6 Tips To Translate Your Work Effectively – From the Writers In The Storm Blog

by Linda Ruggeri

A few months ago, my editor and translator colleague Luis Pelayo asked me, “Why aren’t more US authors publishing in Spanish?” He shared a 2019 report titled El Español: Una Lengua Vivafrom the respected Instituto Cervantes, a non-profit organization devoted to the study and teaching of Spanish language and culture. The study states that Spanish is a first language for 483 million people around the world and that in the US, Spanish is the second most learned language at every academic level. What’s more, because of demographical reasons, the percentage of Spanish speaking persons continues to increase.

That’s a lot of potential readers who need some good books in Spanish.

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The Imaginary Things Holding You Back | The Blank Page

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog that tells us about The Imaginary Things Holding You Back | The Blank Page

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The Blank Page is a new weekly series on Novelty Revisions dedicated to any writer who is just beginning their journey or starting again after a long pause. Check back every Monday for more tips and inspiration.


Every writer has the chance to reach their full potential. To accomplish great things. To publish words that change lives … and maybe even the world.

Many don’t ever reach their greatest achievements. Not because they don’t want to, but because they give in to their biggest barriers and never manage to get past them.

Here are some of the most common “imaginary” roadblocks and how to overcome them.

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‘Lazy’ Writers Exist — That Doesn’t Mean You’re One of Them

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog that tells us ‘Lazy’ Writers Exist — That Doesn’t Mean You’re One of Them

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I don’t generally like using the word “lazy” to describe people I don’t know.

But the more writers I work with as an editor, the more I realize that even if writers themselves aren’t lazy people, lazy writing and lazy writing habits DO exist. And they’re an absolute nightmare for the person on the receiving end of the Word document in charge of preparing something for publication.

There are actually pretty obvious differences between “lazy” writers and writers on the other end of the spectrum — those who have worked so hard in such a short amount of time that what I’ll call “silly” errors just sort of … happen.

Just because writers make mistakes doesn’t mean they’re lazy. But certain mistakes are … and trust me, your editor isn’t oblivious to which category you might fall into.

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Choosing a Book Title

Check out this very helpful post from Joan Hall via the Story Empire Blog on Choosing a Book Title

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Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, I hope you’re enjoying the summer. Those in the Southern Hemisphere, well let’s just say I’m not a fan of winter. But let’s talk about writing, not the weather.

Choosing a title can be one of the hardest parts of writing a book. Yet it is one of the most important. A title should capture the reader’s attention and also encompass the essence of the story.

You want the name to be unique. Because titles are typically short, they don’t fall under copyright protection. (Some titles, such as The Da Vinci Code and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, are trademarked.) You could name your book Gone with the Wind or In Cold Blood, but it’s not something I would recommend.

The Girl on The Train was a best-selling thriller a few years ago. Around the…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors new to the Cafe – #Fantasy Adele Marie Park, #Fantasy Freya Pickard, #Paranormal Cecilia Kennedy

Today at the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore it’s time to meet the authors new to the Cafe featuring Adele Marie Park, Freya Pickard and Cecilia Kennedy

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There are over 150 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and I wanted to keep it to key pieces of information such as buying links, recent review, website and covers. However, I know that readers also like to know more about the background of authors.

There have been some new authors and books to the Cafe over the last few weeks and in the last two posts of the series I would like to remind you of their books.

Meet Adele Marie Park

I love writing, it`s my passion. My genres include fantasy, horror, urban fantasy, and a mixture of all those. I love telling stories;period. I am married to my wonderful wife, who is my rock.

Our daughter and our dog, german shepherd collie cross, are also my passions. To experience a moment of pure love is to experience the world.

Creativity is something I couldn`t live without.

I…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews – #Fantasy Lorinda J. Taylor, #Contemporary M.C.V. Egan, #ScienceFiction A.C. Flory

Today at the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore, author updates are featured with Lorinda J. Taylor, M.C.V. Egan and A.C. Flory

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Welcome to the first of the author updates this week with recent reviews for books on the shelves…

The first review is for Lorinda J. Taylor for her recently released The Blessing of Krozem: A Tale of Ziraf’s World

About the book

What would it really be like to be immortal? And how important is the power of friendship and the need for communion with one’s fellow humans? On Ziraf’s World, a planet in a universe far away from ours, an old priest named Gilzara decides to ask the Dreamers for the gift of immortality, and Krozem the Creator of Humankind grants his request, including giving him the power to make others immortal. However, things go tragically wrong; Gilzara’s dying wife refuses the gift, and Gilzara is left to live his immortal life alone.

The Troil, incorporeal spirit beings who also inhabit this world, take it upon themselves to save…

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10 Pointless Writing Habits to Drop If You Want to Save Time

Check out this helpful post from the Novelty Revisions blog with 10 Pointless Writing Habits to Drop If You Want to Save Time

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1. Obsessing over doing anything related to writing the “right” or “wrong” way. The only way we learn what works best for us is by trying different things. There is no “one way.”

2. Setting writing goals that are too big/ambitious. You should push yourself, but not to the point of forcing yourself into a state of overwhelm/anxiety. If you have to set small goals, even just for today, set small goals.

3. Refusing to use anything other than your “go-to” writing tool — e.g., if you don’t have your laptop with you, you won’t write. Learn to write anywhere, with anything.

4. Insisting on writing everything in order from start to finish. If you feel inspired to write something but it doesn’t belong in your next sentence … skip your next sentence for now. Nothing is going to break.

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Author on the Shelves – The Places We Haunt: Short Story Collection by Cecilia Kennedy

Today at the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore there’s a new author on the shelves with The Places We Haunt: Short Story Collection by Cecilia Kennedy

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Delighted to welcome Cecilia Kennedy to the Cafe and Bookstore with her recently released short story collection – The Places We Haunt: Short Story Collection 

About the collection

When a pastry-obsessed ghost follows Audrey M. K. Summons back to her apartment, Audrey feels compelled to write the story—along with a few others she has collected. The resulting manuscript becomes The Places We Haunt, which a literary scholar discovers when Audrey dies. To the scholar’s surprise, the pages magically fill with more stories from beyond the grave, so she publishes the book in order to put Audrey’s spirit to rest. This collection of 13 eclectic dark tales takes place in museums, swimming pools, houses, restaurants, the cemetery, and outdoors in nature. The stories told are sometimes humorous, absurd, pensive, or cautionary. Those who tell them, don’t even realize they’re dead.

Head over to buy the book:Amazon US

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors – #Thriller Richard W. Wise, #Fantasy Sue Vincent and Stuart France, #Lemons Valentina Cirasola

It’s time to meet the authors at the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore featuring Richard W. Wise, Sue Vincent and Stuart France, and Valentina Cirasola

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There are over 150 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and I wanted to keep it to key pieces of information such as buying links, recent review, website and covers. However, I know that readers also like to know more about the background of authors.

In this series during June and July I will share the bios of all the authors in the cafe in a random selection. I hope that this will introduce you to the authors in more depth and encourage you to check out their books and follow them on their blog and Twitter.

Meet Richard W. Wise

Richard Wise is the author of three books. His latest novel, REDLINED, a mystery thriller with a literary twist is set in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood was in paperback, e.book and on Audible in June 2020. REDLINED was nominated for the National Book Award. Play the book trailer and…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews -#Poetry Miriam Hurdle, #FamilySaga Judith Barrow, #Fantasy, #Paranormal C.S. Boyack

Check out what’s happening today at the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore with author updates from Miriam Hurdle, Judith Barrow and C.S. Boyack

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The first review is for award winning poetry collectionSongs of the Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitudewritten by Miriam Hurdle.About  Songs of Heartstrings

Human being has the willpower to travel through an exhausting journey, win a tough battle, and heal a deep wound. Strength from hope keeps us going until the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight and striving until the storm is over.

This poetic memoir comprises themes ranging from the suffering through an undesirable relationship, surviving an aggressive cancer, to the happiness in true love, the joy of parenthood, and gratefulness toward the Maker. Hurdle reveals the honest self-talk and reflects a heart filled with optimism, faith and trust. She illustrates the poems with her beautiful photos and paintings.

A recent review for the collection

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