Starting Over And Leaving Your Comfort Zone – Written By Derek Haines

Derek Haines writes about starting over and leaving our comfort zone. Thanks a lot for that blog post, Derek. It was very important to me right now.


Change is the only constant in life

Everyone loves to talk about change, but when change happens unexpectedly, it usually means starting over and leaving one of our comfort zones behind us.

It doesn’t matter what the cause is; a relationship, a job or where you live.

When your stability and routine is upset, it can be difficult to know how to start over and find a fresh start.

But when we look back on the changes that have happened in our lives, such as an old job, a previous relationship or where we lived ten years ago, today is better.

It can take time to adapt, but in the end, we generally feel good about the choices and decisions we made.

Change in life is not always easy.

But when it comes to publishing today, making changes is the only way to move ahead.

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Ageing. The inevitable truth. – Written By Barbara Rogers

I saw this amazing, truthful and in many ways memorable blog post on the “Barbara Bear” blog, written by Barbara Rogers. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on a subject many of us have problems with.


I saw this picture recently. It made me think. A lot. In the end I decided that it is such a beautiful, and poignant depiction of old age. One I had hoped to aspire to …. but now unlikely to achieve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what did I see?? I didn’t read the words at first, as I wanted to form my own opinion. Yes… we are permitted to have our own bleddy opinions!!

To read the entire blog post go to:

Ageing. The inevitable truth.

 

Seven Proven Strategies for Editing and Proofreading Your Own Writing – Written By Michael LaRocca

On The Story Reading Ape’s blog I found the link to above mentioned interesting blog post on “The Blood Red Pencil” blog, written by Michael LaRocca. Thank you very much for the information, Michael.


1) After you finish writing it, put your document away for a while. Hours, days, weeks or even months. You want to look at it with “fresh eyes.” Instead of seeing what you meant to write, you want to see what you actually did write.

2) Use the spelling and grammar features in your word processor. They aren’t perfect – ask anybody – but if you know the rules, you can decide which suggestions to accept and which to ignore.

To read the entire blog post go to:

https://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2019/01/seven-proven-strategies-for-editing-and.html

Come and be interviewed for my new 2019 Author Interview Series – Written By Don Massenzio

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.

To read the entire post and find out how to submit, click here:

https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2019/01/03/come-and-be-interviewed-for-my-new-2019-author-interview-series/

Merry Christmas – 2018

As usually Christmas time are the days of the year I think back to the past year. What happened? Did I like the year? How many problems did I face? Were they severe?

Let me try to explain it.

When I’m in a job I don’t like, I’m unhappy. I figure, I took too long what happened there and that didn’t do me any good.

But:

I had amazing family time twice this year, was traveling (even though that wasn’t always good either, but at least funny), I met friends, made new friends, found out who are my true friends and best of all:

I published a book!!

I’m so unbelievably proud! This is the best thing ever and it gave me a lot of self-confidence and clarity.

I know now what I have to do and even though it won’t be easy, it still will be an adventure.

Next year will be amazing!!

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But right now I want to thank you all once more, that you are with me, experiencing my writing adventure and making it special to me!

I wish you and your families a heartfelt:

Amazon Reviews, An Update – Written By Nicholas Rossis

Thank you for your insight on Amazon Reviews, Nicholas. Your knowledge is helping us all a lot! We really appreciate your hard work!


I often write about Amazon reviews, as it is one of the most important aspects of marketing for many people and Amazon seems to keep changing the rules!

Now, Amy Collins of The Book Designer published an update in the form of Frequently Asked Questions. I’m sharing here the most common ones:
Can Anyone post a review on Amazon?

To contribute to Customer Reviews, you must have spent at least $50 on Amazon.com using a valid credit or debit card in the past 12 months. Promotional discounts don’t qualify towards the $50 minimum.

 

To read the entire article, please go to:

https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com/2018/11/07/amazon-reviews-an-update/

 

The CreateSpace to KDP Print Migration: Issues to Watch for – Written By Melinda Clayton

Melinda Clayton gives us an insight on the CreateSpace to KDP Print Migration and what we need to keep an eye on. Thank you very much, Melinda.


The indie publishing world has been abuzz since authors received an email from CreateSpace stating CreateSpace would be closing and KDP Print would take its place.

Some authors have been greeted with a pop-up on CreateSpace that tells them they can move their entire catalog with one click. Other authors haven’t yet received the pop-up but should soon, since CreateSpace said the option would be rolled out slowly over the next few weeks. If you don’t yet have the pop-up, don’t worry; CreateSpace has said within a few weeks, if an author hasn’t moved books from one account to the other, CreateSpace will do it for us.

To read the full article, click here:

https://www.indiesunlimited.com/2018/11/06/the-createspace-to-kdp-print-migration-issues-to-watch-for/

November & December 2018 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests] – By Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli provides us with another set of Writing Contests for November and December 2018. Thank you very much for your endless work, Rachel!


 

November 2018

Genre: Fiction
Theme: Short short story
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: November 15, 2018 (early-bird)
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: Grand – $3,000

Genre: Poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction
Website: The Boiler Journal
Deadline: November 15, 2018
Entry Fee: Free or $3.00
Prize: Publication

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Life lessons from the cat
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: November 30, 2018
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $200

To read the entire post, please go to:

https://rachelpoli.com/2018/11/05/november-december-2018-writing-submissions-writing-contests/

How To Use ProWritingAid As Your Coach And Writing Editor – by Derek Haines

Derek Haines informs us about a writing and editing tool each writer should use: ProWritingAid, a program that’s installed on my own computer for quite a while. Thank you for your excellent expertise and post, Derek!


Every writer would like to have an editor

In a perfect world, having an editor to rely on would be your preference. But in reality, we know that the cost of hiring a professional is beyond the reach of the majority of writers.

There are many self-help, short story and fiction writers using self-publishing today. But it is unrealistic to think that all of them can afford to pay for someone to help in the writing and editing process.

But there is an expectation from readers that when they buy a book or even read a blog post or online news article, that the texts will be perfect.

If you read some of the major newspapers online, you will know that even with professional copy and line editors, mistakes still occur.

To continue reading go to:

https://justpublishingadvice.com/how-to-use-prowritingaid-as-your-coach-and-writing-editor/

Elements of fantasy: Writing a more magical story – from Now Novel…

On The Story Reading Ape’s blog I found an interesting article about the elements of fantasy writing. Thanks so much for this link, Chris!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

What makes a fantasy story? Our first instinct might be to answer ‘magic’ – spells, mythical beasts, potions. Yet fantasy contains multiple key elements. Read the following simple breakdown of elements of the fantasy genre and tips to write magical, fantastical tales:

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