Monday, March 28, 2016

Writing Is an Art Form

I confess, I've been a little frustrated lately. Language is a beautiful thing full of nuance and shade and light. Well-chosen words can convince men to go to war and women to fall in love. The classics shape our minds and our world view. The modern classics tell us about today's human condition. Books are valuable. Stories are precious. Words are powerful and compelling. Communication is a priceless gift.

However, as time goes on and we see grammar rules shift and morph into something simpler, we are losing some of that refinement of speech. Meanings aren't as clear anymore. Sometimes it's hard to guess at the author's real meaning. And I'm afraid that as time goes on, beautiful language is going to be come rare.

This is where we can make a difference, authors. Please don't let yourself allowed to be swayed by the "easier is better" mindset - please always be seeking to tell your stories in the best possible way so we can preserve what makes language special and unique. Always seek to improve your craft. Always work on finding a better turn of phrase or stand-out voice. Writing is an art form, one we can fight to preserve.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

What is an LCCN and Why Would I Want One?

If you Google or Bing "indie publishing", you could take the rest of your life reading articles and posts about it. Stay on top of it, but don't let it bog you down. You need to be actively working toward getting your book out, not just reading about other people doing it.


You know when you look on the title page of books and they have an LCCN Number and words after it?

This number is for cataloguing with the Library of Congress. LCCN is short for Library of Congress Control Number and is assigned to titles it’s likely to acquire. If you want the opportunity to have your book in the Library of Congress, you’ll need an LCCN. (pretty cool, eh?)

You place on the copyright page and it looks something like this:
“Library of Congress Control Number: 2001012345”.
Sorry, only U.S. book publishers are eligible to get an LCCN and ebooks are ineligible for an LCCN.

You want this number in your book.

Check out all your books by traditional publishers. They have this number. You should, too. (use the links in the text below to get you to the right places.)

You have to apply for that number and it takes a while to go through the process. It is a two step process and it's free. (You get your LCCN on the PCN site- weird, I know.)
  1. You are the publisher, so fill out the publisher's form. This is the application to start the process.
  2. You will receive an email with your account number and password to log onto the site and apply for your number.
Once they've reviewed your application and approved it, they will send you your LCCN and you can print it in your book. (You will have to send them a copy of the book as soon as you print it.)

A word of caution. If you publish your book before getting this number, you will not be able to get one. You will need to start over with a new ISBN. Don't make that mistake.

You do need very specific information about your book when applying for the number. so if you haven't uploaded your interior text file to Createspace (or other printer) yet, you will need to do that before filling out the second form to get your number.

Go ahead and fill out the publisher form and then upload your file to your printer so that you can give that final information in order to get your LCCN.

Happy Applicationing.

Cindy M. Hogan
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Call for Submissions

 Where readers will fall in love again and again.

Spots are available for new (never published before) novellas to be a part of our next Sweet & Sassy Anthology releasing March 2017. 

The theme is Europe
(meaning it must be set there and be a meaningful part of the story)
you must include a strong, clean romance element.
(Nothing erotic please.) 

To submit, you'll need 
  • A full synopsis (tell all the plot points from beginning to end, including the ending)
  • The first chapter of your story.
  • Email to by October 30th.                       

The purpose of this anthology is to help provide more exposure for the authors included.

Those who are chosen for the anthology will need to pay $15.00 for cover and formatting and $25 for promotions, agree to adhere to the schedule and word counts, critique for all members of the group, and pay for their own story to be professionally line edited prior to final submission. All other deadlines will be emailed out to those who are chosen.

We are looking forward to reading your stories! 

Proposed Schedule

October 30: Submission of application (full synopsis and first chapter)
November 15 (on or before ): Notification to successful applicants 
January 20: Draft (20,000-30,000 word limit) sent to group for critiques
February 15 (on or before ): Critiques back to all other authors
March 15 (on or before ): Professionally line edited final draft due
April 15 (on or before ): Proposed publication date on or before 

Feel free to email, FB, or comment with any questions you may have.