There are certain things many authors do that murders their manuscript. These things can render your manuscript worthless in the site of any legitimate agent or publisher. Some of those no-nos are:
1. Undeveloped characters and/or storylines - if you're going to write, do it well. Take time to give your characters a life of their own. Make sure your story is not too short or too long. Make sure it doesn't leave any unanswered questions, unless of course, you plan to write a sequel or… Continue
Added by Lacresha Hayes on June 26, 2008 at 11:58pm —
My last post featured the beginning of a guest post I wrote for the blog Books on the Brain, which is having a book giveaway for MRS. LIEUTENANT with the deadline of June 30.
Here are four other book blogs having a giveaway of MRS. LIEUTENANT in connection with a book review or guest post:
June 30th deadlines:
An Army Wife’s Life at… Continue
Added by Phyllis Zimbler Miller on June 26, 2008 at 5:23pm —
I have a guest post on Books on the Brain in connection with a book giveaway. Here’s the beginning of this guest post about authors promoting their books:
I’m reading Stephanie Chandler’s new book “The Author’s Guide to Building an Online Platform” with the subtitle “Leveraging the Internet to Sell More Books.” It’s one of several such books I’ve read as well as numerous teleseminars I’ve listened to along with attending John Kremer’s two-day marketing event… Continue
Added by Phyllis Zimbler Miller on June 26, 2008 at 5:23pm —
Dispossessed at an early age, Aezubah has wandered the world in search of vengeance. On arid mountaintops, remote glaciers and burning deserts he has conquered demons from the edge of creation, wicked sorcerers, and evil kings. As a General, he is beloved of all the warriors who follow him.
But his victories are never final; he goes forth again and again with nothing but his horse, spear and sword, in loneliness and solitude,… Continue
Added by Jean Lauzier on June 26, 2008 at 10:22am —
With just a few days left to vote, I'd like to ask for your support in my novel Purple Death's nomination for the Authors Lounge Best Cover Illustration Award for June. The artwork for the book is by the talented Graeme S Houston, and the voting page can be found at http://www.talauthors.com/TAL/RomanceandMoreAwards.htm
My thanks again to all my friends who've already placed their votes, every one is very much appreciated.
Added by Brian L Porter on June 26, 2008 at 8:40am —
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Added by Faye Tollison on June 26, 2008 at 5:17am —
The joy of the Lord is your strength.
My little Carson was having a bad hair day today. Literally. And it affected a good part of his day. He is letting his hair grow a bit and it's starting to be a little too long for him to control. He went to bed with it wet last night, so when he woke up this morning, it was sticking up all over his head. He looked really cute, for home. But not for Vacation Bible School. I tried to comb it for him, but he didn't… Continue
Added by Joyce Schneider on June 25, 2008 at 9:00pm —
have my first book published by a small independent publisher. i knew what i was getting into when i signed on and really don't have any complaints. a couple of weeks ago i got a call from him asking if i was interested in becoming an independent contractor with the printer/distributor. he didn't go into it at that time and said he was call back later. i'm still waiting to hear back.
i have called and emailed him repeatedly with no response. (he is in the guard and was deployed once… Continue
Added by deborah thomas on June 25, 2008 at 8:30pm —
Today, we once again welcome our guest blogger, Jennifer Walker
, to share one of her book reviews. Be sure to stop by Jenn's site and say hello!
Book Review: Still Life with Elephant, by… Continue
Added by Michelle L Devon (Michy) on June 25, 2008 at 5:24pm —
Do you know of any? Wish we did. Sunday morning we walked out of the house into a warm sunny day, birds chirping, and a soft breeze blowing. Suddenly, as we reached the driveway, hubby paused and with a calm, cautious, and calculated pitch said, “That’s interesting.”
In the thirty two years I’ve known him, when that tone slips from his lips, there’s something wrong.
Unable to see for obvious reasons, curiosity pricked at me. So my eager questions blurted faster than the… Continue
Added by Janet Perez Eckles on June 25, 2008 at 5:17pm —
I’m a huge fan of the book MINDSET: THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
According to Dweck, a person with a growth mindset eagerly tackles new experiences even if that person knows he/she may not at first be successful. A growth-mindset person understands that what’s important is the learning that takes place in trying new experiences. It’s not a question of how smart or how stupid someone is. It’s a matter of willingness to learn new things even at the risk of… Continue
Added by Phyllis Zimbler Miller on June 25, 2008 at 3:08pm —
The June 24th Wall Street Journal carried this blurb in the front-page What’s News column: A woman has been chosen for promotion to the rank of four-star general for the first time in American history.
For someone whose novel features the wives of four new army officers in the spring of 1970 and who was there at the beginning of the women’s movement, this was a rather exciting headline.
The Journal article itself described… Continue
Added by Phyllis Zimbler Miller on June 25, 2008 at 3:05pm —
I just finished writing the first draft of VEXING THE VISCOUNT, the manuscript that's due to my editor later this summer. I know what you're thinking. "Big Whoop! It's just a first draft." For me, typing THE END is a big deal because of how I write a book.
I'm mostly a linear writer. Once I have a fully developed idea of the plot points and the characters solidly in my head, I start on the first chapter and write the story straight through in order. I sneak back from time to time to… Continue
Added by Emily Bryan on June 25, 2008 at 7:47am —
June 25th, 2008
What kind of an idea is that you ask? I will tell you, a good one!! Think about it. If each of us would just go out of our way today ( everyday??) to smile that extra smile, or say that sweet word, or open a door for someone, our world would be brighter. it really does matter.
In my book Polka-dot Star Flowers: Real Help for Real People, I give examples of this. It really does change the atmosphere all around us when we are looking to be nice- to make someones… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on June 25, 2008 at 7:00am —
Hello and welcome to day twenty-five of Mayra Calvani’s virtual tour around the blogsphere!
Join Mayra as she tours with her children’s picture book ‘Crash!’
Today Mayra will be stopping at Fiction Scribe
. Show her your support by leaving a comment!
Remember, if you leave a comment on any of Mayra’s tour stops, you will be eligible to win a free gift certificate from Almost Heaven… Continue
Added by JM on June 25, 2008 at 12:00am —
Hi, my name is Michèle Ann Young, I write Regency Romances for Sourcebook Inc’s new Casablanca imprint. I grew up in England and majored in History. I now live in Canada with my husband and two beautiful daughters and a Maltese terrier who likes to sit on me while I write.… Continue
Added by Michelle L Devon (Michy) on June 24, 2008 at 9:52pm —
Poetry Grows in Carroll Gardens & Park Slope, Brooklyn...
I am happy to announce that the Brownstone Poets will be branching out to Carroll Gardens, starting Tuesday, July 22 at 7PM
at The Fall Cafe at 307 Smith Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
I will still hold Saturday readings at the Fifth Avenue Restaurant at least once a month until further notice.
Current July Schedule
Next reading in Park Slope:
Saturday, July… Continue
Added by Patricia Carragon on June 24, 2008 at 7:01pm —
Hello everyone. I wanted to send out a calendar of upcoming featured artists. Please let me know if you or someone you know is interested in becoming a featured artist in my eZine. This is free publicity reaching hundreds of people all over the world now! If you are interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, I would like to thank you all for your continued support and encouragement. I wouldn't be here without you!
June 30th- Klasic
Added by Lynn Tincher, Author on June 24, 2008 at 8:30am —
June 24th, 2008
When is the last time you tried something new? Learned something new? Felt excited about life?
Those all go together actually. We were designed to be ever learning and growing. It is in the expanding of our minds that we find the fresh breeze of happiness blowing over us. We were made in the image of God. God is creative! Think of all the beautiful things he made. Did he make one or two types of flowers? One or two types of trees? How many animals can you name?… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on June 24, 2008 at 7:00am —
Late last night, I finally got my interview questions to Vivian for my first post on Cover Chatter
and she shot her responses back in short order.
I think this type of… Continue
Added by Aidana WillowRaven on June 24, 2008 at 6:33am —