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    Rekha Ambardar-The Writing Life

    05 Sep 2014

    I have always thought of writing as a straight-forward activity.  I don’t mean the production of a book, story or an article--just the urge or longing to write.  When you feel writing coming on, you reach for paper and pen and scribble to your heart’s content.  But when I started writing seriously and needed a chunk of time to myself, I had to beg off from coffee klatches, invitations to lunch, birthday parties and baby showers.  I would hand in the present at a time convenient to me, in case they thought I was a cheapskate in addition to being antisocial.  It was then that I kept an hour-by-hour accounting of my time to be able to write. Through the years that I taught part-time at a university, I had an answer ready when folks asked how I spent my time.  Oh, I told them, I work.  And the questions stopped there.  Then came a time two years ago when my job petered out.  After the initial disappointment, I was buoyant.  I could now write full-time.  I had ideas for short stories, articles, essays and a book.  Besides, I could sit down to read and enjoy my personal library of books. . . .

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    Cheryl Rees-Price-From Dream to Reality

    04 Sep 2014

    I use to dream about being a published author and would formulate whole books in my mind then imagine the book cover with my name on it, actually getting down to the writing was a different matter, like any dream it takes a lot of work and perseverance to reach the goal.

    When I tell people I have written a book the first reaction is surprise, then comes the comment “I have always wanted to write a book” followed by the all too familiar excuses, “I haven’t got the time” “I have young children” “I work full time” however if you really want to fulfill your dream as a writer you have to make the time. Very few authors have the luxury of writing being their full time job!

    For those of you that are struggling to make the commitment I thought I would share my experience with you.  Working, studying and raising a family made me think that I would never find the time to write a full length novel.  As I already had the idea for the story and characters in mind I set myself the task of writing 60,000 words, and then broke it down to 500 to 1000 words a day. I set up a diary listing the date, word count; pages and total words then switched on my computer and began to type.

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    Gary Stillman-The Fire Within

    02 Sep 2014

     

    All through my life I read book after book. I always had at least one I was reading. I wrote several short stories, never published, as a kid and young adult. Life however got in the way, making a living and raising a family. I wrote a few stories but never tried to publish anything. Then in 2003 I had a major health scare, I was forced to sell my business and retire. With the additional time at home, I read even more. I read science fiction, paranormal, history, mythology, romance, and many other genre.

     

      

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    Ellen Cummins-Magic in Motion

    03 Sep 2014

    First of all I would like to congratulate KP on their fourth anniversary! I'm thrilled to be a part of your team. I'm so very blessed to be here, because after many months of frustrating rejection letters, Mary Keith saved the day for me when she decided to contract three of my stories--- Lizbeth, One Copper Sky, and Petri Dish Diaries. I'll never forget the day I received the acceptance email from her for my favorite novella---I literally got up from my chair, threw my hands over my face and cried. (Thus began the blubbering phone calls to my supportive friends and family) And I have to admit---I've come a long way from the girl who threw words into a hypothetical pot and tossed them around like a salad. Thanks to reading, writing, re-writing, editing, asking a gazillion questions and taking classes, I think I've learned a thing or two---but of course with much more to learn.  I will never think I'm good enough. Every time someone says "I bought your book!" I cringe in shame they might hate it but giggle giddily in hopes they find something magical in my words. It's important  readers love my characters, even though I know I can't please the world, but these people (or creatures) I've created are part of my heart and soul, and I love them…I want them to find peace, or love, or freedom---whatever it may be. I want my readers to feel something amazing.

     

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    Pimp Your Book!!

    26 May 2014

     

    G.E.Stils So your book, your baby, is live. It's published. Now what?

    Well you can sit back, take a deep breath and be happy to see your baby listed on Amazon or other distributors and hope for sales, but it is doubtful that will happen. Yes, a few of your close friends will likely buy it but…

    So what do you do? I'm certain you've heard the word we all dread… promo, short for promote or as some term it, pimp. You need to pimp your baby out. When you do this you have two goals, one selling your book of course, but the other thing, and this is more important in the long run, you must sell yourself.

    But how you ask?

     

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