Three Links 10/10/2020 Loleta Abi

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Three Links 10/9/2020

Loleta Abi

Writing:

1. https://stevelaube.com/how-do-i-know-it-is-ready-to-submit/ “As an agency, we don’t represent articles, so I’ll confine my remarks to books. The best way to see if your book is ready to be submitted is to write the book proposal. I wrote a series about this on our blog. Here is the link:
https://stevelaube.com/category/book-proposal-basics.

As you can see from filling out each category, you’ll tease out problems and find holes that might keep the book from selling to a publisher.

Of course, the best proposal has to be backed up with a fantastic manuscript, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction.

To develop the book, write it. The. Entire. Book. Authors who gain contracts based on a blurb or even the possibility that they may write a book have a proven track record earned over years of writing extensive proposals and complete manuscripts on speculation. Your goal is to become one of these writers. But until then, write the book.” Good advice.

2. https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/the-link-between-your-storys-first-plot-point-and-third-plot-point/ “I often talk about cohesion and resonance as being two of the most important qualities of great stories. Many factors are involved in achieving these effects, but one of the subtlest and yet most powerful is found within the structure of story itself. This is the hidden “circle” of story structure, in which all the important beats in the first half can be seen as foreshadowing for their “partner” beats in the second half.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been examining the idea that story structure can be viewed not just as an arc but as a circle.” Great stuff here! Do you see the threads of the story coming together?

3. https://rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/rethinking-success/ “How do you measure success?  When will we feel successful?

I know we’ve had this conversation before here at the blog.  It seems to keep circling around – and that only makes sense, because success is often a moving target.  We work toward one goal..and as soon as we reach it we’re working toward the next, sometimes even forgetting to celebrate the fact that we conquered that one goal.

I’ve been thinking a lot about success and that ever-changing destination this past week as I have a new book out, a book that marks a new point in my career.

Last week my first mass-market paperback released with a major New York publisher.

There are so many moments we work toward, moments when we are sure we will feel successful.  The first time you hold your book.  The first time you see it in a bookstore.  The first time you hit a list or get nominated for an award or are able to pay a certain bill with your royalties.

I started out in ebooks over a decade ago.  My small press did print releases a year after the ebook releases, and some of them made it into bookstores, so I had held my books, seen them in bookstores, but my sister still asked me when I was going to write a “real” book.  (She was not impressed when I began self-publishing.)  I was lucky enough to have books nominated for awards.  Then I had a book out with Hallmark last year.  Another trade paperback, widely available, big name company, even if the publishing arm is small and new. Is that real enough?  Have I made it yet?  Or is this book, mass market, Big Five publisher, what will finally make me feel like I’ve reached Real Author status.  Will I ever see myself the same way I see other authors?”

Research & Fun Tidbits:

1. https://www.suecoletta.com/men-they-couldnt-hang/ “If a prisoner survived three trips to the gallows, should he be set free? That question plagued the public when faced with men they couldn’t hang. These are their stories. < cue Law & Order music >

Men They Couldn’t Hang #1: John “Babbacome” Lee

Miss Emma Anne Whitehead Keyse lived alone in “The Glen,” with her servants, Jane and Eliza Neck, Elizabeth Harris, the cook, and her brother, John Henry George Lee. In the early hours of November 15, 1884, authorities found Miss Emma’s lifeless body with three knife wounds to her head. The murderer also tried to set the corpse on fire.

John “Babbacome” Lee had worked alongside his sister at the The Glen since leaving school. In 1879, he joined the Navy. A medical discharge sent him home to Torquay (United Kingdom) to work as a footman. But he stole from his employer and got caught, convicted, and sentenced. Upon his release from prison in 1884, he returned to work at The Glen.

As the only male in the household at the time of the murder, police zeroed in on Lee as the prime suspect. Along with other circumstantial evidence, an inexplicable cut on his arm sealed his fate. But did the police have the right man?” Egads, can’t imagine!

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Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:

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The Book Corner 10/8/2020 Loleta Abi

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I’m reading: The Princess and the Rogue by Kate Bateman, 5 Secrets of Story Structure by K.M. Weiland, In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney and Marred by Sue Coletta. There are other books I’ve set aside for the moment because of my health and the repairs needed for my home.

The Writer’s Wheel 10/4/2020 Loleta Abi

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The Writer’s Wheel 10/4/2020: Fall’s Benefits

Loleta Abi

Fall is always such a pleasant time for me. It’s cooler and that helps my HS. The crispness in the air also helps me to be more productive whereas summer always has me barely slogging through with the heat. It’s still a bit hot here later in the day but the nights are wonderful! I know a lot of other writers out there have favorite times of the years to write as well. What’s yours?

I think it harkens back to the years I was in school. Fall seemed to be the time for things to come alive. To begin again, a new year. It felt like it gave you a free pass to do things better. Life has its moments and most of mine were in the fall of the year. Apple cider and donuts. Football. The marching band playing. It all blends into one inspiring time.

Right now, things are a bit out of control with my property. Or rather, my plumbing. They say I need to put a whole new water line in as the one in the crawlspace is no longer any good. Blame it on groundhogs. Sigh. The underneath of my house is flooded. I’m awaiting an estimate, news on whether the insurance will help pay for any of it, and then weeks more before the work could be scheduled.

Things might not turn out so good. I’ve already been told by the water company I might want to look at rentals. I don’t want to give up on this place and yet, it’s become a regular money pit from the storms to the repairs. It’s in a neighborhood also that’s deteriorating as well. A lot of residents have moved on and abandoned places. They’ve recently begun to clean up the town to look inviting to buyers but it’s like, if they see the houses around here, they can surely see how tarnished they are. Would anyone move into a neighborhood like that?

Once upon a time, I had no choice. I had to take what I could get. Times aren’t exactly brewing with choices now, but hopefully, things will work out. Funds are limited with my disability check and even though both my son and daughter are working, I’m not sure how much longer they’ll stick around. My daughter has met someone and their making plans. My son will be with me for a longer time until well, he meets someone most likely. There are the pets to think of. There are some places that allow them but right now, the rentals are taken. Guess everyone’s looking for a new place to live. I should know more within the next few months if not sooner.

All in God’s hands!

Have a great week, take care, and God bless!

The Writer’s Wheel 9/26/2020 Loleta Abi

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The Writer’s Wheel: Update 9/27/2020

Loleta Abi

I’m starting to see the end of the shadows that greeted my life recently in the form of overwhelming pain and misery. Surgery last week has slowly started me back to recovery. I still have a belt of pain that wraps around from my mid-back to my stomach but at least I can now sit up longer than a half-hour at a time. It’s easier to sleep when I lay down too instead of tossing and turning. I may have to go back in as they didn’t identify the problem. My back has gotten better but that belt hasn’t.

I’m going to tentatively start things up on the blogs again though I’m not sure there won’t be pauses here and there in the future. I hope that you will bear with me during this difficult time for me. I want to stay in tune with things and hopefully keep up with my writing. I’ve missed it so. Reading has been another thing to slip to the side. I don’t know that I’ll be able to get to everything, but I’ll do what I can.

Have a great week, take care, and God bless!

Writing Links…7/30/14

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Photo by RoseVita at morqueFile

 

 

Romance: 

  1. http://writersinthestormblog.com/2014/07/lets-get-down-to-it-writing-the-sex-scene/

 

Historicals/Westerns:

  1. http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2014/07/barlings-abbey-by-elizabeth-ashworth.html
  2. http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-sinuous-and-deadly-beauty-pattern.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FwTZYl+%28English+Historical+Fiction+Authors%29
  3. http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2014/07/and-so-to-bed.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FwTZYl+%28English+Historical+Fiction+Authors%29
  4. http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/writing-historical-fiction-based-on-a-family-story
  5. http://embracingromance.com/2014/06/20/the-deconstructed-regency-romancewhat-does-it-take-to-create-a-regency-romance/

 

SF/Fantasy/Time-Travel:

  1. http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/07/16/ray-bradbury-work-failure-love/
  2. http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-horrible-thing-i-saw-other-day.html#.U9TlpvldXPo
  3. http://fantasy-schmantasy.blogspot.com/

 

Mystery/Suspense/Thrillers:

  1. http://writeitforward.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/survival-friday-field-expedient-direction-finding/
  2. http://thewritelife.com/writing-action-scenes/
  3. http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-28376126
  4. http://margotkinberg.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/shes-a-highly-specialized-key-component-of-operational-unity/

 

Christian:

  1. http://www.novelrocket.com/2014/07/hey-someone-put-facts-in-my-fiction.html
  2. http://thewriteconversation.blogspot.com/2014/07/indie-tuesday-getting-in-write-zone.html
  3. http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/watch-writing-ruts/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+booksandsuch%2FzNoF+%28Books+and+Such+Blog-+Between+the+Lines%29
  4. http://www.novelrocket.com/

 

NA/YA:

  1. http://yatopia.blogspot.com/
  2. http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2014/07/confessions-of-serial-novelist-part-2.html?showComment=1406331539475#c3782079662773951498
  3. http://www.brenda-drake.com/2014/07/july-workshop-pitch-wars-mentors-renee-ahdieh-rebecca-yarros/
  4. http://www.cherylreif.com/2014/06/20/why-transmedia-storytelling-engages-readers-reason-3/?utm_source=feedly&utm_reader=feedly&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-transmedia-storytelling-engages-readers-reason-3
  5. http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2014/07/editor-aubrey-poole-from-sourcebooks-on.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2Fkidlit+%28Adventures+in+YA+Publishing%29

 

Craft:

  1. http://www.thepassivevoice.com/
  2. http://www.livewritethrive.com/2014/07/23/secondary-characters-with-their-own-needs/
  3. http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2014/07/23/are-your-scenes-causing-an-effect/
  4. http://operationawesome6.blogspot.com/2014/07/whats-your-story-about-exploring-theme.html
  5. http://www.advicetowriters.com/home/2014/7/25/diana-athills-3-rules-for-fiction.html
  6. http://thewriteconversation.blogspot.com/2014/07/social-media-imagean-opener-of-doors.html
  7. http://www.publishing-hub.com/2014/07/editors-eyes-straight-talk-on-social.html
  8. http://booksbywomen.org/effects-hormones-creative-process-secret-ingredientby-sarita-fae-jarmack/
  9. http://thewriteconversation.blogspot.com/2014/07/remind-yourself-of-these-things-every.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheWriteConversation+%28The+Write+Conversation%29
  10. http://www.trainingauthors.com/book-marketing-videos-interview-katie-davis/
  11. http://annegoodwin.weebly.com/annecdotal/5-tips-for-writing-a-powerful-short-story-by-shelley-weiner
  12. http://www.jungleredwriters.com/2014/06/im-being-stalked-by-serial-comma-5.html
  13. http://www.nownovel.com/blog/first-drafts-shouldnt/
  14. http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2014/07/negative-character-arc-3.html
  15. http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2311/resources-writers-industry-news/#comment-26392
  16. http://scwrite.blogspot.com/2014/07/6-things-i-learned-from-hosting-contests.html
  17. http://www.nownovel.com/blog/rise-book-blog-tours/?utm_source=Now+Novel&utm_campaign=820771f363-blog_mail_july_24_20147_22_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3ca58c8841-820771f363-56893549

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Links 10/5/14

Reading Links…10/5/14

Traci Kenworth writing as Traci Krites

 

Romance:

  1. http://lynnvroman.com/2014/08/25/distraction-book-blitz/
  2. http://www.parajunkee.com/2014/08/13/breaking-all-her-rules-by-maisey-yates-review/
  3. http://www.brenda-drake.com/2014/08/pitch-wars-mentor-book-spotlight-brighton-walsh/
  4. http://elodienowodazkij.com/2014/08/29/selfpub-corner-netgalley-yay-or-nay/
  5. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/the-best-of-me-nicholas-sparks-read-before-you-see/
  6. http://writersinthestormblog.com/2010/05/sharla-rae/
  7. http://embracingromance.com/2014/08/29/new-release-what-a-rake-wants-the-spies-of-mayfair-book-three-by-maggi-andersen/
  8. http://www.roniloren.com/blog/2014/8/12/your-invitation-to-eden-is-here-enjoy-your-stay-and-win-stuf.html
  9. http://unicornbell.blogspot.com/2014/08/3-questions-for-helen-pattskyn.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UnicornBell+%28Unicorn+Bell%29
  10. http://clarissadraper.blogspot.com/2014/08/carol-kilgore-says-use-your-imagination.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ClarissaDraper+%28Clarissa+Draper%29
  11. http://www.parajunkee.com/2014/08/31/best-kind-trouble-lauren-dane-review/

 

Historicals/Westerns:

  1. http://jennykellerford.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/night-of-pan-cover-reveal/
  2. http://romanceuniversity.org/2014/08/25/outlander-hits-the-small-screen-with-elizabeth-eckhart/
  3. http://www.brenda-drake.com/2014/08/pitch-wars-mentor-book-spotlight-stacey-lee/
  4. http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=9b50c449-3e0c-4216-8b1b-51ebd6d930ab&c=ab3e8040-246e-11e4-a62d-d4ae5275dbc8&ch=ab42ed10-246e-11e4-a62d-d4ae5275dbc8
  5. http://embracingromance.com/2014/08/25/what-i-learned-from-madeline-and-richard-invitation-to-passion-my-lords/
  6. http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/giveaway-darling-of-kings-by-pj-
  7. html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FwTZYl+%28English+Historical+Fiction+Authors%29
  8. http://writersinthestormblog.com/2014/08/book-pregnant/
  9. http://embracingromance.com/2014/08/29/the-quintessential-appeal-of-cowboys-by-victoria-vane/
  10. http://johnroseputnam.com/

 

SF/Fantasy/Paranormal/Time-Travel:

  1. http://writeitforward.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/its-time-to-meet-a-new-kind-of-hero-dantes-fire-by-jennifer-probst/
  2. http://www.marilynalmodovar.com/2014/08/kyluna-by-cheryllynn-dyess.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WritingOnTheSunnySideOfTheStreet+%28Writing+on+the+Sunny+Side+of+the+street%29
  3. http://www.brenda-drake.com/2014/08/pitch-wars-mentor-book-spotlight-charlie-holmberg/
  4. http://juliemusil.blogspot.com/2014/08/what-makes-great-first-page-plus-other.html?showComment=1409270315953#c5240398198180560582
  5. http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=fe4f27414ccd8b47f9432d5eb&id=74c7b0c67c&e=839d32dcf1

 

Mysteries/Suspense/Thrillers:

 

Christian:

  1. http://unicornbell.blogspot.com/2014/08/3-questions-for-jay-hawke.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UnicornBell+%28Unicorn+Bell%29
  2. http://www.novelrocket.com/2014/08/a-kabillion-chances-to-win.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NovelRocket+%28Novel+Rocket%29

 

NA/YA:

  1. http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2014/08/new-yalit-in-stores-this-week-plus.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2Fkidlit+%28Adventures+in+YA+Publishing%29
  2. http://www.parajunkee.com/2014/08/25/now-ann-brashares/
  3. http://www.brenda-drake.com/2014/08/pitch-wars-mentor-book-spotlight-jessie-humphries/
  4. http://www.brenda-drake.com/2014/08/pitch-wars-mentor-book-spotlight-cole-gibsen/
  5. http://www.parajunkee.com/2014/08/27/mission-allen-zadoff/
  6. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/meeting-lauren-oliver/
  7. http://www.brenda-drake.com/2014/08/pitch-wars-mentor-book-spotlight-sarah-guillory/
  8. http://www.brenda-drake.com/2014/08/pitch-wars-mentor-book-spotlight-e-m-caines-2/
  9. http://adventuresinwriterland.blogspot.com/2014/08/waiting-on-wednesday-25.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AdventuresInWriterLand+%28Adventures+In+Writer+Land%29
  10. http://jennykellerford.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/the-artisans-a-cover-reveal-and-giveaway/
  11. http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2383/keeping-books-current/#more-2383
  12. http://www.brenda-drake.com/2014/08/pitch-wars-mentor-book-spotlight-jaye-robin-brown/

 

Craft:

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Photo by hotblack at morqueFile.

Writing in a Small-Sized World Traci Kenworth – A Dash of Seasons

Writing in a Small-Sized World 3/18/2020 Traci Kenworth Now that our worlds have become infinitely smaller, we must learn the secrets to writing in a small-sized world. Shakespeare did it and wrote some great material. Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, no less. Throughout the ages, when push comes to surrender, we must learn to compromise and bring our stories home to the world around us. Don’t Push Yourself. If you only wrote an hour previously in the way things were, why struggle to write nonstop? It’s only going to run you ragged and your family won’t appreciate being ignored during this time. Instead, practice writing in a few small bursts. If you did one hour, write two. Go for a third, only if you feel you need to. If you wrote half a day before, increase a couple more hours or even three or four more. All depends what you can fit in. I assume, many of you are still putting in a full-time job at home. Remember not to give that up. It does, after all, pay the bills. On the Other Hand, if You’ve Always Said: “One day I’ll write a book,” Now’s the Time! Set aside a little time each day to work up to your masterpiece. Ten. Set a timer. Increase to fifteen as two more days go along

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