The heat begins to rise the moment the sun peeks through the Florida foliage.
I want to take 3 minutes of your time to talk about a serious subject:
My mom died from sun stroke. It was like Alzheimer’s happening over a period of one week.
As her brain swelled, she complained of a headache. You might say, “so what, we all get headaches.”
My mom was a teenager when the stock market crashed in 1929. She’d just entered adulthood when the food riots began in 1931, and by the time she turned 20, the Great Depression was at its peak.
The songs written during that time were meant to sprinkle tiny little sparkles of hope into otherwise dismal lives; songs like “Singin’ in the Rain,” and “Somewhere over the Rainbow.”
The 20-somethings of the Great Depression internalized 2 messages as they struggled to find hope:
- “Every cloud…
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Authors WANT Reviews
Simple! How many times have you read pleas on social media for readers to write reviews? – Probably Loads.
Does the thought of writing a book review send you racing to the hills? – I can see plenty of you nodding in agreement.
WHAT holds you back?
6 common replies:
I can’t write.
I can’t write paragraphs about a book.
I don’t know what to write.
I’m afraid of what people will think of my review.
I’m an author and don’t want a backlash on my own books.
I don’t have the time.
Let’s turn this around
I can’t write – I bet if you can read, you can write.
I can’t write paragraphs about a book – Good News, Amazon accepts one sentence reviews now as do many other sites.
I don’t know what to write – Ah! Quick Question – Why did you like or Dislike…
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We live in a loud and distracting world, where silence is increasingly difficult to come by and that may be negatively affecting our health.
In fact, a 2011 World Health Organization report called noise pollution a “modern plague,” concluding that “there is overwhelming evidence that exposure to environmental noise has adverse effects on the health of the population.”
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For my day job, I’ve been reading some marketing material, pertaining to tourism. Then it struck me; what they were saying made perfect sense for book marketing as well. Just think of your book as a destination and your reader as a tourist looking for a unique experience.
The material I’m referring to was a study regarding positioning a Greek island as a holiday destination. Destination positioning, as the official term is, has to do with creating a distinctive place in the minds of potential tourists.
This positioning involves two variables:
- Tourist satisfaction: what emotions did the experience create in the mind of the tourist?
- Attribute satisfaction: were the individual’s desires and expectations met?
The author reaches the conclusion that a successful positioning strategy requires that the destination image and the specific product attributes that satisfy the customer should match as perfectly as possible. Indeed, a wrong destination…
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As the Moon travels in its Void of Course No Magick Work is preformed until the Moon settles in at its next destination of Capricorn which will be 20 June at 7:55am Eastern Time
When the Summer Solstice begins on 20 June at 6:34pm ET the Full Moon will be raging at Full Force in Capricorn
All that fresh new Capricorn Energy
💛💛💛FULL MOON in CAPRICORN💛💛💛
This will be a time for some Practical Magick and a time to choose a Life Path
That from this moment on you will aim all your energy on that direction while you begin to soak up as much experience as possible
Go after that goal that has been lingering in the back of your mind for…
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A couple of days ago, I mentioned one of the greatest fences of all times, Marl Madelbaum. Today I’ll introduce you to a counterpart of hers, “Deadshot” Mary Shanley, an early 20th century undercover supercop. Hadley Meares of Atlas Obscura has unearthed the story of this fascinating woman.
“Deadshot” Mary Shanley was born in Ireland in 1896. Her family immigrated to America, and in 1931, Mary joined the NYPD. This was an unusual step for a woman of her time, though not unheard of.
During the first half of the 20th century, policewomen in America often worked undercover, on so-called “women’s beats.” “They are called upon regularly to trail or trap mashers, shoplifters, pickpockets and fortune-tellers; to impersonate drug addicts and hardened convicts, to expose criminal medical practice, find lost persons, guide girls in trouble, break up fake…
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I’ve always been interested in the underbelly of history and loved reading this piece of the past.
Organized crime in New York is often portrayed as a boy’s game, but one of the first and most influential crime bosses in the history of the city was a Prussian immigrant known as “Mother” or “Marm” Mandelbaum.
Eric Grundhauser recently shared her fascinating story on Atlas Obscura, as did Sarah Breger in forward.com, based on Queen of Thieves: The True Story of “Marm” Mandelbaum and Her Gangs of New York” by J. North Conway.
The Queen of Fences
Marm (Fredericka) Mandelbaum, also called “The Queen of Fences,” was an imperious and powerful woman who became one of the most well-connected criminal figures of her day, buying stolen goods and reselling them, financing criminal endeavors, and even creating a school for young criminals.
Increasing restrictions against Jews in Germany brought Mandelbaum to…
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Let’s all be honest with each other – we are all secretly waiting for a writing breakthrough!
We are all grafting away with our creative projects, occasionally looking up to wonder when that unexpected and amazing literary development will happen, catapulting us up to the next level.
Breakthroughs can be big or small. They can make you smile, cry or shriek with joy and come after months, possibly years, of hard slog.
Some examples of writing breakthroughs are listed below.
- A victory in a writing competition.
- Finally completing your novel and sending it off.
- Writing something your beta-readers actually like.
- Getting a positive response to a query letter.
- Getting trapped in a lift for hours with a literary agent.
- A publishing bidding war erupting over your novel.
- Selling the film rights to your novel.
- Being hailed as a ‘literary genius’
Whilst we are waiting we can prepare ourselves for these…
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Here are a few
dingleberrysnuggets of wisdom that every new writer needs to know:
- A writer lives to write. Period. If you write for any other reason, please do everyone a favor and get a prescription for Prozac immediately.
If deadlines are your constant companions, they’re not compatible with cats.
- Writing is easy. Accepting constructive criticism makes you a better writer. But the reaction you have after your editor says you must remove your favorite chapter? That’s God’s way of telling you that you have not yet learned to forgive.
- Not everyone is going to like your book. As an example, my book is fun to read…who wouldn’t like it? I was in Wal-Mart’s vegetable section when a friend told me she couldn’t read past the first sex scene.
- There are over 29 million books on Amazon. For my first book, I chose to do my own marketing. It’s like trying to…
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- The author will get bored and not write the rest of the series. You make it your personal mission to remind the author daily via social media that they have committed and loyal fans who want to see the series finished.
- The author becomes unwell mid series and this delays books three and four. As a back up plan you have a box of tinned Chicken Soup, some fluffy slippers and a heartfelt ‘get well soon…but keep writing!’ card ready to be sent out.
- You worry the author will kill off a much-loved character. In book series emotional character attachments are stronger and more powerful than in single novels.
- Someone around you will let slip what happens in later books in the series. You feel like wearing a sign with the words ‘I don’t want to know what happens in book two!’
- Your depression – which will start once you…
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I’m not this by the books about it, but this description is the best description I’ve seen by far.
Tonight at midnight we celebrate Greek Orthodox Easter. I hope you’ll excuse me if I reblog last year’s post on what today is all about, and that you’ll enjoy the post!
Tomorrow is the Greek Orthodox Easter. Pretty much the same as that celebrated by any other Christian denomination, you may think, and you would be partly right. For, you see, Easter is a really big deal over here. Bigger than Christmas (I can practically hear the gasps).
Following forty days of lent, when many people give up meat (and fast-food and even souvlaki joints offer veggie or seafood alternatives), it all kicks off with Palm Sunday – a week before Easter. Church-goers are treated to handmade palm crosses and liberally scattered bay leaves. These are meant to remind us of Jesus’ triumphant entrance to Jerusalem. They are taken home, as a blessing.
Monday and Tuesday have morning and evening services…
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We have been asked a number of questions on the Bash, most of which are similar to each other. So we thought we would round them all up and pop them in a post all together.
If you have any more questions that haven’t been answered here, let us know and I will add them to this post and pop them on the Bloggers Bash page.
So without further ado here are the Bash’s FAQs
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Another article worth sharing.
I’m obviously pro-agent. I believe we add huge value to a writer’s career in all areas, but most importantly protecting their intellectual property rights through their contracts. However, sometimes writers get into contract situations without an agent and don’t know what to do. Or, some writers like to learn about the business side of things. This post is for you.
Susan Spann is a publishing law attorney and hosts a Wednesday information session on Twitter called #PubLaw where you can follow along with the hashtag. (Do it!) I’ve been following, and retweeting, her #PubLaw advice for a couple years now and I think you’ll find this edition of “Things I Wish I Knew” extremely helpful on the contracts side of things. I’ve asked her a number of questions about contracts as well as what happens when a writer gets a contract and doesn’t have an agent: what should they do? Read on…
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I hear parrots squawking the same mantra constantly: “Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The best way to drive book sales is through a subscriber list.”
Its that thing where you: create a newsletter, do book updates, bonus content and give your hard work away for free.
If you got books to sell, you need that list.
This made me do one of those gut busting groans. Seriously? I spend enough time writing posts instead of my novel, do I actually have to add something else to my seven hundred and forty-eight page to do list?
Apparently I do, and that means you do too.
I heard that message loud and clear, especially as I’ll be releasing books this year. So I made a subscriber list one of my goals and I’ve been busy rolling up my ‘bonus content’ sleeves. Finally I’ve created one and it’s ready and chock full of just that: bonus content, round ups, writers tools, recommendations, writing inspiration…
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This situation can really ruffle your writing feathers. Its only taken me 18 months to accept this.
- Newbie Writer Dream Euphoria. You are a fresh faced newbie writer with a head full of writing dreams. They mainly involve you turning into some best selling novelist overnight, rushing through airports in dark shades and undertaking international book signings. Your glittering literary career will start to take shape the second you get your writing out there – sigh! You press ‘publish’ on your first blog post, showcasing your latest bit of flash fiction, lie back and watch your phone like a hawk.
- Await the arrival of a magical creature. Things haven’t gone according to plan with your glittering literary career. You are sticking everything in your writing folder on your blog but sadly the only response you have had is a handful of likes and a few spam emails about some steamy bedroom activities. You…
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Working with fictional folk can be hard and at times it can feel like you are herding cats.
Here are some situations which show how frustrating characters can be…
- Characters hijacking your story.
- Characters getting too big for their fictional boots.
- Fictional folk starting to say what they want.
- Characters talking amongst themselves.
- Attention seeking minor characters who start to take over the plot.
- Hot characters leading you astray and making you write unnecessary steamy scenes.
- Characters talking out loud in the early hours when you are trying to sleep.
- Characters taking on your view of the world and not listening, as you screech at the laptop ‘for goodness sake be yourself!’
- Dull and lifeless characters!
- Characters who have this annoying habit of asking a question and the question bothers you so much you end up writing reams and reams trying to answer it.
- Characters who start to morph into…
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Smaller markets are not as bad as a lot of people make them out to be.
The dream of every freelance writer is the “big get.” That is, writing for the largest, best-known markets we can land. Bigger markets, after all, mean more prestige and better money. But there also can be tremendous value in writing for smaller markets—something a lot of writers tend to forget as they chase bigger fish.
This guest post is by Don Vaughan. Vaughan is a North Carolina–based freelancewriter and founder of Triangle Area Freelancers. You can connect with him at donaldvaughan.net. This post is fromWriter’s Digest magazine.
Not me. Like many of my colleagues, I write regularly for larger markets such as Boys’ Life, Military Officer and CURE, all of which pay quite well. But I still accept assignments from smaller publications when…
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Submitting your book to agents is one thing. It’s a writer’s first time putting it all out there and the responses are varied.
However, when your agent submits your book to a publisher that’s a whole other level of stress. It can be exciting!Finally, it’s out there in the world. And it can be worrying…what happens to my project now?You might hear back from editors in a week or a few months. It could be good news or bad.
Here are 5 things to do while your book is on submission:
- Trust your agent. We have your best interests at heart, truly. If you don’t trust your agent then you shouldn’t have signed with them. Let us handle the submissions and worry about the business side. We will consult you on decisions. Pull together with your agent at this time because the bonding will happen.
- Vent with…
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re-blogged from lit world interviews
I remember writing my first book, how I’d agonise over every sentence, desperately not wanting to commit some awful grammar faux pas. I’d haul all my books off my bookshelves and examine them minutely for all sorts of perceived faults in my writing – like correct sentence structure and trying to figure out how my writing heroes managed to make me hear and see their characters so intensely, rather than just read words on pages. This resulted in a horribly over-edited book, with bits constantly being taken out and replaced or moved around. Hello grammar gremlin hell of the future. They still pop up today.
Eventually I realised that no matter how famous the writers, none of them followed any particular pattern. Some of them conveyed conversations using he said or she said. Some of them used no attributives at all for dialogue, but you still managed to know who…
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