The 12 Things No One Ever Tells You About Writing for Other People

Check out this helpful post from the Novelty Revisions blog with The 12 Things No One Ever Tells You About Writing for Other People

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1. You often, technically, do not own your work, even when your name is on it.

2. But working for a large company with a website can get you the exposure you need to branch out.

3. Not all writing opportunities will give you the chance to work closely one-on-one with an editor.

4. But the ones that do will change your life.

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How to Publish with KDP: Part Fourteen

Check out this helpful post from Harmony Kent via the Story Empire blog with How to Publish with KDP: Part Fourteen

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Hello SErs. Harmony here.  As promised, here is  part fourteen in the post series dedicated to taking a step-by-step look at how to get your finished manuscript from your computer and on sale on Amazon in both ebook and paperback.

If you’d like to take a look back at the previous posts in this series, please click on the links at the end of this post.

So, here’s Part Fourteen: How to Review and Preview your Paperback.

From your KDP dashboard, click on ‘Edit Paperback Contents’, if you’re not in that screen already.

With your interior and cover uploaded, you can now use the online previewer. This will show you your front cover as well as the book’s content. It will show you the guides so that you can enure that no essential images or text fall outside the trim line.

Ensure no text or images…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews – #Humour Mae Clair, #Adventure Audrey Driscoll, #Historical Apple Gidley

Check out these author updates from the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore featuring Mae Clair, Audrey Driscoll and Apple Gidley

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Welcome to Friday’s edition of the Cafe and Bookstore with recent reviews for books on the shelves.

The first author with a recent review is Mae Clair for her mystery with a touch of humour… In Search of McDoogal

About the book

In search of something ugly…

All Brady Conrad wants to do is earn a few merit points with his artist girlfriend, so he volunteers to cover her gallery when she leaves town. What should be an easy day of sales goes belly up when he mistakenly sells a cherished painting.

With the clock ticking toward Vanessa’s return, Brady has less than a day to track McDoogal down. He coerces his friend Declan to tag along for moral support. How difficult can it be for an investigator and the director of a renowned institute to find a single painting in a town the size of a postage stamp?


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Authors, Do You Rehearse Fighting Scenes Before You Write Them?

Check out this post from the Writers’ Treasure Chest Blog that asks: Authors, Do You Rehearse Fighting Scenes Before You Write Them?

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A few days ago, I was working on a complicated fighting scene between two supernatural beings in book #8 in ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series.

To describe the fight accurately, I was getting up, using a wooden kitchen spoon to technically rehearse every step of the battle, before sitting down and explaining the movement and natural body reaction on the ‘theoretically’ inflicted pain.

It took me close to four hours for a fight that took a mere two pages to write.  And yes, the argument does include a bit of pain, wings, bruises, and a severe knee injury.

Now, being a martial artist myself might have helped me big time to take this challenge on and solve the problem the way I did. But other writers might not have that [indeed minimal] advantage. How are they doing it? Is their fantasy more extended than mine?

Previously I mentioned my fighting…

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10 Reminders for Writers Who Are So Done With the Internet (Ugh)

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog with 10 Reminders for Writers Who Are So Done With the Internet (Ugh)

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1. Twitter isn’t the only place to share your work/connect with writers, and it’s probably not the best, either.

2. Writing forums and Facebook groups still exist – and they might serve as better communities to be a part of, if you can find positive, supportive ones.

3. Once you learn about distracting website blocking apps, you’ll never go back.

4. You don’t “need” the internet to write a book. You don’t have to know every detail when you’re writing a first draft, even if your brain tries to convince you otherwise.

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews – #Fantasy #Thriller C.S. Boyack, #1920s Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, #Dystopian Teri Polen

Check out these author updates from the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore featuring C.S. Boyack, Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene and Teri Polen

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Welcome to Wednesday’s Cafe and Bookstore update with recent reviews for books on the shelves.

The first author today is C.S. Boyackwith a review Viral Blues

About the book

Someone knows about the hat. The creature from another dimension that helps Lizzie fight against the creatures of darkness.

They are summoned to a cryptic meeting with a secret society, where they meet other people with enhanced skills. It turns out someone, or something, has been tampering with the world’s vaccine supply. The goal doesn’t appear to be political or financial, but biblical pestilence.

Can this group of loners come together in time to make a difference when even the proper authorities are obstacles?

Check out Viral Blues, for your dose of paranormal adventure, with a strong sample of dark humor. And in recent superhero style, don’t miss the secret last chapter after the back material.

A recent review for…

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What You Should Do Now That WordPress Have Officially Retired The Classic Editor

Check out this great post from Hugh’s Views and news blog with What You Should Do Now That WordPress Have Officially Retired The Classic Editor

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If you’re a WordPress.Com user and use the WordPress.Com Classic editor, WordPress recently made an important announcement which will affect you and which you may have missed.

The Classic Editor Is Moving

Well over a year ago, WordPress announced that the Classic editor was being set for retirement. Since the beginning of 2019, I’ve also mentioned this in several of my own blog posts.

On August 13, 2020, WordPress finally announced that their Classic editor was now officially retired. However, it’s not entirely disappearing.

To continue using the Classic editor, users will have to access it via the Classic block on the Gutenberg Block Editor.

The Classic block provides an editing experience that mimics the Classic editor with some added benefits.

When are the changes taking place?

The changes are happening in phases. WordPress will email users informing them when to expect the change.

For full details and how…

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12 Tips for Writers Struggling to Rebound After Rejection

Check out this great post from the Novelty Revisions Blog with 12 Tips for Writers Struggling to Rebound After Rejection

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1. Make it about the work you submitted, not yourself. Your work and your worth are two separate things.

2. Don’t treat rejection as a failure. View it as a chance to learn and grow. (I know that sounds like a fluff response, but never underestimate the power of asking: “What do I need to learn from this experience?”)

3. If your rejection came in the form of an email or phone call, try not to keep rereading or replaying it over and over. There might come a point where you can look it over to learn from it (if it includes helpful feedback), but not right now. Not yet.

4. Work on a project for no reason other than it brings you joy. Focus, for now, on what makes you happy.

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Say It Ain’t So! #attentionspan #reading #writing

Check out Mae Clair’s post via the Story Empire blog with the topic: Say It Ain’t So!

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Hello, SEers! You’re with Mae, and I have a question for you—are attention spans getting shorter or do we have too much stimuli competing for our notice?

Remember when networks gave television shows an entire season to find footing and develop an audience? Those days haven’t been seen in ages. Now, if a show doesn’t make a splash right out of the gate, it’s a candidate for the chopping blockaxe stuck in top of sawed off tree stump, chopped wood in background.

I used to think I was above that kind of instant gratification—that I would give a program time to win me over. Recently, I realized of the last four Netflix shows I have tried to watch, I ditched three after only ten minutes.


Maybe because Netflix is like a big TBR.  There is so much content waiting to be discovered, I don’t have the need to let something grow on me. I watch very little TV as it…

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The Highs and Lows of Writing Books

Check out this insightful post from Nicholas Rossis’ blog with the topic: The Highs and Lows of Writing Books

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This is a guest post by Arslan Hassan. Arslan is an electrical engineer with a passion for writing, designing, and anything tech-related. His educational background in the technical field has given him the edge to write on many topics. He occasionally writes blog articles for Dynamologic Solutions, a software development company

The Highs and Lows of Writing Books

Writing | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

For a writer, a book is not only a manifestation of their imagination but an entity with a life of its own. By writing and publishing a book, the writer hopes for a sense of pride and accomplishment.

These highs, unfortunately, are almost always accompanied by lows such as writer’s block and self-doubt. Even if your manuscript is downright amazing, it could be years before a publishing house agrees to publish your book. Eight publishing houses rejected J.K.Rowling, reigning queen of authors, before the first Harry Potter book was published.

If writing…

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