WHY IS STORY THEME IMPORTANT?
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THEME: THE MARROW OF YOUR STORY by Writing Coach
EDITOR’ S COMMENT: The article explains the importance of a theme in a story. Authors can tell the reader the story. The theme is different. The story is Jack and Jill had a fight and she left town. The theme is love conquers all. The author explains the elements of theme and how it is created. It is an excellent article to remind the seasoned author and assist the new ones.
GLOBAL SALES, MULTIPLE STREAMS OF INCOME, AND TRUE INDEPENDENCE, REASONS TO GO WIDE by Joanna Penn
EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is a long article. Even the title is long. Best get a cup of coffee or tea before you tackle this article. Joanna’s thesis is short. When marketing your book, don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Amazon has not conquered the world. Growth in the next five years will be global and authors need to position themselves in the new marketplace. If you want to sell books, there is a serious need to read this interview. Joanna is spot on.
FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK
12 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN HIRING A BOOK COVER DESIGNER by Diana Urban
EDITOR’S COMMENT: We have all been there. Who in the heck is going to design my book cover? And I’ll tell you something else. Many of us have gone back and changed the cover. I wish I had this article for my first cover of Seth. Okay, you don’t need a cover now. Put this article in your library for future reference. Your life will be much happier.
AGGREGATION WITHOUT AGGRAVATION: PRONOUN AND PUBLISHDRIVE by David Kudler
EDITOR’S COMMENT: The author offers a solid article on two new ebook aggregator/distributor sites, Pronoun and PublishDrive and their conversion options. The article will be an important read for those authors searching for additional distribution options.
EBOOK PIRACY – WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE STEALS YOUR BOOK by Dave Chesson
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I do not recommend you take the time to read this article UNLESS SOMEONE HAS PIRATED YOUR BOOK AND YOU ARE STRUGGLING ON HOW TO RESPOND.This is the type of article you want to file for quick reference. It is an excellent article with good information. I had some dude in Germany steal Seth. I wish I’d had this article when it happened. I hope you never suffer from this problem.
CONDUCT A BETTER PHONE INTERVIEW: CHECK OUT THESE 3 RECORDING APPS by Shannon Rooney
EDITOR’S COMMENT: This article will interest those authors who focus on interviews for their blogs. The author discusses the three best apps he has found for recording phone calls. The list includes Automatic Call Recorder by Appliqato, Call Recorder ACR by NLL, and Call Recorder by C Mobile.
MAPS: THE BEST WRITING TOOL THAT NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT from Writer UnBoxed
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I had to write a street scene in a Jewish neighborhood in New York City. Google Maps had me walking the streets at eye level. Only sounds and smells were absent. Google Maps is a wonderful tool for authors.
CROWDFUNDING FOR AUTHORS: IS IT RIGHT AND IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU? by Susan Bearman
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Simply put, crowdfunding is raising small amounts of money from a number of people. The article is an excellent resource for authors interested in the subject. Writing is a business and business includes money. Susan discusses the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. This is a good discussion on how to start and what you need. As for me, if I asked someone for money, I would hear such a tale of woe that I would end up giving them money.
SETH EXCERPT FOR YOUR READING ENJOYMENT
“I liked Seth.
The book and the man.”
Tightening the sash on his robe, Carlos studied her. The early morning found her dressed for the day, purse in hand. She had summoned him from a sound sleep, an egregious insult. He must find a plan, accelerate its implementation. Angel had to die.
“Why the hell did you wake me up at this hour?” The morning sun shined through the condominium sliding glass door, highlighting the anger on his face.
Bored with the question, Angel said, “Cesar and Garcia are now mine. Find a new bodyguard and driver. I am also going to need the maid Pedra.”
Nostrils flared, Carlos charged, stopping short of Angel. “No goddamn way! Cesar and Garcia have been with me for years. You don’t make the decision just to take them.”
Angel shrugged, with a thin smile. “I can and I did. Do you want to complain to Manuel?”
Nostrils flared, Carlos snarled, “Bitch.”
“Why in the hell do you need them?”
“Manuel has dispatched me to Los Angeles. They will assist me.”
Carlos planted his hands on his hips. “Doing what?”
“Did Manuel disclose his plan to you?”
Angel smiled. A sardonic smile spoke volumes of her contempt for him. “I thought not. Why should he waste his time explaining himself to you? You have no need to know his plan.”
Carlos’ neck cords popped as his face flushed hot revealing the depth of his anger. He balled his fist to hit her.
“What, you want to break my neck so early in the morning?”
Angel pulled a Glock 43 handgun out of her purse, aimed it at Carlos’ chest. “If I even think your arm is going to move, I will kill you where you stand.”
Carlos lowered his arm, opened his fist. “I’m going to enjoy killing you,” he said.
Angel smirked. “Go make yourself useful,” and left the room.