Archive | November 2019

63 Writing Contests in December 2019 – No entry fees – by Erica Verrillo…

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on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:

December is a great month for writing contests.

This month there are no fewer than 63 contests, and none charge entry fees.

Prizes range from $30,000 to envy. (If you win a Pushcart, envy is quite enough.)

As always, read the restrictions to make sure you qualify.

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7 Psychological Tricks For Book Promotion — Nicholas C. Rossis

Book marketing has come a long way since Medieval scribes advertised their services in the Middle Ages. For one thing, there is an entire branch of psychology that deals specifically with marketing. I recently came across a great post by a marketing student with 7 psychological tricks you can use in marketing. That post formed […]

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This entry was posted on November 29, 2019. 3 Comments

Crystal Deception

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Crystal Deception by Doug Cooper

From the author:

Juice Tallette believes her latest creation holds great promise for humanity, yet she hesitates to release him into the world. That’s because Criss, an AI with the intellect of a thousand humans, is too powerful to control. Days after his awakening, Criss alarms Juice with news of his impending abduction, and pleads for her protection. He claims that the Kardish—alien traders with a spaceship now lurking in orbit—have a kidnapping plan already in motion. But is Criss telling the truth, or is this a scheme to gain his freedom? Can Earth even protect Criss from the Kardish, or should he be sacrificed to avoid confrontation with technologically dominant aliens? One government agent promotes turning the hyper-intelligent AI into a doomsday weapon and confronting the aliens in space. But can Criss be trusted to cooperate? And what becomes of humanity if an interstellar battle among titans starts to rage?

My review:

This book took me by surprise! Honestly, the author has taken this genre to a level that I haven’t read before or seen on a show or big screen. Speaking of that, this novel and the subsequent novels are perfect for a new TV series. I would love to see this one filmed. The depth of a sentient life created by humans, and that life building on what he started as, then developed further, is remarkable. I found zero errors in this book. Five shiny gold stars all the way.

How to use quote marks in fiction writing – by Louise Harnby… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Here’s how to use quote marks (or speech marks) according to publishing convention in your fiction writing. The guidance covers both US English and UK English conventions. In this post, I cover the following: What quote marks are used for Omitting a closing quote mark in dialogue Whether to use single or double quote marks […]

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Finding and Using Competing Book Titles in Your Book Marketing – by Penny Sansevieri… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

on Anne R. Allen: As an author you’ve probably been told to look at competing titles through multiple stages of your journey from writing, to publishing, to book promotion. Competing book titles can be lucrative references for cover design, book length, and choosing your categories and keywords. They’re also helpful in deciding how to price […]

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How to Get the Right Kind of Writing Help – by Melissa Donovan… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

on Writing Forward: I often receive requests from people who are seeking writing help. Some are seeking professional services; they want someone to edit a book they’ve written or coach them through the process of writing a novel. Other times, I get questions about writing that range from simple to complicated. One person might send […]

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This entry was posted on November 18, 2019. 2 Comments