Archive | September 2018

Advice On Submitting to Agents

Uninspired Writers

Morning world builders, I hope you’ve all had a great week.

Last Sunday I sent of my first ever submissions. I sent my carefully crafted work out into the world, and now I am up against the long wait for inevitable rejections and potential feedback.

It’s taken a long time to reach this point and I’ve needed to do a lot of research, and seek a lot of help, to get here. So I want to share with you some of the advice that has helped me, and some of the things I’ve learned. Please share your advice in the comments, as there’s still plenty I don’t know.

1. Make sure your novel is finished
This is the first advice you’ll see anywhere. It’s really tempting, when you’ve had an amazing idea, to pitch it before it’s ready. But the truth us, most agents want to hear from writers who…

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An Audio Book Narrator’s Guide for Authors – by CJ Critt…

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on The Book Designer:

Intro by Joel Friedlander:

Audio books are increasing in popularity.

If you’ve ever considered creating an audio version of your book, most likely you’ve planned on hiring a narrator.

But, have you ever considered narrating your book yourself?

In today’s post, professional narrator CJ Critt shares her insight and offers some tips on how we can narrate our own books and maybe even venture into a new career path of narrating books for others.

Continue reading HERE

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Let Us Welcome Robert!


Please welcome author R.L. Seago to my blog. Thank you for joining me on my blog today, Robert. Shall we get started?

Tell us a little about yourself, where you live, spouse, kids, work, etc and how you started writing?

I currently live in northern California with my wife of 27 years, Anna, and our two fur babies Bella Rose and Sophie Marie. I am medically retired after nearly 40 years in healthcare, and have been writing steadily since 2009. I started in high school on the newspaper, and did some short term writing during my military stint. I am a former Navy Corpsman having served from 1980-1985, and use my extensive experience in healthcare as a background for much of my writing.

I have a total of 5 self -published works, The Chains That Bind, Voices of the Passed, Tears of the Innocent, The Rebirth of Innocence.

Tell us about your book.

My current work, titled There Are None So Blind, is a mystery suspense novel. CASSIDY DELGASO is a former Marine combat videographer who is sent home after being blinded in Afghanistan, who along with three others, are captured while trying to expose a cover up involving Bacha Bazi, the cruel ritual of abusing young boys in the Pakistani/Afghan culture. She owns a successful pet business and has received her black belt in Tae Kwan Do. She is also being stalked by a green eyed man who haunts her dreams every night.

Robert Final NSB

What are you currently working on?

The Wages of Sin is a mystery set in the Philippines in 1983-84, where NIS Agent Darvell Jackson is investigating not only the near fatal beating of a young sailor aboard the USS Texas, but is also assigned to find the person responsible for a series of murders of prostitutes and servicemen, leaving them with blue contact lenses glued to their eyes.

Do you have a special author style of writing?

Not really. I let the story and characters tell the story, I am simply the one behind the screen.

Do you write in more than one genre?

No. I prefer mystery/suspense. I am intrigued greatly by the evil that lurks in the hearts of men and women, and find it very useful in my writing.

What genres are your favorites to read?

Non-fiction, especially military. In fiction, I love a good mystery or scary novel that leaves me saying WTF at the end.

Tell us the authors who inspired you to write and how they inspired you.

Stephen King, Dean Koontz and William Diehl, for the ability to suck you in an read a book in one sitting. Primal Fear is probably my favorite fiction book, as well as John Steinbecks Of Mice and Men.

If a movie was made of your book, who would lead the cast and why?

In None So Blind, probably Michelle Rodriguez for Cassidy, as for the others it is really hard to say.

Vanilla or chocolate?

Rocky Road

If you won the lottery, would you still write? What places would you go? Charity donations?

Absolutely I would. I would buy myself a nice beachfront house, set up shop and turn the dogs and my wife loose on the beach. I would visit the Cayman Islands, Greece, Ireland and Scotland.

Tell us everything we want, as an audience, to know.

My books are straight from the hip, no BS, and I love to leave the reader going “Oh no he didn’t” at the end…lol I love to make people aware of life , its frailty and that absolutely nothing is as it seems. Follow your heart, your passion, and always, always be true to yourself.


You can reach Robert on his website, on Facebook, and on Amazon. Thank you for being my guest today. 


70 Conversation Starters for Social Media Engagement

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Jenn Hanson-dePaula of Mixtus Media provides us with a great article on conversation started for social media. Thank you Jenn!

Have you ever posted something on social media and nothing happens? You might feel like it’s a waste of time because no one ever responds to what you post. Or maybe you feel like you’re just contributing to the noise online and everyone simply tunes you out.

Social media outlets have hundreds of millions of users worldwide, and each outlet wants their users to see posts that they will find interesting. So to make this possible, they use something called algorithms.

An algorithm is like a filter – it keeps the posts that people aren’t responding to out while letting the popular posts through.

So how do you actually get your posts seen and in your audience’s news feed? One effective and simple way to do that is by asking…

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Author’s tool-chain


Publishing fontfacesWe talk a lot about how to write books, about author’s craft and writers’ tips. This post is instead focused on the act of writing — on the recording of words. There are probably as many methods of writing a novel as there are authors — writing longhand with a Montblanc fountain pen in a Moleskine notebook, typing with one finger at an ancient PC à la GRRM, or using the latest gadgets for on-the-fly note-taking. Regardless, there are certain steps and tools that make the steps of recording a manuscript, editing it, and whipping it into book shape easier. This post is about the tools I found are best for each task, and about my process in transforming a manuscript into a novel.

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5 Things Not to Do at Your Book Reading

A Writer's Path

by Lev Raphael

I’m just back from reading from my memoir/travelogue My Germany in Windsor, Ontario.  I was at a fundraising event for BookFest Windsor and people asking me to sign books afterwards said they enjoyed it especially because most authors read from their books so badly.

I tend to avoid author readings myself because I’ve seen too many authors make basic, embarrassing mistakes.

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Italicizing A Manuscript

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

Italics were invented by a famous Renaissance printer called Aldus Manutius. Italicizing passages became much easier after word-processing virtual-paper technology overcame the tedium of typewriter backspacing and underlining in a manuscript. Print-on-demand permits Indie Authors to be their own publishers, which means they assume the role of compositor, too, and must know how to set type to achieve the most visually pleasing and easy-to-read presentation of their works in the Art of Communication. To see how italics can function when typesetting for your own Indie-published book, we’ll discuss the ways I used italics in Irish Firebrands.

I learned about italics in primary and secondary school, in English composition and typewriting classes, but how I chose to italicize parts of my first novel is probably an amalgam of the “house styles” of the many different traditional publishers which put out the books I’ve read over more than fifty years.

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Literary Style in Storytelling

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I am reblogging Melissa’s excellent post form 2016, it is that good!

Literary Style in Storytelling Posted by Melissa Donovan on December 13, 2016


What’s your literary style?Today’s post includes excerpts from What’s the Story? Building Blocks for Fiction Writing, chapter five:

“Narrative Style, Voice, and Tone.” Enjoy! Literary style is the aesthetic quality of a work of literature—the distinct voice that makes each author unique. It’s the way we string words together, the rhythm of our prose, the catchphrases that pepper our language.

Literary style includes every element of writing in which an author can make stylistic choices from syntax and grammar to character and plot development.

Seasoned writers have cultivated a style of writing that can be identified by a snippet of prose alone. For example, a common English literature test gives you excerpts from several authors whose works you’ve studied. The challenge is to identify…

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