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[REALITY CHECK] – Amazon’s Kindle Lending: Pennies or Progress? by Jim Brown

Posted by Zetta Brown on July 28, 2015 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Could the days of making big (if not easy) money selling your ebooks through Amazon be over? 

If you have ebooks on sale through Amazon and participate in Kindle Unlimited  and/or the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, chances are you have become aware of the change with regard to your Kindle royalties.

If you are starting out and considering whether or not you want to participate in Amazon's Kindle Unlimited and/or the Kindle Owners' Lending Library,  this is for you too.

This week on [REALITY CHECK] Jim Brown offers some background and insight into Amazon's latest game-changing strategy, and it is something you need to understand because it could affect the way you publish through Amazon--if you do so at all.…

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Pros and Cons of Using a Pen Name

Posted by Maria Murnane on July 13, 2015 at 11:30am 8 Comments

Sometimes when people find out that I'm an author, they ask if I write under my own name or if I use a pseudonym. Given how hard it is to generate awareness about my books using the name I've had my entire life, this question always makes me laugh. However, I do think for some authors a pen name isn't necessarily a bad idea, so I thought it was worth writing a blog post on the subject.

 

If you've already published a book, then you've learned first-hand how much effort goes into promoting it, no matter who your publisher is. And if you've read my blog with any regularity you'll see that many of my suggestions for book marketing involve tapping into personal and professional networks. College alumni magazines and alumni groups, fraternity/sorority connections, business associations, social media accounts - these all offer receptive, credible channels for getting news about your book out to…

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Grammergency #16: Authors’ Top Ten Misused Phrases

Posted by Annie Tucker on July 7, 2015 at 9:00am 15 Comments

One of the things I like most about being an editor is my exposure to a wildly diverse array of books. Over the years, I’ve worked on everything from novels to prescriptive nonfiction to memoir to cookbooks, and I’ve learned something new from each manuscript I’ve touched.  

Despite the variability of the content I’ve edited, however, what remains a constant is authors’ misuse of certain phrases and expressions in their writing. Sometimes called eggcorns, these terms retain their original intended meaning but employ the wrong words to do so. I’ve been keeping a tally of the ten most common examples of these errors, and while I’m no etymologist, I’d love to know where things went awry for the…

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[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Writing as Nourishment

Posted by Cindy Eastman on July 20, 2015 at 3:23pm 4 Comments

I once wrote about writing as compared to a long, cool drink of water:

 

“Writing [now] is like taking a long cool drink of water after a walk down a hot dusty road--revitalizing.  I often forget to do that--take a long cool drink of water, literally. When I’m tired or stressed I look to some restorative function to pick me back up again. It used to be cigarettes, can sometimes be alcohol, could always be chocolate, occasionally a nap and, surprisingly these days, exercise. But of all those times, a glass of water can usually do the trick. And I never remember that.

 

I also forget that when I am agitated of the soul and hurried of the mind and I look to those resuscitative devices again, it’s the figurative long cool drink of water I need. I need to write.…

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may be the contrast here,
the national library stairs.

guided to the cupboard,
the collection dusted, labelled,
named as important. emptied, it
is the proof that nothing can be
rare.

nothing is now something, quality
of non existence, held us in a
moment, then we moved on blindly
looking for something,

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AUSTRALIA'S STRANGE PESTS

Australia is a unique country and is home to some of the deadliest and invasive animals and insects in the world. Australia’s isolated location has allowed these insects, mammals, birds and reptiles to survive and make the human inhabitants accommodate to their presence.

 

Australia’s household pests stem beyond the common cockroach and termite, and can consist of carpenter ants, centipedes, red spiders, bats and more. Most homeowners will request a residential home inspection…

THE TALE OF TWO TRUFFLES

It's well established that truffles are a prized ingredient in any well-appointed kitchen.  Elusive little tuber like things which are actually fungi, truffles are sought after with all the cunning and secrecy of competing treasure hunters.  Greeks and Romans considered truffles to be both therapeutic and an aphrodisiac.  Prized by kings and peasants alike throughout the ages, they add that extra bit of delight, a spicy yet delicate flavor and aroma to our favorite foods. …

Your Life As A Story

Do you think of it that way- your life as a story unfolding? In the book “A Daybook of Positive Thinking” Douglas Pagels tells us that we’ll have a more pleasant journey through life if we think of it as a story unfolding as we go along with new adventures and the cast of characters in it ever…

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Hello all, have been absent from this page for quite a while due to my move to France. Enjoying life here and finally got the right participants for a true artists life with painting and writing.  

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