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For All Writers & Publishers (Curious Readers Also Welcome)


No re-blog today…

I found a recent article by Jane Friedman

In case you’re new to this blog, here’s a bit of Jane’s Bio:

“Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, and is the former publisher of Writer’s Digest. She has been interviewed and featured by NPR, PBS, The Washington Post, the National Press Club and many other outlets.”

The article is called, Book Marketing Resources for Authors: The Best of 2016, and here are the main categories of resources:

Amazon

Facebook

Social media

Copywriting

Blogging

Giveaways, reviews & discounts

Online education

SEO

Learn from successful authors

Marketing ideas and roundups

Marketing tools and resources

At Jane’s site in 2016

I doubt you’ll find as much top-notch info anywhere else…
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Some Very Cool WebSites for #Readers & #Writers


Last month I published the post, What Are the “Best” WebSites for #Writers?

WebSites for Readers and Writers

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They were mostly about various aspects of the art and craft of writing.

The sites I’ll feature today are more closely concerned with the Words writers use and readers absorb

The first is World Wide Words.

This from the site:

“The English language is forever changing. New words appear; old ones fall out of use or alter their meanings. World Wide Words tries to record at least a part of this shifting wordscape by featuring new words, word histories, words in the news, and the curiosities of native English speech.”

Next is Wordwizard.

From their site:

“At Wordwizard we’re interested in English, in particular the origins of English words or phrases, and English usage. But we’re also happy to discuss any interesting aspect of the English language with like-minded people, and try to help anyone with a tricky letter or other writing project.”

And, now, Word Spy:

“…this is the central premise of Word Spy — that you can understand the culture by examining its new words, by going out to what one linguist calls the “vibrant edges” of language. There you see that new words both reflect and illuminate not only the subcultures that coin them, but also our culture as a whole. New words give us insight into the way things are even as they act as linguistic harbingers (or canaries in the cultural coal mine), giving us a glimpse of (or a warning about) what’s to come.”

And, one of my favorites, the Online Etymology Dictionary:

“This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they’re explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.”

Next is Wordnik:

“Wordnik is the world’s biggest online English, by number of words….Wordnik shows definitions from multiple sources, so you can see as many different takes on a word’s meaning as possible….We try to show as many real examples as possible for each word….Our word relationships include synonyms, hypernyms, hyponyms, words used in the same context, a reverse dictionary, and tags….There are more than 30,000 lists on Wordnik! Any logged-in Wordnik can make one (or more, or many, many more) lists.”

And, finally, The Sciolist—a links page (over 40) from the editor of the Online Etymology Dictionary.

ENJOY :-)
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#NaNoWriMo Tips from a NonNaNoWriMo Guy . . .


I am so NonNaNoWriMo I can’t even take the time to devise my own brand of tips for the Event/Effort/Enterprise (heck, I didn’t even think about putting anything on this blog until after the starting gun went off… :-)

So, here’s bookishpixie with her NaNoWriMo Tips:
{ And, some of her tips are good for NonNaNoWriMoers, too… }
Also, if you are doing NaNoWriMo, why are you reading this blog… :-)

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A Literary Magazine Recommendation


I scan and browse and burrow-into and search and taste and save lots of sites that might end up being mentioned in this blog… 

I almost didn’t consider telling you about a literary magazine I just discovered.

It’s created in Australia—my Best Friend lives in Australia—I almost sent her the link directly—I’m wondering if she already knows about Writer’s Edit

It began it’s life in 2013 through the founding efforts of novelist Helen Scheuerer—check out her article about Online Publishing Challenges

There are now 18 folks on the Writer’s Edit Team.

Some of the site’s content relates primarily to Australians—like places to hang out, contests to enter, and favorite bookstores—though the preponderance of the site is still for every writer.

Try out their Advice for Writers Archive.

Or, their Literary Devices Archive.

Or, their Writing Prompts.

Also, they recently gave birth to a publishing division.

And, here are some of their most popular posts:

10 Insanely Hot Tips: How To Kickstart Your Writer’s Blog

5 Reasons to Drop ‘Aspiring’ from ‘Aspiring Author’

4 Simple Ways to Get Your Poetry Recognised

Oh! They also have Book Reviews.

Can’t wait to hear what my Best Friend has to say about them :-)
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Writing Knowledge from Down Under…


I wonder if there are a few readers who saw the title of this post and thought, “Oh, wow! Alex is going to talk about getting help for our writing from the subconscious.”

Melbourne Australia

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Actually, I’m not gonna do that…

But, really-actually, I’ve done that before here and will probably do it again.

And, really-truly-actually, one of the links in this post is to an article that does get close to the subconscious

However, for those who didn’t know, “Down Under” is a physical place that’s also called Australia.

Though, I’m going to share about a particular place on/in the continent/country—the state of Victoria.

My Best Friend happens to be a writer in the Down Under state of Victoria.

And, if it weren’t so late at night where she is, I’d ask her if she recommended a particular WebSite to me or if I just, as we all do, happened upon it

The site is Writers Victoria and that link is their Home page; but, I’m going to first share a few links from their On Writing pages

Here’s an article by Lee Kofman, a Russian-born Israeli-Australian author—My Top 13 Writing Resources—a wonderfully varied list of fantastic stuff.

Next, an article with Margie Lawson, psychotherapist and editor—Deep Editing—where she says, “I analyze how writers capture emotional reactions including body language, dialogue cues, and visceral responses on the page, and teach them how to make them fresh and natural.”

And, an article with Greg Foyster, full-time freelance writer and editor—The Business of Freelancing—for those brave souls who write for cash (not “advances”…).

There are a ton of other articles in their On Writing pages………

Other places of interest on the site:

Writing Advice

Writing Workouts

Short stories, features and poems from their writing community

There’s Way More on the site; but, I’ll let you discover it—especially those of you who either live in Australia or plan to visit :-)
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