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Cynthia Greenwood

Cynthia Greenwood's latest nonfiction title, Deciphering Shakespeare's Plays: A Practical Guide to the Twenty Best-Known and Enduring Works, won the Foreword Magazine's INDIES Gold Award for Adult Reference in June 2019. Deciphering Shakespeare's Plays (Calpurnia Press) invites readers to go behind the curtain to better understand the comedy, tragedy, history, and romance that flowed from the quill of the legendary dramatist. The book brings Shakespeare’s dramas alive in a new introduction for students, playgoers, and general readers. It illuminates the essence and experience of the Shakespearean spoken word, within the context of playwriting during the 1590s. It also explores how theatre people think while staging Shakespeare's twenty most popular plays. PlayShakespeare.com says this guide "provides a wonderful new resource for Shakespeare beginners, actors, and those who already consider themselves well-schooled in the Bard." Associated website

Thomas Lee

Pleased to announce the launch of my ghostwriting company Active Voice Editorial Services Associated website

Kate Hanley

Proving it's never too late to jump on a trend, Kate Hanley launched a short, daily podcast called How to Be a Better Person (based on her book of the same name). With what one reviewer calls "bite-sized, actionable goodness", Kate aims to help you end the day better than you started it with advice that's fun, not preachy. Associated website

Jyrki Penttinen

I am pleased to inform that I just published my new book, 5G Simplified, on Amazon. It demystifies the new generation in a common-sense way without the need for prior knowledge on mobile communications or engineering. 5G Simplified explains, in a compact form, the major 5G-related topics. It covers virtualized 5G architecture and network functions, cloud and edge, deployment options, and new frequencies. Among other additional aspects, it includes security and the role of SIM, network planning principles, and techno-economic optimization. It also discusses current understanding about health considerations related to radio frequencies, and clarifies the most important 5G terminology. Associated website

Diana Kelly Levey

Diana Kelly Levey just self-published her first e-Book, 100+ Tips for Beginner Freelance Writers. This 70-page e-Book gives freelance writers the tools they need to kick-start their career, find well-paying writing jobs and become a successful freelancer. Freelancers and newbie writers can learn how to work from home and build a lucrative, sustainable freelance career with more than 125 tips, educational resources, and sample email templates! (Only $14.99 AND it comes with a FREE PDF '10+ Email Pitches That Worked!') Here's what's included: -Getting Started Tips -How to Find Freelance Work and Lucrative Clients -Setting Rates -Running Your Business Efficiently -How to Find Time for Freelancing -Building an Online Presence, with Social Media -Utilizing Tech to Maximize Productivity -Next Steps: Becoming a Six-Figure Writer Associated website

Carol W Berman

Just published: TAMING THE NEGATIVE INTROJECT (Routledge Press, June 2019)

Elizabeth Meade Howard

Aging Famously: Follow Those You Admire to Living Long and Well won 2019 International Book Awards for health 50+ book Associated website

Susan Johnston Taylor

Susan Johnston Taylor wrote a children's book for educational publisher Teacher Created Materials. Ride Across Time is a level reader in graphic novel format about a fourth-grader who travels back in time to meet colonial-era teen hero Sybil Ludington. It will be available from Teacher Created Materials and Amazon.com starting in October. Associated website

  • A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
    – Sidney Sheldon
  • A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
    – Kenneth Tynan
  • A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self–addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
    – Ring Lardner
  • A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
    – Marguerite Yourcenar
  • All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary – it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
    – Somerset Maugham
  • Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
    – Christopher Hampton
  • Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
    – Lawrence Kasdan
  • Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
    –Wilson Mizner
  • Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
    – Flannery O'Connor
  • I just wrote a book, but don't go out and buy it yet, because I don't think it's finished yet.
    – Lawrence Welk
  • I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
    – Douglas Adams
  • I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.
    – Stephen Wright
  • It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
    – Robert Benchley
  • It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.
    – Andrew Jackson
  • Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks.
    – Richard Curtis
  • No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self–deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.
    – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
    –Somerset Maugham
  • Writing a novel is like paddling from Boston to London in a bathtub. Sometimes the damn tub sinks. It's a wonder that most of them don't.
    – Stephen King
  • Writing a novel is like spelunking. You kind of create the right path for yourself. But, boy, are there so many points at which you think, absolutely, I'm going down the wrong hole here.
    – Chang–rae Lee
  • Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
    –Samuel Johnson