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Billi Joy Carson Gives Advice

Billi Joy Carson made a repeat performance at Dog-Eared Pages Bookstore last week. She began by announcing she had just finished updating her “grammar supplies” page on her web site at: Editing Addict. (Thank you Billi Joy. This is a fantastic resource!)

Billi Joy’s talk was an energetic pep talk for writer with grammar thrown in. Her first point was to read, read, read; especially in the genre you want to write in.

If you are held up by not feeling adequate in some area like spelling or grammar take the time to learn. Build a toolbox of knowledge. Visit Billi Joy’s site for ways to do this.

Some of the books Billi Joy shared with us were:

The Handbook of Good English by Edward D. Johnson
Writer To Writer by Cecil Murphy (She said to also check out his newsletter.)
Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors by Kathy Ide.
Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
The Chicago Manual of Style

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Billi Joy Carson and friend, Madison Farrell, who writes young adult fantasy. Visit her blog here.

And one of my favorite quotes as a genealogist/researcher that I didn’t expect to hear from a grammarian. lol
“You don’t have to know everything; you just have to know where to find it.”


Author Barbara Hinske Will Be Speaker

Barbara Hinske will be the guest speaker at Dog-Eared Pages Used Books in north Phoenix on July 10. Friday Night Writes meets most Fridays from 5:30 to 6:30. The cost is $5.00 which can be applied to the guest speaker’s books.

July first was the release date for Barbara’s latest novel. The series is about Maggie Martin, a forensic accountant who inherits Rosemont, a beautiful home in the Midwest. She moves there and finds corruption, a furry friend, and new love. That’s all in the first novel.

Barbara has given a number of talks around the Phoenix area on her promotional strategy. She has a strong internet presence and also depends on word-of-mouth.

Her first book, Coming to Rosemont, earned her the title of top debut author at her first appearance at the Tucson Festival of Books. It was also named the best in women’s fiction by BookBub.

Barbara Hinske at a recent talk and signing at Phoenix Writers Club.

Barbara Hinske at a recent talk and signing at Phoenix Writers Club.

My review of Weaving The Strands follows:

It is always hard to wait for the next volume in a series you love. Waiting for the latest Rosemont novel was especially difficult. I have thoroughly enjoy the first two, and the author carries parts of the mystery throughout.

The heroine, Maggie Martin, is a strong woman who doesn’t back down. Yet she isn’t afraid to be taken care of by her special man or to fret over a litter of motherless kittens.

When I found myself wanting to yell at the bad guy, and tell Maggie to “Watch Out!” I knew for sure this novel was a winner.