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The Importance of Asking for Feedback

Posted by Maria Murnane on March 23, 2015 at 2:00am 17 Comments

Requesting feedback is a valuable - and critical - element of the writing process. When it's positive, feedback can encourage you to keep going when you might otherwise lack momentum. On a more granular level, it can reveal what's strongest about your writing, which characters and storylines readers respond to the most, etc. All in all, it's a wonderful motivator in what can be an extremely lonely endeavor. 

Negative feedback, while sometimes (or perhaps always) tough to swallow, is equally important. Constructive criticism on plot, character development, dialogue, or even grammar can alert you to weaknesses in your writing - and give you time to address them before taking your manuscript to a bigger stage.

However, while many people would love to help you, not everyone is cut out to criticize the work of friends or family members. So unless you're sure the person in question will be completely honest with his or her opinion, good or bad,…

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[REALITY CHECK] - The Realities of Being a Published Author by Kathleen Kaska

Posted by Zetta Brown on March 24, 2015 at 7:30am 5 Comments

Kathleen Kaska is an award-winning mystery author. Her Sydney Lockhart Mystery Series is set in the 1950s and features the plucky "girl" reporter and sleuth of the same name.

She is also the author of the innovative Classic Mystery Triviography™ Series--a series of books that will appeal to Agatha Christie, Alfred Hitchcock, and Sherlock Holmes fans of all ages, as well as trivia enthusiasts, mystery buffs, and lovers of classic films.

Today on [REALITY CHECK],…

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[Breakfast with the Muse] The Way of the Scavenger

Posted by Jill Jepson on March 20, 2015 at 1:30pm 6 Comments

If you want to get the most out of life, discover joy no matter what your circumstances, and have an endless supply of ideas and inspiration for your writing, then I suggest you take up the ancient and powerful Way of the Scavenger.

Scavenging is a way of being, thinking, and living that:

sees the world as trove of pirate treasure

values the broken and discarded

puts to use all manner of things others hold to be worthless, ugly, ruined, or done with.

Scavengers have always existed. They are the dumpster divers, the junkmen, and the ragpickers of the world. They are the ones who survive the toughest of times. Because they know how to make do.

All writers…

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5 Reasons Why Your Book Isn’t Being Carried in Bookstores

Posted by Brooke Warner on March 23, 2015 at 10:00pm 2 Comments

Having worked my entire career for small presses, I’ve received the “why isn’t my book in the bookstore?” e-mail many many times from authors. Most new authors assume their books are going to be carried in any brick-and-mortar store they go into; savvier authors who’ve been around the block a few times know that it’s not that cut-and-dried. This is only becoming harder in today’s publishing climate, as more and more books compete for less and less shelf space; and if you’re a self-published author, you’re operating at a significant disadvantage. Though your local bookstores might support local self-published authors, without traditional distribution, it’s almost impossible to get your book carried beyond your local mom-and-pop store, let alone to get a non-local bookstore to host an event…

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Do You?

Do you do this- sabotage yourself? Let me give you an example. You want to go on vacation. You pick up brochures, you read about different places to go and you pick one- yes, this is it- the place you’ve dreamed of. You save your money. You put down a deposit. You talk about it with everybody you know. You are…

**Two New Releases** "Comfort Food and The Colombian: Sex and the Work Week" (steamy mini romance) ...

Hi, I hope you're having a great Friday.  Just a quick email to announce two new romance releases.  

Comfort Food and The Colombian:  Sex and the Work Week…

FoodFic Look at "Become Your Own Matchmaker"

I know, I know. This might seem like an unlikely pick for this blog. It’s not YA, it’s not fiction, HOWEVER I love Patti Stanger and The Millionaire Matchmaker, so I was going to read her book regardless. Might as well hope to stumble across a good food (fact?) tie-in,…

What Really Makes Teaching Hard

https://tschwertley.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/why-teaching-is-hard/

What Really Makes Teaching Hard

 

By Tracie Davis Schwertley

      It’s nearing the end of the year, and I’m beginning to write each of my 92 students a letter. I agonize over each letter–wanting my students to know that I see the…

All Art Friday

Posted new edition of All Art Friday.

Spotlights: New Alice Neel book; iPad app 'Wolff'; Illinois Artists at Work; Jennifer Maestre sculpture; Brice Marden video.

The roundup highlights exhibitions of work of Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli, Mary Bauermeister, Josef Albers, indigenous peoples in photographs, and artists in North Carolina's Triangle area.…

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