Relate to Reality No Longer

“Life is painful and disappointing. It is useless, therefore, to write new realistic novels. We generally know where we stand in relation to reality and don’t care to know any more.”

— Michel Houellebecq


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Promote & Market Your Book

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“How to make the most of social media marketing, where do you start? You need detailed, accessible and practical advice on what to do and how to do it. Planning and research are often forgotten in the rush of getting a book published. Drawing up a marketing plan and carefully thought out campaign are the only ways to ensure the success of your book and to meet the readers’ requirements. Initiate these concepts and you will see the benefits immediately!”




“Who is it For?

Any author who wants to create and launch a successful book, or people who chose publishing as a career.

What Will it Help You Do?

This guide walks you through the development of author’s brand and improving sales.

What is Included?

…valuable resources lists, such as book bloggers, publishers, literary agents, newspapers and magazines, independent booksellers, Facebook groups, sites to promote a book, and radio shows for authors.”

How Can You Buy This Book?

Barnes & Noble


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Featured Writing Addict: Philip Cook

Philip Cook

Philip Cook was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where he currently resides with his wife, Cristina, mother-in-law, Martha, and their four dogs.

He graduated from Western International University with a Master’s degree in business administration, and is now a full-time real estate broker, dedicated husband, writer, and Sunday-school teacher.

Always interested in history and mythology, Phil embraced his heritage after traveling to Ireland, which gave him a deeper insight into not only its people and its land, but also its legends.

He was influenced by many famous writers, including J. R. R. Tolkien, Terry Brooks, and C. S. Lewis. The author’s journey led to the creation of the magical world of Erden, where both truth and fantasy merge to become a story of faith, friendship, and the eternal battle between good and evil.

What’s Philip Cook’s Genre?

 Christian Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure

What’s  Philip’s Passion In Writing?

“My passion is for fantasy and science-fiction literature. I also have a strong desire to share my Christian faith, and decided to start a journey as a Christian-fantasy novelist. Throughout the story of Erden: Flame of The Creator, there are nuggets of Christian truths.”

What are Philip Cook’s books about?

Erden: Flame of the Creator

“After his nine-year-old niece, Lilly, follows a huge wolf into a shimmering pool of light, Peter and his new friend, Karina, jump in to save her. They enter the world of Erden where they encounter great, wicked, and dreadful creatures like the demonic Tzygula. Along the way, Peter and Karina are befriended and mentored by two human warriors—the beautiful Brittini, a highly magical and skilled Elvin swordswoman, and Riley, a powerful, yet smart-aleck leprechaun. Peter and Karina are amazed at the Creator’s power, and the strange, wondrous, and perilous world where they are trying to find and rescue Lilly.”

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Book Launch: Jason S. Blayne

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Shadow Wolves: Youthful Inexperience

Our story begins with three teenagers just out of school for the summer, ready for a summer of partying and girls just to find that they are in for a rude awakening. Spending two weeks working on what they thought was routine farm work; Boy are you in for a surprise as the boys endure two weeks of day in the life of basic training and combat. After they get home from their time in hell, watch as the trio unfolds their plans and grow to cause mayhem and use the shadows of the night and attack their plans like a pack of wild wolves. Their passage from teenagers to young adults dealing with broken hearts and their own demons will lead you into a new world of unruliness with some edge. Beware: Enter the shadows into the mouth of the wolf den, if you dare.

Jason S. Blayne is an independent Thriller & YA author who comes from the small community of Lesage, West Virginia. He was raised to attend college and become a doctor, or lawyer, but he decided to take his own route to become an author while studying the Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts industry.
Shadow Wolves: Youthful Inexperience, the first of three books in this new series, was published in July 2014. It twists and turns the traditional timeline sequence—holding readers interested in the missing pieces as the series unfolds.
Jason’s main goal in the Shadow Wolves series—through old emotions and experiences—is to connect to his readers, bringing back the sensations for the more experienced readers in life, and showing the weight of decisions to those younger readers who are looking for a life-path to travel.


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The Way You Say It

“The true writer has nothing to say. What counts is the way he says it.”

— Alain Robbe-Grillet


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Under [sentence] Construction

Edward D. Johnson on sentence construction:


“Write in whole sentences, not in fragments….The fragment is easy to see in I discovered the overalls. When I was ladling out the chowder. The second “sentence” is merely a dependent clause of the first sentence and shouldn’t be separated from it by a period; in this example even a separating comma would be wrong (the when clause is a defining construction; see Rule 2-1)….

Such fragments are surprisingly common…after all, it’s hard to see what isn’t there…

…and it’s what isn’t there that makes a sentence or clause a fragment. Whenever something seems wrong with a sentence but it’s not clear what, check for fragments.”


Johnson’s book, The Handbook of Good English, is an excellent resource for writers of all kinds. You can find it here.

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Hear the Voices

“Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, if they’re any good, they’re a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person.”

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

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On Sports Journalism

Passing the Torch: Don’t Let Great Sportswriting [sic] Flame Out

“More than news writing, more than editorial writing, more than feature, business, or food writing, the best contemporary sports writing draws its strength from a tradition of literary excellence that goes back 100 years.”

Roy Peter Clark

Five Examples Of Great Sports Writing

“Sports seems to bring out the best in our greatest writers. I’m not exactly sure why that is, but I suspect it has something to do with the inherent drama in sports (which can have a time-transporting effect—I felt like a 10-year-old boy again while watching the end of this year’s Iron Bowl) and the friction caused by the fact that these sports “heroes” who are treated like gods are in fact mere mortals like the rest of us…I devour great prose about sports, and will read the same piece sometimes dozens of times, in an attempt to learn more about the craft and, frankly, to be entertained. Great writing is one of the world’s last great turn-ons.”

Monte Burke

The 13 greatest pieces of sportswriting [sic] in 2013

“Of the thousands of pieces of great sportswriting [sic] — from real-time snippets to “longish” reads, these* stood out.** (A worthwhile caveat: The “13″ thing is a handy formatting framework; the “Also Receiving Votes” group is just as worthy of your attention. As always, presented in alphabetical order by author name, with no further commentary.)”

Dan Shanoff

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Fabric of Life—Fiction

“One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though admittedly the most outrageous liar. Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life.”

— Henry Miller

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Tip POE Through the Tulips

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Tips for Writing Poems:

  • “Know your purpose. Why are you writing a poem and what do you want it to do?
  • Pick a subject. You do not have to pick a stereotypical poetry topic such as nature, animals, love, or some sort of darker topic. Poems can be written about any topic under the sun.
  • Choose a pattern. You might choose to use free verse, rhyming couplets, or an epic poetry style. It’s better to let the words flow with the style, than to return later and try to fit your already-written ideas into a totally new scheme.
  • Avoid clichés. These are sayings that have been overused, like busy as a bee, or blind as a bat.
  • Use imagery. Paint with your words and use concrete words that appeal to the senses. Abstract words can not give the reader a good picture of what you are trying to say.
  • Use similes and metaphors. Similes compare two things, like “you are sweet as honey” and usually use the word “like” or “as.” Metaphors state that one thing is another thing, like “you are a pig.” Things being compared in a metaphor have at least one thing in common but are very different in other ways.”
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