Category Archive: Professional Blogs

Sep 21

What Bloggers Should Know About Copyright

Copyright In A Nutshell The easily accessible pictures, gifs, and knowledge that lies at our fingertips has a serious downside. The over-production of images and ideas in today’s age has led to the plague of copyright infringement. This plague leads to many new hurdles for the already angsty and ruffled modern blog writer and leads us …

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Dec 02

What do Publishers Look for in Potential Authors?

Every writer has the same dream: getting published. For authors who have never been published, the whole notion of publication can be intimidating. Sure, you may be confident in your ideas and writing abilities, but what do others think? The “others” the author has to fret over are those in the publishing industry, since they …

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Nov 18

Does Originality Exist in Fiction, and Can You Attain It?

“For substantially all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources, and daily use by the garnerer with a pride and satisfaction born of the superstition that he originated them.” -Mark Twain As writers, we can all admit to struggling with the challenge of creating a perfectly original idea. Frankly, it …

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Oct 28

New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Set the Stage for Controversy

Breast Cancer Awareness month is a campaign designed to encourage women and men to be cognizant of the nature of Breast Cancer. So when the American Cancer Society recently announced new Breast Cancer guidelines, twelve years since the last update, we were all ears (The Journal of the American Medical Association, 2015). On October 20th, …

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Oct 14

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Great breast cancer awareness slogans

According to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), over 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the US alone in 2015. With all of the medical and technical advancements, this is a sobering statistic. The first step to fixing an issue is to recognize it, and October is dedicated to raising …

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Sep 14

“What Pet Should I Get” by Dr. Seuss Becomes a Bestseller

This past summer has been full of great new book releases, but only a couple of iconic book releases made a huge impact in the literary world, such as Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, which stayed on the bestseller list for several weeks. Lee’s sequel soared as a bestseller due to the nostalgic excitement …

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Jun 22

Adult Coloring: A New Way to Relax?

A recent fad producing a few number one bestsellers in the world of books and publishing are adult coloring books. No, these are not derogatory images or strange fetishes—these books actually contain intricate pieces of art that are meant to be strategically and thoughtfully colored. Shapes such as mandalas, small floral designs, and elaborate interior …

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Jun 18

Who’s Excited for Go Set a Watchman?

The story of Scout Finch, her father Atticus, and their notorious neighbor Boo Radley is one of the most well known works in literary history. To Kill a Mockingbird is a timeless classic about a young girl who discovers the world is not always as kind and good as it seems. It’s semi-autobiographical tone, intense …

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Mar 13

What is #PitMad?

Every few months, an event called Pitch Madness (#PitMad) takes place on Twitter. What’s #PitMad, you ask? To put it simply, it’s a fast and efficient way for writers to find publishers, and for publishers to find prospective talent. During #PitMad, writers must condense their manuscripts into a 140 character tagline and Tweet it with …

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Mar 11

#PitMad is Today!

Today is the #PitMad event on Twitter. If you are unfamiliar with #PitMad, it is a Twitter event where authors post pitches for their completed manuscripts including the hashtag #PitMad. Agents and publishers watch the feed and favorite the tweets for manuscripts they are interested in. Authors then visit the feed of the agents, where the agents post …

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