April 2009 Blog Posts (206)

Question: blog tours

I’m blogging today about virtual touring over on http://ascamacho.blogspot.com/ - check it out.

Added by Austin S. Camacho on April 30, 2009 at 11:07pm — No Comments

Eight Days a Week

I love writing. I like speaking. I even enjoy promoting (when it works). But there is a problem with this business: I never know when I'm done. Done for the day? Maybe not. In theory I work from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m., but that perfect idea, the solution to the plot-knot, the urge to edit just a few pages while the baseball game is on, calls to me and somehow I'm drawn back into what could be called work but is more like obsession.



Done with the book? I doubt that ever really happens.… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on April 30, 2009 at 10:01pm — No Comments

The View From Here Magazine

Winged with Death: The interview is up at The View From Here.

Added by John Baker on April 30, 2009 at 8:37pm — No Comments

I Need a Plan

(Cross posted on One Bite at a Time.)



I tried. I really did. People have told me for years. “Be more of a pantser,” they’d say. “Don’t plot so much. Surprise yourself.”



I knew I couldn’t sit down to write not knowing what would happen that day. Endings of stories often come to me immediately after the beginnings, sometimes right after the premise. Once the ending actually came first. I thought the “headlights” system would be a… Continue

Added by Dana King on April 30, 2009 at 12:37pm — 4 Comments

Jim Butcher Today and Angie Fox Tomorrow!

Hi everybody!





ONLINE INTERACTIVE Book Interview/Contest with NY Times #1 Best Selling Author Jim Butcher!



TODAY



Direct Link to Event: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=6529



Description: Join us with NY Times #1 Best Selling author Jim Butcher on Wednesday April 29th ONLINE at… Continue

Added by Bitten By Books on April 30, 2009 at 7:46am — No Comments

Take a look at my interview about Absence of Faith by Carl Lee



Carl Lee - That would leave the playing field wide-open. How did you nail down a direction for the plot?



"The characters. I created sets of characters - a doctor and his wife and just the opposite, a young girl and her new boyfriend who are laid back, go with the flow types. The doctor has doubts about his confidence and what he really believes in; the young girl is strong-willed and searching for herself. Her boyfriend is pure… Continue

Added by Anthony S. Policastro on April 30, 2009 at 2:55am — No Comments

Find an Apt Phrase

I started a novel yesterday by fellow Five Star author Barbara Graham, and I have already noticed that she has a gift for turning a phrase. Like others I enjoy reading, Craig Johnson and Laura Lippman for example, once in a while I stop reading to say to myself, "What a great description!"



They're usually brief; today's writing doesn't demand long passages of flowery description. Often it's a simile. Barb used "like a slug under a bucket" to describe a character, and it was exactly… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on April 29, 2009 at 10:15pm — 1 Comment

Book Tour

The Winged with Death Blog Tour has moved on to Wales today, at the site of It’s A Crime! (or a mystery…).

Added by John Baker on April 29, 2009 at 7:32pm — No Comments

Gaza gets manure, but no one to spread it

Billions promised, but Gazans still waiting

Four months on from the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, Palestinians have seen little of the money pledged for reconstruction. By Matt Beynon Rees, on Global Post.



RAMALLAH — Money, wrote the English philosopher Francis Bacon, is like manure: of very little use unless it is spread.



Since an international… Continue

Added by Matt Rees on April 29, 2009 at 2:13pm — No Comments

A Current Photo is an Important Tool in Protecting Your Child

As my friends and regular readers of this blog already know, I have another passion in addition to writing thriller novels. I love to practice my hobby of photography and you often will find that I’ve posted some of my favorite shots on here for others to enjoy. Grabbing a camera… Continue

Added by Jennifer Chase on April 29, 2009 at 5:13am — No Comments

All of Fiction Costs $125 Million

http://fictioncircus.com/news.php?id=308&mode=one



My favorite parts of the article:



"As we all know, Google recently bought all out-of-print fiction from the "Author's Guild" for $125 million dollars. This laughable, ludicrously small price is the kind of price that somebody would only offer for something that they didn't actually own.



You know, like Napoleon selling Louisiana to America in… Continue

Added by John Dishon on April 29, 2009 at 3:14am — 5 Comments

The Article about the Forum that was presented in Martin County about Gerard Schaefer and Silent Scream

This is the pin the Victims advocate handed out it was in honor of the girls.



The Panel, left to right Bob Crowder, Sheriff of Martin County, Joe Crankshaw, Journalist, Bob Stone, Former Prosecutor who prosecuted Schaefer, Yvonne Mason, Author of Silent Scream, Bruce Colton State Attorney and former co-counsel for Schaefer.





















Panel… Continue

Added by Yvonne Mason on April 29, 2009 at 2:44am — No Comments

MATING SEASON officially released!

I should throw a party, or something.

Added by Jon Loomis on April 29, 2009 at 12:20am — 3 Comments

Baksheeshed to the Bone



I'm guest-blogger today on Checkpoint Jerusalem, the excellent and delightfully varied blog by McClatchy Newspapers Middle East correspondent Dion Nissenbaum. Dion does a better job of rooting out interesting cultural angles on the news than anyone else covering the Middle East. Under the headline "Jesus was… Continue

Added by Matt Rees on April 28, 2009 at 11:58pm — 2 Comments

Lightning Source Tips & Tricks

My lovely wife Denise (the publisher) is blogging about LSI because it has been a very successful place for us to publish and because she is asked numerous questions about it by self-publishing authors wanting to know how it works.

Added by Austin S. Camacho on April 28, 2009 at 10:45pm — No Comments

There Ought to Be a Law

We Americans are well-intentioned people, and that sometimes leads to legislation that verges on the ridiculous. If someone robs a bank in a Richard Nixon mask and kills a six-year-old in the process, citizens will propose a law that robbing banks in Richard Nixon masks be subject to special sentencing.

If a protester burns the American flag on the Fourth of July, a Congressman will demand on the steps of his local courthouse that burning flags on a holiday be a capital offense. And I'm… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on April 28, 2009 at 9:57pm — No Comments

How to write a bestseller

Bestseller. That's why we're all in the blogosphere, isn't it? We all want to write (or read) a bestseller, we writer-reader-bloggers.Read the rest of the post.

Added by Kathryn Lilley on April 28, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Writing Life: Warwick Collins



The riskiest thing for a writer to do is to try to enter the head of a great genius by making that genius the narrator of a novel. Why? Because if you aren’t a genius of at least similar proportions, it won’t ring true. Think of the tedious melodrama that passed for the life of Michelangelo in “The Agony and the Ecstasy”. When that genius is the greatest writer of all… Continue

Added by Matt Rees on April 28, 2009 at 6:53pm — No Comments

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