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Grammar Tip: Don't Overcapitalize

Posted by Maria Murnane on September 2, 2014 at 8:39am 0 Comments

In last week's post, I discussed a grammatical error authors tend to make when writing their own bios. Another common mistake I see in author bios is the capitalization of the titles they hold/held in their current or previous day jobs.


Here's a typical example:


John Smith, Author of Book ABC, is the Director of Human Resources at Company XYZ. In his free time he loves to surf, play practical jokes on his coworkers and toss a baseball around with his three young sons. He currently lives in San Diego.


While John sounds like a fun guy, he could use a little refresher on the rules of capitalization. Here's how it…


Discrimination against Print-on-Demand Books Is Out of Touch and Bad for the Environment Too

Posted by Brooke Warner on September 1, 2014 at 9:30pm 1 Comment

When I think about the publishing community at large, my mind doesn’t immediately gravitate toward images of excess, waste, and environmental unconsciousness. And yet, unfortunately, because of the nature of book manufacturing and the routine destruction of books for tax write-offs, this image is an accurate depiction of some publishing ventures. Most publishers destroy thousands (even hundreds of thousands) of books every year in a process called “pulping” to get rid of excess inventory. It’s practically criminal, honestly, when you think about deforestation and other climate concerns. And more so given that print on demand (POD) technology allows publishers and authors to print more conservatively and then to fulfill orders to demand as needed, or to print on demand from the get-go,…


[SWP: Behind the Book] Write Through This

Posted by Kelley Clink on August 30, 2014 at 4:30pm 4 Comments

Wow. I’ve been working on this post for a few weeks and I have to say: reliving the creation of my book? Not as easy as I thought it would be.  Probably because while writing a memoir about losing my brother to suicide was incredibly healing, it was also slow and raw and painful, like digging glass splinters out of my heart with my fingers.

It's been ten years since my brother took his own life. I was 24 at the time. Fresh out of a graduate program in literature, I believed words were the answer to everything. I would write about my brother eventually, I knew. What I didn’t know was when I would do it or what I would say. The first year without him the grief was too hot and too sharp to touch. I worked a series of low-paying jobs and zombie-walked my way through the days, waiting…


[1st BOOKS] From Factory to Bestselling Author

Posted by 1st Books on August 29, 2014 at 5:30am 2 Comments

If you think you have an excuse not to write, I have little doubt that today's guest post by bestselling author Jean Kwok will disabuse you of that and send you to your writing chair. I've known Jean's writing since the fabulous success of her first novel, Girl in Translation, an award-winning New York Times bestseller which has been published in 17 countries and taught in universities, colleges and high schools across the world. She's back with a second novel which has already been named a Best Book of 2014 by Woman's Day and Real Simple. Mambo in Chinatown is the story of a young woman torn between her family duties in Chinatown and her escape into the world of ballroom dancing--a story which may sound a little familiar after you read her post. -…


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Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer by Ali Maier

Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer is a children’s book by Ali Maier, written for ages 8 – 12.

A sister and brother, forced to write in the summer, and share ONE journal? Ugh.

This is exactly what happens to 10-year-old twins Maggie and Max Pruitt. When Mom comes up with…

Buy cheap bedding sets at shelayer before Christmas

Cheap bedding sets - There are many different kinds and variants of bunkbeds accessible to you to choose from and ultimately purchase if indeed you are in the marketplace for a bunk. Regardless of your capacity to pay, the years of the children to whom the bunk bed is good for, or even the bedroom or space requirements of the bunk bed, it is possible to locate in order to find the suitable bunk which will make…

Interview with Donna Galanti, author of ‘A Hidden Element,’ book 2 in The Element Trilogy

Donna Galanti writes murder and mystery with a dash of steam as well as middle grade adventure fiction. She is the author of books 1 and 2 in the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy, A Human Element andA Hidden Element, the short story collection The Dark Inside, and Joshua and The Lightning…


Out of the millions of adoptees adopted in the closed adoption system (Post-WW II Baby Scoop Era), I’m one of the lucky ones who found her biological family.  Fifty years ago, no one would have believed in the power of the internet, (because there was no internet), to be able to find these people and to connect with them.  It’s really a God-send for us adoptees, and for our first (birth) mothers, not to mention the…

Grammar Tip: Don't Overcapitalize

In last week's post, I discussed a grammatical error authors tend to make when writing their own bios. Another common mistake I see in author bios is the capitalization of the titles they hold/held in their current or previous day jobs.



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