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EDITOR’ S COMMENT: Interesting thesis. The author argues he clubbed with Yahoo Groups for sixteen years and today they are dying. (I like my Yahoo critique group but the technology is a dinosaur.) James talks about the growth of Facebook groups. He may be on to something and the article is worth a read.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Authors are an interesting bunch. Sometimes when the last paragraph is written, they are so sick of the story they never want to read it again. Other times, it should never end. Glen talks about the four types of endings, good and bad, and reminds us to show, not tell. Might be worth a look if an ending is on the horizon.
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POLARITIES OF BOOK MARKETING. WHERE DO YOU SIT ON THE SCALE? by Joanna Penn from the Creative Penn
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Back to the big bear that sits on every author’s shoulder. Marketing. The author covers all elements of marketing from short and long term through paid vs free and ends up with a discussion about publishing. One point caught my attention. How does the reader discover a book? Through the book itself or the persona of the author?
HOW TO WRITE A CREATIVE BRIEF SO YOUR GRAPHIC DESIGNER CREATES AN AMAZING BOOK COVER by Beth Bacon from DBW
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I have this issue on my horizon so I’m saving this article for future reference. This is a must read for any author who is considering a new designer for the book cover. It can save a bucket full of heartache and money.
KINDLE SCOUT- STEP INSIDE FOR A TOUR by Debbie Burke from Kill Zone
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Kindle Scout is an Amazon program that allows the reader to search for books they believe should be published. Kathryn covers all the bases and answers all the questions. Hard to keep up with Amazon. Good article for authors interested in selling books on Amazon.
HOW TO EDIT YOUR BOOK-FOUR WAYS TO LOOK AT IT by Sarah (Sally) Hamer from the Write Conversation
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Quick read. Sally discusses the four levels of editing. Important information when looking at the bank account balance.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is a great article on techniques to put life into dialogue and is a must read for authors struggling with dialogue. To name a few, Rowena discusses info dumps, eliminating filler dialogue, tags, and ‘ums’ and ‘ers’.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: We have all tried it. Getting into the head of our protagonist and we have tried a million different ways of making it successful. Many of us write reams of material on how the protagonist’s head bone works. Sarah raises an interesting point. Assume nothing written will make it into the novel.
FROM MARGIN TO MAINSTREAM: WHY EROTICA MATTERS by Cait Reynolds from Kristen Lamb
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Think I’ll skip a picture on this subject. Cait does an excellent job with the subject. Her discussion on how to make the scene original is good and worthy of a read.
WHITE WRITERS WRITING NON-WHITE CHARACTERS: WHY I VOTE YES, FOR COMMERCIAL FICTION by Elizabeth Stephens from Writer Unboxed
HERE’S A NIFTY HACK FOR SENDING YOUR Epub eBOOKS TO KINDLE WITHOUT CONVERSION by Nate Hoffelder from The Digital Reader
SETH EXCERPT FOR YOUR READING ENJOYMENT
“I liked Seth.
The book and the man.”
Angel smiled. It would be a good night. She was the matadora again in the bullring. She had survived each of the bull’s thundering charges and slashing horns. Now it was time to slay the Toro de Lidia.
Cesar held the elevator door open when Angel stopped in place.
A sudden thought crossed her mind. Surprised her. Such an elementary question. One that struck at the core of her being. She had one life. Where would it lead her? How would she spend it?
What did she want above all else? Was it control and power? Kill Carlos, become the best at selling drugs across the states. Was that what she wanted for herself?
She’d be like no other, invincible. A shadow escaping through the police net. Manuel would step back in awe. The police would roar in frustration. Awash in luxury, all of her needs would be satisfied.
Angel. The best there would be.
Or would the tedium of selling drugs suffocate her?
Stepping into the elevator, it rose up, engulfing her. A rush of adrenaline. Danger. Maybe death. In the next minutes, surprise and the enemy’s fear would keep her alive. Failure and she’d never see another morning sun.
She saw them all around her, heard their chants to join them in their dance. They wore headdresses of eagle feathers, carried a wooden blade weapon called the Macuahuitl. They were the Cuāuhocēlōtl. The ancient Aztec Jaguar Warriors. She felt their touch pulling her into their circle.
Angel had received her calling.
She was a Cuāuhocēlōtl, who must be set free to pursue her destiny of destroying the evil that preyed on the defenseless.