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TWO NEW CONTENT MILLS THAT SUCK + THREE PROMISING FREELANCE WEBSITES by Katlin Morrison
EDITOR’ S COMMENT: The article is helpful for writers searching for freelance work. It was interesting to note the author explained her reasons for writers to avoid the CopyPress and Contena platforms. NewsCred, SmartBug Media, and nDash were on the recommended list with information on rates and tips on writing for the platform.
DON’T ADVERTISE WITH AMAZON UNTIL YOU’VE READ THIS by Nicholas C. Rossis
EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is a must-read for writers advertising their books on Amazon. The article gives detailed, technical information on keywords and Amazon Marketing Services. A bit complicated but well worth the read.
FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK
ARE YOU A WRITER OR A STORYTELLER? by K.M. Weiland
ARE YOU A WRITER OR A STORYTELLER? by Kellie McGann
EDITOR’S COMMENT: These articles surprised me. Both authors argued there is a difference between a writer and a storyteller. A writer uses words to convey information or ideas.It’s a mastery of the narrative technique using grammar, description and other skill sets. Storytelling portrays the dramatic patterns of life in words, images, or sounds. Storytelling successes include J.K Rowling and Stephen King. Each author offers how to become a successful storyteller. K.M. Weiland offers tips on becoming a better writer or storyteller.
SHOULD YOU CREATE YOUR OWN BOOK COVER? by June Stevens Westerfield
EDITOR’S COMMENT: We have talked about this before but it is worth repeating. Social media is filled with worthy books that deserved better covers. The author makes the point writers who design their own covers should compare their work with the competition. The results should settle the issue who is best to do the book cover. Trust me, Liddie will get a professional cover.
RESOURCES FOR THOSE WRITING BOOKS FOR CHILDREN by Tim Suddeth
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Tim writes a short article packed with useful information for those writers considering a children’s story. The topics covered include the different styles of books and resources for writing a children’s book.
TWENTY FACEBOOK GROUPS FOR WRITERS YOU DONT WANT TO MISS by Kelly Gurnett
EDITOR’S COMMENT: There is value for anyone in the writing community to be part of a larger group. It allows the writer to share. learn how to master the writing craft, AND SELL BOOKS. Kelly has provided a comprehensive list worthy of review.
THESE Gmail ADD-ONs KEEP YOU ORGANIZED SO YOU HAVE MORE TIME TO WRITE by Ashley Brooks
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Many writers struggle to become better organized. Ashley Brooks offers a quick review of Boomerang, WiseStamp, Rapportive, and Sotd. The article is worth a moment of time to see if it can help you with the writer’s worst enemy, time.
HOW TO WRITE A NOVELLA by EA Deverell
EDITOR’S COMMENT: The article is a good review of what is involved in writing a novella. I am currently editing a novella and found the information helpful. As expected, EA Deverell gives the reader the nuts and bolts of a novella. What I found particularly helpful was the author asked eight questions to help the writer decide if a novella was the route to travel. Good stuff.
YOUR FIVE-MINUTE GUIDE TO PRICING YOUR SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS by Fred Johnson
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Must read for the first-time author. We all want twenty bucks for our book and free is too cheap. Somewhere in between is the best price.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Skip this article if you are an indie for life. But this is the article for writers who dream of an agent and a guest appearance on Oprah. Me, I like my independence, but an agent in your corner is an outstanding accomplishment.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Short, sweet, and to the point. The blog offers good information for those who aspire to reach for the clouds and become a best-selling author. For example, there is a discussion that online is the easiest path to becoming a best-seller. Another paragraph suggests selling books through certain outlets is the best approach.
SETH EXCERPT FOR YOUR READING ENJOYMENT
“I liked Seth.
The book and the man.”
Ray Simmons, READERS’ FAVORITE
Sitting in the corner away from the regulars at the nearby tables, Marcus asked King, “What did you find out about Kat?”
Marcus took a sip of his drink, loosened his tie. He hated ties.
Taking a deep drag, King said, “She graduated just behind Seth in her class. He was first. She’s into some kind of kung fu thing. Phi Beta Kappa. She’s a tough, smart cop. Here’re her and Seth’s addresses. That’s about it.”
“Thanks. You’re a good cop, King. Enjoy working with you.”
“What do you want now?”
Hand over his heart, Marcus said, “What the hell are you talking about?”
“I know you, Marcus. Remember, I work with you.”
“There is something you can do for me. But let’s enjoy our drink first. How’s your girlfriend, King?”
“That too,” King said.