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What a nice offer. What site or newspaper do you review for. If I don't already have one there, I may take you up on it. And thank you for purchasing my other book. Which one? You know how we writers are? Always want to know.(-:
There are two books, when read together or back to back, are really challenging. One is Guilty by reason of insanity, and the other is Mindhunter. A psychiatrist who interviewed serial killers and came to understand how they were created writes the 1st. While she did not start out an advocate, she ends up very much opposed to the death penalty. Mindhunter is a book that I actually found more fascinating. John Douglas worked for the FBI and was driven by a need to find answers for families of the victims of these killers. His profiling skill is amazing. While likewise, not an advocate, his view on the death penalty, is that families of victims should not have to share the same planet with these killers, nor spend one moment in fear that some arrant parole board is going to let them go. Neither of these books rises to the level of great literature, but each is fascinating and serves to highlight how perspective has as much or more to do with conclusion than the fact itself.
Because you are a Shelfari friend, I thought I'd pass on to you a quiz I'm using to promote my new book, the 2nd in the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers after the award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter.
The Frugal Editor is a must for writers and includes lots of good stuff important for any writer to know. It is, ta da! The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success.
Check Your Sell-Your-Book Expertise with Carolyn's Quiz
Every writer should know the answer to these or know how to find out :
1. What is the rule posted by most agents and publishers I can break in order to sell my book faster?
2. How can a style sheet help me edit my book or work better with my editor?
3. Why do I need to know about indexing?
4. How can I corral Word's Spell Checker to help rather than hinder my editing process?
5. Why is editing important to getting a publisher or an agent when my publisher's editor will help me with that anyway?
6. Why should I rarely send out a cover letter rather than a query letter?
7. Why should I avoid using italics for internal dialogue? How do you avoid using them for internal dialogue?
8. What perfectly natural and grammar-perfect thing should I avoid telling an agent?
9. How can I turn adverbs that slow my narrative into metaphors?
10. How can I purge my copy of passive constructions using a computer?
11. How can code words in my document help avoid humiliation?
12. How do I avoid superfluous quotation marks that annoy agents and editors?
If you don't know the answers to most every one of these 12 questions without peeking you are sure to benefit from the newly released
The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success
available now on Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0978515870/
It's already rocketed to Amazon's Top Ten List in its category!
It should be sitting on your shelf right next to the award-winning* first in the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers,
The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't
by UCLA Extension Writers' Program Instructor Carolyn Howard-Johnson
*Winner of USA Book News Best Professional Book 2004
*Winner of Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award