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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Giving Donations to Newtown Families

From now until Christmas I will be donating 50 ebook copies of my novel "Scammer"

To make it simple for me to track it will be available for Kindle only.
I will make the donation out of my pocket so you get it for free!
All you need to do is simply send you email address to

anthony102372@yahoo.com or you can put on this blog.

put scammer ebook in the title and let me know your email address.
I will then send you a copy via amazon on gift receipt. Simply redeem and you get the book.

I will then donate the money to the following charity
Newtown Youth and Family Services

http://www.newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org/donate.php

The money goes directly to the families.

I'd been running a similar fundraiser and have now opted to do this since the reports on sales wont be in soon enough. Monies from that fund will also be donated as well contributing to the final total.

I will post all the names that helped and if you want to donate directly just click on the above link.
I will email you as I get your email and if you feel inclined please leave me a review afterwords on Amazon even if you hated the book! If not, thank you
I will also update each of the next few days with how this goes.
I will post a copy of the receipt of donation so you all know this is legitimate.

Thank you for helping me help these families and I hope to hear from you.

Anthony

ps--if this goes quickly I will donate additional copies by Christmas.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Do I need a dictionary to read my own book?

Howdy all,
     The holidays are fast approaching and I'am sure we're all getting into the festive season; at least I know I am. And while hanging christmas lights, watching Christmas shows with the kids and work, I have still made time to get some writing in each and every day. I just finished my first draft of my second novel, setting it down for a while (that's what I hear you're supposed to do before revising) and have already began outlining an new story. I also went back and looked over some of my unfinished stories that I never quite got around to writing. I was taken by surprise at the many different writing styles I've used and wondered who I was trying to impress by using such BIG WORDS. By that, I mean using words that I needed a dictionary to see what they mean. Of course with the Kindle Fire, I can tap on a word and get the definition which I use from time to time. And while I only have one story on Amazon and I hope to have many more; I thought that if having to figure out what a word means before using it in your writing, maybe it could offend the reader. Granted my stories are meant for a certain audience and I respect their intelligence while at the same time I don't think they need a master's in English to read it. I've come across this type of writing before in the past and I believe it can totally turn the reader off. The story is important and whatever wordage is used that drives the plot and moves it along should be good enough. I've been put to sleep literally by some stories I've read by bland and unexciting use of the English language. Many of these were stories I recall reading in school. While some people like this and maybe feel smarter after reading this, I surely don't and many writers I've spoken to feel the same. I want to be entertained by the story I'm reading and the faster the story moves the better. So I did a little exercise and went back to one of my old stories, revised it and it now sounds better and flows naturally. Maybe back then I thought it was the cool thing to sound smart when writing, but now I see that it detracts from what I'm trying to get across to the reader. Sure some big words are fine, but trying to prove you're smarter than your audience isn't smart at all. Any  thoughts?
As always, Have a great day!