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October issue of Writers' Tricks of the Trade E-Zine is now available for download

The October issue of Writers' Tricks of the Trade E-Zine is now available for download. Filled with interesting articles from contributing authors, a review by Martha Cheves, writer's conference listings, handy tips and techniques and helpful links to blogs and websites plus much mo

re, it is rapidly becoming the E-Zine that writers (and readers, too) love to read and contribute to. Share it with your writer friends and writer's groups. You can find the link to the current issue and…

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Added by Morgan St. James on October 15, 2012 at 7:40am — No Comments

Trailer for "Who's Got the Money" - a funny new crime caper

  Everything was falling into place until three savvy women uncover a clever scheme to embezzle millions from the Federal prison system. Twists, turns and laughter. Pure fiction, but inspired by actual experiences.

Added by Morgan St. James on September 21, 2012 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Spotlight: Thomas B. Sawyer - "Murder, He Wrote"

Today the Spotlight shines on novelist Thomas B. Sawyer who was Head Writer for the smash TV series Murder, She Wrote and wrote for many other series. He talks about how The Maltese Falcon influenced his career.

 

http://www.examiner.com/writing-in-los-angeles/spotlight-thomas-b-sawyer-murder-he-wrote

 

Comments always welcome.

 

In September I will…

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Added by Morgan St. James on August 10, 2011 at 9:31pm — No Comments

Writers Tricks of the Trade - Promotional Materials

http://exm.nr/writersadvice-LA

 

This is one of the things that I always emphasize. Your materials represent you and your book.

 

MORGAN ST. JAMES

www.morganstjames-author.com

Writers Tricks of the Trade - LA

Added by Morgan St. James on July 16, 2011 at 5:49am — No Comments

Writers tricks of the trade: Using Fate in Fiction

What a powerful tool fate can be for writing fiction, regardless of the genre. Today's Writers Tricks of the Trade:

 

http://exm.nr/fate-LA

 

MORGAN ST. JAMES

www.morganstjames-author.com

 

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Added by Morgan St. James on July 9, 2011 at 3:53am — No Comments

I WAS INTERVIEWED ON CRIME TIME RADIO

Last night P.I. Vito Colucci interviewed me on Crime Time Radio.It was a great interview. It was broadcast on several radio stations nationally and is archived on the Business Talk Radio site. DIRECT LINK:

http://archives.warpradio.com/btr//Crimetime/070323.mp3 



The show starts with news and commercials, and I'm on…

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Added by Morgan St. James on July 6, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

Spotlight: Upcoming PSWA writers conference in Las Vegas

PSWA WRITERS CONFERENCE Today's Las Vegas Examiner.com Spotlight

Hey you mystery writers -- This is a great small conference at the Orleans Hotel.  I went last year and learned a lot plus meeting and networking with lots of teriffic people. Read the Spotlight and check it out. Public Safety Writers Association includes people who are currently in or retired from many aspects of safety like police, sheriffs, firemen, legal…

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Added by Morgan St. James on June 29, 2011 at 10:43am — No Comments

Tips for giving interviews

Tips for giving interviews

 

Every author will be faced with getting and giving interviews at sometime in their career. It comes with the territory and is quite important. Do you want to seem dynamic or ho-hum?

 

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Added by Morgan St. James on June 25, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Spotlight: Greater L.A. Writers Society to host self publishing expert Dan Poynter

If you want to learn more about self-publishing, this is the presentation to attend.

LINK: http://exm.nr/poynter-LA

I'll be there!

MORGAN ST. JAMES

www.morganstjames-author.com

Los Angeles and Las Vegas Writing Examiner

 

Added by Morgan St. James on June 23, 2011 at 4:11am — No Comments

P is for Pacing - Part II - Slowing it down

P is for Pacing

 

Hey you fiction writers out there: have you ever felt the story was running away with you and speeding toward the conclusion or solutions too fast. Slowing things down in a manner the reader embraces is a wonderful tool. Check out today's Writers tricks of the trade: P is for Pacing Part II - Slowing…

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Added by Morgan St. James on June 18, 2011 at 4:26am — No Comments

The "Last Bookstore" in Los Angeles moves from 1,000 s.f. to 10,000 s.f. in historic building

Keeping bookstores alive, the LAST BOOKSTORE has moved to a 10,000 s.f. space in downtown Los Angeles with soaring 25 foot ceilings, and a constant influx of used books. Can't wait to visit their store and meet the owner.

 

http://exm.nr/lastbookstore-LA

 

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Added by Morgan St. James on June 16, 2011 at 8:04am — No Comments

What's in a book cover?

Phyllice and I are busy plotting Diamonds in the Dumpster

for the rest of this week. Oregon is a nice change of pace for me and it’s

great to spend sister time and develop a plot at the same time. Yesterday we

were in a restaurant, and a fan of our books came up to us and said “Wow. You’re

the sisters who write those funny Silver Sisters mysteries. I recognized you

from your picture.” Cool!

Today’s Tricks of the Trade is all about book covers.

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Added by Morgan St. James on June 10, 2011 at 6:06am — No Comments

WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE - USING YOUR OWN EMOTIONS AND EXPERIENCES

Today’s Writers tricks of the trade deals with tapping into your own emotions and experiences to write what your characters are feeling. This allows you to make a wide detour around clichés and create dimensional…

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Added by Morgan St. James on May 14, 2011 at 6:29am — No Comments

SPOTLIGHT: DR. WILLIAM H. "BOB" BAILEY FOUND HIS VOICE IN LAS VEGAS

Today’s Spotlight is on Dr. William H. “Bob” Bailey. In his book “Looking Up! Finding My Voice in Las Vegas” the story unfolds of a man who was the vocalist with the famous Count Basie Orchestra in the 1940s, moved to Las Vegas from Cleveland in 1955 to be the MC at the first integrated hotel in Las Vegas (the Moulin Rouge which failed six months later, but set the pattern for things to come). He became a businessman…

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Added by Morgan St. James on May 11, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

NETWORKING FOR AUTHORS

Today’s Writers Tricks of the Trade is about networking for writers.

LINK: http://exm.nr/networking-LV

 

Whether you are…

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Added by Morgan St. James on May 6, 2011 at 6:14am — No Comments

Interview with Marilyn Meredith-author of 3 novels

http://exm.nr/meredith-LV

Today's Spotlight highlighted Marilyn Meredith, author of thirty published novels. With two books released each year, one for each of her series, Marilyn's popular sleuths continue to delight readers. Check out her interview.

 

Added by Morgan St. James on May 4, 2011 at 9:49am — No Comments

TODAYS WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE: E IS FOR EXPERIENCE AND EMOTIONS

It is always a challenge to make characters seem real, but using your own experiences and emotions, like a method actor, takes them a long way.

 

LINK TO TODAY'S COLUMN:…

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Added by Morgan St. James on April 29, 2011 at 6:49am — No Comments

Las Vegas is an inspirational town for writers

My Spotlight column today in the Las Vegas edition of examiner.com is about what a great inspirational city Las Vegas is for authors. LINK: http://exm.nr/spotlightonVegas.

 

The third and newest Silver Sisters Mysteries caper, currently being edited,  is "Vanishing Act in Vegas" and…

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Added by Morgan St. James on April 20, 2011 at 6:52am — No Comments

Chatting with former FBI undercover agent Jack Garcia who helped bring down a Mafia family

  LINK: http://exm.nr/garcia-1-LA

This interview was so fascinating I wanted to share it all around. In the tradition of Donnie Brasco or Serpico, Jack Garcia…

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Added by Morgan St. James on April 14, 2011 at 4:31am — No Comments

A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL AT THE APRIL 10 SISTERS IN CRIME SOUTHERN NEVADA MEETING

It is challenging to keep coming up with original ideas for writer's group presentations. Today’s Spotlight in the Las Vegas edition of Examiner.com is about Sisters in Crime Southern Nevada met the challenge with the custom Mystery Jeopardy game presented by Sisters (and Misters) in Crime/Southern Nevada this past Sunday. What a hoot. Scott Duncan who has designed games for major accounts delighted everyone with his…

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Added by Morgan St. James on April 13, 2011 at 4:34am — No Comments

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