Learn How To Self-Edit #AuthorToolboxBlogHop Opening A Scene


Excellent tips for self-editing.

KRISTINA STANLEY

Nano Blog and Social Media Hop2Thank you, Raimey Gallant for organizing the #AuthorToolboxBlogHop. Today is the fourth post of this new series!

This is a monthly blog hop on the theme of resources/learning for authors: posts related to the craft of writing, editing, querying, marketing, publishing, blogging tips for authors, reviews of author-related products, anything that an author would find helpful.

To continue hopping through other great blogs in the monthly #AuthorToolboxBlogHop or to join, just hop on over to Ramey Gallant!

I’ll focus my entire series on self-editing. Here is what I’ve covered so far in the series:

Today’s topic is OPENING A SCENE.

Treat every scene like you would treat the opening scene in your novel. You’ve got to hook the readers so they put your book down. You want them to be so intrigued by your scene…

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Author Interview – Lyn Horner


Andrew Chapman @AndyChapWriter

Lyn Horner.jpgQuestion 1: Who are you and what have you written?

I’m Lyn Horner, author of western historical romance and romantic suspense novels, all with paranormal overtones. My newest book is Beguiling Delilah: Romancing the Guardians, Book Six. This series features psychic characters who guard apocalyptic prophesies handed down through time from ancient Irish seers.

Question 2: If you had to paint a portrait of any author who would it be?

I’d love to paint a portrait of Diana Gabaldon. She is my favorite living author. My favorite of all time is J.R.R. Tolkien. Since I’ve met Ms. Gabaldon and know what she looks like, she would be easier to paint than Tolkien.

Wuestion 3: Why did you start writing? Lyn Horner Beguiling Delilah

I was a fashion illustrator and art instructor until a move took me from my job. Having two young children at that time, I decided to stay home with them…

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Raise Your Amazon Book Rank


I’ve tried lots of ways to boost my book’s rank on Amazon. The best way I’ve found is to submit my book to Ereader News Today’s Bargain and Free Books. When I placed RESCUING LARA (Romancing the Guardians, Book One) on ENT it shot up from in the dumps to in the 1,000 top book ranks. I was thrilled!

Why I didn’t follow up with book 2, I don’t know. Life probably distracted me. Then I actually forgot which book promotion site worked so well. Aarg!

Well, one day last week I was going through my files, cleaning out some clutter, when I ran across a note to myself about the excellent results from ENT for Rescuing Lara. Wasting no time, I submitted BEGUILING DELILAH (RTG Book 6) to ENT. The book was accepted and is running today on ENT. http://ereadernewstoday.com/more-bargain-and-free-books-for-8-6-17/

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Once again, sales are zooming  up. You can bet I will be submitting my other books to ENT soon! I highly recommend their site for other authors who need to boost their Amazon rankings.

To clarify, you must make your book FREE or price it low on the day it runs on ENT’s Bargain and Free Books page. But believe me, it’s worth knocking your price down if  you have to in order to push your book up the ranks so it will be noticed by readers on Amazon.

 

This Little Girl is the Hero Bookmobiles Need


Kristen Twardowski

Orange_County_Public_Library_Bookmobile,_circa_1965.jpg Photo courtesy of Orange County Archives, “Orange County Public Library Bookmobile,” ca. 1965, via Wikimedia.

I was lucky. Growing up, two local libraries that were just a short drive away. But not all kids have access to that many books.

In recent years, the town of Wellington in Carbon County, Utah has had a tight budget. Coal revenues have been falling, so the county commission has had to scramble to find enough money to continue operating local government services. In order to balance finances, the county commission voted to cut funding for the bookmobile and other programs. If this budget was implemented, the people of Wellington would have had their chances to find and read new books drastically cut.

This horrified one local book lover, 10-year-old October Hamilton, who leapt into action.

“We don’t have a library,” October told KSL reporters. “And the bookmobile is the only book…

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Writing Short Stories – Odd Jobs and Characters by Sally Cronin


Wonderful Memories!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

So far I have published over 60 short stories in collections and the one drawback to this is the amount of diverse characters required to star in a wide variety of situations.

Luckily, I have a retentive memory stretching back to around the age of three, of the people, places and events in my life. Thankfully the majority of those memories are happy, but there have also been one or two life threatening occasions as well as times when the world seemed very dark. Although over time they were resolved, they too have become very useful for creating plots in stories and providing emotional context.

I was always imaginative as a child… my mother I seem to remember, called it ‘telling fibs’. For me as we travelled around to various countries, my imaginary friends were a comfort and helped me gain confidence as I made real friends. They were eventually…

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An Important Message for all Danny The Dog Fans.

An Important Message for all Danny The Dog Fans.


I am saddened to learn about Danny’s passing. Such a sweet, cleaver doggie! I will miss him.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

In case you were wondering why Danny The Dog wasn’t making his usual visit to respond to all your comments under his post yesterday, I regret to tell you that it was his last posting.

Danny died last Tuesday (18th July 2017)

His human, Andrew Joyce sent me the following eulogy:

My name is Andrew.

Until recently, I had the distinct honor of cohabitating with a true wit and an all-around good guy, Danny the Dog.

But now that the summer’s gone and all the flowers are dying—when all the sunshine was in shadow—he had to leave me. Oh, Danny Boy, I love you so. Sleep in peace until I come to you.

Now that I’ve plagiarized the song Danny Boy, I’ll have a go at Shakespeare.

Friends, bloggers, lovers of Danny, lend me your ears.
I come to praise Danny, not to bury him.
The bad stuff dogs do…

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Take Yourself for a Walk in Koper Slovenia~


Beautiful photos!


If this Koperian doggie can,

I can, and you most certainly can.


Jim is right here, you see him, with the map, he always finds where are going.

I just tend to follow the critters,

they always take me where I want to be.


And thank you! It is so much better when you come along,

because pleasure shared is doubled.

We are still home at The Holler, but it’s cheers to you from Koper Slovenia~

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