Throwing Grapes & Moving Mountains – New book by local author Jan Hegelein

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The beauty of a word from God is that it ignites a passion within your spirit. It satisfies an underlying thirst you did not know you had and it births a fierce longing for more! Spiritual growth is not a given, yet it is open to all who would seek after God. His love shouts through the pages of His Word, and Throwing Grapes and Moving Mountains provides an open window to glimpse the grandeur of God's passion and commitment to His children. Soak in the truths found within, and your walk with … [Read more...]

A New Year for The Freelance Marketplace Writers Group

The Freelance Marketplace Writers' Group Meets this Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at the Rochester Hills Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 2800 S. Rochester Road (west side) just North of Auburn Road at 7:30 p.m. We meet on third Tuesday of the month to discuss the business of writing. New, working, and published writers, photographers and illustrators are welcome. Free and open to the public. This month our guest will be Robert Conroy, a local Michigan author. In February we will be joined by Jim … [Read more...]

Writing Resolutions

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I wish I had a dollar for every time someone said to me, “You should write a book.” As a writer by profession, it’s not like I’m short on ideas. My quandary isn’t a loss of words, but rather finding the time to actually put “pen to paper” and flesh out my ideas. Each New Year I’m filled with optimism that this will be the year that I make headway on my literary tour de force. Many people make resolutions like mine, but let’s face it. Most of those end up having a shorter … [Read more...]

Edit Yourself

One of the most stressful aspects for any writer can be the editing process. How can you possibly be expected to take the pages and pages of material you have poured your heart into and trim it down to the average 20,000-word manuscript? It’s like asking a mother to choose her favorite child. Thankfully, the answer is surprisingly simply: Hire a good editor. Now you might be worried that an editor is going to completely change your creation and leave you with barely a resemblance of what … [Read more...]

Take a Number

You’ve written your book, made sure you haven’t stepped on any trademarked toes, and have decided to copyright your masterpiece. Now, there’s just one more piece of the publishing puzzle to consider: Should you get an ISBN? What is an ISBN anyway? An International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a 13-digit number that uniquely indentifies your book or eBook. Similar to how a barcode works in a retail store. This allows for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, … [Read more...]

Trademark: What’s Your Sign?

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Last week we discussed the advantages of copyrighting your work. Today, in our second of a three-part series, we look at trademarks.  A trademark (™) is, "A word, phrase, logo, or other graphic symbol (i.e., the shape of a Coca Cola® bottle) used by a manufacturer or seller to distinguish its product(s) from those of others.” The main purpose of a trademark is to designate the source of goods or services, allowing it to essentially serve as the commercial substitute for one's signature. … [Read more...]

Get Your Rights in Writing

Thanks to the rise of self publishing, everyday folks can become the next John Grisham. But unlike the literary legends that line our bookshelves, most novice writers don’t have big publishing houses backing their endevors, which means it’s up to the author to take care of all the fine print. A big part of that is making sure your work is protected so that you retain creative control and don’t lose out on any potential profits made from your hard work. In our three-part series, we’ll … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide for Writers, New Group in Auburn Hills, and more

Holiday Gift Guide for Writers The Freelance Marketplace Writers' Group will put together their annual list of gifts for writers. Please email me your ideas and we'll compile the list at the upcoming meeting on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Barnes & Noble Bookstore. We will also welcome new members and discuss the business of writing. Open to new, published and working writers, photographers and illustrators. Free to attend. This will be our last meeting … [Read more...]

Kindle Books Now Free at the Rochester Hills Public Library

Digital books have taken off and the library has become a great place to find eBooks at no charge.  Amazon’s Kindle has now joined the Nook, Sony Readers, Kobo and Pandigital readers, and many mobile such as Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, iPod of portable devices that allow for borrowing library books.   Amazon and OverDrive, the Rochester Hill’s Public Library’s supplier of eBooks, are now offering Kindle Books as part of the library’s downloadable book service.  “This is very … [Read more...]

Freelance Writers Group at Borders

The Freelance Marketplace Writers' Group meets Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Borders Bookstore in the Cafe area. We discuss the Business of Writing. Open to new and published writers, photographers and illustrators. Free to attend. Michael Dwyer Travel Columnist, Freelance Writer & Broadcast Journalist (248) 651-6869 Annual Rochester Writers' Conference: www.RochesterWriters.com Follow me on Twitter: www.twitter.com/talktravel Join my Facebook … [Read more...]