Posts Tagged ‘publishing life’

What’s your reading personality? Take a quiz!


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We’ve all got them, those reading beliefs and behaviors that shape what kind of books we choose and how we tackle them. Are you the kind that reads everything from magazines to the back of the cereal box? Do you plod through a book with a slow start or chuck it aside? Do you go for the splashy romance or the  literary masterpiece?

Take this quickie quiz and post about your results! Giving away a triple prize this month!

And the June winner is….

Way to go Valri! You won the book and Amazon gift card! Message me with your address and which book you’d like (you can look on my website at for a list) and I’ll send along your prize! New contest later this week! prize

Do you have what it takes to write professionally?


Well…one thing I’ve learned over the years is the top job requirement to being a writer is tenacity. It will carry you through all the highly aggravating parts of the business. I was interested to read a Forbes article about this very topic (link below.) Here are a few of their questions to determine whether or not you’re ready for the tricky world of writing.
Are you tenacious, meaning a self-starter who can work alone for long periods of time and still keep at it?
Can you handle criticism and use it constructively? Do you know the difference between valid criticism and emotional reaction?

Are you willing to work your way up writing ladder (income and name recognition)?

Do you really like writing?

So what do you think? Is writing the job for you? Why or why not? Giving away an Amazon gift card and a signed book this month. Comments welcome!

Misteaks in righting? Shirley knot!

Mistakes are everywhere and plague the most famous of people. As someone who makes a colossal amount of blunders on a daily basis, I find that comforting. As a writer, I’m always intrigued at how written goofs can lead to moments of humility and humor. We’ve all seen those hilarious misspelled signs: Private parking, all others will be toad. Computers fixed write. Place your add here. Famous writers such as Earnest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jane Austen were not the best at correcting their own work. I sympathize. letter writing

Then there are the errors which transcend the mere typo or inappropriate homophone. Factual boo boos of epic proportions. Here’s a print mistake that amused the famous British author Rudyard Kipling, who was mistakenly reported dead by a newspaper to which he subscribed. The author wrote to the editor: “I’ve just read that I am dead. Don’t forget to delete me from your list of subscribers.”

Have you ever seen a sign with a typo? Or found an error in a book or article? How often do you stumble across such errors? Are they more or less common in this age of spell checkers and online writing tools?