OK, bragging rights are in order for Crystal Publishing. Jo Fontana, an up-and-coming author, won first place for her short story "The Plant Lady." She has a soon-to-be-released series of children's literature -- the Turtle Monkey series (art by Dion Weichers) Crystal Publishing is running a short story contest right now. The due date is… Continue reading Quid Novi Results
Brave New World Part III No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thy friend's… Continue reading Brave New World Part III
If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need.
NaMo what now?
NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to posting every single day in November.
310,095 participants started the month of November as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
Although the two events are separate, they share a history: NaBloPoMo started in response to NaNoWriMo, when a group of bloggers who lacked the time or inclination to write…
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“We are the children of a technological age. We have found streamlined ways of doing much of our routine work. Printing is no longer the only way of reproducing books. Reading them, however, has not changed.” -- Lawrence Clark Powell NEW: Not since the days of Johannes Gutenberg in the Age of Enlightenment has there… Continue reading Brave New World Part II
I just finished reading Brave New World for the billionth time. It always holds some special meaning for me. Every time I “revisit” the novel, I find that it has a whole new perspective -- maybe because society changes and I change in between readings. This time it has had a dramatic effect on how… Continue reading Brave New World Part I
Calling characters by their proper names in dialog almost always sounds phoney. There’s never a perfect time for writing, so stop waiting for it. Increase the stakes for your characters to prevent sagging story middles. To write a better book, write your query letter first. Bigger doesn’t mean better. Use simple words instead of deliberately… Continue reading 101 of the Best Fiction Writing Tips, Part I
We recently went to the Paul McCartney concert, Out There. One of the songs McCartney opened with was "Paperback Writer." The song brought back many memories, but I couldn't stop thinking of how very appropriate the song is today -- particularly about the publishing industry. In case you don't know the lyrics or just want a… Continue reading Paperback Writer