Donna Kozic of My Big Business Card took the authors in this book on an adventure from the first step for organizing the book to the ones leading to launch day which will be this Thursday.
- She called for submissions to a community book project with success as the theme. I entered my essay called “Chosen Changes.”
- She edited them in a large group webinar meeting so we could see what she looks for, what she deletes, and what needs to be added when she edits. I didn’t have any changes to do, hurrah. There are 70 essays at 200 word count each.
- She didn’t ask for a fee to enter the project, but if we wanted the promo package, we could pay the designer. I opted in for it and here is one of the graphics she had him do for all of us (with the different contributor’s photos, of course).
- Then she designated success week around our launch day. We can promote the book and our essay in it with a variety of graphics and themes for the week.
- Donna would like everyone to wait until Thursday, May 10th, launch day, to purchase the book so we can reach Amazon #1 best seller.
Let me know what you think of this promo style as the week goes on. I’ll consider following her example with my Choices Anthology.
Theme today is how do you define success?
I’d love to hear your answer.
Written Across the Genres
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We’ll go to the Farmers Market for vegetables and Starbucks to read. The choice for this month in our reading group is Michael Connolly’s The Crossover. I’ve started it a couple Sundays ago and read a little more a few days ago. Maybe I’ll get to the point where I can’t put it down.
Have you read any Michael Connolly books?
Editor of Written Across the Genres
Author of Hada’s Fog
Have you read the Carlos Castaneda books popular many years ago? I discovered several videos of the ancient magical techniques of Tensegrity. You can skip the walking beginning in the video. The movements are interspersed with their discussion. If you do not agree with the philosophy, I think the movements are relaxing, purifying, and energizing. See what you think and let me know in the comment area.
Plus many, many more.
I’ve read about the new trend for grown-up coloring books. At the Ziggy Marley concert last night a man was selling coloring books for adults with intricate designs of birds and animals.The many reasons for coloring include a need to revert back to simpler days of our childhood, which helps to de-stress. Everyone can do it, it’s creative without having to be an artist, there are no rules, you can even color outside of the lines if you don’t care about the finished project.
Huffington Post published an article titled: “10 Adult Coloring Books to Help You De-Stress And Self-Express” by Priscilla Frank on 4/21/15. “the contemporary art world has introduced us to a generous helping of coloring books that provide adults with the stimulating and calming artistic tools they so desire.”
The article included many designs. Check out the link below.
Coloring books for grown-ups are available on Amazon.
Grumpy Cat jumped into the “what’s in” and made a coloring book too. It’s my favorite.
The above shows a variety of coloring book topics.
I have a question. Since next week is the launch of my refreshed http://www.timetowritenow, you terrific followers will still receive my posts on your RSS but if you want the alerts for each new post sent to you, I’ll have a sign up where you will enter your email again. I’d like to have a give away when you do so, and I’m thinking of offering a simple, couple of coloring pages having to do with writing. Would you be interested? One idea is to have famous writers’ quotes in designs to color. Let me know what you think. Thanks.
Patricia Flaherty Pagan edited Up, Do, an anthology of thirty-three flash stories by award-winning and emerging writers. The four categories are “Our Hearts”, “Our Bodies”, “Our possible Futures”, and “Our Dreams; Our nightmares.” In the Introduction, Pagan writes:
“I subscribe to the theory that flash fiction is like a geode of a larger narrative. Slicing through the characters and the highest arc of the plot, the flash writer reveals the crystals shining within. Every movement of the blade, every word typed on the page, is crucial.”
Short stories have become popular again with readers. For writers, flash fiction in its required minimal word count is challenging . Pagan captures the essence of the form in her description. When well-written, flash fiction sparkles like gems in the mind.
I opened Up, Do at random and read, “Time Machine” by Melissa Webster. In its brevity, it evoked as strong a response as I had with the three hour movie in theaters now, Interstellar.
Flaherty Pagan earned her MFAW from Goddard College and founded the mission-oriented indie publisher Spider Road Press. Up, Do is available on Amazon and Kindle.