JB’S JOURNAL FOR AUTHORS

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JB’s Journal for Authors is a bi-weekly newsletter dedicated to the author who never has enough time and is crushed by information. The journal highlights important information to help authors sell books.

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NINE RULES FOR WRITING DIALOGUE by Harvey Chapman from Novel Writing Help

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EDITOR’ S COMMENT:This is a jewel and well-worth reading to polish writing skills. For example, one rule is the dialogue should flow. Some writers would follow with blah, blah, blah to describe dialogue flow. Harvey is different. He adds three points to achieve dialogue flow with examples. Great stuff.

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2018 Release

FIVE WAYS THAT PLAYING WITH PRICING CAN SELL MORE BOOKS by Penny Sansevieri from Writers in the Storm

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  I like this article. It is spot on declaring adjusting price is often the last thing considered by the author. Penny discusses being competitive, doing regular price rotations, quarterly promotional price drops, understanding the power of free, and a discussion of permafree.

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

2018 Release

PUBLISHING, ONLINE BUSINESS AND TECH TRENDS FOR AUTHORS IN TWENTY-EIGHTEEN by Joanna Penn from The Creative Penn

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  I am impressed with the depth of coverage Joanna has given the subject. I believe you will be equally impressed. First for discussion is exclusivity vs wide publication and Amazon changes. Secondly, a change in mood towards Facebook and social media in general. Alexa comes into the discussion and potential for advertising.

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SEVEN WAYS TO TELL IF YOU HAVE TOO MUCH PLOT IN YOUR STORY by Amanda Patterson from Writers Write

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is a fun read. Who would have guessed the author’s problem is too much plot. The first step is a bit scary. Explain the plot to five strangers and ask if they understand. This is an interesting quick read during your next cup of coffee or tea. For a bit of a surprise, check out point number two.

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2019 Release

WHY I LIKE THE VOCABULARY.COM DICTIONARY by Anne Wayman from About Freelance Writing

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Anne writes a short comment on why she likes the dictionary. It can be read in seconds. I urge you to check out the dictionary and see if it works for you. I liked it and plan on using it.

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 BONUS

FIVE COMMON MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN WRITING YA FICTION by Claire Bradshaw from Writer’s Edit

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: YA is not my genre. If that was my arena, I would take the time to carefully read the post and digest the information. Writing inauthentic dialogue, mistakes in slang, clichés, trend writing, and proselytising receive a thorough discussion.

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FOUR AFFORDABLE WAYS TO MASTER BOOK MARKETING by Dave Chesson from Jane Friedman

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Another solid article from the desk of Jane Friedman. She selected Dave who offers ideas to master book marketing including free video content (YouTube channels), book marketing podcasts, book marketing audiobooks, and discounted or free online courses. What is especially helpful are the links included in the suggestions.

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THREE SIGNIFICANT ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING E-BOOKS AND AUDIOBOOKS by Steve Laube from The Steve Laube Agency

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GOOGLE SUPPORT FOR AUDIOBOOKS IS FRUSTRATING AND DISAPPOINTING by Nate Hoffelder from The Digital Reader

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Audiobooks comes into discussion from two separate posts. Steve discusses announcements from Apple, Google, and Walmart while Nate discusses a disappointing experience with Google. May want to read if audiobooks is on the horizon. The picture is a future audiobook listener.

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RECENT FACEBOOK CHANGES–BREAKING IT DOWN FOR WRITERS & AUTHORS by Edie Melson from Writers & Authors

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THE ULTIMATE APOSTROPHE FLOWCHART FOR WRITERS from Writer’s Write: Source: Grammar Check

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APPLE’S GETTING BACK INTO THE E-BOOKS FIGHT AGAINST AMAZON by Mark Gurman from Bloomberg

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THREE FABULOUS FREE DESIGN TOOLS FOR BLOGGERS by Amanda Patterson from Writers Write

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HOW TO WRITE REALISTIC FIGHT SCENES by J.M. (Jane) Robison from Live Write Thrive

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FOR YOUR READING ENJOYMENT

Seth and Pamela met on a plane. Many people meet strangers on planes. Their introduction was different. She sensed his pain of a broken life. He was unlike any other man she’d met, and later said, “He turned something on inside me that won’t stop.” LOVE REVISITED is Seth and Pamela’s love story.

Seth stared in disbelief when the taxi crossed Times Square at 7th Avenue in Mid-Manhattan. Automobiles and pedestrians inundated the area. He had traveled the world and never understood people living elbow to elbow.

The pungent stench of diesel assaulted his nostrils through an open window along with the muffled sound of a drone of people marching shoulder to shoulder. A moment later, he made out the grinding traffic serenade of metal and rubber on the Avenue of the Americas.

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