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What are some good easy-to-understand online writing sites?

I’ve been a member of the Critique Circle and Fiction Press, which I lasted for a few months and about a year, respectfully. I always enjoy other people’s input and have been wanting to try a new writing site, especially since Summer Vacation is just three days away. If you could post a site that you’ve heard of or belonged to a little bit about it, if one can post as many works, or if one has to review other’s works in order to post. Thanks in advance.

Try:
http://lnf.uoregon.edu/sites.html

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Posted by mark - October 30, 2014 at 10:08 am

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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast

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Welcome to the RubyRedRiter New Orleans weather 10 day forecast! This is your New Orleans weather 10 day forecast. It will be updated daily. The New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is a valuable tool for planning all of your New Orleans outings. While you are here in NOLA there are plenty of people to see, places to go and things to do and the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast will come in very handy. The weather in New Orleans changes day to day. This is because of the city’s proximity to water. This is one of the reasons the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is so valuable if you are traveling to New Orleans. Don’t miss any of them. Make sure you are not caught unawares. Be prepared for the Louisiana weather changes. Quick and convenient, just check here before you make your plans for the day! 

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Mar 12
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Sunny 74°/58° 0 %
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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Partly Cloudy 75°/60° 10 %
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Mar 14
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Mostly Cloudy 75°/57° 10 %
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Mar 15
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Mostly Sunny 72°/55° 10 %
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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Sunny 74°/53° 0 %
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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Sunny 76°/56° 0 %
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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Sunny 76°/58° 0 %
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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Few Showers 74°/59° 30 %
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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Mostly Sunny 74°/59° 20 %
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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Partly Cloudy 76°/60° 10 %

 Good Morning NOLA!  How are you are the bright Saturday morning?  It looks like a bright sunshiny day from where I’m sitting.  There is no chance of rain today so don’t bother with the ponch or umbrella.  Our high today is seventy-five with no clouds.  i couldn’t ask for better weather for my book signing today in Jackson Square.  If you find yourself down in the French Quarter vicinity today please stop by the 1850’s House Store and say “Hi!”.  I will be signing my newest book “If I Were A French Quarter Rat”.  Part of the proceeds from every book sold will go to the Friends of the Cabildo.  The lows for tonight will be in the fifties.  Tomorrow is more of the same with a few more clouds but all in all a great day.  Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead tonight.  Spring forward you know.  St. Patty’s festivities will also be going on around the city gearing up for the 17th.  A  special shout out ot the family of Herman Ernest. Herman was the long time drummer for Dr. John.  He will be buried today after succumbing to cancer.  Rest In Peace Herman.  See y’all in NOLA.

Sharon Denise Talbot

Don’ t forget to check back tomorrow for your New Orleans weather 10 day forecast.

New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast

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Posted by mark - October 26, 2014 at 8:29 am

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A few questions about self publishing for authors?

There are a lot of self publishing companies available to the aspiring authors. Which, if any, have you had experiences with? Which would be the best to use and which would be considered scams and why? Author house, Lulu.com, iUniverse, etc…?

Or do you think it would be better to go with hiring an agent and go with traditional publishing? Which is the better deal for the author?

Traditional publishing is ALWAYS a better deal for authors of fiction. The instances where self-publishing is the best path are few and far between and never work for fiction.

Traditional publishing, though difficult, will result in visibility, marketing and financial pay-off that a self-pubbed book would never achieve. Christopher Paolini was a one-off. So random as to be virtually impossible.

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Posted by mark - October 23, 2014 at 7:37 am

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How do book publishing deals work?

I’m a writer and i’ve just gotten through writing an epic fantasy novel.
This is the first novel i’ve ever written so bear with me.
What wanted to know how can i get a published and get a
book contract? I’ve already looked up some publishing companies
but i don’t which one is the right one.
Will i have to meet with the publishing company to discuss my book?
How many years would they contract me to do?
How much would they pay me to make a deal with them?

Lots of questions. I’ll hit ’em one at a time.

“What wanted to know how can i get a published and get a book contract? I’ve already looked up some publishing companies but i don’t which one is the right one.” You identify publishers who have books in stores now in your genre, then determine whether they accept unagented manuscripts or only deal through agents. While you’re at the book store, jot down titles and authors, as well as publishers, because you will most probably need to identify which agents are representing epic fantasy.

“Will i have to meet with the publishing company to discuss my book?” Nope. Virtually all communication can easily be handled by mail, email, and telephone. If you happen to live where the publisher is, you might meet face to face at some point, but it’s not a requirement to meet your publisher or your agent in person.

“How many years would they contract me to do?” They won’t contract you for years but for rights to publish your book. If they love-love-love it they may seek a contract for X number of books over Y number of years, but that’s unusual for a first-time author.

“How much would they pay me to make a deal with them?” Nothing. You won’t even get an advance, as one of your other replies says. What you will get is royalties based on the book’s sales and paid quarterly. Typical hardcover royalties are 10%, paperback 7.5%.

The biggie at this stage is that you’re not ready yet. You’ve just gotten through writing an epic fantasy, which is no mean feat (congratulations!), but that means you have not edited or rewritten it at all. You finished your first draft.

I strongly recommend putting it away for six months, no peeking. During that time you can write notes of things to check, to change, to add or delete, but you literally cannot look at it.

When you return, you’ll be amazed what fresh eyes will see. Rewrite it beginning to end, incorporating your notes.

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Posted by mark - October 22, 2014 at 6:55 am

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Can anyone recommend a good online writing school?

For years, I have been interested in writing short stories and articles for magazines. Does anyone have experience with any of the online schools?

There are some really good choices out there:

UCLA http://www2.uclaextension.edu/writers/detail.php?sID=online
UC-Berkeley http://www.unex.berkeley.edu/cat/online.html#write
University of Washington http://www.outreach.washington.edu/ext/certificates/bytopic.asp#edit

for just a few that are really well known and offer exceptional instruction.

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Posted by mark - October 21, 2014 at 6:31 am

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Book publishing: If you self publish can you go with a publisher later?

If I self-publish a book, Can I also submit my manuscript to a publishing house?
If no, why not?

My goal is to get exposure through self publishing while trying to find a traditional publishing house, then signing publishing rights to them and ceasing my self publishing efforts. Has this been done?
More info:
I know that it would decrease a publisher’s interest, but why couldn’t I sign over my "first rights" to them if I did find an interested party?
I’m not asking about probability but whether it is at all possible.

An example I’m thinking of is a book written by a fellow in L.A. on driving shortcuts. It became a cult classic, and I’m sure any publisher would love to snatch it up. It would be a win-win if he could sign it over because he’d get broader interest and they could provide more publicity while taking a cut.

Christopher Paolini’s "Eragon" was originally self-published. So was "Shadowmancer" by G. P. Taylor.

It really depends on the publisher and the book. I would suggest getting an agent, though. Find someone you trust (and who is trustworthy – do your research) and get their advice before you commit to anything.

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Posted by mark - October 16, 2014 at 3:05 am

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Numbers in English Writing

http://www.engVid.com/ If you know the rule of 10, then you know I just made a mistake. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then watch this lesson, fool!

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Posted by mark - October 15, 2014 at 2:37 am

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Online Book, eBook, Online Audio Book, Publish

Online Book Publish discussion regarding eBook publishing and online audio book publishing by Stacey Cochran.

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Posted by mark - October 12, 2014 at 12:46 am

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Publishing Books Online For Free – Self Publishing 2.0

Striking a balance between giving your books away and finding new readers: http://www.fonerbooks.com/cornered.htm

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Posted by mark - October 11, 2014 at 12:25 am

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Ali-G..Interviews About Book Publishing

iSo just who is Ali G, and how did he get on TV? In his own words: “Me woz born in da heart off da Staines ghetto. I has lived wiv me Nan in Staines at 37 Cherry Blossom Close from da day me woz born, coz wiv both me parents havin been smoked, dere werent no one else around to look afta her. Me has been carin for her ever since. Me woz failed by da skool system and hated every minute me spent in da classroom. In fact added together, dat time woz probly da most borin 3 hours of me life – altho me do still go to a skool re-union every second Monday at Staines Job Centre… As well as bein unemployed – i iz also got a lot off well important careers. As head of Da West Staines Massive, me control da most peace lovin and violent gang in da hole of Barkshire. Afta happearin on some crap programme dat woz on at 11 a clock or somefin, it werent long before me ad me own show. Dis meant me was able to take a in depf look at a lot off serious issues…. I iz now easily da most respekted face on Brittish telly and it iz probably only a matter off time before me get offered me own slot on Channel Michelinazo – or hopefully even cable…”

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Posted by mark - October 10, 2014 at 12:11 am

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