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7 Best Selling Books That Were Rejected

Hearing the word “rejected”

An author never wants to hear the word Rejected.  After spending what may have been many years, working on a manuscript, being told your novel has been rejected can affect your self-esteem and confidence. Many writers begin to question their ability, labeling themselves as failures, not good enough, a bad writer or I don’t have what it takes.  

Some will toss their manuscript in a closet, out of mind, out of sight until they find the courage to re-submit it to another publisher. Others sadly will quit writing altogether. The pain was just too much and they don’t want to experience it again.

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Weekly Writing prompts – theme ROMANCE

Weekly writing prompts – This weeks theme – ROMANCE – Be creative

Why use prompts?

Prompts are a great way to explore different writing methods, practice our weaker fields, conquer writer’s block or just think outside the box. They help you to write about different subject matter, explore your creativity and Stimulate your mind. Many times when using prompts, they can become the beginning of a great story that you never realized you had in you. You will be surprised with what you can come up with if guided by a prompt. Continue reading “Weekly Writing prompts – theme ROMANCE”

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The Grueling Task Of Editing A Book – How to Edit Your Book And Make The Task Easier

How to Edit Your Book And Make The Task Easier

When you reach the editing stage in your book

I received the 1st round of editing on my manuscript back from the publisher a few weeks ago,  (Yes I said 1st. There will be more.) I now have the grueling task of spending many hours going through it in depth, noting any additional changes I would like to make. If you want to be absolutely thorough in your editing, plan on this taking a while. Don’t expect to have it done in a week.

Every writer has their own way of editing. I’ve been at this now for two weeks and through trial and error, I’ve discovered what works for me. The process I use keeps me organized and makes the task much easier. Continue reading “The Grueling Task Of Editing A Book – How to Edit Your Book And Make The Task Easier”

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Weekly Writing Prompts Theme LET THE PICTURE TELL THE STORY

 

Weekly writing prompts This weeks theme LET THE PICTURE TELL THE STORY

 Why use prompts?

Prompts are a great way to explore different writing methods, practice our weaker fields, conquer writer’s block or just think outside the box. They help you to write about different subject matter, explore your creativity and Stimulate your mind. Many times when using prompts, they can become the beginning of a great story that you never realized you had in you. You will be surprised with what you can come up with if guided by a prompt.

Welcome to this weeks writer’s prompts. This weeks theme is “LET THE PICTURE TELL THE STORY”.

Each week I will be posting different themes, allowing you to exercise your writing technics in a wide range of fields. Try and set a goal for each story to be between 750 and 1000 words. You never know, one just may turn into a novel. Have fun! Feel free to post your stories too. I would love to read them. Continue reading “Weekly Writing Prompts Theme LET THE PICTURE TELL THE STORY”

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5 Famous Authors Who Wrote Their First Book After 50

5 Famous Authors Who Wrote Their First Book After 50

 

5 Famous Authors Who Wrote Their First Book After 50

The saying goes: “That age is just a number.” The authors in the following list, have certainly proved that. I am 53 and about to have my debut novel “Reckless Beginnings” published. Of course, lots of silly thoughts went through my head: “You’re too old  to be writing a book”  “It’s too late to publish a book.” and then there was this one: “You should have written the book years ago.”  I began to question myself and the dream I’ve had of being a published author.

It was at this point that I began to do some research and discovered that many famous authors were not published until in their 40’s or 50’s. Once more I smiled. If you have a dream, no matter how old you are. Pursue it! It’s never too late to start something new or begin something that you’ve been pondering over for many years. My debut novel had been an idea in my head for over 20 years before it got to this stage where it is now with the publisher and in the editing stages. I’m happy to say it will be in print by the end of the year.

These five famous authors I have listed below all had their debut novel published when they were in their fifties.

Watership Down 

5 Famous Authors Who Wrote Their First Book After 50
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“Watership Down” was Written by English Author Richard Adams. Watership down was his 1st novel which he wrote at the age of 52. It was rejected by several publishers until it was accepted by Collings and published in 1978. The book won many awards including The Carnegie Medal and the Anual Guardian Prize. In 1978 it was adapted into an animated film also called “Watership Down: and in 1999 a TV series was launched that aired until 2001.

 

Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir

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“Angela’s Ashes” was Written By Frank McCourt at the age of 65. Published in 1996, this was his first novel and it made him a millionaire. A memoir of his miserable childhood that went on to win the Anual Pulitzer Prize and the Anual National Books Critic Circle Awards.

 

Little House In The Big Woods

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“Little House In The Big Woods” was written by Laura Ingalls Wilder at the young age of 65. This was the first children’s book in a series of 8 based on her childhood. The last in the series is titled “These Happy Golden Years” and was written when she was 76. The collection is now known as  “A Children’s Classic Series” and the famous television show “Little House on the Prairie” which aired in the late 1980’s is loosely based on her books.

 

Black Beauty

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“Black Beauty” was Written by English author Anna Sewell in her early 50’s and published when she was 57. Sadly she died just six months later. It became one of the ten top bestselling books for children ever written.

 

Bowl Of Cherries

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“Bowl Of Cherries” was written by Millard Kaufman at the very young age of 90.  He began writing it when he was 86 and was published fours years later. He then went on to write his second novel “Misadventure” which was published after his death at the age of 92.

 

Final Thought

I have read all of these books, but it was a long time ago. Probably when I was in my teens and twenties Writing this list has brought back memories on what a joy they were to read. I think it’s time to rekindle some of those memories and read these books again.

It’s hard to pick a favorite but I would have to say it’s “Watership Down.” Do you have a favorite? Post your comment below.

 

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Monday’s writing prompts for writers & authors this weeks theme EMOTIONS

writing prompts for writers & authors this weeks theme EMOTIONS

 

writing prompts for writers & authors this weeks theme EMOTIONS

How it works

Welcome to this weeks 7-day writing prompts for writers. This weeks theme is all about “EMOTIONS.” Using emotions in your story adds depth to the current scene and allows the reader to identify with the character. Give reasons why the character is feeling this way prior to the actual emotion.

If a woman is feeling heart broken because of a broken relationship. Describe the relationship prior. Build up to the emotion, so the reader can relate to the way she is feeling and why.

If a person is feeling guilty. What were the previous actions? Accidental, spontaneous or deliberate. Did the character have any premeditated thoughts?

You get the idea.

When describing the emotions of a character, choose your words wisely and carefully. Emotions are best described with the usage of body language and facial expressions.

“Holding her head high, her back straight as an arrow, she walked toward the microphone owning the stage. Her stride showed confidence and power. With a warm smile, she looked directly at the audience. She showed no weaknesses. All the grueling hard work had finally prevailed and she was proud of her accomplishments. This was her moment. ”  

  Continue reading “Monday’s writing prompts for writers & authors this weeks theme EMOTIONS”

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Tips for holding a successful book launching party

Tips for holding a successful book launching party

 

Why hold a book launching party?

Now that my book is completed and is currently in the editing stages, this is a question that comes to mind frequently and I’m sure other authors ask the same question. So I will give you some answers on why you should have such a party. Below I have added some Tips for holding a successful book launching party without stress. Continue reading “Tips for holding a successful book launching party”

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Monday’s Weekly 7-day writing prompts #4 Theme “Rescues”

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writing prompts for writers & authors this weeks theme RESCUES. How it works.

Welcome to this weeks 7-day writing prompts for writers. This weeks theme is all about “Rescues.” Writing about this theme is great practice for incorporating action and drama into your works. Most rescues involve suspense, anticipation, courage and most of the time a huge sigh of relief when the rescue is successful. You want to make sure the reader is feeling all of these emotions while reading your piece.

 Why use prompts?

As strange as it may seem, one of the best methods to help with writer’s block is to just write. Break yourself away from your current project and write outside the box. Explore different subject matter, avenues you not have ventured in yet. You will be surprised by how much it helps. Continue reading “Monday’s Weekly 7-day writing prompts #4 Theme “Rescues””

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25 Book fairs to attend August – December 2017 in the U.S

 25 book fairs to attend for writers, publishers, agents and authors

 

It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the year 2017. I can’t believe it’s already August. If you’re hoping to attend a book fair this year, don’t worry there’s still time. Better yet there are 25 upcoming book fairs scheduled untill the end of the year.

Here is a list of 25 book fairs to attend for writers, publishers, agents and authors. A great way to meet others in the industry. Continue reading “25 Book fairs to attend August – December 2017 in the U.S”

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Monday’s weekly 7-day writing prompts # 3 Theme “All about you”

Writing prompts tips for writers be creative

 

Writing prompts tips for writers. Be creative. The theme this week is “All about you.”  How it works.

I will be posting a 7-day calendar with challenging writing prompts for writers to help stimulate your mind and get your creative juices flowing.

Sometimes we just need a break from our current writing projects and explore other avenues of writing. Or maybe you are experiencing writer’s block.

As strange as it may seem, one of the best methods to help with writer’s block is to just write. Break yourself away from your current project and write outside the box. Explore different subject matter, avenues you have not ventured in. You will be surprised by how much it helps.

 

Continue reading “Monday’s weekly 7-day writing prompts # 3 Theme “All about you””