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[SWP: Behind the Book] All in Her Head: A Novel

Posted by Sunny Mera on March 23, 2015 at 5:30pm 5 Comments

After years of going back and forth and second-guessing about sharing my story, I made a decision to tell my story as fiction based on a true story.

During the birth of my daughter I experienced something I didn't know was possible. I had an orgasmic labor, then during the examination my mind broke and I was lost in the land between fantasy and reality. I experienced mental illness for the first time, and broke free from reality. My journey toward learning to live with my illness was an adventure toward separating real from unreal. From the time I thought a New York Times application was speaking to me in new ways to reporting fires (like the one at the burning Icon site in the East Village of Manhattan), I struggled to understand my reality. Trusting the people around me was my…

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Remember Why You Wrote Your Book in the First Place

Posted by Maria Murnane on March 30, 2015 at 8:00am 4 Comments

Last fall my good friends Martha and Tanya had a "stoop sale," which is what we apartment-dwelling New Yorkers call a good old-fashioned garage sale. As the three of us were discussing how much to charge for a beaded purse and why no one had yet bought the wooden elephant, a kind older gentleman strolled by. He struck up a conversation about the stack of books Martha and Tanya were selling. He said his name was Leland William Howard and explained that he'd written a memoir about the 20 years he'd spent with his beloved dog Betsy.

With tears of joy in his eyes, Mr. Howard told us how writing the book was purely a labor of love. He'd published it on his own and hadn't sold many copies, but that didn't matter to him. He had a story to tell, he'd told it, and he was extremely proud of having done so.

Bravo, Mr. Howard!…

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The Importance of Asking for Feedback

Posted by Maria Murnane on March 23, 2015 at 2:00am 18 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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Move Over Stellaluna

Looking for some unique books to share with your kids?  Stellaluna is no more the only bat on the block in children's literature. Yesterday, at our school hosted Brian Lies, an author who has authored and illustrated four unique "bat books". His work is exquisite and sure to provide a memorable reading experience to share with your children. Learn more about Brian Lies and his books on my blog, Nurturing Literacy.…

The Art of Submission: How Do You Query Without Being Pushy (No, Really. How Do You?)

Here’s something I’ve been struggling with: there has been a significant lull in responses to my submissions.

It must be the time of year, right? Journals and magazines are slammed with the mid-submission-season accumulation, the stories piling up in their Submittable accounts as…

Women Use Sex to Breakup Monotony of Work Week in New Line of Steamy Romance Novels

 

 Women Use Sex to Breakup Monotony of Work Week in New Line of Steamy Romance Novels

 

Stone Cottage Books has published another sexy novella, Comfort Food and The Colombian, in its new line of short love stories. Most of the heroines in the steamy, multicultural romance books are middle-aged women in need of a change in their lives.

 

 

 

Middle-Aged Women Use Sex to Breakup Monotony of Work Week in New Line…

Book Review: Naked and Transparent

     Do you have fulfilling relationships?  More importantly, do you have a healthy, accepting, and loving…

So What's Your Story

What’s your story? Okay, what I mean is- what story do you tell yourself? Do you tell yourself a story of how you’re not good enough or that you can’t do anything right or that everybody else on this planet is somehow better than you?

That’s a crummy story. It’s also a lie. You’re telling yourself…

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