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undertaking Memoir

Posted by Patricia Reis on July 23, 2014 at 8:30am 0 Comments

“It helps if they are dead,” say many memoirists when asked about including family members in their work. Clearly, memoir is an undertaker’s profession: how to present the person so they look as natural as they did in life? Consider, for example, preparing the late Mickey Easterling, the infamous Grande Dame of New Orleans, for her big finale. “My goal,” said her wardrobe consultant and cosmetician, “was to make her look even prettier than she was in real life.” So there she sits, a well-cosseted Mickey, presiding over her own memorial party perched on a raised wrought iron bench wearing a bright rose-flowered dress, outrageous hat, fuchsia pink feather boa, a cigarette holder and champagne flute clutched in the bejeweled claws of her red fingernail painted hands, a diamond-studded “Bitch”…

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Marketing tip: Use text in your hyperlinks

Posted by Maria Murnane on July 22, 2014 at 9:57am 0 Comments

Including hyperlinks in your marketing materials is a great way to send people to your Amazon page, or your website, or your Facebook page, or anywhere you want them to go. But the actual links can be long and quite unsightly, so I suggest using the text function to make them look clean, pretty and professional.

 

Hyperlinks look better with text!

Let's use the e-mail signature as an example. Including a clever blurb about your books and a hyperlink or two in your e-mail signature is a fantastic marketing strategy that I've been recommending for as long as I've been writing this blog. However, I often receive e-mails from authors that include crazy long links. To protect the guilty, I'm…

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[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Vacation

Posted by Cindy Eastman on July 22, 2014 at 6:00am 5 Comments

I just got back from ten days in Italy. It was, in a word, amazing. And that’s not even a very good word. As I prepared to be away from my daily life for ten days, I considered what to do about my writing. I have a small, leather travel journal that I always pack with me, but a quick flip through the pages of past trips gives evidence that I don’t seek it out very frequently. I’m supposed to be promoting my recently published book via updates and newsy items on my virtual, digital platform, but I decided that I would have to take a break from it while I was gone (I think my publisher just fainted as I wrote that). I was going on vacation--it would be okay if I took a break to enjoy some time off and visit friends and relatives whom I hadn’t seen in over three years, right?

However, when one is a…

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The 10 Biggest Mistakes New Authors Make

Posted by Brooke Warner on July 21, 2014 at 8:00pm 7 Comments

I have to preface this post by noting how easy it is to make mistakes when you're on the road to becoming a published author. This is an emotional journey, and ego can sometimes get in the way. Then there's the many details you must hold, which even publishers get wrong from time to time. I've experienced firsthand the pain of a few or more projects that went to print with pretty egregious problems. And it hurts. Sometimes entire print runs are destroyed as a result. These top 10 mistakes are among the most common I see in my work with authors. Some are about mindset and others are more technical oversights. If you've made any of these mistakes, you're in good company. The best we can do is learn, and spread the word so others take heed.

1. Believing what they want to…

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An Online High School Degree is Now Easy to Get

Getting the high school diploma degree online is an ideal choice for high school dropouts. Students who work and who have not acquired their degree can easily complete their secondary education devoid of attending regular classes.

To acquire the degree for better job opportunities, students are supposed to pass the test with higher marks. What should we do if we try to get high scores? Following are the five tips that you should not ignore:

  1. No shortcut is there in…

Are You Setting the Bar High Enough?

Are you setting the bar high enough…on what you want in life? Are you asking for what you really want…or do you just ask for little things; just in case this “Law of Attraction” thing doesn’t work out for you?

Or do you “dream big” and put your heart and soul into what you want? Does it make you smile all the way down to your toes when you think of it? Do you spend most of your time thinking about it?

Then good for you, because the bigger the dream and the more you believe in…

undertaking Memoir

“It helps if they are dead,” say many memoirists when asked about including family members in their work. Clearly, memoir is an undertaker’s profession: how to present the person so they look as natural as they did in life? Consider, for example, preparing the late Mickey Easterling, the infamous…

How to Design Modern & Comfortable Home interiors

I recently took a weekend trip to visit some family members at their house in London. It was the first time I had visited their house, it’s newly renovated and very white, no clutter anywhere, just a few picture frames dotted about. During my stay I found it hard to relax, watching the anxious expressions on my host’s faces every time I took a bite of food or a sip of coffee while sat on the sofa. This made me think, does having a stylish home really have to come at the cost of being able to…

Romance Writing Tip #17: A REALLY Easy Way to Sell More Books

Increase Your Romance Book Sales

In a word ... spinoffs.

What are Romance Novel Spinoffs?

It's when you use characters from one of your novels in another. For example, in my latest…

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    My first book is currently in production with She Writes Press for publish date of April 2014. Meanwhile, while writing Book 1, I completely deleted a whole last section of the book, a continuation on how to use everything in the book on a daily…Continue

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    There are several serviceable biographies about child psychoanalyst Anna Freud, who lived from 1895 to 1982. But as a fictional memoir, Hysterical…Continue

     
     
     

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