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Grammergency #13: When Quotation Marks Attack

Posted by Annie Tucker on May 26, 2015 at 9:19am 0 Comments

For the past few months, I’ve been working on a little photography project, inspired by signs around California that use quotation marks incorrectly and that I find hilarious—especially when I can’t figure out for the life of me what purpose the quotes are meant to serve. Got any theories?

This one is my favorite. I found it on a fireplace screen.

I get that garlic conjures up negative images for some people (bad breath, vampires, etc.), but there's nothing hypothetical…

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[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] What Makes a Great Blog?

Posted by Meghan Ward on May 28, 2015 at 8:47am 0 Comments

When I teach Blogging for Beginners at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, we get everyone's blogs set up, but that’s the easy part. Learning how to use Wordpress, Blogger, or SquareSpace will get your blog online, but it won’t make you a great blogger. Great blogs have five things in common—quality design, great content, clear layout, consistent posts, and audience engagement. Here are a few tips for making your good blog great:

Photo courtesy of John Stansbury via Creative Commons

 

Design

If you’re not sure whether you like blogging, start with a free…

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Pinterest Power!

Posted by Janay Lampkin on May 20, 2015 at 3:00pm 7 Comments

 

Ever find yourself logging on to your Pinterest account for quick inspiration--and 46 pins, a glass of wine, and 30 minutes later you've been sucked into a Pinterest hole? Why not maximize on this addicting platform and utilize its features to benefit your launch day? There is no reason your character inspiration, book and giveaway promotions, and #novelines should not be shared with the Pinterest world.

Here are four quick ways to help you gain more momentum on Pinterest when it comes to your author platform:

Cast board

If your novel was optioned for a movie, who would the director cast for the different roles? It’s always fun to match…

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Does Your Dialogue Sound Realistic?

Posted by Maria Murnane on May 25, 2015 at 10:30am 1 Comment

Most of us read books because we love to escape (temporarily) from reality and immerse ourselves in alternate worlds inhabited by colorful, interesting characters whose lives are much more exciting than our own. That's certainly why I read! However, while the lives these characters lead might be less than realistic, it's important (to me, at least) that their dialogue is realistic. 

When I read a book with dialogue that doesn't ring true, instead of getting sucked into the story I find myself thinking, "Who talks like that? No one would say that." And as I've said a million times in this blog, you want your readers focused on the story, not on the problems with your writing.

(Note: I'm referring to contemporary fiction, not tales of dystopian…

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How Do You Sound?

How do you sound…when you speak to others? How do you sound?

Are your words kind? Do you offer a smile and sincere sentiments? If asked for your opinion do you give it with concern for the feelings of others?

Or do you just blurt out whatever you feel like saying regardless of the effect it may have on…

Dry Drunk, Part 7

Part 6 of Dry Drunk is posted here. This is Part 7.

A work of fiction.

The ward is on lockdown. Somebody snapped and attacked an orderly. I saw the whole thing happen in front of me. He'd been pacing angrily up and down the corridors, sweaty, with an ashen face. Detox. It had only been a matter of time. What we had been observing in his behavior unnerved us, because what…

'filters'

We've all been in that situation- we've made a wrong decision. But where will Ashton's wrong decision take her? Will it open a new world of possibilities or will it be the beginning of the end? You'll never know until you read 'filters' Kindle or hard copy …

How to Publish Ebooks to Grow Your Business

Whether you plan to offer free how-to books as part of your content marketing outreach efforts or you want to integrate ebooks into your revenue-generation efforts, there are a number of essential tools that you can use during the publishing process: http://bookpublicityservices.com/tools-publishing-ebooks-business/

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] What Makes a Great Blog?

When I teach Blogging for Beginners at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, we get everyone's blogs set up, but that’s the easy part. Learning how to use Wordpress, Blogger, or SquareSpace will get your blog online, but it won’t make you a great blogger. Great blogs have five things in common—quality design, great content, clear layout, consistent posts, and audience…

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