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A Bouquet of Links for Readers, Writers, and Publishers . . .

Every so often, I clean out my collection of links to possible sources for blog posts—rescue sites from the damp cellar of my browser’s bookmarks.

Two past occurrences of this were:

Cleaning Out The Drawer ~ A Bouquet of Posts

A Bouquet of Articles for Writers & Publishers

The first rescued link is to Copyscape, a place to check for plagiaristic copies of your writing—also possible by using quoted selections from your work with Google Alerts

And, here’s a wild article—the title is quite self-explanatory: Did You Know That Professional Writing Is Dying And Only Taxing The Public To Pay Writers Can Save It?

And, due to the recent death of this famous author: Remembering Gore Vidal: 10 Quotes on Writing.

For those who trust technology, a Free Grammar Checker.

Especially for Science Fiction Readers: Sci-fi dreams in reality: 10 writers’ fantasies that have come true.

And, for those writers who are their own publishers: 9 Ways to Market Your Book With No Money.

Back to grammar, for writers, readers, or publishers who love to correct others: The Curious Pleasure Of Peeving.

For those who like medical studies: Babies’ ability to detect complex rules in language outshines that of adults.

For Reader’s Eyes Only: First Page Writing – A Reader’s Perspective.

How about a writer who listened carefully to what her story wanted to say and had readers thinking her writing was non-fiction: The War of Narratives.

And last, for readers, writers, teachers, parents, publishers, and kids of all ages: Young author pens series of five books before 14th birthday.
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Most Common Words Writing Challenge ~ And, The Winner Is . . .

Blogs are a strange writing medium.

Over time, the single posts become related to each other—through links, tags, and cross-referencing.

Take the Writing Challenge Series:

Post on June 10, 2011Writing Challenge ~ Use The 1200 Most Common Words To Write A Story…

The Challenge is issued

Post on July 29, 2011First Response To Our Writing Challenge :-)

Someone takes a nibbleone chapter with 100 of the 1200 Most Common English Words is written

Post on March 26, 2012More from The Writing Challenge With The Most Common Words

Someone else enters the Challenge—I get it wrong and think they’re adding two chapters to the first one—nope; new person, two chapters of a new story

Post on April 16, 2012Yet More From The Writing Challenge ~ Use The 1200 Most Common English Words In A Story

The second contestant gets to five chapters—500 of the Most Common Words used—and I create a downloadable file for folks to read

Today’s PostBarbara Blackcinder completes the Challenge—12-chapter-story with 100 of the Most Common Words in each chapter—working from the end of the List to the beginning

And, in case you’re not a link-hopping blog reader, here’s the link that let’s you download the List of The 1200 Most Commonly Used Words In The English Language.

And, here’s a link that let’s you download Chased  by Barbara Blackcinderthe Winner of Our Challenge!! :-)

Plus, Barbara has done us the favor of making the most common words show up Red in the manuscript

Enjoy and, please, come back and leave Barbara some feedback or a comment.
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Cleaning Out The Drawer ~ A Bouquet of Posts

Periodically, I break my usual routine of writing single-topic posts and dig into the long list of saved, potentially useful articles I’ve tucked away.

I use Google Alerts to find potential posts from other sites and, daily, I add to the drawer.

When it starts to jam on opening, I pull a few choice picks out and share them

First, an article in The Atlantic called, The Amazon Paradox: Coming to Terms With Publishing’s Colossus, where Peter Osnos explores the phenomenon of people buying more ebooks but feeling a touch guilty that they aren’t helping bookstores.

Then, there’s A City Without Bookshops, by Peter Schoppert, on e27—from the Frankfurt Bookfair to Singaporean authors and books and bookstores to Amazon to some ideas he’s working on to capitalize on the disruption in the publishing trade.

Next, from IndieReader, is Amy Rogers’ post, Everything You Wanted to Know About Publishing But Were Afraid To Ask. She gives a remarkable survey of all the many flavors of publishing available.

Digital Book World has Jeff Rivera interviewing Seth Godin about a number of aspects of the changes in the book world in Libraries, Literary Agents and the Future of Book Publishing as We Know It. This one has a fascinating collection of reader comments.

Want some insight into how statistical manipulation makes solid information on books published or sold nearly non-existent? Read Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics—eye-opening, to say the least.

O.K., I’d better stop there so I have a relatively full drawer for my normal blogging and so you aren’t off reading other blogs and miss my post tomorrow :-)

Plus, it seems I actually, sort of, potentially created a single topic—posts from my drawer that all have to do, in some way, with publishing.


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Mental Hygiene Breaks for Writers . . .

It’s well-known, in the world of sports, that pushing too hard, too early, will lead to at least strain, if not injury.

I’m experiencing the literary “equivalent” today

I have been writing five posts a week for over a year.

That’s not to say I don’t love doing it.

I just reach certain points in the journey and feel I’ve been pushing near strain rather than running with joy

That’s where I am today.

If you blog, have you had this feeling?

If you don’t blog, have you had this feeling?

Seems like losing a lap is necessary if finishing the race is the goal—not an intuitive analogy, perhaps, but one that works for me

More substantive posting resumes tomorrow :-)

Top 15 Posts . . .

“About” Pages on a blog are the most visited. Makes sense for folks to want to know who’s behind the words, eh?

Then come the most visited posts–what drew attention, what sparked interest, what the blogger usually wants to do more of :-)

Since January 1st, this blog has had 10,152 visits. Of those, 4,034 hit the Home Page (meaning they saw the most recent post–so, the numbers below are actually not those pages “most visited” but the ones “most-willfully” visited), 270 visited My About Page, and 227 saw my book’s About Page

Here are our current “top” fifteen posts:

Writing Challenge ~ Use The 1200 Most Common Words To Write A Story… More stats 202
Author Interview ~ Maria Savva More stats 136
Author Interview ~ Karla Telega More stats 109
Author Interview ~ Joel Blaine Kirkpatrick More stats 101
In Memorium, for Jamie… More stats 78
Invitation To The Madhouse ~ Report On Self-Publishing More stats 77
Author Interview ~ Simone Benedict More stats 72
Who The Heck Knows The “Right” Price for An Ebook? More stats 70
A Virtual Memorial That Brings Real Tears… More stats 68
Author Interview ~ Stacy Juba More stats 67
This Is The Way It Must Be Done! More stats 66
Where Do Writers Find Their Ideas? ~ Revisited… More stats 63
Where Do Writers Find Their Ideas? More stats 62
Rediscovering The Power of The Word, “No!”, with Irina Avtsin More stats 59
Author Interview ~ Shari Green More stats 59

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