• Books,  News Bits,  Writing

    News Bites on Writing & Books for Week of July 4, 2016

    Currently, it seems the news is filled either with the turmoil of terrorist attacks or the cutting and sharp words of politics. Don’t lose heart! There is good news to be found. It just takes a little digging, and I’ve kept my shovel sharp. Here are some of the articles or news items I found worth reading this past week: Guy Gavriel Kay at The Lit Hub discusses the necessity, or perhaps not, for writing rules. Best check this one out. Need another word to use in place of “very?” Read 128 Words Writers Can Use Instead of “Very” with great infographic. As always, Seth Godin provided an interesting and…

  • Books,  News Bits,  Writing

    News Bits on Writing & Books for Week of June 27, 2016

    As this past weekend reflects, we are a country of independence. Freedoms abound that others only long for. Among those freedoms are our choices to read and write based on our own thinking. With that in mind, I offer you some of what I’ve come across the last week of June in writing and publishing news. First up, a simple curiosity. Stephen King actually has quite legible handwriting. Why a curiosity? Often writers, as well as physicians, don’t have the best handwriting. Take a look. Diane Rinella talks audiobook production on Writers Helping Writers. A well-prepared post filled to the brim with good information. All writers need to read to learn…

  • Writing,  writing resources,  Writing Tools

    A New Library In Town: One Stop For Writers

    If there’s one thing all writers agree on, it’s that writing is TOUGH. The road to publication twists and dips as we learn the craft, hone our abilities, create stories we’re passionate about, fight discouragement, educate ourselves about the industry…and then start the process all over again as we realize there’s room to improve. But you know what? If you are like me, you wouldn’t have it any other way. Yet, sometimes it’s nice to get a helping hand.   Finding a good writing book, a helpful blog, a mentor or critique partner to share the journey with…these things are gems along the writing path. And guess what? Maybe there’s…

  • Publishing and Marketing,  Social Media,  Writing,  writing resources,  Writing Tools

    5 People and 2 Sites You Should Follow

    Writers and bloggers need resources to aid in getting their ideas into context attractive to their followers. In order to find these resources, we could spend hours surfing the Internet to find those people most helpful to our brand, blog, or book. The following five individuals and two sites are resources I follow consistently. I hope you find something helpful among them. 1. Frances Caballo of Social Media Just for Writers “Social Media Just for Writers was named as one of the top 30 websites for independently published authors by Penny Sansevieri of Author Marketing Experts, Inc.” “This website will help you to get your writing in front of more…