November 17, 2012

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Copyediting, More Important Than Pants

You are whizzing through your final draft for the 327th time. It looks great and it reads squeaky and smooth, like a greased pig, you’re ecstatic! But then, on page 221, you find yet another dreaded grammatical error. Even with all the spell-checking and automated grammar corrections that your Word Processor performs, there are errors. […]

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November 17, 2012

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Why a Tribe

Why a Tribe A few days after publishing my first book, I had an odd dream. There I was in a tiny row boat trying to navigate between a deadly black hole (the traditional publishing industry) and a flailing sea monster (the new publishing world).  The going was rough and I was nearly swamped several […]

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November 17, 2012

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Path to Publishing: Hiring a Content Editor

Why You Hire So you have completed your first draft, hurray! Celebrate! Boast! Savor the Champagne! It’s quite an accomplishment…really it is. If you’re like most writers, you’ve squirreled yourself away while making this masterpiece of yours…all by yourself except for your dog and perhaps a goldfish. You emerge with your manuscript in hand. You […]

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October 1, 2012

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Overcome Writer’s Block: 10 Writing Sparks to Jumpstart Your Creativity

by Beth Barany I’ve decided to syndicate my ebook Overcome Writer’s Block: 10 Writing Sparks to Jumpstart Your Creativity on my blog, Writer’s Fun Zone, over the next 10 weeks. You can read the whole book here over the next 10 weeks, or buy the entire ebook at Kindle, Smashwords, and now,  AtContent. ** Enjoy Spark One! And Happy Writing!** […]

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May 25, 2012

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A Literary Boot Camp with Nora Profit, of The Writing Loft

Sunday, June 24, Nora Profit will lead a daylong program to help you “produce writing that is not only publishable, but actually sells.” The program will be in San Mateo, at the Captain’s House Conference Center at Coyote Point. Nora Profit is a renowned teacher. If you attended the SF/Peninsula Writers meeting in April or […]

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May 2, 2012

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Writers Conferences: Why You Need To Go, by David Hirzel

You might think of famous writers whose names you know, who have already established themselves in the minds of the reading public, whose work you read and respect, and think: They don’t go to writer’s conferences. They don’t need to. Well, many of those who come to your mind do attend conferences. They get paid […]

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May 2, 2012

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Sendero by Max Tomlinson, First Chapter

one 1987— Huañin, Peru The day the soldiers came, Nina was with her brother, sowing potatoes on terraces the Incas had built. She remembered thick clouds, heavy with moisture, roiling up over the jagged Andean peaks. It was colder than usual, and her bare feet had grown numb in the furrows as she followed Miguel […]

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May 2, 2012

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To Attain Success in Writing, Perseverance is Key, by Geri Spieler

I have found, for me, the way to succeed in writing is perseverance. Too often writers get discouraged if they don’t see some sort of success soon. First time authors are up against a mountain of obstacles as untried.. No matter what your genre, getting published anywhere with anything shows you have the stuff. I […]

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May 2, 2012

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We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know by Geri Spieler

One of the biggest concerns I had as a newspaper reporter was being assigned to do a story on something I didn’t know well. I learned that if I don’t know what questions to ask, I’m at a huge disadvantage and at risk for being misled. This is where I began to do some major […]

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April 19, 2012

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Meet Diane Lee Moomey and Other Authors at Florey’s Books in Pacifica

On Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m., Diane Lee Moomey and other Bay Area writers will be signing and reading from Fault Zone: Stepping Up to the Edge, an anthology of stories. Florey’s Book Co. is located at 2120 Palmetto Ave. Pacifica, CA. Authors appearing: James Hanna David Hirzel Cheryl Levinson Diane Lee Moomey Martha […]

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