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Monday, April 27, 2020

Insecure Writers Group Releases Its 2020 Anthology

Title: Voyagers: The Third Ghost
Anthology from Insecure Writers Group
 Available May 5, 2020 online, retail, and for all eBook platforms. 
Publisher:  Freedom Fox Press an imprint of Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. 
Genre: Juvenile fiction -  historical/action and adventure/fantasy and magic
Trade paperback $13.95 
ISBN 9781939844729, 
ISBN 9781939844736


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History Comes Alive for Children
New Anthology Offers an Entertaining  Glimpse into the Past

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group hosted their fifth annual anthology contest last year and Voyagers: The Third Ghost is the result. A Writer’s Digest Top 101 Site for Writers, the IWSG  called for juvenile historical fiction stories with the theme of “voyagers.” The group’s 20,000+ members responded, and once the administrators selected the top stories, they were forwarded to the official judges—a panel of authors, agents, and publishing industry experts.

This is the first children’s title produced by the group and by focusing on history, the book teaches as it entertains. The stories touch upon a wide variety of time periods, which adds extra appeal to teachers and librarians.

Yvonne Ventresca, who also appeared in the second IWSG anthology, Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life, won the top spot in the contest. Her story, The Third Ghost, received the subtitle and cover art honor.

Journey into the past…

Ten authors explore the past, sending their young protagonists on harrowing adventures. Featuring the talents of Yvonne Ventresca, Katharina Gerlach, Roland Clarke, Sherry Ellis, Rebecca M. Douglass, Bish Denham, Charles Kowalski, Louise MacBeath Barbour, Beth Anderson Schuck, and L.T. Ward.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents, authors, and editors, these ten tales will take readers on a voyage of wonder into history. Get ready for an exciting ride!

Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database; articles; monthly blog posting; Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram groups; #IWSGPit, and a newsletter.

Voyagers: The Third Ghost will be available May 5, 2020 online, retail, and for all eBook platforms. Published by Freedom Fox Press an imprint of Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. Juvenile fiction – historical/action & adventure/fantasy & magic. Trade paperback $13.95 ISBN 9781939844729, eBook 4.99 ISBN 9781939844736

Judges for the contest were: 

Dan Koboldt, author and #SFFpit founder
Dan Koboldt is the author of the Gateways to Alissia trilogy (Harper Voyager), the editor of Putting the Science in Fiction (Writers Digest, 2018), and the creator of the sci-fi adventure serial The Triangle (Serial Box, 2019). As a genetics researcher, he has co-authored more than 80 publications in Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and other scientific journals. He is represented by Paul Stevens of Donald Maass Literary Agency. 

Lynda R. Young, author
Lynda R. Young is an Aussie writing fantasy novels as Elle Cardy. Wielder’s Prize is her debut YA epic fantasy. She is also an editor, game developer, 3D artist, graphic designer, photographer, gamer and more. 

Colleen Oefelein, agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Colleen Oefelein is an author of YA, picture books, and author promotion guides, a devourer of books, and the owner of the book review site North of Normal. Formerly an associate agent and PR manager with Inklings Literary Agency, Colleen has hosted numerous “Pitch Perfect” and “Rejection Correction” workshops on Facebook and at conferences nationwide, and she’s mentored several authors one-on-one through online pitch contests such as Pitch Wars. 

Damien Larkin, author
Damien Larkin is an Irish science fiction author and co-founder of the British and Irish Writing Community. His debut novel Big Red was published by Dancing Lemur Press and went on to be longlisted for the BSFA award for Best Novel. He currently lives in Dublin, Ireland and is working on his next novel Blood Red Sand. 

Ion Newcombe, eidtor and publisher
is the editor and publisher of AntipodeanSF, Australia's longest running online speculative fiction magazine, regularly issued since January 1998. His qualifications and employment range from horticulture through electronics into literature and communications. 

Julie Gwinn, agent, The Seymour Agency
Julie Gwinn most recently served as Marketing Manager for the Christian Living line at Abingdon Press and before that served as Trade Book Marketing Manager and then Fiction Publisher for the Pure Enjoyment line at B&H Publishing Group, a Division of LifeWay Christian Resources. Recently, she was awarded Editor of the Year from the American Christian Fiction Writers and won B&H’s first Christy award for Ginny Yttrup’s debut novel Words. 

David Powers King, author
David's works include Woven, The Undead Road,, and Full Dark: An Anthology. He currently resides in the Mountain West with his wife and 4 children. 
MORE ABOUT ISWG:
 The Insecure Writer’s Support Group  was founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh. Learn more about the opportunities it offers: Watch for the new The Insecure Writer’s Support Group anthology contest 2021 on May 6. Learn more about the group at 

Insecure Writers Group Releases Its 2020 Anthology


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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Lois W. Stern's Inspirational Anthology Reviewed for The New Book Review

Title: Tales2Inspire The Ruby Collection
Subtitle: Gifts of Compassion
Series: Tales2Inspire
Author and Editor: Lois W. Stern
Genre: Inspirational Anthology 
Publisher: Tales2Inspire
ISBN-13:  978-1495940088
ISBN-10: 149594008X
ASIN: B00Q7H4ZTM
Pages: 129
Price: $11.25, PB, $4.99 Kindle
Format: Paperback, Ebook

Reviewed by Carolyn Wilhelm 

Ruby is the gemstone symbolizing friendship and love, according to Lois W. Stern. Winning writing contest submissions are included in this anthology. Some stories center on the ability of animals to feel emotions and express them in uncanny ways. Some are about the Idea that when we give, we often get more in return. Some of the protagonists sacrificed something significant to help others. A ten-year-old decided to run seven marathons on seven continents and the amazing tale of how she did so Is told in these pages. Jack’s Holocaust experiences will touch your heart, as it did for the million and a half of people he has shared it with as a speaker. A tough prisoner turns his life around when the prison changes from punishment to rehabilitation. 

This book is filled with compassion, kindness, and love. In a word, inspirational. Each story includes photographic proof. It is difficult not to be impressed and moved.

Did you know Tales2Inspire has an annual no-fee inspirational writing contest and winning entries are published in an anthology? Do you have a special story to share, along with a photo or two? 

Lois W. Stern hopes you will submit one if you do! 

Contest information: 


Lois W. Stern is a former teacher. She is motivated to help other aspiring authors on their individual paths to discovery. She has published eight anthologies to date and earned a National Indie Excellence Award. 

On her site, a free ebook is available to read sample stories. If you sign up for the newsletter, you will find out when she runs reduced book price specials, as well. 

Be inspired, or even inspire others! 

Thank you for reading The New Book Review!


Lois W. Stern's Inspirational Anthology Reviewed for The New Book Review


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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Creative Ink, Flashy Fiction: Flash Fiction Anthology Review

MORE ABOUT THIS BLOG The New Book Review is blogged by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi-award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers. It is a free service offered to those who want to encourage the reading of books they love. That includes authors who want to share their favorite reviews, reviewers who'd like to see their reviews get more exposure, and readers who want to shout out praise of books they've read. Please see the submission guidelines on the left of this page. Reviews and essays are indexed by genre, reviewer names, and review sites. Writers will find the search engine handy for gleaning the names of small publishers. Find other writer-related blogs at Sharing with Writers and The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor.

Title: Creative Ink, Flashy Fiction: Flash Fiction Anthology
Subtitle: Book 3 (Flash Fiction Anthologies) (Volume 3)
Series: Flashy Fiction Anthologies
Authors: Theodore Jerome Cohen (Author), Alyssa Devine(Author)
Publisher: CreateSpace
Language: English
Paperback ISBN-10: 1981157905 (April 5, 2018)
Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1981157907
eBook ASIN: B079NL2S68
Genre: Flash Fiction

Creative Ink, Flashy Fiction: Flash Fiction Anthology Review

Amazon review by Carolyn Wilhelm, reprinted with permission.

5 out of 5 stars

More Fabulous Flash Fiction Tantalizing Tales

April 6, 2018 Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

I waited for this new book and am not disappointed with the variety and cleverness of the writing pieces. The author easily sets the stories in scenes from long ago to the modern day from multiple ethnicities and viewpoints. The stories span a wide range of emotion and perspectives. Some will tug at my heart a long time, such as the one set in an orphanage.

There are serious military stories interspersed with humorous animal ones such as Photobomb. All reveal human truths. Most were inspired by interesting or unusual photographs found on the Internet.

My grandmother’s first American words were, “Vel, vel.” She always pronounced them that way and some of the characters did too. I liked that! I am impressed by the ability of the author to authentically represent so many situations with such a deep understanding of human nature. Every story ends with a zinger. I will be thinking about this book for some time to come.

Theodore Jerome Cohen is an Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Star, and a NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner for Winter 2018: Best Book in the Anthology category. "Alyssa Devine" is a pen name he uses when he writes Young Adult (YA) novels.

Dr. Cohen says: As in Books 1 and 2 of Creative Ink, Flashy Fiction, the contents of this third anthology, each story 250 words or less in length, are best compared to a handful of peanuts or M&M's. Which is to say, they're tiny, bite-sized morsels that won't let you stop with one! A few of the stories found here were entered into Flash Fiction Challenges managed by the Website Indies Unlimited.

Monday, January 23, 2012

A Brand New eBook Women's Poetry Anthology

Title: Fire on Her TongueSubtitle: An eBook Anthology of Contemporary Women’s PoetryEditors: Agodon, Kelli Russell, and Spaulding-Convy, AnnetteEditor’s Website Link: http://www.ofkells.blogspot.com/
Genre
: Poetry
ISBN-
13: 978-1-937860-24-0Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Her-Tongue-Contemporary-ebook/dp/B006R8Q9JK
Two Sylvias Press, 2012
E-book

Reviewed by Paul David Adkins
 
Fire on Her Tongue: An eBook Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry, (, ISBN: 13: 978-1-937860-24-0, 491 kb, approximately 460 pp) is an eBook edited by Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy. The editors present the work of 73 poets, both well known and emerging artists. This first-of-its-kind collection, available on Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Sony Reader, and twenty-eight other eBook retailers such as eBooks.com, IndieBound.org, Powell’s and many others, provides an exciting overview of some of the best American writing today.
    
Fire on Her Tongue should not be confused with earlier comprehensive anthologies such as Hayden Carruth’s The Voice That is Great Within Us, or a college textbook published by Norton, lugged to every introductory American literature course known to woman. Agodon and Spaulding-Convy present the poetry of contemporary women exclusively: there is no Robert Frost, W.C. Williams, Carl Sandburg, or Robert Creeley here. The collection is vivid and immediate, and the writers are all still living. This eBook captures the incredibly varied talents of the women included.
 
Anthologies are normally associated with canonical writing. With the usual exceptions of Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Gwendolyn Brooks, general anthologies almost universally neglect the presence, much less importance, of women poets. The adage that one must be dead to be a famous author seems especially fitting for these types of collections, many of which stop at Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. It is as if American women suddenly ceased writing to eternally mourn the deaths of these twin icons. The fact that the press publishing this work is named Two Sylvias is doubly significant here. It marks the definitive passing of women’s poetry from the enigmatic, suicidal Plath to her matrilineal descendants, so to speak. Deference is paid to America’s colossal literary martyr, but it’s time to move on, the editors declare. 
 
And move on, they do! Though the poets are presented alphabetically, Kim Addonizio is a perfect opening writer for this groundbreaking collection. Members of the canon such as Alicia Ostriker and Patricia Smith stand alongside deserving lesser-known authors including Ivy Alvarez and Kate Lebo. Rachel Contreni Flynn and Annie Finch comfortably coexist. This is a collection for people who love poetry. And while academics will certainly find it an invaluable tool for mapping current literary trends women are exploring, the real worth is in its ability to share wonderful work with other readers, not dictate what is canonical or worthy of scholarly attention.
 
Some people might consider the heavy concentration of writers linked to Seattle as a weakness. Over 30 of the authors are indeed directly connected in some way to this city and surrounding area, as, too, are Agodon and Spaulding-Convy. The question might arise as to why Two Sylvias did not simply present the anthology exclusively as a showpiece of the incredibly vibrant Seattle poetry scene; there is certainly enough material to do so. Such criticism misses the point of the collection, however. The anthology has more of a conversational than authoritative feel. Essentially, here are two highly knowledgeable women from the Pacific Northwest respecting their audience with questions such as, “Hey, have you read THIS writer? She’s awesome! This one, too. Do you know her? She’s really fantastic!” 
 
Fire on Her Tongue is a celebration of women’s poetry, a party, not a granite monument. It’s not the work of two editors showing off how smart they are, but instead how excited they are about the current state of women’s poetry in America. Buy it! Read it! You’ll find their enthusiasm is catching.
 
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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Valerie Allen Offers Valentine's Anthology for the Big Day!




This isn't the usual New Book Review review. It is just a brief reminder that Valentine's Day is a very good time to send love to fellow authors and support the publishing industry. And author (and in this case anthology editor!) is an author advocate all year long. It's a great time to pay it forward and give something meaningful to someone you love.  It is: 

 Love Stories for Your Valentine.


It is a book and ebook. Check for the large print edition, too. .


Love can be strange and wondrous!

A collection of short stories for those who have loved and been loved. Love brings romance, passion, pain and tears.Love arrives in many forms and comes to us at different times throughout our life.  

MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND EDITOR OF THIS ANTHOLOGY: -- 
~  Valerie Allen  ~
ValerieAllenWriter.com                                                    VAllenWriter@gmail.com

AUTHOR OF 

Write, Publish, Sell! 2 ed
Beyond the Inkblots: Confusion to Harmony

Amazing Grace
Sins of the Father
Suffer The Little Children
The Prodigal Son

Stories for the Man in Your Life
A Gift for Mom: Short Story Collection
'Tis Herself: Short Story Volume One
'Tis Herself: Short Story Volume Two
'Tis Herself: Short Story Volume Three

The Sun and The Moon
Summer School for Smarties
Bad Hair, Good Hat, New Friends

PS: Google Valerie for her book fairs and writers' conferences at a frugal price--in person or book display! 

Valerie Allen Offers Valentine's Anthology for the Big Day


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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Animal Stories 2 Inspire Anthology



Tales2Inspire Garnet
Series: The Crystal Collection: Stories that Tickle the Funny Bone
Edited by Lois W. Stern

ISBN-10: 1530811198Genre: Nonfiction: Short Stories/Anthology
Available on Amazon



Heartwarming short stories by several authors about loving and being loved by pets,
By Author-Zone
5.0 out of 5 stars

If you like animals, this anthology is a must read. If you don't, but you end up reading these beautiful stories anyway, you may end up loving them too. Different authors contributed to this edition with a mix of animal tales ranging from birds to cats and dogs to horses and elephants, and others. I happen to love animals so it was easy for me to immerse myself in these fabulous short stories mainly representing personal experiences or others learned from family or friends. If anything the tender, and humane way animals were loved and treated by their masters - as depicted in each of the stories - made me think that there have to be more kind people in this world than evil ones and that animals are here for a reason - humans being part of it. The treatment of performing elephants was the exception, that is until they became useless and ended up in Sanctuaries - where their lives changed for the better.

When I learned from Glenda Reynolds about her story "I Chose the Best of the Litter" published in this anthology, I proceeded to buy the book. Of course, I read her story first. I simply loved it! As sad as it was for me to read about the beginning and the end of her pet companion, I admire the way in which she described the beauty of the "adoption," the joys the pick of the litter had brought to her household, and then the heartfelt narration of the final decision.

After reading Glenda's loving tale, I felt compelled to read the entire collection. I am glad I did.

Our Creatures New Role
By D. Diderot
5.0 out of 5 stars

Truly absorbing and charming real life vingetts that our human minds to the utterly emotional world of animals. Recommended to me by the author who knew mr trough the scientific treatises of animal consciousness, my appreciation runs deeply as this titles and others have been a pleasure to have read. Today’s culture naturally grasp of animals as feeling and thinking creatures. As science has come to understand the creature cognition is driven by the stat gleaned by their remarkable perceptual sensations, intently more sophisticated than any human. In 100 years, society has reversed our previous assertion that we humans occupy, sit atop the animal kingdom, in a crowned position, currently viewed as in no way the exceptional creature whose exclusive conscious demonstrates all others as the feeling, carrying, thinking and doing member of the animal family. Each story opens up the emotionally charged interactions of animals with people and each other.


By Jodie
Amazon Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars


Interesting true stories
By Sharon Miner,
Author
A collection of amazing stories about not just the typical animals like dogs and horses, but also birds, pigs and even elephants! Includes photos and bio for each contributing author.By Amazon
4.0 out of 5 stars

Love these short stories
By Charlotte Gressley
Love short stories? Love animals? Looking for a great gift? Buy this book and any in the collection. These authors are great.
5.0 out of 5 stars

MORE ABOUT THE TOPAZ COLLECTION

 Learn more:

Tales2Inspire website

Facebook page

Twitter
https://twitter.com/Tales2Inspire2  

Book Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/user/WinningTales   


MORE ABOUT THE EDITOR OF TALES2INSPIRE

Learn more about Lois W. Stern:

Amazon author page



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The New Book Review is blogged by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers. It is a free service offered to those who want to encourage the reading of books they love. That includes authors who want to share their favorite reviews, reviewers who'd like to see their reviews get more exposure, and readers who want to shout out praise of books they've read. Please see submission guidelines on the left of this page. Reviews and essays are indexed by genre, reviewer names, and review sites. Writers will find the search engine handy for gleaning the names of small publishers. Find other writer-related blogs at Sharing with Writers and The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Author and Blog Reviewer Loves Sci-Fi


Man-Kzin Wars XIII 
Man-Kzin Wars series
By Larry Niven
Note: The authors vary in each anthology
Available on Amazon  
Genre: Science fiction
ISBN: 978-1-4516-3816-5
Publisher: Baen (2012)

Reviewed by Joy V. Smith, originally for Amazon
5 stars out of 5



I liked all the stories, but Bound for the Promised Land, Tomcat Tactics, Pick of the Litter, and Misunderstanding (the quirkiest) were my favorites. This anthology is highly recommended. (It's rare when all the stories in an anthology are this good.)

Misunderstanding by Hal Colebatch & Jessica Q Fox is a fun story where the Kzin are befuddled by some strangely different aliens.
Two Types of Teeth by Jane Lindskold: I enjoy stories where Kzin and human work together to confound other Kzin or humans.
Pick of the Litter by Charles E. Gannon: Humans attempt to capture and raise and socialize Kzin kits... This premise caught my attention right away. Well executed.
Tomcat Tactics by Charles E. Gannon: A Wunderland (the planet) story. Humans fight back against Kzin occupying their planet. Another good premise, and I was happy to see another Wunderland story.
At the Gates by Alex Hernandez: Humans and Kzin inhabit a lost colony of Earth when a damaged Kzin ship appears above the planet. Suspenseful with a good payoff. (Hmm. I could have added this to my favorites, but I didn't want to include them all!)
Zeno's Roulette by David Bartell: A story involving the Puppeteers and a secret they use humans to retrieve. The Puppeteers aren't my favorite characters, but it was interesting to see them included in another anthology--and it was a puzzling mystery.
Bound for the Promised Land by Alex Hernandez: Bobcat, a tailess Kzin telepath, comes across an opportunity to escape his ship with a telepathic ARM agent hot on his trail.
About the reviewer: Joy V. Smith loves and writes science fiction. Some of her stories are collected in her latest e-book, The Doorway and Other Stories (available from Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SV1FB2). However, her upcoming novel, Detour Trail, is a story of the settling of the western frontier.


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Friday, July 20, 2007

Fate: Here's Why We All Believe In It, Even If Just a Little Bit

The Simple Touch of Fate:
How the Hand of Fate Touched
Our Lives Forever
Edited By Arlene Uslander and
Brenda Warneka
ISBN: 0-595-30283=1
Website: www.thefatesite.com


Reviewed by Glenda A. Bixler,
Independent Press Book Reviewer


Do you believe in fate? Fate, “the supposed force, principle, or power that predetermines events,” as defined by the dictionary, is known under many names¾destiny, kismet, predestination, foreordainment, foredoom, luck, or just coincidence¾and is often described by individuals around the world. Arlene Uslander and Brenda Warneka have experienced acts of fate in their lives. In The Simple Touch of Fate: How the Hand of Fate Touched our Lives Forever, they share not only their own stories but have gathered over fifty real stories by real people, in a thought-provoking anthology, that leaves you with one question: if it wasn’t fate, how and why did these events happen?

As a lover of suspense and mysteries, I enjoy reading or hearing about events or activities that leave us wondering and questioning. I especially enjoy “little” acts that happen. For instance, was it a coincidence that one of the authors chosen for this anthology, Patricia Patteson, had also been included in an anthology, Mist on the Mon, that had sat on my bookshelf for many years, unread, but was immediately pulled and enjoyed when it was included in this book?

Or was it fate that a daily newsletter I read before I began to write this review, covered a mysterious life-saving event, but in that story, the writer attributed her story to guardian angels? Personally, I no longer question such things. In fact, based upon a book, As You Wish by Christine Massot Simpson, a resident of Canada, for whom I had the privilege to help edit and publish her book, I now use her phrase, “A God Incident” whenever I confront such events.

Let me share a little about my favorites from The Simple Touch of Fate. If you don’t believe in fate, then these short stories just may force you to reconsider­is there something or someone, somewhere that controls events in our lives?

Jacob! Jacob! Reborn. The date was September 11, 2001. Jacob Herbst often traveled by plane; however, work-related activities prevented his taking a scheduled flight from Boston’s Logan Airport at 8:45, American Airlines, Flight 11, to Los Angeles. How do you thank a man who could not make an important meeting, causing an unexpected delay, for saving your life?

Desert Boomerang. Two soldiers meet in Iraq; one is standing guard at a barren traffic control point and helps the other by giving him directions. Months later, the same two soldiers meet at the site of an accident on a deserted road and the favor is returned. Only this time, lives are saved! For the man just happened to be part of a medical unit...

We all Cross Paths for a Reason. A birth mother and her now-grown daughter are reunited through an automobile accident and a woman’s willingness to work overtime. Just a coincidence?

Time for Life. A man and a woman, members of one family, but located in different places­both trying to catch the train­fail in their efforts due to various reasons. They missed the most disastrous train crash in the United Kingdom in 42 years.

“Honor, Courage, and Commitment”: Saving Jack Roush. When a small plane is in trouble, it happens to hit near the home of an ex-marine, specifically trained “to save a pilot in an upside-down plane from a watery grave.”

Grandmother Spirits. In a time of family distress, a woman prays to the spirits of grandmothers for the needs of a family. Was it a coincidence or a direct response to prayer that allowed a son just arriving in Hiroshima to be able to make a free call to his mother?

The Angel That Couldn’t Fly. My favorite! A wonderful answer to why the chicken crossed the road...

Uslander and Warneka have created an excellent, well-diversified anthology that provides heart-warming, happy, life-saving and sometimes-unbelievable tales. They are presented with an interesting continuity, yet broken with small offerings of people’s own definitions of fate. I found it informative, flawlessly presented to allow readers to form their own conclusions regarding these stories from “real people.” For those who continuously wonder... and search... I found this a must-read!

This books can be purchased for $16.95 on Amazon.com and other online bookstores, or ordered from the publisher 1-800-288-4677 or any brick-and-mortar bookstore.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

New Writer's Handbook: An Anthology for One's Career

Title: New Writer's Handbook 2007: A Practical Anthology of Best Advice for Your Craft and Career Editor: Philip Martin, Preface: Erica Jong
Publisher: Scarletta Press (June 6, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0976520168
ISBN-13: 978-0976520160
My Rating - 4.5 out of 5

Reviewed By Judi Silva


What is most interesting and attention-grabbing about this book is that it isn’t written by only one author. Rather, it is an anthology of the best and practical advice that writers can use to hone their craft and make a successful career with their writing. Composed of sixty-three articles from almost as many writers (some authors have more than one article showcased), it is a collection no writer should be without. All of the personal websites of each author are listed at the end of their articles. Even more valuable is how each author’s article is filled with quotes and advices they found helpful from other famous authors.

In this review, I have tried to quote a portion of each author’s article to give the reader a good sampling of what is covered in this anthology and hopefully wet their appetite to go out and buy it in order to devour the rest. There is something for everyone, no matter who you are or what you write.

The preface is written by Erica Jong. She points out “the more worldly the world, the more it needs a solitary artist for its own spiritual health. Believe in yourself. You are the soul and the conscience of the world, even if the world doesn’t know it yet.”

Under the first subheading of Creativity, Motivation & Discipline, Jane Yolen encourages the writer to “read everything you write out loud. Put everything in a folder (both computer and printout). Go back over what you have done previously before you begin that day.”

Eric Abrahamson clues us in on The Benefits of Messiness. “People with orderly desks report spending 36% more time finding things. Moderate messiness is completely acceptable and is, in fact, probably superior in a number of instances.”

Especially fascinated with the subject, I appreciated the article Where Do Ideas Come From? Some writers get annoyed with people who ask this question. But, as a writer who tries to turn a situation or experience into a story, I relish the opportunity to answer it.

For instance, one of my ideas came from inside a book I loaned from the local library. It was a novel written by one of my favorite authors, Indu Sundaresan. Not able to wait to reach home to begin reading it, I cracked open the cover on the bus. To my surprise, a portion of a boarding pass for Lufthansa Airlines fell out into my lap. Picking it up, I read what little details I could extrapolate from it and began to imagine who the previous reader of this novel had been and my imagination began to run wild. Instead of reading the book on the way home, I grabbed my journal and pen out of my backpack and began writing one of my own.

Philip Martins, who wrote the abovementioned article on ideas explains, “Where ideas come from then, is a combination of openness, constant seeking and courage. If the writer is tuned into these, the serendipity of ideas coming unbidden can at times seem miraculous.”

Gabriel Gudding, in the article The Cultivation of Mindstates says, “because writing is principally an act of generosity, cultivating an empathetic mindstate, indeed an empathetic temperament will only enhance our desire and ability to write well.”

Dennis Palumbo, who is not only an author but a licensed psychotherapist specializing in the issues of creative writing gives us The Three Cosmic Rules of Writing. “You may at this very moment be feeling scared, frustrated, blocked or discouraged. If so, join the club. Because so does every other writer in the world, even the most successful ones.”

On the topic of Developing Intuition, the creator and president of the National Association of Women Writers (NAWW) Sherri McConnell gives writers five suggestions to do this while also testing your inner guidance.

The Treadmill Journal, according to author Gregory Martin should include five daily entries - date and time, how long you will work, what you plan to work on, how it went and when you will work tomorrow and for how long. He also includes a sample entry.

Do you find yourself wondering how to start your story? Brandi Reissenweber tells writers, “The beginning’s job is to lure. You want to entice the reader into the story and deliver on that enticement.”

Most helpful are the articles entitled Checklist for Characters and Conflict Revision by Gregory Martin and Haiku Techniques of which author Jane Reichhold discusses nineteen of them.

The article by Laura Backes on What Dr. Seuss Can Teach Us was enlightening to me. Did you know for instance that it was in 1954 when a challenge by Pulitzer Prize winner John Hersey was put before Dr. Seuss and others in Life magazine? This challenge, which is discussed in detail led to the publication of The Cat In The Hat.

Maybe you’re trying to break into the world of magazine writing. Marcia Yudkin’s feature on M-Factors - Qualities That Help You Break Into Major Magazines will not only pique your interest but give you the five different factors important to your success in this field.

Is it nonfiction scenes that have your shorts in a bunch? Then check out Larry Getlen’s Recreating Nonfiction Scenes. Quoting author Julian Rubenstein he says, “you can’t write narrative reflection unless you have the material. You have to know everything. Then, and only then, can you decide what is best to illustrate your story.”

Linda Formichelli follows up with Getting The Tough Interview.

For journalists, Ray Peter Clark discusses The Line Between Fact and Fiction with strong advice and elaboration on the two cornerstone principles of “Do Not Add” and “Do Don’t Deceive”.

Lynn Franklin covers the importance of The Psychological Action In Nonfiction and how it increases the power of the story. By “bringing the reader close to the psychological action you help them to empathize with the character.”

The next three authors, namely W. Terry Whalen, Linda Adams and Judy Bridges advice writers about critique groups, both joining and running one along with creating snappy introductions for a successful one.

The quest for information/articles on the topic you want to write about is undertaken in Marylaine Block’s entry My First Rule of Information. She gives helpful advice on where to go to find what you need.

Eight articles appear in the Pitching & Proposals section. Resources are included with samples of pitches, query letters and proposals, along with a do’s and don’t and what to remember lists. Rounding it all out are the remaining two articles in this section - How to deal with a small press and understanding editorese.

Marketing Your Work is the section which follows. Learn how to create a successful press kit and how you as a writer can help your publisher with marketing by taking all the listed opportunities available to you. Both short and long projects are clearly defined.

The article on How To Get Great Testimonials lists seven tried and true styles to finding the right people and asking them for want you want. “Testimonials are a workhorse tool for your book marketing effort,” says author Jay Lipe.

Helpful step-by-step instructions are listed on the subject of Planning Author Events in Bookstores. After you’ve planned your event, take advantage of the tips to make sure it’s a well-attended event. This is especially true if the majority of your audience is international, such as was the case with author Jenna Glatzer. She discusses the nine best ways, which she found through trial and error, that work for her.

Not to be overlooked are the important topics of focusing on Niche Markets and The Potential of Tips Booklets by Kate Bandos and Paulette Ensign respectively.

One of the known experts on Writing White Papers, Michael Stelzner explains exactly what a white paper is, why they matter, why you should care about them, how they are used, and who reads them. The emergence of white papers as marketing tools and their standards are also considered.

Deborah Raney gives numerous ideas on how you can have a “positive influence” on both the life of your book and you as an author.

Being Internet savvy these days is a must for authors. Your own website will be not only the core but the starting point for an online book promotion, in order for you to target a larger audience than just those locally.

The five major steps which need to be taken to acquire a successful website are outlined by Patrice-Anne Rutledge. Moira Allen helps the writer create on online portfolio and talks about what to keep in mind when posting clips.

Have you started blogging yet? Creative Consultant Lani Voivod will explain why it is imperative to do so “if you have a passion, specialty, niche, mission or business.” Steve Weber continues with the same line of thought in his article Fundamentals of Blogging.

A concise, detailed explanation of the 10 Tips on Writing the Living Web have been compiled by Mark Bernstein.

Developing a catchy email signature is the topic of conversation with Linda Formichelli.

The last section of the anthology, barring the two appendices (Editor’s Afterward and Publication Credits), is titled Literary Insights and Lost Words. It encompasses ten articles by ten authors. Writers will learn How To Speak A Book with Richard Powers.

The articles Books As A Gateway Drug, Time Traveling By Words, Music and Arts, and Literary Fiction all appear in rapid succession. We then reach Katha Pollitt’s comical Thank You For Hating My Book.

No matter where we hail from, our culture and heritage has its own distinct language. “It is a language,” concludes Barry Lopez in Discovering Home Ground, “that keeps us from slipping off into abstract space.

Go Into The Light with Mike Silva and be content with Being A Minor Writer with Bruce Holland Rogers.

When all is said and done, Mary Pipher’s Writing In A New World cautions writers that sometimes language can be a weapon in itself. “We weaponize it when we use it to objectify, depersonalize, dehumanize and create an “other”.

Philip Martins sums things up by expressing the sentiments that “writing is a gift and we should try to use it for good. Take it seriously but don’t forget to laugh at yourself. Good writing comes from great passion and personal dedication.

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Reviewed By Judi Silva
judi.silva@gmail.com
http://www.dark-horse-adaptations.com/
Originally published on Associated Content:
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