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I really slept in late this morning. By late, I mean well past 12:00–noon. But then, I was up well past 2:00am finishing two more chapters in my book. Many 2s and wells there. Synchronicity?

Once I am writing “in the zone” it’s difficult to break my concentration and stop typing.

“Leave the rest for tomorrow,” is not in my vocabulary. By mid-chapter, I am driven. Forget food and water.

I’m quite content in my self-inflicted jail cell.

This driven feeling is more than work ethic or time restraint. It is emotionally based. Painful memories must be dragged out of hibernation, (often kicking and screaming,) from behind locked mental doors, convert them into word and sew them to page before they can snap back into the dark bowels of my mind like a bungee cord. It is much like reluctantly remembering a nightmare months after having had it–a struggle on many levels.

So why would I inflict such masochism on myself?

How does that saying go? “Those who forget the past are destined to repeat it.”
Your journal can become the skeleton for your book. My notes from my first battle with breast cancer helped me live through stage 4 the second time. Those journals and memories became my emotionally packed book.

My story is unconventional, but not unique. It must be told. I won't give up.

Doctors are human. Scientific tests are only as accurate as the people who perform and read them. Life is not infallible. But Inner-guidance from dreams validated in the waking world just might be.

My second book is more than halfway complete because I have my own style of cutting out my literary pattern and sewing it together with a running stitch that can be removed to make adjustments.

I write the beginning and ending of my book–then fill in the middle. This also works for blogs and articles.

By using this technique, I always know where I am and where I’m going with a story that is filled with impassioned twists and turns. It gives me a mental edge–no floundering around in the dark while retrieving dark memories. I never feel like I have wandered off the books path. Rather than holding one tread of the story’s line in my mind, I have two. This extra balance anchors my writing so I can interject humor yet not wander away from the serious nature of the main theme.

Writing a book is much like sewing a garment. 

Somewhere between the beginning and the end product, areas no longer fit. Some seams must be let out, others taken in, and extra material trimmed.

But, I always save my scraps because they could be the collar of another adventure.

10916224080?profile=originalKathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is a TV/Radio Producer/Host of Wicked Housewives On Cape Cod™ and Author/Lecturer of the International award winning bestseller, Surviving Cancerland: Intuitive Aspects of Healing which promotes patient advocacy and connecting with inner guidance for success in health, wealth, and love, contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams & Premonitions, PATHEOS Blogger and Columnist to Women Voices Magazine: SOUL and HOME, Kat taught Special Education and Psychology. She has been featured in newspapers, on CBS News, in American Express Open, and published in medical journals. Learn more @


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A Piece of Heaven & Precious Embrace

A Piece of Heaven

First we have Trina's story...

Trina Wembly dreamt of owning a Christian coffee house for years –a Godly place where people could enjoy a good meal, and entertainment that wasn’t offensive. A Piece of Heaven is 10916218899?profile=originalthat dream.

Jared Larou, the construction foreman who helps design and build the coffee house, is a wounded soul with a soft heart. 

Once the coffee house opens, Trina and her partner, Laura, work day and night. From coffee in th
e morning, to gourmet dinners in the evenings, it’s a heavy load. Plus Trina performs most nights as the entertainer at the coffee house.


After working together and building her dream, Trina longs to be more than just friends with Jared, she just hopes that’s what God wants for her too.

...and now there's Laura's story...

Precious Embrace

Laura Senton has found peace and happiness, knowing she’s right where she belongs, running her own kitchen at A Piece of Heaven, a Christian coffee house in Pingree, MD. Being partners with her dear friend, Trina, she has carved out a niche and counts her blessings daily for being able to do something she loves doing. When the sins of her past are brought to mind by the appearance of Sean Laylor, her teenage crush, Laura tries to hide from Sean, as well as her own feelings.
At first not recognizing Laura because she changed so much, Sean is at a loss as to why she tries to avoid him. He has no idea of what Laura went through years ago, or how she felt toward him, but he still feels a share of the guilt for her past once he learns  some of the choices she made.
Both covet the memories of their time together, but sins of the past can be a tough hurdle to get over.
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What Can A Literary Agent Do For You?

The relationship between an author and a literary agent is multi-layered and rich. Part muse, part accountant, the agent guides the author through the unknown waters of a writing career, from the sublime to the mundane.

The cornerstone of the relationship is strength in negotiation. Basically, the agent’s commission is 15% and that is 15% of proceeds --- whatever the author gets. The agent should be able to get at least 15% more for the author than the author could get for him or herself. That means that everything else, every other benefit of the relationship is, in a sense, free.

The first benefit, aside from strength in negotiation, lies in being part of a nexus, a web of publishing relationships, the editors that the agent deals with, the other authors and even, independent publishing professionals. This web of relationships brings me into contact with online directories and, as I have time, I fill them out. Once such directory is “Who Represents…”, part of Publishers Marketplace. As I filled out an entry for A Time to Heal, a more than twenty-year old, backlist recovery book by Timmen Cermak, M.D., little did I know that a Polish recovery publisher was looking on the internet for the agent for the book, to arrange a translation.

Directories and entries that list clients, even my web site, are all little showcases of books that I represent and can lead to new opportunities in the global publishing marketplace.

Another, more obvious benefit grows out of being a creative sounding board and helping shape the author’s new work. For this, I often use the Socratic method, sitting with an author and asking questions about their experience with the topic (since I only handle nonfiction) until a mutual “light bulb” goes off and what seems obvious finally reveals itself.

I remember sitting with psychologist and dream expert, Alan Siegel, for six hours, drinking coffee, helping to shape the idea for his first book, Dreams That Can Change Your Life.
Once the idea for a new project is shaped and focused, it becomes necessary to express that idea in a blueprint known as the book proposal. rint known as the book proposal.

The Book Proposal is a convention. It is formulaic. A way of establishing common ground among diverse book concepts so they can be judged. A secondary benefit derives from the fact that if an author goes through the exercise of creating a proposal, he or she will have a thorough understanding of the book they are proposing to write. For structuring the proposal, I prefer the model established by Mike Larsen in How To Write A Book Proposal . An agent, who has written dozens of proposals, assists the author in putting their unique proposal together. Because I have experience as a publisher, I can look at a proposal from that point of view and help make it bullet-proof.

Deciding what publishers should receive each proposal is part science and part art. It is based on past relationships as well as knowledge as to who is publishing what. Today, most submissions take place electronically via email.

Assuming you have done your homework well and that there is interest in your project, you will often have to wade through a minefield of questions and qualifications like “How much is written?” “Can the author beef up their platform?”

Today, an author is expected to take the lead in online efforts and social media used to promote their book. The agent will step forward to tutor the author in social media or to suggest classes or coaches who can help them learn how to promote their book online (blogging, email marketing, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc.). Sometimes the first question an ac acquiring editor will ask is “What is his or her platform”. The conventional wisdom is that creating your platform is at least as important as writing your book.

Negotiating the major terms of a book contract is glamorous and sexy: Advance, royalty rate and subsidiary rights splits. Negotiating the rest of the contract is tedious but necessary. Option clauses, noncompetition clauses, right to audit and so on. Agents will know which publishers can give way on which clauses.

Once the contract is signed, the editorial process takes over. Generally, agents will step back and let the creative energy flow between editor and author. However, every once in a while, there arises a profound difference of opinion between author and editor. At this point, the agent steps forward to mediate the process, essentially becoming the author’s advocate to the editor and the editor’s advocate to the author, until the situation is rectified.

The same conflict resolution function takes place during the marketing phase of the book, something that often resembles “shuttle diplomacy.”

Agents are invaluable in helping authors decide what their next book should be and how this might fit in with a longer term career plan. Nowhere else can an author go for objective advice in either of these categories.

Looked at from this point of view, the agent-author relationship is one of the great bargains in publishing. The agent works on commission. On speculation. You don’t get paid. We don’t get paid. Chances are that the commission rate will be absorbed by the negotiating strength of the agent. That is, they will obtain an offer at least 15% better than you could have gotten yourself.

The agent functions as an editor and helps shape the book idea, offers advice on how to develop and build a promotional platform, helps create the book proposal, researches potential publishers, negotiates the major terms of the contract, negotiates the minor terms, smoothes over the editorial and marketing processes and helps maintain the publishing relationship.

Agents are not just dealmakers, they are midwives to the publishing process.

Peter Beren, Literary Agent and Publishing Consultant, is the author of The Writers Legal Companion, California the Beautiful and The Golden Gate. Formerly the Publisher of Sierra Club Books, VIA Books and VP of the Palace Press Group, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Good Cosmetic Surgery Advice To Help You Choose

Generally, you will hear negative reasons for cosmetic surgery. Whether it's just a general opinion, or a story about a procedure gone wrong, the bad side of cosmetic surgery generally seems to come to light. The truth is, when done wrong, surgical treatment can be terrible, but when done right, it can be a very helpful procedure. And locate out how to get cosmetic surgery done correctly, read the following article.

Among the best ways to ensure that you end up pleased with your surgeon, and your cosmetic procedure is to do your research prior to even contacting choices. This is one instance where it's especially important to know what you are getting into before the plunge.

Confirm with your doctor just how long you are going to have to be on antibiotics for after surgery. Antibiotics could make you feel a bit different, rather than function properly. So you will want to know how long it is going to take, before you decide to fully recover. Then you can live an average life again.

Before you have a procedure done, ensure you thoroughly look into the said procedure. Many people are excited, and they rush into certain procedures. Their basic research fuels their desires. They forget to ensure that they respect the importance of a real decision, by not thoroughly research the opportunity.

Speak with your plastic surgeon about any health conditions you could have. It is important for your plastic surgeon to know about your medical problems, as many of them could cause problems with the surgery. Also, make sure you let the plastic surgeon know about any medication you take.

Before you see a doctor, decide what precisely you want done. Never enter into a consultation without knowing precisely what you would like done, because a doctor may attempt to convince you that you need another work done. Here is more information in regards to breast enlargement pills in lebanon have a look at Use a crystal clear picture in your head products you expect, and share by investing in the physician during your consultation.

Respect the opinion of your surgeon. He or she is a trained professional of course, if they say something, especially linked to not wanting to do a particular procedure, they are this way for a good reason. If you don't agree, find another surgeon to give you a second opinion. Following this protocol helps to ensure that any surgical procedure you have done is a lot safer.

Make sure you thoroughly check the qualification of one's prospective surgeon. You need to research their background, education, qualifications, and disciplinary history. They need to be licensed in your area. Furthermore, be wary of doctors wanting to do complex procedure and are not surgeons. That could be a very risky gamble with your life.

What questions will you ask a doctor? There is a lot that your surgeon must tell you prior to the actual procedure. Determine if the surgeon has been board certified. Examine before and after photos of other patients to view the results that the surgeon can provide. Talk to your doctor. Ask every question imaginable about your surgery.

Everything should be ready on your recovery after the surgery. Take a few weeks off work and possess enough food stored in your fridge so that you do not have to leave your home. Allow your friends and family know you will probably need some help and might not be able to drive.

Ask about how your surgeon charges for revision work. Many types of cosmetic surgery have a very high rate of revisions, as much as 20% of the procedures performed. Most trustworthy surgeons will perform revisions for a reduced fee, or at no cost to you. Find this out in advance, prior to deciding to need it.

For many people, cosmetic surgery offers the fountain of youth they have long sought. Knowledge is crucial; however, to be able to make a smart choice in terms of going under the knife. Keep the tips and details in the piece above close at hand as you consider taking the surgical plunge.
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E.Van Johnson

I began writing out of boredom. I was stuck in a dving bell in the middle of the north sea for 47 days. Having read every bookon the rig I decided to write my own. It was a smugglers tale and it was rubbish.

When I came ashore I joined a writers group and decided to learn how to construct a story.

In 1974 I found an agent and sold three plays for TV and was well into my first novel when divorce interupted proceding. I moved abroad and lost contact withmy agent, but continued to write and had five books in various stages of completion.

I retired in 2005 and moved to Mallorca in 2009 where I was asked to start a writers group. The enthusiasm of my members gave me the incentive to look at some of my own work and I have completed and published three novels, had articles published in the island press and will be shortly doing aninterview to promote my books here on TV.

'Dead Men Make The Best Heroes' is set at the time of the Arab Israeli conflict in 1974 it is my take on war, there are no winners.

Transported for life' is set in 1789 at the time of the first transportation fleet to Australia and follows the lives of a young serving girl who is accused of theft and sentenced to hang. By changng places with another prisoner who has died she assumes her name and sentence which is to be Transported for Life.


Lost to the sea' |Book 1. Orphaned; Apprenticed; Pressed & Prized; is the first in a series of sea stories following the life of an orphan who loses his entire family and is taken in and educated by the church. Apprenticed to a shippng master he is pressganged and put to serve on a sloop of war.

 Lost to the sea' Book 2. Letters of Marque.' is the second in the series and covers the rescue attempt of his old captain from pirates.

I cazlss myself as a storyteller in the old style and deloberately sert out to entertain and engage my reader in another world. Hopefully I succeed.

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Lily Sawyers Book Blog Tuesday, March 5, 2013-Welcome Author Jo Anne Myers to my blog I'd like to give a warm welcome to Jo Anne Myers. She has written a book of poetry. Let's find out more about her.

1-How long have you been writing? Since childhood.

2- What is your favorite genre to write? Probable paranormal since it is so creepy and mystifying

3-What are you working on now? I just finished a biography true-crime that occurred in my hometown in 1982, and took 25 years to solve.

4-When you begin a story do you start with character or plot? Character, so I know what type of story, fantasy, paranormal etc, to write about.

5-Tell us about your latest/upcoming release. What inspired it? “The Crime of the Century,” My inspiration came from it being a true case and took so long to solve, also the man convicted was innocent, which was a whole other story in itself.

JoAnne's poetry collection "Poems About LIfe, Love, and Everything in Between," is available at:

"Murder Most Foul," a four story anthology is found on Amazon Books in print or Kindle.

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