Future Girls – Now

September 24, 2014

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December 1st  Future Girls will be released!  Want to get a jump on it?  Ask for the Advance Reading Copy – bramkamp@yahoo.com  and post a review on Amazon on the release date.  It will help more than you think!

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More Editorial Notes You can Use Now

September 17, 2014

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You’ve heard authors say phrases like – editorial hell, working through the edits, I’m arguing with my editor.  My editor knows nothing.  Don’t talk to me, I’m working on the edits for my book.

So have I.

So when the edits for Future Girls (Eternal Press) were finally, finally, finally returned, I figured I would spend at least two or three weeks in editorial hell with the manuscript.

But I didn’t.

And I credit sending the manuscript out to Beta Readers before submitting it to the publisher.  Listening to the suggestions made by the Beta Readers made a tremendous difference in the editorial process.

But nothing is ever perfect.

Future GirlsAccording to the editor, or in this case, the style guide she employs “No beginning sentences with “And,” “Or,” or “But” I’ve gone through andRead More

Episode 147 – “Social Media For Noobs”

September 14, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest: Thubten Comerford

http://wepostmedia.com/

Twitter expert.

We’ve talked with Frances Caballo, twitter expert and author. I just connected with Thubten Comerford (through Twitter, aren’t you proud?) And he runs a company devoted to Twitter and maximizing their client’s platform.

So I wanted to get information the Newbie Writer can start using right away to build you platform and create fans even before the book is published.

From:

http://wepostmedia.com/

We create social experiences that create engagement with your brand and converts customers. Developing social media profiles thoughtful content strategy and actively engaging current and potential customers. Developing Brand Personalities, Online Content, Social Media Strategic Marketing, customRead More

Tips from a real editor after reviewing a real manuscript.

September 10, 2014

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If I wasn’t convinced before that Beta Readers are the new black, then the notes from the editor of Eternal Press for Future Girls clinched the deal.

This is what my editor said after reviewing the manuscript for Future Girls:

“Congratulations on a wonderful novel!  In general the writing was excellent and I felt fortunate to work with a writer who knows her craft. I quite enjoyed editing it and I hope that you find my suggestions useful.

“There are suggestions which I make that you can ignore.

“There are things in which my hands are tied, and these are items are from the EP Style Guide.

“”Said” and “asked” are the best (dialogue) tags because they are invisible. He declared, she announced, etc. all draw attention to themselves. I’ve pointed out a few of them, and when not necessaryRead More

Episode 146 – “Writing For Love With Melissa Smith Baker”

September 3, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Melissa Smith Baker, MA

Relationship Educator and Author

www.lovingforkeeps.com

Melissa and Catharine met through our speaker’s Bureau and she has written Save your Relationship from Yourself.

You blog and offer classes and produce a newsletter. Tell us about your journey in creating your book.

What are the most common questions you get asked?

Tell us about your favorite relationship myth.

How did your business grow? What was the thought behind the book, web site and classes?

How are the classes at the SMI coming along? How did you get that partnership?

Word of the week:

From Arlene Miller and author of the new The Best Grammar Workbook Ever

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10 Things Every Serious Writer Has…

September 3, 2014

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10 Things Every Serious Writer Has… | Writing in a Dead World.

Writing in a Dead World  posted a most excellent list for writers.  I’m a fan of owning too many pens and too many notebooks none of which I can seem to locate when I have a really great idea.

And if you are a serious writer, here is a tip if you are prone to  scribbling in the car, in traffic, on a note pad, because there isn’t a RULE against actual WRITING in the car, just texting.  Anyway, if you are trying to scrawl down that great idea for your NaNoWriMo novel, use a big, legal sized note pad.  That way you can write all over it, and something will be captured. Plus it may prevent you from writing on your slacks.

10 Things Every Serious Writer Has… | Writing in a Dead World

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What About A Book?

August 27, 2014

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I just met with potential clients – talented, interesting, successful women who want to share what they’ve learned beyond their client base and Influence more people than they will ever meet.

They are smart and thoughtful,  and so are considering many aspects of writing a book that on the face of it, have nothing to do with writing:

  • How to  attract guests to the workshop based on the book
  • Who to hire to create the web site for the book
  • Who is the best person to manage SEO.
  • Graphic artist for the cover design
  • How long or short is the time line  to create the finished product
  • What key words will best describe the book
  • Marketing plan for promotion
  • Business plan for the book
  • Proposal plan for publication
  • Indie or legacy publisher?
  • What is the ROI?

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Episode 145 – “Writing, Creativity And Business With Valerie Khoo!”

August 26, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Valerie Khoo

This week I had the pleasure to chat with Valerie Khoo, who is an extraordinary person who some how finds the time to write, run a national writer’s centre, is a professional speaker, blogger and podcast host. I try to find out how she does it all and keep a sane mind! We discuss how it all began, why accounting is not the ideal career for a writer, tips for newbies and much more.

Inspire. Create. Write.

You’ve heard of ‘writer’s block’. Well, think of the Australian Writer’s Centre as the complete opposite of writer’s block… a place where inspiration, encouragement and motivation don’t just reside – they thrive. This was certainly the aim of founder Valerie Khoo when she launched the Centre back in 2005. And sinceRead More

Episode 144 – Rocking The Blog Tour!

August 21, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Beth Barany

Beth and Catharine are actually on a blog tour today – Meet My Characters blog tour.

This week we get all rock n roll as we will discuss how to set up a blog tour, how to manage a blog tour and why do it at all. We also get side tracked and talk about beta readers and where to find them.

Word of the week

A.Word.A.Day

with Anu Garg

The human body has been described as the most complex machine around. No wonder Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, said, “The life so short, the craft so long to learn.” The parts of this machine have become such a part of the language that we use them without even realizing it. This week we’ll review five body parts (eye, hand, head, heel, and throat) that are embedded in our language in the form ofRead More

Hachette versus Amazon

August 14, 2014

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First, congratulations to Edan Lepucki, whose first novel, California: A Novel, hit the NYT Best seller list when Stephen Corbert endorsed it as example of of her (and his) publisher Hachette being bullied by Amazon over price fixing.  How marvelous to be the center of attention particularly when it doesn’t involve you per se.

The Hachette versus Amazon controversy has been mostly about author pay, the price of hard copy books and publisher’s margins, all the arguments depict Amazon as bad – very bad – and Hachette as the last vestige of traditional civilization.  The only company who really cares about authors is the legacy New York based  publisher.  The men who bring you the beautiful, book store distributed books.  This is the way it’s always been. And the fight to keep itRead More