Tuesday, November 13, 2007

November Network with Us

Here are some announcements from Writers in the Sky Newsletter subscribers for November 2007:

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Hazel Palache’s first book is being released on Thursday November 1st. "The Astonishing Power of You, Simple Steps to Creating an Extraordinary Life". You can find Chapter 3, the introduction and table of contents page list at www.theastonishingpowerofyou.com/book.html. We are doing a huge bonus with book email campaign on November 1st, so if anyone is interested in participating, please contact Hazel@TheAstonishingPowerofyou.com.

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If you would like to participate in the next Lieurance King article challenge, you may sign up at http://www.lkarticlechallenge.com/ .

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Warren M. Mueller’s first book, Truth Seeker: Straight Talk from the Bible (ISBN: 9781589824027) was released in September by the American Book Publishing Company. This book is for everyone who has ever wondered “What does the Bible really say about…” It is a concise and objective summary of many practical living and theological topics supported by numerous quotes. You will be surprised by some of the popular religious ideas that are not found in the Bible. There is an interesting interview posted on the author's web site at http://www.warrenmueller.com/.

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Jennifer Brown, two-time winner of the Erma Bombeck global humor award (2005 & 2006), is now writing for The Kansas City Star. Read her column every other Wednesday on her website at http://www.jennifunny.com/.

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Check Your Sell-Your-Book Expertise with Carolyn's Quiz

Every writer should know the answer to these or know how to find out :
1. What is the rule posted by most agents and publishers I can break in order to sell my book faster?
2. How can a style sheet help me edit my book or work better with my editor?
3. Why do I need to know about indexing?
4. How can I corral Word's Spell Checker to help rather than hinder my editing process?
5. Why is editing important to getting a publisher or an agent when my publisher's editor will help me with that anyway?
6. Why should I rarely send out a cover letter rather than a query letter?
7. Why should I avoid using italics for internal dialogue? How do you avoid using them for internal dialogue?
8. What perfectly natural and grammar-perfect thing should I avoid telling an agent?
9. How can I turn adverbs that slow my narrative into metaphors?
10. How can I purge my copy of passive constructions using a computer?
11. How can code words in my document help avoid humiliation?
12. How do I avoid superfluous quotation marks that annoy agents and editors?
If you don't know the answers to most every one of these 12 questions without peeking you are sure to benefit from the newly released book: The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success available now at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0978515870/ . It's already rocketed to Amazon's Top Ten List in its category! It should be sitting on your shelf right next to the award-winning* first in the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't by UCLA Extension Writers' Program Instructor Carolyn Howard-Johnson.

*Winner of USA Book News Best Professional Book 2004
*Winner of Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award

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Detroit author and school teacher announces the release of her autobiographical novel, CONFESSIONS OF A CATHOLIC SCHOOLGIRL. Zeroing in on the Catholic Church controversy, author Michelle Kane reveals the kind of secrets the Catholic Church has been sweeping under the rug for years.

“Most people are too afraid to take on the Catholic Church, but not narrator Valerie Bernowski,” author Michelle Kane notes in reference to her latest book. “This is one protagonist who tells it like it is. Nothing and no one is off limits; including Valerie’s dead-beat dad, Ivan, and school pastor, ‘Father Fingers.’”

Based on Kane’s real-life experiences as a Catholic schoolgirl, protagonist Valerie Bernowski’s
story unfolds through intertwining chapters of short stories. Readers will get a close-up look into real-life issues; such as domestic violence, divorce, rape, and the little discussed Catholic priest sex scandals.

“This story is important because Valerie learns how to keep her sense-of-humor in horrific situations. She’s a survivor,” explains Kane. 25% of royalties from sales of this book go to help victims of domestic violence.

1 comment:

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Dear Yvonne:
Thank goodness for Google Alerts! I got to send you this note of thanks before I leave on vacation! A more formal thank you will go in my newsletter, Sharing with Writers, of course. Any writer who would like to receive it may subscribe by sending me an e-mail with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line (HoJoNews@aol.com).

Still, I wanted to duck in and tell that I hope your readers find something useful in this and how much I appreciate your letting them know about it.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson