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June 2008 Blog Posts (178)

Variety is the spice of (writing) life

Which genre any writer chooses to operate in is dependent on the genre they enjoy. I write predominately in the mystery/detective genre because I am such a big fan of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser and Jessie Stone, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, and Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe. But it is a great exercise for the good writer to able to write across genres even though he may never have the opportunity to use this versatility. Many stories have the ability to cross or mix genres, so that a… Continue

Added by Ron Adams on June 30, 2008 at 9:52pm — No Comments

I Read The Instructions

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

Psalm 119:11

Carson got a new watch the other day. He was so cute the next morning, showing me all the things that his watch could do. He showed me the alarm, the snooze, the stop watch and about 10 other features. This little watch could do everything! He knew what button to push for what and how long to push it. I was amazed and asked him how he knew how to do all that stuff.

His answer, "I… Continue

Added by Joyce Schneider on June 30, 2008 at 9:14pm — No Comments

I'm looking for a good friend.

Few people set off with the quest to “look” for a good friend. Relationships, friendships seem to happen all on their own. But friends have a myriad of facets—they come and go, leave an imprint in your heart, make a difference, spill a bit of joy, give you a bit of insight, or some even disappoint you. All kinds of friends, all kinds of effects they leave etched in our lives.

Yesterday, I had a delightful conversation with a good friend, Patti; our memories took us back to our… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on June 30, 2008 at 7:17pm — No Comments

[Website Makeover Monday] What is MySpace Really?

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How knowing "2" Simple Things . . .

Can improve your… Continue

Added by C.F. Jackson on June 30, 2008 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Today's eZine Publication

Hello everyone. You can check out today's ezine by clicking on the following link.

Feel free to forward this information or sign up for the eZine. Also, let me know if you are interested in becoming a featured artist!

Lynn Tincher

Added by Lynn Tincher, Author on June 30, 2008 at 9:43am — No Comments

Whew! That was fun!

Today is the last day of Blog Stops for June. It was the first time I've had three books touring at once. To read all of the reviews and interviews, please stop by Blog Stop Book Tours!

Added by Mary Lewis on June 30, 2008 at 9:42am — No Comments

'A Study in Red' is a Book of the Month!

The members of 'The Jack the Ripper Forums' have made my novel 'A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper, their 'Book of the Month', and have opened a thread for discusssion of the book at

I'm flattered that, of all the books on the subject available to them for discussion, they have chosen mine for the first of this new feature on the forum. As the JTR Forum is one of the largest… Continue

Added by Brian L Porter on June 30, 2008 at 1:30am — No Comments

Dialogue vs. Narrative

At their most basic, stories have two elements: Dialogue and Narrative. Narrative also has two main purposes: to inform the reader and to describe a person, place or thing. Funny thing is, done right, so does Dialogue. Many times the dialogue between characters can give you as much if not more information about your characters and thier plight as any narrative. My editor punctuated my last novel with comment regarding this very topic, and I began to learn very quickly getting the right balance… Continue

Added by Ron Adams on June 29, 2008 at 7:52pm — No Comments

Monday, July 14 at 8pm Don’t start the revolution without Poetry… Celebrate Bastille Day at the Living Theater with Living Poetry Featured Poets: Steve Zeitllin, Sparrow, Mike Graves, Dorothy F.…

Monday, July 14 at 8pm

Don’t start the revolution without Poetry…

Celebrate Bastille Day at the Living Theater with Living Poetry

Featured Poets:

Steve Zeitllin, Sparrow, Mike Graves, Dorothy F. August,

Jim Pignetti, Gil Fagiani, Nathan Versace, Eve Packer,

Tsaurah Litsky, Patrica Carragon, and Esther Smith

The Living Theater

21 Clinton Street (Between Houston and Stanton)

Admssion:… Continue

Added by Patricia Carragon on June 29, 2008 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Suggestions for Presenting Yourself To An Agent

Most big publishers won’t accept or even look at unsolicited or unrepresented manuscripts. According to many experts in the field, the best way to get a major publishing house to read your work is to work through a literary agent. But, before approaching an agent to represent you, you should finalize the presentation of your book. Remember the old adage that you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Nowhere is this more important to the new writer than at this stage of the… Continue

Added by Ron Adams on June 28, 2008 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Starting my Ph.D.

No time like the present! I've started new student orientation and my actual classes for my Ph.D. begin in a few short weeks. It's going to be a long journey, but at the moment I'm psyched.

Any advice from those who have gone before?


Added by Gregory A. Kompes on June 28, 2008 at 3:28am — No Comments

Need Editorial or Design Services?

If you need editorial and design services, I have to recommend Hayes Design and Editorial Service, The business is new, but it is composed of 4 designers, 4 editors and 3 writers. This is the place to see if you need to get your book in tip top shape.

Added by Lacresha Hayes on June 27, 2008 at 10:40pm — No Comments

"Do I Have What It Takes?"

"Do I have what it takes to become an author?" If someone were to ask me that question, I’d have to say I have no idea. The simple fact is every person has a story, but not every person knows how to tell it. In my humble opinion, it takes a special breed of person to become an “Author” with a big A. That would be the type of person who actually writes and finishes that novel, or book of poetry, or even that book of short stories, and see it all the way to publication. The following is a list of… Continue

Added by Ron Adams on June 27, 2008 at 10:39am — No Comments

Guest Author Self-Publishing Guru Peter Bowerman Live at Pump Up Your Book Promotion Social Network's Author Day Today!

Join us as Peter Bowerman, author of the book on self-publishing, THE WELL-FED SELF PUBLISHER: HOW TO TURN ONE BOOK INTO A FULL-TIME LIVING visits Pump Up Your Book Promotion Social Network's Author Day today! Peter will be giving away one copy of his book at the end of the night to one lucky person from the chat. Click here to join in the conversation!

About the… Continue

Added by Dorothy Thompson on June 27, 2008 at 10:25am — No Comments

Summer Reading

Believe it or not, summer does come to Buffalo, New York. After endless months of bone-chilling cold and gloomy skies, shorts and t-shirts have replaced the parkas. It’s the time of the year to sit back, relax. And read! Let’s face it, when I go to the town pool or the beach with the family, I can always find someone, and usually more than one, digging into a book. Here are some suggestions guaranteed to make your summer months an enjoyable, book-filled season!

On the road… Continue

Added by Ron Adams on June 27, 2008 at 10:03am — No Comments

Try, Try Again!!

June 27th, 2008

Have you ever tried something and fell flat on your face? I don’t mean a little stumble, I mean a great big belly flop mess? Well, try again. get back up, dust yourself off, find out where you went wrong and try again! It does not matter how much you failed, the only thing that matters is if you got back up! Let me give you an example from the Bible.

In the Old Testament David was trying to bring the Ark of God back to its rightful place. He rushed headlong in… Continue

Added by Barbara Smith on June 27, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments

Article in 'The Journal of The Whitechapel Society 1888', 'Whodunnit?...I Dunno!"

Soon after the release of my novel 'A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper', I was approached by the editor of the Journal of 'The Whitechapel Society 1888' and asked to write an article for their June issue, telling of the genesis of the book. The society, based in London, studies not only the crimes of Jack the Ripper, but the history of Victorian and Edwardian London in general. I felt privileged to be asked to contribute to the journal of this prestigious society, and the… Continue

Added by Brian L Porter on June 27, 2008 at 4:00am — No Comments


This is the picture of deep dark space

It's depth is very clear

I warn all of the coming days

Indeed the end is near

From heavens deep there is a cry

For all to take heed of

The angels of the lord our god

Are coming from above

But be not fooled of a second sun

That soon will be in sight

For many of us will be fooled

This will not be true light

It is a sign from up above

The… Continue

Added by Head Spook on June 27, 2008 at 1:44am — No Comments

Mayra Calvani Virtual Tour Stops at The Book Stacks

Hello and welcome to day twenty-seven 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 The Book Stacks. 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 27, 2008 at 12:00am — No Comments

Writing No-Nos

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 — No Comments

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