The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

Originally posted on Dewette Decimal Reads:

I have to say that I absolutely loved this book. It is the story of thirteen children who must come to terms with what to do with their parents’ house. The book takes place in Detroit, and of course the value of the house is now less than it’s mortgaged for. The best thing that they can do is to just sign it over to the bank. However, some of them don’t want to do that, since they are sure that in the future these homes will regain their value, and the bank will make money off of their loss.

The story is excellently told, with a compassion for this family and all its many members. I love how we’re brought into all their singular stories. The family that the older children grew up in is much different than the family the younger children grew up in. The differences were…

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Guest Post: 25 Debut Authors Share Advice for Getting Published


Great Advice!

Originally posted on Writing and Rambling:

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I’m delighted to welcome Chuck Sambuchino (@chucksambuchino) of Writer’s Digest Books to the blog today. September 2015 saw the release of three of Chuck’s new books, the 2016 Guide to Literary Agents, the 2016 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market, and his anti-clown humor book When Clowns Attack: A Survival Guide. Chuck has generously offered to do a giveaway. In two weeks, he’ll pick a commenter from this thread at random, and the winner will receive their choice of any of his books. Must live within the US/Canada to receive a print book; those residing elsewhere will receive a PDF e-book. Beware clowns. 

Without further ado, I’ll hand you over to Chuck.

I love interviewing debut authors. I interview them for my Guide to Literary Agents Blog, and make sure to include at least a dozen such interviews in each edition of the Guide to Literary…

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4 Common Sense Reasons It Can Benefit You to Self-Publish

Originally posted on Pearls Before Swine:

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Twenty years ago, a book followed a routine process: You poured your heart and soul into a manuscript and when you finished it, you started calling agents and editors who most likely told you to send them a query letter. Next step was usually a book proposal, and a few sample chapters. Then the waiting game started, usually ending with disappointment. On the other hand, the option to self-publish was there, but it had a certain stigma; a stigma that still exists today: “Your book isn’t really published because you couldn’t get it accepted by a “real publisher”. A real publisher? Excuse me for not laughing my butt off, are we not  human beings? Or are Self-Publishers merely robots? Or are Traditional Publishers too foolish to know that the only difference between a Traditional Publisher and a Self-Publisher is that the Self-Publisher does everything themselves? Anyone can be a publisher.

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Do You Really Know How To “Show, Don’t Tell”?

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:


Yesterday marked my deadline for completing the pre-edits for Marred. “Pre-edits” seems like it would be an easy task. It wasn’t. Once the track edits begin in two weeks, I’m not allowed to change anything other than what the editor points out. So I wanted to go through the manuscript…one…more…time…and improve it to the best of my ability.

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Book Review: The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

Originally posted on A View From My Summerhouse:

The Art of Memoir By Mary KarrMary Karr’s newly released The Art of Memoir couldn’t have arrived at a better time for me.

As bestselling author of The Liar’s Club, Cherry and Lit, and teacher of the form for thirty years, I couldn’t wait to devour her latest creation.

Written for both the “wannabe memoirist” and “general reader”, Karr’s passion for the reading, writing and teaching of her craft bursts through the door of every chapter.

As she tells her students:

“Listen up. I’m a passionate, messy teacher. I give a rat’s ass, and my sole job is to help students fall in love with what I already worship, which means, I show you stuff I’ve read that I can’t live without.”

(An extensive list of all the memoirs she has both read and taught stretches over five pages at the back of the book and had me gawping in awe.)

And this is what…

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This treasure in earthen vessels. 2 Corinthians 4:7

Originally posted on THE HEALING ARENA:

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We all carry gold within.

We all are full of great treasure inside

But it is all covered in dross, in rust and dust

And when we finally discover what we carry within

We will not rest until we bring it out

We will willingly bear the refiner’s fire

For we know what beauty will show and glow

Once the refiner’s job is done.

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The Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins

Originally posted on Bonnie Ferrante - Books for Children:

You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t posted in a month. We sold our house and bought a new one, which needs a tremendous amount of work. I pretty much have the boxes unpacked and the rooms organized, somewhat, and am finding time to read again. I plan on posting a review at least once a week while work on the house continues. Here’s a suspense book I really enjoyed.

Rachel is a broken hearted alcoholic who cannot let go of her ex-husband. He has remarried and now has a child with his second wife. Rachelphones, emails, and even shows up at their home in drunken states, often not remembering later what she has done.

The story begins from Rachel’s viewpoint she travels to train daily to and from London, passing by her former home where her ex and his new family live. She fantasizes about a…

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Protests, Unrest & Flares: An Analysis of ’70s Fashion Then and Now

Originally posted on georgiabey:
Givenchy 1973 It’s safe to say that the 70s are having a moment. You can barely turn your head without catching sight of wide legged trousers, metallic, jumpsuits or platform shoes – and any Pinterest fiend will be able to tell you that even in the world of interior trends, old-school…

How to Set a Book’s Price

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Originally posted on S.T. Capps:

After the back blurb, the price of a novel is the second thing that I look at once its cover catches my eye. If the price is set to high then I will likely put it down. If it’s priced to low then the author can make little to no money on their product despite the countless hours that they poured into it. Using some basic business skills that I picked up when I studied Business Management at Western Illinois University, we can create a plan in order to help indie authors price their work.

The two factors that create a price are expenses and profit margin. A general rule is to try to double an investment. If it costs $5 to create a book then the seller would want to charge $10 to cover their initial investment and make a high enough profit for it to be worth their time. The tricky…

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