#MondayMotivation for Writers.

For some of us, life throws obstacles in our way. These barriers prevent us from achieving personal goals or following our passions in life. Persevere…. make time to invest in yourself. This is a mantra I started telling myself. I found myself slowly being consumed by work and losing out on the moments that I NEED to be creative. Writing is not just a past- time for me!!! It is for my well-being and a passion. I will no longer ask permission to achieve greatness.

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Does FB Sell Books & Do Writers Need a Facebook Fan Page?

Trying to sell your book? Awesome post on Kristen Lambs blog for authors. Check it out!!!

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Social media is powerful for connecting us (our books) with the very people we wrote them for to begin with. But, we are wise to appreciate that creating a brand and cultivating genuine and passionate fans is not going to happen overnight. The deeper the roots, the stronger the brand and the platform.

Why that is important is if we keep chasing the newest shiny, we fail to ever gain compounding results. We are chasing fad after fad. Thus a saner approach is to build places that are the most stable.

***Yes, we can build on Instagram and SnapChat and the like, but that will come with more risk and possibly devour time we need to write more books.

The blog is still the strongest and most resilient form of social media. Blogs have been around since the 90s and unless the Internet goes down? Blogs will remain.

But other…

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A note from the Editor

Seeking to have your story published? Submit your #memoir to Two Drops of Ink.

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Good morning Two Drops followers, readers, and contributors. I wanted to drop a quick note to thank you all for the massive response we received to the “Memoir Challenge,” which, by-the-way, is still not complete. I still have a couple of submissions to edit and publish. It appears that memoir is one of the favorite genres here on the blog. This comes as no surprise to those of us that love this genre; it’s still a hot genre in the publishing world. I would encourage those of you that are writing memoirs to go back and look at some of our Literary Agent updates where you will find a list of agents looking for memoir queries.

I want to take a moment to thank all of our loyal readers, followers, and contributors. We have created a unique “animal” here at Two Drops of Ink. We have managed to create a…

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The simple joys of hand-writing

I found this post in my reader. Of course, I had to read it due to my love of jotting before typing up my pieces.

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I take a lot of crap about my note-taking. Constant scribbling is so central to my persona, in fact, that one colleague recently expressed concern during a meeting when I wasn’t taking notes. “I forgot my pen,” I shrugged.

Here’s the thing: I have a terrible memory — so if I don’t write it down I’ll probably forget it. My notes help me remember. (In fact, research shows the physical act of writing itself seems to help us remember.)

But the scribbling hadn’t crossed into my personal life until this spring, when I went to New Orleans with my husband and our friends Liz and James. I expected our days to be so full of sightseeing that I left the laptop at home, and instead brought a little journal so I could jot a few notes on the fly.

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I ended up filling the entire notebook.

I loved that…

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Call for submissions!

Take advantage of the awesome opportunity to enter your submission to “Two Drops of Ink” Literary Blog. 🙂

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Two Drops of Ink is growing by leaps and bounds. We will hit new and exciting numbers this month. We are looking for new writers that need exposure. We are accepting submissions for all genres (check our submissions guidelines page).
Good luck to you! 
 

Two Drops of is a literary blog devoted to literature in a broad sense. We publish short stories, poetry, and essays along with literary criticism, book reviews, and biographical profiles of authors, interviews and letters. We strive to bring thoughtful and unique conversations to our readers about grammar, writing, prose styles, poetry, literary genres, writing advice, and the publication industry. We also intend to post current news and information about the publishing industry and literary agents, as well. For information about submissions as a guest blogger, email the editor at: swbiddulph_at_gmail_dot_com. 

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The Purpose of Reblogging

Have you read awesome content on a blog that you felt compelled to share? Are you wondering how to get your blog content out to more readers? Peter Giblettt explains the concept of reblogging. I found it to be very informative.

A news quickie: Noticeable trends in what Literary Agents are looking for in today`s market

The newest trends of the publishing industry explained by Scott Biddulph of “Two Drops of Ink” . To stay up to date on the literary community subscribe to “Two Drops of Ink ” Blog. Submissions are also welcomed!!!

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The self-publishing industry is growing and becoming more credible all the time. With the Print on Demand technology that is available to authors through various publishing platforms the challenges of self-publishing are reduced to good editing, a great cover choice, and marketing. That said, these are no small feats, nevertheless. This is why authors that have real talent and a unique manuscript—that is in fact marketable—should still try querying an agent. This is the easier route in terms of real success if your work meets the criteria of good writing and a unique story. Also, some of the larger presses are bypassing agents and accepting open submissions. Google this to get more info.
I follow literary agents` blogs and if you are a serious author you should do so as well. This will allow you to get a feel for the market, the publishing industry trends, and what agents are…

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Literary Agent News: May 2016

Are you an author seeking a literary agent? Here is May 2016 Literary Agent News for all genres. Scott Biddulph editor of “Two Drops of Ink” always post the most up to date literary information for authors.

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Posts from Readers Digest:

amanda-jain-literary-agentReminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Amanda Jain of Inklings Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

About Amanda: After earning a BA in English, Amanda worked in the trade department at W.W. Norton for seven years before leaving to pursue graduate studies. She graduated in 2011 with a MA in the history of decorative arts. Amanda then joined Inklings Literary in 2014, first as Michelle’s assistant. She is now building her client list. Find her on Twitter.

She is seeking: historical fiction (in all genres), women’s / book club / upmarket fiction, romance (particularly historical, suspenseful, or with a comedic bent), mysteries (particularly historical or cozy, or historical cozies), and narrative nonfiction in the areas of social history, archaeology, art history, material culture…

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The thorn in my side

A beautiful poem by “Two Drops of Ink” editor. Check out all of the beautiful poetry by William Power.

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The mental obsession
It won`t go away
It won`t l let me go
It leads me astray

Help me o` Lord, I need to be strong
The days are so short, my nights are long
Do for me lord what I can`t do for myself
Put me away on some high moral shelf

I fall on my face, I curl up and pray
Please take it Lord, please keep it at bay
The mind is locked in, nothing else can I think
The evil inside gives a laugh and a wink

I have no control, there is nowhere to run
The thorn in my side gives off heat like the sun
I look for some answer, a proverb, a verse
As the darkness surrounds me a prayer I rehearse

Then finally it’s plain that release must be had
My soul deep in sadness, my addiction so bad
My fist pounds…

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