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[REALITY CHECK] - When You Get Outed As A Writer - by Kait Nolan

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 7:30am 13 Comments

Has this happened to you?

It's happened to me. I was outed on the job by someone who worked in a different department, and considering the novel in question is an erotic romance, it made things weird. Especially since the person who found out said they would never read such "filth"...or did…

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[REALITY CHECK] - Shaping the Novel: How I Trimmed a Manuscript from 150,000 Words to Fewer than 70,000 - by Libby Ware

Posted on August 11, 2015 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Recently, Brooke Warner wrote "3 Good Reasons to Keep Your Book Shorter Than 80,000 Words."

The main reason being that doing this can make your manuscript more…

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

Posted on July 28, 2015 at 7:30am 9 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…

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[REALITY CHECK] - Dialogue Tips For Characters From a Similar Background by Patricia Robertson

Posted on July 14, 2015 at 7:30am 13 Comments

Writing the words your characters say may be easy, but it isn't always easy conveying your character's "voice." I have edited a lot of writers whose characters all sound the same, and if you get a group of them in a single scene, it can be confusing to keep track of who says what.

What your characters…

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Who I am:
I'm an author and editor for

LL-Publications (genre and literary fiction)
http://www.ll-publications.com

Logical-Lust Publications (erotica and erotic romance)
http://www.logical-lust.com
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
Zetta's Desk
http://zettasdesk.com/

Twitter - ZettaB
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Novel - MESSALINA - DEVOURER OF MEN
Short stories: "Devil Don't Want Her", "Cherries Jubilee"
Anthology - MAKING THE HOOKUP (out in March 2010)
Media outlets that I currently write for:
The New York Journal of Books
http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/reviewer/zetta-brown
My writing is:
Fiction, Blog Posts, Lit Crit
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
New York Journal of Books
Services I offer to other writers:
I offer ebook conversion and other services at JimandZetta.com.
I found out about She Writes from:
found it surfing

My published works

 

Messalina - Devourer of Men erotic romance

"Cherries Jubilee" short story/erotic romance

"Devil Don't Want Her" short story/fiction

Making the Hook-Up (anthology) - My short story "Hung" is in this anthology (2010)

Her Baby's Daddy  (novella) February 2011 by Freya's Bower. Royalties from this novella and the associated anthology (Dreams & Desires 4go to A Window Between Worlds - the only national nonprofit dedicated to using art to help end domestic violence

 


 

Oil and Water...and Other Things That Don't Mix - On sale now!

Help 2 charities dealing with the aftermath of the BP oil spill! This anthology came about because of the SheWrites Southern Writers group.

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Kait Nolan commented on the blog post '[REALITY CHECK] - When You Get Outed As A Writer - by Kait Nolan'
"Whoa...gone for 2 days and there are comments!  Thank all of y'all for the kind words!  And remember, we're NOT ALONE!"
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Mary Ellen Latela commented on the blog post '[REALITY CHECK] - When You Get Outed As A Writer - by Kait Nolan'
"Due to family situation, not just writing, I changed my name after divorce. Very sensible shift, family-based, etc. Not scary; empowering."
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Vivienne Diane Neal commented on the blog post '[REALITY CHECK] - When You Get Outed As A Writer - by Kait Nolan'
"What a great post. I thought I was the only person who felt this way. I don’t share that I am an author with most family members, or neighbors who have a tendency to ask, “Do you work?” I am retired and of course do my writings…"
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Ann Benjamin commented on the blog post '[REALITY CHECK] - When You Get Outed As A Writer - by Kait Nolan'
"Well written - this really resonated with me.  Having a job in the real world, it's awkward to bring up this other part of my life that's very important to me (but has nothing to do with my 'work')."
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Brandi Spitzer commented on the blog post '[REALITY CHECK] - When You Get Outed As A Writer - by Kait Nolan'
"Thank you for the laughs and the sense of connection.  I thoroughly enjoyed your voice, and your obvious romance with the English language.  It was also a very on time kick in the butt for me.  Thanks for that as well. "
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Diane Turner commented on the blog post '[REALITY CHECK] - When You Get Outed As A Writer - by Kait Nolan'
"Great post. Since I retired, I have been writing seriously. When some people discover what I do, I usually get a shrug and a sigh: So? Everyone says that. End of discussion, the subject has been discarded. Interesting reaction, but I keep writing…"
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Rebecca Heflin commented on the blog post '[REALITY CHECK] - When You Get Outed As A Writer - by Kait Nolan'
"Great post. I work in academia as well, but as a lawyer for a major research university. I know exactly what you mean. I, too, write romance, and used a pen name initially, because I didn't want anyone to know. But, living in a small…"
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"Thanks, Sakki. I hope people like working with me. I'm not an ogre, but some are just too attached to their work and are not ready for any critique, even when they say they are and are paying for it.Dealing with editors and the editing process…"
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At 8:21am on July 31, 2015, Heloise Jones said…

Hi Zetta - I tried to send you an email re. guest blog, and gmail bumped your address.
I sent you a friend request.
I'd love to contribute.
Thanks,

Heloise

At 5:51am on July 4, 2015, Cate Warren said…

Happy 4th of July, Zetta!

I've got a family shindig this afternoon, and there will be plenty-o-booze (hello, we're Celtic/English! What in hell else would we be drinking?! ;-) ). I will raise my glass toward Texas, and be sending you wishes of big fun! 

Have a wonderful day! :-)

At 11:58am on July 1, 2015, Cate Warren said…

Thanks, Zetta! :-) (insert emoticon for too many Rusty Nails at about 7pm EST for maximum authenticity ;-) )

At 1:10pm on June 17, 2015, Cate Warren said…

Hi Zetta!

Thank you for the friending! That always makes my day! :-)

You're extremely generous to offer your help, so thank you for that right out of the gate. I'm not sure I'm helpable (new word there), at least at this time. I have a major health issue I'm working to get under control, so sending out query letters isn't on the agenda. I can't write either, due to the health issue (I'll just come right out and say it: I have PTSD, and I'm attempting to end its nearly 4 decades of tyranny). I try to keep up with this site and my wee literature group here to stay engaged with writing, so to speak, maybe even stir some bit to life. This site has been a lifeline to me this past year, so right now that's enough.

I also have to tell you how much I enjoy your blog series on writer's reference books. Do you teach people how to write a blog? If not, you should. So many blogs are off-putting because they haven't been proof-read or well-thought out. I shouldn't be reaching for my red pen while reading someone's blog, or cringing from their use of is when it should've been are. You have many gifts, good woman. I appreciate you sharing them here, and in your newsletter. :-)

Have a wonderful day!

CW

At 5:26am on March 15, 2015, Cate Warren said…

Welcome to In Praise of Literature, Zetta!

I have to take a moment to gush and tell you how thrilled I am to have you in the group! Your blogs here, and at Zetta's Desk, have become must-reads for me! Be sure to post a link to Zetta's Desk so that everyone can see all of those fabulous books you've been reviewing!

Feel free to tell us what you're reading, start a discussion, post links to blogs, reviews, or articles you think everyone needs to read--anything that fits your definition of literature, including plays, song lyrics, and film scripts! Most important, please have fun!

I'm new to this group moderator thing, and bound to overlook some key element. Please let me know if you see something lacking and I'll do my best to come through.

Glad to have you aboard!

Cheers,

CW

At 9:55am on March 13, 2015, Cate Warren said…

Hi Zetta!

I've been following and enjoying Zetta's Desk, and have found myself jotting down several of the titles you've posted about in your reference books series. I'd love it if you joined my group http://www.shewrites.com/group/in-praise-of-literature and posted links to your blogs on these books, or could give me permission to do so, and not only for the obvious information/tip sharing, but because your blog is beautifully presented and well written, (and could offer a subliminal example of how to do a blog professionally!). Absolutely no pressure! 

Looking forward to the next post!

CW

At 9:43am on March 7, 2015, Lene Fogelberg said…

Thanks Zetta, and lovely to connect! All best and good luck with the writing! /Lene

At 2:48pm on November 16, 2014, Yuwanda Black said…

Thank you Zetta for reaching out. Glad to connect with you, and that you've found the info I shared intriguing. As I learn, I like to share. :-) In the end, it helps all of us to earn more (at least that's my belief).

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

At 11:14am on July 22, 2014, Jayne K. said…

Hey Zetta, well it's true, I really am enjoying reading Zetta's Desk which is both funny and informative.  Yes I saw on your website that you relocated from Texas to Scotland.  I do love my music promotion and I would be happy to help you if I can (and I can always ask my musician friends for help if needs be).  You are more than welcome to have my email address if that would be easier?

Also, yes I may well take you up on your offer of help in some way as this is all a learning curve for me - so thank you so much for offering, I really do appreciate it. 

At 1:22pm on July 3, 2014, Inge Saunders said…

Nice to meet you too :) The senior editor is giving my book a once over and then it will come back to me & the content editor. I already have my cover, so the book will most likely be out in the next month or so :)

 
 
 

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