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Facebook: Writer’s foe or beloved friend? - The Writer

Facebook: Writer’s foe or beloved friend? - The Writer | Write On! | Scoop.it
Facebook can motivate users to build a diverse writing community, sharpen their skills as an editor and stretch as a writer.
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I can find myself in what Linda K. Wertheimer writes, with the exception of her tolrating Twitter, I like Twitter a lot, but I'm not going to tell you why in this very spot, for this is about Facebook and how the platform can be your ally.

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19 Ways (+1 to come) to Get More Readers for Your Author Blog

19 Ways (+1 to come) to Get More Readers for Your Author Blog | Write On! | Scoop.it
19 Ways to Get More Readers for Your Author Blog including many traffic-driving strategies that can be put into practice right away
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Joel Friedlander suggests to pick a fight or rant. In my experience "making mistakes" is likely to attract attention too. Everyone likes to be an editor, and not merely in the writers' world. 
I'm going to have the grandfather I never knew tell readers how to. How to what? Whatever. TTYL keep your ear to the ground.
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There are several great ideas in this article for more traffic to your blog. Content curation is on the list. No surprise there.

Pick one or two to test and see if your readership picks up. It's worth a try.

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Ebook Promotion and Marketing"***

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The LARB / USC Publishing Workshop

The LARB / USC Publishing Workshop | Write On! | Scoop.it
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Great opportunity for aspiring journalists and writers. Spend the summer in Los Angeles learning the ropes.
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JVNLA • Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency Inc.

How to find a literary agent
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At the last Greater Seattle Women Who Write Meetup the question arose how to get published. Unless you our taking the self publishing route, the answer is: get an agent, and or get your shorter work published in literary magazines and journals. How to go about the latter is another story all together. 

How to get an agent, or rather, how to find an agent who is suitable for your writing. 

# Take a look at Writer's Market, the fat know-it all publication has a section on agents. You can buy a hard copy, a e-version, but larger libraries will have a copy in their resource department. 
# Attend conferences that host agents and editors panels, some allow you to make appointments and pitch your book. 
# Visit a stone and mortar book store and browse the section that you would like to see your finished book in. Look for books that are like yours and scan the "acknowledgements". This is where you'll find the names of agent and editor, beta readers, friends and relatives who have in some way contributed to the making of the book. 

We all write what we like to read. 

Years ago an agent told me as much. After asking me who my favorite authors were he deducted I was writing literary fiction. So, if you read a book you love, and if you feel your writing could be of interest to the publisher of that book, look up the agent. 

That's how I wound up on the website of the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency Inc. After finishing Helen Maryles Shankman's "In the land of Armadillos", I knew we had some things in common. We're both writing artists. We're both children of Holocaust survivors, and our writing is based on our family's stories; in Shankman's latest publication, this book of interconnected stories, a fictitious perception of the experiences of relatives, and the aftermath of WWII. That alone was enough reason to Google her agent Jennifer Weltz.
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How (and why) to proof your book

How (and why) to proof your book | Write On! | Scoop.it
Look, I’ve done it too. And I work here. You know what I’m talking about: Submitting a book to print and realizing there’s a spelling error, grammar problem, wonky layout, inconsistent wording. It’s human nature. We’re really bad at noticing errors because our brains know what we wanted to say. The number one reason people ask to cancel an order after they’ve made it is... Read More
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Whether you're self publishing and using Blurb, or sending your manuscript to an agent or even your editor, spelling and grammar should be impeccable. Wonderful word, "impeccable." 
My personal translation is that one can't pick (peg, or peck) any mistakes. 
Printing the text and looking at the material off screen is important, anything that makes you look at sentences and words in another way than the usual can be helpful. 

Reading your manuscript from the back to the front, picking through the page from the bottom right hand corner to the top left hand will make typos and wrong chosen words jump out at you. 

No need to start with the last word, just moving backward one sentence at a time is a great way to proof read.

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Gates Notes: Best Books of 2015

Bill Gates shares his list of best books he read in 2015: “Eradication” by Nancy Leys Stepan, “Thing Explainer” by Randall Munroe, “Sustainable Materials Wit...
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If you wonder how you can get Bill Gates to review your book, knowing what he likes to read is a good beginning. 

Gates himself offers some insight on his blog Gates Notes:

"I just looked over the list of books I read this year, and I noticed a pattern. A lot of them touch on a theme that I would call “how things work.”
Some explain something about the physical world, like how steel and glass are used, or what it takes to get rid of deadly diseases. Others offer deep insights into human beings: our strengths and flaws, our capacity for lifelong growth, or the things we value. I didn’t set out to explore these themes intentionally, though in retrospect it make a lot of sense since the main reason I read is to learn."


You got that? Bill Gates reads to learn. 
I get that.
 

In 2003 I talked to a literary agent who asked me what I liked to read. At the time all that came to mind were names of aging male Jewish American authors. That may have had something to do with my writing about my father, who was old when I was born and aging rapidly after. Looking for my father, trying to find out who he was, I turned to voices I recognized as similar to his, and those were not necessarily Dutch, but most definitely opinionated, pained, searching.
So you're writing literary fiction, the agent deducted.
If that is so, my books may not wind up on Bill Gates' desk.

 

Really? Some things are learned by reading novels. And, in the article by Katherine Rossman in The Seattle Times that took me to look for Gates' blog in the first place I read about "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion. The M.C. in this novel (!) is a genetics professor with Asperger's syndrome who goes looking for a wife. 


So there you go, a former diamant worker gone Art & Antiques dealer, WWI and WWII Vet with PTSD, trying his hand at Art to get a woman to marry him and give him a child  may be just up Gates' alley. 

 

One never knows how a cow catches a hare (that's no insult, that's straight from the Dutch). 

  

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2016 Cause Awareness & Giving Day Calendar

2016 Cause Awareness & Giving Day Calendar | Write On! | Scoop.it
Cause awareness and giving days can be very powerful for online fundraising. The real-time, in the moment nature of social media increases the likelihood that donors will be inspired to give to you…
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Even if you're not the content provider of a nonprofit, you —writer— can use the listings as prompts. And by writing a story that's been lying dormant, you may even discover you have a passion for a specific cause. The personal becomes political if you have a stake in the matter.

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Spend Less Time Online, Repurpose Your Content, 13 Ways to Increase Visibility

Spend Less Time Online, Repurpose Your Content, 13 Ways to Increase Visibility | Write On! | Scoop.it
Repurposing your content increases your return on time investment, creating more uses for what you've created. Includes checklist.
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People who are new to Social Media and platform building often say I must spend a lot of time Online. Well, I do, and I don't, it's all a matter of setting up your platform and making your words count, not just by creating sharp SEO content, but by writing once and publishing many times over, sending a buck shot across the web. 

How?

 

Since Denise Wakeman did a fine job explaining that, I'm going to send you over to her site. Check it out. I've got some reading and writing to do ;-)

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How to legally quote song lyrics in your book | BookBaby Blog

How to legally quote song lyrics in your book | BookBaby Blog | Write On! | Scoop.it
Authors have been quoting lyrics in their books for a very long time — and it makes sense; referencing a piece of music can "set the mood, evoke...
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Are you using lyrics created after 1923 in your book? Start early getting permission to do so, that is, before your book goes to print, preferably before your book was sold, or even before you present the manuscript to an agent or publisher.
The clock is ticking. Go!

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Rattle: Poetry for the 21st Century - Chapbook Contest - Deadline 1/15/16

Rattle: Poetry for the 21st Century - Chapbook Contest - Deadline 1/15/16 | Write On! | Scoop.it
In a world where a bestselling full-length poetry book means 1,000 copies sold, the winner will reach an audience five times as large on the first day alone—an audience that includes hundreds of other literary magazines, presses, and well-known poets. This will be a chapbook to launch a career.
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A writing American in Paris triggered the making of my first chapbook in the attic of a five hundred year old house in Quartier Latin,  just a few blocks from the legendary book store Shakespeare & Co. After George Whitman himself accepted and shelved that stapled booklet, he offered me a place to stay. While not yet allergic to cats, I was highly sensitive to feline fleas, so I politely declined, but I did accept his invitation to read from my chapbook Paris/France at the store.

 

These days, when most everything we do lives in a virtual world, Online, it could be great fun to play with real scissors and glue, cut text, to use rathe than to discard, photo copy images and create something tangible, a booklet, a limited edition chap book. 

 

To participate in the contest however, you should read and follow the guidelines. Who knows, maybe you will be the one to see 5000 copies of your short short book in print. 

 

What's keeping you? Have you created poems around a theme, do you have a collection that goes together? A family of strung words that call out to be read by a larger audience?

Git already. Go for it.

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Secondary Characters Who Teach The Protagonist

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Writers frequently think the Mentor Role Function *just* means the literal version of this character, such as Morpheus teaching Neo how the machines work and how to kick ass in THE MATRIX (1999). B...
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At first, being Dutch, I read "Bang" as afraid, fearful to write, for that's what the word "bang" means in my native language. Every so often, when a word is spelled like a word with another meaning I get those kind of language mix-ups.

No, I have no fear of writing, I thought. But seeing the 2 for to write I got it. BANG! A bulb lit up over my head.

This post is right on, so Write On! and make those secondary characters work for ya. Leave the exposition where it belongs, in your notebook and make a scene. 

Make a scene!

Having your character interact with another living creature pays off big time. Action, conflict, it's all about interaction that leads to understanding more of the main character about the story that's being told, whether on the page, on the small or large screen.

BANG! Light bulb!

 

PS Want to add some female secondary characters to the equation? Write a blog post and make sure we get to read it. 

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TV Writing Masterclass March 19-20 2016

TV Writing Masterclass March 19-20 2016 | Write On! | Scoop.it
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Have you been itching to let your favorite characters on your favorite TV-show experience what you've got in store for them? Want to make it happen? Get real and get ready! 

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Quantum Theory Proves That Time Does Not Exist - WokenMind

Quantum Theory Proves That Time Does Not Exist - WokenMind | Write On! | Scoop.it
Quantum Theory Proves That Time Does Not Exist. It shows that our concept of time, as thought of as a linear passage of events is totally wide of the mark
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Remember the TV series Quantum Leap? Love movies such as  Back To The Future? Are you playing with time in your writing or film making?

I stumbled on Larry G. Maguire's blog wanting to check my understanding of connectivity across eras in regards to patchwork family blankets and quilts. 

Yes, that's how my mind works.

You start with family members' discarded pajamas, plaid shirts and floral skirts, you cut strips and squares and triangles, or just let crazy quilting fun take over, and before you know it your needles dance across the times, connecting tomorrow and yesteryear all in one day. 

To crafty for you?

Check out WokenMind, Maguire, he'll get you right back where you wanted to go, pondering existential questions, collective consciousness and the universe. 

 

 

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Does Fiction Based on Fact Have a Responsibility to the Truth?

Does Fiction Based on Fact Have a Responsibility to the Truth? | Write On! | Scoop.it
Thomas Mallon and Ayana Mathis discuss whether writers of historical fiction need to keep the facts in mind.
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If you deal with real people and their offspring, you better be careful. Prescribing an adulterous affair to a First Lady to make her seem more human (because fallible) than the real person we've come to know through the media doesn't seem right to me. 

 

If writing fiction based on fact, yet not writing historical fiction, why not stick to fictional characters and make up a fictitious country? 

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Ummm . . . I'm going to say no. That's why it's called fiction.

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35 Most Overused Dialogue Lines in Screenplays - ScreenCraft

35 Most Overused Dialogue Lines in Screenplays - ScreenCraft | Write On! | Scoop.it
ScreenCraft's Ken Miyamoto lists the most overused movie lines and challenges screenwriters to come up with better alternatives.
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Are you the one who always whispers what a character is going to say next? Don't make the mistake of using those cliche lines in your own writing. Unless it's funny or to the point to do so. Lazy writing can be exactly right for a lazy speaker. Choose words you put in a character's mouth wisely, such writing helps the character to speak for him or herself. 
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How to Get Published | Top Online Writing Resource

How to Get Published | Top Online Writing Resource | Write On! | Scoop.it
Where writers learn how to get published, market, and sell their writing. Subscribe to WritersMarket.com today.
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Rare recording of Virginia Woolf - BBC News

Rare recording of Virginia Woolf - BBC News | Write On! | Scoop.it
Listen to an extract from the only surviving recording of the voice of Virginia Woolf from April 1937
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Listen to Virginia Woolf's deliverance. I never thought of her as a spoken word artist, but here you go. She's a performance artist making a statement. She's a literary groundbreaker, a spear header, or if you will bully, telling us what we can or can't do.

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Grants for Individuals | NEA

Grants for Individuals | NEA | Write On! | Scoop.it
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If you have particular writing plans for 2017 this is the time to apply for a special grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Unfortunately the deadline for translation projects has passed, but keep that opportunity in mind for future projects. 
 

Fellowships in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Non-matching grants are for $25,000.

Application Deadline: March 9, 2016
Notification: December 2016
Earliest Start Date: January 1, 2017

 

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Little Things That Editors Love | The Review Review

Little Things That Editors Love | The Review Review | Write On! | Scoop.it
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Hooray! According to tip #5 you've got one up on all other writers, your submission to the literary magazine will come from an exotic-sounding place. Coming from a strange place promises to make your work stand out from the get-go.

 

Just imagine that junior editor or a screener/reader like Amy Miller facing the umpteenth manuscript on the slush pile. And there it is, your envelope adorned with stamps from across the world. Your work is bound to receive more attention.

 

According to Ms. Miller there's a great opportunity for writing groups as well. Go on an outing with your posse and mail your stories en masse from the post office at the general store in the middle of nowhere.

 

The stamp collecting reader will pay more attention to your writing if you come from a strange place.

 

Let's remember though, coming from a strange place can have a double innuendo, and for writers, that is what really counts.

 

 

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Technology for Writers Newsletter

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Technology for Writers Newsletter, by Ned Hayes : Context, Research, and Bookish Tech for all your Writerly Needs
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Writers are often told to create an Internet platform; writing a book isn't enough, they've got to verbalize nouns; it's not enough to have a web log, they've got to blog, tweet on Twitter, pin (on Pinterest) and Facebook (that's where the verb is lost all together). The younger ones don't do the latter, they post on Tumblr, Instagram and Google+.
 

This said, promoting their books is the last thing writers should do on Social Media platforms, they have to gain followers by sharing their knowledge about a secondary passion.
Get that?

 

Yes, blog, tweet, Facebook, Instagram, Pin, Tumblr, and GeePlus about something other than the book they slaved on for x-number of years. 

Get out!

 

Well, it's not that bad, every writer has an interest that justifies lingering. Be that a hobby or good cause, a day job or fascination. 

 

Take Ned Hayes, this writer of historical fiction knows about technology, and he's making good use of that, sharing his knowledge and that of those he follows in his Daily. 

Git already! Check it out!

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Can You Include Song Lyrics in Your Book?

Can You Include Song Lyrics in Your Book? | Write On! | Scoop.it
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The title of the linked post says: Can you? Well, of course you can, whether you may (for free) is another question. 

Do you really need to use the actual lyrics? Mentioning the song title might be enough if your readership is familiar with the tunes, but if your focus market grew up in another era chances are the title won't evoke mood. For that reason alone you may want to quote lyrics, and if you're thinking about that, read up on copyright law. Music and lyrics produced after 1923 are not in the public domain! Get busy before it's too late, meaning long before your book goes to print, even before your manuscript is sold.

Git already!

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Ekphrastic Challenge | Rattle: Poetry for the 21st Century

Ekphrastic Challenge | Rattle: Poetry for the 21st Century | Write On! | Scoop.it
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Look from the corner of your eye,

take note of your senses, emotions,

associations with past encounters;

take note of what is

shown and what you see, discover

the eye of the artist and your own.

Are they one and the same,

how come? Where do you meet

the other, can you pin point

that moment in time?

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Carol Johnson's curator insight, December 19, 2015 1:59 PM

For my friends who know a poem when they see it.

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Healing Through Writing

Healing Through Writing | Write On! | Scoop.it
Imagine you are a woman with 8- and 10-year-old sons who is losing her husband to alcohol. He has refused all help and the financial betrayals must come to an end. You finally worked up the nerve t…
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Kathryn Craft explored the answers to the usual W’s of her husband’s motivation to end his life the way he did by creating another character living another kind of story, but with possibly similar challenges and disappointments.
No time is ever wasted when we practice our craft. So, waiting for her understanding, waiting for her emotions to be less raw when addressing the re-visioning of what happened to create more than just a report, waiting for the story to mature was time well used. 

And then, after publishing this in-between-novel, she created the story she wanted to tell from the get go.

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Crevasse vs. crevice - Grammarist

Crevasse vs. crevice - Grammarist | Write On! | Scoop.it
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While watching a special on Denali, the highest mountain in North America I hear the mountaineers talk about crevasse. Is that a new way to say crevice I wondered.

In a way yes, and in a way no. 

Way back both originated from the Old French "cravace", the English started using crevice in the 14th century, whereas crevasse didn't come into English use until the 19th century thanks to Alpine mountaineers' lingo. 

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Fiction University: Revealing a Character's Past Without Falling Into Backstory

Fiction University: Revealing a Character's Past Without Falling Into Backstory | Write On! | Scoop.it
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Good addition for the writers' craft library.

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‘John le Carré: The Biography,’ and Frederick Forsyth’s ‘The Outsider’

‘John le Carré: The Biography,’ and Frederick Forsyth’s ‘The Outsider’ | Write On! | Scoop.it
A biography of John le Carré and a memoir by Frederick Forsyth explore their shared history in intelligence.
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Each time I happen upon le Carré's name and writing, my memory takes me back to a bench on Schiermonnikoog, one the Netherlands' northern isles where I sat hours at end, reading one of the author's tomes. 

But the book that received the most notes in the side bar was The Perfect Spy, which in the linked article is called his most autobiographical work. In effect it was my then psychiatrist who suggested the book since I might relate to the author's relationship with his father. My father's escapades don't even come close to those of Ronnie Cornwell, but there's something, yes, there was a lot that I related to. Would have to look up the notes, but yes, there was. 

 

Now, I'm looking forward to Adam Sisman's biography, "John le Carré: The Biography" to shed more light, especially on the work process of one of my favorite authors. Hooray! One thing I'd like to know is how he got to choose his pen name. Or was that disclosed already?

 

And perhaps I'll take a look at Frederick Forsyth's autobiography The Outsider as well, as Joseph Kanon said good for a very pleasant evening.  

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