4 Common Sense Reasons it can benefit you to Self-Publish

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Crazy Woman Drinking Wine

Twenty years ago, a book followed a routine process: You poured your heart and soul into a manuscript and when you finished it, you started calling agents and editors who most likely told you to send them a query letter. Next step was usually a book proposal, and a few sample chapters. Then the waiting game started, usually ending with disappointment. On the other hand, the option to self-publish was there, but it had a certain stigma; a stigma that still exists today: “Your book isn’t really published because you couldn’t get it accepted by a “real publisher”. A real publisher? Excuse me for not laughing my butt off, are we not  human beings? Or are Self-Publishers merely robots? Or are Traditional Publishers too stupid to know that the only difference between a Traditional Publisher and a Self-Publisher is that the Self-Publisher does everything themselves? Anyone can be a publisher…

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Tips for Indie Writers: How to Create Your Own Book Trailer with Power Point

Marcha's Two-Cents Worth

booksinboxBook trailers have become a popular means to draw attention to your book. The main advantage they have over other types of promotional material is their ability to include sound, specifically music. As I’m sure you’re aware, music can set a mood quicker than anything else and reaching a person at the emotional level helps prepare them to receive and accept your message. You can hire a professional to create a trailer for you or you can put one together yourself. If you have Microsoft Office then you should have Power Point which is the only software you need to create a simple but effective video trailer. Besides that you only need three things:

  1. Background picture
  2. Music
  3. Catchy phrase, quote or other hook

Yes, it really is that simple to get started. Don’t worry, I’m going to take you through the process, step by step.

Background Picture

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140 Years of Grimm Illustrations


The website Brain Pickings collected some of the best art inspired by the Brothers Grimm Fairytales. Follow the link to view them all:

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Beta Reading 101

Beta Reading 101

~ One of the lovely bloggers I follow, Mariah E. Wilson, wrote a piece about beta reading/editing advice. She breaks it down easily without over complicating the process. Great for beginners. Follow the link below to the article: 


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Paper Towns & Looking For Alaska Challenged

Paper Towns & Looking For Alaska Challenged

~ Apparently, in a Colorado High School, parents are in an uproar about two of John Greens’ books being on a teacher’s book list. They are contesting the books (without having read them) and are trying to ban them from the school. Last I checked, banning books was not only dangerous, but also an ignorant way of thinking.

To help support the teacher, as well as an individuals right to read, you can e-mail the district about your concerns. There will be a town hall meeting where the letters of support will be read. For the contact information, please, follow this link:

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How To Write A Synopsis For A Novel

How To Write A Synopsis For A Novel

~ Writer’s Relief article about how to write a synopsis for your novel. 


Writers HATE the job of writing a book synopsis. As anxiety escalates, so many questions may rush through their minds: “What is a literary agentlooking for in my synopsis or summary? How many details should I include about my novel? Should I explain my setting and characters in my book synopsis or just stick to the basic plot?”

If you’re having trouble and are procrastinating writing your synopsis, don’t despair. Writer’s Relief can help!

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Poetry Turnoffs: Styles And Formatting That Make Editors Cringe

Poetry Turnoffs: Styles And Formatting That Make Editors Cringe

~ Writer’s Relief sharing what editors (and the public) are sick of seeing in poetry. 


Rhyming Poetry And Contemporary Publishing
As disappointing as the news may be for some poets, very few literary journals are accepting rhyming poems or formal verse poems. From the lack of popular interest in rhyming poetry, it seems that many modern readers have come to regard rhyme as naive, outdated, and contrived. Literary editors of well-known journals are simply not banging down poets’ doors to publish rhyming poetry.

That said, some editors love and publish rhyme. Poets who excel in traditional verse may well find an outlet in literary journals; however, the writing must be exceptional in order to overcome the apparent editorial disinterest in rhyme.

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Poetry Turnoffs: Styles And Formatting That Make Editors Cringe

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25 Writing Tips for Tightening Your Copy

25 Writing Tips for Tightening Your Copy

~ The Write Life divulges 25 helpful tips for self-editing. Useful for those of us without editors of our own. 


Heather from The Write Life responded to this post and gave all of us a handy printable checklist version of the post here:

Thank you Heather! =)

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