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Express Yourself Weekly: Changes

  Posted by DebsBlueRoses in The Writer Ambitious, 31 March 2015 · 3 views



Welcome back to Express Yourself Weekly, brought to us by Dani @ Entertaining Interests and Jackie @ Bouquet of Books to get to know us all a little better.

This week, they ask us: In the past year, what has been the biggest change for you?

Well, one year and two weeks ago, I finally escape temp work and was hired by the state for this casual/seasonal position. It was a big relief, as I was bored to death and barely making ends meet.

Unfortunately, I'm kind of in the same rut, but things are looking up. I need to be more positive and goal oriented in myself to get things going, and I think I can do it before next year hits.


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Querying Advice: Nudging (without an offer)

  Posted by Michelle4Laughs in Michelle4Laughs: It's in the Details, 31 March 2015 · 3 views

I've seen this asked over and over: when and how should a writer nudge a literary agent about a full or partial request (if they are without an offer). Writers are in awe of agents. Afraid of making a pest of themselves and somehow ruining their chances to get an agent. They don't want to be a bother. Writers tend to tip-toe around nudging as if they don't deserve to reach out to an agent.

You were so happy just to get a request. You don't want to mess it up.

Be unafraid!


Without writers there are no books. It's a writer's talent that opens new worlds for people who love to read. This is your manuscript. You worked hard on it. You have every right to inquire about it.    

Agents understand. After all, they use nudges all the time with editors. During submission, they may need to follow up with an editor on material the agent has sent. Sometimes they have to ask for an answer on a pitch letter. How can they fault you for doing something they have to employ? As long as you are sensible, there is no problem with politely asking an agent the status of your request.  

Though I don't recommend you nudge about a query letter unless the agent's website specifically says to nudge after a certain number of weeks. So many agents use a no response policy now. Is your query lost or just not right for that agent? It's better to leave well enough alone with a query that goes unanswered and assume the letter has been rejected. There are plenty of agents to query that you don't need to worry about every letter going astray. Chances are it hasn't. (There are exceptions and the choice is yours, but I'd think twice about nudging for a query letter.)

Now if your material has been requested it's a different story. Perhaps you've been patient for a long time and you want to know what's happening.  Before you take action, though, consider the timing.

It's very important not to let your natural impatience get out of hand. Everyone is ancy when material is being considered. Important decisions are being made that could get your baby in front of editors from the Big Six. But has a reasonable amount of time passed or are you just anxious? Publishing is notoriously slow. You have to give the agent plenty of time to read as things always come up. 

So first, check their website for a clue of when to nudge. If their website says nothing, then a solid guide is never to nudge until it's been three months. My own guide was to go a week or two past three months just to be on the safe side.

Then you'll want to use the email chain you've created with the agent (Yes, save the email asking for pages in your email provider so you can reply to it.) A RE in the subject line is more likely to catch their eye and prove you have had communication in the past.  Be short and to the point. No need to waste more agent reading time by being long winded. 


Dear Agent so and so,

I'm checking in to see if you had time to read TITLE which I sent as requested on DATE. Thank you very much,

Name



That's really all you need to nudge. Have you had time to get to it? It's called X and I sent it on Y. Agents will get back to you with a yes or no. Usually they need more time, but now you have reminded them. Hopefully, the nudge will lead to a faster read and a quicker final response.

Occasionally, a nudge receives no response from an agent. In that case, wait a week or two more and send a second nudge just like the first. Give them time to get to your first nudge just in case they are out of the office or very hectic. 

If the second nudge goes unanswered, then you have to put it out of your mind and set that request aside as a no. It's hard to do that, but let's face it-- Do you really want an agent who doesn't find the time to reply to two nudges? It's like the movie; he's just not that into you. Good communication with an agent is crucial. Take the agent off the pedestal. Time to move on and show some pride. Don't go for a third nudge. 

So there you have it. It's really not that scary if you make sure you give the agent plenty of time to consider before you nudge. Be polite and to the point.

Good luck and profitable nudging! 




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Batterie ASUS A32-K72 Achetez

Posted by huoge in huoge's Blog, 30 March 2015 · 17 views
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Avec son ordinateur portable HP 15-r224nf, Hewlett-Packard propose un modèle au format classique conçu pour une utilisation polyvalente courante qui s’affiche à moins de 450 euros sous Windows 8.1 et plateforme Intel Shark Bay. Il est pourvu d’une bonne quantité de mémoire vive, d’un processeur Core i3 Haswell basse consommation, d’un disque dur de capacité conséquente, d’une carte graphique dédiée NVIDIA ou encore d’une connectique USB 3.0.
L’HP 15-r224nf est un ordinateur portable de 15.6 pouces conçu pour un usage polyvalent courant.

Il délivre des prestations correctes en usage courant avec son processeur basse consommation Core i3-4005U Haswell dont les limites se révèlent sous les logiciels exigeants en ressources CPU. Bon point, ce processeur est accompagné de 6 Go de mémoire vive, une quantité de DDR3 supérieure à la moyenne appréciable en multitâches.

Ce portable est aussi à même de prendre en charge des jeux peu exigeants en ressources 3D grâce à sa carte graphique dédiée GeForce 820M. Évidemment, aucun souci pour visionner des photos et vidéos avec ce CPU.

L’écran adopte d’ailleurs un format 16/9ème se prêtant bien à la lecture de vidéos. Batterie ASUS A32-K53 , Ses caractéristiques sont en fait classiques : traitement brillant qui donne du punch aux couleurs mais se révèle sujet aux reflets et définition de 1366x768.

La connectique intégrée à cet ordinateur est bonne. Elle se compose d’une sortie vidéo HDMI utile pour relier facilement le PC à un moniteur ou une TV par exemple, de modules sans-fil Wi-Fi n et Bluetooth 4.0 pour des connexions et communications à distance, de ports audio et Ethernet mais aussi de 3 USB dont 1 USB 3.0 (compatible USB 2.0) garantissant que les transferts soient réalisés plus rapidement qu’en USB 2.0 si l’on branche dessus un périphérique USB 3.0.

Quant au stockage, il est confié à un disque dur dont la capacité importante de 1000 Go est à même de combler un maximum d’utilisateurs.
Bénéficiez des fonctionnalités dont vous avez besoin et de la fiabilité que vous attendez avec cet ordinateur portable HP au rapport qualité/prix exceptionnel. Profitez de chats multimédia en continu grâce à l'affichage HD stupéfiant et emportez-le facilement avec vous grâce à son design fin associé à des fonctionnalités de sécurité destinées à protéger vos données.
Accédez à plusieurs sources musicales à partir d’un seul emplacement grâce à HP Connected Music. Écoutez vos stations et émissions de radio de partout dans le monde avec TuneIn Radio et intégrez votre bibliothèque musicale et vos principaux services musicaux à une application unique.4

1 Un contenu haute définition (HD) est nécessaire pour visualiser des images haute définition.

2 Les vitesses réelles peuvent varier. Ne copiez pas de contenu protégé par des droits d'auteur. Vendu séparément ou en option.

3 Certaines fonctions ne sont pas disponibles dans toutes les éditions de Windows 8.1. Ce système peut nécessiter une mise à niveau et/ou l'achat séparé de matériel pour bénéficier pleinement des fonctionnalités de Windows 8,1. Voir microsoft.com.

4 Les fonctions proposées varient suivant les pays. Batterie ASUS A32-K72 ,Les services en continu peuvent nécessiter un abonnement payant. Peut ne pas être compatible avec tous les fichiers audio. Pas compatibles avec les pistes DRM. Un accès Internet est requis, mais non inclus. Caractéristiques optionnelles vendues séparément ou comme modules complémentaires.


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Is this the world's hottest maths teacher?

Posted by doriswinger in doriswinger's Blog, 30 March 2015 · 16 views
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A former lecturer has been branded the "world's hottest maths teacher" after students discovered he is also a fashion model who is "addicted to training".
Pietro Boselli, 26, originally from Negrar, Italy, was teaching a mechanical engineering class at University College London when one of his students tried a simple search for his name on Google.
After discovering his 6ft 1in lecturer's Instagram, which has more than 46,000 followers, Arief Azli tweeted: "That moment when you realise your maths lecturer is a top designer model."
He posted a picture of his lecturer scribbling equations on the whiteboard next to one of him shirtless with the caption: "Only at UCL? ? #?MechanicalEngineers?? #ModellingandAnalysis? #?Bromance?."
Other students soon followed suit and posted pictures of him taking classes, with one saying: "This is why I never miss a class".
Mr Boselli, who has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, was crowned the European Fitness Model Champion in 2014.
According to his LinkedIn profile, he worked as a teaching assistant and then lecturer at UCL until June 2014 and is now represented by Models 1.
He was even awarded the Undergraduate Faculty Excellence Scholarship for the most outstanding academic achievement in his first year at UCL, before going on to get a First-class honours.
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The fashion model was discovered at the age of six by renowned designer Giorgio Armani who saw potential and said he should be a model.
His Instagram account gives an insight into his fitness regime as he posted a picture of himself in the pool, saying: "Boosts circulation, gets metabolism up to speed and strengthens immune system!"
Mr Boselli revealed he works out two to three times a day and said his best feature is his "perseverance and inconsistency".
In an interview with F Tape he said he would be concentrating on "engineering, teaching maths and personal training" if he was not modelling.
He also revealed that Arnold Schwarzenegger, Oscar Wilde and The Rolling Stones were among his idols.
Hundreds of fans have taken to social media to say they would have concentrated slightly harder in lessons if Mr Boselli had been their teacher.
Rachel Ruane said: "Would trade my maths teacher for him in a heartbeat oh my god #PietroBoselli #teachmealgebraanyday."
Cassy Chavez said: "I would never miss a class too!"
Aly Dos Equis said: "Good thing this guy wasn't my math teacher I'd have a hard time paying attention."
Pieter Botha said: "No fair! I never had a math teacher like you? I would've passed."
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New suspense thriller short story "Chandler"

Posted by John_Angel in John_Angel's Blog, 30 March 2015 · 29 views
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Hello everyone,
My name is John Angel. I have been writing for over 20 years and have been trying to find an agent who will give my work a chance. It's been a lifelong dream of mine to be a writer. I did self-publish my first novel entitled "Through the Eyes of Night." I had some people buy the Kindle edition and had gotten one, four-star rating. I started this blog in the hopes someone will read my new short story "Chandler." I am posting it here for free to read or free to download. It's only 27 pages. I do hope someone will read it and enjoy it.

The story is about a young woman named Mary Augusta who suffers endless abuse at the hands of her husband, only to find a way to take matters into her own hands and "end her pain and suffering", as Chandler calls it. Chandler is a mysterious voice that speaks to the woman in a dark forest of her mind. Through hypnosis sessions with her psychiatrist, together they try to find answers to who, or what, Chandler is and why he wants Mary to end her suffering.

https://app.box.com/...9agg4p6dllkrrsm
Enjoy!

Thank you...

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Book Thoughts: The Orphan Queen

  Posted by Mia K Rose in Mia K Rose | Forsaken Illusion, 30 March 2015 · 6 views

Have you had a chance to read this book yet? If so, how […]

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Want To Read Creepy Short Stories By 13 Awesome YA Authors?

  Posted by bigblackcat97 in Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, 30 March 2015 · 24 views

Most writers have a couple of short stories banging around their heads, and no good place to put them. In a lot of ways shorts are harder to write than novels, and difficult to place because publishers don't necessarily want to produce anthologies.

Luckily twelve other awesome YA authors with darker sides have that same problem - little stories with nowhere to go. We've banded together to self-publish AMONG THE SHADOWS: 13 STORIES OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT. We've got a Kickstarter to help cover our costs, so if you feel inclined to give a little, please do. Pledges range from $5 to $500 with rewards for both readers and writers alike.

We've got a gorgeous cover and a great lineup of authors!







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**Treasure Hunt Count Down** — One Day More!!

  Posted by mlebleek in Bleeker Street, 30 March 2015 · 12 views

Tomorrow is the day, Folks! Wreckage will be in 1334 Walmart stores and YOU will have the opportunity to win a Walmart gift card (and do a little celebration dance with me, of course).

If you want to get pumped try giving THIS a listen:

Follow these steps to be entered:

1- Starting March 31st (TOMORROW), check for Wreckage at your local Walmart store.

2- Take a picture IN STORE, post on a social media site and tag me:

-Facebook: @emilybleekerauthor

-Twitter feed: @Emily_Bleeker

-Instagram: @emilybleekerauthor

3- Make sure to list the location of the store you found it in. IE: Found Wreckage in Vernon Hills,IL Walmart!!

Don’t forget, this is what you are looking for—

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Remember–if you can’t get to the store tomorrow, this hunt will go on until I have 25 pictures. If I happen to get a huge influx of pictures then I will consider adding more prizes so–post away my friends. Post away!!




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Getting Ready to Get Challenged

  Posted by K McClelland in Teardrops On My Book, 30 March 2015 · 18 views

I've decided to join the April A to Z Challenge. It may or may not work out. I may or may not succeed. But I will try my best and that's what counts. I do have a plan. I'm going to write something about the first word or thing that comes into my mind that has something to do with the letter for that day. The way my mind works, it should at least be somewhat interesting. It will also possibly seem like I have a couple of personalities...

But, that's okay. Hopefully this challenge will be exactly what I need to get out of my rut. And maybe it won't. I've tried so many things though and one more won't hurt anything.

So, I'll see you on  Wednesday (which btw, is going to still be an IWSG post as well as my A post) and I hope you have an awesome day. :)

Are you joining in on the A to Z Challenge? Have you done it in the past? If so, what do you like about it and if not, is there any specific reason? I've done it once and it was fun, hard too, but still fun.

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7 Basic Blogging Tips

  Posted by From The Write Angle in From The Write Angle Blog, 30 March 2015 · 12 views

by Jemi Fraser

I've come across a few things in the bloggy-verse lately that have made me curious, a few things that have made me grind my teeth, and a few things that have made me roll my eyes. I'm most definitely not an expert on blogging, but here's what's been standing out to me lately.

  • Tip #1 - Tell Us Your Name 
    • Why would you run a blog and not tell people who you are???? Sure, you may not want to share your real name, but you need some kind of name. People connect to people. We remember names. When you put out your book, you're going to put a name on it. Start using that name now!
    • in the same vein, use that same name across all your social media platforms. You don't want to be Crazy Hazy Harry on one, Harold Hazar on another and HH on a third. Consistency is important if you're trying to build a presence.
  • Tip #2 - Photo Time
    • for your avatar, a photo of yourself is best. (Yes, I know I don't have one! For more on my struggles with that, pop on over to my blog.) 
    • head shots appear to be the most popular - and for good reason. In a head shot, it's easy to identify the person. And suddenly, you're no longer Crazy Hazy, but a real person with a real face. As humans, we connect to faces. Take advantage of that. You don't have to be beautiful or handsome or tall or short or thin or chubby or anything except YOU. You're special and unique. Show that off!
  • Tip #3 - Sharing Buttons 
    • It's hard to build up an audience. One great way to accomplish that is to have your current readers share your posts to their friends and contacts. Blogger has a handy-dandy bar of icons people can click on to share your posts to various social media (Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and more. Check the bottom of this post for an example.). All your reader has to do is click and your audience has grown. 
    • Some non-Blogger blogs have buttons that you can customize to include your twitter handle along with the post title and link when you share to twitter. This is awesome because that tweet will show up in your Mentions stream and you'll see exactly who is helping you out. (If you can do this in Blogger too, let me know how in the comments!)
  • Tip #4 - Subscription Options
    • make these easy to find and preferably near the top of your blog. The easier it is for people to receive your posts, the more they will read your posts. 
    • offer as many different options as you can. Don't know what RSS is? Add it anyway (although I'd suggest a simple Google search to solve that problem). Don't eliminate an avenue for people to find you simply because you find blog posts in one way and you assume everyone does it the same way
  • Tip #5 - Lure Your Audience to Your Other Platforms
    • make it easy! Include links to your presence on other forms of social media. Again, near the top of your blog is best. Don't make people work to find you.
    • don't worry about joining any and all social media. Not only will you be exhausted, but you'll spread yourself too thin and not do any of them well.
  • Tip #6 - Easy on the Eyes
    • avoid dark backgrounds with light fonts. These are very difficult for some eyes to read
    • keep your blog uncluttered. When an eye is drawn to too many areas, it tires out the reader and there's a sense of relief when the blog disappears - NOT what you want! Less clutter also makes the blog load more quickly.
  • Tip #7 - No Tunes Please
    • I'm a huge music lover, but please, please, please, don't have music playing automatically when someone opens your blog. First off, you might turn off some readers with your taste in music. Second, it makes your blog slower to load. Third, like many other bloggers, I often have music playing in the background as I'm blogging. Two competing songs at the same time does not equal double the fun. 
(Stepping down off my soap box now!)

I think the key is keeping things easy for your reader. Think of them rather than yourself as you're setting up your blog, and make them look forward to coming back.


How about you? Any of my pet peeves match yours? Any tips to add? 

Jemi Fraser is an aspiring author of contemporary romance. She blogs  and tweets while searching for those HEAs.

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Photo Tips

  Posted by Jemi in Just Jemi, 30 March 2015 · 15 views

I need some!

Today I'm over at From the Write Angle talking about some blogging tips. Hope you'll pop on over and check it out.

One of the tips I mention is to use a photo of yourself as an avatar. There are so many good reasons for this - the most important being that people connect to people, not to symbols, or even pretty purple flowers.

Yet, I've never used a photo. I've had 2 avatars - both flowers. As a romance writer, I figure they've worked pretty well, but it's not as powerful of a visual statement as a face.

My problem: I write romance. I teach elementary school.

So, I can't/won't use a photo of myself.

I've considered a silhouette, an eye, hands,... but so far, nothing has really worked.

Any suggestions on what kind of photo I could use??? Do you use a photo? Do you find avatars as memorable/identifiable as photos?

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Treasure One Another

  Posted by Joe Stephens in My Train of Thought, 28 March 2015 · 20 views

It seems like I've been writing a lot of entries lately about the sadness of losing people. This week I was stunned to hear of the passing of a good man who died too young. Mike Winters was only 58 years old. He leaves behind a grieving family, though one that will carry on in his absence because he bequeathed them a legacy of love, hard work, and strength of character.

I had the privilege of performing the wedding of his daughter, Cassie, a young lady I love very much. She was once my student, but now she is my friend. Cas was truly her daddy's girl. Her face lit up every time she spoke of him. I'm sure it still does, though, for now, that light is dimmed by devastating sadness.

This event reminds me once more of those things that should be self-evident every day of the year, but I tend to push to the back of my mind. Things that some people always remember, but, being totally honest, I forget way too easily.


First, I forget to be thankful for all the blessings in my life. It's not that I dwell on the negatives. Sometimes I do, but mostly, I am simply not conscious of anything either way. I just kind of drift through life without giving it nearly enough thought. Any of my students who read my blog will find this ironic because I'm constantly preaching at them to live intentionally, to make and keep memories, to think about all the good things they have in their lives. I guess I need to take my own lesson a little better.

And it's not just having a feeling of thankfulness that I need. I don't say thank you nearly enough. There are so many people who have done more for me than they can possibly know and I don't express my gratitude nearly enough. In fact, I take their role in my life for granted. This event has made me remember that no one's presence and help is guaranteed. People move, people pass away, people sometimes are just meant to be a part of our lives for a season. So we need to treasure every loved one for every second we have him or her. Beyond that, we must make sure they know we treasure them and are thankful, both for them and to them.

So rather than list all those folks here, my goal for this week is to let everyone in my life know just how much they mean to me and how thankful for everything they do for me just by loving me and being in my life.

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Become an Agent Revision Guidelines!

  Posted by SC_Author in SC Write--Writing, Publishing, and Harry Potter, 28 March 2015 · 25 views

The final deadline to vote on the original entries for 'Become an Agent' is Sunday, 8pm EST.  I'll tally up the votes and post the winner on Monday on this very same blog post (so I don't clutter up my blog feed and squash the BanAgent posts!).

BUT

YOU WILL BE GETTING A REVISION OPPORTUNITY.

Email me your revisions by Monday 5 pm EST using the same format, except in the subject line of your email, write: "Revision: Post #___" (and fill the ___ in with whatever post number you are).

Everyone that participated in the contest have the opportunity to submit a revised version of their query and 250.

Those who posted revisions, I'll list below. (I'll try to do it as fast as possible: D)

Revised List of Entries

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The quicker you send me your revisions, the quicker I'll have them up! The quicker I have them up, the more critiques you will get.

Same rules apply for voting etiquette, except now you can give as many as you want Yes's. And, more Importantly, say if the review was an improvement or not! Still give the 'Yes' and 'No' (sorry, it might feel a lot more brutal to get No's now after revisions, but honesty is the best, in my opinion).

Be sure to return the critique if your revision gets critiqued! Make sure to include your number in your post so the writer has criticized an easier time finding your post.

I AM EXCITED.

Now That the contest is (almost) over, it's the time for feedback for  me.  In the end, all I want to know is:  How was the contest? Any suggestions for the next time?  Be as honest as you need to be.

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Love and Rumors Goodreads Giveaway

  Posted by Jean Oram in The Love Bug Blog, 27 March 2015 · 38 views

Who wants a signed paperback of Love and Rumors? Here’s your chance to win one!

From now until April 6th I’m hosting a giveaway on Goodreads where I’m giving away two signed paperbacks of Book 1 of the Summer Sisters, Love and Rumors. It is open internationally!




Goodreads Book Giveaway


Love and Rumors by Jean Oram


Love and Rumors


by Jean Oram



Giveaway ends April 06, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.


Enter to win





 

Love and Rumors by Jean Oram

Love and Rumors: Book 1


Book ONE in the Summer Sisters series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Jean Oram!

One photographer who needs cash—fast. One movie star with an offer as tempting as his bad boy smile.

Hailey Summer needs more time. As the eldest Summer sister she’s always taken on the task of solving everyone’s problems—including finding ways to hold onto the family’s precious historic cottage. Only this time she’s stretched too far and is in danger of losing absolutely everything that matters to her from her dream photography business to her sisters’ trust to the cottage that’s been in the family for over a century. Will Hailey find the money she needs or will she have to confront a lot more than just the family members she’s kept in the dark?

When Finian Alexander closes his eyes he is haunted by his family’s destitute past and the unfulfilled promises he’s made to others. Only a fraction away from making the A-list food chain and fulfilling his promises, Finian needs help from the paparazzi to push his next ‘bad boy of Hollywood’ escapade into the limelight. Problem is he’s in the Canadian Muskokas and the only photographer he’d consider partnering with slaps him every time he deserves it—which is increasingly often as he becomes more desperate.

Will Hailey and Finian give in to the easy way out of their problems, or will discover how alike they truly are when they hit the tabloids—together?

This is the first book in the Summer Sisters beach read contemporary romance series.

The Summer Sisters Series:

Love and Rumors (Book 1)


Love and Dreams (Book 2)


Love and Trust (Book 3: NEW RELEASE!)


Love and Danger (Book 4: NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER April 24, 2015)


**** Enter the giveaway here and don’t forget to add the series to your shelves! ****




LOVE AND RUMORS


Love and Rumors: A Summer Sisters Beach Reads Contemporary Romance (The Summer Sisters, #1)

 


LOVE AND DREAMS


Love and Dreams: A Summer Sisters Beach Reads Contemporary Romance (The Summer Sisters, #2)


LOVE AND TRUST



Love and Trust: A Summer Sisters Beach Reads Contemporary Romance (The Summer Sisters, #3)

 


LOVE AND DANGER


Love and Danger: A Summer Sisters Beach Reads Contemporary Romance (The Summer Sisters, #4)



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QUITE THE QUERY with Melissa Albert and JUST BREATHE

  Posted by Amy Trueblood in Amy Trueblood's Blog, 27 March 2015 · 25 views

      If you ask any writer about the process of connecting with their agent (or publisher), the majority will say the most difficult part was querying. Not only the actual process of sending out the letters/emails, but formulating the query itself. In fact, I’ve heard more than a few authors say writing their query […]

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Growth and Awareness

Posted by JordanTheNinja in JordanTheNinja's Blog, 26 March 2015 · 70 views
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There comes a time in everyone’s life (I’m not exclusively talking about a writer’s life) where you really come to a sense of awareness. Awareness of who you are, what you love to do, the kind of person that you are. And, as I approach the ending of my teenage years, I feel as if I’m on the brink of this realization.

When I was younger (and I still do this) I looked up to people who showed ambition and who always brought other people up and encouraged and inspired them. This inspired me to be the same way whenever I got older and I got into my profession. Now, years later, I’ve developed into a writer. I’ve always loved writing, but when I say that, I mean it in the most personal, emotional sense. I never realized that the characters I wrote about all had different facets of my personality—or attributes I wish I had. Emotion is the key when I write, because, without realizing it, writing was a way for me to express my fears and my desires and everything that went on in my head. I never knew that until I looked back at my characters and saw that, as I grew, so did that. They weren’t the same people I wrote when I was 14, just like I’m not the same person I was then. And I think that’s what is really crucial in a writer’s life. Not to write for fame or money (not that I wouldn’t mind getting paid to write) but to do it for your soul. To show your growth as a human being. For me, this is what it means to write—to examine yourself in the process, and show others different parts of your soul.

I know now that I will never stop writing. Not because I want to get published (although I do) but because I have to. It’s the only real way—for me—to analyze my life and how I’ve grown and where I came from. I don’t know if other writer do that, but I’m pretty sure they do without knowing it.

Young or old, seasoned or a newbie, I truly wish every writer out there is able to tell their story, and I hope that every single one of you becomes successful. Even that—I hope everyone becomes successful in whichever career, job, ambition they are pursuing. I promise I will spend my life pursuing the things I desire (non-material) and won’t stop pushing for inspiration in others. I want to see us all win and grow and develop.

I wish you all the best.

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YA SCAVENGER HUNT!

  Posted by LucidDreamer in LucidDreamer's Blog, 24 March 2015 · 34 views

Hello Everyone! I’m so happy to introduce to you the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt Authors! We have eight outstanding teams this season. I am going to be a part of #TeamRed! The Scavenger Hunt runs from April 2nd through April 5th beginning and ending at noon Pacific time on those days. If you’ve never … Continue reading YA SCAVENGER HUNT!

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Nike Free Trainers 3.0 V5 Noir et Bleu Royal Refnk0261

Posted by uytiuyoiuo in uytiuyoiuo's Blog, 23 March 2015 · 24 views

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3 marketing metaphors that actually make sense

Posted by keithmoorekm25 in 3 marketing metaphors that actually make sense, 23 March 2015 · 20 views
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There are a thousand different marketing metaphors out there (though you’ll pardon the technical writer in me that would point out these are actually similes because they use the word “like” to make the comparison). Each one is supposed to boil down the basics of marketing so they’re easy to understand and relate to concepts people easily understand. Each metaphor approaches marketing from a different perspective and has different lessons to teach depending on the point of view of the marketer who came up with it.

But why have such a narrow point of view? There is knowledge to be gained from every viewpoint. So here are some creative metaphors for marketing and the essential lessons they communicate.

Great marketing is like a good first date

Entrepreneur.com contributor Chris Kocek likened successful marketing to a good first date. He pointed out, “When you go on a first date with someone, do you tell them how wonderful you are and all the great things you can do, then ask them to marry you? Probably not.”

It’s easy to see what this has to do with marketing. Some marketers are disappointed when brilliant marketing schemes don’t have immediate ROI or blogs or social media sites with lots of followers don’t have a dramatic, measurable influence on revenue. The thing is, as Kocek said, “Entrepreneurs tend to forget . . . that the first shot isn’t there only shot.”

Marketing is like a slinky

Another interesting comparison comes from Moxie Marketing, which suggests marketers think of online marketing as a slinky. Contributor Tamara Macduff explained, “Think about it, the best way to use a slinky is to let it do its thing, naturally, slowly, and one step at a time. Online marketing works the same way.”

Macduff’s point is that introducing, improving, or increasing online marketing won’t necessarily make huge leaps in ROI all at once. And in fact, it won’t solve all your marketing problems. The trick, she said, is to work with someone who knows how slinkies (online marketing works) and don’t get frustrated if a little tangling happens along the way. Eventually, you’ll smooth everything out and start making headway.

Marketing is like a circus

This metaphor comprises several aspects of marketing, including how marketers need to maintain good balance, develop the courage to jump into the unknown, and make audience-pleasing their number one priority. Combining all these aspects isn’t easy. Katie Foley, a writer for marketing company Lotus823, said, “Sometimes making these things jive is challenging but when you get it right, the spotlight of success shines brightly on both you and the [company].”


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The Beauty of Damaged Things

  Posted by Rick Pieters in Room to Wonder, 22 March 2015 · 7 views



How often we toss away broken, cracked treasures.

I inherited from my grandfather, brought home from his years as a missionary in Korea, a Korean celadon bowl. It had been cracked and chipped, but thought beautiful enough to have been mended. 

With gold.

I don't know its history. But in the veins of gold, I see the value someone placed on this lovely bowl with its clouds and cranes.

What a more beautiful world if we placed such value on damaged beautiful things. And people.

Ourselves, to start.

And everyone else. No one isn't cracked, chipped, injured, broken.

Instead of tossing, why not do what we can, if only with a smile, to mend them with gold. A smile, a hello, a nod of recognition, can be gold.

Let's don't toss away, pass by the damaged. We have gold to give.


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