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The Dysfunctional Guide . . .

For Your Information:

The Dysfunctional Guide to Blogging Success – by Demian Farnworth – for copyblogger –

5 Facts About Publishing That Could Change Your Writing Career – By Jeff Goins –

5 Ways for Writers to Blast Through Self-Doubt – by write to done –

Exploding the Perfect Writer Myth – by Anna Elliott – for Writer Unboxed –

The Future of the Novel – by Warren Adler – for Huffington Post –


Quote(s) of the Day:

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy.”  – Norman Vincent Peale



Special Tribute:

One of the most spectacular night-sky shows will kick into high gear this weekend when the Orionid meteor shower peaks early in the morning on Oct. 20. It will continue to dazzle until just before dawn on the 21st. . .



Book Release:

A Memory of Light – Robert Jordan (Author), Brandon Sanderson (Author) – Release Date: Jan 8 2013 –

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, readers have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over forty million copies in over thirty-two languages.

When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork. With The Gathering Storm (Book 12) and Towers of Midnight (Book 13) behind him, both of which were # 1 New York Times hardcover bestsellers, Sanderson now re-creates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind.

Edited by Jordan’s widow, who edited all of Jordan’s books, A Memory of Light will delight, enthrall, and deeply satisfy all of Jordan’s legions of readers.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass.
What was, what will be, and what is,
May yet fall under the Shadow.
Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.


How to Be a Leader . . .

For Your Information

How to Be a Leader in an Age of Information Overload – By Jeff Goins –

‘Novels begin – in thinking, not writing’ – By Elaine K. Naves – The Gazette –

Publishers Weekly seems to relish scathing reviews of self-published books – By Kim Strickland – Chicago Now –

The British Council brings more shame on us – By Nick Cohen – The Guardian –

Blind writer gets help from police forensics to recover lost novel – By Jill Pantozzi – The Mary Sue –

Getting to “yes”: 4 keys for instant credibility – By Dean Rieck – Direct Creative Blog –

The DOJ’s Ebook Price Fixing Lawsuit Against Apple and the “Agency Five”: An Overview – By Victoria Strauss – Writer Beware –

Let Your Critics Be Your Best Friends – By Barb Sawyers – For Problogger –

Blogging in Obscurity – By Justin P. Lambert – Words That Begin With You –

One Tip that Makes Writing Blog Posts Super Easy – By Mary Jaksch – write to done –

Let’s Hear it for the Self-Published Author! – By Warren Adler – Huffington Post –

Literary Agent Dumps Novel On Child Soldiers After Kony Media Campaign Eruption – By Free Press –

Survey: Aspiring novelists predict a tough future – By Source Wire –

Scholastic Announces Sales Figures for The Hunger Games Trilogy in the U.S. – By Writer’s Blog –

The Copyblogger “Secret” to Creating Better Content – By Sonia Simone – Copyblogger –

Entrepreneurs Don’t Need Work-Life Balance – By Jeff Stibel – Harvard Business Review –


Quote(s) of the Day

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. – G. K. Chesterton










Announcing the Winners . . .

For Your Information

Announcing the winners and honorees of the 2012 Golden Kite Awards & Sid Fleischman Award – SCBWI –

Suzanne Collins Praises Movie Version of Her Novel, The Hunger Games – By Writer’s Blog –

3 Lies to Face Before You Find Your Passion – By Jeff Goins –

New French Law Seizes Digital Rights – By Victoria Strauss – Writer Beware –

The Secret to Writing On Your Blog Every Day – By Joe Bunting – The Write Practice –

2 Things to Consider about Blogging & Books – By Victoria Mixon –

How Social Media, E-Books, Self-Publishing Change Writers Conferences – By Carla King –

How to Think Like an Editor – By Jeanne Kisacky – Writer Unboxed –

How to De-Clutter Your Home Office – By Angela Taylor – For The Urban Muse –

John Locke, ‘Donovan Creed’ Author, On Selling A Million eBooks – By Laura Rowley – Huffington Post –

Science Fiction: Imagining – And Warning – By Bob Keefer – The Register Guard –

The Cold, Hard Truth About Guest Posts – By James – Men With Pens –

ALA call on Random House to recondiser major ebook price increase – By Macey Morales – ALA Press –

Bondage writer whose books have taken America by storm is British mother-of-two – By Daily Mail Reporter –

Quote(s) of the Day

“A word is dead, when it is said, some say. I say it just begins, to live that day.” – – Emily Dickinson




Writing Contest

Solstice Magazine 3rd Annual Literary Contest – Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry – Deadline April 5, 2012 –






Spoiler Alert . . .

For Your Information

Spoiler Alert: Writing my first novel was a lesson – By Todd Hill – Mansfield News Journal –

Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2011/2012 – The Winners – write to done –

Three Reasons to Write During the Holidays – By Joe Bunting – The Write Practice –

4 Key Criteria to Build Your Dream Blog – By Matthew Setter – Problogger –

Google Will Change Web Marketing in 2012 – by Brian Whalley – Harvard Business Review –

Why Writers Can’t Edit Their Own Work – By Jeff Goins –

How to Find the Meaning of Life through Writing – By Victoria Mixon –


Is It Time to Clean Up Your Tribe? – By Annika Martins – Men With Pens –



Quote(s) of the Day

“All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind. “ Kahlil Gibran

“If any man wishes to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.” – Goethe



Writing Contest

The Ohio State University Press Prize in Short Fiction – Deadline Jan. 31, 2012 –