Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Live Love and Write!: Call for Submissions--funny dog and cat pics!

Live Love and Write!: Call for Submissions--funny dog and cat pics!: "http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/Call+For+Submissions+Funny+Dog+Cat+Photos+Wanted.aspx I am on the hunt for funny animal photos ..."

Monday, July 25, 2011

Simple Self Publishing: OMG! Authors-Facebook, Twitter, and why you MUST b...

Simple Self Publishing: OMG! Authors-Facebook, Twitter, and why you MUST b...: "OMG! A few years ago, I started to become more interested in social media. First as a way to connect to family and friends, and then to find..."

Many Listings--Call for Submissions!

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Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Flash Fiction, Essay, Art and Photography, special issues, theme issues, anthologies and more!



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The majority of these calls come from presses, publications, colleges and universities already listed on NewPages, and each is vetted before being placed here. Please notify us immediately of any bad links.




Anthologies and inaugural publications listed are limited by editorial criteria that allow us to recommend these as legitimate endeavors.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Elements of Successful Novels: The First Two Pages

Elements of successful novels: the first two pages

Interesting tips from the University of Iowa Writing Festival in Iowa City.

Keeping in mind that the first few pages are crucial to keep the agent or editor reading, Gordon Mennenga of Coe College went into a bookstore, and picked up all of the bestselling and otherwise successful novels of the past year. Each of them had all of the following on the first two pages:

a sentence containing three commas, a one-word sentence, alliteration, food, body fluid--sweat, blood, tears, urine, reference to sex or death, something sinful or painful, a color, a physical feature, a personality trait, question mark, mention of nature, anything with a brand name, furniture, body part or parts, smell/odor, metaphor, each of which saves five p andages of description, city, state or street, walk/gesture/overbite/musculature.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Simple Self Publishing: Why Blogs Fail!

Simple Self Publishing: Why Blogs Fail!: "Why do some blogs thrive and others fail? Do you blog? Have you been working hard to build a loyal following for your business, but it’s ju..."

Monday, July 11, 2011

If I Could Only Write One...or a Few

Today is the day in 1960 that Harper Lee's one and only published work, To Kill A Mockingbird, was released. It was a bestseller almost immediately and received a Pulitzer Prize less than a year later on May 1, 1960. Librarians have voted it the best novel of the twentieth century.

Also on this day, adult and children's book author E.B. White was born in 1899 in New York. Charlotte's Web, Trumpet of the Swan, and Stuart Little remain three of my favorite read-a-louds to school age children. They always seem to delight and never get old.

Birthday greeting should also go out to:
Jane Gardam (A Long Way from Verona)
Patricia Polacco (Chicken Sunday, Pink and Say, etc)
James Stevenson ( I Meant to Tell You)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Live Love and Write!: Writers Conference in Franklin TN!

Live Love and Write!: Writers Conference in Franklin TN!: "It's too hot to do anything outdoors, so come to The Good Cup, order some refreshing iced ginger mango tea, and practice your writing skil..."

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Need head shots for your book cover?

I know an awesome photographer, who understands how to make us look our best (hide the wrinkles, etc!)
Let me know if you want contact info!!

I'll show you the results of my shots at one of our next meetings! 

Keep writing! 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Don't you wish you had a job like mine? All you have to do is think up a certain number of words! Plus, you can repeat words!

Don't you wish you had a job like mine? All you have to do is think up a certain number of words! Plus, you can repeat words! And they don't even have to be true!

This quote is from one Dave Barry who is celebrating a birthday today. I started reading Dave a while ago and have never tired of reading his books and columns. I love his humor. I have not read any of his Peter and the Starcatchers books, but understand they are very good. I will put them on my ever-growing list of things to read. You can check out his website at :
http://www.davebarry.com/

Live Love and Write!: How to Get Publication Credits? Clips?

Live Love and Write!: How to Get Publication Credits? Clips?: "Ideas & Resources for Writers Seeking Publication Credits 1) Local/community newspapers –generally operating on a shoestring-; probabl..."

Would you like be a newspaper columnist?

The Tennessean is running a contest to find a new columnist!


See details on their website, in the Sunday newspaper (7/03/11) or email my-view@tennessean The Tennessean Newspaper Site

Here's the summary
Want to be heard? Enter The Tennessean’s opinion writing contest and win the opportunity to write a weekly column for eight weeks.


How to enter: Submit two columns of no more than 500 words each to myview@tennessean.com or by regular mail to The Tennessean’s opinion section at 1100 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203. Include a one-paragraph biography that also tells why you want to write the column.

The deadline: July 22. Columns must be original and cannot have been published previously.

Judging: A panel will narrow the contestants to 10 finalists. On Aug. 9, we will begin publishing the submissions in the newspaper and on Tennessean.com. We will ask readers to vote online or by regular mail for their favorite.

The winner: An announcement will be made at the end of the summer.

Good Luck!