My Published Story in Chicken Soup for the Soul!

My story, Finding Grace, has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul:Touched by an Angel.
I hope you’ll read it. If you do, please leave a review! That would really mean so much!🙂 Thanks!
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Kindle version is here

Ellysian Press

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At Ellysian Press we seek to create a sense of home for our authors, a place where they can find fulfillment as artists.  Just as exceptional mortals once sought a place in the Elysian Fields, now exceptional authors can find a place here at Ellysian Press.

Blog Editor’s Discussion: Self-Publication | Snopes by Nick Smith

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While I was brainstorming what I wanted to write this piece about (my version of brainstorming looking very much like drinking coffee and reading on my Kindle), I had a strange thought, which bloomed into a veritable forest of queries. What, I wondered, did the process of self-publication entail? How has the e-book changed the game, both for publisher and authors? Is it possible for average authors to make a living this way? After a mild argument with myself, I switched to decaf and went to work researching. – See more at: http://shenandoahliterary.org/snopes/2014/03/10/blog-editors-discussion-self-publication/#sthash.XaUN6Bpg.dpuf

From Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review (sponsored by Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia (24450) and published twice annually on the internet under the auspices of the Dean of the College, currently Suzanne Keen.)

Mayflies and Dragons Challenge Winners! | Writers CarnivalWriters Carnival

How exciting! I won First Place in the Writing Carnival Flash Fiction Contest!!

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Congratulations!

First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s challenge.  There were a lot of great entries and it was a tough choice!  Nonetheless, a decision was made and the winners are as follows…

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1st – Joey and the Dragon by Susan Tighman Hawthorne

2nd – Battle Masks by Olivia G. Owens 

3rd – Shimmer by TL

Also, we are sending an honourable mention out to… Dragon Heart by Rebecca Braun

Bitter Prophecy by Susan Hawthorne

 

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The moon’s silver glow bathed the town of Silar with a cold light. One sleek pale ray stole through Merrith’s window to caress her soft cheek. She slept with the careless abandon of innocence, wrapped in the knowledge of her warm, safe world.

To read the full story, download A World of Worlds anthology from Smashwords! 

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The latest and very exciting anthology from Grey Mouse Publishing! I’m excited to report that my story, Bitter Prophecy, is among the delightful concoction of Sci-Fi and Fantasy in this grouping. Get it while it’s free from Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/423591

Please join other readers in sharing your comments below. Which story(ies) did you like best? Why?

Many of these writers have books available, do look them up!🙂

Critiques: What Can They Do For ME and How Do I Get One?

As writers we love to get some feedback on our new works once we’ve polished them up a bit. Submitting your work for critique and giving critiques to others is a great way to learn more about the craft of writing and to network with other authors.

What can a critique do for me, you ask? Critiques can be as simple as finding those typo’s and misspellings that your eyes can miss (and that spell checker can miss too!)
But they can also be in-depth and:
•   look at the overall style of your writing
•   look at the “meaning” of certain word choices
•   consider the  choreography of your phrasing
•   note dialogue vs description
•   watch for the flow and clarity of phrasing
•   consider the overall pacing of the story

Learning how to critique the works of others not only allows you to support your writing community but can also give you great insight into your own work.

I’ve created a forum called Writing Talk where you can get your work critiqued! The Forum has boards for writing discussions, challenges and prompts but it also has a restricted board for getting critiques.

The Critique board is accessible by password only – this means your work is safe in a private place – not in a public board where anyone passing through can see them!!

Please come and register for Writing Talk, introduce yourself in the Welcome Board and tell us about your writing, then see what the Forum has to offer!

I hope you’ll come and take a look. I’ve worked hard to create this in order to support my fellow writers and could really use some support and feedback on this!!

Would you like to have a safe place to get feedback? Would you commit to giving feedback to others as well? Please leave your ideas, comments, suggestions in the comments below!!

Writing Talk

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