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The Writers Who Didn’t Give Up

ORIGINALLY POSTED MAY 5, 2017. Something awesome happened to me today so I thought this was timely.  I belong to an online group that is part of a nationwide writing contest. The prize is pretty hefty and the winners have likely already been contacted (despite this...

Self Publishing 104

I'm reaching into my bag of goodies to give you some super cheap (or free!) ways to help promote your self published book. I've used all of the following tools so much, I could probably give lessons. Just so you know, no one is paying...

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Writing Opportunity at NBC

NBCUniversal is now accepting applications for aspiring writers. Writers that are selected will be invited to join a 12-week program focused on polishing writers and preparing them for a position a TV series. Writers will have the chance to attend two-night classes at NBCUniversal in Universal...

My Favorite Literary Love Letter

I'm not the most die-hard Austen fan. Lizzie Bennet is one of my favorite heroines, Colonel Brandon, one of my favorite male characters. As I grow older, though, I fall more and more in love with the book, Persuasion. I'm convinced that the older Jane...

Self Publishing 103

My apologies. I promised that Self Publishing 103 would be full of promotional goodies but I've just been inspired by a Facebook group I belong to (thank you, Clarisse!) to talk about what happens after you get the Golden Ticket: a forum at Barnes &...

The Creepiest Children’s Book in America

Before Michael Berenstain turned his parent's legacy, The Berenstain Bears, into books for Christian children only, he was actually a very cool guy. In the 1980's, his illustrations were far beyond anything his parents had done and no book he wrote was scarier than The...

Watch Banned Book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin 1903

This is the oldest, surviving film version of the very important book, Uncle Tom's Cabin. A very loose translation, this silent movie is offensive and full of disgusting stereotypes. Ironic considering Harriet Beecher Stowe put her literary efforts into humanizing slaves, creating the most sympathetic...

Charlotte Lucas is Alive and Well

Or maybe she's not doing so well. A friend I know whose in her mid 50's (I'll call her, Patty), was talking to me the other day about how she is taking back her loser of an ex-boyfriend. This was a much younger man who cheated on...

Alice in Wonderland in 1903

I'm a sucker for silent movies and now the first film version of Alice in Wonderland has been restored. Even though it was made in 1903, there's some pretty high tech stuff going on. Just wait until you see her shrinking to fit through the door...

Don’t Mess With a Romance Reader

When I started working in bookstores in the late 90's we were shelving Danielle Steel in the Romance section and I didn't think anything of it. To be honest, ten years passed before I found out the qualifications for a Romance title and that there...

Self Publishing 102

Otherwise called, "why isn't the bookstore carrying my self published book?" One of the biggest obstacles as a self published writer (I am one!) is getting your printed book into the bookstores, especially the bookstore chains. I've found that many independent bookstores are more open to...

If Jo Married Laurie

Warning: This is an article that has *spoilers* for both the book and movie, Little Women. After watching and reading these so many times, they tend to blend together. One of the great literary crimes of all time, is the moment Laurie proposes in Little Women...

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