Rick Robinson, Sunny Frazier, and Sparkle Abbey.
Three authors (four actually since SA is actually two collaborators) to whom I must give credit for making me think about this week’s blog. Let me explain.
Many moons ago, I met Sunny Frazier, Oak Tree Press’ acquisition editor, at the Killer…Continue
Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on October 12, 2012 at 1:21am — No Comments
I generally feel the urge to blog about every two or three days, but for the last several days I’ve been silent. There’s a reason. It started with my wife having sharp pains in her side. She, being a tough woman, tried to ignore it and refused to go to the doctor even at my urging. Finally, on Monday she went. To make a long story short, three hours later she was getting prepped for surgery for an emergency appendectomy and I was sitting in the critical care unit waiting room. It was late…Continue
Added by Neil D Ostroff on October 11, 2012 at 4:04pm — No Comments
I first met J M Leitch when I reviewed her book, The Zul Enigma. She contacted me on Goodreads and asked if I would review her book. After checking out her book, I was thrilled and said yes. I reviewed her book in August, and you can read the review…Continue
Added by Christine Rice on October 9, 2012 at 7:31am — No Comments
“Writing can seem like a very daunting prospect, especially if it’s not something you would usually consider doing but the brilliant thing about writing is that you are allowed to write about whatever you want in whatever style you want. The actual process of refining an idea and…Continue
Added by Kia Garriques on October 8, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments
There’s an old joke with a few variations but each has a similar theme. One example of the joke might be: A woman wants to vacuum the living room. Taking the vacuum out of the closet, she notices the disarray of the shoes. Kneeling down to straighten the shoes, she spies a stain in her favorite coat. She takes the coat to the kitchen where she keeps the stain remover and sees the pile of bills on the table. Forgetting the coat, she sits down to pay the bills but realizes she hasn’t balanced…Continue
Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on October 5, 2012 at 1:38am — No Comments
Well, here I am again at that crossroads where I need to do something to push me beyond the steady, but stagnant sales of the last month. It appears blogging and posting on free sites has worn thin and most of the people who I got interested in my books have already purchased them. So, what do I do next? I already invested $100 bucks into a KND book of the day sponsorship for DROP OUT in November, and I have two more sponsorships with Kindle Boards Book of the Day in December, one for AFTER…Continue
Added by Neil D Ostroff on October 4, 2012 at 3:05pm — No Comments
As most of you know, I recently finished up a month-long blog tour for my book, Freelance Writing Guide. I feel the blog tour was a success, because all of the bloggers posted on the correct days, there was effective communication between me and the bloggers, I made some valuable connections for the future, and it generally went smoothly and was easy to keep up with. Below I will share with you my tips on organizing and running your own blog tour.
For a month-long…Continue
Added by Christine Rice on October 4, 2012 at 1:43pm — No Comments
"And so, we have entered into the realm of autumn and the countdown to Halloween has begun! To get you all in the mood for the month of magic and mysticism that is upon us, I have selected three of my current favourite supernatural reads. If you find yourself desperate to escape into another world…Continue
Added by Kia Garriques on October 4, 2012 at 7:12am — No Comments
"No, indeed, we must never give up on the search for the perfect ‘happily ever after’, no matter how hurt or betrayed we may feel. It is important to face up to heartbreak; to face it head-on and hold our hands up in acknowledgement. Yes, it didn’t work out…this time, but there will be others.…Continue
Added by Kia Garriques on October 3, 2012 at 7:35am — No Comments
Wow, I’ve surpassed the two-hundred followers mark on my blog! I want to thank all who follow me especially because I know you follow this blog because you want to. I didn’t go to any threads just to collect followers to have high numbers. I painstakingly wrote my articles and promoted my blog to writers and readers. Very few of you who follow me are my personal friends, although I’d like to think that everyone who reads my stuff is a friend. You all know what I mean, I didn’t solicit you. I…Continue
Added by Neil D Ostroff on October 2, 2012 at 4:12pm — No Comments
Today I will be interviewing Katrina Rychling, a published writer and scholar. We met at the Yahoo! Contributor Network where we published articles, poetry, and other writing assignments to their online platform. I haven’t written for them since the end of last year, but Katrina and I have remained in…Continue
Added by Christine Rice on October 2, 2012 at 10:28am — No Comments
“We live in an age where more and more children are falling out of love with books and in love with their games consoles so we need to do all we can to show them the value of a good book. If a school is lucky enough to have an author visit them and work with their pupils they should be able to do…Continue
Added by Kia Garriques on October 1, 2012 at 7:10am — No Comments
The blog tour may be over, but there is still a lot going on! The day after the last day of the tour, I was interviewed on A Blue Million Books by Amy Metz. Thanks, Amy! I have another interview coming up on October 1st – can you believe it’s October already?! – and I will let you know when it’s posted.
I now need to get back to working on my works-in-progress. I…Continue
Added by Christine Rice on September 28, 2012 at 9:57pm — No Comments
No, mind my isn’t in the gutter right now, I’m talking about how hard it is to sell books. I’ve been writing since I learned how to hold a pencil, I’ve won contests, had a top NY agent, and have written and/or published a dozen novels. People ask me where my ideas come from and I can’t give them an answer. All I know is that ideas for stories DO come and the urge to capture them on paper is overwhelming. I’ve been known to jot down notes on whatever I can find, tiny pieces of scrap paper,…Continue
Added by Neil D Ostroff on September 28, 2012 at 3:57pm — No Comments
“Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.”
Been there, done that. And let me tell you, there is no easy way to smoothly extricate yourself and still look cool.
Admitting you're wrong is difficult. Admitting someone is right can be, too.
This is especially true when it come to critiques about your writing.
Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on September 27, 2012 at 11:51pm — No Comments
Nook just unveiled its new tablet today. Watching the interview on CBS this morning with the president of the company he was asked if he thought traditional paperback books will disappear in thirty years. Although, he wouldn’t give a definitive answer (because Barnes and Noble still have over 600 bookstores nationwide) it was apparent that he thought so. Though Barnes and Noble have outlived most retail book outlets, I do believe those days are numbered. Getting into the ebook revolution by…Continue
Added by Neil D Ostroff on September 26, 2012 at 2:29pm — No Comments
My female characters are always strong physically, and very comfortable pushing the limits of their sensuality. Perhaps a reader might feel this is fantasy - and this would be true except for one fact. My femme fatales are always patterned after a woman from my life. When women are comfortable, passionate and strong they will push the limits of their sexual identities.
“Goodnight,” Emily kissed Andrea’s brow. Andrea was right to know herself.…
Added by Stephen Paul West on September 25, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Good morning to all!
Today, the Freelance Writing Guide Blog Tour stops…here! This is the last day of the tour :( If you haven’t seen it yet, check out my interview from yesterday with Christine Henderson on TheWriteChris.
If you didn’t see or notice the layout of my blog yet, yesterday I redid it so that the blog is on its own page, and now there is a…Continue
Added by Christine Rice on September 25, 2012 at 10:36am — No Comments
After almost eleven months of continuous, daily writing I finally wrote ‘The End” on IMAGINATION. Well, I don’t actually write those words since it’s not industry standard anymore, but I did write the final, conclusive last sentence of the novel. Ah, what a feeling! This being my eleventh book, it still never ceases to amaze me how a story can take on a life of its own. If I were to look at my original notes on the concept for the story from last year and compare it to what I…Continue
Added by Neil D Ostroff on September 24, 2012 at 4:04pm — No Comments
Are you interested in learning the inner-workings of a professional freelance writer and a multi-published author? Then check out this interview!
Added by Christine Rice on September 24, 2012 at 12:13pm — No Comments