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  • “Can I have another free Microsoft Word children’s book template, please?”

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

    About Freelance Writing
    Anne Wayman
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    For much of my freelance writing career I figured there was no way to forecast my income. Money was either coming in or it wasn’t; it either arrived or it didn’t. Truth be told, I felt... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tips on How to Make Yourself a Better Writer?

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

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    Sonia Simone
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you addicted to productivity advice? I was, for a long time. I bought every system, book, and blueprint out there. I had a very spiffy David Allen-inspired GTD process that was only 642 steps long and took a mere 3 hours a day to implement (during which time I wasn’t actually, you know, getting anything done). That wasn’t David Allen’s fault, by the way, it was mine. But I don’t think I was alone. Every person who has a long to-do list also has a desire to do more. And most of us are quite good at doing certain things. We don’t have a problem getting out of…
  • For Me, This Is The Hardest Part of Writing. These 4 Steps Help.

    Josh Spilker
    Josh Spilker
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    There’s one part of the writing process that I’m worse at than all the others. Every time I think I’ve done enough, there’s more to do. What is it? Editing. (Wait…are you a new writer and need to know the steps of the writing process? Click below or read to the end.)   (Wait, wait…are […]
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    Advice to Writers

  • Put Down Dummy Text and Keep On Moving

    JW
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    When you're writing and come to a rough spot and the ideas just aren't flowing, put down dummy text and keep on moving—especially if it's at the end of the day and you're going to stop. Your brain will never stop for the day, even if you have stopped working, and there's a very good chance you'll come up with something better. Also, at the very least, you'll have something to come back to the next day, instead of a blank page. That's important. LARRY GELBART
  • An Artist Should Lead A Questing Life

    JW
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It's a cliché, certainly, to say an artist or a writer should lead a questing life. It's less often acknowledged, however, that in pursuing such a quest, a person frequently leaves behind a trail of at least minor injustices. I believe an artist has to remind herself or himself, in other words, that when you write or paint or compose music, you draw in mysterious ways on the courtesy and genius of the community. It is this sensitivity to gifts welling up unbidden, this awareness of the fate of the community, no matter how ego-driven or self-absorbed a writer or artist might become, and…
  • Readers Do No Work

    JW
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I have a mantra in class: “Readers do no work.” If you’re James Joyce or Toni Morrison or any other writer lavishly blessed with the gifts of linguistic prestidigitation, you can presume that your readers signed up for the ride, expecting that some heavy lifting might be required of them. Most of us, though —and all of us in the realms of nonfiction and journalism — cannot presume that. It is for us to do the work first, so that none is required of our readers. Clear thinking leads to clear writing, which leads, most importantly, to clear understanding. KEVIN…
  • Writing Can Be A Pretty Desperate Endeavor

    JW
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Writing can be a pretty desperate endeavor, because it is about some of our deepest needs: our need to be visible, to be heard, our need to make sense of our lives, to wake up and grow and belong. It is no wonder if we sometimes tend to take ourselves perhaps a bit too seriously. ANNE LAMOTT
  • Work Inspires Inspiration

    JW
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Work inspires inspiration. Keep working. If you succeed, keep working. If you fail, keep working. If you’re interested, keep working. If you’re bored, keep working. MICHAEL CRICHTON
 
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    Daily Writing Tips

  • Pleaded vs. Pled

    Maeve Maddox
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:59 pm
    A reader asks to know the past tense and past participle of the verb “to plead”: I have heard “pled” being used. Is this correct? The question of pleaded vs. pled is the source of much online discussion, little of it neutral: I personally think it makes newscasters and journalists sound ignorant when they use “pleaded” to describe what some defendant did in the court. I am actually shocked at the number of people who assert that “pled” is correct or that “pled” sounds correct to them. The hair on my neck stands up whenever I hear someone utter the word “pled.” Some…
  • Confused Words #4: Averse, Horde and Sight

    Maeve Maddox
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Here are three word pairs that are often confused. 1. Averse / Adverse averse: disinclined Incorrect: Regular readers of this column will know that I’m not adverse to shameless self-promotion. Correct : Regular readers of this column will know that I’m not averse to shameless self-promotion. adverse: harmful, undesirable Incorrect: The effectiveness of disulfiram (Antabuse) lies in its ability to produce a highly averse reaction in most patients after ingestion of even a small amount of alcohol. Correct : The effectiveness of disulfiram (Antabuse) lies in its ability to produce a…
  • Both vs. Neither

    Maeve Maddox
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:22 pm
    The use of both where neither would be clearer and more idiomatic is fairly common, but inherently ambiguous. Take for example, “Both men were not arrested.” Is the intended meaning “neither man was arrested” or “one man was arrested, but the other wasn’t”? Here are some examples of statements that use both where neither is the better choice: Original: Both of us didn’t have too good of a year (in 2013), and we’re seeing that in the attendance. Better : Neither of us had too good of a year (in 2013), and we’re seeing that in the attendance. Original: Both of us…
  • Verb Review #2: Linking Verbs

    Maeve Maddox
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Linking verbs, also called “copulative verbs,” “being verbs,” and “state of being verbs,” do not describe an action. This type of verb links a subject and the noun, pronoun or adjective that restates it or describes it. The verb most commonly used as a linking verb is the verb to be in its various forms. I am happy. You are my friend. The soldiers were brave. This has been a wonderful day. The dockworker might have been a contender. The next most common verbs used as linking verbs are seem and become. Seem is always a linking verb. Become usually is, but not always: Our new…
  • Inculcate

    Maeve Maddox
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Judging by the Google Ngram Viewer, the verb inculcate has declined considerably in popularity in recent decades. So, apparently, has understanding of its meaning. inculcate: to teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions; urge on or fix in the mind; to cause (a person) to become impressed or instilled with something. Because inculcate is a transitive verb, someone or something inculcates something on, upon, in, into, or to someone: Teachers inculcate irregular verb conjugations in children by drilling the forms. Ministers inculcate religious principles into their congregations…
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    Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

  • 439 GG Texting, Coffins, and Death

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Today, with Halloween in mind, I have a Quick and Dirty tip about the difference between a casket and a coffin; and an excerpt from David Crystal’s new book, Words in Time and Place, that goes through the many words we have for death and dying. Finally, I saw something shocking in a formal document a few weeks ago, so I have a tidbit about text messaging and language. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1sXJDC5
  • 438 GG Why Do People Say Punctuation Out Loud?

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

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

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

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

    Sonia Simone
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you addicted to productivity advice? I was, for a long time. I bought every system, book, and blueprint out there. I had a very spiffy David Allen-inspired GTD process that was only 642 steps long and took a mere 3 hours a day to implement (during which time I wasn’t actually, you know, getting anything done). That wasn’t David Allen’s fault, by the way, it was mine. But I don’t think I was alone. Every person who has a long to-do list also has a desire to do more. And most of us are quite good at doing certain things. We don’t have a problem getting out of…
  • The 5-Step Process for Writing an About Page that Connects (and Converts)

    Leanne Regalla
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Although it seems like a natural place on your website to talk about yourself, a strong About page is really about empathy for your visitors. When you write an effective About page, you dig into your readers’ minds and then communicate that you have what they need or want. And you can’t afford to follow the herd. Just think about how many times you’ve clicked away from a website that included just a little too much “Me! Me! Me!” You don’t want to be that person at the cocktail party who brags so incessantly that other party guests plan different routes to…
  • The Amazingly Simple Anatomy of a Meaningful Marketing Story [Infographic]

    Demian Farnworth
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Think about it. Apple. Dos Equis. Old Spice. Procter & Gamble. Ram Trucks. Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. GEICO. GoDaddy. At some point, all these companies told compelling stories that grabbed our attention — and held it. Not just for thirty seconds, but longer. And as they repeated their stories over and over again, they got under our skin. Through simple stories, these companies won our allegiance and business. Tell the right story and you can capture attention, entertain, enlighten, and persuade all in the course of just a few minutes. As author Jonathan Gottschall said:…
  • Focus on These 4 Steps to Harness the Addictive Power of Email (And Turn Your Traffic Into Business)

    Henneke
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you working your butt off to run your business? But feeling you’re not making enough progress? You’re building a social following, slaving over weekly blog posts, and managing a heavy client load. Perhaps you’d also love to develop digital products or write a book. But it’s difficult to find the time when you juggle so many demands, right? Building a thriving online business may often feel like an insurmountable task. But when you learn the right way to apply the addictive power of email, you’ll possess a dynamite business tool. A laser-sharp focus on growing and…
  • The Ultimate Copy Checklist: 51 Questions to Optimize Every Element of Your Online Copy [Free Poster]

    Aaron Orendorff
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    So, you’ve written a piece of sales copy. Congratulations — that’s no small feat. But, before you celebrate, there’s just one issue: Now what? After all, as I’m sure you’ve heard before: “There is no such thing as great writing. Only great rewriting.” And why is “great rewriting” important? One reason: the bottom line. Will it compel? Will it convert? Will it close? You need to learn how to optimize first draft copy to support your bottom line. A step-by-step optimization guide Optimizing your own copy is a bit like scaling Mount…
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  • Get ready for NaNoWriMo by choosing your novel’s story question

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

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

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

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

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

    Laura Brown
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    You get the idea. Now see what you can come up with yourself. Have fun.Related Posts:What Does a Considering Cap Look Like?#TweetYourThesisRecycling IdeasBare Naked Breasts?Language for Aliens to Understand Us
  • In the World of Perfect there is No Finish Line

    Laura Brown
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Created this after reading the line in a post on Skinny Artist,  about the perils of trying to be perfect. This line sums up so much of the story of my life. I added “Bloggers Against Perfectionism” just for my own amusement.Related Posts:I’m Laura Brown and This Is How I WorkCan You Go a Day Without a Cell Phone, or are you Addicted?Writers of Old Books Don’t Have Twitter AccountsParanormal and Urban Fantasy Authors I Have LikedWhat to do With Your Old Cookbooks
  • Crossing Lines

    Laura Brown
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    I wrote a short horror story and submitted it to Tor just now. I feel kind of bold and yet full of doubt at the same time. The weird thing about writing it was the moment I felt myself cross the line from sanity into horror. There was a point in writing it where I […]Related Posts:Horror Writers are Nice Girls TooCan Nice Girls Write Horror?Why Aren’t You Writing for HubPages?Writing for Content Marketing Sites is Too ExpensiveHow to Start a Diary or Personal Journal
  • Can Nice Girls Write Horror?

    Laura Brown
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    It may be true that nice girls/ women can’t write horror. Or, not that we can’t write it but we just can’t put it on paper and then let someone else read it. What would they think?!!! What a shame if “What would they think” is the real hold up. But… it may be that […]Related Posts:Horror Writers are Nice Girls TooCrossing LinesWho Will Read your Diary in the Future?How to Start a Diary or Personal JournalStop Regurgitating Content – Write What YOU Know
  • Clear Your Head Before Writing?

    Laura Brown
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I flushed this as a spam comment because it was on an old post which had nothing at all to do with the question asked in the comment. But, just before I clicked the magic button… I cut the actual question so I could paste it in here. See below: I was interested to know […]Related Posts:How to Start a Diary or Personal JournalDo you Have to Wait for Inspiration?Love Letter WritersHow to Write Your Own Advice ColumnLost My Writing Passion
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  • My journaling is rigid and tedious - advice please?

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    First and foremost, as a new member I'd like to say that I'm glad to be a part of the community. I have a question about journaling and although this forum is more creative writing-oriented, I'm hoping that I can still receive some feedback. Writing itself is nothing new to me; I've been doing it... My journaling is rigid and tedious - advice please?
  • Today's Disturbing News

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    I saw this on my facebook feed this morning. Apparently, more nonfiction books these days are being banned or are the focus of banning efforts in the schools. Books on things like income inequality or the working poor. (Like Barbara Ehrenreich's wonderful book Nickle and Dimed.) Seriously? An... Today's Disturbing News
  • Need some opinions on candy flavors loves and hates

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    For one of the shorts I'm doing for Nanowrite candy, and the nostalgia of it, plays a key part. Just want to know ( and pick your brains ) what you generally think of candy? What are your favorites ( even discontinued flavors treats welcome ), and the candy you hate, even the stuff you avoid... Need some opinions on candy flavors loves and hates
  • Need opinions from parents and anyone who has a sibling.

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Okay, I just like to know, for parents: Your 18-21 year old child finds something that allows them to change the world, however the method to change the world requires ruthlessly killing people in huge numbers. For siblings: Same as above, but for siblings. In the end, your son/daughter or... Need opinions from parents and anyone who has a sibling.
  • Ebola in Dallas, blaming nurses & "the system" for the doctor's error, and misc.

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    I thought we had an ebola thread but it was only something discussed in a thread on the world falling apart. So this is an ebola thread, and anything related. First, the public's over-reaction stoked by the news media selling fear mongering sucks. People need to calm down. There's plenty to talk... Ebola in Dallas, blaming nurses & "the system" for the doctor's error, and misc.
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  • The Magic Formula For Getting Tons of Writing Done

    Charlotte Dixon
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    Okay, guys, Nanowrimo is on the horizon, swiftly approaching...just four more days!  I know many of you like to torture yourself with the task of writing a 50,000-word novel in a month.  And even those of you not participating this year (I'm sitting it out) still would like to know the magic formula for getting tons of writing done. Amiright? I thought so. I shall share it with you, and bear in mind there is good news and bad news that comes along with it. The good news being that a magic formula exists.  The bad news being that magic formulas don't work unless you use them. So,…
  • A Wednesday List

    Charlotte Dixon
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Punkins, ready for the big night So, I've had this idea lately.  What might that idea be, you ask? I shall tell you.  It's that maybe, once in awhile, more often than a blue moon, maybe even weekly, I'm not sure yet, it likely depends on you all react, I shall write a post that is more personal in nature.  In case you hadn't noticed, I just about always find a way to relate my posts to writing.  Like, always. Mostly because it is my firm belief that when you are a writer, everything does relate back to writing. But, still.  There are other aspects of my life that…
  • Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #13

    Charlotte Dixon
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Another collection of prompts from my Tumblr blog. #89 "I feel so overwhelmed," she said. "Why?" "You really want to hear?" He nodded. "Okay.  Here goes.  It’s because….." #90 What’s up with that? #91 It snowed.  Then it snowed harder.  It snowed so hard that a group of them, five in all, were stuck inside for a week. They were old friends from college, reunited after many years, two couples and one recent widower. What happened over the course of the week? #92 Yoga made her feel better, no doubt about it.  So did meditation, prayer,…
  • Two Aspects of Story Writing

    Charlotte Dixon
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Hilda? Here, for your consideration, two aspects of storytelling. 1. Parsing the story.  This is, of course, most often the purview of the rough draft, or shitty first draft, or discovery draft, or whatever you want to call it.  Hilda would do.  (I think I'll start giving my drafts names.  Why not?) Although it must be said that story often reveals itself more fully on the second, third, or tenth drafts, too. The point is that you have to figure out the story for yourself.  Yeah, you get a brilliant idea for a novel and set out writing it, but honestly?  There's a crap-ton of…
  • Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #12

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

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

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

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

    27 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Don't know about you, but I love learning how other writers write. Charlotte Betts kindly asked me to take part in #mywritingprocess, a great blog tour running at the moment: Always a bookworm, award-winning author of historical novels, Charlotte Betts, discovered her passion for writing after her three children and two step-children had grown up. She lives with her husband in a cottage in the woods on the borders of Hampshire and Berkshire. You can find out more about her work at www.charlottebetts.com1) What am I working on?I've just finished a prequel to 'Das Sonntagsmadchen'…
  • Happy Days?

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    The #100happydays project is a good one. It's deceptively simple - find one small everyday thing that has made you happy, and mark it. Gratitude, training your eye and your heart to be thankful for even the smallest thing adds up - it becomes a habit, a good way of living. Why not sign up and give it a go? I've just begun over on Instagram.To say 'Happy Easter' to those of you who celebrate it, here are a few of this week's highlights:Mona Hatoum's show at MathafEaster Sunday at Sheikh Faisal'sI'm also glad to share the announcement that Bloomsburyhave asked me to do a workshop…
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  • Cats, Wives and Videotape: Survey Reveals What Really Distracts NaNoWriMo Participants

    Adrienne Crezo
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    BY WILL LITTLE The starting gun is set to go off for the race to 50,000 words. At an average of 1,667 words a day, NaNoWriMo participants don’t have time to waste if they’re to reach the finish line. Yet many writers do just that—waste time, and plenty of it. Distraction derails so many NaNoWriMo writers that blogging about their failure has turned into an act of mass distraction—just another activity that writers would rather do than actually write their novels. Of course, distraction has always been the curse of the writer. The fear of filling the empty space with words that…
  • How to Know Which Writing Opportunity is the BEST Path for You

    Guest Column
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Editor’s Note: The following content is provided to Writer’s Digest by a writing community partner. This content is sponsored by American Writers & Artists Inc. www.awaionline.com. By Rebecca Matter I want to cover something very important this week, so I need you to do me a favor … Spend a few minutes today visualizing what a profitable writing career means to you. To me, and to most of the writers I know, it means having a writing business that meets your financial goals while working reasonable hours … having solid skills that clients value … and having plenty of clients who…
  • How to Choose the Right Age Category for Your KidLit Work-in-Progress

    Chuck Sambuchino
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    2014 was a busy year—I released my first middle grade book, THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, and my third young adult, FERAL. Both books actually started out in younger age categories: the first draft of THE JUNCTION was a picture book, and the first draft of FERAL was an MG. Having been through the process of changing manuscripts’ age categories, I’ve learned a few tricks for better understanding, at an early drafting stage, which category is right for a juvenile WIP: 1. Don’t forget your overarching concept. My MG, THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, is about a young girl who…
  • Successful Queries: Agent Kate Testerman and “Steering Toward Normal”

    Chuck Sambuchino
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:45 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 70th installment in this series is with agent Kate Testerman (KT Literary) for Rebecca Petruck‘s middle grade novel, STEERING TOWARD NOVEL (Abrams/Amulet, May 13, 2014). The book was chosen as a American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce New Voices selection as well as a Spring…
  • Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 286

    Robert Lee Brewer
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    This will be our final Wednesday Poetry Prompt until December. Beginning on Saturday, the November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge will provide a prompt and poem each day of the month. Click here for the guidelines. For today’s prompt, write an emerging poem. Some things emerge out of the shadows or the darkness. Some things emerge from the water. Others emerge in broad daylight, whether we’re talking monsters, athletes, politicians, or what have you. Poems themselves emerge from the blank page and/or screen. Win $1,000 for Your Poetry! Writer’s Digest is offering a contest…
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • On Hiatus, Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Work with Large MindManager Mind Maps

    Roger C. Parker
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    The latest addition to the Mindjet Content Dashboard series describes what to do when your Expert Tracker mind map gets too large. Expert Tracker background During the past two years, I’ve been sharing MindManager templates and tips to boost your writing and content marketing productivity. Each installment addresses a different mind map examples and templates, and introduces different MindManager features and commands. Although I create the templates using MindManager, the basic ideas can often be implemented using other mind mapping software programs. Tips for large mind maps The…
  • Tweeting Blackbeard Uses Design + Story to Create a Memorable Ebook

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

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

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

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

  • Good Grammar, Spelling, and Punctuation

    Melissa Donovan
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Good grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Let’s get technical for a minute. What, exactly, is grammar? According to Wikipedia: In linguistics, grammar is the set of structural rules that govern the composition of sentences, phrases, and words in any given natural language. The term refers also to the study of such rules….Linguists do not normally use the term to refer to orthographical rules, although usage books and style guides that call themselves grammars may also refer to spelling and punctuation. Technically speaking, in linguistics and academia, spelling and…
  • Ideas for Creative Writing Projects and Practices

    Melissa Donovan
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Need ideas for your creative writing projects? Do you ever feel like you’re in a writing slump? You can’t find a project worth committing to, or you have so many ideas, you can’t choose just one. You fill your notebooks and journals, but you can’t find a sense of purpose in what you’re doing. Maybe you spend a lot of time thinking about writing but can’t find the time to actually write. Sometimes, the best plan is to make a plan. Instead of writing in circles or fretting about your projects (or lack thereof), stop and think about what you want to achieve or…
  • Take Your Writing Seriously

    Guest
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do you take your writing seriously? Please welcome guest author Jack Woodville London, author of A Novel Approach (To Writing Your First Book). “What I find hard about writing,” Nora Ephron said, “is the writing.” There’s a difference between writing and typing. Writers produce. Typists reproduce. Okay, that’s a bit harsh. Writers believe that a story worth telling is worth telling well. Writers believe that a turn of phrase can invoke a vision, that the choice of exactly the right word will lead someone to think about something in a new light, will persuade, will entertain. Some…
  • 25 Creative Writing Prompts

    Melissa Donovan
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    25 creative writing prompts to inspire and motivate you. Don’t you just hate writer’s block? Some say it’s a disease that only creative workers succumb to. Some say it’s a curse. Others argue that it doesn’t exist at all. But just about everyone has been there–sitting in front of a blank screen, fingers itching to create a masterpiece. And nothing happens. For me, the most bizarre thing about writer’s block is that it strikes randomly. Most of the time, I’m overwhelmed with more ideas than I can possibly write about. But then I’ll sit down…
  • Writing Tips: Show, Don’t Tell

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

  • An inquiry by congress confirms that ISIS is indeed a CIA creation

    Luke Rudkowski
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    We Are Change http://www.awdnews.com The U.S. congress confidential report shows CIA, in collarbone with senior Saudi intelligence officials created and funded the so-called Islamic state in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The recent report by the congress intelligence committee has found that a network of Saudi-backed jihadists was trained in Jordan by CIA agents and financially assisted by affluent Saudi princes. Elsewhere in the report, it came that CIA was aware a week earlier about ISIS’ imminent move to overrun Mousl, Iraq’s second largest city. According to the new report which a copy was…
  • Verizon-bankrolled “news” site bans stories on US spying and net neutrality

    Luke Rudkowski
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    We Are Change by Jon Brodkin – http://arstechnica.com/ The tech press has competition from Verizon Wireless. Verizon’s wireless subsidiary is bankrolling a tech site called SugarString. It looks kind of like a regular news site at first glance, but scroll to the bottom and you’ll see the words, “Presented by Verizon,” followed by this disclaimer: “These articles were written by authors contracted by Verizon Wireless. The views expressed on SugarString may not necessarily reflect those of Verizon Wireless.” The site has headlines such as “Why…
  • Seattle Times ‘Outraged’ FBI Created Fake Web Page, News Story To Catch Suspect

    Luke Rudkowski
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    We Are Change http://seattle.cbslocal.com/ SEATTLE (CBS SEATTLE) – The Seattle Times said the paper is “outraged” to learn that the FBI created a fake news story on a “bogus” web page in order to plant tracking software in the computer of a bomb threat suspect. The FBI fabricated a story to look like a news piece with an Associated Press byline about bomb threats against Lacey’s Timberline High School in 2007, according to documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and revealed by the ACLU on Monday. The FBI also created a fake email link “in the style of the…
  • Ferguson police brace for new protests by spending thousands on riot gear

    Luke Rudkowski
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    We Are Change Jon Swaine / http://www.theguardian.com St Louis County police has spent $172,669 since August on teargas, grenades, pepper balls and other civil disobedience equipment The police department overseeing the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the killing of an unarmed 18-year-old has spent tens of thousands of dollars replenishing their stocks of teargas, “less lethal” ammunition and riot gear in advance of a potential revival in demonstrations. St Louis County police made the purchases amid concerns that hundreds of demonstrators will return to the streets if Darren…
  • Man charged with breaking a trooper’s fist with his face

    Luke Rudkowski
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    We Are Change by Larry Hohol / http://www.policestateusa.com BRADFORD COUNTY, PA — A motorist was viciously beaten, tasered, and maced repeatedly, then charged with 24 separate crimes and maliciously prosecuted for every one of them. He was beaten four (4) times over the course of 11-hours, and not once had he acted maliciously. The incident stemmed from his driving while on an unusually high dosage of legally-prescribed bipolar medication and a subsequent fender bender. Dash-cam footage revealed the extraordinary exaggerations made about the case — 2 years after it took place. The…
 
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    Work-in-Progress

  • "A Big Empty": Wonderful Story by Rhonda Browning White, My Former Thesis Student!

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    I’m thrilled to brag about one of my Converse thesis students, Rhonda Browning White, whose story “A Big Empty” has been published in the Bellevue Literary Review and is now included in the online archives, for free reading:  http://blr.med.nyu.edu/content/archive/2014/fall/bigemptyRhonda worked SO HARD on her thesis, and this story in particular, because she wasn’t sure how to end it.  She pushed and pushed and pushed herself…and came up with this, which made me cry when I first read it because I knew it was exactly right.  Take a few minutes and see for…
  • Sonnet Class & F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference

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

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

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

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

  • Official Language Change – Synonymizing “More Than” and “Over”

    Anne Wayman
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    By Allison VanNest of Grammarly.com During the American Copy Editors Society’s annual conference in March of 2014, the Associated Press announced a change in one of the rules of the AP Stylebook by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Freelance Writing Income Forecasting

    Anne Wayman
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    For much of my freelance writing career I figured there was no way to forecast my income. Money was either coming in or it wasn’t; it either arrived or it didn’t. Truth be told, I felt... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Fourth Secret of Freelance Writing

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

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

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

  • Why does marketing pitch the wrong product?

    Katelyn Piontek
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    There is a disconnect between what marketing is telling potential customers and what you and your sales team are actually trying to sell. So why does marketing pitch the wrong product? And are you definitely pitching the right product? The answers lie in the gaping chasm between the two departments. Two sides to every story Marketing isn’t intentionally pitching the wrong product. They simply have a different focus than sales. Marketing is focused on the benefits of a product that attract buyers to your brand. Their campaigns are directed at buyer personas, which represent your…
  • Tools for writing: Microsoft OneNote

    Matthew Stibbe
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
      Microsoft OneNote, the underdog pretender to Evernote’s crown, is a growing part of my life. I’ve used the digital notebook application, on and off, for many years. I tried switching to Evernote a couple of times but always came back, like the prodigal son. (Full disclosure: Microsoft is a client of Articulate’s but this is just my own personal review.) Indeed, there are many things to like about OneNote: Hierarchical structure. You have notebooks, tabs, pages and sub-pages. For a tidy-minded person like me, this works better than using tags to categorise notes. Encryption. You…
  • 10 tricks to encourage colleagues to contribute to the company blog

    Katelyn Piontek
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Most companies are aware of the effect and therefore the need for a content marketing strategy to boost their online presence, but the number of US companies blogging for marketing purposes is only around 40 percent. The reality is that keeping up with a blog can be a lot of work. Consistency requires commitment to a full editorial calendar. Going outside the bounds of your company’s marketing team and getting colleagues to contribute is a good way to generate plenty of content. But not all of your colleagues are writers and convincing people to voluntarily add to their workload is not…
  • Tools for writers: Taco for to-do lists

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

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

  • BEKANT Sit/Stand Desk by Ikea

    Robin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Over the years, we have done a considerable amount of writing on office ergonomics and found that adjustable desks are traditionally overpriced.  Furniture makers like Anthro and Martin Ziegler charge thousands of dollars for the added luxury of raising a slab of wood up and down a few inches.  Fortunately for the price-conscious consumer, IKEA is entering the Sit/Stand desk market at a lower price point with the BEKANT starting at $489.  Check out the video.  
  • Structure Sensor – Another Giant Leap Toward NUI

    Robin
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    I have written several posts over the years about NUI Natural User Interface being the next great expedition in computing. When you can reach beyond the 2D limitations of your computer screen and interact with an application beyond the surface, computing will never be the same. This technology is already here but not quite ready for the commercial market. Occipital has taken a giant leap toward making NUI available to the public with Structure Sensor – a mobile hardware device that allows the capturing of objects in 3D. This alone can make shopping online for furniture, cars, boats,…
  • Brazillian Kids Learn English By Chatting with Elderly Americans

    Robin
    9 May 2014 | 12:43 pm
    This story is such a wonderful mix of technology and humanity and connection that we simply have to share.  It really is a simple equation.  Kids learning English need to converse and the elderly just want someone to talk to.  The power of online video is the solution.  Grab a tissue and take a look. Source it:
  • A Healthy Community Infographic

    Robin
    5 May 2014 | 10:45 am
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  • All Patients Should Have a Great View – Artist Colleen Darby

    Robin
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:36 am
    Learn more about how this artist is single handedly helping to increase patient satisfaction.  
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    Write to Done

  • Facts of Fiction: Why Every Story Is An Escape Story

    PJ Reece
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:18 am
    “Every story is an escape story.” I hold this bold idea in mind as I write a story. I’ve printed it up and taped it to the wall beside my computer. It serves as a story overview that acknowledges a fact of our human condition: We are all escaping something.   This radical notion hijacked my brain after a decade of professionally assessing and writing film scripts. I found myself getting emotionally invested in characters that were somehow imprisoned. I discovered that this is true of every good story. All the best protagonists are trapped in the gravity field of an…
  • How to Write For Money AND Love

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:22 am
    Do you struggle between writing for passion or profit? At some point, every writer realizes that it’s not enough just to write for money, or simply to write for love. To sustain a fruitful long-term relationship with writing, you need to dance between the two, which can be sometimes difficult, often exhausting. We become writers because we love to write. We want to share our opinion on things that matters to us, expressed in ways that no one’s used before. Yet, if we don’t earn an income, the time and space to write that we so desperately cling to, can come in danger of…
  • What are YOU writing?

    Mary Jaksch
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    What are you working on right now? A novel? Your best article ever? A poem? A film script? Maybe you’ve just finished something you’re really proud of? Or you just can’t tell whether it should get a Pulitzer or be thrown into the trash? Here’s your chance to share and discuss with each other what you are writing about. Whet our appetite with the opening paragraph of your future bestseller or give us a link to your best article. Tell us: what are you writing at the moment? Who knows, your piece might even attract the notice of a major publishing house! Here are some…
  • How To Supercharge Your Writing – Use This Cinematic Technique

    C.S. Lakin
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Would you like to know how to supercharge your writing? Today, novelists are using cinematic technique to create visually dynamic scenes. Readers, used to watching movies and TV, have come to expect a more “cinematic” experience when they read. They want to watch the story unfold before their eyes rather than be told what is happening in summary or exposition. In film, the story is conveyed visually by a series of camera shots which are edited together to create each scene. Novelists can do the same in their writing by the deliberate use of “camera shots.” The…
  • The Winner of the WriteToDone Flash Fiction Contest No.1

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

  • Why Thank You is the Creative Nonfiction Writer's All-Purpose Response to Critics and Admirers Alike

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Last week, a few students in a nonfiction class I teach for Bay Path University, were discussing handling fallout, mainly from relatives and close friends who read personal essays and memoir, and aren't too happy about what they find on the page. And aren't shy about telling the writer so.This put me in mind of the elegant way one guest writer at my own MFA program once advised responding.At first I thought it sounded too glib, but I can assure you that after putting it into practice, it holds up. Here it is: The only possible response to any feedback / criticism/ judgment /…
  • A Reading, A Writer in the Family (no, two), A Coincidence (or not)

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

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

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

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

  • Thug Kitchen Draws Fans and Ire

    diannejacob
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Paging through a new cookbook never fails to thrill me. So when I got a copy of Thug Kitchen as a gift while attending the Food Bloggers of Canada annual conference, I put my feet up for a few minutes to take a look. It’s a vegan cookbook with great recipes and gorgeous photography. What makes it [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Scariest Thing about Twitter is to Let Yourself be Seen, says Kat Kinsman

    diannejacob
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Kat Kinsman is one of those living-larger-than-life types I adore, dressing in Betty Page with red lipstick and tattoos, speaking often and passionately, and writing about whatever fascinates her, especially on Twitter. Luckily for us, a lot of what interests her is food. Currently managing editor of CNN’s Eatocracy, she’s leaving soon to be editor-in-chief of Tasting Table. With  54,000+ [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Should Recipes Still be About Meals?

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

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

    diannejacob
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Freelance writers like John Kessler are rare — the kind of writer editors can count on, who  can tackle just about any story and come through at the last minute. John is the full-time dining columnist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. On the side, he freelances for Garden & Gun, Food Arts (recently deceased), GQ, and has written for Cooking Light and Every Day [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Fiction Notes

  • Authors as Speakers: Inspiration from TED

    Darcy Pattison
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video Course Sign up for EARLY BIRD list for discounts The book is now available for Pre-Order! It officially goes on sale on November 14. Do you speak for organization as a way to advertise your books? Maybe you do school visits, or talk to a Kiwanis club, or even do Keynote Speeches for various organizations as a way to supplement your writing income. If so, I’ve got a great book for you. TED Talks I am inspired by the TED Talks. TED, or Technology, Entertainment and Design, a nonprofit organization, invites people to give “the speech of their…
  • Why I LOVE Cliches and Tropes

    Darcy Pattison
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video Course Sign up for EARLY BIRD list for discounts The book is now available for Pre-Order! It officially goes on sale on November 14. I confess: I love a good cliche or trope. A cliche is a phrase or expression that has been used so often that it is no longer original or interesting. A trope is a common or overused theme or device, as in the usual horror movie tropes. I’m in the middle of plotting a massive 3-book story and I need all the help I can get. Here’s the problem: what happens next? No, let me rephrase: what could possibly happen…
  • 10 Writer Quotes to Keep you Working on Your Novel

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

    Darcy Pattison
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video Course Sign up for EARLY BIRD list for discounts The book is now available for Pre-Order! It officially goes on sale on November 14. In the immortal words of Charlotte in E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, “It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.” I was privileged to have Deborah Halverson edit my Harcourt picture book, Searching for Oliver K. Woodman. When we met at a retreat, it was instant friendship, and anytime we talk, it feels like we’ve been friends forever. That’s why I am so…
  • Subplots Fight Writer’s Block

    Darcy Pattison
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video Course Sign up for EARLY BIRD list for discounts The book is now available for Pre-Order! It officially goes on sale on November 14. Subplots are a connected sequence of events, just like any other plot; the difference is that this is a minor plot with fewer developments. It should affect the main plot in some important way–or else you should delete it–but it doesn’t need the same development of a main plot. I am still plotting my trilogy, and I’m taking a different strategy this time. I am working on the plot line for the…
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    WritersDigest.com » There Are No Rules Blog by the Editors of Writer’s Digest

  • Cats, Wives and Videotape: Survey Reveals What Really Distracts NaNoWriMo Participants

    Adrienne Crezo
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    BY WILL LITTLE The starting gun is set to go off for the race to 50,000 words. At an average of 1,667 words a day, NaNoWriMo participants don’t have time to waste if they’re to reach the finish line. Yet many writers do just that—waste time, and plenty of it. Distraction derails so many NaNoWriMo writers that blogging about their failure has turned into an act of mass distraction—just another activity that writers would rather do than actually write their novels. Of course, distraction has always been the curse of the writer. The fear of filling the empty space with words that…
  • 4 Ways to Write a Killer Plot Twist

    Rachel Scheller
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    When I started reading Gone Girl, I’ll admit I had high expectations. “It’s incredible,” one friend told me after recommending it and praising it profusely. “You just won’t even believe what happens …” She stopped short, looking guilty. “I can’t say any more,” she said, almost at a whisper. “I don’t want to give anything away.” If you haven’t read the novel, I don’t want to give anything away either. But suffice it to say (and you’ve probably heard it already) that Gone Girl contains…
  • What Halloween Can Teach Us About Character Development

    Jessica Strawser
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Photo by Jason Dunn, courtesy of a Creative Commons 2.5 License (http://photos.jasondunn.com/Logan/Logans-First-Halloween/10187418_RKHXSx#!i=701471756&k=ZMKnkbp) This is the first year my 3-year-old has really gotten Halloween, so we’ve spent October seeking out any excuse for him to wear his costume and spend the day yelling “Boo!” As a result, at an array of fall festivals, we’ve collected a countertop full of pumpkins of assorted shapes and sizes; a small glow-in-the-dark bucket of unhealthy snacks; and, for the writer in the household (that would be me), one great reminder…
  • Use Word Choice to Set the Mood

    Cris Freese
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    No matter what the genre, a good writer needs to set the mood for readers. Whether it’s a creaky old house or the tense moments leading up to a final confrontation, atmosphere can make or break the experience in any piece of writing. It makes the story believable. In the following excerpt from The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction, author Jeff Gerke walks us through (withexamples) using specific word choice and description to paint the kind of picture that keeps readers turning the page or glancing over their shoulder. Moreover, he shows us how we can use the same setting…
  • Make Your Children’s Book Shine and Stand Out Above the Rest — Oct. 30 Webinar (With Critique) by Agent Danielle Smith

    Chuck Sambuchino
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    You’re sending your children’s book manuscript off for its very first round of submissions, but you hesitate. Everyone questions their work and often wonder if it’s “finished.” After dozens and possibly hundreds of revisions when do you say enough is enough? When your hard work is ready to put into the hands of an agent, editor, or reader you want it to shine from the first to the last line. So how do you best accomplish this? In this new live webinar called “Make Your Children’s Book Shine and Stand Out Above the Rest,” instructor and literary agent…
 
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    The Truth About Lies

  • Reading

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The best moments in reading are when you come across something—a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things—which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours ― Alan Bennett, The History Boys: The Film I don’t read in bed. I don’t read on the loo or in the bath. I don’t understand people who do. I think the reason is—now I’ve given the matter some thought, because before I began writing this a few seconds ago…
  • A History of Books

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

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

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

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

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

    Ray Rhamey
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Submissions Needed for Next Week. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first pages of…
  • Meet me in Salem?

    Ray Rhamey
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    I have the privilege of conducting my Crafting a Killer First Page workshop at the very first Writer Unboxed Unconference this coming week in Salem, MA. The unconference is from November 3 through November 7 and features luminaries such as Donald Maass and other writing pros. Get more information about the workshops and sessions being offered here. This one should be even more fun than the others I do since I’ve been a contributor to the Writer Unboxed blog for, egads, 10 years, and WU has become quite a community. Many of the attendees will have seen my posts there over the years, and I…
  • Flogometer for Stanley—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Submissions Needed. Nothing in the queue. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first pages of…
  • I’m excited!

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

    Ray Rhamey
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Submissions Needed. Nothing in the queue for next week. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first…
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    Founders' Blog

  • BEKANT Sit/Stand Desk by Ikea

    Robin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Over the years, we have done a considerable amount of writing on office ergonomics and found that adjustable desks are traditionally overpriced.  Furniture makers like Anthro and Martin Ziegler charge thousands of dollars for the added luxury of raising a slab of wood up and down a few inches.  Fortunately for the price-conscious consumer, IKEA is entering the Sit/Stand desk market at a lower price point with the BEKANT starting at $489.  Check out the video.  
  • Structure Sensor – Another Giant Leap Toward NUI

    Robin
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    I have written several posts over the years about NUI Natural User Interface being the next great expedition in computing. When you can reach beyond the 2D limitations of your computer screen and interact with an application beyond the surface, computing will never be the same. This technology is already here but not quite ready for the commercial market. Occipital has taken a giant leap toward making NUI available to the public with Structure Sensor – a mobile hardware device that allows the capturing of objects in 3D. This alone can make shopping online for furniture, cars, boats,…
  • Brazillian Kids Learn English By Chatting with Elderly Americans

    Robin
    9 May 2014 | 12:43 pm
    This story is such a wonderful mix of technology and humanity and connection that we simply have to share.  It really is a simple equation.  Kids learning English need to converse and the elderly just want someone to talk to.  The power of online video is the solution.  Grab a tissue and take a look. Source it:
  • A Healthy Community Infographic

    Robin
    5 May 2014 | 10:45 am
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  • All Patients Should Have a Great View – Artist Colleen Darby

    Robin
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:36 am
    Learn more about how this artist is single handedly helping to increase patient satisfaction.  
 
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    Fritinancy

  • The Doctors Are In

    Nancy Friedman
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    For more than five years I’ve kept a tally of mister brand names—Mr. Tea, Mr. Bra, Mr. Noodle, Mr. Handyman, et al. Lately, I’ve discovered that “mister” is démodé: all the cool generic brands have gone to grad school and earned doctorates. For example: Dr. Fone calls itself “the world’s #1 iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch data recovery software to recover lost contacts, text messages, pictures, notes, and much more.” This doctor has a devious side. In “The Adultery Arms Race,” published in the November Atlantic, Michelle Cottle writes that Dr. Fone allows suspicious spouses…
  • Word of the Week: Furcifer

    Nancy Friedman
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    Furcifer: A yoke-bearer; a fork-user; a rascal or scoundrel. From Latin furca, a fork. Furcifer is archaic enough to be ignored by the online OED, which gives definitions only for some of its relatives (furcate: to divide into branches; furciferous: descriptive of certain butterflies that bear a forked process). Furcifer’s heyday was the early 17th century, when English travelers to the Continent noticed that the Italians used a curious pronged implement at table. One of those travelers, Thomas Coryat (or Coryate), visited Italy around 1608, when forks were virtually nonexistent in England.
  • Excited for You to Take

    Nancy Friedman
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Last week the mail brought a sample of Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash with NutriumMoisture [sic]. Yes, I puzzled briefly over “Nutrium” (the singular form of nutria?) and the “moisture” redundancy,* but that’s not what I want to talk about today. Here’s the package insert. “We’re excited for you to take the One Shower Challenge!” “Excited for you to take” is one of the newish “excited for __” constructions that I’ve been noticing in speech and writing. The Dove copy was my first encounter with the phrase in a commercial context, but it turns out to be more…
  • Harmless

    Nancy Friedman
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Whole Foods launched its first national ad campaign this week, using a new themeline: “Values Matter.” The ads, created by New York agency Partners & Spade, are upbeat and mostly unobjectionable. “Eat Like an Idealist,” says one. “Healthy Food Does Good,” says another. Then there’s this one:  “Grow Up Strong and Harmless.” But not armless, obviously. I … don’t get this. I mean, “Grow Up Strong”—sure, fine, OK. But how does one “Grow Up Harmless”? What could that possibly mean? “Harmless” has several dictionary definitions: inoffensive (“He seems…
  • Word of the Week: Quarantine

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

  • Review: Unrequited by Truth Devour

    T B Markinson
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    The interwoven complexities of life follow Talia Jacobs across time. In spite of the endless challenges, she leverages remarkable strength of character to pursue clear-sighted goals to achieve her dreams. Talia has been witness to more than just the mystical Seven Wonders of the World. She has swum in open oceans, hiked majestic mountains, chanted ...
  • Review: Wantin by Truth Devour

    T B Markinson
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    Fate is relentless in its pursuit of Talia Jacobs. Presented with unimaginable turns of chance, she is drawn into the depths of tragic losses then catapulted to the extraordinary heights of life’s joy. Take the journey with Talia as she undergoes her sexual, social and physical metamorphosis from a vulnerable girl into a mature young ...
  • Review: A Cat Out of Egypt by C. L. Francisco

    T B Markinson
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    C. L. Francisco’s, A Cat Out of Egypt, is an imaginative and thoughtful tale about Jesus’ years in Egypt. The narrator is Miw, also called ‘Daughter of Fire’ by her people. And she’s a cat. This novel is the prequel to The Gospel According to Yeshua’s Cat (reviewed here by SPR). Miw is an Egyptian ...
  • 28 Free How-To eBooks For Self-Publishers

    Lysa Grant
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? Or perhaps you just need some direction, inspiration or technical help with your book? We’ve put together a list of 28 totally free ebooks you can download right now that should help you get going! Writing How To Write Fiction Award winning writer, trained journalist and qualified trainer, Gurmeet ...
  • Review: Ambril’s Tale: Riding the Cursed Shoots by Wendy D. Walter

    T B Markinson
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Wendy D. Walter’s Ambril’s Tale: Riding the Cursed Shoots (Book Two) is a delightful story for readers of all ages. The author’s wry sense of humor, distinctive characters, and charming story weave a spell over the reader creating such a wonderful experience that many won’t want to put the book down until they turn the ...
 
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    WritersWeekly.com - Freelance Writing Ezine

  • BookLocker - Your Book Deserves the Best

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is one of the top-rated POD publishers in the industry.
  • Paying Markets And Jobs For October 22nd

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    New markets and freelance writing jobs.
  • Whispers And Warnings For October 22nd

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    YES, SOME OF AMAZON'S ACTIONS ARE COMPLETELY OUT LINE Amazon's Monopsony Is Not O.K. "Can we trust Amazon not to abuse (their) power? The Hachette dispute has settled that question: no, we can't." YES, PRINT BOOKS ARE MAKING A COMEBACK Real books can defeat Amazon and e-books "Books, alas, will always be at a marketplace disadvantage if book publishers lack the leverage to control the way they are sold. But (publishers') future, if they have one, will only be in real books. In rebuilding a market for the physical object. Making better objects. Rebuilding the culture of books (for which an…
  • Sharing Your Book Can Open Freelance Writing Doors! By Ali Mathis

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    I hesitantly reached out, and sought advice on self-publishing options from my friend who is a successful freelance writer. She read my book, and gave me a lot of encouragement and positive feedback. Beyond the "feel-good" feeling I got from her validation of my book, our connection opened a fantastic door for me...
  • Need Advice On Selling My Books On Consignment

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Do you send authors a message about dos and don'ts when stores ask to sell books on consignment?
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    Writing Forward

  • Good Grammar, Spelling, and Punctuation

    Melissa Donovan
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Good grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Let’s get technical for a minute. What, exactly, is grammar? According to Wikipedia: In linguistics, grammar is the set of structural rules that govern the composition of sentences, phrases, and words in any given natural language. The term refers also to the study of such rules….Linguists do not normally use the term to refer to orthographical rules, although usage books and style guides that call themselves grammars may also refer to spelling and punctuation. Technically speaking, in linguistics and academia, spelling and…
  • Ideas for Creative Writing Projects and Practices

    Melissa Donovan
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Need ideas for your creative writing projects? Do you ever feel like you’re in a writing slump? You can’t find a project worth committing to, or you have so many ideas, you can’t choose just one. You fill your notebooks and journals, but you can’t find a sense of purpose in what you’re doing. Maybe you spend a lot of time thinking about writing but can’t find the time to actually write. Sometimes, the best plan is to make a plan. Instead of writing in circles or fretting about your projects (or lack thereof), stop and think about what you want to achieve or…
  • Take Your Writing Seriously

    Guest
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do you take your writing seriously? Please welcome guest author Jack Woodville London, author of A Novel Approach (To Writing Your First Book). “What I find hard about writing,” Nora Ephron said, “is the writing.” There’s a difference between writing and typing. Writers produce. Typists reproduce. Okay, that’s a bit harsh. Writers believe that a story worth telling is worth telling well. Writers believe that a turn of phrase can invoke a vision, that the choice of exactly the right word will lead someone to think about something in a new light, will persuade, will entertain. Some…
  • 25 Creative Writing Prompts

    Melissa Donovan
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    25 creative writing prompts to inspire and motivate you. Don’t you just hate writer’s block? Some say it’s a disease that only creative workers succumb to. Some say it’s a curse. Others argue that it doesn’t exist at all. But just about everyone has been there–sitting in front of a blank screen, fingers itching to create a masterpiece. And nothing happens. For me, the most bizarre thing about writer’s block is that it strikes randomly. Most of the time, I’m overwhelmed with more ideas than I can possibly write about. But then I’ll sit down…
  • Writing Tips: Show, Don’t Tell

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

  • Letters of Note on NPR

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

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

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

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

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

  • How Do You Carry the Fire?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Technology, Blah Blah Blah

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

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

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

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

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

  • Review: The English Tenses

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

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

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

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

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

  • Author Nicola Furlong’s Six Clues to Shameless Self-Promotion

    Nicola Furlong
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Struggling with self-promotion? I’ve got six fab clues which will help you sell your books. 6 Clues to Shameless Self-PromotionCheck out my guest post at FastFingers.com and good luck! The post Author Nicola Furlong’s Six Clues to Shameless Self-Promotion appeared first on Nicola Furlong.
  • The Clutter Queen Spills by Barbara McDonell

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

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

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

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

  • Discover my two new Scratch programming tutorials

    Sean McManus
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    The first half term of the new school year has now finished, and with it the first few weeks of a whole new set of Code Clubs. I've written two new articles to cover two of the key challenges that Scratch presents to new programmers: Finding and debugging the top 5 errors in Scratch programs: There are several errors that new Scratchers tend to make. If you're on the look-out for them, it'll make
  • Download my Scratch demo files in the Raspberry Pi Store

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

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

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

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

  • What is Writer’s Voice?

    Nanci Panuccio
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    We hear it prescribed in workshops and countless writing books. “Find your voice!” But what is writer’s voice, exactly? Years ago, during my first semester as an MFA student, my mentor told me the first draft of a story I sent her lacked voice. So much so, that she didn’t want to offer any further feedback until I understood how to incorporate my voice into my fiction. I already knew the story was awful. I’d felt disconnected the entire time writing it. That’s because I had been focusing too hard on creating conflict/climax/resolution. Too much focus on…
  • Getting Under the Skin

    Nanci Panuccio
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    photo by Aristocrats-hat It’s one thing to understand a character. It’s another thing to become them. Readers crave the latter. In my early twenties, at Columbia University’s Summer Writing Program, I was fortunate to have novelist and short story author Ethan Canin critique my first completed short story. The story centered around a love triangle of sorts: two friends, both Julliard piano students, and their mentor Joshua who becomes smitten by one of the girl’s musical powers. Ethan’s major criticism was that my story was plot-driven rather than…
  • The Difference Between Plot and Story

    Nanci Panuccio
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    umjanedoan via Compfight My first writing workshops in NYC included a few lawyers with novels-in-progress based on real life cases they’d defended throughout their careers. They were writing what they knew. Intricate and wild criminal cases brimming with drama and excitement. Endless twists. Mega suspense. Their plots were riveting. But there was no story. No character development. No emotion driving the novels forward. They had built a scaffold. But not a world. Many of the stories I edit suffer either from too much plot, or not enough. A plot-driven story is full of action, which is…
  • What Is Your Story About?

    Nanci Panuccio
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Photo credit: Stéfan “So what are your stories about?” someone at a party recently asked. “Hmmm,” I said, mentally scanning my most recent collection, grasping for a cogent response. “Loss. Regret. Grief. Disillusionment. It’s hard to explain. I actually have no idea what my stories are about.” If you’re anything like me, you routinely trip over this question. It’s challenging to understand, let alone, articulate what we’re writing about. To sum up a story or book in terms of its aboutness feels reductive and abstract, a hollow…
  • What It Really Means To Write What You Know

    Nanci Panuccio
    3 Jun 2013 | 11:38 am
    Mathias via Compfight   It’s a myth that writers write what they know. We write what it is that we need to know. ~ Marcie Hershman “Write what you know” is one of the most misunderstood mantras. And one of the most limiting rules to write by. Here’s how writing what we know can limit us: We write exactly what happened, play by play. Or we’re exhaustively descriptive, cluttering our scenes with objects simply because they were there in the room. Unable to move beyond the literal truth, we confuse the facts of our experience for emotional impact. And when our…
 
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • Whiskey Helps Me Buy Shit

    MikeFook
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I’ve said it at some time during the past, I know. I labor over decisions in which I have to spend a lot of money to buy something that isn’t absolutely essential for my own, or my family’s well-being. A few nights ago I learned something. Whiskey helps me buy shit. I have been looking at the line of Suunto Ambit2 and Ambit3 sports watches for, oh about a year. I haven’t been able to pull the plug and buy one because: I’ve never paid more than $75 for a watch in my life. I could buy a computer for the price I could buy a Suunto watch for. There are no stores…
  • The Essentials of Writing a Fiction Novel – 9,000 Words!

    MikeFook
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Ok, I finished what is definitely one of my longest blog posts ever here at MikeFook.com, the grand tally went way over what I originally intended, but then I decided to write the best article I could on the subject. I have written 27 books so far. I have a process that I use to write them, that I thought I would share. Some of you might use this to the letter, some might just look at it for reference. Share this guide if you dig it! Writing a Fiction Novel – The Essentials According to Fook
  • FOOK, OFF DA HOOK!

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

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

    MikeFook
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    FICTION WRITERS If you’ve heard Joe Konrath, Hugh Howey, or some other lucky authors blab about getting the special treatment over at Amazon, any of us writing fiction can submit to this new program and get similar treatment. Amazon just came out with a new program – Kindle Scout. You submit your 50,000+ word manuscript to them, ready to sell – with a professionally done cover. They look it over and give it to a bunch of readers to preview. If they like it, Amazon will offer to publish your book. They give you $1,500 and give you 50% of royalties for the next 5 years. You…
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    About that Writing thing.

  • Yeah Write #184 entry- Star.

    Shannon Barber
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:53 am
      Star by Shannon Barber No one needs to tell the Matrons when the time comes. As a group they are a whisper of rainbow pastel wimples and the susurrus of silken fabric as they move. I can hear them under the soft bleating of the metabolic unit hooked to my belly. It whirs, it feeds this body and keeps it comfortable. Here in their House of Passing Time the Matrons attend to dying star prophets. I am dying. I open my eyes when the pink wimpled Matron comes to perch on my bed. Her brown face reminds me of dimly of my Mother, the deep Cupid’s Bow of her pert mouth. “Do you dream…
  • Thoughts on Transgressive writing.

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

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

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

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

  • Do we come back ? Some thoughts on Reincarnation in the week of Hallowe’en…

    Anne Whitaker
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    When I first came across this quotation, it made me chuckle…trust Henry Miller! “Sex is one of the nine reasons for reincarnation. The other eight are unimportant.” Henry Miller Definition of reincarnation: “(in some beliefs) the rebirth of a soul in a new body.” (p 1216, The Oxford English Reference Dictionary, Oxford University Press 1996) Huge statue of Shiva, god of death/rebirth In Nature’s great cyclic pattern, from the tiny to the vast – gnat or galaxy – the same basic stages apply: seeding, germinating, sprouting, flowering, ripening, harvesting, dying back in…
  • Descent through autumn – the poet Rilke, and ‘carpe diem’…

    Anne Whitaker
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    The descent into darkness as autumn shades to winter, always makes me aware of the frailty of us all behind our carefully constructed masks – and of the fleeting nature of our existence. Here is a beautiful, poignant poem by one of my favourite poets, Rainer Maria Rilke, which captures the slow shift from ripeness to melancholy restlessness as the leaves tumble down… AUTUMN DAY Lord: it is time. The huge summer has gone by. Now overlap the sundials with your shadows, and on the meadows let the wind go free. Command the fruits to swell on tree and vine; grant them a few more warm…
  • We still need ritual!

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

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

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

  • Journal of Ordinary Thought – Still Alive

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

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

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

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

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

  • Interview: Stenetta Anthony

    Cherie
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Stenetta Anthony is our guest today. She’s been married for 26 years, have seven adult children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grand child. Currently, she is completing a lifetime goal, which was to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education/General Education. She believes that all children are capable of learning regardless of their; physical, emotional, psychological, […]
  • Why a Novella Instead of a Novel?

    Guest Post
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    Guest post : Cathie Devitt is a writer from Scotland. Some writers get caught up with word count, but I reckon that quality is better than quantity. Let me take you on my creative journey with has ended with the publication of my first novella (which is the first in a trilogy). I set out […]
  • The Difference Between Being an Expert and Being a Fan

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

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

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

  • Gina’s Team gives me reason to hope (and live)

    saradobiebauer
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    I’ve thought about giving up. No longer creating. No longer caring. It’s on these, the darkest days, that I end up at Perryville Prison or on a road trip to Prescott or, say, to a sober-living halfway house in downtown Phoenix. It’s on these darkest days that Gina’s Team has saved my life. Gina’s Team was named for Gina Panetta, a young mother who died while serving time in an Arizona prison. In her memory, we actively promote education and self-sufficiency for incarcerated women and men in Arizona at no cost to the prisons. My title at work is “Book Nerd,” and this title…
  • Urban Midnight: Embrace your inner psychopath

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

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

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

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

  • Writing Our Region—Without Overdoing It

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig If you live in the Southern US or have spent much time here, you’ll know that even something like a short trip to the grocery store can mean many conversations with strangers. Whenever I’m in the store (which is, really, nearly every day considering I keep forgetting to put things on my lists), I know that items in my shopping buggy, the length of the checkout line, something I’m wearing, or any other random thing may engender comment. A woman waiting in line with me the other day smiled and said, “Well, your groceries all looked super-healthy…
  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific writing links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 23,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. Query question: submission guidelines that are off-putting:  http://ow.ly/CUuj8 @Janet_Reid 5 Ways to make Characters “Click” with Readers:  http://ow.ly/CUuja 10 Tips For Taking Notes at a Writer’s Conference:  http://ow.ly/CUuje @JarvisWrites                How To Read Your Own AudioBook…
  • Using Critical Reviews as Resources

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Wired’s founding executive editor Kevin Kelly stated that if writers and other artists have “one thousand true fans” then they’re able to sustain a living from their art. I don’t honestly know how many true fans I have (and I prefer calling them readers instead of fans) but I know I get nearly-daily emails from readers. And I do know one true ‘fan’.  She is, actually, my number one fan (no Stephen King reference intended).  She is also my number one critic.  Since she doesn’t have a public presence, I won’t call her out by giving…
  • How to Write Compelling and Balanced Backstory

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

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

  • DesignCrowd Discount Coupon – Exclusive to Fuel

    Joel Falconer
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Looking for some amazing book cover? or need some stunning digital art or illustration to accompany your next peice of writing? Maybe you just need a beautiful logo design for your blog? Well, you’re in luck. The team over at DesignCrowd – one of the worlds favorite design crowdsourcing platforms – are offering some great deals on new design project. Head over to the DesignCrowd coupon and discount page to nab yourself an offer. You can post a project quickly and easily on DesignCrowd, all you need to do is write a brief and the army of designers will start submitting…
  • DesignCrowd are having a MASSIVE DESIGN SALE – June Only

    Joel Falconer
    14 Jun 2014 | 1:25 am
    We know that many businesses will be looking to start this financial year with a kick! Start fresh and jump onboard with DesignCrowd. Perhaps you’re thinking of rebranding or making some visual changes to modernise your business? If so, the good folks over at DesignCrowd, the design crowdsourcing platform are having a MASSIVE DESIGN SALE – For 1 week only, you can save up to $500 on design projects! They’ve heavily reduced project fees and add-ons. Combine multiple projects and save BIG! Checkout all the other DesignCrowd Discount Coupons on the newly launched offers page
  • Cracking Skulls! The Last Gasp Logo Design Contest

    Joel Falconer
    27 May 2014 | 6:18 pm
    This was post was originally featured on Fuel Your Creativity By Clancy Clarke In February this year the infamous Last Gasp Book Shop in San Francisco launched a logo design contest to: “Design an original Last Gasp skull logo and claim your place in history” Last Gasp has never really had a set logo, but rather allowed artists and authors to create their own interpretation of the Skull and Crossbones – according to the team at Last Gasp: “The result has been amazing and varied logos from the likes of Robert Crumb, Mark Ryden, Junko Mizuno, Spain Rodriguez, and many…
  • Finishing That Novel

    Christopher Jackson
    30 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am
    We have talked before on how to get over the finish line of your novel, but as it’s something that a lot of writers struggle with (I know I do – I can never finish anything!), we thought you could use some more help. The brilliant io9 recently featured a collection of _____ strategies to make sure you can finish your novel. http://io9.com/5958162/strategies-to-make-you-finish-that-bloody-novel
  • Monkeys With Typewriters & Why I Hate NaNoWriMo

    Robert Smedley
    21 Nov 2012 | 5:00 am
    There are some people currently elbow deep in the afterbirth of NaNoWriMo. They’re struggling with both hands to pull that slippery, oddly-shaped idea they have out of the tight dark crevasse of their mind and bring it, stumbling and blinking, into the sunlight in time for December 1st, when at last – at last! – they can slap a ribbon on it and show the quivering mass of a month’s frantic creation off to their electronic friends. I am not one of those people. I don’t like NaNoWriMo. I don’t think it encourages the best practise of writing in many people.
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    Litopia All Shows

  • Soul of the Hooligan

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

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

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

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

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

  • Remove bias from discussions

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

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

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

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

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

  • How To Get Book Reviews For Your Book!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Getting Your Self-Published Book into Stores and Libraries

    Sarah Hoggatt
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Many authors dream of the day they can walk into a bookstore or library and find their book. But how do you do it as a self-published author when you don’t have a large publishing company and distribution channels pushing bookstores to carry it? How do you get your book into bookstores and libraries? Courtesy of Caroline Culler on Wikipedia It’s true it can be more difficult as an indie author to place your books on store shelves. Shelf space can be tight and people are careful what they put there. Put yourself in a bookseller’s or librarian’s shoes. What kind of books…
  • Historian David McCullough Says Stop Researching and Start Writing

    Biff Barnes
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    You plan to write a family history book. You have been diligently researching for some time and amassed a good deal of knowledge about your ancestors, but there’s a lot more you would like to find out. Imasge courtesy of Wikipedia You are not alone. We spoke at the Genealogy Event in New York City last weekend where a number of our conversations with family historians included the words, “I just need to research a few more things, then I’ll begin writing my book.” Before you follow the inclination to put off starting to write while you try to gather a bit more…
  • Copyrighting Your Self-Published Book

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

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

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

  • Names of Government Bodies (Be Nice Now!)

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Though you may have your own private names for some governmental agencies, you'll want to use the formal, proper names in your professional writing. Here's some help when writing your next proposal for that grant for ten million from Uncle Sam.
  • Can You Pick the Correct Verb?

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Which verbs are correct?
  • Words Religious

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

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

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

  • To Have It All

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

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

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

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

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

  • Exercise Wednesday: Your worst fear

    Chris Hamilton
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Remember in Raiders of the Lost Ark, when they found the well of the souls and it was full of snakes? If I were Indiana Jones, I would have said, “Their headpeace of the staff of Ra only has markings on one side. They’ll never, ever find it. Throw the sand back in place and we’ll run […]
  • Audiences

    jamiebmusings
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Alison Nissen   I am often overwhelmed by my own credentials. They aren’t really that impressive, but I fret, nonetheless. I would review the literary canon at my collegiate library and think: Wow, how am I supposed to read ALL of that? Then I would take, from the shelves, classics. I would hold them, […]
  • The Secret to NaNoWriMo

    jamiebmusings
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By CP Bialois Hello everyone! Hope you’re all doing good today! I’m sure most of you know what NaNoWriMo is, but for those that have just heard of it, it’s National Novel Writing Month. It’s a wonderful event that happens every year where writers of all skill sets come together to write 50k in 30 […]
  • What you’re missing

    Chris Hamilton
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Today is the first day of the Florida Writers Conference experience, as Marie Bostwick is talking about how to complete your project–A to Z: Concept to Completion. As part of that talk, this happened… That’s right, it says Bimbo, Grandma in a rocking chair, grumpy old man. I have confirmed with Marie that they aren’t the […]
  • Creative Efficiency and Rubber Bands

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

  • The Top 27 Ways to Boost Your Writing Willpower

    John Soares
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    How strong is your willpower? Do you do what you should, when you should, whether you feel like it or not — whether it’s for your writing or any other task large or small in your life? Do you have strong self-control? Perhaps the most important factor that determines whether or not you are a […]Related Posts:My Main Goal in Six WordsComprehensive Guide to Setting Freelance Writing Goals8 Time Management Techniques for Successful WritersShould You Go to Sleep an Hour Earlier?Sleep Deprivation Hurts Your Writing Productivity and Your Health
  • Sleep Deprivation Hurts Your Writing Productivity and Your Health

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

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

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

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

  • Whiskey Helps Me Buy Shit

    MikeFook
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I’ve said it at some time during the past, I know. I labor over decisions in which I have to spend a lot of money to buy something that isn’t absolutely essential for my own, or my family’s well-being. A few nights ago I learned something. Whiskey helps me buy shit. I have been looking at the line of Suunto Ambit2 and Ambit3 sports watches for, oh about a year. I haven’t been able to pull the plug and buy one because: I’ve never paid more than $75 for a watch in my life. I could buy a computer for the price I could buy a Suunto watch for. There are no stores…
  • The Essentials of Writing a Fiction Novel – 9,000 Words!

    MikeFook
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Ok, I finished what is definitely one of my longest blog posts ever here at MikeFook.com, the grand tally went way over what I originally intended, but then I decided to write the best article I could on the subject. I have written 27 books so far. I have a process that I use to write them, that I thought I would share. Some of you might use this to the letter, some might just look at it for reference. Share this guide if you dig it! Writing a Fiction Novel – The Essentials According to Fook
  • FOOK, OFF DA HOOK!

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

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

    MikeFook
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    FICTION WRITERS If you’ve heard Joe Konrath, Hugh Howey, or some other lucky authors blab about getting the special treatment over at Amazon, any of us writing fiction can submit to this new program and get similar treatment. Amazon just came out with a new program – Kindle Scout. You submit your 50,000+ word manuscript to them, ready to sell – with a professionally done cover. They look it over and give it to a bunch of readers to preview. If they like it, Amazon will offer to publish your book. They give you $1,500 and give you 50% of royalties for the next 5 years. You…
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    Write It Sideways

  • I Got Published in “The Writer” Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dealing with readers who don’t get it

    Scott Nesbitt
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Decades ago, Harlan Ellison did a public reading of short story of his that was slated to be published in a major magazine. The reaction of the audience was very favourable. They all liked it. All of them, except for one young man. Said young man pointed out that the story sounded a lot like […] Related posts: Favourite posts from 2012: opinion You shouldn’t give a damn about your critics Focus
  • Blog posts, now a touch of Creative Commons

    Scott Nesbitt
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    All of the posts in this space are now licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Why am I doing this? My other blogs are already under a Creative Commons license, so I figured it was time that this blog followed suit. It’s a chance for me to share my kung fu even […] Related posts: Incorporating video into your blog posts The pros and cons of scheduling blog posts Reusing your blog posts in your book
  • Tool fetishism and the writer

    Scott Nesbitt
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    Once upon a time, writing was easy. All you needed was a typewriter and a ream of paper. The biggest decision you had to make was the type of machine — manual or electric — and what brand. These days, that choices are a lot more varied. And sometimes harder to make. Do you use […] Related posts: What tool should I use to write? It’s not the tool, it’s you Dropbox as a writer’s tool, redux
  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    A few design tips that will help ensure people read the content on your blog How to come up with great ideas for your blog posts 9 things one person did to become a full-time writer How to deal with rejection 7 ways to simplify complex content while retaining its sophistication and nuance 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 danger of looking back

    Scott Nesbitt
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Over the last year or two, I’ve been reading and hearing what writers have had to say when they look back on their early work. The tone of their reflections is, generally, anguish. It’s as if the writing that they did early in their careers causes them physical or psychic pain. Many of them seem […] Related posts: On being scrappy A few thoughts about The War of Art You can’t call yourself a writer if you don’t write
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    From Meredith Allard

  • An Interview with C. W. Gortner

    Meredith Allard
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Here’s my interview with C.W. Gortner. If you love historical fiction, particularly Tudor fiction, then Gortner is your guy. My review follows below. C.W. Gortner holds an MFA in Writing with an emphasis in Renaissance Studies from the New College of California, as well as an AA from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco. In 2012, he became a full-time writer following the international success of his novels. His books have garnered widespread acclaim and been translated into twenty-one languages to date, with over 400,000 copies sold. A sought-after…
  • Another Rejection Letter? Here’s an Editor’s Point of View

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

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

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

  • Trolls & the NYT Bestsellers

    Diana Hurwitz
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    What do trolls and the New York Times bestseller list have in common?More than you might think.It is often stated that bullies act out of a lack of self-esteem. But it is postulated that the opposite is also true: early humans that were good at convincing others of their superiority were perched at the top of the social hierarchy and demeaned others to keep their lofty position. Their followers aped their behavior and adopted their opinions.Malicious internet trolls tend to be narcissistic, perhaps sociopathic. They need to lash out at other people to make themselves feel better. They…
  • Interjections

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

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

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

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

  • All 4 Steampunk Fantasy serials in 1!

    Raquel Byrnes
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Raven (Chronicles of Steele #1)by Pauline Creeden Released Date: 10/2014Summary from Goodreads: This is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel - all four parts of the serial in one volume!Human life has value.The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor.The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count,…
  • 4 Inspirational Sites for Writers

    Raquel Byrnes
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:56 pm
    I thought as all of you either head into NaNo or work on your current projects that you could use some helpful sites that I've come across. Here are 4 of my favorite sites for writing inspiration...Writing Questions Answered is a site for new authors but I find it very helpful and uplifting. Here's a taste of the great motivation you encounter there...Write About Dragons is a website dedicated to the craft and arcanum of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. If you've always dreamed of being able to create fantastic worlds and write compelling stories about such things as magical cats and…
  • Its a Steampunk Western Bank Robbery Violin Showdown!

    Raquel Byrnes
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    Wait...What?  This week Violinist Lindsey Stirling went viral with a video for her newest violin performance. For those of you that know her name, she did that amazingly cool video for her Violin Dubstep Song, Crystallize a while back in some really creepy ice caves.  So beautiful and haunting. Love it!She was original and stayed true to her own vision of what violin meant to her. Flash forward to a new recording contract and a tour. Way to go Lindsey!Well recently she put her own spin on Steampunk this time with a vignette where she fights off bank robbers in a steampunk-western…
  • Book Review: The Young Elites

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

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

  • Another (and Exhaustively Named) Insider RFP: CMS Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI), Support and Alignment Network (SAN)

    Jake Seliger
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    We may be seeing an increase in “insider” RFPs. By “insider” RFPs, we mean RFPs that don’t allow any random nonprofit to compete. HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) program (explained at the link) is an example: a nonprofit already has to be a CoC member to get a Cut of the Cash (which is another sort of “CoC”), which naturally creates barriers for new organizations that wish to try to do things better or at least differently than the existing funded organizations. The grant system as we presently know it got started in earnest in the ’60s…
  • Grant Writing Confidential Goes to the Movies Part 3: Ghostbusters (Who Ya Gonna Call? Program Officers!)

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

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

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

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

  • What is Writer’s Voice?

    Nanci Panuccio
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    We hear it prescribed in workshops and countless writing books. “Find your voice!” But what is writer’s voice, exactly? Years ago, during my first semester as an MFA student, my mentor told me the first draft of a story I sent her lacked voice. So much so, that she didn’t want to offer any further feedback until I understood how to incorporate my voice into my fiction. I already knew the story was awful. I’d felt disconnected the entire time writing it. That’s because I had been focusing too hard on creating conflict/climax/resolution. Too much focus on…
  • Getting Under the Skin

    Nanci Panuccio
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    photo by Aristocrats-hat It’s one thing to understand a character. It’s another thing to become them. Readers crave the latter. In my early twenties, at Columbia University’s Summer Writing Program, I was fortunate to have novelist and short story author Ethan Canin critique my first completed short story. The story centered around a love triangle of sorts: two friends, both Julliard piano students, and their mentor Joshua who becomes smitten by one of the girl’s musical powers. Ethan’s major criticism was that my story was plot-driven rather than…
  • The Difference Between Plot and Story

    Nanci Panuccio
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    umjanedoan via Compfight My first writing workshops in NYC included a few lawyers with novels-in-progress based on real life cases they’d defended throughout their careers. They were writing what they knew. Intricate and wild criminal cases brimming with drama and excitement. Endless twists. Mega suspense. Their plots were riveting. But there was no story. No character development. No emotion driving the novels forward. They had built a scaffold. But not a world. Many of the stories I edit suffer either from too much plot, or not enough. A plot-driven story is full of action, which is…
  • What Is Your Story About?

    Nanci Panuccio
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Photo credit: Stéfan “So what are your stories about?” someone at a party recently asked. “Hmmm,” I said, mentally scanning my most recent collection, grasping for a cogent response. “Loss. Regret. Grief. Disillusionment. It’s hard to explain. I actually have no idea what my stories are about.” If you’re anything like me, you routinely trip over this question. It’s challenging to understand, let alone, articulate what we’re writing about. To sum up a story or book in terms of its aboutness feels reductive and abstract, a hollow…
  • What It Really Means To Write What You Know

    Nanci Panuccio
    3 Jun 2013 | 11:38 am
    Mathias via Compfight   It’s a myth that writers write what they know. We write what it is that we need to know. ~ Marcie Hershman “Write what you know” is one of the most misunderstood mantras. And one of the most limiting rules to write by. Here’s how writing what we know can limit us: We write exactly what happened, play by play. Or we’re exhaustively descriptive, cluttering our scenes with objects simply because they were there in the room. Unable to move beyond the literal truth, we confuse the facts of our experience for emotional impact. And when our…
 
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    Charlotte Morganti

  • Today’s Review: The Novel Writing Intensive

    morganticharlotte@gmail.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    Eleven other writers and I participated in the Novel Writing Intensive on Whidbey Island in mid-October. This three and a half day retreat combines seminars, focused critiques and one-on-one consultations. The seminars and critiques were led by well-known authors Steven James and Robert Dugoni. Participants were also offered consultations with the authors and with Pam(...)
  • Welcome to my waystation on the blog hop

    morganticharlotte@gmail.com
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    Two weeks ago Kristina Stanley, a fellow finalist for the Crime Writers of Canada’s Unhanged Arthur award, added me to the writers who are participating in a fun blog hop. In this version of the hop, we answer four questions about our writing. So here goes: What am I working on? Two things: First, I’m(...)
  • Today’s Review: The Last of the Blacksmiths, by Claire Gebben

    charlottemorganti
    6 Feb 2014 | 5:05 pm
    The Last of the Blacksmiths is a historical novel, inspired by a story of one of the author’s ancestors. It transports you to 19th century Germany and America, as you follow Michael Harm, a farmer’s son who is cursed, or blessed, with wanderlust, and longs for more than a life of plowing and planting fields(...)
  • Today’s Review: The Art of Character, by David Corbett

    charlottemorganti
    15 Jan 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Like most writers, I have several books in my bookshelves on craft. In truth, more than several books – at last count the number was north of fifty. David Corbett’s recent book, The Art of Character, is hanging out, not on the shelves with the others, but on my desk, an easy grab-distance away. Why?(...)
  • About the writer’s fear of public speaking…

    charlottemorganti
    29 Nov 2013 | 4:17 pm
    Let me tell you about Newt, a shy young man in Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove. Newt adores Lorena, one of the saloon women. The narrator says Newt “was painfully aware that if the chance for personal speech ever did arise he would have no idea what to say. On the rare occasions when he had(...)
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    Brenda Chapman » Blog

  • Lunafest Is Coming To Oakland

    Brenda
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Likely you already are aware of my love for Camp Reel Stories, a program in Oakland, CA designed for girls ages 13-18 who want to get into media. It’s designed to empower and equip young women interested in the media with the skills, inspiration and tools they need to become leaders in the media industry. [...]The post Lunafest Is Coming To Oakland appeared first on Brenda Chapman.
  • Women Grossly Underrepresented as Directors in Indie Films, Too

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

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

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

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

  • Why screenwriters should write for the market that actually needs their services

    Harry
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    On the whole, writers are paid poorly and there is a vst over-production of supply. So professional novelists, for example, earn an average £11,000 for their year’s work, yet even so agents reject 999 in every 1000 manuscripts that come … Continue reading →
  • For self-publishers who want, you know, a book

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

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

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

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

  • The 32 Sour Grapes of Kobo

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Alan Kealey
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Health / Fitness Book Toe Up to 10K: A Journey of Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury by Steven Fujita. Toe Up to 10K: A Journey of Recovery from Spinal Cord...
  • Indie Author Interview: Brian Ray

    Alan Kealey
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Indie Author Interview with Brian Ray - Author of the Business Non-Fiction Revelations Incorporated - The Disturbing Truth of the Business World & Workplace Culture. Brian Ray is a Business and...
  • New Indie Book Release: All Good Deeds (Stacy Green)

    Alan Kealey
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New Indie Book Release: All Good Deeds (A Lucy Kendall Thriller) - Stacy Green Thriller (310 pages - September 2014) All Good Deeds is a story about a former Child Protective Worker turned private...
  • New Indie Book Release: Forgiving Gia (Gina Whitney)

    Alan Kealey
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    New Indie Book Release: Forgiving Gia - Gina Whitney Contemporary Adult Romance (203 pages - October 2014) "Every now and then a book comes along that just steals your breath away. I got two...
  • Featured Indie Book : One Night in Tehran (Luana Ehrlich)

    Alan Kealey
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Christian Mystery / Suspense One Night in Tehran by Luana Ehrlich. One Night in Tehran (A Titus Ray Thriller) illustrates what happens when...
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    Brought to Their Senses

  • Quote about family relationships: Leo Tolstoy

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Sweeping generalizations are discouraged for writers, yet some of the greatest authors have used broad statements to their advantage. Take the quote about family relationships in the opening line to Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece Anna Karenina: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” ~ Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1877; trans. Constance Garnett) This brilliant quote seems to fit for the most compelling family sagas of any era, even though Tolstoy penned this introduction to his novel 137 years ago. Tolstoy’s observation still holds…
  • Announcing my author website redesign!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • You’ve Got Hate Mail: How to Deal with (Annoying) Critics

    L.L. Barkat
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    ell brown / via Flickr Note from Jane: Today’s guest post is by publisher and author L.L. Barkat (@llbarkat). She has one of the most gracious and welcoming personalities in the online space—so I’m delighted she’s written about how she maintains a calm and open demeanor even when faced with difficult or antagonistic personalities. In a career decision that might look, to some, like a reversal of my call for many experienced writers to stop blogging, I recently took an unpaid position as a Huffington Post Books blogger. I’ve never claimed to be predictable. One of my…
  • Indies & Audiobooks: An Alternative to ACX

    Lee Stephen
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    neinarson / via Flickr Note from Jane: Today’s guest post is by novelist Lee Stephen (@epicuniverse). Like many an independent author out there, I blazed the indie trail out of a love for the artistic side of things and an understanding that total creative control could result in better projects. And like my fellow indies, I soon realized that Amazon could be an outstanding ally. Their platform for self-publishing was second-to-none, and it enabled us to pack the wagon and head out west (figuratively speaking) to the wild frontier of doing-it-oneself. So naturally, with audiobooks…
  • 7 Reasons Twitter Isn’t Building Your Author Platform (And How to Fix It)

    Marcy Kennedy
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Chuckumentary / via Flickr Note from Jane: Today’s guest post is by Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy). Almost as soon as authors were told they should be on social media to build their platform, a counter-contingent of people started talking about how social media was a waste of time. They’d tell stories of using Twitter or Facebook or whatever the flavor of the month was and how they didn’t see any increase in sales or growth in their readership. Usually there’s a simple reason for why social media didn’t work for them—they were doing it wrong. I hope to save you some time and…
  • What Should Authors Blog About?

    Jane Friedman
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Wesley Fryer / via Flickr The chain of events goes something like this: An author’s book nears its publication date (or perhaps the author is attempting to secure a traditional book deal). She knows she needs to market and promote the book and/or build a platform. She finds (or hears) advice that blogging is a good way to accomplish #1. She wonders: What do I blog about? My unproven theory: We have many authors blogging poorly because of this series of events. It’s not dissimilar to authors ending up on Twitter or creating a Facebook page that ultimately fails to engage readers…
  • How to Customize a Template-Based Author Website

    Simone Collins
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Note from Jane: Today’s guest post is by Simone Collins (@SimoneHCollins) at ArtCorgi. See her earlier post on The Advantages of Author Portraits. Through my website ArtforAuthors.com and my company ArtCorgi, I help authors style websites and social media pages in a manner that best presents their personalities and writing style. All too often, I visit authors’ websites only to find one of WordPress’s default templates staring me in the face. A website that is not adequately styled sends several negative messages: It suggests the creator is not technically savvy, which suggests he or…
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    Writer Beware

  • Kindle Scout: The Pros and Cons of Amazon's New Crowdsourced Publishing Program

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareYesterday, Amazon's brand-new crowdsourced publishing program, Kindle Scout, opened for voting by the public.The concept is pretty simple:Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing. Authors can submit their full manuscripts of 50,000 words or more (including cover art,…
  • How Not to Change Your Business Model: The Latest on Permuted Press

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareThis is a very long post. If you're already familiar with the issues involved, scroll down to the third section and read from there.Last week, social media lit up with news that Permuted Press, a well-regarded small publisher of horror fiction, was going digital-first, and also suspending new title releases until 2015. In an email sent to authors, Permuted Press's President, Michael L. Wilson, touted PP's success in 2014, along with a huge increase in its release schedule: from 20-25 books per year to over 100 so far in 2014. However, While we’re…
  • How Not to Register Copyright

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

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

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

  • Cassandra Hennessey: #POORBOB

    TVWriter™
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    Bob in the WALKING DEAD Comic by Cassandra Hennessey Uh-oh, you caught me. I’m still among THE WALKING DEAD. Where I would like to take this moment to eulogize Bob Stookey, currently a one-legged guest of honor at the most bizarre BBQ EVER… “But wait,” you say. “Bob’s not dead.” Not. Yet. Hear me out… …If there’s anything we’ve learned from AMC’s The Walking Dead is when a character has a moment of levity, an opportunity for redemption and a deep philosophical conversation with Rick Grimes, that character’s days are numbered. Side note: RIP Hershel. “But,…
  • Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry has Another Cool Web Series for Us

    TVWriter™
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    Just another day in Paradise Morganville It’s called MORGANVILLE and is a lot like, well, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER gone wild. BUFFY the show, that is. Not, specifically, Buffy the character herself. We’re talking a college town filled with vampires, children. And it’s been online and kicking butt since last Monday. Based on the internationally best-selling YA novel series by Rachel Caine. Check it out: Click here to view the embedded video. EPISODE ONE: Click here to view the embedded video.
  • Creative Writing Classes: Are They Hits or Misses?

    TVWriter™
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    The best this particular TVWriter™ minion has ever had to say about a college level creative writing class is that it beat having to take another semester of Greek Lit. Other people, of course, may have other opinions. We enjoyed this one cuz it’s so damned erudite (especially for a daily – shudder – newspaper): See how happy Samuel Beckett looks? That’s cuz he didn’t have to take all those darn classes…. by Jane Sullivan There’s a scene in the Simon Pegg TV sitcom Spaced when a writer is kicked off the dole and has to get a job washing dishes. She…
  • Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/30/14

    TVWriter™
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Adam Karp (newbie winner of the 2012 Humanitas Prize New Voices Award) is writing the pilot for UNNATURAL SELECTION, a CW drama about Charles Darwin’s journey through the Amazon. (Explorers! “Controversial” theories! Jungles! C’mon, admit, this is the stuff daydreams are made of. And if the network can deliver what Adam writes…well, munchkin is in, in, and in.) The selfsame Adam Karp also is writing the script for a CBS pilot, MODERN GOTHIC, partnering with David Reed (SUPERNATURAL) on a…
  • LB: Less Than 5 Weeks Left to Enter the Spec Scriptacular

    TVWriter™
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    It’s just about time for the sprint to the finish for this year’s TVWriter™ Spec Scriptacular contest, with under 5 weeks left to enter and get yourself into the television game. The SS has been around long enough for this to be its 20th running and is all about spec scripts for current and recent series and spec screenplays for TV movies or TV specials or – do I dare say it? Why not? – spec TV pilots that missed last summer’s deadline for the People’s Pilot. Past Winners, Finalists, or Semi-Finalists of TVWriter™‘s two contests are or have…
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  • Whipping's Brutal Efficiency/an Argument for Slavery Reparations

    Jonathan Wolfman
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
         Most people feel, at best, annoyed when the idea of slavery-reparations enters conversation. The knee-jerk, defensive postures include the 'no one in my family'...no one alive now or for generations either owned slaves or benefited from it.      The problem with that response is that it can be only half right, so before we rest too quickly in too-comfy and yet quite likely ahistorical assuaging conferred by generations of white-privilege, consider five arguments from Cornell's Edward Baptist in new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American…
  • My Mute TV Intervention

    Con Chapman
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is, without a doubt, the best time of the year for me, and not just because of the cool, crisp autumn air and New England fall foliage.  The NFL season is in full swing.  The World Series ended last night, and the Royals, the team closest to my hometown, were in it.  The professional hockey and basketball seasons have started and I’m following two college football teams.  Yes, October is a veritable cornucopia of a smorgasbord of a goulash for sports fans. And so it was that I sat down in front of a big screen TV last night.  I hit the “mute” button on the channel…
  • Golden bears

    Dicky Neely
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
  • New Program Teams Bluetooth Yakkers With Demented

    Con Chapman
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    BOSTON.  Ted Wyzinski is a familiar sight to those who work in the South Station area here, his grizzled visage a reminder that in the race of life there are both winners and losers.  “I went off the rails in the 70s,” he says as he accepts some spare change from a passerby.  “I heard Morris Albert sing ‘Feelings’ and I guess I let my emotions take control of my life.” “You talkin’ to me?” Ken Venezia, by contrast, is a young man with a seemingly unlimited upside.  “He’s one of the ‘go-to’ guys in town if your start-up in the psycho-babble pharmaceutical space…
  • Fred Nietzsche, C.P.A.

    Con Chapman
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    That which does not kill me, makes me stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, 1888 That which does not kill you only makes you stronger, PricewaterhouseCoopers ad You think it’s easy being an accountant?  You think once tax season is over I just come into the office to open up the mail and cash the checks?  Let me tell you, all is not strudel and schnitzel at Nietzsche & Nietzsche, P.C. First, there is my partner-Elisabeth, my sister.  Don’t get me wrong-I love her to death.  But would it be too much to ask that she include self-addressed envelopes in the tax…
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    The Web Writer Spotlight - Shining the light for aspiring and inspiring web writers

  • 7 Books Bill Gates Wants You to Read That We Actually Love

    Staff Writers
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Ever wondered what books the richest, most successful people in the world read? Well, you don’t have to wonder any more. Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world, often opens up and shares his current list of favorite books on his blog, along with brief descriptions of the books and sometimes his personal review. Check out these seven books Bill Gates recommends you read that we actually love. The books include novels, inspirational books and a few great business manuals. Enjoy! "My Years with General Motors"  by Alfred Sloan. This classic was published in 1963 and became an instant…
  • 15 Things Mentally Strong Writers Don't Care For

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

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

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

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

  • Psycho-therapy: The Need to Knead

    Joyce White
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine Kneading clay is pure therapy; not only for our souls but for our tired arthritic hands. Psycho-therapy: The Need to Knead Joyce White
  • How To Make The Most Of Your Studio Apartment

    Ella Andrews
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine With enough positive energy and attitude we can change the most modest of homes into something more to our liking How To Make The Most Of Your Studio Apartment Ella Andrews
  • Who Am I?

    Terry L. White
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:09 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine It seems to me that the folks who speak the loudest – often do that for no reason at all Who Am I? Terry L. White
  • The Letter I Would Write to Myself

    Cynthia Emily Griggs - Niswonger
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine If I could reach from where I am now and write a letter back to myself then The Letter I Would Write to Myself Cynthia Emily Griggs - Niswonger
  • Copper Pennies

    Nancy Duci Denofio
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:24 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine Do you recall searching for a penny - heads up? As children we knew a penny staring at us would bring us luck. Copper Pennies Nancy Duci Denofio
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    The GrammarPhile Blog

  • Names of Government Bodies (Be Nice Now!)

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Though you may have your own private names for some governmental agencies, you'll want to use the formal, proper names in your professional writing. Here's some help when writing your next proposal for that grant for ten million from Uncle Sam.
  • Can You Pick the Correct Verb?

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Which verbs are correct?
  • Words Religious

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

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

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

  • 9 Tips on How to Tell the Scariest Story Ever (Halloween or Any Time)

    Bryan Hutchinson
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    I got a call from a friend a couple days ago, and he wanted to know how to tell a story that would scare the heck out of a few friends who were coming over to his place for Halloween. “No problem.” I told him. “I’ve got the perfect advice for telling a spine-chilling story. We’ll get ‘em good and scared.” He came over a few hours later and I proceeded to horrify him with a story of my own… Before we get to the tips, I want to tell you about something that happened to me as a child. It’s the story I shared with my friend, but for the sake of the length of this post…
  • 2 Insanely Simple Steps For Becoming A REAL Writer

    Marcy McKay
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Do you want to write? Silly question, of course you do. You long to write. You dream of it. You crave words like chocolate. You’re 100% dedicated to your craft. However, you’re not actually writing these days. Maybe you’re still researching your subject matter. Or, you want to wait until your kids are older. You might plan to write full-time after retirement, when you have more time and money. Maybe you’re actually putting pen to paper everyday, or are tapping away at your computer. At least you were. You’re taking time off to plot how to make the conflict bigger in your novel.
  • What Michelangelo Taught Me About Writer’s Doubt

    Bryan Hutchinson
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    Drumroll please, and the winner of the “Writer’s Doubt” writing contest is: “What Michelangelo Taught Me About Writer’s Doubt” by Christine, author of the blog, Better Novel Project. Join me in congratulating Christine in the comments and enjoy her post below, it’s an outstanding tribute to the creative spirit and overcoming Writer’s Doubt. When there’s a giant obstacle blocking me from my desk chair, it’s always the same question: Why did I think I could be a writer? It’s worse than writer’s block, a missing muse, or even the inner…
  • The Monster in Every Writer’s Head

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

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

  • How to Create Relevant Fiction Characters

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to be a plotter even if you’re a pantser

    brendanmc
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Writers can be divided into two categories: pantsers and plotters. Pantsers write without planning while plotters prepare beforehand with extensive outlines, but pantsers can learn to write like plotters. The word pantser comes from the saying about doing something “by the seat of your pants” as writers who work without an outline are doing. Most pantsers find working out plots ahead of time uninspiring, and doing so leaves them without motivation to actually write the book. Why would a pantser want to write like a plotter? Even the most dedicated pantser will admit that while…
  • 10 tips for first time novel writers

    brendanmc
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:48 am
    The idea of sitting down to write a novel for the first time can be a daunting prospect, but there are a number of things you can do to break down the big task in front of you. Here are ten ways to make that first novel more manageable. Set a daily quota Behind all the romantic notions of writing lies the fact that only one thing gets novels written, and that is regularly putting down words on a page. You don’t actually have to write seven days per week, but you should at least write a few days each week, and you are better off with a daily quota than a weekly quota because it saves you…
  • What Gabriel Garcia Marquez can teach us about description

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

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

    brendanmc
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
    Writers tend to be split in their feelings about research with some enjoying it and others dreading it. Almost every writer will need to do at least a little research from time to time, but there are a number of methods available to get your the information that you need. Not every novel requires research. However, at some point, you will probably find yourself needing to do at least a little bit of research. If you are writing about a time or place that is not your own, if your character has a profession that you know little about that is key to the story or if you are writing about a…
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    thebloggingwriter

  • Little Feet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Be Human in Your Content Marketing

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Here’s one of the most significant tenets of content marketing: People like to do business with other people. They don’t like to do business with faceless, anonymous, inhuman brands or big corporations. Here’s what this means for your small business: You should be doing content marketing to engage and to inform, yes—but also to humanize your brand. To give it some character. To put a face to it, and to make it relatable. You never know: Being relatable could be just the thing that causes a consumer to pick your friendly, inviting company over the more blasé company down the road. If…
  • The 90-Minute Plan to Revitalize Your Content Marketing

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Tell us if this is the boat you’re in: You’re a small business owner, and you’re totally on board with content marketing—at least in theory. You’ve launched social platforms and a company blog, and you even update them from time to time. However, you’re just not seeing the results you’d hoped for. You know that you need to breathe some new life into your content marketing, but who has the time for it? We feel you. Content marketing is what we do here at Grammar Chic, all day every day, so we know as well as anyone that it takes time to get it right. When you’re a small…
  • Are You Using LinkedIn Marketing for All Its Worth?

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Somewhat shockingly, LinkedIn now has a membership base that encompasses roughly one-third of all professional people in the world. Given that incredible reach, it’s no great surprise that LinkedIn has become a go-to marketing tool. In fact, the powers that be at LinkedIn have been pouring more and more effort into making LinkedIn Marketing a significant presence in the content marketing world. Hopefully, we don’t need to tell you that LinkedIn matters for small business owners. Hopefully, you already have a fully optimized company page, and you post some compelling status updates on a…
  • 5 Job Interview Myths That Can Throw You for a Loop

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Ideal scenario: You arrive at a job interview feeling totally confident. You’re prepared for every question you’re asked, and can provide excellent, thoughtful answers. The interviewer seems excited and impressed. You believe that you and the interviewer have a good, warm rapport. You leave the interview feeling pretty great: You stand a fine chance of getting the job, and if you don’t, well, at least you gave it your all. Less than ideal scenario: You arrive at a job interview feeling pretty good about yourself, but are caught off guard by the strange, unexpected, or open-ended…
  • Is Content Marketing Here to Stay?

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

  • Old School vs New School Crowdfunding: Which One Should Authors Consider? Part 2

    Rachel Rueben
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    By chris@APL via Flickr Last week, I discussed traditional crowdfunding and today, I’ll be explaining the new way the publishing industry is using that same model to test a book’s profitability. They (the publishers), do it mainly to get out of hardest and most costly parts of publishing, which are acquiring books as well as marketing them. Think about it, if a publisher doesn’t have to actually commission a book, then there’s no risk involved. It’s the perfect model for them. However for an author, it may not be such a great deal but you didn’t ask me all that did you? Don’t…
  • Old School vs New School Crowdfunding: Which One Should Authors Consider?

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

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

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

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

  • Conduct Unbecoming by Dellani Oakes

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

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

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

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

    Rachel Rueben
    29 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Free book! Shout it from the roof tops, share it on Facebook, and tell your mama!
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    Babz Buzz

  • Babz Buzz 034

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

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

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

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

  • Why I Like To Write Dream Sequences

    Tao23
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    The unused first cover draft of Isolation and Other Stories. Isolation features a nicely creepy dream sequence, a scene from which is depicted here by artist and loving stepson Erik Elliott. I really enjoy putting a good dream in a story. In a sense, of course, every piece of fiction is a dream, a vision […]
  • By The Fire — 100 Word Short-Short. No Ghouls Or Such, Still Creepily Suitable For Halloween.

    Tao23
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    At first, Suárez mistook the orange hair and beard among the shrubs for a reflection of his fire. “Señor?” Suárez said. “Are you lost? I am.” “Nice suit,” the rough stranger said, emerging into the light. “I have money at home,” Suárez said. “Guide me.” “I dreamt I’d scalp an Indian for a bounty tonight. […]
  • When publishing goes wrong…Starring Undead Press

    Tao23
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    You all know I’ve been ranting about my first ever publication coming out for the last little while… “She makes me smile” was picked up by Undead Press (Anthony Giangregorio) to be published in their anthology called Cavalcade of Terror and the book was released May 1st 2012. I waited… and waited… I was SO…
  • Six Word Story, Climate Change Edition

    Tao23
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
    The beaches of his youth drowned.
  • A Baconless Dystopia –OR– I Find Your Lack of Bacon Disturbing

    Tao23
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Looking back on my decades of science fiction reading, I realized a terrible thing: there’s not very much bacon in the future we, as science fiction writers, collectively imagine. A few authors have baconed the future, but not many. It’s as if there’s an assumption that lousy for you fat-laden foods like bacon will simply […]
 
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    Jeremy Porter

  • If you do one thing, kill passive voice

    Jeremy Porter
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The easiest way to improve your writing is by writing in the active voice. Passive voice hides the villain, the problem, and the solution. Pollution doesn’t happen by itself Photo: Arnold Paul The rules of writing often resemble religion. There are scores of things writers are told they cannot do. Never start a sentence with “and”; use the Oxford comma; don’t use the Oxford comma; use the rule of three. For me, one sin rules them all: the passive voice. When I edit something I usually look for passive voice. Converting passive voice to active is often the quickest…
  • What companies say and don’t say about their 4G LTE networks

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

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

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

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

  • The Legend of Il Palio

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tarot Tip #54: Crystals for Tarot Readers

    R. Minerva
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Get your tarot reading here.
  • Tarot Tip #53: Grounding and Centering

    R. Minerva
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Get your tarot reading here.
  • Tarot Tip #52: Tarot Specialties

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

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

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

  • Who moved my support staff? The skills you need for a home-based freelance job

    Nicole Leedham
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    Last Thursday, around bed time, I learnt a valuable lesson about what it really means to be a freelance copywriter – to run my own little home-based freelance job. And it has nothing to do with writing. I was playing around in the back end here at Black Coffee Communication when I finally decided to hit the “upgrade” button to get the newest version of WordPress. I thought it would be a quick click and I could rest easily in the knowledge that my site was up-to-date. Instead, that one little click broke my website. It was 9.30pm and I should have left it till morning. But I didn’t.
  • The story of how I went from broke wannabe writer to living the freelance life

    Linda Formichelli
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:31 am
    I always knew I wanted to be a writer. Yet I ended up in a Master’s program in Slavic Linguistics at UC Berkeley. (And yes, I did love it!) Then I had to make a choice: Do I want to continue on with the PhD program or follow my writing dream? I chose the dream, started cranking out queries, and slowly cut down on the hours I was working in a small office as I got more writing work. I was able to do this because Eric and I kept our expenses low: We had no car, no mortgage, and no kids. We had paid off our credit card debt in full, slowly and painfully, and vowed not to let the balance creep…
  • Does SEO Stifle Your Ability To Be Creative And Authentic?

    Shae Baxter
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    That is a question I get asked all the time, especially because a large majority of my clients are creative and purpose-filled entrepreneurs. The simple is NO. The good news is yes you can be CREATIVE and AUTHENTIC and use SEO. Hooray. (Let’s crack open the champers.) So creatives stop worrying. I consider myself to be a creative entrepreneur too and I can tell you that you’re not selling your soul to the search engines and you’re definitely not being any less authentic and original to your readers when you focus on doing SEO the right way. In fact, you’re actually being a smart…
  • The secret to my lucky life as a freelance copywriter

    Belinda Weaver
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:44 am
    “You’re so lucky!” Three words that seem so harmless. They’re often said with heartfelt goodwill, but those three words make my blood boil! Truth be told, I am lucky. Very lucky. This post shares the secret of my lucky, lucky life as a freelance copywriter. I was lucky to hear about becoming a freelance copywriter The idea for Copywrite Matters came while I was working as a marketing coordinator for a software company. I went to a sales day presentation to hear a copywriter, Bernadette Schwerdt, talk about writing headlines. At the end of the presentation, Bernadette promoted her…
  • How I Got My Blog Post On The First Page Of Google (After 2 Days)

    Shae Baxter
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    Last week I published my most successful blog post to date. By successful I mean it was the most engaged post I’ve had in a while. It has 50 comments and counting, it received the most number of page views on a single day of any post I’ve written, the average time on site is over 8 minutes, it’s had the most opens and clicks of any newsletter I’ve ever sent to date and best of all it’s ranked on the first page of Google. (Note to self. Write about stuff other than SEO.) Today I want to show you the exact process I used to get my blog post to the first page of Google so you can do…
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    The Write Practice

  • A Writer’s Cheatsheet to Plot and Structure

    Matt Herron
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Plot and structure are like gravity. You can work with them or you can fight against them, but either way they’re as real as a the keyboard at your fingertips. Getting a solid grasp on the foundations of plot and structure, and learning to work in harmony with these principles will take your stories to the next level. Photo by Simon Cocks (Creative Commons). Adapted by The Write Practice. Definition of Plot and Structure What is plot? What is structure? Plot is the series of events that make up your story, including the order in which they occur and how they relate to each other. Structure…
  • An Editor Says You Shouldn’t Edit During NaNoWriMo

    Liz Bureman
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    A lot of writers and writing blogs on the internet are revving up their engines for NaNoWriMo, which starts on Saturday. I’m not one of those masses, mostly because my love is the editing process moreso than the actual story creation and writing process. As much as I champion the benefits of an editorial eye, I believe that the editorial process should be scrapped during NaNoWriMo in favor of making December NaNoEdMo (even though NaNoEdMo is actually in March). Photo by Rory MacLeod (creative commons). Adapted by The Write Practice. While editing is a critical component of the writing…
  • 3 Alternatives to NaNoWriMo

    Emily Wenstrom
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    There’s no doubt that NaNoWriMo rocks. Just thirty days of work in trade for a complete first draft? Awesome. But that doesn’t mean NaNoWriMo is for everyone. To succeed requires the perfect storm of story, determination, temperament, and an open schedule. Cranking out 1,666 words a day (yes, I did the math) is not for everyone. Photo by Julie Jordan Scott (creative commons) Adapted by The Write Practice. But don’t worry, NaNoWriMo isn’t the only way to join a community and work toward a writing goal. Here are three excellent alternatives. 1. A Round of Words in 80 Days This…
  • Hit with Writer’s Block? Try This Psychological Trick

    Joe Bunting
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Yesterday, a young writer I’m mentoring told me she’s never hated writing so much. She’s in the middle of writing a book and her once-fun “hobby” has become her nemesis. At each keystroke, writer’s block is threatening to stop her from writing her book for good. Photo by Drew Coffman (creative commons). Modified by The Write Practice. Why We Suffer From Writer’s Block There are a handful of reasons why writers struggle with writer’s block: perfectionism, procrastination, and fear of failure. However, one of the causes that most writers…
  • How to Create a Setting Sketch Using Scrivener

    Matt Herron
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Today we have another great post from Matt Herron on the basics of writing fiction with Scrivener. Thanks Matt! “If character is the foreground of fiction, setting is the background,” the narrator of Writing Fiction tells us. But how do you create engaging settings that enhance your story? And how can the popular writing software, Scrivener, help you create setting sketches perfect for particular your story? Illustration by Guy Moll (creative commons). Modified by The Write Practice. People (and characters) are a product of their environment, for good or for ill. In order to write…
 
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    Lauren Sapala

  • The Most Important Thing You Could Hear before Starting NaNoWriMo

    Lauren Sapala
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    I first heard about NaNoWriMo in 2009, and at that time, I didn’t know what to think about it. It seemed like a crazy thing to do. As I talked to more writers about their feelings on NaNo I realized how many loved it…and how many hated it. I couldn’t say that I felt either, but I was suspicious. Did it work? Was it worth it? And maybe most importantly, were the results any good? Five years later I get it. NaNoWriMo does work, on many different levels. But it also depends on what you’re looking to accomplish. There are a lot of writers out there who think that nothing Nobel…
  • 3 Ways Writers Can Stay Creative and Protect Their Mental Health

    Lauren Sapala
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Writers put a lot of pressure on themselves when it comes to producing. We’re told that successful writers produce at least a couple of novels a year, and in between our big projects, we should always be producing short stories, flash fiction, or blog posts to submit and publish. Because of this, sometimes we lose sight of one of the most important reasons we write. Writing is about self-expression, not just a way to further our careers. Being called to write is a gift given to us so we can explore our inner landscapes and create new worlds out of that internal terrain. When we focus only…
  • 5 Things Beta Readers Should Know before They Agree to the Task

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

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

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

  • Tell Me About Your Favourite Bookstore

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

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

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

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

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

  • Creepy Freebies 2014

    26 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    It's finally here, folks! To kick off the festivities, I'm giving away TWO of my story collections: Alienated:    Amazon   |   Barnes & Noble   |   iBooks   |   Kobo   |   Smashwords Unseen Things:    Amazon   |   Barnes & Noble   |   iBooks   |   Kobo   |   Smashwords And joining me in the madness, here are 11 talented authors you won't want to miss: Visit ErinCole for free
  • Social Media Review 2014

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

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

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

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

  • Prompt-A-Palooza #47

    Lorin
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Have a great week!The one with the broken tusk...A hand with an all-seeing eye...His dreams drove him...The light pouring over her like water...Dictionaries stacked against the door...A chair on its last leg...All the words were written wrong...
  • Friday Roundup 10.24.14

    Lorin
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Links for the weekend! Right here, right now!The 10 Best Ghost Stories15 Gifts For Punctuation Nerds & Language LoversFive best writers' sheds – in picturesFive Ways To Respond To A Negative Review: A Helpful Guide! (NFSW)The Attention You Give; The Experience You Create
  • First Page Feedback: Guilty as Charmed

    Lorin
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Copies of Lorin and Brenda's feedback are available for download in the Resources for Writers section under Extras. If you're interested in submitting your first page (up to 250 words) for feedback, please email a Word doc or text file copy to erin_anderson@free-expressions.com. Feedback sessions are also open for QUERY LETTER submissions (up to 400 words)! Email a Word doc or text file copy to erin_anderson@free-expressions.com to participate.First Page Feedback: Guilty as Charmed by Sammi S.Original: The fairy godmother Gladiola Bindweed stomped down the…
  • Picture Prompt #13

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

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

  • Too Much On My Mind - Mike's Musical Monday

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    After John Lennon, my favorite songwriter is Ray Davies of the Kinks. This song was recorded for the album Face to Face, released in 1966. It's a real gem of an album with classics like Sunny Afternoon and Dandy but it's this one that's become my theme song over the past few weeks. I love Nicky Hopkins' harpsichord on the original so I tried to throw in a little of that. But it's mostly about the words and the mood.There's too much on my mindThere's too much on my mindAnd I can't sleep at night thinking about itI'm thinking all the timeThere's too much on my mindIt seems there's more to life…
  • The Immeasurable Treasure

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

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

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

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

  • Dear Amazon, what’s up with my Kindle prices?

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:19 am
    How much thought do you put into pricing your books? If you’re like me, it’s a lot.  Which is why it finally drove me around the bend that Amazon has been changing all my prices, without even asking nicely. When you’re pricing a book, you probably pick a nice, clean number with a 99 on the end, a suffix that is invisible to consumers.  If a book is $8.74 (unless it’s clearly marked down, like from $9.99), it’ll stand out and look weird. Know how I know?  Because for a long time, I’ve noticed that Amazon prices for my KDP ebooks look terrible.  They totally jump…
  • Writing children’s nonfiction ebooks: Adventures in Scrivener

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:48 am
    Writing nonfiction ebooks?  I hope so.  It’s a great way to get information out there into the hands of kids who (more and more) are reading digitally, as well as on paper.  If you haven’t considered writing one of these before, you should, even if you think of yourself as a fiction or picture-book purist.  Think about it:  if you want to grab a book about facts, wouldn’t you rather it was written by an author with a terrific imagination and a gift for words?  Those are gifts that come from fiction that can make your nonfiction simply awesome. But that’s…
  • Have you joined SCBWI yet? (and why I did)

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

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

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

  • Youtube Webinar Recording- API Documentation

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Most Versatile Writing You Can Do

    Ruth Barringham
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Most people think that writing only has one purpose, as in, you're writing a book or writing an email or writing a press release.But there is one kind of writing that is extremely versatile and can be used in many different ways.Articles.Articles can be used as blog posts, press release articles, emails, ebook chapters, auto-responder emails and marketing articles, just to name a few things.Which means that if you can write a lot of articles, you can earn a really decent income.Read more »
  • 2 Free Subliminal MP3 Albums From Inspire3

    Ruth Barringham
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    This is a promotional offer from Inspire3 that I've mentioned before, and I want to remind you again so that you don't miss out.Inspire3, who have hundreds of MP3 subliminal audios available, including their impressive BrainSalon and Brain Evolution System (both of which I have myself and always highly recommend) have launched their new site called Subliminal Guru.And to celebrate, they are currently giving away 2 free MP3 subliminal albums. These are not just a few minutes of audio, but almost 5 hours of free listening.Read more »
  • Beautiful Books and More

    Ruth Barringham
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Today I have 3 things I want to tell you about.These are 3 different offers from 3 different companies.But one is only available for a short time (24 hours) so you need to be quick to take advantage.Read more »
  • This is the Time of Year When Writing Gets Faster

    Ruth Barringham
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    In many parts of the world, the weather is cooling down and winter will arrive in a few weeks.In other parts of the world (including mine), the weather is getting warmer and summer will be here soon.But no matter where you live in the world, now is the time of year when writing gets faster, and if you get involved you can be blown away with your writing speed and output.Read more »
  • Write Articles That People Want to Read

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

  • Qualities to become an assignment writer in UK

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
     Assignment writing gives you a chance to gain more interactive knowledge in the subject you are dealing with. It is a tool that helps develop your critical thinking, writing and research skills. Assignment writing includes enormous work that as a student you may have shunned during your academic years. So before becoming an assignment writer, mentally prepare yourself for the challenge that might come your way during your work. To become assignment writers, the first and foremost criterion is to have a vast understanding of the various stages of writing. Writers should have the ability to…
  • Assignment writing service: must for US students

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    Increasing academic pressure is forcing students nowadays to explore new options for assignment writing — some sort of “magic wand” to finish their task on time. Well, there is no magic to complete your assignment. It has to be done manually either by you or a professional assignment writer.  These writers who are available online can help you deliver a quality assignment on time. By hiring the services of these professional writers, you save a lot of time.You can devote those extra hours in other academic arenas like sports, debate and theater among others. This is the main reason why…
  • Remembering Jonas Salk – The Man Who Took on Polio

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Synopsis: In the hallowed portals of biomedicine, the name of Jonas Salk will forever remain etched. For, this Jewish-American physician and medical researcher successfully developed the first effective Polio vaccine. He also founded the renowned Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, where several successful research works on cancer treatment and HIV prevention has been conducted till date. Remembering Jonas Salk – The Man Who Took on Polio – Myassignmenthelp.com Early Life: Salk was born on October 28, 1914, to Jewish immigrant parents in New York. After…
  • Get online essay help for better essays every time

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Essays are presently a huge part of the academics, both in the school as well as the higher levels, like college and university. This can be understood by the number of students opting for online essay help on a regular basis. Essays have a number of roles to play in the academic life of students. They not only have dominated the scene of homework and assignments in schools and colleges but also have been the most crucial part of their college admission. A lot is based on the writing style, informative nature and general construction of the essay. It is all these things combined that…
  • Three quick ways to choose good assignment writing service in UK

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    Research has shown that UK students regularly face several stumbling blocks at various stages of assignment writing. Question arises why?Answers can be unlimited — difficulty in selection of appropriate topic, problems in locating authentic research sources to support evidences or failure to compile the assignment in a designated manner to meet the expectations of the lecturer. When you invest a good amount of time in writing and the end result becomes zero, you definitely feel dejected. The feeling of starting the work all over again is a miserable one.So how do you resolve these issues…
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    The Writer's Life eMagazine

  • Be the Hero You Are by Steve Fujita, author of Toe Up to 10K

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Steven Fujita was born in Los Angeles and raised in Torrance, California. He attended college in Washington, D.C., and currently lives in Long Beach, California.Listen to Steven Fujita's interview on the Book Club with John Austin, which aired November 2, 2010, about his novella, Sword of the Undead, a re-telling of Bram Stoker's vampire novel, Dracula. http://www.internetradiopros.com/bookclub/?p=episode&name=2010-11-01_zbookcub_for_110210_1st_segment_steven_fujita.mp3 His other book, $10 a Day Towards $1,000,000, is available on Kindle. This book promotes the idea of using time and…
  • You Must Reach For the Sky Before You Can Touch It by Robert Chomany

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Title: Bawb's Raven FeathersAuthor: Robert ChomanyPublisher: Invermere PressGenre: InspirationalFormat: Paperback/Ebook BawB's Raven Feathers is pure and simple. It kickstarts moments of self-reflection and inner peace, drawing on nostalgia while pushing the reader to live in the present and dream of tomorrow. Alternating brief chapters of prose with perfectly rhythmic, adult rhymes, this book holds appeal for the masses. For More InformationPick up your copy at Amazon.You must reach for the sky. . .. . . before you can touch it.I was chatting the other day with a friend of…
  • Interview with Lana Cooper: 'Be your own best editor'

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Lana Cooper was born and raised in Scranton, PA and currently resides in Philadelphia. A graduate of TempleUniversity, she doesn't usually talk about herself in the first person, but makes an exception when writing an author bio. Cooper has written extensively on a variety of pop culture topics and has been a critic for such sites as PopMatters and Ghouls On Film. She's also written news stories for EDGE Media, a leading nationwide network devoted to LGBT news and issues. Cooper enjoys spending time with her family, reading comic books, books with lots of words and no pictures, and avoiding…
  • Interview with Ed Grizzle, author of It's Your Decision

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Title: It's Your DecisionAuthor: Ed GrizzlePublisher: iUniversePages: 128Genre: Family Relationships/ParentingFormat: Ebook Purchase at AMAZON Children are gifts from God, but parenting those children can often be a difficult task. In It’s Your Decision, author Ed Grizzle shows how parenting can be successful when it’s carried out according to God’s plan. Using his life’s experiences as a guide, Grizzle explores the importance of making the right decisions in life—from choosing the right lifestyle and the right mate and to raising children according to what God…
  • Interview with Erna Mueller: 'Self-publishing was the only way out of this maze'

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I was born in Austria and my family immigrated to the U.S. I loved living here as a child and considered the U.S. my home. My family returned to Austria and of course I had to tag along. I missed the friendly faces and the cultivation of the free spirit which Americasymbolizes. In Austria I completed my education but always wanted to return, so here I am.I traveled the world and lived in many exciting cities such as ParisMunich and London. I currently work as an accountant for a large pizza company in Seattle by day and passionately pursue a career as a writer in my spare time.My new book,…
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    Wo3lfMad

  • R.A. Salvatore and Why He Loves Writing

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

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

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

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

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

  • The future of books

    The Proof Angel
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    Do books have a future? This post asserts that they do. I can’t help thinking that the logic gets a bit muddy. Aren’t we muddling the idea of a book with the format? Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: Books
  • The benefits of book promotion

    The Proof Angel
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    Are you one of the many writers with an allergy to promotion activities? If so, it might do you good to read this post about the benefits of promotional activities. The title, why write a book if you won’t promote it seems a little provocative. My bet is that somewhere there is a post explaining why you would do just that. But seriously, folks, the list can be used as a reminder to keep a positive mental attitude. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: book marketing, book promotion
  • Approaching an agent

    The Proof Angel
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    Here are some sensible thoughts for writers who want to approach agents. The experience behind them proves once again that common sense isn’t very common. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: agents, literary agent
  • Where does the word virus come from?

    The Proof Angel
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    The word virus is being bandied about a lot at the moment. It is a strange and rather scary word, isn’t it? Find out more about its history here. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: usage, virus
  • Do you use too many adverbs?

    The Proof Angel
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    Using too many adverbs is a common problem for writers. Spotting them in your own writing can be difficult. If you have this trouble, then this macro might be worth a try. Remember it is always worth backing up your work before running a macro, just in case there is a problem, or you get an unexpected result. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: adverbs, self editing, writing resources
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    eBooks India

  • Interview with Saurabh Garg, Author of The Nidhi Kapoor Story

    Hiten Vyas
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Today we interview Saurabh Garg, a first-time author. His first book The Nidhi Kapoor Story is out soon. We learn about how Saurabh got into writing through blogging, and about the storyline of his book and the main characters in it. Saurabh also shares his experiences of getting published and a few tips on how to write better. 1. You’ve been an avid writer for some time. Could you please tell us about how your interest in writing came about, and also about some of your other interests? To be honest, I don’t know when I developed an interest in writing. But I can think of two distinct…
  • Amitabh Bachchan Quotes That Can Help Writers

    Smitha Abraham
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    “Don ko pakadana mushkil he nahi, naamumkin hai.” (It is not just difficult to catch Don, it is impossible.) Does this ring a bell? Amitabh Bachchan continues to enthrall his fans even today. His deep voice, charisma and impeccable dialogue delivery makes him a favorite among cinema lovers across all ages. With more than 180 films in his kitty, Amitabh Bachchan continues to reign in Hindi films and on the silver screen. How can writers draw some inspiration from Amitabh Bachchan’s quotations? Read the following ones to find out: Many thought that my father had written Madhushala, his…
  • How to Become a Prolific Book Writer

    Smitha Abraham
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Writers are not born one fine day; they are like butterflies that evolve from larva slowly and steadily. Writing itself can seem challenging but becoming a prolific book writer is no hard task. How do you become a prolific book writer? Write, write and write The more you write, the better will you become at writing. The best way to write is by maintaining a routine time for writing. It could be any time you choose. Ask yourself when you would most prefer to write. You may feel you are at your creative best early morning or late night when there is silence around. Choose your preferred time…
  • How to Write Nonfiction Books for Kids

    Hiten Vyas
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    The majority of writers working on children’s books end up with fiction. It’s understandable – kids love cute anthropomorphic characters and rhyming text, and there’s certainly a big market for fiction. However, nonfiction books for kids can be fun to write and are much easier to publish. If you want to take a chance at this genre, here are some tips that can help: Find a Niche Topic One of the main stumbling blocks authors encounter when trying to write nonfiction books for kids is the difficulty of finding a topic. This is a result of the misguided thinking that kids won’t be able…
  • An Interview with Saskya Jain, Author of Fire Under Ash

    Hiten Vyas
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    We caught up with author Saskya Jain who has recently had her first novel entitled Fire Under Ash published through Random House India. Saskya told us about her background and experience, how she got into telling stories, about her debut novel and her second book, which she is currently working on. Read on to find out more. You have an interesting background that spans India, Europe and the United States. Could you please tell us some more about this? I was born in Ahmedabad and grew up in the central Delhi government colony of Kaka Nagar. My mother is German and both my parents are scholars…
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    StoryShelter

  • Get YOUR Story Published in Our Upcoming Book!

    Kerri Lowe
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Do you have an amazing true story that needs to be shared with the world? Now's your chance to get your story published through StoryShelter! The post Get YOUR Story Published in Our Upcoming Book! appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • Writing Prompts to Get the Juices Flowing!

    Kerri Lowe
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    Writing prompts are a great way to spark the creative writer in you and start to get your words to flow. StoryShelter has the most writing prompts online. The post Writing Prompts to Get the Juices Flowing! appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • 30 Day Happiness Challenge

    Melisa
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Want to be happier and healthier? The good news is that research shows there are a number of things you can do to make this happen. Try this challenge! The post 30 Day Happiness Challenge appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • The Top 10 Things You Learn By Writing About Your Life

    Kerri Lowe
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Past grade school, we aren't necessarily encouraged to write about ourselves. But writing about yourself is one of the best self-discovery tools out there! Here are the top 10 things you learn when writing about yourself. The post The Top 10 Things You Learn By Writing About Your Life appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • The Life-Changing Power of Gratitude

    Melisa
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Numerous studies have verified the many benefits of gratitude. Learn how we have the power to improve our lives by simply appreciating life's blessings. The post The Life-Changing Power of Gratitude appeared first on StoryShelter.
 
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    WritingThoughts

  • Why Writers Need Feedback and How You Can Get the Feedback You Need

    Laura Spencer
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    © Laura Spencer Feedback. For many freelance writers, the very thought of hearing from a client after a project is complete is enough to make them cringe in fear. Yet feedback is exactly what you need if you are to improve as a writer. In this post, I discuss how feedback helps writers and explain why clients often don’t provide feedback.  I also list some techniques that you can use to encourage your clients to give you feedback. How Feedback Helps Writers If you’ve ever worked with a good editor, you have some idea of how helpful feedback can be if it’s done right.
  • Could You Write a Viral Blog Post?

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

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

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

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

  • November Update: More Heath Conscious Werewolves, Exploding Dirigibles & Kinky Magic

    Angel Voisen
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    Hey there,Here’s a quick update on my upcoming books.His Bacon Sundae Werewolf(Wolves of New Haven 4)will be out on 5th November. After getting some valuable input about the length of these short stories, I'm happy to announce this installment is much longer, almost novella length, and is a little less fluffy than the other books. I hope you all enjoy reading Pat and Jules’s story as I much as I enjoyed writing it.I’m also thrilled to announce Gluten-free Gamma (Wolves of New Haven 3) has hit ARe’s top 50 Bestseller and Amazon’s top 100 (under the Gay & Lesbian/ Short Stories…
  • My Sexy Saturday Bloghop 65th Week #MSS

    Angel Voisen
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to the 65th week of My Sexy Saturday.This week’s theme is a sexy Halloween. What is more sexy than Halloween? We love witches, goblins and everything that this day has come to mean. Of course, for some it’s Samhain and that’s cool too. We just love things that go bump in the night.This week, I'm posting another 7-sentence snippet of Defective Desires, my m/m steampunk paranormal romance.TeaserThe other’s man hazel eyes seemed to bleed to an odd primal shade of amber, and Cod couldn’t mistake the hunger there for anything else. The severe weight of Biff’s desire and…
  • New Release: Gluten-free Gamma (Wolves of New Haven 3)

    Frances C
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Buy Links: Evernight Publishing | ARe | BookStrand | Amazon | B&N | Smashwords | Kobo |Blurb Alvin Heinz is a gluten-challenged Gamma werewolf who can pick any mate in the New Haven pack, but the only mate he wants is the only wolf he cannot have. Terrence Neo is one of the pack’s fiercest enforcers. Chained to his past and shattered by the rejection of his former mate, he’s sworn to lead a solitary existence. The rest of the wolves respect his decision, but not Al. When Terrence’s old mate returns to New Haven seeking to win him…
  • Release Blitz: Sinful Desires Vol. IV by M.S. Parker

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

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

  • ANOTHER READING; this time with video

    Beatriz
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Chicago Calling
  • READ A REVIEW

    Beatriz
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Review of "Unveiling the Mind"
  • DO YOU WANT TO LISTEN?

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

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

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

  • Baby Proof Your Writing Area

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Twin Masks of Comedy and Tragedy With Peter Mehlman

    Bernice Landry
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Since you never know what will happen on a travel day, we didn’t set up anything special for our first night in New York, but, of course, that didn’t stop us from going out. After consulting listings for every kind of event imaginable, we decided on a reading, discussion and signing event at the Barnes & Noble close to our airbnb apartment on the Upper West Side.Though the author, Peter Mehlman, was unknown to us, since he was listed as a producer on the TV show “Seinfeld” — and one who had written some of the most recognized episodes — I was curious to see how his particular…
  • Art, Love, and the Fullness of the Moon With Tom Stoppard

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

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

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

    Bernice Landry
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:49 am
    Like millions of others, I knew Robin Williams as a famous actor and comedian extraordinaire. I was also familiar with some details of his personal life, like that he had a house in San Francisco, was married more than once, and was a recovering addict. Other than that, I didn’t know much about him.On the other hand, I’m not sure how much the details circulated by the gossip and celebrity industries tell us about a person. It seems like the more minutiae we are peddled — what the celebrity eats, who he is seen with, behind-the-scenes gossip about his quirks and idiosyncrasies — the…
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  • Win 50 Signed Horror Books!

    Jennifer Mattern
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    I'm taking a short break from our book marketing series today to share a little more information about the HorrorSelfies.com campaign from The Horror Writers Association. (Disclosure: I was involved with the campaign and built the site for it.) What I didn't mention in my previous post is that by submitting your very own horror selfies promoting literacy and the horror genre, you'll be entered into a contest. The prize? More than 50 signed horror books! Yep. That's right. The winner receives the entire collection of signed editions. And the list is continually growing. If you're a horror fan,…
  • Check Out The New All Indie Writers Podcast

    Jennifer Mattern
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you're not a member of the All Indie Writers Community (and it's free, so register if you haven't), you would have missed the soft launch of the new All Indie Writers Podcast this past Thursday. But after a few technical snafus, everything is finally good to go and the podcast has officially launched! Check out the first episode.   Here's what you need to know: What's it All About? The All Indie Writers Podcast will cover freelance writing, blogging, and indie publishing (mostly along the lines of book marketing), much as the blog does. My goal with the podcast is to help new and…
  • Quick Tip: Build Relationships With Reviewers Well Before Your Book Launch

    Jennifer Mattern
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    When you try to land reviews for your new book, the last thing you want is to be just another random new author reviewers have never heard of. Yet it's not uncommon for authors, and especially indie authors, to wait until the last minute to think about book reviews. So for this week's quick tip, let's make sure you don't fall into that group. Rather than waiting until your book is about to launch (or already has), build relationships with key book reviewers early. Put yourself in a position where, when you do contact them to request a book review, they already know your name and are already…
  • 71 Tools and Tactics for Your Book Marketing Plan

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

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

    Denise Drespling
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
      Plot The plot was somewhat unique in that most of the story was told in back flashes. There was a forward-moving plotline, but it was slow and pretty simple—Mia has been in a car accident that has killed her parents. She is now in an in-between place, watching what is happening to her body as she lies in the hospital in a coma and must decide to wake up to stay with her boyfriend and live out her love of music, or go on to be with her family. It was a slow-moving plot, but the flash backs were interesting enough to keep me reading. Characters The story focuses on Mia’s…
  • Giveaway: Thesaurus and Writing Notebook

    Denise Drespling
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
      NaNoWriMo is coming! I want to help you be ready for it. So! I’m having a giveaway. Enter below to win a brand new Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Thesaurus and a cool writing notebook. Because what’s better than an uber long list of words with more words that help you think of new words and then having a place to them all down :)   Giveaway Details The winner will be drawn on November 7. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond. I will cover shipping expenses within the US, but if you are international, shipping is on you. This giveaway…
  • Book Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

    Denise Drespling
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
      When news of a TV show hit, it seemed like everyone was talking about Outlander. I had no less than five people recommend the book to me. I’ve watched the first half of the show and loved every episode (full review coming at the end of the season). Plot The size of the book is a bit daunting. I listened on audio, which is a wonderful experience considering that the reader has a perfect accent. But 33 hours? And that’s the shortest book of the series? I went in dubious and rather quickly had my hesitations relieved. While the story may start out a tiny bit slow in the very…
  • 14 Things I Learned in One Year of Blogging

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    m.e. welman
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Craigslist, you are forever an entertaining website. Truly. Look what I found today in the Writing/Editing jobs section of LA’s Craigslist. If you look past the egregious disrespect for employment laws (recent grad? recent headshot? height, weight, etc?) and delve into the heart of this job posting, it comes down to one thing: You want someone to be an Ivy League grad/write/edit/market/be in good physical condition/shop/prepare meals/travel/research/be your ‘wingman’/be on-set during production/accompany you to tennis and mountain biking/live with you, therefore eschew…
  • Art does make you smart.

    m.e. welman
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    If you weren’t sure about art (that’s Picasso’s Starry Night) and the arts and what kind of an impact they have on our brains, I have an article and a study for you, Art Makes You Smart. The study was done at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas; a place where many students, for the first time, encountered art. Glad to see Walmart in a news story that doesn’t involve meth making in one of its stores. Bottom line is that visiting an art museum improved critical thinking skills. Imagine. Here’s a posting from Crystal Bridges on Robert Rauschenberg,…
  • What does it take to get a $100,000 a year admin job posted on Craigslist?

    m.e. welman
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Desire, determination, stick-to-itedness? I dunno’, maybe it isn’t real. Maybe. The post What does it take to get a $100,000 a year admin job posted on Craigslist? appeared first on When I should be writing, I'm here.
  • More evidence of why being connected is destructive to creativity.

    m.e. welman
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:14 pm
    You can’t take sides on this one, but it’s evidence of why our hyper-connectivity is detrimental to creativity, a normal sense of self, and it can be, as demonstrated here, incredibly destructive. From Jezebel via The Guardian. Author Stalks Anonymous Blogger Who Gave Her a 1-Star Review The post More evidence of why being connected is destructive to creativity. appeared first on When I should be writing, I'm here.
  • Sure those Yelp reviews are real.

    m.e. welman
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    The post Sure those Yelp reviews are real. appeared first on When I should be writing, I'm here.
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  • 25 Quotes that will Inspire you to write better content

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

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

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

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

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

    terribleminds
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:57 pm
    This is a guest post by Sam Sykes.  I don’t know how he got in here. Please call 911. What was the first fantasy book you got hooked on? Go ahead. Think back on it. I’ll wait. I see your fingers hovering over the keyboard, trembling like they did the first time you ever touched a high school crush. They’re probably all sweaty, too. Gross, but understandable, because I bet each and every one of you had a thought that you might be embarrassed by what you’re about to type. Maybe you were about to type The Belgariad by David Eddings. Maybe you were about to type Legend by David…
  • Digging Ditches Or Casting Spells: On Magic In Writing

    terribleminds
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Here is a modified version of the keynote speech I gave to the very wonderful Surrey International Writer’s Conference this past weekend, should you care to check it out. It’s been slightly rejiggered and reformatted to fit a proper blog post rather than a banquet speech. There’s a war going on. No, no — it’s not the war between self-publishers and the traditionally-published. Not a war between lit fic and genre nerds, not a clash betwixt authors and reviewers and the authors who, ahem, stalk the reviewers. This isn’t a war between you and me because…
  • Scariest Video Game: Go!

    terribleminds
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    We asked about books, and then movies. Now it’s time to talk video games. Scary, distuuuuuurbing video games. (insert something something gamergate) (respond with something something fuck gamergate) You’ve played video games. Which ones startled you? Freaked you got? Climbed up on your back like a demon monkey and chattered its infernally primitive heresies into your ear as you played? Drop into the comments, let ‘em fly.
  • Flash Fiction Challenge: Diseased Horror

    terribleminds
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Last week: horror as spam. This week: The country’s in EBOLA PANIC, going so far as to elect an Ebola Czar. (Did you know that vending machines kill 13 people a year? I look forward to our new Vending Machine Czar to address this grave concern.) Disease of course freaks people out. And next Friday? Halloween. The time of horror! Which means it’s time for you to freak people out with disease. Write 1000 words of flash fiction. It should be horror. It should feature disease as an axis of that horror. That’s it. That’s the mission. Write it at your blog or online space.
  • To Canada, I Go

    terribleminds
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    Updates will be a little thin on the ground here until next week or so — because I’m leaving on a jetplane to go to the OTHER end of Canada (I was in Toronto around May). I’ll be in Vancouver for the Surrey International Writers’ Conference, with the likes of Mary Robinette Kowal, Diana Gabaldon, Pam van Hylckama, Sarah Wendell, Donald Maass, and Cory Doctorow. I’ll be giving a keynote, and also giving workshops on THEME and CHARACTER. Because theme and character are awesome, that’s why. Oh, and a panel on THE SOCIAL MEDIAS. In which I will refuse to…
 
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  • How to Blog from Your Website

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

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

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

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

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

    Mandie Sanders
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Note from Kevin: This post is written by my friend Mandie Sanders of Rambling Mandie. She’s a former marketing and social media strategist who said goodbye to Corporate America so she could travel and do the things she loves. She’s an amazing writer and designer, so you’re all in for a treat today. Read about how you can give your blog clarity and, when you’re finished, be sure to leave Mandie a comment! What kind of an audience do you want for your blog? You want a mob of fanatical fans who eagerly check their inboxes for your latest post, right? Fans who are actively…
  • Copyblogger Deletes Facebook Page, Darren Rowse Creates a Second (What Does This Mean for You?)

    Kevin Duncan
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you hear that sound? It’s the sound only thousands of gasps spread out all over the world can make. No, Joe Biden didn’t say anything silly. We have Copyblogger to thank for this one. Copyblogger’s announcing it was killing its Facebook page surprised many people. For one thing, the Facebook page had over 38,000 fans. To put that into perspective, Copyblogger had 32,835 more fans than the Facebook page for NewsRadio, the greatest TV show of all time. The other reason the announcement surprised many people is because barely a month ago Darren Rowse of ProBlogger and…
  • Dream Big… (Why I Switched to the Rainmaker Platform)

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

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

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

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:06 am
    A little thing here and there... like a small girl with a large dog...
  • My Oral-B was made in Ireland 

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

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

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

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    If I believed in God, I would just lay completely still in bed until I starved to deathor maybe I would watch TV all day and eat wasabi peas until I inevitably choked on one and went straight to heavenbecause I can't see a single sin in that.
 
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  • Another reason I love science: blood, guts and fine dining in Tokyo’s themed bar

    cristyburne
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ever feel like the night life in your city just isn’t cutting it? Check out my review of Alcatraz+ER, a science-themed Tokyo pub, originally published in Cosmos magazine. I dare you to read it and not secretly wish you could be there. I still have nightmares… Pub crawl – Alcatraz meets E.R. Ever felt it might […]
  • Laurie Oakes on political journalism in the digital age

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

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

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

    cristyburne
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:20 am
    We recently adopted a rescue puppy from Wish, and for the first time since I was a kid, I’m sharing my life with a pooch. It’s terrific. I expected the joy of seeing my kids learn to love and care for a dog. What I didn’t expect is that this floppy-eared creature could teach me so much about […]
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    Healthcare Content Marketing Writer | Nurse Elizabeth Hanes RN

  • RN2Writer has MOVED!

    Elizabeth
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    You folks are awesome! Thanks to YOU, subscribers and casual readers alike, RN2WRITER has moved to a new home on the web. Please check it out: http://rn2writer.com. I’ve been blown away by the response to this blog. It turns out nurses really are interested in using their skills to help patients through freelance writing. Fantastic! […] The post RN2Writer has MOVED! appeared first on Healthcare Content Marketing Writer | Nurse Elizabeth Hanes RN.
  • Potential Gig for Nurse Writers at Healthgrades.com

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

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

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

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

  • Who is Your Narrator?

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    You've carefully your characters and planned the plot and structure of a novel. Then, once your characters get moving and start revealing new aspects of themselves that you never expected, everything changes. They'll start doing things in your story that you hadn't planned and you'll find yourself going back to rework your plan. Again.That's okay.You are not the puppet master. You are a novelist. Image courtesy of Matthijs and altered.)As a writer of novels, you have to give up control. Planning gives you direction and helps you move through the story so you don't get stuck,…
  • 27 Things You Know as a Writer in Middle Age

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    1. You know that writing is not a romantic endeavor. It's a struggle. It's sacrifice. It's not a party and drinking doesn't help. It's real love.Michael Douglas as Grady Tripp in the 2000 film adaptation of the novel The Wonder Boys. Grady is on page 2,611 of his second novel. 2. You know that it takes a lot of sitting and that leads to back pain. Back pain makes it difficult to sit for a long time. You have to exercise.3. You know that you just need to write the damned story. Be clear. Write well. Don't worry about being "unique" or "new". You're mostly like other people and a little…
  • Issue 02 of Four Chambers has been realeased.

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

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

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

  • How to Write and Send 25 Queries a Week

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    Many of you wrote to me to say that you thought sending 25 queries in a week was incredible and wanted to know how I did it. And of course, you know me, I have a system. Here it is. The post How to Write and Send 25 Queries a Week appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • Lessons Learned From Teaching the 30 Days, 30 Queries E-course

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Rules For Mind-Blowing Brainstorming Sessions

    Lynette Young
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Brainstorming new ideas is something that everyone that writes content, especially for business, strives to keep fresh. The problem is work and life get in the way and generating new ideas can seem forced if not given the proper time and framework. So how do you take the time and make new ideas? According to Garrison Wynn and Brian Carter, co-authors of the new book “The Cowbell Principle: Career Advice On How To Get Your Dream Job And Make More Money,” there are ten rules you should adhere to in order to get those creative ideas flowing and stay on track. —— Have you…
  • AWesome Highlights from ASCEND Digital Marketing Summit 2014

    Lynette Young
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Not many conferences can brag about bringing together an outstanding lineup of talented speakers (and maybe part-time comics?), enthusiastic attendees, and a fun astronaut. But it happened, and there’s a lot we want to talk about! The energy was tangible even before the inaugural ASCEND Digital Marketing Summit (hosted by AWeber) kicked off Thursday morning October 23, 2014 at The Westin Philadelphia — and it only carried on throughout the remainder of the conference. With topics ranging from content marketing to optimization strategies and affiliate marketing, each session was…
  • 7 Tips for Growing Your Email List in a Time Crunch

    Monica Montesa
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Building a strong, quality email list and executing a consistently successful email marketing campaign often takes time — especially if you’re just starting out. But that isn’t always comforting to those who want immediate results. While many different factors influence a person’s decision to sign up for an email list (e.g. ease of signing up, perceived value of subscribing), there are ways in which you can give your subscriber base a quick healthy boost — you just have to act quickly. Here’s how you can get started now: 1. Import your existing list. If…
  • 20 Ways to Improve Your Small Business Writing Skills

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

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

  • Thursday QOTD—Blogging

    Robin Tidwell
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    A reader asks, “As a writer, how often should I blog?” Oh, mercy, there are as many schools of thought on this as there on comma usage . . . but in general, you don’t want to irritate people with a barrage of irrelevant content and, at the same time, you don’t want them to […]
  • Writer Wednesday—Virtual Book Events and Likes

    Robin Tidwell
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you get those invites? To virtual book events, on Facebook? I’m not a fan, maybe because I have too much else going to spend more time on Facebook “attending” an event. Just don’t like them. If you do, that’s okay, I won’t hold it against you—but I doubt I’ll accept, either. Nothing personal. Another […]
  • Prep Tuesday—What Foods to Stock

    Robin Tidwell
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Like I said last week, you have to prepare for you and your family. It does no good to have a lot of extra stuff, like food you can’t stand. Of course, we’ll all have to make some sacrifices when SHTF, but you may as well try to make things as easy as possible. Let’s […]
  • Prep Journey—More Property

    Robin Tidwell
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    So we made a list. A long one. And we seem to be looking for that elusive property farther and farther away. At this point, we have two “maybes.” And they’re both about a seven on a scale of 1-10. It’s not that we’re picky, exactly, but so many of them have had so very […]
 
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    Karavansara

  • Traveling with Indiana Jones

    Davide Mana
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    This week I’ll be spending 52 hours in Lucca, a Medieval city crowded with cosplayers, comic book fans, roleplayers and assorted geeks. To spend these 2 days and spare change in Lucca, I’ll have to spend 11 hours on different trains. And while I might certainly slip my old Kindle reader in my bag, I think I’ll go for the old school solution, and pocket a big, fat paperback. As I discussed at length in the past, a big fat paperback has a number of uses, while traveling – it can hold train tickets and receipts, you can slip business cards between its pages, you can take…
  • Relax

    Davide Mana
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    And talking of useful tidbits for NaNoWriMo 40 Ways to Relax in 5 Minutes or Less
  • Service Announcement – 72 hours away

    Davide Mana
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:18 am
    Just a quick note to let you all know that for the next 72 hours I’ll be attending the Lucca Comics & Games convention and fair, as part of the Savage Worlds Italia band of savages. The Italian edition of the Savage Worlds RPG (that I translated) has won the Game of the Year 2014 award, and I’ll be also presenting a book of mine. And in case you’re wondering, my book looks like this… In these days there will be regularly scheduled posts BUT, being away, I’m not sure I’ll be able to moderate the comments. Please let this not deter you – have your…
  • Surviving NaNOWriMO – 10 ideas

    Davide Mana
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    So the NaNOWriMo is on. My compliments and best wishes to all participants. As I mentioned in the past, I will not be NaNOWriMo-ing this year simply because I’m doing a thorough revision and final draft of a text in 45 days (and as you read this, we are on day 29). Anyway, I was rather surprised by this whole writing fast/writing good thing I’ve been through. So far the going has been easier than anticipated – and I’ve been learning a lot of things. So, why not share them? I’m probably just re-inventing the wheel, here, but who knows? Maybe someone out there…
  • Playing with the Puppy

    Davide Mana
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    My old netbook has been with me through many years of freelance lecturing and then for four years as a PhD student. It’s an old Acer Aspire One and it has served well – it gave me problems with its battery and HD, but I was able to solve them pretty easily. I used to run Linux Mint on it. Some mishap with my luggage during one of the more recent trips caused the solid-state HD (basically, an USB drive) to finally kick the bucket. The machine is still working great – but the HD is broken. Replacing it is beyond my tech skills, and having it replaced by a technician would cost…
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  • Litblog Roundup 7: Amazon, #HaleNo, Set Fire to the Stars

    Dylan Kinnett
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    The weekly liblog roundup features the latest highlights from the world of literary blogs. Amazon is the subject of a lot of conversation in the blogosphere lately. The new version of the Kindle e-reader is out, with reviews. Amazon is launching a crowd-sourced publishing platform called Kindle Scout. The company’s finances are declining at the moment. There’s also the matter of the legal battles between Amazon and publishers which has caused some to wonder whether publishing as we know it will continue to exist at all. Last week, an author named Kathleen Hale came under fire for…
  • Litblog Roundup 6

    Dylan Kinnett
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    The weekly liblog roundup features the latest highlights from the world of literary blogs. If you spend as much time reading litblogs as I do, there are two things you see frequently: obituaries and awards announcements. I’ll skip the obituaries. Awards After last week’s announcement of the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature (an award Sartre rejected), this week there are more award announcements. The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is awarded each year for new novels published in English, in the UK. The 2014 Man Booker Prize was awarded to Australian novelist Richard Flanagan.
  • Litblog Roundup 5

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

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

    Dylan Kinnett
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    a pop-up playwright at the burger wagon in Baltimore
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    Author Sarah Daltry » News/Blog

  • Review and Interview with Fairfield Mirror

    sarahdaltry
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    I recently did an interview with the Fairfield University student paper, The Mirror, which can be found here. There is also a review of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock included.
  • What it Means to Be a Girl

    sarahdaltry
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    When Sylvia Plath was depressed, she was told to stop writing, because she was hoping for too much for herself. The same was said to Charlotte Perkins Gilman. And to Virginia Woolf. Among many others. I think a lot about things like feminism and the way women are treated and represented in our culture, especially given the underlying misogyny in our culture today. I like to tell myself that it’s changed, that we’re moving forward, but I wonder. Have you noticed that “women’s fiction” and “chick lit” are predominantly about weddings, relationships,…
  • Why Do You Write?

    sarahdaltry
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    This is the primary question for every author interview, I swear. How did you start and why do you do it? It’s really hard to remember why you do it when you’re dealing with the other stuff, because for every hope you have, for every word you write, there are doubts. There are people who will hate it, who will tell you it’s a waste of your time. I empathize a lot with Zoe Quinn, because people are so angry at her for making a game, which they could have just not played. They can say it’s whatever they want – ethics in journalism or whatever – but they…
  • What I’m Reading/Watching/Playing

    sarahdaltry
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Week of October 27: Reading: I’m playing to get Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult ASAP and reading that. I love Nineteen Minutes, as well as several of her other books. I’ve heard nothing but great things, so I need to get this but I’m not actually reading right now technically. Watching: Almost done with Season 3 of Downton Abbey and halfway through Season 2 of Game of Thrones. Also, the Doctor Who finale starts this week!! WHAT?!! I have to be honest. I love the show, but I’m really not enjoying the dynamic between the Doctor and Clara. I like him, but I…
  • Opinions are Bad Branding

    sarahdaltry
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    When you’re trying to establish yourself in anything, it’s obviously important to be pleasant and all that. I cannot even tell you how many times I’ve been told to let things go, to just be pleasant and happy and never have opinions. If you have opinions, you alienate people, and if you want to be a writer, you can’t do such a thing. That’s great and if people want to sit quietly and have no opinions, good for them. I can’t. I have them – and they are strong. I’m not going to suggest who should be President or anything, because we can have…
 
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  • Meet the agents: an interview with Stephanie Roundsmith

    Harry Bingham
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    We’re today launching what will become the signature feature of this blog: a series on “meet the agents” that come straight from those agents. Today we start with Stephanie Roundsmith, a showjumper-turned-agent, who’s looking for children’s fiction, especially in the age 5-12 range. Her Agent Hunter profile can be found here. Her own website [...]
  • Do literary agents want self-published authors?

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

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

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

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

  • Ups and Downs of Writing

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

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

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

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

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

    rolandrhicks
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    The Antares rocket blew up on the launch pad yesterday, causing millions in propert damage but thankfully no casualties. Dozens of scientific experiments destined for the International Space Station were destroyed. Except ours …. A one in a million shot, it worked out against all odds. Our experiment: the effect of the explosion of tons […]
  • Ebola, the Eastland, and Government

    rolandrhicks
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    I think its safe to say governments, particularly in the form of the lower houses of law-making bodies, are usually reactionary, very rarely proactive. For the simple reason that being reactionary is a very public way of ‘solving a problem’ while proactive measures are pretty damn hard to trumpet after they work. “Hey, the bill […]
  • A Litigator, A Psychotic Kitchen Supervisor, and A Memoir

    rolandrhicks
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Why now? Why this moment to pull the trigger on a memoir that ostensibly could have been written four years ago? Why so damn resistant to the advice of award-winning, best-selling authors? Why so resistant, period? Questions I’ve been asked repeatedly over the last month or so. My standard reply is “Hey, it feels right, won’t […]
  • Santa’s Prison Poem

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

    rolandrhicks
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Here’s the deal – a chunk of The Hanlin Series was written in prison. No, prisons – ten in five states over four and one half years.  Most readers know this, I’ve told a few, it’s mentioned – albeit somewhat obliquely – on my ‘About Me‘ page, a few other places . . . then […]
 
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    Josh Spilker

  • The Websites Every Writer Should Know About

    Josh Spilker
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    Hey, it depends on what you’re looking for in a site, right? But here are the ones I’ve found most helpful and interesting. For advice, try The Paris Review: Art of Fiction. There are lots of interviews online. Including this one with Ernest Hemingway. The Art of Fiction No. 21, Ernest Hemingway Need some grammatical […]
  • For Me, This Is The Hardest Part of Writing. These 4 Steps Help.

    Josh Spilker
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    There’s one part of the writing process that I’m worse at than all the others. Every time I think I’ve done enough, there’s more to do. What is it? Editing. (Wait…are you a new writer and need to know the steps of the writing process? Click below or read to the end.)   (Wait, wait…are […]
  • Will You Risk It? On Censorship, Postmodernism & Conformity in Literature

    Josh Spilker
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    You ever been to a poetry reading? My favorite ones are open mics. Because they’re unintentionally hilarious. Everyone is really serious. Everyone is afraid to make a joke. Because guess what? Poetry is SERIOUS BUSINESS AND IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE THIS YOU CAN’T BE A POET, YOU BETTER BE A STAND-UP COMEDIAN INSTEAD BECAUSE THERE’S […]
  • 9 Tips To Beat Writer’s Block (Including 1 That Feels Like Cheating)

    Josh Spilker
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    We all get stuck. Here are 9 ideas that I’ve used to break through writer’s block. Including the last one—it’s one I’ve personally used that made me feel like I was doing something wrong. 1. Read your favorite novel. Try it out again and see what ideas come into your head. You’ll not only remember […]
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    Josh Spilker
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    Hey, I meet people and they’re like, “What should I read by you?” And I’m like…Ack…I don’t know? That’s not a good answer. My chapbooks and books are uh, different. One I designed in Powerpoint with crazy fonts. Another one is about Kmart. Still, my newest one is a memoir-ish thing about living in a […]
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