Why Authors Beg For Blurbs

Book blurbs, a writer’s experience…

A Writer's Path


Before I got my first book published, a novelist I knew quipped, “The only thing worse than not being published is being published.”  I had no idea what he meant, but I soon figured it out.

Take blurbs. Begging for blurbs for your forthcoming book is a definite downside of being published. It’s humiliating to have to grovel for them rather than have your publisher take care of it. You can feel like Dorothy menaced in Oz.

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Intro to Poetry: Day 6 — Screen, Enjambment

The definition of Enjambment as a poetic device is a bit more complex and interesting than expressed in this class’s resource page. But the overall meaning is essentially the same. For some good examples from classic poets, click on the link in the quote below.

Functions of Enjambment

Enjambment can be used to surprise the readers by delaying the meaning of a line until the following line is read. Some writers use this technique to bring humorous effects to their work. It is good to use in verse in order to create a sense of natural motion.

In poetry, the role of enjambment is normally to let an idea carry on beyond the restrictions of a single line. Another purpose of enjambment is to continue a rhythm that is stronger than a permanent end-stopping wherein complicated ideas are expressed in multiple lines.

[From Literarydevices.net ]

The topic of today’s poem is “screen” in any of its usages. 

Although I am getting braver in my poetry, I continue to be startled–like a deer caught in headlights–by either the topic or the format. If you’ve read my previous poetry, however, you’ll find I use “Enjambment” a lot. It’s just a function of the way poetry was studied at my high school so many decades ago. Here is today’s attempt.


On Screen

Old photos stop, then disappear

On the TV screen. It is clear

That much of my life has swiftly flown,

Like the images–bright, full-blown–

In a flicker before my eyes,

As memory lives and dies.


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Intro to Poetry: Day 5–Imperfect, Limerick

Day 5 of Intro to Poetry has me writing a poem on the subject “imperfect.” It’s a topic about which I can generate tomes. The “try it” format is the limerick.

My decision is to write about the current foci of my blog space–writing and art–in my never-ending strife to improve.

Reflection on Perfection

My pen leads me to a reflection

Of my strife toward attaining perfection.

Still, errors abound

In my work all around,

As I’m thwarted by natural selection.


Trite blunders appear in my writing;

My artwork is far from exciting–

My words and tints crushed.

Ah! Perfection is just

An illusion of shadow and lighting.



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Frozen Zentangled

Here is some lovely Zentangles art from a fellow blogger. She explains how she proceeded, too–that’s the best part.


This took me 6 hours to complete, using my faber castell ball point pens.  I have not done any drawing in ages, so I definitely was a bit rusty. But I loved getting back into it again. Hopefully this will lead onto bigger projects now that university is finished!

zentangled frozen art

I am loving Zentangles at the moment, but I would like to try other media now too. I might start painting again as I never really work with paint.

Here are some progress shots of my drawing:

I always do a faint pencil outline to begin with, especially when drawing people to get the proportions right. It also helps when making mistakes as pencil is so much easier to get rid of than pen.

I decided to start with Olaf first because I had more of an idea of how I would use the patterns with him, giving me time to…

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Atlantis Award Poetry Submissions Welcome

Poetry award submissions notice, for those who are interested. Originally posted in The Poet’s Billow.

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The Atlantis Award is given to a single best poem. The winning poet receives $200 and will be featured in an interview on The Poet’s Billow web site. The winning poem will be published and displayed in the Poet’s Billow Literary Art Gallery. Up to five finalists will be considered for publication.

We nominate for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net Anthology, and The Best New Poets Anthology.

To enter the Atlantis Award see our guidlines here.

Read previous year’s winners here: Literary Art Gallery

Don’t forget you can follow The Poet’s Billow on Facebook and Twitter.

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Blogging Tip|Tags & Categories

On tags and categories…

The Richness of a Simple Life

Tags and categories are an important part of blogging. When you publish a post, your followers will get an email notification or see it hit the Reader. How others find that post is determined by the tags and categories you use. Tags and categories are searchable so it’s less for you and more for potential followers. Sure you can use a couple of tags to keep posts organized on your blog, but of the 15 tags and categories you can use, I suggest you use them wisely. 

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MWN Blog Archive Paid Publishing Opportunities for July 19th, 2016

Publishers looking for your story or article…

Motown Writers Network . . . Michigan Literary Network

Paid Publishing Opportunities For Writers

7 Magazines that Pay $250 Per Article

These magazines are seeking submissions from freelance writers.

Keep reading…

Chicken Soup for the Soul: $200 Per Story or Poem

5 books need submissions now. The deadline is July 31st.

Keep reading…

65 Magazines that Pay Writers

A big list of magazines that pay writrs, organized by category.

Keep reading…

Jacob Jans

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Intro to Poetry: Day 4–Journey and Simile

Today’s prompt for Intro to Poetry is journey. As an extra feature, include a simile. 

Struggling…struggling… Maybe this will work. (By the way, this is not autobiographical.)

A Journey Damaged

The flight to the isle of St. Martin

was like a long ride in a carton

from FedEx delivery service

to a place that was making me nervous.

He left no room for discussion.

A different job? No, not an option.

He wanted prestige in his old age,

didn’t care that, to me, this cage

left me without any job choice,

destroyed any freedom and real voice

in this wicked old sham of a marriage

without a good car–or a carriage!

Two decades that I can remember

flew past as a leaf in September.

No choices to life are allowed me;

his close-minded stubbornness stymie

all chance at examining courses

of action, as though they were horses

at auction for “minimum bid” price.

A chance to discuss–it would be nice.

But discussion to him is a lecture

with no questions, but maybe conjecture.

The decision is his, in his thinking.

And I am too old to be sinking

into a life all alone now,

with no one to care or ask me how

I ever got into this marriage

with barely a car or a carriage

(he can’t drive!). I am his chauffeur .

But now I have made him my go-fer.

My mind once was keen and decisive.

Today it is fearful, submissive,

a state that my father would hate if

he knew, when he died, what I’d give

for freedom from shackles of my mind

that this man used to conquer my pride

and choices in life left to others.

If only I had any brothers

to help me regain my ambition–

to change my old fate and position

Of hating to be in this marriage

(without either car or damned carriage!).

For now my life’s journey is damaged.


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Guest Writer Slot

Want to share your writing a bit more widely? Check out this site to see if you can be a guest writer.


If you’d like to see your work in my Guest Writer Spot, please contact me here or by e-mail: esthernewton@virginmedia.com. I accept stories, poems, articles – in fact, anything and everything. All you have to do is make sure your prose is no longer than 2000 words and your poems no more than 40 lines.

This week’s guest writer is Suzy Sharman. Here’s a little bit about her, in her own words:

“I’ve written three novels, all unpublished, but I’ve just started writing short stories. I love how tight the writing has to be and how you can gradually build the story before revealing all. This is the shortest story I’ve written. I hope you enjoy it. I thought I’d go for the holiday theme as my children have just broken up for the summer.”

Holiday Heaven


Suzy Sharman

“Where do you fancy going on holiday this…

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The message behind the blog name

Want to increase your blog’s following? Branding is the key. Think about your blog’s name…

Roberta Pimentel

Did you have any particular reason for choosing the name of your blog or did you just write down something that just came to your mind?

I have studied marketing at a business school here in Norway and one thing that fascinated me in that subject was branding.

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