Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Paulette Mahurin, Steve Boseley and Charles E. Yallowitz

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Welcome to the Friday Edition of Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update and the first author with news is Paulette Mahurin with her recent release The Day I Saw The Hummingbird.

About the book

On the eve of his tenth birthday, a young slave’s life is turned upside down. The unthinkable events that led up to the day Oscar Mercer saw a hummingbird test the limits of this young boy’s body, mind and soul. Gripped with fear and filled with anger, Oscar faces raw, crushing hatred aimed at him and everyone he loves. In a time when a nation was ripped apart geographically, economically, politically and morally, comes a story of a courageous boy who began life as a slave on a sugarcane plantation in Louisiana and escapes via The Underground Railroad.

Through the efforts and good will of kind, brave people determined to free slaves, Oscar faces devastating obstacles and…

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Facebook in Real life | Fun Post

I’m going to try this…

I was going though my mobile gallery found an image, I don’t know who actually wrote it, but wanted to share it with you guys because it is hilarious AF. 😛

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I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles.

Therefore, every day I walk down the street and tell passers-by what I have eaten, How I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later and with whom.

I give them pictures of my family, my dog and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch and doing what anybody and everybody does every day.

I also listen to their conversations, give them the “thumbs up” and tell them I like them.

And it works just like Facebook! I already have four…

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EDITING 101: 59 – Character Profiles…

Advice on the power of profiling your characters. I’ve tried this only recently for the first time. If you are thorough enough, you can just let these characters loose in your world and watch them make decisions for you!

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Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

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Character Profiles

Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser (101:21), I’m almost 100% certain that at some point, you’ll have to keep track of your characters’ details. The plotter/pantser post also covered some practical ways that some authors make sure these details are fresh in their minds—or, at least, quickly available.

However, before you can list these precious tidbits of information, you have to either discover them (if your story leads you) or decide on them (if you lead your story). The obvious information is focused on physical appearance: eye color, hair color, stature, body shape, etc. But sometimes authors neglect to round out their profiles with other information that can play a critical part in your story. I’m talking about…

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Writing Links…10/2/17

Some great links today in Traci’s roundup. There should be more hours in the day…

Where Genres Collide

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Writing Links…10/2/17

Traci Kenworth

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/09/so-your-character-is-from-qatar.html Interesting buildings, one kind of looks like a space needle to me.
  2. https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/09/26/how-to-use-the-new-wordpress-editor-microsoft-word-template-for-blog-posts/ How to make blog posts in Microsoft Word 2016 and the new WordPress Editor. I’ve been trying unsuccessfully for a long time to do set my blog posts up in Word. I will have to try this with next week’s blogs.
  3. https://fantasyhandbook.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/it-is-to-be-a-blog-post-about-starting-with-a-theme/ Theme has some kind of pov, your pov.
  4. https://phsolomon.com/2017/09/26/interview-p-h-solomon-author-of-bow-of-destiny-the-bow-of-hart-saga/
  5. https://www.amwritingfantasy.com/expanding-senses-writing-smell/ Smells can deepen your fiction.
  6. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/09/100-blocking-ideas-for-your-characters.html Blocking–great ideas!
  7. https://saraletourneauwriter.com/2017/09/28/september-2017-happiness/ Cape Cod.

MG/YA:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaPNLoP8zGs&feature=em-subs_digest Surrendering to the process.
  2. http://avajae.blogspot.com/2017/09/vlog-how-to-keep-track-of-wip-timelines.html I just started doing this with my current projects. Too many times I messed up days in my previous works and had to fix them.
  3. http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2017/09/james-ponti-interview-giveaway/ James Ponti reveals how he came up with TOAST.
  4. http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2017/09/jared-reck-author-of-short-history-of.html On pretending to be an author.
  5. http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2017/09/joshua-david-bellin-author-of-freefall.html Inspiration behind Freefall.

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. http://romanceuniversity.org/2017/09/27/writing-as-a-southerner-by-keri-ford-2/ Southern expressions.
  2. https://ocrfa.org/get-involved/survivors-teaching-students/ This is a great idea!
  3. http://romanceuniversity.org/2017/09/29/3-ways-to-tell-if-your-conflict-is-just-a-delay-tactic/ Conflict creates…

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Media Training for Authors – Advertising – Covers, Titles and Key Words by Sally Cronin

Excellent marketing information to put to use when promoting your book…

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I am continuing the series on media training and marketing for authors which is adapted from my media training course for small businesses and charities. Authors are small businesses with a product that needs marketing to obtain sales. Once you start thinking of yourself as a business it tends to focus your mind differently.

One of the jobs that gave me some perspective on marketing and promotion, was the several years I spent as advertising sales manager for a free paper in London and then a holiday publication company.

Part of my job was writing copy for clients who could not afford to spend a fortune with an agency. This was quite an interesting challenge because most companies, whatever their product wanted to put their name in large letters front and centre. So for example:

Great name, but what does the person who is looking for a new car see…

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OVERLOOKED FANTASY SERIES (2017 EDITION)

For lovers of fantasy, here’s a list of FIFTY series to get to work on…

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We all have our own list of “overlooked” fantasy series. You know the ones which somehow, someway, did not turn into the next Harry Potter — even though you liked it better.

Okay, maybe, some of these fantasy series were not as amazing as novels penned by Tolkien or Abercrombie or Weeks or one of the other “it” writers, but you personally enjoyed them, have not forgotten about them.  In fact, whenever the opportunity presents itself, you recommend these forgotten series to your friends, argue that they are worth the trouble of finding at the local used book store or at Amazon.

Well, folks, this list is about just that: the fantasy series that I (and my friends) have enjoyed in our lifetime but not enough of you have given a try. While some of these novels aren’t the best of the best, they were good enough for us to…

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WHAT’S NEW down at Corny Cove?

Something for the mystery lovers among you…

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Looks like it’s time for a celebration, hey?

If you’ve been on my website within the last week or two, you’ll have noticed something different…

The Tales from Corny Cove series has had a major makeover!

And about time, too! Up till now, I’ve never felt the covers truly reflected the nature of the fun easy-read stories that makes up the series. So now we’ve got Henry & Margaret – the two main characters at Corny Cove – featured on the covers, as well as images that give you a glimpse into each of the five tales.

(Note: stay tuned for an exclusive freebie further down…)

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“But I haven’t read the Tales from Corny Cove. What’s it all about?”

Well, when Henry & Margaret sell up and move down to the south of England to live their ‘dream life’, they stumble upon the golden sands of Corny Cove. They’re…

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8 Ways Scrivener Aids My Writing

I’m thinking of moving to Scrivener to organise my writing. PH Solomon gives his reasons why this would be a good move…

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When I originally gave Scrivenera whirl earlier this year I didn’t know how the software worked. But I read several articles and posts about how other writers put this writing tool to use. I took my time working through the provided tutorial after which I began using it with increasing regularity.

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Over the last few months, I’ve begun using Scrivener for almost all of my writing. I’m so impressed with it’s usefulness, I’ve begun writing about this software to share my ideas. I’m getting lots of mileage out of blogging with it and I’ve begun using it for my newsletter and other email templates.

Here are 8 ways Scrivener boosts my efforts as a writer:

1. I’m better organized from the beginning of projects. Because Scrivener is an organizational tool, I’m…

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Curated Content for Writers—August 4

A healthy dose of tips for writers…

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old fashioned manual typewriterHappy Friday, wonderful SEers! The end of the week is always a reason for celebration. I hope your first days venturing into a new month have been filled with fun, good books,  and prolific writing.

Speaking of writing, the SE authors have cobbled together a new collection of writing links. Before sampling the latest, take a moment to check out this week’s featured posts—Drip Campaigns by Staci Troilo and my own “It’s in the Stars . . . or Not” 

Then enjoy a Friday Fix with . . .


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Writing Links…7/24/17

Enjoy a shed-load of writing links…

Where Genres Collide

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Writing Links…7/24/17

Traci Kenworth

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/07/so-your-character-is-from-taiwan.html Is your character from Taiwan? Here’s some ideas.
  2. http://www.magicalwords.net/roundup/magical-words-link-roundup-7-18-2017/ Links for the week.
  3. https://fantasyhandbook.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/as-henry-miller-commands-part-8-dont-be-a-draught-horse/ Take joy in writing. I had to start writing my stories longhand to get past the block of a computer page. There’s something about having a pen in hand that makes those words flow!
  4. http://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/07/21/q-a-with-ichabod-brooks/ What’s the best way to a zombie out of a house?
  5. http://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/07/20/protecting-bedlam-now-its-personal-part-2/ Cassidy and Lloyd in trouble.
  6. http://www.magicalwords.net/roundup/magical-words-link-roundup-7-20-2017/

MG/YA:

  1. http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2017/07/starred-review-kirkus-mean/ A prestige award.
  2. http://avajae.blogspot.com/2017/07/vlog-secret-to-writing.html The hard truth is: there is none. You just have to: play with the story until you get it down. Practice, practice, practice. Don’t give up.
  3. https://chasingthecrazies.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/pitchwars-2017-the-wishlist/ ALL YA categories of contemporary, historical, magic realism, and mystery and thriller.
  4. http://www.brenda-drake.com/2017/07/pitch-wars-uncomfortable-truth-mentor-liaison-joy-mccullough/ There are only so many slots. I know this. As do others. All we can do is put our best effort forward and know that no matter how things turn out…

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