How to Help Teens Find Their Passion and Do What They Love

By Rayne Lacko, coauthor of Dream Up Now™: The Teen Journal for Creative Self-Discovery In an uncertain world, being uncertain of yourself can create anxiety. Feeling anxious can mean different things to different teens. It can take the form of vulnerability or shame, it may make a teen feel powerless or too sensitive, or it may […]

melissa broder

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/melissa-broder/and-you-dont-stop-how-i-o_b_613274.html If you told me five years ago that I’d have a book in the window at St. Mark’s Bookshop, I would have plotzed. I used to go to St. Mark’s and sit on the floor in the poetry section eating Jujyfruits, as if it was Grauman’s Chinese Theater. From big names like Ted Kooser […]

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http://writetodone.com/2010/06/28/201-ways-to-arouse-your-creativity/ A guest post by Katie Tallo of Momentum Gathering. Electric flesh-arrows … traversing the body. A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. A foam of music falls over the ears. It is the gong of the orgasm. ~ Anais Nin Creativity is like sex. You fumble your way through, you get lost in it, […]

Using twitter to mingle with your heroes

What New Grads Looking to Land a Gig Must Know By Allison Janney Published: June 29, 2010 Hey, new grads, looking for a job? If so, be sure to round out your resume-sending routine with some Twitter outreach. More than a micro-blogging outlet or hub for Justin Bieber groupies, it can help you reach potential […]

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20 Warning Signs That Your Content Sucks by Jonathan Morrow http://www.copyblogger.com/does-my-content-suck/ 1. You think your content is “good enough” If you had to rate your content on a scale of 1 to 10, what would you give it? A 6? A 7? That’s what most bloggers say. But here’s the problem: you can’t really grade […]

Five Rules of Exposition

http://thescriptlab.com/the-formula/character/dialogue/36-exposition-five-rules Exposition: Five Rules EXPOSITION: FIVE RULES One of the tricks is to have the exposition conveyed in a scene of conflict, so that a character is forced to sway things you want the audience to know. As, for example, if he is defending himself against somebody’s attack, his words or defense seem justified even […]

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The 40th installment in this series is with agent Meredith Kaffel (Charlotte Sheedy Literary) and her author, Anastasia Hopcus, for her young adult paranormal novel, Shadow Hills, which came out July 13 from Egmont. School Library journal said this about the book: “Even characters with minimal roles are fleshed out via Hopcus’s rich use of […]

How to Craft Back Cover Copy that Sells Books by the Boatloa

http://bookmarketingmaven.typepad.com/book_marketing_maven/2010/06/back-cover-copy-that-sells-books-by-the-boatload.html How to Craft Back Cover Copy that Sells Books by the Boatload In today’s guest post, I’m delighted to have copywriter, author and book marketing expert Eric Gelb share his tips for writing back cover copy that sells. Keep in mind that these same techniques can be used in writing sales copy for websites […]

The Secret to Getting Great Book Reviews on Amazon

The Secret to Getting Great Book Reviews on Amazon http://bookmarketingmaven.typepad.com/book_marketing_maven/2010/07/the-secret-to-book-reviews-on-amazon.html When consumers shop for books on Amazon.com and other online bookstores, many of them read the book reviews before they make a purchase. Even if they came to the site to buy a particular book, they may read the reviews to verify that they are […]

CJ Lyons teaches how to Break Free from the Slush Pile

Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers OCCRWA.org CJ Lyons  Break Free from the Slush Pile http://www.cjlyons.net URGENT CARE, “Lyons continues to mesmerize readers…pulse-pounding.”~Fresh Fiction WARNING SIGNS, “Lyons is a master within the genre.” ~Pittsburgh Magazine LIFELINES, “A breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller.”~Publishers Weekly CJ Lyons http://www.cjlyons.netURGENT CARE, “Lyons continues to mesmerize readers…pulse-pounding.”~Fresh Fiction WARNING SIGNS, “Lyons is a master […]