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Happy Release Day to my talented client, TINA MRAZIK for
available now from eXtasy Books, and available at most book vendors
Paradise is not an easy thing to find…
If you’re like most fans of rock and roll, then you imagine the life of a rock star is all about easy fame and fortune, big money, all-night partying, and doing what you love most. The same goes for writers and film stars, right?
Well, the money is good, the parties are happening, and we are doing what we love more than anything in the world, but getting there isn’t as easy as you think. My name is Tina Marz, and while I’m searching for my paradise, life throws me a lot of curves and hard lessons in my search for my success. It is all about hard work, long hours, and just when I think paradise is within reach…maybe it’s not. Come join me on my journey to the top, and I’ll give you an all access look at the truth about life in the spotlight…my life.
About the Author:
Tina Mrazik was born in North Miami, Florida in 1963. Her father was a professional big-band drummer. Her mother was an executive housekeeper for a well-established hotel chain. Being an only child, she had the undivided attention of her parents and was exposed to music at an early age. Both her parents collected records. A combination of gospel, jazz, and modern pop gave Tina a love for all genres of music, though rock was definitely her favorite. She began playing guitar at the age of seven. In 1973 Tina began writing her own music. At the encouragement of her mother, and her love of words, Tina began writing poetry a year later. Within a span of ten years, Tina had assembled ten volumes of collected poetry works. Though they were of a dark nature, she developed her talent and own unique style for the ironic and melancholy. By her early twenties, her life took on numerous twists and turns, though she continued to write. Finding peace and solace in her words and the music she listened to, her writing flourished, becoming more contemporary and complex.
By the year 1995, Tina had written her first horror novel entitled C.H.R.I.S.T. She continued with her novel writing and expanding her portfolio to the world of music magazines. Tina became a “features” writer for the music publications InTune, Vibrations, and The One Source. In 1997, she expanded her audience to the Internet by becoming a writer for selected websites, primarily in the arts & entertainment field with short stints into the religion and philosophy realm. Her work can be read currently on Google, Tumblr, and her Writer’s Page on Facebook. Her latest work is the trilogy titled ALL ACCESS. Its genre is Contemporary Fiction and is as she puts it, “A fictional autobiography.” She is currently expanding the ALL ACCESS brand by writing Part Four.
Happy Writing Everyone…by the way, her entire trilogy sold to eXtasy in a flash. Let’s find you that same kind of success too.
I am so pleased and excited to say that yet another of my fabulous clients has signed a contract for a book that she and I worked together.
This is why I am an editor, I love seeing my clients succeed. I love seeing their work accepted because it’s shining bright and compelling others to read it. This is worth every late hour, all the missed sleep, meeting deadlines, and doing all those corrections. It’s as exciting for me to have a client tell me that he or she got a contract as if I were signing one myself. Of course if, and when that happens for me, it might be a tad bit more exciting, but somehow I think it will be an equally happy moment.
Congratulations to Tina Mrazik for selling ALL ACCESS!
Happy Writing Everyone and feel free to ask me what I can do to help you succeed too!
We are all guilty of using crutch words and common misspellings but some mistakes are made over, and over again by many of us, regardless of correction or laziness. Are you one of the members of the guilty party?
Mistake number 1
WHO or WHICH
WHO refers to a person/persons/people and WHICH refers to things/animals but never to a person.
The girl who was always late for class was chastised often.
The dog, which ate the boy’s homework, was punished.
**And replacing it with that doesn’t make it right either.
Mistake number 2
Commonly misspelled words:
ALL RIGHT – this one especially, there is no such word as alright.
Mistake number 3
ITS, IT’S, and ITS’
First of all…there is no ITS’, none, nada, never!
ITS is the possessive form of IT.
Every dog has its day.
IT’S is the contraction for IT IS or IT HAS.
It’s raining outside. It’s been a wonderful day.
Mistake number 4
First a definition of adverb for those who don’t know what it is.
Adverbs are used to modify verbs. They tell us when, where, how, in what manner, or to what extent an action is performed. In most cases, adverbs are one word but they can also be adverbial phrases.
Empty adverbs are those adverbs, which are unnecessary, and tend to be overused as filler and can be seen as redundant. Examples:
ACTUALLY / BASICALLY / COMPLETELY / CONSTANTLY LARGELY / LITERALLY / SERIOUSLY / TOTALLY / INCREDIBLY
UNUSUALLY / VERY / REALLY / FINALLY / ABSOLUTELY /
and many more.
It doesn’t mean these cannot or should not be used but instead, used sparingly and only when the action needs bolder, more urgent emphasis.
The ship was filling with water and the reality of death was becoming a seriously incredible possibility.
Mistake number 5
THERE, THEIR, and THEY’RE
Their is a possessive form of they.
They’re is a contraction of they are.
There is used to signify a place, or as an empty word to start a sentence.
Their goals were lofty.
They’re hungry after playing the game.
There are seven days in a week.
Mistake number 6
LOOSE vs LOSE
A very common mistake.
Lose means you have lost something
Loose refers to a certain fit.
If your shoes are too loose, you might lose them running for the train.
Mistake number 7
SITE AND SIGHT
Sight refers to your sense of vision.
Site refers to a location or place.
The sight of children playing together always brings a smile.
Before it shut down, that history site was one of my favorites.
Mistake number 8
For the most part, there are only two reasons to use an apostrophe.
One…for contraction as in don’t for do not.
Two…to show possession as in Dave’s house.
If ever you are in doubt as to whether or not to use an apostrophe…just say no, and leave it OUT.
Mistake number 9
What is a semi-colon? A semi-colon is part comma and part period. In non-fiction, it works well as a strong comma but in fiction, it tends to act as a weak period.
In fiction, it can halt or block the flow of the text, whereas in non-fiction, it helps break up long explanations, which in another world be called run-on.
Ideally, we don’t want run-on sentences in either type of writing but most definitely not in fiction.
A semi-colon should never, ever be used in place of a colon.
The child appeared to be healthy; however, the doctor chose to wait.
Mistake number 10
Ellipses are not just random dots in punctuation. It has specific uses and is always created by using THREE consecutive dots with no spaces before or after. ONLY 3!
Use an ellipse when there is an intentional omission of words or as a pause in speech or thought, but do not overuse. Although, to be honest, I’d rather see them used more often than semi-colons if it’s fiction.
“You over there…yes, you,” he called across the field.
The man had attempted to scale the wall twice…falling wasn’t his plan.
And there you have them…the Ten Most Common Mistakes in Writing. Trust me, there are many more but if you can master these, your writing will improve hugely.
Is there anything you’re not sure of but are too afraid to ask? Feel free to ask. Advice is always free.
Happy Writing Everyone!
Not everyone is interested in indie publishing his/her work, and that’s understandable. Indie publishing takes a lot of work, in some cases – a lot of money, and with no guarantees, so perhaps traditional publishing is the right choice for you. Just remember, you still want your work to shine its brightest before submitting to any publisher and I’m here to help you with that. Remember, I’ll polish it so bright, your readers will need shades.
Here are just a few of the many publishers actively seeking exciting new voices:
Avon Impulse/Avon Romance:
Avon Impulse is the ebook division of Avon Romance and publishes the majority of new authors but once established in ebook sales, an author can progress to traditional print as well. Avon Impulse is always on the lookout for new voices, new and different romances from erotic romance to New Adult, historical to contemporary.
Avon books are sold at nearly every digital marketplace available including through Harper Collins.
If you have a completed manuscript that you think Avon would be interested in, you’ll need a query, brief synopsis, a favorite scene from your work, and the completed manuscript in any readable format. They’re not too particular about that, but standard best is 12 pt Times Roman, double-spaced with 1 inch borders. Make sure you include name, pen name, and good contact information such an active email address.
Avon Impulse is currently open for submissions and looking for:
~~ Romantic Suspense
~~ Super sexy contemporaries
~~ Trilogies—and beyond (If you have a series, they want to see it.)
~~ Historical Romance with a hook
So if you think you have what they want, submit to Avon Impulse at
Totally Entwined was established in 2006, and has already been successful with Totally Bound (Erotic Romance), but this year has added three new publishing houses to their already expanding business—Young Adult, Crime & Thriller, and Gay Fiction.
Totally Entwined is a royalty paying, full service traditional publisher with a full support staff, and marketing team.
They only accept electronic communication. Manuscripts and other items must be sent via e-mail attachment, as a .doc, .docx or .rtf file.
You will need to include, a detailed synopsis of your book, completed double-spaced manuscript formatted in standard 12 pt, and Book Antiqua is preferred.
Include your name, pen name and contact e-mail in the Query Letter and Synopsis.
They are looking for several different lengths, genres, and if your story is really hot—all the better. So go for it, and if you think, you have what they’re looking for check out the submission guidelines for Totally Entwined at
Calderwood Books is an ebook publisher, first started in 2007. They do have print on demand versions available for some books. Most ebook publishers these days focus on Romance only, but Calderwood Books has a much broader approach. They publish most genre work except for erotica, and are especially interested in cross genre work, which doesn’t necessarily fit into an established market.
Their slogan is: Good Readers Deserve Good Books.
It’s a small company run by only three people, but they have been around for a while now and are firmly established. Their books are available in most major digital marketplaces.
Calderwood Books is currently open for submissions. There is not listed deadline for when they’ll close so I advise keeping an eye on them and if you’re interested in submitting, do it soon.
To submit, send Calderwood Books an email with the word ‘query’ in the subject line, a cover letter, a bio, and a short and concise synopsis of your book. As with many publishers, they prefer you don’t send attachments so put only what is requested in your email. That also means they prefer you do NOT send sample chapters or full manuscripts. They’ll ask you for more if they’re interested.
Their guidelines don’t mention word limits, but most of the books published by them are on the shorter side, which seems to becoming somewhat the norm for some publishers of ebooks.
To learn more about Calderwood Books visit
Happy Writing Everyone!
Well, it’s a New Year! You’re getting a clean slate, and a chance to take control of your writing life. Have you finished your book? Had an editor look at it? Let me know if you haven’t, but most importantly, if you’re going indie – where are you going to publish your book?
Well how about wherever you want to publish it? The world is open to you.
We all know about Amazon and yes, you definitely want to make your book available through Amazon, but what about all of the other readers who don’t use Kindle. Yes, you heard me. There are many readers who do not own a Kindle or read on a Kindle app. I have a Kindle App available to me, but I prefer to read on my Kobo reader. And folks, there are books unavailable to me – why are they unavailable? Well, it’s because the authors have only published on Amazon.
When I hear of an author publishing independent, I immediate head over to Smashwords to see if it might be available there because at Smashwords, I can get an .epub edition but sadly, it doesn’t happen often.
You’re probably asking where else can I publish free other than Amazon? My darlings, anywhere you want.
You can publish at Amazon at Kindle Direct Publishing.
You can publish at Barnes and Noble – check out their Publisher and Author Guidelines.
You can publish at Kobobooks at Kobo Writing Life.
You can publish at Smashwords.com where you can publish your ebook in every digital format to Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive, Flipkart, Oyster, Scribd, Baker & Taylor’s Blio and Axis360 (libraries!) and more.
So where are you going to publish? It’s a great big publishing world out there and you definitely want to reach all of the readers, not just some.
Happy Writing and Publishing!
Don’t forget I’m here to assist you in making your manuscript all it can be before you hit that Publish Button. 🙂
I’ve written about blurb writing before but it’s a subject worth revisiting. I’ve been reading a lot of very weak blurbs lately. Why do some authors feel it’s okay to present poor grammar in blurbs? Your blurb is the first thing you present in written form to your reader – make sure it is properly written. First impressions are lasting impressions – make it a good one!
It’s true that book covers help sell books because it’s the first thing a reader sees and if the cover is attractive and eye-catching, it will draw the attention the book needs, but it’s the back cover blurb that truly sells a book. With such a large variety of books in various formats from which to choose, authors need to set their book apart from the others on the shelves and amid the long lists of e-books available online. Yes, the cover catches the reader’s eye, the title might intrigue, but ultimately it is the blurb that sells a book.
A blurb is a brief description of the book that intrigues the reader to want to read more. A book blurb is not to be confused with a synopsis, which actually tells the entire story in short form and used primarily when submitting. You certainly don’t want to give away the entire story to a reader before actually selling him/her the book.
Think of a blurb like a movie trailer. It teases, it intrigues, and it hooks the reader into the story without giving away too many details. It makes the reader say, “Oooh, I want to read that one.”
Some tips on writing great book blurbs include doing your research, using the correct voice, tense, focusing on the underlying trope or theme of the story, and keeping it brief. Now this might sound easy enough to do, and for some it does come with ease but for others not so much. That’s where an editor can help but every author should try his or her hand at blurb writing before turning to a professional for assistance. You never know if you can until you try.
Do your research – read as many blurbs as possible. If you have shelves full of your writing genre, you’ve got all you need. Look at your favorite books. What was it about the blurbs that made you purchase those particular books? Get a feel for the format and style of the best blurbs. Take notes on what stands out most and intrigues the reader in you. What makes you want to read more about the characters and the story? What is the hook? Use those blurbs and your notes in preparing to write your own book blurb.
Write your blurb in the same voice as your book. If your book is dark and tragic, be sure the blurb carries the same emotion. If your book is light at heart, and filled with humor share that feeling in your blurb, but don’t give it all away – no spoilers allowed.
Write your blurb in present tense. Whether you have written your book in third-person past, first-person present, or any other combination, make sure you write your blurb in third-person present. Think about those movie trailers. “Life is changing for Maggie, how will she accept it? Dave was a star once, but now he’s working toward a comeback? Will he make it or fail?”
Charge your blurb with focusing on the underlying trope or theme of the story such as it being a suspense, second chance romance, or tragic love affair. Your full-length saga may seem too intricate in plotting to pull together into roughly 150 to 200 words, but writing the blurb can actually benefit you by making you focus in on what is truly the most important aspect of your story without minimizing the rest. Hone in on the main points of your story, and what pushes the story along more than anything else. It might help to write a 3 to 4 page synopsis before attempting to write your blurb. The synopsis will give you the full story. If you’re going by way of traditional publishing, you will need to write a synopsis anyway, so you may as well get it out of the way. Once you have the full story pared down, drop the ending and pull the whole thing down tighter into one page focusing on the most important points in your story and the effects those points have on the main characters.
Keeping it brief – as I already mentioned, a typical blurb is only going to max out at roughly 200 words and consists of 2 or 3 paragraphs at most. This is what makes writing a blurb so difficult, and even frustrating. You only have a short amount of space consisting of only a small number of perfectly chosen words to entice, tease, and hook the reader before that reader moves on. Remember that movie trailer, well, in a crowded theater, with people seeking seats and getting settled, the trailer only has a few minutes to convince the viewers into coming back to see the movie. In that same manner, your book blurb only has a moment in a crowded bookstore or while browsing a long list of titles online to capture the reader’s attention, and sell your book.
Now, I’ve given you the tools to write your book blurb but if after several tries, you still feel you’re at a loss and need assistance, I am here to help. Whether you need assistance writing it from the start, or simply need a good polishing to make sure that it is all that it can be to make your book present itself with the best-selling face, I can help you achieve the polish you want at reasonable rates. Feel free to check out my services by clicking HERE.
Thank you and Happy Blurb Writing!