So, it looks like “The Industry” is finally beginning to figure out this Snapchat thing…

I began a quest a while back to understand how Indie Authors such as myself can leverage the seemingly incomprehensible (at least to an old dud like me) yet immensely popular messaging app called Snapchat. To be honest, I gave up any hope of me ever using the app as part of my publishing platform …

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Scout…and doubt

I am learning so much from the wonderful members of WRITE EDIT WRITE, our private facebook group for writers and readers. For example, this fantastic post by Author Kathy Cecala I am reblogging for your convenience and possible instruction here.

Are any of you participating in or even aware of this KINDLE SCOUT thingy? If so, what are your thoughts, I wonder.

Let me know. And please check out Kathy’s article and then go visit her Scout page and nominate her book!

Please. :)

 

Kathy Cecala: The Persistent Writer

So in the midst of this especially trying election season,  I’m announcing that I’m officially a candidate…for Kindle Scout. My newest novel is Wives of the Saints. Find my electioneering page here https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2FG91Y0LS2F58  and visit at your own risk:    I know I should be cheerfully bombarding everyone for “nomination” clicks, but I won’t: I only invite you to look at the page and decide for yourself. And if you haven’t guessed already by the tone of this post, I’m not completely onboard with the whole thing, which is basically marketing and bothering people in the disguise of a writing competition. It is, however, a relatively painless and gentle way to roll out the new novel, which, if you haven’t guessed yet, is simply a funny and bittersweet book about a pair of longtime marriages. The folks at Scout  encourage you to compare it to some other work, which I…

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Birth of Loglines & Beyond | A Guest Post by Author Ann Kimbrough

Our private Facebook writers and readers group recently held its second WRITE EDIT WRITE Challenge (see the results of the first challenge here). Because my focus is on producing a short film based upon an adaptation of my short story LEAVE, I figured we might as well have a challenge focused on screenwriting. Ergo, we …

Don’t judge my book…

Kathy Cecala, an Indie Author and an active and valuable member of our private Facebook group for writers and readers, has some interesting and useful thoughts on the dark art of choosing and creating book covers. I strongly encourage you to check it and all the many other intriguing and compelling writing she has shared for us to read for free on her website.

KATHYCECALA.COM

Kathy Cecala: The Persistent Writer

Yes, I’m on a writing break, but it doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about the cover for my next. As we all know, you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover. But we all do, it seems.  Supposed experts in publishing tell us the cover is your most important marketing tool, though my own informal survey of readers begs to differ. Some readers will choose a book solely on its cover, but others could care less, using reviews or information on the product page to make their decision.

Truth be told, I’m in the latter group. Half the time I don’t even look at the cover of a book, even when I’ve finished reading it. And this probably explains why I tend to give short shrift to my own covers as an author. But this time I’m trying to take it seriously, mainly because I don’t feel the…

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Write Edit Write: A Private Facebook Group for Writers and Readers

  So, I'm creating a private Facebook group for writers and readers who are interested in the discussion of all things related to the process and business of writing. This will be somewhat an extension of what I do with the Newsletter Love subscribers, but on a much more intimate and informal level. The newsletter …

Calling all fans of creepy suspense… | A Guest Post by Author Timothy G. Huguenin

Calling all fans of creepy suspense, small-town horror, and dystopian fiction! My name is Timothy G. Huguenin (but let’s cut the pretense here—just call me Tim). I just launched When the Watcher Shakes, a dark suspense novel about a mysterious religious sect hidden in the isolated mountains of West Virginia. It’s such an important story …

ENTERTAINING THE WHAT-IFS | A Guest Post by Author Pamela Schloesser Canepa

NOW ON AMAZON FOR KINDLE! Made for Me, a Sci-fi romance novella by Pamela Schloesser Canepa, takes the awkward first date story to the extreme! What happens when an indecisive girl uses a 100% guaranteed website to find the man of her dreams? How can they truly guarantee happiness for Abrielle, who can't even decide …

INSPIRATION IN THE WORST OF PLACES | A Guest Post by Author Sherrie Cronin

With pleasure and gratitude, it is my honor to share with you a Guest Post by Author Sherrie Cronin. As April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Sherrie's post, and her books, are timely, important, and educational, as, sadly, the exploitation and abuse of women only seems to be worsening. Obviously, we must do …

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The Promotional “Devices” I May Employ To Hook You Onto My Nascent #VBLOG

In addition to trying to shake out as many donation dollars as possible from you... I may discuss and further expand upon interesting comments you leave for me in reaction to on one of my Relating to Humans blog posts or pages. I may end each episode with a scrolling credit sequence of all recent …

A Prolific Poet

Somehow I managed not to share this (age is a possible factor) very kind recommendation for Poems from the River that was posted by our good friend at Chronicles of a Blogaholic, who, with her daily musings and photography, brings us all a little bit of sunshine and happiness.

Chronicles of a Blogaholic

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought
and the thought has found words.”
Robert Frost

Poems from the River

There’s a blogger I’ve been following since I began my blog. He’s one of the first bloggers that found my blog and liked one of my posts.

Ever since that day, I’ve been following him daily. His stories and photographs are an inspiration.

Last week I ordered his book of poetry, Poems from the River, which arrived yesterday. His collection of poems are tender and beautifully written.

If you’re interested in visiting Kurt’s blog and buying his book, please check him out at: Kurt Brindley. I believe Kurt Brindley is and will become quite a prolific poet.

Shine On

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A Review of Short Verses & Other Curses by Paul Xylinides of theliteraryreader

I am very proud and honored to have received such a warm review from the great Paul Xylinides of the theliteraryreader (theliteraryreader.com).

As you may be aware, Paul’s work is not unfamiliar to this site, as his THE WILD HORSES OF HIROSHIMA is reviewed here and is my favorite Indie Author read to date.

I strongly encourage you – it’s for your own good, believe me – to visit with Paul at both his literary review site and at his author site paulxylinides.com to check out the intellectually intriguing work he does. Make sure you follow his sites so you don’t miss out in the future.

To read my review of THE WILD HORSES OF HIROSHIMA, click here.

To read more of Paul’s writing found on this site, enter “paul xylinides” in the search box.

theliteraryreader

Short Verses

Review

of

Kurt Brindley’s

Short Verses & Other Curses
(Haiku, Senryū, & Other Poetic, Artistic, & Photographic Miscellany)

by

Paul Xylinides

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A Warrior Poet’s Hard-Won Epiphanies

Self-made and/or naturally insight-endowed, Kurt Brindley has the soul of a poet; further, he has the soul of a warrior poet. He makes passing reference to the martial tradition that has also been a part of his life in the poem “If I Were A Samurai:”


I would know

when to bow
and when to ignore
when to speak
and when to be silent

when to eat
and when to fast
when to think
and when to meditate
when to advance
and when to hold
when to strike
and when to parry
when to kill
and when to die

All writers — the serious and the not-so-much — inevitably find themselves in a battle, as often as not Biblical in proportions, for the human…

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Resolved, More or Less…

LESS        MORE Clicking       Talking Talking        Thinking Thinking     Reading Reading       Writing #notetoself #resolutionsolution #amwriting    

Short Verses & Other Curses – Promotional Giveaway Until 12/26/15

Get your promotional edition here. FROM THE INTRODUCTION: I began focusing much of my poetry writing on the Japanese poetic forms of haiku, senryū, and tanka at the beginning of 2012 as a therapeutic effort when finding myself in the midst of an illness. And I continue to write them even as I find myself, …

At least when the robots take over they will be much quicker in rejecting one of my stories…

You know, seeing how we already have robots writing poetry and composing music, I assume we will soon have robots taking over as reviewers and editors, as well. I yearn for that day... You see, months and months ago -- essentially an eternity in our hyper-paced, brain-frazzling, tele-connected, continually-morphing-right-before-our-eyes day and age -- in an …