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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Literary Agents Part 1. How to Choose Them

There are hundreds of literary agencies. And thousands of literary agents. One of them can be the champion of your work. They will secure the best deals for you, guide you through the marketing process, and support you and your work until your book finds a solid place on as many bookshelves as possible. But the majority of the agents are not the right ones for you. Not because you were a bad writer. But the agents specify a lot and the literature world is very rich. You need to send your queries to people who actually work with books similar to yours. Especially if you write in a marginal genre. How do you choose whom to approach in the first place?

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Your Success Stories: Sabine Garvey Campbell

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I began my writing career as a Poet. In 2003, my verses were first featured in “Stories of Life – The International Library of Poetry” and “The Best Poems and Poets of 2003.” In 2017, a collection of my poems was then published in an anthology titled “The Four Charms: Faith, Hope, Love, Luck.”

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The Blessings of Fanfiction

Are you familiar with the term fanfiction? Fanfics, also referred to as FF, are literary works that are based on existing works. The source can be a book, a movie, a series … The fanfiction author is usually a fan of the work. A big fan. Fanfiction usually has no commercial ambitions and its main birthplace is the internet. It is damned by many as offence and destruction of the original source. This is very easy to understand. Fanfictions rarely achieve at least some quality. They are often terrible, rough, and clumsy offspring of teenagers. Yes, full of those things that usually occupy the adolescent mind. And these teenagers usually force the main character and the villain to do the mentioned activities … Huge age difference? Not a problem. Can an animal participate? Sure! Well… Yes, it is a mess. So, what’s so good about fanfiction and its authors shouldn’t burn in hell?

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