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emphasis on book promotion. It was named to Writer's Digest
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The New Book Review is a great way for readers, authors,
reviewers, and publicists to get more mileage out of a great
review. Guidelines for submitting (and recycling) good
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This is the Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor blog. It
covers everything that has anything to do with editing from
grammar to formatting. The question and answer format
encourages you to get the answers you need.
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Using Pinterest for Character Development
By Margaret Fieland
When I write, I see the scenes unrolling as a
movie in my head, with the characters moving and talking. If I can't
picture something, I can't write it, to the point where I have to lay
out the rooms, where the furniture is, the color of the rugs. Never mind
that only a tiny fraction of this ends up in the novel. I have to see
my characters getting up from the dining table and marching the dirty
dishes into the kitchen.
I started using Pinterest last May. My novel,
Relocated, was a couple of months from away from publication, and I
was working on two follow-on novels. One of them, Broken Bonds,
due to be published in July, was in its third major rewrite. I'd finally
decided on the point-of-view characters, and, in an attempt to wrap my
mind around them, went in search of visuals. This was my first
multi-point-of-view novel, so I needed to get the four characters in the
romance clear enough to hear their voices, see them move, and be able to
work out the revision.
started several Pinterest boards. The first was for clothing for
the one female in the four-way romance. The previous versions of the
novel had paid little attention to this character, and I needed to flesh
her out. I found a website and searched for the tunics and pants to
clothe her. She ended up with elegant, flowing, fabrics in soft, glowing
colors, and her voice came clear. To see that board go to:
I still craved more images, so I started another
board for actors I could cast to play my characters. After some
searching, I settled on the actors I wanted, with Benjamin Bratt to play
Brad Reynolds, my main character, Morgan Freeman as Ardaval, Samuel L.
Jackson as Imarin, and Jada Pinkett Smith to play Nidrani. That board
was an even greater help for visualization. Find it at
I also started a board
for images of the planet these characters inhabited. Some I generated
myself using GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program at http://www.gimp.org)
a freeware program something like Photoshop. I'm using GIMP 2.8.
I am now SO addicted to
playing with this. It's freeware, and runs on a variety of platforms,
including LINUX. You can see what I've done with it at
And here's an article of mine on GIMP:
Some people fill out character sheets. Me, I give
my characters personality tests, find photos and clothing to bring them
to life. One of the beauties of this board, I believe, is that they
continue to work for me. Now they're helping my readers visualize my
stories—either before they read my book, or after.
About Relocated, the first novel in the
Keth's dad is transferred to planet Aleyne, he
doesn't know what to expect. Certainly not to discover Dad grew up here,
and studied with Ardaval, a noted Aleyni scholar. On Aleyne, Keth’s psi
ability develops. However, psi is illegal in the Terran Federation.
After a dangerous encounter with two Terran teenagers conflict erupts
between Keth and his father. Keth seeks sanctuary with Ardaval.
Studying with the Aleyne scholar Keth learns the truth about his own
heritage. After Keth's friend's father, Mazos, is kidnapped, Keth
ignores the risks and attempts to free him. Little does he realize who
will pay the cost as he becomes involved with terrorists.
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accessible contact information including fellow experts in the several
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first novel, This Is the Place, won eight awards. Her second
book, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, creative
nonfiction, won three. An instructor for UCLA Extension’s
world-renown Writers’ Program, the second edition of her book
The Frugal Book Promoter is recommended reading for
her classes and was named USA Book News’ Best Business book,
just like the first edition, which was also given the Irwin Award. Her second book in the HowToDo ItFrugally series is The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward
to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. It won USA Book News
and Reader Views Literary Awards and the campaign for it won New
Generations Marketing Award. Her chapbook of poetry
Tracings, was named to the Compulsive Reader's Ten Best Reads
list and was given the Military Writers' Society of America's Silver
Award of Excellence. Books in her series for retailers are also award winners. She is the recipient of the California
Legislature’s Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, and
her community's Character and Ethics Committee awarded her work
promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena
Weekly's list of 14 "San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen"
and was given her community's Diamond Award in Arts and Culture.
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Authors! I repin your
books to my boards when you repin mine to yours!
Awards for Carolyn's Books, Blogs and More
The New Book Review
Master's in English.org Online Universities'
101 Essential Sites for Voracious
Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites
for Sharing with Writers blog.
Best Book Award for The Frugal Book Promoter (2004) and The Frugal Editor (2008)
and the Second Edition of The Frugal Book Promoter
Reader Views Literary Award for The Frugal Editor
New Generation Award for Marketing and Finalist for The Frugal Editor
Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award
Military Writers Award of Excellence for
Tracings, A Chapbook of Poetry.
A Retailer's Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotion wins author Military
Writers Society of America's Author of the Month award for March, 2010
Award from Military Writers Society of America, 2010.
MWSA also gave a nod to
She Wore Emerald Then,
a chapbook of poetry honoring mothers.
Named #! on Top Ten
Editing Books list.
New Generation Book Awards 2012,
The Frugal Book
Promoter; Finalist 2010
The Frugal Editor;
Winner 2010 Marketing Campaign for the Frugal Editor
The Oxford Award
alumna who exemplifies the Delta Gamma precept of
service to her community and who, through the years,
devotes her talents to improve the quality of life
Book Promoter is runner-up in the how-to category for
Los Angeles Book Festival 2012
Winner Diamond Award
for Achievement in the Arts
California's Arts and Culture Commission and the City of
And more than a dozen other awards for Carolyn's novel, short story collection and poetry.
See the awards page on this site.
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skilled networkering women in business.
Military Writers' Society of America
Also, honorary member of
Writers of San Diego, Greater Los Angeles Writers Society
(GLAWS), IWOSC, and Publishers Association of Los Angeles (PALA)
Book Publicists of
(BPSC) Pix: Proud Irwin Award Winners
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