Regular readers know that most of my stories began as dreams and that I have included several of them in my science fiction series, Pearseus, as well. But I’m hardly the only one, as this Infographic by Sleep Advisor will show you. From Mary Shelley to Steven King, here are 11 famous books which started […]
on Just Publishing Advice: It’s an adage that everyone has a book inside them. But it is a truism that is more valid today than ever before. Self-publishing has opened the door to anyone who has a story to tell. New authors around the world are writing and getting new books published every day. If […]
on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity: There are over three dozen contests in July for short stories, poetry, essays, scripts, and books in every genre. None charge entry fees. Prizes range from hundreds of thousands of dollars to publication. Some accept self-published work. As always, read the restrictions to make sure you qualify. […]
Originally posted on Life in the Realm of Fantasy: Creating depth in writing is an involved process. When we talk about adding depth to a scene, we are talking about many things, and over the next few weeks, we will explore the ideas and facets of depth more fully. First of all, “depth” consists of…
This is a guest post by Qurat-ul-Ain Ghazali, a system engineer with a passion for writing, designing and anything tech related. Currently, she is the digital content manager at Dynamologic Solutions, a leading website design company. 5 Video Marketing Tips to Help Sell Your Book Video and written content have been pitted against each other. While […]
Semi-colons are disliked by some, misused by others, and avoided by many. If you want to keep them out of your writing, that’s fine. In this article, I show you how they work conventionally. That way, you can omit them because that’s your preference, not because you daren’t include them! Continue reading HERE
In my previous post, How Amazon Destroyed Barnes & Noble, I explained how Amazon (alone) could not be held responsible for the bookstore’s troubles. This post addresses another common complaint, that Amazon has destroyed publishing. Again, things are not as black and white as that. Yes, Amazon is a shark. But it was the publishing […]
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Shadow and Friends Ocean Adventure: Shadow and Friends, Book 8 is an animal adventure storybook for children written by Mary L Schmidt, S. Jackson, and A. Raymond. Uncle Stubby had exciting news for his wife and son about their friend Zippy’s adventures in Florida. Zippy and his girlfriend, Patches, had gone snorkeling and had a grand time. Soon, every squirrel around knew about Zippy’s adventure, and so did Shadow and Max, their two dog friends. The rodent friends and their canine companions decided to go on their own snorkeling adventure, and they took Pilot Squirrel’s Rodent Road Adventures Jet to Miami, Florida. From there, it was a short trip to the Florida Keys where they lounged on the beach, snorkeled, and Uncle Stubby even traveled on a small submarine. They visited Key West and Key Largo and were amazed at the colorful and unique underwater creatures they saw. The friends also played pirate and actually found a treasure chest filled with delectable treats for squirrels and dogs. This had to be one of their best adventures yet.
Shadow and Friends Ocean Adventure brings readers right onto the beach and into the tropical waters off the Florida Keys as Shadow and friends have a grand new adventure. The authors’ story is fun, and kids learn about ecology and snorkeling along the way. As I read this, I wished that I too had access to Pilot Squirrel’s Rodent Road Adventures Jet and was even now winging my way towards the tropical waters of Florida Keys. The illustrations are wonderful, especially those showcasing the marine life to be found when snorkeling, and the characters are convincing and fun. Shadow and Friends Ocean Adventure is most highly recommended. FIVE STARS!
This is the question I get asked the most. Despite writing on this topic a couple of times, and basically dissecting every tip and tactic I know for converting site visitors into regular readers, people seem to think there’s some big secret. No one wants to believe that there’s no magical secret. They’d rather fantasize about […]
If you’ve been following my blog for the last few weeks, you’ll know I attended the KidLitVic writers conference.
There, I gleaned many a tip on the publishing industry, including the following about snagging an agent.
Alex Adsett from Alex Adsett Publishing Services and Jacinta Di Mase from Jacinta Di Mase Management provided their expertize for this panel and let all the agent-less writers know exactly what an agent does and how to get one.
Why You Should Have An Agent
If you can get an agent (and realistically that’s a big IF), they will provide writers with the following benefits:
- A chance to frog-leap the slush pile.
- Deliver to publishers a book they know has been vetted (which works in your favor).
- Provide another set of eyes to ensure your MS has what it needs to be a structurally sound and polished.
- Expert advice about who is the right publisher…
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