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Print your musings, doodles, storyboard in one continuous accordion spread

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If you take note, if you take notes on paper, which really is the way to go if we may believe the archivists, who don't put their money on virtual materials, let stand something as ethereal as a cloud, take a look see at Moleskine.

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Very cool. Not free, however.

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How to print a PDF booklet. - Macintosh How To

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By booklet I mean A4 pages folded in half to make an A5 booklet that you staple in the middle...
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If this is something that makes you giddy, as it did to me, please share! 

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Writers at Work Fellowship Competition

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2015 Fellowship Competition
W@W is pleased to announce its annual Fellowship Competition for emerging writers in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

Prizes
Awarded in each category:


First Place: $1,000, publication in Quarterly West, tuition for the 2015 conference, and featured reading.
Second Place: $250.
Third Place: $200 conference tuition reduction.


Eligibility Requirements


Any writer who has not yet published, nor is under contract to publish, a book-length volume of origi
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Go for it. You have until January 31st to submit your application.

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The Small Business Transcriptionist

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Accurate and Affordable Transcription Services for Your Small Business Needs
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From Pod cast or MP3 to printed Word e-version or in print, if you have interviewed someone and have no time to transcribe, you may be in need of a transcriptionist. Never thought of that word, I would've come up with transcriber, what about you?

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All You Need to Know About the Author Platform

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What is an author platform and why you need to start building one right now? Learn what literary agents are looking for in new writers and aspiring authors.
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If you've been in your writer's den, and have committed to writing a novel, or other longitudinal piece of prose or poetry, if you're still a little miffed about the meaning of an author platform, because as far as you know all writers need to do is write a book...

 

WAKE UP!

 

Brew a cup of coffee, or steep your favorite infusion and get ready to roll onto the great big word wide web, find out about the Internet, and how you, yes you word smith, are going to network in a virtual manner. 

 

Surprise number 1: The work of selling your book is no longer just the publisher's business. These days a publisher may not even see your manuscript until your agent has submitted your brain child. 

 

Surprise number 2: An agent may not even consider taking you on as a client if you have no proven presence Online ... 

 

Well, that's not completely true.

 

If your work has been published in Literary Magazines, and people in the business (such as the editor of the Lit Mag, who in a way acts like a gatekeeper to the publishing world at large, if only because his or her interest in your work shows there's something to it, you've passed the first judgement so to speak) and therefore, if readers have seen your name and byline, well, then you have a readership, and readership is what counts. 

 

Still, even those who haven't been published in Lit Mags, but show target group and market promise through a functioning Internet presence —if not author's platform— look a whole lot better than a writer with no Online presence at all.

 

So, sit back and read what Jurij Burchenya has posted just for you! Helpful stuff!

 

Oh, and subscribe to this scoop.it! :-)

 

 

 

 

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Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson's PLOTWRIMO: REVISE YOUR NOVEL IN A MONTH with Literary Agent Jill Corcoran

Price is for the entire series ***RENT & WATCH as many times as you want for 1 FULL YEAR*** "The amount of time, heartache, frustration, and hell that these…
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Done with NaNoWriMo? Continue working on your draft with the help of Martha and Jill. Check out their demo.

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Serious Fiction | The Useless Truth

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The National Book Award finalist on what makes a great sentence and channeling Roberto Bolaño.
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An interview worth saving and reading, if not in one go, bit by bit.

 

On how to be engaged with society and injustice, without being political per se; the way we remember, and how writers create a reality that ties times, issues and places together.

Serious literature, with a twist. 
 

And as a bonus, the author with great legs (note the lack of a comma) posing in front of an American car.

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Scorpio - Scribner Magazine

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“I’ll think about that tomorrow,” says your sign-mate Margaret Mitchell’s famous heroine Scarlett, and you may be wishing you had that luxury, Scorpio.
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There's a new magazine out. I love podcasts and those are included as well. I just finished listening to Anthony Doerr talk about his latest novel and who it came about. Brought tears to my eyes, I'm weird that way.

The notion that he took radio, the sound coming through the ether, a young boy in hiding, one in Nazi Germany listening to propaganda, and a girl telling stories that are aired on the radio and heard by the one who can't come outside, that's enough to hit my "that's it" bone. 

 

Check out the magazine, it's all about writers and what makes them tick (type or write by hand, or dictate) hey, they're even into astrology. 

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Seven Deadly Sins of Book Promotion - BookBaby Blog

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Authors working to build their brand and discoverability platforms need to be as strategic as possible to gain the attention of media and readers. Promotion
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Remember that scary movie? Not knowing what the seven sins are can get you into trouble, as a new author. Yes, they can!

1. Sloth

2. Pride

3. Envy

4. Lust

5. Gluttony

6. Greed

7. Anger

Thank Dan Smith by looking him up on Twitter and spreading the love.

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Amazon and Hachette Resolve Dispute

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The accord allows the publisher to set prices on its e-books, a major issue in a battle that led Amazon to discourage sales of Hachette books.
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Incentives to lower prices, what might that mean? The more books you sell through Amazon the lower the prices can be? Something like that? 

What I'd like to know is where they met to do business. A virtual place for a virtual deal, or eye to eye at a restaurant or HQ of either one, or neutral grounds, sound proof walls, without eyes and ears to spy?

Wow, this is fodder for mystery writers.

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Based on a True Story: Fact vs. Fiction in Screenwriting

Based on a True Story: Fact vs. Fiction in Screenwriting | Write On! | Scoop.it
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#1 Yes, I've written screenplays using celtx and yes, I like the software 

#2 How much truth you can write sometimes depends on how much you can get away with. Take this any whichever way you like ;-)

A fact is a fact, is a fact, but even a person's driver's license may not be truthful. 


Fact: My mother applied for my first  passport and stated my eyes were brown. They're green, grey, or even blueish depending on the weather, the lighting, time of day, or what I wear. Perhaps that's why the Yugoslavian border control took my passport and wouldn't let the train leave until they'd verified that I was no enemy of the state?

 

Fiction happens the moment we start writing. 

Go figure.

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Typewriters and their owners: famous authors posing

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As Tom Hanks announces that he is to publish a collection of short stories inspired by his love of typewriters, we remember some of the other writers who have cherished them, across the ages
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The original title of the article we link to above said "...famous authors at work". I don't by that, posing, that's what they're doing. 

Next: Famous contemporary authors with their writing gadgets. 

Hooray for the smart phone!

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Become a Character in Your Favorite Author’s Book and Fight Torture

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Mega-fans have a chance to become a part of their favorite author’s next story and will end up donating to charity, too.
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Or, keep this stunt in mind and create your own social activist engagement in the future. 

Or, the future is now, what's your favorite cause?

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5 Keys on Writing a Great Thriller

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2. Suspects are the main characters. Not everyone will agree with this idea, but for me it’s quite important. Usually crime novels have a hero-- a main character in charge of the investigation (like a policeman, a journalist, a lawyer or an anonymous person interested in solving the mystery). That hero will probably have their own problems, weaknesses and strengths. But what we call secondary characters—the ones who have a relationship with the victim, the ones who may have committed the murder—must be portrayed as complex human beings. In other words, in real life they would not be secondary characters so give them your attention. Additionally, we lie both in real life and in fiction, so keep that in mind when writing dialogue. Lies can be meaningful for suspense-building, After all, nobody tells the complete truth. Never.
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Take me, I love mysteries and thrillers, I always know what characters are going to say, and sometimes what will happen next, but I can't come up with a mystery plot for the life of me. Why? Why not?

 

Let's see if I can learn? Perhaps these tips will help!

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When Is a Blog the Right Form of Content Marketing?

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Experts agree: you blogging is the answer to winning content marketing. But is it really right for you? Learn about a few times blogging isn't necessary and what you're missing out on if you don't have a blog.
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So this is about business right? Marketing a brand or a product.
What about writers?


These days writers are considered to be entrepreneurs in their own right. Writers need an Internet platform, the have to make a name (0f or for) themselves. They need to sell their books and themselves (not literally, don't worry, only literary parts of you will be for sale).

 

You may have a website, but that's static. You're told to have a blog, to allow readers to communicate with you. But what are you going to talk about on your blog? 

 

Unless you have a focus, something to sell or tell that fills a need in the reader, your blog could as well be compared to the magnets on your refrigerator. Your refrigerator is only seen by your closest friends. Do your relatives pay attention at all? Ha, ha.

 

Think again.

 

Unless you fill a need, nobody will see what you're saying. 

 

Are you ready?

 

GO!

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Grit Magazine: American Rural Know-How

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Grit
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What's your passion? Sustainability, organic gardening and cooking with eco friendly ingredients? If so, Grit may be the Magazine for you, as a reader and a writer. 

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How to Throw a Book Launch Party That Isn't a Waste of Time - BookBaby Blog

How to Throw a Book Launch Party That Isn't a Waste of Time - BookBaby Blog | Write On! | Scoop.it
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Lounge or launch, which has more effect?

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J. R. R. Tolkien 10 Tips For Writers

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Thanks to The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Humphrey Carpenter, we can literally speak with the author of the world fantasy classic. After all, many of us are looking forward to the last part of the trilogy - 'The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Ar
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Following the link I fell in love. Boom. Gone. Gone and Arrived at the same time. J.R.R. Tolkien's 10 Tips for Writers is packaged as a lovely runner, a list that speaks to me as I'm sure it will to you.

 

It's such a kick to see that Tip Number 5 was mine, was mine, was mine already ages ago. Because yes, yes, yes, writing poetry lead to writing prose! 

 

When I was a budding writer, someone told me my sentences were to perfect, to long, to whatever. So I starting writing poems, succinct, and to the point, moving away from the perfect prose my friend considered sound, safe and not energetic enough to be of interest. 

 

EssayMama rightfully credits Tolkien's biographer, the late Humphrey Carpenter, but who made that delicious runner? 

 

Searching for the answer, I happened upon a few copies of the out of print 1977 publication of Carpenter's biography of Tolkien, as well as Tolkien's Christmas Letters. 

 

I'm in heaven, I'm in heaven.

 

Today's #1 Tip is #5 on Tolkien's list. 

 

As for EssayMama, I hope students find advice on the blog or website, and don't let any mama, real or virtual, write their essays for them!

 

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Pushcart Prize Nominees for 2014 | Escape Into Life

Pushcart Prize Nominees for 2014 | Escape Into Life | Write On! | Scoop.it
Pushcart Prize Nominees for 2014 - Randy Mora Pushcart Prize Nominees: for poems published in 2014 Kelly Cressio-Moeller, “First Milk”  Published November 5, 2014 Lauren Gordon, “Divorce Po...
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Take notice of words and images. Inspiring. Moments. 

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Downloads: Worksheets and Other Tools for Writers | writesmarternotharder.com

Downloads: Worksheets and Other Tools for Writers | writesmarternotharder.com | Write On! | Scoop.it
Worksheets for readers of Lynn Johnston's books and other tools to help you write.
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Self editing is crucial for every writer. Not in the beginning, not when you're writing your first draft, but later, the next time around when you see what you've trusted to the paper, or doc.

I swear by Edit Your Self: a manual for everyone who works with words, by Bruce Ross - Larson. 

A writer friend, tooth combing her manuscript before sending it off to her agent, showed me the way to this website. Take a look at the downloadable materials, to start with Editing for Story Worksheets. A conversational tone, and accessible examples may well help you on your way to if not perfection, that moment of Yes! Ready to hit SEND!

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Get cracking! December 1st is the last day to apply & save for ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship!

Get cracking! December 1st is the last day to apply & save for ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship! | Write On! | Scoop.it
You could be one of up to 4 talented screenwriters (TV or Film) to be flown to Los Angeles for meetings and mentorship with top Hollywood professionals. Apply by December 1st with $49 fee (or $44.10 with exclusive discount code 'celtx')
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If you're not traveling for Thanksgiving, nor hosting the event, you may be able to get your script ready to submit! 

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The Top 10 Essays Since 1950

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Didion, Wallace, Sontag, Mailer. Who else made the cut?
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Oh my dearest darling, we've got some reading to do. 

 

I've been reading and studying essays to learn from the best, and I will continue reading and re-reading essays by the great because each time I re-visit their subject matter, and encounter their point of view and deliverance, I pick up something else.

As I grow older, at times all I learn is that I've grown so much myself that I have formed my own ideas, not just in regards to subject, but perspective, and craft as well. 

 

This is a great moment, something to savor. 

 

Because, before long, you know again there's something the other has, knows and uses that's still fresh to your eye and ear. 

 

Ah, to be an eternal student, to enjoy reading, to enjoy good writing.

 

Robert Atwan has done us all a great favor, enjoy, and rejoice in the power of the word.

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Know Thy Business Writer: How Did Amazon End Up as Literary Enemy No. 1?

Know Thy Business Writer: How Did Amazon End Up as Literary Enemy No. 1? | Write On! | Scoop.it
Keith Gessen reflects on a growing divide within publishing.
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This all will be history at some point. Or is it already?

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5 Reasons I Switched to Scrivener for All My Writing

5 Reasons I Switched to Scrivener for All My Writing | Write On! | Scoop.it
As a full-time writer, I take my tools seriously. With a blog, a podcast, speeches, and a new book in the works, I have to maximize my productivity. I have a daily word count goal, and I can’t afford to let the tools get in the way. But, unfortunately, they often do. Until a month […]
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Ten years ago I tried the beta version of Scrivener and found the language to complicated. After I finished my first novel the first time I participated in NaNoWriMo, November 2010, I got 50% off Scrivener and tried the further developed program. Third party writers have made the program's instructions more clear than they were before, and after dedicating some serious learning time to the program in February of 2013 I became a happy user. 

 

On the 31st of August 2013 my iMac and Macbook were stolen. That my Scrivener projects were open on one of the computers at the time caused the files to be corrupted when I reopened them on a new computer. All the projects that had been open returned with an x behind .scriv  and .scrivx proved impossible to open. Honestly, I followed all suggestions. Nada.

 

Today I'm once again a happy user, but each time I stop working on a project, I close it. Easy does it.

 

PS About Evernote, also mentioned by Michael Hyatt, I love that program, and I do use it to write, on the run, on my phone, anywhere. Easy to search for and easy to copy, paste in Scrivener if I need it.

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Where Danger Is – The Los Angeles Review of Books

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CRITICAL AND TERRITORIAL in my nature, not easily impressed by my fellow essayists, I will here cede territory and admit to being impressed, more than impressed, by the vigorously growing oeuvre of Rebecca Solnit. Her newest collection, Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness, at once globally...
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Insightful review of essayist's oeuvre by Sven Birkerts.

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