers hate Uber, but won’t give up the app”   [Select the headline to view the full story.]
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  • 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…
  • The Duolingo Guide to Writing Productivity

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

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:23 am
    Advertise here with BSAUPDATE: Please note that both of these positions have now been filled.  Many of you know I’m the managing editor of an online literary magazine that has taken off quite nicely over the past couple of years. Well, our team at Compose Journal has a couple of exciting opportunities available at the moment: we’re looking for a features editor and a fiction director. Before we tell you more about the positions, we want you to know that people have been saying some pretty nice things about us and our work. Things like . . . “There’s a new literary…
 
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    Words on a page

  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    29 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    6 ways to generate ideas for your story Advice that can help you find the courage to write 14 examples of useful evergreen content formats How to take a blogging break and still keep your readers happy 4 IFTTT recipes that can boost your blogging productivity Related posts: Three tools for automating your social media Use IFTTT to become more productive A few links for the end of the week
  • Looking at Some Thoughts About Writing

    Scott Nesbitt
    27 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    As writers, there are times when we need to learn more about our craft. Then, there are times when we need to be reminded of what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. Writing is hard work. It can be rewarding, but it can also be frustrating and disheartening. We need the occasional affirmation, the […] Related posts: A few thoughts about The War of Art Thoughts about not writing Thoughts about writing and publishing ebooks
  • Taking notes using Twitter

    Scott Nesbitt
    25 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    If you attend an event — either as a participant or if you’re covering it for your blog or a publication — chances are you’ll be taking notes. A lot of them. You might be typing your notes in a text file or a word processor document. You might use Evernote or Simplenote to record […] Related posts: How to effectively take notes at an event Using Simplenote for more than just taking notes Taking notes with Paprika
  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    22 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    The how to edition: How to use RSS to write better headlines How to promote your books, in four steps How to write screenplays for Amazon How to create the perfect about page How to organize a book tour yourself 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
  • I’m starting a (free) newsletter

    Scott Nesbitt
    21 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    That’s something I’ve been putting off for quite a while now. But I’ve finally decided to take the plunge. It’s called News From Somewhere and is a free newsletter delivered to your inbox bi-weekly. Each edition will be a collection of thoughts, ideas, news, links, and analysis. I won’t use the newsletter to sell you […] Related posts: A look at some free stock photo sites Writing for free Four distraction-free writing apps for Chrome
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    Mike Salsbury's Blog

  • Review: The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley

    Michael Salsbury
    22 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Author D. M. Pulley once discovered a cache of unopened, unclaimed safety deposit boxes in a building she visited as a structural engineer.  She wondered why the boxes went unclaimed, and what secrets or objects could be found within them.  This fascination drove her to write The Dead Key, her first novel.The Dead Key centers on a bank in Cleveland, Ohio.  Told in two threads, one set in 1978 a few weeks before the bank mysteriously closed in the middle of the night, and the other thread in 1998 when engineers are considering repurposing the old bank building for office…
  • Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 6, Days 11-17

    Michael Salsbury
    17 May 2015 | 8:30 pm
    My adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge continues.So far, May is off to a decent start.  The first three days saw me writing only 442 words per day.  The next seven days saw that jump to over 14,000 words or an average of 2,031 words per day.  This despite having three days in the week that I didn't write at all.At nearly six full months into the challenge, I've written over 200,000 words or 1,254 per day. On Monday, I wrote a post for Columbus Beer Scene (934 words), a post for How To Write Fiction (680 words), and a journal entry (406…
  • Computer Woes in the Rear-View Mirror for Now

    Michael Salsbury
    12 May 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Recently, within a two or three day span, I had a hard drive, video card, and CPU cooler all die in the same machine - my primary PC.  Hundreds of dollars later, there's a new video card, a new CPU cooler, and a backup utility restoring data from the cloud to a replacement drive.  As it turns out, the original drive has not died completely.  It seems to periodically disconnect from the PC.  It has to be powered off and on when this happens, but between failures I've been able to copy usable data from it.  With any luck, I may get most or all of it back before it dies…
  • Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 6, Days 4-10

    Michael Salsbury
    10 May 2015 | 8:30 pm
    My adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge continues.On Monday, I wrote a post for Begin Brewing (742 words), Columbus Beer Scene (998 words), this site (673 words), and the Windows Desktop Administration site (443 words).  I also wrote a journal entry (643 words).  The grand total for that day was 3,499 words.Tuesday I wrote nothing, not even a journal entry.Wednesday, I wrote several posts for Columbus Beer Scene (2,296 words) and a long journal entry (1,579 words).  Daily total was 3,875 words.Thursday, I wrote only a journal entry (1,171…
  • Your Own Computer Is Always In the Worst Shape

    Michael Salsbury
    4 May 2015 | 8:14 pm
    In my day job, I'm a Windows Desktop Administrator.  There are certain things that tend to be true of the people who do this job, though they're not all true of every administrator or all the time:Our computers tend to get broken trying to reproduce someone else's problemOur computers tend to hold the latest bug-ridden version of software and patches released by every vendor we useOur computers probably perform worse than most in the company's fleetThe main reason this happens is that we spend most of our day trying to reproduce the problems our co-workers are stumped by, and when we're…
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    Game On! Crafting Believable Conflict

  • Stirring the Plot: Fish Tales and Whoppers

    Diana Hurwitz
    29 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Fish tales are stories a character relates that have a basis in reality but have been embellished to make the tale more entertaining, to make the teller sound better, or to make the object of the tale sound worse, than they really were. Everyone tells a fish tale at some point, consciously or subconsciously: not to deliberately mislead or harm, but because it is human nature to flesh out stories. A story told often enough becomes a memory, even if it never happened or didn’t happen in quite the way it is related.Dick might relate a conversation that didn’t actually take place the way he…
  • Stirring the Plot: P!nk goes into a bar

    Diana Hurwitz
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    I have to thank P!nk (aka Alecia Moore) for inspiring this post with her song, "You and Ur Hand." Superficially, it's a feel good, girl power, bar anthem with a good beat. I imagine it gets frequent club play.I like P!nk, not so much her punk girl persona, rather the woman who sings with her heart in her teeth, whose words and voice give me chills, in a good way. Glitter in the Air and Run Away are a couple of P!nk songs on my frequent play list. Her song "You and UR Hand" is a perfect example of hidden motivation. The premise of the song is: a woman, let's call her Jane, dresses up and goes…
  • Stirring the plot: Inheritance & Entitlement

    Diana Hurwitz
    8 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    In Seville, Spain a vibrant and active 85-year-old duchess, who owns way more stuff than any human needs to, defied her six children and married a 60-year-old man. She had to sign over part of her vast estate to her little darlings to shut them up. Most of us don’t have to worry about estates, entitlements, and trust funds, but I've seen this a lot with elderly parents and their kids (and second marriages). No matter the financial status, children will fight over ugly knick-knacks, and dad’s scruffy robe, and dog-chewed slippers. I’ve heard stories of children who have stolen things out…
  • The Trouble with Money

    Diana Hurwitz
    1 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    Money makes the world go around in the most delightful and not so delightful, ways. Somewhere long ago and far away someone traded something of limited value (shell, bead, stone) for something of essential value (food, clothing, shelter). From that seed grew tribal chieftans, pharaohs, kings, queens, aristocracy, industry barons, and Wall Street tycoons.If I had a time machine, I would go back and bump their heads together. What were they thinking?Once humans formed communities large enough to support a parasitic structure, i.e. those who did not have to work or contribute to survive,…
  • Ditherers and Despots: How Decision Making Creates Conflict

    Diana Hurwitz
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    There are several different methods characters rely on to make decisions when it is crunch time.The way a character processes decisions can resolve an obstacle or create one. Let's look at ways temperament affects decision-making.1) The PondererIf Dick prefers to think long and hard, he will examine the information in a detached way. He will choose the direction that makes the most sense logically, even if he encounters resistance. He will make a rational decision and follow the rules, regardless of the cost to others. He will reach a decision by evaluating all of the facts and by…
 
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    Raquel Byrnes

  • With Heaviness in My Heart

    Raquel Byrnes
    26 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    Those of you who know me personally, are aware that I lost my mother this week. She went in her slumber which is the most mercy I could have hoped for. For months, I had been traveling to my parents house to help my father care for her as she was in hospice at home. It was both hard and extremely helpful in helping me to say goodbye to the most dynamic and amazing woman I've ever known. We talked and grew closer during those difficult days. I shared with her my imaginary worlds in the books I was writing. And she cheered me on, as she always had, to do what I love.Now as I struggle…
  • The Darkest Words

    Raquel Byrnes
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:29 am
    This is difficult advice to take. Particularly after having characters in your head for years. When I finally get to that moment...I often look for ways to avert their death. But it is to no avail.  If they must die. They must die.On my current WIP I am dealing with a kind of slow death and it is far worse than the "rip the bandaid" off method I've used in the past.They know its coming.  They dread and embrace it. They run towards it at times to my horror. When I finally conjure those dark words on my paper it is both a terrible and wonderful moment.I have to say it is unexpectedly…
  • Grim and the Girl

    Raquel Byrnes
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    So I'm rereading James Scott Bell's Super Structure: The Key to Unleashing the Power of Story because I read that and Writing the Breakout Novel by Maass EVERY TIME I begin a new project. I even have a Maass List where I check off elements of my story and the 14 Sign Posts list to make sure I'm hitting every beat of my novel.I know...I'm a total Planner. My slightly OCD tendencies have been well noted and commented on by my crit partner, the illustrious Erin Kane Spock over at Spock Writes Romance. She is a Pantser through-and-through so you can imagine our conversations.Something…
  • Writing 2's and 3's

    Raquel Byrnes
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Current Desk TopI am currently neck deep in the plotting throes for books two and three of my YA Steampunk series, The Blackburn Chronicles.  Having received a green light on the series and a synopsis request for the second and third book, I began to really wrestle with not what to include...but what to take off the table.Book one, The Tremblers, was such an amazing ride to write. The genre is certainly one in which you can just reach high into the aether for inspiration. From floating cities to underground caverns...it was so much fun!  And the characters were certainly a pleasure…
  • Secret of the Sevens Cover Reveal!

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

  • Good Needs Assessments Tell Stories: Data is Cheap and Everyone Has It

    Jake Seliger
    26 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    If you only include data in your needs assessment, you don’t stand out from dozens or hundreds of other needs assessments funders read for any given RFP competition. Good needs assessments tell stories: Data is cheap and everyone has it, and almost any data can be massaged to make a given target area look bad. Most people also don’t understand statistics, which makes it pretty easily to manipulate data. Even grant reviewers who do understand statistics rarely have the time to deeply evaluate the claims made in a given proposal.* Man is The Storytelling Animal, to borrow the title…
  • Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is Out and It’s Topical for More Than Just Police Departments

    Jake Seliger
    18 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program is back, most notably via the COPS Hiring Program (CHP), which has $134.5 million available for local law-enforcement agencies. This Clinton-era program has been around for a while but has special resonance this year due to a spate of police shootings and the civil unrest in Baltimore. President Obama is also giving a speech about community-oriented policing today. This adds up to a greater-than-usual focus on a particular set of grant programs, most of which occur beneath the radar of the media and national politicians. Issues around…
  • May links: Tesla Batteries, Family Structure and Grant Writing, Responsible Fatherhood Opportunities for Reentry and Mobility, Is Sex Mostly About Pleasure?, and More!

    Jake Seliger
    10 May 2015 | 5:01 pm
    * “Freedom, Tesla-Style: The company’s new home-based battery isn’t just nifty. It’s liberating.” This may be the most important link. YouthBuild grantees should think about including “Tesla Energy installer” to their curriculums. Affordable housing organizations should also be thinking about local energy issues. * “Skip Child Support. Go to Jail. Lose Job. Repeat.” To call this system “insane” is an understatement. Even calling it a “system” might be overly kind. * Considering the link immediately above and immediately below,…
  • No Calls, No Bother: “Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule” and the Grant Writer’s Work

    Jake Seliger
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:41 pm
    In “Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule” Paul Graham writes There are two types of schedule, which I’ll call the manager’s schedule and the maker’s schedule. The manager’s schedule is for bosses. It’s embodied in the traditional appointment book, with each day cut into one hour intervals. You can block off several hours for a single task if you need to, but by default you change what you’re doing every hour. [. . .] But there’s another way of using time that’s common among people who make things, like programmers and…
  • Seliger’s Quick Guide to Developing Facility Grant Proposals and Budgets

    Isaac Seliger
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    Developing proposals and budgets for facility grants is fairly easy, even though, as we’ve written before, getting a facility grant is often really hard (but not impossible). Facility proposals and budgets are usually simple to develop because they contain the same elements. Once the basic needs argument is established–for example, a HRSA Health Infrastructure Investment Program (HIIP) grant will enable the Waconia Community Health Center to expand, increasing the number of patients served–the proposal action steps are: The applicant must demonstrate site control in the form of a…
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    Literary Agents Advice

  • 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 →
  • The future of Ebook prices: a history lesson from the app industry

    Harry
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:54 am
    Fergus McNeill – thriller author and app developer – has spent years watching the app industry race to the bottom on pricing. Here are his thoughts on what that experience can teach us about ebook pricing. Fergus’s most recent thriller, … Continue reading →
  • What authors really think of their publishers

    Harry
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:41 am
    Our sister site, Agent Hunter, has just published the fruits of its 800+ author survey. You can see the full write up here, and obtain the full dataset here. The authors concerned were 40% British/Irish, 60% North American. They were … Continue reading →
  • Why you don’t need a big idea to start your novel

    Harry
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:18 am
    Anyone who’s ever published a novel has had, or will have, this experience: you’ll be at a party, or some other public gathering, and someone you barely know will approach you and say, “So you’re a writer. I’ve an idea … Continue reading →
  • Social Media for Writers: Puzzles & Solutions

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

  • Depression And Writing

    Derek Haines
    28 May 2015 | 11:19 am
    Some years ago now, I clearly recall my doctor telling me that there was a definitive link between depression and writers. The only problem with his link was that he had no idea at all if writers became depressed through writing, or if depression miraculously manufactured writers.So why was I at my doctor at that time talking about depression? Well, to cut a long story short, within the space of six short months I had lost my parents, both very suddenly, my very best friend died due to a long term disease, another friend was killed on a pedestrian crossing, oh, and just add some spice, my…
  • I Love Mommy Porn!

    Derek Haines
    17 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    Ok, I probably went a bit over the top with my post title, and even sacrificed my UK English spelling in the process, but as a die hard self publisher, I have to say that self publishing has succeeded on the back of daring new genres, and especially new romance genres. Every author who is now self publishing should be very thankful to the inroads, smashed down doors and the whole new reading market that these books have created for us all.No publisher in the world would have touched Fifty Shades of Grey if it weren’t for self publishing making it a success. Paranormal romance would…
  • I’m A Long Way From New York

    Derek Haines
    16 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    Most authors must have had the thought of having their novels translated into other languages, but in my case this week, my thought was of having my books translated into, um, eh, well, American!Now of course this probably sounds really dumb, as I obviously write in English. But when one stops and thinks about the differences between US and UK English, there is a hell of a lot that would need changing to adapt my writing to US reading expectations.So why would I even consider doing this?Well, in all honesty, self publishing is mostly an American thing. Yeah ok, the UK and Germany quite like…
  • Moving My Ebooks To Amazon KDP Select

    Derek Haines
    14 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    As some of my readers may know, I made the monumental decision a month or so ago to move all of my ebook titles to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing Select program. Of course this meant that I had to make all of my titles exclusive to Amazon, and therefore, remove all of my ebooks from retailers such as Apple, B&N, Kobo, Google Play and Smashwords.For years I have fought the idea of exclusivity, as I believed that it was better to make my ebooks available to readers on all platforms. Perhaps there was an element of idealism as well, and by granting exclusivity, it undermined my…
  • How Free Ebooks Make Money – But Not For Authors

    Derek Haines
    12 May 2015 | 7:19 am
    Everyday there are more and more sites, and social media accounts promoting free ebooks. Literally thousands of them. But have you ever wondered why there are so many? More to the point, have you taken a moment to think about why it is such a popular product to promote, and where the benefit lies?Of course the answer is money.But how can anyone make money from free ebooks? This is the question I asked myself a few months ago, and once I discovered the answer, it became so obvious.Let me start at the beginning. Some years ago I set up a book promotion blog, and for convenience sake, I used an…
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    Indie Author News

  • Featured Indie Book: My Life According To My Destiny (Vanny Vorng)

    Alan Kealey
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Memoir / Autobiography My Life According To My Destiny by Vanny Vorng. My Life According To My Destiny is a personal memoir of the author's...
  • Indie Author Interview: Ben Willoughby

    Alan Kealey
    28 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Indie Author Interview with Ben Willoughby - Author of the Fantasy Novel Gods on the Mountain. Ben Willoughby found at a very young age the love for reading. At the age of 12, he found a passion for...
  • Featured Indie Book: Dead by Morning (Kayla Krantz)

    Alan Kealey
    27 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Psychological Horror Novel Dead by Morning by Kayla Krantz. Dead by Morning (Rituals of the Night) is a dark horror novel centered around the students of...
  • New Indie Book Release: Rangers - Silver-Star Seduction (Ciana Stone)

    Alan Kealey
    26 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    New Indie Book Release: Rangers: Silver-Star Seduction - Ciana Stone Paranormal Romance (188 pages - May 2015) Rangers: Silver-Star Seduction is a paranormal romance two book Box-Set featuring...
  • New Indie Book Release: Sandbox (Kim Pemberton)

    Alan Kealey
    25 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    New Indie Book Release: Sandbox: A Novel - Kim Pemberton Contemporary Fiction / Adult Romance (278 pages - April 2015) Sandbox is the story of one man’s desire to live and love unfettered in New...
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    Litopia

  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce

    Peter Cox
    15 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    Can’t seem to shake the memoirs thing . . . This time it’s James Joyce writing about himself as the character Stephen Dedalus, a precocious, self-regarding artiste who one day is destined to become James Joyce. Not necessary. Photo by ☰☵ Michele M. F.
  • A Gronking To Remember

    Peter Cox
    15 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    Random House told it should pay to quote Joseph Goebbels in biography Hugo award nominees withdraw amid ‘Puppygate’ storm Charlie Hebdo Honor Sparks Controversy Amazon sued over Gronking book cover photo Screenwriter SLAPPs Down Libel-in-Fiction Claim ‘Huge inequality’ in writer earnings Journalists face increasing dangers Courtney Love Is Sued by Co-Writer of Her Memoir Follow ups: Disney Beats ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Copyright Lawsuit Photo of Gronk by Megan Asbeck
  • John Moloney – Choosing Not To Play The Accordion

    Peter Cox
    10 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    Garry is joined in the studio by the award-winning stand-up comedian John Moloney (twice won Best Live Performer at the London Comedy Festival) whose four-part BBC Radio 4 series is The John Moloney Show. Influenced by Les Dawson, Dave Allen, The Jam and West Ham United, John’s stand-up comedy is a finely crafted blend of wordplay, one-liners and cat molesting. His radio producer says that observing him at work is “like watching a masterclass unfold. He’s like a conductor and the audience is his orchestra.” Born on the fringes of East London in Ilford, a part of Essex where he says…
  • Terry Alderton – The Voices In My Head

    Peter Cox
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Garry’s guest tonight is Terry Alderton, one of Britain’s most exciting comedians and a man Frank Skinner dubbed “a flipping genius”… only he didn’t say flipping. Famous for his roles in TV hits such as EastEnders and London’s Burning, Terry’s first love was Southend United Football Club – he played in goal for their youth team – but the stage was where he really scored. Terry’s gift for mimicry made him a rising star in what we used to call old school mainstream comedy. But his originality and risk-taking appealed to young club audiences too and in 1999 he was nominated…
  • Deaf Sentence – David Lodge

    Peter Cox
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    Author David Lodge stars as his thinly disguised protagonist, Old Man Bates, who is entering retirement, uselessness, and, worst of all, permanent deafness, in this tragi-comi-tragic tale of David Lodge, starring as his protagonist. Largely good. Picture by clogsilk
 
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    Joel Trains Authors | Write A Book | Your Business Website

  • Writer: For Instruction and Encouragement, Read Brainpickings.org

    Joel
    4 May 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Here’s an example. If you read the piece at the other end of that link, you will receive several blessings: You will meet Ann Patchett, whose wisdom about writing is exquisitely life-giving You will be introduced in passing to Maria Popova, mother of Brainpickings.org, and her contagious love of writing, writers, and you You will learn the awful journey of the butterfly You will learn how to embrace that journey through love and forgiveness You will find out how to get more of these incredible riches every week, and have another opportunity to develop the writer that you are Let’s…
  • 5 Reasons You Should Write a Book Now

    Joel
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:44 pm
    I’ve probably told you this before, but so what? When did I ever learn anything from hearing it just once? Listen up, and absorb what resonates with you–and act on it: Credential. If you become an author, you become an authority. Notice “author” in the word “authority”? If you are an author, you are automagically an authority on your topic. So then whether or not you have a PhD, whether or not you have a knock-’em-dead resumé, whether or not you are skinny and beautiful–you are now an author, almost a law unto yourself. If you are service…
  • An embarrassment of riches for readers

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Book review: Alzheimer’s Daughter by Jean Lee

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:19 pm
    An Alzheimer’s disease memoir and love story Alzheimer’s Daughter by Jean Lee is a triple threat memoir with an unthinkable premise. One parent diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is a crisis, two parents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is a disaster. Dual diagnoses and decline at the exact same time is a tragedy of epic proportions. Alzheimer’s Daughter follows adult sisters, Rosie and Annette, as they discover and manage the progressing cognitive impairments of their aging parents. Ed and Ibby Church are a loving couple in their eighties who’ve been married for over sixty years.
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    Workin' with What I've Got

  • Odyssey

    T
    16 May 2015 | 2:13 am
    Potentially triggering subject matter/subject I’ve not written about before. (WordPress having spacing issues.) Pilgrimage, according to Websters: 1:  a journey of a pilgrim; especially :  one to a shrine or a sacred place 2:  the course of life on earth The word or, rather, the hum of its definition must be in our DNA.  From the time we found our way out of The Garden or the primordial ooze, we human beings have felt the urge to journey.  Sometimes we go in.  Sometimes we go out.  Sometimes, in doing the latter, we also do the former.  Sometimes we make a mess of the places…
  • Brain, Storm – for my mother

    T
    10 May 2015 | 2:11 am
    T:Also still relevant. Originally posted on Workin' with What I've Got: Sometimes what we writers write is sacred.  Sometimes we’re so close to the subject matter, we can’t quite render it for a reader.  This is possibly the case here.  Exactly three years ago — to this very hour, even the breeze through my window feels similar — I sat writing the first draft of the piece below.  (I wrote in present tense and later changed it.)  I wrote because that’s how I attempt to make sense of things.  That night, I was trying to make sense of my mother’s impending brain…
  • Happy Whoever You Are Day

    T
    9 May 2015 | 3:58 pm
    T:From the archives. Still relevant, yes? Hugs, Terri Originally posted on Workin' with What I've Got: As the second Sunday in May approaches, I want to say this to you: Have a happy day … whoever and whatever you call yourself.  (I, myself, am going with “Terri.”) Have a peaceful day.  A contented one.  One where you give yourself permission to just be you.  Maybe take a walk or a drive; listen to some good music or just breathe in and out. Be around people who love you, who support you, who generally dig your company. Because, this weekend, if you’re a woman, society…
  • She’s Got A Ticket to Ride

    T
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:22 am
    (Alas, WordPress is having formatting issues. At least on my Samsung. As a rule, these are early — sometimes first — drafts.) ~  ~  I don’t remember his name. ~ He was on the train when I boarded, east of Sacramento. Had gotten on a few minutes before me and was already seated.Brown-pony-tailed. Just enough facial hair. And, judging from the few strands of gray, a little younger than me. The eyes (bright) were what prompted me to do something I ordinarily wouldn’t have: introduce myself to a rather hot, somewhat-younger guy. ~ He asked me what I do. Always a tricky…
  • Circle, Sphere, Shadow, Year

    T
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    This post is in dedication to my sister, who has been a saint over the last year.  I owe her more than I could ever repay. Forward: 365. That’s the number we’ll be studying today, readers (my loyal friend-readers via FB and my very few-remaining/equally loyal readers who may arrive via email or various feeds if my blog is even still on them.)  I’ve continued to write, btw.  But I’ve done it directly onto my top-secret FB wall, to a “customized” audience.  As usual, first (more like first and a half) draft.  Thus, forgive typos and go with the general…
 
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    Jane Friedman

  • The Age-Old Cynicism Surrounding the Dream of Book Writing

    Jane Friedman
    29 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’ve known about this joke for nearly as long as I’ve worked in book publishing. It goes like this: “More than 80% of people say they have a book inside them. And that’s exactly where it should stay.” While speaking and tweeting at the International Digital Publishing Forum at BEA this week, I had the opportunity to hear Jane McGonigal speak. (She’s well-known for this TED talk.) She shared this statistic: More than 90% of young people in the United States say they want to write a book someday. I tweeted the stat, and while there were some people who…
  • What Marketing Support Looks Like at a Big 5 Publisher

    Todd Moss
    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    by Mace Ojala | via Flickr Today’s guest post is by author Todd Moss (@toddjmoss). One of the unexpected surprises of being a new author is how much goes into promoting your books. I was lucky to be published by Penguin’s Putnam imprint for my debut novel, The Golden Hour. Yet even with the backing of a hefty Big Five publisher, I discovered that delivering the manuscript is just the beginning. In 2013, Putnam offered me a generous multi-book contract for a thriller series about Judd Ryker, a crisis manager in the State Department inspired in part by my experiences working inside the…
  • Is Self-Publishing a Viable Option for Literary Fiction Writers?

    Sangeeta Mehta
    27 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    by editrrix / via Flickr Note from Jane: Today’s guest post is by Sangeeta Mehta (@sangeeta_editor), a former acquiring editor of children’s books at Little, Brown and Simon & Schuster, who runs her own editorial services company. Don’t miss Sangeeta’s earlier contributions, including: Self-Publishing Children’s Picture Books: Two Literary Agents Weigh In Should Children’s Book Authors Self-Publish? Even though it’s become quite easy for writers to use Amazon KDP or other platforms to publish an e-book—and use print-on-demand technology to create a…
  • Is Self-Publishing a Good Springboard to Traditional Pub?

    Jane Friedman
    26 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Over at Writer Unboxed, I’ve contributed a post to help authors understand how and when they can transition to traditional publishing from self-publishing. Here’s a brief snippet: Back in ye olden days of self-publishing (before e-books), the message to authors was simple: Don’t self-publish a book unless you intend to definitively say “no” to traditional publishing for that project. Yes, there was a stigma, and in some ways, it helped authors avoid a mistake or bad investment. Today, with the overselling of self-publishing, too many authors either: Decide they won’t even…
  • Meet Me in Charlottesville on May 23

    Jane Friedman
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Tomorrow at 4 p.m., I’ll be at New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville, VA, sharing stories about growing up in rural Indiana with a Russian Jewish father. (The video above, showing me and my dad, features a sneak peek at some home videos I’ll be showing! If you can’t see the video, click here.) Elizabeth Derby did a wonderful write-up and preview in Cville Weekly. The event is part of a nationwide 9-city book launch for Every Father’s Daughter. I’ll be giving away a signed copy of the book with signatures from other contributors, including the book’s…
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    TVWriter.Com

  • Our Most Read Posts of the Week of May 23-May 29, 2015

    TVWriter™
    30 May 2015 | 3:46 am
    The posts visitors viewed most on TVWriter™ during the past week were: How a Writing Contest Launched the Career of EXTANT’s Creator Peggy Bechko: How Talented are Your Characters? How Skillful? Peggy Bechko: Stuck in the Mud – The Bogged Down Writer Letterman Writer’s Good-bye to Dave Herbie J Pilato: DARK SHADOWS’ Original Incarnation is Originality in Action And our most viewed resource pages were: Writing the Dreaded Outline THE PEOPLE’S PILOT THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: Enter THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: Prizes THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: Rules Big thanks to everyone for making this such a…
  • 5 Tips to Help You get a Job in the Video Game Biz

    TVWriter™
    30 May 2015 | 3:25 am
    Yesterday we ran an article about game writing, and it turned out to be so popular with people who want to do just that and get paid as well that we’ve gone back to that bottomless well we call the interwebs so we can bring you this insightful look at the video game gig situation: by Guy DeRosa [This article was written by Guy DeRosa, games and interactive manager at recruitment agency Skillsearch. www.skillsearch.com] As a recruitment agent I often find myself discussing how different the games industry is to recruit for versus any other. That’s extremely fortunate as I…
  • Drew University Offering Summer Creative Writing Class for Teens

    TVWriter™
    30 May 2015 | 3:15 am
    by TVWriter™ Press Service If you’re a teenager between 13 and 18 and love to write Drew University in Madison Wisconsin is looking for you for its Writers Circle 2015 Summer Creative Writing Intensive. The Intensive will hold three 1-week long sessions in July and August, with creative writing workshops, activities, special events, and guests from the literary and publishing worlds, and attendees can sign up for one, two, or all three weeks. More info is available HERE Don’t forget to tell them TVWriter™ sent you!
  • Herbie J Pilato: The Legacy of DARK SHADOWS

    Herbie J Pilato
    29 May 2015 | 3:35 am
    Jonathan Frid, who plays Barnabas Collins, left, and David Selby, who plays Quentin Collins, in the Gothic soap opera “Dark Shadows”, April 16, 1969. (AP Photo/Bob Wands) Part 2 by Herbie J Pilato EDITOR’S NOTE: Don’t miss Part 1, conveniently located HERE THE MAYHEM OF THE MACABRE 1969:  20,000,000 viewers are now obsessed with Quentin, Barnabas and DS in general. The show’s popularity reaches mammoth proportions. Followers from every nook and cranny come out of the woodwork…even the woodwork from the White House. For on October 31st, Halloween 1969, Tricia Nixon…
  • Is it really impossible to make a living writing for the theater?

    TVWriter™
    29 May 2015 | 3:25 am
    From the lips of playwright-TV writer Tanya Barfield to our ears, via magazine writer Christopher Henley: by Christopher Henley The Call by Tanya Barfield is one of those rare plays that puts the most intimate of situations into a compelling global context. It’s the story of a white couple in the U.S. who decide to adopt a child from Africa. The intersection of the couple’s personal struggles and the international implications of the transaction makes for a play that engages its audience on several different and provocative levels. Theater J’s production of Barfield’s play runs…
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  • the new laptop came!/I have to wait 2 weeks for an MRI/Granny Panties are Back!/i'm the Bully Whisperer!

    Theodora L'Engle Knight
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    i'm going to talk about this ridiculous panty news first because it makes me so happy. now, i have been wearing Big Ass underpants for many years now. alternating with a lightweight Spanx type girdle thingie that holds in the Fatitude of my middle region. i accepted that i was aging and all that that entails but i did have some pangs when i saw young attractive women wearing thongs, the underwear that requires a string/floss to go up your butt. or boy shorts that cover less but that also leave the belly free and clear. so hearing that Granny Panties are Back in a big way??? basically i don't…
  • 1976-77: Francois Goes to Mexico, Grand Re-opening, the Saudi Waiter and my Long Dry Spell

    JMac1949 Memories
    29 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    http://excursions.shorefox.com/port-review/10/cozumel-mexico Francois Goes to Mexico – Somewhere in this time frame Francois’s wife had a little boy baby and a few weeks later his parents arrived from Belgium to see their first born grandchild.  They spent a couple of weeks in Houston and then after Christmas, Francois and his family took off for two weeks in tropical paradise of Cozamel, Mexico.  He left me in charge of the restaurant operation and his female apprentice ran the bakery.  His personal banker oversaw payroll and payments to the contractor and after celebrating New…
  • officially disengaged

    Foolish Monkey
    29 May 2015 | 10:47 am
    this is to inform you i am hidden squirreling between the sun and a specific latitude and longitude dancing in dew my skirt hitched and hair wild a fool's mission move along there's nothing new here
  • Republicans Rewriting History of Iraq

    Ted Frier
    29 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    George Santayana was only half right when he warned that those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it.  The larger danger is that those who don’t know their history are at the mercy of others who would try to rewrite it. As we head into the 2016 presidential campaign, Republican candidates confront an almost impossible dilemma – particularly if a potential Bush-versus-Clinton dynastic rematch shapes up. The Top Gun, tough guy image Republicans have honed for themselves in foreign affairs ever since Ronald Reagan demanded that Russians “tear down this wall,” compels the…
  • Telling It Slant

    Jerry DeNuccio
    29 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    “Tell all the truth but tell it slant,” Emily Dickinson advised.  For poets, that’s expected.  For journalists, not so much.  In a recent New York Times story about Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett Packard executive and Republican candidate for President, we are told that Ms. Fiorina is drawing increasing interest among Republican voters because, alone of all the candidates, she has been lobbing criticisms at Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.  At a meet and greet after an Iowa event, the story notes, the line of well-wishers waiting to see Ms. Fiorina far exceeded those of the…
 
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  • 10 Reasons Why Some People Feel Like They Never Have Enough Time

    David K. William
    27 May 2015 | 6:14 am
    Do you feel like you're overwhelmingly busy? Like you always don’t have enough time and your schedule is ever growing? Many people today feel that way and constantly lament about a lack of time. If you are like them and you barely have time to do even simple tasks like cooking a meal or completing your daily to-do list, something is wrong. Here are ten reasons why some people always feel like they don’t have enough time and what you can do to avoid it. 1. They don’t rise up early. The modern world we live in runs largely on a 9-to-5 schedule. Waking up early gives you an advantage over…
  • Henry Miller on the Creative Process of Writing a Book

    Staff Writers
    24 May 2015 | 4:06 am
    In a survey of 1,006 Americans, sponsored by a small Michigan publisher, almost equal numbers of people said they wanted to write a novel, a nonfiction work, a self-help book or a cookbook—a noble idea indeed, if you can pull it off. We all have the potential for greatness. After all, it is often said that we all have a book inside of us waiting to be written. Truth is it wouldn’t hurt to write a book. In fact, beyond the obvious motivation for wanting to write a book – hoping to win fame and fortune – it would do your career a lot of good by hopefully upping your reputation and…
  • 10 Little Clues That You Will Be Successful

    David K. William
    12 May 2015 | 12:55 am
    Success means different things to different people, but we can all agree success is more about doing what you love and ensuring the work that you do and the money that you make goes toward helping people and doing something useful and meaningful with your life.   Unfortunately, many of us – myself included – feel unsuccessful sometimes. We feel like we are doing all the HARD WORK, almost burning out, with nothing to show for it. Like we are toiling harder than most people, but heading nowhere. Truth is hard work is important. Successful people not only work smarter, but also outwork…
  • 13 Things Happy, Successful and Contented Writers Do on the Weekends

    David K. William
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:54 pm
    How do you spend your Saturdays and Sundays? Many people work through their weekends. But, Saturdays and Sundays should be time to remind yourself of the forgotten little things—to keep your work-life balance in check and spoil yourself with some ‘me-time.’ Happy and successful people understand this and make the most of their weekends.   Articles have been written about what successful people do on their weekends. But, what specifically do happy, successful and contented writers do on the weekend? Do you want to know their secret? It’s the same thing that they do every other day.
  • 11 Reasons Why You Should Write More E-books

    Allen Taylor
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    If you've ever thought of writing a book, now is a good time. Instead of focusing on traditional print books, however, you should dive into the e-book market. There are several reasons why you should write and publish e-books. Here are 11 of them: You have more control By self-publishing your own e-books, you maintain control over your product, your image, and your brand. You keep more of the pie Author Earnings published a report on how much authors make on book sales. The interesting thing is that while 70% of the revenues from book sales are with print books, authors receive very little of…
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  • The Importance of Casket Readiness

    chuckwagon
    26 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    Angie's Diary I don’t need reminding that my time is at hand By chuckwagon
  • Red Curtains

    Bhat Naieem
    25 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Angie's Diary In the small class room, Silent You and me, Singing with winds By Bhat Naieem
  • Last Stand

    seahand
    25 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Angie's Diary When a horse is on his knee don't shoot him till he stands
, one so proud By seahand
  • Resident for Life

    Nancy Duci Denofio
    21 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    Angie's Diary A scattering of light crossed my face – lines of cheerfulness replaced that touch of cold iron By Nancy Duci Denofio
  • What Good is an Old Dead Tree?

    Jessica R. Jensen
    21 May 2015 | 9:37 am
    Angie's Diary Before the sale was finalized, she went to visit her childhood home. Her favorite plum tree was still there By Jessica R. Jensen
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  • We Have Met the Enemy, and It Is Pronouns

    Terri Porter
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Being an editor means never having time off. If only we could flip a switch to turn off whatever mechanism it is that forces us to notice spelling and grammatical errors everywhere. Sure, sometimes it’s a source of amusement, like this sign I saw while eating breakfast across the street from that establishment, but much of the time it’s downright painful.
  • How to Herd Cats Like a Pro (Part 2)

    Terri Porter
    20 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Last week, we talked about remedying the content and stylistic inconsistencies often found in large documents — specifically, the importance of getting a handle on how your final document should look before you begin writing. This week, we narrow the focus to talk about how to bridge the gap between your vision and the final product. That’s where templates, style sheets and style guides come in handy. They allow you to create the stylistic elements you want and to apply them uniformly throughout the document to ensure unparalleled consistency. We provide an overview of these tools below,…
  • How to Herd Cats Like a Pro (Part 1)

    Terri Porter
    14 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    We edit a fair number of large documents, often put together by multiple people or teams. Each project has its idiosyncrasies, but a common problem among nearly all of them is a lack of consistency, stemming from different: Writing styles Page layout/structure Graphics formatting/style Heading and text styles Word choice/usage Mechanics (punctuation and, particularly, capitalization)
  • The Return from Neverland

    Terri Porter
    7 May 2015 | 2:00 am
      Never start a sentence with a conjunction. Never end a sentence with a preposition. How many times have you heard these and similar refrains? Some find a certain comfort in such absolutes because correcting the problem is generally easy — they see one of these errors, and they fix it. But rigidity can be stifling, especially when the reasoning behind it is “because that’s the way we’ve always done it.” Does that mean writers can just make up their own rules as they go along? Of course not. But questioning the basis for rules serves two purposes: (1) It increases understanding…
  • When Homophones Come Calling

    Terri Porter
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
 
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  • 3 Steps to Stop Fearing Writing Research

    Shanan Haislip
    27 May 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Finding out the facts of your fiction details can be time-consuming and frustrating. Accuracy is important to your readers, but it’s easy to view collecting the facts as drudgery that interrupts your creative flow. Short of a fact-finding intern, what’s a writer to do? Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. ―Zora Neale Hurston (Tweet this Quote) Step 1: Group Your Questions in a Separate Document, and Put It Aside As you write, keep a highlighter or a pad of sticky labels at your side and keep an eye out for the things that need to be fact-checked as…
  • Writing Contest: How Writing Has Positively Influenced YOUR Life

    Bryan Hutchinson
    24 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    (ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT TO ENTER) It’s easy to enter. All you have to do is write an essay (blog post) about how writing has positively influenced your life (in some way). This contest ends 1 June 2015. The prizes are: 1st $95.00 Amazon gift card 2nd $50.00 Amazon gift card 3rd $25.00 Amazon gift card Share your story in an inspiring way. I’m not looking for technically perfect stories. I am looking for real stories that I believe will inspire others to either continue writing, reignite one’s passion for writing, or to take up the Craft. Everyone writes for their own reasons, but…
  • Dare to Be a Memorable Writer

    Bryan Hutchinson
    18 May 2015 | 12:27 am
    If you stopped posting on your blog, or never published another book, or just altogether stopped sharing your writing, would anyone miss you? This isn’t some kind of harsh reality check. Okay, maybe it is. More importantly, though, it’s about a point that too many of us ignore because the answer might be too painful. Let’s NOT just write to write. Let’s NOT just blog to blog. Let’s NOT just publish to publish. We should never phone it in. Our writing matters too much, not only to others, but to ourselves as well. Let’s NOT just go through the motions and…
  • Writers: Your Voice Doesn’t Need to be Louder than the Rest!

    Claire DeBoer
    13 May 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Note: This is a guest post by, Claire De Boer, she’s is a writer and teacher with a passion for stories and a strong belief in their power to heal and connect us. Her vision is to empower people to become their authentic selves and to live more abundantly using the tool of writing. Visit her blog, The Gift of Writing, to download a free copy of her eBook, Soul Writing: Why Writing Your Story Could be the Most Important Thing You Ever Do. Have you seen how much advice there is out there for writers developing a platform? So much that if we read all the blogs and books that tell us…
  • Mini Writing Contest and Drawings for Amazon Gift Cards

    Bryan Hutchinson
    7 May 2015 | 12:31 am
    I am offering a new drawing and mini writing contest. It’s easy to enter both events, all you need to do is write an honest review of the book The Audacity to be a Writer. 3x $25.00 and 1x $100.00 Amazon Gift Cards. Here’s how to enter… I promised that I would be creating more events and contests, and what better way to start doing that than using the book for which the proceeds are meant for exactly that. How To Enter: Review Drawing: Post a review of The Audacity to be a Writer on its Amazon page to enter into a drawing for a $25.00 Amazon gift card. 3 Amazon gift…
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  • How to deal with disappointment as a writer

    Abidemi Sanusi
    23 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    There are many great things about writing. But the rejection slips? Not so much. Here's how to deal with disappointment as a writer and bounce your way back to writing success. The post How to deal with disappointment as a writer appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Three great planning tools for writers

    Abidemi Sanusi
    19 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Writing, like most things in life, is 2% inspiration and 98% perspiration. The good news is that, with the right planning tools, the perspiration part need not be too painful. Here are three useful planning tools for writers. The post Three great planning tools for writers appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Four Traits of a Successful Christian Writer

    Abidemi Sanusi
    9 May 2015 | 2:22 pm
    A successful person is someone who inspires other people in more ways than one. So, as far as I'm concerned, the writers who work on their craft consistently, and never give up on their writing dream, even as the rejection pile threatens to overload their inbox, are successful. The post Four Traits of a Successful Christian Writer appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Book Review: Trials of Kit Shannon Series

    Abidemi Sanusi
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:06 am
    I didn’t realise how much I’d been inspired by her character until I was struggling with a decision and I found myself asking: ‘What would Kit Shannon do?’ A truly great read. The post Book Review: Trials of Kit Shannon Series appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Three Hot Drinks for Late-Night Writing

    Abidemi Sanusi
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:27 am
    A personal favourite. Put a slice or two of lemon in hot water, add some ginger and honey for extra zing and settle down for an invigorating evening in front of the computer. The post Three Hot Drinks for Late-Night Writing appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
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  • Banish writer’s block: 14 proven methods

    Jordan
    28 May 2015 | 12:36 am
    Productive writers might claim that there is no such thing as writer’s block, but any writer who has ever suffered from it can assert how untrue this is. However, writer’s block needn’t be the end. Try the tips below: Set a regular writing time You will struggle less with writer’s block if you set a regular time for writing. It doesn’t have to be every day. It can be every other day, or every Saturday, or any other regular series of days that you can schedule regularly. Over time, you will naturally fall into automatic recognition that it is time to write, and writer’s block…
  • How to write YA fiction: 10 YA tips

    Jordan
    25 May 2015 | 4:19 am
    Young adult fiction, also known as YA, is a very popular fiction category, but how much do you really know about it? Here are 10 facts about writing YA that may be of interest if you are thinking of tackling this type of fiction: YA is not a genre YA is a marketing category, but a YA book can belong to any genre. That means a YA novel might be fantasy, science fiction, mystery, romance, horror, thriller or mainstream. Consider the popular YA novels The Fault in Our Stars, The Hunger Games and Pretty Little Liars. These are all very different types of books, yet they are all YA fiction:…
  • Writing Science Fiction Plots – Our PATTERN System Infographic

    Jordan
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
      Earlier in the week we shared our PATTERN system. It’s an approach to writing science fiction plots that will help you to gather all the loose strands of your sci-fi novel idea and get writing. Now you can view, save or share a conveniently condensed infographic version (read the full post for extra sci-fi writing tips). You can also download a free eBook of the guide for reference purposes below. Get the free eBook of our sci-fi plotting guide Did you enjoy this infographic? There are more great SF tips and factoids in infographic form around the internet. Here are two of our…
  • The Now Novel PATTERN system for plotting your sci-fi novel

    Jordan
    21 May 2015 | 12:14 am
    How do you begin to develop a plausible world for your science fiction novel? Here’s how the Now Novel PATTERN system can give you the blueprint you need for well-plotted, well-developed science fiction: Worldbuilding is a crucial aspect of writing science fiction. Your world must seem plausible to the reader, and careful worldbuilding ensures that is the case. The world you create is also an inherent part of characterisation and plotting. Your plot will be bound up in aspects of your science fiction world such as the physics, environment and the types of exploration available to your…
  • 43 must-visit sci-fi websites for writers

    Jordan
    18 May 2015 | 12:59 am
    The imagining of possible worlds is the staple of science fiction. As expert Bruce Sterling puts it, science fiction (or SF or sci-fi for short) is ‘a form of fiction that deals principally with the impact of actual or imagined science upon society or individuals’. In speculative fiction this impact can be strictly technological (as in novels featuring robots or degrees of space exploration not yet possible) or it may be environmental (as in Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood). Here are 43 must-visit sci-fi websites for writers: Informative and research sites The Gunn…
 
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    The Red Ink

  • Here’s Why You Need to Adopt a Content Calendar Today

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    29 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    When it comes to your personal social media accounts, you probably don’t do a great deal of advance planning; you share a picture or an opinion as it happens, and don’t necessarily give much thought to what you’ll be tweeting or Instagramming, say, next week. When it comes to your small business platforms, though, you don’t necessarily have this luxury. Though social media marketing can offer significant ROI, it’s only efficient and it’s only effective when it’s done with plenty of advance planning. Using a Content Calendar We don’t mind telling you that we use content…
  • How to Customize Your Resume for Different Job Opportunities

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    27 May 2015 | 10:17 am
    Here’s a little bit of resume arithmetic for you: If you’re applying for three different jobs, how many total resumes do you need to have? The answer: Three! If you think you can just have one official resume, for use in any and all job application scenarios, then you may be in for a rude awakening: The really skilled jobseekers customize their resumes to match each particular opportunity. If you want to remain competitive, then you need to do likewise. But how do you customize your resume? Do you have to completely rewrite your resume every time you apply for work, from top to bottom?
  • How to Get a Job When You Haven’t Had One in a While

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    22 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    When you’re out of work for a long time, it can make it that much harder to jump back into the workforce. There are countless reasons why you might withdraw from the rat race for a while—maternity or paternity leave, health concerns, family needs, a stab at entrepreneurship—but ultimately, the reason doesn’t much matter. Reentering the work force is always going to prove challenging. So say that you haven’t had a job in a couple years, but now you’re ready to get back in the swing of things. What steps do you take? How do you ensure that you find a new job as quickly and as…
  • Failed Connections: Why Your Content Isn’t Landing

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    20 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Creating content is not the same as engaging your readers; similarly, communicating does not always lead to connecting. This is one of the potential frustrations of content marketing: That you might pool a lot of resources into content development and, on a technical level, do everything right—yet still fail to really engage or resonate with your audience in a meaningful way. The good news is, this problem is not insurmountable. It’s just a matter of locating the blockage in the pipe, so to speak: Where are your efforts to connect breaking down? Where are you going too far, not going far…
  • 5 Resume Writing Disasters (And How to Avoid Them)

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    19 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Food for thought: There is no magic formula or special combination of words that will guarantee your resume lands successfully, securing you an interview and ultimately paving the way toward your dream job. There are, however, some seemingly small yet deeply significant blunders that will get your resume thrown into the trashcan 99 percent of the time. Those odds may seem pretty daunting, but the good news is this: These resume blunders, while alarmingly common, are also easily fixable. You just have to know what to watch out for. Five of the biggest resume writing disasters include: Being…
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    Writing By The Seat of My Pants

  • Audio Books: What Indie Authors Should Know

    Rachel Rueben
    17 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Over the past few months indie authors have been discussing audio books and many of us have questions such as; how do you make one, should even you make one, and where do you promote them? So I went on a quest to learn the ABCs of audio books but before I begin let me be clear.  When I refer to audio books I am talking about both MP3 files as well as CDs.  Yes, there are people still listening to CDs! 90’s humor! Pic by Nick D. Clements via Flickr Major Misconceptions About Audio Books Despite what you’ve heard, audio books aren’t for the blind or small children who are struggling…
  • What To Do When Someone Pirates Your Ebook: Part 2

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

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

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

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

  • Fedelta: Parte 15: Reunion

    Rachel Rueben
    4 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Originally posted on Cereal Authors:By Peter Kirkeskova Rasmussen via Flickr Through the dirty window only a sliver of sunshine pierced the dimly lit hallways of the abandoned apartment building Detective Amato was now using as a hideout. Leading Cassie through the maze of littered corridors, they came to a staircase that went up 4…
  • Fedelta Parte: 14: Escondido (Hide & Seek)

    Rachel Rueben
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Originally posted on Cereal Authors:*Warning Language* New York Penn Station: Photo by Glenn Beltz via Flickr Not wanting to let go, Fiona, held on to her daughter Cassandra as they embraced on the stoop. “Come back home, you hear me?” she said still hanging on. “Got it ma,” Cassie answered, as she let go…
  • Conduct Unbecoming by Dellani Oakes

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

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

    Rachel Rueben
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Originally posted on Cereal Authors:By mhlradio via Flickr Amato went to the rendezvous point at the 52nd street junk yard to meet New York’s infamous investigative reporter, Javier Marín. It was an unusual cool June morning but Amato wasn’t the least bit nervous in fact, he was determined to get this done. Feeling the…
 
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    Jeremy Porter

  • Why the facts don’t work — a case study on climate communication

    Jeremy Porter
    28 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    The climate movement needs to change its strategy, forget about persuading everybody, and focus on telling a story. It needs “moral genius”. The wrong message at the 2014 People’s Climate March Photo: South Bend Voice Years back, a preacher traveled to Detroit to speak to churchgoers. He said, The trouble isn’t so much that we don’t know enough, but it’s as if we aren’t good enough. The trouble isn’t so much that our scientific genius lags behind, but our moral genius lags behind. The year was 1954. The preacher was Martin Luther King, Jr. Those…
  • Voters deserve better

    Jeremy Porter
    5 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    Here’s some advice politicians and their staff would do well to take: stop giving voters the impression you don’t care. U.S. Congress Photo: Lawrence Jackson/whitehouse.gov There’s a perception among many voters in the U.S. and other western democracies that politicians don’t care about them. It comes through loud and clear in the hundreds of focus groups I’ve been involved in. It’s not hard to see why. Last Thursday morning I was listening to a candidate on the radio running for the vacant House seat in Staten Island, NY. The host, Brian Lehrer, often gives candidates an…
  • “Unconcerned, unrepentant, and unchanged” — three words that show what communicators can learn from a Boston lawyer

    Jeremy Porter
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    Painting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as “unconcerned, unrepentant, unchanged” is a skillful example of rhetoric, persuasion, and a potent key message. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev court drawing Image: Reuters Lawyers have a way with words. Evidence isn’t always enough for a prosecutor. The prosecution’s lack of evidence is not always enough for a defense attorney. Language, rhetoric, and persuasion are just as important to convincing a judge or a jury. Communicators can learn a lot from lawyers. The good ones tell compelling stories in vivid language that persuade their audience…
  • Free stock photography sites

    Jeremy Porter
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    Communication is about more than words, but it can be hard to find the right image. These websites offer millions of photos — for free. When I worked as a graphic designer I relied a lot on stock images. Back then I relied on one website for everything. Now the web is flooded with great photography that’s free — much of it doesn’t require attribution. I’ve kept a list of stock photography on my writing resources page for the past couple of years, but it’s time for an update. There are hundreds of websites now offering free images, here’s the best websites I’ve found.
  • Podcasts for communicators

    Jeremy Porter
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    Podcasts are a great way to be entertained, consume information and learn. Here are five podcasts for writers, marketers, and communicators. Podcasts in the iTunes Store ‘Serial’ put podcasts on the radar of millions of people last year. In a few short years podcasts have gone from a niche medium to being on the verge of mainstream. Here are a handful of podcasts that I listen and not only enjoy, but I think help me in my work as a communicator. This American Life If you already listen to podcasts you almost certainly listen to This American Life. It’s the original blockbuster podcast…
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    Solitary Spark

  • Exercise: Writing in Second Person

    18 May 2015 | 7:55 pm
    It's rare to see an author tackle a story in second person point of view. In other words, to write a story where "you" are in it. Take, for example, this excerpt from my attempt titled "Escaping the Horde":As you pass a large SUV, something suddenly yanks your shirt, pulling you backwards toward a rotten stench. It's moan sends a shiver up your spine, and the front of your collar digs into your throat sending nausea and fear to your gut. The sound of its clicking teeth echoes in your ear as you struggle to pull forward from its grasp. Your left hand pulls against your shirt to give you…
  • Exercise: Personification of Kitchen Appliances

    12 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    Next time you need some practice, try this exercise on for size! Look around your home and choose four appliances. Let your mind be your guide, but here's a list if you just want to randomly choose:BlenderMicrowaveToasterStand MixerHand Mixer Coffee PotFood ProcessorRefrigeratorFreezerDishwasherStoveTeapotRice CookerWaffle MakerPasta MakerBread MakerToaster OvenGeorge Foreman Grill Crock Pot/Slow CookerOnce you've made your selections, write a poem or short story where you bring these four appliances to life. Not literally, figuratively. Use personification (giving human qualities to animals,…
  • Lesser Known Literary Terms: Circumlocution

    12 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Sometimes you just wish someone would say what they mean. No frill, no dancing around the topic, no circumlocution. While this device can improve a story when used carefully and sparingly, too much circumlocution can lose your reader and make reading more tedious than fun. Use circumlocution to have your characters dance around a subject, avoid stating something, provide an important hint, persuade the audience, or amplify humor.
  • Lesser Known Literary Terms: Caesura

    10 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    Yes, there is a term for that! You use caesura in your writing without even knowing it every time you place a colon, semicolon, dash, or ellipsis. These pauses are important. They offset, they interject, they emphasize. "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe is an excellent example of caesura. Poe utilitzes this device to show his narrator's character, his train of thought, and his madness. I WAS sick --sick unto death with that long agony; and when they at length unbound me, and I was permitted to sit, I felt that my senses were leaving me. The sentence -- the dread sentence of death…
  • Word Prompt: A Piece of This, A Piece of That

    9 May 2015 | 10:15 am
 
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    copywritercollective.com

  • Email marketing that slaps you in the face – decisive or desperate?

    Suzan St Maur
    29 May 2015 | 2:27 am
    But recently there seems to me a new fashion springing up for marketing emails – some of them spam – that not only get your attention, but slap you across the face and suggest you don’t know what’s right for your business. Email marketing slap number 1 – a video peddler This one starts off innocently enough with a subject line that reads “Explain your product or services with a (brand) video.” But then he gets decisive – or perhaps aggressive? Hi, I saw your website howtowritebetter.net and I think you might need our services. My name is (name) I specialize in marketing…
  • 12 Email Marketing Credibility Boosters

    Ray Edwards
    28 May 2015 | 2:22 am
    If you have no credibility with your email recipients, then it will be almost impossible to sell them on anything else. Trust is basic to any business to consumer or B2B relationship, and with the onslaught of spammers and other phishing attempts online, commercial emails are received today with some skepticism. It therefore becomes crucial for legitimate businesses to separate themselves from spammers and other email abusers by following practices that build credibility for their brand. So here are the 12 most important ways to build trust and credibility in your email marketing: 1. Looks go…
  • How to Create Ad-Copy That Sizzles

    Jessica Swanson
    27 May 2015 | 2:14 am
    Whether you’re writing ad-copy for a sales brochure, website or email campaign, it’s essential that you have four key elements in place. Although these four elements are fundamentally different, when combined, they produce a highly effective marketing message. Once you’re able to master these important techniques, you’ll have the recipe to create ads that not only sizzle, but sell. It’s All About Psychology Good marketing is based on psychology. It’s your job to convince your prospects that your product or service is distinct, unique and first in its class. In…
  • How To Boost Your Email Reader Engagement

    Ray Edwards
    26 May 2015 | 2:07 am
    Email marketing is mainly a one-way communication channel. An email campaign sends messages to a list of subscribers, providing information as in a newsletter or a sales message with instructions on how to respond. The marketer doesn’t expect the recipients to hit the reply button and send a message back to the company. In fact, most company emails are sent from a ‘no-reply’ address with a reminder that no one will read any responses from this email. With the phenomenal growth of the social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn, online marketers are beginning to realize that prospects…
  • Goal setting relevance in the online world

    Luca Caruana
    25 May 2015 | 1:53 am
    It is not the first time that I heard the magic words whilst listening to audio programmes in my car: ‘Goal setting is the first step towards achieving success’. Well-known speakers like Brian Tracy, Anthony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki, Joel Osteen, Jack Canfield and more, emphasise on this factor over and over again. So what does that has to do with you? Whilst preparing for your marketing campaign online, it is important to plan well by setting your goals right. The main question you have to ask is: What do you intend to achieve from your marketing strategy? Do you want to: Make a sale?
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    The Write Practice

  • The 3 Most Important Times to Keep Writing

    Marcy McKay
    28 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    by Marcy McKayI’m drawn to the dark side of creativity. The fears and phobias we let shut our writing down. I wasted too many years allowing the blank page to conquer me, doubting each word of every story. And worse, waiting for permission from others to call myself a writer. Now, I’m almost on a mission to save others from those painful mistakes because they’re both unnecessary and abusive. You Need to Protect Your Writing From Fear There are just three times when fear will try to stop you from writing: The beginning The middle. The end. You might laugh, but I’m not being flippant.
  • How to Finally Finish Your Writings

    Kellie McGann
    27 May 2015 | 10:31 am
    by Kellie McGannAll writers seem to have this problem. We all have those half-finished projects: books, blogs, wooden chairs. On my computer I actually have a folder of “Unfinished Blog Posts.” If you’re like me, finishing projects is always a struggle, especially books, which are the hardest projects to finish. Recently I’ve buckled down to finish several major writing projects, including my first book, and I’ve learned a few things about how to finish your writing along the way. Three Secrets to Finishing Your Writing Here are three secrets I’ve…
  • Let’s Play a Story Game to Break Writer’s Block

    Pamela Hodges
    26 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    by Pamela HodgesHave you ever felt desperate? Not desperate to find disposable diapers at midnight when you realized you just used the last one and your baby has diarrhea? And not desperate to find your car keys. I mean desperate to find a way for your hero to escape the wooden box sinking in the middle of the ocean desperate. As your character sinks to the bottom of the ocean, and as the air supply at the top of the wooden box gets smaller you grab your head in your hands and pace the floor frantic to save your hero’s life before his air supply runs out. You try jumping jacks to…
  • 3 Reasons You Should Take a Break From Your Writing

    Emily Wenstrom
    25 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    by Emily WenstromI know how it is. It’s a three-day weekend. You get caught up in the barbecues, the family time, the sunshine, the sales at the mall… and whatever else. You sleep in and soak it up. Then Tuesday morning comes, you drag yourself out of bed, and as you sip that cup of coffee you realize, oh man, you haven’t even thought about that manuscript for an entire three days. Photo by Living In Monrovia (Creative Commons). Adapted by The Write Practice. If you’re like me, what you feel next is a huge rush of guilt—how could you be such a slacker? But the truth is, I need to…
  • This Fun Creative Writing Exercise Will Change Your Life

    Joe Bunting
    22 May 2015 | 1:59 pm
    by Joe BuntingI’m sure this never happens to you, but there are times when I don’t feel very creative. We just had a new baby (our second), bought a house (our first), and are now busy managing a thousand new details. All the busywork and bill paying leaves me feeling pretty dry. But no matter how un-creative I’m feeling, there’s one creative writing exercise that never fails to fire up my writing. Why We Need Creative Writing Exercises Like This I’ve worked with hundreds of writers in the last five years, and I’ve found that the biggest killer of…
 
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    Lauren Sapala

  • Limiting Beliefs Kill Creativity, Writers Beware

    Lauren Sapala
    27 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    I worked as an office manager for many years, for many different companies. It was my job to make sure people had the workspace they needed when they were hired. When I started working for a successful, affluent company I noticed something very interesting that happened with a lot of the new employees. When I told them they could have whatever they wanted, they didn’t believe me. Now, of course, I meant within reason. And this was limited to items for their desk and/or cubicle. But that still opened up a huge range of possibility. I told them they could choose between a PC or a Mac—brand…
  • How Important Is It to Be a “Famous” Writer?

    Lauren Sapala
    12 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    For many years it was my dream to be a famous writer. Like, a REALLY famous writer. My idol was Jack Kerouac, and while that was partly because I loved the beauty of his writing (and still do) it was also because of the recognition he achieved. Never mind the fact that fame only contributed to his tragic downward spiral, that’s a story for another day. The point is that I wanted what he had—status, notoriety, and success. I knew that if I had those things I would be happy. But a funny thing happened on the way there…I noticed that when I concentrated on using my writing to gain…
  • Writers of a Certain Age…Is It Too Late?

    Lauren Sapala
    6 May 2015 | 1:34 pm
    I met a woman in my first writing program who told me about her 40th birthday. She said it was the best and worst birthday she ever had. She was so happy when she turned 30, she remembered. She had a big party on the beach and all her friends came. But ten years later she found herself sobbing all alone in her bedroom the night before she turned 40. “I hadn’t done the things I really wanted to do in this life,” she said. And the thing at the top of her list was writing. That was why it was also the best birthday she ever had, she explained to our group. Because the next day she scoured…
  • The Way We Create Writer’s Block for Ourselves

    Lauren Sapala
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The biggest source of my writer’s block has never had anything to do with the actual writing. What really blocks me is how I feel about myself as a writer. I have good days and bad days. On a good day I get some pages down, read them over and find they’re not half bad. I’m excited about my story and entertain hopes that I could get readers excited about it too. On a bad day though…I start the comparison game. That little nagging voice in my head tells me I’m too old to publish a debut novel (F. Scott Fitzgerald was only 21). Or that my life needs to be more interesting (Elie Wiesel…
  • The Reason I Never Found a Writing Group that Fit, until I Started My Own

    Lauren Sapala
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    I joined my first writing program in San Francisco in 2006 and it was great. But—it was just that, a writing program geared toward including a lot of members. The structure was based on a community numbering around 50 different writers. I got a lot of work done in the program (started and finished my first novel), but I didn’t make the close friends I was hoping to find there. This was to be expected. It was a big program with new writers coming and going all the time. At any given meeting there might be 20 writers sitting around a huge conference table all diligently concentrating on…
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    Milo James Fowler

  • An Old Testament Space Western

    24 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    My story "Live by the Ten, Die by the Gun" has been accepted to appear in the Far Orbit: Apogee anthology, due to hit bookshelves this fall. This tale is close to 10,000 words long, so I was delighted to find a home for it.  The preferred length for most short story publications is around 5,000 words, and it's increasingly difficult to find homes for longer tales. There are plenty of flash
  • Ghosts of Space Command

    17 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Captain Bartholomew Quasar and the intrepid crew of the Effervescent Magnitude return to Perihelion Science Fiction in a brand-spankin' new short story full of mystery and suspense. Here's how it opens: Captain Bartholomew Quasar sat alone in the conference room of his gorgeous star cruiser, the Effervescent Magnitude. As it hurtled through the star-punctured void of deep space, he stared at
  • Lessons from a 5-Year-Old Manuscript

    10 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    I used to be wordy. Really wordy. My wordiness knew no bounds, I'm afraid. Write1Sub1 has helped to curb that tendency (writing and submitting a short story every week doesn't leave much room for loquaciousness), but I still see it crop up every now and then like an ugly pimple. Which is why I value my editors so much. Not only do they want to buy my work and sell my work, but they want to
  • Brains and Bullies

    3 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Bullying is a disgusting topic. When I came up with the idea for my story "Brains," I knew the tale had to be nasty but in a palatable way. There was a message I hoped to get across, somewhere in between the gross-out teenage pranks.  Truth be told, I've never lit up a paper bag full of crap, left it on a neighbor's doorstep, and then doorbell-ditched. I may have done some doorbell-ditching
  • Attempting a New Marketing Strategy

    26 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Believe it or not, I'm not a big fan of promoting myself. I go through bouts of marketing my work via social media, but my heart is seldom in it. If I'm going to be sitting in front of a computer, I'd rather be writing, editing, and submitting my work for publication. Not begging people to read my stuff.  The online community of bloggers, writers, and hybrids is a supportive, encouraging
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    Write Line Blog - Free Expressions Seminars and Literary Services

  • Friday Roundup 5.29.15

    Lorin
    29 May 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Have a great Friday!4 Tips on Balancing Your Writing Life vs. Your Personal Life10 authors who excel on the internet10 Most Addictive Books of 2015 (So Far)10 rules for making it as a writer, by Dennis LehaneSomething Deeper
  • Picture Prompt #20

    Lorin
    25 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Picture Prompt concept is simple yet challenging, so get those fingers ready! This prompt can be done with any photo you find interesting, but preferably one you haven’t had a long time to study. It’s a fun exercise for a writing group as well, especially if everyone reads his/her piece to the group.Ready?Here’s the prompt: In just thirty minutes, write a complete story based on the photo below. Photo Credit When you’re finished, come back and share your experience in the comments. (Or even your story!)Did you like this exercise? What was the most challenging part…
  • Friday Roundup 5.22.15

    Lorin
    22 May 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Enjoy the weekend!Temples of literature: writers' houses – in pictures9 Memoirs You Shouldn't Miss10 Meaningful Practices for Every WriterThe Most Popular Book Based on the State Where It Is SetThe Trap of Your Comfort Zone
  • Picture Prompt #19

    Lorin
    18 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    The Picture Prompt concept is simple yet challenging, so get those fingers ready! This prompt can be done with any photo you find interesting, but preferably one you haven’t had a long time to study. It’s a fun exercise for a writing group as well, especially if everyone reads his/her piece to the group.Ready?Here’s the prompt: In just thirty minutes, write a complete story based on the photo below. Photo Credit When you’re finished, come back and share your experience in the comments. (Or even your story!)Did you like this exercise? What was the most challenging part…
  • Friday Roundup 5.15.15

    Lorin
    15 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    Enjoy the weekend!9 Beautiful Libraries with the Best Reading RoomsFive Books That Broke Sacred Writing Rules (And Yet We Love Them)The 7 Tools of DialogueINFOGRAPHIC: A History of Pen NamesThe Productivity of Letting Go
 
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    Copywriter Collective

  • Copywriting competition: Define the role of a copywriter

    Copywriter Collective
    9 May 2015 | 4:28 am
    SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED – COMPETITION ENTRIES CLOSED The competition is now closed and we have selected a shortlist. A) A copywriter is someone who swallows caterpillars and spits out butterflies. Christophe Delaplanche B) A copywriter is someone who can sit in a meeting with twelve people from twelve different departments, not understand a single word of what is going on, and yet still distil a clear and powerful proposition from the reams of jargon. Tom Watts C) A copywriter translates what people want to say into words people want to hear. Jeff Robinson D) A great copywriter is a…
  • 9.00 o’clock, Prague.

    Copywriter Collective
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    The shy sun makes its short appearance in this Tuesday cloudy morning. “I quit coffee a while ago” João says while enjoying his morning black tea. “Things change” he argues, “we’re on constant evolution”. João is Copywriter Collective’s most recent slogan competition winner with the entry you have our word, a beautifully executed word play that solidly evokes the idea of promise and expresses – almost from a literal point of view – what CC’s clients expect and will be provided with: words. And isn’t that what brands and businesses need from copywriting –…
  • Copywriting slogan competition shortlist

    Jack
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:41 am
    Back in February we ran a slogan competition to come up with a world-beating slogan for Copywriter Collective. We received all the entries in the Spring but it has taken us a long time to get everything together and decide on a shortlist. Our apologies. We’ve just been too busy working for clients. Copywriter Collective supplies international creative copywriters to companies and advertising agencies around the world. So we need a line that communicates the expansive service we offer. Here is the shortlist (Perhaps inevitably, often more than one person has suggested the same slogan):…
  • Desk for rent in Amsterdam

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

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

  • More's The Pity

    28 May 2015 | 5:05 am
     Mia madreRude awakeningThe screen door slamsMary’s nowhere to be seenWake up, againThe body slugsAching for Sicilian shoresMary, where are you?I could use a virginal perspective right about now  This could be the generation that kills the mythThe internet’ll do that to youPeople used to believe in love tooMore’s the pityThey’ll be wiser in their own wayAnd more fairThey’ll never know what they’re missingMore’s the pityShe was here a moment ago Or was it longer than that?Long enough to raise the deadOr pull the thorn from a lion’s pawLong enough to turn water…
  • The Hardest Thing

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    The hardest thing I've ever done was nothingIt's hard not to speak - don't say thatIt's hard not to touch - you can look but you better not...It's hard to let sleeping dogs lieWhen you want to play fetch It's hard not to have another beer It's hard not to thinkNot to think of youNot to think of what I should be doing to youIt's hard not to say how much I loveNot to say how much I hateNot to say how much I hurtNot to say how lucky I am to love and hate and hurtThe hardest thing to do is sit stillWhen universes of possibilities tap me on the shoulderAnd say, "Come on in, sucker. The water's…
  • Awakening the Third Nostril

    3 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    The good people at the Tree of Creativity published my flash fiction piece "Awakening the Third Nostril" today, just in time for Flash Fiction Friday.
  • Suicide

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

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

  • The lemonade-stand marketing lesson every indie author needs to read.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    27 May 2015 | 5:37 am
    One sizzling summer day, my daughter decided to run a lemonade stand.  Maybe your kids did this too, once or twice?She set up shop in front of our house.  She had a sign, a table, fresh cold lemonade (mmm, I’m making myself thirsty – it’s super-hot here as I write this!), and opened up for business.And then… nobody came.What did she do wrong?  She was certainly cute enough.  And the lemonade was sweetly tart, frozen and refreshing.But we lived on a one-way street that didn’t get a lot of traffic.  People were driving past quickly and weren’t in a mood to…
  • Are your books too babyish? The grown-up way to write kids’ books, with 3 easy fixes.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    21 May 2015 | 2:05 am
    Writing for kids keeps us young at heart.  How great is that? (Very!!!!) But maybe you’ve made the mistake of thinking that “young at heart” means writing in a childish way.  Are you underestimating your readers’ intelligence?  Is your children's book TOO childlike?  Sure, we’re writing for kids.  Sure, I feel like a kid when I write.  But we shouldn’t make the mistake of creating books that sound like they’re written by kids – or worse, babies.  Here are three common problems, and quick fixes to make sure you don’t fall into these traps.
  • Carnival of Jewish Books – May 2015 / Iyyar 5775

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    15 May 2015 | 1:42 am
    If this is the 15th of the month (which it is), then this must be... the Jewish book carnival!  Don't be scared, even if you're not Jewish, you can step inside and find some great books and writers about books from all over the internet. What goes on in a Jewish book carnival? Glad you asked!  Here, you’ll find… Reviews of Jewish books Interviews with authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, librarians, etc. about Jewish literature Reporting on Jewish literary events (or the Jewish angle at non-Jewish events) Reflective essays related to Jewish literature, which may include…
  • Character names that fly - or flop: 5 rules to live (or die) by when you’re writing children’s books

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    12 May 2015 | 10:51 pm
    What should you name your characters?  As much as we writers might like to think that story is all about plot, usually it comes down to character instead.  This is especially true in a children's book, when you sometimes have less than 500 words to impress your reader.  Have you met Ian Falconer's spunky pig Olivia?  Would she have been just as quirky and charismatic with a name like Patty Pig? You'll want to avoid these 5 critical mistakes to make sure you're creating a character kids can get into.  Without a character we love, the greatest plot in the world is…
  • Reader Feedback – why you need it, and how it helps

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Have you heard the expression, "a camel is a horse designed by a committee?"  It's because they're lumpy and bumpy and funny-looking and inefficient, and, well, you get the picture. One thing that's NOT meant to be "designed by committee" is a children's picture book.  But I sort of went and did it anyway.  I created a page using Google Forms to help me collect feedback from pre-readers about a Jewish children's picture book I wrote. And you know what?  It really helped.  Here’s the biggest thing I learned: Even the greatest book in the world is still written only…
 
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    Writeaholic Inspiration

  • The Weekly Newsletter is Dead

    Ruth Barringham
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A few weeks ago I started republishing my weekly newsletter for writers to see if it was useful.Last week I checked the online stats and saw that every time I send it out, very few people click on anything in it (in fact there were very few clicks), which means that I’m not providing information that anyone needs.And it takes me a couple of hours every week to research the contents and put the newsletter together.So If I’m wasting my time, then it’s time that would be better spent doing my own writing.If you still want writing news, it can be found in the writers’ news feed at the…
  • 2 Really Great Offers For Writers - But You Have To Be Quick

    Ruth Barringham
    27 May 2015 | 9:36 pm
    This is just a really quick notice that there are currently two really great offers for writers, but the offers only last a short time (a few days)First is an offer for anyone serious about wanting to be a screenplay writer.The second offer is for 50% on ebooks for writers, including The 2015 Novel and Short Story Writers' Markets, The Kick-Ass Writer, Writing New Adult Fiction and 2015 Songwriters Markets. Just apply the discount code on checkout to get your 50% discount. There are several pages of ebooks to choose from.But these offers don't last long. One finishes in 2 days.So here they…
  • I’m K.I.S.S.ing Everything

    Ruth Barringham
    26 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    One of the best known acronyms for business, or for anything really, is KISS which stands for Keep It Simple Stupid.I recently realised that I wasn't enjoying what I do and everything seemed like a chore.So I’ve been KISSing everything.One of the major changes I'm making to my online businesses is to get rid of most of my websites, especially my writing sties, and send all my visitors to just one writing site instead.I’ve also set out a weekly article writing and online marketing schedule that is easy and quick to do and leaves plenty of time for book writing which is really what I want…
  • Finish Your Sh*t

    Ruth Barringham
    24 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The other day I read a really amusing - yet straightforward and honest - article by writer, Chuck Wendig.He was talking about how aspiring writers are not really writers at all and was listing reasons why.One of the things he listed was the bad habit that most writers suffer from, and that is not finishing things we start.I’m just as guilty as anyone else for doing this and I have half-written manuscripts and short stories waiting to be proofed and edited, stashed away all over the place.Chuck’s article was called “25 THINGS I WANT TO SAY TO SO-CALLED “ASPIRING” WRITERS” which I…
  • How Important Is Making Money From Writing?

    Ruth Barringham
    21 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Many purists will tell you that writing is an art form and so you should never be so vulgar to discuss money in the same sentence.And to that I say, rubbish.We all want to earn money from our writing and we want to earn enough so that we can quit the day job and write.But how important should money be? Should you care more about earning money than about your writing?No.Writing and publishing should lead to money but wanting to earn money shouldn’t lead you to writing.You should write because you love to write and not because you think it’s a fast and easy way to make money.If you do that,…
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  • 10 Most Effective Ways to Find a Job

    admin
    29 May 2015 | 12:33 am
    Job hunting is regarded as one of the tiring and frustrating tasks which become even more difficult when you are oblivious about the resources that should be used. Every student after completing college education looks for employment opportunities. Nowadays the ubiquitous availability of Internet has made things easier for job seekers. They can find relevant information in just a few seconds. Still they should know how to use the Internet and employ other resources to get the appropriate job. If you have recently finished your college education and looking for a decent job, you can start your…
  • Australian Universities Improve Global Rankings

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    28 May 2015 | 4:43 am
    Australian universities have taken the world by surprise with its improved positions in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-15. Eight Australian universities feature in list of top 200 universities. University of Melbourne has been declared the top Australian university securing the 33rd rank overall. It is followed by Australian National University and University of Sydney. Phil Baty, the editor of the prestigious Times Higher Education publication, expressed his delight over the result. He hailed the Australian education system as “world-class”. In its 11th annual…
  • 20 Most Funny Excuses for Not Doing Homework

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    28 May 2015 | 1:57 am
    There are literally thousands of reasons for not doing your homework. So when you are in trouble, try to catch up with little fun by using cheeky lines. At least your peers will have a laugh at them if your tutor refuses to take them. Your dog and grandma will thank you for not blaming them yet again. Let’s learn 20 crazy excuses for not doing your homework. A note of caution:Do not use the same excuse several times. Your tutor may not fall for it again. Alien invasion “When I was busy doing my homework, I actually saw a shadow of a little boy with no hair behind me. It emerged from…
  • 10 Effective Resume Writing Tips for Students

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    23 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    In the nascent stage of professional life, every budding professional feels clueless as to how to write an effective and perfect resume. Being an indispensable part of the academic world, MyAssignmenthelp.com understands the problems faced by the students and future professionals. After consulting with academic experts and eminent HR professionals of popular organizations, we have brought the most valuable 10 tips for writing a resume. If you are a job seeker then these valuable advices will make your resume impeccable. They will also assist you to get your dream job. The experts who have…
  • 9 Ways to Look Smarter in Class

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    There is no denial that everyone wants to look smart and everyone is looking for smarts. To register yourself in the company of smart ones, you need to get yourself a great education. But here in real world, physical appearances matter as well.You don’t have to be smart in order to prove yourself smart. Here are nine handy tricks to appear intelligent in front of your class. Leave those thick glasses and heavy tomes at home and try these research-backed strategies: #Trick 1: Ask more questions Most people have the habit of showering information on others in order to imprint how much they…
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    The Writer's Life eMagazine

  • Interview with H.O. Tanager, author of Autograph Penis

    28 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Title: Autograph PenisAuthor: H.O. TanagerPublisher: H.O. TanagerPages: 282Genre: NonfictionFormat: Paperback/Kindle Performance artist H. O. Tanager holds high hopes for her cross-country trip to Boston: to see great art, to eat delicious food... and to incite mayhem. But once the journey actually begins, it’s all she can do to hold on for the ride. Surrounded by brilliant, intimidating, and sometimes delicious-smelling colleagues, Tanager’s precarious hold on her ambition and desire threatens to unravel in the face of laryngitis, an angry God, and the unexpected death of a friend.
  • Destiny's Tapestry I Walk This Path by Betty June Gilliland Book Blast - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

    28 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Title: Destiny's TapestryAuthor: Betty June GillilandPublisher: iUniversePages: 346Genre: BiographyFormat: Kindle/Paperback/Hardcover On a stormy night, as a hurricane raced up the Gulf Coast and created havoc in its path, Betty Gilliland was born on a corn shuck mattress in a barn at the foot of Sand Mountain. As soon as the midwife wrapped her in a blanket and gently laid her in a cow manger, Gilliland began a journey through life that would eventually test her spirit, courage, and, most of all, her power to forgive. Gilliland begins by chronicling her growing up years during a…
  • Interview with Judy Fishel, author of Straight A's Are Not Enough

    25 May 2015 | 6:34 am
    Title: Straight A's Are Not EnoughAuthor: Judy FishelPublisher: Flying Heron BooksPages: 320Genre: EducationalFormat: Paperback Why do 5000 girls a year not get credit for AP Calculus? How do our mindsets affect our learning? Can we change our own brains, get smarter, or improve our willpower? What happens in your brain when you concentrate on learning? What is the major factor that divides freshmen who do well and those who struggle? These and other intriguing questions are answered in this book. Memorable stories, vivid metaphors, simple images and even a few comic strips reveal…
  • The Drive In by Douglas Gardham Book Blast - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

    25 May 2015 | 5:51 am
    Title: The Drive InAuthor: Douglas GardhamPublisher: iUniversePages: 130Genre: Short StoriesFormat: Kindle/Paperback Have you ever been intrigued by what mysteries lie behind the doors and windows of the places you pass by on your drive into work everyday? The Drive In takes you on Tom Johnson‘s commute. Unlike Tom, you’ll get to peek behind some of those closed doors. Remember going to the “Drive-In” theatre? Each story reveals what goes on like watching the “dusk ‘til dawn” features through your car’s windshield. Meet the people at the places Tom only passes…
  • Book Review: April Snow, by Lynn Steward

    23 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Title: April SnowGenre: Women’s FictionAuthor: Lynn StewardWebsite: www.LynnSteward.com        Publisher: Lynn Steward PublishingWebsite/AmazonAs so often happens, a marriage is broken beyond mending, and the partners are in that state of suspension before the divorce. This is where Dana McGarry finds herself as she vacations in one of her favorite cities, London.Imaginative author, Lynn Steward, creates a realistic world inhabited by characters that walk and talk as if they were live. It is here that Dana tries to understand her rapid decision to end her…
 
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    Woelf Dietrich

  • #Art of Fantasy 19: Jeffrey Catherine Jones

    Woelf Dietrich
    25 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    Frank Frazetta once called Jeffrey Catherine Jones “the greatest living painter”. Jones, who achieved fame simply as Jeff Jones, was an American artist who created over a hundred iconic book covers during the 70s. She was also a particularly talented Fine Art artist as you’ll see when you follow the links. Jones is one of those artists […]
  • “The Dead God” and Other Updates

    Woelf Dietrich
    25 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    I want to update you guys on the projects I’m busy with this year, which I haven’t really done, apart from cryptic mentions here and there. Last year I wrote a proposal for a game I called, “The Dead God”. I based the premise on Slavic lore and it featured a hero named Krakus, veteran […]
  • #Art of Fantasy 18: John Buscema

    Woelf Dietrich
    18 May 2015 | 5:09 am
    Today’s artist is the award-winning comic book illustrator and penciller, John Buscema. In my humble opinion, his run on Conan the Barbarian was the best there was, and thus, he qualifies to be mentioned here. And because I have so many fond memories from reading Conan and admiring Big John’s work, I thought it high […]
  • Indie Author Interview With Woelf Dietrich

    Woelf Dietrich
    16 May 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Indie Author Review has an interview up in which I answered a few questions, which is usually what happens when you do an interview (You’re probably thinking, “You don’t say!”). I talk about past and current writing projects, including my very first and overly ambitious attempt at historical fiction, which I never completed. Plus, while […]
  • Robert Harris on Writing

    Woelf Dietrich
    12 May 2015 | 5:26 pm
    I found an article written by author Robert Harris on writing fiction. Harris has penned several bestselling historical novels. I haven’t read all his books, and the ones I did read I read in a weird order. My first contact with Harris’ work was Archangel, which in turn led me to Enigma, and then, Fatherland. Fatherland […]
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    The Proof Angel

  • 3 Reasons for syllabically ambiguous words

    The Proof Angel
    30 May 2015 | 2:46 am
    One of the reasons why English spelling is difficult is because of the variations in pronunciation.  This post explains some of the background to one aspect of this issue. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Spelling Tagged: spelling, syllables
  • How to remember numerals better

    The Proof Angel
    29 May 2015 | 1:42 am
    This is an interesting piece about how to remember numerals better.  But be warned, the article is quite academic, and you may find you need to pay attention more than usual. It is fascinating how there are differences between languages. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: numerals
  • Publisher looking for new crime thriller writers launches short story competition

    The Proof Angel
    28 May 2015 | 2:38 am
    Here is an interesting opportunity for unpublished crime writers, spotted by Bridget Whelan. There is a £5 fee, but unlike some other competitions, you get something for your money – feedback from a publisher. As Bridget says, it is important to read all the rules of any competition, but she has highlighted some of the ones that might catch you out if you don’t pay attention in this case. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: opportunities for authors, opportunities for writers
  • When should you post on social media?

    The Proof Angel
    27 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    When you post on social media, it is good to know when people will be noticing your content. This can vary from network to network, as this infographic shows. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: social media
  • A bit about fanfiction

    The Proof Angel
    26 May 2015 | 1:15 am
    For those who are unfamiliar with this concept, here are some of the basics you need to know. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: fanfiction
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    eBooks India

  • A Conversation with Bestselling Author, PC Balasubramanian

    Hiten Vyas
    29 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    He is a successful entrepreneur, speaker and bestselling author who has just released his latest book called Ready…Steady…Exit. His name is PC Balasubramanian (also known as Bala). We interviewed Bala to find out more about him and his work. Read on to learn what he had to say. Hi Bala and welcome to e-Books India! We’re thrilled to be doing this interview you. You’re an established entrepreneur and author. To start off with, could you please tell us a bit about your enterprise background? How did you get into business? I am one of the promoter directors of Matrix Business…
  • 5 Things People Dislike about Your Author Website

    Hiten Vyas
    28 May 2015 | 10:51 am
    If you’re an author and you want to build an online presence, creating an author website is imperative. However, whether people will like your author website or not is an entirely different issue. If you want to avoid creating your own website only for it to be panned by visitors, here are 5 things you need to avoid: 1. Cluttered layout Technically, this is something that people will dislike on any page, so if you want people to regularly visit your author website, make sure the layout is streamlined and clutter free. Avoid having banners or pop-ups, especially if they are not related to…
  • 25 Top American Authors to Follow on Facebook

    Hiten Vyas
    27 May 2015 | 11:01 am
    If you’re an author and you want to increase your network and connect with fellow authors, these days, there’s no better way to do so than through social media. This article takes a look at 25 top American authors you can follow on Facebook. 1. Alexandra Bracken Author of novels in the young-adult fantasy genre such as Brightly Woven, The Darkest Minds and Never Fade, Alexandra Bracken shares various things on Facebook about her novels, such as their books covers, information about her book signing events, details about any special offers on her works, and links to chapters of her books.
  • 5 Benefits of Writing by the Seat of Your Pants

    Georgina Roy
    26 May 2015 | 10:38 am
    Writing by the seat of your pants means to write a book, or a story as you go, without planning ahead or structuring any kind of a plot. To most writers, this sounds really scary. That’s why they sit down, make an outline, and create the plot, the characters and the events in the novel. Then, when the time comes for them to sit down to actually write the story, a number of writers might come up blank. And it can get worse – you might begin writing, even reach a certain number of words and chapters, and then you realize that you’re suffering a writer’s block. If this has happened to…
  • 5 Personality Flaws That Could Be Good For Your Career as a Writer

    Kavitha
    25 May 2015 | 1:40 am
    Very often, you hear all about how positive personality traits will help your writing career. You are told to have more patience, to persevere, to work hard. No doubt all that is good to have and will help your career in the long run. But there are ways to turn your negative traits to your advantage. No one is perfect, but if you know how to work with what you have, you can still achieve success. Let us see some personality flaws that actually are a blessing in disguise if channeled properly. 1. Loner In our increasingly networked society, being a loner or introvert can be a major…
 
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    WritingThoughts

  • How to Get More Done and Earn More $$

    Laura Spencer
    29 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    ©iStock.com/sapfirr Do you want to earn more money? Of course you do. If you’re like many small business owners, there’s only one obstacle in your way–time. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but how we spend those hours has a direct bearing on how much money we earn. Most freelance writers and other small business owners tackle the problem of not having enough time the wrong way–by trying to write faster. As I’ve mentioned before, writing faster isn’t always a good idea. Writing faster is definitely not a good idea if it means skipping important…
  • How to Meet the Right People on Social Media

    Laura Spencer
    15 May 2015 | 10:02 am
    ©Laura Spencer Lately I’ve been walking on the trails in a nearby park. That’s where I met the little fellow to the left. While it’s okay to meet a squirrel in the park, you don’t want to meet one on social media. Yet some social media connections seem downright squirrelly. In this post I’ll provide four tips on how you can use social media to make the right type of connections. Tip 1: Introduce Yourself So often we just follow or friend someone and expect that it means something. But a random follow doesn’t equal a meaningful connection. LinkedIn,…
  • Help Clients Find You with Writer Profile Sites (Revisited)

    Laura Spencer
    8 May 2015 | 7:49 am
    ©iStock.com/shironosov How easy is it for potential clients to find you online? There are thousands of freelance writers out there. A strong online presence is crucial for attracting clients. But if you’re like most new freelance writers, you may be rather hard to find online. Even if you have a website and/or blog, it may not rank high enough in the search engines for anyone to find it. One way to build up your online presence is through writer profile sites. I first examined writer profile sites in this post, 4 Writer Profile Sites Reviewed, nearly three years ago. Today, I take…
  • 5 Common Traits Writers Share (and More Importantly, Will You Be Happy as a Writer?)

    Laura Spencer
    1 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    ©iStock.com/aleksandr-mansurov-ruPeople often ask me how they too can become a freelance writer. How do I answer this question? Usually, I give would-be freelance writers a skills-based answer–somewhat like what I share in this post, Can Anyone Be a Writer? 6 Basic Skills that Writers Need. While that post gives a good answer, it overlooks the more important question of whether you will like freelance writing. The longer I stay in this business, the more convinced I become that freelance writing success depends (at least partly) on job satisfaction. If you don’t like writing, you…
  • What You Need to Know About Writing Certifications

    Laura Spencer
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    ©iStock.com/cacaroot Should freelance writers get a certification? Will having a certification help you to get more jobs or higher pay? There’s no question that in some industries a certification is a definite advantage. In accounting, for example, being a Certified Public Accountant often means earning more money. In the IT fields, having a certification can also help with your career. And there are plenty of IT certifications to choose from. If two similar candidates apply for the same position, a certification could provide the competitive edge needed to get the job. Does it work…
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    Author Angelique Voisen

  • A Sexy Delight #MySexySaturday #Saturday7 #MSSAuthors

    Angel Voisen
    30 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to the 94th week of My Sexy Saturday.This week’s theme is A Sexy Delight and  I’m posting a short teaser from my latest MM BDSM paranormal release, Tor’s Dragon.Teaser:“You tell me, Tor.” Kelas nodded to the table with the untouched instruments. “Slice me up. Cut me open and find out.”Tor looked at Kelas hard. Seconds stretched to minutes, until Kelas began to grow uncomfortable under his gaze, as if he knew he alone didn’t possess the power to see through Tor’s self. Kelas dropped his eyes, a clearly submissive gesture, but Tor was far from done.He tipped…
  • Book Spotlight: The Contract by Raven McAllan

    Angel Voisen
    29 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    I'm happy to welcome Author Raven McAllan on my blog. Raven is here today to share with us her latest release, The Contract.  Thank you for inviting me to come onto your blog.Living in Scotland where summer can be one day in May, and the midges rule from June to September, give me somewhere warm any day. After all mozzies respond to repellent, I swear midges thumb their noses up at it.I love to travel, and I like setting my books in places I know, so I guess it was inevitable that as I sat by a pool in Barbados I got the idea for this book. (Lot's of 'I's' in there, ooops, sorry.)Hubby…
  • New Release: Tor's Dragon (Havoc's Crew 5)

    Angel Voisen
    26 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Publisher: Evernight PublishingCover Art: Jay AheerBuy Links: Evernight Publishing / Amazon / ARe / BookStrandBlurb: Consequences. Making the wrong move led to bad places. Tor should have learned that hard lesson by now, but he’s a slow learner. Questioning the dragon shifter who tried to kill his brother should have been easy. Torture is Tor’s specialty, but Tor finds himself eager to partake in some debauchery when he finds an eager submissive in Kelas.Kelas Cervantes is a half-blood dragon. Among his clan, being gay is a crime worse than death, but Kelas does what he wants. He’d…
  • Book Spotlight: Her One and Only Dom by Tamsin Baker

    Angel Voisen
    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    I'm happy to welcome Author Tamsin Baker on my blog. Tamsin is here to share with us her latest release, Her One and Only DomHer One and Only DomBy Tamsin BakerBlurb:Simone graduated from university with three important things: her degree, her virginity still intact, and a case of unrequited love to make life complete. Her professor, Patrick Smythe is everything she wants in a man.  After building up the courage to ask him out at the graduation ball, she is mortified when he rejects her. Six months later, her best friend drags her along to a BDSM club and Simone realizes why the…
  • My Sexy Love #MySexySaturday #Saturday7 #MSSAuthors

    Angel Voisen
    23 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to the 93rd week of My Sexy Saturday.In line with this week’s theme, My Sexy Love, I’m posting a short snippet from my recent paranormal ménage release from Liquid Silver Books, Marius’ Toy.Teaser:For a moment, Julius closed his eyes. It felt good having Siena between them, like she was the missing puzzle piece they never knew they needed. Julius opened his eyes and saw Marius pulling aside her hair to kiss the nape of her neck. She shuddered against him. Julius kissed his way down, cupping her large breasts. He blew against both nipples until they hardened into rosy-pebbled…
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    GARTLER WRITING STUDIO

  • "The Folded Clock" by Heidi Julavits

    Beatriz
    7 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
         I am reading this book and finding it intriguing and inspirational. I, too, like Julavits started keeping a diary when I was young - about 15. And have kept writing since. My diaries (or journals as I call them now) live in a wicker trunk in my loft. Once in a while I, too, read them, looking for the young woman I used to be, looking for ideas, a peculiar image, a stunning turn-of-phrase, a surprise. Often I don't find them, but, now and then, I do. I surprise myself. Did I really write that? I wonder aloud. Perhaps Julavits's book will push me towards making a book too,…
  • BIRDS IN "EL PARAISO"

    Beatriz
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    BIRDS IN “El Paraiso”A vermilion flycatcher flutters around the shrubs, brightred breast, black head, couldnot be more beautiful jumpingfrom branchto branch, hiding in the tall trees inthe distance, coming closer to my window.  A red slash against the blue sky, impossible not to admire.  Two grackles walk back and forth across the street,their long black tails sweeping  the cobblestones, determined and purposeful.  Sometimes,one of them perches himself on the dome above the house and calls outto who knows who - a…
  • UNVEILING THE MIND

    Beatriz
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    ART SALON AT THE HOUSE OF THE TWO URNS1239 North Greenview, ChicagoMAY 3rd at 3 p.m.Join us for a potluck dinner, the unveiling of a sculptural fence by Miguel Lopez Lemus, and a talk about my art work, writing, and experiences in this country.The House of the Two Urns is an urban B&B replete with sculptures and paintings and books. Let your eyes and ears feast on the delightful and thought-provoking art and conversation.Bring your friends and family!Here is a preview of a poem you might hear Sunday May 3rd:Women Who Sleep On Stones               …
  • THE ELUSIVE MUSE: Reflective Journaling

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

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

    Elizabeth Yetter
    29 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Deciding to join the self publishing arena is a big deal. You are becoming one of the many self employed people looking to make a living doing what you love. Here are a few things to think about when you make the big leap. 1. Publishing is the Easy Part Self publishing books is easy. […]Continue reading...
  • 7 Tricks to Getting Yourself to Write More

    Elizabeth Yetter
    18 May 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Every writer has her or his little bag of tricks to get themselves to write more. Here are 7 tricks that I personally love, especially number 4. 1. Create a Set Time to Write Choose a time to write. If you must, plan on getting up earlier in the morning and schedule that extra time […]Continue reading...
  • How to Write a Great Book Fast Udemy Course Review

    Elizabeth Yetter
    16 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    How to Write a Great Book Fast Course by Mindy Gibbins-Klein Summary An easy and, currently free, online course for people who want to write a non-fiction book, but don’t know where to start. Lectures Introduction to the 5 Easy Steps Getting Over the Common Fears and Doubts The 3 Main Publishing Options Planning Your […]Continue reading...
  • Creating a Passive Income Writing Short eBooks

    Elizabeth Yetter
    15 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    Some people portray themselves as writing a Kindle short book and going kaboom with an instant full-time passive income. As someone who has published numerous books on Kindle, I know that building a livable passive income takes time and more than just one book. First, Know How to Write It doesn’t matter how many books […]Continue reading...
  • Get Motivated to Write a Short Book Today

    Elizabeth Yetter
    14 May 2015 | 2:18 pm
    We sometimes just need a little kick in the right direction to get us motivated to start writing short books and publishing them on Kindle. Here are some great writing motivation tips that I use to get me working. Pretend to be a Famous Author During my time working at a hospital, I had days […]Continue reading...
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    All Indie Writers

  • How Do You Motivate Yourself to Write?

    Jennifer Mattern
    28 May 2015 | 1:10 am
    It doesn't matter how experienced of a writer you are. You're bound to feel unmotivated every now and then. Sometimes you can plow through these periods. But at other times you'll need to find ways to get excited about your projects again. I'm like any other writer in this regard. I have good days and bad days. Sometimes a lack of motivation is a result of being sick or exhausted because of other commitments. And sometimes I'm just not "feeling it." Those are the times when I can literally sit at my desk, staring at my computer screen for hours on end, and be lucky if I turn out a single…
  • 5 Useful Scrivener Keyboard Shortcuts for Writers

    Jennifer Mattern
    27 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Scrivener is a wonderful tool for writers. You can use it to write a novel or nonfiction book. You can use it to format your writing as an e-book. You can even use Scrivener for blogging. That said, Scrivener can also be a complicated tool to use. I doubt I even know half of what it can do. It's one of those tools that you continually learn about and grow into over time. Occasionally things can feel a bit cluttered. But, fortunately, you can fix that with a few strokes on your keyboard by minimizing certain screen areas or entering a fullscreen writing mode. It's just as easy to set and check…
  • Quick Tip: White Label WordPress for Client Installations

    Jennifer Mattern
    26 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Freelance writers often take on complementary services. For example, a web content writer might handle social media marketing for the content they write. Freelance bloggers might be asked to step in and assist a client even before they have a blog set up. If you're able to quickly set up WordPress for your clients, charging them for the service might make a lot of sense. But if you're familiar with the platform, you probably realize your clients don't need to see everything in the WP admin area after you install it -- especially if you'll be managing the blog for them on an ongoing basis.
  • Relax Melodies – An Awesome Audio App for Writers

    Jennifer Mattern
    21 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    This might sound strange. But today I want to recommend an audio app -- more specifically a sleep audio app -- to writers. It's called Relax Melodies, and it's available on both Android and iOS devices. I've been struggling with insomnia recently, working and sleeping rather odd hours. Sleep has been difficult to come by lately, but when I do sleep, this app usually plays a role. In the past, I'd had luck with fans, white noise, nature sounds, and peaceful music to help me sleep. This app combines all of those things. Other than being convenient, I honestly didn't expect it to be anything…
  • Quick Tip: Your Freelance Writer Website is for Clients, Not You

    Jennifer Mattern
    19 May 2015 | 12:07 am
    When a client visits your professional website, are they getting the information they want and need? Are benefits of hiring you, as opposed to your competition, clear? Do they leave with enough information to make a hiring decision, or at least feel inclined to contact you? An effective freelance writer website should do those things. Does yours? I previously announced on the forum that I'm in the process of reviewing freelance writer websites so I can feature the best of the best on the blog for you to learn from. Of all the mistakes I've come across during these reviews, the biggest one is…
 
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  • Necromancer Falling Teaser Trailer

    Nat Russo
    19 May 2015 | 1:13 pm
    The post Necromancer Falling Teaser Trailer appeared first on A Writer's Journey. I know, I know! Things have been very quiet around A Writer’s Journey lately, and I apologize for that. But I think you’ll appreciate why. Because of my limited writing time, I had to make some difficult choices between writing new articles or completing Necromancer Falling, the sequel to my metaphysical fantasy Necromancer Awakening. I’m happy to report I recently completed the 1st draft, and I’m preparing to go into the revision process within the next couple of weeks. …
  • Seeking Beta Readers

    Nat Russo
    9 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    The post Seeking Beta Readers appeared first on A Writer's Journey. * * * BETA READERS WANTED * * * If any of you are interested in beta reading Necromancer Falling in JUNE of this year, PLEASE EMAIL ME AT: betareading@erindorpress.com PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFO:– Whether or not you have experience beta reading, and in which genres. (What I’m getting at here is this: “Do you enjoy Fantasy?” If the answer to that question is no, you’re going to hate Necromancer Falling.  )– Your preferred file format for the manuscript. (MS Word? PDF?
  • Cuisine a la Card

    Nat Russo
    3 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    The post Cuisine a la Card appeared first on A Writer's Journey. I’d like to take an unusual detour this week to discuss a unique new card game that I discovered several weeks ago. The game is called Cuisine a la Card and is being developed by InMotion Software by way of a Kickstarter campaign. But don’t let the word “Software” fool you! Cuisine a la Card is a competitive and unique deck building card game that you play on a tabletop.  If you’ve ever watched and enjoyed a cooking competition show (Iron Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef, Chopped, etc),…
  • Are You Using Pinned Tweets?

    Nat Russo
    5 Apr 2015 | 12:25 pm
    The post Are You Using Pinned Tweets? appeared first on A Writer's Journey. Twitter recently rolled out a new feature for profile pages that allows you to keep your vital content visible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This feature is known as Pinned Tweets, and it’s an important part of your content delivery strategy. And you’re not using it.   You read that correctly. It’s one of the single greatest content delivery features Twitter has graced us with, and you’re completely ignoring it! How do I know? Allow me to explain (in an admittedly roundabout way).
  • Whiskey, Wine, & Writing (& Me!)

    Nat Russo
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:16 pm
    The post Whiskey, Wine, & Writing (& Me!) appeared first on A Writer's Journey. Hello friends and readers! I had the great privilege of being interviewed by the beautiful people at Whiskey, Wine, & Writing last night on Google Hangouts. We covered everything from Self-Publishing to…MORE SELF-PUBLISHING!  [What else did you think I’d be talking about? ] If you get the chance, head on over to the link above and give it a watch. And since they took the time to make this awesome graphic (below), I’m going to share it even though the event is in the past.
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  • Peter Orullian: Five Things I Learned Writing Trial Of Intentions

    terribleminds
    27 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The heart of grief lies somewhere between one man’s expectation and another’s intent. Enemies come. But one enemy believes the gods were wrong about his exiled people. And he’s impatient. Nations arm. But one man finds a realm paying for its gearworks with an awful currency. And he’s angry Politicians lie. But one leader lies because he would end the days of slums and porridge. And he’s ambitious. Songs restore. But one woman will train to make her rough song a weapon. And she’s in pain. Magi influence. But one sage follows not his order’s creed; he follows his heart. And his…
  • Amanda Gardner: On Writing Perception, The Video Game

    terribleminds
    26 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Perception is a first person narrative horror adventure that puts players in the shoes of a blind woman who must use her extraordinary hearing and razor-sharp wits to solve mysteries and escape a deadly presence, all without sight. Crafted by a team of veteran PC and console developers (BioShock, BioShock Infinite, Dead Space), Perception offers a bold and fresh take on first person narrative games. After months of research seeking the house from her nightmares, Cassie discovers an abandoned mansion in Gloucester MA, the Estate at Echo Bluff. Once there, Cassie finds that Echo Bluff is…
  • How Mad Max: Fury Road Turns Your Writing Advice Into Roadkill

    terribleminds
    26 May 2015 | 11:44 am
    Said it before, will say it again: Mad Max: Fury Road is the dust-choked rocket-fueled orifice-clenching crank-mad feminist wasteland batfuck doomsday opera you didn’t know you needed. It’s like eating fireworks. It’s like being inside a rust tornado. It’s like having a defibrillator pad applied directly to your genitals but somehow, you love it? It’s not a perfect movie. But it’s amazing just the same. And part of — for me! — what makes it amazing is how easily it flaunts its rule-breaking. Writing — particularly the very-patterned art…
  • Whatcha Reading?

    terribleminds
    25 May 2015 | 4:21 am
    It’s that time again where I ask: Hey, whaddya reading? What was the last book you read (and how was it)? What are you reading right now? Er, beside this post, I mean. Me, I just finished: Delilah S. Dawson’s HIT — a YA about a girl who takes on the debt of her mother and has to pay it back in a rather unconventional way: kill or recruit other debtors in service to the bank that just secretly took over the US government. It’s fucking rad, this book. It’s like, the metaphor of a teenager taking on the burden of her parents is right on. And Patsy is in some ways a…
  • Flash Fiction Challenge: Random Photo Challenge

    terribleminds
    22 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    Flickr has a function called INTERESTINGNESS. Click that link. Go on, do it. It will be the basis of this week’s challenge. Click that link, and you’ll get a page of recent “interesting” photos. Choose one, and use it as the basis for a 1000-word story. Due next Friday (5/29), noon EST. Write it at your online space. Give us a link so we can see it. Choose a photo. Write.
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    Creative Writing Prompts for Writers

  • Dystopian #5

    Missy
    14 May 2015 | 4:39 am
      Every citizen is expected to work at least once at the Facility. For every 10 citizens that enter, only 3 will leave. The woman receives her summons and must report to the Facility next week. **What happens to the people who don’t come back out? Talk about the woman’s experience.**   The post Dystopian #5 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Criminal #6

    Missy
    13 May 2015 | 4:18 am
    The woman comes home from work to find all the windows in her house wide open even though she secures them every morning before she leaves. Why are the windows open? Has someone broken into her home, or is it something even more sinister? The post Criminal #6 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Chilling #6

    Missy
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    A man is walking down the street when he notices a shadow hunkered down in the bushes of a house. **What does the man do?** The post Chilling #6 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Horror #6

    Missy
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    In the car in front of you on the highway, there’s a noticeable sway to the back tire that has you worried for the driver’s safety. You speed up to overtake the driver with the intent on waving him or her to the side of the road, but what you see scares you. What do you see when you pull up beside the driver? What do you do next?** The post Horror #6 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Mystery #6

    Missy
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    A man pulls his car into the driveway. There’s a stranger’s car in his parking spot and his wife’s car is missing. Whose car is it? Where is the man’s wife? The post Mystery #6 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
 
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  • 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!!!
  • An Experience of Vietnam and Cambodia From Susan Tinsley

    Bibi Tinsley
    22 May 2015 | 11:25 pm
    Susan is currently traveling in Asia. She took these photos in Vietnam and Cambodia this last month. SUSAN TINSLEY...shares a love for photography and travel. Her desire is to both capture and share the beauty and magic of the earth through image. She is currently located in Los Angeles, California but can be found adventuring around the globe.NOTE: Click on the photos to render full-size; scroll over the bottom of each for more info.  Luang Prabang, Laos Luang Prabang, Laos ANGKOR WAT ANGKOR WAT HALONG BAY HALONG BAY HALONG BAY TINH LAO CAI TINH LAO CAI Siem Reap SIEM…
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    Bibi Tinsley
    19 May 2015 | 9:19 pm
    THE NEW SIRIAN TRANSMISSIONSBrought through by Kerry Keegan; a highly vibrational communication.
  • The Lunar Soul Wisdom Series Begins!

    Bibi Tinsley
    16 May 2015 | 7:45 pm
    LISTEN HERE: Opening inner doorways ~ why now?                       KERRY'S SITE SIGN UP FOR THE SERIES HERE
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    SenaTechno

  • Techniques to Effectively Use Instagram

    29 May 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Instagram is presently used by thousands of people worldwide, and for a good reason: taking photos and sharing them with friends and family has never been easier! However, Instagram can be used in a very effective manner, not merely for networking but also for marketing purposes as well. When you have a business and you want to promote it in the online environment, then this can be a great promotion tool. That being said, listed below are 5 of the best approaches to effectively use Instagram: 1. Hashtags Can Work Like Magic!Twitter uses them, Instagram uses them and recently, Facebook has…
  • On Page Optimization Steps

    27 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    The search engine optimization divided into two parts, one is on page optimization and the other is off page optimization.In On page SEO what we can done on the webpage itself. Off page SEO is used to improve the position of the webpage in the search engine. This article contains the different steps of on line optimization. choose keywords, page title, meta description, URL, heading tags, page content, add a call to action, internal links and images are the different steps of on page optimization.Read more »
  • Benefits of Social Media: 7 Social Media Advantages Which Move Beyond Marketing

    26 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    Did you know there are many more benefits of social media than advertising and marketing? With the correct use and implementation of social media, any business can do all of the following 7 profit boosters and probably more.Almost all Internet business people know the benefits of social media to market their business. They develop Facebook pages, LinkedIn profiles, and dutifully create their Bing business listing - all in the hope of expanding their marketing efforts. Did you know there are many more benefits of social media than marketing? With proper use and deployment of social media, any…
  • Guest Blogging Can Increase Your Web Traffic

    26 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    As I wrote in my article entitled "Getting More Traffic with Giving Award to Another Blog", in the last part I wrote "Exchanging article can be done to get backlinks Also". That means that one way to increase web traffic naturally is that you can open wide to the guest who will put the article in your blog as a Guest Blogging.Why I think it can improve web traffic?Read more »
  • Placing Google CSE to Blogger Static Page

    23 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    One widget provided by Google is CSE (Custom Search Engine); a search widget that can be easily use to display the search results from your blog. If you have connected to Google Adsense, then with Google CSE (Custom Search Engine) can be set as the Search Engine Monetization by setting in the menu Make Money.Read more »
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    Writing...Just because!

  • Mother's Day Tribute

    Anne OConnell
    9 May 2015 | 6:59 pm
    MT and me at my graduation from MSVU in 1990I would like to wish a very happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, especially the amazing woman who brought me (and 4 older brothers and sisters) into the world. We call her Mother Theresa or MT for short. Her name really is Theresa so it wasn't a stretch to nickname her after the famous nun who healed the sick and cared for the poorest of poor. We think our MT is pretty special too. It's hard to describe how I feel about her without getting a big lump in my throat. She fills my heart with love, she's my best friend, my confident, my…
  • What I learned from Re-Writing my Novels - guest post from Samantha Bryant

    Anne OConnell
    2 May 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Please welcome author Samantha Bryant as a guest on my blog today to share a little insight into her journey to launch her debut novel. What I Learned from Rewriting my NovelsSamantha with fellow superheroWriting a novel is a learning process. Rewriting one, even more so. Whenever I am working on a rewrite, I get mad at my earlier self for not being more careful with continuity and pacing. "What idiot wrote this gobbledygook anyway?" I shout to the heavens. Oh yeah…it was me. I've been through the writing/rewriting cycle a few times now: for two, as yet, unpublished novels, for Going…
  • Springtime Books Re-Launches Summertime Titles

    Anne OConnell
    11 Apr 2015 | 10:24 pm
    Book launch for @Home in Dubai at Central Perk, Dubai (2012)I'm writing a bit of a different blog today that puts the spotlight on the publisher of my first book, @Home in Dubai - Getting Connected Online and on the Ground. Jo Parfitt of Summertime Publishing was among the first to see a proposal I had written for a book I had in mind called 'A Year in Dubai'. I'll never forget the rush when she told me she thought I had a great idea and then how my bubble burst when she suggested I shelve it! She quickly brought the light back when she asked if I would write about life in Dubai from a bit of…
  • Tools of the Self-Publishing Trade

    Anne OConnell
    4 Apr 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Now with three self-published books under my belt I thought it might be a good time to share a few of my favourite self-publishing tools that I have in my repertoire. There are hundreds to choose from and these are a select few that keep cropping up each time along with a couple new ones I found (or that just evolved) as I prepared to publish Deep Deceit. Photo of me and Burj al Arab in b/g by Katie Foster, book covers all designed by Creation BoothKindle Formatting Template from Shelley HitzIt was about three years ago that I started following Shelley Hitz and getting her newsletter,…
  • Book List Websites

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

  • 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 very talented Ahmed Safwan of Smart Marketing Boost. Ahmed has written for the likes of ProBlogger, Kikolani, and Firepole Marketing, and now he’s here to talk about a topic near and 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…
  • Bet On You

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

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

    Kevin Duncan
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    His screams still haunt me. My childhood friend was standing ten yards away from me when it happened. At 17, he had a bright future ahead of him. College. A wife. Children. All these things were on the horizon. Each now in jeopardy. It shouldn’t have happened. He had dodged so many bullets before, you would have thought he’d learned his lesson. Alas, my friend thought he was invincible. He was mistaken. From my vantage point, you could see the moment he realized he’d made a horrible decision. Seconds from impact, the look of fear in his eyes spoke volumes. “This is…
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    Cristy Burne

  • Hanging heARTlines 2015

    cristyburne
    13 May 2015 | 4:15 am
    This week I’ve been working with the team at the Mundaring Arts Centre to hang this year’s heARTlines festival of children’s literature and illustration. Like hanging the 2013 exhibition, 2015’s exhibition was a humbling experience. Thankfully, we were guided again by the marvellous Clare Stroud, who has an eye for detail and a terrific sense of […]
  • heARTlines festival launch! Come for the party!

    cristyburne
    1 May 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Come one! Come all! Come for the OPENING of  the 2015 heARTlines Festival of Children’s Literature and Book Illustration exhibition. The exhibition opening will be held at the Mundaring Arts Centre from 7-8.30 pm on Friday 15 May and you can RSVP your attendance with the Mundaring Arts Centre. More on the festival Held from […]
  • Communicate to inspire (your plaice or mine?)

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

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

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

  • Write and Wrong

    14 May 2015 | 4:16 am
    The riot of words was unstoppable;He composed feverishly through night and day.Liberated from the confines of black and whiteEach character was captured in hues of grey.Seasoned with a dash of punctuationEach passage was a reader’s delight;With every stroke of the pen in his notebookA literary masterpiece was coming into sight.He was a stranger to this feeling of freedomFor he knew not that this is where he belonged;Hemmed in by morality, cloaked in a social avatar,He was a writer whose conscience had been wronged.
  • There was a boy

    12 May 2015 | 4:48 am
    I had made up my mind. But the body language gave me away.I put up a brave face.Yet my teary eyes told a different tale.I maintained a dignified silence.Though my heart was screaming in agonyI failed to hide my emotions;It had become an open secret now.Someone killed my inner child today,And the untamed beast lived another day.
  • But why?

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    It remains a hotly debated topic among them. Was it an act of foolishness or valor? Is there any truth in all the silly rumors? The phenomenon was unprecedented. She was truly a pioneer. Humans think it is just a joke, but birds at the farm still wonder – why did the chicken cross the road?Appears on the blog 55WordStory on the theme Perplexed
  • Break free

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    He navigated his bike through the narrow dirt road between soaring mountains and steep gorges. This road trip with his buddies was like a dream. Looming landslides didn’t intimidate him. Barrage of power point slides did. Sitting among his rambling colleagues in the board meeting that day, he felt like a nomad waiting to break free. Appears on the blog 55WordStory on the theme Nomadic Image: Amit Pande
  • No exceptions

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    It was 5 am on a damp Sunday morning. He was the first one to get there. But others would be there soon. The fights were unavoidable. They all wanted one but it was always in short supply. No other fish would do. A Bengali not eating Hilsa is like a fish living without water!As published in the blog 55WordStory on the theme "Solitary
 
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    Leave the Frigging Marshmallows

  • 13 Week Novel--Week 13 Activities: A Clean Finish

    25 May 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Hello. How is your week going?Well, it's an exciting time—we're in our last week of the novel draft.Get ready to write this! Image: Insomnia Cured HereOr maybe that's not so exciting. If you are like me, you contemplate not bothering with the resolution in this draft, because how can you really resolve anything if the whole book will change in the revisions? Any resolution you write will be thrown out anyway. Why not just start the revision process?I admitted these thoughts to someone in my writing group—someone who has ghostwritten many books. He said that his wife closes cabinet doors…
  • 13 Week Novel--Week 12: Thinking about the End

    18 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    It may seem pre-mature to start thinking about the resolution of your novel when you have just been writing 2500 words a weekyou're barely over 100 pages! But with this plan, you've written a crappy first draft in 13 weeks, so you have approximately 32,500 words. It's short; around 130 pages. That's the intent.When you write a whole story really briefly you have the skeleton to work with in the next drafts. And the drafts that follow. You have something to work with so that you can build a more complex and interesting story, so you can develop the intricacies and explore emotions with greater…
  • 13 Week Novel--Week 11: Dialogue, Part 1

    11 May 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Why do so many "writers" not know how to write dialogue? I mean why don't they know how punctuation and capitalization in dialogue work?If you don't know how the mechanics of dialogue work, readers question your writing ability. Image: Gianni DominiciI need you to know this. If you don't, you will look like a total amateur. An amateur who didn't bother to look up the basics of writing. In other words, someone who doesn't care enough about writing to learn how to writeWriting good dialogue, natural dialogue that is interesting, can be difficult to learn and may take years to get really good…
  • 13 Week Novel--Week 10: Getting Past the Slump

    5 May 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Well, it's Week 10. We should all be close to the end.I'd like to take this time to remind all of us that this is not perfect. It may not even be good. But it's a draft that we can work with in the revision.Is your brilliant story wilting in the middle? Image: Lynn Friedman on FlickrBy this point in the novel, I'm skipping scenes, or just writing summaries, or just writing something terrible that I want to erase right away. But I don't erase it. I tell people I want to delete it, but I don't delete a damned thing until I revise. Not even he worst crap.I have fragments of things all over the…
  • 13 Week Novel--Week 9: The Middle

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Yes, I know it's not the middle of 13 weeks, but it's probably the middle of your story right now. Or maybe a little past the middle. The part where focus diffuses, where the plot strays, where the story gets claustrophobic or entirely hijacked by something just introduced. The part where the writer begins to question herself. Thus, allergies kick in, stomach flu comes on, or migraines take over.Excuses.Here's the remedy. Now get back to work. Image: National Museum of American History SmithsonianI've had one of those weeks. I just wanted to write, but stuff kept coming up and my trip back to…
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    The International Freelancer

  • How to Keep Writing When Life Gets in the Way

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    24 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    How do you continue to stay focused, on target, and keep writing when you’re going through a health crisis, a divorce, financial turmoil, the death of a loved one, or worse, a combination of two or more of life’s crises? The post How to Keep Writing When Life Gets in the Way appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • Your Content Marketing Elevator Speech

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    17 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    If you're attending networking events for content marketing work, you're going to need an elevator speech. Here's how to write an effective one. The post Your Content Marketing Elevator Speech appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • Local Freelancers, Here’s Why Expat Journalists are Getting Work And You’re Not

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    16 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Expat journalists do certain things that make them more desirable to editors back home. They come with specific characteristics that endear them to UK and US-based editors. Here’s what expat journalists do that you most likely don’t. The post Local Freelancers, Here’s Why Expat Journalists are Getting Work And You’re Not appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • Psychological Barriers and Easy Wins, aka How to Get Over Yourself and Get Work Done

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    15 May 2015 | 2:13 am
    My goal, over the next 30 days, is to tear down each and every single one of those barriers and take you from a place where you view these bottlenecks not as challenges but as pieces of the puzzle that you’re yet to snap into place. Here's how to get work done. The post Psychological Barriers and Easy Wins, aka How to Get Over Yourself and Get Work Done appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • How to Ask for Referrals From Your Freelance Clients

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    14 May 2015 | 11:38 am
    Word of mouth. It’s a powerful thing. We freelancers need to learn how to make use of it. Ask for referrals. It will change your career. The post How to Ask for Referrals From Your Freelance Clients appeared first on The International Freelancer.
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  • Video Marketing 101: Tips and Tricks from the Pros at WistiaFest

    Olivia Dello Buono
    29 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    We don’t need to sell you on the power of using video in your digital marketing strategy. The proof is in the numbers: ⅓ of all online activity is spent watching videos 75% of people visit a marketer’s website after watching a video Website visitors are 64% more likely to buy a product online after watching a video Click-thru rates increase 2-3 times when video is included in an email (Thanks, Digital Sherpa!) So when we caught wind that our friends at Wistia were hosting their 2nd annual video marketing conference (the aptly named WistiaFest), we sent a few team members to Boston to…
  • 5 Ways to Grow Your List with Facebook

    Kristen Dunleavy
    28 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Have a healthy fanbase on Facebook? High-five! But how many of those followers are real, paying customers? If you want to start converting customers, you’ve got to get them engaged. And one of the most effective ways to do that is with email marketing. Facebook can help turn casual followers into loyal subscribers, and eventually paying customers. Use these tips to boost your email list while taking your relationship with your followers to the next level. Host a Contest Want to grow your email list crazy fast? Hosting a contest or giveaway is one of the most effective ways to create buzz…
  • 5 Essential Design Tips for the Non-Designer

    Olivia Dello Buono
    27 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    As a writer, I can’t believe I’m saying this: Visuals are the foundation of your business. Consistent, empowering branding helps to draw in prospects and keep customers coming back for more. It’s your first opportunity to make an impression. It’s your brand identity. When Bad Design Happens to Good People But how often do we stumble upon a website or blog that suffers from a poor visual aesthetic? …What if it’s our own blog? An unattractive design can be overwhelming, pulling attention from the content and, ultimately, your value proposition. You could be penning…
  • Quick Tips Video: How to Provide Great Customer Support

    Monica Montesa
    26 May 2015 | 11:04 am
    In a world where consumers have the upper hand when deciding what businesses they purchase from, providing stellar customer support is kind of a big deal. But how big of a deal is it, really? A majority of consumers – 89 percent – have stopped doing business with a company altogether after experiencing poor customer service. Additionally, 70 percent of purchases are based on how the customer feels they’re being treated. And those hefty numbers can’t be ignored. Customer happiness is essential to not only keeping up a positive brand image – it’s vital to the success of your…
  • Five Time Tracking Tools To Take Back Your Day

    Tom Tate
    23 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Pop quiz: What rock song below best describes your relationship with time? Is it “Time Is On My Side,” by The Rolling Stones? “Good Times, Bad Times,” by Led Zeppelin? Maybe it’s “Another Time, Another Place,” by U2? Or “When My Time Comes,” by Dawes? If you’re like me, it’s probably “Help!” by the Beatles. No matter what song you choose, there is no denying that maximizing our precious time takes skill and discipline – but sometimes you need to get by “with a little help from your friends.” Or apps. Ready to take back your day? Here are 5 time tracking tools…
 
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    Robin Writes

  • Prep Monday—What Else?

    Robin Tidwell
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    This week’s adventures will include planting a garden in the mud and trying to mow the pasture, which is something like three feet tall at this point. We’ve borrowed a trailer, and will just take our mower along. Apologies for the weird tense—I’m writing this before we actually go to the farm this week! So, […]
  • Fan Friday—Telling a Story

    Robin Tidwell
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today, my son is back in jail. For at least two months. And I’m going to tell you a story:   In 1972, my friend Wendy said, “Let’s go to Girl Scout camp!” So we did. And I went back every year, once for a two-month stretch, until 1981 when I was hired as staff. […]
  • Writer Wednesday—Contests

    Robin Tidwell
    20 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    Should you enter your book (or poem or short story) in a contest? Like everything else in the book industry, “It depends.” Some questions to ask yourself: Is the contest well known? Would readers recognize this contest and be more likely to buy my book? What is the cost? What is the prize? Does it […]
  • Prep Monday—Gardening

    Robin Tidwell
    18 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    THIS was the big project this past weekend: the garden. Now, we’re not talking containers, and we’ve moved well beyond our two at-home 40 X 3-foot raised beds, which we’re still using and are full. And no, the current size of the new one isn’t even close to what it’ll be when finished, all the […]
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  • A new story’s coming!

    Davide Mana
    29 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    And so I started a new story, a novelette that’s supposed to be the first in a series. I already discussed this project in the past – a series about the adventures of a lone character moving around the Mediterranean in a small sailing ship called The Corsair (or Le Corsaire, French-like). I have started and stopped dozens of times – despite detailed outlines and tons of research material. But today I needed to write, to get the gears in motion. It felt like a good idea, starting something new on my birthday. And while I was waiting in line at the supermarket, the right idea…
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    Davide Mana
    28 May 2015 | 3:01 pm
  • Italian style

    Davide Mana
    28 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    Many years ago I met a guy that was an excellent comic artist, in a sort of “classical” Japanese manga style. And I mean, he was really good. So one day he picked up his portfolio, bought a ticket to Tokyo, and did the tour of the comic publishers there, showing his stuff around. And the Japanese publishers were absolutely impressed. There was just a little glitch – they had buildings full of people doing exactly that kind of artwork. “This is very good,” they said, “but can’t you do something… Italian? Like I dunno, Pratt, or Toppi, or…
  • Tanith Lee, 1947-2015

    Davide Mana
    26 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    I just learned of the passing of British author Tanith Lee. This was shattering news – I an a great fan of her writings, and The Birthgrave was one of the first books I read in English. Some of her novels – Don’t Bite the Sun/Drinking Sapphire Wine, Volkhavaar, the Paradys sequence… but I could mention many others – stand very high in my favorites lists, and her style was always a source of wonder and frustration – because I’ll never write like that. Lee was a master storyteller, often breaking the boundaries between genres, and defied categorization.
  • Sit down and write!

    Davide Mana
    25 May 2015 | 5:10 pm
    I think my friend Claire over at Scribblings calls it free writing, while I call it writing practice, because I discovered it as a form of Zen practice in a wonderful little (but great!) book called Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg. Yea, I mention it quite often. It’s one of the two books that got me back to writing when I was in university. Anyway, writing practice or free writing, no matter what you call it, is one of those things writers sometimes do, basically setting a timer and writing whatever comes to mind. How it is done? Just like that. You sit in a place you like,…
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  • How I Made a Repository of my Writings, and Why

    Dylan Kinnett
    3 May 2015 | 1:06 pm
    If you have a lifetime of writings, it can get difficult to sort through it all. I'd like to describe a the system I use to keep track of what I've written. Suggestions for improvement are welcome!
  • View from a broken window

    Dylan Kinnett
    3 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
  • Creative Changes

    Dylan Kinnett
    2 May 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Some creative projects take longer to finish than others. Opportunities arise in the meantime, and after seizing a few of those, things begin to pile up. It's time to finish a few projects and move on.
  • “Set List” for Upcoming Chapbook

    Dylan Kinnett
    4 Apr 2015 | 5:03 pm
    I’m nearly finished with the work to create the new chapbook called “Portraits and Landscapes.” This project has subsumed an earlier one, so there are a few pieces from that (now basically abandoned) project in the list of contents below. It’s interesting how that can happen, sometimes: one project gets delayed by another, because they’re … Continued
  • Composing with Words the Way John Cage Composes with Sounds

    Dylan Kinnett
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:31 pm
    In about two days, I plan to get on stage to perform a written work in front of a live audience and read, not from a script, but from something more like a score. I'm not the only person engaging in this literary experiment. There are about a dozen of us. What are we doing?
 
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  • Agent Hunter gets even better

    Harry Bingham
    20 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    Folks, you wanted it, we’re delivering it. Our agent profiles are already good – of course – but they’ve lacked a bite-size summary up top where you can get a quick one-minute feel for each agent in our database. We’re now in process of changing all that. We’re writing up full profiles of every agent [...]
  • Meet the Agents: An interview with Michael Alcock

    Harry Bingham
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 am
     Michael Alcock began his publishing career at Oxford University Press, and was publishing director at Macmillan, Aurum Press and Boxtree before founding his own literary agency in 1997.  Michael Alcock Management merged with John Johnson Authors’ Agents in 2003 to form Johnson & Alcock. The Johnson and Alcock agency home page is here, Michael’s Agent [...]
  • Meet the Agents: An Interview with Louise Burns

    Harry Bingham
    1 May 2015 | 4:00 am
      This is an interview with literary agent Louise Burns. Louise is an agent at the Andrew Mann literary Agency. You can follow her on Twitter here and her Agent Hunter page is here.   Q. What books/authors do you love in commercial fiction? (Crime, women’s) Give us some examples and [...]
  • Meet the Agents: An Interview with Philippa Milnes-Smith

    Harry Bingham
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:38 am
    This is an interview with Literary Agent Philippa Milnes-Smith of Lucas Alexander Whitley (LAW agency). She’s  looking for exciting writing for all ages, both commercial and literary, particularly work that translates well into film, television and other media. Her best job before heading up LAW was running [...]
  • Author survey: Society of Authors responds

    Harry Bingham
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    Our survey into what authors thought about the firms that publish them has aroused considerable interest on both sides of the Atlantic. A useful Bookseller article garnered an interesting set of responses, but obviously, for reasons of space, some of those comments were truncated. So here, in full, is the response of [...]
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  • Books added (with Audible.com sample)

    James Livingood
    14 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    I’ve changed the menu and added a new books area. This new area will make it easier to find my books. Furthermore, this area includes an Audible.com sample and links to my fiction work. The hope is that users that […] The post Books added (with Audible.com sample) appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • Constructing a Book’s Financial Track

    James Livingood
    4 Apr 2015 | 1:55 pm
    After a book is written, it needs to run the race to get into reader hands. The idea of this article is not to win the race, but to study the track. Many indies either ignore the effort or run […] The post Constructing a Book’s Financial Track appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • The Giant missed step when building a book

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

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

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

    rolandrhicks
    20 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Someone, somewhere, sometime last week asked me to explain ‘plea bargaining’. My first attempt was fairly pathetic and I was about to bag it with a ‘I can’t talk about it’ sigh of self pity when the perfect image hit … Continue reading →
  • Speaking of Royals . . .

    rolandrhicks
    2 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    In honor of the birth of yet another royal baby – a discussion between William Hanlin and General McClellan concerning the French princes on McClellan’s staff – and royalty in America: . . . the door swung open and three … Continue reading →
  • The Ice Cream Truck and Baltimore

    rolandrhicks
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:31 pm
    What happened to Freddie Gray? I have no idea. Obviously. I do, however, have an inkling. As would anyone ever transported by police, sheriffs, marshals, Correctional Officers, or any one else in law enforcement who transports more than one prisoner at … Continue reading →
  • Thank you Paul Kirchner

    rolandrhicks
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    Filed under: Commentary, Prison and 'the System', This Book Ain't for Reading Tagged: criminal justice system, freedom, leaving prison, prison, prison memoir
  • The Falcon, and History, and Reviews, and Stuff

    rolandrhicks
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Thank you so much for allowing me to read “The Falcon.” I have been reading Civil War fiction for over 50 years, and I can scarcely if ever remember reading a book that did the subject more justice than did … Continue reading →
 
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  • You’re Reading This 5/23

    Josh Spilker
    23 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    Stuff I read this week:xTx vs Noah Cicero Is it the year of the very long novel? @sosadtoday is revealed! And she’s awesome! the huge long lit mag roundup by chris dankland thought catalog gets written up by the mainstream ppl speaking of san fran ‘palo alto by james franco’ at i can’t stop thinking […]
  • Avoiding Lazy Words // Advice from William Zinnser

    Josh Spilker
    20 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    The writer William Zinnser passed away recently. I am not familiar with his work, but I really liked this post of useful advice and quotations, especially this one: 1. Don’t make lazy word choices: “You’ll never make your mark as a writer unless you develop a respect for words and a curiosity about their shades […]
  • You’re Reading This 5/16

    Josh Spilker
    16 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    Some things I’ve enjoyed this week…   taco cat taco cat An interview w/ Twitter ‘genius’ @sosadtoday at the Awl Profile of the suddenly-everywhere author Nell Zink at The New Yorker Did Danielewski re-invent the novel (again)? PRESS SHOUT OUT: Be About It Zine, check it. (I’ll be writing about issue #8 soon). Some Thoughts […]
  • 53 Book Marketing Ideas. Which Ones Should I Do?

    Josh Spilker
    14 May 2015 | 7:38 am
    I’m going to bootstrap this marketing thing for my new book, here we go. Book goal: do awesome marketing so people are interested enough to buy Taco Jehovah.  Taco Jehovah is about tacos, about spirituality, about dead malls, and about food trucks written in a straightforward, literal style.  (Read more about the book here). What […]
  • You’re Reading This 5/9

    Josh Spilker
    9 May 2015 | 12:31 am
    novel i’m into: ‘continental drift’ by russell banks. i really don’t know much about this. i thought the back sounded interesting, so I picked it up a year ago at a used bookstore. now, i’m reading it. lessons in failure and writing a novel really like this (new to me) lit mag, maudlin house also […]
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    The Art of Writing - Austin Miller

  • Eve: A Woman of Ideas

    Austin Miller
    26 May 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Image from WikiCommons As Alan Moore once said, there is a difference between ideas and material objects. One is no more "real" than the other, simply different. Take for example the word "pizza". If you dwell on the word your mind will conjure up an image of the object--an object which unfortunately you nor I can eat. Now let's say that you are sitting at Mario Batali's Pizzeria Mozza in LA. You now have a material object which you can explore with all of the senses. In this instance, we are able to scientifically quantify the pizza at Batali's restaurant (i.e. How many slices? How much…
  • SteamWorld Heist: Bringing Steampunk From Underground to Outer Space

    Austin Miller
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:20 pm
    An Interview with the creator and owner of the up and coming game--SteamWorld Heist.by Austin MillerA foreward:Image and Form has changed quite a few things up since their original hit, SteamWorld Dig. Brjann says that "A big, tragic-and yet to be revealed event" has forced the heroes (the steambots) to take action, this time in space. As you can tell from the video, SteamWorld Heist is a skill and turn-based combat game with a variety of strategies and tactics involved, mot notably--the ricochet shot. The game is in 2D side perspective with a focus on team effort "upon entering enemy ships…
  • Compulsion Games is Making a Comeback With an Eerie 1960's Twist

    Austin Miller
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    From compulsiongames.com We Happy FewInterview With Alex Epstein—Narrative Director of Compulsion Gamesby Austin MillerYour website has the basic narrative premise laid out, but there's still a lot to be said. Could you indulge us a little more on the actual storyline and its characters?Thank you for asking. That is a Super Secret Secret Squirrel secret. I can tell you that … nope, I can’t.Contrast is still one of my favorite games to release on the PS4. It seems to have received laudable reviews from both media and gamers (especially in regards to its artistic style and storytelling).
  • Animation Guru Pablo Navarro Stops By!

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

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

  • Paleo Diet Bundle (Book Review)

    M.C. Simon
    29 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Paleo Diet Bundle By Beran Parry Book Review   Book Details Title: Paleo Diet Bundle: The Skinny Delicious PALEO Diet and Cookbooks (3 Books to Educate, Reduce Weight, Detox and Rejuvenate) Author: Beran Parry Format: Ebook Length: 543 pages Publication… Read the rest
  • ARKANE Thrillers (Book Review)

    M.C. Simon
    24 May 2015 | 7:46 pm
    ARKANE Thrillers Box-Set 1 – 3: Stone of Fire, Crypt of Bone, Ark of Blood   ARKANE Box-Set Details Title: ARKANE Thrillers Box-Set 1 – 3: Stone of Fire, Crypt of Bone, Ark of Blood Series: ARKANE Author: J.F. Penn… Read the rest
  • The Fairy Woods Children

    M.C. Simon
    21 May 2015 | 9:31 pm
    The Fairy Woods Children   Book Details Title: The Fairy Woods Children: A story of magic and adventure, from where the two worlds meet Author: Adriana Yamane Genre: Fiction, Inspirational and Initiatory Format: Ebook and Paperback Length: 48 pages Publication… Read the rest
  • Elementals

    M.C. Simon
    15 May 2015 | 12:04 am
    Elementals: A Paranormal Urban Fantasy Romance Anthology Book Details Title: Elementals: A Paranormal Urban Fantasy Romance Anthology Authors: Anne L. Parks, Annie Rose Welch, Lashell Collins, Dina Haynes Genre: Paranormal, Urban, Fantasy, Romance Length: 388 pages Publication Date: May 14,… Read the rest
  • Intergalactic Matchmaking Services

    M.C. Simon
    12 May 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Intergalactic Matchmaking Services I’m happy and honored to host Ava Louise while she tours her Intergalactic Matchmaking Services series with WOW! Women on Writing.   Content: About the Author Contact The Author Book 1 Details & Review: Maggie’s Story Book… Read the rest
 
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    Powerful Views

  • 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…
  • What Color Am I?

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

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

  • How to Write Addictively Readable Paragraphs

    Michelle Russell
    29 May 2015 | 3:34 am
     Mmm, addictive writing.Like fantastic coffee or exquisite chocolate, it keeps readers perpetually coming back for more.Would you like to produce such work every time you write?Then you need to do more than just plunk words down on the page or screen.You must master the art of luring readers along the pathways that your words create for them.And one of the best ways to do this is to properly use that unsung hero of every piece of writing…The humble paragraph.Display Your Delectable WordsParagraphs are like shelves in the store—they provide the structure that displays the goodies,…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Finding Irresistible Topics to Delight Your Readers

    Sarah Peterson
    25 May 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Trying to find the perfect topic to write about is frustrating, isn’t it?You want to provide value in a way that will keep readers glued to your site.So week after week, you open a draft in WordPress and gaze at the blinking cursor, hoping that it will magically give you the perfect blog post idea.And every week you find yourself in the same position—wanting to write articles that will delight your readers, but grasping at straws to find the perfect topic.Well, I have some great news for you.There are four tools you can use to find topics that will delight your readers and boost the…
  • 102 Resources to Transform Your Writing

    Jenna Dalton
    21 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    You don’t have to play coy.You want to become a better writer.In fact, you’d love to crack the code on becoming a writer with tremendously loyal readers who covet every piece you put out there.That’s why you’re here, right? Checking out all the great ideas that Write to Done has to offer?The problem is, you keep meaning to work on becoming a better writer, but how many tips have you actually implemented? How many ideas have you really tried?The good news is you can become a better writer. The key is to totally immerse yourself in the best pieces of advice you can find—and use…
  • The Zen of Organized Writing: 5 Steps You Can Take Today

    Bryan Collins
    19 May 2015 | 12:04 am
    How can you organize your life as a writer so you can spend more time writing?What’s the best way to manage writing alongside other projects?Why is it so hard to balance the act of writing with the day-to-day demands of life?I think you’ll agree most writers have to achieve more than write every day–we have to do things like plan our research, market our writing, find a quiet place to work.The question is:Can you do all of this without losing your mind?In this post, I’ll give you five organizational tips for more organized writing.1. Capture Your Ideas Like Roald DahlInspiration is…
  • The Naked Truth: How to Write a Book And Get It Done

    Gail Brenner
    13 May 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Write to Done.I’ve always thought it an odd name for a blog until the lightbulb went off, and all became clear.It’s a name that not only encourages us to write, it also inspires us to finish that writing, and get it done and out there.I’m happy to say that’s just what I did—I found out how to write a book, and I got it done!My first book, the one that had been in me for at least two decades, is now on Amazon as of April 16.It’s called The End of Self-Help: Discovering Peace and Happiness Right at the Heart of Your Messy, Scary, Brilliant Life, and the process…
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  • Overcoming Obstacles To Get Unstuck

    Joel Mark Harris
    25 May 2015 | 6:33 pm
      It seems everywhere I turn I talk to people who feel they are stuck in work or in an unhappy relationship; or they feel a sense of helplines or unfulfilled in some aspect of their lives.   People don’t know what they want to do or where to turn to rid themselves of this feeling of being stuck. Even if you don’t have that feeling now I’m sure at some point you did and perhaps you’ll feel this way again.   I know everybody has been there from time to time.   The Reasons You Feel Stuck   There
  • Why You Don't Need New Clients

    Joel Mark Harris
    15 May 2015 | 9:36 am
      The toughest part of being a freelancer is to have the discipline and the knowledge to do the right things at the right time. Where do you focus your energy?    How do you keep track of everything such as social media, following up with clients, or attracting new ones?    The way to solve these problems is to have a very systematic approach to business. Stock brokers and many other financial analysis’s have this down to a science. If they make X amount of calls a day, they produce Y results.
  • What Makes You An Artist?

    Joel Mark Harris
    7 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
      I met a fantastic artist the other day and he was kind enough to read to me two of his poems. He has this great booming voice you would hear on the radio or television.   One was a traditional poem about men marching off to the Great War, thinking that it would be over in six months. The other was a bit abstract and required a bit more thought. You might classify it as post-modernism.   He asked me which one I liked better. The first one, about the war was more linear and as a storyteller I
  • 5 Tactics To Help You Beat Writer's Block

    Joel Mark Harris
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:52 pm
      Are there days that you just don’t feel like writing that article, that story or that thesis? I know I have days when I don’t feel very motivated. I don't want to get out of bed. The world seems too large and too scary.    These last couple of weeks I’ve had so much else going on that’s been really hard for me to sit down and write a blog post (although I did somehow manage to finish a draft of my third novel.)    So here are 5 tips to write even when you don’t feel like it. If you’re just
  • The Number 1 Modern Myth

    Joel Mark Harris
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:09 pm
        Just recently employees of the electronic superstore Future Shop drove into work only to find their store was locked and the manager informed them that they had all been laid off.   In total, without prior warning, 1,500 people lost their jobs. Just like that. Can you imagine dropping your kids off at work, getting a coffee, fighting traffic and then finding the doors to the work were locked?   All of a sudden these people were out on the street with only a couple of weeks of severance and
 
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  • What is a typical rate for a textbook contributor?

    Libby Becker
    28 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    Q: What is a typical rate for a textbook contributor? Do I have any negotiation power if I think the rate isn’t fair? A: Lorraine Papazian-Boyce, author of ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding: A Map for Success, and the upcoming Pearson’s Comprehensive Medical Coding: ICD-10-CM/PCS, ICD-9-CM, CPT, HCPCS: “I’ve contributed to dozens of projects for multiple publishers over the last 8-9 years. It is a wonderful way to get started in the field, gain credibility with a publisher, and earn $ here and now. The rate for contributors depends on the type of content you’re being asked to…
  • The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: May 28, 2015

    Libby Becker
    28 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” –Stephen King I cannot say with certainty that, “the scariest moment is always just before you start.” I have to think that I am not alone in thinking the scariest moment is right before submitting the final draft. As a perfectionist I always strive to get it perfect, yet in writing (and most everything in life), I know that it will always have errors. An extra comma or two are almost always inevitable. If you too face the internal struggles of perfectionism and knowing that it will never be perfect, than you will appreciate a…
  • 100+ Textbook and academic writing presentations for your summer inspiration

    TAA
    21 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    As summer writing season begins for many of you, I encourage you to check out TAA’s library of 100+ textbook and academic writing presentations on demand for inspiration and encouragement. Free for members! Not a member? Join TAA today. Recent presentations include: Textbook Author Roundtable Q&A What are your burning questions about textbook authoring? In this one-hour webinar, three award-winning textbook authors answer 15+ questions about authoring a textbook. Start Any Writing Project Easily With Docear Docear is a free writing tool that includes mind-mapping and reference…
  • How to move through writing blocks

    Kim Pawlak
    21 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    A big thank you to Boot Camp Leader Ashley Sanders and everyone who participated in TAA’s Dissertators United Chapter Boot Camps! The last boot camp was held May 17. All of the resources from these boot camps are now online and open to all TAA members. Resources include recordings of mini-webinars, articles, templates, and links to resources such as books, apps, and more. In the May Boot Camp, Sanders shared 16 ways to move through writing blocks, including the use of “permission slips”, an idea that comes from the work of Dr. Brené Brown, a University of Houston…
  • The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: May 21, 2015

    Libby Becker
    21 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Undoubtedly your semester has either ended or is very rapidly coming to an end. Will you take a small break from your writing? Time to unwind and focus on something else like family or vacation? This week I came to a revelation about writing and how much writing is like this favorite quote of mine, “Fitness is a journey, not a destination.” Now replace the word ‘fitness’ with ‘writing’. I often relate writing to fitness because like writing, fitness is a large part of my life and a major passion of mine. My revelation was that writing is a journey too. Sure there may be small…
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  • How to Successfully Market Your Book

    Nina Amir
    27 May 2015 | 12:35 am
    Today Kathleen Gage (@KathleenGage) offers a powerful plan for marketing a book before, during and after release.© tashatuvango|fotolia.comIn the past becoming a self-published author was a very different experience from what it is today. There were many obstacles that are no longer limitations.Not only was the process much more cumbersome than it is today, there was no such thing as Kindle, Nook or Apple iBooks.An author was limited to publishing physical books. Add to that minimum purchase requirements of thousands of books with offset printing, and often it was a recipe for disaster for…
  • Use Your Life Experiences: Nonfiction Writing Prompt #43

    Nina Amir
    25 May 2015 | 12:35 am
    As a nonfiction writer, you should never be without ideas for articles, essays, and books. You life provides a constant source of information and inspiration for writing projects. If you haven’t realized that, you haven’t been paying attention.It’s time to challenge yourself to become more present and aware. Look at your life. Look at your skill set or knowledge base. Look at the world around you.Pay attention.If you do, you will find numerous things every day about which to write.Nonfiction Writing Prompt #43: Use Your Life ExperiencesTo complete this prompt, make a list of five-to-ten…
  • 4 Things You Need Before You Publish Your Book

    Nina Amir
    20 May 2015 | 12:35 am
    Copyright Wavebreak Media Ltd|123RF.comYou’ve got a book idea. Maybe you’ve even written a manuscript. You’re ready to move forward and publish your book, because you’re eager to get to the end goal: Published Author. After all, it’s your dream to become an author.Ask yourself this question before you go to press (digitally or physically): Do you want to become a published author or a successfully published author?There’s a distinct difference between the two.The average nonfiction book sells just 250 copies per year. Novels don’t sell a whole lot more. The average ebook sells…
  • It’s Time to Give Me Feedback!

    Nina Amir
    18 May 2015 | 12:36 am
    Courtesy of Stuart Miles|freedigitalphotos.netSince the beginning of the year, I’ve been doing some major planning and reorganizing of my work. This involves all aspects of my business. As part of that process, I’m making decisions about the direction I will take. That means I’m deciding what changes to make in my blogs, the courses and services I offer, and the books I plan to write in the future.It’s an exciting and nerve wracking time for me. The revised and expanded edition of How to Blog a Book hits bookstores in about a month (and Amazon before that). I’m…
  • How to Achieve Your Writing and Publishing Goals

    Nina Amir
    13 May 2015 | 12:16 am
    Copyright : kjnnt|123RF.comEighty-one percent of the American public says they want to write a book, but only two percent actually follow through on that goal and achieve it. If you, too, dream of becoming an author, make sure you end up in the two percent by employing more than just good writing skills and tenacity.Become Your Best Possible Writing SelfIt’s true that you need to sit yourself down in a chair and write if you want to complete a manuscript. However, you will find it easier to do so if you have prepared yourself on a conscious and subconscious level. The best tool you can use…
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  • 3 Key Components of a Successful Press Release

    Angie Papple Johnston
    18 May 2015 | 6:36 pm
    If you’re writing a press release for your business, it must have the three key components of any successful press release: 1. News 2. Hard facts 3. Quotes News in a Press Release Journalists are inundated with press releases that aren’t “newsy” enough. While something might feel like news to you, make sure it’s really newsworthy (read: it’s something that people would find interesting in a newspaper). What’s newsworthy? Things such as: Starting a new business Launching a new product Announcing a new company president Opening new locations Receiving…
  • Synonym Rolls?

    Angie Papple Johnston
    8 May 2015 | 6:53 pm
      Apparently they come out the same every time, no matter how you bake them. The post Synonym Rolls? appeared first on Unique Web Copy.
  • Use Commas. Don’t be a Psycho.

    Angie Papple Johnston
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:01 am
    While it’s funny, it’s not. Using commas in your writing helps readers process what you’re saying and makes reading easier. What’s an Oxford Comma? An Oxford comma, which is commonly called a serial comma, is the last comma in a series of commas that divides up your words. You can choose to use Oxford commas on your website, in your blog or in your printed materials, but the key is to be consistent. Don’t use them in some places and skip them in others. The Oxford comma is red: I like cooking, my family and my pets. She went to the bank, school and David’s…
  • 5 Printed Mistakes that will Leave You in Stitches

    Angie Papple Johnston
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Sometimes it’s good to break away from the ordinary and have a good laugh at someone else’s expense. They’re (mostly) anonymous, so I think that makes it okay. 1. Just what are you teaching these children? 2. …And this is the alternative? I’ll take the books. 3. On second thought… 4. These poor kids. 5. See? This is what happens!   The post 5 Printed Mistakes that will Leave You in Stitches appeared first on Unique Web Copy.
  • How to Check Your Grammar in Word

    Angie Papple Johnston
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:59 pm
    <iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/QXLBoR-hw1E” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> The post How to Check Your Grammar in Word appeared first on Unique Web Copy.
 
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  • 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…
  • 7 Reasons Your Business Should Have a Blog

    Edit911
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Blogging is a valuable tool in social media marketing and awareness these days. Each day of the week people entire keywords into search engines seeking answers to questions regarding work, life, products, and your company might just have the answer. If you have an online blog, they will find you in the search engine results and this helps drive business to your website. Here are 7 reasons: 1. A blog is a direct communication channel to your clients, even when you are not open.Clients can read your blog and determine if you provide information that is relevant to their need. A blog is a…
  • Writing a Novel vs. That Movie in Your Head

    Edit911
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Does this sound familiar to you?You watch a lot of movies and TV. You have a great imagination. For fun, you close your eyes and make up your own stories, seeing them play out. You might even listen to some music for a soundtrack. You grab your favorite actors for the roles of the heroes and villains. You make up big action scenes in slo-mo. You use fighting moves from your favorite video games.At some point, you realize the movie you’re making in your mind is actually pretty good. You’ve got some original stuff in there that other people might like. You’ve got some twists and turns.
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  • A nation of Billion/3

    nlo
    28 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Also possibly titled: a billion/3 memes and something like a zeitgeist; how to look at history.I had an odd but somewhat invigorating conversation on the internet a few months ago. That it still stuck with me is a testament to its strength. We were trying to talk about what happened in the 80s for a specific act concerning President Reagan; I forget what exactly and it’s not important. What was important was what the people then were thinking, as well as the major and minor political players of the moment. The other person lived through it, while I did not. I presumed to tell him what the…
  • Algo and the Tale of the King's Tattoos

    nlo
    20 May 2015 | 8:21 pm
    There are plenty of rumors circulating about Algo and the possibility of him tattooing his own skin to write out his stories. These horrid attacks on his personality, and possibly his psychology, are baseless. As are the accompanying rumors that he’s doing so in a manner that would speak of his madness or his fractal/branching stories. Well, I took the time to ask Algo and he told me the following...Algo learned that a king used to write on his skin, on the skins of  others, the latter used as rough drafts. Let me explain. Prisoners in this land would be allowed to go free or gain…
  • Concertina Wire

    nlo
    15 May 2015 | 10:20 pm
    I never really knew barbed wire until my first deployment to Iraq. Then I grew quite intimate with it, came to know that it was not barbed wire, stupid, but concertina wire. This wire wasn’t your great great grandfather’s barbed wire with its weak barb and only two sharp ends—thorns, really—but a winged blade created to splice and stab anything in its vicinity.We would first unroll these coils out—only with thick gloves, lest your flesh and skin gets ripped to shreds—to corral cars into a makeshift checkpoint. No car, not even a Humvee, could drive through a wall of concertina…
  • Back from dealing with paperwork

    nlo
    14 May 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Well, dear reader, once again I've been gone for too long. This time, it was the bureaucracy of my newly adopted state which kept me from updating. Thing is, to get any small matter accomplished these days results in facing off against a hundred different people who all seem caught in some algorithm designed for the insane. And no matter how well intentioned these people are, no matter how many times they smile, there's still the matter of them having to deal with the laws, some  of which contradict others. And there I am, hustling from one office to another, knowing I'm in the right…
  • Just Writing Things

    nlo
    2 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
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  • How to Look Like a Pro Day One on Twitter

    Judith Gaines
    14 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    Don’t be an egg. Customize your header, add a profile picture and make your bio relevant to your audience. Studies show that using your face as your profile image increases followers & engagement. Character counts. Keep tweets under 110 characters. This increases the likelihood it will be re-shared. RT’s tack on up to 20 additional characters to … Continue reading How to Look Like a Pro Day One on Twitter →
  • Flipboard for Authors & Bloggers

    Judith Gaines
    12 May 2015 | 4:25 pm
    If you follow me on Twitter, you know that lately I’ve been playing with Flipboard, an app that allows you to aggregate online content into custom digital magazines. This content is composed of websites, news sites, blogs, and social media. Flipboard launched on iOS in 2010, went through rounds of development which included the addition of … Continue reading Flipboard for Authors & Bloggers →
  • Book Marketing: Creating & Using Infographics For Social Media

    Judith Gaines
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    I think it was around 1993. Having settled down to the computer, a super fast P-90, I opened AOL and navigated to my favorite site, a web forum for Highlander fans. It was early social networking: all text, lots of imagination (like you wouldn’t believe), and key words ruled if you wanted to find anything. … Continue reading Book Marketing: Creating & Using Infographics For Social Media →
  • This is How I Work

    Judith Gaines
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    This Is How I Work Thank you to Laura Brown (@thatgrrl), whose recent post by the same title inspired me to tackle these questions and share them with you. Her inspiration cascaded from David Kelly (@LnDDave). So let’s get started. I’m Judie Gaines and this is how I work. Location Central North Carolina. 2 Hours from the … Continue reading This is How I Work →
  • Book Marketing: How to Take Readers on a Guided Tour of Your Work

    Judith Gaines
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Last year I viewed a webinar hosted by a leading professional advertising organization about the neuroscience of marketing. I’ve also spent some time reading up on studies by behavioral psychologist about what makes us do the things we do … and how to use this basic nature to guide marketing. Over and over, the same … Continue reading Book Marketing: How to Take Readers on a Guided Tour of Your Work →
 
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  • 5 Rules For Writers That Are Meant To Be Broken (that will make your writing better!)

    cathy presland
    28 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Rules are made to be broken Whether you’re setting out to write your first book, you’re already onto your third, or you’re just trying to improve the writing on your blog, chances are you’ve browsed an article or two on the best writing advice; the so-called ‘rules’ that you should follow before you can consider yourself a writer. Well, rules are all well and good, but they don’t always fit our busy lives. We have businesses to run, a family to take care of, to say nothing of our own self-care. And there’s one piece of advice that’s more useful to you as…
  • 6 Steps To Motivate Yourself and Get More Done. Effortlessly.

    cathy presland
    26 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Manage your Motivation For Effortless Success The key to success at anything, whether at work or at home, is managing your motivation so that you actually get done the things that you want to. It’s easy enough to say: I’ll do it later. But later often doesn’t come, or something else takes your attention away. You need to start, and then you need to motivate yourself to finish. We outline what you need to do at each stage. Stage 1: Getting Started One of the biggest problems people have with achieving their goals, especially when it comes to creative work is getting it all…
  • Six Of The Best: Our Choice of Writing Software That We Think You’ll Love

    cathy presland
    21 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    The Best Book Writing Software Writing a book isn’t just about putting down words on a page. You need to be able to organise and structure your book. You need to be able to look at research (ideally offline!), and your When you get further into the process, you’ll realise that your word processor just isn’t made for the job. You’ll get to a stage where your document is unmanageable and you’ll lose track of the structure of your book. With a typical word processor, you can’t ‘see’ the book in its entirety, nor can you move easily between different…
  • The 15 Most Inspirational Facebook Pages For Writers, Thinkers and Dreamers (our top picks)

    cathy presland
    18 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Inspirational Facebook pages… My friends tell me that Facebook is their most common cause of procrastination (not that I would know, of course). And a survey by Ipsos Mori proves this. We spend 3.6 hours on social media; 25% of our waking time. Apparently. It’s definitely less than that for me. And, if there’s even an inkling of truth in those data, we want to help you spend that time wisely. Rather than follow the antics of your friends, or perhaps even the antics of your friends’ pets, we’ve brought together our best suggestions for Facebook pages to watch and…
  • 3 Simple Steps To Write A Compelling Case Study For Your Book

    cathy presland
    15 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Story makes it real When you write, you are often looking to change someone’s perception, or their behaviour. You might want to pass on new information, or you might want to encourage them to look at the world, or themselves, differently. And one of the techniques that is key to good quality writing is the use of both stories and case studies. And they are really the same thing — using personal examples to illustrate and inspire. If you’ve ever tried to learn a new skill, or understand a new method of doing something, you’ll know that reading, even the most thorough,…
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  • Time Management as a Student & Writer || Guest Post

    Sarah Faulkner
    28 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    I'm so excited to get to have Abigail here with a fabulous guest post on time management for writers. Enjoy and please read, comment, and share!Attending high school is hard. Writing as a serious hobby is even harder. When you combine the two of them, it becomes downright ridiculous. Are you studying Calculus and attempting to write the next Tolkien epic? You’re in the right place.As teen writers, we have several aspects to our lives: our education, our families, and our writing. There are four main problems we face when we try to manage the three at once.We lose track of time.We suffer…
  • What Makes Us Writers || Guest Post

    Sarah Faulkner
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:31 am
    Sarah here. I'm so excited we get to welcome Anne Marie Schlueter of AM Station today!  Please show Anne lots of friendliness, and if you like what you see here, head over to her blog and check it out!Writers.We have a complex job. But is it really a job? It’s more of who we are. It is part of our essence, a part of what defines us. So perhaps it is more appropriate to say that we are complex people.But are we really?We understand the world in ways that others overlook. We can be still and silent and just watch and listen. Not many people can do that. We are aware of the sounds and…
  • Novel Spotlight: Dauntless

    Sarah Faulkner
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:31 am
    Happy Monday! Or not so happy Monday, depending on how much you take after Garfield.Today we have a novel spotlight.  The book came out about month ago and has gotten tons of 4 and 5 star reviews. I happen to know the author through two mutual friends, which I think it cool. Let me introduce you to Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman.Buy on AmazonView on GoodreadsThough once a baron's daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village. Dubbed "The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest," her band of followers soon become enemies…
  • When You're Too Frustrated to Continue || Guest Post

    Sarah Faulkner
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:31 am
    Today I'm very excited to have a guest post for you all. Please show a warm welcome to Jessica Wolf from Simple Scribbles. (scream)photopinlicense)Writing is hard. No one ever said it was going to be easy. If it was easy, everybody and their mother's brother's dog would be doing it. Like E.B. White once said, “Writing is hard work and bad for the health.”There are times when I hate writing. I mean, I really, really hate it. There are times when I want to delete everything I've ever written and forget about it all.Recently, I finished the first draft of my first novel, The Carpenter's…
  • The Importance of Community & Ch1Con Book Giveaway

    Sarah Faulkner
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    This post and GIVEAWAY is brought to you by Chapter 1 Young Writers Conference. Inklined is participating in the Ch1Con 2015 Blog Tour, which spans a number of writing-related blogs and includes a ton of original content from the Chapter One Young Writers Conference team. I’m super excited to be a part of it.Founded in 2012, the first Chapter One Young Writers Conference (Ch1Con) took place in Chicago with six teenagers in attendance in person and countless others attending via an online live stream. It was an experiment limited to members of the Scholastic’s Write It community and their…
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  • Introversion and Baseball: Best Frenemies

    JELindholm
    23 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    I love baseball.  I love watching baseball.  On television.  Live.  Doesn’t matter. But most people would say– and I understand– that they just can’t watch a baseball game for longer than a couple of innings on TV.  Live is better, but only by about nine or 12 outs. However –excusing the public from this conversation– when ... Read more... The post Introversion and Baseball: Best Frenemies appeared first on Inward-Facing Writers.
  • Writers, Rehearse like introverts

    JELindholm
    7 May 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Recently an introverted friend of mine told me that she— Hold on.  “Told me” is technically not correct. Recently an introverted friend of mine texted me that she has imaginary conversations with people. I call it “rehearsing,” I texted back.  Or “replaying,” if it’s happened already, and I wasn’t pleased with the outcome of the exchange.  So ... Read more... The post Writers, Rehearse like introverts appeared first on Inward-Facing Writers.
  • Guest Post: The Rumplestiltskin of Bloggers #writing

    Guest Writer
    7 May 2015 | 3:05 am
    Once upon a time I was a mathematician. Well, technically I still am according to that little piece of paper that cost me 80 grand. But I never had a passion for it, I just folded to the pressures that every teenager goes through. I went to college for my parents, not for myself. But ... Read more... The post Guest Post: The Rumplestiltskin of Bloggers #writing appeared first on Inward-Facing Writers.
  • Outgoing Introvert? What’s that?

    JELindholm
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Remember, introversion isn’t synonomous with shy.  Or socially awkward for that matter.    Simply put, it has to do with the way we receive and process information, and what we need to do to recharge and refresh ourselves. In “10 Things Only Outgoing Introverts Would Understand,” Robert Locke digs deeper into the issue to give ... Read more... The post Outgoing Introvert? What’s that? appeared first on Inward-Facing Writers.
  • 3 Absolutely Essential Blog Writing Tips #mondayblogs

    JELindholm
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:39 pm
    When I was little, I was a young European boy. I trampled through the forests of Europe and danced through the verdant, hilly fields of Europe.  I even ate food in Europe.  European food.  And slept in a soft bed in the comfy European night under the European sky.  And do you know what I ... Read more... The post 3 Absolutely Essential Blog Writing Tips #mondayblogs appeared first on Inward-Facing Writers.
 
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  • 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…
  • For Your Love: How Eric Clapton Invented Not Selling Out in Rock and Roll

    zag102
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:04 pm
    I’m going to make a bold statement. In 1965, Eric Clapton invented not selling out in the modern rock and roll context. He did so when he quit The Yardbirds due to their release of a pop song called ‘For Your Love’ because he did not want to play pop music. To my knowledge, this is the first instance of a rock and roll musician turning down money and fame for the sake of musical integrity. Now, I could be wrong. I’m aware of that even as I make the bold statement I made above. The problem is identifying when selling out became an important concept in rock music or popular music in…
  • Why PA Gov. Tom Wolf’s Death Penalty Moratorium is the Right Move

    zag102
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf placed a moratorium on the death penalty recently in the great state, perhaps by all accounts, all of them, perhaps, the greatest state, of Pennsylvania.  Despite the fact that the death penalty has only been carried out three times since 1978 in the state, it has been a minor controversy. The current status of the moratorium is, although in effect, weaving its way through a bureaucratic maze. Regardless of how it comes out, it’s the right move. The Background Governor Wolf entered office as the first Governor in PA history to unseat a sitting governor. Since…
  • Ruin Your Favorite Poem in Two Words or Less

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

    Guest Author
    20 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    This is a guest article by Drusilla Richards. If you want to submit a guest article of your own be sure to read the guest article guidelines. Many bloggers and writers today have trouble writing tight sentences. So, what really is a tight sentence? It’s a sentence(s) that is clear, concise, and written in a manner that makes every word count. So, if I’m going on and on giving “background information” such as where, what, why, who, and you know all that stuff, before I get to the point, then clearly — my sentences are not “tight”… similar to this sentence. Yikes! Loose…
  • Creative writing in 2015: here’s what you need to know

    Idrees Patel
    4 May 2015 | 8:51 pm
    There are few things constant in the world, and creative writing is not one of them. Sure, it may not look like it on the surface. After all, creative writing is one of those things which stays evergreen, supposedly. Books on creative writing written decades ago still have relevance in the present. Creative writing advice from years ago is still useful today. It’s the reason why I wrote Creative Writing 101 in 2010, and it’s the reason why that resource remains the most popular on Writers’ Treasure, as well as still being evergreen content. Outdated? Of course not. But…
  • Check out our writing services

    Idrees Patel
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Many tasks are difficult for writers. As in, even many parts of the entire writing process are difficult. In fact, nothing is easy in writing. Not even the pros find it easy. All they do is make it look easy, but ask them whether they found it difficult in the beginning and the answer will most certainly be in the affirmative. Content writing, editing and proofreading, and publishing. All these three tasks sound confusing, but they’re not. Broken down into small chunks, they’re doable. Millions are at least doing it. Few, though, are doing it the right way. The reasons for that…
  • The #1 writing advice: write the truth

    Idrees Patel
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    First off, this isn’t your typical Writers’ Treasure article. It’s even more brilliantly readable, and it has a completely different subject and tone. It’s not theoretical, and it’s not applicable to creative writers. But for all other kinds of writing, it’s the truest advice I’ve ever written. Interested? Let’s start the session then. It’s 2015, and although writers have improved the quality of their writing a lot, other aspects of it have fallen by the wayside. You might be able to avoid the common mistakes and learn to write…
  • The art of finishing a chapter

    Guest Author
    11 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    This is a guest article by Jessica Millis. If you want to write a guest article of your own be sure to read the guest article guidelines. The end of the chapter. A mystery that most writers who are still working towards getting their first publication have yet to solve. Having read through many poor, good, great and superb chapter endings over your years of reading, you most likely have already experienced techniques that are of the great variety and those which are of the poor. It’s quite hard to deny those urges to continue reading more of a great book although you know it’s quite late,…
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  • The World of Children of Apollo – Part VI – Cumae and the Sibyl

    AdamAH
    26 May 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Apollo and the Sibyl …from her shrine the Sibyl of Cumae sang her fearful riddling prophecies, her voice booming in the cave as she wrapped the truth in darkness, while Apollo shook the reins upon her in her frenzy and dug the spurs into her flanks. The madness passed. The wild words died upon her lips… (Aenied, Book VI) In this series of posts on The World of Children of Apollo, we have been through the sands and cities of Roman North Africa, trod the marble-clad streets of Imperial Rome, and wandered the lush, ancient land of Etruria. We have met the imperial family and had a hint of…
  • Hero of Rome: An Interview with Author Douglas Jackson

    AdamAH
    18 May 2015 | 5:22 pm
    It’s always a thrill to stumble upon a new work of historical fiction that really meets your needs and expectations as a reader. I’ve been working on my own books so much lately that I haven’t been taking the time I should to read in my chosen genre. Time is precious, of course, but as writers we need to remember to keep reading. So, I went in search of a new series and found Douglas Jackson’s Gaius Valerius Verrens series. I’ve just finished the first book, Hero of Rome, and what an adventure! I couldn’t put this book down. The reader, writer, and historian in me was greatly…
  • Ancient Everyday – Mirror Mirror

    AdamAH
    11 May 2015 | 6:48 pm
    I thought I would try a new series of blog posts looking briefly at everyday items in the ancient world. Historical fiction is often about great battles, political events, and large-than-life characters. However, one of the things that anchors these stories more firmly in the past are the everyday items that decorate the homes of the characters around whom the stories revolve, or the tools they use without a passing thought. We might not notice these items ourselves, as readers, but trust me, if they were missing you would get the impression that the story was not quite authentic, or that it…
  • The King is Dead – The Passing of an Arthur

    AdamAH
    4 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    It’s always a sad thing to hear of the passing of an artist whose work has made a lasting impression. It seems that every year more and more names shuffle off this mortal coil, leaving us with our own perceptions of their public face, but more so the faces of the roles they played. This morning I found out that British actor Nigel Terry passed away at the age of 69. Many people might not know Nigel Terry at first mention. He was not necessarily a Titan of the big screen. However, he did appear in a few historical/fantasy dramas, most notably John Boorman’s 1981 film Excalibur. I used to…
  • Quiet and Contemplative – Essentials for Writing Historical Fiction

    AdamAH
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    There is a truth which I have forgotten lately. With the day-to-day workings of my modern, connected life, I’ve been missing out on something essential, something that in the past has always helped me to nurture my creativity, and better my historical fiction. What is it? Quiet. Yes. That illusive modern-day grail, that has the power to slow us down, to help us think, to regroup and empower ourselves. Now that I write that, it really does seem obvious, not ground-breaking at all. But it is, and I’ve found that without taking some calm time to contemplate the past, my fiction suffers. Like…
 
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  • You Have Their Email – Now What? Three Ways to Stay in Touch with Prospects

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    29 May 2015 | 7:43 am
      Earlier this week I offered suggestions on how to collect email addresses and grow your list. Presuming you have begun to collect emails, the next natural step in the process is to figure out a way to use them without being a spammer. For those of you that don’t know, a spammer is evil, lower than the belly of an ant. Spamming email is defined by Wiki as: Electronic spamming is the use of electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited messages (spam), especially advertising, as well as sending messages repeatedly on the same site. Basically, spamming is not something you want to…
  • Anita Turnage’s Book “Hops” Wins Five Book Awards

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    27 May 2015 | 7:45 am
      First, let me say, one of the very best parts of my job is getting to know the authors that come to Halo Publishing in hopes of making their dreams come true; the dream to become a published author. Guiding them as they take their book idea through the process of becoming self-published and then helping them get the word out so that people find and buy their stories is highly satisfying. However, when one of our authors becomes repeatedly recognized and honored by receiving awards for their efforts, I am just over the moon with excitement for them. Recently, Anita Turnage has been…
  • Email Addresses – 3 Tips for Collecting the Most Important Marketing Tool

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    26 May 2015 | 6:02 am
      Email marketing has long been an important part of staying in touch with your prospects but just how do you go about collecting those emails? Consumers are now familiar with the fact that if they provide their email, they will begin receiving messages from you and so the power rests in their ability to withhold that vital piece of contact information. Following are three techniques for collecting emails from prospects: Offer something of value in exchange for their email. Some business people, entrepreneurs and self-published authors, like you, are now offering a free download of…
  • Halo Publishing Spotlights The Chow Down by Lynn April

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    25 May 2015 | 11:39 am
      If you love snacking, and let’s face it, who doesn’t, you’ll want to rush out and get a copy of the latest cookbook available from Halo Publishing International, “The Chow Down” by Lynn April. Lynn is perhaps best known as The Cake Lady, a well-deserved moniker from her days as the owner of Lucky Duck Cakes, located in her hometown of West Chester, PA. Lynn also writes the popular blog FreshAprilFlours.com and has been enjoying experimenting in the kitchen since her early 20s where she found the process of baking from scratch to be “therapeutic, stimulating, and…
  • What is the Sound Track to Your Novel?

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    20 May 2015 | 1:02 am
    If someone were to ask for a playlist of the songs you listen to while you write; what music would be on the list? Being an artist, and make no bones about it – you are, means that we need to be connected viscerally to so many different influences. I know some writers that have to have coffee and chocolate within arm’s reach and others who light a lavender candle before they start typing. Music is like that. It is a stimulus. I attended a writer’s workshop once where the leader gave us a writing prompt and then turned on some classical music. Once we were finished she had us do the same…
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    The Journey for Bliss

  • 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.
  • Forgotten

    9 May 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Your shirt is a cerulean ocean of nostalgia suckingme in to its depths of childhood memoriesand holding up a ship of bittersweetnessBeing pulled away by the current.The lemon Pikachu we worshippedin elementary school until we sawits evolution.The magenta stain from the time we playedpaintball in 7th grade and you fellinto the ice-cold river.A charcoal signature from the time we metLinkin Park in high school and I fellon a shirtless, hairy man while crowd surfing.You wear that shirt like it was a hand-me-down from an older brother.I wave to you.You don't wave back.
  • Past. Present. Future.

    3 May 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Sunlight surrenders to hovering cloudsshadowing the blooming rose,cooling the resilient larch,yellowing the jade grass.But all three remain.Past, present, and future.Sunlight bathes mankind with warmthreducing his depression,replenishing her vitamin D,supplying life to a broken soul.But these shall disappear.The present is all that is clear.
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