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Posted July 6, 2013 by LediaR in Uncategorized

Thus Spake the Gurus: Famous Authors on Themselves   Leave a comment

The Book Haven

Albert Einstein

A note to the literary prodigies:

We know why you said it.

The Honest Man

You write for people like us. You have got too many followers. But the snobs won’t take you seriously. Their noses are so high that when they sneeze the ceiling gets wet. You don’t know if you want to laugh or cry over it. Actually, you are not bothered, and eventually you  make a statement on what you are.

The Perfectionist

The world adores you, but you can’t stand yourself. Whatever echoes within yourself doesn’t take shape the way you want. You are still brilliant, but you simply won’t accept it.

The Modest and the Refined

Good Sir, thou knowest thy worth, but thou art too humble to say it. Modesty forbids what the law does not. In the name of polite and noble behavior, you are unkind to yourself.

The Sarcastic Intellectual

We knew you were good; there…

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Posted May 19, 2013 by LediaR in Uncategorized

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Posted February 28, 2013 by LediaR in Uncategorized

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Such good advice from one of my favorite blog authors!

Live & Learn

James JoyceFrom NY Times Sunday Book Review by Colson Whitehead: A few excerpts:

Rule No. 1:.

Rule No. 2:. You can’t rush inspiration…you can’t force it. Once your subject finds you, it’s like falling in love. It will be your constant companion…Your ideal subject should be like a stalker with limitless resources…

Rule No. 3:. Ask your heart, Is it true? And if it is, let it be. Once the lawyers sign off, you’re good to go…

Rule No. 4:. Be concise. Don’t fall in love with the gentle trilling of your mellifluous sentences…

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Posted July 29, 2012 by LediaR in Uncategorized

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Cristian Mihai

How much are you willing to pay?

Okay, all jokes aside, “how much” depends on a lot of factors such as:

  1. Your particular set of skills (can you do your own cover/interior formatting?)
  2. Relatives/people you know (if your cousin’s a book designer/freelance editor… you get the idea.)
  3. The length of your book (yes, this affects the overall production cost, especially when it comes to editing.)
  4. The quality you’re aiming for.
  5. Whether or not you’re planning on having both an e-book version and a print version of your book.

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Posted July 19, 2012 by LediaR in Uncategorized

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Write Away

For the past couple of months I have been trying to earn some extra money through my writing. Whilst I would love this to be through my short stories, I am still not confident enough to send anything out to publishers.  In the meantime as I still need a few additional pennies to keep the bills at bay, I chose to pursue article writing.

Although I have a background in journalism, becoming an online copywriter was a little tricky. I didn’t know where to start. First I became an approved writer at Demand Studios but found that unless you have specialist knowledge then it will be hard to find assignments. For example if you want to write about buying curtains, you need to be a well established home and garden journalist to pick up the job.

Squidoo is using article writing to create ‘Lenses’ using a free platform. Here you…

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Posted July 19, 2012 by LediaR in Uncategorized

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Ruth Ann Nordin is a successful self-published author. I have followed her advice for a year or so now and find that her writing tips are always right on target!

Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

It seems to me that there’s so much focus on things that truly do not matter to writing a book.  Authors squabble over passive vs. active voice, whether it’s okay to use adverbs or not, how often you can write a certain word in a scene, etc.  In my opinion, all those little details aren’t that important.  Passive voice is okay.  Adverbs are okay.  If you want to repeat the word “walk” in a scene, that’s okay, too.  The point is not whether you use these techniques or not.  It’s HOW you use them.

The bottom line with any book is the story.  Was it a story that compelled the reader to keep turning the page?  Was it a story that made the reader lose sleep because he/she had to keep reading?

You want to know who cares about these things?  Writers (aspiring or otherwise), editors, and others in the…

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Posted July 1, 2012 by LediaR in Uncategorized

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