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That is great Jespah!

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Yes, I read that with interest earlier this morning. The article was featured in one of the Spark emails I received. Great job, JESPAH!!

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I have decided that this week during writing group I am going to start working on the edits/re-writes for Ravaged, which was last November's Nano project. If it is too loud I will continue to work on my short story collection further. So many awesome projects to choose from and I love it:)

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Sounds great! Getting together with writers is great fun. The best days of my month by far.

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Oh it was so much fun! I thought it might be a bit bigger but it turned out that the small group was better.

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Glad you enjoyed your first group!!

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How fantastic! Sounds like a blast!

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I just got back from my first writer's group and had a great time! It was just a few of us but it was small and very fun:) I look forward to going back next week. I even got 3 short stories done while I was there so it was also a productive evening.

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In general, Amazon doesn't give feedback, but -- at least in the screenplay section -- the members of the site do. Congrats on having the courage to put your novel out there!

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I did not get feedback on the pitch which I found to be weird but there were a lot of entrants so that could be a lot of it. I am going to keep trucking and actually going to my first writing group meeting this evening! Very excited:)

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FITADMIN - Getting feedback on your writing in a number of different ways is critical to developing your writing. One way is to join a group of writers so that you can get FTF feedback. Another is to work with an editor, which you are already doing. Finally, getting stuff out there is important - it's best if you get some feedback, but sometimes you just have to figure out for yourself what elements of your writing need strengthening.

The next one will go better!

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Hi Everyone!

About a month ago I entered the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition and today I found out my pitch did not make it to round two. I am sad but I am also happy that I had the guts to put myself out there for it to begin with. I am going to continue writing and enter again next year. It was only judged on the pitch for the first round and it must not have been strong enough. It is all good!

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I just typed "The End" on my Nanowrimo project from this past November. Now it is time to do a first round of edits/re-writes and grammar checks before sending it off to my new editor for a slashing to make it stronger!

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Oh my gosh! Thank you!

It's already my most-reviewed story, ever. After less than 24 hours on their featured list.

1090 reads as of this morning (yesterday morning, just before it got there, I was at 317) - not my greatest-ever read count (which is about 20,000 or so), but I know that's going to really climb, too.

It's been fun to keep up with it. :)

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Congrats! That is awesome:D

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Congrats! You're my new hero!!!

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Congratulations! (I love comedies.)

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I had a story featured on Wattpad!
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Wattpad has 10 million users and is the 2,000th most popular website in the world.

Eek, these are heady times.

PS The story is a suburban comedy.

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Oh, definitely. I think we get too close to our own work, so it can be hard to see the errors. Whereas someone who's never seen it before, for them, the typos leap out. What I often see are correctly spelled words that just aren't used in the right way, e. g. that for the.

PS Re the Amtrak Residency program - check the fine print - my understanding is they want to own a big chunk of whatever's produced.

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I agree. Learning this lesson the hard way was a HUGE eye opener for me and honestly, I am glad I learned it now with my first novel and not when I have put 5 or even 10 out into the world because I know what I need to do to fix the issue and there is nowhere to go from here but up. It is my honest hope that with this lesson learned I can make my writing even stronger for the future. Life is a series of lessons to learn and I count this as another lesson. emoticon

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Everyone needs a good editor. Before my sister published her novel, she had me and three other writer friends read it about five times, and THEN put a professional editor on board.

It's interesting the types of mistakes that even experienced writers make, and even after reading something over and over.

I always like to have fresh eyes on a document to pick up what my tired eyes may miss.

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We do indeed have a great team (supportive too) emoticon

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Hi All,

I am working on a few new projects and have decided to have my future manuscripts edited by someone who is a great friend of mine but also someone who is such a grammar Nazi (no offense intended for using that term, it just fits) that I know she will catch things that I, as the writer may miss. I am also going to have more than one person help me with edits.

I realize after the issues I had with my first novel with regards to typos more than grammar that I am in no position to edit my own work all by myself. Now I did have someone do an edit for me on this past manuscript but there were things that were missed. I know it is par for the course but it makes me frustrated in myself of course. I am taking it as a learning experience and learning from it which is what a good author who WANTS to succeed does. I am not going to beat myself up for it because I am not perfect.

I just wanted to say to other authors, there will be typos in your work that you or someone else may not catch, some people will slam you for it but many will overlook it if the manuscript is not littered with it (and sometimes if the story is good they may overlook them entirely but that is not always the case). Just know that you are doing something that not everyone has the courage to do so typos and all, keep going. I am learning that lesson is spades right now emoticon

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Terrific news, all! We have such a great team!!

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That's great news! Congratulations, Marti.

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Congrats on all of that MARTIO1966! Those are some amazing accomplishments:D

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Good luck with the Amtrack residency program. That would be so much fun!

Big news for me this week. The novel I wrote about earlier (The Friendship Star Quilt) is on the final steps towards publication. Returned the galley earlier today. It looks like release date will be April 8 according to AP.

But bigger news is the first book in the series - The Calico Heart - was nominated for a RONE award in week 2 under the category Contemporary/General. Since that was my first published novel, I am absolutely stoked.

Woo Hoo! Wishing you all a good Saturday!

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I don't know if this is really "news," but I've just applied for an #AmtrakResidency http://blog.amtrak.com/amtrakresidency/

Wish me luck!

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Thank you Jespah!

The voting is done by a panel of people and I think there is a customer voting in the 2nd round or something. If I make it that far I will let everyone know:)

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Best of luck to you!

Are votes or other indicators of popularity a factor? If they are, please provide the link so that it can be shared.

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Thank you MADEIT13!

Yes, the Breakthrough Novel Award competition is for Indie/Self Published authors that have not been picked up by an agent:) I am so excited to have at least taken the chance I will know if I made it to the second round of judging by mid March:)

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FITADMIN - tell us what "breakthrough" means. Breakthrough for an indie writer?

Congratulations on making this decision!!

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Hi everyone!

I just took a huge step for me and put my novel Aftermath into the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. I have no idea if it will go far but I wanted to take a chance because that has been part of my resolutions outside weight loss this year. I am excited and wanted to share with my fellow writers. Grand prize is 50K advance and a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing and there are 4 1st Prize winners that will receive a 15K advance and a publishing contract. Very excited but nervous as all get out:)

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Ah . . . edits. I have a few friends published with Astrea, and know an editor there as well. Look forward to seeing your book out!

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Thank you! And yeah, a small gain like that is a speed bump. Every weigh-in is a learning experience! :)

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Congrats to the two authors with publication news this week. That's always so exciting.

I am delighted to say I finally got the edits for my co-authored novel The Friendship Star Quilt (Book 2 in the Stitching Post Romance series) by Astraea Press. Needless to say, I am knee deep in "Track Changes" and editor comments this weekend. Sure hoping we can get this done and released this spring.

I had a bad week weight-wise this week. Gained 1.4 lbs so my emoticon is not very happy. emoticon I stayed faithfully on my meal plan and tracked and measured everything. Most likely it is a temporary speed bump since I went back to work as a full time temp helping out in a friend's office for a few months. Even though I tried to get up from my desk every hour or so, it's not the same as being home where I can march in place while I type or break and do a few minutes of stretches. I'm hoping for better results this week.

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Oh, thank you!

I will look into the Nook Market:) I have to make sure I can get it on there since I used CreateSpace which is owned by Amazon but I have all the publishing rights so that should not be an issue. I can look into that tomorrow. (It's late now) Thank you for the idea....I forgot about the Nook which is funny because my Dad has one haha.

*I just remembered I used expanded distribution with them which can get it into the Barnes and Noble system within 8 weeks which would most likely get it to the Nook I would think but I will double check that:)

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Rob, don't ignore the Nook market either.

I have a Nook HD because when I bought it Google had just decided to support it with all of their world of goodies. Since then, Amazon has come out with a free app that works great with the Nook. I now have the best of both worlds, plus Google Read.

I just recently found out about WattPad and have been getting familiar with that site as well.

I have become a Connoisseur of free eBooks and have found a number of writers who have posted short story's and some entire books. The famous Mr. Patterson has posted some BIG hooks for free, up to 19 chapters, that would have a non-Patterson reader going nuts to buy the whole thing.

Baen Books is a place where one can find Science Fiction and Fantasy authors who have decided giving an eSample of their books actually raises their sales. As I was a Science Fiction and Fantasy fanatic back in the Golden Age, I have collected a lot of my old favorites from there. I didn't mean to imply I was no longer a Science Fiction and Fantasy fanatic, I still am.

Back when Science Fiction and Fantasy writers were considered the lowliest of the low among writers, it was relatively easy to keep up with the "names" in the field - Andre Norton, Isaac Asimov, Bob Heinlein and a few others. Today there are so many strong authors that I can no longer state that I can read faster than the important writers can publish. Now there are so many books to read it's impossible to keep up.

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Thanks, Rob. I'd like to read the book but I don't buy "books" anymore. No space for them and really, the print is too small in most books for me to see without a magnifying glass. The biggest advantage to the electronic age for ME is adjustable font size. LOL!!

I'll look for it on Amazon.



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I am actually waiting for it to go live on Kindle now:) I should be getting an email very soon and when I do I will most assuredly post the link on the links page:) I realized the formatting issue I was experiencing was not anything I could fix, it was simply how it was formatted on their end and just because some of the chapter titles are not at the top of each "page" with the Kindle, does not mean it will take away from the story I wrote. It was just put on the Kindle last night so like I said, anytime now emoticon

PS: Hopefully it will link the two types (paper and e-book) and that will make it easier but I will post the link either way.

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FITADMIN - are you planning to publish Aftermath as an e-book for Kindle (and others)? I went out to Amazon and see that it's only available as a paperback.

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Thanks! Right now the only link I have is to the NaNo page and that's just a small excerpt. So, nuffin' yet, unless you want to read about 3 paragraphs.

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Congrats Jespah!

It is truly wonderful when our hard work can be put out for the masses and in your case win a competition. Congrats on that, it is a HUGE accomplishment. Did you post a link on the links page yet? I would be most interested in reading your work:)

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Congratulations, FitAdmin83!!!!

My NaNo novel is being published (it won a competition) -
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You and JESPAH virtually on the same day!

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Hi Everyone!

I just posted a link to my first full length novel in the links section. If you like historical fiction (and the Salem Witch Trials) please check it out. If you purchase and read it I would love if you could leave a review on Amazon after you read it as it will help a lot :) Thank you all and happy writing emoticon

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Done; thanks for the vote of confidence.

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JESPAH - Go ahead and start a new topic. I think that's a great idea!! Trust me, you will not be hijacking it. Interested folks will post!!

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It's fascinating! Should I start a new topic? I don't want to hijack this one.

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Very interested in what you're learning about social media. My field was communications and that's where things are headed today. Thanks for posting!!

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Thank you for letting me know. I'm still making videos for class. Won't hog the topic by posting every single one, but I have a channel, in case anyone wants to listen to me talk about Social Media and what I'm learning.

One thing I do have to say is that I think these classes are going to teach me how to better market my own writing online.

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That worked! Thank you.

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Oh, sorry 'bout that. Try this instead.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXABg7D2Mm4

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JESPAH - Google Chrome is having trouble finding that link. Please check it!!

And you and Dottee are both correct - I've been able to get around in WordPress a little better lately. Although figuring out how to add a comments field still seems to be problematic.

BTW, my latest Blog is Damped Off at newgardenerblues.wordpress.com/ . My son made a funny (to me) comment but didn't bother to click LIKE. Sigh...

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@MADEIT3 Wordpress will get easier as you get used to it.

My news is mainly that I started Social Media classes last week. Lots of fun!

This is my first assignment and yes, Spark gets a shout-out. :)
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Thanks Sylvie! Actually that was last years birthday! I've been neglecting the blog for a while. But I'm back in full force now.

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Just visited. Great job there! And your birthday looks like it was a lot of fun!

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Stacy it takes a while to get used to how to work WordPress. At first I thought that I would never be able to do it, but I have come a long way. My website is also powered by WordPress but I do have a host and developer. But I like to do most of my own work on it so he set it using WordPress because I was familiar with the set up there.

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Dorothee - your page is absolutely lovely!! The photo on your header is gorgeous and so evocative! I can just see you sitting, writing by candlelight with a quill pen.

I'm jealous!! One of these days I'm going to figure out WordPress and get everything to show up where I want it.



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Hi
Here is the link to my blog:

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Dottee - give us the link and we'll post here and on the Links page!

Thanks for the compliment on my Blog. It's so much more fun writing it than writing the latest business proposal!

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Great Blog Stacy!

I finally fixed my blog today and made the first post on the new theme and I think I will like it. I wanted it to be simpler. The other theme I had on it had too much to display on the front page.
It's called, Writing by Candlelight Dorothy's Blog and it is on WordPress, too.


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I've posted a new Blog. If you're interested in gardening, please give it a read!

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Thanks for your votes. It helps a lot.

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Great idea for a thread!

I also 'voted'.

Good job, Sylvia!

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I've added this new topic since we seem to have a lot of NEWS. Please post what's new in your professional life here!

I'm going to start this off with news from SYLVIEFOX and hope that she doesn't mind me using her as the "beta" for this new topic.

Sylvie has a new book coming out. For a preview and to vote for the cover, please go to www.sylviefox.com/authorchronicles/h
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