Ten Quote Tuesday (#50)



Welcome to another installment of Ten Quote Tuesday! If your creative juices have trouble flowing today, then read these quotes to nudge awake the sleeping muse.

If there is a particular quote you enjoyed, let us all know with your comments below.

Check out last week’s episode here.

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What Not To Do When Sending Off Your Manuscript



All right, as some of you know, I recently did some work for a publishing press. What I did was read unsolicited manuscripts (stories sent by authors with no agent) and decide if my boss should read it and publish it. During the weeks I spent doing this, I came to discover that authors really do have the worst habits.

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Updates to the Writer’s Toolbox



Hello readers and writers! If you haven’t been to the Writer’s Toolbox page in a while, I wanted to let you know about some recent additions and improvements. Since the last time I’ve made an announcement about this page, I have added 15 new resources, all with links for your convenience. With so many tools at your fingertips, you have only to save this one page in your bookmarks and come back to it as often as you like.

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The Myth of the Lazy Writer



The hardest part of getting a book published is the actual writing. All it takes to see this is the number of people who dream of publishing a book but never manage to hammer out a rough draft. I spent 20 years trying to write my first novel before I finally pulled it off. It’s not unusual for an aspiring writer to struggle for years and never produce a finished product to submit to agents or editors.

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How to Find Your Novel’s Path



All too often, I find myself lost in my writing. No, I don’t mean I find it to be an escape from real life, although it is that, too. No, I mean that I find myself lost in the plot or lost in the characters or lost in the details, meanwhile I am struggling to wrap my mind around plot, characters, and details.

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The Lightning Thief – Book Review


Here is the most recent book review from the Book Review Directory.

Originally posted on The Book Review Directory:


The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse–Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe.

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How eBook Authors Can Survive and Thrive



First the good news.

For indie (self-published) authors, there’s never been a better time to publish an ebook. Thanks to an ever-growing global market for ebooks, your books are a couple clicks away from over one billion potential readers on smart phones, tablets and e-readers.

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The Puzzling Prologue Problem

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Go ahead, Google something along the lines of prologues in novels. I’ll wait.

Done? If so, you’ll have found links like 7 Deadly Sins of Prologues, The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents, The Dreaded Prologue, Question: the oft-maligned prologue, and so on.

Read these four pages. Did you see the following?

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