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This week, readers strike back against Lynn Shepherd for her diatribe against J.K. Rowling.  Birgitte Rasine explains the four elements of pain.  Catherine McKenzie cites five things to know before publishing your first book.    Speaking of publishing, Michael Kozlowski feels that a self-pubbed writer has no claim to the title "author". Digital Book World's Jeremy Greenfield responds.  Joe Konrath examines how writers and publishers ascertain their identities, which also ties into Kozlowski's article.

Amanda Headlee shares a touching history behind the creation of her story, "Parallax", for our upcoming anthology, Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity.   And did you know that writing is so easy, a caveman can do it?

All that and a little more.  Enjoy!


Crime Author Reaps Whirlwind After Urging JK Rowling to Stop Writing by Alison Flood

Theme of the Day: Pain by Birgitte Rasine

5 Things I Wished I Knew Before I Published My First Book by Catherine McKenzie

Gatekeeping: Snobbery or Quality Control? by Ed Charlton

Identity and the Writer by Joe Konrath

Self-Publishers Should Not Be Called Authors by Michael Kozlowski

Why Self-Publishers Should Call Themselves Anything They Want by Jeremy Greenfield

Shaping the Story by Amanda Headlee

How to Take Criticism Like a Pro by J.E. Fishman via Kristen Lamb

Writing--So Easy a Caveman Can Do It by Kristen Lamb

Here's What Pantsing and Plotting Miss: The Real Story by Lisa Cron

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cnvarbiter
Mar. 15th, 2014 04:17 am (UTC)
Kozlowski's rant...
Would be more credible, were it written in grammatical English. "Indie authors and self-published authors who claim they are real authors makes me laugh." *Ahem!*



Edited at 2014-03-15 04:18 am (UTC)
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Novels by Phil Giunta

BY YOUR SIDE (March 2013)
You're all alone here, alone among the dead.

While haunted by visions of her brother's suicide,
psychic-medium Miranda Lorensen is called to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to investigate a series of bizarre deaths—some of which are also suicides. Miranda and her team of paranormal investigators quickly find themselves confronted by a vengeful spirit awakened thirty-three years after a bloody family tragedy. Miranda realizes that only she can stop the entity before it claims its final victims, but will her obsession for saving lives redeem her for the brother she failed?


TESTING THE PRISONER(March 2010)
A paranormal tale of child abuse and redemption.

Daniel Masenda thought he had made peace with his dark past when he left his home for a better life fourteen years ago. As the mayor of a small, tranquil town along Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Daniel has everything he ever wanted - until a series of haunting visions, coupled with the death of his estranged mother, pits him against two ghostly entities at war with one another. Each has its own agenda as they force Daniel to relive moments from his violent youth and push him to the edge of insanity. As his idyllic life begins to unravel, will he be able to decipher the message behind the hauntings before they destroy, not only him, but the soul of someone he left behind?

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