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[REALITY CHECK] Print vs. Digital Magazine Publishing by Sally Whitney

I've wanted to be a published author since I was a kid. My dream came true when I had a short story published in the literary journal of the junior college I attended. My next success came a few years later when I had a short story published in the literary journal of the university I…

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Added by Zetta Brown on April 23, 2014 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

The Transformative Eye of Roger Ballen

Today's post is about photographer Roger Ballen.

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Added by Maureen E. Doallas on April 23, 2014 at 6:49am — No Comments

My Point of the Day for April 23, 2014

I am so far from the impression that my husband has of me right now.  I am so far down the rabbit hole that the entrance is not visible anymore. I haven’t dealt with so many things in my life.  I haven’t really admitted to myself the truth for a good long time, if ever.

 

But what is the truth?  What is it that holds me in my patterns?  

 

Triggers,…

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Added by Deb Bratthauer on April 23, 2014 at 5:49am — No Comments

For the Love of Translations

I've had the pleasure of attending many literary events here in Berlin over the past couple of months, while meeting many wonderful people involved in the city's English-language literary community. For readers who love to read translations from other countries, here are two noteworthy publishers you should know about -- one a literary journal and one a press specializing in short-form translations.…

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Added by Bernadette Geyer on April 23, 2014 at 1:27am — No Comments

Romance Writing Tip #14

Should You Use Your Own Love Life as Material for Your Romance Novel?

In yesterday's post, we discussed one of the easiest ways to write your first romance novel quickly -- and that is to use your own experiences. So yes, I think using your own love life is an excellent…

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Added by Yuwanda Black on April 22, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Three Easy Marketing Ideas

In a previous post, I recommended doing one thing per day, every day, to promote your book. If you took that advice to heart, you're probably currently in the process of building a "marketing checklist" and might also be wondering what to put on it. In addition to the items I suggested, here are three additional ideas to include:

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Added by Maria Murnane on April 22, 2014 at 9:09am — 2 Comments

R is for Roatan

 I visited the islands of Honduras as often as possible while I lived in Comayagua.  I got SCUBA certified in Utila and advanced certified in Roatan. I established my life as a diver on the islands. I feel in love underwater.

My trips to Roatan were lackadaisical and carefree. I loved island life. I loved diving. I made elaborate plans in my head how I could…

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Added by Kari Redmond on April 22, 2014 at 7:55am — No Comments

Rwanda to Goma, 1994 (Poem)

A new poem is posted: 'Rwanda to Goma'.

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Added by Maureen E. Doallas on April 22, 2014 at 6:15am — No Comments

What on Earth are you doing for Earth Day?

Earth Day is around the corner! Come April 22, we celebrate this annual event of raising awareness about environmental issues and taking action for our beautiful planet.

Why Earth Day? Given the tons of waste and pollution that’s crowded our planet; we need to take action now more than ever. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), America generated 251 million tons of trash in 2012. Add to that the trash generated from all the countries around the world and we…

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Added by Anne Staley on April 22, 2014 at 4:14am — No Comments

Bougainvillea Dancing - my poetry chapbook available to download

I taught sciences in Malawi between 1990 - 1992 as a VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) volunteer. My first poetry pamphlet Bougainvillea Dancing, published 2002, raised money for charities working in Malawi. The original pamphlet is sold out now, but I was delighted that Chris Crittenden  reviewed it recently on Owl Who Laughs.

Most of the poems in…

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Added by Juliet Wilson on April 21, 2014 at 11:53pm — No Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] How to Deal With Rejection

How to deal with literary rejection?

Easy. I’m not going to.

That question was the subject line of an email that taunted me from my inbox. At first I didn’t want to look at it. After the official launch of my first book, I was riding high on the positive waves of the newly published. There had been an…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on April 21, 2014 at 6:30pm — 18 Comments

'S' is for Stray

Frederick County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center is the county’s only animal shelter. Recently, we took in a stray Golden Retriever. He had on a black collar with an “S” hook. The hook was encouraging to us, because it indicated he once wore an ID tag on that hook. His ID tag…

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Added by Linda Shea on April 21, 2014 at 5:13pm — No Comments

What Would Diane Lockhart Do? And Why It Matters to Writers

Last week I had a few bad days. A conflict at work was niggling at me. Things weren’t going well with an editor. Work on my latest book was dragging. The stress turned into a giant migraine, making me cancel my classes for a day—something I detest doing.

I spent Thursday nursing my headache and feeling sorry for myself, saying dumb things like, Why is everything going wrong? Then I asked myself a question:…

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Added by Jill Jepson on April 21, 2014 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

R is for Review: Peer Review of Freshman Essays

Every semester, I require my students to participate in Peer Review Exercises.  Freshman writing students look at each other’s paper and try to help.  The problem is usually variety of ability and lack of confidence.   Some students have very little experience writing and editing papers, while others came from excellent high school programs or just basically like to write and have done a lot of it.  Others admit to never reading never actually writing more than a two page…

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Added by Diane Jortner on April 21, 2014 at 2:52pm — No Comments

R is for Review: Peer Review of Freshman Essays

Every semester, I require my students to participate in Peer Review Exercises.  Freshman writing students look at each other’s paper and try to help.  The problem is usually variety of ability and lack of confidence.   Some students have very little experience writing and editing papers, while others came from excellent high school programs or just basically like to write and have done a lot of it.  Others admit to never reading never actually writing more than a two page…

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Added by Diane Jortner on April 21, 2014 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Author's Resource: 101 Days of Facebook and Twitter Questions

One question a day for 101 consecutive days.



Last week we discussed…

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Added by Vanessa B. Bernard on April 21, 2014 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Sometimes I feel like my creativity is water in a pebble-filled colander; slowly draining away.

I've been feeling so blah on the writing front lately.

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My sister, Ella, would say I need a break.

But I had one. I was off work the first week in April for "spring" break. I'd finished the final edits of Callie's Story and sent it off to my beta reader the day before my break officially started. I did the bare minimum on the social media front that week. I read a ton of…

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Added by RB Austin on April 21, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Parenting: Top 5 Reasons It Ain't Easy



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Parenting: It ain't easy...

Parenting isn't easy.  For any of us.  Here are my top five reasons why...



1)  Your child is not mentioned in any book ever written on parenting…
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Added by Bonnie Frank on April 21, 2014 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Remember Me in Your Youth

The other day I went to visit James, a dear friend of mine who is in hospice care. Being thirty years my senior he has sort of been a mentor to me. In fact his entire family is very special. His sister, Miss Opal was my sidekick for many years. When her health began to fail and after her only remaining child, Joan was killed in a single car accident I sort of tried to fill a void in her life. Being a widow Opal found herself sick, and alone for the first time in…

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Added by Sarah Martin Byrd on April 21, 2014 at 11:52am — No Comments

Don't Limit Your Travel Articles to Travel Magazines Only

Don’t limit your efforts for a travel-article sale by targeting only travel magazines. Christian magazines, frugal-living magazines, regionals, lifestyles, newspapers, seniors magazines, general magazines and even pet magazines (if your pet article is travel related) and more all purchase travel articles.

FAMILY FUN, a family and parenting magazine, has several travel columns. Christian magazines often combine information about interesting places with missions and/or ministry…

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Added by Barbara Weddle on April 21, 2014 at 11:42am — No Comments

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