Also, this is a ROW80 update – if you’re here for that alone and do not want to check out these amazing links, dart to the bottom (I’d add a bookmark link right about here if I knew how to!).
But first, I have a collection of great posts and resources to share. Remember, if you’s like to share anything with my readers, here on my blog, get in touch using the contact page of my email address.
These guys got in touch to share an enormous resource list, compiled for higher education students. I plucked the following resources from it, because although there were many specifically for students studying for their thesis, these seemed interesting and useful to all writers. So that means – You!
Click the link to see the full list, especially if you’re at university!
WriteCheck Blog is a comprehensive site for writing papers and includes plagiarism checks, grammar checks, along with professional training and other useful services.
Compelling Feature: Writing Tip #27: Using Essay Structure for More Than Just Essays
A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices kind of summarizes its function in its name, but they also include quotes and examples of the various devices.
Compelling Feature: Self Test
iPad Project Blog increases the awareness of the effectiveness of iPads in classroom settings through teaching impact, classroom awareness, and other areas that are detailed on the page. They break down great educational apps each week and have a forum for discussing education-related iPad topics.
Compelling Feature: Project Team
Missing Periods examines different grammatical errors in each post and offers assistance to those struggling through email help.
Compelling Feature: Grammar Madness
The Elements of Style analyzes different usages of literary devices and elaborates on them. They also have search tools for fiction, nonfiction, verses, and a reference search.
Compelling Feature: Titles
Modern English Grammar is supplemental content for Daniel Kies, English Professor at College of DuPage, and his Modern English Grammar class. Content varies from grammar structure, to common usage errors, as well as linguistic stylistics, text analysis, and student examples.
Compelling Feature: Grammar: Words and Their Arrangement
Advice on Research and Writing compiles tips from numerous authors on subjects such as writing and publishing, research skills, speaking, career development, and more.
Compelling Feature: How to Organize Your Thesis
The Plagiarism Checker has an extremely straightforward format that simply features a window to paste a student’s paper or homework to see if it connects to any other papers.
Compelling Feature: Subscribe
Bibme is a resource for making bibliographies and citations, along with tips on various formats, such as APA and MPA.
Compelling Feature: Citation Guide
Presentation Zen blogs on professional presentation design and gives advice that forms supplementary content to his array of published books.
Compelling Feature: Storytelling, & the Power of First-Person Narrative
The International Writing Centers Association is the governing body for a network of writing centers across the world and provides a plethora of resources, links, and journals to better compile content for students.
Compelling Feature: Resources
Publetariat is focused on the independent author. Due to the rising tide of technology, self-publishing is an increasingly popular method for the output of literature and associated works.
Compelling Feature: Why I Chose An Assisted Self-Publishing Service
Research Guides provides research sources, strategies, discussions, and guides on a variety of sources for writing your paper.
Compelling Feature: All Guides
Research Buzz compiles information and commentary on search engines, databases, digitization projects, and online information collections.
Compelling Feature: Google, Amazon, Delicious, More
The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric is run from Dartmouth University and emphasizes the values or the Dartmouth writing program. The site gives users access to writing courses, workshops, citation assistance, and opportunities to put their skills to work through English as a Second Language and Teaching Assistantships.
Compelling Feature: Writing Courses
Write to Done is a forum for writers to discuss techniques that have proven effective and offer tips and insight to other writers. The blog is composed of passionate authors who truly enjoy writing.
Compelling Feature: Guest Post Guidelines
Organizing Creativity guides users through a series of helpful tips to better implementing ideas for creative projects. The book is available as a PDF and there is a supplementary blog as well.
Compelling Feature: Portfolio
These are a few of my EVERNOTE’s:
- The Business Rusch: Shifting Sands « Kristine Kathryn Rush
- HELP YOUR FRIENDS TO HELP YOUR BOOK GO VIRAL – BETSY GRAZIANI
- HOW TO PUSH PAST THE BULLSHIT AND WRITE THAT GODDAMN NOVEL: A VERY SIMPLE NO-FUCKERY WRITING PLAN TO GET SHIT DONE – Terrible Minds
- Stepping into POV – Hugs and Chcolate
- Huge list of resources from Susan Kaye.
- The first, second, and third drafts Jade Kerrion
- 12 Ideas for Email Updates (You’ll Actually Enjoy Writing) – Self Publishing Team
- 50 redundant phrases to avoid in writing – Mark Nichol
- How to Create a Viral Book Trailer (or Get 1,000,000 Views for Almost Anything)
- Wendy Webb: A Dark and Stormy Night: 10 Tips for Writing a Paranormal Mystery
Now, this is also my first ROW80 post in a week or so because I’ve been busy with May Monster Madness Meme (which I loved) where I met some great peeps who all love horror and of course, monsters!
My ROW80 updates
Shah the Willing Writer
I wrote LOTS of blog posts” for a meme:
- MAY MONSTER MADNESS 7: ‘THE DEAD PARTY’ EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY!
- MAY MONSTER MADNESS 6: BLOOD FAMILY BY MARK KNIGHT: EXCERPT / INFO.
- MAY MONSTER MADNESS 5: THE BEST EVER VAMPIRES (AND THEIR HUNTERS) – 2 QUICK POLLS
- MAY MONSTER MADNESS 4: MY FAVOURITE MONSTER & TEN REASONS WHY.
- MAY MONSTER MADNESS 3: BLOOD RUSH: REVIEW & PRE-RELEASE TOUR
- MAY MONSTER MADNESS 2: TWO STAGES OF FEAR & WHY DO WE LOVE MONSTERS?
- MAY MONSTER MADNESS 1: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FEAR & WHY WE LOVE MONSTERS
And please go click on your Favourite Vampires, and your Favourite Vampire Hunter polls, so I can gather up those votes and write a post about the chart-toppers! I’ll be writing that post in the next few days, and it will be a bonus post for this meme, 21st May: Yey! It was a great meme and I’m just so chuffed to have met some many fab horror lovers. Including, but not restricted to…
Thanks everyone; you wrote some great posts and I have learned a LOT and have a LOAD of TV shows, movies, and books to watch, re-watch or read. And of course, I will not forget the monster playlist, Ben
Apart from blog posts, I’ve also wrote on my WIP! Hurrah!
Shah the Marketing Wizz
Set up another book tour for June. Received a review from Readers Favourite. A rogue vowel made it seem she’d not read (or understood it), but when I bought it up they were brilliant and she explained she’d mistakenly written ‘her family,’ instead of ‘a family.’ I accepted the explanation and now I can simply love the review, which was always a good review. I await the link to post on Amazon Professional review (if I can find it, any ideas?) .
Errm. Anything else here… probably, oh yes. I have been designing book covers again. No doubt you’ve seen some floating around FB with requests for feedback.
No? You haven’t? Oh well, here they are, only one has had an edit 😀
Why? Because I cannot afford my designers new prices (not even in my dreams)! I’ve therefore been trying to master a few self-taught design skills. I needed a yummy font catalogue to go with those few skills, and I found a great place for free fonts, so downloaded a few beauties! Which is great, because what with editing costs, cover artists and what-not, it’s an expensive game; this publishing lark.
The first image in the following gallery is the cover of the first book in The Supes Series. The designer of which now charges around $400 for ebook covers, just like this. He is brilliant (and offer lots of other incredible services) but his popularity and talents meant he stepped out my reach. I’m just chuffed to have gotten at least one of his covers, though His button is in the right hand side of this blog.
FINDING LUNA IDEA 1: With the first cover I designed for Finding Luna, I wanted something different. I’d found a few images which ‘spoke to me’ (yes, they can do that!) and wanted to see them in action. I do like it (apart from the fonts), but it doesn’t match the first in the series (at all!) and it doesn’t match the genre – urban fantasy, either. Which is why I then had idea number 2.
FINDING LUNA IDEA 2: I love this, but the fonts are too plain and the colours a bit wishy-washy. I searched everywhere for the same fonts Derek used on Finding Esta, but can’t find them. I’ve even asked designers and they don’t know. I’ve sent him a message, but I’m yet to hear from him. He’s a busy guy. I purchased the image I’ve used (of the same model used for Finding Esta) quite cheaply and the other decoration was obtained from a mixture of Pic Monkey and Smart Photo Editor. I use both of these a LOT!
FINDING LUNA IDEA 3: After I found those great fonts, I replaced the others previously used, then played around with a few other things, like lighting, and I wanted to make the moon and the title stand out a lot more, as in the first cover. Do you think I managed it?
Question: Is this too young adult? It’s for a new adult, urban fantasy novel. Is that what this cover says to you? Be honest.
Shah the Imperfect Publisher
See above. I’m having issues with the cover and those pesky live elements! *Groan!
Shah the Pro Blogger.
As above, plus…
I posted on both my other blogs about these covers.
Shah the Ready Reader
I still need to review Katie Salidas Immortalis Carpe Noctem (Immortalis Vampire Series #1). I’m also still trying to read the Forbidden Trilogy by Kimberly Kinrade for I.O Book Tours. I’m also reading about Digital publishing and well, so many blog post and articles its baffling!
Shah the Fitness Superhero (or not!)
Walking, trying to cut back on food (not easy at those times it it girls? Sorry boys :P) I’m also drinking lots of green tea, popping lots of vitamins, and taking my meds on time – mostly! Hubs was away for five days with work up till Thursday evening, which means I hardly slept for that time. My circadian rhythms seem to throw a paddy when he’s away. Most annoying.
Interested in upping your fitness/health levels? Click HERE to sign up form to participate. Join my here on that date to see more information about my fitness/health regime. If you don’t pick up anything from me, I bet you’ll pick up something from any number of other participants. And if not, you’ll be all fired up to improve your own regime anyway. You could share your secrets – we all love a secret
Please click the link to find fabulous #Row80 participants HERE
GUEST POST REQUEST!
Do you know about Indie Soap Box Files meme?
Do you have something ‘indie/self publishing’ to share here? Something we could empathise with, learn from, be entertained by?
Please send me your #ISBF using my CONTACT page. I look forward to hearing from you. X
Before you go – Any tweaking suggestions for the final cover? Is it too YA (my series is NA/A), is it urban fantasy enough? Would you pick it up on Amazon? Anything you think I should add or remove? All input appreciated.