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Making social media work for writers

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on February 25, 2012 | Leave a comment (0)
The hardest part of being an author, for me, is promoting my books. Writing them is challenging, exhilarating, exhausting, brain-draining, but in a good way. Writing is fun! Promoting is thorny. Publicizing through social media—capitalizing on networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.—...

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Best book On Writing

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on February 20, 2012 | Leave a comment (0)
I’ve read two books by Stephen King: Christine, a novel about a jealous Plymouth Fury, and On Writing, King’s combination memoir/teaching text. I read Christine because my husband had it in the house. On Writing came into my hands because writers I admire claim it’s “the best book on...

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2nd act takes woman filmmaker to China

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on February 8, 2012 | Leave a comment (0)
When the sinking economy stalled her freelance advertising business, May Tchao thought, “What the heck, I’ve done it all my life, so I want to try something new.” What Tchao did was begin filming the documentary “Rise of the Phoenix,” which casts the issue of women’s...

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Making the best of rape

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on January 29, 2012 | Leave a comment (0)
Presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s blurt that a woman pregnant from a rape “make the best out of a bad situation” has many female journalists fuming. Some have come up with a flurry of interesting questions that sound absurd at face value but–considering how our courts...

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Don’t Sabotage Your Submission: best book

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on January 20, 2012 | Leave a comment (0)
Don’t Sabotage Your Submission by Chris Roerden is the most informative, helpful book I’ve read about writing. A revamping of the award-winning Don’t Murder Your Mystery, the book offers 230 positive examples of effective techniques to save your manuscript from turning up dead on arrival....

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Sea Quills: write on the coast

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on December 30, 2011 | Leave a comment (1)
Next to writing every day, I count constructive feedback from fellow writers most beneficial to my writing career. I belong to two groups. They meet on the same day, for two hours each, on the first and third Wednesdays of the month: one in the morning; one in the afternoon. Since we all live and...

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NPR’s Best Books of 2011

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on December 20, 2011 | Leave a comment (13)
Of the dozens of books on NPR’s Best Books of 2011 list, I’ve read none. Seems I’m always a few years—or decades—behind. Among the many titles that caught my eye, several stand out, some for no other reason than the length of their titles. Take Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who...

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FBI updates definition of rape

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on December 12, 2011 | Leave a comment (0)
It took 82 years for the FBI to change its naive, chauvinistic definition of rape. That’s 10 years longer than the campaign to give women the right to vote. Once again, women’s rights advocates are credited with the change. Since 1929 the FBI has defined rape as “carnal knowledge...

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Ida B. Wells vs. Memphis

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on November 6, 2011 | Leave a comment (2)
Memphis, TN, recently decided to dissolve its school district (98 percent black) and merge with the Shelby County school district (62 percent white). Most Shelby residents aren’t happy with the plan. Aside from the huge logistical problem, the consolidation highlights a persistent racial and...

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