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My Daily Post – People are biased . . .


The Latest 

1)People are biased against creative ideas, studies find – By Mary Catt – Cornell University – Discusses how creative ideas are viewed by most –

2)Free Character Chart – By Charlotte Dillon – Used for character development – A whole list to identify your characters –

3)Content Writing – By Dawn Copeman – Dawn answers questions from readers regarding content writing –

4) The Flash Fiction Market – By C.M Saunders – An explanation of flash fiction and its market –

5)Submit your writing – By mslexia – Previously unpublished submissions from women for the magazine –

6)SEO Copywriting to Do Better Link Building – Things You Have to Know – By Carl Wilkinson – Pen and Ink Today –

7)Choosing a Novel’s Protagonist – By Novel-Writing-Help –


Quote of the Day

“Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.” – A. A. Milne



Mslexia 2011  Women’s Novel Competition – open to unpublished women novelists in various genres –


Featured Book(s)

  • New Fantasy Book Release:  Prospero Regained – From series Prospero’s Daughter – By L. Lamplighter – Released in September 2011


I’ve been asked about how I came up with my author symbol, so here’s its story.

During the design of my website, I searched for a symbol or icon that was unique to me as an author, something to use to authenticate my original work. I decided on a coat of arms. I’m an admirer of family and official crests, so I thought a personally designed coat of arms specifically for an author was a good solution.

  • I wanted various qualities to my coat of arms, so I put considerable thought into its layout
  • I wanted to use a shield for my coat of arms since heraldry has always been an interest of mine
  • I wanted it simple, so that with a single glance, its meaning was clear
  • I wanted it authentic, a coat of arms that depicts my personal message as an author

Considering the above points, I began to select images for the various parts.

Crest – I omitted for simplicity.

Top mantle – I adorned with my initials, ACL.

Shield supporters – I also omitted these for simplicity sake.

Shield plate – I put as my charge, a quill that symbolizes a writing implement for a writer and has been used as a principle writing tool for many centuries. Without a tool to get the words out, the words would remain locked in the writer’s imagination. As a collector of quills, it seemed an appropriate insignia to use.

The banner – Not all coats of arms have banners, but I have always found it to be one of the more attractive features. I omitted the top banner and settled only for a bottom one. Rather than just put my name on it, I wanted the banner to convey what I, as a writer, wanted to share with my readers. The words I had inscribed onto my banner were Socius Scientiae, Latin, meaning to share knowledge.

Knowledge is all-powerful. It eliminates fear, it makes life easier, it can save lives, and it paves the road to freedom. As a writer, it’s not just about sharing knowledge, it’s about using those wise words to entertain readers.

So there you have it; the creation of Alandra CL’s coat of arms.

My Daily Post – Hell for Authors

Quote of the Day

“There is probably no hell for authors in the next world — they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this one.” – C. N. Bovee

The Latest

  1. Using Technology To Combat Wasted Time
  2. 10 Principles of Writing for the Web – By Mark Nichol
  3. Why Are So Many Literary Writers Shifting into Genre?


Featured Book

One Grave at a Time: A Night Huntress Novel by Jeaniene Frost

The Right Editor

When I first began to write, I made many mistakes, and I will undoubtedly continue to make more mistakes; so, I gather knowledge and teach myself, to try to prevent those mistakes. There are, however, times when along that sometimes-daunting path of writing that I need help. Friends and family, although well intentioned, are subjective with my writing; therefore, I need the help of an editor.

One of the mistakes I made when I wrote my first story was not seeking out the right editor.

I have comprised a list of what I consider to be a right editor.

An editor that is like-minded

Editors differ and so do their tastes. I had one editor who had a very different idea of the direction of my book. That is not to say, the idea was bad, but it did not match mine. Of course, there are always going to be areas where I don’t agree with my editor but there must be a general agreement on the vision of the book.

A reliable editor

I can have the most skilled and educated editor, but if he/she is unreliable, that will halt my headway and results. Even a contract, if not adhered to, is useless. An editor must be reliable. However, having said that, I also have an obligation as a writer to be reliable, by keeping to my scheduled appointments, deadlines, and payments.

An editor with excellent credentials

An editor needs to be a master in his field. I wanted an editor that knows far more than I do, one that can help improve not just my novel but make me a better writer.

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.– Edward Bulwer-Lytton

A well established editor  

An editor needs to be well established and have worked in the industry many years, one who knows the ins and outs and has ties that I, as a writer, may not have. I have learned that connections are essential to success.

Knowing what I wanted in an editor, how did I go about finding the right one?

I researched.

Referrals are the best way to go to get a competent editor. Unfortunately, I had no one close to give me a referral nor did I personally know any editors, so I went to the best to find the best. I took books that I had enjoyed reading and looked to see who edited them. From that list, I picked out one and contacted him.

His employment with a publishing house was a conflict of interest in taking on freelance work, but he was kind enough to give me a referral.

Luck is always an essential ingredient in success

I was fortunate to find a great editor, but I also know that luck was involved. I contacted the referral and luckily, we connected well and he had an opening available. Being in the right place at the right time determines success.

Remember, you get what you pay for

I know that for outstanding service, you need to pay well. In life, you usually get what you pay for, and it is the same with a good editor. If you desire the best then be prepared to pay for it. I discovered a good editor is worth every penny.

I was fortunate to find a good editor for my novel. He has not only helped me to improve my book and my writing but has become my mentor. Thank you, Pat Lobrutto!

Pat is an editorial consultant that has been editing for over 30 years, and in my opinion is one of the best. –