All the World’s a Stage

Joanne Guidoccio

Welcome to my Second Acts Series!

Today, we have author Judy Knight sharing her multi-act life and her latest release, A Raging Madness.

Here’s Jude!

Joanne’s Second Act series appealed to me; but which Second Act? In nearly 67 years of life, I’ve reinvented myself repeatedly, though always around the two themes that surfaced in my earliest childhood. And as I thought about that, the structure of this post surfaced in my mind. Shakespeare’s seven ages? Why not. I reckon I’m up to age five.

Welcome to the story of my life so far.

In the nurse’s arms: the story begins

I was a quiet baby, happy to be left alone to amuse myself. My mother claimed, with the benefit of hindsight, that I’d been telling stories in my crib.

The toddler who lined her dolls and teddies up and babbled to them in her own language lies too…

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How (My) Writing is Like Sausage Making by Rebecca Heflin

Untitled design (1)Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made. – Otto von Bismarck

Well, Chancellor von Bismarck, the same can be said of my writing. I’m smack-dab in the middle of my latest WIP, and it’s looking a whole lot like a bunch of ground up meat and spices ready to be stuffed into sausage casings.

I’ve got a bunch of scenes (in no particular order), no chapter breaks, and a bunch of notes with ideas for additional scenes. I’ve also got some very polished scenes, alongside notes for future research, some half-baked dialogue, and even a few scenes that will likely be throwaways. It ain’t pretty.

Every one of my WIPs has gone through this stage, and I never fail to wonder if it will ever come together and actually look like a sausage, er, a book.

First, I should point out that I am an,

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Authors, Sparkle That Manuscript! by Char Chaffin

Hi Everyone!

With RWA National coming up fast, and folks rushing around trying to finish up current works in preparation for those nerve-wracking but vital pitching appointments during conference, I decided to post Part One of a two-part blog that covers a couple of vitals:

Editing For Querying Success, and Revising With Confidence.

We’ll start with editing. Ah, so near and dear to my heart!

I have posted parts of this blog before, but I think it bears repeating as National looms on the horizon. Over the years I’ve seen a lot of queries and manuscripts hit my desk, and the query might snag my attention but the manuscript is by no means ready to hold onto it. And that, in my opinion, is a shame. Because it’s not hard to make your work shine. It just takes planning and foresight.

Can you do it? Well, sure!

Do you want…

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Stumbling Onto Success

Joanne Guidoccio


“If you stumble, make it part of the dance.”(Author Unknown)

When I came across this quotation on my Pinterest travels, I immediately pinned it and within minutes, others were repining and liking it. I also shared this message with my friends, many of whom tend to fixate on each snafu in their lives, often ignoring the bigger picture.

I recall one friend who spent almost an hour listing everything that had gone wrong at a recent event she had chaired. When I read the glowing write-up in the paper, I couldn’t believe it was the same event. No mention was made of the last-minute menu changes or frantic scramble to replace the emcee who had come down with the flu. Without realizing it, my friend just kept stumbling on and everything turned out for the best.

Much like what happened with many well-known inventions that were accidents stumbled upon by…

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Taking a Sneak Peek…

Joanne Guidoccio

It’s official!

The Wild Rose Press will release Too Many Women in the Room on Friday, May 19, 2017. Today, and for the next two Fridays, I will share sneak peeks of the Prologue.

While the rest of the novel is written in the POV of the protagonist (Gilda Greco), the Prologue is written in the victim’s POV.

Here’s Part I of the Prologue:

He couldn’t believe he was following his wife’s advice. After twelve years of paying lip service to deep yoga breaths, mindfulness, and all the other New Age crap she espoused, he had finally found a use for it. His midnight run usually sorted out all the stress, but tonight was different. He still couldn’t shake the venom that had been directed his way.

To make matters worse, it had come from eight women, eight very different and very annoying women. He had bedded four, but right…

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Marisa Makes Memories

Can You Judge a Book by Its Cover?

You bet your New York Times Best Sellers list, you can. Authors who have made it that far are firing on all cylinders, with access to the best resources available. Their covers are like advertising billboards, inviting you to step inside their story.

What makes you buy? The humorous title? The woman on the cover? The six pack? And I don’t mean Budweiser. Does the back cover synopsis lure you inside?Banner-CoverLove-01

With so many books now viewed on a mobile devices, a book cover has to do heavy lifting in a limited space. Think Good Reads, Amazon, and social media sites. You access them most often on a small screen first.

Well, for those of you who are published, I’m sure you’ve given great thought to all the ingredients that make up a tempting front and back novel cover. You may have…

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Life Lessons from Noah’s Ark

Joanne Guidoccio

While writing this post, I’m enjoying a cup of my favorite tea–Flora Echinacea Elderberry with Cranberry and Rooibos–and smiling contentedly as I contemplate not going out in the rain. When it rains several days in a row, I prefer to stay warm and dry indoors.

The cool, wet weather motivates me to plan and work ahead. These past two days, I’ve filed and decluttered, cleaned my condo, written several posts and reviews, and worked on the launch of my upcoming cozy, Too Many Women in the Room. But improved work habits aren’t the only benefits to be gained from rainy days or the anticipation of rainy days.

Here are 9 life lessons from Noah’s Ark:

1. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.

2. Stay fit. When you’re 60 years old, you may be asked to do something really big.

3. Remember that we are all…

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