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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!





Chocolate, Pretzels . . .

For Your Information

Chocolate, Pretzels, and the Power of Word of Mouth – By The Writers Alley –

Should Authors be Salespeople? – By Joel Friedlander – The Book Designer –

Worth it? – By Seth Godin –

Make it Easy for Your Readers to Participate – By Darren Rowse – Problogger –

What Your Boss Needs to Know About Engagement – By Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer – Harvard Business Review –

Why Aren’t You Using More Public Domain Characters? – By Robert Smedley – Fuel Your Writing –

Who filled my creative well with rocks? – By Di Mace – Word Swords –



Quote(s) of the Day

“Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up on rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.” – Unknown



Writing Contest

2011 Dorset Prize – Tupelo Press – Deadline Dec. 31, 2011 –



Stuck? Borrow . . .

For Your Information

1. A Small Press Implodes : The Inside Story of Aspen Mountain Press – Victoria Strauss – Writer Beware –

2. Author Blogging 101: Presenting Your Content – By Joel Friedlander – The Book Designer –

3. How to Recover Your Core Rhythm – By Tony Schwartz – Harvard Business Review –

4. Sixty-seven Elegant, Effective and Free Website Graphics for Serious Online Publishers – By Robert Bruce – Copyblogger –

5. On Being Mentored-Our Responsibilities – By The Writers Alley –

6. Feeling’s good: why writers need emotion – By Al Kennedy – the guardian –

7. 2011 Whiting Writers’ Award Winners Revealed – By Jason Boog –

8. Margaret Atwood knits for the birds – By Randy Boswell – The Vancouver Sun –

9. Seven Dirty Little Book Publishing Secrets that Every Writer Needs to Know – By Susan Daffron – copyblogger –

10. RIM Offers Up A Device-Driven Look At Tomorrow – By Chris Velazco – –

11. 6 Creepy Churches Made of Bones – By Lori Zimmer – inhabitat –

12. The Silliness of Busyness – By Courtney Carver – zenhabits –

13. e-Book Cover File Size Specifications – By Joel Friedlander – The Book Designer –

14. Stuck? Borrow Techniques from Popular Authors – By Jennifer – procrastinating writers –

Quote(s) of the Day

“The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don’t dare reveal.” – Elia Kazan


“The task of a writer consists in being able to make something out of an idea.” – Thomas Mann


Writing Contest

David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction – Deadline – Dec. 1, 2011 –





Creepy Skull . . .

The Latest

1. Alerts: Lobster Press and Dailey Swan Publishing – By Victoria Strauss – Writer Beware –

2. Poet Tomas Transtromer Reacts to Winning the Nobel Prize for Literature – By Writers Blog –

3. How to: Recycle Your E-Waste – By Daiane Pham – My Life Scoop –

4. Creepy Skull Sculptures are Made from Grains, Herbs, and Spices – By Lori Zimmer, inhabitat – – Creepy but imaginative and life like!

5. Should You Lend to Friends and Family? – By Maggie Wells – WiseBread –

6. Page Critique: The Importance of Staying With Your Character – By Nathan Bransford –

7. Make the Dangerous Choice to Dissent – by Umair Haque – Harvard Business Review –

8. 20 More Smothered Verbs Set Free – B Mark Nichol – DailyWritingTips – – Good way to reduce word count!

9. Dina Sleiman’s Interview & Book Giveaway – By The Writers Alley –


Quote of the Day

“The measure of artistic merit is the length to which a writer is willing to go in following his own compulsions.” – John Updike



Writing Contest

Writing Contest – James Hearst Poetry Prize – North American Review – Deadline Oct. 31, 2011 –




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