JB’S JOURNAL FOR WRITERS

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SELECTING A SMALL PUBLISHER

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JB’S JOURNAL FOR WRITERS  will return to a bi-weekly schedule. I am scheduled for surgery in late August and haven’t any clue what the impact will be on the schedule.

JB’s Journal for Writers is a weekly newsletter dedicated to the writer who never has enough time and is crushed by information. The journal highlights important information to help writers sell books.

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EDITOR’S COMMENT ON BLOG MAILING LIST 

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HEADLINE

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MY TOP TEN TOOLS TO GET MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF STUFF DONE EVERY WEEK by Carrie Smith Nicholson

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EDITOR’ S COMMENT:  Time has to be one of the worst enemies of any writer. There is never enough time unless a writer is selling beaucoup books and has a staff to do the grunt work. This is excellent for any writer who is fighting time to get the next bestseller on the bookshelf.

 

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FEATURED ARTICLE

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HOW TO SMARTLY EVALUATE A SMALL PUBLISHER by Jane Friedman

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: The author provides a comprehensive discussion with each of her posts. The article on small publishers is no exception. I recommend this article for any author considering a contract with a small publisher. Traditional print runs, identifying the publisher’s distributor. and evaluation of their website is discussed. Good stuff.

 

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

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PREPARING YOUR GOODREADS MARKETING TIMELINE  by Cynthia Shannon

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Goodreads is an important tool in any author’s marketing plan. Cynthia offers an extensive outline of the necessary steps in the plan beginning six months before publication. I like the fact that the author extended the plan to include one month after publication.

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SIX QUESTIONS TO HELP CHOOSE THE RIGHT POV by K. M. Weiland

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: K. M. Weiland succinct thesis in selecting the right POV is a critical decision for any author. The author raises six questions to assist the writer’s decision including narrator possibilities, tense, and which narrators have the most interesting voices.

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TWELVE PROMISES EVERY WRITER SHOULD MAKE TO THEMSELVES by Edie Melson

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  I usually shy away from articles that focus on the emotional aspect of writing. Edie’s post is an exception because it relates to almost every writer at some point in their career. Self-doubt is a terrible affliction for many writers and slipping into the dumps is a frequent journey. You may want to skip number eleven. Politics and religion are two foreign subjects in JB’S JOURNAL

 

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BONUS

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THE TRUTH BEHIND POPULAR COPYRIGHT MYTHS by Susan Spann

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Copyright is often unexplored territory, especially for the new writer. The first point sets the theme with a discussion on the value of copywriting and ends with the point an attorney is not required.

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GIVING OUR CHARACTERS MORE ATTITUDE (AND LESS BACKSTORY) by Edie Melson

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: The author raises a point that I believe has merit for any writer. Essentially, show rather than tell. Rather than give the reader a paragraph of character background, give them two paragraphs of attitude. Edie argues the approach goes a long way in telling a story. Food for thought.

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HOW IAN FLEMING TURNED JAMES BOND INTO A BESTSELLER by John Yeoman

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: What can I say, James Bond. Point number four on writing in the voice of the character is worth reading the article.

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GETTING STARTED WITH GHOSTWRITING? USE THIS FORMULA TO DETERMINE YOUR RATE by Gretchen Anthony

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: A technical discussion on the value of ghostwriting.

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MILLENNIALS ARE THE MOST LIKELY GENERATION OF AMERICANS TO USE PUBLIC LIBRARIES by Abigail Geiger

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: I recommend writers read the article if libraries are in their marketing plan.

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 SETH EXCERPT FOR YOUR READING ENJOYMENT

“I liked Seth.

The book and the man.”

Ray Simmons

READERS’ FAVORITE

 

“Garcia, why the hesitation?” Angel said. “I have issued an order. You work for me now.”

Sitting on the couch in the expansive living room with a Spanish Mediterranean motif, Cesar and Pedra shared Garcia’s fear of Angel. Her frame of mind was unreadable.

“I will follow your order, señorita,” Garcia said. Struggling to find the appropriate words, he added,Señor Carlos has been my boss for many years. I do not wish to offend him.”

“Are you telling me you want me to bring in Carlos to approve my order?”

Coughing to alleviate his sudden fear, Garcia said, “No, señorita.”

“Garcia, do you wish to offend me?” Garcia shook his head.

ANGEL

“Any of you?”

They were terrified. She was an assassin. An assassin who killed without remorse. They couldn’t remember when Carlos had murdered anyone. They feared Angel more.

“Speak!”

“I believe,” Garcia said in an apologetic tone, “I speak for the three of us. It is our honor to serve you. Our loyalty will remain with you. Señor Carlos must know of our decision.”

“He knows!” Angel snapped. Agitation replaced her hidden mood.

They were pleased. Angel and Carlos had settled the matter between them. They sank back into the couch, comfortable their decision would save them from anguish, perhaps death.

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