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I have been asked whether I ever correspond with my readers. Well, naturally we writers do, especially when we are so embroiled in social media these days. Writers automatically seek an audience, that’s why we write, so when someone writes back to us and refers to our writing, our interest is aroused, our vanity is stoked, and our bubble of loneliness is punctured.

But what happens when a writer takes a reader unawares and initiates the conversation? I am guilty of this act of commission, and after three lessons, I decided to discontinue this practice. The first incident occurred when... Read More

Jim Greene is a layman Sunday school teacher from Knoxville, TN. He has self-published a series of faith based books based upon his journals.

The first book in this series, Unlocking Your Spiritual Greatness, is focuses on a passage from 1 Timothy:

"For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come." (1 Timothy 4:8)

This book looks to Jesus for “duplicate-able” activities for the model for our growth. For years Christian writers have identified specific activities regularly... Read More

I received editorial feedback that two of my linked short stories would be better if combined and extended into a novel. Taking that feedback to heart, I began cranking out an average of ten pages a day over three weeks. And yes, the plot line was still intact, with plenty of room now for character development, sub-plot introduction, scene setting, musing, poetry, and other embellishments. But the pace flagged in places. How does one keep it up? In dismay, I wondered whether the original linked stories had better quality: short, sweet, and hitting the reader squarely between the eyes, leaving... Read More

Writer Claude Nougat had recently estimated that the total number of books on Amazon was about 3.4 million at last count. He then tried to calculate how many books were added daily. Nougat took note of the fact that the numbers increased by about twelve books per hour which suggested that one new book was added every five minutes. He then surmised that of those books added, most were probably indie published books.

So what does this mean for the indie publisher? If you’re the optimistic type, then probably very little. However, if you’re the type who’s a die-hard pessimist at best, this... Read More

Title: From My Heart

Author: Randolph Baltimore Publisher: Xlibris Pages: 34 Genre: Poetry Format: Ebook

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“From My Heart” is my first publication, my labor of love I have worked on for many years. It is the fruition of the many trials, tribulations, ups and downs that life has dealt me over the years. May you be inspired and enlightened by the words on these pages

Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what do you listen to?

Sometimes I do and it’s usually some very quiet peaceful music. One of my favorite groups is The Fisherfolk.

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Title: Parker Genre: Young Adult Author: Stephanie Macneil Publisher: iUniverse EBook: 226 pages Release Date: November 20, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-47596-038-9

The secret came out a few years ago: Parker Knight is gay. Now Parker is sixteen, and everyone has either embraced it, does not care, or has forgotten—everyone except for Dylan Baker. He is determined to make Parker’s life miserable. Parker really thought killing himself would make everything better. If he was dead, he would not have to get kicked around by Dylan and his friends anymore. He would be free. Now, after a failed suicide... Read More

Our times are generating many more writers than demand can bear. This is due to better education, improved health and longevity, technology, inflated egos in the age of “me first,” and due to our eternal quest for immortality. This ambition to be a writer begins in our formative years and is inspired by our favourite writers. As a teenager, I was greatly influenced by Greene, Steinbeck and Hemingway; I dreamed of sending manuscripts out into the world where they would become best-sellers and make me a reclusive millionaire. I would hide out in some remote island and submit more manuscripts... Read More

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The Resilience Reflex Transform Barriers into Opportunities

There is a book tour on her site. http://zaheennanji.com/book/booktourzaheennanjiresilience.html

The Writer's Ego

Shaun you're probably nearer the mark than most. "mmm...right right" spoken with contemplative "yawn" inflection when you join a writers' group or dare blurt out in front of established writers (any writers) you tend to scribble, usually sending all...

The Writer's Ego

Very interesting train of thoughts, but I found myself asking, what about those that write under a ghost name...is it to keep their privacy, or perhaps lack of ego...I actually can see both sides, especially when you are talking about writing fiction....


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