Sharing Writer Beware®

Writer BewareFor those who don’t know of Victoria Strauss’ blog, Writer Beware®, this Reedsy Recommended Best Writing Site of 2020 is a collection of information for writers concerning writing scams and potential problem publishers. I’m sharing this information today because it troubles me when authors pay for services they may, or may not, receive. It seems to me the area I’ve seen authors have the most trouble with is editing services.

Many times I’ve spoken to authors who have asked me to read their books, and I’ve mentioned their books could use editing. Then, they sadly inform me they paid their publishing company for editing services. Not every book is perfect, and I don’t expect it to be. But I do expect writers to get what they pay for.

Since I am far from knowing everything, I wanted to share the link to Writer Beware® so writers can at least check and see what others have to say. And good luck, everyone out there. The first step is putting pen to paper…or fingers to keyboard…or spoken words to device, and if you are considering publishing options, you’re already ahead of most!

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Help for Homeschoolers!

Teacher's Tack for Believing In HorsesI want to offer help for parents and others struggling to homeschool children, a job most people are not trained to do. My solution also helps fill a void for horse crazy kids missing their horse activities due to the current COVID19 shutdowns.

Teacher’s Tack for Believing In Horses is available for free here as a PDF file. This teacher’s guide accompanies my book, Believing In Horses, an inspirational story about a strong-willed girl in a military family who commits to saving unwanted horses. My brother, Eddy Ormond, developed learning plans and fun activities, complete with a full homeschooling module to help children learn in an interactive way.

Eddy brought more than 15 years of elementary school teaching experience to this project. Teacher’s Tack debuted at the State of Maryland International Reading Association Conference, received praise from educators throughout the U.S., and has been used globally even as far away as South Africa! Eddy worked with me while I wrote the book and helped create situations that would appeal to a young audience. His involvement in the book inspired him to create Teacher’s Tack, an educator’s perspective on how to “teach” Believing In Horses and make learning fun.

And don’t just take my word for it that Believing In Horses is good for children. Recognition has included:

• Parent Tested Parent Approved Official Winners Seal of Approval

• National Education Association’s Read Across America program selection

• PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) excerpt in its annual assessment, and

• Inclusion in CommonLit’s digital library of reading passages and curriculum materials. CommonLit is an education nonprofit dedicated to improving children’s literacy nationwide.

Believing In Horses is available for free in eBook or paperback at libraries. Copies are also available at Amazon or via my website.

Next month, I will share free educational resources related to Believing In Horses, Too. Stay safe, everyone, and let me know if I can help with an interview or answer questions for your readers.

 

 

How To Write A Book Blurb Part 1

Tara Sparling’s series on writing book blurbs is interesting and educational. And I love her sense of humor! Here is the first, and if you want to read others, I recommend you follow her blog at https://tarasparlingwrites.com.

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Just in case you missed it, Thursday October 2nd was a big day in the book world: the day when 426 heavy hitters released their books for Christmas, including Philip Pullman, Jojo Moyes and Bill Bryson. This was swiftly followed by just last Thursday October 17th, when further probable blockbusters from mahoosive names including Elton John, John le Carré and Nadiya Hussain swamped the shelves.  So if you had a book coming out this autumn, and you HAVEN’T released it in the last 2 weeks… congratulations! You just avoided being stampeded by a herd of anxious, needy elephants in a race for column inches.

In previous posts, I examined when might be the best time of year to publish a novel, which concluded that Christmas might actually not be the worst idea, despite the flood of heavyweights. I also examined the effect of blockbusters on the sales of other…

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Everything We’ve Ever Published About Getting Paid to Write – by TWL TEAM…

Some great resources here pulled together by The Write Life team. Sharing with my writer friends….

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There’s one thing we know for sure about the community here at The Write Life:

You want to earn a living from your writing.

There are several paths to explore to get paid to write, but one in particular stands out among The Write Life’s readership: freelance writing.

With close to 900 posts published since The Write Life launched in 2013, our articles on freelance writing are among the most popular and widely-shared on the site.

We’ve rounded up 30+ blog posts and resources from The Write Life to help you land more writing jobs and get paid.

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Writing Tips: 8 Ways To Take Your Book From Good To Great – by Braedan Phillips…

So glad I read this today, so wanted to share it with others.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on The Creative Penn:

Making a lasting impact with a story isn’t exactly easy.

First off, selling your novel and getting it read is hard enough. You’ve got a lot of competition, you have to deal with marketing, and readers are quick to drop a book that doesn’t interest them.

After you’ve managed to achieve that task, then there’s another problem you have to wrestle with.

Let me explain.

How many “okay” novels have you read, but you quickly forgot afterward? How many movies have you seen that you don’t really remember?

If you are like most people, then you’ve probably experienced hundreds upon hundreds of different stories, and only a few would have stayed with you.

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Types of Rhymes in Poetry – by Melissa Donovan…

Great and succinct information for poets out there!

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We’re all familiar with rhyming poems. After all, these are the first poems most of us encounter as children, from the delightful stories of Dr. Seuss to the hilarious poetry of Shel Silverstein.

People often think rhyming poems are rigid, conforming to strict meter and perfect rhymes at the end of every line, but within the world of rhyming, there is a lot of flexibility.

Let’s look at some of the types of rhymes that are available to poets and writers who craft stories in verse.

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The Young Adult Market: Who’s Reading All These Books?

I particularly liked the conclusion.

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a post originally posted on Azure Fire Publishing.

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People refer to it as young adults market, segment, or genre. Whatever you call it, there is something definitely going on with it. According to Valerie Peterson, the number of Young Adult (YA) titles published more than doubled in the decade between 2002 and 2012 (this doesn’t even include Indie titles). This growth in sales for YA far exceeds the percentage of growth in the adult e-book sales, indicating a dramatic overall increase.

We do not have the 2018 numbers yet, but judging by the number of new titles in Amazon, the trend is strong and thriving—at least from the publishing point of view.

But who is reading all these books? Are we looking at a wave of young readers?

Who’s Reading All These Books?

Looking for sales numbers is a harder task. According to 2012…

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Writers: Don’t Edit Away Your Voice

Loved this advice.

Uninspired Writers

Good morning wonderful writers, I hope you’ve all had a great week.

This week I finished another set of edits, which I think puts me on draft…7? 8? I’ve lost count! Since I finished my first draft almost a year ago, it has been not stop edits. It’s safe to say my story is a lot more well rounded and polished now.

Yet I’ve been thinking a lot recently about all the advice we writers are given in regards to how we tell our story; show not tell, don’t use this word, don’t use that word, don’t write like this or like that…and it’s difficult because we are also given the almost contrasting advice to break the rules, to be unique, to write the way we want too.

Editing, I’ve learnt, is about finding the balance to strengthen your writing, while staying true to your voice. Writer and blogger K.M.Allan

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