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    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR50hhaHHes I heard this song first,  then listened to a few more. It’s addictive and frankly makes me want to stop what I am doing and just write. The power of music that helps you to process, and digest, thoughts and feelings, and be able to paste them on a blank sheet as something melodic

    • Still Twitchy After All This Time! What used to be a streamlined process of publishing a print book with Createspace, has become somewhat of a debacle with Kindle Print Publishing. Many people, going back as far as the start of 2017, long before the merger, found that their print editions would stall right at the

    • Books make an affordable, high-quality, and enjoyable gift for Christmas, birthdays, as well as other notable days throughout the year. So let me ask you… “When and what was the last book YOU purchased?” This year, we have offered you many interviews with bestselling, and notable authors, in our magazine, most with a wide selection

    • JS Ririe let us know that one of the winners of an autographed Book 1 & 2 of her Indecision’s Flame series emailed her.  Amber Homer of Boise, Idaho was one lucky recipient. “I’m so excited I won your books!!! I love reading and I admire those who put their passion on paper. I’ll definitely write a review

    • Steve Cattrell, who won the personalized and autographed hardback of Peter James’ Absolute Proof, sent us this photo after receiving his copy.  We hope he enjoys it, and also wish to thank Peter James for taking the time to do the signing (he was out of the country promoting his new book.) Steve Cattrell holding his

    • Let’s face it, everyone wants recognition, many want fame and fortune, and a few want power. But for the majority or writers, we write to EXPRESS ourselves––cheaper than therapy, better than solitude––allowing us to find peace in an otherwise conflicted world. Am I wrong? The sad fact is that so many people are writing and

    • URGENT: Authors Need to Read This! Publicists, too! As a magazine publisher, one of the biggest problems I encounter during layouts is imagery; specifically the fact that most authors have low-resolution headshots and book cover images, totally unsuited to any print publication. Your print images should be at least 300 dpi to ensure a high

    • Createspace has started phasing out of the self-publishing business, shifting to the Kindle Direct arm of the business, and in the process, changing up the costs and royalties involved. With some variations for book sizing, the calculations for deciding how to price and what you will get as a royalty are based on a formula.

    • Have you ever wondered how one gets on the bestseller list, whether the New York Times, USA Today or even the Amazon list? Simply put — every bestseller list is a lie because no bestseller list measures the best selling books. Let me repeat that, so you can grasp the gravity of what it means. No bestseller list

    • A LIFE-CHANGING CHALLENGE! Bestselling Indie author, Mike Wells, has  a challenge for authors who have completed a novel  in any genre (as long as it has a strong suspense element – romantic suspense, sci-fi suspense, espionage, international crime, mysteries/detective, etc.) The challenge is finding an author compatible with Mike’s style, someone who would like to

    • Writers: we are happy to promote your work. We know how tough it is to get traction, to reach an audience, to interact with readers, and more.  And so our group WELCOMES you.   Our Facebook group is attached to our Facebook page, boasting about 3K followers, our Twitter pages boasting a collective $4.5K followers,

    • Editorial: It’s a disturbing trend. Everywhere you look, actors, authors, anyone with a degree of visibility, all seem to favor pushing their political views to their audience, over the content for which the viewer came. You cannot escape it. Actors are the most vocal, however recently, browsing through some books I was interested in reading,

    • Here’s a writer you should recognize – George Washington. Yes, THAT George Washington. Aside from being a prolific writer of letters, all of which you can read on this site, the first President of the United States was also one helluva dancer. He is well known for dancing through the night, and was quite sought

    • Are you looking for a publisher to help get your book ready? Cover, edits, proofing, layout, uploading, marketing…these are all aspects involved. And there are many publishing companies willing to help you. You may have seen a few on television commercials, some with a religious element, others just a lot of empty promises. So how

    • If you’ve spent any time reading up on other writers and how they manage their work, you probably have an idea of how to arrange, organize, manage the elements that are involved. Certainly, it is easier to manage a short story––although it is more difficult to write a good short story than a novel––than it

    • BNP Magazine is accepting short stories for possible publication in Books ‘N Pieces Magazine. Payment on publication. Click the SUBMIT tab for more information.

    • Your Short Story is Rejected. Now What?   I get many short stories submitted each month. Sadly, most are not at a stage where I can publish them. For many authors, short stories appear to be the easiest form of writing; short, easy to finish. This is deceptive; a good short story is much harder

    • Welcome to a new year, already slipping by faster than the last. They say that as you get older time becomes your mortal enemy, losing more of yourself to the past, and less to the potential of the future. I’d like to think that on some quantum writer scale, time never ends; merely convolutes into

    • Let’s face it; there are just too many people in the world, all vying for attention, whether for personal gratification, professional goals, sales, or just to remain relevant. These days, with a global attention span that barely exists (aside from endless repetition of social media posts) we find ourselves struggling for identity. Sure, the big

    • Do you find your initial surge of creative brilliance petering out midway through a story, novel, or whatever you may be doing?  Do you stop, cast doubt upon the worth of your work, vacillate between continuing or abandoning your project? Perhaps, you might tell yourself, you just need a break for a bit, you know,

    • As a young man, life was clear. There was good and evil, defined simplistically as black and white, and rules were defined, as were customs, manners, and other behaviors that occurred as part of normal life. My father, a meticulous man, would hand write a few drafts of a letter before settling on the final,

    • It seems to me that through the history of mankind one premise stands as the prime motivator of all action; a just cause empowered by the most powerful deity. In short–my God loves me more! Ancient tribes of men, wrapped up in fear-beliefs, offered sacrifices to appease the wrath of the Gods of the wind,

    • I have never asked anyone what they do in the bedroom, bathroom or other areas that violate the bounds of privacy. Likewise, I care nothing about the attitudes of people toward whatever makes them happy, whether that is a drink at 2pm or a gay lover. There are just some things that should remain none

    • “For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause.” ~ Shakespeare, Hamlet.   It has been estimated that since humans first appeared, there have 108 billion of us that have walked the Earth. That said, life is often short and often cruel,

    • A Writing Tip: Have you ever had a dream, so real, that it lingered upon awakening?  I have. Often. Bizarre, seemingly unrelated imagery, words, that seem to make sense in the dream world, although, upon awakening, leaves an emotional aftertaste, without much in the way of cohesive meaning. And then, over the ensuing half-hour, or

    • Sometimes, the act of putting words on paper—seems easy enough, right—becomes a tortuous exercise in rhythm, not unlike lyrics to a song. You know what you want to say’ you know how you want it to feel, and yet the words just do not emerge in the way you have envisioned. Is this your poor

    • Think outside the box, the book box that is. If you look at sales statistics you will find that audiobooks account for almost a third of all book sales, surpassed by e-books, with print in third place. This would not surprise you. Many people commute to work,  long and boring drives, train rides, carpool and

    • Let’s face it; nothing is original. Stories have been passed along in one form or another for centuries. Early stories were passed down orally, from one generation to another. At some point new ideas were regurgitated old ideas, in the same way that movies seem to all be variations on a theme.What’s a writer to

    • Determining the truth when you write a novel seems to be an important aspect of the process. The question remains, what is the truth and why does it matter?I present this question because in the creation of a written product, the truth, or what is considered the truth, is not relevant. The truth is simply