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    An opening for authors looking for ways to introduce a new character or situation they haven’t considered before. So, I offer this example from my second week of grief. One thing I noticed was by choosing one rather tight setting, I was able to spread out some characteristics of my late wife in a rather succinct way:

    Dr. Wesley Britton, one of bookpleasures' excellent reviewers writes about his life as a book reviewer

    Gini Graham Scott Contributes Here Sage Advice Concerning Deciding On The Format Of Your Book To

    Here is a story that was brought to my attention by Public Relations Consultant, Dana Swinney about how one American psychotherapist and author from New Hampshire, and one literacy educator from Ibadan, Nigeria, met spontaneously at an international literacy conference in Boston, and forged a professional relationship and partnership that transcend the world’s borders, political boundaries and time zones.

    Andrew Joyce Discusses His Experiences With Writing Historical Fiction Novels

    Growing up between two cultures, Greek and American, heightened my awareness, from an early age, of America not only as a physical place but also a shifting, continually evolving idea. While Greece meant shared history and traditions, America meant reinventing and coexisting, too often uneasily, among diverse histories and traditions. The American experience is an intersection among those who came to America seeking “a better life” with those who were brought against their will and enslaved with those whose way of life was destroyed.

    Terry Richard Bazes informs us that "I had long been aware of my Jekyll/Hyde nature—of the presence of alternative—uncivil—personalities. Their darker natures are integral to my writing because writing for me is a private and relentless campaign of subversion.  That does not mean, of course, that I am not also the very civilized Dr. Jekyll. Nonetheless, I do hear wicked voices. .

    A piece of advice writers often hear (and regularly from me!) is that to write effectively, you must read. And read a lot. This is simply mandatory.

    Fewer and fewer men read fiction.  They compose only about 20% of the fiction market according to surveys. Some lay this off to genetics, suggesting that the way men’s minds work discourages them from entering into another’s experience the way fiction demands.

    Are You Really A Writer?

    Cajun Nights was my first novel featuring New Orleans medical examiner, Andy Broussard, and his suicide/death investigator, Kit Franklyn.  A few weeks after the book was published, I got a call from my agent with the surprising news that, “There’s been a flurry of movie and TV interest in your book.”  I’d never considered that such a thing was possible. So that was one of the best phone calls I ever had.

    According to theguardian Apple settled $840m ebook price-fixing case.

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                         is excited to hear from two of our reviewers, Tom Pope and Steve Moore.They have put together a discussion based on their email exchanges to  produce a Socratic discussion about several elements associated with writing thrillers. This if the first part of that discussion. Enjoy.

    Jack Wells,  Author of As A Roaring Lion shares his knowledge about planning for a genre novel

    Author: Ron Burgundy

    Publisher: Crown Archetype (November 19, 2013)

    Sold by: Random House LLC

    ASIN: B00EIGS388

    To take the greatest advantage of the technology of the 21st Century a tool some authors are turning to is Kickstarter

    At the heart of every worthwhile piece of fiction is a compelling story that, once started, keeps an audience engaged, riveted, and/or enthralled until its end. This captivating quality is generally realized through an artful blend of clarity, conflict, and intensity.

    Do you use Facebook personally and professionally?

    Should the music of Wagner be played in Israel?

    For four centuries the West Bank and east Jerusalem, were provinces of the Turkish Ottoman Empire; after that, from 1922 until 1948, they were ruled by Britain under the Mandate given it by the League of Nations. These areas have never been under any Arab sovereignty. The Palestinians have never had a political state of their own; and when offered the opportunity to create one by the United Nations General Assembly in 1947, refused to create one.

    When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in Alice in Wonderland, “it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.  Can you make words mean so many things?”

    The English are watching on television the brutal massacres in Syria. They have raised their security level from “miffed” to “peeved.” They may raise it again to “really irritated,” or even “a bit crossed.” This should be a warning to foreigners because the last time the British felt “a bit crossed” was in 1588 when they had to defeat the Spanish Armada.

    Our era has witnessed and suffered from the acceptance by many commentators in democratic countries of the illusion of the nature of the regimes and conditions of life in Arab societies.
    Catherine Ashton, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in her speech of June 12, 2012 to the European Parliament, is still blinded by a Potemkin village. In that speech in which she addressed both the situation in Syria and the settlements in Israel she charged Israel rather than Syria with serious violations of international and humanitarian law.

    It is saddening that the latest celebrity to succumb to the fallacious Palestinian narrative of the relationship between the Palestinian population and Israel is Alice Walker, the distinguished Afro-American writer whose book The Color Purple was a prize-winning contribution to American literature.

    Nancy Hatch Woodward Contributes Her Thoughts On Poetry

    Many books now have apps that work on iPhones or iPads and on the Android platform. Consumers can now buy the printed book, the app alone or both. Authors can capitalize on this trend by creating apps for their books or pushing their publisher to create one for them.  Some apps have incredible features such as 3D effects, interactive story telling, and more. Creating an app for your book may give you a competitive advantage as well. I’ve found some book apps for both kids and adults that you’ll want to check out. Here’s my top ten:


    Many writers write about what they know, what they’re interested in, what they like.  Whether it’s a book that is based on a personal or professional experience, a hobby, or a passion, writers will write books that are meaningful to them but then have to find an audience to enjoy the book as much as they enjoyed writing it. 

    Phyllis Zimbler Miller discusses the new oppportunities in eBook platforms

                                                    Phyllis Zimbler Miller Tells Us How How Self-Publishing at Age 60 Led to a Career

    Scott Lorenz Of Westwind Communciations Discusses Ten Things Doctors Can Do To Get Speaking Engagements

    Writers who find themselves caught in the publishing dilemma — "Should you wait eons for a standard publisher to pick up your manuscript or go out on a limb and self—publish?" — will be glad to learn there's a middle - of - the - road publishing option: partnership publishing.

    Compare writing the best post to an elevator pitch—amazing content with impressive presentation in concise format

    To create a platform that stands out from the rest and *conquer all obstacles* you must learn how to ‘pitch’.

    John Blumenthal Laments- "I May Have to Wear a Thong to Sell My Next Novel."

    John Blumenthal Comments As To Why Disney Studios Was A Screenwriter's Nightmare

    John Blumenthal Contributes His Thoughts On Jane Austen

    John Blumenthal Contributes An Interesting Article Concerning the English Poet William Wordsworth

    Noted Book Reviewer,  Nora Piehl to Teach "Intro to Book Reviewing" Course Online This June

    As Oprah signs off from her daily talk show, closing the chapter on Oprah’s Book Club, how will this fare for the publishing industry?  The Nielsen Company takes a look at Oprah’s Book Club selections from the past ten years. 

    In his contemporary interpretation of Genesis, John R. Coats takes readers on a journey through the ancient text, inviting them to see its characters in a new light, not as religious icons, but as people whose day-to-day concerns, triumphs, and failures are like our own. Using stories from his life as well as the lives of people he's known, Coats creates a rubric you can use to examine your own life and to discover aspects of yourself in the characters whose lives unfold in these primordial stories. 

    Allan Becker, one of's reviewers comments about one of his reviews he had posted on as well as

    Recently I received the following interesting email from one of bookpleasures' readers:

    “White House watchers obsess over which aides have the ear of the president. For Barack Obama and past presidents, the books they read offer insight on where they want to take the country -- and how history will remember them.

    In an essay for The Washington Post’s Outlook section, contributor Tevi Troy examines how books have historically informed Presidents’ politics and policies. In his piece, which is online now, Troy breaks down what Presidents have read (or haven’t read—see how a book review influenced John F. Kennedy) and how those books may have reaffirmed or shifted their views during office.

    Here are two excerpts from the article and you can read the entire article by clicking on the link below:

    “One of the reasons the country's intellectual class has taken so gleefully to Obama is precisely that, in addition to writing bestsellers, the man is clearly a dedicated reader. During his presidential campaign, he was photographed toting around Fareed Zakaria's "The Post-American World," the it-book of the foreign policy establishment at the time. A year ago, in an interview about economic policy, he told a reporter that he was reading Joseph O'Neill's post-Sept. 11 novel "Netherland," which had recently won the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award.

    In a historical sense, Obama follows a long line of dedicated presidential readers, paging all the way back to the founders. John Adams's library had over 3,000 volumes -- including Cicero, Plutarch and Thucydides -- heavily inscribed with the president's marginalia. Thomas Jefferson's massive book collection launched him into debt and later became the backbone for the Library of Congress. "I cannot live without books," he confessed to Adams. And it's likely that no president will ever match the Rough Rider himself, who charged through multiple books in a single day and wrote more than a dozen well-regarded works, on topics ranging from the War of 1812 to the American West.

    To read the article in its entirety as published in the Washington Post, CLICK HERE

    Okay, the headline is a bit misleading The five-step writing process Ayn Rand followed isn’t exactly a secret

    Newspaper legend Joseph Pulitzer – the father of writing’s famed Pulitzer Prize – summed up the essence of good and powerful writing in one 34-word quote Pulitzer famously told writers: “Put it to them briefly, so they will read it; clearly, so they will appreciate it; picturesquely, so they will remember it; and, above all, accurately, so they will be guided by its light

    Michelle Kaye Malsbury, one of's reviewers evaluates the book renting service or 1-877-Bookswim

    A Look at WhiteSmoke 2009-a proofreading and editing tool which aims to help you write better

    Norm Goldman, Publisher & Editor of comments above book reviewing

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