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To Sleep, Perchance to Dream – Ay There’s the Rub…

Son number one announced the other day that he just read a report where scientists haven’t really figured out why human beings need to sleep. Hmmm… Yes, there’s the whole, we’ll go crazy without sleep, but then the question still arises, why?  Why can’t simple rest do the job? So I pondered the question deeply and I…

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Added by Ann Frailey on June 25, 2014 at 8:24am — No Comments

Reviews are personal

Touching again on the subject of unpaid reviews from unknown readers, I would like to point out just how personal taste is reflected in each review. I’m not going to mention the 23 – five star reviews I’ve gotten for DROP OUT, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005FX0K7U but mention quotes from the two worst reviews I’ve received. Why focus on the worst? Because they are perfect examples of opinion and preference.

 

The first quote is…

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Added by Neil Ostroff on June 23, 2014 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Author Lori Benton Guests on The Writing Mama Show

The Writing Mama show is on every Monday and is hosted by Mom's Choice and Award-winning Author Virginia S Grenier, who is joined weekly by guest authors to talk about the publishing and writing industry. Grenier, with her guests, hope to not only share their love of the written word, but also tips on…

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Added by World of Ink Network on June 23, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

The future!

          I’ve been contemplating the future of the author in today’s high technology society. What will become of us and the books we write? Will the paperback go the way of the compact disk and disappear forever? Will publishing houses dissolve into nonexistence the way most record labels have? Will a paperback…

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Added by Neil Ostroff on June 21, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Country Life and Children

It has finally gotten hot again.  Well, the winter was cold and now the summer is hot.  Who doesn’t get this?  You’d think that human beings were born believing the world revolved around them and that Mom’s could keep the sun from getting too hot or the wind from getting too cool.  Whoops – they do? Well,there’s…

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Added by Ann Frailey on June 21, 2014 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Alaska, Wisdom Teeth, Funerals, Editing, The Heat, Gardening & Chicks

This Week’s Highlights:

1)  My second son returned from a trip to Alaska, where he was visiting my brother, who is a priest up there.  He had a great time – saw moose (they really do exist), helped at the parish, climbed mountains, met some really nice people, went fishing and drank some great coffee. I…

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Added by Ann Frailey on June 21, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Writing Fiction in the Real World

First off I want to thank Ellen Gable who invited me to do this Writing Process Blog Tour. Ellen is the President of The Catholic Writers Guild and is a very accomplished writer in her own right.  I have her book links at the bottom of this post.  Be sure to check them out! Here’s a picture of one of her…

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Added by Ann Frailey on June 16, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Good things come…

          Nobody said it was going to be easy making a living as a writer. Nobody said it was always going to be fun. Nobody promised me that after spending twenty-plus years holed up in my office writing novels that anyone would ever read them. Nobody promised me anything would ever come of my writing, and yet I still do…

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Added by Neil Ostroff on June 11, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

CrowdFunding Campaign for 2nd Picture Book Featuring Lovable Main Character SugarPaw!

Mom's Choice and Award-winning Author VS Grenier has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help complete the second book…

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Added by VS Grenier on June 9, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

What Is A Buhdeedoo - The Writing Mama Show with Virginia S Grenier

The Writing Mama show is on Mondays and hosted by Mom's Choice and Award-winning Author Virginia S Grenier, who is joined weekly by guest authors to talk about the writing and publishing industry, and…
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Added by VS Grenier on June 9, 2014 at 11:18am — No Comments

What Is A Buhdeedoo - The Writing Mama Show with Virginia S Grenier

The Writing Mama show is on Mondays and hosted by Mom's Choice and Award-winning Author Virginia S Grenier, who is joined weekly by guest authors to talk about the writing and publishing industry, and…
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Added by World of Ink Network on June 9, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Make Your own Good Books Reading List

Every summer I hear the same thing – at least for a while – “I don’t have anything to do.”  I can fix that problem easily enough with a chore list, but another more fun approach is to create a reading list. Since I have children at a variety of ages I have a variety of reading levels to consider, so I make…

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Added by Ann Frailey on June 7, 2014 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Reviews for sale! - Never pay for a review!

I’ve touched on this subject many times but it warrants repeating. Never pay someone to read and review one of your books. Paid reviewers give glowing reports on the books they read even if the books are terrible. Why? Because they want your repeat business. Would you pay someone a second time if they gave your book a bad review the first time? Of course…

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Added by Neil Ostroff on May 28, 2014 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Writing withdrawal

I recently completed and published my tenth book. It took nearly fourteen months working at my computer from three to five hours a day. Seeing the book for sale worldwide is both exhilarating and relieving. I had planned to finish it while on my recent vacation but since I completed it a month ahead of schedule I found myself on vacation with nothing to write.

 

This has never happened before. I’ve always had a project that…

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Added by Neil Ostroff on May 24, 2014 at 1:28pm — No Comments

on The Authors Words, author S.L. Smith

on The Authors Words, author S.L. Smith about her mysteries, Blinded by the Sight & Running Scared. RedRiverRadio  …

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Added by J. D. Holiday on May 20, 2014 at 9:18am — No Comments

Utah Children's Writers - The Stories for Children Show

The Stories for Children show is on Mondays and is hosted by Mom's Choice and Award-winning Author Virginia S Grenier, who is joined weekly by guest authors to talk about writing for children and/or their favorite childrens/YA books. Grenier, with her guests,…

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Added by VS Grenier on May 19, 2014 at 9:44am — No Comments

Utah Children's Writers - The Stories for Children Show

The Stories for Children show is on Mondays and is hosted by Mom's Choice and Award-winning Author Virginia S Grenier, who is joined weekly by guest authors to talk about writing for children and/or their favorite childrens/YA books. Grenier, with her guests,…

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Added by World of Ink Network on May 18, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

SugarPaw is back for another adventure and a bit more mischief - Pledge your suppot Today!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1440757101/whistle-beans-another-sugarpaw-adventure

Whistle Beans is the second book in the SugarPaw Adventure series from Award-winning Author VS Grenier. The first book, Babysitting SugarPaw is a Silver Mom's Choice and 2011 Silver Quill Award-winner.…

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Added by VS Grenier on May 16, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

More marketing advice

 

I recently published my tenth ebook in the last three years. I didn’t write all of these books in that time frame, some are decades in the making, but all have been meticulously proofread and edited. In my quest to sell books I’ve made every mistake a new author can and spent thousands on promotions that didn’t work.

 

As my latest book begins the process of getting noticed and reviewed, there are still a…

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Added by Neil Ostroff on May 14, 2014 at 11:52am — No Comments

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