Summer/Winter book promotion

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All four of my published books are on promotion beginning Sunday, July 1, this year. All but one of them is 50% (actually 49%) off. Go to Smashwords.com and see these and others.

See the listings, below:

PROVIDENCE; a love story
49% off
$1.00 US
coupon code:  SSW50

The Adventures of Chris Mouse; a story for the child in all of us
FREE
coupon code: none needed

Devotionals and Meditations, by Jewel Tilden
49% off
$1.00 US
coupon code:  SSW50

Jessica’s Way, by Jewel Tilden
49% off
$ 1.50 US
coupon code:  SSW50

Consider self-publishing with Smashwords to take advantage of this and other promotions.

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Sold a Book!

Yesterday I was looking at my account on Smashwords Image representing Smashwords as depicted in C...and discovered that one of the books I have published has sold two copies. Both of them were from Kobo Books.

My mother’s book, Devotionals and Meditations, sold one copy in the USA and one in Canada. I look forward to seeing this continue with this book as well as any of the others under the Write On! Publishing imprint.

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CORRECTION:

The two books I “sold” were not as I posted above. In fact, my mother’s book sold one copy through Kobo Books to a customer in the USA. My book, The Adventures of Chris Mouse shows as a sale, but was, in fact, a coupon “sale” to a reviewer.

Not bad, anyway.

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On Writing Dialogue

Do we write what we hear, or what’s intended?
Is consistency in character necessary when we write dialogue?
Do we need to make that differentiation?

The answer to the above questions is “yes” … except when it’s “no”.

If you’re writing non-fiction, or any other “serious” genera, you will want to avoid any  slang at all; unless you are trying to record a person’s quote exactly as given.

If you’re writing fiction, however, writing different speech patters, slang, dialect, or accent can improve the flow, the look, and the need for constant repetition of phrases like: “he said”, “she remarked”, or “they retorted quickly”.

See the section, below, from Sinclair LewisBabbit, chapter IV, section IV; a conversation between George Babbit and Paul Riesling.

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“… Wanta speak Mist’ Riesling, Mist’ Babbit Talking … ‘Lo, Paul?”
“Yuh.”

“S George speaking.”
“Yuh.”
“How’s old socks?”
“Fair to middlin’.How ‘re you?”
“Fine, Paulibus. Well, what do you know?”

“Oh, nothing much.”

“Where you been keepin’ yourself?”

“Oh, just stickin’ round. What’s up, Georgie?”

“How ’bout lil lunch ‘s noon?”
“Be all right with me, I guess. Club?”

“Yuh. Meet you there twelve-thirty.”
“A’ right. Twelve thirty. S’ long, Georgie.”

Note that Lewis used the dialogue, itself to indicate which of his character is speaking without repeated “He said, She said”. You may want to experiment with this style dialogue in your own writing.

Often, dialogue in writing reflects heavy use of slang and contractions. See below for an example, again from Lewis’ Babbit; chapter VI, section III; this time Mrs. Babbit to their son, Ted.

“Snoway talkcher father.”

This is an extreme example, but worth it if you can hear all the inflections. You would probably need to say it aloud to make it work.

In listening, I find myself “mis-hearing” statements which can be in two – or maybe more – ways, expressing totally different meanings. For example, we had a guest speaker at our church last evening. When talking about his son he told us he wanted to be “some kind of an engineer”. I, in my overly-critical manner, say his son wanted to be “some kinda Ninja near”. But that’s probably just me!

The disadvantage in writing what you hear is the danger of writing exactly what you hear, phonetically, is it may become totally unreadable: for example “Jeetyet” instead of “Did ja eat yet?” (This is usually used as an exercise in enunciation for actors, but my writing often reflects my other interests, experiences,  and backgrounds.)

Now, read over some of your work – especially books “in progress” – and see where you can improve it using these pointers. Your publisher will appreciate it and your readers will find you book much more readable!

So, until next time;
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Food for Thought!

The following essay was posted on BookRix by screen name “elisa1215” on Mar 8th 2012 at 12:11:29. If you will note her first and 18th paragraphs.

As writers and publishers, I think we can’t help but agree with this post.

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Censorship vs. gagging.

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“My Dad is uploading his work onto smashwords. Mark Coker, the site owner wrote him a message. This was his response, which he asked me to sen to you all:

“Does the date:10,

Mai 1933 mean anything to you?

“It was a day of infamy as far as ‘non-German’ (aryan) literature was concerned.

“One can compare it to the a*****e [sic.] who caused a world-wide outrage when he announced he would burn copies of the Koran.

“We saw the consequences of the incident in Afghanistan when a number of the Holy book of Islam was burned.

“So, these articles that were forever destroyed, were only bits of paper and ink one might say.

“The Bible is written on ink and on paper, what if that were also burnt because of its literary content?

“‘So what?’ Some people will say.

“I say ‘shame’, others though, will cry out ‘Sacrilege’.

“The following was part of the ‘letter’.

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“‘Two weeks ago, Paypal threatened to deactivate the account of Smashwords, if Smas

hwords did not immediately stop

selling certain categories of e-books that PayPal found offensive.

“‘This is censorship at its worst.

“‘Smashwords is a site dedicated to promoting new and established authors’ fiction and non-fiction.

“‘Today, I and other authors around the world now feel anger

and frustration, and we fear the day when censorship means your book, our books, our work will be cast into the fire, just because somebody does not agree to the contents.

“‘I fear a future where all books are banned (Fahrenheit 451), followed by all works of art.

“‘If you don’t agree with a book’s contents, then don’t read it.

“‘I once saw carved in stone, these words, “Freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear”.

“‘I am all for freedom of speech, after they take that away, what follows?

“‘If you believe in free speech then pass this message on everywhere you can.’

“Paypal is owned by Ebay. “His master’s voice”.

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“Thanks,

“Elisa.”

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Answers to Copyright Questions

In the past few days I have come across a couple things relating to copyright and copyright infringement.

First, I just finished reading a book which has been very helpful. I found it free on Smashwords.com. The book is: They Stole Your Book. Now What? by Ruth Ann Nordin.

Ms Nordin had a number of books which were stolen from Amazon.com and released under another person’s name and once under a different title. She had to jump through numerous hoops, write to Amazon, and even consult with a copyright attorney. Her book assists those who may find themselves in a similar predicament.

Yesterday I found a website called My Free Copyright. They offer absolutely FREE Copyright Protection. I tried it here on this blog and had no problems with it, nor any bill or receipt. Just a notice that my blog is now “safe”.© is the copyright symbol in a copyright notice

Check out these two resources. I know that you will find a lot of help from either or both of them.

Don’t forget, anything on the internet is easy to get hold of, steal, and call your own. Copyright is your protection from “web theft”.

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Take a minute to view the resources on the new Useful Links page. Let me know if it was at all useful and if you have any others you’d like to add. This can become a Write On! Publishing blog group interactive page.

Thanks so much for joining!

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“In Progress” Tab

If you’ve been here recently you noticed a page tab titled “Works in Progress”. Through recent discussions on LinkedIn and others, I have learned that posting an unprotected draft your book online is just like welcoming someone into your home and rob you. Therefore, I have removed that page.

I have been reading a book  dealing with this very subject and the complicated issues and processes of the copyright system and registering your copyright. You really need to read it. I found it on Smashwords as a free book.

They Stole Your Book Now What?, by Ruth Ann Nordin.

I have also downloaded it in PDF format directly onto my hard drive and may even print it out so I can refer to it easily if necessary. It’s that valuable a resource.

 

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