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Gifts For Writers . . .

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Some Awesome Gifts for Writers This Christmas – By Christopher Jackson – Fuel Your Writing –

Writers Guild Awards Announced Their Nominees – By Josh Abraham –

3 Surefire Ways To Build An Even Bigger E-mail List – By Marlee Ward – E-Junkie.Info –

Understanding Point of View (POV) – by The Writers Alley –

Is It “Christmastime” or “Christmas Time?” – by Grammar Girl Newsletter –

If writing seems hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things people do. – William Zinsser

Self-Publishing And The Definition Of An Indie Author – By Joanna Penn – The creative Penn –

Do Writers Really Need a Book Business Plan? – by Joel Friedlander – The Book Designer –

Such Sweet Sorrow – By Jennifer – Procrastinating Writers – – Looking forward to the new PW!

Marketing 101 for Freelance Writers: #2 The Easiest Promotional Tactic – By Carol – Make a Living Writing –


Quote(s) of the Day

“Life is what happens to a writer between drafts.” – Dennis R. Miller




Writing Contest

Julia Peterkin Award for poetry – Deadline – Feb. 15, 2012 –

Hottest Twitter Topics . . .

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Gorgeous Green Christmas Tree is Made from 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles – By Lori Zimmer – inhabitat –

Hottest Twitter Topics of 2011 – By E-Junkie.Info –

Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should – By Bill Taylor – Harvard Business Review –

Hardcover Books Reach New Heights – By Joel Friedlander – The Book Designer –

The Simple Power of Asking – By Sanjeev Mohindra – Problogger –

How to Network Without Networking – By Nathan Bransford –

Tool vs Insight – By Seth Godin –


Quote(s) of the Day

“There is no great writing, only great rewriting.”- Justice Brandeis

“It is my contention that a really great novel is made with a knife and not a pen. A novelist must have the intestinal fortitude to cut out even the most brilliant passage so long as it doesn’t advance the story.” – Frank Yerby

“If you cannot gain an emotional reaction from your reader, then you have not written well enough.” – ACL

 Writing Contest

Andres Montoya Poetry Prize – Deadline Jan. 15, 2012 –




Special Tribute

Yasmin Shiraz – Someone who makes a difference – an activist and author who helps and empowers our teens –

Her latest book, Retaliation, a novel about a community’s response to violence, led Shiraz to partner with the Boys and Girls Clubs in creating violence prevention programs for youth . . . (excerpt from Yasmin Shiraz’s Bio)

Check out her YouTube documentary – Can She Be Saved :


Hats off to this special woman who is making a difference in many of our youth’s lives!





Your Competitive Advantage . . .

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Author Blogging 101: Blog Design – By Joel Friedlander – The Book Designer –

Your competitive advantage – By Seth Godin –

From Failed Idea to Profitable Product: What I Learned from Failure – By Bjorgvin Benediktsson – Problogger –

Do You Suffer From One of These Writing Maladies? – By Nathan Bransford – – His strong exaggeration is hilarious!

The Chalk Guy is Back– Pictures on a flat sidewalk surface – Amazing! – By Soul Food – – Thanks Alex, for sending!

Quote(s) of the Day

“Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.” – W. Somerset Maugham




Writing Contest

Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition – Deadline Dec. 31, 2011 –

Beware Zombies . . .

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Looking Forward, Peering Back – By Joel Friedlander – The Book Designer –

Questions My Dad Would Ask Before You Started that E-Book – By Barb Sawyers – Problogger –

Beware Zombies: Franklin-Madison Literary Agency – By Victoria Strauss – Writer Beware –

Why Bad Writers are Eating Your Lunch and What To Do About it – By Jeff Goins – copyblogger –


Quote(s) of the Day

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” – Samuel Johnson



Writing Contest

Writing Contest – Meridian’s 2012 Editors’ Prize Contests – Fiction & Poetry – Deadline Dec. 30, 2011 –


Special Tribute

Michael Chatman – the Maverick Philanthropist – The Giving Show –