New YA Release: SEER by Eli Bloom

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Fifteen-year-old Grace “Gray” Fable can speak to the dead. When her dad moves from Los Angeles to be with his mysterious girlfriend, Gray must attend notorious Willowbrook High School, the scene of a mass shooting five years earlier. When she meets the ghosts of those who died that tragic day – including the school shooter himself – she must uncover a dark secret to lay the victims to rest, and find peace for their families before it’s too late to stop another tragedy. A YA Supernatural novel.

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Eli Bloom is a young adult author living in Los Angeles with his wife and three cats Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 20.54.05– one named Grace, of all things. He believes in ghosts.

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NEW YA RELEASE: SEER by Eli Bloom

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Fifteen-year-old Grace “Gray” Fable can speak to the dead. When her dad moves from Los Angeles to be with his mysterious girlfriend, Gray must attend notorious Willowbrook High School, the scene of a mass shooting five years earlier. When she meets the ghosts of those who died that tragic day – including the school shooter himself – she must uncover a dark secret to lay the victims to rest, and find peace for their families before it’s too late to stop another tragedy. A YA Supernatural novel.

Buy on Amazon

 

Eli Bloom is a young adult author living in Los Angeles with his wife and three cats Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 20.54.05– one named Grace, of all things. He believes in ghosts.

Follow the author’s Website / Goodreads / Amazon

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REPURPOSED: What is that about?

DancingWORDS COUNT is back!

No, I’ve not changed my mind about blogging weekly writing and editing tips – the newsletter is growing and that’s a manageable hunk of time, so at least for now, I’ll save craft content for other publications.

Being a child of parents who were raised between the two world wars,  I was taught to repair things, repaint things, and often, repurpose them. Few things outlived SOME useful purpose, though we did have some rather “unique” flower containers. I’ve decided to repurpose this blog!

I receive a lot more requests for book release coverage than I have timely space for in the newsletter. So, WORDS COUNT will be home to many of the new releases that come my way from the bloggers and PR folks. Feel free to share this information in all the ways that you can! When my schedule permits, I’ll do interviews or reviews, but mostly it will be cover releases and announcements.

The more we share the word about each others books, the more books will be sold. We aren’t competitors, we’re contributors! We ALL have readerships that are unique in some ways. And let’s face it – the more readers that get to visit a faraway land, or enjoy a time-tested romantic relationship, or even enjoy solving a mystery, the better. OUR JOB IS TO MAKE READERS HAPPY!

Starting this Friday, you’ll see Words Count regularly in your inbox again! I hope you’ll read the quick blasts and maybe even try out some new authors!

And if you aren’t getting the newsletter, BETWEEN THE MARGINS, please let me know or visit OnTargetWords.com and sign up there. My email is nancy@OnTargetWords.com if you’d like to drop me a line.

Happy reading – and writing!

 

 

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THE END

Time is Running OutSince the only numbers this blog has seen in quite some time are the single digit visits by my good friends and fellow writers, I’ve decided in the interest of time and quality of life, to discontinue posting here.

What is the sound of one hand clapping? Does a tree that falls in a forest with no one around to hear it fall make a sound? Does a blog read by so few make any difference?

My newsletter: BETWEEN THE MARGINS will continue – so as long as you are subscribed to that, you’ll continue to receive it on or around the 15th of every month. I’m delighted to say those numbers are going up! And, if you’d like to subscribe, you can do so by visiting: On-Target Words  and completing the newsletter request form.

Be well, keep reading and writing and enjoying life. And thanks for checking in here! Nancy Q.

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OPENING DOORS FOR WRITERS

I’m sharing this newsletter column with you because it has some AWESOME out-of-the-box ideas! And, because the author/owner, Hope C. Clark graciously granted me permission to do so. By the way – if you don’t subscribe to her newsletter, FUNDS FOR WRITERS, you really should! They are worth every penny. Her links are below her signature! Keep reading and writing! Nancy Q. 

Hope C Clark 042716Your Arts and Humanities Commissions

This week I received notice of selection for the South Carolina Humanities Commission Speakers Bureau Roster. I’m so honored! Then I realized I had not discussed the state arts and humanities commissions (sometimes councils) in a while. Trust me . . . every writer needs to know the basics about their state arts commission and their state humanities commission. They can open doors!

These agencies are under the state government umbrella and receive budgets for granting and funding to the arts and humanities. Writers often consider the arts commission but overlook the humanities. While their interests can overlap, they represent opportunities. Opportunities like:

1) Speakers Bureaus where the agency provides a grant to the library, nonprofit, or school interested in having artists/writers present to an audience. Yes, you can sell your books.

2) Fellowships or grants provided to artists/writers who demonstrate serious effort in their careers.

3) Grants to organizations which can include paying you for participating in the organization’s work.

4) Free classes on grants, being an artist, earning a living.

5) Newsletters listing updates on grants, markets, calls for submissions, contests.

6) Book festivals where they seek writers to teach, present, and sign.

7) Arts-in-Education rosters which connect you to schools for appearances.

Here’s how you find yours:

State Arts Councils – https://www.arts.gov/partners/state-regional
State Humanities Councils – http://www.neh.gov/about/state-humanities-councils

As a minimum, sign up for a newsletter for the agencies in your state. And there’s nothing wrong with signing up for ones from other states. You may not be eligible for that state’s grants, but they often list way more writing opportunities in their newsletters. I belong to almost twenty.

And nothing’s wrong with going by to visit or giving them a call. Ask them how they can help you. They exist for the arts and humanities, and that includes you.

Hope Clark

Editor, FundsforWriters
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NOTEWORTHY WRITING NEWS

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APRIL 12-15, 2016

HASTINGS, FLORIDA

Thinking outside the box – or the bowl – is the way to get your brand noticed! Below are some tidbits of information that may be interesting to you – they were to me. Where you see text in colors, just click and you’ll be redirected to the source article for a full read. While keeping up with industry publications is another “thing to do” – it sure is helpful if we want to be aware of the changes, accomplishments and possibilities in this realm.

Keep reading and writing!!  Nancy Q.

POETS & WRITERS, GALLEYCAT

Best-selling author Judy Blume talked to Publishers Weekly about her new occupation as a bookseller; The novelist cofounded the independent bookstore Books & Books two months ago in Key West, Florida with her husband, George Cooper.

Julian Fellowes, creator of the acclaimed television series Downton Abbey, has written a new novel titled Belgravia. The novel launches this week as a serial app, which features eleven “episodes” of text and audio released weekly. In the digital age where seemingly unlimited amounts of text can be published immediately, Fellowes’s experiment to publish his novel as a serial app is a throwback to the narrative tension and suspense of serialized storytelling. As Megan Garber writes at the Atlantic, “Digital capabilities, in theory, obviate the need for episodic storytelling. Yet, by way of digital capabilities, that form of storytelling is flourishing.”

Indie poetry press Alice James Books has released an app that allows users to listen to audiobooks, read new titles from the publisher, purchase books, and sign up for a backlist subscription service. (GalleyCat)

WRITERS BEWARE

EPIC, an association for epublished authors, identifies termination or kill fees as a red flag contract clause–one that authors should absolutely avoid.

NEW YORK TIMES

For the tech-savvy writer on the go, here are some recommended writing apps that will help you to compose the next great American novel on public transit, courtesy of the New York Times.

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Having a Higher Purpose

El Capitan by Kevin Carp     Like you, I’ve been busy with holiday preparations, celebrations and visits. Easter and Passover are such important holidays and a season every bit as special as Christmas and Hanukkah are. And now I’m experiencing re-entry pain. I’ll get caught back up eventually, I know.

I read a few wonderful magazines. Yes, the real thing. Printed on paper, tangible and foldable and oh, so enjoyable for me. And, in one I read a delightful short article entitled: “Having a Higher Purpose.”

Scientists analyzed 10 major studies that involved more than 136,000 participants. This group was primarily made up of Japanese and Americans. They found a lower mortality rate in the people who had a high sense of purpose. Hmm.

That group also had lower risk for cardiovascular issues over the seven years they were followed. In the US, “higher purpose” meant usefulness to others in most cases, though some never defined it in any more detail than “living a meaningful life”.

And the Japanese studies assessed ikigai which translates pretty much to “a life worth living.” I attended an international psychology convention in Toronto last year and met some of the young professionals who are doing studies regarding the impact of ikigai or lack of ikigai on their generation. Their early findings were very impressive and powerful. Those in the study who did not embrace ikigai personally, developed very poor eating and sleeping habits and experienced health issues, including depression. Those who lived ikigai were much more inclined to take good care of their health, had few medical issues, enjoyed satisfaction with school and career and in general expressed optimism with their future. I was delighted to hear they were going to continue their studies in this arena.

So, what in the world does any of this have to do with writing? Writers often have this “higher purpose” I think. Fiction writers may say, “I just want to entertain my readers” but to bring a reader joy, satisfaction, or even an escape is a terrific purpose. I know a very successful and longtime author who writes great sweet romances. The reader who touched her heart most over the years was one who wrote to share that one of her books got that reader through a horrible ordeal. We want to make a difference. All of us want our words, our worlds, our characters to make a difference to someone other than ourselves.

I encourage you, mighty writer, regardless of what you are writing and for whom, to continue on with your higher purpose. To remember that though you are not the source of wisdom, peace, joy, patience, hope or sorrow, your words are perhaps the catalyst for those things to be realized by your readers. I can remember as a child when my books felt like my only friends. And I regard them as friends still today. I open them with reverence, read them with great zeal and often send a note of appreciation to the author.

Our words can tear down or lift up. The choice is ours every time we pick up a pen or turn on our computer. Always remember that words count: write on, write well, write often! Nancy Q.

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