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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sometimes what seems bad at first turns out good!

In this economy, several authors whose books had previously been published find themselves without a home when the publisher goes out of business. Or, in other cases perhaps the book was dropped for one reason or another.

It doesn't mean that it is all bad. There are options available and also some benefits. The author can shop other publishers, or  sometimes, as in the closing of L&L Dreamspell due to the tragic death of one of the partners, before closing the publisher opened the door for their authors with other publishers. If you want to get the book to market quickly, the althernative is to self-publish.

Speaking from experience, the benefit is the ability to design new covers and perhaps edit the interior. How often does an author read the book after it has been released and say, "Why didn't I write [specific passage] like this?" Or, "Why didn't I think of that ending?"

Here is what happened to two of Morgan's books that had been published by L&L Dreamspell.

 Devils Dance and The Devil's Due was a two volume story inspired by true incidents that happened in the late 1950s. It was written under the pseudonym Arliss Adams which resulted in her losing the following she had worked hard to establish. And, she wasn't particularly happy with the covers. Although the story was compelling, and received many 5 star reviews, several readers wanted more closure in the first book. When the rights were given back to Morgan after Dreamspell ceased to do business, a decision had to be made--re-issue the books just as they were with a new ISBN number and publisher, or take the opportunity to make some major changes.

The route chosen was major changes.

The two books were consolidated and all of the references in The Devil's Due to the backstory in Devil's Dance were either eliminated or edited. The ending was changed because she always had doubts about ending it as she had, and the cover was changed. The end result a year later was a book published under her real name, Morgan St. James, entitled Betrayed.

The new book has a much different feeling but retains all of the tense emotion and heart-rending story that grabbed readers in the original editions.In analyzing the salient points in the story, it all came down to betrayal by a multitude of people in the protagonist's life. Betrayal was behind her being kidnapped, sold into a brothel when she was only 17, then brutalized and left for dead. Betrayal by her mother and her father. As the story unfolds, the brave but damaged young woman manages to survive and rebuild her body, her life, her spirit and a career, but that is not the end. Others betray her and a chance meeting threatens to destroy everything she has accomplished. Although the book is fiction, many of the scenes were inspired by events in the life of a real person.

So, if you are an author and find yourself in this situation, don't despair. Look for the ways you can turn the proverbial lemons into lemonade!





Monday, July 14, 2014

JULY - AUGUST 2014 ISSUE - WRITERS' TRICKS OF THE TRADE


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Friday, May 16, 2014

It's that time again! The new issue of Writers' Tricks of the Trade eZine just published.


If you are not familiar with Writers' Tricks of the Trade, this is your chance to check it out. 

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Every issue is filled with tips, techniques, stories, review(s), industry news, conference listings and more. 


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TIP: Be careful of overusing adjectives and adverbs. I just read what would have been a 4 or 5 star book but for the overuse of these pesky adverbs and adjectives that filled every chapter in the book.

For example, is it necessary to say "inched slowly?" When one inches, isn't it done slowly? Or, "What!" he said excitedly. Oh no. That exclamation point certainly tells the reader that the speaker is excited or agitated.

Happy reading and writing.

MORGAN


Thursday, March 13, 2014

MARCH-APRIL ISSUE OF WRITERS' TRICKS OF THE TRADE NOW AVAILABLE!

The March-April 2014 issue of the FREE Writers' Tricks of the Trade eZine is now available!. Now you can sign up for our mailing list and be sure to receive each new issue in your designated mailbox. Just use the form on the right and you will be added to the MailChimp distribution list.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2014 ISSUE OF WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE JUST PUBLISHED

Here it is the beginning of 2014 already with a new issue of Writers' Tricks of the Trade eZine packed with helpful articles about things to do in 2014 to further your career, conference listings, excerpt from a book, industry news and much, much more.

For you writers out there, remember that this is a writer-driven eZine and submissions are always open. The guidelines are in the front of each issue. We did not have a Life Story feature this month because I guess the holidays took their toll and not one story was submitted. They can be funny, scary, inspiring---you name it. Check out some of the previous issues to see what they are like.

Hoping everyone has a wonderfully successful year and the first thing to do is set some goals.


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013 ISSUE OF WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE EZINE

It is hard to believe that practically a whole year has passed. We have had wonderful contributed articles from our guest authors and resident reviewer Martha Cheves. The list of readers continues to grow and I look forward to the upcoming 2014 issues. Here is the link to the final issue of the year: http://bit.ly/1jhZofP

Remember, submissions are open and you can find the guidelines in the beginning of each issue. If something is accepted and the issue is full, it will appear in a future issue. Comments are always coming in from both aspiring and published authors, editors and publishers about the high quality of the information contained between the virtual covers of this eZine and I certainly can't take all of the credit. Without others sharing their expertise it would be all about me.

As an author who has paid my dues, one of my enjoyments is sharing what I've learned from all of the workshops, conferences, writers groups, etc.
I have personally attended by giving my own workshops at conferences and writers groups and having written over 500 published articles about writing and publishing. Some of the lessons learned were not from formal presentations, but from ill-fated ideas or backfires. It is as important to know what not to do as knowing what to do.

Cheers,
MORGAN ST. JAMES

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

TODAY'S EXAMINER ARTICLE - R IS FOR REVISE



Examiner.com
Morgan St. James | Las Vegas Writing Examiner
October 8, 2013
Good writers revise their work ~ Don’t hesitate when you see a better way“Rewrite” is a very important “R” in the writer’s bag of tricks. Believe me, when it comes to rewrites...
Writers tricks of the trade - R is for revise