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Waiting for the Fruit

Posted by Mel Ryane on July 20, 2014 at 1:00pm 3 Comments

In 2008, as my agent started sending my memoir out to editors, Lehman Brothers closed up shop and so the Great Recession began. Homeowners, wannabe homeowners and the middle- and lower-classes were sent on a terrible downslide.

Publishing is about money and when money disappears, fear sets in. Once that shaking starts, endings begin. Editors left publishing in droves, either being sent on their way, or choosing the role of seller over buyer by hanging out a new shingle: "Literary Agent." Unknown writers flailed, banged their heads against walls, and waited.…

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Undertaking Memoir

Posted by Patricia Reis on July 23, 2014 at 8:30am 4 Comments

“It helps if they are dead,” say many memoirists when asked about including family members in their work. Clearly, memoir is an undertaker’s profession: how to present the person so they look as natural as they did in life? Consider, for example, preparing the late Mickey Easterling, the infamous Grande Dame of New Orleans, for her big finale. “My goal,” said her wardrobe consultant and cosmetician, “was to make her look even prettier than she was in real life.” So there she sits, a well-cosseted Mickey, presiding over her own memorial party perched on a raised wrought iron bench wearing a bright rose-flowered dress, outrageous hat, fuchsia pink feather boa, a cigarette holder and champagne flute clutched in the bejeweled claws of her red fingernail painted hands, a diamond-studded “Bitch”…

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Marketing tip: Use text in your hyperlinks

Posted by Maria Murnane on July 22, 2014 at 9:57am 0 Comments

Including hyperlinks in your marketing materials is a great way to send people to your Amazon page, or your website, or your Facebook page, or anywhere you want them to go. But the actual links can be long and quite unsightly, so I suggest using the text function to make them look clean, pretty and professional.

 

Hyperlinks look better with text!

Let's use the e-mail signature as an example. Including a clever blurb about your books and a hyperlink or two in your e-mail signature is a fantastic marketing strategy that I've been recommending for as long as I've been writing this blog. However, I often receive e-mails from authors that include crazy long links. To protect the guilty, I'm…

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[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Vacation

Posted by Cindy Eastman on July 22, 2014 at 6:00am 5 Comments

I just got back from ten days in Italy. It was, in a word, amazing. And that’s not even a very good word. As I prepared to be away from my daily life for ten days, I considered what to do about my writing. I have a small, leather travel journal that I always pack with me, but a quick flip through the pages of past trips gives evidence that I don’t seek it out very frequently. I’m supposed to be promoting my recently published book via updates and newsy items on my virtual, digital platform, but I decided that I would have to take a break from it while I was gone (I think my publisher just fainted as I wrote that). I was going on vacation--it would be okay if I took a break to enjoy some time off and visit friends and relatives whom I hadn’t seen in over three years, right?

However, when one is a…

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[1st BOOKS] Robin Black: There Was Only Moving Forward

Robin Black’s debut novel, Life Drawing, is an Indie Next pick for August, and on the long list for the Flaherty-Dunnun First Novel Prize. Claire Messud calls it “at once quiet and memorable.” Robin’s story collection, If I loved you, I would tell you this,…

The Seven Excuses Drivers Make to Get Rid of Traffic Tickets

Receiving a traffic ticket is one of the worst moments for a driver. Often, drivers minding their own business suddenly observe the flashing lights behind them that tell them to park and make them nervously wait for an officer to come up and inform them how fast they were driving. This is how drivers get entitled to…

All Art Friday

Posted new edition of All Art Friday.

Today's spotlights: paper-cutter Catherine Winkler Rayroud, van Gogh's letters online, Sir George Clausen paintings, jazz bassist Rufus Reid's suite inspired by Elizabeth Catlett, 3-D fairy tales by Su Blackwell, and a catalogue 'Hopper Drawing'.

The roundup highlights exhibitions at Museum of Glass (Irish glass), Huntington Museum of Art (Canadian Inuit prints), Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Rinko Kawauchi photographs), Cantor Arts Center…

The Most Child-friendly London Areas

To grow into responsible and happy young adults children need to feel safe and secure in their home environment. They also need the availability of outdoor space to play and develop physically. Understanding your child’s development will allow you to provide them with all the opportunities they need to prepare them for the adult world and this includes where you choose to live. This article will identify the best London areas for your child with regards to schools, safety…

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Good morning all! It is a gorgeous morning. It has just finished raining and the billowy clouds are making their way east. As I went out to feed the strays i always see one waiting for me.She depends on me and I won't let her down.
Is there someone in your life that perhaps…

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    My first book is currently in production with She Writes Press for publish date of April 2014. Meanwhile, while writing Book 1, I completely deleted a whole last section of the book, a continuation on how to use everything in the book on a daily…Continue

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    There are several serviceable biographies about child psychoanalyst Anna Freud, who lived from 1895 to 1982. But as a fictional memoir, Hysterical…Continue

     
     
     

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