Italicizing A Manuscript

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

Italics were invented by a famous Renaissance printer called Aldus Manutius. Italicizing passages became much easier after word-processing virtual-paper technology overcame the tedium of typewriter backspacing and underlining in a manuscript. Print-on-demand permits Indie Authors to be their own publishers, which means they assume the role of compositor, too, and must know how to set type to achieve the most visually pleasing and easy-to-read presentation of their works in the Art of Communication. To see how italics can function when typesetting for your own Indie-published book, we’ll discuss the ways I used italics in Irish Firebrands.

I learned about italics in primary and secondary school, in English composition and typewriting classes, but how I chose to italicize parts of my first novel is probably an amalgam of the “house styles” of the many different traditional publishers which put out the books I’ve read over more than fifty years.

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10 Classic Picture Books for Fall

Rosco's Reading Room

Most people say summer is their favorite season, but I’m an autumn gal at heart. I love the changing weather, the warm colors on the trees, the orange decorations, the apple pie, and the visits to an orchard or a pumpkin patch. Plus, it’s my birthday season!

When my children were little, we’d visit the library and snag those prized, seasonal fall books off the shelves as soon as they hit the display shelf. Along with the seventy five or so 😉 other books the kids chose every two weeks–thank goodness for machine-operated checkouts–we’d haul them home and read a few each night at bedtime.


But I also kept a collection of fall themed books that I purchased, and many of those became favorites that we’d read year after year.

I miss those toddler and preschool days and would recommend this tradition to every parent of youngsters, before they’re old…

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This entry was posted on September 13, 2018. 2 Comments

Literary Style in Storytelling

Karen Dowdall


I am reblogging Melissa’s excellent post form 2016, it is that good!

Literary Style in Storytelling Posted by Melissa Donovan on December 13, 2016


What’s your literary style?Today’s post includes excerpts from What’s the Story? Building Blocks for Fiction Writing, chapter five:

“Narrative Style, Voice, and Tone.” Enjoy! Literary style is the aesthetic quality of a work of literature—the distinct voice that makes each author unique. It’s the way we string words together, the rhythm of our prose, the catchphrases that pepper our language.

Literary style includes every element of writing in which an author can make stylistic choices from syntax and grammar to character and plot development.

Seasoned writers have cultivated a style of writing that can be identified by a snippet of prose alone. For example, a common English literature test gives you excerpts from several authors whose works you’ve studied. The challenge is to identify…

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5 Reasons to Attend a Writing Event

Uninspired Writers

Good morning writers, wanderers and world builders, I hope you’ve all had a brilliant week.

Yesterday, I attended my first ever writing event. It was hosted by the Writers & Artists, and included workshops, a keynote talk from a wonderful author (Rachel Joyce), and panel discussions with publishers and agents. I’ve never attended anything quite like it, and I enjoyed it far more than I thought my little, introverted self would. I learnt so much.

Have you ever been to a writing event? Maybe a workshop, a festival, a talk? I would highly recommend it, for the following reasons;

1. You get to meet other writers
For me, this is what made the day so wonderful. I am a desperately shy person, who rarely socialises, and suddenly I was in a room with a whole bunch of people I’d never met before. But guess what? Most of them were exactly…

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4 Useful Tips to Promote a Book on YouTube More Effectively

Nicholas C. Rossis

I recently shared 7 Reasons for Using Videos in Your Social Marketing Campaigns. Many commented that it’s hard using YouTube effectively–a statement I agree with, as I’m pretty inexperienced in its use myself. Which is why I hope you find today’s guest post by Mahendra Bajiya useful! Mahendra is an entrepreneur and blogger who uses YouTube to promote a variety of products. He is particularly intrigued by its potential to market books, due to its wide reach and demographics.

4 Useful Tips to Promote a Book on YouTube More Effectively

YouTube social media | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: Pixabay

Many authors don’t focus enough on using YouTube to promote their books. That is unfortunate, seeing as it is the second largest search engine on the planet, and there are lots of reasons why you should be publishing videos to promote your book on its platform.

While promoting a book on YouTube effectively can be tricky, there are a…

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This entry was posted on September 12, 2018. 1 Comment

12 Simple Reasons Writing Is So Hard

Novelty Revisions

1. It looks easy from the outside.

2. You spend a lot of time looking at finished, polished products instead of imperfect, incomplete drafts.

3. Some ideas sound great in your head but not as good when you dump them onto paper.

4. Writing is a mental exercise that is more physically draining than it seems.

5. It’s also time-consuming.

6. “Research” is one of a writer’s biggest distractions.

7. It’s fun to plan out a story but not always as fun to put that plan into action.

8. The idea of having written something is more appealing than actually doing the work for most people.

9. You want everything you publish to get praise and recognition. 80% of it won’t.

10. You expect everything to come out of your head already perfect. Not happening.

11. Making money as a new writer is almost impossible, so it’s never your only…

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 Honesty Time 

 Honesty Time  


In this picture, I am three pounds above my self-imposed target weight range. I need to cut back on carbs again. In the past, I’ve stated I’ve lost a total of 70 pounds. The truth is… I’ve actually lost 90 pounds. I was ashamed to write 90 pounds. I was ashamed to know my own heaviest weight. Honesty time is now here. I weighed in at my heaviest at 230 pounds. That is the truth. I was sick and food was my comfort during all the testing and procedures. My 230 pounds are evident in pictures taken last November in Miami at the awards event (we think we are going again this year since we medaled with a different book) where I wore a size 3X dress.

In the past, when I was at the weight loss of 70 pounds, I stopped writing about it. I was ashamed that from the year 2013 to November 2017 I gained that much extra weight. I still hate that I did that but… I am now happy with being three pounds over my target as I can lose those in one week by not eating carbs.

That is my story. It has taken strong will, grit, and determination to lose the excess, but I persevered in doing this in about eight months. How did I do this??

1. I love chocolate and have found sugar free Hagen Daz ice cream. A few bites and that is enough. I don’t eat sugar and I use Stevia instead.

2. I drink one bottle of water before eating and I eat less. Your stomach will feel fuller faster! 

3. I go for protein the most consisting of lean meats, scrambled eggs, hard boiled eggs, and nuts. Crock pot the meat and don’t bread and fry it. 

4. I eat fresh veggies such as tomatoes, cauliflower, cucumbers, and broccoli.

5. I eat fresh berries and I love blueberries. I eat one or two strawberries regularly. 

6. My nuts are unsalted and I eat almonds and peanuts.

7. I love a banana each morning and my K+ (potassium) stays on track.

8. I no longer have to take medicine for cholesterol. I’m in the normal range!

9. I will soon come off my last BP med. I feel better!

10. I use portion control when I do eat my meals. I DON’T go back for second helpings. We eat out less except when traveling.

11. I take a generic Multiple Vitamin, Citron C, Folic Acid, and B12 every morning, and some exercise will help you lose faster. 

****** You must make sure you check with your doctor regarding this diet and over the counter medications. Check with your doctor regarding exercise, too. ******

This is my story. I went from obesity and stomach ulcers to normal weight and no ulcers. You can do this, too!

At my heaviest…. trust me in that I was 230 pounds and wore a size 3X dress. I was ashamed and so embarrassed. If you want this award winning children’s book on bully’s the link is here




This entry was posted on September 11, 2018. 12 Comments