Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bloggers Classifieds: What are you looking for?

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I came across Bloggers Classifieds on Twitter. It's a clever concept; copy editors, Tweeting services and ghost writers like me can list their services for free. I have my ad on the slider for only $10! I noticed they Tweeted about me only moments later   This ad, which I placed today, is live until June 28th and I have the option of renewing it. Here are all of the advertising categories: 

LaTisha D Styles of Financial Success Media, LLC is the Featured Advertiser today. You can learn more about her in this blog interview:  You can appear in a Featured Advertiser Blog Post if you sign up for this package:

You don't have to be a blogger to get noticed on Bloggers Classifieds.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Dialogue from the past can be a real pain in the...paragraph.

If you want to make Medieval, Renaissance or even characters from the age of Mozart believable, you have to be like a tightrope walker. Characters who say "thee" and "thou" can't say also say "you" in the next sentence. Here is part of a poem by Geoffrey Chaucer, born in 1340,  who wrote in Middle English.

Book Of The Duchesse

I have gret wonder, be this lighte,
How that I live, for day ne nighte
I may nat slepe wel nigh noght,
I have so many an ydel thoght
Purely for defaute of slepe
That, by my trouthe, I take no kepe
Of no-thing, how hit cometh or goth,
Ne me nis no-thing leef nor loth.
Al is y-liche good to me --
Ioye or sorowe, wherso hyt be --
For I have feling in no-thinge,
But, as it were, a mased thing,
Alway in point to falle a-doun;
For sorwful imaginacioun
Is alway hoolly in my minde.
And wel ye wite, agaynes kynde
Hit were to liven in this wyse;
For nature wolde nat suffyse
To noon erthely creature...

If you read it, you can follow along, for the most part. If you get too accurate with Medieval, Shakespearean or 17th, 18th or even 19th Century language, you can confuse your readers. The first of two authors who handled Medieval/Renaissance dialogue well is Mark Twain with A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and his less known Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc. W.S. Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan fame also wrote fantastic Renaissance era dialogue in the operetta, Yeomen of the Guard which opened in 1888.

Here is a sample of W.S. Gilbert's writing. This is when the heroine, Elsie Maynard meets the Lieutenant of the Guard at the Tower of London. 


May it please you, sir, we are two strolling players,
Jack Point and I, Elsie Maynard, at your worship's
service. We go from fair to fair, singing,
and dancing, and playing brief interludes;
and so we make a poor living.


You two, eh? Are ye man and wife?


No, sir; for though I'm a fool, there is a limit to my
folly. Her mother, old Bridget Maynard, travels with
us (for Elsie is a good girl), but the old woman is a-
bed with fever, and we have come here to pick up some
silver to buy an electuary for her.


Hark ye, my girl! Your mother is ill?

When I think of 19th Century characters, I immediately think of Cowboys. Want advice on well written  Cowboy dialogue?  Here is a link to the blog, Cowboy Kisses:

What it boils down to is: when you imagine your characters talking, do you feel comfortable? If you feel uncomfortable, you need to do more research.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

I tour The Indie Writer's Network. Want to come along?

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Established in January 2012 for the purpose of connecting indie writers for support and success in indie publishing, The Indie Writer’s Network aka Indie Write Net is now an international writing community of several hundred writers of all genres. And what are they all about?

The IndieWriteNet Mission:
To offer a space where indie writers can:
  1. Connect with other indie writers around the world
  2. Share and discover the tools for publishing success
  3. Establish themselves as professional writers
  4. Inexpensively promote their work
To this end, IndieWriteNet offers a fully functional social network, over 25 genre and interest-based groups, three directories,  and community sites where indie writers can share their expertise and experience as an indie writer.

Their first directory is Featured Books which offers countless sub-genres:

Directory number two is the Indie Author Directory where authors can list their bio pages, web links and post photos:

Our third directory is Indie Author Services where you can offer services to indie writers or seek them out:

Want to give them a try?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Figuring out bestsellers.

Every indie writer has to puzzle about this; why did this book I see on Amazon or in the New York Times  become a bestseller?  I am going to go through Amazon's best selling books, look at five and try and see if I can find a common thread.

The first one is The Great Bedroom War by Laurie Kellogg. It is Book Two of The Return to Redemption Series. Link:  We have a divorced entrepreneur, her charming, but controlling ex-husband, a rebellious 14 year-old daughter with leukemia and her love interest who upsets the hell out of the ex. Sounds like a lively storyline. The book is a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist.
Although intellectuals tend to look down on romances, they are among the best selling books in the country.

The second is A Dead Red Heart by R.P. Dahlke which is also part of a series: The Lalla Bains Series. Link:  This heroine is an aero ag pilot who drives a vintage red Caddy. When someone leaves a dying man at her feet whose last words are a cryptic message, Ms Bains vies for an opportunity to solve the crime. Who can resist the main character's father who is a Born Again ladies man?

Third up is Homesong by Misha Crews. This book was a finalist for the Bronte Award for Romantic Fiction in 2010. Two childhood sweethearts united under the Caribbean sun amidst old churches and flamingos. Sounds heavenly, doesn't it? However, we have a bitter, territorial grandmother who won't let anyone come between her and her grandson. Many other aspects of the past haunt the small town lovers. Link:

Next, we come to In Deep Shitake: A Humorous Romantic Suspense by Patricia Mason. It is also part of a series, but it is book number one. Mo is a private investigator, but mostly she just poses as the 'honey pot' for husbands suspected of cheating. One day she gets an assignment to break into a car and gets stuck in a most vulnerable position. The owner of the car, an out-of-work actor from a popular movie, finds her. Mo and actor Grant Ross somehow get tangled up in a blackmail plot involving the Russian mafia, a stripper, a Ross Grant impersonator, and an insane ex-girlfriend who doesn't accept the breakup. Now, that sounds like fun. Link:

Lastly, we come to  Sick: A Project Eden Thriller by Brett Battles. Daniel Ash wakes after midnight to the cry of his daughter. Just a bad dream, he thinks. She’s had them before. Yet he can’t help but worry when she cries out again as he pads down the hallway. Stepping through her doorway, he expects to find her sitting up in bed, frightened by a nightmare. Something is burning Ash's daughter alive. Something horrible that is spreading beyond the walls of their home, and taking no prisoners. Compared to Stephen King, Brett Battles weaves a tale about biological terrorism. Link:

The common thread I see in these series would be two elements: storyline and characters. From what I see, you need to stand out and do it with humor, suspense,  a new twist in a traditional storyline, and compelling characters.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Tune in: Book Tour Radio is looking for indie authors and indie book lovers!

Affiliated with @BookLaunch123 on Twitter, Book Tour Radio welcomes authors in all genres including adventure, biographies, business, children’s, comedy, fantasy, fiction, health, historical, how-to books, inspirational, light novels, medical, mystery, non-fiction, novellas, poetry, political, relationships, romance, satire, science fiction, self-help, spiritual, thrillers, wellness, young adult, etc.

Book Tour Radio is designed to be especially helpful and nurturing to new and emerging authors. Their program is also perfect for the author that may not be “new” but would like to reinvigorate their marketing efforts on past or upcoming titles.Who could ask for more?

Book Tour Radio also has deals available on FIVVER:

Julie Joyce, executive producer and host of Book Tour Radio

Don't have time to listen to the show now? Don't worry. You can hear the author interviews and the show archives 24/7 just by clicking here:  On top of that, you can hear a celebrity interview that will delight Carl Reiner fans:  Are you an indie author with a website to share? Get listed here:  Do you have a health-oriented book? Julie has a special place for you on Cancer Free Radio! /feature-your-book-service-website-or-blog-on-cancer-free-radio  Do you love to read, especially when the books are free? Click here:

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