The “Digital” Rejection Drawer

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Follow @templewms Indie Publishing has eliminated (and bypassed) the rejection drawer every writer experienced before the Digital Age. The rejection drawer held little slips of paper, initially paperclipped to returned stories, articles, and manuscripts. Editors rarely scribbled on these rejection slips. Occasionally they would put their initials on one. That became a prized possession. If… Continue reading The “Digital” Rejection Drawer

Independent Publishing remains a do-it-yourself literary society.

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Follow @templewms The boundaries we set for ourselves determine the level of success we achieve. Our creative juices get squeezed by promotional and marketing needs. All of our time frames narrow. No publisher slaps big bucks on the promotional table to grease our ride. No pre-publishing reviews from well-known authors give us a helping hand… Continue reading Independent Publishing remains a do-it-yourself literary society.

Nice KIRKUS REVIEWS review (a strange but legally necessary redundancy)

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Follow @templewms (Note: This review was featured in the May 1, 2015 Kirkus Reviews Magazine. Only 10% of their reviews are honored in this way.) In his humorous debut memoir, Williams envisions his shambolic prostate cancer saga as the education of a “medical dope” into “healthy hope.” A Pulitzer Prize–nominated journalist and editor based in… Continue reading Nice KIRKUS REVIEWS review (a strange but legally necessary redundancy)

Can Great Content overcome Poor Writing?

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Follow @templewms When I worked for the Reader’s Digest, it probably published more books than any other publisher in America. They rarely published short stories. They published non-fiction articles, both original and condensed from other publications. Most of Michener’s stuff was RD published. Roots was RD published. The condensed book department of the Reader’s Digest was… Continue reading Can Great Content overcome Poor Writing?

Stories from the slush pile

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Follow @templewms Every day the editors at the Reader’s Digest have a pile of manuscripts dumped on their desk. Literary yardsticks whittle the many down to a few. Readability algorithms search for stories that scholars in the 6th grade can understand (the level at which Ernest Hemingway wrote his masterpieces). Writers who use four syllables… Continue reading Stories from the slush pile

An Epilogue was added to Warrior Patient on March 24, 2015

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Follow @templewms In Chapter 7, Doctor Manuel Abreu prescribes pills which you should never take. The patient’s medical history (available on the doctor’s computer) indicates the medication should not be given. The pills help push you into the quicksand of renal failure, kidney dialysis, open wounds, terrible infections, MRSA, partial blindness, shingles, hernias (but not… Continue reading An Epilogue was added to Warrior Patient on March 24, 2015

Links to WARRIOR PATIENT

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Follow @templewms Here are the current, important links to the book, WARRIOR PATIENT Amazon: amzn.to/1xPJOnh Smashwords: bit.ly/1JQ7zle Barnes & Noble: bit.ly/1dQeptP Goodreads: bit.ly/1R1cdfw Google+: bit.ly/1ebkgKN Reader’s Favorite: bit.ly/1HTlbLm Apple iBooks: apple.co/1FiOIfV AuthorsDen: bit.ly/1G0k0J6 HumanMade: bit.ly/1Fj4HWC Kobo Books: bit.ly/1IYaus5 YouTube Video: bit.ly/1FWdvCv CreateSpace: bit.ly/1KSGNZ3 CreateSpace Preview: bit.ly/1ehdO50 Facebook: facebook.com/temple.emmet.williams Twitter: bit.ly/1OV26gD Website: bit.ly/wp-helps Reviews: bit.ly/1tQOhk6