All New: Writers on the Move Workshop

We have very exciting news!

In our efforts to continually provide fresh and helpful information to our readers and visitors, and since our group has so many experienced and knowledgeable writers and authors, we've added a new and very exciting feature to our group, the Writers on the Move Workshop.

The workshops will focus on writing and marketing, and depending on the presenter and topic, the workshops will range from 30 minutes to ONE hour to ONE day to ONE week long. We are hoping to keep them free, but for the week long, and possibly even the day long workshops, there may be a small fee – we’ll have to see how it all pans out.

The first Writers on the Move Workshop will be in a LIVE hour long chat format, scheduled for May 16 at 7pm EST. Maggie Ball will talk about Podcasting for Writers.

If you’d like to attend this free 1 hour workshop, you will need to register. Please send an email to Maggie at: maggieball@compulsivereader.com
Show up a bit before to sign into EveryWhereChat and to see if there is any information already in place.

A bit about the workshop:

The simplest definition of a podcast is just a recorded radio show and Maggie will provide the information you need to get your podcast up and running. She’ll define what a podcast is and the many different ways you can either do a single podcast, or start your own “radio show” or even syndication with recorded podcasts.

This will be a very informative workshop for writers who want, rather need to bring their books and/or services to a larger audience. If you’re blogging now, the next step is to create podcasts and Maggie Ball can show you how. She is also providing a very helpful Free PDF outlining the steps needed to create your podcast.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The June Workshop will be presented by Karen Cioffi and it'll be about creating and selling e-books. We'll have the details available by the end of May or beginning of June.

We hope you find the information we provide valuable in your writing and marketing journey.

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Writing and Marketing Articles:

3 Steps to Querying Publishers and Agents
Storytelling vs. Writing a Story
Book Promotion: The Foundation
Book Promotion: Creating an Informational Funnel

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Ghostwriting and Editing for Businesses and Individuals
Do you want to get that idea turned into a book? Do you want to write your memoirs? Do you need editing, proofreading, or a professional critique? Do you need an e-book or white paper to offer for instruction, platform visibility, or a gift? Do you need blog, article, white paper, or other form of content visibility for your business? We’re professional, experienced with keywords and SEO, and we cover a number of writing services. So, please stop by and check us out. Go to: http://DKVWriting4U.com

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Until next time,


Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, and
Acquisitions Editor Intern for 4RV Publishing

Member of the Professional Writers Alliance, the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

http://KarenCioffi.com
http://DKVWriting4U.com
Karen Cioffi Writing for Children and More

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World of Ink Author Spotlight - Judy Snider, Joan Dickow & Illustrator Cady B. Driver

A great way to get exposure as an author is doing virtual book tours with groups such as VBT-Writers on the Move or paying for this service. Another great way is to ask friends who have blogs to do an Author Spotlight like this one below.



World of Ink Author Spotlight - Judy Snider, Joan Dickow & Illustrator Cady B. Driver

 Judy Snider, Joan’s sister lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, Gil, and two silly cats. She is the author of the CWA award-winning children’s picture book, Goldy’s Baby Socks, and on a team of authors of The Scared Purse.

Joan Dickow, Judy’s sister, lives in Berkley, Michigan wither husband, Fred and their cat, Coffee. This is her first book and she is currently working on her second picture book, The Porch Fairy.

Cady Driver paints portraits and murals, teaches art and donates her work to charitable organizations. She has also illustrated Icky, Sticky Pancake World by Patrick Wynn. You can view more of her work online at http://www.ArtByCady.com or contract her at Cady@ArtByCady.com. She currently resides in Raleigh, NC wither husband and homeschools her three children.


From the moment we are born, someone is telling us to be careful. No matter what country we call home or what language we speak, these words follow us our entire lives. You might hear parents, friends, family or children lovingly say this phrase at least once a day. Think about all of the times that a loved one goes off to school, play or work, and you say, “I Love You, Be Careful!"

I Love You, Be Careful is a heartwarming and uplifting book. There is a page to personalize it as a gift for adults or children. The book’s beautiful illustrations capture poignant memories and cause one to reflect on all the “Be Careful” moments in life and smile.

I Love You, Be Careful
Publisher: Xlibris
ISBN Number(s): softcover-978-1-4535-6115-7 and hardcover-978-1-4535-6116-4
Publication Date: Fall 2010 –I Love You, Be Careful

Website: http://iloveyoubecareful.com
Publisher Website: http://www.xlibris.com

You can find out more and Judy Snider & Joan Dickow’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/JudySniderandJoanDickow.aspx. There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions. Both Judy Snider and Joan Dickow will be checking in throughout the tour and you might even spot Cady B. Driver as well.

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Some great sites that offer virtual tours

Put your writing career in motion with the yahoo marketing group VBT-Writers
on the Move. Promote your platform, yourself and your books!

We utilize ONGOING tours; Viewpoint segments; mystery site give a ways; blog
radio spots; and much more to increase visibility and readership.

To learn more contact Karen at: karenrcfv@yahoo.com.

Participating in our tour not only affords you information about great books,
it also provides tips and advice on writing and promotion.
Learn from new and experienced authors. Writing, marketing, and books—the writer's life. Great writing & marketing info—don't miss out!


Have you written or illustrated a children's book and you need to get the word out about it? Are you an author or illustrator working on building your platform? Or are you trying to get the word out about workshops or services you offer writers, illustrators, parents and teachers? Then Stores for Children Publishing is here to help. You’ll find our World of Ink Tour is the perfect way to get your books or services out in front of the buying public and build your platform as a writer, illustrator or expect in your field.

PUMP UP YOUR BOOK PROMOTION VIRTUAL BOOK TOURS where we handle all of your online touring needs.   If you are the author of a newly published book, have an upcoming release, or want to give a previously released book a new life, we will take care of your complete virtual book tour, which includes round-the-world stops on blogs specifically geared toward your books.  http://www.pumpupyourbookpromotion.com/virtualbooktours.html

Wishing you all the best when it comes to promoting your books and yourself as an author. After all authors are products too and knowing how to sell yourself is important.

May 2011 Writers on the Move Author Tour

It’s hard to believe May is at the doorstep. It seems like winter just ended and next month summer will be knocking on our door. Oh well, at least Writers on the Move is moving right along with good old time. The month of May will bring another writer/author tour filled with writing and marketing information from our talented writers and authors.

As usual, we strive to provide value packed informational content so you can not only learn about the authors’ books and services, but also pick up tips and advice on writing, ghostwriting, marketing, and more.

So, look over the schedule below. Each day in May a different author and information will be presented. Just follow the schedule and click on the corresponding day.

And, be sure to stop by to read Dallas Woodburn’s Feature Article on May 18th, “Writing is like Rock Climbing.”

We really appreciate your comments and following.

Writers on the Move’s May 2011 Tour Schedule

It’s hard to believe May is at the doorstep. It seems like winter just ended and next month summer will be knocking on our door. Oh well, at least Writers on the Move is moving right along with good old time. The month of May will bring another writer/author tour filled with writing and marketing information from our talented writers and authors.

As usual, we strive to provide value packed informational content so you can not only learn about the authors’ books and services, but also pick up tips and advice on writing, ghostwriting, marketing, and more.

So, look over the schedule below. Each day in May a different author and information will be presented. Just follow the schedule and click on the corresponding day.

And, be sure to visit Dallas Woodburn’s site on May 9th, and read the Feature Article: “Writing is like Rock Climbing.”

We really appreciate your comments and following.

Writers on the Move’s May 2011 Tour Schedule

1st Karen Cioffi is featuring Deb Eckerling
2nd Kathy Stemke is featuring Maggie Ball
3rd Margaret Fieland is featuring Joe Dadich
4th Carolyn Howard-Johnson is featuring Elysabeth Eldering
5th Stephen Tremp is featuring Jennifer Turner
6th Debra Eckerling is featuring Martha Swirzinski
7th Martha Swirzinski is featuring Jennifer Gladen
8th Heidi Thomas is featuring Virginia Grenier
9th Dallas Woodburn is featuring Mari Taylor
10th Maggie Ball is featuring Kevin McNamee
11th Virginia Grenier is featuring Robert Medak
12th Kevin McNamee is featuring Kathy Stemke
13th Elysabeth Eldering is featuring Carolyn Howard-Johnson
14th Marietta Taylor is featuring Donna McDine
15th Robert Medak is featuring Shelby Patrick
16th Donna McDine is featuring Margaret Fieland
17th Shelby Patrick is featuring Heidi Thomas
18th Jennifer Gladen is featuring Dallas Woodburn
19th Jenny Turner is featuring Karen Cioffi
20th Jennifer Wylie is featuring Stephen Tremp
21st Joe Dadich is featuring Jenny Wylie

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Ghostwriting and Editing for Businesses and Individuals
Do you want to get that idea turned into a book? Do you want to write your memoirs? Do you need editing, proofreading, or a professional critique? Do you need an e-book or white paper to offer for instruction, platform visibility, or a gift? Do you need blog, article, white paper, or other form of content visibility for your business? We’re professional, experienced with keywords and SEO, and we cover a number of writing services. So, please stop by and check us out. Go to: http://DKVWriting4U.com

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Until next time,

Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, and
Acquisitions Editor Intern for
4RV Publishing

Member of the Professional Writers Alliance, the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

http://KarenCioffi.com
http://DKVWriting4U.com
Karen Cioffi Writing for Children and More

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/karencioffiventrice
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KarenCV
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Giving Basic Writing Advice

Recently, I was asked to look over a children’s fiction picture book manuscript. This was not a paying job, just a favor.

The ‘new to writing’ authors, who are both health care professionals, had already been calling major publishers to find out submission requirements. They were told their manuscript would not be looked at without an agent.

So, they went to the library to find a book on top agents. While this is a worthy endeavor, there are some basic first steps to take before shooting for the stars.

Just glancing at the manuscript, I knew it needed a lot of work. And, interestingly, I was surprised to see so many errors in a simple 600 word story. It seems as we progress in learning the craft of writing, we forget that we didn’t know the very basics at one time either.

When critiquing or giving writing advice, it’s important to begin with the positive aspects of the manuscript. If the errors are basic and abundant, you may also want to state them in generic terms, not to offend the author/s.

What does this mean?

Well, instead of saying, “You shouldn’t have the children’s picture book manuscript formatted in lists, numbered, or in Australian Sunrise 10pt font,” you might say, “Manuscripts are usually preferred typed in New Times Roman 12pt font, and are double spaced using a free form flow with the first sentence of each paragraph indented.

To help with clarity, you could include a first page example of a manuscript you have, or rewrite the 1st paragraph of two of the authors’ manuscript.

If there are just too many errors, for time’s sake you can make a list of proper manuscript formatting tips. This is the approach I took.

I started out with the ‘positive:’

This is a wonderful idea for a children’s book and has great potential, especially that both of you are professionals in the health field. Children will certainly benefit from the story’s information. It could use some tweaking though.

Then I added a brief sentence:

Here are a few tips for writing and formatting a manuscript to help get it submission ready:

•    Manuscripts should be formatted in 12 pt Times New Roman Font
•    They should be double spaced
•    They should be in free form without numbering for pages or in list form
•    The first sentence of each paragraph should be indented
•    Children love action – actions are better shown through ‘showing’ rather than ‘telling’
•    Notes for illustrations after each of your intended pages are usually frowned upon by publishers
•    Most publishers, especially the major ones use their own illustrators
•    Manuscripts are more likely to make it past the slush pile if they are polished
•    Usually writers go through a process of one or two critique groups and writing groups, after rewrites and editing it gets to a point where it looks perfect. That’s when it needs to be professionally edited.

These tips are part of the advice I offered the authors and I kept it as generic as possible.

After you note the manuscript errors, you should end your advice on another positive note. You might say, “With rewriting and editing, you will have an engaging story that children will be sure to love, and it’ll be submission ready.”

I then provided several writing links about writing for children and editing.

Since every author’s personality is different it’s usually best to use the gentle approach when offering writing advice.

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Here are the links I provided to the writers:

Simple as A, B, C: 6 Basic Tips for Writing Children’s Fiction – Part 1
Simple as ABC: 6 Basic Tips for Writing Children’s Fiction – Part 2
http://tinyurl.com/4w8kkgk

Editing Tips: 1-4
Editing Tips: 5-10

8 Steps Before Submitting Your Manuscript
Finding Age Appropriate Words
Critiques Are Essential

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Writing, Publishing, and Marketing - You Can Do It

This 34 page e-book is full of writing, publishing (traditional and self-publishing) and marketing information. Kind of a GPS for getting where you’re headed: published and selling books.

Click on the link for more details and a great review:
http://www.karencioffi.com/writing-publishing-and-marketing/

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Ghostwriting and Editing for Businesses and Individuals
Do you want to get that idea turned into a book? Do you want to write your memoirs? Do you need editing, proofreading, or a professional critique? Do you need an e-book or white paper to offer for instruction, platform visibility, or a gift? Do you need blog, article, white paper, or other form of content visibility for your business? We’re professional, experienced with keywords and SEO, and we cover a number of writing services. So, please stop by and check us out. Go to: http://DKVWriting4U.com

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Until next time,


Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, and
Acquisitions Editor Intern for 4RV Publishing

Member of the Professional Writers Alliance, the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

http://KarenCioffi.com
http://DKVWriting4U.com
Karen Cioffi Writing for Children and More

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/karencioffiventrice
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KarenCV
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Children’s Author, Donna McDine’s 6-day Author Showcase hosted by the National Writing for Children Center kicks off Mon, April 18

M E D I A  R E L E A S E           

CONTACT: Suzanne Lieurance
Email: suzannelieurance@hotmail.com
Website: http://writingforchildrencenter.com

Children’s Author, Donna McDine’s 6-day Author Showcase hosted by the National Writing for Children Center kicks off Mon, April 18

Children’s Author Donna McDine is being showcased the entire month of April at the National Writing for Children Center. Part of this showcase includes a 6-day virtual book tour. Join Suzanne Lieurance, founder and director of the National Writing for Children Center, and the virtual specialist tour hosts as they welcome Donna McDine for her exclusive tour that starts Monday, April 18.

Donna McDine is an award-winning children's author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions. Her stories have been published in many print and online publications and her interest in American History resulted in writing and publishing The Golden Pathway. Donna has two more books under contract with Guardian Angel Publishing, The Hockey Agony and Powder Monkey. She writes, moms and is the Editor-in-Chief for Guardian Angel Kids and Publicist for the NWFCC from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI and Musing Our Children.
Travel back in time and learn more about the Underground Railroad and Ms. McDine through her virtual book tour:
Monday, April 18
“Meet the Author”
Host: Terri Forehand – www.terri-forehand.blogspot.com  

Tuesday, April 19
“The Writer’s Life”
Host: Nancy I. Sanders – www.nancyisanders.wordpress.com

Wednesday, April 20
“Tradebook Tips for Teachers”
Host: Lori Calabrese – www.loricalabrese.blogspot.com

Thursday, April 21
“Writing Tips
Host: Nicole Weaver – www.melangeofcultures.wordpress.com

Friday, April 22
“On the Go”

Saturday, April 23
“Become a Facebook Fan”
Host: Suzanne Lieurance – www.suzannelieurance.com

Thank you for your interest, we look forward to your visit.
Authors interested in being showcased at the National Writing for Children Center can download an application www.writingforchildrencenter.com or email Suzanne Lieurance for more information at info@writingforchildrencenter.com.

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Book Promotion: Creating an Informational Funnel

Book Promotion: Creating an Informational Funnel

By Karen Cioffi

When thinking of book marketing, there are a number of rungs on the marketing ladder. The first involves creating a quality product, in this case a book. You want a book that you’ll be proud to offer for sale, and a book that customers will want to buy.

Once you have a finished product/book, you need to move onto the promotion basics. This rung on the ladder involves establishing a presence - you’ll need to create visibility and a platform. To do this, the first step is to get a website or blog. Next, you will need to join writing groups in your genre, groups in your target market, and other social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook.

After you’ve established a presence, the next step is to create an informational funnel leading back to your website. The purpose of this funnel is to bring traffic and inbound links, to your site.

The more traffic to your site the greater your visibility in the search engines. More traffic also means a greater chance of visitors purchasing what you’re offering.

When it comes to an informational funnel, content rules. Here are three strategies to increase traffic to your site.

1. Add Content to Your Blog

Make your presence known by offering information in the form of content on your blog. Content is what will make you an expert in your niche, genre, or area. But, just posting the content to your site will not create the traffic you need. Each time you publish content to your site, you need to let your social networks know about it.

Tweet it and post about it to Facebook and your other social networks. Be sure to always include a clickable url link that goes directly to the article. This is a part of inbound marketing – it leads visitors back to your site through an information funnel.

In addition, using effective keywords in your posts and the post titles, related to your site’s platform, will help the search engines index your content.

2. Article Marketing

Once you feel comfortable with adding content to your blog, you can now venture out into the article marketing arena to capture a larger audience. While most article directories have guidelines, they are fairly lenient. Follow the guidelines and post an article to one, ten, or a hundred different directories. Most of them don’t require original articles, so you can use articles you’ve posted on your blog.

Usually you will be allowed to include a brief bio in the form of a resource box. Make it short and sweet. Be sure it links back to your website or blog, whichever you want the traffic to go to (if you have more than one site).

Those who click on the link will be creating inbound links to your site which is a feature Google and the other search engines like. In fact, quality inbound links are an important aspect of search engine optimization (SEO).

3. Offer to be a Guest on Other Quality Sites

Another avenue of inbound marketing is offering your articles to other quality blogs or sites; you become a featured writer on the site by providing a guest article. It might be viewed as visiting another neighborhood. The particular site you are featured on has its own set of visitors, thereby broadening your visibility.

Do your research though, before you approach bloggers. Make sure the fit is right by checking prior posts on the site. In addition, when you approach the blog owner to ask about a guest post, let him know that you are familiar with his site.

And, be sure to always make it a win-win situation. Let the blog owner know that you will promote your feature post, and you might mention that you’ll include his site in your newsletter.

Finally, self-edit all your articles before you post them or send them off.

Tip: Using content to draw visitors back to your site is inbound or organic marketing. It is free, and it works by creating an informational funnel leading back to your site. In order for inbound marketing to work effectively, you need to provide valuable content on a regular basis.

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Related Articles:

Marketing and Promotion: Are They the Same?

SEO and Marketing: Basic Tips and Definitions

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Writing, Publishing, and Marketing - You Can Do It

This 34 page e-book is full of writing, publishing (traditional and self-publishing) and marketing information. Kind of a GPS for getting where you’re headed: published and selling books.

Click on the link for more details and a great review:
http://www.karencioffi.com/writing-publishing-and-marketing/

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If you haven’t yet, be sure to sign up for my FREE monthly newsletter, A Writers World, and get TWO FREE eBooks:

The Self-Publisher’s Guide, 2nd Edition
The Blogger’s Checklist
(The books offered may change periodically)

In fact, check out the sidebar for two free gifts just for stopping by! Click on one of my site links below.

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Ghostwriting and Editing for Businesses and Individuals
Do you want to get that idea turned into a book? Do you want to write your memoirs? Do you need editing, proofreading, or a professional critique? Do you need an e-book or white paper to offer for instruction, platform visibility, or a gift? Do you need blog, article, white paper, or other form of content visibility for your business? We’re professional, experienced with keywords and SEO, and we cover a number of writing services. So, please stop by and check us out. Go to: http://DKVWriting4U.com

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Until next time,


Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, and
Acquisitions Editor Intern for 4RV Publishing

Member of the Professional Writers Alliance, the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

http://KarenCioffi.com
http://DKVWriting4U.com
Karen Cioffi Writing for Children and More

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/karencioffiventrice
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KarenCV
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Write On! Online April Challenge

It's April! And that means there are some awesome opportunities! You can write a screenplay in a month for Script Frenzy (there's a kids version), take the Poem a Day Challenge for National Poetry Month (or join One Billion Poets.com, which is a poetry site for teens around thw world), or come up with something spectacular and ongoing to do during the month of April.

You can win a prize just for declaring Your April Challenge!

Here's how it works:

1. Post in comments to the April Challenge Post what you will be participating in during the month of April: Script Frenzy, the Writers Digest Poem-A-Day Challenge, or declare another "challenge," such as writing a blog post a day, a submission a day, a book, etc.

2. Go for it!

3. Keep the Write On! Community posted by responding to requests for progress on Write On! Online and on the Facebook page ... this also serves as a way we can continue to cheer each other on!*

4. Write! And have fun!

5. Four winners will be chosen at random to receive a book thanks to Michael Wiese Productions.

* Plus: Every time you post, during a call for updates, you will receive another entry in the drawing! Keep your eye on the Facebook page for bonus entry opportunities!

Each of the four winners will choose a books from Michael Wiese Productions as their prize.

Post the way in which you will Challenge Yourself in April here. Don't forget to check back in throughout and at the end of the month, too. Four winners will be chosen at random. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 10, on Write On! Online and in the May Write On! Newsletter.

Write On!

Book Promotion: The Foundation


Book Promotion: The Foundation

By Karen Cioffi

Every author has thought it, said it, and heard it: promotion is the roll-up-your-sleeves, and dig-in part of writing. It’s the much more difficult and time consuming aspect of writing that every author needs to become involved with . . . if he wants to sell his books.

To actually sell a book, you need to have a quality product. This is the bare-bottom, first rung of book promotion . . . the foundation.

The Foundation

Create a Quality Product


The very first step in book promotion is to create a quality product. Hopefully, you noticed I said create a quality product, not just a good story. What this means is that all aspects of your book need to be top notch.

A. The Story

To start at the very beginning, the first factor to be dealt with is to be sure your story has all the essential elements. According to Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, there are five major elements of a story: characters, setting, plot, point of view, and theme.

All the elements of a story should complement each other, should move each other forward, draw the reader in, and end with a satisfying conclusion. They should work together to create a story that will be remembered.

Suppose your story is action packed and plot driven, but it lacks believable and sympathetic characters, it will fall short. The same holds true if you have a believable and sympathetic character, but the story lacks movement. Again, it will be lacking. As with all things in life balance is necessary, the same holds true when writing a story.

Here are four articles that will help you in this area:

Balance in Writing: The Major Elements

Theme and Your Story

Creating and Beefing Up Conflict

Adding More Dimension to Your Protagonist

B. Join a Critique Group

Yes, this is part of creating a quality story. Even experienced authors depend on the unique perspective and extra eyes that each critique member provides. They will help find: grammatical errors, holes in your story, unclear sentences and paragraphs, overuse of particular words, and weak verbs, among other elements.

They will also provide guidance and suggestions.

Check out this article for more information about joining a critique group:

Critiques are Essential

C. Editing

Yes, again, this is a necessary step to take to ensure your manuscript is in the best shape possible before it becomes a book. Look for an experienced and qualified editor to help tweak your manuscript. But, before you send it off to be edited, self-edit it first. There are a number of articles out there in cyberspace on self-editing. Take the time and read a few, then go over your manuscript.

Here are four articles that will help you self-edit your manuscript:

Ten Tips Checklist for Self-Editing – Part 1

Ten Tips Checklist for Self-Editing – Part 2

Final Stages of Self-Editing – Part 1

Finals Stages of Self-Editing – Part 2

D. Cover and Design

This step is more relevant to those who decide to self-publish, or use a Print-on-Demand (POD). The cover is the first impression a reader will usually have of your book, next is the interior design. These aspects are just as important as the story itself. I’m sure you’re familiar with the expression that you only get one shot at making a good first impression. Well, you can relate that to your book cover.

Don’t skimp on time, effort, or money when coming up with your book’s cover and design.

Tip: If you are writing a children’s book, do not do your own illustrations unless you’re a professional illustrator.
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Project: Photographer: Salvatore Vuono

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Writing, Publishing, and Marketing - You Can Do It

This 34 page e-book is full of writing, publishing (traditional and self-publishing) and marketing information. Kind of a GPS for getting where you’re headed: published and selling books.

Click on the link for more details and a great review:
http://www.karencioffi.com/writing-publishing-and-marketing/

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If you haven’t yet, be sure to sign up for my FREE monthly newsletter, A Writers World, and get TWO FREE eBooks:

The Self-Publisher’s Guide, 2nd Edition
The Blogger’s Checklist
(The books offered may change periodically)

In fact, check out the sidebar for two free gifts just for stopping by! Just click on any of my site links below.

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Ghostwriting and Editing for Businesses and Individuals
Do you want to get that idea turned into a book? Do you want to write your memoirs? Do you need editing, proofreading, or a professional critique? Do you need an e-book or white paper to offer for instruction, platform visibility, or a gift? Do you need blog, article, white paper, or other form of content visibility for your business? We’re professional, experienced with keywords and SEO, and we cover a number of writing services. So, please stop by and check us out. Go to: http://DKVWriting4U.com

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Until next time,

Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, and
Acquisitions Editor Intern for
4RV Publishing

Member of the Professional Writers Alliance, the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

http://KarenCioffi.com
http://DKVWriting4U.com
Karen Cioffi Writing for Children and More

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/karencioffiventrice
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Author Spotlight and Guest Post on Building Scenes with Renee Hand

Renee Hand is an award-winning author, educator, tennis coach and various other things. Hand has been writing for over twenty years and has six publications. She also writes for various chronicles and newsletters, as well as reviews for various authors of children´s books on her blog, http://thecryptocapersseries.blogspot.com.

Renee Hand's love for reading and writing started when she was a child. Renee always had a passion for it and remembers frequently wearing out the stone steps to the local library. When in a bookstore, she would sit in the middle of an aisle perusing a novel that she was eagerly going to purchase, but couldn’t wait to read. Often, when Renee has extra time, she will write stories that pop into her head...locking herself in her room for hours. Now that Renee is older, her love for reading and writing has not diminished. In fact, it has only become a bigger part of her. It is because of this that Renee chose to share her interests with other readers who love books as much as she does.

Building Scenes
I build scenes for all my books in similar ways— yet differently. My Crypto-Capers Series is more in depth, with much more history and suspense for the older readers, so I develop the scenes differently, keeping the readers interest well throughout the book to the very end, adding in more detail. Characters are more dynamic, problems more complicated, with various scenes, and so on. 

But for my Joe-Joe Nut series, because the audience is younger, I make things just as interesting and suspenseful, but much simpler. My chapters/scenes are separated by suspects, making it easier for the reader or teacher to stop and make predictions about what is going to happen next, or to discuss what has already happened.   

The beginning, of course, sets the stage for what the story is about, relaying the problem of the story to the reader. When I create a scene, I think about where I want the characters to go and what sends them there, or what I need them to do, or in this case—collect. 

In Mineral Mischief, someone steals Maple Moo’s rare mineral. All of the suspects collect a specific type of rock and mineral, plus they were all over at Maple Moo’s house before the crime was committed. It is Joe-Joe and Biscuits turn from there to talk to each suspect to determine who committed the crime and discover why they did it. Looking for clues, analyzing evidence, and so on.   

I throw in some misleads here and there. At the end, of course, the problem is solved, but never the way you think it might be. I like to throw a wrench in there to make things more exciting for my readers. All and all, though not entirely, this is how I build my scenes.


Stories for Children Publishing will be touring Renee Hand’s latest children’s book, “The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill Case #2 Mineral Mischief” all month long in April 2011. 

In Case #2 Mineral Mischief, Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill find themselves in a dark and dreary cave, and in front of them, sitting on an ornately carved stone pedestal, was Maple’s mineral. To reach out and take it would be so easy. It glistened like stars in a midnight sky, attracting their attention, luring them. However, there had to be a catch somewhere. Something didn’t feel right. Then he saw it. 

You can find out more and Renee Hand’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/ReneeHand.aspx. There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions. Renee Hand will be checking in throughout the tour.

In addition, come listen to Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork/2011/04/18/stories-for-children-with-host-vs-grenier. The hosts (VS Grenier and Kris Quinn Chirstopherson) will chat with Renee Hand about her books, writing, the publishing industry and experiences with virtual tours. Renee will also be sharing writing tips and trials, and tribulations of the writer’s life.

The show will be live, April 18, 2011 at 1pm EST (12pm Central, 11am MST, and 10am PST). You can tune in at the World of Ink Network site at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork. You can listen/call in at (714) 242-5259.)