Aspiring Writers

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Location: Aspen
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Latest Activity: Sep 15

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Hi and welcome to group of Aspiring Writers. As a travel writer I have been quite busy writing for my blog, Aspen Real Life, but check in as much as possible to see what you are all up to. Come by and say hello. Also,  find me on Twitter and Facebook.

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New here

Started by Sarah Ellen Coiner Feb 19. 0 Replies

I'm Sarah, and yes, I'm always writing some kind of Christian novel. Everything is on my thumb drive, nothing has been published. My writing blog is…Continue

Tags: posting, guest, Newbie

Writers' Rumpus blog & 2 writer-themed giveaways

Started by Marianne Knowles Sep 13, 2013. 0 Replies

Hi everyone, I just joined Mom Bloggers. I manage a group blog, Writers' Rumpus, with a focus on writing and illustrating for…Continue

Tags: critique, Rafflecopter, giveaway, books, picture

Happy Birthday to Me Giveaway

Started by Cynthia Tolbert-Wilson Mar 30, 2013. 0 Replies

By this time of the year, we are more than ready for the tilting of the Earth that heralds the spring equinox and better weather. It’s a promise that summer will soon be here.…Continue

Writing & The Road to Publishing

Started by Shana Johnson. Last reply by Rhonda Fischer Jan 2, 2013. 5 Replies

Hi Moms,I own a independent book publishing company and I was thinking about starting some video online sessions or a video online writing group for those who are writing and want some input or want…Continue

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Comment by Jimmetta Carpenter on January 24, 2012 at 7:46pm

Come check out my Write to Be blog and also check out my other blog about my journey to my goal weight and maintaining a healthy life

Comment by Jimmetta Carpenter on January 21, 2012 at 3:22pm

Come check out my blog  If you follow me I will follow you back!  You can also follow me at twitter

Comment by Linda Boulanger on January 21, 2012 at 2:57pm

Inviting you to join me for my interview as the owner of TreasureLine Publishing and enter for a chance to win awesome self-pub Book Services products being given away (a paperback format, kindle format and cover, full book cover design. 3 prizes--3winners) today only - everyone welcome:

Comment by Margot Finke on January 17, 2012 at 2:53pm

NEW - Book Trailer for my "Taconi and Claude - Double Trouble," a young teen adventure set in the Aussie outback. 

PLUS - another FREE book is yours with each autographed sale from my website. 

And - link to a VIDEO of me reading from "Taconi and Claude" on my home page.

Books for Kids - Manuscript Critiques

Comment by Dawn Odell on January 17, 2012 at 8:27am

Hey there, I own an organization called Angels of Inspiration where I write chilsdrens books, and attach a charity to each book. I also help to publish other local authors under my logo which in turn these authors have their own charities that give back to, Check us out at

Comment by Margot Finke on January 9, 2012 at 8:51pm

Kate, Karen is absolutely right.  Kids have short attention spans, and can get lost if you ramble on.  The idea is to paint vivid word pictures using a few powerful yet evocative words.  Leave the details to the illustrator.  Young children find the pictures tell more of the story.  The pictures, when done by a talented and experienced artist, will draw out the nuances of your story for kids to SEE, before they can read the words themselves. 

It also helps them learn to read, by associating certain parts of the pictures with specific words.  The marriage of a wonderful story, with an equally wonderful artist, is what truly classic picture books are all about.

Books for Kids - Manuscript Critiques
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Comment by Karen Cioffi-Ventrice on January 9, 2012 at 8:37pm

Kate, Tightening means to reduce your word count - make each word count - use strong verbs and action words, and limit/omit adjectives and adverbs.

Most email services, such as Yahoo, have groups. You can go to their groups page and plug in a keyword for the type of critique group you're looking for.

Also, since your writing about children, you might want to look into the Society of Children's Book Writers and Ilustrators (SCBWI). There's an annual fee, but well worth it. You should be able to find a critique group there.

Comment by Dawn Odell on January 9, 2012 at 11:24am

Angels of Inspiration is an organization promoting page turning self help through my unique childrens book series created to reach out to the younger generation, through inspiration, to empower these young individuals into having strong, confident and positive minds and prepare them for a bright future ahead.

Through Angels of Inspiration I am able to fulfill my passion for helping children as well as give back, to raise funds and aweareness for causes that bennifit children in our community through the sales of our childrens books.

Angels of Inspiration has branched out as Literary Agent, signing new authors to publish their childrens books under my label. This allows us to better create significant synergies so that we can get our message as well as our authors messages out to reach a greater audience.

2011 was a great experience and learning curb and 2012 is going to be even better!

Wish it, dream it, do it..Angels of Inspiration

Comment by Kate Hlava on January 9, 2012 at 7:45am

Thanks for the feed back.  This may seem pretty basic but when you say tightening what exactly does that mean?  Is it too wordy?  I am new at this which I suppose is fairly obvious.  I like the idea of a critique group.  Any suggestions as to how to find one?  Thanks for all the help!

Comment by Karen Cioffi-Ventrice on January 8, 2012 at 7:06pm

Kate, Margot said it all. While I found the post interesting, it did need tightening.


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