Tomorrow is Blood Match Release Day

Author Don Massenzio published his book “Blood Match” February 2, 2018.

Author Don Massenzio

blood match front coverBlood Match, a new thriller by Don Massenzio

You might remember that this book was a Kindle Scout candidate and it performed well lasting on the Hot List for 209 of 720 hours or some part of 11 out of 30 days with over 4,000 views.

Here is a blurb about the book:

Intelligence analyst Jake Balrich boards his Monday morning flight, as he has so many times, for routine field work. When the plane lands, a passenger fails to wake up. Jake soon realizes that the death was not accidental and is part of a murderous plot that will have Jake running for his life as he struggles with an unknown enemy that seems to guess his every move.

Blood Match is a thriller that examines the desire for gaining power with little regard for the human lives that are affected.

Follow Jake Balrich, as he enlists the help…

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CreateSpace Discontinues Paid Author Services

Thank you very much for this valuable information on CreateSpace, Nicholas Rossis!

Nicholas C. Rossis

CreateSpace-Amazon logos | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksFollowing the closure of CreateSpace’s eStore, Amazon has now delivered a further blow to the company. This makes it all more likely that all of CreateSpace operations will eventually be rolled into KDP Print.

In a surprising statement, Amazon announced its decision to move CreateSpace out of paid author services such as professional design and editing:

After a thorough review of our service offerings, we’ve made the decision to discontinue Createspace’s paid professional editing, design, and marketing services. We will work closely with impacted employees through this transition to help them find new roles within the company or assist them with pursuing opportunities outside the company.

Amazon Statement

Even though most Indie authors I know prefer to use their own resources for such services, CreateSpace’s design and editing services were in direct competition to book publishers such as BookBaby and IngramSparks. Still, Amazon says the latest round of layoffs…

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Who Else: Writing Secondary and Minor Characters

Morgan S. Hazelwood writes about secondary and minor characters in our stories and books. You can find this blog post on Ryan Lanz’ ‘A Writer’s Path’.

A Writer's Path

by Morgan S. Hazelwood

Who Else Is There?

Writers know all about our main character–they’re the focus of our story. Often, the story is told in their voice.

But what about everyone else? Unless you’re writing a person-versus-nature like Hatchet, you’re probably going to have other characters.

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The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2018…

On The Story Reading Ape’s blog I found the link to the ‘Write Life Site” and an article introducing the 100 best websites for writers.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

By Dana Sitar  on The Write Life Site:

The world offers a lot of ways to become a writer.

You can go to school for journalism or creative writing, get a Ph.D. and publish in journals, start a blog and turn it into a business, write a book and become famous…The paths are innumerable.

Whatever kind of writer you want to be, you can probably find a blog or online community to help you get there.

Each year, The Write Life celebrates these vast resources available to us online by releasing a list of the 100 Best Websites for Writers, and we’re excited to do it for the fifth year in a row.

Thanks to your suggestions, you’ve helped us curate hundreds of websites to bring you the best of the best.

Many are tried-and-true favorites previously featured in our 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 lists, and this year we’re…

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A Letter to Daymond John: Robots Rise When Imagination Dies – written by Kristen Lamb

Kristen Lamb writes about imagination and robots and how the one can replace the other… Thank you for your insight and wisdom Kristen.


Imagination is fundamental to success in, well, pretty much everything. Yet, strangely, many thought-leaders and experts are pushing humans to hone skills that robots can do a billion times better and faster (like working 24/7).

Problem is, if we train like robots, think like robots, and act like robots, we’re doomed to be replaced by them.

Our best insurance for rising to the top of our profession—ANY profession—is to refine what’s essentially human. We’re wise to become the best in those areas where computers, apps, and robots don’t hold massive advantage.

These areas require a robust right brain and well-developed imagination…which might just entail a lot of ‘wasting time.’

How This Started

As y’all might know, I consume a ridiculous amount of books…all kinds of books. Novels of every genre, non-fiction, self-help, books about business, leadership, finance, and entrepreneurship.

Recently, I started listening to Daymond John’s Rise and Grind. Why? Because I loved, loved, loved The Power of Broke and recommend that book to everyone…all the time.

I’ve listened that book it at least six times and learn something new with every pass.

 

To read the entire blog post, please go to:

http://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/02/imagination-requires-nurturing/

February & March 2018 Writing Submissions

Thanks so much Rachel Poli, for providing us with the February & March Writing Submissions.

Rachel Poli

2018 February and March writing submissions | writing contests | creative writing | RachelPoli.com

February 2018

Genre: Flash Memoir (17 words)
Theme: The year 2017
Website: Gotham Writers
Deadline: February 19, 2018
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: Story published on website

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: The Best Advice I Ever Heard
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $200

Genre: Short Story (New writers only!)
Theme: N/A
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Entry Fee: $18
Prize: First – $2,500

Genre: Poetry or Fiction
Theme: N/A
Website: Dream Quest One
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Entry Fee: $5 (poem) | $10 (fiction)
Prize: First for Poetry – $250 | First for fiction – $500

LitMag Fiction print submissions and online submissions open on February 1, 2018.

March 2018

Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, or poetry
Theme: N/A
Website: Mud Season Review
Deadline: March 1, 2018
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $50

Genre: Poetry
Theme: Food
Website: Literal Latte
Deadline: March 15, 2018

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