My simple public pen: #iamsubject Anthology now on Amazon

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Originally posted on Reagan K Reynolds:

Last May I wrote a memoir piece that I submitted for publication with #iamsubject (you can read the unedited, submitted version here). My short memoir was selected along with 35 other  submitted stories for publication in I Am Subject Stories: Women Awakening, now available on Amazon. It was tough writing my piece, but I am very glad I did and I hope the whole collection is rewarding and encouraging for readers.

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Learn about Crowdfunding & #Pubslush with Angela Miller

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Originally posted on Ottawa Writes:

Note, this is not a Pubslush sponsored post. I’m just trying to get the skinny on different crowdfunding platforms and want to present pictures where it has worked. At the bottom of this post, I’ll give my first impression pros & cons. If you have thoughts, leave them in the comments and we can reflect together. But first, cue the lovely Angela Miller – Pubslush fan & Author! ~Catherine

You Are the Mother of All Mothers In the lead up to our *crowdfunding podcast, I’m going to share with you ahead of time this insightful email-interview with Angela Miller, author of the book You Are The Mother of All Mothers, a beautifully crafted story and support for those dealing with bereavement after the loss of a child (as is her blog, don’t miss that either).

Angela raised her publishing funds through PubSlush – which is a crowdfunding platform specifically for the creation of books and other…

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How to Choose an Editor for a Self-Published Book

Originally posted on Heather on History:

As those of you who read this blog regularly know, I am in the process of self-publishing my book, Passionate Crusaders: How the U.S. War Refugee Board Saved Jews and Altered American Foreign Policy during World War II. After reading some great books on self-publishing, I knew I needed a professional editor. It took a lot of work for me to find the editor that was right for my book. Hopefully this post will make the process of finding one easier for others.

Step One:Contact other self-published authors you admire and ask them for recommendations.

I’ve found that many self-published authors are happy to share the names of editors with whom they or someone they know has worked. Sometimes an author will include the name of an editor in the acknowledgements of his or her book, so that’s another way to build your list.

Step Two:Realize that…

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Why Should Christians Write Fiction? (Part One)

Originally posted on Tricia Mingerink:

The Power of Story

Sometimes when I tell people in Christian circles that I’m a writer, they smile at me and reply, “That’s good. We need more good articles.” Their faces go from interested to shocked when I calmly explain that I write books. Not doctrinal, nonfiction books, but fiction books. They don’t know how to react.

It is ironic how the same people that decry the lack of good literature for their children don’t do anything about it. Nor do they understand when anyone else does something about it. Writing fiction is somehow…lower. It isn’t the worthy calling that writing nonfiction is.

Except that this idea isn’t true. Fiction writers are just as necessary as nonfiction writers. Because the Story format is important to convey empathy and characters in a way nonfiction articles struggle to do.

Look at the Bible for example. We talk about Bible stories. Most of the Bible is written…

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Originally posted on Rambles of Chi:

Forgiveness is hard, a daily process of letting go little by little. But there’s another kind of forgiveness that can sometimes be harder… Forgiving oneself.

I’d held on to so many things deeply in my heart, mistakes and sins, for so long I could hardly remember what they were. I only remembered their essence, the chained up part of my heart that held me back. They ate away at me, their dark essence tainting everything good I tried to hold on to.

Holding on to the darker parts of my past, all of my regrets, put an edge on everything else I felt. My anger was quicker, hotter than it should have been, my confidence weaker than it should have been, my desires stronger than they should have been. It always felt like I was one step further than I wanted to be… Not enough for anyone else to know…

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Doors, Corridors, And Lessons Learned

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Originally posted on Roxi St. Clair:

doorstitleimageLife is like a maze of hallways full of closed and open doors. The same is true within the chambers of our heart, soul, and mind. Some doors have windows that we may peek into before we choose whether or not we want to turn the knob and walk in. Others are solid, and it is a crap-shoot as to what we will walk into. Some doors are locked and we are denied entry. Some don’t have doors at all. We wander through these corridors and sometimes we are discovered, sometimes we are lost, and sometimes we just ‘are’. And then there are those who ‘people’ our journey. I happen to believe in multiple journeys and multiple lifetimes with multiple people.

I think I’ve said a thousand goodbyes in my life, to family, friends, lovers, pets, and even parts of myself. Some goodbyes took longer than others, some were only…

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How is Chocolate Like Creative Writing Software?

Originally posted on michelle a. mckenzie:

chocolateI am attracted to writing software with almost the same enthusiasm I have for dark chocolate—I just can’t help myself. There’s this hope inside me that the perfect software will result in the perfect story (and that the perfect bite of chocolate will result in a newer, more perfect me).

First, I bought NewNovelist, to help me write my first novel. When I opened the software I was asked to choose specific things about my story, such as will it be plot driven or character driven; will it be a coming-of age-story or internal transformation or…. There’s a panel for adding new characters, with in-depth questions for my characters’ full development, along with the option of uploading a photo of my characters, places, and objects (like a magic wand!). Each chapter has a related advice panel, such as this partial bit of advice for my first chapter:


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WTT: Punctual Punctuation (repost)

Originally posted on Jessica Tuckerman:

Maybe you’ve seen the “Let’s eat Grandma!” example, maybe you know about the strippers named Hitler and Stalin, maybe you think commas are like sprinkles and they make your ice cream-like writing taste better and look pretty. Who knows. Perhaps you’re one of those overly excited writers!!! You know, the ones who like to put multiple exclamation points after their sentences!!! Or maybe — just maybe —  you learned one day that there are two –count ‘em two — types of dashes and you think it’s — like –cool to put them everywhere in your writing to replace all those — franklyuseless — commas. If any of this applies to you: this writing tip is for you.

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Not My Father’s Son

Originally posted on WPL Cover to Cover:

20525583Not My Father’s Son
By: Alan Cumming

In this touching memoir, actor Alan Cumming shares stories from his abusive childhood and his experiences while filming the television show, “Who Do You Think You Are?”

This book is a very emotional journey through some of the hardest times of Alan Cumming’s life. The actor bounces back and forth from the past to 2010, the year he was filming “Who Do You Think You Are?”, which is a show that looks into the family history of celebrities.  The stories from his past are upsetting, and sometimes disturbing, as he relives the physical abuse he had to deal with for years at the hands of his father. While filming for the TV show, he not only has to deal with learning about the mysterious circumstances surrounding his grandfather’s death, but he also learns that he may not be his father’s son. These stories…

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