Your Success Stories: Shilah Ferr

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I grew up in northern New Jersey with my brother and sister. We share treasured memories of high school, the Jersey shore, and tons of family time with cousins, all of which became part of April’s Heart! My romance novel is set in high school in the eighties and although a work of fiction, basically follows the skeleton of my life, especially my dysfunctional family!

I have been a teacher for thirty years, so writing, language and vocabulary are definitely in my wheel house. Once I finally got started, writing the story, then editing it, was the easy part. I love the romance genre, and after reading so much of it, I felt like I could do it too! I work full time, but became very immersed in my eighties world, and would write whenever I could.

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Your Success Stories: Leslie A. Sussan

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My journey was perhaps the reverse of what many authors follow. I did not start out wanting to be a writer and then spend time finding good stories to tell. Instead, I was bequeathed a story that demanded to be told and spent time struggling to learn how to be writer who could effectively tell that story. In one sense, I have been writing all my life. I practiced law for decades and have been an administrative appellate judge for 14 years, so words have always been my tools. And I have been a voracious and eclectic reader since I was a toddler. I did think that background would make it easy for me when I decided I needed to write a book. I thought wrong. My father’s crew took the only color footage of the aftermath of the atomic bombings and he spent his life trying to get access to the footage to show the American people the true effects but the footage was classified as top secret for decades. His last wish was to have his ashes scattered at Ground Zero in Hiroshima.

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NaNoWriMo: The Essentials You Need

Is an introduction needed? NaNoWriMO is a very well-known organization and world-wide event in which thousands of people attempt to write a manuscript in just one month. In the month of November. If you are not familiar, visit the official web to learn more. Here you can find tips that will help you succeed and become a novelist! Use October to get ready.

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Your Success Stories: Tom Gormley

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Born in eastern Ohio, Tom grew up tossing newspapers, mowing the cemetery and camping with his family in a tent trailer. Banging on a bass drum and running student council scared the principal enough to allow Tom to graduate from high school. He then migrated to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University where he ran student government while completing his B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

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10 Alternatives for “Like”

“Like” is a short and legit word. Nothing wrong with using it in your writing. But you can also choose more fitting expressions according to their specific meaning.

“You always favor your youngest!” He hit the desk with his fist.FavorTo support or prefer something.
“I will always treasure these memories.” He put his hand on his heart.TreasureTo regard or treat as precious.
The press idolized the president.IdolizeTo regard with blind adoration or devotion.
“I appreciate her helpful and kind feedback.”AppreciateTo value or regard, to be grateful or thankful for something.
“I adore her intellect,” he said with a dreamy expression.
“And I adore her long hair,” his little sister added.
AdoreTo regard with the utmost esteem, love, respect, and honor.
To pay divine honor to something or someone.
To like or admire very much.
Sophia enjoyed her icecream on the hot summer day.EnjoyTo find joy or satisfaction.
She fancied a hot cup of coffee in the cold and bleak morning.FancyTo feel a desire or liking for.
I cherish memories of my old home and cousins.CherishTo care for tenderly or nurture.
To cling fondly to something.
He admired his grandfather’s courage during the war.AdmireTo regard with wonder, pleasure, or approval.
“Of course I care for her and call her every evening! She is my ill sister.”Care forTo feel concern or interest.
To attach importance to something.

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The Problems with Publishing

A must-read!

Nicholas C. Rossis

Author Kristine Kathryn Rusch recently shared a must-read post about today’s state of publishing, aptly titled Trainwreck, Fall Edition.

As she explains, she tried in June to order a copy of a book she liked for her sister. However, she wouldn’t get the book until September. Understandably, her reaction was: How odd. The book had released in February, so she should have been able to get her hands on a copy quickly. But she couldn’t.

Then she remembered that the same thing had happened with a couple of other books she had ordered for her sister back in May. They were backlist for an author her sister hadn’t tried and it took six weeks for her to get the books, with the shipment getting delayed more than once.

Putting two and two together, Kristine realized the ugly truth: traditional publishing is headed for a trainwreck.

The trainwreck

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Your Success Stories: Rita Delude

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It’s never too late to chase a writing dream. But in order to pen it best, an author must first live it. International Bestselling Author Rita Delude has done just that. Raised by a hardworking alcoholic in a house full of both chaos and love, Delude creates rich, deep characters, who pop from the page. Unafraid to dive into important young and new adult subjects like bullying, bigotry, homosexuality, drugs, kidnapping, and sexual abuse, she also writes adult contemporary, historical, paranormal romance, and suspense/horror. Together, like the quilts she sews, her stories stitch together the experiences she’s had as a junior high teacher, college professor, newspaper reporter, parent, and grandparent.

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