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The Busy Scrapper

by Courtney Walsh

You CAN scrap fast and hassle-free!Your life is filled to the brim, right? It may be hard to find time to scrapbook, but that doesn't mean filling your albums is a distant dream. The secret is to make the most of the time you do have - scrapping fast and without frustration.Packed with tips showing you how to scrap in a flash, The Busy Scrapper is a one-stop guide to efficient layouts that are fun to make.The Busy Scrapper helps you scrap fast by providing:Tips for making creative layouts quickly and easilySolutions for organizing your spaceShortcuts that prevent scrapping frustrationLoads of inspiring layouts from other busy scrappersWith The Busy Scrapper, you can make the most of your scrapping time, and watch as completed albums begin appearing on your shelf!

Your Words, Your Story

by Michele Skinner

Find your voice - and use it!For many scrapbookers, simply recording names and dates is enough. For you, though, scrapbooking is so much more. It's the story - your story. But how do you really capture it on a page?Your Words, Your Story takes the fear and confusion out of journaling by guiding you through the writing process with clear explanations and over 120 layouts featuring a variety of journaling styles.Whatever your background and skill level, you can write meaningful journaling on a page. Your Words, Your Story helps you with:Examples of different writing styles, from detailed narratives to witty observations to heartfelt letters and more."Problem Solved" features that provide a way around obstacles that keep you from journaling.Inspiration for writing in creative styles like fairytale, science fiction and haiku.Prompts and ideas to help you get your story down on a page.Tell your own story as no one else can - and let Your Words, Your Story help you share it with the world.

When Life Gives You Lemons

by Sherry Steveson

Honor your sweetest memories - even with sour photos!We all find ourselves with a lemon or two - you know, those photos you get when the lighting is bad or your child runs out of the frame. And when they happen to be your only images of an important event or a special memory, that's when things get really sour.It may be impossible to perfectly capture every moment, but that doesn't mean you can't turn flawed photos into fabulous layouts. When Life Gives You Lemons shows you how to:Use embellishments, transparencies and journaling to disguise photo flaws and minimize distracting backgrounds.Work with blurry, cut-off or poorly framed photos to enhance the theme of a page.Infuse page designs with energy to draw the eye away from imperfections.Edit your images in Photoshop Elements to correct color, remove glare, convert photos to black and white and more.Life doesn't have do-overs, but with When Life Gives You Lemons as your guide, you won't need them! Bring your most perfect memories to life on the page - less-than perfect photos and all.

Time to Scrap

by Kathy Fesmire

Scrap it fast, fun, frugal & fabulous!Make scrapbooking your treasured memories quick and easy on your wallet. In Time to Scrap, Memory Makers Master Kathy Fesmire shows you dozens of techniques and shortcuts to save you time and money while still creating fabulous layouts you can be proud of. Ideas include using common household items to stamp, piecing together scraps to form embellishments and adding the look of handstitching to your layout, without the needle and thread.Inside you'll find:Step-by-step demonstrations of innovative scrapbooking techniques that will make your layouts pop120 eye-catching layouts that are sure to inspireA clock with each layout indicating how long each will take to completePage sketches you can use for your own fabulous layout design

The Big Book of Scrapbook Pages

by Editors of Memory Makers Books

Page After Page of Inspiration! If you're feeling overwhelmed with stacks of photos, or stuck in a scrapbooking rut, look no further for answers and inspiration! The Big Book of Scrapbook Pages will help you find the creative spark, and motivate you to try exciting new things in your layouts. Inside, you'll find: Over 500 never-before-seen traditional, digital hybrid layouts 50 sketches for both 12 x 12 and 8 1/2 x 11 pages Hints, tips and creative ideas for enhancing your layouts A variety of topics and themes, including: birthdays, holidays, seasons, babies and kids, pets and special occasions Don't be discouraged-get inspired with The Big Book of Scrapbook Pages!

Writing the Paranormal Novel

by Steven Harper

Vampires, werewolves, and zombies, oh my! Writing a paranormal novel takes more than casting an alluring vampire or arming your hero with a magic wand. It takes an original idea, believable characters, a compelling plot, and surprising twists, not to mention great writing. This helpful guide gives you everything you need to successfully introduce supernatural elements into any story without shattering the believability of your fictional world or falling victim to common cliches. You'll learn how to: Choose supernatural elements and decide what impact the supernatural will have on your fictional world Create engaging and relatable characters from supernatural protagonists and antagonists to supporting players (both human and non-human) Develop strong plots and complementary subplots Write believable fight scenes and flashbacks Create realistic dialogue And much more Complete with tips for researching your novel and strategies for getting published, Writing the Paranormal Novel gives you everything you need to craft a novel where even the most unusual twist is not only possible--it's believable.

The Breakout Novelist

by Donald Maass

The all-inclusive guide for novel writers If you're serious about making your fiction vibrant, engaging, and marketable, you've found the right book. The Breakout Novelist gives you the craft and business know-how you need to make your book stand out. Inside, veteran agent Donald Maass brings together the most innovative and practical information from his workshops and previous books to lead you through every aspect of setting your novel apart from the rest. Maass shares examples from contemporary writers across all genres to equip you with the strategies great writers use to craft great fiction - from core fiction-writing elements like character, setting, description, and plot, to more advanced techniques including point of view, voice, and suspense. Plus, you'll find over 70 practical exercises to help you move your writing from blah to breakout. You'll also learn from Maass' experiences over more than three decades in the publishing industry. Get straight talk from an insider about agents, contracts, how the industry is changing, and how to be the kind of author who builds a successful career book after book. Get the best of Maass' expertise and instruction in one easy-to-use reference.

Songwriting Without Boundaries

by Pat Pattison

Infuse your lyrics with sensory detail!Writing great song lyrics requires practice and discipline. Songwriting Without Boundaries will help you commit to routine practice through fun writing exercises. This unique collection of more than150 sense-bound prompts helps you develop the skills you need to:tap into your senses and inject your writing with vivid detailseffectively use metaphor and comparative languageadd rhythm to your writing and manage phrasingSongwriters, as well as writers of other genres, will benefit from this collection of sensory writing challenges. Divided into four sections, Songwriting Without Boundaries features four different fourteen-day challenges with timed writing exercises, along with examples from other songwriters, poets, and prose writers. Contributing writers include multiple Grammy winning songwriter Gillian Welch, professional poet Caroline Harvey, a host of songwriters from the Berklee College of Music faculty, and others.Includes foreword by professional songwriter Mike Reid ("I Can't Make You Love Me", performed by Bonnie Raitt)About the Author:Pat Pattison is a professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches lyric writing and poetry. His books include Writing Better Lyrics, The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming. In addition, Pat has developed three online lyric writing courses for Berklee's online school, and has written articles for a variety of industry publications. His internationally successful students include multiple Grammy winners John Mayer and Gillian Welch.

Question of the Day

by Al Katkowsky

Life has answers. Make sure you're asking the right questions. Are you searching for meaning? Or maybe you just want to really get to know someone. This book can help! Perfect for spending time with friends, family or even co-workers, Question of the Day is fun, enlightening, surprising, and revealing-ideal as an ice breaker among willing acquaintances or as a source of deeper conversation among old friends. Explore a variety of thoughtful topics! Challenge your friends to think and be brutally honest! Voice previously unstated opinions! With questions ranging from "light" to "heavy," Question of the Day will incite answers ranging from the funny or the shocking to the deeply personal. No matter the answer, you're guaranteed to get that much closer to what's real.Border Books and Music Westbury, NY

Art of Layers

by Ronda Palazzari

Basic scrapbooking has you place photos and embellishments on cardstock or patterned paper - easy and...well, basic. The next step for most scrapbookers is layering. But trying to get that rich, interesting layered look can be very intimidating. Where do you even start? "Art of Layers" teaches scrapbookers and beginning mixed media artists just how easy it is to get to that layered look in any papercrafting project. Author Ronda Palazzari teaches readers 50 techniques that will serve as tools to pull out whenever a layered look is desired. The chapters allow the reader to build their skills, from paper techniques they won't be afraid to try adding fabric and stamping and finally giving spray inks and gesso a try.

The First 50 Pages

by Jeff Gerke

Seeking writing success? Start at the beginning...Whether you're looking to get published or just hoping to hook your reader, first impressions are vital. Compelling opening scenes are the key to catching an agent or editor's attention, and are crucial for keeping your reader engaged.As a writer, what you do in your opening pages, and how you do it, is a matter that cannot be left to chance. The First 50 Pages is here to help you craft a strong beginning right from the start. You'll learn how to:introduce your main characterestablish your story worldset up the plot's conflictbegin your hero's inner journeywrite an amazing opening line and terrific first pageand moreThis helpful guide walks you through the tasks your first 50 pages must accomplish in order to avoid leaving readers disoriented, frustrated, or bored. Don't let your reader put your book down before ever seeing its beauty. Let The First 50 Pages show you how to begin your novel with the skill and intentionality that will land you a book deal, and keep readers' eyes glued to the page.

Story Engineering

by Larry Brooks

What makes a good story or a screenplay great? The vast majority of writers begin the storytelling process with only a partial understanding where to begin. Some labor their entire lives without ever learning that successful stories are as dependent upon good engineering as they are artistry. But the truth is, unless you are master of the form, function and criteria of successful storytelling, sitting down and pounding out a first draft without planning is an ineffective way to begin. Story Engineering starts with the criteria and the architecture of storytelling, the engineering and design of a story--and uses it as the basis for narrative. The greatest potential of any story is found in the way six specific aspects of storytelling combine and empower each other on the page. When rendered artfully, they become a sum in excess of their parts. You'll learn to wrap your head around the big pictures of storytelling at a professional level through a new approach that shows how to combine these six core competencies which include:Four elemental competencies of concept, character, theme, and story structure (plot) Two executional competencies of scene construction and writing voice The true magic of storytelling happens when these six core competencies work together in perfect harmony. And the best part? Anyone can do it!

Scrapbook Workshop

by May Flaum

A must-have for continuous scrapbooking inspiration! May Flaum has brought all your favorite and up-and-coming scrapbook bloggers together in Scrapbook Workshop. Whether or not you follow blogs, this collection will serve as an idea book filled with projects and techniques you'll use again and again. If you're new to scrapbooking, this book will share not only ideas but also introduce you to people to watch and follow for continued inspiration. And for those experienced or blog-savvy scrapbookers, you will find fresh ideas from favorite bloggers, as well as new outlets to check out and people to watch.Scrapbook Workshop offers--· 30 Fabulous Techniques: While free layout inspiration is readily available online, this book focuses on techniques. The techniques are as diverse as the wide array of scrapbook bloggers that May has gathered here.· Over 60 Pieces of Art: With plenty of variety from the 26 contributors, each bringing their own flair to Scrapbook Workshop. From the messier to the digital, it's all here!· 26 Contributors with Fantastic Blogs: A variety of contributors mean lots of styles and inspiration for every level of scrapbooker, and May has brought together the best of the best bloggers to share their techniques, layout, cards and more!In Scrapbook Workshop, you'll not only find new inspiration and new techniques, you will also find resources and meet 26 scrapbook bloggers to keep you inspired!

90 Days To Your Novel

by Sarah Domet

Got 90 Days? Then You Can Be a Novelist Many famous authors write their novels in a matter of weeks. William Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying in six weeks. Joyce Carol Oates often cranks out two or three books a year. Stephen King believes first drafts should take no more than three months to complete. So, what's the trick? Novel writing isn't about inspiration. It's about the time, energy, and discipline to see the project to its finish. With The 90-Day Novel at your side, now is the time. This inspiring guide will be your push, your deadline, and your spark to finally, without excuses, and in three short months, nail that first draft of your novel. The difference between wanna-be writers and real writers is the difference between talk and work. If you commit to the schedule and the techniques within The 90-Day Novel and invest two to three hours a day for twelve weeks, you will complete your book. An outline will appear. Characters will take shape. A plot will emerge. Scenes will come together and form a story worth reading. And then the talking can begin! This helpful guide provides:Instruction that distills the elements of the novel-from crafting your outline to developing intriguing characters and believable plots Strategies for gaining support from your family and friends Motivating insights about writing and writers to minimize your inevitable moments of doubt A schedule to keep you in the writing zone and keep you focused, creative, and working Whether you're writing your first novel or your third, this guide provides the coaching, the planning, and the writerly commiseration to help get your book written.

Elements of Fiction Writing - Conflict and Suspense

by James Scott Bell

Ramp up the tension and keep your readers hooked! Inside you'll find everything you need to know to spice up your story, move your plot forward, and keep your readers turning pages. Expert thriller author and writing instructor James Scott Bell shows you how to craft scenes, create characters, and develop storylines that harness conflict and suspense to carry your story from the first word to the last. Learn from examples of successful novels and movies as you transform your work from ho-hum to high-tension. Pack the beginning, middle, and end of your book with the right amount of conflict. Tap into the suspenseful power of each character's inner conflict. Build conflict into your story's point of view. Balance subplots, flashbacks, and backstory to keep your story moving forward. Maximize the tension in your characters' dialogue. Amp up the suspense when you revise. Conflict & Suspense offers proven techniques that help you craft fiction your readers won't be able to put down.

The Productive Writer

by Sage Cohen

Take Control of Your Writing Life! The creative process can be treacherous, even for the most experienced writer. Facing the blank page, staying inspired, sustaining momentum, managing competing priorities and coping with rejection are just a few of the challenges writers face regularly. The Productive Writer is your guide to learning the systems, strategies and psychology that can help you transform possibilities into probabilities in your writing life. You'll sharpen your productivity pencil by learning how to: Set clear goals-and achieve them Create a writing schedule that really works Discover what keeps you writing, revising, and submitting Carve out writing time amidst the demands of work and family Weed out habits and attitudes that are not serving you Organize your thinking, workspace, papers and files Increase your odds of publication and prosperity Use social media to build an author platform Get comfortable going public and promoting your writing Create a sustainable writing rhythm and lifestyle Accomplish what matters most to you Create the writing life you most desire. The Productive Writer will help take you there.

Elements of Fiction Writing - Characters & Viewpoint

by Orson Scott Card

Vivid and memorable characters aren't born: they have to be made This book is a set of tools: literary crowbars, chisels, mallets, pliers and tongs. Use them to pry, chip, yank and sift good characters out of the place where they live in your imagination. Award-winning author Orson Scott Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing and presenting characters, plus handling viewpoint in novels and short stories. With specific examples, he spells out your narrative options-the choices you'll make in creating fictional people so "real" that readers will feel they know them like members of their own families. You'll learn how to: Draw characters from a variety of sources Make characters show who they are by the things they do and say, and by their individual "style" Develop characters readers will love-or love to hate Distinguish among major characters, minor characters and walk-ons, and develop each appropriately Choose the most effective viewpoint to reveal the characters and move the storytelling Decide how deeply you should explore your characters' thoughts, emotions, and attitudes

You Can Write A Novel

by James V. Smith Jr.

Turn Your Big Idea into a Salable NovelDo you have an idea for a great novel? Have you always dreamed of writing a bestseller? Are you at a loss for where to start? Look no further. You Can Write a Novel, 2nd Edition, gives you concrete, proven techniques to get from idea, to manuscript, to bookstore.Veteran author James V. Smith, Jr., breaks down the novel writing process into ten logical steps. You'll start building the foundation for your book right away by taking your story's three most importance incidents from brainstorm to final draft perfection.Smith's approach will guide you through a practical sequence designed to keep you focused, organized, and moving forward. You Can Write a Novel skillfully and simply addresses the essentials, such as plot, character, setting, dialogue, and action. You'll learn how to generate a salable idea, develop your idea into a framework, and build your framework into a finished manuscript.This edition includes new brainstorming tools, fresh plot and character organization strategies, and innovative tools to evaluate your story's readability and pacing&#151plus, you'll find the one-word key to every best-selling novel. And, as always, Smith's upbeat, accessible style will cheer you on from start to finish.

The Indie Author Guide

by April Hamilton

This Is Your Roadmap to Success! The Indie Author Guide takes you through every stage of the self-publishing process. With e-books, print on demand and the power of Web 2.0, you have the ability to publish your own high quality books and go indie&#151just as filmmakers and musicians have done. Get detailed instructions, complemented by screenshots, so you can get the most of cutting edge publishing options. April L. Hamilton, founder of Publetariat, an online news hub and community for indie authors, gives you insight to the latest technology and step-by-step advice for making the most of your self-publishing options. Inside you'll find everything you need to know to: organize your files create your brand explore your self-publishing options format your book for POD edit and revise you work design your own book cover publish through a POD print service provider publish in e-book formats build an author platform promote your work transition from indie to mainstream publishing Plus, you'll get worksheets to help you plan and organize your book, your business, and your writing life, as well as an HTML primer so you can build your own website&#151even if you're not tech savvy. The Indie Author Guide gives you the skills and confidence you need to take full advantage of today's unique publishing opportunities and grow your readership yourself.

Writer's Digest University

by Editors of Writer's Digest

Everything You need to Write and Sell Your WorkThis is the ultimate crash course in writing and publishing! Inside you'll find comprehensive instruction, up-to-date market listings, a CD featuring recorded live webinars with industry professionals, an all-access pass to WritersMarket.com, and more. Writer's Digest University is the perfect resource for you, no matter your experience level.This one-stop resource contains:Quick and comprehensive answers to common questions including: "How do I write a successful novel?" and "How do I know if self-publishing is right for me?"Instruction and examples for formatting and submitting fiction, nonfiction, articles, children's writing, scripts, and verse.Advanced instruction on business-related issues like marketing and publicity, using social media, freelancing for corporations, keeping finances in order, and setting the right price for your work.A detailed look at what agents want and how to get one that best fits your needs.Market listings for publishers and agents open to unsolicited work and new writers, contests and awards, and conferences and workshops.A CD with recordings of 4 popular WD webinars: How Do I Get My Book Published?, How to Land a Literary Agent, How Writers Can Succeed in the Future of Digital Publishing, and Freelance Basics.*A scratch-off code that gives you a one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com and a 20% discount on the WritersDigestUniversity.com course of your choice.* Get started now with everything you need to build a thriving writing career. Whether you're starting from scratch or have a bit of experience, you'll find the tools you need for success.*PLEASE NOTE: CDs and one-year subscription are NOT included with the ebook version of this title.

Plot Versus Character

by Jeff Gerke

What's more important to a story: a gripping plot or compelling characters? Literary-minded novelists argue in favor of character-based novels while commercial novelists argue in favor of plot-based stories, but the truth of the matter is this: The best fiction is rich in both. Enter Plot Versus Character. This hands-on guide to creating a well-rounded novel embraces both of these crucial story components. You'll learn to: Create layered characters by considering personality traits, natural attributes, and backgrounds Develop your character's emotional journey and tie it to your plot's inciting incident Construct a three-act story structure that can complement and sustain your character arc Expose character backstory in a manner that accentuates plot points Seamlessly intertwine plot and character to create a compelling page-turner filled with characters to whom readers can't help but relateAnd much more Filled with helpful examples and friendly instruction, Plot Versus Character takes the guesswork out of creating great fiction by giving you the tools you need to inject life into your characters and momentum into your plots.

2011 Photographer's Market

by Mary Burzlaff Bostic

ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO FIND BUYERS FOR YOUR PHOTOS For more than three decades, photographers have trusted Photographer's Market. This must-have resource offers all the markets that are right for you: magazines, book publishers, greeting card companies, stock agencies, advertising firms, contests, and more. In addition to more than 1,000 markets for your work, the 2011 Photographer's Market includes: Up-to-date information on how to start and run a photography business, including how to find clients, who to contact to submit your photos, what types of photos they need, and how to submit both digital and film images Special features on finding your niche, taking advantage of local publishing opportunities, and networking with other photographers Inspiring and informative interviews with successful pros including commercial/fine art photographer Robb Siverson, animal lifestyle photographer Suzanne Bird, and "StoryPortrait" photographer Genevieve Russell Markets for fine art photographers, including hundreds of galleries and art fairs, as well as tips for maximizing art fair success

2011 Artist's and Graphic Designer's Market

by Mary Burzlaff Bostic

THE TOOLS TO BUILD A SUCCESSFUL ART CAREER2011 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market is the must-have reference guide for emerging artists who want to establish a successful career in fine art, illustration, cartooning or graphic design.This edition is packed with resources you can use including:Complete, up-to-date contact information for more than 1,000 art markets, including, galleries, magazines, book publishers, greeting card companies, ad agencies, syndicates, art fairs and moreArticles on the business of freelancing - from basic copyright information to tips on promoting your workSpecial features on economic survival as a freelance artist, finding work and maintaining business relationships, an insider's guide to the illustration industry, getting your work into galleries, photographing your artwork, and an interview with literary agent Anna OlswangerInformation on grants, residencies, organizations, publications and websites that offer support and direction for creative artists of all types

2011 Songwriter's Market

by Editors of Writer's Digest Books

THE MOST TRUSTED GUIDE TO SONGWRITING SUCCESSFor 34 years, Songwriter's Market has provided the most complete and up-to-date information songwriters need to place their songs with music publishers, record companies, record producers, managers & booking agents, music firms, and more.In the 2011 Songwriter's Market, you'll find:Hundreds of songwriting placement opportunities, including how each market is different from the next and how to find success.Interviews with songwriting legends, such as Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo) and Even Stevens, who's written for everyone from Kenny Rogers to Martina McBride.Power-packed articles on taking charge of your career, including how to navigate social media sites and find alternative routes to songwriting success.Plus, the basic nuts and bolts of the songwriting business are explained, including how to submit songs, the proper way to handle Copyright, how to identify scams, negotiating contracts, what royalties are (and how to get them), and more.Listings for songwriting organizations, conferences, workshops, retreats, colonies, and contests.Take charge of your songwriting career today with the 2011 Songwriter's Market.

601 Great Scrapbook Ideas

by Memory Makers

Get Inspired! As a scrapbooker, you can never have enough inspiration, especially when it comes to great layout ideas. So whether you're stumped for a page design for your photos or just want to relax with some great scrapbook eye candy, you've picked up the right book. Inside 601 Great Scrapbook Ideas you'll find hundreds of layouts to get your creative juices flowing. And because the layouts were created by over 200 scrapbook artists, there truly is something for every taste. Plus, you'll find scrapbooking tips and ideas for you to use on your own pages. Hundreds of never-before-seen layouts Pages on all your favorite subjects, including relationships, everyday life, special events, holidays, kids, pets and more Great scrapbooking tips for your own layouts With 601 Great Scrapbook Ideas great scrapbook inspiration is only a page away!

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