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September 2008 Blog Posts (134)

Tips for Plotting Your Novel - Part 1: Percolate Your Ideas

Fiction authors are often asked, “How do you come up with your novel plots? Where do you find those ideas?” As a Canadian suspense author, I am often asked these questions, and my answers will usually include something about letting ideas percolate and ferment.

I know―it sounds like I’m brewing coffee and making homemade wine, but in reality I’m creating what I hope will be a fast-paced suspense novel that will be enjoyed by readers worldwide. I think that percolating a novel plot is… Continue

Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on September 30, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

'A Study in Red' Still Holding Top Spot in Chart

I'm happy to report that 'A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper' is still holding on to the number one spot at Amazon UK, in the category of Jack the Ripper Books when you 'Sort by average customer review'. this is a great facility which lets you see which books the readers are actually enjoying, and I think it's sad that this faciilty isn't available on the Amazon US site. You can see the page at Amazon UK at… Continue

Added by Brian L Porter on September 30, 2008 at 11:47am — No Comments

How to File Bankruptcy

That inquiry has become more common each day. Anxiety rises, worry presses on, uncertainty hovers above us and even the rope of job security is frayed.

You and I know this doesn't catch God by surprise, nor does He leave us without answers, solutions or ways to cope and bring back reassurance and peace.

He begins with this instruction:

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on September 30, 2008 at 11:15am — No Comments

The Things You See When You Haven't Got a Gun

New blog post at:

Added by Mitzi Szereto on September 30, 2008 at 8:39am — No Comments

I'm a Guest at Monster Fest in Chesapekae, Virginia Oct. 4th

'll be a guest and not only selling and signing copies of my books, including Haunted Richmond, but doing two panels, Female Voices In Horror Literature 12 Noon to 1:00pm and moderating Ghost Hunting 101 with some Virginia paranormal investigators 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

The mini horror convention is saturday, October 4th, from 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Chesapeake Central Library 298 Cedar Rd. in Chesapeake. The entire event is free!

I hope to see you there!

Here is MONSTER FEST 2008… Continue

Added by Pamela K. Kinney/Sapphire Phelan on September 29, 2008 at 7:48pm — No Comments

Poetry Grows in Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, Brooklyn: THE BROWNSTONE POETS READING SERIES: Current October Schedule: Saturday, October 4 at 3:30PM at Café Sutra *MySpace Women: Puma Perl, Ch…

Poetry Grows in Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, Brooklyn:


Current October Schedule:

Saturday, October 4 at 3:30PM at Café Sutra

*MySpace Women: Puma Perl, Christine Timm & Lori Williams *

Café Sutra

639A 5th Avenue

(between 18th & 19th Sts.)

Park Slope, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11215


$3 donation + food/drink - Regular Open Mic

Take the R or M to Prospect… Continue

Added by Patricia Carragon on September 29, 2008 at 7:28pm — No Comments

Latest Covers are Winners with Clients! YES!

I'd love your feedback on this cover. What do you like? What captures your attention about them? Does it make you feel inspired? Or, would you change something?

Chris Hayes

Hayes Design and Editorial Service…


Added by Hayes Design and Editorial Service on September 29, 2008 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Self-publishing success stories

Big Houses Benefit from Savvy Self-Publishers by Rachel Deahl -- Publishers Weekly

Every so often a self-publishing Cinderella story makes headlines. In 2003 it was a home-schooled 20-year-old, Christopher Paolini, who sold his first novel about a dragon to Knopf, and in 2006 Kathleen McGowan got a seven-figure deal from S&S for her Da Vinci Code–esque Mary Magdalene series. And in the coming months, look for more self-publishing success stories, as the big… Continue

Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on September 29, 2008 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

New Blog Post: "PS: We Wanna Know" with Jessie O. of Goose Creek, South Carolina

I have posted a new blog within the "PS: We Wanna Know" segment where I answer the questions of Jessie O. of Goose Creek, South Carolina.

Q.) I have been writing for a long time and have begun work on a book that I am very excited about. I have never been so engulfed with a story. I would love to get the inside scoop on "finding your own voice" that you mentioned in one blog entry. What exactly do you mean by this?

Click… Continue

Added by Bobby Ozuna on September 29, 2008 at 2:17pm — 1 Comment

How Magnetic North Affects Safe Nautical Navigation

Did you know that the location of the magnetic north pole affects every course you plot on your navigational chart? Are you familiar with the two ways to correct your course in order to steer a safe, accurate magnetic course?

Use this easy guide to gain a good understanding of true and magnetic direction. Then you’ll have the confidence to expand your horizons for cruising wherever you wish to go.

True North and True Course Direction.

Imagine that you… Continue

Added by John Jamieson on September 29, 2008 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Sunday Salon: a place for avid readers

The Sunday

An author friend of mine, Karen Harrington, invited me to join Sunday Salon, a place where people read books and chronicle their journeys. It's not necessarily just for writing book reviews, but for commenting on what you like about the book, the author, the writing itself--basically anything book related.

As the site says,…


Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on September 29, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Is This The Best Reason to Start a Website.. Ever? (3min Video)

What are your thoughts, is this the BEST reason to start an intenet business?

Questions or comments are… Continue

Added by Nelson Bates on September 29, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Canadian Authors Network...join now

Visit Canadian Authors Network
This network is ONLY for Canadian authors* and for fans of Canadian authors. Please do not join this group if you are neither.

International authors should not join unless they are serious fans of Canadian books/authors and posts should be relevant and not self-promotion.

Canadian authors can discuss their works, events, news,… Continue

Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on September 29, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Interview posts with publishing experts Patricia Fry, Danny O. Snow, and Yvonne Perry

I'm happy to announce that my blog, A Book Inside, will be hosting three amazing interview posts with publishing experts Patricia Fry, author of 28 books, on October 1, Danny O. Snow, author and Dan Poynter's cohort at on November 1, and Yvonne Perry, author and creator of Writer's In The Sky, on November 20! Mark your calendars; this will be extremely informative and fun! Visit A Book Inside at Also… Continue

Added by Author101 on September 29, 2008 at 10:16am — 1 Comment

Want to review books for

Do you like to read? Want some free books in exchange for writing a review? is looking for people who love reading to review the stacks of books that are pouring in to a new book review program.

If you enjoy reading, don't mind getting a free book (or 2...or 5) and like to write reviews, then this is for you!

From the newsletter TIPS for WRITERS:

We have tons of books and not… Continue

Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on September 29, 2008 at 5:30am — No Comments

Hot Trends, Hot Markets - Social Networking and How Authors Can Use Them to the Fullest Potential

In July I presented on a panel at the 2008 CanWrite! Conference in Edmonton, Alberta. The topic of my panel was Hot Trends, Hot Markets, and it was the only panel that ran separately as a main feature. As an author, I looked at this topic from the perspective of aspiring and published authors.

As someone who's been nicknamed "Shameless Promoter" because I promote my books with everything I've got, utilizing everything I can think of or learn about, I want to share what I've learned.… Continue

Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on September 28, 2008 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Seriously, how many rejection letters can I expect?

I'm working on my nonfiction/memoir book manuscript.. and next comes my book proposal and query.

Seriously, about how many rejection letters can I expect?? If I send my info out to about 20-30 literary agents?? any thoughts??


Added by Bonnie Rose on September 28, 2008 at 2:23pm — 3 Comments

The Big Picture

In a democratic society, elections come and elections go, but this US presidential election campaign will go down in history as one of the most exciting and electrifying the world has ever seen. As if an African American male and a white female vying for the democratic party's nomination wasn't enough, the staid Republican party went and nominated a female as their candidate's running mate. The political mercury could not possibly get hotter. However, the rhetoric from the Republican camp… Continue

Added by Angela Joseph on September 28, 2008 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Have written five books already!

I'm a widowed, homeschooling mom of a 13 year old child. I've been writing since age 11, but sold a children's story about 15 years ago. I just got back into writing in September, 2008. I've written 5 books so far: The Gift of Healing for Today's Believer, it's translation into Spanish (also done by me) titled, El Don de Sanidad Divina para el Creyente de Hoy, Toxic Religion, Reiki Healing Made Easy (where I attune people for free to become healers), and my newest book just finished and soon to… Continue

Added by Rosita Tanza on September 28, 2008 at 10:36am — 2 Comments

How to Lower Sail Repair Costs on Your Cruising Sailboat

Did you know that the average mainsail and headsail only last 8 years? Sails used on a racing sailboat or long distance cruising sailboat break down much sooner. What can you do to prevent sail repairs from eating up a significant portion of your cruising budget? First, take a quick look at how tension control plays a critical role in keeping your boat sails healthy.

A Peak behind the Sailmaking Curtain

Your sailmaker installs a fiber or wire rope luff reinforcement called a… Continue

Added by John Jamieson on September 28, 2008 at 10:11am — 2 Comments

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