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As I was browsing the internet this morning, a thought occurred to me regarding libraries and the phenomenon of thefts from them. Most of us enjoy the extensive choice of genres, reference resources and visual media options our libraries give us, however there are a startling amount of these items stolen. Furthermore the topics stolen change from region to region – that is the interesting and puzzling part. As you can see from these two articles, subject matter is area specific.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/U-S-libraries-checking-out-book-theft-2921164.php

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/may/01/the-secret-life-of-libraries

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Of course, some books are taken because of their rare or significant historical value – these thefts deprive future generations to enjoy and witness the words of our great scholars and philosophers. There is an underground world of book thieves. See this article:

http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/01/the-peculiar-underworld-of-rare-book-thieves.html

Library of Congress holds 29 million books and is the largest in the world.

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Quotes:

 

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.  Henry David Thoreau
A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.  Norman Cousins
FunDaySo today’s prompt is: If you could own any book on earth, what would it be and why?

Lisa and Sharon Audrey's launch eviteAlso reading Karen Probert from your new book of short stories, Colouring Our Lives and Natasha Deen from her novel, Guardian.

Meet the authors, ask questions and heart their wonderful words. 

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Colouring Our LivesJust had to share photos from the reading last night – it was a marvelous evening. Lisa Audreys reading 1Mandy Audreys 20AugKaren Audreys 20AugSharon reading 20Aug

 


articles Some of you may know I’m in the midst of working with an illustrator for my upcoming children’s chapter book, Ockleberries to the Rescue. Each chapter will have a drawing of the animal or event that is within the narrative. I count myself lucky to know my artist from within my writing group. Not only is he the current President but a good friend. Joe McKnight’s pencil drawings are similar in style to Bernie Brown’s wonderful pictures. This is the reason I choose him, I want realistic drawings of the animals. As most of the internal pictures are completed, my thoughts have turned to the cover. I have a specific image in mind, which will reveal the woodland sprites home, however I am not including an image of the sprites, I want the children to imagine them.

When we work with an artist it is paramount to have good communication and be able to describe the ‘vision’ we have for the illustrations. With Joe, I can have face to face discussions as well as email communication and have supplied him with sketches/images to assist him. When I worked with Matty McClatchie on Rumble’s First Scare, we only had the option of email as he was in Australia and I was in Canada. His style is wonderfully stylized and suited Rumble’s world so well. We frequently underestimate the power of technology but this is proof it can work to our advantage. No matter where our artist may be situated we can work together to create our ideal images.

With a cover we must take into account the initial response of our potential readers and ensure it has its own style. Ask yourself:

Does the cover reflect the story?

Is it eye catching?

Does it reflect the genre?  

As you can see from these revised covers for the Harry Potter saga, covers can evolved.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/harry-potter/11000405/Harry-Potter-covers-then-and-now.html

It is interesting how much more ‘action’ there is in the new covers and the style is more dramatic. Understand you can change your cover at any time – feedback from readers is important in ensuring the book cover encourages more people to purchase it. You can have a re-launch, an anniversary re-issue or upload a new cover for an e-book. Just because your book is published doesn’t mean you should forget about it. Constant promotion and revision will keep it fresh and engage new readers.

A cover is an important part of any book and time should be spent in creating it. Here are some useful tips for cover design:

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/08/judy-probus/

How did you decide on your book (s) cover?

Did you use your own photographs, commission or draw you own drawings or manipulate images some other way?

Rumble’s First Scare Rumble

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Why not share your cover?

 

 

 


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I came across this article today and it resonated with me. We all aspire to become an excellent writer and hold famed authors up in our esteem as the ‘perfect’ writer or writers. However, not every work they produce is ‘perfect’. This not only shocks us but also gives us solace in the knowledge, even our heroes can fail. I have found  a decrease in quality to be most prevalent in long sagas or series. Does the author become disillusioned or bored with the stories? A seven book deal may sound wonderful at the inception but by book five, is it still enjoyable?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-brown-hoffmeister/reading-great-writers-wor_b_1830842.html?utm_hp_ref=literary-prizes

Have you found one of your favored author’s work to be disappointing?

Which novel was it?

Why did it fall short?

Quotes:

Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success. Mario Andretti

Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.  Ralph Marston

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.  Aristotle

FunDay  Today’s prompt – if you choose to take up the challenge – is to find a sentence from one of your a favored authors that you feel you can improve upon.

 


mandyevebarnett:

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Today’s re-blog is from Chris Mullen. He has some excellent information for writers on his blog. I suggest you follow him too.

Originally posted on chrismcmullen:

Blog First

Hands-on Self-Publishing Experience

Blogging at WordPress can teach you more about self-publishing than you might realize.

Think about this, and strive to get the most out of it.

It would be wise to blog before self-publishing for the hands-on experience every authorpreneur needs to be successful.

But even if you’ve already self-published, it’s not too late to make the connection between blogging and indie publishing.

Here are several ways that blogging at WordPress can help you become a more successful authorpreneur:

  • Crafting the title. You have to write titles for your blog articles, so you get plenty of experience trying out titles and seeing how much attention your posts get. The title is a very important part of your book. Without blogging, most authors would have no experience or practice writing titles and seeing what interest they stimulate. Study the titles of articles from popular bloggers.
  • Content popularity

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When we create a narrative, our first priority is to decide on which point of view we want to use, the narrative perspective or mode. First person, second or third. Each has it’s own guidelines and enables us to manipulate the reader into the mindset of the character or characters we wish them to sympathize with. As the author we are the omnipresent voice, the one who directs the action and reveals the plot. Whose thoughts, feelings and decisions we reveal to our readers can make a great deal of difference in how the story flows and if you want more mystery to the outcome or highlight your characters internal struggle.

Nathan Bransford wrote about the comparison between the third person omniscient versus third person limited here: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2012/11/third-person-omniscient-vs-third-person.html

Another good link, which assists with choosing your narrative style is here: http://www.thewriteturn.com/whats-your-point-of-view-how-to-choose-the-right-narrative-perspective-for-your-fiction/

And this link has some great worksheets – https://www.ereadingworksheets.com/point-of-view/

No matter which mode you use, you decide on the direction of the tale and what to reveal and what to hide throughout the story.

Which mode do you use or prefer to use?

Have you tried all narrative modes?

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anniversary-1x This is my blog’s 4th anniversary on WordPress so of course, I wanted to celebrate. With some help from a great friend, I have a new banner, which displays my published books (so far!).

What do you think of it?

When the next four are finished/completed/ published, I will have to re-think the banner for sure.

My blog has grown over the last four years with numerous followers and commenters and a wealth of information and fun. I love the connections I make through this medium – writers from all over the world. People I would never have the pleasure of ‘meeting’ in any other way. Proof of these connections are the number of flags I have managed to collect on my flag counter, which gives me a real kick when I see another one added. (I know I’m a kid, but it makes me happy. For example I just purchased 3 Minion soft toys to hang near my writing desk – never underestimate the power of a smile.)

My blog has developed over the years and I have maintained and updated it as my experience and body of work has increased. It is my own personal showcase in many ways and I am honored so many of you share it with me. None of us know what the future holds but I hope to continue developing this blog and connecting with more of you. Sharing our writing journey is a wonderful way to support and encourage each other.

Quotes:

Blogging is a communications mechanism handed to us by the long tail of the Internet.”  Tom Foremski

Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.”  Brian Clark

FunDay

Today’s prompt is – What quote would you devise to sum up your feelings about your blog?

 

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