DON’T SETTLE FOR JUST PEANUTS

July 10, 2009

A BRIEF LOOK INSIDE DETAILED GENIUS

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Did you know that ex-slave George Washington Carver was famous for far more than just “a few peanuts?” Here’s the story in a nutshell—and I’m not talking about a peanut shell!

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RITA REVIEWS: STITCHIN’ AND PULLIN’

July 08, 2009

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If you’re looking for a warm and colorful children’s PB (picture book), I have just the one for you!

Stitchin’ and Pullin’: A Gee’s Bend Quilt, by Newberry and Caldecott Honor Book author Patricia C. McKissack, is the warm and cozy tale of a sisterhood of quilters, the beautiful quilts they produce, and the unbreakable bonds they form that only women can understand.

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So You Wanna Be a Writer, III – HOW DO I GET STARTED WRITING?

July 08, 2009

Hi Everybody!

Now that we’ve discussed how much writers earn and how long it takes to write a story (See Part II, HOW LONG DOES IT REALLY TAKE TO WRITE A NOVEL), it’s time to address just how in the world you can get started writing.

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A Writer’s Guide to (Approximate) Word Counts

July 03, 2009

Hi Everyone,

Here is a list of approximate word counts I picked up from one of the writing listservs I subscribe to. Just keep in mind that every publishing house and every editor is different, so these word counts are not chiseled in stone.

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TELL ‘EM TO DO THEIR OWN DAMN WORK!!!

July 03, 2009

Hi Everybody,

Do you have a friend, relative or colleague who puts in more time pestering you to do their work than they ever would if they’d just do it themselves? Well, I do! Following is a rant I posted a couple of years ago, but I’ve found it to be as true today as it was at the time I posted it.

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AFRICAN AMERICAN INVENTOR LANDS HUGE WAR CONTRACT!

July 02, 2009

The famous Augustus Morgan has finally returned from New York City (where he was summoned by the U.S. Navy), to the bosom of his friends and family in Ohio.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES! Narrative Magazine

July 01, 2009

Hi Everyone,

Got a completed fiction or nonfiction story that you’d like to get out there?
Well, I may have found just the competition for you!

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Rita Reviews: THE AFRICAN BOOK OF NAMES. What’s Yours?

June 29, 2009

Hi Everyone,

Here’s a wonderful book for researchers, writers and those in search of their African roots.

If you’ve ever wondered about the meaning of your name, desired to change your name, or agonized over choosing the perfect name for your precious little African prince or princess, there is a new resource that celebrates the naming ways of Africa.

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So You Wanna Be a Writer, II: HOW LONG DOES IT REALLY TAKE TO WRITE A NOVEL?

June 29, 2009
Answering Questions about Nonfiction Writing, Rita Writes History

Answering Questions about Nonfiction Writing, Feb 2008

Hi Everyone,

Hope you had a great weekend and are ready for more writing tips.

Last time, I posted the first part of this series, entitled, So You Wanna Be a Writer? HERE’S HOW TO GET STARTED. Now it’s time to move on to PART II, HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

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