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May 2008 Blog Posts (188)

10 Ways to Insure You'll Never Publish

Anyone can give you ideas to help you get published. Here's a few helpful hints to make sure you never have to worry about getting The Call.

1. Never finish a manuscript. Surely just your premise scrawled quickly onto the back of a napkin ought to be enough. It's the idea that counts.

2. Don't accept critique from others. It's your story. You should be able to tell it from 37 different points of view if you want. And be sure to ignore the publisher's… Continue

Added by Emily Bryan on May 23, 2008 at 8:37pm — 2 Comments

“Ban on Sex for Soldiers in Afghanistan Lifted…Sort Of”

This was the subject line in the email from that greeted me this morning when I awoke. As busy as I am, I had to read the article reprinted from the May 15th Stars and Stripes and reported by Drew Brown. Here are the first paragraphs of that story:

JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- Single soldiers and civilians working for the U.S. military in Afghanistan can now have sex legally. Sort of.

A new order signed… Continue

Added by Phyllis Zimbler Miller on May 23, 2008 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Help, I'm lonely, really lonely!

That cry, slightly familiar for some and a nightly companion for others, is growing every day. It happens in unexpected places--we’re in the midst of crowds, surrounded by family members, our children tugging at us and calling our attention. In our crowded world, loneliness screams a desperate cry. The reasons are as varied as aches in a lifetime, disappointments in relationships and in the uncertainty of things to come. Loneliness when we're not alone makes no sense, yet it’s true, palpable,… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on May 23, 2008 at 3:10pm — No Comments



Please check out my interview about The Hero in my book called, "A PRESCRIPTION FOR LOVE". Read all about a man who fulfills all your fantasies! Click on the following link:… Continue

Added by Leeanne Marie Stephenson on May 23, 2008 at 1:11pm — No Comments




I invite you to check out the PRESS RELEASE for my hot new romance novel. Just go to:

Added by Leeanne Marie Stephenson on May 23, 2008 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Online Fantasy Comic & Free Book Promotion Site

The Marsh God, written and scripted by Bruce Durham, inked by fantasy artist Miko, is now available. Each week on Thursday we'll add a new page. We start with the cover and page one. Just visit the Flashing Swords home page.

We'd love to hear your thoughts, so after you've read each installment, please consider clicking on the Flashing Swords Forum link on the side menu and posting your comments.

Also, remember the… Continue

Added by Jean Lauzier on May 23, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Interview With Author Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Author Mini-Bio for Adina Rishe Gewirtz I’ve always had a passion for stories, and I’ve wanted to write my own since I was in the seventh grade. But it wasn’t until I got to college that I realized I also had a passion for the way stories are put together – the craft of writing, and…

Added by Michelle L Devon (Michy) on May 22, 2008 at 10:06am — No Comments


Welcome friends, to view and purchase my new release of a mystery/romance titled, VICTOR’S, A MATTER OF CHOICE OR DEATH.

Need an adventure? Need to kick back and relax? Wonder what it would be like to live a double life? You can read a short synopsis of my novel online, purchase the Paperback or if you prefer, an Electronic Book. This fast paced novel will be hard to put down, with the eager anticipation of the next series. Travel across the ocean and visit many interesting… Continue

Added by Janet J Enos on May 22, 2008 at 8:16am — No Comments

Three more WillowRaven covers to talk about on Cover Critiques

As promised yesterday, on my Cover Critiques blog, I am asking for tips once again on how I can improve my designs for these authors:

~ Dare to Dream by Carol Jones

~ Truth an Intimacy: A Couples Journal by Lensey & Lacresha… Continue

Added by Aidana WillowRaven on May 22, 2008 at 7:00am — 11 Comments

Her Shadowed Heart now released!


I'm excited to announce my latest release, a Victorian historical titled, Her Shadowed Heart.


Set in Yorkshire England 1864, Her Shadowed Heart is a historical saga of family secrets, betrayals, love, and of new beginnings.

Anna Thornton leads a privileged life, but she’s not content. When the dashing Matt Cowan sweeps her off her feet, she thinks her boring existence has changed for the better, only all is not… Continue

Added by Anne Whitfield on May 21, 2008 at 11:40pm — No Comments

Book Trailer: An Effective Promotional and Marketing Tool

Book Trailer: An Effective Promotional and Marketing Tool


Theresa Chaze

Book trailers are more than images set to music, nor do they just a recap of the book synopsis. In fact, they are an effect promotional tool that will create interest by going beyond the synopsis to the "heart of the book. Although, book trailers are considered promotional material, they are in reality an advertisement. The difference lies in the length and basic format.

Most… Continue

Added by Theresa Chaze on May 21, 2008 at 10:21pm — No Comments

Attention Authors - We Need Books! (Boys & Girls Club)

Below is a message I received from

my mentor. I decided to share it

here with others to make any and

contributions for the cause: CHILDREN!

My book isn't suited for the kids,

however maybe yours is!

Peace & Gratitude,

C.F. Jackson


My wife, Christie, is on the

board of the De George Palm Beach

County Boys and Girls Club...

The Club is trying to start a… Continue

Added by C.F. Jackson on May 21, 2008 at 7:24pm — No Comments

That time again: Two new WillowRaven covers to evaluate on the Cover Critiques blog.

Two new designs up on Cover Critiques blogspot waiting for your comments...

Full Exposure: Behind Church Walls by Lacresha Hayes and The Key to Understanding the Revelation by Lewis Dillenger.

Please offer constructive… Continue

Added by Aidana WillowRaven on May 21, 2008 at 6:30pm — 13 Comments

The MoonQuest Wins its 4th Award

Los Angeles, CA -- The MoonQuest: A True Fantasy by Mark David Gerson was named a Gold Medal IPPY winner today in the international Independent Book Publisher Awards

"The quality of this year's entries is totally amazing," says the IPPY press release, "and judging was difficult, as we saw better designed books, read higher quality writing and were exposed to a more sophisticated concepts."

The MoonQuest won in the Visionary Fiction… Continue

Added by Mark David Gerson on May 21, 2008 at 4:56pm — No Comments

"ELEMENTAL" Artist Makes Museum History

(Savannah, Georgia, USA)--Acclaimed artist Luther E. Vann became the first Savannah-born African-American artist to have a one-man exhibit at the Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center for the Arts when his show opened there April 16, 2008. On May 29, the Jepson Center will host “An Evening with Luther E. Vann and Friends,” an event open to the public from 6-7 p.m.

The event will include a presentation by the artist reading from his newly… Continue

Added by Author-Poet Aberjhani on May 21, 2008 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Your books ain't gonna sell themselves!

Something many authors either don't realize, or want to think doesn't apply to them, is the need to market and promote their works. However, most authors who are actually selling their books and making a profit from them seem to have a very clear understanding of the fact the book doesn't sell itself. They also realize that just because they wrote a book doesn't mean Oprah will miraculously discover them.

In the real world of book marketing and selling the challenge can be where to… Continue

Added by Kathleen Gage on May 21, 2008 at 9:15am — No Comments

The Alexa Top 150,000 -- Where Are You?

If you were to get 10 million eyeballs to see, hear, or learn about you, your book, or your website, here are a few of the things that would happen:

1. The Alexa rank for your website would jump from wherever it is to somewhere in the top 150,000 sites in the world (out of more than 150 million sites and counting).

2. You will get from 60,000 to 200,000 unique visitors to your website every month. Some months your traffic would spike to half a million to a million unique… Continue

Added by John Kremer on May 21, 2008 at 12:58am — No Comments

Better Said Now Than Never Said At All

I have been listening to the news all day today while working on my websites. You may not agree with my opinion and that is okay. I do however feel that if I listen to one more whining candidate on this news, I may choke all of them. I heard one complain about what another one plans to do, but didn't give the correct quote, in otherwords misleading the general public on what the person said. Another is whining that this demoncratic race is sexist. OooooooooooH MmmmmmmmmYyyyyy… Continue

Added by CJ Barrimond on May 20, 2008 at 11:09pm — No Comments

The Brownstone Poets 2008 Anthology Book Event at BookCourt on Friday, June 6 at 8pm

The Brownstone Poets 2008 Anthology Book Event at BookCourt

Friday, June 6, 2008 at 8pm

Poetry Grows in Cobble Hill Brooklyn:

List of Contributors:

Austin Alexis

Mary Askin-Jencsik

Fareed Bitar

Charles J. Butler

Patricia Carragon

Robert Dunn

Richard Fein

Allan D. Goldschmidt

Bob Heman

Roxanne Hoffman

Evie Ivy

Susanne Kaufman

Carl Kavadlo

Linda Lerner

Gabriel A.… Continue

Added by Patricia Carragon on May 20, 2008 at 8:54pm — No Comments

Short Story Contest Winners!

Well, last month on a whim I rolled out a short story contest for Accentuate Writers on my forum. You can see the original thread for it by clicking here. I received a total of 14 entries, not a lot, but for our first contest that we threw together so quickly, I was pleased with this. I hope more enter the next contest, which I will announce here and in our newsletter on Wednesday.…

Added by Michelle L Devon (Michy) on May 20, 2008 at 8:24pm — No Comments

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