First Monday Mentoring Oct 2018 – how lucky we are to be writers

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Over the last two First Monday blogs I’ve explored some of the challenges facing writers today. Yes, they are many. Big publishers are amalgamating at a rate of knots. Soon we’ll be down to perhaps three. Rather than taking on new authors, the remaining publishers already prefer to mine their backlists for books they can rely on to sell.

Will we even have a publishing industry any more, or will every person who is so inclined write and publish their own books? This is already happening with Indie publishing. All you need is a manuscript and the money to produce the book yourself or hire qualified people to do the technical stuff for you.

As writers this is our current reality. But there are other aspects to writing that I want to focus on here.  Why we feel driven to share the stories buzzing around in our brains. Why writers…

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#RRBC #RRBCTreatReads DAY 13 Authors Victoria Saccenti (@VictoriaSAuthor) & Michael Hicks Thompson (@mhthompsonsr)

Shirley Harris-Slaughter

“Greetings!  Welcome to the 2nd RRBC “TREAT” Reads Blog Hop!  These members of RRBC have penned and published some really great reads and we’d like to honor and showcase their talent.  Oddly, all of the listed Winners are RWISA members!  Way to go RWISA!

We ask that you pick up a copy of the titles listed, and after reading it, leave a review.  There will be other books on tour for the next few days, so please visit the “HOP’S” main page to follow along.

Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the “HOP’S” main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!”

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 Author, Victoria Saccenti

Book: DESTINY’S PLAN https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010361G4O/

VICTORIA SACCENTI BOOK

Book Blurb: One empty bus seat. Two aching hearts. A future written by Fate…When Raquelita…

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My 5 Least Favourite Parts of the Writing Process

Brain Clutter Blogs

A little while ago, we talked about my favourite parts of the writing process, so now it’s time for my least favourites! These are in no particular order—let’s dive right in!

#1: Most of Editing

As much as some parts were fun, most of editing was torture. I didn’t mind the content editing as much, but copy/line editing just felt really tedious a lot of the time. My editors were fantastic, and I’ll list their links at the end, but it’s hard to make something like this fun! I binge-edited a lot, too, which probably didn’t help. I couldn’t be happier with the finished product, but I was definitely hoping that some sort of “writing fairies” could come and finish it while I slept!

#2: Before the Launch

The time just before the launch was nerve-wracking! Of course I had a lot of faith in OUTLIERS, but I was nervous…

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#RRBC #RRBCTreatReads DAY 12 Author Nia Markos (@NiaMarkos)

Shirley Harris-Slaughter

“Greetings!  Welcome to the 2nd RRBC “TREAT” Reads Blog Hop!  These members of RRBC have penned and published some really great reads and we’d like to honor and showcase their talent.  Oddly, all of the listed Winners are RWISA members!  Way to go RWISA!

We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed, and after reading it, leave a review.  There will be other books on tour for the next few days, so please visit the “HOP’S” main page to follow along.

Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the “HOP’S” main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!”

 

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 Author, Nia Markos

Book: ELEMENTS https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XDK1PLW/

NIA MARKOS BOOK

Book Blurb: For eighteen-year-old Alexa finding a place to put down roots after being forced…

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#RRBC #RRBCTreatReads Day 11 Amy Reece (@AreeceAuthor)

Shirley Harris-Slaughter

“Greetings!  Welcome to the 2nd RRBC “TREAT” Reads Blog Hop!  These members of RRBC have penned and published some really great reads and we’d like to honor and showcase their talent.  Oddly, all of the listed Winners are RWISA members!  Way to go RWISA!

We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed, and after reading it, leave a review.  There will be other books on tour for the next few days, so please visit the “HOP’S” main page to follow along.

Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the “HOP’S” main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!”

Author, Amy Reece

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Book: THE WAY TO HER HEART https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01D5FJ41M/

AMY REECE BOOK

Book Blurb: No amount of counseling can bring Josh Harris back to his old…

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#RRBC #RRBCTreatReads DAY 10 Author Wendy Scott (@WendyJayneScott)

Shirley Harris-Slaughter

“Greetings!  Welcome to the 2nd RRBC “TREAT” Reads Blog Hop!  These members of RRBC have penned and published some really great reads and we’d like to honor and showcase their talent.  Oddly, all of the listed Winners are RWISA members!  Way to go RWISA!

 

We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed, and after reading it, leave a review.  There will be other books on tour for the next few days, so please visit the “HOP’S” main page to follow along.

 

Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the “HOP’S” main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!”

Author Wendy Scott

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Book: HIEROGLYPHhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B016IZYDE4/

WENDY SCOTT BOOK

Book Blurb: 13 year old TC has a secret. No one knows she possesses a supernatural…

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#RRBC #RRBCTreatReads DAY 9 Presenting Author Bette Stevens (@BetteAStevens)

Shirley Harris-Slaughter

“Greetings!  Welcome to the 2nd RRBC “TREAT” Reads Blog Hop!  These members of RRBC have penned and published some really great reads and we’d like to honor and showcase their talent.  Oddly, all of the listed Winners are RWISA members!  Way to go RWISA!

We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed, and after reading it, leave a review.  There will be other books on tour for the next few days, so please visit the “HOP’S” main page to follow along.

Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the “HOP’S” main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!”

Author Bette Stevens

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Book: DOG BONE SOUP https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S5RMUDK/

BETTE STEVENS BOOK

Book Blurb: Whether or not You Grew Up in the 1950s and 60s, you’ll find DOG BONE SOUP…

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#RRBC #RRBCTreatReads DAY 7 Presenting Karen Ingalls (@KIngallsAuthor)

Shirley Harris-Slaughter

“Greetings!  Welcome to the 2nd RRBC “TREAT” Reads Blog Hop!  These members of RRBC have penned and published some really great reads and we’d like to honor and showcase their talent.  Oddly, all of the listed Winners are RWISA members!  Way to go RWISA!

We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed, and after reading it, leave a review.  There will be other books on tour for the next few days, so please visit the “HOP’S” main page to follow along.

Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the “HOP’S” main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!”

KAREN INGALLS PICAuthor, Karen Ingalls

Book: OUTSHINE: AN OVARIAN CANCER MEMOIR https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KI1HGZI/

KAREN INGALLS BOOK

Book Blurb: When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with Stage IIC ovarian cancer, she realized how little…

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#RRBC #RRBCTreatReads DAY 6 PRESENTING Rhani D’Chae (@rhanidchae)

Shirley Harris-Slaughter

“Greetings!  Welcome to the 2nd RRBC “TREAT” Reads Blog Hop!  These members of RRBC have penned and published some really great reads and we’d like to honor and showcase their talent.  Oddly, all of the listed Winners are RWISA members!  Way to go RWISA!

We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed, and after reading it, leave a review.  There will be other books on tour for the next few days, so please visit the “HOP’S” main page to follow along.

Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the “HOP’S” main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!”

RHANI D'CHAE PICAuthor, Rhani D’Chae

Book: ONE DYKE COZY https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0713TQFCF/

RHANI D'CHAE BOOK

Book Blurb: People come into our lives for a day, a season, or a reason…

 

“Shy taught…

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5 Tips For Writing the Past

Brain Clutter Blogs

Last week I talked about the future, so I figured that it’s only natural to talk about the past this week. These are my five most important tips for writing the past, so let’s get started!

#1: Do Make The Speech Robotic

I notice this a lot in historical fiction, and it really takes away from the book. Contractions and slang are not new by any means, nor are differences between how individuals speak. English in the past isn’t just a monotone version of English today. It is technically classified as the same language, but when writing, you can consider it another dialect. Think about how different U.S., Canada, and England vary in their use of English today. There are different contractions, slang, and accents, even within these countries. Writing in the past is similar, though depending on how far back you go, there can be many more differences…

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