And here the Monday Funnies I found once again on The Story Reading Ape’s page. Thanks so much for the giggle! I love Maxine!
Thank you very much for all the information you’re providing us with, Judith. We really appreciate your help and support. I’m convinced I’m not the only one who would love to see my book in Barnes & Noble one day!
Do you want your books in Barnes & Noble?
If yes … here’s the truth …
YOU HAVE TO SUBMIT TO B&N for bookstore consideration and purchase. ALWAYS. You submit to the SMALL PRESS DEPARTMENT.
And yes, there are hoops you need to jump through.
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Derek Haines writes about a problem I face regularly. Thank you very much for your informative blog post Derek!
Why do we get lay vs lie so confused all the time?
These two verbs cause so many problems, even for proficient English speakers.
The cause of the misuse is in the grammar. Isn’t it always?
Well, let’s get the technical stuff out of the way first and then look at some examples.
The main contrast between the verb lie and the verb lay is that one is an intransitive verb and the other is a transitive verb.
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Master Seumas Gallacher talks about books and how to give them away (not throwing them out!) and shows how generous a character he is!
…a quick tally of books inhabiting my small cabinet/converted bookcase will not tax emb’dy’s counting abilities… I have a sum total of only approximately 120 books… an eclectic assortment of mostly fiction, and a smattering of nonfiction… some of the greatest writers’ opus productions (Steinbeck, Dickens, O’Hara, Ruark, Conan Doyle, Solzhenitsyn, Churchill) sit comfortably alongside two Oxford Dictionaries (yeez can never have enuff WURDS), some author-signed copies of writers whose scribblings I admire, a bible, a copy of the Quran, some ad hoc compilations of humorous and other quotations, a few treasured over-a century-old Gaelic poetry and prose collections, and of course, my own Jack Calder crime thrillers…
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Kristen Lamb, expert in writer’s and author’s support and teaching, talks about 5 reasons why our novel is breaking down. Another very educating and humorously written blog post. Thank you very much Kristen!
If you’ve been writing any amount of time you’ve been there—STUCK. Stuck is the place we never want to be, but goes with the job.
Every writer at one time or another has experienced the literary doldrums. We hit a spot that, no matter how hard we try, we just cannot seem to move our story forward. Every word we write feels like pulling frogs’ teeth and we wonder why we ever thought writing a novel was a good idea.
Some call this ‘writer’s block’ while others claim ‘they’re only in a dry season’ or ‘going through a rough patch.’ Regardless what name we give this feeling, it all feels a heck of a lot like being STUCK.
Many writers, particularly new writers, see being stuck as a sign that they may be writing in the wrong genre. When they get stuck, this is a perfect opportunity to start working on something NEW. Story gets stuck, and this is SURELY divine evidence that the book really should have been a SERIES, not a standalone or a standalone and not a series.
From personal experience combined with my experience with thousands of writers the process from Start to Stuck can look like this.
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Thank you again, Rachel Poli, for your efforts to inform us of the writing contests the current and next months. We really appreciate it!
Genre: Any – see website for list (Book must be self-published)
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: September 4, 2018
Entry Fee: $125
Prize: Grand – $5,000
Genre: Any – see website for list
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: September 14, 2018 (early-bird)
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: Grand – $2,500
Theme: Mom Knows Best
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: September 30, 2018
Entry Fee: N/A
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Evie Gaughan writes about story ideas and that they might already have been written. Thank you for your very interesting and informative post, Evie!
‘There is no such thing as a new idea’, Mark Twain once wrote. Which is bad news for anyone trying to be original! But as he goes on to say, we can create new and endless numbers of new combinations. Still, what if you find that you keep coming up with ideas that have already been done? I’m reading a charming little book at the moment, ‘How To Fall In Love With A Man Who Lives In A Bush’, (quite easily, it seems, apparently Austrian men aren’t up to much) where the protagonist dreams of becoming an author. The only problem is that every story she comes up with has already been written …. by Charlotte Bronte or Stephen King!
It’s something of an occupational hazard for storytellers – even when it comes to choosing a title for your book. A quick search on Google will reveal that your…
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