Smorgasbord Christmas Posts from Your Archives – The Morning After the Zoo’s Christmas Party- Photographed by The Story Reading Ape.

Sally Cronin of Smorgasbord invited The Story Reading Ape to provide her with an absolutely hilarious post during Christmas time. Enjoy and meet Chris on Sally’s blog.

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The Story Reading Ape(Chris Graham) was the VIP guest of his local zoo.. and everyone had an amazing time.. as illustrated by the morning after photographs taken by our intrepid fellow investigative blogger…

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My thanks to Chris for sharing these candid images of the revellers… Enjoy

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The Story Reading Ape has this down to a fine art and the list of subjects that adorn his enclosure is lengthy. He is…

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Get Paid to Write Personal Essays: 16 Markets for Freelancers…

On The Story Reading Ape’s blog I found access to Carol Tice’s article about 16 markets for freelancers. Thanks a lot for this information Chris and Carol. I might try one or two of them.

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by Carol Tice  on Make a Living Writing site:

Want to get paid to write personal essays?

It’s the romantic version of being a freelance writer.

Take a vacation, and write about your adventures. Survive your toddler’s terrible-twos and share your advice. Dabble in online dating and tell others the good, the bad, and the ugly about your experience.

Sounds pretty good, right?

If you have a unique perspective, experience, thoughts, or advice from your side of the fence, you can get paid to write personal essays…in just about any niche.

But you need to know where to look to find these gigs, and how to pitch an editor when you do. Note: There are still plenty of opportunities to write personal essays, but not all are well-paying assignments.

Have something to say? Check out these 16 markets for places to get paid to write personal essays:

16 Markets for…

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Readers Can’t Find Your Book: Internet Marketing for Authors (Guest Post) By: Steven Capps

Steven Capps published a guest post on The Story Reading Ape’s blog that might help many of us with our internet marketing! Thank you Steven and Chris!

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According to UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) over two million books have been published this year. That does include everything written before or all of the books that will be published in the future. If I had a penny for every hundred books ever published, I’d certainly have a lot more pennies than I do now. While this statistic seems a bit detached, it is crucial for your success as an author. In order for a reader to find your book, you have worse than a one in two million chance.

There is one major problem with this statistic; launching a book isn’t the same as buying a lottery ticket. Luck might be a bit of a factor, but if you are not seeing sales, there is likely something you are doing wrong. I know this sounds harsh, and no…

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