Second Chance Grill, written by Christine Nolfi, is book two of the Liberty Series. This novel takes place in Liberty, Ohio and tells the story of Dr. Mary Chance. While grieving from the loss of her best friend, Dr. Mary takes up her aunt’s offer of taking over the town’s restaurant. But running the restaurant is a bigger bargain than Mary could have ever imagined. As she struggles to keep the restaurant running, Mary deals with the pain of her friend’s death and bonds with a young girl and the girl’s worry-stricken father. As all the characters soon learn in the novel, everyone needs to take a second chance in life. Second Chance Grill is a great novel portraying the opportunity of finding hope again when it seems that only dark days are ahead. Second Chance Grill (the prequel to Treasure Me, a 2012 Next Generation Indie Awards Finalist) is an inspirational story of hope and perseverance.
In Leah’s Wake is an emotional and fascinating novel written by Terri Giuliano Long. In Leah’s Wake is a story about the seemingly “perfect” Tyler family who seems to have it all. But as the reader digs deeper into the novel, they will find tension and separation between the family members. Leah, the sixteen year old soccer star, puts the whole family to the test as they struggle to guide her away from a life of drugs and tragedy, while trying to deal with each of their own personal problems. Justine, Leah’s younger sister, feels out shined by her older sister’s successful soccer career and aches for her sister’s attention. But as Leah’s life comes spiraling down, Justine begins to wonder if anyone even cares about her and if God still knows that she exists. This is a great novel that shows the struggle of a normal family as they fight to remain together. A 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards (IRDA) winner… this is a must read.
Young Writers Blog is having a writing contest. All writers are encouraged to join! There will be two winners and two runner-ups.
Winners will have their novels promoted by Young Writers Blog. Winners will also have the opportunity of Young Writers Blog search for worthy and reliable publishing companies.
Runner-ups will also be promoted.
The stories must be no longer than 4 pages. There is no required point of view or genre. Winners and runner-ups will be choosen based on creativity, strong passionate writing, originality and uniqueness.
March 23rd, 2013 @ midnight in central time
Participants should send their short stories to firstname.lastname@example.org & post the news of their entry under the Writing Contests tab.
All participants will be notified of Young Writers Blog receiving their work via email. Questions? Feel free to email your questions at email@example.com
Winners will be announced, within a month of the deadline, on Young Writers Blog.
THE DEADLINE IS March 23rd!
Remember to have fun! Be creative and unique!
I bought an interesting novel as a Christmas present this year. And before I knew it I was reading the novel, while attempting to wrap it for the holidays! The name itself just made me interested. The novel’s name is Divergent by Veronica Roth. The material is written for young teens (though I’m sure adults would enjoy reading it also) and is a great gift for kids who love adventure/suspense. Though it had similarities to the Hunger Games, I still believe that the novel had its own originality and uniqueness. The voice and character-reader relationship is very strong as you follow the characters’ struggles. I have not yet read the 2nd novel (called Insurgent) but I look forward to the adventure that is sure to take place.
One detail I have noticed over the last several years is how books are being written today. As I compare “classics” to the hottest books today, I see both similarities and differences. Books that are considered “classics” generally tend to have deep meaning and purpose. Though they may be not be as lively and vivid as modern novels today, they still obtain personal lessons and morals. Modern books focus more on social problems or acceptance. The focus mainly stays on the main character(s) and how they relate to society. I just recently read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith and I realized how realistic/ definite its content was. Hmmmm…. Take a look yourself and see what you think.
Great Classic novels that I really enjoy are listed below:
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
- Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fritzgerald
- Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
There are initially two ways to get your finished book published. You can become a self publisher or have your book published by a publishing company.
Self publishing authors publish their own books by converting them into ebooks or by print and demand. Self publishing authors manage and promote their own books. They receive full *royalties but must also organize their own book selling business. The most common way to convert your book into an ebook is to convert it into a pdf. From there on I suggest that you create a website to promote your book. Remember: Don’t forget to get the copyrights of your book! To do so go to http://www.copyright.gov. I can help you with the process. Just ask me on a Advice/ Q&A comment.
Most of the published writers that you hear about make partnerships with publishing companies. The publishing company serves as your agent and promotes your book. A certain percentage of the royalties will go to the company but the rest will go to you. The tricky part is getting a publishing company to take your book. Many writers a year will submit their book to a publishing and have it rejected. The Lord of the Flies was rejected 21 times before it was finally published. Another option you can consider is having someone find a publishing company that will take your book. If you are considering this option, then I would be capable to assist you. I am willing to help you find a company that would buy your book. Listed below are reasons why you should consider:
- It’s fast and convenient
- It’s less stress on you (you won’t have to run around trying to get your book published)
- You can focus on other time consuming tasks or enjoy more free time
- I have experience in writing and researching
- I will promote your book on my website so all viewers will see it
- It’s a GREAT way to gain experience and promote your book
If you would like me to help sell your book(s) then post your interest on the Writing Ideas. I will contact you ASAP via the blog. If you have any questions leave a comment at the Advice/ Q&A section.
I look forward to seeing your books on the selves or in the internet!
*Royalties: revenue (earnings, income)