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Category Archives: e-publishing

Writing Tools: Embrace your Kindle

The Amazon Kindle electronic reader quickly becomes a writer’s best friend. No one is more surprised than me. I never thought anything would compare to the “book” experience but the Kindle does a great job of simulating the reader’s experience in size, weight, and, yes, even page-turning experience. Add the highlighting and note-taking features and,…

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City Blogging: A new media trend in travel writing

I’ve resumed posting over at blogHOUSTON, a weblog dedicated to “Houston politics and current events, local media, and thoughts on the city’s cultural and entertainment options.” My niche is primarily arts and entertainment with a strong literary slant, of course. Not being up to date with the local music scene and being that rare individual…

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Publishing News: Narrative Magazine expands in growth and content

Narrative Magazine, an online favorite of mine, is having one heck of a year. The readership has doubled, the magazine remains free, the contributors continue to be paid, the annual contest grows, and big things are afoot. The magazine now includes poetry, and Michael Wiegers, the executive editor of Cooper Canyon Press, has agreed to…

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Book Standard highlights book videos and e-readers.

Today’s Book Standard E-Blast featured a story about book videos. Book videos? Don’t ask me. But if you want to know more, click here. I wonder if I should spend some time conjuring up a video for my teen books? And if you’ve heard a little buzz about a new e-book e-reader, read this piece,…

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New e-book publisher, EaglesongBooks, is launched

Dick Claassen, Awe-Struck E-Books co-owner and co-editor, is the proud papa of a new venture: www.EaglesongBooks.com. Claassen is looking for nonfiction, as well as fiction stories, novellas, and novels. Have you been looking for a home for your nonfiction book? Maybe you’ve written an instruction book? Claassen is eagerly seeking music and nonmusic instruction books,…

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From a short story contest, to a writer’s retreat, to a gathering of web writers, there’s a great, big world out there

While I try and digest the past week’s activities at TLA, I thought I’d provide a few links that might give you some ideas. WriteCraft Writer’s Resource Center has been praised by Writer’s Digest and listed in their Top 101 Websites for Writers for the past two years. They run a quarterly contest where writers…

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News Flash: First book review–Fallen Angel Reviews–in for Divided Loyalties

Came home last night to find an email from Fallen Angels Review saying the review had been posted on my new book, Divided Loyalties. That was a knot-in-the-pit-of-the-stomach moment. Thankfully, to paraphrase Sally Fields, “she–the reviewer–liked it. I particularly enjoyed, “Vikk Simmons has an amazing ability to make the reader care for these characters.” The…

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The face of Divided Loyalties

Here at last: The final cover design for my YA book being published by Awe-Struck E-books this summer (August, 2004). I also heard the review copies were sent out last week. Let me know what you think of the cover.

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