Writing Your First Book – Where Do You Start?

Don Massenzio supports us by sharing his experience as a successful writer. Where do we start when writing our first book? Thank you very much for all your support, Don!

DSM Publications

Every time I attend an author event, there is always the attempt to separate authors into the two camps of those who meticulously outline and those that write completely by the seat-of-the-pants, affectionately known as ‘pantsers’.

I sat and listened to the virtues of these two camps and decided that I am firmly planted in a third camp. I don’t outline every chapter, but I do like a road map. I consider my method more visual and less rigid than outlining, but, to continue the road map analogy, I don’t like to just get in the car and go in whatever direction the road takes me.

I do let my characters and their personalities drive within the conscripts of my loose road map, but I don’t confine them to one road. If they want to take the scenic route, I’m open to that.

So, how does this process work, I’ll…

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How Much Money Does It Cost To Publish A Book? – Written By Derek Haines

 

The cost of self-publishing a new book is now very affordable

Long gone are the days of wishing and hoping to publish a book. There is no need at all to beg literary agents and publishers today. You can also forget about paying thousands of dollars for vanity publishing.

Self-publishing gives authors the freedom to publish at any time. But with this comes the responsibility of publishing a quality book.

Yes, we all know that it is possible to self-publish for free, and many authors take this route. Publishing an ebook on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing is very easy. All it needs is a Word document file and a cover image and that’s it.

That’s why there are millions of ebooks available on Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited. But so many of these quick and dirty ebooks are of very poor quality. All but a few find a steady stream of loyal book buyers.

Continue reading here:

https://justpublishingadvice.com/how-much-money-does-it-cost-to-publish-a-book/

Caturday funnies — movie edition

I couldn’t resist to re-blog Bluebird’s Caturday Movie Edition. Thanks so much for the giggles! 😀

bluebird of bitterness

DRIVING MISS DAISY

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

CINDERELLA

THE WEDDING SINGER

DIRTY HARRY

A DAY AT THE RACES

DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES

THE HORSE WHISPERER

SPIDERMAN

HARVEY

PUSS IN BOOTS

DAMN YANKEES

ROCKY

THE SECRET GARDEN

OTHELLO

SHINE

THE BOSTON STRANGLER

UP

INTO THE WOODS

THE GREAT DICTATOR

SWEENEY TODD

THE THREE MUSKETEERS

THE WIZARD OF OZ

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

LES MISERABLES

DOWNFALL

WEST SIDE STORY

YOU’VE GOT MAIL

ROMEO AND JULIET

FIGHT CLUB

THE ROCKING HORSE WINNER

WAITING FOR GODOT

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Design Your Own Logo In Seconds!

Create your own logo within shortest time. Nicholas Rossis shows us how it’s done. Thanks Nicholas!

Nicholas C. Rossis

As many of you know, in my day job I work as a web developer. Most of my skills I’ve picked up in the past 25 years of web design, from Internet marketing to social media, have proven useful once I started writing. One of them was logo design: I’ve helped a number of clients with their logos; something that is often a slow, arduous process.

Well, no more! I was recently approached by a company called DesignEvo to test-drive their online logo designer and I was amazed. Within seconds, I designed my first logo. Thay have a gazillion templates and graphics to choose from, making the process as painless as you can possibly imagine. Best of all, they store your logos for you so you can edit them in the future, should you (or a client) decide on, say, a new color.

So, are you interested in a…

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Indie or Traditional – How does an author pick the right direction?

Don Massenzio gives us his advice on picking the right direction – Indie or Traditional. Thank you very much for helping us all, Don!

DSM Publications

CrossroadJumping into the indie author scene, for me, was a calculated risk. Like I do with a lot of decisions, I looked at the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • You can easily publish your work on a number of platforms at little or no cost (Amazon, Nook, Smashwords, etc.).
  • The royalties for sales are good. If you price a book on Amazon over $2.99, for instance, you will get 70% of the selling price as royalties.
  • You can write at your own pace in whatever style you want.
  • You can directly interact with your readers on many platforms (blogs, mailing, lists, social media, author signing events).
  • There is an organized community of independent authors and you can learn from others and help others that are just getting started.
  • My writing would be judged directly by the readers and not some low-on-the-totem-pole publishing house employee looking for the flavor of the month.
  • Trend-setters like Hugh Howey

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June & July 2018 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests]

Rachel Poli once again collected writing contests for us, this time for June and July 2018. Thank you very much Rachel!


 

Rachel Poli

June & July 2018 Writing Contests | Writing Submissions | Creative Writing | Blogging | RachelPoli.com

June 2018

Genre: Flash Fiction
Website: Pulp Literature
Deadline: June 15, 2018
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $300

Genre: Short Story (New writers only)
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: June 30, 2018
Entry Fee: $18
Prize: First – $2,500

Genre: Poetry
Website: Lit Mag
Deadline: June 30, 2018
Entry Fee: $3
Prize: $250
*There is a free submission window for all genres – poetry, fiction, and non-fiction – from June 1 – June 15.*

Genre: Short Story
Website: Literal Latte
Deadline: June 30, 2018
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: First – $500

July 2018

Genre: Poetry
Website: Literal Latte
Deadline: July 15, 2018
Entry Fee: $10/6 poems or $15/10 poems
Prize: First – $1,000

Genre: Poetry
Website: Narrative Magazine
Deadline: July 15, 2018
Entry Fee: $26
Prize: First – $1,500

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: More Messages from Heaven
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: July 15, 2018
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $200

Genre:…

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