Thursday, March 12, 2015

Elements of Style For Grammar Pendants

Certainly this point of view is worth reading for any writer who depends on William Strunk and E.B. White's Element of Style, which has had, and still does in many cases, a vice-like grip on educated Americans' views about grammar and usage. Yet, Geoffrey K. Pullum, in his The Land of the Free and The Elements of Style, claims almost everything they say on that topic is wrong.

The Chicago Manual of Style, Webster's, and a good thesaurus should always be on a serious writer's bookshelf, too.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

What's New in the Left Panel That You Might Be Missing?

Today, a member of Internet Writing Workshop, Debi O'Neille, posted a yahoo about the article she had published in January's issue of Connect Magazine. Before I sent her my congratulations, I clicked the link in the signature to Debi's BlogSpot, "writing against the wind"

Because it reminded me that Debi O'Neille's writing against the wind" is one of the favorites in the left panel on this website I thought it was appropriate to encourage readers here to take advantage of all the links in the left panel frequently.

They often spark ideas you might not have thought of. Certainly, they'll keep you informed on the changes occurring constantly in our chosen profession.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Why Not to Accept Book Returns

Angela Hoy published an excellent article today on her website, WritersWeekly, which explains in detail how authors can protect themselves from losses due to accepting book returns.
WritersWeekly is the highest circulation freelance writing ezine in the world. In addition to being online, a subscription to free to get articles on writing, freelance job listings and markets for writers every Wednesday by email.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

"Seaweed Ribbons" Authored by Francene Stanley Continues Higher Ground Series at Double Dragon Publishing

Those of you following my posts are acquainted with Francene Stanley, an up and coming writer who first came to my notice when she and Edith Parzefall co-authored several novels in the Higher Ground Series at Double Dragon Publishing. Included in their novels were Knights in Dark Leather, Golden Submarine, and Long Doom Calling. 
Announcing Seaweed Ribbons,her latest novel, Francene said:
"With other commitments, my partner Edith didn't have time to write another book with me, but I was eager to continue so I took on the task, and she offered suggestions and encouragement. And so, Seaweed Ribbons grew into a separate novel.
"In the plot of the futuristic Higher Ground series that Edith Parzefall and I wrote together, one character stays behind in a matriarchal society while the adventurers in the main story continue with their quest.
"Raymond is not perfect, by any means. I based his character on my first husband—physically strong and determined, but self-centered and inclined to doubt himself at times. I wondered if he would change, given a new love to raise him from his depths of hidden uncertainty. His companions witness the wedding before they leave on the next stage of their journey. Ginny, a young woman who is an outcast in her group, is mainly kept on to do the work. Her hidden strengths bind them together, despite his insistence on taking the lead.
"My novel, Seaweed Ribbons, which went through the novels on Internet Writing Workshop last year, has been published at last by Double Dragon Publishing. Deron hung onto the manuscript for a year. I was just about to give up.
"I had no input into the cover and I hate it. However, I'm proud of the writing, and we shouldn't judge a book by its cover--especially an e-book, where the picture hardly matters. I have no plans to print it as yet.
"However, with the critiques, support and encouragement from other writers at IWW, I improved the story and polished the writing toward its peak."
Francene found initial inspiration in poetry and songwriting but later turned to writing novels. Like her main characters, she expresses optimism, determination to succeed, and strives to illustrate the principle of positive thinking combined with the trust that things will work out.

Born in South Australia, she married young. Retreating to the small fishing village of Robe, she ran a craft shop and tea room, welcoming tourists to the area. In the early nineteen seventies, her husband and she took a year off with three children on a trip around Australia in a caravan looking at various ways of alternative living before resettling in Robe.
After her divorce, she left Australia and moved to England, where she worked as a nanny, travelling around the world with the family she worked for. Francene met her present husband in London and worked in the catering business for 12 years interspersed with trips to far distant lands.
Read Francene's Daily blog here. Seaweed Ribbons is also available at Amazon.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Kindle Authors Check Sales on Their Android With App

Are you a Kindle author? Check out all your book sales data on your Android with the Afterword app.

Use the refresh button to retrieve the latest sales reports from
Amazon KDP. Switch countries by using the drop-down menu, or click on any title to display detailed sales data for that book, in all
countries, all at once.

NOTE: Afterword and its development team are in no way affiliated  with

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Keith Raffel Chose Internet Crowd-editing for Temple Mount Novel

Kickstarter is only built for creative projects, like new tech gadget production, or an idea. Indieogog can be used for almost anything. Both are popular Internet rewards-based crowdfunding.

Palo Alto-based novelist Keith Raffel saw a potential solution in Kickstarter when he decided,
"I am definitely not my own best critic. It's much better to have fifty people's opinions."
Discover how he used Kickstarter and succeeded. Temple Mount went on sale November 2, 2014.

Raffel hopes to reap the greatest benefit of crowd-editing:
"I have my fingers crossed that it leads to a binge of crowd-reading."

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fantasy Moonstone Series releases Shattered Shells, by Francene Stanley

Francene Stanley said,
"I love fantasy--working out what could happen if things were different in the tangible world. We all hear a little voice inside us--whispering advice, giving words of caution.
"What if a person had the ability to speak inside the mind of another? Humans, with their moral frailty, could be influenced to use the terrific power to generate good or evil.
"My latest release ,Shattered Shells, is about an ordinary woman wearing a moonstone ring which gives her visions plays psychic detective. But she meets two characters, and can't judge which is the person she wants to find. Sweeping in scope and filled with the love of humanity, the novel will inspire, create empathy and lift the reader out of their everyday life.

"In my first book, Still Rock Water, Liliha inherits a star moonstone ring and with it the ability to help people in trouble. However, the second novel, Tidal Surge, her daughter finds a bracelet, slips it up her arm and is drawn into murder. Mother and daughter fight the moral battle, unaware of each other's role. 
"My author page at Amazon shows a little about my varied life experiences and lists my books."
Francene expressed her appreciation to fellow writer\members of Internet Writing Workshop, Novel list, who helped her make her fantasy novels as good as possible, and especially Edith Parzefall and Guillie Castillo, who read through the unabridged form and made suggestions.

In addition to publishing  her Moonstone series, Francene publishes an interesting, entertaining and thought-provoking Daily Blog.