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Re: Synopsis
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Reply to: #821789 by Alaska hsm
Dec 28, 2013 12:05pm
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As the Mad Hatter said, "Start at the beginning, go on until you come to the end, and then stop."
Quinn
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Apr 1, 2015 10:59am
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Okay I was told this is the place I could go and tell you all. Yay I'm published. I was also told I could cross post to the writing group and the nano group.

So I got picked up by the Electric Scroll (Romana's publishing company) and I have my first book out.

Here is what it is about.
Quinn: The travelers book 1
Quinn Brooks woke in a hospital room with no memory of how she got there; she only knows she must escape or die. Fortunately Samantha Woods was willing to pick up hitchhikers, and the two women became friends.

As they travel across Alaska, Canada, and into the lower 48, Quinn ‘Travels’ uncontrollably in time.

Pursued in the present and shot at in the past, can Quinn find the answers she needs before time runs out?

If you would like to buy it you can buy it directly from the publisher http://www.electric-scroll.com/index.php?content=book&id=13 or from Amazon. It's available in both paperback and e-book.

Some of you told me to tell you when it came out so that is why I am posting. The second book is scheduled to be out in November.
Re: Quinn
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Reply to: #893555 by Alaska hsm
Apr 1, 2015 3:16pm
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Congrats! Sounds interesting..will have to look for it!
Editor recommendations
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Jun 25, 2015 8:50am
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So, I have finished my novel and I am looking for a really good editor. Can anyone recommend a really good editor?

Thanks in advance,

csk
Re: Editor recommendations
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Reply to: #902704 by Captain Slick Kitty
Jun 25, 2015 8:55am
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Congrats on finishing your first book! :)
Re: Editor recommendations
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Reply to: #902706 by photopam
Jun 25, 2015 11:21am
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Thank you!
Re: Editor recommendations
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Reply to: #902704 by Captain Slick Kitty
Jul 2, 2015 5:56pm
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Yay, hooray!
Welcome to the ranks of authors! You are one of the privileged few who has actually finished the novel they had an idea for...a very small percentage of people who have ideas for books.

I recommend you don't lay out large amounts of money to pay for an editor. Find other writers who will trade editing with you for free. What's your book about? I've got a romance, and also a romantic suspense that could use another pair of eyeballs on them.

Romana
Re: Editor recommendations
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Reply to: #903383 by Romana
Jul 8, 2015 4:45pm
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It's my version of Sleepy Beauty. I know the genre is probably played out but it was a story that was in my heart and I had to get it out!

csk
Re: Editor recommendations
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Reply to: #904016 by Captain Slick Kitty
Jul 8, 2015 6:18pm
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It's my version of Sleepy Beauty. I know the genre is probably played out but it was a story that was in my heart and I had to get it out!

And how many versions of Romeo & Juliet have there been? Don't worry that it's a version. It's your version, and therefore unique. Writers need to trust their heart, because when they do, they will write something that is true. And that sort of truth has nothing to do with whether the writing in question is fact or fiction.

Romana
Re: Synopsis
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Reply to: #821789 by Alaska hsm
Jan 2, 2018 5:50pm
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A synopsis can really be a pain. I have two hints. Look at the ones in books like Cliffs Notes. Check out the opening phrases used: Later that evening, Unknown to, Mary explains to, Before John could start to...

The second hint (which it is probably too late for) is: As you are writing the book write a one or two line summery of each chapter. Makes it easy to focus on the most important points.
Re: Editor recommendations
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Reply to: #904022 by Romana
Jan 2, 2018 5:53pm
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Just discovered Writer's workshop. I'm new. Hope this
gets active again. I've just written a book called The letterbox Murders and I'd love to hear what you all think.
Re: Editor recommendations
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Reply to: #955127 by Labyrinth Lady
Jan 2, 2018 6:13pm
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I have ordered it on Kindle-hope to start it next! (Currently reading the new Lee Child/Reacher)
Yuke
Re: Editor recommendations
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Reply to: #955127 by Labyrinth Lady
Jan 3, 2018 3:39am
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Mitzi - is that you....???
Re: Editor recommendations
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Reply to: #955140 by SherlockMiles
Jan 3, 2018 3:08pm
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Hi, I am a "mitzi" Am I the one you mean? I think there is yet another "Mitzi" who is a letterboxer. I'm an old timer formerly from Portola Valley, now Grass Valley. My book, The Letterbox Murders, takes place in Portola Valley, Woodside and Redwood City.Am I the "right" Mitzi?
Re: Editor recommendations
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Reply to: #955160 by Labyrinth Lady
Jan 3, 2018 4:19pm
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Can't wait to read it, since we are familiar with those areas in the Bay Area!!

-Amanda from Seattle
Re: Editor recommendations
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Reply to: #955161 by Amanda from Seattle
Jan 3, 2018 4:51pm
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Amanda, I remember your stamp. I'm pretty sure I have it in one of my old log books
Re: Editor recommendations
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Reply to: #955127 by Labyrinth Lady
Jan 14, 2018 7:06pm
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Just finished reading The Letterbox Murders .... thanks for a fun read!

My next writing project is volume two of family history/stories. Maybe I should have the people on this board help me sort out the title for volume two.
writers blog
Board: Writer's Workshop
Jan 22, 2018 2:22pm
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Hi, I'm planning to start a blog. Do any of you all have experience designing one? Should I go with the ones that are free or ones that cost as monthly fee? Do any of you have a blog? I thought about calling mine, "Shut up and just write the damned book" but that is probably too long (That was my husband's advice that finally got me actually writing my book.) Any other suggestions?

Thanks, Labyrinth Lady
Re: writers blog
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Reply to: #955814 by Labyrinth Lady
Jan 22, 2018 7:30pm
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I'm a blogger!
It honestly just depends on why you want to blog. Do you just want to get your voice out there? write down your thoughts/creative processes? Want to showcase your life or what you do? Do you want to be able to make money from it?
If it's for fun you can use whatever free service you want. Blogger and wordpress are popular.
If you want it to be professional or own your own domain (ie. myblog.wordpress.com vs myblog.com) you will want to look at buying a domain and being self hosted.
There's a lot to blogging especially if your goal is to make an income from it. If it's just for fun don't worry too much! Just do what you want, write what you want, and share.

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Re: writers blog
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Reply to: #955826 by Catchow
Jan 22, 2018 8:39pm
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Thanks, Catchow. Big help. I am a writer (newly hatched) and was told that getting a good following on a blog was a good way to sell your book and get your name out there. It's too late for my first book (The letterbox Murders) but I'm working on the sequel. My blog will take new writers through the process of writing a first novel. My mistakes (like not having a blog up earlier) and what I learned.
What is the name of your blog?
Thanks so much for replying. You have been very helpful. L.L.
Re: writers blog
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Reply to: #955828 by Labyrinth Lady
Jan 23, 2018 12:46pm
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Blogs are a great outlet to showcase your work and promote products for sure.

This is my blog: notyourtypicalhippie.com

If you have facebook I recommend you request to join the group Boss Girl Bloggers. There's a ton of information available and a lot of lovely ladies who are willing to help and answer questions.

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Re: writers blog
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Reply to: #955814 by Labyrinth Lady
Jan 23, 2018 1:51pm
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I have a blog for quilting. It's more of a journal to keep track of my projects that I have done over the last 30 years. The title of mine is "My Quest to Quilt" but my subtitle is "..or finding time every day to quilt". You could find a short title "Putting Pen to Paper" for example and use your "shut up and just write....." as the subtitle. That would work perfectly!
I use Blogger which is free and easy to use. It has everything I need and I can revise the code if needed.

You can set up a separate page for each chapter and character if that applies. Add lables to the posts is an easy way to organize.

Good luck, I am very excited for you!

Alice
Re: writers blog
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Reply to: #955852 by Catchow
Jan 23, 2018 2:37pm
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Thank you so much. I knew I'd get some good advice on this site.
Re: writers blog
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Reply to: #955858 by Mini Mouse
Jan 23, 2018 2:41pm
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Great suggestions re name. Thanks so much. Starting something so so much fun and I love the help I'm getting.
Re: writers blog
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Reply to: #955814 by Labyrinth Lady
Jan 24, 2018 7:28am
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Do any of you have a blog?

I used to do a Letterboxing-related blog, "Boxers 'n' Briefs", but haven't done one in a few years. So I have no current experience with tools or hosting sites. I used Blogger for that, and found it to be simple to learn, but with the features I needed. Dang, it's tempting to dredge that up again, I really enjoyed doing it. I just ended up spending too much time on it, and it became a distraction.

Coincidentally, my first Published Book was ABOUT blogging! Sort of. In a warped, wassa-like way. It's called (blatant plug) "Blog Post Mortem" .
Re: writers blog
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Reply to: #955891 by wassamatta u
Jan 28, 2018 12:13pm
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Hey, Plug away! I'll check it out. Thanks.
Re: Editor recommendations
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Reply to: #955127 by Labyrinth Lady
Jan 28, 2018 3:27pm
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It sounds wonderful. I'm looking forward to reading it.

dp
Re: Editor recommendations
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Reply to: #955539 by Dartmoor Dreamer
Jan 30, 2018 10:04am
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Hi, Dartmoor Dreamer, et al.
What a wonderful idea to write a family history and record some of those great stories that have been passed around. I didn't understand the value until I was much older and most of the relatives I could have asked were dead. There are so many questions I would love to have answered. Good Luck. I know the rest of your family will really appreciate your effort.

Also, thank you for reading my book. If you would like to leave a review on Amazon, that would be great. Didn't realize how important that was until I published.

Labyrinth Lady
New Blog
Board: Writer's Workshop
Feb 5, 2018 11:07pm
Just started my blog. MitziPhillips.Blogspot.com. It will follow this writer's experience writing a first novel. I'll share all the humiliating mistakes I made and tips I picked up along the way. My main goal in writing this blog is to let writers know that that if I can write a book, anyone can. So get cracking and write that book.
correction on blog address
Board: Writer's Workshop
Feb 7, 2018 9:46pm
The correct address for my new blog on writing a first novel is mitziphillips.blogspot.com