Author's Blog

The Nitty-Gritty . . .

For Your Information

The Nitty-Gritty About Reduplication – By Mark Nichol – Daily Writing Tips –

Harry Potter Headlines: 10 Ways to Conjure Up a Viral Blog Post Title – by Judy Dunn – Cat’s Eye Writer –

Writers choose their favorite books of 2011 – By Emma Mustich – Open Salon –

Self-published authors find e-success – By Deirdre Donahue – USA Today –

Five Things You Should Stop Doing in 2012 – By Dorie Clark – Harvard Business Review –


Quote(s) of the Day

“Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.



Writing Contest

The Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction – Deadline – March 15, 2012 –



Sleeping With Readers . . .

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Editor Admits to Sleeping with Readers and Recommends You Do the Same – By Jonathan Morrow – Copyblogger –

21 Most Popular E-scientists – By  E-Junkie.Info –

Pearson Education Extends Scope of Permissions Licenses – By Victoria Strauss – Writers Beware –

Why You Should Never Write Like You Talk – By Taylor Linstrom – Men With Pens –

How to Take Criticism – By Joanna Penn – The Creative Penn –

Your “How-To” Post Will Fail If You Don’t Use These Techniques – By Neil Patel – Problogger –



Quote(s) of the Day

“I have never thought of writing as hard work, but I have worked hard to find a voice.”  – Randy Pausch

“The greatest possible mint of style is to make the words absolutely disappear into the thought.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne



Writing Contest

Meridian 2012 Edotors’ Prize Contest – Fiction and Poetry – Deadline Dec. 31, 2011 –

Authors Guild . . .

For Your Information

The Authors Guild on Amazon’s Kindle Lending Library – By Victoria Strauss – Writer Beware –

How Creating an Imaginary Friend Can Make You a Better Writer – By Kelly Kautz – Copyblogger –

Three more join the Kindle Million Club – By –

Whether to Use “Whether” or “If” – By Mark Nichol – Daily Writing Tips –

World Map created from Recycled Computers – By Susan Stockwell, British artist – – – Well done!

5 Things to Consider When Turning Real Life into Fiction – By Jennifer – Procrastinating Writers –

After you’ve done your best (and it didn’t work) – By Seth Godin –

Great book jackets: Tips from 4 design pros – By Alan Rinzler –

Quote(s) of the Day

“The only way to learn to write is to write.” – Peggy Teeters




Writing Contest


Tartts Fiction Award – Deadline Dec. 31, 2011 –



Special Tribute

Mitzbah Circle Foundation – Support for individuals and families in need –


Old Friends . . .


The Latest 

  1. Old Friends Edition – The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup –
  2. Scientists Design a Fake Volcano for Climate Change Experiment – By Brit Liggett –
  3. Facebook Launches Twitter-Like ‘Subscriptions’, Lets You Share With Unlimited Users – By Jason Kincaid –
  4. Prometheus Books Launches Seventh Street Books – By Publishers Weekly –
  5. Amazon May Launch Netflix-like Service for Books – Writer’s Blog –
  6. Authors Guild and Others Sue Universities for Copyright Infringement – By Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware –
  7. On Being Mentored: Lynn Austin – 7 Time Christy Winner –
  8. Six Compelling Reasons Why Authors Need to Blog – By Joel Frielander –


Quote of the Day

A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.” –  Eugene Ionesco



21st Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize in Fiction, Essay, and Poetry – By The Missouri Review – Deadline Oct 1, 2011 – 




Featured Book(s)

  • New Fantasy Book Release: The Children of the Sky – By Vernor Vinge – Released October 2011