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  • Mindmap Shows How to Talk Like TED

    Published and Profitable Writers Tips Blog
    Roger C. Parker
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to prepare and deliver a winning TED presentation, check out Carmine Gallo’s Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds. At left is a downloadable mind map of Talk Like TED’s table of contents. I created it to show you the structure of one of today’s bestselling business books, at the top 2 or 3 of several categories. (You can also download a PDF.) I also wanted to provide you with a simple template that Mindjet users can download and use to take notes while reading Carmine Gallo’s book or…
  • Book Marketing 101- Setting Up A Successful Book Launch

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    Stefanie Newell
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:16 pm
    View on YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel I’ve been a published author since 2008 and I’ve learned so much along the way. I was thinking what could I share with my audience that will be useful ... The post Book Marketing 101- Setting Up A Successful Book Launch appeared first on The Write One Blog.
  • The Fumblerules of Grammar

    Advice to Writers
    JW
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Don't use no double negatives. Eschew obfuscation. Never use a preposition to end a sentence with. The passive voice should never be employed. You should not use a big word when a diminutive would suffice. It is bad to carelessly split infinitives. About those sentence fragments. Avoid clichés like the plague. WILLIAM SAFIRE
  • 3 Things Freelance Writer Must Know About Online Writing

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    annew
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    I get three types of questions about online freelance writing: “What is the difference between freelance online writing and writing for print?” “How to I find online writing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Important Choices for Self-Publishing Authors, Part 2

    Stories To Tell Books
    Biff Barnes
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    If you’re a self-publishing author, you have some important choices to make. In this blog series, we are discussing the pros and cons to help you with the most important decisions you’ll need to know about: (courtesy of BK under Creative Commons) Is self-publishing a DIY project? Or should you hire others to help with editing, book design, publishing, distribution, publicity and marketing? Beginning authors see the “self” in self-publishing and think it must be a DIY project; that they have a long learning curve ahead to master every step of the process. That’s…
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    Advice to Writers

  • The Fumblerules of Grammar

    JW
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Don't use no double negatives. Eschew obfuscation. Never use a preposition to end a sentence with. The passive voice should never be employed. You should not use a big word when a diminutive would suffice. It is bad to carelessly split infinitives. About those sentence fragments. Avoid clichés like the plague. WILLIAM SAFIRE
  • Dialogue Is Easier Than Plot

    JW
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It is much easier to write great dialogue (which is a talent and not really very much of an exertion) than to write great plots. So we playwrights do the next best thing to writing great plots: we write badplots. And then we fill up the empty spaces with verbiage. DAVID MAMET
  • Read Like Mad

    JW
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Read like mad. But try to do it analytically – which can be hard, because the better and more compelling a novel is, the less conscious you will be of its devices. It's worth trying to figure those devices out, however: they might come in useful in your own work. SARAH WATERS
  • Keep A Diary

    JW
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Keep a diary, but don't just list all the things you did during the day. Pick one incident and write it up as a brief vignette. Give it color, include quotes and dialogue, shape it like a story with a beginning, middle and end—as if it were a short story or an episode in a novel. It's great practice. Do this while figuring out what you want to write a book about. The book may even emerge from within this running diary. JOHN BERENDT
  • You Need A Certain Amount of Nerve to Be A Writer

    JW
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    You need a certain amount of nerve to be a writer, an almost physical nerve, the kind you need to walk a log across a river. MARGARET ATWOOD
 
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    Daily Writing Tips

  • Predicate Complements

    Maeve Maddox
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:33 am
    The term complement comes from the verb to complete. The predicate nominative and predicate adjective complete the meaning of a state-of-being or linking verb. The most common linking verb is to be, with its forms am, is, are, was, were, being, been. Other verbs, like seem and appear, also function in this way. The predicate nominative (abbreviated PN) completes the verb and renames the subject of the verb. The predicate adjective (abbreviated PA) completes the verb and describes the subject. The predicate complement is also called the subject complement because it restates or describes the…
  • Indolence and Indolent

    Maeve Maddox
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    When I heard an NPR reporter use the expression “passive indolence,” I decided I’d better look up the word because I thought indolent included the idea of passivity. I couldn’t imagine, for example, talking about “active indolence.” The noun indolence has traveled a long way from its original meaning of “freedom from pain.” The Latin noun indolentia means “freedom from pain.” The abstract noun came from the Latin verb dolere, “to be pained” and the negative prefix in, “not.” Indolentia was a state of not being in pain. In modern medical usage, indolence and the…
  • Comparison of Adjectives

    Maeve Maddox
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:09 pm
    If memory serves, I was taught the rules for comparing adjectives in fifth or sixth grade: 1. Adjectives have three degrees of comparison: positive, comparative, and superlative. 2. The comparative is formed with -er or more. 3. The superlative is formed with -est or most. 4. Short words like big and happy take -er and -est: big, bigger, biggest; happy, happier, happiest. 5. Long words, like beautiful and intelligent take more and most: beautiful, more beautiful, most beautiful; intelligent, more intelligent, most intelligent. This simplified summary applies in most situations. Fine-tuning…
  • Nascent and other Words for New

    Maeve Maddox
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:09 pm
    When I heard a man on the NPR Business News refer to a “new nascent industry,” my redundancy meter clicked. The adjective nascent comes from a Latin verb meaning “to be born.” The English word means “about to be born or in the act of being born or brought forth.” In extended use it refers to something in the act or condition of coming into existence. The sense of “new” seems to be included in the word nascent: In the 1980s, Mr. McMahon formed relationships with cable networks, helping a nascent MTV gain popularity through its wrestling programming. This is the second post in a…
  • Confidence

    Maeve Maddox
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:06 pm
    The Latin verb fidere means “to trust.” Adding the prefix con-, “with,” gives confidere, “to have full trust or reliance.” According to a note in the OED, the word may have originated to show the relationship between two people, “two friends who mutually confide in or trust each other, and hence are trusted by each other.” In time, the word came to be used in a more general sense. The noun confidence has a variety of meanings. As a synonym for faith or trust, it means “the mental attitude of trusting in or relying on a person or thing”: And we have confidence in the Lord…
 
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  • How to Choose Arresting Images for Your Blog Posts (And Why You Should)

    Jerod Morris
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve read the headline. You’re intrigued. “But,” you might be thinking, “Why didn’t you choose a different, more arresting image for this post?” Good question. First, because The Lede is a regular post series, and the graphic that Rafal created for us is a clear visual cue to our audience that a new episode has been posted. Second, because we are posting this episode a day early, meaning that the visual cue is extra important to let people know a new little audio gift is unexpectedly waiting to be unwrapped. But, if we didn’t already have an…
  • The Simple Truth People Forget When Trying to Grow a Business

    Sean Smith
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    You want to grow your business, right? You want downloads of your app, people buying your products, readers on your blog, and evangelists on social media, don’t you? Fair enough, that’s what we all want. But you’re missing something essential. People won’t ever know you, hear from you, understand you, follow you, or engage with you because of one simple flaw. Your target isn’t small enough. Seems counter-intuitive doesn’t it? It isn’t. Building an audience online should be born the same way it is offline: from person-to-person. First, define who you are…
  • Are You Really a Writer … Or Just a Copyist?

    Raubi Perilli
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    There is a terminology problem plaguing the content community. It’s confusing marketers, it’s misleading clients, and it’s causing an identity crisis among content creators everywhere. It seems that no one really knows what it means to be a writer. And Merriam-Webster isn’t much help when it comes to defining this person. A “writer is someone whose work it is to write books, poems, stories, etc.” Or even more vague, a writer is “someone who has written something.” And as Sonia Simone recently pointed out here at Copyblogger, there are even some…
  • 12 Examples of Native Ads (And Why They Work)

    Demian Farnworth
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Despite all the hype, native advertising remains a fuzzy concept for most marketers. According to our 2014 status report: 49 percent of respondents don’t know what native advertising is 24 percent are hardly familiar with it Another 24 percent are somewhat familiar Only 3 percent are very knowledgeable So, given the lack of awareness (and people mistaking it for other things, like sponsorship), we thought it would be a good idea to walk you through about a dozen examples of native advertising — and why they work. Let’s get going. 1. Print advertorials … starting with…
  • Removing Blog Comments: The View So Far

    Jerod Morris
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Shockwaves. That’s what this post by Sonia Simone sent through the Copyblogger community. The post, you’ll recall, announced our decision to remove blog comments and gave the reasoning for why we decided to do so — reasoning that some accepted at face value, others parsed for hidden meaning, and the rest ignored before ZOMG’ing to their social account of choice to share the headline. Agree or disagree, trust or question, the one constant was that everyone had a reaction. Now almost three weeks later, it’s time for us to react to the reaction. In this episode,…
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  • How to really get readers to care about your characters

    Carol Despeaux
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    In the short video below by screenwriter and director, John Truby, he says one of the biggest mistakes writers make is how they create their characters. Truby says most writers create characters by making them as detailed as possible. We’ve all heard this advice, right? Make your characters detailed, use all five senses, etc. But Truby says having detailed characters does NOT make your audience care about your characters. What makes them care is discovering two things: 1) what is the character’s fundamental weakness — their fundamental flaw? 2) what is the character’s…
  • Be your own writing judge: Six tips to help you win contests and attract agents

    Carly Sandifer
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of the hardest things to do as a writer is see your own work objectively. The past few weeks, I’ve been reading entries in a writing contest. It’s always a great learning experience to analyze other writers’ work, which is one reason I always recommend writers join critique groups. It’s interesting to see how many issues are common among the manuscripts I read. See if these ideas and tips can help you judge your own work more objectively. 1. Create mystery. Every story should have questions that will spark readers to turn the page so they can find the answers. What…
  • Four techniques to take your story to the next level

    Carly Sandifer
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    At the core of any successful story is a great idea. So what makes a great idea? What triggers tension? What moves the plot forward in a satisfying way? Here are four tips for finding ideas to push your writing forward: Find a moment of truth. Maybe you have a character floating around in your head. There is a sudden realization that marks a turning point or major change. A pivotal moment where nothing will be the same again. Now, figure out what came before and what will happen after. Create a shocking twist. You’re writing along, minding your business and suddenly your character up and…
  • Five clues to a great story from filmmaker Andrew Stanton

    Carol Despeaux
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    In his great Ted Talk, filmmaker (“Toy Story” & “WALL-E”) Andrew Stanton shares his thoughts on storytelling. Stories tell us who we are and give our life affirmation and meaning, says Stanton. Here a few other ideas he has about story: Stories make you care; Stories are inevitable but not predictable; Each character has a spine–an inner motor–a dominant unconscious goal they are always striving for; Change is fundamental in story. Life is never static; The secret sauce? The best stories infuse wonder. To learn more about what story is, watch…
  • Tips and best practices for writing young adult books

    Carly Sandifer
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Do you ever wonder how to hit the mark in your manuscript to bring all the elements together that will resonate with readers and potential agents? The challenge of making everything work — from dialogue to setting to characters to plot and more — is what makes writing so appealing to me. I’ve been judging a YA writing contest this month and in the process, it’s made me think about what works and what doesn’t work in writing young adult literature. Don’t underestimate or overestimate your audience. Consider the age range of your target reader. The language and style of…
 
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  • Thoughts on the MFA: A Breakdown of Things to Consider

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:47 am
    Recently I was asked to be on a panel for the Columbia MFA Program called "Life After the MFA" with a number of other writers who had graduated from the Program. Each panelist had a different experience, but we all seemed to be happy with the choice we made to attend. Having had a good experience myself, I have encouraged my most talented students to apply to MFA Programs. For the most part, I believe they have had a positive experience as well. Click here for some tips and more thoughts on the process of getting into and attending MFA Programs.
  • The Truth in Fiction

    5 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    Take the truth. The minute I put it down on paper, it is my truth, and that truth is a narrative, a piece of fiction, a story. The difference between non-fiction and fiction is the heading and the work: in non-fiction, by the fact of stating it is true, it has credibility and therefore can seem unbelievable; for fiction, the writer must make you believe the story is true whether it is or isn't. The truth in fiction is not what has physically happened, but the emotion behind it. My goal as a writer is to make the reader feel something, to evoke a response. What you feel is the truth inside…
  • One Last Post

    18 Apr 2012 | 3:17 am
    I'm sorry to say that this will be my last post as your guide here. Due to changing circumstances in other parts of my life I will no longer have the time to give this site the attention it deserves....Read Full Post
  • Ways to Start a Story

    2 Apr 2012 | 1:47 pm
    There are three ways I generally start writing a new story. Most often I start with the scrap of an idea, almost as often with a character, and once in a while a setting grabs me and starts the ball rolling....Read Full Post
  • Hammering Out That First Draft

    26 Mar 2012 | 1:07 pm
    The first draft, for me is always the toughest. I know that once I get that down I have something I can edit, massage, and shape into a solid polished work. Something real. It's wading through the first draft that nearly stops me every time....Read Full Post
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  • Search Google for your email address (Dox yourself)

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:49 pm
    It could be bad news, but you could also find something fixable like I just did. Something really big! So in another forum someone asked had people ever doxxed themselves. Never heard of it. It's more than just Googling your name, http://hack-world.4umer.net/t5-how-to-dox-somebody... Search Google for your email address (Dox yourself)
  • Wayfarer's Tavern

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Welcome to The New Incarnation of: Wayfarer's Tavern​ From time to time, our open chat thread becomes unmanageably large. It also degenerates... Wayfarer's Tavern
  • RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Just found out that he passed away. He was one of the greatest living writers. I'm sure a lot of you have heard of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, both of which are excellent novels. This is a huge loss for literature and book lovers. RIP.
  • TV Shows

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Over the last couple of days I've been watching the short-lived TV series Firefly, and it's amazing. I just finished all 14 episodes and the movie, and I'd have to say it's one of my favorite shows of all time. Anybody else like this amazing show? If you haven't seen it, I suggest you do. It's... TV Shows
  • What else are you creative with?

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    When I logged on earlier, I noticed the tab was named "creative writing" which got me thinking, what else are you creative with? As an example, I love to cook Italian food (my own version, of course) and I like baking (my gingerbread reindeer were absolutely fab!). I can cross stitch and I have... What else are you creative with?
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    Charlotte Rains Dixon

  • The Benefits of Writing Crap (A Reminder)

    Charlotte Dixon
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Last weekend, I was at my desk. I had just started a new chapter.  (I'm almost to the halfway point in my WIP, so I'm well into the dreaded muddle of the middle.)  And I was throwing horrible combinations of words at the page.   Really, when I say horrible, I mean horrible. Feeling a little, um, less than happy with my work, I took a break to check email.  And, wouldn't you know it, there was a message from some publisher or another trumpeting an author's "masterful literary debut."  Which made my shoulders sag and my chin drop to my chest. Because of…
  • Procrastination for Writers

    Charlotte Dixon
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    My newsletter comes out every two weeks without fail and usually I get the material for it to my friend who compiles it for me well ahead of time. Not this week.   Yes, life got in the way--I won't bore you with the particulars.  But I also procrastinated.  Because if I had really wanted to, I could have fit some work on it in the nooks and crannies of time.  I'm used to doing that.  I do it all the time. Not this week. I knew I needed to get the newsletter done in plenty of time for it to be scheduled, but I didn't do it. And then last night, as I was falling asleep, I…
  • Guest Post, Book Launch: How Getting Coached Saved My Sanity

    Charlotte Dixon
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:40 am
    I am thrilled to introduce you to my friend Lisa, a fellow Portlander.  Her fabulous debut mystery, Kilmoon, A County Clare Mystery, just released last week.  She's got an interesting take on how to get organized for a book launch.  Take it away, Lisa! Book Launches: How Getting Coached Saved My Sanity by Lisa Alber My debut novel, Kilmoon, A County Clare Mystery, came out on March 18th, and if anyone six months previously had told me how nuts the ten weeks before launch would be, I would have shrugged. No biggie. Uh-huh, right. Come to find out that I have two things going against me…
  • Winners of the Birthday Giveaway! (With an Explanation and a Question)

    Charlotte Dixon
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Before I reveal the three winners of the birthday giveaway, an explanation and a question. The Explanation When I started this project seven years ago, it was the style to name your blog. (It still is, to a certain degree at least.)  So I came up with the idea for the name Wordstrumpet.  Inspired by one of my favorite blogs at the time, the Yarn Harlot, I thought that combining "word" and "strumpet" would signify that I was a lush for writing. Turns out lots of people don't know about strumpets.  No, a strumpet is not a sweet delicacy, but rather a wanton woman (so…
  • Aiming High or Over-reaching?

    Charlotte Dixon
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    This is one of those posts that I write because I don't know the answer and I'm trying to figure it out. (Ha! Like I ever know the answers.)  So bear with me as I sort it out. Imagine: --a writer, talented but still raw, without a lot of words beneath her belt, finishing a short story and submitting it to the New Yorker. --an under-achieving professional applying for jobs--and assuming he'll get them--way beyond what his experience warrants. --an entrepreneur starting a business from scratch--and setting a goal that she'll reach one million in sales by the end of her…
 
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    What Kate Did Next

  • Truly, Madly, Deeply

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:31 am
    I've been chunked - and no, that's not some kind of April Fool's Day joke. It's publication day for the RNA's shorter Truly, Madly, Deeply ebooks, and I'm honoured to be with fellow hist fic authors Anna Jacobs and Sarah Mallory in TMD Part 7   or you can find us in the complete Harlequin anthology along with many other bestselling RNA authors.You can find out more about Anna's work here, and Sarah's here.I'm going to be writing about the inspiration for my story, 'The Language of Flowers', over on the History Girls next month. At the moment you can read an interview with the…
  • What Do Writers Want?

    24 Mar 2014 | 2:59 am
    Photo: RNAHere's a question for you: what do you want from your writing? Someone asked me that the other day. As a writer juggling work with life, perhaps a day-job and a family, how often do you step back and ask yourself: 'what do I want?'  It was an interesting question. Why not take a minute and think about it? As I've often said to the children, (quoting that great philosopher Jake from the Tweenies), generally 'I want doesn't get'. Manners go a long way - I believe in please and thank you, and sometimes it's an uphill struggle where we are. But once in a while it is good to remind…
  • Happy

    19 Feb 2014 | 7:08 am
    How does it happen? It was halfway up the 268 vertiginous steps to the Tian Tan Buddha in Ngong Ping last week, heart hammering and breathless, that I realised I'm properly, officially, not-that-young any more. The children went scampering on ahead, disappearing into the mist - you're supposed to be able to see to Macau on a clear day, we could hardly see the Buddha once we reached the top. But it was glorious. To be fair, I'm normally a lot fitter, but in my head I'm still skipping around like the glorious 17 year old in today's video. (Need cheering up? Do watch it - impossible not to…
  • The Things We Never Say

    19 Dec 2013 | 8:07 am
    How are you all? Feeling festive? This is what Christmas looks like here, cool enough for the bauhinia to bloom in the garden again. The little thumb sized cuttings from the plant souq are now ten feet tall, and what was a bare yard is a micro jungle of frangipani, bougainvillea, jasmine. I love this scrap of green - a tiny oasis in a sea of sand and concrete. Meanwhile, the new book has been delivered, last deadlines have been met, and we're looking forward to the pilot being home on Christmas Day, (fresh from a trip to Lahore), for the first time in four years. It's going to be good to stop…
  • Home

    22 Nov 2013 | 4:24 am
    Join me over at The History Girls, with a report from the wonderful Thames Valley History Festival ...
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  • What Magazine Editors Want (& Don’t Want)

    Brian A. Klems
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    What are editors pet peeves? What can you do to get more and more assignments tossed your way by editors? Do editors expect you to know SEO? (Do you know what SEO means?)I was honored to be interviewed by Laura Pepper Wu, editor of The Write Life magazine, where we discussed many important topics that relate to freelance writers. It’s a lot of great info packed into a relatively short conversation, so it’s worth checking out (not to mention I look incredibly dashing in my bright blue headphones). Here’s the clip.Thanks for visiting The Writer’s Dig blog. For more great…
  • Successful Queries: Agent Sara Megibow and “Falls the Shadow”

    Chuck Sambuchino
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    This series is called “Successful Queries” and I’m posting actual query letter examples that succeeded in getting writers signed with agents. In addition to posting these query letter samples, we will also get to hear thoughts from the writer’s literary agent as to why the letter worked.The 66th installment in this series is with agent Sara Megibow (Nelson Literary) for Stefanie Gaither’s young adult novel, FALLS THE SHADOW (Sept 2014, Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers). Kristi Helvig, author of BURN OUT, said of the book: “[It's] a smart, futuristic…
  • 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

    Robert Lee Brewer
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Yesterday afternoon, I posted about the value of poetry (at least in my eyes). Spoiler alert: It’s more than just publication credits and rolling around in hundred dollar bills. In fact, it has nothing to do with either. Click here to check it out and share your thoughts.For today’s prompt, write a pop culture poem. I guess I broke out the Bon Jovi a day early, eh? But hey, write a poem about Bon Jovi or Van Halen; write a poem about the Kardashians (or don’t–and say you did); write a poem about a popular SNL skit; write a poem about Dr. Who or Downton Abbey; write a…
  • What Is the Value of Poetry?

    Robert Lee Brewer
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In the opening poem (“matters of great importance”) of my collection, Solving the World’s Problems, I ask a simple question: what’s more important / writing a poem / or building a bridge…At least, the question starts off simple enough, but then it continues to spiral out into giving thanks, stocking chairs, delivering chairs, managing systems, and so on. But there are times when I waste time worrying about which really is more important. There are times when I wonder, “What am I doing here?”Here being writing poems and devoting a tremendous amount of…
  • How to Write a Mashup Novel

    Guest Column
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    My fiction novel, Godsmacked, has been described by reviewers as the world’s first Christian mashup novel. Even though that is not specifically what I set out to do, I certainly welcome that analogy because, well, I like to fool myself into believing that I’m hip.And mashups seem to be one of the hip, ‘in vogue’ things these days, although in actuality the idea is not new at all. This guest post is by Paul Cicchini. Cicchini is a nationally-certified school psychologist, humorist, sports journalist, coach, and specialist in character education. He was inspired to write while…
 
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • Thoughts on the Writing Process

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    Today’s post is part of a group effort. Last week in a guest post on Linda Austin's blog, Moonbridgebooks.com, I was invited by Mary Gottschalk, author of the memoir, Sailing Down the Moonbeamand a forthcoming novel to join a collective discussion on personal aspects of the writing processes. I found the questions useful in clarifying my thoughts on this matter and urge all writers to do likewise. 1) What am I working on? I’m dabbling in flash memoir. I’ve spent the last few months intensively studying techniques for evoking emotion in readers, and one key concept that snapped sharply…
  • Memoir with Recipes

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Although few things bond people like food and sharing recipes, I didn’t intend to include recipes in my mini-memoir, Adventures of a Chilehead,for several reasons: 1) Some of the stories are set in restaurants and I couldn’t include recipes for those. 2) Recipes for things like frijoles, chile con carne and enchiladas are easily found on the web. 3) When I cook, I use recipes as mere suggestions and cook by the seat of my pants based mostly on what’s in the kitchen at any given time. How do you write recipes for that? 4) Some ingredients, like chile powder, are unreliable in strength.
  • Which Memory is Real?

    24 Mar 2014 | 10:20 am
    Everyone knows how memory dims and darkens with time. Yesterday I began writing about a memory from the summer after first grade when I felt “outside the circle.” I'd written  about this incident before, but decided to begin fresh. After five paragraphs I could see no further benefit in continuing the rewrite and tracked down a version from five years ago, intending to graft in some of that material. When I read the earlier story, my jaw dropped. The theme was the same, the other main character was the same, but circumstances were quite different. Yesterday's  story begins as I…
  • Eternal Optimists Piss Me Off

    16 Mar 2014 | 2:07 pm
    At the risk of sounding judgmental (how human would that be?) I’ve got to admit that when I continually hear nothing but rosy accounts from the same person, I grow suspicious, even angry at times. For example, an elderly woman I knew many years ago never had anything but the kindest, nicest things to say about people, even about people I found monstrously arrogant or rude. She was always smiling and cheerful, even in her nineties when I knew she had aches, pains, and countless physical problems and not everyone treated her well. By her account, people were always delightful, and her…
  • Reading and Writing Across the Gender Divide

    10 Mar 2014 | 7:26 am
    I just read Pittsburgh author Dave Newman’s story, “Asteroids Falling Up,” in The New Yinzer, a fine online literary magazine  published here in Pittsburgh. My eyeballs occasionally bulged as I read this risqué coming of age piece. This story punched windows into walls of reticence as I read. Perhaps, I thought, I can write more boldly – on other topics. Whether fiction or memoir, Newman’s compelling story would not ring true or have such impact had he toned down or skirted his topic. I mention this story, this experience, to illustrate the value of reading across the gender…
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  • Mindmap Shows How to Talk Like TED

    Roger C. Parker
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to prepare and deliver a winning TED presentation, check out Carmine Gallo’s Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds. At left is a downloadable mind map of Talk Like TED’s table of contents. I created it to show you the structure of one of today’s bestselling business books, at the top 2 or 3 of several categories. (You can also download a PDF.) I also wanted to provide you with a simple template that Mindjet users can download and use to take notes while reading Carmine Gallo’s book or…
  • How to Use Humor to Sell More Books

    Roger C. Parker
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am
    Stu Heinecke’s Drawing Attention to sell more books and build attendance at your events. Drawing Attention reveals how to use unleash the incredible power of cartoons in: -  Marketing and advertising -  Sales promotion -  Job search -  Presentations -  VIP contact campaigns Direct marketing + cartoons = success In an age of specialization, Drawing Attentionauthor Stu Heinecke has two specialties:  he’s an experienced marketer who has been been been blending direct marketing with his talent and love of cartooning for over 30 years. The result? Direct marketing + cartoons =…
  • MindMap Reveals Bob Burg’s 5 Principles of Influence

    Roger C. Parker
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Study the 5 Principles of Ultimate Influence by viewing or downloading a mind map of Bob Burg’s Adversaries into Influence. Subtitled Win People Over Without Manipulation or Coercion, Bob Burg’s latest book tells how to apply the 5 Principles in your daily interactions with others. Structured for success Bob’s Adversaries Into Allies describes over 70 simple, self-monitoring, and easily-applied ideas and tips for building your influence without compromising your integrity. It builds on the relationship-building and networking tips that Bob Burg has been writing about for…
  • Pamela Muldoon Interviews Me about My 3-Step Approach to Content Creation

    Roger C. Parker
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Pamela Muldoon, from Next Stage Media, interviewed me before Content Marketing World for her Content Marketing 360 series. If you click the image, you can hear our discussion of my 3-step formula for content creation. Or, you can read the transcript of our interview. Being interviewed by Pamela Muldoon was a great experience, one that was reinforced when I later attended her presentation on audio marketing at Content Marketing world. Pamela’s content marketing interviews During the last three years, Pamela Muldoon has interviewed a broad spectrum of content marketing leaders. These…
  • Adversaries into Allies Helps Turn Ideas into Action

    Roger C. Parker
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Bob Burg’s latest book, Adversaries Into Allies, shows how to leverage the ideas in your book and blog posts into enhanced personal influence. Authors don’t operate in a vacuum! To be successful, authors have to overcome objections and persuade others to give their ideas a chance. They need to win people over before their book is published, and as long as their career involves helping readers solve their problems and achieve their goals. Why readers buy books Readers buy business and self-help books to achieve change. Often, readers come back to authors for help implementing the…
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    Writing Forward

  • Indie Authors: Check Out the Self Publishing Roundtable

    Melissa Donovan
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you’re an indie author–or if you ever plan on becoming an indie author–then you’ll want to check out the Self Publishing Roundtable, a weekly podcast devoted to independent authors and book publishing. The show started out as a weekly roundup and discussion of the latest news in self publishing but has since evolved into an interview format with some of the most successful indie authors in publishing sharing their experiences and offering tips and insights on self publishing. From breakout, best-selling indie author Hugh Howey to New York Times and USA Today…
  • Story Starters: Ten Fiction Writing Prompts

    Melissa Donovan
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Give these fiction writing prompts a try. Fiction writing prompts are a great way to stimulate creativity when you’re in the mood to do a little writing but need some fresh story ideas. Prompts and other creative writing exercises can trigger your imagination. Sometimes, prompts and exercises help you come up with new ideas for projects you’re already working on, and other times, they give you ideas for projects you haven’t started yet. They’re also a great source of motivation. 10 Fiction Writing Prompts The fiction writing prompts below are story starters. Try…
  • How to Find and Choose a Literary Agent

    Melissa Donovan
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Find and choose a literary agent. If you’ve decided traditional publishing is right for you, then you’ll probably need to find a literary agent. A literary agent represents your interests and should act as your advocate. Your literary agent will shop your book around to publishing houses and try to land a publishing deal for you. Before doing this, some agents will help you prepare your book to ensure the best possible presentation to publishing houses. For all this, the agent gets a cut of the profits from your advance and royalties. In addition to selling the publishing rights…
  • From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Oh No He Didn’t!

    Melissa Donovan
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Sneak peek at 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Oh No He Didn’t! 101 Creative Writing Exercises is a book of writing exercises that takes writers on a journey through different forms and genres. Each exercise teaches a specific concept, and each chapter focuses on a different subject or form: journaling, storytelling, fiction writing, poetry, article writing, and more. All of the exercises are designed to be practical. In other words, you can use these exercises to launch projects that are destined for publication. Today, I’d like to present one of the exercises to give you a taste…
  • Quotes on Writing: Leonardo da Vinci

    Melissa Donovan
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” - Leonardo da Vinci What is Art? What is Poetry? For centuries, people have been asking the question what is artIs art a question? An answer? An expression? A statement? Maybe it’s sheer entertainment. It’s a question we all must answer for ourselves, especially artists and writers. I believe the best art entertains while it provokes thought or emotion, but that’s just my personal opinion. You might seek art that makes you laugh or fills you with awe. Some prefer art…
 
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    We Are Change

  • North Charleston man facing federal charges over $.89 drink refill

    CarolineC
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    We Are Change Via wistv.com A North Charleston man was hit with a federal fine for refilling his drink without paying. The on-site construction worker says he didn’t know refills at the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston came at a price, and Wednesday, during his lunch hour, he was slapped with federal charges. The ticket was issued by the Federal Police Force at the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston after Christopher Lewis refilled his soda without paying the $0.89. A hospital spokesperson called it a “theft of government property.” “Every time I look at…
  • It’s Time to Encrypt the Entire Internet

    CarolineC
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    We Are Change By Klint Finley via Wired.com The Heartbleed bug crushed our faith in the secure web, but a world without the encryption software that Heartbleed exploited would be even worse. In fact, it’s time for the web to take a good hard look at a new idea: encryption everywhere. Most major websites use either the SSL or TLS protocol to protect your password or credit card information as it travels between your browser and their servers. Whenever you see that a site is using HTTPS, as opposed to HTTP, you know that SSL/TLS is being used. But only a few sites — like Facebook and Gmail…
  • BLM Claims 90,000 Acres Does Not Belong To Texas, Attempts To Seize Ranch

    Eric Barlow
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:21 am
    We Are Change www.inquisitr.com The BLM removed armed federal agents from Bunkeville and near the Bundy ranch, but another possible “land grab” or range war appears to be brewing in Texas. Fellow rancher Tommy Henderson has been fighting the BLM for 30 years, and appears to be losing yet another round in the battle. Tommy Henderson is locked in a property rights fight with the BLM. Although many students are taught in geography class that the border between Texas and Oklahoma is the Red River, the issue is far more complicated than that, according to the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Ron Paul group ‘Campaign for Liberty’ to defy IRS

    Eric Barlow
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:58 am
    We Are Change www.washingtonexaminer.com Ron Paul‘s nonprofit Campaign for Liberty will fight the Internal Revenue Service’s demand that it reveal its donor list to the agency, despite having already been fined for refusing to do so. “There is no legitimate reason for the IRS to know who donates to Campaign for Liberty,” Megan Stiles, the communications director at Campaign for Liberty, told the Washington Examiner in an email on Tuesday. “We believe the First Amendment is on our side as evidenced by cases such as NAACP v. Alabama and International Union…
  • Proof That The Bible Is Anti-Government

    Eric Barlow
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:39 am
    We Are Change www.freemansperspective.com Judaism and Christianity are, at their cores, subversive, anti-government religions. This is strongly reflected in the holy books of these religions, a.k.a. the Bible. So, I’m going to provide a quick cheat sheet for biblical anarchy – a list of passages that make a clear case: The God of the Bible has nothing to do with the governments of Earth and, in fact, considers them evil. This list may offend people. But their anger doesn’t make it any less true. The List: Starting with the Hebrew Scriptures, then moving into the Greek, here are the…
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    Work-in-Progress

  • Job Opening for Arts Administrator

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    I loved my time on residency last spring at the KHN Center, so I know this would be an amazing job for the right person! (Read more about the KHN Center here: http://www.khncenterforthearts.org/.)Employment OpportunityThe KHN Center thus has an immediate opening for Program Director position to manage the operations of its artist-in-residence program. The Center's year-round program hosts 60 artists, writers and composers annually and mounts 6 exhibitions throughout the year. It is located in the center of historic Nebraska Cityapproximately 130 miles north of Kansas City and 50 miles…
  • Curry Butter Shrimp!

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    (Oh yes...I'm pretty sure it was a mistake getting this smart phone and now signing up for Instagram! This is just the tip of the iceberg....)
  • Our "Mad Men" Menu

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Steve and I are excited about the return of “Mad Men” on Sunday night. Naturally, there has to be special menu for the night, and we’ve been using this cookbook as our planning guide.  Looks like we’ll be having:Martini—himOld-Fashioned—meShrimp Curry Butter Canapes (inspired by the Rockefeller Fundraiser episode)Wedge Salad (inspired by the Palm, perhaps the chophouse where Don and Roger charmed the Madison Square Garden account guys)Trudy’s Ribeye in the Pan (back when Trudy was worried about making Pete happy)Sauteed Mushrooms (I'm free-lancing this one)Faye Miller’s…
  • The Dirty Underbelly of Cyber-Reviews

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    The Horror Writers of America (HWA) are requesting that Amazon make changes to its book review and commenting policies, primarily requesting an end to anonymous reviews:[HWA President Rocky] Wood explained that the online retailer’s policy should be reinforced to prevent what HWA describes as inappropriate reviews, or those that --indicate the customer has not read the book, but only a small portion of it, such as a free electronic sample. --include spoilers that, once revealed, could significantly reduce interest in the work. --include negative personal remarks about the…
  • Read This Poem!

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    National Poetry Month continues at Redux…I’m so pleased to present “Solstice,” a beautiful poem by Richard Foerster.  (Redux is the online journal of previously published work not available elsewhere on the internet.)  Be sure to read the “story behind the poem” to see how a long-ago job at a dictionary company influenced the writing of this poem 40 years later!Here’s the link.
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    Buzz, Balls & Hype

  • BUY ONE GET 2 FREE!

    M.J. Rose
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Buy my new hardcover and get two ebooks free!  Really? Really! If you buy The Collector of Dying Breaths (hardcover only!) between today & Thursday & email the receipt to MJRoseWriter at gmail.com - I will send you two free ebooks from my awared winning Butterfield Institute series. Here are the buy links for the hardcover at Amazon  at BN.com or an your favorite indie!  Here's what they are are saying about The Collector of Dying Breaths: Amazon Best Books of April  Mystery/ Suspense/ Thriller "Gripping—a suspenseful and enigmatic story... Best-selling author Rose…
  • My Strawberry Soufflé

    M.J. Rose
    24 Sep 2013 | 4:07 am
    Shouldn’t success and happiness be the achievement of what we love to its own end, knowing that end might be private and personal?  - Felicia Sullivan from Love,Life,Eat  This morning I came upon Felicia’s blog. Having been at the Bouchercon mystery convention this weekend, her column really hit home—I’ve just spent the last three days with hundreds of authors and was struck over and over by how many of us expressed unhappiness about our careers.  So many talked about not feeling like a “success”.  Why? I asked again and again. There were authors who…
  • Hand Yelling Constance by Patrick McGrath

    M.J. Rose
    26 May 2013 | 6:06 am
    I devoured Constance by Patrick McGrath yesterday.  I unabashedly think he is one of the masters of gothic writing now.  (I bought at R.J. Julia in Madison CT while on tour- what a great bookstore!) Constance is a gothic tale of a marriage that had me obsessed all day, yesterday. Thank goodness it was raining and a weekend.  Compelling, psychologically haunting, dark, lurid...  Here is a NYT review that poses some problems but ultimately gives it a rave that I agree with.  "Loss, trauma and a drastic, fatal desire for control are what this novel is really about. And, as the whole…
  • Hand Yelling The Age of Desire

    M.J. Rose
    19 May 2013 | 11:13 am
    I read this evoacative, atomospheric and compelling book - a novel about a novelist -  last week while on my own book tour which was an M.C. Escherish experience. I really enjoyed this intimate exploration of Edith Warton's sexual awaking even though at times I wasn't overly fond of Edith herself, or the choices she made. Which does make this an odd endorsement I suppose. But the book is beautifully written and compelling. Especially fascinating for fans of Warton - since the author based so much of the story on actual letters - it was fascinating for me to learn the story of…
  • Hand Yelling The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

    M.J. Rose
    14 May 2013 | 3:13 am
    I picked up this book with trepidation. I've been writing books about perfume for the last four years and am seeped in it. I expected to be either disappointed or jealous. I wasn't disappointed and I can't be jealous because the of hours of pleasure I got reading The Perfume Collector. Even though I guessed "the secret" almost right away - it didn't matter - the characters were so engaging and the writing so lovely. Perfume, Paris, passion, style, elegance, a certain "je ne sais quois", charm and good old fashioned storytelling along with a lump in my…
 
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    About Freelance Writing

  • 3 Things Freelance Writer Must Know About Online Writing

    annew
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    I get three types of questions about online freelance writing: “What is the difference between freelance online writing and writing for print?” “How to I find online writing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 3 Pros and Cons of Freelance Writing

    annew
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    If you’re thinking about joining the ranks of successful freelance writers, or if you’re already writing as a freelancer and simply want to review how it’s going, here are some of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Handle Interruptions When You’re Freelance Writing

    annew
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    Working at home is one of the joys of freelance writing. As with many things, writing at home is also a problem. If you’re going to make money writing, you’ve got to be able to keep at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Freelance Writing – What a Difference a Vowel Makes

    annew
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:23 pm
    By Allison VanNest of Grammarly.com Homophones—words that sound the same but are spelled differently—can be a tricky mistress. Here are ten easily confused word pairs that are separated by only a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Start Making Money As A Freelance Writer

    annew
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:15 pm
    There are two sources of income for freelance writers: paid assignments from magazines, newspapers and other publishers and paid assignments from corporations, nonprofits and other businesses. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Bad Language

  • 6 ways to end the war between sales and marketing

    Clare Dodd
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    It’s true. Sales and marketing don’t get on. In fact, 87 percent of the terms sales and marketing use to describe each other are negative, according to a recent survey. It’s bad for business and it’s got to stop. When sales and marketing work together it’s been shown that ‘companies see substantial improvement on important performance metrics: ‘sales cycles are shorter, market-entry costs go down, and the cost of sales is lower,’ according to the Harvard Business Review. Not only that, but as Steve McKee writes in Business Week, It should go…
  • 10 top content marketing blogs you need to follow

    Toby Knott
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    (Hat tip to Mike Licht for the photo) You’re busy – too many blogs to read, not enough time. You haven’t got the time to trawl through search results for content marketing stats, facts and figures. These are the blogs you can trust and revisit time and time again to keep up to date on the world of content marketing and get the tips and tricks to run more effective and profitable campaigns. Content Marketing Institute blog Lots of excellent stuff from the Content Marketing Institute (CMI), whose mission it is to advance the practice of content marketing. It covers all aspects of content…
  • We’re giving away our copywriting briefing checklist

    Matthew Stibbe
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:45 am
    Without a clear copywriting briefing checklist, marketing copywriters and their clients are (sometimes) like two people divided by a common language. I’ve written before that writers are from Mars and clients are from Venus. Perhaps we speak Martian and Venusian. But the costs of miscommunication are high: Project delays Avoidable rework Unnecessary frustration Less effective copy Hair loss Yes, sometimes good writers produce bad copy, but in my experience most projects that go wrong fail because of a lack of communication at the earliest stages. A good briefing checklist can reduce these…
  • 14 misconceptions about working with agencies

    Katelyn Piontek
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    We’ve all heard the phrase ‘content is king‘, but research has shown it’s more than hype. When it comes to B2B purchasing behaviour, customers will contact a sales rep only after they’ve independently completed about 60 percent of the purchasing decision process. This means potential leads and customers have been to your website, read your blog and probably downloaded a white paper or a brochure all before making first contact. Working with the right agency therefore matters more than ever. You don’t just need on time and on budget, you need on message and…
  • 12 top copy tips to boost your website conversion rate

    Toby Knott
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:26 am
    (Hat tip to stanjourdan for the photo) Your website is the front line of your content marketing strategy, so don’t cut corners with the copy. Visitors tend to leave websites within ten to 20 seconds and only read about 20 percent of the content on each page. Your copy therefore has to be something special to grab their attention, inspire action and drive up your website conversion rate . But it’s not brain surgery – just tweaking and slimming your existing copy can make all the difference. Indeed, changing the description of a shipping charge on a DVD trial offer from ‘a $5…
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    Word Grrls

  • Lexophile is a Good Word

    Laura Brown
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:47 pm
    My Mother forwarded this in email today: “Lexophile” is a word used to describe those who love using words in rather unique ways, such as “you can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish”, or “to write with a…Read more →
  • N is for Night

    Laura Brown
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Sailing into the city by the light of the full moon. Posting for the A to Z Challenge.Read more →
  • M is for Mountains

    Laura Brown
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    Catching up on posting for the A to Z Challenge.Read more →
  • L is for Laura

    Laura Brown
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
      This is me, in ASCII art. Of course, in ASCII art everyone appears thinner than they actually are. Catching up on posting for the A to Z Challenge.Read more →
  • Facebook Also Thinks a Mobile Phone is a Security Blanket

    Laura Brown
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
      Soon after my post about Google’s mobile phone fetish… I open Facebook and get a note about how I can improve the security of my account… using a mobile phone, of course. Do you see what I mean? It…Read more →
 
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    Get Paid to Write Online

  • Writers, Are You Looking After Your Mental Health?

    Sharon Hurley Hall
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:01 pm
    As a self-employed solopreneur you probably don’t get to take a mental health day when it all seems a bit too much. After all, there are all those bills to pay. That’s why we spend so much time wearing multiple hats and juggling all the tasks that people in a regular business would have lots of employees to do. Many of us are also juggling beyond the four corners of the screen in our daily lives. We may be parents, carers for elderly relatives, members of volunteer organizations or possibly all of them at the same time. It’s no surprise that we sometimes feel overwhelmed –…
  • Changing the Culture of Freelance Writing

    Sharon Hurley Hall
    6 Mar 2014 | 10:20 am
    Editor’s note: I’m a member of the Writer’s Bridge. Its founder, Darrell Laurant, recently sent us an inspirational piece about how the culture of freelance writing could change. I thought it deserved a wider audience, so here it is.  by Darrell Laurant Architect and philosopher Buckminster Fuller was once quoted as saying: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Amen. The existing reality, when it comes to freelance writing, is that the system is broken —…
  • 8 Ways Freelance Writers Are Leaving Money on the Table

    Sharon Hurley Hall
    21 Feb 2014 | 12:22 pm
    by Marcie Hill Most freelance writers are creative beings, not business people, which means we tend to only charge for the actual writing of projects – the part we love most, without fully considering all aspects of completing the project. Unfortunately, we are leaving a lot of money on the table – literally and figuratively. Image: Pixabay When we are hired for writing services, we are not just writers. We uncover and collect information through research and interviews to provide a comprehensive story. We are artists who bring thoughts and ideas to life. We are geniuses who connect…
  • Domain Name Prize Draw – Winners!

    Sharon Hurley Hall
    14 Feb 2014 | 6:42 am
    The Get Paid to Write Online Namecheap Domain Name Giveaway (isn’t that a mouthful!) is now closed and we have winners. Drumroll, please: The first prize of 3 domain names (.com/.net/.org) goes to Nick Armstrong. The runner-up prizes of 1 domain name each go to Molly McCowan and Steven J Fromm. Look out for an email from Namecheap re your prize – and thanks to all who participated. The post Domain Name Prize Draw – Winners! appeared first on Get Paid to Write Online.
  • The Radical Approach to Building a Guest Post Pitch (Part 2)

    Sharon Hurley Hall
    30 Jan 2014 | 5:00 am
    (Note. This is part 2 of the two-part series on building a guest post pitch… Building a guest post pitch the radical way, I should say. Make sure to check the first part before consuming this one to get the full picture: LINK. It’s also where we explain why this whole topic matters for freelance writers and bloggers.) Last time, we went through some of the problems of many fill-in-the-blank templates of guest post pitches. We also talked about how to use the official guidelines creatively (the guidelines on the blog you’re targeting), which doesn’t always mean being in…
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    BenCrowder.net

  • In defense of the prophets

    8 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    My friend Scott asked on Facebook for my response to two posts by J. Max Wilson, one on rejecting living prophets by following future prophets and the other on the limits of prophetic fallibility. I’ve been meaning to blog something along these lines anyway, so here’s my response. We were always a peculiar people, but the culture of the world seems to be diverging more and more from the doctrines the prophets teach, which means those doctrines (and those prophets) will keep growing more embarrassing and unpopular and awkward. And yet I think this is good for the Church. It helps…
  • Experimental family pedigree

    5 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    This experiment takes the style introduced in January and uses it for a family pedigree (this time with real names and dates from my Italian side in Morrone del Sannio): Three generations would have been better than four (mostly because of spacing). There’s also a bit of redundancy — people on the main lines show up twice, once as a child and once as a father/mother. Overall, though, I like being able to see the children of each family across multiple generations.
  • Census source tracker

    24 Mar 2014 | 1:06 am
    A few weeks ago the FamilySearch blog posted about Source Tracker, a web app that hooks into FamilySearch and shows you which U.S. censuses your ancestors should have been in, and (more importantly) which ones have already been sourced. For example: Yes, please. It’s brilliant. And it makes it really, really easy to see where the holes are — in mine, for example, you can see that I need to find Mary Louise Chambers in the 1880, 1930, and 1940 censuses. Clicking the magnifying glass takes you to a search for that person in that census. I’ve spent a fair amount of time these…
  • My new favorite blogs

    22 Mar 2014 | 10:21 am
    First, Tom Simon, a Christian fantasy author. I first came across his essays, specifically the ten-part series on fantasy beginning with Quakers in Spain, and I’ve enjoyed his blog since then. Then, back in February, Tom posted the following quote by John C. Wright: The preference among biologists is to emphasize the similarities of man to other animals, and downplay their immense and categorical differences. This is not science or religion: it is merely a slant. The glass is half empty rather than half full. Anyone can see the similarities between humans and apes. Apes are just like…
  • An update

    21 Mar 2014 | 8:43 am
    Reasons I haven’t been a very good blogger lately: Most of my mental RAM has been swallowed up in working on our new BYU library website, the beta of which was released yesterday. We’re launching it next month, at which point I will heave a huge sigh of relief and go eat lots of ice cream. I’ve also been busy keeping Mormon Artist going. We’ve published fifty-five interviews since our relaunch in August, bringing the grand total up to 181 (around 460,000 words), and we have twenty-four more in progress. Part of me wants to slow things down a bit, but whenever I try to…
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    Write to Done

  • Do Negative Thoughts Give You Writer’s Block? 5 Ways To Cut Loose

    Henri Junttila
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Do you find yourself struggling to write? Sometimes, negative thoughts make it difficult for us to write. As writers, part of our job seems to be to struggle against ourselves. But it doesn’t have to be so hard. You can’t avoid the struggle, but it doesn’t have to paralyze you from doing the work you love. You can fight these negative thoughts – and writer’s block – using a few proven techniques. The key is to learn how your mind works. Dr. David D. Burns, in his book Ten Days to Self Esteem, writes: “When you feel upset, the thoughts that make you…
  • 2 Amazing Ways To Revise Your Novel (And When To Use Them)

    Darcy Pattison
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    You know you need to revise your novel, but where do you begin? The complexity of a novel can be overwhelming. 50,000-150,000 words means you can’t keep everything in your head. Flipping back and forth between hundreds of pages makes it hard to remember where you are. You can’t see the story’s structure. Or can you? Two methods allow you to actually see the structure of a story, regardless of its size.   #1. Shrunken Manuscript   Purely by accident, I invented the Darcy Pattison Shrunken Manuscript Technique. I was broke, but had agreed to review a manuscript for a…
  • 5 Ways To Improve A Perfect Story

    John Yeoman
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:27 am
    You’ve written a story you’re proud of. You’ve edited it until there’s nothing left to do. It’s perfect! Isn’t it? Of course. But how can you enhance it? That’s the challenge I face every day as a “copy doctor” when members of my writing program send me their work-in-progress for my comments. Often I despair. Their stories are excellent. What can I do? Then I ask myself these questions and – in a few moments – I find at least five ways to improve their stories. Apply this checklist to your own work and see for yourself!   1. Do…
  • Scene Stealers: Build Tension

    Vinita Zutshi
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to Scene Stealers, our series of writing prompts designed to flex your creative muscles. We’re thrilled that so many of you are participating in our writing prompt series. (Read the other Scene Stealers here and add one of your own.)   How it works   We set the scene You steal it, make it your own, and Share your creation in the comments section of this post Of course, it’s perfectly fine if you don’t want to share your work, but we hope you’ll do the exercise anyway.   The ground rules:   Your story must begin with the exact wording we…
  • Spring Clean Your Writing Business And Boost Your Income: 7 Ways

    Francesca Nicasio
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:27 am
    Struggling to increase your income? Maybe the clutter in your life prevents you from seeing and grabbing the lucrative opportunities around you. I encourage you to put on your spring cleaning cap, and spruce up your writing business. Because, believe it or not, cleaning can help you boost your income. This isn’t just about tidying up a room and finding spare change under the cushions. I’m talking about significantly increasing your revenue by removing physical, psychological, and professional blocks from your writing business. Just as spring cleaning your house brightens up your…
 
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    Lisa Romeo Writes

  • Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- April 11, 2014 Edition

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    > The Oxford (serial) comma: fan or foe? Or, no idea what the fuss is about? Check out  this short TEDed video. > Planning a blog tour (virtual book tour) to help publicize your book?  Dana Sitar lists nine useful tips.> When author Jill Smolowe needed to help market her new memoir, Four Funerals and a Wedding, she quickly realized social media was not her forte. In a post at SheWrites, Smolowe describes how hewing to the skills and connection style that feels comfortable is delivering results (and peace of mind).> But if you are working the social media PR…
  • Guest Blogger Saloma Furlong on Old-Fashioned Virtues in a Digital Age: Perseverance and Networking

    7 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    About seven years ago, I was a more frequent attendee at writing conferences, and among the intangibles I miss is making new writing friends, face to face. I met, and immediately click with Saloma Furlong from the first hello at a two-day conference on memoir at Trinity College in 2007. We kept in touch via email, then lost the thread – busy lives. Until late 2010, when I was assigned by ForeWord magazine to review her first memoir, and her husband David spotted the review online. Next, Saloma read at a bookstore near my New Jersey home, and we picked up as if we'd never been out of touch.
  • Banish the Inner Writing Critic? Maybe not so fast.

    26 Mar 2014 | 10:07 am
    The polite name for him or her (or them) is the "inner critic". The more common appellation might be that lousy jerk (or crowd) inside my head who won't shut up and keeps telling me what I'm writing is crap. You know that voice, don't you? The one on constant rewind, that endless loop of self-recrimination that's moving along at a faster clip then your fingers on the keyboard, dancing to its own destructive beat, that repetitive drone of No! Wrong! Bad! Unoriginal! Cliché! Trite! Been done before! Boring! Stupid! I think every writer, to some degree or another, has this internal…
  • Writers and Their Coffee: All the Regular Reasons, Plus Mine

    19 Mar 2014 | 8:56 am
    It won't startle anyone to find a writer with fingers on keyboard, a cup of steaming coffee within easy reach.I start my day in my home office with a cup of coffee, and I look forward to it. As the day unspools, I head down to the kitchen to refill my oversize mug whenever I need a mental break from the awful draft on the screen, or when the draft in my older house nips at my ankles, or I know that if I don't unfold my legs soon they may refuse to hold me up in a few hours.But I'm not a coffee hound, not even a gotta-have-my-coffee-or-I'm-grumpy girl. (I'm grumpy in the morning, but it's…
  • Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- March 14, 2014 Edition

    14 Mar 2014 | 6:49 am
    > In The Atlantic, Megan McCardle breaks down the psychological origins of procrastination, and explains why writers are such champions in this department. > The Boston Public Library offers an annual Writer-in-Resident fellowship, offering a private office and $20,000 stipend over nine months, to an emerging children's writer. The current and former recipients talk about the experience. > How much do I love notebooks?  I keep a large writer's notebook near my desk at all times, and stash tiny ones (Staples sells the 2" x 4" ones in groups of five,…
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    Fiction Notes

  • Don’t Be Discouraged? Writers and the Creative Gap

    Darcy Pattison
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    Goodreads Book Giveaway Vagabonds by Darcy Pattison Giveaway ends May 09, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win After the first draft, there’s are really two stories: there’s the one in your head (and it’s perfect) and the one you actually put on paper (and it’s not perfect). And they don’t match up. It’s OK. Don’t let this creativity gap give you writer’s block. Revision is the process of re-envisioning.! THE GAP by Ira Glass from frohlocke on Vimeo. If you can’t see this video, click here.
  • Introverted: The Writer’s Power and Downfall

    Darcy Pattison
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    Goodreads Book Giveaway Vagabonds by Darcy Pattison Giveaway ends May 09, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win Do you love to go to your writing cave and spend hours? Do you hate marketing, which means getting out in front of people? Why is is so easy to be alone for hours at a time while working on a project and so hard to be out among the crowds? You’re an introvert. Of course. I’ve been reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Wow, I’m so there. Here’s a TedTalk she did on the subject. (See the TED Talk…
  • Complicated Dialogue: Keeping 5 Characters in Line

    Darcy Pattison
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:13 am
    Goodreads Book Giveaway Vagabonds by Darcy Pattison Giveaway ends May 09, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win Today, I’d like to answer a question from a reader. Shena asks, “I’m writing a story and I have five people who are carrying on a conversation with each other. How do I go about stating each person’s line without constantly using, he said, he replied or using the person’s name to say this person said after the sentence without it being an overkill of redundancy?” Thanks for the question! You’re right to be concerned about repeating speech tags too…
  • Scrivener: A Review of a Writer’s Software Program

    Darcy Pattison
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    Goodreads Book Giveaway Vagabonds by Darcy Pattison Giveaway ends May 09, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win Tweet In March, I took a fascinating class with Gwen Hernandez on working with the software program, Scrivener . Scrivener, available from Literature and Latte, is widely touted as a totally wonderful program for writing, and while I had owned it for a while, I knew I needed guidance in fully taking advantage of its many features. The class was great. Hernandez laid out daily information in chunks that were just right to absorb and work with. The homework was…
  • April Poetry: Take the Challenge and Get Your Poem Published

    Darcy Pattison
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:31 am
    Goodreads Book Giveaway Vagabonds by Darcy Pattison Giveaway ends May 09, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win April is Poetry Month! Robert Lee Brewer, the Writer’s Digest editor who write the Poetics Aside blog has upped the ante this year with a challenge and the possibility of having your poem included in an anthology. Each day during April, Brewer will post a poetry prompt on his blog. Your job is to take the challenge and produce a Poem-a-Day–thirty poems during April. If you wish to be considered for the Poem Your Heart Out anthology published by Words…
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    WritersDigest.com » There Are No Rules Blog by the Editors of Writer’s Digest

  • “Publishing Agnosticism”—What It Is, Why It’s Important, and What It Means for Authors

    Adrienne Crezo
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    BY EVE BRIDBURG, Executive Director of GrubStreetThe first time I heard the term “publishing agnostic” was in November of 2011 at the Park Plaza hotel in Boston. Barry Eisler used it during a talk he gave to the GrubStreet community as part of our NEA-funded Publish it Forward series. He had shocked the publishing world by turning down a very lucrative book contract from St. Martins arguing that he could do better on his own. But by November he had decided to publish with Amazon instead.Some fellow writers and pundits criticized this move to Amazon.   “What gives?” they asked.
  • “The High Concept Novel: How to Create a Premise that Sells — Agent One-on-One Boot Camp With Critique Starts April 11

    Chuck Sambuchino
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    The idea’s the thing. If you build your story around a unique and compelling idea, your odds of selling it increase dramatically. Often, a perfectly good project will go unsold because the premise on which it is based is too predictable, commonplace, or over-published. Whether you’re writing a novel or a short story, a screenplay or a memoir, you need to find a way to set your story apart from the competition — and the competition is tougher than ever in today’s marketplace.But in this one-of-a-kind boot camp — “The High Concept Novel: How to Create a…
  • 10 Lessons Learned: Confessions of a Covert Freelance Writer

    Adrienne Crezo
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    BY ???– You don’t know my name. You don’t know my face. But it’s now several decades since I earned my first farthings by putting words in some sort of publishable order … at last tabulation, now some 3,000,000 in print, and still counting. I’ve produced novels, nonfiction books, fiction stories, nonfiction articles, photo features, screenplays, multi-media scripts and even catalogs and speeches. Call it meat-and-potato writing. One of my catch phrases is, “If you can point at it, I can write it,” which relates to an eclectic approach to both subject matter and genre.
  • 7 Things How I Met Your Mother Can Teach Us About Writing

    Cris Freese
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    If you’re like us on the WD staff (okay, maybe just Brian and I—internet high five!), then you were enthralled, captivated, and head over heels in love with the television show How I Met Your Mother. For nine years, this legend- (wait for it) -dary sitcom was unlike anything else. It could get audiences to roll with laughter, but it also had a soft side. And there were tough moments, like the death of Marshall’s father, where I found myself choking up.And the show is so unique in its storytelling that it’s hard to see anything else mimicking it and having success. In case…
  • I Started a Small Press (and Then Things Got Weird)

    Adrienne Crezo
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    The author in repose.BY J DAVID OSBORNEI tried retail for a while, and that was fun, in the way that puking on yourself at a family gathering is fun: you have a story. After a time, though, it stops being a story you laugh at and starts being one that you cry over. Usually into a beer. Next came moving furniture. For a time, that was good, physical work. I genuinely enjoyed it. And the stories I heard there, man, the meat of my second novel is mostly that. My imagination’s not that good. But then here comes nature and that heavy time and all of a sudden my back is in ruins and I got…
 
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    The Truth About Lies

  • Get real

    13 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    If you think people in your life are normal, then you undoubtedly have not spent any time getting to know the abnormal side of them. ― Shannon L. Alder Stigma—or, more specifically, social stigma was defined by Erving Goffman, one of the most influential sociologists of the twentieth century, as “The phenomenon whereby an individual with an attribute is deeply discredited by his/her society is rejected as a result of the attribute. Stigma is a process by which the reaction of others spoils normal identity.”[1] It’s not the only definition but I think it’s a good one. (In another…
  • Five Came Back

    6 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Yes. This really happened. – The Battle of Midway One thing I can say about Mark Harris with regard to his book Five Came Back—which is basically a study of how the American film industry was changed forever by World War II—is that he’s done his homework and I have little doubt that when he handed it in he got a gold star. This is a thoroughly-researched book that contains over sixty pages of end matter. It is easily readable and surprisingly entertaining. The man clearly did a lot of reading in researching his topic. And he’s managed to do what the five men highlighted in this…
  • Under the Skin

    30 Mar 2014 | 3:30 am
    Mulder: They're here, aren't they?Deep Throat: Mr. Mulder, they've been here for a long long time. I should’ve read this book a long time ago. I knew of it but didn’t know much about it. I didn’t know what it was about and really that’s the best way to approach this book so, if you’re willing to trust me, then read no further; find yourself a copy and read it before you even think about seeing the film. (I’ve just watched the trailer and as much as I admire Scarlett Johansson, this looks as if Jonathan Glazer's loose adaptation has about as much in common with Faber’s book as I,…
  • The First True Lie

    23 Mar 2014 | 4:30 am
    They always say that you shouldn’t tell lies, but without lies I’d already be in an orphanage – Marina Mander, The First True Lie I’ve a problem with books narrated by young children and I’ve read a few now: I never truly believe that it’s a child that’s talking even when, as Mander does, the author goes out of his or her way to point out that their narrator is intelligent. In Luca’s case we have the word of his mother: Mama says it’s because I was born at seven months, and seven-month babies are more intelligent. and his teacher: Luca displays self-confidence and a lively…
  • Are you a virtual litter lout?

    16 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Say what you have to say and get off the page – Me. I’ve been writing for forty years. Longer actually. That’s a long time. I could tote up how many novels, novellas, short stories, flash fictions, poems, plays, children’s books, songs, blogs and essays I’ve written and if I did—I’m not going to—it would not be a figure to be embarrassed about. It would be more than a great many great writers. In fact I’m often taken aback when I look up such-and-such and find he’s only published, I dunno, three novels or something. What’s he been doing with his life? I don’t write a…
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    Flogging the Quill

  • Flogometer for Stephanie: would you turn the first page?

    Ray Rhamey
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    Submissions needed—only a couple left in the queue after this 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…
  • ebook poll and free Donald Maass book

    Ray Rhamey
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    There’s a poll below regarding your use of ebooks, please respond. Before that, though, I discovered that Kindle users who are enrolled in Amazon Prime can borrow for free most of literary agent Donald Maass’s highly insightful books on writing—Writing 21st Century Fiction, Writing the Breakout Novel, The Fire in Fiction, and The Breakout Novelist through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library program. This only works for books read on “Kindle devices,” but it’s a good deal for Amazon Prime members who have them. How to borrow from the program is here. Now for the poll, please. For…
  • Flogometer for Jared: would you turn the first page?

    Ray Rhamey
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    Submissions needed—only one in the queue after this 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 Ed: would you turn the first page?

    Ray Rhamey
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    Submissions needed—no more in the queue after this 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…
  • New books from Indie publishers

    Ray Rhamey
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    Hey, if you buy one of these books, let us know how it was--I haven't read them, the information is provided by the authors. The Fountain of the Earth by H. L. LeRoy After witnessing the horrific murder of her mother, fifteen-year-old Terra Vonn has a singular focus—exacting revenge on the killers. But before she can complete her plan, savagery intervenes, and she is cast alone into a brutal post-apocalyptic world. As she trails the murderers south—through a land filled with cannibalistic criminals, slave traders, and lunatics—the hunter becomes the hunted. Terra quickly learns that she…
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    Fritinancy

  • April Linkfest

    Nancy Friedman
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Apple introduced its looped-square “control” icon in 1983, but the symbol’s origins go back to sixth-century Scandinavia. Tom Chatfield traces the historyof the symbol also known as “St. John’s Arms.” It’s not uncommon for computer malware to be named, but the new Heartbleed bug—“as bad as it is possible for a security flaw to be,” according to a security expert quoted in Newsweek—is the first to have its own logo and website. The dripping-heart symbol was created “in a few hours” by a Finnish graphic designer, Leena Snidate, for the security firm Codenomicon.
  • Word of the Week: Ping

    Nancy Friedman
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Ping: Imitative of the sound of a bullet striking something sharply (noun, 1835; verb, 1855). Ping has been used since the early 1920s in the U.S. to mean “an engine’s metallic rattle”; it’s spelled pink in the U.K. The OED’s earliest citation for ping meaning “a short, high-pitched electronic pulse” (as in sonar) comes from 1943: “‘Daisy had a ping about an hour ago... We're doing an Asdic sweep’... A ‘ping’ is the slang term for an echo.” The computer sense of ping is attested from at least 1981; its original meaning was “to send a packet in order to…
  • How Arduino Got Its Name

    Nancy Friedman
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    Arduinois “an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.” (Source: Arduino.cc.) The company was founded in 2005 in Ivrea, a town of about 25,000 in northern Italy; its products are popular in the worldwide maker community. The company is Arduino; its microcontroller board is “an Arduino.” Infinity symbol with plus and minus signs. From an article about Arduino in IEEE Spectrum, October 2011: Arduino is a…
  • Troubled Names

    Nancy Friedman
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    If your brand name is telling an inappropriate story—possibly even offending or angering people in your audience—would you want to change it? The answer seems obvious. But recent news stories suggest that intransigence and a tin ear sometimes trump ethics and common sense. Yes, I’m talking about the Washington Redskins (football) and the Cleveland Indians (baseball), long-established names once again making news for something other than athletic feats. I’m also talking about a newer, smaller brand that’s been in hot water for reasons that may not be apparent to non-Hawaiians: Hula,…
  • Word of the Week: XPocalypse

    Nancy Friedman
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    XPocalypse: The disaster predicted to befall millions of Microsoft Windows users on April 8, 2014, when Microsoft stops supporting its twelve-year-old XP operating system. A portmanteau of XP and apocalypse. It’s coming: XPocalypse—the end of Microsoft’s support of Windows XP on April 8. Anyone who still has a PC with Windows XP is either scrambling to figure out what to do with it—or in some state of blissful denial about it all. Or, they are lashing themselves to the mast of their old XP schooner, determined to ride out the storm. -- PC World, April 5, 2014 The disaster looms most…
 
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    Holt Uncensored Blog

  • Tennis v. Shootout, Anyone?

    Pat Holt
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    It used to be a cliche in the theater what whenever a playwright wanted to clear the stage so that principle characters could talk alone, an actor in white shorts would rush in waving a racquet and shout, “Tennis, anyone?” Then all the people who weren’t needed for the next scene would race off. Bringing in the Greek god A similar device in Greek theater is known as deus ex machina, or “god from the machine,” which means that when human characters confront an unsolvable problem, the playwright flies in a god to fix it. In Greek times, a visible machine with a…
  • The Art of the Movie Tie-In — Part I

    Pat Holt
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:24 am
    The phenomenon of the “movie tie-in” has become so important over the years that many publishers regard it as a small art form. I certainly do.  Since motion pictures can give us only a slice of the book, the job of the movie tie-in is to lure viewers from screen to print, and heaven knows that’s not an easy sell. Hollywood’s target audience — young males aged 13 to 25 — reportedly believes thatreading a book is harder, duller and less relevant than watching a film. So most publishers have mistakenly decided that the movie tie-in — instead of rousing…
  • A Mistake and a Debate about ’12 Years a Slave’

    Pat Holt
    10 Mar 2014 | 2:15 pm
    I loved that moment at the Academy Awards when John Ridley, accepting the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, stated fiercely that almost every word in 12 Years a Slave came from the original book by Solomon Northup, who wrote it in 1853. John Ridley In later interviews, Ridley added that he  saw his job as “reductive — take 12 years and fit it into what ended up to be about 2 hours — but not additive. I had nothing other, better, greater to say” than what Northup put on the page. At last: a commitment to print from the translator-to-film. Question #1: The Out-of-Place…
  • The Book That Is Not ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Movie

    Pat Holt
    26 Feb 2014 | 11:26 am
    I was so sure Martin Scorcese and Leonardo DiCaprio missed the point of their own movie, The Wolf of Wall Street, that I decided to read the book to see what author Jordan Belfort is all about. Movie tie-in edition of ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ DiCaprio has defended the movie by saying that critics missed the “irony” of the script, which he molded and shaped “for years” with screenwriter Terence Winter. But one glance at the book shows whole sections of text lifted nearly intact and inserted into the movie, the better to show us such realities as…
  • Penguin Random House: ‘A Couple of Drunks Propping Each Other at the Bar’

    Pat Holt
    30 Jan 2014 | 12:58 pm
    If the biggest publisher in the world says that its recent merger “should not be interpreted as a couple of drunks propping each other at the bar,” what image comes to mind? I would say it’s two drunks propping each other up at a bar. The comment was made by the head of Penguin Random House, John Makinson, to the Economic Times of India. He said that Random House and Penguin didn’t merge because they were “worried about our survival or that we were too small to be competitive” against the “impact of companies like Google, Apple and Amazon and how they…
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    Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writers

  • Comic: Tax Time For Freelancers

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
  • Bookworms comic: Dinner conversation

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    From the archives...
  • Advice on finding a writing or illustration mentor

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    I've been gradually updating my FAQ, including answering questions I'm frequently asked about getting into the business of writing and illustrating children's books. Here's the most recent update: Q. You've talked about having a writing and/or illustration mentor. Do you have any advice about how I can find my own mentor? Background to my own mentorship experience: One of my first writing mentors was Lee Wardlaw, a Santa Barbara children's book writer who was kind enough to read one of my first novel manuscripts and critique it for me. Then she worked with me on the manuscript and eventually…
  • Productivity tool: Coffee shop sounds, creative productivity and Coffitivity - and a poll

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:20 am
    Survey: Do you like background noise while you're working? Don't know about the rest of you, but I find my background noise preference depends heavily on what I'm working on. When I'm illustrating and am past the early sketch stages, I listen to audiobooks or have episodes of a previously-watched tv shows playing on my second monitor; the key for me is to have something interesting enough for variety but not TOO interesting to distract me from work. For early creative stages and for writing, I used to prefer silence. These days, however,  I like to have something going on in the…
  • Happy National Grammar Day!

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:15 pm
    In honor of National Grammar Day, here's a Will Write For Chocolate strip from the archives: And thanks to Martha Brockenbrough for founding National Grammar Day!
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Getting Listed in the Edelweiss Database

    Henry Baum
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    One of the biggest challenges for self-published authors is getting a book into bookstores, libraries, and in the hands of top reviewers. Traditional publishers certainly have the leg up in this area, and they’re using a service called Edelweiss. Here’s a good overview at Book Riot about what Edelweiss does. Basically, it sorts books out ...
  • Interview with SPR Awards Shorts Winner Gerard Marconi

    Cate Baum
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    Gerard Marconi, the winner of the Shorts category in the SPR Awards 2014, talks about his winning entry, " Searching For Paradise and Other Stories".
  • Ten things to do to win a writing contest

    Cate Baum
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:14 pm
    With so many entries to judge, what is it about your book that will win you a prize?
  • Interview with SPR Awards Best Fiction Winner Martin Kee

    Cate Baum
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    SPR Awards Fiction Prize Winner Martin Kee talks about his winning book BLOOM
  • SPR Launches New Service, The Bookshelf

    Cate Baum
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
     The Bookshelf ($25) * FREE* when you purchase a SPR Lead Story Book Review The Bookshelf is a new service that lists your book on a permanent webpage so you don’t have to build one, with as many online retailer links as you want including Nook, Barnes and Noble, Kindle, Amazon, Alibris, Joe’s Books etc. ...
 
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    George Angus, Tumblemoose Writer

  • I Just Think That

    george
    23 Mar 2014 | 2:09 pm
    If you are going to do someone the courtesy of running a blatant promo as requested for their book and said promo is long on links but short on info then the right thing to do is to contact the blog owner and say, “Hey, thanks for promoting my book. I really appreciate it.” But I guess that’s just me
  • The Power Of Reviews

    george
    10 Dec 2013 | 8:47 pm
    In my last post, I went on about how to stand out in a field that blossoms with new writers every single day. A comment by Amanda brought out what I think is a good point: Eventually, sub-par works will be sent to the bottom of the slush pile through the review process. She has a good point and this does give me some hope as a writer in this crowded setting. Um, unless I end up being one of those at the bottom of the slush pile. On second thought, I don’t have too much concern about being buried. You see, I’ve seen plenty of ho-hum published books. Heck, if they can make their…
  • How To Stand Out As A Writer

    george
    3 Dec 2013 | 7:46 pm
    It’s our dream, isn’t it? All it takes is an hour or so going through my Twitter stream to end up feeling overwhelmed and very very small. So many writers. So many books. Stinkers? Yes, of course. Brilliance? In copious quantities. Ultimately I am forced to ask the question, because I would like to succeed. I mean, if being a successful writer didn’t matter to me then I would just plug along, content to write what I like, damn the torpedoes and not give a nilly willy. So I’ve given a lot of thought to standing out. I’m not certain that I’ve found the Holy…
  • The Travelling Writer

    george
    22 Nov 2013 | 5:29 pm
    As I start to get on in my years, thoughts about retirement start creeping in. And then I remember that I have virtually nothing in retirement. Oh, wait! There’s always the retirement income I’ll get from all my blog posts! Oh. Dang. So what’s a poor writer to do? I was thinking about this very thing when I ran across a web site that inspired me to look at things a little differently. It’s called International Living.  Honestly, when I first started visiting the site it was in the vein of a severe disappointment in the direction my own country has been taking. If the…
  • The Time Has Come

    george
    21 Nov 2013 | 8:05 pm
    Well, I guess 6 months (truthfully, nearly a year) is enough of a hiatus. I needed the break from posting, blogging, tweeting, yadda yadda yadda. Recent experiences have taught me that writing is really where it’s at. If you are one of the faithful who kept me in your subscription list, thank-you. Also, I won’t get into a rah-rah “I’m back, love me!” post. It always irritated me when folks did that. I’ve got a few things up my sleeve so keep an eye out for more posts in the very near future from your favorite moose.   George
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    The Write News

  • 2014 Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism Announced

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm
    The winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism have been announced. The Guardian and New York Times won awards for the NSA PRISM coverage. Read more on writenews.com Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Archives | News Feeds
  • Amazon to Acquire ComiXology

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Amazon has announced plans to acquire ComiXology, a cloud-based digital comics platform. Read more on writenews.com Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Archives | News Feeds
  • Alaska Dispatch Publishing to Acquire Anchorage Daily News From McClatchy

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Alaska Dispatch Publishing is to acquire the Anchorage Daily News from McClatchy. The deal will close in the second quarter of 2014. Read more on writenews.com Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Archives | News Feeds
  • Microsoft Producing TV Shows for Xbox Live

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Microsoft is producing TV shows for the Xbox Live. It already has six shows in production. Read more on writenews.com Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Archives | News Feeds
  • Mara Anastas Named Publisher of Aladdin Books and Simon Pulse

    6 Apr 2014 | 12:46 am
    Mara Anastas has been named publisher of Aladdin Books and Simon Pulse. Read more on writenews.com Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Archives | News Feeds
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    WritersWeekly.com - Freelance Writing Ezine

  • BookLocker - Your Book Deserves the Best

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is one of the top-rated POD publishers in the industry.
  • Paying Markets And Jobs For April 16th

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    New markets and freelance writing jobs.
  • Whispers And Warnings For April 16th

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Links to the stories below can be found here: http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9363 WHEN YOU HIRE SOMEONE WHO'S UNDER CONTRACT WITH ANOTHER, YOU MIGHT HAVE TROUBLE... Texas Monthly To Sue New York Times For Breach Of Contract Less than two weeks after the New York Times announced the appointment of Texas Monthly editor Jake Silverstein as the new editor-in-chief of the Times Sunday magazine, the publisher of Texas Monthly is expected to file a breach of contract lawsuit. WHEN RELIGIONS PROTEST THEIR CRITICS Outcry as Penguin India pulps 'alternative' history of Hindus…
  • Fishing for Fun and Profit By Stephen King

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    As the weather warms, a good portion of the American population takes to the rivers, lakes, and streams in search of 'the big one'. One great idea is that, if you're a reasonably good fisher person, and a reasonably good writer person, you can combine the two into one very good moneymaking scheme...
  • Ask The Expert For April 16th

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    We're out of Ask the Expert questions! Do you have questions about freelancing publishing marketing ??? Have a question for Angela (writing and publishing) or Richard (marketing)? Contact them here: http://publishing.booklocker.com/ask.php
 
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    Writing Forward

  • Indie Authors: Check Out the Self Publishing Roundtable

    Melissa Donovan
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you’re an indie author–or if you ever plan on becoming an indie author–then you’ll want to check out the Self Publishing Roundtable, a weekly podcast devoted to independent authors and book publishing. The show started out as a weekly roundup and discussion of the latest news in self publishing but has since evolved into an interview format with some of the most successful indie authors in publishing sharing their experiences and offering tips and insights on self publishing. From breakout, best-selling indie author Hugh Howey to New York Times and USA Today…
  • Story Starters: Ten Fiction Writing Prompts

    Melissa Donovan
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Give these fiction writing prompts a try. Fiction writing prompts are a great way to stimulate creativity when you’re in the mood to do a little writing but need some fresh story ideas. Prompts and other creative writing exercises can trigger your imagination. Sometimes, prompts and exercises help you come up with new ideas for projects you’re already working on, and other times, they give you ideas for projects you haven’t started yet. They’re also a great source of motivation. 10 Fiction Writing Prompts The fiction writing prompts below are story starters. Try…
  • How to Find and Choose a Literary Agent

    Melissa Donovan
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Find and choose a literary agent. If you’ve decided traditional publishing is right for you, then you’ll probably need to find a literary agent. A literary agent represents your interests and should act as your advocate. Your literary agent will shop your book around to publishing houses and try to land a publishing deal for you. Before doing this, some agents will help you prepare your book to ensure the best possible presentation to publishing houses. For all this, the agent gets a cut of the profits from your advance and royalties. In addition to selling the publishing rights…
  • From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Oh No He Didn’t!

    Melissa Donovan
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Sneak peek at 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Oh No He Didn’t! 101 Creative Writing Exercises is a book of writing exercises that takes writers on a journey through different forms and genres. Each exercise teaches a specific concept, and each chapter focuses on a different subject or form: journaling, storytelling, fiction writing, poetry, article writing, and more. All of the exercises are designed to be practical. In other words, you can use these exercises to launch projects that are destined for publication. Today, I’d like to present one of the exercises to give you a taste…
  • Quotes on Writing: Leonardo da Vinci

    Melissa Donovan
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” - Leonardo da Vinci What is Art? What is Poetry? For centuries, people have been asking the question what is artIs art a question? An answer? An expression? A statement? Maybe it’s sheer entertainment. It’s a question we all must answer for ourselves, especially artists and writers. I believe the best art entertains while it provokes thought or emotion, but that’s just my personal opinion. You might seek art that makes you laugh or fills you with awe. Some prefer art…
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    Grace Notes

  • Light Breaks Blue

    Julianne McCullagh
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Image courtesy of Frank1030's Flickr stream under Creative Commons It’s dark. He turns right, to the aurora of street lamps along Forest Park Drive, to the diluted light pushing its way through the trees that have arbored this area for generations. Wind whips up under his shirt and slaps his back. Jimmy steps out from the awning. A smoldering cigarette in one hand, an empty beer bottle in the other, he raises his arms over his head breathing in the cold, clean, wet dirt smell. His upturned face receives the sharp needles of rain. A baptism. The wind and rain pick up. A…
  • That Pesky Original Sin

    Julianne McCullagh
    6 Mar 2014 | 10:49 am
    Man, having been wounded in his nature by original sin, is subject to error and inclined to evil in exercising his freedom. (Catechism of the Catholic Church section 1714) One of the many things that has gone out of fashion over the years (it was only whispered in some circles that we were taught that our perfect selves are stained by the deliberate disobedience of a couple running around in a garden) that we return to is the teaching on Original Sin, particularly during Lent.  Why?Years ago, while I was teaching Baptism Prep to a group of parents, many who admitted that they hadn't…
  • Fairy Godmothers and Wicked Witches

    Julianne McCullagh
    12 Feb 2014 | 10:50 am
    I was in good company last week. I was watching the grandkids so my daughter could work on illustrations for a children's book. So there were cartoons. Lots of cartoons. Since cartoons, like any media, are not created equal, I needed a break. I needed one of those cartoons that kids and adults could stand, I mean, watch.Enter Sleeping Beauty. A Disney classic that I saw countless times when my kids were small, particularly when my youngest child, John, identified so much with Prince Philip that he carried a makeshift sword of truth and shield of virtue and defended fair maidens (his big…
  • Begin Each Day With A Grateful Heart

    Julianne McCullagh
    3 Jan 2014 | 10:51 am
    In the past few days, I have come across a small buzz on Facebook and in conversation with women sharing the word they have chosen to guide this new year. So, in place of doomed to fail New Year's resolutions, I have chosen a word.Grateful.Gratitude banged around my head a bit, but it wasn't quite right. Gratitude is a virtue, but I was looking for more action in my word. So, grateful moved the virtue into a state of being, an active state, an active decision.During a handful of phone conversations I had with my mother, before Alzheimer's stole those moments completely, she often spoke…
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception

    Julianne McCullagh
    6 Dec 2013 | 1:21 am
    There was a fashion for a while to scoff at the very idea of the Immaculate Conception of Mary--a fashion, I think, from those who thought they were too smart to believe such stuff of poetry. One such scoffer, a bestselling author who has a background similar to my own (we attended the same all girls Catholic Academy) told me she is annoyed with the teaching of the Immaculate Conception because it implies that Mary is better than us. Imagine that, the Mother of Our Lord, better than us!! Frankly, I was dumbfounded by that bit of reasoning from someone I thought had a big enough brain to…
 
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    Letters of Note

  • Dear One

    Shaun Usher
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    Published in 1962, Silent Spring was a pioneering book that alerted the public to the devastating harm being caused by fertilisers and pesticides—a hugely important exposé which, according to many, triggered the modern environmental movement. In 1960, as she worked on the book, its author, marine biologist Rachel Carson, was diagnosed with the cancer that would eventually take her life. Seven months before she died, with her health failing, Carson spent a morning at the coast with her dear friend, Dorothy Freeman, watching the migration of monarch butterflies; that afternoon, she…
  • My heart almost stood still

    Shaun Usher
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:16 am
    On the evening of February 1st, 1924, the New York Symphony Orchestra played Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at Carnegie Hall in New York, conducted by Walter Damrosch. Thankfully for those who couldn't attend, the performance was broadcast live on the radio. A couple of days later, the orchestra received a stunning letter of thanks from the unlikeliest of sources: Helen Keller, a renowned author and activist who had been deaf and blind from a young age. It can be read below.Eight years later, Keller wrote an equally evocative letter in which she described the view from atop…
  • Dear Little Daughter

    Shaun Usher
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:49 am
    W.E.B. Du Bois was a man of many achievements. In 1895, he became the first African American to earn a Ph.D at Harvard; he co-founded, in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; his influential 1903 book on race, The Souls of Black Folk, is considered a classic in its field. He was also a tireless civil rights activist. In 1914, his soon-to-be 14-year-old daughter, Yolande, left the family home to study at Bedales School in England. He wrote her the following letter of advice soon after her arrival.(Source: The Correspondence of W.E.B. Du Bois, Vol. 1:…
  • Must we hate them?

    Shaun Usher
    3 Mar 2014 | 8:13 am
    In April of 1937, Jamaican-born mechanic Canute Frankson left his home in Detroit and travelled to Europe to join the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, a group of approximately 2,800 American volunteers who were keen to offer support in the fight against Franco and his supporters during the Spanish Civil War. Three months after arriving, Frankson wrote the following powerful letter to a friend back home in an effort to explain why he, "a Negro," had chosen to participate in "a war between whites who for centuries have held us in slavery."Frankson did return home just over a year later;…
  • The US, Lists, and LETTERS LIVE

    Shaun Usher
    27 Feb 2014 | 2:13 am
    Dear All,A few things:1. The US edition of the Letters of Note book will be published, at long last, on May 6th by Chronicle Books. I received an advance copy yesterday—see photo above—and I can tell you, it's stunning. More pictures and details can be found here. 2. Lists of Note, the follow-up to Letters of Note, is to be published at the end of this year, but only if I can manage to get the thing funded. I've been working on it for quite a while now and it will be a thing of beauty; please, if you are able, head over to the Unbound website and pledge!3. LETTERS LIVE is back! The…
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    Blair Hurley

  • Are You a Binge Reader?

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

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

    blairhurley
    3 Jun 2013 | 11:13 am
    I’m excited to see a short-short excerpt from my novel appearing in the online journal, A Bad Penny Review! These short fables or modernized tales appear in between the chapters of my novel, and I thought I could put them together into their own story. Read “The Eight-Spoked Wheel” here
  • AWP!

    blairhurley
    18 Mar 2013 | 11:27 am
    It’s been a hectic week, readers; I went to my first ever AWP, otherwise known as the yearly conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. This year it was in Boston, so I could hardly miss this massive convocation of literary magazines, small presses, panel discussions, and readings by distinguished authors. Two arena-sized ballrooms at the Hynes Convention Center were entirely taken up by the hopeful endeavors of small presses and magazines; I found it enormously inspiring to walk among so many other eager writers and editors of writing, but also overwhelming. This…
  • Give it Time

    blairhurley
    14 Jan 2013 | 7:02 am
    Big news, readers. I’m excited (but also a little apprehensive) to report that this week I wrote the last few scenes of my novel this week. It doesn’t mean I’m done — in fact, far from it. I can already think of a few scenes that I know are missing, and there are several places where I’ve simply written MORE HERE to remind myself that more is needed. But still, there’s something momentous about putting that final image, the one you’ve been barreling and sometimes crawling toward, for more than a year. When I wrote the last lines, I sat back and waited for…
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    Writer's Living

  • 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…
  • 5 Reasons Why Every Freelance Writer Needs a Book

    Monica Carter Tagore
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:35 pm
    If you’re hanging around this site, there is a pretty good chance you make a living writing or aspire to do so. You’ve probably written all kinds of projects for clients — projects to help them market their services, earn more income, and build their brands. But have you thought of doing the same for your own writing business? If you’re like a lot of creative service providers, you might be pretty good at doing the work based on your talent and skill but you’re not as good at marketing what you do. That’s where a book comes in. It’s time for you to…
  • A Publisher Is Offering You a Book Deal — Now What?

    Monica Carter Tagore
    20 Feb 2014 | 4:18 am
    A client in our book ghostwriting business recently called to tell me a publisher was interested in offering him a book deal. Of course I’m always happy when clients see success with projects we’ve helped them create, and this time was no different. We talked about the merits of accepting a book deal, which got me thinking about several things to consider when deciding if a book offer from a publisher will be a good fit for you. When I landed my first book deal (which I later terminated) and even my second one, I didn’t know much about book contracts. But now, as an…
  • 7 Secrets to Building a Successful Writing Business

    Monica Carter Tagore
    27 Jan 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Just yesterday, RootSky Books, our book publishing company, turned 12. It’s been through many changes since those early days where my only aim was to self-publish my own books and get my words out to the world. And through those changes, I’ve learned a lot. A lot that can help you as you grow your writing business. First, a bit of the history. I accomplished my first goal of self-publishing my own books and as a result, landed a book deal. I self-published my first two novels, As If Nothing Happened and Sacrifice the One before landing the book deal. As If Nothing Happened came in…
  • Selling Your Book On Amazon: Advantage, Marketplace, CreateSpace, KDP

    Monica Carter Tagore
    26 Jan 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Amazon provides a great opportunity for self-published authors to sell their books on equal footing with traditionally published authors, but choosing how to do that can be a bit confusing. A client had questions about the best Amazon option as she looked to plan her distribution and marketing for a book we had ghostwritten and designed for her. I realized what she needed to know was something many others need to know, also. Some people think that if they already have an Amazon account they use for buying books or selling their old stuff like the jewelry they no longer wear or the books…
 
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    Mysterious Matters: Mystery Publishing Demystified

  • Karmic Alignment Tips for Best-Selling Authors

    Agatho
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Is it just me, or am I the only one whose nose is getting put out of joint by writers who act ungraciously in their acknowledgments, forewords, and/or afterwords? My wife called to my attention the "Author's Note" at the beginning of a book by a best-selling thriller writer. Writer declares that he made certain things up and took some liberties with geography, "so please don't send me letters telling me that I'm wrong about all of this." The Website of a best-selling writer (who, honestly, I don't think is that good) offers you a Web form in which to…
  • A Plug for Malice Domestic

    Agatho
    5 Apr 2014 | 7:41 pm
    I've been a bit remiss in my posting these days - but I try to post only when I have something to say, as I don't like to recycle other people's content. This week I'd like to put in a plug for Malice Domestic, one of the great mystery lovers' conventions. This year it will be held in Bethesda, Maryland, from May 2 - May 4th. I've attended two or three times in the past, and I can say that this is a wonderful conference. Of course, it tends to attract lovers of cozies, but really, there's something for everyone, unless you're of the "I need lots of…
  • The Seven Deadly Sins of Books

    Agatho
    8 Mar 2014 | 1:08 pm
    I am reading a (published) book that I'm not loving - and wondering if the experience is a self-fulfilling prophecy, because a few things about it worried me before I even began Chapter 1 (well, the prologue, actually). However, the experience is reminding me of a post I have wanted to write for a while, one detailing "The Seven Deadly Sins of Books" - those horrible sins that books should never commit. THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF BOOKS 1. BOREDOM. I'm OK with a fairly slow start, mostly because hope springs eternal. My assumption is often, "This has been published;…
  • Everything Old Is New Again

    Agatho
    1 Mar 2014 | 6:59 am
    Wow, it looks like it's been a while since I've posted. That's in keeping with my philosophy of not blogging unless I have something to say. I have some mini-thoughts this week. 1. One of the reasons I've been offline is that I've been busy at work editing a manuscript. I'm having a case of buyer's remorse. I really liked it when I contracted for it, though I knew it would need a lot of work. Now, after three drafts (going on a fourth), I'm not seeing the author pull it all together. Is this book going to be any good? At this point I think it will be OK…
  • It's Not Your Book Anymore

    Agatho
    8 Feb 2014 | 11:45 am
    The publishing process is traumatic for many writers. The writing - the hunt for an agent - the fairly small number of editors who'd possibly be interested. This is not a business for the squeamish or the easily hurt.  I realize that I am part of this traumatizing process. The trauma I inflict on writers hits its peak when they get my first red-penciled edit of their manuscript. Pages upon pages are scratched out.  Whole sentences are deleted. Characters are removed. Dialogue is vastly pruned. And those marginal queries where I point out things that need to be fixed...!  Let's…
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    Facts & Fictions

  • It’s Finally Syrup Weather

    David
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:13 pm
    The Vanier sugar bush in Ottawa   One of the great things about living in Ottawa is that no matter where you live, you’re only a few minutes from a beautiful park, thick with nature. One of the better-kept secrets is the Vanier sugar bush, also known as Richelieu Park. The snow is still a few […]
  • 5 Ways to Fish for Ideas

    David
    2 Nov 2013 | 4:04 pm
    If you’re looking for ideas – new ideas, fresh ideas, great ideas – they all have one thing in common. They are not usually hiding very far. But like new breeds of fish spawning beneath the subconscious of your mind, they are seldom going to jump out of the water and into your lap. You […]
  • Five Questions & Answers With Editor Allister Thompson

    David
    22 Jul 2013 | 10:03 pm
    Every week new stories seem to come out about one author after another leaving the world of traditional publishing  to become an independent author. (Or an “indie” as it is  called by those who have heard about books but prefer watching movies.) As the number of self-published aspiring Kindle authors continues to soar, one has […]
  • The Dead Zone of Journalism

    David
    25 Jun 2013 | 8:01 pm
    If you’ve never lived in Canada, specifically in Toronto, you may not be familiar with the Toronto Star. It’s been around for quite a few years and was once the home of Ernest Hemingway before he could quit his day job. In the “How Lame Can Lame Really Get” category of my website, I’d like […]
  • The Lingering Nature of Fear

    David
    13 Jun 2013 | 11:34 pm
    Children have an intimate relationship with fear. From spiders and needles to things that lurk under the bed at night, children live with their fears every day. As we mature, the fears diminish one by one. Some diminish gradually over time, others through our determination to conquer them. As a child, I don’t know if […]
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    The Sixty Second Writer

  • Something Spooky Happened Here

    S.P Bragg
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    This shouldn't be too difficult for you. I will set the scene for you... This chandelier was shot in a huge cathedral in Lincoln, Lincolnshire. This one one of the shots that turned out well. The others looked as if the chandelier was swaying.What was going on do you think?
  • Something Funny Happened Here

    S.P Bragg
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    What you see is a birthday party taking place. Take a look at all the faces... Does that give you any clues to what might have taken place that you can work into your story.You have 60 seconds to come up with something.Photo Credit: SPB
  • Something Bad Happened Here

    S.P Bragg
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Lately, I have been enthralled with horror novels. My tastes change every few months, but I found this picture in my files this morning. Nothing bad really happened here, but what if it did? Take sixty seconds to determine just what it might have been!!Photo Credit: SPB
  • Simply Lost

    S.P Bragg
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The last thing you remember is stretching out in your own bed for what you hoped would be a nap. It was a cold day and nothing would feel nicer than the blankets wrapped around you.But when you open your eyes, this is what you see. Instead of your bed, you find yourself sweating  on what seems like an old shrimp boat that has seen better day. You aren't even sure that it won't sink beneath you. Where do you think you are and what will be your plan of action??Photo Credit: SPB
  • Describing Cheese...

    S.P Bragg
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:22 pm
    What is the first thing that you think of when you look at this photo?1. How would you describe the color??2. Now take a deep breath. What does it smell like?3. Take one little piece and put it on your tongue. What is the first flavor that you notice? Is It sweet, slightly salty, bitter??Now pretend that your character hasn't eaten in a week. Describe the first thing that he does... especially if he doesn't like cheese!Photo Credit: Morguefile.com
 
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    Nicola Furlong » Blog

  • Susannah’s Hope by Katt Anderson

    Nicola Furlong
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    Susannah Cole had been taught prejudice since she was born. But when she is almost drowned with her father, she is taken to a Melungeon home to heal and recuperate. A mixed race doctor, Dr. Val Minor, encourages her to accept the Melungeons and other races. My friend and publisher Katt Anderson is releasing Susannah’s Hope, the second novel in her Melungeon Series today. It’s a fascinating tale of prejudice and romance at the turn of the nineteenth century in Tennessee. Here’s the blurb: Susannah and her mother decide to make the store her grandfather established a success…
  • Garden Humour: God Blesses My Garden, But He Doesn’t Weed!

    Nicola Furlong
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Spring’s around the corner and I’m already pulling weeds. The post Garden Humour: God Blesses My Garden, But He Doesn’t Weed! appeared first on Nicola Furlong.
  • Fairy House with Rose Door

    Nicola Furlong
    17 Mar 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Another cute fairy door from Glynne Turner’s creative mind and fingers. Who lives behind the lovely red rose door? Look carefully, it’s opening… The post Fairy House with Rose Door appeared first on Nicola Furlong.
  • Free Kindle Mystery Ebook – A Hemorrhaging of Souls by Nicola Furlong

    Nicola Furlong
    14 Mar 2014 | 9:54 am
    My dark mystery novel, A Hemorrhaging of Souls, is a free Kindle ebook on Amazon March 13-15. Here’s your chance to meet my soft-hearted cop Patrick Painter and discover the secrets behind the deaths at a girls’ school. The post Free Kindle Mystery Ebook – A Hemorrhaging of Souls by Nicola Furlong appeared first on Nicola Furlong.
  • Publishing 101 – Author Nicola Furlong

    Nicola Furlong
    11 Mar 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Interested in being published? Puzzled by terms like Print on Demand and Electronic Publishing? Join me for an insider’s guide to the various methods available for getting your book into readers’ hands. Publishing 101, Thursday, March 13, 2014, Sidney/North Saanich Library, 6:30-8:00 pm. Hope to see you there! The post Publishing 101 – Author Nicola Furlong appeared first on Nicola Furlong.
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    Sean McManus's Writing blog

  • Raspberry Pi For Dummies features in Edible Book Awards

    Sean McManus
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    This is so surprising and wonderful that I had to share it! Entrants in the Edible Book Awards run by Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) are challenged to create edible interpretations of books. I'm honoured to say that CPIT librarian Tina Verschoor found inspiration in Raspberry Pi For Dummies and created the following masterpiece: I love a good pun (as anyone who's read
  • The Scratch 10-block Programming Challenge

    Sean McManus
    21 Mar 2014 | 5:17 am
    Back in the 80s and 90s, I used to write programs for Amstrad computer magazines. One of the best features was the 10-liners pages in Amstrad Computer User, which challenged programmers to come up with something interesting, fun or useful in no more than 10 lines of code. In many ways, it was a precursor to the coding competitions that still run today, with a limit on the final file size. You can
  • Three things you should know before embedding Getty Images

    Sean McManus
    7 Mar 2014 | 3:25 am
    Getty Images, one of the world's leading photo libraries, is abandoning watermarking and encouraging bloggers to embed its images in their posts. It's a huge turnaround for a stock library that makes money from licensing its images for use online and in print. In effect, it's a surrender to social media, with the library acknowledging that people were using its images anyway. This strategy will
  • New edition of Web Design in Easy Steps - out now!

    Sean McManus
    28 Feb 2014 | 3:43 am
    Web Design in Easy Steps, my bestselling book that introduces you to the key concepts of website design, has just been published in a new and updated edition. The book was first published in 2011 and for this edition, I've updated it with more current examples and added an introduction to the CSS3 techniques for rounded corners, text shadows and box shadows. The book explains the core
  • New review of the Novation Mininova synth

    Sean McManus
    13 Feb 2014 | 1:13 am
    One of my goals for 2014 is to record some of the music I've been writing for years. To that end, I recently bought a Novation Mininova synth, after trying a few different synths out in-store. My review of the Novation Mininova covers why I chose the synth, and tells you more about the kinds of sounds you can make with it and how they're controlled. If you're interested in making music, take a
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    Jess C Scott :: Singapore Politics, Etc.

  • Blog Hop: The Writing Process

    Jess C Scott
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Joe Perrone Jr. Thanks so much to Joe Perrone Jr. for inviting me to this Blog Hop on the Writing Process. Joe Perrone Jr. was the first author to be interviewed on this blog! Joe’s Bio: Joe Perrone Jr. worked as a sportswriter for the Passaic-Clifton, NJ, Herald News, as well as a freelance advertising copywriter. Joe was also a professional fly-fishing guide for ten years in the Catskill Mountains of New York, and has had several fly-fishing short stories published in the Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide. The author is perhaps best known for his Matt Davis Mystery Series. Roscoe…
  • Excerpts from What Singapore Means to Me, by Devan Nair

    Jess C Scott
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Transcribed by Jess C Scott from Not By Wages Alone (Selected Speeches and Writings of Devan Nair, 1959-1981). Full article at Singapore Repository. Excerpts from “What Singapore Means to Me” (1981) by Devan Nair Devan Nair:Istana File Photo (1) Presidents and Heads of State are expected to be nice and gracious to everybody. My doctors tell me that this will be good for my health. I have no doubt that it will also be good for my soul. (2) I do not know what you feel when Majulah Singapura is sung on National Day. . .I struggle against tears of pride as I mentally scan the last 40…
  • Excerpts from Not by Wages Alone, by Devan Nair

    Jess C Scott
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Transcribed by Jess C Scott from Not By Wages Alone (Selected Speeches and Writings of Devan Nair, 1959-1981). Full article at Singapore Repository. Excerpts from “Not by Wages Alone — Reflections on the Elimination of Strife in Industry” (1972) by Devan Nair Mr. Devan Nair bidding farewell to NTUC staff members in 1981, the year he became President. — ST FILE PHOTO (1) But there is a bit too much of artificial euphoria in our Republic, what with the seeming economic boom. . .and so on and so forth. (2) The survival of a small nation state like Singapore depends on the…
  • Excerpts from The Emerging Elite, by Devan Nair

    Jess C Scott
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:25 am
    Transcribed by Jess C Scott from Not By Wages Alone (Selected Speeches and Writings of Devan Nair, 1959-1981). Full article at Singapore Repository. Excerpts from “The Emerging Elite” (1973) by Devan Nair Devan Nair:Istana File Photo (1) The shortcomings, weaknesses and foibles of the elite have their reactions on the ground. . .there should be periodic and public assessments of ground level reactions to them. (2) What distresses me is the feeling that, at ground level, the new elite in Singapore appear to be generally regarded, not as the inspiring social leaders they ought to…
  • Far Away In Time, Blog Tour

    Jess C Scott
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:24 am
    New Release Feature! Maria Savva was one of the first author-friends I made online. She is a skilled writer and a great woman with a kind soul. You can check out her interview on this blog from 2010. It is my pleasure to introduce her latest publication, Far Away In Time. Blurb/Description: Our lives are a series of stories, and we are the characters with the starring roles. The memories, regrets, secrets, and struggles that fill these pages are at once unique and relatable. These stories belong to us all. Eight unforgettable tales reaching out to a place Far Away In Time… Book Trailer:…
 
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • Third Book in Thailand’s Sickest Series – On the Way

    MikeFook
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:40 pm
    I was looking at AuthorEarnings.com and it was so motivating to me that I decided last night around midnight that I’d write the third installment in the Thailand’s Sickest trilogy. I think it’s a trilogy anyway, let’s see what happens. Writing Thailand fiction is easy for me, I’ve been here for a decade and not returned to the USA since. While I enjoy writing stories about Thailand, I don’t think the market is very large. I have thought about writing some other fiction before I finished this trilogy, but, as it turns out, this one will be an easy book to…
  • Mike Fook Short Stories Going FREE!

    MikeFook
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:18 pm
    I was asking people to register for reading my short stories here at MikeFook.com, then I thought, ahh, screw it. Let everyone have them for free. Hopefully I can increase readership of my novels by introducing more people to my stories. Click below to see 3 short stories you can download now for FREE. Mike Fook Short Stories Or, just click one of the covers below to read online – page also includes the download links.
  • Arrival in Savannakhet, Laos

    MikeFook
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:28 am
    Cars, motorbikes, tuk-tuks, and vans whiz by in front of me, they’re all in a rush, but where are they going in this bored to death town, I couldn’t guess. Two Laotian boys walk by, one with his arm over the other boy’s shoulders. I ate Mussaman curry, a Thai dish, served by a Japanese here in Savannakhet, Laos. There are two Danish girls at the table next to me listening to an Englishman tell them why the French are so anal about language. There are two Canadian girls trying to setup a table in front of me. They were here twenty minutes ago, then they left for a bit, and…
  • In My Teens, I Was a Thief

    MikeFook
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:45 pm
    We all change over time. I’ve changed remarkably over the years. For instance when I was a teen, I stole a lot of things. Nothing big mind you, but mostly illicit things I guess. Here are just a couple of stories about that troubled time in my youth. Short Story #1 – Molson Golden Growing up in BFE, Pennsylvania, we had about three beers that everyone drank. Budweiser, Schlitz, Strohs, and Miller. OK, four. If you read my short story, Going Down, you know that from the time I was thirteen or so, Budweiser was the one I consumed most often. We had a neighbor, Tom, who was a pot…
  • Petition to Kill Anonymous Comments on Amazon Books

    MikeFook
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Please join this campaign. This is to show Amazon that authors are tired of having anonymous knobs leave shit reviews on their books without recourse. SIGN IT HERE – easy and takes a minute ​Jeff Bezos: Protect Amazon.com Users and Indie Publishing Authors from Bullying and Harassment by Removing Anonymity and Requiring Identity Verification for Reviewing and Forum Participation – Sign the Petition!​
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    About that Writing thing.

  • What I’m tired of reading.

    Shannon Barber
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Not too long ago a friend of mine asked me what I’m tired of reading. Given that I’ve been hacking and slashing what I read online lately it’s a fair question. First, I’m tired of reading White feminist opinions about any woman of color. Lupita, Chimamanda Ngozi, Beyonce, Beyonce etc. I swear to fluffy bunnies if I read one more hand wringing article about whether or not Beyonce can be a feminist because she wrote songs about enjoying fucking the nasty out of her goddamn husband, I’m going to implode. Enough. Frankly, nobody needs more White opinions about women…
  • Craft Notes: How I use Free writing.

    Shannon Barber
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:40 pm
    First have a glance at this. Now a couple of people have asked so let me give you a sort of blow by blow as to how I utilize the concept of freewrites. First thing to know is I have a very noisy disordered brain. One of the problems with my sleeping is in face the crazy carnival (replete with barkers, geeks, music, rides and pink elephants). My brain is a stew of LOUD NOISES. So I do a few things to help settle myself down enough to write so the LOUD NOISES turn into stories and shit. One of the things I do is crochet. I make shawls mostly. I keep telling myself I am going to sell them but…
  • How to Annoy the Author in Ten easy steps.

    Shannon Barber
    23 Mar 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Solicit work from me in a manner that is unprofessional and shows you have never read a word I’ve ever written. Recently I have been sent three different pitches asking me to submit things to places that:  a.) don’t exist yet and therefor I cannot get “a solid grasp of [name redacted]‘s aesthetics”. Um, I pointed this out to the person who emailed me but if I don’t know you, you don’t give me a reference point HOW the real fuck am I supposed to know what you like? Also don’t follow up me asking about said aesthetics with some passive aggressive…
  • Let me Explain you a thing.

    Shannon Barber
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:30 pm
    I was talking to a friend recently about comic books and graphic novels and super hero movies and I finally figured out why so many of them make me nerd rage so hard. Beyond the Whiteness of so many of them it is the women. Okay. I’m gonna get nerdy. I am a woman, I have big boobs, sometimes I have long hair. I have been in a fight or two in my time. Here’s the thing  that just shatters my suspension of disbelief as a consumer of the thing. If you have big ole perky titties that seemingly are impervious to gravity, maybe you can really kick some ass without said titties flopping…
  • What’s good?

    Shannon Barber
    18 Mar 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Stuff is good. My 90s rnb station is good. It is also good that I am hard at work on the revised bigger and more badass version of my self care book. I’m calling it v2.0 and I am covering SO many things. Caring for your body, make up, testicles, buttholes all of it. To celebrate I put out my essay on why I refuse identify as a feminist with bonus material. You can read the whole first chapter of the self care book. What else is good? I turned 37 this past Sunday. It was a nice birthday, I got myself all dolled up. I ate a lot of food and I bought myself a few little presents. You can…
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    Writing from the Twelfth House

  • Ain’t that the truth! : Max Planck on scientific truths

    Anne Whitaker
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die.“ Max Planck (April 23, 1858 – October 4, 1947) Nobel Prize-winning German physicist My only resolution for 2014, apart from completing publication of four ebooks by August,  is to embark on some re-reads of a few of the books which have made the most powerful impression on me in the last few years. One of these is undoubtedly Peter Russell’s “From Science to God”, from which (p17) the above quote is taken. The…
  • Glasgow – towards a Green city: Greener Together Awards 2014

    Anne Whitaker
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Anne Whitaker:In my previous post on this blog, I wrote: “Even in the city, in the increasingly hurried pattern of 21st century life, it is possible to maintain a connection to the cycles of the seasons and the rhythms of nature. It’s increasingly recognised that regular contact of this kind is an important component in establishing and maintaining the kind of inner balance and peace that promotes happiness….” Children’s Wood Protest 1 This has been amply demonstrated in our local community in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland UK in the last year or so. What a wonderful…
  • ‘The Daffodil Run’: my Spring Ritual

    Anne Whitaker
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:27 pm
    I  have a ritual which I’ve repeated for a long time now. From late February each year, I go into the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow  via the Kirklee gate entrance, stroll up the path, and have a close look at the earth border to the left. Green shoots are just appearing. I check them every week, as the stems grow taller and sturdier, and the buds fatter. There is a magic moment  in mid to late March when, at last, I see the first daffodil of Spring. Quite often, I punch the air and go “Yes!!” That moment provides a rush of pleasure which remains with me the whole day.  I call my ritual…
  • A ‘wisdom book’: “Keywords to Unlock Chiron” by Joyce Mason

    Anne Whitaker
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:05 pm
    “Keywords to Unlock Chiron”  50 Passageways to Healing and Wholeness by Joyce Mason Weaver – Mentor – Centaur – Stuck – Stringed Instruments – Healing Humor – Shame – Left and Right Brain – Abandonment – Evolution: just a few of the keywords Joyce Mason uses to unlock the doorway to deep, deep wisdom contained within the archetype of the mythical being known as Chiron: half man, half horse – best known in Western popular culture as the Wounded Healer. Joyce is a healer herself with many strings to her lyre: prolific writer,…
  • A thing of beauty….

    Anne Whitaker
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:38 pm
    I’ve just come across this absolutely beautiful picture of a Moonstone which I thought my readers might enjoy as we come up to the Full Moon this Sunday. Wonderful Moonstone https://www.facebook.com/healingandcrystaltherapyFiled under: 01 - New Posts: January 2014 onwards, Healing - the power of Nature (article archive) Tagged: healingandcrystaltherapy, moonstones, Virgo Full Moon
 
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    Every Person Is a Philosopher

  • JOT Workshops Calling Teaching Artists

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

    admin
    18 Mar 2014 | 4:57 am
    The Journal of Ordinary Thought writers are honored to partner with the Chicago Public Librarys’ One Book One Chicago on their 2013-2014 book “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson. Our five workshops are writing and workshopping personal narrartives as well as thinking outside the box about the word “migration.” I took the liberty [...]
  • Journal of Ordinary Thought Writers, CPL, and the American Writers Museum

    admin
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:34 am
    The Chicago History Museum, the Chicago Community Trust, and S&C Electric have co-sponsored for the American Writer’s Museums first pop-up exhibit: From Our Neighborhoods: Four Chicago Writers Who Changed America. The exhibit features Chicago writers Gwendolyn Brooks, Lorraine Hansbury, Studs Terkel, and Richard Wright. This Chicago Authors exhibit could become the prototype for the Chicago Room, [...]
  • 2nd Rosanna Warren Workshop w/Jessica Savitz

    admin
    23 Jan 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Written by Donna Pecore Blogging is sharing, and I want to share an exciting event!  I facilitate the Journal of Ordinary Thought writing workshop at the Budlong Woods Branch Library, 5630 N Lincoln Ave., and this week we continue our tradition of special workshops by hosting an on-site event. In conjunction with the Reva Logan [...]
  • Writing Workshop on “Migration and Chicago Neighborhoods”

    admin
    21 Jan 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Writers of The Journal of Ordinary Thought will have an added opportunity to generate more ideas for the theme of “Migration and Chicago Neighborhoods.” Jessica Savitz, a workshop leader from the Reva Poetry Series at the University of Chicago, will present a writing workshop based on the writing of Rosanna Warren, Reva Logan Series commissioned [...]
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    Working Writers

  • Wrangling My Character

    Guest Post
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Long ago, I wrote a book based on a dream after I attended a Michael Bolton concert. But for the book, the hero was a bad boy rock star with long dark hair and he had a stalker. After eight rejections—I realized my true calling was romance, not suspense. Years later, after I finally got published and Harlequin bought my line, I had the opportunity to continue my Texas rodeo series. Desperate for ideas, I dug through all my old manuscripts. Hmm, I could get rid of the stalker and change that rock star into a country star. My editor liked the concept and all was grand as I wrote book four and…
  • Interview: Paula Vince

    Cherie
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    Award-winning author, Paula Vince loves to evoke tears and laughter through her novels. A wife and homeschooling mother of three, she resides in the beautiful Adelaide Hills of South Australia. Her youth was brightened by great fiction and she’s on a mission to pay it forward. Her novel, Picking up the Pieces, won the religious fiction section of the 2011 International Book Awards. Her novel, Best Forgotten, was winner of the 2011 CALEB Award in the fiction category and also recognized as the best overall entry for the year, chosen over memoirs, devotionals and general non-fiction.
  • How to Create a Content Audit for Your Site

    Guest Post
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    There are a lot of people in the world. And an awful lot of them have websites. Some might even have more than one, one for their business, one for their hobby or perhaps update a blog site about their lives. With that many sites it can get a little confusing when you begin to think about what’s where and why in terms of web content. A content audit is a fantastic, if not vital way to keep track of the what, the where, the why and the how it’s doing when you’re looking after a website. And though the phrase ‘audit’ sounds intimidating, and could make you just…
  • Most Anticipated Mysteries And Thrillers For 2014

    Guest Post
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:01 am
    As 2013 wrapped up, a number of mysteries and thrillers were reported to be in the works. Their release would be in 2014 and there are many reasons avid readers are waiting for them. Here are a number whose release might be just weeks or months away. Michael Connelly’s The Gods Of Guilt   Gods of Guilt is a book that builds up courtroom suspense as a defense lawyer is haunted by a past case. Mickey Haller has a murder case before him depicting a former prostitute and past client whom he had tried to straighten out. However, she had gone back to her past life and in trying to save her,…
  • Interview: Diane Eklund-Abolins

    Cherie
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:09 am
    Diane Eklund-Abolins is from Australia. After teaching there for three years, she moved to Sweden where she met her husband. They had a family and remained in Sweden for more than twenty years, relocating to Australia in the 1990s. She’s always written, and still has the short stories she wrote at about twelve years old. Enjoy this interview. Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it? My first book, The Space in Between: a Story about Nina, was published in 2012. It is a true story and tells about a Latvian woman whose life was impacted by both world…
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    Sara Dobie Bauer's Blog

  • Screw You for Saying Life Sucks

    saradobiebauer
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    I’ve had a lot of people tell me lately that life is not a bowl of cherries. I’m not sure what they’re trying to accomplish by the routing of this cliché. Is this supposed to make me feel better? I was in Florida for a week, and I never wanted to come back to Phoenix. I wanted Jake to move to the beach with the dogs and me. Burn our house down. Forget about our jobs, our belongings. Become perpetual beach bums. I could bartend; he could fix and rent out bicycles. So long as we were near the sand, the water, and the lifestyle. While there with my brilliant Aunt Susie, we scattered…
  • The Chicken Incident (I Don’t Like Blood)

    saradobiebauer
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    “I am not amused.” You know that scene in Clerks where everything goes to hell and the guy shouts, “I’m not even supposed to be here today!” That was me yesterday. I flew home from a wonderful vacation in Florida Tuesday night knowing full well that my husband would be slaughtering chickens all day Wednesday. Jake has been raising Cornish Cross chickens for months now, and it’s a cool endeavor. They’re pasture raised, healthy chickens, fresh from farm to table. (You can buy one here.) I’m proud of his project, but I told him, several times, I wanted nothing to do with…
  • Why My Husband is Hot

    saradobiebauer
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:03 am
    My husband is cut like Brad Pitt in Fight Club. He has honey brown eyes that melt women into puddles of lusty angst. He has a single dimple when he smiles, and he smiles a lot. He has an ass that Michelangelo would have sculpted into a fifty-foot statue. He has a voice that makes Jell-O quake. And those are his lesser attributes. Jake married a girl with depression. He married a difficult wife, and yet, he makes adorable growling noises and kisses my neck until I laugh. He holds me when I cry. He tells me—no, he makes me believe—everything will be all right, because he will never leave…
  • An H and Five Ws with Painter/Photographer Chambers Austelle

    saradobiebauer
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Chambers Austelle (great name) is a Charleston, South Carolina, native and artist. I own four of her pieces. One—a black and white photograph of a forest that I understand she took while almost falling from a car—was a wedding gift. I have a spooky Halloween painting of a haunted house and two glorious portraits of my dogs. Sure, I’m an obsessive fangirl, but she’s also my sister-in-law. My brother is a musician, and I find it miraculous that two artists can cohabitate and still love each other without MURDER. (Because seriously, I’m sure Jake wants to just murder me sometimes.)…
  • Love for Kings of Leon

    saradobiebauer
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:32 am
    Jake and I saw Kings of Leon last night. I love them. I listen to them when I’m sad, angry, happy, when I want to dance. I listen to them always. Instead of doing a full concert review, I offer you my favorite of their kick-ass rock songs. And they played all of these last night at the Ak-Chin Pavilion. 1. Charmer They opened with this ditty, hiding behind a curtain that made them look like ten-foot-tall ghosts. A creepy girl shouted from a huge TV screen. Warning: one of their wilder songs that showcases “the scream.”   2. Closer An extremely sexy song I think is about…
 
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    Elizabeth Spann Craig

  • Freelance Writing–Using Social Media to Land New Writing Gigs

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    By Shawndra Russell,  @ShawndraRussell Social media opens up a world of opportunity for us writers. You can create a private Notice-Me List on Twitter filled with publications you want to write for and editors you want to work with, so you can be sure to interact with them frequently. You can show off your work in numerous ways, like pinning published pieces to a dedicated Pinterest board and uploading samples to your Linkedin page. You can list your skills and experience on your Facebook About page. These platforms give you a lot of means to reach new decision makers who are looking for…
  • Twitterific Writing Tips

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search alengine(developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 23,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. 3 Deadly Traps for a Writer:  http://ow.ly/vqpld @jonathangunson @RogerDColby Writers: Fire Your Guru:  http://ow.ly/vqkxv @rchazzchute How to Stop Procrastinating and Just Write: http://ow.ly/vqknz @screencrafting 5 Famous Authors and Their Strange Writing Rituals: http://ow.ly/vqptA @saostroff 10 Can’t Miss,…
  • Reading

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:03 pm
    By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Reading and writing have always gone hand in hand with me.  I read early and read books I found around the house or at the library, whether they were intended for me or not.  I remember making up stories to fit the covers of adult books when I was in kindergarten. I can’t imagine not fitting in reading now, no matter how crazy life gets.  It would be like not fitting in time for lunch or something.  I fit it into spare minutes during the day and a bit longer at night before falling asleep. People who know I write usually ask me if I read the genre…
  • Drafting Your Novel: Expanding from Within

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Guest Post by Jack Smith Robert Garner McBrearty, author of the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Prize for his collection Episode, recently shared a technique he’s been using to draft a novel. Write the whole thing through, regardless of length, and then expand from within. This is a great process idea.  Of course, prior to drafting, you do need a sense for your character and where you want to take this character.  But, assuming you have that, just shoot through the draft.  Don’t worry about all the scenes you might flesh out your novel with, all the secondary characters you might…
  • Writing Process–Developing a Story Idea

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig When I spoke to students recently,  they asked a lot of questions and some very good ones.  Naturally, though, one of the questions, which won’t surprise any writer who talks about his writing, was ‘where do you get your ideas?’  This question is practically mandatory any time you mention writing to anyone…whether you’re speaking at a conference or telling a stranger at the grocery store what you do. But as I thought about it, the question has another angle too, one that was asked later on by another student.  How do…
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    Litopia All Shows +Video

  • How To Negotiate With A Publisher

    Litopia Writers Colony
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    A setback for authors who want to reclaim their e-book rights from publishers; Peter reveals one of his negotiating techniques; and someone in South Carolina has the world’s most highly-tuned Gaydar!  Presented from Florida by leading lawyer Donna Ballman and from London by literary agent Peter Cox. Links to stories mentioned in this show: Judge Rules for HarperCollins in Open Road E-Book Dispute Musicians May Lobby To Change Royalty Regs After Manhattan Court Ruling Holocaust novel focus of copyright suit South Carolina House votes to cut funds for universities over gay books Follow…
  • Ukraine, Crimea & World War III

    Litopia Writers Colony
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:22 pm
    It started in Sochi — the most expensive winter Olympics in history. A winter Olympics which, let us not forget, saw Great Britain take the gold in curling! Then Pussy Riot— which is decidedly not a niche pornography market — were being publicly horsewhipped by men in funny hats while the world recoiled in horror and… didn’t do much of anything, really. Then, in the beating Orange heart of Kiev’s Independence Square, came the protesters — or maybe they weren’t protesters at all: maybe they were agent provocateurs from America. Next came the riot police — or maybe they…
  • Wake Up & Smell The Pr0n

    Litopia Writers Colony
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:40 am
    We’re talking advances again, and following the cautionary tale of a pair of writers who went from self-made success... to “traditional” publishing failure... and now, hopefully, back to the self-publishing world again where the advances aren’t stellar - but at least you are your own boss.  Follow along, it’s well worth studying. Links to items mentioned on this show... Author cheated Bronx dog trainer out of book profits Adult Magazine Publisher Sues LeaseWeb for Providing Services to Copyright Infringers Beneficial Owner of “Spank” Has Standing in Copyright Infringement…
  • Jim Davidson: Standing Up For Himself

    4 Mar 2014 | 11:53 am
    Jim Davidson gives his first major interview since winning Celebrity Big Brother! Cockney comic Jim Davidson was written off as a dinosaur by a younger breed of middle class stand-ups. Falsely suspected of all the "isms", Tory-backing, troops-loving, womanising Jim had been sacked by the BBC and snubbed by TV. And when he was arrested by Operation Yewtree in January 2012... well, it seemed that after four explosive and lucrative decades of fame, Davidson was finally finished. Media commentators queued up to dance on what they saw as the grave of his career. But then in rapid succession the…
  • A Mockinbird Settles

    Litopia Writers Colony
    23 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    One of the nice things about our listeners is that they share their views and experiences with us. So it is that, after we last covered the lawsuit brought by  “To Kill a Mockingbird” legend Harper Lee against a museum in her south Alabama hometown, both Donna and Peter have changed their views on the case.  Thank you, Debriefists! Well, that suit has been settled now – and a very good thing, too. And while we’re speaking of past shows, here is the link Peter mentioned to our show featuring author Sherry Jones, whose trilas and tribulations with her book “The Jewel of…
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    Nitpickers' Nook

  • Get straight answers from ramblers

    Columbia Books, LLC
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    You ask a coworker about the status of a project, and he starts talking about how his dog kept him up all night. Pulling a simple answer from someone who rambles on and on with seemingly no interest in making a point can test your patience. Here’s how to help ramblers focus: Repeat your question. If the rambler veers off topic, cut in at the first opportunity and repeat what you asked, without sighing or fidgeting. Frame your answer. When you pose a question, offer two or three alternatives that reveal the type of answer you seek. Example: “Did you determine why that account expired. Was…
  • Quick tip: The right pronoun prevents conflict

    Columbia Books, LLC
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Using the right pronoun can head off conflict. Examples: Replace the blaming “You did this” with “Here’s what I think took place.” Supplant the accusing “You shouldn’t have done it that way” with “Here’s how I think it could have been done.” Substitute the aggressive “Why didn’t you do as you were told?” with “Help me understand why what we agreed to didn’t happen.” Source: The Bad Attitude Survival Guide, by Harry E. Chambers.
  • Grammar lesson: Setup vs. set up

    Columbia Books, LLC
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Setup is a noun or adjective meaning “the way something is organized, planned or arranged.” Example: “The setup of the conference room was conducive to a productive meeting.” Set up is a verb meaning “to place, raise, assemble or put forward.” Example: The executive assistant set up the conference room for maximum productivity.”
  • Decline a raise request

    Columbia Books, LLC
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    You won’t always be able to offer employees raises—even when you feel they deserve one as much as they feel they do. You have to tread lightly because refusing a request for pay increase can demotivate employees or send them searching for a new job. To decline a raise request without destroying an employee’s morale, follow this advice: Establish a career plan. Explain that you are unable to offer the person the raise right now but that you can reconsider the raise if he or she makes significant improvements or gains new skills or knowledge. For example, a benchmark could be to exceed an…
  • Be direct when you communicate

    Columbia Books, LLC
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:46 pm
    You have heard of passive-aggressive behavior. But have you heard of passive-digressive behavior? A passive-digressive speaker skirts an issue, hoping that the listener will pick up on the hint and make desired changes. Example: “I went by your cubicle first thing this morning, but you were not there.” That may seem like a nonaggressive way to clue the person in to your displeasure with his or her tardiness. However, such a statement leaves the person in doubt. Better: Ask directly for what you want. Say: “This week you have been 15 minutes late for work twice. That concerns me. I need…
 
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    The Write One Blog

  • 5 Tips For Writing A Novel When You’re A Beginner!

    Stefanie Newell
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    Many people want to write a novel, but they end up giving up due to not knowing how to progress their story. Writing a novel requires you to be creative and have a rich vocabulary, ... The post 5 Tips For Writing A Novel When You’re A Beginner! appeared first on The Write One Blog.
  • Publishing Secrets: Getting Support From A Coach To Write A Book

    Stefanie Newell
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Looking for support from a coach to write a book? Have you started a manuscript and wondering if all the hard work you are putting in is all for nothing? Or have you completed writing a ... The post Publishing Secrets: Getting Support From A Coach To Write A Book appeared first on The Write One Blog.
  • Book Marketing 101- Setting Up A Successful Book Launch

    Stefanie Newell
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:16 pm
    View on YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel I’ve been a published author since 2008 and I’ve learned so much along the way. I was thinking what could I share with my audience that will be useful ... The post Book Marketing 101- Setting Up A Successful Book Launch appeared first on The Write One Blog.
  • Write And Sell Children’s Books – Write Books Parents & Kids Love!

    Stefanie Newell
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:36 am
    All of the Dr. Seuss books are great models of book styles and content that an author will want to familiarize themselves with if they want to write and sell children’s books. The Dr. Seuss series ... The post Write And Sell Children’s Books – Write Books Parents & Kids Love! appeared first on The Write One Blog.
  • How To Copyright A Book – Copyright Basics 101

    Stefanie Newell
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:45 am
    Copyrighting your book is an important step in the process of becoming an author. It helps protect against people taking or using your work without permission. This article will share how to copyright a book ... The post How To Copyright A Book – Copyright Basics 101 appeared first on The Write One Blog.
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    Blogito Ergo Sum

  • In God We Justify

    James Kiester
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    -Easter, the Christian observance of the death and resurrection of Jesus, takes place this week.  Given that my last entry was about hedonism, I wanted to address religion during this week of holy reflection.Title: Religious Symbols | Date: 07/26/2006 | Artist: Szczepan1990 | The copyright holder of this work, releases this work into the public domain. This applies worldwide. That being said, I had no desire to preach to anyone or dissuade anyone from believing in their personal view of God, or the universe.  That's not my place.Personally, I believe God walked the Earth as Christ…
  • Happy Hedonists

    James Kiester
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    -Title: Spa Massage | Date: 07/2011 | Photographer: IQP | This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. HEDONISM1:  the doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the sole or chief good in life2:  a way of life based on or suggesting the principles of hedonismHedonism - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary-I'm an avid Facebook user.  The site is practically my virtual version of Cheers, a "place" where everybody knows my name.Recently, my friend L.A. started a Facebook page called Mostly Unrepentant Hedonists.  Upon…
  • Beware Half-Truths

    James Kiester
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:22 pm
    -P.T. Barnum once bought a load of white salmon and found them to be unsellable. Buyers were used to pink salmon. He sold the fish by canning the meat and printing, "Guaranteed not to turn pink in the can," on each can. The statement was 100% true, but completely irrelevant. Pinkness isn't a sign the fish has gone bad, it's merely a different species. Nevertheless, the implication was enough to depopularize pink salmon and create a demand for white salmon.In November and December of1946, sponsor Kellogg's kicked off chapters of the Superman radio story, "The Secret Letter," by promoting their…
  • Where Did The Boxing Fans Go?

    James Kiester
    23 Mar 2014 | 2:06 pm
    -Being a child of the 70s, I grew up during one of the golden ages of boxing.  Yes, there have always been boxing fans who could spout round by round stats of the Max Bear vs. James Braddock fight.  Boxing will ALWAYS have those fans.Beyond that though, boxing held a healthy presence within mainstream pop culture.  Fight results were on the evening news, and were discussed around the water cooler.  Plus, any Jane or Joe could tell you who "the champ" was.-In 1971, Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier both had justifiable claims to the World Heavyweight Championship Title. An…
  • A Bone To Pick With Teddy

    James Kiester
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:43 pm
    -Title: Teddy Atlas | Date: 11/17/2011 | Photographer: Mike L Photo's | This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. I love boxing. Heck, I enjoy hearing Teddy Atlas call a fight.  Having trained Micheal Moorer, Alexander Povetkin, Donny Lalonde, and other boxing greats, Teddy successfully conveys a knowledge of, and passion for, the sweet science.However, the gung ho poker player in me has to take issue with Teddy Atlas's statement, on March 7th’s Friday Night Fights. Poker star Phil Ivey made a guest appearance, helping Teddy act out his “keys…
 
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    Stories To Tell Books

  • Important Choices for Self-Publishing Authors, Part 4

    Biff Barnes
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:22 pm
    If you’re a self-publishing author, you have some important choices to make. In this blog series, we are discussing the pros and cons to help you with the most important decisions you’ll need to know about: Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons How authors can market their books online without technical skills? In any group of self-publishing authors, this is always the big question. Here are five great ideas we have talked about in the past and links to our posts that explored the marketing tools in detail. Create a marketing plan. Like any business venture, selling books benefits…
  • Important Choices for Self-Publishing Authors, Part 3

    Biff Barnes
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:12 pm
    If you’re a self-publishing author, you have some important choices to make. In this blog series, we are discussing the pros and cons to help you with the most important decisions you’ll need to know about: How to hire self-publishing experts without the costs and problems of using a subsidy publisher. When you hire freelancers they are responsible to you. You maintain control of your book’s production. You decide what kinds of help you need and keep costs down, paying only for what you need, rather than paying for a package of services that you don’t need. First,…
  • Important Choices for Self-Publishing Authors, Part 2

    Biff Barnes
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    If you’re a self-publishing author, you have some important choices to make. In this blog series, we are discussing the pros and cons to help you with the most important decisions you’ll need to know about: (courtesy of BK under Creative Commons) Is self-publishing a DIY project? Or should you hire others to help with editing, book design, publishing, distribution, publicity and marketing? Beginning authors see the “self” in self-publishing and think it must be a DIY project; that they have a long learning curve ahead to master every step of the process. That’s…
  • Important Choices for Self-Publishing Authors, Part 1

    Biff Barnes
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    “The indie author insurrection has become a revolution that will strip publishers of power they once took for granted.” - Mark Coker, CEO of Smashwords If you’re a self-publishing author, you have some important choices to make. Here is one of the most important decisions you’ll need to know about: Do you really want to “self-publish,” or should you use a “self-publishing company”? Real self-publishing is simple, if not always an easy process. Here’s how it works: you complete your book, purchase an ISBN in your name, prepare the book…
  • Planning to Get Good Feedback on the Draft of Your Book

    Biff Barnes
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    “It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly,” advises Hugo Award-winning science fiction writer C. J. Cherryh. Courtesy of Keheningan Hati One of the keys to transforming a rough edged draft manuscript into a well-edited, polished book is getting quality feedback about what you’ve written. Many writers spend hours planning their draft – creating outlines, plot summaries, and character sketches. Yet those same authors ask for a critique of their draft without any real plan of how to make sure the feedback will be useful. They are…
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    The GrammarPhile Blog

  • Six Words That Confuse Even Smart People

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
     
  • Be an Exemplar of Excellent Elocution

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  • Quotation Marks and Other Punctuation

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  • Often-Confused Words

    12 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Does word confusion rein supreme in your marketing office? Do you and your staff pour over documents for hours only to discover five or ten subtle errors when the 5000 copies come back from the printer? [Hold your e-mails. We know those words are wrong!] Check these oft-confused words and see if you can avoid some typical errors that people make all the time. libel, slander. Libel may result from injurious remarks that are circulated in writing, slander from those that are spoken. But note that because words spoken over the radio or on television are likely to be recorded, what would normally…
  • More About Commas

    5 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today we'll add a few more guidelines about using commas. The comma, aside from its technical uses in mathematical, bibliographical, and other contexts, indicates the smallest break in sentence structure. It denotes a slight pause. Effective use of the comma involves good judgment, with ease of reading being the primary goal.
 
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    Commenteri

  • New Books, Game of Thrones, and a Space Debate

    Teri
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    First up, some book news: New Paddington Bear book.  I used to love these as a kid. Six Stephen King early novels–Carrie, Salem’s Lot. The Shining, The Stand, Night Shift, and Pet Sematary–are being re-released as special editions.  I might consider getting The Shining.  That book remains the scariest book I have ever read.  For […]
  • Procrastination

    Teri
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week has been a particularly bad one and has left me feeling both mentally and socially drained.  As I sat down to write today’s post, the last thing I wanted to do was write today’s post.  Then I saw a tweet in my Twitter feed that said, “It doesn’t matter what you are doing, […]
  • Top 6 Grammar Pet Peeves

    Teri
    12 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Writing my post on Monday got me thinking of my writing pet peeves.  For this Saturday Six, I will explain my top six: Irony, of course.  See Monday’s article. Saying literally when you don’t mean literally.  It makes me want to literally punch you in the face. (Here is a grammar comic on the topic […]
  • Excerpt from The Omega Project

    Teri
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week I decided to add an excerpt from a book I co-wrote with a friend of mine. We originally started this book as emails back and forth to each other and, after a few months, decided to turn it into a book. (Note: I don’t ever recommend doing this. Ever.) We’ve gone through three […]
  • Inner Demons and Grammar Comics

    Teri
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    When I was doing some research for my article on Irony on Monday, I came across these awesome grammar comics from The Oatmeal.  Seriously, check these out. “Good books are hard to write.  Bad books are a breeze.”  This little tidbit has been extremely helpful to me this week as I struggled with self-doubt.  I […]
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    James Shelley

  • Trophies: Why We Interpret Wealth as a Signal of Worth

    James Shelley
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    American sociologist Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) believed that trophies played a central role in the evolution of human society and in the formation of social hierarchies. To be considered worthy of esteem from our tribe, we must demonstrate our exploitive skills. We must accomplish something – something beyond the monotonous, everyday ‘drudgery jobs’ that just anyone can do. Esteem depends on differentiation, distinction from the medium and average. But you cannot merely claim to be great; you need to prove it. Prowess is nothing without evidence. No matter how brave,…
  • The Week Ahead

    James Shelley
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    This week in the Caesura Letters… Triangulation: a sense of personal identity is not unlike GPS protocol. Spending and Saving: do we derive the most benefit from money by spending it? Tree Spirit: stories don’t have to be true in order to be real. Optimal Cruelty: does humour depend on a ratio of cruelty? Desire Versus Desire: is ‘will-power’ just another form of desire?
  • Ants are poor metaphors for humans: equality does not equal capability

    James Shelley
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Go to the ant, you sluggard. Consider her ways, and be wise; which having no chief, overseer, or ruler, provides her bread in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest. (Proverbs 6:6-8 WEB) Ants, said the Teacher of Proverbs, are “little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise.” Their wisdom is evidenced by their discipline: even though they “are not a strong people,” they diligently “provide their food in the summer.” (Proverbs 30:24-25, WEB) There is something endearing about ants: their homes remind us of our cities, their hierarchies remind us…
  • A Chat with Thorstein Veblen

    James Shelley
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) was born in Wisconsin. His parents were Norwegian immigrant parents. In 1899, he wrote Theory of the Leisure Class, which attempts to explain the social, evolutionary origins of American culture and consumption at the turn of the century. In his era, Veblen stands out as one of only a few a critics of capitalism who did not also simultaneously argue for Marxism. Veblen’s vision of the human condition is far-reaching, fantastic, and all descriptive of daily, human life. This coming week, the Caesura Letters explores Veblen’s premises, hypotheses, and…
  • Chant of the Mystic

    James Shelley
    30 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Did a god not pass by? Why is my flesh frozen numb? (Epic of Gilgamesh, Standard Version, Tablet IV 20) Encounters with the divine are a steady thread throughout the human story. Across cultures and continents, we are inspired by moments that eclipse our own ability to explain: “Moreover, something is or seems, That touches me with mystic gleams, Like glimpses of forgotten dreams– “Of something felt, like something here; Of something done, I know not where; Such as no language may declare.” (Tennyson, The Two Voices, cited in James[1902]:383) Like clockwork, one…
 
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    Florida Writers Conference Blog

  • Exercise Wednesday: Not a love name

    Chris Hamilton
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    A Facebook acquaintance (not really a friend, because I’ve never met her), said that she bent down to tie his cleats. On rising, she was ready to hug him. He leaned in close and, in what she thought would be a special moment, whispered, “Please don’t call me any love names. It’s embarrassing.” My son […]
  • You Call This a Mini-Conference?

    jamiebmusings
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Shannon Bell Are you looking to get your feet wet with a mini-conference before you commit to the annual conference in October? On April 26, the Writer’s Nest Mini Conference will be held at the Hilton Orlando in Altamonte Springs, featuring plenty of faculty members presenting on a variety of topics, agents waiting to […]
  • The How I Met Your Mother finale and how hard our craft is

    Chris Hamilton
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Over the long course of this blog, I’ve used television shows to illustrate concepts in our craft. TV is often a medium that’s more shared than books. I could reference what Robert B. Parker did in Spenser but you probably haven’t read that. Or I could talk about what Mr. Grey did to Anastasia in […]
  • Exercise Wednesday: Tired

    Chris Hamilton
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    So this week has been kind of a bear. Work has bubbled over to make a mess all over the virtual stove top of life. It’s been kind of a grind, but there’s been plenty of it. And then there’s the hours outside of work. It’s been the kind of stretch where bed time comes […]
  • How to Manage Criticism

    Mary Ann de Stefano
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    “It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.” –Virginia Woolf To grow as writers, we invite responses to our work. We share our writing with other writers and seek their advice; […]
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    Productive Writers

  • The Power of a Small Website for House-Sitting Writers

    John Soares
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Freelance writing lets me travel and gives me the option of a location-independent lifestyle, which I take advantage of in winter months by house-sitting in the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere with my partner Stephanie. Why House-Sitting? Simple — we get to stay in beautiful homes and explore beautiful parts of the western United […]Related Posts:My New Freelance Writer Business CardHow to Make the Best Use of Your Travel TimeTop 10 Ways to Generate Great Freelance Writing IdeasThe Best Google+ Communities for Freelance WritersHow My Computer Screen Background Photo Inspires…
  • The Top 10 Twitter Rules for Writers You Better Not Break

    John Soares
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Many freelance writers and book authors are active on Twitter. However, a lot of them don’t use the optimal techniques necessary to take full advantage of the social network. Jennifer Mattern, the creator of this infographic, is an experienced freelance writer and book author, and she’s also the brains behind the top-notch site AllIndieWriters.com. The […]Related Posts:The Best Google+ Communities for Freelance WritersTwitter Hashtags for Freelance WritersWhat You Must Know to Find What You Need With Google19 Successful Freelance Writers Share Their Top Goals for 2014The…
  • Six Copy Editing Tips for Freelance Writers

    John Soares
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    You need your freelance writing to be professional so that clients pay you well. This means your words read well and contain no major grammar, punctuation, or spelling errors. Freelance writers with poor copy editing skills either don’t make much money or they don’t make any money at all. First up… 1. Improve Your Writing […]Related Posts:The Four Key Benefits of Writing WellThe Best Way to Bid a Freelance ProjectFind Your Freelance Writing Niches with This New Course19 Successful Freelance Writers Share Their Top Goals for 20145 Things About WordPress That Really Bug Me
  • Why Freelance Writers Often Miss Deadlines

    John Soares
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Hey freelancers, why do your writing projects take you all the way up to the deadline to complete, and why do you sometimes miss deadlines, even when you had plenty of time to do the project? It’s because you’re making a key time management mistake: you’re letting yourself fall victim to Parkinson’s Law. Parkinson’s Law? […]Related Posts:How Being Late Hurts Your Freelance Writing Career and Your LifeTop 10 Ways to Be a More Productive Freelance WriterHow I Renegotiated a Freelance Writing DeadlineWhen Is the Best Time for You to Write?How This One Simple…
  • How to Align Your Writing Income with Your Career Goals

    John Soares
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:28 am
    By Laura Laing, author of Math for Writers “I know what I’m gonna do tomorrow, and the next day, and the next year, and the year after that. I’m shakin’ the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I’m gonna see the world.” Ah, George Bailey. He never realized the big dreams […]Related Posts:Comprehensive Guide to Setting Freelance Writing GoalsMy Main Goal in Six Words19 Successful Freelance Writers Share Their Top Goals for 20148 Time Management Techniques for Successful WritersHealth Insurance for Freelance Writers Under the Affordable Care…
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • Third Book in Thailand’s Sickest Series – On the Way

    MikeFook
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:40 pm
    I was looking at AuthorEarnings.com and it was so motivating to me that I decided last night around midnight that I’d write the third installment in the Thailand’s Sickest trilogy. I think it’s a trilogy anyway, let’s see what happens. Writing Thailand fiction is easy for me, I’ve been here for a decade and not returned to the USA since. While I enjoy writing stories about Thailand, I don’t think the market is very large. I have thought about writing some other fiction before I finished this trilogy, but, as it turns out, this one will be an easy book to…
  • Mike Fook Short Stories Going FREE!

    MikeFook
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:18 pm
    I was asking people to register for reading my short stories here at MikeFook.com, then I thought, ahh, screw it. Let everyone have them for free. Hopefully I can increase readership of my novels by introducing more people to my stories. Click below to see 3 short stories you can download now for FREE. Mike Fook Short Stories Or, just click one of the covers below to read online – page also includes the download links.
  • Arrival in Savannakhet, Laos

    MikeFook
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:28 am
    Cars, motorbikes, tuk-tuks, and vans whiz by in front of me, they’re all in a rush, but where are they going in this bored to death town, I couldn’t guess. Two Laotian boys walk by, one with his arm over the other boy’s shoulders. I ate Mussaman curry, a Thai dish, served by a Japanese here in Savannakhet, Laos. There are two Danish girls at the table next to me listening to an Englishman tell them why the French are so anal about language. There are two Canadian girls trying to setup a table in front of me. They were here twenty minutes ago, then they left for a bit, and…
  • In My Teens, I Was a Thief

    MikeFook
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:45 pm
    We all change over time. I’ve changed remarkably over the years. For instance when I was a teen, I stole a lot of things. Nothing big mind you, but mostly illicit things I guess. Here are just a couple of stories about that troubled time in my youth. Short Story #1 – Molson Golden Growing up in BFE, Pennsylvania, we had about three beers that everyone drank. Budweiser, Schlitz, Strohs, and Miller. OK, four. If you read my short story, Going Down, you know that from the time I was thirteen or so, Budweiser was the one I consumed most often. We had a neighbor, Tom, who was a pot…
  • Petition to Kill Anonymous Comments on Amazon Books

    MikeFook
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Please join this campaign. This is to show Amazon that authors are tired of having anonymous knobs leave shit reviews on their books without recourse. SIGN IT HERE – easy and takes a minute ​Jeff Bezos: Protect Amazon.com Users and Indie Publishing Authors from Bullying and Harassment by Removing Anonymity and Requiring Identity Verification for Reviewing and Forum Participation – Sign the Petition!​
 
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    Novel Dog

  • The Writing Process Blog Tour Continues

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

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

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

    Steve White
    27 Dec 2012 | 11:23 am
    I’ve found a couple of great writing tools lately, and I want to pass them on. Both are by a guy called Doctor Wicked. Normally I would hesitate to recommend anything from someone with a name like that, but it’s the internet age, and apparently, that sort of thing is okay now. One is a proofreading program, what I would call a bot editor, called EditMinion. You paste your work in, and it makes suggestions. It’s borne of the universal frustration created by the mentally challenged spelling and grammar checkers found in Word and similar programs, and designed specifically to…
  • The Art of the MacGuffin

    Steve White
    12 Nov 2012 | 1:58 pm
    Here’s a segment from my talk on suspense at the 2012 Write on the Sound in Edmonds, Washington. The term “MacGuffin” was coined by Alfred Hitchcock, and the statue in The Maltese Falcon is a classic example. It’s a concrete object that your main character pursues as an external goal. Your main character may not be pursuing an object, but if you can link an object (or a person or place) to your character’s goal, you will trigger the emotions of your readers more easily. We are actually talking about symbolism, here. Working symbols into your writing can seem…
 
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    Byzantine Roads

  • Leafless Video Game Intro

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

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

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

    Lou
    11 Jan 2014 | 8:06 am
    Here’s a copy of the papercraft Edgar Allan Poe Gift Box Jamie made in 2008: Here’s the top  I had thought I lost this, but found the images on an old USB drive when cleaning out the office. Jamie made this from a “Museum in a Book” on Poe. The eyes are from the Ultima Thule; the words are facsimiles of Poe Manuscripts. After originally posting, we were contacted by the Library of Virginia. They had wanted to sell these gift boxes for Poe’s 100th Birthday Celebration. Unfortunately, this was just a graphic project and to actually make the box requires a bit of…
  • Joe Konrath’s 2014 Predictions: Which Ones Are Wrong?

    Lou
    29 Dec 2013 | 8:48 am
    Konrath has posted his Publishing industry predictions for 2014, and as usual, he’s spot on. I have a couple of comments I’d like to make here as an Outsider looking into the industry: B&N Going Away- I don’t think it’ll happen this year, but it is happening. When Border’s closed, I posted about it on the old site. I felt that having one brick-and-mortar monopoly was better than having two struggling stores. I felt that B&N would be more proactive instead of having to react to Amazon. Boy was I wrong. Look, I love my Nook Tablet. But it’s two years…
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    HelenHeath.com

  • We Have Isolated Your DNA Sample

    Helen
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Our Genographic Project lab has successfully isolated your DNA sample. This means that your full analysis is approximately 40 percent complete. To learn more about DNA isolation, read below. And to explore more, or if you have questions about the Genographic Project, visit the FAQs page. The Genographic Project Team     Photograph courtesy Family Tree DNA    
  • What will Google do with my DNA?

    Helen
    4 Mar 2014 | 2:29 pm
    As I mentioned in my last post, this year I'm going to write about the process of having my DNA analysed by 23andMe. Prior to November 2013 23andMe provided clients with nearly 200 reports connecting clients' genetics to various health conditions such as disease risk, inherited conditions, drug response and traits. They also provided ancestral information and an online community to connect with distant relatives if you so choose. In November, the FDA ordered that 23andMe stop revealing to customers their odds of contracting diseases in reports without clinical evidence to support such…
  • Fresh start

    Helen
    27 Jan 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Ola! Here I am feeling a little rusty, trying the blogosphere back on for size. This year I'm going to try blogging the process of having my DNA analysed by 23andMe. There are a few things about it that make me feel uncomfortable but I'm going ahead anyway, I'm planning to write poems about it for my new book. I may also post about what some friends have been doing, because I have some very cool friends, who have been doing very cool things! Gosh, looking at my blog makes me want to give it an overhaul, a bit of a spa day for the poor tired thing. Any suggestions? So what have I…
  • Rocky Outcrop

    Helen
    17 Mar 2013 | 5:04 pm
    This week sees the close of the fabulous Rocky Outcrop Writers Tour. If you haven't been along to one of the events then you have two last chances. This Wednesday at the War Memorial Library in Lower Hutt. and Saturday at Paekakariki. I'll be a guest at the Paekakariki event along with Lynn Jenner and Tina Makereti. The chairperson is Lawrence Patchett. Here is an interview they did with all the writers, on the blog for the tour – you can read a bit about the Rocky Outcroppers here on their about page. Going by their Facebook page it has been a wonderful journey.
  • The Next Big Thing

    Helen
    10 Mar 2013 | 2:17 pm
    Orchid Tierney tagged me for this fun blog meme in which the blogger conducts a self-interview about their latest book project and then tags 5 more writers to continue the meme. You can read Orchid’s responses here. She was tagged by Emma Neale, whose responses you can read here and Emma in turn was tagged by Lesley Wheeler, whose post you can read here. I think I’ll stop there or we’ll end up in Borges’ labyrinth. What is your working title of your book (or story, or project)? It has a working title of: ‘Are Friends Electric’. Where did the idea come from…
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    Write It Sideways

  • Still here. Still writing. Just taking a breather.

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

    Guest Contributor
    16 Dec 2013 | 3:00 am
    Today’s post is written by Nicolas Gremion. If your primary motivation for writing is making money, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. Outliers like James Patterson, Stephen King, and Nora Roberts often skew our perception of how lucrative publishing really is. In fact, very few authors actually make a living off their writing—the rest see marginal income from writing, at best. There are a number of reasons for this, but perhaps one of the foremost involves what I like to call the “Field of Dreams Syndrome.” Too many authors work under the misconception that if they…
  • Make NaNoWriMo the Gift that Keeps on Giving

    Guest Contributor
    2 Dec 2013 | 3:00 am
    Today’s post is written by Amanda L. Barbara. For writers just cooling down from NaNoWriMo, it’s tempting to lose steam as the holidays approach. Your weekend calendar is filling up with parties and family get-togethers, and you probably feel like you deserve a victory lap after a month of such high productivity. But whether or not you actually hit your goal of 50,000 words, December does not have to be the lost month between NaNoWriMo and your New Year’s writing resolutions. You can maintain that sense of urgency as you finish your manuscript, delve into editing, and set yourself…
  • Three Pitfalls of Foreshadowing

    Guest Contributor
    18 Nov 2013 | 3:00 am
    Today’s post is written by Amanda Bumgarner. Two years ago I read Stephen King’s newest (at the time) novel, 11/22/63. I was hesitant at first, not being a fan of horror and never having previously read one of King’s novels. But it came highly recommended from a friend I trusted, so I gave it a shot. Thus began a week of reading, wherein I refused to put the book down even for a moment. It became one of my favorite reads of 2011, and it’s always one of the first books I mention when I’m asked for a recommendation. However. (Doesn’t it seem like…
  • Use a Nonlinear Format to Grab Your Reader by the Eyeballs

    Guest Contributor
    4 Nov 2013 | 3:00 am
    Today’s post is written by author Clayton Lindemuth. Reviewers and editors have commended the nonlinear format of Cold Quiet Country—a novel set in a single day, but with shards of backstory scattered across almost every page. Two dueling first-person narrators vie to control the story, each slipping into escalating past-tense flashbacks. A fifth viewpoint—of the missing girl who is the focal point of the war between narrators—is told in third person, forcing the reader to suspect the worst regarding her fate. The only view on flashbacks that I recall having read is by Stephen…
 
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    Words on a page

  • Plan your writing, the analog way

    Scott Nesbitt
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Writing without a plan is, to put it bluntly, a bad move. You might think that you’re writing fluidly and can adapt to any problems you encounter, but for the most part you’re deluding yourself. Without a plan, you’ll get lost when things go pear shaped. Without a plan, you might find yourself writing page […] Related posts: Finish that tough writing task by breaking it into smaller chunks Creating an effective outline Mind mapping your writing
  • Learning to type on a tablet

    Scott Nesbitt
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    Just before Christmas, 2013 I bought myself a 10″ tablet. In some ways it was an impulse buy, but the idea was to use it as a portable writing tool. While I own a first-generation Nexus 7 tablet and use that to consume and create content, I’ve been wanting to experiment with a 10″ device […] Related posts: Learning the discipline of writing Writing on your mobile device with Write for Android Going a little more mobile
  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    The to the power of 10 edition How to start freelance writing in 10 steps 10 ways to use audio to sell more books 10 tools that can help you stay organized and efficient online 10 reasons why no one is reading your blog 10 habit that can make you a better content writer 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
  • The elements of a good blog

    Scott Nesbitt
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    Not blog post, but blog. The actual container for your posts. In this space, I focus on trying to show you how to write the best blog posts possible. But I have to admit that sometimes you need to focus on the appearance and mechanics of your blog. Not to the exclusion of writing good […] Related posts: The elements of a good writer’s website or blog How frequently should you blog? How long should a blog post be?
  • How to become an idea factory

    Scott Nesbitt
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    Ideas. As I’ve written in this space in the past, ideas are the life blood of any writer. We need to constantly come up with ideas to do our work or to have a stock of ideas that we can tackle during those leaner times when the ideas don’t flow. I’m often surprised at the […] Related posts: Planning content for your blog How to write good list posts Are all ideas worth keeping?
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    From Meredith Allard

  • Writing a First Draft Part 5

    Meredith Allard
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Tip 5: Keep the creator and the editor separate. This is an old writers’ adage heard by everyone who has ever taken Creative Writing 101. The funny thing about this adage: it’s true. If you try to edit as you write, or if you’re too critical as you write, you’re going to stifle yourself, and your creativity along with it. In Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg explains this far better than I ever could. Most of what I’m saying here I’m paraphrasing from her. Don’t worry about anything when you’re writing your first draft except getting the words out of your head and onto…
  • An Interview With Barbara Taylor Bradford

    Meredith Allard
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:13 pm
    As the executive editor of The Copperfield Review, a journal of historical fiction, I’ve been able to interview such literary legends as John Jakes and Jean M. Auel. Recently, I had the opportunity to interview another legend, Barbara Taylor Bradford. Barbara Taylor Bradford has written the notable New York Times Best Sellers A Woman of Substance, The Ravenscar Dynasty, and The Women in His Life, among many others. Her newest novel is Cavendon Hall, set to be released April 1, 2014. Cavendon Hall will be available from Amazon and other book retailers. Meredith Allard: I admit, when…
  • Writing a First Draft Part 4

    Meredith Allard
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Tip 4: Give yourself a small task to complete every day. In How to Write and Sell Your First Novel, Oscar Collier suggests the quota of three pages a day. I like that quota and have used it myself for years. Three pages usually works out to about 1500 words, which is enough that I’m making progess every day but not so much that I feel overwhelmed because it will be too hard or take hours to finish. At a certain point every day I realize I’ve exhausted my list of Excuses (I’ve made dinner and dusted and played Words With Friends and pinned on Pinterest and emptied the dishwasher…
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    Game On! Crafting Believable Conflict

  • Body Language: Eye Contact

    Diana Hurwitz
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    The eyes are the windows to the soul. They are one of the most expressive features of the face.Humans are not the only animal that finds eye contact important.  Staring at a cat conveys aggression. A slow blink conveys love. All the posturing male animals perform is a waste of time unless they have an audience watching their moves.Especially on first meeting, good eye contact conveys that you are confident, trustworthy, and in control. It can express admiration if accompanied with a smile. Good eye contact is a general indicator of self-esteem. Though, lowering one's eyes can be a sign…
  • Body Language: Gestures

    Diana Hurwitz
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    Gestures are not random. They have purpose. They illustrate. They convey the words we do not speak. They confirm, deny, or emphasize what we say. People "talk with their hands."Gestures vary from person to person and culture to culture. People can have nervous ticks. They can have "tells" that indicate they are lying, anxious, or unhappy. Use gestures wisely.If a gesture begins before the words, it is a sign of honesty.If a gesture lags after the words, it's considered a sign of dishonesty.A gesture can be involuntary but squelched by the character. This is especially true if he is angry…
  • Body Language: Facial Expressions

    Diana Hurwitz
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:08 am
    There are myriad muscles that control the brow, chin, eyes, jaw, nose, and mouth. Some people can wiggle their ears. Different cultures utilize different expressions. Looking away may be deceptive in America, but indicative of respect in Japan. The important part when revising for body language is to note when and how you relate facial expressions and to avoid repetition and purple prose. One should not wriggle one's eyebrows while leering.A character cannot control fleeting micro-expressions, the initial emotional response, but he quickly recovers from them. Facial expressions reflect our…
  • Body Language: How close is too close?

    Diana Hurwitz
    21 Mar 2014 | 8:20 am
    Cuddling, kissing, and hugging are often signs of affection. They could be signs of aggression if the character receiving the affection doesn't want it.There are situations in which a character must control involuntary responses, especially if Dick is a spy, a cop, or pretending to be someone he isn’t. If faced with an angry mugger or screaming toddler, Dick's initial primordial response might be recoil. His body might tense to strike. If it is a mugger, he lets the punch fly, unless the mugger is holding a gun pointed at his head. If it is a toddler, Dick overrides the urge to strike and…
  • Reaction Beats

    Diana Hurwitz
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:21 am
    When a stimulus signals the brain, the body goes through a logical sequence. Make sure you relate the beats in a logical order.1. A stimulus triggers the senses. The brain receives the stimulus instantaneously. It can be something your character hears, intuits, sees, smells, tastes, or touches.2. The body has an involuntary response that takes a nanosecond. The limbic system evaluates the stimulus and sends chemicals racing through the body as neurons fire, depending on its evaluation of whether the stimulus is negative, positive, or neutral. The brain decides if there is a potential…
 
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    Grant Writing Confidential

  • Vaporware, the Media, and the Dept. of Labor’s “Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training” (TAACCCT) Grant Program

    Jake Seliger
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The Associated Press is bringing vaporware, an annoying feature of the tech world, to grants: in “Obama, Biden announce $600M for competitive job grants,” an anonymous AP reporter manages to spend 746 words blathering on about job training grants (a topic almost as dear to our hearts as shocking celebrity nudes is to Us Weekly), but the reporter doesn’t manage to learn or say the obvious: name of the program. All that the reporter manages is “Applications were to be available starting Wednesday and due by July 7.” Which is completely wrong. Fortunately, the…
  • Don’t Overmatch: You Need to Look Like You Need the Money

    Jake Seliger
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    As you no doubt know, many grant programs require matching funds, and we’ve exposed the secrets of matching funds. But in that post we didn’t mention one other key aspect of matching funds: don’t overmatch. If there’s a 10% match, get a 10% match—and no more. There’s a signaling hazard: If you come up with a 90% match when only 10% is required, you’re demonstrating that you don’t need the money because you already (theoretically) have the money necessary to run the program. This in turn implies the dreaded supplantation problem, which is about as…
  • Guest Post: Tales of the Grant Manager

    Jake Seliger
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    This guest post was inspired by “Grant Writer Vs. Grant Management: Two Essential Nonprofit Job Functions Separated by a Common Word” and describes what a Grant Manager does and how that differs from what grant writers do. Like many of our guest posts, it is published anonymously to protect the guilty and the innocent. I’ve been a Grant Manager for about two years. I had spent much of my career as a public sector urban planner, but the Great Recession devastated the planning field. Like a lot of planners, I was on the chopping block for a layoff. I ended up taking a position as…
  • Yet Another Grant Writing Lesson from KU Basketball: Don’t Expect a Savior

    Isaac Seliger
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Faithful readers will know that I’m a KU Jayhawks basketball fan and that I’ve written a few posts, like this one, relating KU’s basketball fortunes to grant writing. This year, the Jayhawks were bounced from the NCAA tournament last weekend in the round of 32. A disappointing and inglorious end to an altogether lackluster season, given that KU had freshman phenom Andrew Wiggins, the number one 2013 college prospect, who was billed as the “Canadian LeBron” and showcased on the cover of SI before playing a college game. As the season unfolded, it became very…
  • Counting the OJJDP Second Chance Act Chances

    Jake Seliger
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:53 pm
    There are a lot of second chances in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Second Chance Act programs. The latest to the hit the street is the Comprehensive Statewide Juvenile Reentry Systems Reform Planning Program, which proves that OJJDP doesn’t just inflict unwieldy acronyms on itself but also brands its programs the same way (“CSJRSRPP,” anyone?). This latest program has relatively limited eligibility, however: only “state juvenile correctional agencies, juvenile justice agencies that oversee the reentry process for youth placed…
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    Brenda Chapman » Blog

  • The Mask You Live In: Why This Film Matters for our Boys

    Brenda
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    In 2012, the brilliant Jennifer Siebel Newsom shed light on misogyny and media with her eye-opening documentary Miss Representation. This fantastic film showed us clearly how women and girls are being misrepresented in the media, and underscored that it’s time to teach our daughters AND sons a new viewpoint on real femininity. It also set [...]The post The Mask You Live In: Why This Film Matters for our Boys appeared first on Brenda Chapman.
  • Camp Reel Stories Gives Film a Female-Filled Future

    Brenda
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    2013 was a great year for women in film. Female-directed Frozen won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature (yay, Jennifer Lee!) and films with strong female roles like Gravity and Catching Fire were hits at the box office. These are wonderful achievements, yet the grim statistics about the percentage of women behind the camera [...]The post Camp Reel Stories Gives Film a Female-Filled Future appeared first on Brenda Chapman.
  • Redefining Girly: Play with Tools in Your Tutu

    Brenda
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The photoshopped images and female stereotypes our girls are inundated with today in the media and on retail shelves are skewed and unhealthy; while this is no secret, it’s been a very tough trend to turn around. But we have seen progress: the Brave Girls Alliance, Miss Representation, and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender [...]The post Redefining Girly: Play with Tools in Your Tutu appeared first on Brenda Chapman.
  • “Average” Doll Smashes Crowdfunding Goal and Raises Hopes

    Brenda
    20 Mar 2014 | 3:10 am
    It’s no secret that change in the way toys are marketed to children – especially girls – is vitally important to me. And I’m happy to admit, that even as I typed that sentence I had to smile with hope. The events of this past year, from the success of the #BraveGirlsWant initiative to the [...]The post “Average” Doll Smashes Crowdfunding Goal and Raises Hopes appeared first on Brenda Chapman.
  • A Peek into my Mind: My Interview with SplineBomb.com

    Brenda
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    It can be both exciting and humbling to reflect on my career and look back at how I got to where I am today. There were both thrills and bumps along that road, but I’m very thankful to where it’s lead. Recently artist and character designer Ryan Adams interviewed me about my career. He covered [...]The post A Peek into my Mind: My Interview with SplineBomb.com appeared first on Brenda Chapman.
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    Write Edit Seek Literary Agent

  • New season, new look

    Harry
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    The WW website has – we know it! – become a little dowdy over the years. What started as a nice new look has become a little too muddled and cluttered as we’ve tried to shove too much in. What’s … Continue reading →
  • Government bans books for prisoners – let’s get it changed

    Harry
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:31 am
    This blog is apolitical down to the tippiest tips of its tippy-toed toes. But there are, now and again, things that cause us to splutter into our pink gins. Astonishingly, Chris Gayling, the Justice Minister, has decided that prisoners should … Continue reading →
  • Pip Jones on writing her series of children’s stories about an imaginary kitten called Squishy McFluff.

    Harry
    12 Mar 2014 | 3:35 am
    In August 2012 (having spotted the competition on the Writers Workshop website) Pip Jones won the inaugural Greenhouse Funny Prize, with her series of children’s stories about an imaginary kitten called Squishy McFluff. Two months later, she was offered a … Continue reading →
  • Strange Birth. Strange Death

    Harry
    11 Mar 2014 | 6:18 am
    Little drumroll, please! This week sees the launch of my third Fiona Griffiths novel: The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths. The book sees Fiona Griffiths going undercover – penetrating a major organised criminal conspiracy in order to destroy it. The … Continue reading →
  • News Flash: A. M Heath launch a new crime writing prize open to unagented, debut authors.

    Harry
    17 Feb 2014 | 7:22 am
    Criminal Lines AM Heath in association with The Writers’ Workshop are delighted to announce Criminal Lines 2014, a new crime writing prize open to unagented, debut authors, born or resident in the UK and Ireland. If you’ve written a perfect … Continue reading →
 
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    Litopia

  • How To Negotiate With A Publisher

    Peter Cox
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    A setback for authors who want to reclaim their e-book rights from publishers; Peter reveals one of his negotiating techniques; and someone in South Carolina has the world’s most highly-tuned Gaydar!  Presented from Florida by leading lawyer Donna Ballman and from London by literary agent Peter Cox. Links to stories mentioned in this show: Judge [...] The post How To Negotiate With A Publisher appeared first on Litopia.
  • Sid Vicious Was My Lover

    Peter Cox
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:04 am
    A few months after he joined the Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious hooked up with beautiful 16-year-old Norwegian Teddie Dahlin who was acting as translator on the band’s 1977 Scandinavian mini-tour. Sid, 20, had split up with girlfriend Nancy Spungen at the time, and the smitten bass-player begged Teddie to come back to England with him. [...] The post Sid Vicious Was My Lover appeared first on Litopia.
  • Ukraine, Crimea & World War III

    Peter Cox
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:40 pm
    It started in Sochi — the most expensive winter Olympics in history. A winter Olympics which, let us not forget, saw Great Britain take the gold in curling! Then Pussy Riot— which is decidedly not a niche pornography market — were being publicly horsewhipped by men in funny hats while the world recoiled in horror [...] The post Ukraine, Crimea & World War III appeared first on Litopia.
  • Wake Up & Smell The Pr0n

    Peter Cox
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:48 am
    We’re talking advances again, and following the cautionary tale of a pair of writers who went from self-made success… to “traditional” publishing failure… and now, hopefully, back to the self-publishing world again where the advances aren’t stellar – but at least you are your own boss.  Follow along, it’s well worth studying. Links to items [...] The post Wake Up & Smell The Pr0n appeared first on Litopia.
  • Jim Davidson: Standing Up For Himself

    Peter Cox
    4 Mar 2014 | 11:44 am
    Jim Davidson gives his first major interview since winning Celebrity Big Brother! Cockney comic Jim Davidson was written off as a dinosaur by a younger breed of middle class stand-ups. Falsely suspected of all the “isms”, Tory-backing, troops-loving, womanising Jim had been sacked by the BBC and snubbed by TV. And when he was arrested [...] The post Jim Davidson: Standing Up For Himself appeared first on Litopia.
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    Author Alden

  • Kickstarter Watch: Fantasy Scroll Mag

    J.W. Alden
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    If you read my last post, you may be familiar with Fantasy Scroll Mag, a new science fiction and fantasy magazine that will be publishing a story of mine called The Unworthy in one of its first issues. Fantasy Scroll Mag is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to support the launch of the magazine. This, of course, makes them perfect fodder for the next installment of Kickstarter Watch!In their own words, Fantasy Scroll Magazine publishes science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short stories, with one mission in mind: to provide high quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking…
  • Sale Braggage: "The Unworthy" Sold to Fantasy Scroll Mag

    J.W. Alden
    18 Feb 2014 | 9:59 am
    I am pleased to share a little good news from this past weekend. A story of mine called The Unworthy has been accepted for publication by Fantasy Scroll Mag, an upcoming speculative fiction magazine run by the creator of the Fantasy Scroll writing blog. From their website:Fantasy Scroll Mag is a quarterly publication featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short-fiction. We are a brand new publication and our mission is to publish high-quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking speculative fiction. We plan to publish our first issue in the first half of 2014 and we…
  • Kickstarter Watch: Unidentified Funny Objects 3

    J.W. Alden
    10 Feb 2014 | 11:27 am
    In the first of what may become a regular occurrence here on the site, I'd like to point you lovely people in the direction of a speculative fiction market currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. This particular market may be familiar to those of you who pay attention to my little corner of the internet: Unidentified Funny Objects 3.UFO3 will be the third in an annual series of speculative humor anthologies edited by Alex Shvartsman. The first two are hilarious (if I do say so myself), and still available for purchase. I've been a big fan of these books since the first was released,…
  • Improve Your Writing At Odyssey Writing Workshop

    J.W. Alden
    5 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
    I'm a bit late with this post, since the application period has been open for quite some time, but I thought I'd share some information about this year's Odyssey Writing Workshop at Saint Anselm College.As many of you know, I attended Odyssey last summer, and it was an incredible, transformative experience. It improved my writing in ways that it would have taken me years to accomplish on my own, and it introduced me to a group of writers that will likely be on this journey with me for years to come. Odyssey marked a big turning point in my fledgling career as an author. I made my first…
  • Read "Child Soldier" in Daily Science Fiction

    J.W. Alden
    26 Dec 2013 | 7:38 am
    If you're a subscriber to Daily Science Fiction's free email list, you should find a story of mine called Child Soldier in your inbox this morning. Edited to add: The story is now up on their website, as well.As I've mentioned here before, DSF has been one of my favorite markets, so I'm excited to see my work appear there for the first time. They publish original science fiction and fantasy every weekday, often by some of the top names in the field. If you'd like to give them a read there are two ways: you can subscribe to their mailing list and get a new story in your email inbox every day,…
 
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    Home Repair Ideas

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector Placement for the Home

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:33 pm
    One of the finest methods to keep ones home safe throughout the winter season especially is to make sure ones carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are working properly. Here are some tips from Electrician Roanoke VA we want to pass along from  to make certain that one understands the value of proper carbon monoxide gas detector placement and the best locations to set up CO detectors. Why is appropriate carbon monoxide detector placement important? Carbon monoxide can build up in several various areas in a house. In order for one to be properly alerted of a carbon monoxide gas leak, the detectors…
  • Diagnosing a Water Heater Leak

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Water Heater leakages happen from time to time. Unless there is a large quantity of water draining from the tank someplace, flooding ones house, there is no need to fear the worst. In either circumstance, give a plumbing professional a call to get the water heater leakage repaired quickly. In terms of identifying where the leakage is originating from, below are the likely locations. T&P Valve One of the most typical locations for a hot water heater to leak is from the temperature level pressure relief valve, likewise called the T&P. This vital gadget releases water when the…
  • Recycling Water From an Air Conditioner’s Condensation Pipe

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:16 pm
    For those that enjoy recycling and being energy conscious with the preservation of the home’s natural resources, here is a fantastic idea in terms of how to do so with water. Reusing the water from an air conditioner’s condensation pipe. How It Works Be it a window air conditioning unit or a whole home cooling system, the unit will have a condensation pipe that drains the water from the ac unit. As moisture is drawn from the outside air to be used for the air conditioner, it is this moisture or water that comes out of the condensation pipe. It is not a great deal of water that…
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    The Book Deal: A Publishing Blog for Writers and Book People

  • Ask the editor: Breaking the “write what you know” rule

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

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

    Alan Rinzler
    26 Jan 2014 | 10:23 pm
    When you’re writing in the zone, you feel confident and creative, ready for prime time, readers, agents, and publishers, right? But it doesn’t always come that easily.  When writers get stuck, those good feelings can drop away quickly. A lonely occupation Writing is a solitary business for the most part, with hours spent alone, day after day. You zip forward, then maybe you stall, so you start over, you revise, revise again… It’s not easy. It can take years to write a book you’re proud of. Feelings of isolation and self-doubt are occasionally part of the bargain for any…
  • Prequels build buzz!

    Alan Rinzler
    16 Dec 2013 | 10:41 am
    Have you heard what some savvy authors are doing to build excitement and attract readers to their upcoming books? They’re writing prequels: tantalizing teasers in short story form that preview the key characters and settings of an upcoming novel. Some prequels predate or provide backstories for the longer books to come. Others are like outtakes from the novel, standalone narratives that add to our knowledge of the characters but don’t appear in the books themselves. Prequels provide readers with the flavor and quality of the forthcoming book in a way that makes them yearn to read more.
  • Too much vertical space in your manuscript?

    Alan Rinzler
    25 Nov 2013 | 4:03 pm
    In filmmaking, vertical space is shorthand for script pages with lots of white and not a lot of words. For scriptwriters it’s the rule. A script has dialogue, brief notes for action on the screen and not much else. It makes for quick reading and ensures a kind of textual scarcity that directors consider a virtue, since in the movie business, directors, not screenwriters, are the storytellers. They’re the ones who bring the action, dialogue, sound, light, color, and music together into a coherent narrative. For a book author, however, a lot of vertical space is usually a sign of trouble.
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    Jane Friedman

  • Why Are Romance Authors Better at Marketing & Promotion? [Smart Set]

    Jane Friedman
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to The Smart Set, a weekly series where I discuss some of the most interesting questions being raised by astute minds in writing, publishing, and media. “To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers.” —Terry Tempest Williams Today’s edition is abbreviated since I’m at PubSmart in Charleston, SC. Female Authors Dominating Smashwords Bestseller Lists by Mark Coker The founder and CEO of Smashwords, Mark Coker, recently realized that his author bestseller list is dominated by women. In fact, for the last four months, the list of Top 25…
  • Writing & Money: A Brief Syllabus

    Jane Friedman
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    For my upcoming keynote talk at The Muse & The Marketplace, I’ve been immersing myself in histories of publishing and the evolution of authorship. While I’m quite well-read on what the future holds (see a separate reading list here), and often speak on the current digital-era disruption, I’ve always wanted a more cohesive understanding of how we’ve arrived at our current model of professional authorship. I’m also reading up on the tension between art and business, and finding that the ability of writers to earn a living through their creative work is a fairly…
  • The Complete Guide to Query Letters That Get Manuscript Requests

    Jane Friedman
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Oberazzi / via Flickr The stand-alone query letter has one purpose, and one purpose only: To seduce the agent or editor into reading or requesting your work. The query is so much of a sales piece that you should be able to write it without having written a single word of the manuscript. For some writers, it represents a completely different way of thinking about your book—it means thinking about your work as a marketable commodity. To think of your book as a product, you need to have some distance to see its salable qualities. Before you begin the query process, have a finished and…
  • Is Publishing in Trouble or Not—Decide! [Smart Set]

    Jane Friedman
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to The Smart Set, a weekly series where I discuss some of the most interesting questions being raised by astute minds in writing, publishing, and media. “To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers.” —Terry Tempest Williams Tom Weldon: “Some Say Publishing Is in Trouble. They Are Completely Wrong.” by Jennifer Rankin (The Guardian) This one was tweeted and shared a lot; it’s a catchy headline. Whenever such a strong statement is made and publicized like that, it sets off a couple alarms: (1) It’s probably in reaction to someone or…
  • Make Submitting Work Your Superpower

    Jane Friedman
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Over at the latest Glimmer Train bulletin, writer David James Poissant discusses a topic very near and dear to my heart: Grit. Or maybe you call it persistence. He calls it relentlessness and tenacity. It goes by a lot of names, but basically it means a few rejections aren’t going to stop you. Or just because you didn’t get your novel published at age 30, you decide you’re all washed up. Poissant writes: Perhaps, for some writers, publications and acclaim come easy, but I’m not one of those writers, nor do I know any. No magazine or editor has ever come to my door and…
 
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  • Another Small Press Horror Story: Silver Publishing is Gone

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareAnother small press disaster came to an ugly conclusion last week.In mid-2012, I began getting complaints about Silver Publishing, which started up in 2009 as a self-publishing facilitator, but in 2010 transformed itself into a "traditional royalty-paying press" (I put that in quotes because, these days, it means so little).Reported problems included poor editing, delayed and missing royalty statements/payments, royalty reductions due to claimed "overpayments," arbitrary changes in royalty payment schedules, and lack of communication--or,…
  • How to Succeed in Authorship Without Really Trying

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareGot the yen to write a book, but lack that essential creative spark? Looking to ride the coattails of the Kindle self-publishing craze, but don't want to bother with all that pesky scribbling? Want an author to create a story for you, but don't know where to find one?Fret no more. The Internet's got you covered.Here, for instance, would-be but inspiration-challenged authors can "Cash In on the Kindle Fiction Publishing Craze" by purchasing a "MASSIVE SET OF PRE-WRITTEN FICTION PLOTS."That's right! A diligent ghostwriter and her crack writing team…
  • Pamela Wray and WordWorks Publishing Consultants: The Amazing Case of the Serial Plagiarizer

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareEvery time I consider purging Writer Beware's files to get rid of documentation on agents and others we haven't heard anything about in years and years, I'm reminded of why I hold onto that old paper.Last Friday, I received an email from successful independent editor Jodie Renner. Apparently, client testimonials from her website had been plagiarized by an outfit called WordWorks Publishing Consultants. I hopped on over to WordWorks' website, expecting to discover something on the order of faux publicist Mike Albee, who decorated his site with fake…
  • The Short Life and Strange Death of Entranced Publishing

    28 Mar 2014 | 8:56 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareWhen Entranced Publishing (its website is now gone, but a recent archived version can be seen here) opened to submissions in 2012, it looked like a promising small press, with a number of imprints, a sizeable staff, and a commitment not to churn out books, author-mill style.However promising-seeming, though, authors always need to be wary of brand-new small presses, because there's such a high attrition rate for such ventures. Even if the staff are very experienced (which often isn't the case in the small press world), it's wise to watch and wait…
  • Why Poets Should Not Seek Literary Agents

    25 Mar 2014 | 9:58 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware  NOTE: One of the most frequent search phrases that brings people to Writer Beware's Literary Agents page is "literary agents for poets" or some variation thereof. I originally published this blog post in 2012, but given a recent rise in the number of writers who come to us with the question, I thought it would be worth running again.************* Writer Beware hears from a lot of poets.Often, they're contacting us to ask about self-publishing, or to check the reputation of a journal or a contest. Sometimes, unfortunately, they've gotten mixed…
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  • Tracy tried to force me to submit to her abuse–Tracy’s Reign of Terror: True Story of Narcissism, Bullying, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse, Part 82

    Nyssa McCanmore
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Tracy’s Reign of Terror: True Story of Narcissism, Bullying, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Part 82: Tracy tried to force me to submit to her abuse From What Makes Your Control Freak Wife or Girlfriend Tick: Schumacher cites the rapid phases this kind of woman goes through when she’s not getting her way or feels […] The post Tracy tried to force me to submit to her abuse–Tracy’s Reign of Terror: True Story of Narcissism, Bullying, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse, Part 82 appeared first on Nyssa's Hobbit Hole: Blog.
  • Breaking up with Charles–November 1994, Part 3

    Nyssa McCanmore
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    I admit I skipped a few Intro to Christianity classes.  But sometimes I just didn’t want to get up and run off to a 9:15 class.  I’d either be tired or depressed about Phil again.  Once or twice I actually felt under the weather.  (Maybe this is a symptom of depression; after all, up until […] The post Breaking up with Charles–November 1994, Part 3 appeared first on Nyssa's Hobbit Hole: Blog.
  • “Kingdom Come”: Left Behind Review, Part 4–Prudes, Faulty Theology, Brainwashing, and Learning to Love the Judgment

    Nyssa McCanmore
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Previous parts On page 128, young and beautiful Ekaterina is flirted with and asked out by Qasim.  It’s ONE date, hasn’t even happened yet.  Still, young Kenny wanted to blurt out that he cared for her and would rather date her himself, but it was too late.  He had missed his window of opportunity. He […] The post “Kingdom Come”: Left Behind Review, Part 4–Prudes, Faulty Theology, Brainwashing, and Learning to Love the Judgment appeared first on Nyssa's Hobbit Hole: Blog.
  • Tracy blamed others for her abuse–Tracy’s Reign of Terror: True Story of Narcissism, Bullying, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse, Part 81

    Nyssa McCanmore
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Tracy’s Reign of Terror: True Story of Narcissism, Bullying, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Part 81: Tracy blamed others for her abuse Perhaps one of the most disturbing moments you will have in dealing with a personality-disordered person is their near-telepathic ability to sense the exact basis of your aversion to them. For example, if […] The post Tracy blamed others for her abuse–Tracy’s Reign of Terror: True Story of Narcissism, Bullying, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse, Part 81 appeared first on Nyssa's Hobbit Hole: Blog.
  • I confront Phil about his abuse–November 1994, Part 2

    Nyssa McCanmore
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:53 pm
    On the third, Persephone and I joked about how Phil squanders his money.  I mentioned the tithe-disagreement when he said he’d handle our finances, and she said, “I’m never gonna marry him.  I’m not crazy!” On the fourth, I wrote in my diary, “I’m a better person when I’m not around you.”  Hogwash.  [And also, […] The post I confront Phil about his abuse–November 1994, Part 2 appeared first on Nyssa's Hobbit Hole: Blog.
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  • Only 6 Weeks Left to Enter the 2014 People’s Pilot

    TVWriter™
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    If you’re on the TVWriter™ e-mail list, this message popped into your inbox this morning. If not – well, here ya go: Well, actually it’s 6 and a half. But that’s a lot less time than it may seem cuz – ya gotta write, you know? TVWriter™’s People’s Pilot contest has been around for years. In fact, this is the 23rd running. It’s for original series pilots, natch. As in your unique creations. Your television dreams. There are over $5000 worth of prizes, and every entry receives free feedback on where it ranks in terms of both professional…
  • LB Sees SILICON VALLEY

    TVWriter™
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    The Good: I’m thinking, I’m thinking…. The Not-So-Good: The writing, acting, and general production values here are so atrocious that this series should simply be called SILLY VALLEY. Although, come to think of it, that would insult genuinely wonderfully silly people everywhere. Conclusion: My inner nerd really wanted to like this. Or to at least hate the show so much that it could “love” it with a gleeful sneer. But, um, no way. SILICON VALLEY just takes all the classic (as in cliche-ed) smart tropes and makes them dumb, dumb dumb. It amazes my how a new show…
  • The Most Edifying Analysis of the Horrors of a Comcast-Warner Cable Merger Yet

    TVWriter™
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    When Consumerist.Com tells you something is bad/scary/OMFG!, you know there are a few problems with it. And, boy, are they telling us a lot about this deal. Read on…if you’re brave enough: The Comcast Merger Isn’t About Lines On A Map; It’s About Controlling The Delivery Of Information by Kate Cox Comcast and proposed merger partner Time Warner Cable claim they don’t compete because their service areas don’t overlap, and that a combined company would happily divest itself of a few million customers to keeps its pay-TV market share below 30%, allowing other companies that…
  • Peer Production: ENORMOUS

    TVWriter™
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. MACHINIMA AND PRIME UNIVERSE FILMS PRESENT A Prime Universe Films/Pure Imagination Studios Production From director BenDavid Grabinski (COST OF LIVING) and producers Adrian Askarieh (HITMAN, AGENT 47) and Joshua Wexler (MORTAL KOMBAT) comes ENORMOUS.  Based on the comic book by Tim Daniel and Mehdi Cheggour. This one works for us in oh-so-many ways. And if it gets enough hits on YouTube it’s destined for its own slot as a Machinima web series. In other words, you can get this to series. All ya gotta do is…CLICK
  • Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 4/17/14

    TVWriter™
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Felicia Day (the Queen of Interweb Series) is developing a paranormal type thriller series for Hulu with Bryan Singer. (And since Yer Friendly Neighborhood munchman is a huge fan of Felicia’s, the fact that I don’t trust anything with Bryan Singer’s name on it isn’t gonna stop me from watching.) Frank Spotnitz (TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES) has a new overall deal with Tandem Productions for the usual development stuff. (Anyone notice how much better a writer-producer Frank has become since moving his…
 
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  • THE RED FLAG ON THE FRAUD THAT CALLS ITSELF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

    mary gravitt
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    The discovery of gold and silver in America, the extirpation, enslavement and entombment in mines of the aboriginal population, the beginning of the conquest and looting of the East Indies, the turning of Africa into a warren for the commercial hunting of black-skins, signalized the rosy dawn of the era of capitalist production. Karl Marx, Capital COLONIALISM OR WHAT’S IN A NAME CHANGE Jack Woddis Woddis was born in Barnet on November 7th 1914 as Hillel Chayim (sometimes rendered as `Chayin’) Keith Woddis to Polish emigre parents who had left their native land at a time when the part…
  • Yellen: Sports Tchotchkes Next Speculative Bubble to Burst

    Con Chapman
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    WASHINGTON, D.C.  Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen warned Congress yesterday that a speculative bubble in over-priced sports “tchotchkes” threatens the nation’s fragile recovery from the crash that followed a run-up in housing prices, and could hamper more tasteful decorating schemes of female consumers. “It was this enormous tacky gew-gaw with a little statue of World Series MVP David Ortiz.” “Price stability and decorating predictability are the hallmarks of guidance on fiscal and monetary parameters in periods of misallocation of resources to blah-blah-blah,” Yellen said…
  • The Player - 9

    Keiko Alvarez
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:49 am
    Doug spent the next two days in planning sessions with Honey and tennis sessions with Nika. As exciting as Honey was, he was more excited to be with Nika. He touched her as much as he could, fascinated by the way she reacted, the way she trembled and objected yet, somehow, didn’t object. He particularly liked touching her leg, allowing his hand to creep further up her thigh each time he did. On one occasion he imagined just reaching up her tennis dress, wondering how she would react. If she reacted badly, of course, it would be a disaster, so he made sure he didn’t go too far. Finally…
  • Regarding Conspiracy Theories

    koshersalaami
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:10 pm
    This started life as a comment on Jonathan Wolfman's post. He wanted to talk more about it, so I'm editing it a bit and turning it into a post. I will not be around much on April 17, so please forgive me if you comment then and it takes me a while to respond. Thank you.Regarding conspiracy theories:They come about because someone doesn't find the official explanation credible. The thing to remember about conspiracy theories, however, is that the theory has to meet the same standard, or it's no better. It's not that conspiracies don't happen. They do, though sometimes what is suspected as a…
  • Of a Painting Titled "Winter Sunset at Duxbury"

    Con Chapman
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I bought it with my tax refund, a rendering in violet blues, greys, deep greens and indigo of the winter sun going down over a hedge. It gave me peace to look upon it, especially on those hopeless days when I’d leave home and return in the dark, fulfilling my pledge to wife and child; there’d be a time when I’d have a salt marsh view down on the Cape, away from the city, the madman’s cry each morning as I came out of the station, I thought. I called to track the guy down–last name “Holmes”–and found him, first try. I told him I liked his work and asked if he had anything else…
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  • Are you using Getty Images’ 35 million+ free images on your blog?

    David K. William
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Where do you get images to use on your blog? Getty Images, the world's largest stock photo service, single-handedly redefined the entire stock photo market by making more than 35 million of its premium stock images free to use by anyone for non-commercial purposes, starting from March 6, 2014.   The new development came with the launch of a new embeeding feature that allows you to select an image from Getty Images’ sports, news, entertainment and stock collections, as well as its archives. Simply copy the HTML embed code for the image to use the photo on your own website.   Getty Images…
  • What Your Handwriting Says About You [Infographic]

    Staff Writers
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    What does your handwriting say about you? According to research from the National Pen Company, your handwriting can give away clues to about 5,000 different personality traits based on the way you space your letters, how you sign your name, and even how you connect the letter 'o' and 's' to other letters in a word. Your handwriting can even be used to identify potential health problems, including schizophrenia and high blood pressure. Moreover, your handwriting can be used to detect how much energy you have and when you are lying. Surprising, right? The scientific validity behind handwriting…
  • 8 Tips to Nail Your Online Research

    David K. William
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:49 am
    Whether you are a blogger, technical writer, copywriter, journalist or anyone in-between, learning how to use the Internet for research is critical to your success. Online research gives credence to your writing. It proves to your readers that you are not just making stuff up in your writing. But, how do you use the Internet effectively for research? Online research is not mere Googling or casual Web browsing. Anyone can Google, but few can draw meaningful results from the abundance of material posted online. Fortunately, you can learn how to use the Internet effectively. Here are eight tips…
  • The World Wide Web Turns 25: Who are the Biggest Beneficiaries of the Web?

    Staff Writers
    15 Mar 2014 | 12:57 am
    Twenty-five years ago an obscure young computer scientist operating from a European physics lab presented the idea of a World Wide Web (the architectural structure for all web pages found on the Internet) in a technical paper. Tim Berners-Lee, based at the CERN lab in Geneva, outlined his revolutionary information management system to allow easy access of files on linked computers — an idea that paved the way for a global phenomenon that today touches the lives of billions of people. Sir Tim Berners-Lee explains what was happening at the time: “Well, it was in 1989 and the…
  • 8 Time Management Skills You Need to Master Today

    David K. William
    6 Mar 2014 | 10:27 pm
    How much is your time worth? For those of us who work for an hourly pay we may have an idea how much our time is worth. However, for the rest of us we may not be so sure. One thing we can all be sure of, however, is that time is precious. It is the one thing that you only have a set amount of. You can make more money, but you cannot make more time. How you use the precious time you have determines how far ahead you get in business and in life. As writers and online entrepreneurs we want to positively influence and help others. But, the only way we can do this is by making time our friend and…
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  • The Catch

    Ilia Davidovich
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:12 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - Online MagazineJim swung closed the door of his black sports car and headed to the closest pedestrian crossing. The streets were still wet since the afternoon showersThe Catch Ilia Davidovich
  • Springtime Choices

    Joyce White
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:08 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - Online MagazineMy first choice is to open the windows and tear the plastic away, and let the sun shine thaw out my aching bonesSpringtime Choices Joyce White
  • Graveyard Siren

    Sissy Pantelis
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:21 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - Online MagazineIn my country we have a legend about a beautiful mermaid that haunts the seas.Graveyard Siren Sissy Pantelis
  • Don Quixote De La Manhattan

    Michael Domino
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:54 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - Online MagazineWas I crazy? Had I gone completely nuts? Most of the people in my life had already reached their conclusion and answered in the affirmative.Don Quixote De La Manhattan Michael Domino
  • Charlotte Dawson: Bullied to Death?

    MystiParker
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:36 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - Online MagazineAustralian model, TV personality, and author Charlotte Dawson committed suicide in February.Charlotte Dawson: Bullied to Death? MystiParker
 
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  • Hollywood loves readers: The (sometimes) mutually beneficial relationship between books & movies

    willieshac
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    This is an essay by Chris Ciolli. Books and movies need not compete for our attention and affection. They are two very different mediums, and they have, as explained in an earlier post on this site by Williesha Morris, different needs and goals and use different tools to do the same thing—share a story with the world. In fact, although many readers and writers may loathe to admit it, movies and the books that inspire them enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship in which one feeds off and grows from the other. Less than convinced? Let me explain. Good and Bad Movie Versions of Books Create…
  • Writing About Writing: Five Noteworthy Stories and Poems

    willieshac
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    This is an essay by Erika Dreifus. A funny thing happened as I immersed myself in the study and practice of writing: I found myself appreciating stories and poems about writing—works in which central characters are writers or central themes or actions involve aspects of craft, process, or business of writing—more and more. I say that this is “a funny thing” because the more I hear from other writers, the more it seems that I’m in a decided minority in my enjoyment of these works. Take the perspective articulated by Roxane Gay, a noted writer and editor whose views on…
  • Three Things Game of Thrones Can Teach Non-Fiction Writers

    willieshac
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    This is an essay by Rhonda Kronyk. The list of categories we can choose reading material from is endless. Yet, as busy people, we often choose to read in the genre we write in and forget that all writers can learn from reading outside their genre. I admit that I’ve been guilty of letting my non-fiction reading slide this year as I work on my freelance writing and editing business. I miss reading novels, but never seem to make the time to fit them into my schedule. That is until my son introduced me to the Game of Thrones television series. I rarely read fantasy fiction, and I never watch…
  • Sounding It Out

    willieshac
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:33 am
    This is an essay by John Kilhefner. It’s unnatural to lose the beat when we routinely read to ourselves or dutifully hammer words onto the page. Discovering the rhythm in the sound of words is akin to uncovering a new language — a language you perhaps once knew, but forgot. Like any other studious child, I read. I read the books I needed to read. Few of them, if any, interested me. Einstein once said intelligence is fostered in part from the fairy tales we consume well before school age. Toddlers find words exotic — being aloof to deeper meanings, their intrigue owes to the…
  • If You Don’t Like Reading, You’re Doing It Wrong

    willieshac
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:33 am
    This is an essay by Taylor Church. I was not a bibliophile from the beginning. My love of books did not come until late in my adolescence. I never loathed literature, but reading books I found boring and irrelevant in school did not nurture a healthy longing to read. I mostly stuck to the basics: Garfield books, books about NBA players with copious amounts of pictures, and the occasional novel about Wayside Schools or perhaps a fictional baseball player trying to make it the big leagues. As my juvenility slowly progressed into my pubescent years, I began to form a somewhat broader interest in…
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  • Six Words That Confuse Even Smart People

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
     
  • Be an Exemplar of Excellent Elocution

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  • Often-Confused Words

    12 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Does word confusion rein supreme in your marketing office? Do you and your staff pour over documents for hours only to discover five or ten subtle errors when the 5000 copies come back from the printer? [Hold your e-mails. We know those words are wrong!] Check these oft-confused words and see if you can avoid some typical errors that people make all the time. libel, slander. Libel may result from injurious remarks that are circulated in writing, slander from those that are spoken. But note that because words spoken over the radio or on television are likely to be recorded, what would normally…
  • More About Commas

    5 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today we'll add a few more guidelines about using commas. The comma, aside from its technical uses in mathematical, bibliographical, and other contexts, indicates the smallest break in sentence structure. It denotes a slight pause. Effective use of the comma involves good judgment, with ease of reading being the primary goal.
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  • What To Do BEFORE Rejection KILLS You!

    Bryan Hutchinson
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:06 am
    Okay, seriously, the first thing you need to do is step away from that thought, slowly. Go ahead, step away. It’s going to be okay. - I mean it. Really. It’s going to be okay. Rejection is not deadly. It just feels that way. You’re a writer and if you, well, write and send your work out, you’re going to be rejected at some point. It won’t kill you, I promise. It will hurt like hell, but it won’t kill you. What follows is a short, adapted excerpt from ”Writer’s Doubt.” This will be the final excerpt from WD for a while. I hope…
  • Why Your First Draft Isn’t Crap

    Bryan Hutchinson
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:19 pm
    As promised I am revealing which posts are short excerpts from “Writer’s Doubt.” This post was the first excerpt I published back in 2012! It has become one of my most popular posts. Having a blog gives you the unique opportunity to sample your book’s content with readers while you’re still in the drafting phase and the response to “Why Your First Draft Isn’t Crap” really let me know I was connecting. However, when you read “Writer’s Doubt” know that some of the content in the book has changed because of rewriting and…
  • Why You Need To Risk Writing Something Dangerous (Excerpt from “Writer’s Doubt”)

    Bryan Hutchinson
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Having a blog gives you the unique opportunity to sample your book’s content with readers while you’re still in the drafting phase. The below post is an excerpt from Writer’s Doubt I posted last year. Over the next few weeks I will reveal which posts were excerpts. However, please be aware that some of the content in the book has changed because of rewrites and editing, and the excerpts were adapted for use as stand alone blog posts. Everyone has a story to tell, including you. The dangerous part of writing and sharing our stories isn’t always the writing…
  • Writing Contest: Overcoming Writer’s Doubt!

    Bryan Hutchinson
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:52 pm
    All Writers have experienced doubt. None of us are free from never being doubtful about our ability to create work that matters. If you’d like to share your story about dealing with Writer’s Doubt, and in the process help others realize they’re not alone, enter this contest! This writing contest will run from 3 April until 3 July, 2014. The prizes are Amazon gift cards: 1st $100, 2nd $75, and 3rd $50 Your entry will be an essay about an experience of yours in regard to dealing with Writer’s Doubt. I’ll be looking for how well you share your story in an inspiring…
  • All Writers Doubt Themselves – How YOU Can Overcome Doubt

    Bryan Hutchinson
    30 Mar 2014 | 1:02 am
    I’m pleased to announce that my new book Writer’s Doubt is now available on Amazon in Kindle format! Whewwww! That was a long needed sigh of relief and of accomplishment. Writer’s Doubt has been in the works for almost 4 years and I’m delighted to have it finished, but in some ways it’s also a feeling of loss because I no longer get to open the latest draft and continue working on it. It’s finished. It’s not just mine anymore, now it’s yours, too. There were times when I thought I’d never finish it, much less publish it. I did both. I overcame doubt, and so can you!
 
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    Bad Fiction by Shane Zentz

  • Updates on Stuff

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Hi, It’s been a while since I have posted anything to this blog, so I thought that I would post an update about what has been going on, writing wise, with me. So here it is. I have been pretty busy with other stuff lately, and so I haven’t had much of a chance to write any more ‘bad fiction’ or really any other kind of fiction. But I am still waiting to see if I can get my first book published, and that is one of my goals for this year. Also I have started to write my second book. It will be completely different from my first book, and from my point of view, hopefully…
  • “Those Magic Muffins” – Final Part

    admin
    4 Apr 2013 | 1:39 pm
    * sorry about the delay in releasing / finishing the rest of the story, but I have been pretty busy lately. So at long last here is the last part of the ‘short’ story….. Jimmy suddenly woke up with a start on his living room couch. He had no idea how long he had been sleeping. And he had no idea why he had slept on the couch so early in the morning. It was afternoon now and Jimmy was a little off still. He soon regained some of his senses and started to slowly remember what had happened earlier. He remembered the rats had eaten his magic muffin, or at least the most of it.
  • ‘Those Magic Muffins’ Part 3 – by Shane Zentz

    admin
    30 Jan 2013 | 12:39 pm
    Jimmy Footballs slept very well and had some really unusual dreams too. In his dream, he ate the magic muffin and immediately grew to over ten feet tall, way taller than he wanted to be. And also in his dream he just kept growing and growing and growing, until he was over fifteen feet tall. Too tall to even get out of his apartment, let alone to drive his car or play his guitar, which looked like a child’s little toy in his hands. He realized that this was becoming a nightmare because he could not get out of his apartment, he couldn’t even stick his head out the window because it…
  • Chapter 1 Preview by Shane Zentz

    admin
    23 Jan 2013 | 7:45 am
    So here it is, Free Preview of Chapter 1 of ‘Looking for Area 420′ by Shane Zentz Enjoy the free read … And if interested in publishing this or reading the whole book, then contact me @ shane AT shanezentz.com The book is around 450 pages or so and took me about a month to write. I think that the book is pretty good but I don’t know if it is good enough to be published or not. So I’ll throw the first chapter out there and see if I get any good feedback. So, here is most of the first chapter…….. enjoy…   ‘Looking for Area 420′…
  • "Those Magic Muffins" Part 2 ….. by Shane Zentz

    admin
    15 Jan 2013 | 9:43 am
    Jimmy Footballs recruited the help of a few friends to help get the giant muffin back to his apartment. It was a strain and a struggle but with a great effort the stinky muffin was home. Jimmy also needed the aid of a gas mask every time he opened the box that contained the muffin. He had convinced his friends that he had purchased a used washing machine because he did not want them to know that he was going to eat this smelly muffin in order to grow taller. And they seemed to believe him, although they did comment on the funky smell eminating from the large box. Jimmy later went to the…
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    Now Novel

  • The Publishing Process

    brendanmc
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:21 am
    The first step in the publishing process is to write your best. Weak characters, predictable plots and bad grammar will not make it in the world of the published novel. Research your facts properly and be a writer with integrity. Perseverance is vital. A writer is someone who continues to create using words, because it is like breathing for them. They don’t give up on their dreams just because they have set-backs. Hundreds of famous authors were rejected hundreds of times before they were accepted. Perseverance doesn’t mean that you mustn’t change how you do things. If one way doesn’t…
  • Talking about your character: Clothing choice

    brendanmc
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    In real life, we make judgements about people all the time based on what they are wearing. Showing the clothing choices that your characters make can say a great deal about who they are and their state of mind. Think about what you like to wear and when you like to wear it. What are you most comfortable in and why? Do you think your clothing accurately reflects who you are? Why or why not? What misconceptions might people have about you based on your clothing, and what might they be right about? We automatically categorise people based on their clothing whether we realise it or not. In fact,…
  • How to Motivate Yourself

    brendanmc
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:42 am
    No matter how fired up you are to start your novel, once you hit the middle bits it can start to feel a little… long. Writing a novel is hard – that’s why so few people do it. But that’s not going to stop you, is it? Especially not with this wealth of motivation just waiting to get you all fired up. Here are some of our favourite motivation tips to keep you writing, and help you finish your novel: How long it takes to write a novel How to find time to write when you work How to sit down and start writing your novel Celebrating small successes in writing 5 ways to…
  • Lessons from the Masters

    brendanmc
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:27 am
    One of the most marvellous things about writing is that we are surrounded by teachers – literally all the books you read can teach you something (good or bad) about the art of writing. When you read the masters (those writers who have clearly figured out something very special in their genre), you can learn even more. Here are some of our favourite lessons from some of our favourite master writers: Bestselling fiction tips from Dan Brown Imagination tips for your writing from Roald Dahl What The Hobbit tells us about character development Creating mood like Haruki Murakami  Writing…
  • Budget MFA Creative Writing

    brendanmc
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:10 am
    While we would all love to drop it all and head off into the sunset to do an MFA in Creative Writing, for many (most) of us, that’s not an option. Luckily, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn all you need to about creative writing and becoming a better novel writer, right here. Here’s a list of our most helpful novel-writing techniques and tips: How To: Begin In Media Res Understanding the snowflake method How To: Use Chekhov’s gun Forward planning vs. creative freedom in writing Understanding the storytelling arc Finding the message in your writing How to pace your…
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    The Gryphon Clerks

  • Technique: Parallel Stories, Slow Reveal

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    I review books from Netgalley, and I recently got two significant short story collections: Writers of the Future Volume 30 and Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eight. So far, I’ve only read the first one, but it’s taught me something. Of course, that’s exactly why I read it; I wanted to see what is considered really good spec-fic short story writing these days, rather than just reading classic short stories. I’ve been writing a few short stories lately, mostly for the collection I’m doing with HDWP Press, and based on the feedback I’ve…
  • Review Books, Win Books

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:25 pm
    So, review deal, involving free books for you. I want to increase the number of reviews I have for several of my books, mainly so that I can use promotion sites that require a minimum number of Amazon reviews. If you post a review of any of the following books on Amazon, let me know, including the link to your review, and I will send you another of my books, of your choice: Hope and the Clever Man Hope and the Patient Man City of Masks Now, most of those promotion sites also require a minimum of 4-star reviews, or an average above 4 stars. I want to be clear here. I am not saying that I will…
  • UPDATE: Anthology Plans

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    6 Mar 2014 | 2:32 pm
    This is an update to my previous post, in which I announced a small short story collection. I’ve now pulled that collection off Amazon, for the best possible reason. I’ve agreed with Charles Barouch of the small press HDWP Books to issue a solo anthology later this year under the HDWP imprint, including my contributions to HDWP’s Theme-Thology collections. Charles’s vision for the anthology is that it’ll have 10 stories in total (there may be more). Here’s a partial summary of the contents, which includes the three stories I mentioned last time: Good…
  • Short Stories, and an Announcement

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    23 Feb 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I’ve put three short stories up on Amazon as a collection for 99c. I plan to publish more short stories this year – potentially, I’ll add them to this same collection, and get Amazon to alert purchasers to an “update” so that people who’ve already bought them get more stories at no extra charge. (Edited to say: There’s at least a possibility that the small press HDWP Books will bring out an anthology collecting the stories I’ve done for their Theme-Thology volumes as well as some other short stories of mine later this year, so I’ve pulled…
  • Writing Two Stories at Once

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    10 Feb 2014 | 12:25 pm
    I recently read C.L. Moore’s Judgement Night (review here), and it got me thinking. Moore was writing in the pulp era, very successfully. She and her husband Henry Kuttner (whose first contact with her was a fan letter he wrote, believing she was a man) often collaborated on their stories, but in the interests of not disappearing down a pointless rabbit-hole I’m going to assume that the stories with her name on were primarily her work. Moore’s stories, while definitely in the pulp mould, had extra elements that lifted them out of the ordinary. Her Wikipedia entry notes her…
 
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    thebloggingwriter

  • If I Were (PAD Challenge day 14)

    Derek Rizzo
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Today’s challenge prompt courtesy of “Writersdigest.com” was If I were. Here is my interpretation. Hope you enjoy, let me know what you think. Thanks.     If I were able to speak to you in heaven, I’d tell you I miss you. If I could speak to you, I’d ask all those questions that I did not have when you were here. How do I fix this? How should I raise my kids? What was your life-like, before you had me? How much am I like you and How much are you like me? If I were able to speak to you in heaven, I’d tell you about your grand-children, I’d…
  • Pad Challenge Day 8

    Derek Rizzo
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Today’s prompt was a violence poem. I felt a little flummoxed by this choice and thought I would try to come at it from a different way. Here’s what I came up with.     Sitting upon my bar stool slightly above your eyes, Eyes that are melting as I tilt my head in that timeless approach. Nervous, tense, but happy your eyes acquiesce and I close mine with confidence. Permission has been given! My lips find yours and a wave of passion sweeps from my brain to your soul, then back again. We kiss tenderly, slowly, then the fire builds, stoking the engine of our passion. You…
  • PAD Challenge day 5

    Derek Rizzo
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:14 pm
    A Discovery     I took a trip through the dark recesses of my mind. There I discovered the long forgotten desire to love and be loved. Tagged: discovery, literature, love, mind, Online Writing, Pad challenge, Poem, poems, poet, poetry, Reading, Thebloggingwriter, write, writer, writing, writing. author
  • A Note

    Derek Rizzo
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:01 pm
    I am attempting a PAD (Poem-A-Day) challenge. I’m taking my prompts from the Writers Digest PAD Challenge. I may not get to post something everyday but I will certainly find time to write something everyday. Today’s prompt was to write a message poem. So here we go!   I left a note In your carry-on luggage. I left a message buried in your clothes A piece of paper with the words of my soul. I hope when you read it you’ll know. The single phrase that I wrote will tell you. Be you away or home, you’ll never leave my heart.   Tagged: love, message, Pad…
  • A Moment of Confidence

    Derek Rizzo
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:01 pm
    I want to dance upon the top of Olympus. I want to raise Atlantis without spilling a drop of water. Someday what I’ve dreamed, will become…
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    A Blog for the Comma Man

  • Five Tools for Averting Proposal Disaster

    Freestyle Editorial
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    We all know that proper planning and communication can go a long way to preventing last-minute proposal chaos. But let’s be honest: Every proposal writer, no matter how prepared, has felt the stress of a down-to-the-wire proposal submission. It’s a terrible feeling, and according to a recent study from the University of Washington, that stress [...]Read More »
  • Seven Tips for Working with Subject Matter Experts

    Freestyle Editorial
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Marketing and proposal writers are used to overcoming obstacles. Shifting deadlines, fluctuating workloads, snarky executives, and poorly written Requests for Proposals: they’re just part of the job. But as we found in our recent business writing survey, one challenge continually stands above the rest—working with subject matter experts. That’s why this week we’re exploring seven [...]Read More »
  • PDFs Part Three: Five Time-Saving Tips for Proposals

    Freestyle Editorial
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:02 pm
    In today’s increasingly competitive marketplace, many professional services firms are submitting more proposals and dedicating more time to their research, development, and customization. For instance, in the legal field, a recent NexisLexis® study found that 42 percent of firms have increased their proposal volume over the last 12 months; only 7 percent have decreased. While [...]Read More »
  • PDFs Part Two: Four Ways to Streamline Proposal Reviews

    Freestyle Editorial
    9 Jan 2014 | 9:42 am
    The draft review and approval process can be stressful for any proposal writer. You just spent days crafting a clear, compliant document, and now various senior executives and subject matter experts—many with only a basic understanding of Microsoft Word formatting and review functions—are wading through it. Time is short and deadlines are closing in. What [...]Read More »
  • PDFs Part One: Four Ways to Improve Electronic Proposals

    Freestyle Editorial
    10 Dec 2013 | 9:11 am
    Proposal professionals have long explored ways to optimize their hard copy submissions, from adjusting paper colors, tabs, and binding types to developing unique packaging materials. However, as many government and commercial organizations shift to electronic-only submission requirements, a new challenge has emerged: how to optimize a proposal file. That’s why this week we’re discussing four [...]Read More »
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    The Red Ink

  • What Should You Pay Your Professional Writing Team?

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    Working with a professional writing team may not be something you do every day—and in fact, it may be something you’ve never done before at all. Whether you’ve got a new website to write or brochures to develop—a Facebook page to maintain or a company blog to create—a time is likely to come when you need a first-rate wordsmith. When that time does come, you need to know what to expect—particularly in terms of compensation. Degrees of Quality So what should you expect to pay your professional writing team? Frankly, it all depends on how good you want the writing to be. There are…
  • The Secrets to Creating Evergreen Content

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    Recently, the Grammar Chic blog has really harped on the idea of creating and following an editorial calendar. We believe that it’s important to establish a plan and a schedule for your content marketing campaign—to decide what you’re going to post well in advance of actually posting it. The clear implication of this is that you’re not always going to be posting “newsy,” time-sensitive content; much of what you post is going to be more timeless, steady in its relevance and appeal. In other words, you’re going to be posting evergreen content. If you’re still fairly new to the…
  • 7 Essential Elements for Your Small Business Website

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Why does your small business have a website? It may be because you feel like you have no choice. In order to compete in today’s world, your company—no matter its size, scope, or industry—needs to have a presence on the Web, and it’s as simple as that. For this reason, many small companies scramble to erect business websites—but in doing so, they sometimes fail to use website technology for all its worth. If your small business has a website just to have one, you may be neglecting some of the key website components. Below we’ve got a quick checklist. If you’re missing out on any…
  • Turbocharge Your Content Marketing: 5 Tips for Boosting Efficiency

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    If you’ve ever engaged in any kind of content marketing—and we hope that you have—then you probably know how satisfying it can be to see your company represented so well on the Internet. Indeed, solid content can be business enhancing and lead generating, and its merits are, by this point, well documented. The only problem is, content doesn’t just appear out of thin air. Businesses need to invest time and money into generating it, and that can be burdensome—but it doesn’t have to be. Believe it or not, you can make your in-house content creation more efficient, more effective, and…
  • 8 Ways to Make Your Business Emails More Effective

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    If you’re a business owner, then you’re also a writer—whether you realize it or not. You may outsource your business blogging and you may have an employee who formulates proposals for you, but, if nothing else, you write emails every day—to potential clients, to current customers, to partners and associates, and to members of your team. But have you ever paused to think about the craft and strategy of business email writing? When you approach your emails intelligently, you can maximize their impact—in other words, you can boost the odds that those emails will have the effect you…
 
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    Writing By The Seat of My Pants

  • How to Promote a Book: What They Don’t Tell You

    Rachel Rueben
    6 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Photo by Michelangelo Carrieri Two years ago, my YA novel Hag was released and I was not prepared at all even though I had studied publishing for several years.  Sure I had a business plan but that fell apart when several unforeseen circumstances came my way.  So I ended up doing what I always do, I flew by the seat of my pants and got a crash course in book promotion that I will never forget.  Today I reveal exactly what I learned… There’s a Difference in Clicking Publish and Having an Official Launch Date Who knew?  I thought that when I clicked published that all I had to do was…
  • Cheap Book Advertising for Indie Authors

    Rachel Rueben
    30 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    Pic by Gerard Stolk via Flickr Recently, we had a discussion on the podcast about marketing and the subject of advertising versus PR (social media) came up.  One of the guests who had a background in marketing said, “Many authors buy Facebook ads and don’t sell anything.”  She went on to explain that PR and marketing were different animals and not many authors know that.  I agreed, though I had to come to that conclusion the hard way.  I too advertised on Facebook, and Goodreads then wondered why I got no return on my investment.  I quickly learned that the best places to advertise…
  • Wanna Help Indie Authors?

    Rachel Rueben
    23 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    Over the past few months I’ve see many pleas on social media begging people to support indie authors like this one.  Problem is, I hardly see people posting indie books or hosting authors via social media and events.  If you want me to take you seriously, then walk the walk!  I’ve done it a few times, so what’s stopping you? It’s crazy but I can see the day when an indie author can win a Pulitzer or Pushcart award.  Indie authors have come a long way in a short amount of time unlike their trade pub brethren.  In the past 5 years there have been multiple indie authors who have…
  • Your Self-Publishing Questions Answered

    Rachel Rueben
    16 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    As more and more authors try self-publishing, I hear questions like; how do I market my book?, Should I publish print or eBooks?, What’s better, Amazon or Barnes & Noble? My question back is always, I don’t know, what are your goals?  Some authors just want to make a living at this while others, want to make it to the NYT bestseller’s list.  If you don’t define your goals, you’re really putting the cart before the horse. Today I list the most frequently asked questions I get from aspiring authors.  Notice how most of these questions have already been answered by some pretty…
  • Why I Still Apologize to My Parents for Being a Writer

    Rachel Rueben
    9 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    Photo by Dullhunk via Flickr Occasionally, I am forced to question my life and all the decisions I’ve ever made and after reading this disappointing article about the plight of authors in the U.K., I was ready to throw in the towel.  I’m just not cut out to be the next James Patterson or J.K. Rowling, I can’t mass produce (or pretend to mass produce in the case of James) books.  Noticing I was having a crisis, my mother did what any reasonable person would, she encouraged me to call my aunt who was an H.R. specialist about any openings at her company.  See, problem solved. Just the…
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    Derailed Thoughts

  • Fedelta: Chapter 10: Identity Crisis

    Rachel Rueben
    5 Apr 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Originally posted on Cereal Authors:Photo by Jared Asato via Flickr As the morning sun struggled to pierce through the grey clouds, Detective Amato tried to make sense of what happened in Xavier Park. 24 hours ago it would have been inconceivable that a woman was able to take down one of the Mob’s up…
  • Fedelta Parte 9: Closure

    Rachel Rueben
    12 Mar 2014 | 2:56 am
    It's the end of the road for one of the Finetti siblings. Find out which one in Fedelta 9: Closure
  • Fedelta Parte 8: A Miracle Behind Crime Scene Tape

    Rachel Rueben
    13 Feb 2014 | 2:49 am
    Is it too late to save Cassie? Find out in Fedelta Parte 8: A Miracle Behind Crime Scene Tape
  • Fedelta Parte 7

    Rachel Rueben
    29 Oct 2013 | 11:27 am
    Find out why witness protection isn’t enough to keep the Cosimo family from reaching out and touching someone namely, Cassie in Fedelta Parte 7: Underboss.Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Fedelta Parte 6

    Rachel Rueben
    22 Oct 2013 | 11:24 am
    Appearances are everything, and in the case of Cassie and Detective Amato, they’re to die for. Check out the next installment of the Fedelta series via The Cereal Authors Blog.Filed under: Uncategorized
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    Babz Buzz

  • Babz Buzz 032

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

    28 Dec 2013 | 10:16 pm
    Play Babz Buzz 031In this edition Babz talks about: Pitches Jeanne Bowerman Ed Beach Vince Flynn * Babz apologizes for saying Vince Vaughn. Mitch Rapp Writing action Protecting your rights Getting Paid Agents Studio System Marketing Story structure Visual Screenwriting Winning the lottery Microbudget Discuss this show here. Joining Writer Arena is free and easy. You can use Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn for easy registering and login. If you are having trouble registering please contact me. Check out the current scripts Babz is looking for here.  Like Babz on Facebook or Follow…
  • Babz Buzz 030

    29 Sep 2013 | 8:48 pm
    Play Babz Buzz 030 In this edition Babz talks about: Steve Wells Coverage Wordsmithing Tracking Board Networking Press Releases Marketing Market-Ready Dollar Options Facebook Nova Chris Lockhart Scapple The Biz Discuss this show here. Joining Writer Arena is free and easy. You can use Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn for easy registering and login. If you are having trouble registering please contact me. Check out the current scripts Babz is looking for here.  Like Babz on Facebook or Follow Babz on Twitter. Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works…
  • Babz Buzz 029

    4 Aug 2013 | 1:47 pm
    Play Babz Buzz 029In this edition Babz talks about:Pitching Copyright Rules for writers Sci-Fi Tracking Board Wild Strawberry Films Micro budget features Why Agents? Notes Mission statement Transition and exposition Subtext Usual Suspects Pacific Rim Discuss this show here. Joining Writer Arena is free and easy. You can use Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn for easy registering and login. If you are having trouble registering please contact me. Check out the current scripts Babz is looking for here.  Like Babz on Facebook or Follow Babz on Twitter. Creative Commons license:…
  • Babz Buzz 028

    1 Jun 2013 | 9:52 pm
    Play Babz Buzz 028In this edition Babz talks about: Why? Morphine Cliché Finder Carson Reeves Plot Twists WGA Stats Coverage 43 ways to Finance Your Feature Film by John Cones Overview of Film Finance The Art of Adaptation: Turning Fact and Fiction into Film by Linda Seger How to develop script ideas Finding your voice for the page We see/We hear Tarantino Jack Reacher (One Shot) The Pot Thief Discuss this show here. Joining Writer Arena is free and easy. You can use Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn for easy registering and login. If you are having trouble registering please contact…
 
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    S.A. Barton: Seriously Eclectic

  • Turn of Phrase #1

    S. A. Barton
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Why not post when I come up with a turn of phrase that particularly tickles me during my writing adventures?  Maybe this will turn into a little impromptu series like my ‘snippets’, which are short excerpts from rough drafts.  They have their own category so you can find them all in one place if you […]
  • Fifteen thousand Words Into a Reality Show Yarn and It’s Getting Interesting

    S. A. Barton
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:51 pm
      I posted an excerpt from this work-in-progress a while back, and shortly thereafter I stalled on the story and put it on the back burner.   I wasn’t alarmed, this happens to me often.  Writing half of a story and then letting it sit for a few days or weeks until an idea for […]
  • Untitled. Where’s that Title?

    S. A. Barton
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Originally posted on I Read Encyclopedias for Fun:Earlier today, I was going through Goodreads and was thinking about how authors come up with titles for their books.  I find it to be one of the most difficult things to do, besides actually finishing the book. I’ve seen some titles that are rather generic looking,…
  • Stalled at 51?

    S. A. Barton
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:55 pm
            Some of you might have noticed that after publishing my 51st ebook title, Riding the Drone, in February, I haven’t released anything new.   So… has writer’s block struck, you might be wondering?   No, no.  Since I started self-publishing at the start of 2012, my stories have gone straight to […]
  • S.A. Barton on Patreon, a Site for Connecting Artists With Patrons

    S. A. Barton
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:01 am
      Trying something new, a site that connects artists with people who want to be patrons of the arts. Apparently quite a few artists are having some success with it, so let me go ahead and give it a try!   Take a peek right here, and tell me what you think.
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    Creative Genius 101

  • 10 Style Guides for Writers, Authors and Editors

    Brian Scott
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    Style guides provide writers and non-writers with a manual of rules for writing, formatting and creating documents. They govern consistency and uniformity. Many of us have used a style guide in school, such as APA Style, MLA Style or Chicago Manual of Style, to format and cite sources for a thesis, dissertation or research paper. You may have used a style guide when you composed an article for
  • 15 Tips to Write, Format and Distribute a Press Release

    Brian Scott
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:59 am
    A well-written press release can greatly boost your sales, promote your business globally, and significantly improve the image of your business, products and/or services. I share with you my own 15 PR tips that will guide you in the right direction to: 1) write a newsworthy press release for any occasion; 2) format a press release for print media and digital media; 3) distribute your press
  • 7 Crowdsourcing Job Sites to Find Freelance Writing Work (updated for 2014)

    Brian Scott
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:01 am
    The Internet has made finding freelance writing work much easier. You can visit a job site in one or two clicks of the mouse, and then review current jobs that need writers immediately. In this special post, I will reveal the best, most-referred "crowdsourcing" sites that supply new writing jobs each day. Because each job site can attract 50-100 new writing jobs each day, I recommend you
  • Freelance Crowdsourcing Sites Offer Part-Timers a Way to Supplement Their Income

    Brian Scott
    4 Mar 2014 | 6:59 am
    During the Global Recession (2007-2011), a time during which many countries faced near economic collapse, an untold number of workers lost their jobs or were transitioned from full-time to part-time work without benefits. In 2009 the U.S. unemployment rate peaked at 10%, a 16-year high. More than 2.5 million U.S. workers had lost their jobs. What may seem all negative also had positive outcomes
  • 10 Proven Ways to Eliminate Writer's Block with Pinterest

    Brian Scott
    19 Feb 2014 | 5:28 am
    When words bog you down and writer's block looms, it can be helpful to switch creative modes. Spending time looking at images can stimulate different parts of your brain and get your creativity flowing again. Pinterest is a treasure trove of images, all collected in intriguing, sometimes in evocative ways. Here are some ways to use Pinterest to stimulate your writing, whether you are in need
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    Your Story Coach - Advanced IM Coaching

  • FB Echo Review & Bonus By Jason Fladlien

    Jesse
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Here is a FB Echo review of Jason Fladlien’s new Facebook software! Also get details on a killer FB Echo Bonus worth over $5,000! FB Echo review If you want more information on Facebook check it out here: Facebook
  • Facebook Marketing for Beginners

    Jesse
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Facebook offers a free platform to market your business to a wider audience. Millions of people frequent facebook daily to either connect with their friends or their favourite brand. But to successfully market your business on facebook there are important things to do to ensure you are doing things right to avoid harming your business. For success in facebook marketing you need to not only set up a page and invite followers but you need to engage with them. Setting Up Your Facebook Business Profile Before anything else, the first thing you need to do is to set up a great profile. One way you…
  • What Makes For An Effective Email Marketing Strategy

    Jesse
    23 Mar 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Email marketing is something that nearly all online businesses are encouraged to partake in. Everybody knows that the money is in the list, right? That said, if you’re in possession of a website that receives a lot of traffic, it makes sense to capture people’s email addresses and send them promotional emails later on down the road. If nothing else, it’s a source of guaranteed traffic that no search engine algorithm change can ever take away. Still, it’s important not to be overly promotional when it comes to email marketing. Most industry professionals recommend that…
 
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    Jeremy Porter

  • Why you should check out Draft — not just a distraction-free writing app

    Jeremy Porter
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    Draft is more than a distraction-free writing app. It’s a wonderful way to write, collaborate, and publish. It’s beautiful and easy to use. Draft Distraction-free writing apps are a dime a dozen. The first app I used was Writeroom. It was a wonderful innovation. Similar applications emerged and programs like Word, Pages, and Scrivener all added distraction-free writing modes. I have been nonplussed by these additions. Draft does things differently. What is Draft? Draft is a new web application. On the surface appears to be just a distraction-free writing app. It does…
  • Don’t be like World Vision — know your values

    Jeremy Porter
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
    When an organization’s values are only words, problems arise. World Vision is learning this. By caving in to donors it has an image to repair. World Vision’s Facebook page World Vision has a values problem. Yesterday it announced that it was reversing its decision to hire people who are in a same-sex marriage. It was widely welcomed for its original decision; it is being condemned for its reversal. World Vision is taking a battering in the press and in social media. This is the mess an organization can find themselves in when it doesn’t know its values. World…
  • Words that Work by Frank Luntz

    Jeremy Porter
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:41 am
    Frank Luntz’s Words that Work is a valuable part of the toolkit for communicators. It’s full of great lessons in creating language that works. Words that work Death tax. Energy exploration. Opportunity scholarships. Retirement security. Tax relief. On first glance these words may seem neutral. They’re not. Readers of this blog will likely recognize where these words come from. Frank Luntz is well-known to viewers of Fox News and CBS. What most people don’t know is he’s the man behind the words and phrases Republicans have used to frame the debates of the…
  • Stuck with your presentation? Talk about what is and what could be

    Jeremy Porter
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:22 pm
    The contrast between ‘what is and what could be’ is a powerful means of persuasion. Steve Jobs used it. So did Martin Luther King, Jr. Sparkline analysis of I Have a Dream The speech or presentation that you know could have been better. We’ve all been there. It could be that you relied too much on facts and figures and didn’t make an emotional connection. It could be that you made an emotional connection but then lost your audience. It could be that you lost your audience when you walked on stage. It could be because you didn’t tell a compelling story.
  • Why you should (almost always) ignore facts and figures

    Jeremy Porter
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Speakers who use facts and figures risk losing their audience. Aristotle’s third mode of persuasion, logos, should be used sparingly. Credit: Dave King This is the final article in a four-part in a series on Aristotle’s three modes of persuasion. Aristotle placed a lot of weight on the appeal to reason. Too much as it turns out. He lived in a time when humans knew a lot less about the brain than we know today. Logos, the appeal to reason, is the third mode of persuasion. It’s also the least important. As far back as 300 years ago we began to understand the limitations of…
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    Randi Minerva

  • Tarot Tip #31: Understanding Reversals

    R. Minerva
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    Reversals 101: if a card is reversed, so is its meaning. This is a good place to start. However, there are certain exceptions to this rule. Also, you may find through trial and error that the meaning of certain cards is more complicated than simply yes/no or positive/negative. Major Arcana cards are always nuanced and complex. Two’s and Four’s tend to be more stable, their meanings similar whether they’re upright or reversed. What do you think? Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot…
  • Tarot Tip #30: Astrology

    R. Minerva
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Interested in a reading? Order one here.
  • Tarot Tip #29: Storytelling

    R. Minerva
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Interested in a reading? Order one here.
  • Tarot Tip #28: Drawing Cards

    R. Minerva
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Interested in a reading? Order one here.
  • Tarot Tip #27: The Devil

    R. Minerva
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:06 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Interested in a reading? Order one here.
 
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    Cliff Ball - Christian Indie Author

  • Audiobook Giveaway for Christian Fiction Series

    Cliff Ball
    23 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Want to win free copies of my Christian fiction series, The End Times Saga? I'm giving away 10 free coupons of each novel to download the audiobooks from Audible. The contest is open from March 23 to April 11. I'm giving away the first four novels plus the short story, Jon Ryan. Just sign-up to win using the rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post. In Times of Turmoil, the first novel in The End Times Saga, we follow how the Evans family gained their riches and eventually their power to influence events in the United States. We see important events that the Evans family gets…
  • Crossreads Book Blast – Timothy Phillips

    Cliff Ball
    11 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
    Timothy Phillips   By Cliff Ball About the Book: Can a nineteen year old stay true to the faith he was brought up on when he's under the spotlight? Timothy Phillips dreams come true when he's discovered by the producer of a national talent show. So what's the problem? The recording contract is not in the Southern Gospel he would prefer to sing. As he begins recording and performing the music, he encounters increasing hostility towards Christians. Can he stay true to his faith, or will he end up compromising his beliefs little by little the more famous he becomes? When his…
  • New Release: Times of Destruction, book 5 of The End Times Saga

    Cliff Ball
    10 Feb 2014 | 7:14 am
    Times of Destruction, book 5 of The End Times Saga, is now available for sale on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords for the other e-readers. The links will be below. After the rapture occurs, Michael Evans introduces the man who becomes the world leader. The new leader, calling himself the Patriarch and renaming the United Nations to the Union of United Earth, consolidates his power and moves the new world capital to the city of Babylon in Iraq. The Patriarch divides the world into ten administrative regions and has ten men administer those regions for him. Next, he appoints a…
  • Upcoming fifth novel in The End Times Saga

    Cliff Ball
    23 Jan 2014 | 10:52 am
    Currently, I'm writing the fifth novel in The End Times Saga, called "Times of Destruction." Based on how many words I've written with the others, I'd say I'm about halfway through. It'll be based mostly in the first three and a half years of Tribulation period right after the rapture, and I plan on writing a novel based on the last three and half years of the Tribulation a couple months from now. I'm even thinking of the possibility of writing a novel in the Millenial period and maybe writing another one about the Great White Throne Judgment, but I'm not…
  • 2013 Novel Sales

    Cliff Ball
    6 Jan 2014 | 7:15 am
    -My year in publishing- I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a great new year. As I do twice a year, I post what I've sold/given away over the year (or previous six months in the case of posting in June). As I discovered over the year when putting books into Kindle Select, that it's become really over-rated, even the Kindle Countdown idea could use a lot more work, since I couldn't get that to work for me either. Free days work well in that I'm getting lots of downloads, but doesn't seem to boost sales beyond that, or even net borrows from Amazon Prime Members. I guess that depends on an…
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    The Write Practice

  • How to Emotionally Move your Readers

    Marianne Richmond
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Think about it.  Why do you recommend a certain book?  Share a link? When do you implore a friend to see the movie?  Same answer for all:  When a book/movie/musician/vacation/ story/sunset moves you emotionally, you can’t help but tell others about it and urge them to experience the emotion that moved you! Ah, but no easy feat amid the gazillion things trying to nab our attention.   Buy Me!  Read me!  Watch me!  Oh, and tell others! Reading by Rachel Sian A recent testimonial on Amazon.com for my picture book If I Could Keep You Little illustrates this emotion -leads-to-telling…
  • Literary Foils: Definition and Examples

    Liz Bureman
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Since my last post, I’ve almost finished Tomcat In Love, and it has been somewhat of an exercise in frustration. This isn’t due to the book itself; it’s more due to the fact that the narrator is one of the most profoundly annoying protagonists I’ve ever encountered in fiction. He is a narcissist with a complete lack of self-awareness (at least until the last forty pages), and an unrepentant womanizer. Early on in the novel, we’re introduced to a woman who immediately provides a voice of reason, and helps serve as a reader surrogate. Everything that Thomas…
  • Three Tactics to Stop Letting Inspiration Rule You

    Emily Wenstrom
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:48 am
    Photo by Ian Scott At the opening of Odyssey, Homer appealed to his muse for the inspiration to tell his story. Shakespeare did the same thing in a number of his plays. Let’s face it, when it comes to art, inspiration is the queen on high. And sure, those moments when inspiration strikes are exhilarating. But let’s face it, the muses are tempestuous and unreliable. Inspiration is demanding, pushy, and withholding in turns to keep us under their thumb. The muses keep us up late when we know we should be sleeping, strike in the shower where we can’t reach a pen, and then abandon us for…
  • 5 Reasons Reporters Make Good Writers… Most of the Time ­

    Guest Blogger
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    This guest post is by Brennan Reid. Brennan is an aspiring author with two novels set to launch in late April. Follow his blog, brennanreid.com, to read his thoughts on writing as a craft, self-publishing, and marketing. Thanks so much, Brennan! Leads, nut grafs, and the infamous six W’s—who/what/when/where/why and how—set the everyday newsflash apart from creative work. Or do they? Photo by Roger H. Goun (Creative Commons) Let’s look at a comparison: The Newsflash Today in St. Louis, MO, this blogger found himself struggling to develop a journalistically inclined example of…
  • Want to Learn to Write? Study Painting.

    Joe Bunting
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    In just a week we will be saying goodbye to Paris and go to Florence and finally Rome and arrive back in the States May 1. One of my Paris adventures was to paint a “masterpiece” and then try to sell it on the street. While I’m nowhere near talented enough to paint an actual masterpiece, I reached out to local artist Pauline Fraisse who agreed to help me with my painting, and over a few days in the Luxembourg Gardens and the Marais, I managed to paint something that wasn’t terrible. What I found fascinating about working with Pauline was how many parallels her…
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    Lauren Sapala

  • Why Writing a Book Is Like Having a Baby

    Lauren Sapala
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Every story is a living thing. Experienced readers know this. But sometimes writers forget it. Sometimes we act like our story is a piece of IKEA furniture, and if we don’t understand where all the screws go right after we get it out of the box, it must be because the product itself is shoddy. But because stories are alive, they are also unpredictable. They materialize through the intelligent design of their own, unique cycle of growth. We writers have a lot less control than we think we do. Writing a book is very similar to bringing a child into the world. When you get the first ultrasound…
  • Write Down Your Dreams to Release Creative Blocks

    Lauren Sapala
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Most people don’t pay much attention to their dreams. They seem to be born out of something crazy our brain does when we’re unconscious and not present to supervise our mental activities. But writers aren’t like most people. And we don’t have the luxury of dismissing this rich, frothy mix of layered meaning and symbolism that our minds give us as a gift every night. Every writer who is serious about becoming a master should be keeping a dream journal. It doesn’t have to be fancy. A stack of post-it notes kept on your bedside table will do the trick. Just as long as you have a…
  • Artist Interview: Joseph Gergis

    Lauren Sapala
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:17 am
    April’s interview is with Joseph Gergis, the first musician I have ever interviewed for this series! Joseph’s most recent album is Gateway and can be found on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and eMusic. Thanks so much for the interview Joe! Your music was recommended by a writer friend who told me that while she listened to your work she wrote 10,000 words in one night. Obviously, your work is inspirational to writers and other creatives. My first question is how would you describe your work, and in what genre of music can it be found? I write instrumental electronic music, primarily as…
  • Why You Should Stop Listening to Other Writers

    Lauren Sapala
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    In today’s writing culture workshops, critique circles, and beta-reading partners are the norm. Writers are so focused on feedback—any feedback—that they frequently rush through writing two or three pages of the beginning of a story and then immediately hand it off to their writing buddies for comments and suggestions. But sharing writing before it is ready to be shared is most often not helpful to the writer. It’s a question of right timing. If you’ve finished the sloppy first draft of your novel and you’ve read it all the way through at least once, and you have a pretty good…
  • The Dark Side of Being a Writer

    Lauren Sapala
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:13 am
    It’s the hidden underside of writing that most writers don’t talk about. None of us relish thinking about it. And all of us wish we never had to deal with it at all. But it’s the shadowy truth that every working writer comes up against at some point in his or her career. To write something truly great, you have to write a lot of things that suck first. This might be the hardest part of being a writer. Because we don’t just write things that suck during our first six months of writing. We usually write them for the first few years of writing. And even after decades of writing, and many…
 
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    Alma Alexander: Duchess of Fantasy » BLOG

  • She hunts with eagles

    Alma Alexander
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm
    A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia – Photo by Asher Svidensky The Kazakhs of the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia are the only people that hunt with golden eagles, William Kremer says at the BBC World Service. Today there are around 400 practicing falconers. Photographer Asher Svidensky took pictures of five boys learning the skill – and Ashol-Pan, the daughter of a particularly celebrated hunter. Hunting with eagles The 13 greatest opening lines from novels of the 1950s There are many things that make us read the first page of a book, JPW tells us at Whizzpast. It…
  • Seattle bookstores soar…

    Alma Alexander
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:06 pm
    …and embrace an Old Nemesis: Amazon.com Seattle ranks as the country’s second-most literate big city, behind Washington, D.C., as measured by things like the number of bookstores, library resources, newspaper circulation and education. “A love of books and bookstores runs deep in the sinews of Seattle,” Kirk Johnson writes in the New York Times, “where gray skies and drizzle can drive a person to drink, or read, or both. “ Amazon.com Inc. also calls Seattle home. And in recent years, as many small independent bookstores here and around the nation struggled…
  • Books as weapons

    Alma Alexander
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    CIA used ‘Doctor Zhivago’ against the USSR A scene from the 1965 film Doctor Zhivago, based on Boris Pasternak’s epic novel. Declassified documents show that the CIA used Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak’s epic novel, as a tool to try to provoke dissent in the Soviet Union, Annalisa Quinn tells at NPR. The book was banned in the USSR. The CIA recognized the novel’s “great propaganda value,” according to a 1958 memo, and had the novel printed and disseminated. … The memo notes that the book is valuable “not only for its intrinsic message and…
  • Smart critters in literature

    Alma Alexander
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    Top 10 books about intelligent animals From Watership Down to Animal Farm:  Author Karen Joy Fowler selects for The Guardian 10 novels filled with anthropomorphic frailties and fantasies ‘Watership Down has the science-fiction pleasures of inventive world building as well as a struggle against invasive totalitarianism’. Photo: Juniors Bildarchiv GmbH/Alamy “Charlotte’s Web was first read to me by my mother,” Fowler writes. I can still remember the moment when, having caught the tremor in her voice, I looked up, saw her face, and realised with great shock that…
  • College of Sidekicks

    Alma Alexander
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Commencement Address to the College of Sidekicks and Secondary Characters Dear graduating class, As a writer, as someone who was there at your emergence, I am so very happy to see you. To know that you are out there, that you exist, because – make no mistake – in a world that seems to be geared only towards superstardom, without the foundation of you there is nothing at all. There can be no superstars without the support of a context – a context that you and only you can provide. Oh, re. characters – my friend, the artist who goes by the name Plunderpuss, drew this one for me a…
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    In Medias Res

  • Novel Pitching - First the Windup

    13 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Describing an entire book in a sentence isn't easy, and I've never been good at summarizing. When folks ask what my book is about, I'm always tempted to respond, "You'll find out when it's published." I figure by then I'll have a blurb ready to share. But honestly, my readers deserve a real answer, and what better way to pique interest ahead of time than with a well-crafted pitch? So, I've
  • Origin Stories

    6 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I don't always know everything about my characters when I first meet them. Sure, I have a general sense of who they are, but I get to know them better as they move through their story arcs. In the process, they reveal themselves a little at a time. Coyote Cal and Big Yap have been riding with me for a long while—over twenty years, to be exact. As a kid, I enjoyed listening to old radio westerns
  • The Joy of Reprints

    30 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Cats have nine lives, they say. I'm allergic to cats. I had a little kitty named George when I was in first grade, but we didn't keep him long and ended up donating him to a local farm where he could grow fat on all the mice. This post isn't about cats, though. Here's a cool thing about writing and selling short stories: when the rights revert to you, the stories can be published elsewhere as
  • Horror of Biblical Proportions

    23 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Bible includes some horrifying stuff. Inspiring, life-changing stuff too, of course. But the Old Testament... Wow. Whenever any of my Christian friends turn up their noses at my darker stories, I always point them toward the book of Judges or 1 Samuel. Plenty of weirdness to be found there. When King David and the Spiders of Mars opened for subs back in 2012, Jeff Chapman let me know about
  • "Deadbolt" in Disturbed Digest

    16 Mar 2014 | 5:11 am
    I haven't written many ghost stories, but this one's been haunting me for a while as it's waited to greet the world. I wrote it way back in October 2011 during week #43 of my Write1Sub1 adventure that year. Since then, it has survived 12 rejections (5 of them positive), until landing on the virtual doorstep of the fine folks at Alban Lake publishing. The March issue of Disturbed Digest is now
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    Write Line Blog - Free Expressions Seminars and Literary Services

  • Picture Prompt #10

    Lorin
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:22 pm
    The Picture Prompt concept is simple yet challenging, so get those fingers ready! This prompt can be done with any photo you find interesting, but preferably one you haven’t had a long time to study. It’s a fun exercise for a writing group as well, especially if everyone reads his/her piece to the group.Ready?Here’s the prompt: In just thirty minutes, write a complete story based on the photo below. When you’re finished, come back and share your experience in the comments. (Or even your story!)Did you like this exercise? What was the most challenging part about it? Did…
  • Friday Roundup 4.11.14

    Lorin
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Have an awesome weekend!How to be Prolific: Guidelines for Getting it Done From Joss Whedon8 ways to know if you have a good agentThe 10 Most Notorious Parts of Famous BooksWill Write for Kittens!How to Spring Clean Your Digital Life with LastPass
  • Friday Roundup 4.4.14

    Lorin
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Happy Friday, all! Writing Emotion: Does Your Hero Shrug, Smile & Frown Too Much? There Are No Mwuahaha Villains in the Artistic LifeDon Maass: Why Are You Here?And because it deserves another mention: BOOMERANG!
  • BOOMERANG Reveal!

    Lorin
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    Big, big news this month! Announcing Lorin’s debut novel, BOOMERANG, co-written with BONI Alumna and Free Expressions client Veronica Rossi!  The first book on a New Adult trilogy under pen nameNoelle August, Lorin likes to think of it as THE HANGOVER meets a romantic comedy. BOOMERANG’s release date is July 15, and it’s now available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, Indie Bound or your local bookstore. You can also find BOOMERANG on Goodreads!Here’s the blurb:“The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from…
  • Prompt-A-Palooza #40

    Lorin
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:35 am
    Monday writing prompts on deck! Hope they inspire you!The drooping brocade wallpaper...He felt everything at once...No match for the rain...She wandered herself back home...That shoe, suspended in mid-air...He arrived in an eddie of leaves...She wanted the sequined case...
 
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    Copywriter Collective

  • IS A COPYWRITER THE MISSING LINK IN YOUR MARKETING CHAIN?

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

    The Collective
    19 Feb 2014 | 4:53 am
    We’ve been in the business of copywriting adverts, brochures, websites and slogans for 12 years now. But the funny thing is, we don’t have a slogan of our own. As every copywriter knows, writing about yourself is the hardest thing to do. It’s difficult to blow your own trumpet. So that’s where you come in – with an international slogan competition. Who’s the world’s best slogan writer? We want to throw it out to all the copywriters in the world – not just our members – to see who can come up with the best slogan. The prize is to be…
  • Make the right impact with native English copywriters

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

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

    The Collective
    17 Nov 2013 | 8:57 am
    All advertisers understand the importance of making a connection with their audience. Without a connection, consumers will not respond to the advertisement, rendering it ineffective, no matter what the message is. In our advertisement-saturated society, it is becoming more and more difficult to catch the attention of consumers. In order to combat the growing apathy in the marketplace, some advertisers have resorted to what’s known as “extreme advertising”. If you’ve seen Virgin Mobile’s newest slate of television commercials, you probably have taste of extreme advertising. Mirroring…
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    Words & Music

  • Paris Sketchbook

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:50 am
    This dude is St. Germain, a bishop of Paris, who was known for his love of the poor. His monks were so afraid that he'd give everything away that they rebelled against him. He died in 576. For the next 900 years his relics were carried in procession through the streets of Paris. This is a sketch of a wooden statue of his eminence in the church that's named for him. Rooftops of Paris as seen from our perch at 15 Passage Barrault.Sketch of a lantern hanging in the garden. . Our young friend Atri, reading.This is the view from the kitchen table looking out into the garden:
  • Eiffel Tower

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:50 am
    I wrote this song a couple decades ago and recorded it a few years ago with Late Model Humans. A recent trip to Paris has brought it back to the forefront of my memory.It's been so long since I held you in my armsIt's been so long since you held me in your heartAnd I've been running 'round, up and down, making love on the Eiffel TowerBaby I know it's too lateBut baby I'm going to change anywayAnd stop all this running 'round, up and down, making love on the Eiffel TowerNow that I need youYou're nowhere at allBut I just keep thinkingWhen you needed meI stared through you at a brick wallBaby I…
  • Scurrying: FHOP (Fictional Humans of Paris) #1

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Paris was fascinating, profound and enlightening, everything you’d expect from the City of Lights, but it was not relaxing, and relaxation was the thing Martine needed most of all. She was overworked, like most of her contemporaries, and underappreciated, like most females. She held the world at arm’s length for fear of it overwhelming her with its salty waves. Her rendezvous with Henri, ill-timed and awkward, was the thing that finally tethered her to the pulse of the human race.Henri was one of those men who saw it as his sacred duty in life to avenge his father’s humiliation at the…
  • This Bastard Dance

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    This bastard danceOf furtive movementsAnd stumbling stepsHas broken my self-confidenceI'm going to missThe sound of your footstepsSeeing you smileAnd hearing you singThis bastard danceHas twisted my anklesShattered my kneecapsAnd dislocated my hipsI'm going to missThe nervous way you play with your hair when you talk to meI'm going to missThe way you touch the part of my heart I thought was safely hidden awayI'm going to missThis bastard dance
  • I Wish I Were In Love Again - Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    This tune by Rodgers & Hart was performed by the late Mickey Rooney and the later Judy Garland in a film named, appropriately enough for this blog, Words & Music.You don't know that I felt goodWhen we up and parted.You don't know I knocked on woodGladly broken-hearted.Worrying is through,  I sleep all nightAppetite and health restored.You don't know how much we're boredThe sleepless nights,The daily fightsThe quick toboggan when you reach the heightsI miss the kisses and I miss the bitesI wish I were in love againThe broken dates,The endless waits,The lovely loving and the…
 
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    Out of the Lockbox

  • Thesis = Submitted

    Mary DeSantis
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Yes, you read that post title correctly. I passed in my thesis!Final specs:Pages: 384Words: 101,101 (no, I did not cheat to get that number. Cross my heart)Chapters: 31POVs: 3Body Count: 5 named characters, lots of unnamed onesTears shed throughout process: too many to countTotal of cut words: I have no idea, and I cannot count right now. I will, though. And I’ll report when I get there. I’m very curious. HehSo now I wait for overall feedback and the final verdict. Part of me wants to hide under the bed. The other part thinks that’s silly. And then there’s a small part that thinks I…
  • Bad Blogger Part II

    Mary DeSantis
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Same deal as Wednesday. Thesis is due Tuesday. I will pick up with Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas next week.Cheers
  • I'm a bad blogger this week, but my thesis is due next week. So I don't care.

    Mary DeSantis
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The title says it all, folks.It’s been two and a half years of blood, sweat, and tears (well, maybe not blood, but you get the idea). Finally, the moment of truth is upon us. My thesis is due next Tuesday.Wish me luck as I get into my final week of making sure every little thing is as perfect as it can possibly be. (NOTE: I overused the word “possible” in the manuscript. This has been fixed.)Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s back to the writing cave.Cheers
  • MCS #10: Beauty and the Beast

    Mary DeSantis
    5 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Beauty and the Beast (1991)IMDB BLURBBelle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead and discovers her captor to be an enchanted prince.Seriously, what’s not to love about this movie? The heroine is an independent, willful woman who is willing to fight for those she loves. There’s a purely evil villain, and there’s a group of epic side characters. I’m sold.Oh, also, Belle loves to read. I’d totally be friends with her.Moving on to the music. It’s lovely, fun, and, in places, even haunting. I’m thinking about the West Wing sequence in particular there. They…
  • A spoon full of research helps the medicine go down

    Mary DeSantis
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hi folks,Last week I appealed to reviewers, telling them to stop calling authors stupid.Which they seriously need to do because it’s not right. I’m good.Anyway, I left off that post with a promise to authors. This week, my plan is to unravel what prompts reviewers to take inappropriate jabs at authors.It seems to boil down to one thing—research.As I pointed out last week, diverting from what is considered fact on Earth, in fiction, is fine, especially in the case of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and anything paranormal. However, there is a difference between changing up how the…
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  • Coming soon… interviews with Andrea Beaty, Barbara Reid.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    I don’t usually give you a heads-up about what’s coming down the pike, but I just can’t help it.  These two are just TOO great not to mention! Who’s coming? Andrea Beaty, writer, Iggy Peck, Architect, and Rosie Revere, Engineer, and one of the goddesses of rhyming kids’ books in the world today (not to mention smart, science-y kids’ picture books!). and… Barbara Reid, writer and illustrator of Picture a Tree, The Subway Mouse, Fox Walked Alone, and many, many more.  As a Canadian, I take full credit for Barbara Reid and consider her illustrations (and stories) a…
  • WriteKidsBooks.org Writers’ Workshop: Judo Juan

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:46 am
      Every once in a while, people email asking if I’ll take a look at their story.  I thought it might be fun to run this as an occasional blog feature, so I asked one writer’s permission to have his story and my suggestions appear here on this site. Rick was gracious enough to allow me to share his work, and I’d be thrilled if any of you would like to offer your comments as well in the Comments section below. It’s an interesting concept, of a boy who starts taking martial arts, but the true potential of this story doesn’t shine through. Martial arts is a creative, fun way…
  • Three ways to add real science to a picture book without putting kids to sleep

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:57 am
    Guest post by an anonymous mom who just happens to be a neuroscientist. Kids have a short attention span, and when it comes to factual stuff like science, it can sometimes be a challenge to truly engage their busy brains without inducing boredom. In order to keep a child’s attention, authors of children’s books must incorporate interesting and colorful content, and it always helps if humor is involved. Presenting the facts does not limit a writer’s creativity, nor should it ever prevent them from being silly – oftentimes a key characteristic for attracting and fascinating children.
  • ‘Tis the season – write holiday books that don’t spell HUMBUG (Part 1 of 2)

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    What the heck is a holiday-books post doing here in April? And not just any post – this is Part 1 of a 2-part series. Well, for one thing, not all of us celebrate our main holiday in December. Plus, if you’re thinking of writing or wrapping up a book aimed at the December holiday season, April is actually a great time to be planning it. Certainly, when you’re in the thick of holiday excitement is NOT the time to think you can take time out to write your best work. Since I myself have a major holiday coming up in 2 days, I have been procrastinating – big time. And you, my friends, are…
  • Three timeless lessons from “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.”

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Some books never get tired.  I’m reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing with my kids right now as one of our chapter books, and it’s incredible how modern it is, considering it was first published in 1972.  Imagine – a book for kids in which: there are no internet, cellphones, or mobile devices of any kind the dad in the book isn’t used to looking after children, and hands off the kids to his secretary the main character has an elevator man the shoe store carries two styles in its children’s section – loafers or saddle shoes Yet my kids are fascinated, and ask eagerly…
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  • The Hard Stuff Often Matters Most

    Ruth Barringham
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:47 am
    Today I have an article for you written by Leo Babauta from http://zenhabits.net/iron/. I like this article because it has sound advice and makes perfect sense about ways to spend less time on the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Ruth Barringham
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Today I found two great books on Kindle available for free download so I got them both. I was originally only looking for one ebook called Rapid Wordpress Websites: Learn Wordpress on a need-to-know... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How and Where to Pitch a Movie Idea

    Ruth Barringham
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Ever thought of a good idea for a movie and then dismissed it because you’re not a screen writer? Well you don’t need to be a screen writer to make it into the movie business. You only need to have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 3 Free Short Story Competitions

    Ruth Barringham
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    This is just a quick post to let you know about 3 short story competitions that are free to enter. But one is closing soon ( next week) so you have to be quick with that one if you want to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Ruth Barringham
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:04 pm
    I’ve been doing quite a bit of freelance writing lately and one of the most useful reference books I’ve been using is The Cassell Dictionary of Appropriate Adjectives. This is an old book and was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Hire professional assignment writing service provider for psychology assignments

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    13 Apr 2014 | 11:03 pm
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  • A Day in the Life of Mystery Author David Burnsworth

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A Day in the Life is The Writer’s Life newest feature. Here we get a glimpse into our favorite author’s day-to-day life, but in today's post, we get a glimpse into Brack Pelton's life, the main character of David Burnsworth new mystery/southern noir, Southern Heat. “What’s a glimpse of my day-to-day life? Haven’t had that one before. Most of the time, all you media people care about is why I allegedly blew up some car or shot a particular model citizen. Forgive me if I have to think about my answer before I give it. “Mind if I smoke? “You want a cigar? I burned through my…
  • Book Review & $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: ‘Mind Games,’ by Christine Amsden

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    Mind Games is the much awaited third installment in the new adult mystery series, Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. Talented author Christine Amsden keeps delivering a great story filled with interesting characters, romance, mystery, and the paranormal, lots of it.In this episode, Cassie still doesn’t know why Evan broke her heart two months ago, and the mystery gnaws at her big time. She decides to keep busy and make herself useful at the sheriff’s department. She also meets charismatic mind mage Matthew Blair…much to Evan’s distaste. At the same time, Eagle Rock is…
  • Interview with A.K. Turner, author of 'Hair of the Corn Dog'

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    A.K. Turner is the author of This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store, Mommy Had a Little Flask, and Hair of the Corn Dog, as well as a coauthor of Drinking with Dead Women Writers and Drinking with Dead Drunks. Her work has been featured in various publications and anthologies, including Folio Literary Magazine, Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana, and I Just Want to Be Alone. A former writer-in-residence and creator of “The Writers’ Block” on Radio Boise, she lives in Idaho with her exceedingly tolerant husband and two daughters. Learn more at…
  • Book Blast: Invitation by Contemporary Romance Author Christina Hoffman

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
     We welcome Christina Hoffman, author of the contemporary romance, Invitation to The Writer's Life! Title: InvitationAuthor: Christina HoffmanPublisher: Christina HoffmanPages: 187Genre: Contemporary Romance/New AdultFormat: Paperback/KindleBUY LINKS:Available in kindle ebook and paperback atUSA  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JDZ63YKCanada   http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00JDZ63YKFrance   http://www.amazon.com.fr/dp/B00JDZ63YK Germany   http://www.amazon.com.de/dp/B00JDZ63YK Available at Smashwords in epub, mobi, pdf and…
  • Twisted Venom by V.W. Raynes Book Blitz - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    ABOUT TWISTED VENOM Title: Twisted VenomGenre: Suspense/ThrillerAuthor: V.W. RaynesPublisher: AuthorHouseEBook: 300 pagesRelease Date: December 2, 2013ISBN: 978-1-49183-399-5When young internist Claudia Ranelli attends a medical conference in San Francisco, she has a sexual encounter so bizarre and frightful it nearly kills her. But that isn't the end of her terror. Claudia and her cousin Dru Salinas must discover the identity of the person terrorizing them both, a quest that leads from pit vipers to modern genetics. Claudia tells a gripping story with sensitivity, a…
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    Wylie's Writing Tips

  • The Awwwww Factor

    Aditya Agrawal
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:12 pm
    How to make content marketing messages go viral Have you seen the piece about the orphan baby kangaroo and wombat who become BFFs? They also have a baby wallaby friend. Because of course they do. Awwwww. The awesome twosome How can you make your messages go as viral as little orphan animal stories? Try The Awwwww Factor. It’s obvious why these bundles of joey are making the rounds on Facebook. But how can you use the same approaches to make your content marketing messages travel the world, while others just languish on the couch? Content marketing — aka brand journalism — is relevant,…
  • Blast the past

    Aditya Agrawal
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Don’t lead with a history lesson It can be tempting to start your story at the beginning. After all, didn’t Lewis Carroll advise us to do so in Alice In Wonderland? “Begin at the beginning, the King said, very gravely, and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” Turn back time But not in the lead, please! Photo by FlicktoneThe problem with this approach is that it buries the lead — also known as leading with the background. After all, nobody wants to start with the history lesson. (When someone asks you about yourself, you don’t start at the year of your birth, do you?)…
  • Subject to revision

    Aditya Agrawal
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Don’t repeat subject lines for every issue Generic subject lines — “Newsletter name” — are more likely to be deleted than opened. So says usability guru Jakob Nielsen. So says MailChimp. Don’t doom yourself to repeat it Want more opens? Change up your subject linesSo why do some of the most popular, most respected e-zines out there — I’m talkin’ to you, Instapaper and HubSpot — use generic subject lines? For example, here are the subject lines for the last five editions of HubSpot’s Opinion Blog e-zine: HubSpot Blog, Opinion HubSpot Blog, Opinion HubSpot Blog, Opinion…
  • How is IBNR like a rented suit?

    Aditya Agrawal
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Steal Warren Buffett 3-step process for defining acronyms How can you make sure your readers don’t spend the time between meetings trying to figure out what the acronyms mean? Like a brick wall Acronyms put readers off. So take a tip from Warren Buffett and spell out, explain and illustrate acronyms. Here’s a tip to steal from the Oracle of Omaha: Spell out, explain and illustrate acronyms. 1. Spell out acronyms. In one of his famous letters to shareholders, Buffett spells out an acronym: “These losses are called IBNR, for incurred but not reported. …” 2. Explain acronyms. But…
  • More Wordoids

    Aditya Agrawal
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Readers make up words with this cool naming tool Have you tried Wordoid? This cool tool is designed to help you find a catchy name for your business by auto-creating new words. But you can create words to use in your copy, as well. Rewriterians, unite Coin a word with Wordoid.I did so for our February issue, and invited you to play along. Just plug in a word or word fragment, click a button, and get your Wordoids. Here are the results two of our readers got when they gave it a go: “grotesquerist (n) — one who queries or questions the grotesque. ‘The grotesquerist was easily and overly…
 
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  • How to Write a Novel in Three Days

    Woelf Dietrich
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    I wanted to post something last week. I had intended to finish a piece on the mythos of The Morrigan, but then my machine broke and died an agonizing sputtering death, and I was left without anything to write on. I had to dug out an ancient HP laptop–it used to have Vista but I […]
  • Review: Sword in the Storm by David Gemmell

    Woelf Dietrich
    17 Mar 2014 | 1:45 pm
    I wrote a quick review after I finished Sword in the Storm by David Gemmell. I pretty much read it in one long sitting over the weekend. Yes, there were many interruptions, but not enough to disqualify it as one sitting. My Kindle barely left my hands. As it was on my Kindle I got the […]
  • 2014 Smashwords Read an Ebook Week Promotion

    Woelf Dietrich
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:50 pm
    I’ve enrolled The Seals of Abgal in the Smashwords Read an Ebook Week promotion, taking place March 2-8 2014.  For one week only, thousands of Smashwords authors and publishers will provide readers deep discounts on ebooks, with coupon code levels for 25%-off, 50%-off, 75%-off and FREE. At one minute past midnight Pacific time on March 2, […]
  • RE: If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It

    Woelf Dietrich
    24 Feb 2014 | 5:02 pm
    You’ve probably heard about this article over at Huffington Post or maybe you’ve read it already. It’s creating quite the buzz. Essentially the writer of the article, an author herself,  feels that because J.K Rowling is such a huge success and if she truly loves writing, she should retire so other writers can take a […]
  • A Thought On Literacy

    Woelf Dietrich
    23 Feb 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Russell Blake is a prolific bestselling author of twenty-five books including the novels JET, JET II – Betrayal, JET III – Vengeance, JET IV – Reckoning, JET V – Legacy, JET VI – Justice, Upon A Pale Horse, BLACK, BLACK Is Back, and BLACK Is The New Black, and I regularly visit his blog to learn […]
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  • Irregular plurals

    The Proof Angel
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:26 am
    Sometimes forming the plural is not as easy as just adding an s. To help with those times, here is a nice infographic to guide you through the problem. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: plurals
  • Call for fiction manuscripts

    The Proof Angel
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Are you a new fiction writer of high calibre and imagination? Then in June, Vintage books want to hear from you. Find out how to submit your work here. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: Fiction
  • How to write a book review

    The Proof Angel
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:34 am
    Book reviews make very good items for newsletters and blog posts. When I was at junior school, this was the first task every Monday morning. For some reason we always had to start “The main characters in this story are…” What we learn in school isn’t always useful, is it? Here is how to write a proper book review. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors, Writing resources Tagged: book marketing, book review, book reviewing, indie publishing, self-publishing
  • Do you have some literary fiction ready to go?

    The Proof Angel
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Do you have some literary fiction, ready to go & looking for a home? If you are in the UK & have not been published before, have a look at this opportunity spotted by Bridget Whelan. But be quick, the window closes at minute to midnight on the night of Easter Monday 21 April 2014 Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: opportunities for authors, writing opportunities
  • Are you looking for an online writing course?

    The Proof Angel
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:33 am
    Do you feel your writing lacks a bit of zap? Need pointing in the right direction? Then have a look at these free online writing courses. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: writing courses
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