Sites for Writers

As you can see the list of links to sites for writers is growing. If you know of a good site for writers that isn't listed yet please leave a link in the comment section here and I'll update the list.
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News and Reminders

  • Short story contest- the deadline to submit your Italy/Italian related short stories is 30th April 2007. Don't miss out on this opportunity to be published in this anthology. Remember stories can be fiction (of any genre), non-fiction or poetry and can be anywhere between 500 and 1500 words. All submissions should be sent to jo_bins@yahoo.com with short story contest written in the subject line.

  • Maria M. Rivera will be the guest speaker in the http://jolinsdell.tripod.com chatroom on Saturday 31st March at 6 p.m. CET (there is a time converter on the website for those who need it).

    María M. Rivera is a Spanish Medical Interpreter who writes on diverse topics. Besides being bilingual (Spanish <> English) she also studies Italian and Technical Communications. Originally from Puerto Rico, she now resides in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. She is an active member of St. Florian Parish in West Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she volunteers as a Confirmation catechist.
    Other published articles include: “The Many Marys of Latin America” (2000), an article published by The Catholic Herald; “Fatima by the Lake” (2002) and “Carmelite Ascent in Wisconsin” (2002); both which appeared in National Catholic Register. And, “The Gift of Aunthood”, published by Canticle Magazine (2001), among others.
    María M. Rivera graduated from Cardinal Stritch University, with a degree in Mathematics, which she considers ‘another language’. María is a member of Midwestern Association of Translators and Interpreters; Catholic Writers Guild; Amici d’Italia; St. Florian Adoration Choir; and St. Florian Book Club.

  • I have Celiac Disease and came across a blog this week written by a fellow writer in one of my yahoo groups that I just have to share with you all. http://glutenfree-travel.blogspot.com/ is well written and packed full of useful information about Celiac Disease and the gluten-free diet. Although I've suffered all my life from it I was only diagnosed in November 2005. I'd never even heard of Celiac Disease until then. There are lots of people out there suffering due to this food intolerance without knowing they are Celiac.
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Dave and Lillian Brummet Interview

Tell us a little about yourself
Dave and I have been writing professionally since 1999. We have published two books: Towards Understanding - A Collection of 120 Poems (2005; non-fiction, chronological), which depicts the healing process one goes through and the steps taken to get past the pain and towards understanding of both the purpose in life, and the value of life. Trash Talk (2004; non-fiction, environment) shows readers how they can save money while making their community become a more prosperous, attractive and healthier place to live. Our third non- fiction book will be released on June 30, 2007: Purple Snowflake Marketing - How To Make Your Book Stand Out in a Crowd - for authors that are seeking ways to make their book stand out like a purple snowflake in a snowstorm.Dave and I were honored with an award for "outstanding use of various media in ongoing outreach work to reduce waste in our environment" by the Recycling Council of British Columbia. Seeds of Diversity also awarded us with a Certificate of Appreciation for volunteer contributions and Dave won an award for his photography through Cottage Magazine. The Boundary Family Read, Columbia Basin alliance For Literacy recognized our support of their programs. My poetry has won several awards and appeared in five hardcover anthology books and numerous publications throughout North America. Just recently we were informed that we had been nominated for the Home Town Hero award, which is a Canada-wide event.

When did you decide to become a writer?
Both of us have written as a hobby long before deciding to go professional. My earliest recollection began with the influence of two teachers. An elementary teacher gave me special attention for a story about a sad elderly widow who dressed in colorful, flowered clothing in an effort to brighten her day. The teacher said she had never seen such writing from a student. A high-school English teacher, Mr. O'Connor, encouraged me as well. I wrote poetry as a private therapy for a rough upbringing and was encouraged by friends to enter poetry contests. It was at this time that the writing bug really began.About 9 years ago, I received injuries from a vehicle accident that required me to retire from my business "Incredibly Clean". At the time, Dave was taking a correspondence writing course. He had written several short stories and had dreamed of becoming a writer for some time. I began taking the course as well. When our articles sold, we realized that a career was possible and began our journey.Dave recalls that his earliest inspiration began during the fourth grade when he wrote a short story that received compliments from his mother and aunt. He is currently re-writing that same story that started it all...

What was your first published work?
Trash Talk (ISBN# 141372518X) is the first book that Dave and I wrote.Trash Talk began as a series of articles that focused on ways the average person can make small changes to do their part for the Earth. We compiled all the articles and other information that we could not fit in the limited space of our bi-weekly column into this book. Trash Talk embarks on frugal and conscious living techniques for the individual. We focus on the reuse of "waste" materials and reducing the consumption of resources. Trash talk is written to empower people to feel more positive about their worth as individuals in a hectic, expensive, environmentally stressed world. We show how to make a real and visible difference, while saving money at the same time. People are constantly bombarded with negative information about the environment and our resources. Feeling powerless because we cannot afford to donate cash or time to a cause, we begin to feel overwhelmed by the immense environmental problems our world faces. In Trash Talk, we focus on changing people's mindset to a more open, hopeful and proactive one. Not by finger-pointing at corporations and governments, but by starting in our own homes, at our own desks. Trash Talk is an excellent resource in the classroom for recycling, environmental and gardening programs. Educators/caregivers can use the book to teach gardening skills (seed saving, composting, tree planting) and Vermiculture (worm composting) - the students can build their own worm bin and learn from the "worm farm". (Did you know that compost worms (red wigglers) can produce 2,000-9,000 babies annually?) Craft websites are listed for artistic projects using "waste" items. The book could be used as a tool for probing young minds to come up with original reuse ideas or environmental activities that the group can participate in. 140 resources listed at the back of the book will lead educators and individuals to new information and ideas. Trash Talk is at the Grade 10 level of reading, however, in the hands of a teacher the concepts and projects can easily be implemented as early as Grade 4.

What other books have you published?
Our second book is also a non-fiction work, but is of the poetry genre. Towards Understanding (ISBN# 1413793371) his book of 120 non- fiction poems is written in chronological order. It is a story of survival from childhood abuse, of breaking the chains of inner demons, finding value and purpose in life and growing towards understanding - but not quite reaching it. The poems also embrace the environment and question society. Towards Understanding will reach today's female audience because it is a true story of a young woman growing through childhood trauma, being independent at age 13, moving through healing and finding self worth. Readers will witness me battle my past demons, raise my voice in anger, discover self- awareness and recover from and intense relationship bordering on obsession. They will see the healing process as I become aware of the value of my life and fall deeply in love with a wholesome man. Finally, able to see beyond myself, I begin to question society and endeavor to understand others. In the end, I discovers a love for nature and a dedication to the health of the Earth.Our third non-fiction will be released on June 30, 2007 as an e-book: Purple Snowflake Marketing - How To Make Your Book Stand Out In A Crowd is a reference guide for self-marketing authors who want to stand out in the crowd. With over 500 direct links to resources, a holiday/event calendar and images of sample promotion materials, the e-book creates a way for authors to design an effective marketing plan and utilize frugal promotional tools with the click of their mouse.Release date: June 30 2007 Publisher: http:// www.twilighttimesbooks.com

What is your dream as a writer?
Our goal is to leave a lasting legacy - by this I do not mean having our name in print or being remembered after we are gone. When I say "legacy" I am referring to the impact that our lives have had on the world. Have we left it a better place? Have people benefited from our existence? Is the world a brighter cleaner, healthier planet due to our actions - or have we only worsened the issues? This is what I mean by a legacy. Our free-lance writing and photography are also useful tools for us to pursue this endeavor. We practice what we write about in our home, our gardens, around local wilderness and in our office as well.

What writing avenues are you currently pursuing?
Well, as I mentioned earlier - we are freelance writers, in fact this is how we began our career as writers. I have also written book reviews for Curled Up (http://www.curledup.com/) and Poetry In The Park. Currently, I am a freelance book reviewer, though I still work for Book Ideas as well (http://www.bookideas.com/).Is there anything you wish you had been told earlier in your career?Absolutely. There is no doubt that we would have benefited from a book like Purple Snowflake Marketing when we first started out. Firstly, we had issues with keeping records of all the marketing endeavors we were doing. The amount of research required and time put into marketing a book was a bit of a shock to us when we first began. Another issue we had trouble facing initially was to not take it personally when people would say they would buy the book, and didn't.

What advice can you offer writers just breaking into a serious writing career?
Research. If you know something is coming up, research it and make a plan of action well ahead of time. If we did not start the market plan and develop a plan of action and estimated schedule soon after finding out the manuscript was accepted, we would have never been ready for the myriad of work ahead of us, much of which is time- sensitive. Join writers’ forums and research the previous messages for several months in the past. You will find many novice questions are thoroughly answered with many different people contributing ideas and opinions. Also sign up for several writers’ newsletters (there are many publications for each genre and aspect of writing). Always research your market and query them in a professional manner before sending a finished product. Doing it right is essential - there is but little chance to make an impression with a reviewer, editor, reader or publication. However, even with the best of preparation you will be caught off guard or unprepared. Don't sweat it too much if you make a mistake. Think of it as a lesson.

Anything else you want our readers to know?
Yes - I urge your readers to investigate our websites: http://www.sunshinecable.com/~drumit and http://www.myspace.com/canadianauthor Anyone interested in free articles, book reviews, tips on reusing "waste" around the home and office; people looking for author interviews, book promotion information and links to environmental organizations and individuals around the world, will find something useful at our websites.
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Jack Sorenson Interview

Tell us a little about yourself: A young man stricken down early in life with many illnesses. After 21 years of being laid up in a tiny room, I woke up one day to sit down and write 17 novels in a year and a half. And learned how to use a computer for the first time.

When did you decide to become a writer?
Two years ago.

What was your first published work?
The Child of the Shadows.

What is your dream as a writer?
One day to have many Novels published and have one become a movie.

What writing avenues are you currently pursuing?
A better use of language and Latin as I write in old English etymology middle English.

Is there anything you wish you had been told earlier in your career?
Spelling and the use of nouns and adverbs or treasured.

What advice can you offer writers just breaking into a serious writing career?
Use wise choices in the begining of your first chapters. Use good synopsis that is to the point in less than fifty words.

Anything else you want our readers to know?
Never give up your dream of writing.
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Kevin Ellis Interview

Tell us a little about yourself
One of my favorite subjects! I was born in Shreveport, LA. My father was in the military so we moved approximately every three years.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I have wanted to write for several years but was never afforded the opportunity. Being a police officer in a major metropolitan city is not conducive to an active writing career. After almost seventeen years, I decided enough was enough.

What was your first published work?
"The Rhoberts Brothers"

What is your dream as a writer?
To watch my novel become a movie with a visionary director.

What writing avenues are you currently pursuing?
Thrillers for the most part. I would like to try the horror genre after my current characters are finished in their limited series.

Is there anything you wish you had been told earlier in your career?
Absolutely. Check the roller for paper before you sit down and not after. Don't sweat the critics who tear apart your book. It's not personal. (They don't check for paper at all!)
What advice can you offer writers just breaking into a serious writing career?
Have fun with it. Your imagination is unlimited. If you think you shouldn't go there...please do. New and uncommon work is so refreshing. Be persistent with publishers and don't kill the editors. You can think about it, but don't do it.

Anything else you want our readers to know?
Yes, once again, I am available for private consultations with Cameron Diaz and Lindsay Lohan. Jessica Biel was scheduled in a few days ago, but we had a conflict in the dates. (The Mrs is coming so I have to go...) And that's the weather for today guys. Until next time...honey, no...don't read that
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Jan Verhoeff Interview

Tell us a little about yourself
I’m Jan Verhoeff. (My website: http://janverhoeff.com/) I’m a full time mom working from home, whether I’m writing for pleasure, for business, or for a client, it’s always fun to look across the room and watch my kids writing too. I’m an artist, too. So on those rare occasions, when I have nothing to say, I get out a paint brush and paint.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I’m not sure it was a decision. I think it might have been a passion I could not overcome and when it took over my life, I accepted it as part of who I am.

What was your first published work?
My first published work appeared in a Fan Club Magazine for Loretta Lynn in 1973, I told about attending her show at Greeley Colorado, and how I was totally mesmerized with her band and a few young guys who fronted her show. I was 14 at the time and a young man by the name of Kenny Starr from Burlingame, Kansas sang “The Key’s in The Mailbox”. To this day I can sing the song word for word.

What is your dream as a writer?
My dream as a writer is to share my passion of life and the joy I feel in the opportunities that come from every moment. I just want to share the power of words, the wisdom that comes from within, and the love I have to give.
Much of my writing is business documents, articles, and marketing ‘stuff’ so I realize the passion isn’t expressed in that corner, but I hope my sincere passion for what I do comes through even there.

What writing avenues are you currently pursuing?
I write business documents, articles, and marketing information for Internet Content, and I also write children’s adventure books and mild adventure - drama for adults. I love poetry, essays, and short stories as quick outlets.
I’ll pursue almost any venue, occasionally at random, just because I happen to put something on paper and that’s the venue it follows.

Is there anything you wish you had been told earlier in your career?
I wish someone earlier in my life would have encouraged me to write. For too long, I was told I had to do the ‘logical’ and encouraged not to follow my dream of writing, and now it seems I struggle with the confidence, although I have published proof of my ability. I wish I could encourage people to just encourage others more, and do less destruction of another person’s dreams.
I wish someone had told me not to let the nay-sayers wound my dreams and discourage me from following my passion.
What advice can you offer writers just breaking into a serious writing career?
When in doubt, just write. Don’t edit, don’t go back and reread it. Just write it. The voice and the flavor will come with the story. Give it life by rushing through the rough draft and allowing your story the freedom to find a path. Then go back and edit and rewrite, and trim the banks of your river to fit the story.
At least once in your career write with no destination, just a vision of a character and allow the character to ebb and flow with events and happenings until you reach the end of your story. This was one of my first projects in a writing class I took recently and it was rather revealing. I was impressed that my characters are so well developed that they can carry a story line with the simple introduction of a problem.

Anything else you want our readers to know?
I want the readers to know that anything is possible, you just simply have to believe and step out in faith to allow it to happen. Once you take that step - the rest is history. Your faith will bring you where you want to be, if you believe and just open up to what can truly happen for you.
And - I want the readers to know that some of my work is available at my bookstore - the link is on my site http://janverhoeff.com/
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Short story contest

I'm launching a new contest and you're all invited to enter!

I'm looking for short stories connected to Italy in some way. You're story could be based in Italy or have Italian people in it. Use you're imagination. As long as it has a connection with Italy it's valid. The genre is up to you but please keep it clean. No swearing, explicit violence etc...

Stories should be between 500 and 1500 words in length and may be used in a future anthology. Categories are fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Share your love of Italy and have the chance to have you're story published!

Deadline for submissions is 30th April 2007. Please send your submission to jo_bins@yahoo.com with 'short story contest' in the subject line.
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Chatroom events

Michelle Morris will be the guest speaker at http://jolinsdell.tripod.com in the chatroom on Saturday 24th March at 6 p.m. CET

Michelle is 17 years old and the author of 'Poetry with meaning'. Michelle writes a lot about subjects that effect every day people on a daily basis such as; abuse, war, homelessness, abortions, murder, love, and all the things you see and hear about in the news - the reason? "At first, it was because these things moved me in so many ways - now - I know so many can relate to so much of it. My writing is ALL real".

Michelle lives in Wales (UK) and as well as her obvious love of writing she enjoys dancing. Her dream is to open a pole dancing studio, to teach it and to promote the dance as a fitness and sports programme and to ween off the idea that it is so unacceptable and to be frowned upon.

Don't miss out, join the chat! http://jolinsdell.tripod.com
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Interviews

Do you want to be interviewed for Writers and Authors?

The following questions are a guideline but if you would like to create your own questions (more specific for your book/writing) please feel free.

Writers and Authors Interview
http://writersandauthors.blogspot.com

Tell us a little about yourself
When did you decide to become a writer?
What was your first published work?
What is your dream as a writer?
What writing avenues are you currently pursuing?
Is there anything you wish you had been told earlier in your career?
What advice can you offer writers just breaking into a serious writing career?
Anything else you want our readers to know?

I look forward to receiving your answers soon. Please send your answers to jo_bins@yahoo.com with 'writers and authors' in the subject line. On receipt I will let you know the date your interview will be posted to the website. Please attach a photo to be posted with the interview.

If you are not a writer but work in the writing industry, I would be happy to interview you too.
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Welcome!

Welcome to Writers and Authors, a place for people in the writing industry to gather and share experiences, tips and advice. Not to mention promote their latest work and discuss various topics related to the writing industry.

Included in this blog you will also find; links to sites for writers, competitions and contests, interviews, writer and book event listings and more...
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