LONG STORY SHORT NEWSLETTER
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November 2008, Vol. 64
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Long Story Short School of Writing has been swamped with enrollments since our partnership with Colorado Free University, which offers all of our courses! Check it out: http://www.lssatcfu.org/
Denise Cassino's seminar, "How to Market Your Book on the Internet" still has a few openings. Sign up Now! In this tough economy, it's time to start advancing your writing career and get some books sales. This seminar will teach you to build a website and/or create a blog and use it blog effectively, how to write eye-catching press releases, the use of bookmarking sites, effective social networking, how to create a press kit, how to get and give good radio interviews along with contacts, and she will help you organize a Virtual Book Tour. If you are interested, visit her website for more information and pricing. Thanks.
If you need any book editing and proofreading services or private mentoring at a moderate price, visit Linda Barnett-Johnson's website www.lindabarnett-johnson.com or Contact her. She just finished editing Patricia Crandall's new novel, The Dog Men that Denise will be marketing.
Anna Maria Prezio is hosting a new exciting radio show, Spiritual Animals Radio on www.internetvoicesradio.com Mondays at 8pm EST – She will have TIPPI HEDREN, actress and Director of Shambala, the wild animal preserve in California as a guest on Nov 24 at 7pm EST. Listen! She's looking for unique guests whose stories about animals convey the amazing powers and psychic connections they have with their human counter parts. Contact her if you would like to appear on her show to tell your story. Animal Advocacy, Divine Dolphins, Sexy Snakes and more. If you run a dog rescue program or any such thing, this is for you. Contact Anna Maria and tune into her show!
Lillian Cauldwell is looking for sponsors for her radio show – you get great exposure and regular mentions during her programming and much, much more – www.internetvoicesradio.com.. Contact Lillian with your ideas.
Denise is now the book publicist for Linda Ballou, Lanaia Lee, Robert Flynn, Rosemary Chaulk, Sharon Poppen, Patricia Crandall, Kenny Kahn, Dr. John F. Murray and Lillian Cauldwell, promoting them and their books on the Internet with social networking sites, blog marketing, Virtual Book Tours and Radio interviews. If you know anyone interested in a publicist to market his or her books, contact Denise.
1. TRAVIS' TRAVEL TIPS –A Few of My Favorite Things, part 2 by Marie Delgado Travis
2. A new chapter in Irv Pliskin's serial novel, FATAL ENCOUNTERS – Chapter 28- a novel of deadly proportions – "R" rated!
3. Book of the Month – THE ANNA MAE MYSTERIES – THE GOLDEN TREASURE by Lillian Cauldwell
LSS WRITING SCHOOL NEWS
1. Lillian Cauldwell of Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio hosts an Internet radio program about LSS Writing School on a regular weekly Tuesday evening show where a different course and its instructor will be featured each week. Here's the schedule: Dorry Pease on 11/18, Lea Schizas on 11/25. More to come! The website is Great Programming and an excellent, highly-visited venue for advertising your books– tune in at 9pmEST.
My LSS Writing Friend - join us and improve your writing skills. Contact Linda to join.
Check out the Long Story Short Writers' Lodge – why don't you join? Imagine having your own webpage complete with bio, photo, links to your published work. You can start a mailing list; get a chat room, link to your blog, add a message board and more! $21.99 per year – how can you lose. Our newest member is Kathy Zengolewicz. Welcome her!
Denise Cassino is now doing book marketing in addition to building websites for authors, check her website: http://www.wizardlywebdesigns.com/bookmarketing.html
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ADVERTISING RATES: Need activity on your website or want to promote a book? Review our advertising rates; we'd love to place your ad in our newsletter, our school or in our ezine. Very reasonable rates!
Linda Barnett-Johnson: Hello reading and writing friends. Is the shock of Christmas, being only two months away, stressing you out? I can't believe it. It feels like the world, and the years, are spinning so fast that I can't keep up with them. I wonder how many of us wish we were little children again and having our parents make all the decisions for us. Unfortunately, that's not going to happen. But it is the time of year to get together with your family for that special time to reminisce and make new memories. I want to wish you all a fantastic Thanksgiving with family and friends. I am thankful for all of you.
Denise Cassino – I cannot believe another year is almost done! Does this mean I'm getting old that time flies by so fast or does it mean I'm having fun? Actually I am having fun, mostly because of all of you. Have a great Thanksgiving day with your loved ones.
Marie Delgado Travis – This will be my next-to-last "Travis Travel Tips," "Marie's Musings" and "Poetry Challenge," though some of these columns may reappear at a future date in other forms, by other authors. I am forever grateful to LSS Editor, Denise Cassino, for the many wonderful opportunities she has provided to me since my first poetry submission in 2005. Starting in December, I hope to dedicate myself fully to a Master of Fine Arts program. I will, however, continue to act as LSS Poetry Editor for another year, God-willing, in late Poetry Editor, Sue Scott's honor. I look forward to announcing the LSS Poem of the Year in the next edition of Long Story Short and am currently reading poems for the period of Jan.-Dec. 2009. Kindly see Submission Guidelines for details and do let me know, please, if you should have any questions. Contact me. Happy Thanksgiving!
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. ~ Mark Twain
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. ~ Mark Twain
Truth is more of a stranger than fiction. ~Mark Twain
STORY OF THE MONTH
THE LOGIC IS IN THE KINDNESS by Alex P. Harvey
BOOK OF THE MONTH
THE ANNA MAE MYSTERIES – THE GOLDEN TREASURE by Lillian
BEAUTIES' GUILD by Tala Bar
TROUBLE IN PARADISE by Jan Christensen
GOD NEVER CALLED by Joan G. Sutula
THE ROAR OF THE RIVER by Joanna M. Weston
THE BIG STEP by Keith Wood
YOU'LL KNOW SOMEDAY by Judy Nickles
BEING PRESENT by Julie Cox
THE PRAYER BOOK by Andrew McIntyre
SPILLED MILK by Joanne Faries
THE FORTUNE OF A ACCIDENT by Nathaniel Tower
ANGER SUFFERS AS GRIEF WITHDRAWS by Mary V. Kolar
A SEASONAL AFFAIR by C.A. Masterson
SPLINTERED SACRIFICE by Scott Appleton
RUMBLES OF THE HEART by Kimberly Payne
ONLY ONE by Joshua Scribner
LEVELS OF TEETH by Eric Suhem
IRV PLISKIN'S SERIAL KILLER
FATAL ENCOUNTERS – CHAPTER 28
THE ONE-EYED BERKINS by Kathe Campbell
A 'BUD' NO MORE by Kenan Bresnan
THE LAST FABIAN by Arlene Weiss
POEM OF THE MONTH
AUTUMNAL EQUINOX by Mei-Li Liu
POETRY – All Poetry
I WISH TO TELL YOU by Patricia Wellingham-Jones
HARVEST TIME by Michael Lee Johnson
TWIGS TO BURN by Ernest Williamson III
WISH by Marie Delgado Travis
ANYWHERE BUT HERE by Robert Simmons
DOZING OFF WHILE HUNTING CAIMAN AT MIDNIGHT IN THE AMAZON
by Nikolai Von Keller
I WISH by Floriana Hall
DECEPTION by Pavelle Wesser
UNTIL THEN by Susie N. McCray
OVER THERE by Monica Garcia Saenz
HURRICANE by Mahdy Y. Khaiyat
NOVEMBER GALE by Lenard W Eccles
THANKSGIVING DAY AT MY HOUSE by M. David Lutz
DAY OF THE DEAD by Odarka Polanskyj Stockert
CELEBRITY POET by Marie Delgado Travis
POET'S CHALLENGE by Marie Delgado Travis
BRITISH POET LAUREATES by Marie Delgado Travis
TRAVIS' TRAVEL TIPS by Marie Delgado Travis
ASK GRIZZLY GUS – a Common Sense Advice Column
Dear Grizzly Gus:
Your article saved my life. It happened a month ago. I was in the kitchen baking brownies for the Boy Scout Troop meeting. Billy, my son, grabbed a brownie I had cooling on the counter and ran out to play leaving the screen door wide open even though I've told him a thousand times to make sure to close it. That is when a bee flew into the kitchen. I happen to be extremely allergic to bees. Naturally, I panicked and at first, I didn't know what to do. Then I remembered your article in the Long Story Short Newsletter. I was saving it to show my writing group what really poor writing looked like and how to avoid it. I was able to quickly roll up the newsletter and swat the bee before it could sting me. I suppose you could say your advice has finally served some useful purpose.
Signed: Bee-Well in Washington
Dear Bee-Well in Washington
I'm so happy my article saved your life. There's no need to repay me. You letter is enough. I will carry it with me wherever I go. Then some day when I find myself without TP – you'll be able to return the favor.
Thanks from the bottom - of my bottom
Signed: Grizzly Life-saver Gus
Dear Grizzly Gus:
The energy crisis is worsening every day. I am sure your readers would like to know what you are doing to conserve energy and our natural resources.
Signed: Earnest for the Environment
Dear Earnest for the Environment:
I firmly believe in conserving energy. Heck I was conserving energy long before it was fashionable. Of course back then most folks said I was just plain lazy. It's not easy being a pioneer, blazing the trail for others to follow.
Now that I'm retired I find I'm able to save even more energy. Each day I sit almost motionless behind my desk reading and answering letters for my column, moving nothing but my fingers until feeding time which is every thirty minutes. I don't walk to the fridge, instead I just scoot my office chair down the hallway to the kitchen where I nuke a couple of Hot Pockets and then roll back to my office. We must all do our part to conserve our natural resources and protect our environment as well. When I found out that aerosol cans were harmful for the ozone, I quit using deodorant. When I learned that laundry soap had phosphates I quit doing laundry. Then I heard that the underground aquifer here in Florida (where I live) is drying up so I quit bathing and brushing on a regular basis. Can't say I get invited to many cookouts anymore but at least I'm doing my part for the environment. You could even say, I've 'gone green' - especially my teeth.
Signed: Grizzly 'Green' Gus
WRITING EXERCISE by Linda Barnett-Johnson
From the book, "Writing Life Stories" by Bill Roorbach, "a memoir is a true story, a work of narrative built directly from the memory of its writer; in memoir, the writer is also the protagonist - the person to whom the events of the story happen - or at least an observer closely involved with the protagonists."
Map-making: Make a map of the earliest neighborhood you can remember. Put as much detail as you can remember. Who were your neighbors? Who did you play with? Where were your friends? Where did the strange neighbors live? Where were the off-limit places? See how much you can remember by doing this. You'll be surprised at how much will come back to mind. Take your time and see where it takes you. You can do it on paper, poster board, with colored markers, or any way you want. But try it.
WRITING TIP by Linda Barnett-Johnson
Thanksgiving is a great place to capture dialog and mannerisms for your next story or book. Make it a point to jot down some of these things and write a short story and send it to us. Do you have an aunt that's hilarious? Is there a special grandchild that always seems to do something that is priceless? Write it down. I have a list of funny things my grand kids have said over the years. One of them said, "Nana, did you know I was born on my birthday?" Now, how smart is that? I think he was 4 at the time. Okay, now you have your assignment for Thanksgiving. Have fun with it and don't stress out.
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