World eBook Fair

The 4th Annual World eBook Fair

July 4th to August 4th
Download Your Selections from (2,000,000 PDF eBooks)
Two Million eBooks Titles

"Welcome to The Fourth World eBook Fair where we hope you will enjoy at least a few of the books that are presented here, now in the millions.

Brief History of The World eBook Fair

Just two years ago The First World eBook Fairs came on the scene with about 1/3 million books and doubled to 2/3 million in 2008, and over a a million and a quarter presented last year.

Now over two million.

Created by contributions from 100+ eLibraries around the world, the largest collections are:

At midnight Central Daylight Time May 21, 2009 these were the approximate numbers:

100,000 from Project Gutenberg
500,000 from The World Public Library
1,385,000 from The Internet Archive
250,000 from eBooks About Everything
17,000 from IMSLP's Music eLibrary
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2,252,000 Grand Total

Since we are adding over a thousand books each business day, we should have little trouble in reaching our goal of 2 1/2 million by July 4-- once again doubling the total of the eBooks we are presenting to the general public".

For more details please visit http://www.worldebookfair.com/


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Review of Italian for Tourists Pocket Edition

http://www.travelblissful.com/italian-tourists-pocket-edition/

Reviewed by Erica Johansson

I wonder how come I haven’t made it to Italy yet. Ever since I knew the country existed (many, many years ago!), I’ve wanted to travel there. After watching The Talented Mr Ripley, shot in Rome, Naples and Positano, my desire to see Italy grew even stronger. I dream of admiring art in Florence, appreciate fashion in Milan, ride a gondola in Venice, discover Rome, relax on beaches in Sicily, visit Positano, eat home-cooked pasta and pizza, and, of course, speak Italian.

Italian for Tourists: Pocket Edition by Jo Linsdell offers everything you need for getting by in Italy for a couple of days or weeks. Apart from basic phrases and words tourists will need the most, the book includes a pronunciation guide and a small map of Italy.

Divided into 17 distinct chapters including Emergency, Common expressions, Greetings and introducing yourself, Transport, Hotel, Sightseeing, Asking and giving directions, Food and drink, Health, and Shopping, you can easily find what you’re looking for.

Having worked in hostels and as a tour guide plus lived in Italy for 7 years, Jo Linsdell had the right experience to create a guide to the Italian language. If you’re going to Italy, read this book before arriving.

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Interview with Janet Elaine Smith from Star Publish

How long has Star Publish been in business?


Star Publish is the dream child of Margie K. Tovrea, aka Kristie Leigh Maguire. An award-winning, multi-published author in her own right, Kristie has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of publishing first hand with the publication of her own novels. After enduring the difficulties of both traditional publishing and self publishing, Kristie saw a dire need for good publishers who were author-friendly. She decided to form her own publishing company.

Determined to build a publishing house that would produce quality books for other writers while helping them avoid some of the pitfalls of publishing that she had been through, Kristie founded Star Publish in March 2004. The main philosophy behind Star Publish from the beginning was to treat other authors the way Kristie would have liked to be treated while following her own publishing path with her books. Kristie was determined to give each author specialized and individual attention from the very beginning, and even after their book was released for publication. No author would be treated as just a number at Star Publish.


What makes Star Publish different from other publishers?


  • We stay a part of the author’s life even after the book is produced with an online meeting room for all Star authors and staff to interact together. We are also always available to our authors for any reason by email
  • We offer tips for marketing as well as some group marketing when the opportunities arise.
  • We take care of the background things such as adding your book to listings, posting media release on some online outlets, and making sure all book details are correct in such places as Ingram.
  • We are not out to make money. The charges passed to our authors are to cover the company expenses for the author’s book or books. This is why it is so important for Star and the authors to work closely together for the good of all. We are here for you, to handle the not so nice things behind the scenes of having a book published.
  • We offer a complete edit with each book we publish, which is included in the initial fee.
  • There are no “hidden” add-on charges to the authors for any of the services we offer. Both of our packages include an edit, marketing, cover creation, etc.


What genres do you publish?


We publish most genres. Our discrimination of what we accept depends mostly on the quality of the writing, the marketability of the book, etc. The only exception is probably for poetry. We have not published any poetry books.


Please tell us a bit about the publication packages available to your authors?


We have two publishing packages. They offer basically the same services. The primary difference is in the number of authors’ copies are furnished upon publication and the amount of royalties paid.


How many new books do you accept in a year?


That depends on how many good manuscripts we receive. So far, we have not had more submissions than we can handle. We did 11 in 2008. We have room to grow, but we will not sacrifice quality for quantity.


Where can people find out more about Star Publish?


The website is http://starpublishllc.com . All of the basic information is there. If someone has questions that aren’t answered, there is a contact place there as well.


Anything else you'd like to add?


As the Marketing Director, I deal with bookstores (primarily by phone) on a regular basis. I think Star Publish is the only POD or independent publisher that does this. We are proud that our books can be found on the bookshelves in many bookstores nationwide. Our books are recognized and included in the database of several of the big chainstores, as well as being well received by many independent bookstores. Star’s online book catalog has been a big hit with many of the bookstore managers.

One of our mottos is “Hang your books on a Star—Star Publish, that is.” We are always looking for great new talent.

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Apologises

My apologises for the recent lack of posting to this site. I have been relocating from Rome to Tivoli.

My brief break has however given me time to think about how to improve this site and keep it interesting.

I'd like to hear from you about what you would like to see on this site. What features do you like? What do you think is missing? Do you know of anyone I should interview? Do you know of any sites for writers that I should feature?

Please leave a comment with your thoughts and suggestions.
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Review of Strictly Platonic

Title: Strictly Platonic
Author: Dexter Harper
Reviewed By: Nick Sinn-White

Four words that have always challenged the reader to look beyond themselves have been: Truth, Detail, Insight and Life. In Strictly Platonic, a collection of short vignettes authored by Dexter Harper, we see a focus on the aspects of all four of those powerful words in today’s modern relationship. Dexter Harper, a new author, offers up a steaming mix of the good and the bad from the inside out of these center piece relationships. What Mr. Harper does well throughout Strictly Platonic is play the reader off of the characters, and these are characters you will identify with. Whether you like this identifying factor or not is not the issue at hand for Strictly Platonic. What is on hand inside this first time collection is a strong sense of human interest. Harper wants us to take each situation and not only learn from it but perhaps internalize it further. Can you learn before making said mistakes or will it take “jumping into the fire to feel the heat?” Harper almost seems to say, “Sometimes being in a relationship that’s taking that leap into the frying pan from strictly platonic to so much more is the actual catalyst for the burns you both desire and rebel against.” When is it safe to confess the emotions of devotion? When has a combination of truth, detail, insight and life come together for you? How did you react? What did you learn? And where are you now? Strictly Platonic might seem to be reaching for an incredibly grand life lesson but….isn’t that the lesson in itself? Life is a challenge. Loving is a challenge. Both are grand in and of themselves. Nothing Dexter Harper writes within these 206 pages will change that mentality for you, but sometimes you have to truly stare up into the sun to see how bright it is outside. Strictly Platonic is doing that for you. It’s letting it’s readers stare hard at some very real lessons involving love, life, and people. Then it steps back and says, “See, you could do this all along.” Be honest, be loving. Be smart. If Strictly Platonic does anything for you hopefully it taught you to challenge yourself emotionally inside and outside of your personal relationships that may or may not be, Strictly Platonic.
For more details on the purchasing of “Strictly Platonic” please follow the link below:
DEXTER HARPER NOVELS!


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Interview with Dusty White

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I can tell you the exact moment I decided “to be a writer.” It was the completion of my first book, which was promptly published by sheer magic, timing, and no small amount of effort. If it had not been published as quickly as it was, I might never have gotten to book two. I knew of a medium-sized publisher who specialized in the exact type of information my book covered, so I approached them directly, and they gave me money. From that point I was pretty much hooked on the whole concept of writing professionally.

The first book came as a complete surprise to me; I woke up early one morning sitting at a very old computer in my living room with 40 pages of small white text, formatted into paragraphs and chapters, on a mesmerizingly blue screen staring at me. This was of course back in the day when computers ran on DOS and the pretty “white pages” of Microsoft Word had not been invented yet. Everything I typed on that thing was pretty much one long, scrolling blue screen with endless paragraphs of small white letters. I knew where pages ended by printing out copies of what I wrote.

I have vague recollections of sitting at the computer for several hours the previous evening writing in a sleep-trance. I saved whatever it was and hurried off to work. It wasn’t until I got home later that I realized what I had and decided to finish it.

This was not the first thing I had ever written—I had put together a short “how to” booklet for work a few years earlier, but this felt entirely different. It had a weight I could feel even in its most raw stages. I could clearly see the depth of thought I would have to express, and the idea of getting this information out to the world carried me through the next few tedious months of writing, rewriting, and editing. I was extremely fortunate to write on something I felt so passionate about that I never restricted myself by wondering if I could or should write a book. I allowed myself to be consumed with the project, even at the cost of my (then wildly popular) social life. In hindsight, I must say that writing has caused me to become something of a hermit, but it is an addiction I would never try to kick.

What genre do you write? Why?

I stay pretty much in the self-help area. I have had several story ideas over the years, and even have a few graphic novels and film scripts I would like to see completed one day, but I know that I should leave the bulk of the creation of these to the professionals. I can tell you all about my idea for a new Star Trek franchise, one from the Klingon’s point of view; where Captain Kirk is “The Great Satan,” and how they see themselves as the victims of Federation imperialism. The idea has American drama written all over it: action, blood, violence, lots of explosions, honor, and vibrant, colorful characters. I can even give you a plotline and character motivation, but when it comes to writing the scenes or a novel I get lost. Writing self-help books allows me to focus on the information I want to share instead of the nuances of fiction that plague an analytical mind like mine. Besides, I really enjoy working on projects that empower people, that make their lives better or more fun. For me, the most direct route is helping them develop a skill. I deeply admire fiction authors, but I am happy where I am at.

Tell us a bit about your book "The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot--EVER!!"

This workbook is part of a larger course, which includes free online education and optional advanced training. The whole of it is a revolutionary look at an old system of divination. The book itself is centered around a set of easy-to-learn (and hopefully fun-to-do) exercises that allow you to use your eyes to see what the cards are saying instead of relying on memorizing meanings someone applied to each card. Look, if I gave you a fixed set of card interpretations and had you memorize them over the next 6-12 months, and then you found out that Agrippa or Levi had completely different views on the cards, where does that put you? Who do you believe then? What if someone write a book next year that says the complete opposite of what we have been told throughout history? There are thousands of Tarot experts, and everyone is naturally entitled to their own opinion; and that is what this book is all about.

We teach you how to look at you cards, from day one, and see the image that is on the card, and decide what that image means to you. They are your cards after all, and you will be he ones reading them for your clients. I certainly won’t be reading the cards for you, nor will any author whose book you ever read. We can tell you what works for us, what has been intended (by design) over the years. But when your client or friend is sitting across the table from you with those huge puppy-dog eyes full of trust and hope, it is your intuition that you will be pulling information from. Tarot is not a science; it is an art that blends intuition with symbolism and pattern recognition. To be a truly great Tarot reader you must develop your personal psychic powers, and that is what we focus on in this course. Every exercise in this book is carefully designed to develop several Tarot related skills at once, in a fun, entertaining way. Of course we have included “our interpretations of what each card means’ in the back of the book in case you want to know our expert opinion.

So far people really love this book and the techniques we employ to help them learn the Tarot quickly and easily. I am deeply appreciative of that.

What makes you qualified to write this book?

Other than my stunning good looks and humility? Well, I have been studying metaphysics, philosophy, and religion since I was 11. I knew I had a passion for this as early as age 4, but I couldn’t really put a label on it back then, other than “wizard.” I made the mistake of mentioning my aspirations to an adult once and was promptly laughed at, so I kept my dreams to myself and it wasn’t until I found a few books on divination and witchcraft that I was able to compare the reality I was programmed to believe against this new information. Suddenly I was aware of an infinite array of possibilities I could choose from. I had a growing understanding that I really could shape the world around me, instead of allowing circumstance to dictate the “reality” I subscribed to. Over the years this stayed a hobby until I found the opportunity to work as a professional Tarot reader. Since then I have helped over 15,000 clients internationally, mostly through the Tarot and astrology. I have also trained several students from complete novice through to professional level abilities.

All of that is nothing more than a series of connected facts however. What I believe makes me specifically qualified to write this particular book is my love of helping people learn. Traditional, dry, stuffy textbooks bore me to tears, and effectively shut down that most important part of my brain: that part which actively wants to learn, the bridge between conscious awareness and intuitive reception. My goal is to help other people learn consciously while simultaneously accessing their higher (intuitive) and lower (stored knowledge) faculties. I like to think of it as “total mind awareness.” We learn best when we are consciously processing information that taps into facts and patterns we know and recognize, and also wakes our inner muse. At these times we are more fully aware of the subject we are engaging in, and our retention is stronger because we are “lighting up” our golden triangle (P.M.E.). This is what really makes me “qualified” to write this book. I passionately hunger for my students to absorb this knowledge and in turn expand upon it in time.

How did you research for this book?


This book pretty much wrote itself, because I knew what I wanted to share with the public, and I waited until the book was ready in my mind to transfer onto paper. In other words, I came prepared: I chose early on to invest decades of my life to the study and comparison of metaphysics, religion, science, and experiential reality (a detailed examination of “daily life” subjectively and objectively), and come up with answers to questions I heard people asking over and again, questions that have been asked before, by previous generations. I didn’t think of myself as any particular expert. I just felt the need to find these answers, and saw no reason I should not pursue them to the ends of the earth. Over time I accumulated direct information on the Tarot from ancient masters and of course my own modern teachers, but also indirect information from seemingly ancillary sources. I have found that the interconnectivity of disparate groups of people, events, and forces teaches us more about the individual players involved than a simple, focused study exclusively on any one subject can reveal. I compared what I knew to work with the results of others, both modern and ancient. I also gained permission from the masters of my own school before sharing much of this information with the general public.


Do you have any tips for new writers wanting to enter this writing genre?


Hmmm . . . Got a few hours? Let me see how brief I can be on this subject (you may want to pee now, we could be here for a while). First: Don’t write to become rich or famous. That will happen on its own if you write a good enough book—so take that as an eventuality and don’t let it affect your writing style, subject matter, or confidence level. Write from your heart, but use your head; think about what you want other people to know. Look around you now, but also look a few generations into the future. When you are “long gone,” what do you want people to know about your subject? Explain details you feel your students will have difficulty understanding. Write with verbosity and let your editor hack away at your prose months from now, without interference from you. Don’t try to anticipate what your editor will cut—anticipate what your readers will want to know, and write everything they will need to understand (and use) the knowledge you are sharing. Your editor will help you shape your final draft into a masterpiece of instruction, so now is not the time to second-guess whether a particular sentence is worthy of inclusion in your book.

Tell me what you know. Tell me what you want me to know. Find your writing style and stay with it, no matter what anyone says. Dr. Seuss had the most peculiar writing style of anyone in the 20th century, but his books are still top-sellers every year. Take a lesson from the good doctor. Don’t allow others to limit how you express yourself. If you are having trouble finding your voice, try writing how you speak to yourself when no one is around; and don’t ever apologize for doing so. Some people will like your voice, others (who no longer matter) will not. Write for you, but write TO your readers.

Use visual illustrations if you feel the need; use clichés, analogies, metaphors, and similes. Tell me directly and also infer. Do this as you see fit and not how you think I will want to learn. But give me all that you have and let your editor decide how much is too much—later, when you are in the post-creation phases of the book you are engaged in right now. And while I am at it, I want you to write what you want to tell me, even if a hundred other people have already written on the same subject. Your point of view is unique if you truly understand and have a passion for the subject you are writing on. Your collection of experiences and your highly personal advice will help me more thoroughly comprehend the topic, which is why I am reading your book after all. I may have read fifteen books on the Runes only to find that I have reached a plateau I cannot ascend from until suddenly your book opens in me new ways of thinking, paths that lead me to great revelations of awareness. Ignore the protests of anyone who says that you should not write a book on a subject that has previously been written about. If you know something that is worth sharing—share it with the rest of us.

Also: Don’t take yourself, or any other “expert” too seriously. We all had to start our lives the same—as screaming babies. We all had to spend years learning how to process information before we could even begin to study the information we are now authorities on. Perhaps you will write your book this year only to find out that ten years from now you know much more about the subject. That doesn’t mean that you should wait another ten years to write your book; but it does mean that you should always consider your knowledge of “reality” as a work in process. This removes a lot of pressure on you to be right every time you open your mouth. Consider what you know now to be valuable enough to use and act upon, with the caveat that tomorrow you may know more. Allow yourself, and others, to grow and learn, even as you help people by sharing what you know “up to this point.” Seeing yourself and your world in this light will make writing infinitely easier.


Where can people find out more about you and your writing?


All of my currently published works are on Amazon.com. By typing in “Dusty White” in the search box, they should be fairly easy to find. I own a few domains, most notably dustywhite.net (which admittedly needs some help). Here’s another tip: pick a domain and build on it. Start with the basics: book, blog, author info, and grow from there. My mistake has always been having too many good ideas and not enough organization to outsource them to other people to complete. I strongly recommend new authors choosing one: book—or—author website, and building that, rather than trying to do both (or more) at once.

My AdvancedTarotSecrets.com is far more complete, because it is tied directly to a book I am passionate about. It is the (free) support site for The Easiest Way to Learn The Tarot—EVER!!


Anything else you'd like to add?



In fact, yes: Write the best book you can. Then hire the best editor you can afford. You can find some great editors (and illustrators) on guru.com at no cost to you. They take a small percentage of the freelancer’s pay, rather than charging you a fee. I have used them for several projects and I will never use any other service. They have an escrow service I like where you can deposit money once you set a deal with a professional you are hiring. This shows them they will not get screwed, but it protects you in case they don’t fulfill their end of the deal. Elance may have something like this, but I have not used them.

After you have completed your book and you are ready to share your information with the world, you have a few options for publishing. You can go the traditional route, or you can take matters into your own hands and publish with BookSurge, Createspace, Lulu, or LightningSource. All of these services are good. There are other options as well, but I prefer going directly to the source. BookSurge and Createspace are owned by Amazon, which means that you will be guaranteed listing on Amazon, but more than likely you will not be on BarnesandNoble.com. The other services (including ones not mentioned here) will list you on other websites, but there my be additional fees and hurdles you have to jump through. This is a highly personal decision, and one you really need to seriously consider based on your goals and needs.

Promoting your book will be fun. You absolutely, positively need Amazon reviews—the more the better. Even 100 3-4 star reviews is better than 3-4 5 star reviews. People like to see popularity, and Amazon likes to see activity surrounding a book. No matter who publishes you, YOU are the only person responsible for promoting your book. YOU will have to get out there and bang the drum. Online promotion is the easiest for most authors. After all we write because we do that better than we speak in front of crowds or a TV camera, or we would be actors or politicians. Being an author is much, much more than being able to scribble out words on paper, or hire someone to ghostwrite a book for you. Being an author is about relying on literary expression to share your thoughts with the world. Most true authors are pretty bad at speaking in front of large crowds or shamelessly marketing themselves on the radio or TV. This is why the internet is such a wonderful invention.

Authors can blog, write articles, design websites, send emails asking for professional book reviews, tweet, chat, IM, and succeed in all manner of non-verbal communication methods of book promotion. Of course you can do all of these at your schedule, wherever you find inspiration (and a computer). I cannot strongly enough emphasize how important online promotion is to your career and your book. It is not nearly as much fun as writing a book, and often it will feel like a complete waste of time you could be using to write more books, but if you can get the “good word out” about yourself, and stay on it over time, you will build a solid foundation of information about you, and your book, on the internet that people can (and will) access over time. If you need help with this, check out The Web-Savvy Writer, by Patrice-Anne Rutledge (http://websavvywriter.com/book/).
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Rich Writer, Poor Writer

In FREE Rich Writer, Poor Writer Newsletter, you’ll learn great tips such as:
  • What rich writers do that poor writers don’t.
  • How to hook an agent in 7 days.
  • How the right title can lead to a million sales.
  • How to write a killer sales pitch.
  • How to use the internet to build your audience.
Rich Writer, Poor Writer is a project by Stephanie J Hale, writing coach and independent publishers’ scout. She has worked with bestselling authors and leading publishers for the past 20 years.

She currently has a better success rate with helping first-time writers get published than many literary agents. Some writers have dozens of agents clamouring to read their books just days after taking her advice.

"I'm fed up hearing so-called ‘experts’ giving writers the WRONG advice about publishing. Most writing classes and ‘how to’ books are hopelessly out-of-touch. If you have a passion for writing and want to give yourself a head-start, you’ve come to the right place" says Stephanie.

You can sign up to receive free publishing tips and marketing strategies each week by visiting http://www.richwriterpoorwriter.com/
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Writers and Books- open mike

Wide Open Mic

Hosted by: Norm Davis
Monday July 27 7:30 pm
Free to W&B members, $3 general public

W&B is proud to sponsor Rochester's largest running open mike, hosted by Norm Davis, poet and editor of HazMat Review. Known for its eclectic mix. Wide Open Mike welcomes poets, performers, and writers of all kinds.

Visit http://www.wab.org/events/2009_07.shtml for more details

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Review of Sin and Vengeance

Title: Sin and Vengeance

Author: CJ West

Reviewed by Tannia E. Ortiz-Lopés author of The Window To My Soul, My Walk With Jesus(2004 Tate Publishing ISBN 0975393359.) Visit the author at: http://timewithtannia.tripod.com/, www.myspace.com/tanniaortizlopes, and www.shoutlife.com/tanniaortizlopes

Sin and Vengeance is the first book in the Randy Black series, written by ingenious storyteller, CJ West. In this first book, the author skillfully mixes elements of wine making, seduction, intrigue, spying, wealth, and murder to drag the thrill-seeking reader into the masterfully orchestrated revenge of Randy Black.

The book begins with Deirdre Deudon, Randy Black, and Charlie Marston's lusty encounter at an old house at Rue de Beauchene in France. Things get out of control when Deirdre's husband, Henri, unexpectedly shows up and sees his wife engaged with two young men! Blinded by rage while trying to defend his wife's honor, but unable to defeat the perpetrators, he ends up dead. This event marks the beginning of Randy and Charlie's perilous friendship.

Running away from the French police, Randy and Charlie return to Westport, Massachusetts. Charlie goes to manage the family winery, while Randy continues his reckless lifestyle. Randy and Charlie run into a series of unfortunate and life-threatening events, which leads Charlie to reconsider his association with Randy. The warning words of his parents were always echoing in his mind.

Meanwhile, Charlie's dad, Mr. Charles Marston, is receiving anonymous letters from a blackmailer living in Westport who knows about a dark business secret which, if tipped the press and publicly exposed, could ruin his business and destroy his family.

The rest of the book takes the reader on a roller coaster ride pivoted by Randy Black's unscrupulous driving force to destroy those who robed him from his childhood and of his family inheritance. In addition to following Randy Black, the reader will be engaged with Lieutenant Laroche's investigation of Henri Deudon's death, Charles Marston's blackmail ordeal, and Deirdre Deudon's desires to ease her guilty conscience by avenging her murdered husband, Henri.

I admired the way the author developed the characters and surrounding situations according to each one of their unique personalities. From page one the reader gets involved in the drama and becomes another one of Randy Black's manipulated puppets. The reader becomes Randy's shadow. He is the bad boy who you know is dangerous, but you are unable to part from him. You simply go for the adrenaline rush that comes with his company and his lifestyle. This character is so well developed that toward the end of the book you will have ill feelings toward him and will want to help the others find his hideout and bring him to justice.

However, not everything about Randy Black is what it appears to be. Author CJ West's twists and turns during the entire story keeps you wondering about the motives and true identities of some key characters until the last chapters. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, Mr. West pulled an unexpected end that left me in shock and totally speechless.

This book has all the elements to become a Hollywood blockbuster. In 2008 the owner of a screenwriting company saw its potential and optioned it for a film.

I highly recommend this book to all thrill-seeker readers and to others daring to walk a mile in the wild side from the safety of their homes.

Bravo, Mr. West!

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Vision: A resources for writers

Here are the things to consider when you're writing an article for Vision:

Read the guidelines (below) and follow them. If you have a question about the guidelines, email me at vision@lazette.net and ask.

Don't write an article and send it off without proofing. In fact, read it more than once. Let it sit for a day or two, even if you are running late. I would rather have a well-edited late article than a messy one sent on time.

I want anything that has to do with writing, from how you think up a story to finding a proper pen. If you love writing and have anything at all that you can offer to other writers, consider writing 500-2000 words for one of the upcoming issues. I am interested in all facets of writing, from first-person experience articles to genre-specific how-to’s and informational articles about your area of specialization – whether that be history or science or nursing or long-distance running – and how and where your specialty can be used correctly by writers. Write something that will help other writers, and I'll be interested in taking a look.

Do you have favorite writing-related books or web sites that you think could help fellow authors? Consider writing a short review of them.

Did I mention reading the guidelines?

Writing for Vision is a lot easier than most people assume, and a few of our writers have gone on to sell material they first published in Vision, or to use the 'sale' as part of a resume to get a job at some other publication.

So, let's work together and get the next issues done.

Oh, and do go read the guidelines...

Starting in 2004. Vision began paying half a cent per word for articles. That's not much money, and I'm going to be asking a lot for that half cent -- both ezine rights as well as the right to publish anything we choose in a POD 'Best of' Anthology at the end of the year. By printing the anthology, we hope to make back the funds that I will be putting into Vision to buy the articles and perhaps even make enough to fund the following year's article acquisitions.

I will be limiting the number of articles bought, and 2000 words ($10) will be the cut off point for payment. All the other guidelines remain the same. I will be looking for articles on theme-related, general writing and genre topics. If you have some suggestion that you think might help another writer, consider writing it into an article and submitting it to Vision.

We strive to maintain professional standards. Manuscripts must be professionally formatted, as free from spelling and grammatical errors as you can make them, and in what you perceive to be final draft form. We will not welcome massive rewrites of a piece after we have accepted it – when we accept it, we consider it pretty close to finished, and will only edit it to our standards. If we feel that it need massive rewrites, we won’t accept it.

If you have any questions, or wish to query about an article, email Vision@lazette.net

Please note that Margaret Fisk is now the Features' Editor and will handle all the review articles.

Visit http://lazette.net/vision/submission.htm for full details.
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Author Interviews

Would you like to be interviewed for this site?

New and experienced, traditional and self published authors are all welcome.

If so just pick 5 from the following questions and send your answers in the body of an email to writersandauthors@yahoo.it (question in red must be answered)
  • Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
  • What made you want to be a writer?
  • How long have you been writing?
  • What genre do you write and why?
  • Where do you get your inspiration to write?
  • Tell us a bit about your latest book?
  • What prompted you to write this book?
  • Who are you published with?
  • Have you ever taken any writing courses? Which? Did they help when writing your book?
  • How are you promoting your book?
  • What advice do you have for other writers?
  • What are your upcoming projects?
  • What other writing interests to you have?
  • How did you research for your book?
  • Do you belong to a writers group? How does it help your writing career?
  • How do you over come writers block?
  • How do you prepare for author events?
  • Do you have an agent? What made you choose them?
  • Anything else you'd like to add?
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Review of Just Chris

Title: Just Chris
Author: Christopher Shiveley Welch
ISBN# 978-1-897512-12-8
page count: 66
Publisher: Saga Books

Reviewed by Shirley Johnson, Senior Reviewer,MidWest Book Review

It isn't often that I am privileged to review a book written by a youth, and I was very honored to be asked to review his latest book. Just Chris, is a work that will capture your heart, and certainly give you more than the title implies. In this book you will meet Christopher Shiveley Welch, who is one remarkable young boy. Christopher came into this world with physical problems, born to a mom who just was not able to care for this new soul. However, there was a couple who had been believing for the child of their heart, and as Christopher writes in his book, God gave him to them.

Christopher takes us on his journey from settling into his new home to his present time. He opens his heart to the reader. He tells of the love that covered him, the struggles he encountered in his schooling, the pain of his many surgeries to make him acceptable in the eyes of our society, and life in general. Chris speaks of friendships, mentors in his life, emotional struggles and miraculous victories. His story is simple, but complex. It is heart tugging and at times amusing, yet always laced with innocence and truth. I liked that.

I believe after reading his story there were several things impressed upon me. One, Chris is a young boy who faced many insurmountable obstacles in life, but through each one he found new hope, and determination to continue on. If I was watching this unfold in a movie, there certainly would have been times that I would have given him a standing ovation.

I also feel that he knows how special he is. He understands that every person comes from the heart of God and has their own purpose on this earth. No one is a throw away person, and because of his wonderful upbringing, and what he has already overcome, he sees the world and those in it as very special. That in itself is a rare gift.

Just Chris, is more than a boy telling of his life. It is a story that surely will bring encouragement to many who face challenges, feel worthless due to some physical handicap, or face rejection in any way. It is a story of hope, courage and steadfast love. I believe Christopher has an exciting life ahead of him, and he will fly to heights that even he cannot imagine at this time. A great read, from a great young man.
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Blog Talk Radio shows

2 Blog Talk Radio shows that you don’t want to miss:
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On Wednesday, July 8th - Host J.D. Holiday, Co-Host Laurie Zieber will welcome the following Children's Book & Young Adult Authors, and their books they are reading from, at 10 am Central:
Edna Cabcabin Moran - "THE SLEEPING GIANT: A Tale From Kaua'i"
Karen Cioffi-Ventrice - "Day's End Lullaby"
Irene Brodsky - "Silly Kitty"
Mj Gillot - " Belle's Wings"
Laurie J. Edwards - “Summer Lovin”
Jan D. Holiday - "Janoose the Goose"
To attend and participate in this show
Call-in Number: (646) 649-1005
To hear the live/archived shows online, go to
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/RobinFalls

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On Wednesday, July 8th, noon Central, CJ West invites:
Join CJ as he meets with his first new voice of 2009. Rebecca Lerwill will be on the air discussing her sequel to Relocating Mia. The Acronym is a strong book from an author you'll be glad to meet. PLEASE join, CJ and his Guest on Blog Talk Radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/RedRiverWritersLive
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Interview with Laura Fabiani

How long have you been writing?
I have always loved writing from the moment I could read. I wrote mainly poetry as a teenager and kept a short diary. I began several novels but never brought them to fruition. This led me to obtain a diploma in Writing For Children and Teenagers from the Institute of Children’s Literature to better learn the craft, cementing my desire to be a writer. A few years ago, I read the caption next to my graduation photo in my high school yearbook, which stated that I wanted to write a book one day. I decided then that the day had arrived.

What's the best thing about being a writer?
The best thing about being a writer? Creating stories that touch people’s lives; sharing my thoughts, perceptions and values with others; using pen and paper to liberate and express myself as an outlet for my creativity and my pain; being part of a unique vocation, and the list could go on.

Tell us a bit about your book Daughter of Mine.
Daughter of Mine is a novel I began about ten years ago. I abandoned the project when I had my children, but it always stayed in my mind. I created my characters and plot in my head when the breastfeeding nights were long or when my post-partum depression threatened to overwhelm me. I created a new and exciting adventure in my mind and this kept me sane!
Daughter of Mine is essentially a story about family, about the power of parental love and forgiveness, about the need to search for one’s roots. It’s a great book through which one can escape with the heroine on her adventure and travels to Italy.

The book is set in Italy, how did you research?

I am Italian-Canadian, born in Montreal. My parents are both Italian immigrants and I grew up speaking simultaneously Italian, English and French. I have travelled to Italy several times as my mother has all her family in Rome. All the places I write about I have visited with the exception of the Villa Irlanda Grand Hotel, which I researched extensively through the Internet.

Who is your publisher and why did you choose them?
My publisher is iUniverse, a publishing company that offers supported self-publishing. I did not know much about the publishing world until I walked into a bookstore one day and spotted the book Get Published! I bought it and read it with mounting interest, discovering the different publishing options for writers who wanted to see their work in print. I decided to self-publish my novel for two basic reasons: to have control over my content and to get my book out in less time than if it went the traditional route. I learned many things along the way. The most important is that if you choose to self-publish, you must get your book professionally edited, which is what I did. This opened up new doors for me getting my book into the largest bookstore in Canada, where it was perched next to the bestsellers in the store’s front section.

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
My personal Web site is http://www.laurafabiani.com. This is where readers get an idea of who I am, can read more on my book and how to purchase, can read some of my poetry and learn how they too can get more involved with their own writing. Readers can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

You're involved in a site called NouveauWriter. Please tell us more about the site.

NouveauWriter is an online resource for new and aspiring writers that I created shortly after I was published. The reason was simply to share all I had learned about my writing and publishing journey with those writers who have a dream of writing and getting published but need inspiration and the right information. We are a team of three writers who offer articles mainly in these categories: Feature Article, English Essentials, Vocabulary Builder, Psychology in Writing, and Publishing and Marketing. We also do author interviews, book reviews, list contests and links to writer associations and organizations. We try to prepare the aspiring writer who wants to succeed.

Anything else you'd like to add?
It’s important for writers to connect with other writers. Never look at another writer as your competition but as your ally. It may very well be your writer friend who opens the way for your big break. I love helping other writers and the same has been done for me. On that note, thanks for this interview, Jo!
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Writing Competitions this month- July 2009

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (July 2009)

Closing Date: 07-Jul-09

For poems up to 40 lines on any subject.

Entry Fees: £3.00 per poem or £12.00 for 5 poems

First Prize: £100.00 Second Prize: £60.00 Third Prize: £40.00

First Publication: The top three poems will receive first publication in the July issue (Vol.2 No.4) of Sentinel Literary Quarterly (SLQ).

Competition Pamphlet: A pamphlet fed by the competition titled Champion Poems: Top poems from the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Competition #1 (Andy Willoughby and Bob Beagrie eds.) All included poets will receive 1 Free contributor's copy each.

Judges: ANDY WILLOUGHBY and BOB BEAGRIE

Contact:

Website: http://www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/slq2.3/poetry_competition.htm
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International Book Fairs this month- July 2009

Tokyo International Book Fair
9 - 12 July

Big event for Asian book trade, giving access to the world's second biggest book market. In 2008 it had 763 exhibitors from 31 countries and regions.

Visit http://web.reedexpo.co.jp/tibf/english/for more details

Hong Kong Book Fair
22 - 28 July

Over 829,967 visitors from 112 countries in 2008.

Visit http://www.hkbookfair.com/en/index.aspx for more details

National Arts Festival
July 2 - July 11
Grahamstown, South Africa
Visit http://www.nafest.co.za for more details

The National Arts Festival is one of the most important events on the South African cultural calendar, and the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent. The Festival has become more varied with the passing years, today there is virtually no art form which is not represented with the major categories of craft art, student theater, jazz, street theater, and a children’s arts festival being added to those above, it is at the cutting edge of cultural development in the country. Craft and book fairs, workshops and demonstrations also form part of the line-up.

Galway Arts Festival
July 13 - 26
Galway, Ireland
Visit http://www.galwayartsfestival.com for more details

Founded in 1978, the Festival collaborates with artists and companies throughout the world to produce and present an international program of theater, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature, and comedy involving hundreds of artists and performers. Galway Arts Festival is at the heart of all aspects of life in Galway City, contributing immeasurably to the economic, social, and cultural life of the west of Ireland. Over its 30-year history the Festival has become a vital showcase for Irish arts internationally and international arts in Ireland and is now firmly established as Ireland’s leading arts festival.
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Review of Ghost for rent

Title: Ghost for rent
Author: Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz

Reviewed by Joyce Anthony: http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/

Eleven-year-old Wendy feels like her world is falling apart when her parents discuss getting a divorce. She and her twelve-year-old brother pack up and move into a house that is reported to be haunted. Wendy's mother doesn't believe in such things, but Wendy knows she has seen the ghost of a young girl who used to live here. Her brother teases her until he sees the ghost of a piano-playing boy. The two set out, with the help of a young neighbor girl, to solve the mystery of why these two ghosts are haunting the house. What they find is more than any of the three could have imagined.

Told with a quick-paced style, Penny Lockwood brings to life a cast of characters that will keep readers in the 9-12 year-old age group interested and wondering what happens next. Leaving many of the details to the reader's imagination, /Ghost for Rent/ is plot-driven. This allows more opportunity for young readers to identify with the characters.

I can see a future for Penny Lockwood in this genre. Here easy, flowing language and fast-paced plot will help draw young readers in and have them enjoying the read so much they want more. I give /Ghost For Rent/ five colors on the Rainbow Scale of Reading Excellence.
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Interview with Laura Fabiani from NouveauWriter

What is NouveauWriter?

NouveauWriter is an online resource for new and aspiring writers. We are a team of three writers who publish articles about writing, publishing and marketing, improving English grammar, vocabulary building, and special articles on psychology in writing. In addition, we interview authors, post contest info, and give workshops. We offer a free monthly e-newsletter, with opt-in subscription, of our latest news and that of our subscribers, some of whom have published books and articles.

We are proud members of The Write Network. (http://wwwthewritenetwork.com) NouveauWriter is also winner of the Coup de Coeur Prize at the 17th Edition 2008 Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest.

When did you start it? Why?

I launched the NouveauWriter Web site in May 2008, after having done extensive Internet research as a new and aspiring writer myself. I did not find any Canadian sites in this particular niche so I decided to start one. Often, when a writer is new to the scene of book writing, publishing and marketing, the whole process can seem overwhelming.I wanted to share with other struggling writers what I learned on my writing and publishing journey. It was also a good way to build my author platform and to promote my novel. Two other writers joined me on my venture.

What services do you offer writers?

We offer relevant content, encouragement and inspiration for writers who wish to progress with their writing and need motivation to take it to the publishing stage. We also accept submission from writers who wish to contribute articles and want a taste of online publication. We offer workshops, and we do book reviews for authors who send us their books. We also interview writers whose work meets our author interview submission guidelines.

NouveauWriter also has a monthly e-newsletter. Please tell us a bit about it and how people can sign up.

Our e-newsletter is a monthly update of any new content recently published on our site. Because writers can easily become inundated with reading material, we formulate our e-newsletter with subheadings of the various sections of our site with the respective links leading directly to it. This way our readers can quickly access the article that catches their interest.

The e-newsletter also shares news about our subscribers, such as any work that got published or projects they are working on. We have found it to be a great way to keep in touch with our readers.

Readers can sign up to the e-newsletter simply by filling in their name and email address on the small form found on the front page of our site. They will receive a confirmation email and must confirm their subscription. When we say it’s a monthly e-newsletter, we mean it. Their inbox will not get flooded weekly. Our privacy policy is not to share, pass on or sell email addresses to any third party. We have thus succeeded in building a loyal subscriber list.

Where can people find out more about NouveauWriter?

By visiting our Web site at http://www.nouveauwriter.com. We welcome comments and questions. Feel free to contact us.

Anything else you'd like to add?
Thank you for offering to do a feature on NouveauWriter!
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