The Story Reading Ape shares his Monday Funnies with Maxine. Thank you so much Furry Friend, for my Birthday giggles.
Don Massenzio blogged about his personal experience with creating Audio Books in different blog posts. I thought it would be a good idea to publish all his posts together here on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’. Thank you for sharing your Audio Book creation adventure, Don!
Derek Haines informs us about how to publish a book the right way to reach more readers. Thank you very much for all your information, Derek.
Are you ready to publish your new book?
Stop for a moment before you jump into publishing your new title on Amazon Direct Publishing (KDP), Draft2Digital or Smashwords.
Check that you know how to publish a book correctly and how to give it a boost from launch day.
Can you answer yes to all the questions in the following 10 point checklist?
1. Is your manuscript perfect?
2. Did you check your title and sub-title against existing books?
3. Is your ebook cover the right size and high-resolution?
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Nicholas Rossis advices us to celebrate diversity to make our ad campaigns better. Thank you very much for all your information and help, Nicholas!
Diversity and identity politics can be a minefield. In my science fantasy series, Pearseus, I had as diverse a cast as possible, with strong female leads, a main hero of Indian descent, another one of Chinese descent, Masai warriors, a lesbian leader, etc. Even so, I got flak from people who felt their preferred minority was underrepresented because, for example, my warrior heroines were slim and slender (even though one of my favorite characters, Head Priestess Tie, was a big woman with a shaved head).
So, should we, as authors, shy away from diversity?
In one word, no. With Pearseus, I didn’t set off to create a diverse cast; it came about organically as that was simply what fit my characters. I seem to have an eye for the quirky and the unusual when people-watching and that shows in my own work. And I find it boring when I write stories with only one kind of heroes.
But I had never thought of a possible relationship between my Ad campaign and diversity.
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Kirsten Lamb published a blog post about resting for success and tells us why busy is overrated. Thank you so much for all your help and advice, the past years and, of course, in 2019 too!
It’s winter here in Texas, which means almost next to nothing since Texas is a female state. Today, I think I will be SPRING! No…winter. Wait, why not BOTH?
While the temperature is all over, and most of the time we have no clue what to wear each day (aside from one of everything), the plants and animals at least seem to have a plan. They go dormant, hibernate and basically take time to REST.
**Sorry about the four-letter word.
Rest might seem an odd topic for the first week of January when everyone is ALL SYSTEMS GO. Yet, failure to appreciate the importance of R&R is why I believe so many people fail to ever reach those goals, meet those resolutions.
We can fall into all-or-nothing thinking and that is a fast track to burnout.
Ask me how I know.
Last time, we talked about New Year’s Resolutions and why it’s imperative to choose our pain. Because anything worth having or doing in life involves some sort of pain.
We exercise agency when we can embrace the process as much if not more than that glorious—and often short-lived—summit. Now that we’ve addressed pain, let’s talk about peace.
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The Story Reading Ape published unforgettable New Year’s Day Funnies, which I thought would amuse us today as well. Thanks so much for the laugh TSRA!
Don Massenzio starts a new Author Interview Series in 2019 on his blog. Contact him if you’re interested. I sure will. Thank you so much for all your support, Don!
It’s a new year and time for a new series of author interviews.
One of the features of my blog that I have enjoyed the most is my author interview series.
Over the past few years, I have posted over 200 interviews. We have learned about many authors, both traditionally and independently published. We have learned what makes them tick and what techniques have worked for them in creating and promoting their work.
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Thank you for sharing this classic, Bluebird! Unforgettable!
Herb had too much to drink at the office New Year’s party, and when he woke up the next morning his head felt ready to explode. He could recall almost nothing of the previous night, and he dreaded the thought of facing his wife, who he suspected would have a few choice words for him.
But when he opened his eyes, he saw that there were two extra-strength aspirin and a glass of water on the bedside table, along with a note in his wife’s handwriting. It read:
Your breakfast is on the stove. Brooke said she would do the dishes and clean up the kitchen, so you can just relax and take it easy. I’ve gone out to buy groceries so I can make your favorite supper tonight.
Your loving wife,
p.s. I’m going to stop at the smoke shop on the way home and pick up a box of your favorite cigars. I love you, darling!
Puzzled, Herb set the note down…
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Thank you, Rachel Poli, for all your hard work in the past years – and of course in 2019, to keep us updated on the current writing contests. We appreciate all your efforts!
As always, I whip up a blog post at the beginning of the month to share some writing contests or general submissions with deadlines for the current month and the next month. Here are some January & February 2019 writing submissions. I try to find submissions with no fee or at least a fee on the cheaper side, though that’s difficult sometimes. Regardless, if you know of any that I’ve missed, feel free to let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.
Genre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction
Website: The Glass Mountain
Deadline: January 11, 2019
Entry Fee: $5
Genre: Short short story
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: January 14, 2019
Entry Fee: $30 (additional entries are $25 each)
Prize: First – $3,000
Website: Literal Latte
Deadline: January 15, 2019
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: First – $1,000
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