Tools from the Front Lines of Life: Authenticity

Some things have happened in my life in the last few months that, were I to put them in a novel, readers would say, “That’s just not believable. No way all that happens to one person!” Yeah. Wouldn’t that be nice? But here’s the thing: Hard times, good times…struggles, peace…abundance, …

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Frankly My Dear, I Ate Some Spam

There are a number of things that cause my blood to boil. Radio or TV ads with ten seconds of legalese read at triple speed at the end Coffee mugs in church services Cell phone ringing during a meeting and the person answers it Cell phone ringing in a church …

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The Anatomy of the Publishing Cycle

If you ask an editor or an agent “What’s hot right now?” you are too late with the question. The nature of the publishing business is that what you see selling today are books that were conceived, written, published, and marketed over the past couple years or more. That is …

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Fun Fridays – March 20, 2015

The PianoGuys have done it again. Mashing classical Bach and classic Pop music together. And it works! The original Jackson Five singing “I Want You Back” in 1971. (Yes that was 44 years ago.) Enjoy another piano and cello duet by Bach. The real deal this time:

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Ramp Up That Book Description!

Today, let’s try a fun exercise to ramp up your book description in your proposal, which may in turn help your publisher’s marketing team ramp up your book sales! Bland: When a man gives a woman a large ring, she is torn about telling him about her past. What she …

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Sky(scraper) Writing

Every day, the world is becoming more and more urbanized. In the U.S. while several cities are struggling economically and actually have declining populations, many others are healthy and expanding at an alarming rate. Worldwide, the dramatic population growth areas are around cities. Countries are investing in urban infrastructure, and …

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Judging a Book by its Cover

We’ve heard the cliche, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” True. But you do “Buy a Book by its Cover.” We all do. That colorful billboard attracts the eye, disseminates information, and sells the content. Even when the billboard is the size of a postage stamp on Amazon.com, BN.com …

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Happy Pi Day

For math geeks everywhere: (I cannot claim these are original, but still fun…) _____ What do you call an angle that is adorable? Acute angle. Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 8 9! Who invented the Round Table? Sir Cumference. Why couldn’t the angle get a loan? His …

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