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[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] Why Animals Matter to Writers--and What We Can Do for Them

Posted by Jill Jepson on July 20, 2015 at 8:54am 2 Comments

The world is waking up to animals. As people become aware of the horrors of factory farms, puppy mills, zoos, circuses, and various forms of racing, concern for animal welfare is growing. As cruel as human begins are to animals, I still have faith that most of us care about the beings with whom we share the Earth.  

As writers, we have a special obligation. We must be aware of animal suffering in the way that we must be aware of human suffering. It comes with the job.

Why do animals matter to writers? For many reasons.

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Because they are aware.  

Animals have feelings. They experience pain and pleasure. They form bonds with…

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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 19 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 16 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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. cabinet pudding .

again, i reach the upper room.

floor teetered, me the cabinet maker,
offfered another case, one of mine choice.

she had lovely hair, said the space was moving.

so it was, betwixt a little crowding there,
wilfred owen, his letters and wooden steps,
to reach further up.

below they serve liver and onions, which
i am told is very tasty,

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[SWP News] Give These Books Some Love!

As a young girl growing up in the Midwest, Sunny is taught to think differently. Her parents are the founders of a small Christian school that practiced Socratic Discourse and encouraged its students to question everything—a lesson Sunny embraces wholeheartedly.

As…

Writing Tip: Use Contractions in Dialogue

I recently bought an indie book written by a very nice man I met at a conference a few years ago. He and I have stayed in touch since then, so I wanted to support him and his writing. I really hoped to enjoy his debut novel, but unfortunately I didn't get very far before I put it down for good.

The reason? The dialogue. 

To be specific, no one used contractions, so everyone sounded like robots. 

Well-written dialogue draws you into the story and makes you feel like the…

Harper Lee's Invisible Mother: Frances Cunningham Finch Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set A Watchman

Look how much Harper looks like her mother, Frances Cunningham Finch Lee. 

One character who is missing from both To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set A Watchman is…

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