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SERIOUS WRITERS is a team of authors who collectively encourage positive attitudes and strive for growth, regardless of their current level of experience. But wherever you are on your writing journey, we will make the trip as fun and enjoyable as possible. Join us and work with like minded members who share the goal of continuously improving their writing craft.

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ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS By: J.C. Laird
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If you discover interesting articles on writing or related subjects, you can post them here.

We will post informative and helpful information from experts in the writing field -- topics that should appeal to those who are really serious about writing. Whenever possible, each author/writer will be given credit for their work and a link posted to their blog or website. Posts from BEFORE the BookRix changeover have been archived... Show more

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Adlin T.

J.C., thank you very much for your advice on 'Too Much Telling' and 'Not Showing'. I welcome it and found it useful.
AdlinT

Tuti Von Zehren

My utmost gratitude! Invaluable advice for a beginner like myself.

shalomy

Am grateful for that advice for people like me

PROMOTIONS and ADVERTISING This thread is for all members of our group to advertise their work. ... By: J.C. Laird
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PROMOTIONS and ADVERTISING

This thread is for all members of our group to advertise their work. Tell us about your books, old or new, post links, pictures, blurbs and video promos.

Also use this link to post samples of your work and request comments/reviews. In short, put your work here; make it interesting and try to grab the visitor's attention. Get some publicity for that hard work of yours.

If you advertise books with adult... Show more

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Rece Orlando

Great reviews from recent readers of my book!
I'm happy that your enjoying my book, as the story develops and unfolds in book number two... what will James do... his fate is undetermined but he has a choice doesn't he? 
Book two coming out very soon! 
For anyone who hasn't read my... Show more

An Encounter with a Transsexual Mistress. A slave powerless to resist... in this chilling start into the twisted life of a Mistress in search of that... Slave. https://www.bookrix.com/_ebook-rece-orlando-an-encounter-with-a-transsexual-mistress/ The story of an office geek living the mundane office life, wakes up and wants more from life, but gets more...much more. Through a series of coincidental events, his mind is overwhelmed and consu...
Key

LOOKING FOR REVIEWS PLEASE

Collide https://www.bookrix.com/_ebook-akilah-saunders-collide/        A big beautiful catastrophe, that’s what they are headed toward. Still some explosions are destined and there isn’t anything that can stand in the way.  Nova had spent weeks holding back.  T...
judycolella

Here's a book by Arpita Singh.

I can't hold her back https://www.bookrix.com/_ebook-little-hearts-i-can-039-t-hold-her-back/ Rahul and trisha, head over heels in love with each other, have to part because of trisha's career plans. Their last encounter before trisha leaves, encapsulates the beautiful and heart-warming rel...
The difference between books of today & days long gone by By: Chris-Jean
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Serious writers, who are keen to self-publish a paperback version of their story, understand the importance of creating an eye-catching cover, coupled with an intriguing title. They also realise the importance of choosing a title that will fit on the spine of their cover. The ideology being: it doesn't matter whether your book is displayed with the cover or the spine facing outwards it will still whet prospective reader's... Show more

Are our books displayed the wrong way round? Cambridge librarian reveals the fashion used to be for spines to face the wall http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/27/books-displayed-wrong-way-round-cambridge-librarian-reveals/ There are plenty of ways to display books on your shelves:
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J.C. Laird

Thanks Chris,-Jean, I had not heard/read of that practice in days or yore. Learned something new today!

Bobby

Speaking of direction while only North and South is displayed on house tops. E and West are just labeled if ever so.

Bobby

We always talk of North and South , why? .Mark Twain once said EAST is EAST and WEST is WEST, twain shall never meet. Why everything is changing?

Something to think about, writers By: felixthecat
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At a young age I was knocked out by the writing of C.S. Lewis...oddly enough, not so much by The Chronicles Of Narnia, as much as his Space Trilogy and The Great Divorce. He was a brilliant Oxford scholar and precise theologian in layman's clothes.

He spoke via a series of letters to a young fan about the craft of writing, and his thoughts are still relevant today; probably always will be.

Read what he said here...

... Show more

5 Writing Tips from C. S. Lewis – The Writing Cooperative https://writingcooperative.com/5-writing-tips-from-c-s-lewis-6c58abcb6e7e Lewis’s letter to a young fan about how to become a better writer
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Bobby

I have always said it and CS Lewis is right on the mark.

felixthecat

A cultured, gifted man who sat amongst the likes of J.R.R. Tolkein and Charles Williams. Without a doubt, some of the best, most creative writers of the age.

S. J. Crona

I actually disagree with a lot of what he said here, but I think is advice is certainly well suited to writing children's novels. I love his fourth tip, though. That's applicable to everyone.

Chris-Jean

CS Lewis's tips should be noted, or bookmarked by any new author considering writing a children's fiction story.

Thank you for sharing, Pat.

Chris-Jean

PS I was truly humbled, when one reviewer likened the writing in one of my stories to CS Lewis's, Narnia Chronicles.

Life is a mess By: Arpita Singh
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Life is such a baffling probability while death is a straight-laced certainty.

When a day starts with happiness, it ends with agony.

When a day starts with tears, it ends with laughter.

The troubles never abet while the solutions never fortify.

The numerous questions stall our way in the broad daylight while the few answers remain lurking in the darkness.

The endless lies float on the surface while the naked truths sink out of... Show more

Writer Milestones! By: S. J. Crona
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Whooohoooooo~! I just reached 40k words in my current novel project!

Now, I know this might not seem like such a large feat to you, but this is the furthest I have ever gotten in any of my novels. It means I am halfway there with the projected length of my novel! It means I have a lot done, which means I am more likely to finish. After seven—almost eight—years of writing, this is the only time I have felt so close to finishing... Show more

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angamonkey

ohhhhhh.... and how is that not a big deal. You're making progress :D Keep us posted on how it's going!

S. J. Crona

Ahhhhh! Thank you! I can't believe it. T^T I'm still in shock (but still writing lol).

angamonkey

you got this!

jake wilhelm

There is nothing better than finishing, but knowing you're almost there is a very close second. Good job and keep going. My own milestone - I have bundled together some of my recent and older stories into four story collections that I will be issuing very soon. Oh boy! Then I go... Show more

Downloads By: S. J. Crona
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Why do I feel like there are a disproportionate amount of people downloading my books, while I'm receiving almost no favorites or comments? I just posted a story with only one, short chapter so far, and it's already recieved 4 downloads and 5 views—but zero favorites or comments. Hmm... strange...

Does anyone else notice this with their work?

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S. J. Crona

Yeah... I think it might be difficult to convert an epub into text though. The format is really weird and almost theft-proof. But that would be frustrating nonetheless >.<

judycolella

I removed the download option on my books because I, too, was finding them on other sites without my authorization. That's plagiarism and piracy, and is against the law, but it costs a lot to go after these creeps. So I just made them available to BookRix members.

Another reason... Show more

S. J. Crona

I keep looking my own books up on Google now, but I can't seem to find anything weird ^^;

It's the same with my art: other artists keep complaining about people stealing their art online, but I've yet to experience such a thing. On one hand, I'm not sure whether I should be glad... Show more

The Writing Industry Has Changed By: felixthecat
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And will probably continue to change as the months and years roll onward.

When I first began to seriously write years ago, there was little activity online. No Amazonbooks, no sites such as this for writers to have community or publish. If you aspired to get published, you had two avenues: Vanity Presses, or submissions to agents or houses The latter was extremely difficult to get a foot into. Many of us wrote and queried... Show more

How We Got 10 Million Teens to Read Fiction on Their Phones https://medium.com/@prernagupta/how-we-got-10-million-teens-to-read-fiction-on-their-phones-19a2a475084c The story of Hooked
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jake wilhelm

I also remember the pre-Internet fiction days. Lots of submissions, even more rejection letters (makes me think people heard about me and sent pre-emptive letters!) I also considered the vanity press deal, and found it too expensive. I dig the Internet publishing, even if I... Show more

felixthecat

Well said, Jake. The very first "novel" I began...years ago...was written on a legal pad, using a pencil (so that I could correct misspellings more easily). Never owned a word processor per se. When I discovered Word, the writing experience exploded inside me.

When I mentioned... Show more

S. J. Crona

Hmmm... I don't know if I like this new chat-based story telling...

SORT OF.

Let me reiterate:

I don't consider that to be literature, but a game. And I do respect games as gateways for storytelling. It reminds me of visual novel games (which are games, but they utilize images,... Show more

jake wilhelm

I guess I knew what you meant about dumbing down, but went off on a different tangent. I think I need one of them smart phones - they make you smart, right? Seriously, I've never had a cell phone in my whole life. Old fashioned in other ways - like you mentioned, I also wrote... Show more

S. J. Crona

That's also a good point. This new method works for simple stories, but not for immense, complex novels. I must be old fashioned too, and I am a millennial, haha.

My writing just got rejected for the first time... By: S. J. Crona
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Well, what a day.

I have been fairly impartial toward my writing in recent years, and by that, I mean that I haven't been focusing on it very much, and I haven't had the passion to try and do anything with it. However, I recently submitted an excerpt of one of my novels-in-progress to an online publisher.

I'll be honest, I haven't really considered myself very ambitious when I comes to my writing. Maybe when I was younger I... Show more

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k.p.hansen

I did it.

Well sometimes you just need to articulate and write down things like this. Either to ease the damper which you mentioned and/or to share your thoughts.

To read it and to emphasize what’s going on, that’s what friends are for and one of the purposes of our community on this side.

bubbles83

Feels good to let it all out doesn't it? :) I know what you are talking about, I have never had realistic aspirations of making it as a famous writer, just a fools hope that I might get lucky one day, but so far I haven't felt that my work is good enough for publishing. Still I... Show more

felixthecat

Sabrina,

Don't you feel the least bit defeated. We are all little fish in a big, BIG pond. All equal in that no one sees us at first. I could give many, many examples of famous writers who wallpapered their office with rejection letters...Stephen King for one. Keep this in mind,... Show more

Chris-Jean

Your artwork is brilliant, Sabrina, and no one can take that away from you. You also put lots of care and attention into your writing, & take time to painstakingly edit it so that it is as near perfect as possible. You also make sure to use lots of metaphors and action-packed... Show more

S. J. Crona

k.p. - Yeah, that was the main reason for posting this. Thanks for reading it. I feel better already, having gotten that weight off my chest. I had talked to my mom about the rejection, but she really doesn't seem to care about things like that. That's not to say that she's... Show more

Proper Use Of The Comma Is More Serious Than You May Think By: judycolella
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I read an article by Kelly Gurnett, a writer for "The Write Life" that highlighted a law suit settled by the way a comma was used. For real! Kelly wrote the following:

“'Who gives a $#%& about an Oxford comma?'

"So goes one of my favorite lyrics by Vampire Weekend, and the answer to date has largely been: grammar nerds, Strunk & White and those who follow the infamous Chicago vs. AP style debate.

"Now, we can add dairy driver to... Show more

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judycolella

The saga of William Strunk and E.B, White - ah, where to begin...okay. Mr. Strunk was a fanatic for using good, proper English, and he taught about it at Cornell University, I believe. Anyway, he did a little 48-page book called "The Elements of Style" which he inflicted on his... Show more

The Cambridge comma http://lavengro.typepad.com/peter_harvey_linguist/2013/04/the-cambridge-comma.html Louise at Glossophilia describes the Cambridge comma. It is an April Fool’s Day joke, 1 April being the day when people in Britain and some other countries play practical jokes, and newspapers and blogs join in. The joke is based on the Oxford comma, also known as the serial comma, which is a well-established aspect of English punctuation. It is the comma placed before the last item in a list; it takes its name from Oxford University Press, where it is the house style. It is also an extraordinarily controversial matter for reasons that I totally fail to understand. In...
felixthecat

Long live Judy!

judycolella

[Takes a bow, Cheshire-grinning]

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