Monday, June 27, 2005

4 Major Mistakes to Avoid when Writing an Article

By avoiding these common mistakes, you will greatly improve your article. The Internet has an overabundance of disregarded content that was written in the same rambling way that the author normally speaks in. Many of these articles would never have been neglected by the general public had the author simply looked for these common mistakes prior to publishing.Number One: Poor TitleThe title, or headline, must grab the reader’s attention and reel him or her into the story. It should not be extremely long. The title can be fun and does not necessarily need to be a verbatim description of the article. Sometimes a title is best written last. Keep in mind that we are talking about titles for articles and not books. This is an important distinction because longer titles and sub titles that might be appropriate for books will not work for articles.Bad Title: Website Promotion Ideas: 8 Simple But Effective Tips To Get People To Visit Your Web Site Again And AgainWhy? This long and clumsy title does not work for an article. The title has unneeded words and does not take the intended audience into consideration. The theme was correct and the title could be salvaged by properly rewriting it.Better Title: 4 Major Mistakes to Avoid when Writing an ArticleWhy? This title is short, informs the reader what the article is about, and is worded to walk the reader into the article. It is properly targeted for the intended audience.Number Two: Poor OpeningThe opening paragraph, especially the introductory line, must be strong and present the topic. The title should flow nicely into the opening paragraph. If the title is “Saving Money at the General Store” and the article leads with “I really don’t understand why more stores don’t supply coupons”—it is time to rewrite. In this example, the reader will become confused quickly. It is important to maintain a logical flow.Additionally, never write the following: In this article, I will show… (Just show it) This article will cover… (Articles do not need a table of contents or an outline) By the end of this article… (Don’t talk to your readers like they are in grade school—unless the audience really is in grade school)Number Three: Poor Flow Poor flow destroys writing in general. Many writers would benefit from creating an outline and rearranging their writing based on it. Writing that does not follow logical flow is completely doomed. Many article authors seem to simply write in the same order as thoughts occur in and then call the job complete. Meanwhile, the writing is a complete mess and a potentially great article remains nothing more than amateur fodder.This mistake can be avoided by printing out the work, reading it over, and labeling the main theme for each sentence. In the “poor opening” example, the introductory sentence belonged later on in the article—perhaps the conclusion. Reading the article draft aloud is a professional technique for discovering sentence structure errors.Number Four: Poor ConclusionIt is poor form to label your conclusion as such in an article. There is no need to type the word “Conclusion” or state “In conclusion”. A conclusion should not be a summary of what was already written. It must include fresh writing, illustrate the main point of the article, and bring the article to a logical closing. Moreover, it can’t leave the reader with the sense of incompletion. An ideal conclusion will drive the point home and give the reader the satisfaction of having read the article. The closing of the article must be communicated well or the reader will come away unsatisfied—even if the article was great up until that point.Writing great articles takes practice and adhering to some basic principles. To eliminate poorly written articles, share them with your friends and family. Write down their questions and comments as they read your article. With newfound information in hand, proceed to rewrite your work. Never be afraid to delete and rearrange—every writer must do this. In the end, your readers will thank you by continuing to read your improved work. ©2005 Jason Andrew Martin LLC About the Author Jason A. Martin has been conducting business on the Internet for 11 years. He is a freelance writer on many topics and is currently working on obtaining a degree in Journalism and Law.His official web site, which contains articles you can use for your web site, can be viewed at: Jason A. Martin _______________________________________________ http://www.newnovel.bravehost.com http://www.newbookrelease.blogspot.com http://www.newbookreview.blogspot.com http://www.advicewriter.blogspot.com http://www.lookingforbooks.blogspot.com

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Tips for Writing an Informative Article

How to write an informative article?The following tips can help you in writing an informative article -1. Write about what you really know. Before writing, do a search and find out some more details to polish your knowledge on the selected topic. You can find details about anything on the interent, using a search engine.2. Please remember the vital point that many of your readers already know more details than you about the topic you are writing. Therefore, write about the topic you have sufficient knowledge.3. People will be more interested to know how you sorted out a particular problem when you had faced one. A well written article about solving your own problem will be more useful to the readers. Many of them would've faced the simialr problem and your information will be of immense help to them.4. Remember to leave enough white space in between your paragraphs. You may wonder why should it be? Reading the matter on the monitor is different from reading on the printed page. It causes eye strain and for some people neck pain also.5. Try to write small paragraphs, which is easy to read. Most of the people will be just scanning the matter within a short time. Therefore, the smaller the paragraph the easier to read. About the Author Lakshmi Menon is a writer and internet marketer. Visit her website at http://www.net4homeincome.com __________________________________________ http://www.newnovel.bravehost.com http://www.newbookrelease.blogspot.com http://www.newbookreview.blogspot.com http://www.lookingforbooks.blogspot.com http://www.advicewriter.blogspot.com

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Why Every Site Needs RSS

RSS or 'Really Simple Syndication' is not just for Blogs and News sites. Every website can benefit from this newly popular technology. The term 'syndication' is what throws a lot of people off the track. Syndication is like news articles, isn't it?Well it can be. But think of it like this. If you had a bricks-and-mortar store and decided to carry a new product line, how would you let people know? You could advertise of course, but a better and free alternative is to send a news release to the local paper. Their business section may carry your announcement free of charge.Now back to our cyber-store in virtual space. If you add a new web page, or make substantial changes to existing pages, how do you let your customers (both former and future) know? You can email your former customers, but spam blocking software will prevent half of them from getting your message. And keeping track of mailing lists, unsubscribe requests and address changes is nothing short of a nightmare.Instead, post a news release using RSS. Interested customers will have their newsreader programs watching for your announcements, and will get the news as soon as you send it out. The announcement will include a link to the new or changed page, and your customer can click on it if they are interested. True, fewer will click through than might read an email from you -- but those who do will arrive at your site in a much more receptive frame of mind. And those email readers still need to click through to your site to see your new page anyhow.If you make frequent additions or changes to your site you should have your own RSS feed. Check out these sites to learn how to make your own feed:Making An RSS Feedhttp://searchenginewatch.com/sereport/article.php/2175271How To Get Your Web Site Content Syndicatedhttp://www.high-search-engine-ranking.com/How_To_Get_Your_Web_Site_Content_Syndicated.htmOr you might want to try these programs to format your information, so you can post it to your website:ListGarden RSS Feed Generator ProgramWindows, Mac OS X, or Linux, open sourcehttp://www.softwaregarden.com/products/listgarden/index.htmlRSS HeadlinerCreate RSS Feed file on-line to copy and post to your site.http://www.webdevtips.com/webdevtips/codegen/rss.shtmlBut what if you don't often make changes or additions to your site? There is a new site that offers a solution to that problem. Shared RSS provides feed by TOPIC rather than publisher. So you simply post your message in the appropriate topic category (there are thousands to choose from) and share your feed with others publishing on the same topic. It is a free service that you certainly should use if you do not publish your own feed.http://www.sharedrss.com/Wouldn't that mean (I can hear someone object) that I would be sharing a feed with my competition? Well yes, but that isn't a bad thing. It's like all those antique stores that congregate in the same part of town -- shoppers flock there and wander store to store, to the benefit of all.Don't kid yourself, customers already know about your competition. For every customer of yours who visits their sites because they found an RSS link on your site, you will receive one, two or three visits from potential customers who found your information on an RSS link they discovered on your competitors site, or in a catalog of RSS feeds. The benefit far outweighs the risk.And RSS feeds are not just for business. If other sites submit to the shared feed they will bring with them more people interested in that topic, who may become your future customers.No, RSS is not just for Blogs anymore! Start your own or submit to a shared feed, either way you can only benefit. About the Author Andrew J. Morris is the owner and creator of SharedRSS -- a website that allows all website owners to syndicate their newly added material for FREE. http://www.sharedrss.com/ http://www.newnovel.bravehost.com http://www.newbookrelease.blogspot.com http://www.newbookreview.blogspot.com http://www.lookingforbooks.blogspot.com http://www.advicewriter.blogspot.com

Friday, June 24, 2005

The Laid Daughter --- Book Review

There has been a lot of publicity lately centered on the issue of child molestation. Child molestation is a horrific form of child abuse that leaves its victims with a deep loss of self and the inability to cope with life's challenges. Another form of child abuse, that leaves its victims powerless and confused, is incest. Incest is a topic that most families refuse to discuss and sometimes deny that it ever existed. The Laid Daughter, by Helen Bonner is such an example. In this riveting novel, the author discusses her own issues with incest. What is so unique about the novel itself is that the author has been journaling her strange feelings and dreams for over 20 years before she realizes that her journal entries depict her true life experiences. The author takes us on her journey through self discovery and healing by allowing us to see her daily struggles in life. She is plagued with failed marriages and her inability to have honest and open relationships with others. She cuts herself off from her family and friends. There is however, something very striking about Ms. Bonner's character. She is able to hold down a job and build herself a lucrative career while dealing with the incest issue. Going through the healing process was not an easy road for Ms. Bonner. Early on, she was given erroneous advice from some early therapist. She found herself dropping out of therapy with the belief that somehow she could conquer her demons on her own. She then seeks therapy through a wonderful therapist by the name of Glenda Parkinson who discovers that Helen was not just a survivor of incest, but she also suffered from a Multiple Personality Disorder. Glenda Parkinson also expresses how quickly Helen was able to work through her demons as shown by the following excerpt: "Helen spent only a year in intense psychotherapy with me. The average length of treatment time is somewhere between five and ten years. She was highly motivated and followed her gut instincts in making therapeutic decisions for herself. She read. She wrote. She practiced suggestive directives. She attended a national conference for adult survivors. Her art work was another vehicle for self-understanding. She used relaxation techniques when feeling panicky. She begin to fill her new "house" by acknowledging and fulfilling the needs of her integrating selves. Decisions Helen made for herself rather than against herself were the catalyst toward wholeness." As you can see by the above excerpt, healing from incest or any other form of childhood abuse can be done with hard work and determination. I would recommend this fine piece of work to anyone who has suffered the pain and anguish of child abuse or to anyone who wants to discover how they can make changes in their own life that can help them move forward to living life to its fullest. ISBN: 1884178235Author: Helen BonnerPublisher: Kairos Center Faye Brown, Author of the upcoming novel, Strange Fruit In A Small Town. (http://www.lookingforbooks.blogspot.com) Copyrighted 2005: Faye Brown: All Rights Reserved. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/

Thursday, June 23, 2005

It's Not Enough to Blog

A properly created weblog will do the following for your website: (a) add rich content; (b) add interactivity in the form of user ability to post comments; and (c) if properly set up, can automatically ping major search engines when new posts are made. This results in more frequent spidering of your website by the major search engines, with the fresh content being picked up quickly and increasing your site's ranking. But to really see an impact, more is needed. First of all, be sure to set up your weblog with an XML site feed, allowing for the easy syndication of your blog's content to third party websites - which in turn generates numerous inbound links to your website, all them relevant to your site's content, which vastly improves your link popularity. Then, if you want to make a real splash, submit your articles manually to article submission sites - respected ones - which are easy to find by doing a simple search on the net. Finally, be sure to use your keyphrases, as in this case, search engine optimization, in your article. Update as frequently as possible, and submit to the article submission sites, and don't forget to ping the RSS feed directories. A number of RSS feed directories are available - visit geckotribe for a start, and keep searching. You will find places (like this one, for example) which will post your article for free. People are starving for content. So feed them! Matthew Foster is the President and CEO of ArteWorks Business Class - http://www.arteworks.biz - and has been active in the seo industry since 1995. Mr. Foster regularly optimizes websites for search engines, which appear in the top 10 results within 8-30 days. For more information, please visit ArteWorks. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/ http://www.newbookreview.blogspot.com http://www.lookingforbooks.blogspot.com http://www.newnovel.bravehost.com

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Writing Articles For the Search Engine

This is precisely what I am doing here today (and every other day in my life)! I am writing to share my experience and hopefully, my knowledge and information can help some others who are in need of such information and advice. Writing is a very powerful way to connect with people and we can use it to not only share information but promote ourselves. When you’re writing an article or some form of web content, you have to bear the following things in mind:- a. The purpose of writingWhat I do is this….before I start an article, I leave the title of the article empty and start typing out the purpose of the article. What kind of feeling do I want to leave with the reader? Then I move on to the keywords that I want to use consistently throughout the article (for search engine optimization purposes). Right after that, I write down (in point form) the content of the article. Then and only then, I start beefing up the article. The reason why the purpose, keywords and the skeleton of the article is written before anything else is to keep you focused and reminded of the reason why you’re writing the article. As any professional and experienced writer can tell you, it’s way too easy to get derailed half way. I have a bunch of articles that are completely wwwaaayyyyy off mark because I lost direction halfway through the article!! b. Title and keywords of your articleThe title should contain one of the keywords that you’re trying to use in your article. For instance, you want to optimize the article for business card, so, you should include the word ‘business card’ in your article title and also in the first paragraph of your article! If you can’t think of anything mind-blowing….force it in! I am being really honest with you here if you want to make sure your article is ranked highly in search engines for the keyword ‘business card’. c. Don’t make them hit the back buttonIf you’re writing content for the Internet, yes, keywords are important because the search engines use keywords to rank their web pages. But you don’t have to compromise readers with search engines when you’re writing! No, not at all! You can write in an engaging way and yet use your preferred keywords in the article itself, you just have to practice a lot! d. Don’t sellSales letters sell, not articles! You’ll be surprised at the number of people who actually think that selling through articles work….well, here’s news for you….THEY DON’T! Your articles are not supposed to do the selling for you, they are supposed to your ‘customer relations manager’ of sorts. Maybe they’re like ‘GROs’ too, if you want to put it that way. The moment the reader think that you’re trying to sell them something, they’ll hit the back button or click that ‘godforsaken’ x on the top right corner of the browser. e. Too long, too shortSome people think that the longer your article is, the more fact it contains. Well, yes and no. If you want to write long articles, make sure the article is ACTUALLY packed with facts. If not, cut to the chase and just get to the point. Short articles have its benefits too. Write articles that are about 400 – 500 words. But even industry experts cannot agree what the best length of articles on the web but generally speaking, if you are into search engine optimization, don’t write more than 800 and no less than 400. Marsha Maung is a freelance graphic designer and copy writer who works from home. She designs apparel and premium items at http://www.creativejooz.com and is the author of "Raising little magicians", and the popular "The Lance in freelancing". More information can be found at http://www.marshamaung.com Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/ http://wwww.newbookreview.blogspot.com http://www.newbookrelease.blogspot.com http://www.lookingforbooks.blogspot.com

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

1 Powerful Strategy To Craft Your Article For Maximum Readership

Do you know one of the most powerful marketing techniques to get free publicity? It does not involve any optimization for the search engines or any bidding for the pay per clicks. The answer is that simple and it's called article writing. Many marketers have recognised the true power of writing articles as a means to get free publicity and marketing their businesses. The problem is that not everyone can be 100% sure to be successful with this method because although writing articles may seem to be easy, it is not in the sense that you don't just need to produce an article but you need a quality one. Then you need to reach a large audience of people interested in reading your articles and this is why your articles need to be good. As a result, you have more chances in getting these people to click on your website link in your author bio or bylines at the end of your articles. This means traffic and potential subscribers or sales. The real value of this marketing strategy is to get your articles distributed to as many websites on the Internet as possible or even newsletters and to get read of course. Submitting to article directories or article banks are also a profitable way to get your articles picked up by other websites and webmasters. Getting your articles read is absolutely crucial because what's the point of having your articles on hundreds or thousands of websites if noone is interested to read them. If people don't read them, you won't get any traffic because they won't even bother to click on your website link in your author bylines. So how do you increase your chances in attracting a maximum readership for your articles? The answer might surprise you. It's your article title, simple as that. You might have the best written article but if you have a poor title that does not arouse any interest or curiosity, you have dramatically reduced your chances to get a maximum readership and potential clicks to your website. Some good examples of powerful article titles can be: (1) 5 Powerful Ways To Generate Loads Of visitors Without Spending A Dime(2) 2 Search Engine Optimization Strategies That Have Never Been Revealed Before(3) 1 Simple Thing That You Are Neglecting On Your Site That Is Costing You Thousands In Lost Sales These titles are "how to" titles and are among the most powerful to get maximum readership. So here you have it. If you are writing articles but are not seeing any real benefit, try creating an eye-catching title for every new article that you write and of course a good introduction, body, conclusion and get it distributed to as many sites and newsletters as possible. With time when you will have all your quality articles scattered across hundreds or thousands of sites, you will see the true power and potential of getting a signicant amount of free long lasting traffic from your articles. So now you have no excuse not to get a better return on investment(ROI) from your articles. Jean Lam is the editor of Web Biz Secrets Newsletter. Subscribe today for powerful marketing tips and receive his new PDF eBook "3 SureFire Ways To Start An Internet Business And Strategies To Promote It" Visit his website at http://www.zineguru.com Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/ http://www.newbookreview.blogspot.com http://www.lookingforbooks.blogspot.com

Monday, June 20, 2005

The Legend of Juggin Joe - A Preview of the Comedy Sensation You Don't Want to Miss

THE FROGGIN INCIDENT As I recall this particular happenin', which we all referred tah as the "Froggin Incident", it all started out innocent enough. T'were on a pleasant summer Saturday gatherin at Doc an' Isabel's. The folks that had come tah call wuz enjoyin some mighty fine music an' vittles an' a couple swallers now an' then ah some "Pick Me Up". This particular day Isabel had cooked up a mess ah frogs legs. I don't know about flatlanders, but as all hill folks know, they ain't nothin quite so tasty as a fine batch ah fried frogs legs, an' Isabel's were first rate that afternoon. Sets muh mouth tah waterin jes' thinkin on 'em even tah this day. I can't recall how old Joe musta been around that time, but he weren't taho big, jes' a nubbin underfoot really, but Lord how that boy could put down them frogs legs. He would snatch them right off ah yer plate if yah weren't watchin close, like the world's supply ah frogs wuz dwindlin fast an' he were determined tah get his share afore they disappeared altahgether. 'Course he'd get his han' slapped on occasion an' a scoldin but never taho bad, cause truth be tahld, who could blame 'im? As I say, Isabel's frogs legs were considered some ah the best in the county. When the last ah them legs wuz ate, young Joe looked about heart broke. There wuz still plenty ah other good snackin vittles around, like hush puppies an' corn dodgers, some chicken gizzards an' fried fish an' sech, but in Joe's mind, nothin else would do. He had the taste fer frogs legs an' that wuz all there wuz tah it. He set tah squallerin somethin fierce till Isabel had about as much as she could stahmach ah it. "Joe" says she, "If yah want frogs legs, I reckon yah best git yerself down tah the cow pond early next Saturday afore I git tah cookin, an' bring us on back as many as yah reckon yah can eat. Fer now, I want yah tah hush up yer mouth, an' I'll hear no more ‘bout it this day." Now lookin back on it, they mightn't ah been the best choice ah words fer Isabel tah use with Joe, cause as I done already tahld yah, when Joe got an idea fixed in ‘is mind, it lodged itself in, right sound an' proper. Then an' there I reckon, Joe thought ther weren't enough frogs in the world tah sate his appetite, but he were goin tah give it ‘is best tah find out one way er the other. The week drifted by, an’ next Saturday mornin’ come as expected. Doc an' Isabel had once agin tahld folks they wuz more'n happy tah have 'em drop by, which wuz agreeable tah all. I muhself showed up kinda early tah help Doc haul some jugs down from the still, an' tah provide some quality control assurance afore ever'one else got there, if'n yah catch muh drift. Usually young Joe wuz right there along with his paw, on mornins sech as this, tryin tah help as young'uns will, an’ generally bein’ more’n a hindrance than a help, but we wuz used tah him bein' around. This particular Saturday though, there weren't nary a sign ah Joe tah be found. Doc didn'a seem concerned about ‘is youngest son's absence. Doc tahld me that Joe'd got up afore the first light that mornin', an' wuz out the door tah the sound ah the cock's crow. We knowed ther weren't no way that Joe would miss the weekly gatherin, so there weren't no reason fer worry, though I did miss the little fella, an' I reckon Doc did taho. It were unusual, but not unheard ah, fer him tah be off on some childish adventure on a Saturday mornin an' I couldn'a help wonderin what idea had poked itself intah the boys head this time. 'Course me an' Doc had fergot what Isabel done tahld that young'un the week afore, but young Joe hadna fergot one bit. By the time we got the jugs down from the still, Isabel had covered the old plank table that sat off in the yard with a cloth an' started tah set some vittles on it. The other Yakel young'uns had brought out the old chairs that wuz kept jes’ fer this purpose, an' scattered 'em about the yard fer the folks tah relax in. All that wuz lackin wuz the company, an' that commenced arrivin straight off. I reckon it were about an hour past noon time with folks in the yard talkin. Those with an extra large appetite wuz munchin away, yers truly included. A bachelor's gotta take advantage ah fine vittles when he can. The boys wuz startin tah warm up ther instrements when I happen tah catch sight ah Joe headin on intah the house, luggin a great big ole burlap bag that seemed tah be filled up tah a size pert near as big as Joe hisself. He wuz a strugglin with it considerable, an' I could see it were an open question tah who wuz controllin who, but he finally managed tah get the whole thang on intah the side door. Upon reflectin on the sight fer awhile, I reckoned that it mightn't hurt tah mention tah Isabel that her young'un wuz up tah somethin, an' so that's jes' what I done. She, upon hearin the boy wuz back, an' inside the dwellin’ no less, set off intah that house like a fox on the run, knowin Joe the way she did. I don't reckon it were more’n a minute passed when the commotion started. The screen door flew open an' out come Joe, a runnin an' hollerin like the Unholy Hellion, an' ‘is maw Isabel trailin’ right behind. Now this in itself weren't sech an unusual sight, an' hardly called fer comment by those witnessin the event, but it did silence thangs down purty good. Ever'one wuz wonderin what Joe coulda done this time tah git the fire in his maw stoked so fast. Now it so happens that the Parson Sheperd, jes’ the week afore, had done a sermon on Moses an' the Pharaoh an' the troubles that the Lord let down on Egypt cause ah ther wicked ways, which, as yah might recall, included amongst other thangs, a plague ah frogs. I can remember at the time a hearin that how I thought it were a kinda comical idea, an' hardly fittin as an act ah the Lord as what harm could a mess ah frogs do anyhow? But when I wandered on over tah the open front door an' see'd what wuz inside, well sir, I tahok tah quick unnerstandin’ ah what kinda trouble that there Pharaoh had with Moses. Turns out that Joe had spent all them hours gatherin up ever frog that must ah lived in that derned pond. There wuz big ole gran'daddy bullfrogs, an' little bitty peepers, an' ever size an' shape ah frog in betwixt. The boy wuz a right good frogger an' he proved it that day, but I don't allow Isabel counted that tahward his credit, leastwise not at that particular moment. Ther musta been hundreds ah frogs in that house, jes’ a hoppin ever which way, an' makin theyselves right tah home. I reckon Joe wuz bringin 'em all tah his maw in ther natural state fer her tah cook up, an' hadna considered that it might be more prudent tah do the prepatahry work afore he lugged 'em all in. Anyhow, about the time Isabel walked in tah see what Joe wuz up tah, the bag had proved taho much fer the lad tah maintain, an' it got away from 'im, spillin its contents ontah the floor. Those captive hoppers saw ther chance fer freedom an' done tahok it right quick. Joe ‘parently tahok a look at his maw's face, an' likewise drawed the conclusion that this wuz his chance tah depart right quick. He scooted on past her afore the shock done wore off, headin fer the hills as fast as his legs would take ‘im. Isabel wuz a quick witted woman, but the sight ah all them frogs scatterin themselves throughout her house gave Joe a couple ah seconds head start afore she could regain her sensibility an' take off after ‘im. I jes’ praised the Lord that day I hadna mentioned tah her that I might ah stahpped Joe fer he got in the house with his cargo er I might a been right 'long side Joe skedaddlin it down the road with Isabel hot on muh trail as well, hickory switch in han', an' bent on terrible justice. Even now, if'n she reads this here narrative, I reckon I'll still catch a peck ah hell fer it, as I don't spect that she ever quite got over the whole episode tah this day. By the time Isabel come back, holdin Joe by the ear an' a lecturin him fer all he wuz worth, with emphasis laid on by a switch, we had tried tah gather up all the frogs we could an' clear the house ah 'em right proper. We had done a fair job ah it, but the mountain dew already consumed, along with the fits ah laughter that would catch hold ah us, weren't a helpin the effort one little bit. On tahp ah which, those frogs had already been caught once that day an' were determined not tah let it happen agin. I don't know if we gathered as much as we scattered but it were the thought that count. Leastways that’s the way I saw it, though Isabel an' Doc didn'a seem tah share the sentiment a'tall. Even Doc, who generally could han'le most anythin', wuz fired up considerably fer quite a spell. He tahld me it wuz weeks afore he could lay down in ‘is bed er git up in the night without wonderin if somethin slimy wuz a gonna git squashed underneath 'im. I reckon frogs underfoot is worse than young'uns, an' a squashed frog must be a terrible mess tah clean up in the house. An' ah course, there wuz the problem ah them frogs that crawled off tah outta the way places tah meet ther maker. Lord, yah couldn'a walk in that house fer quite a spell without an unappealin odor sorta sneakin up on yah, which caused Isabel no end ah embarrassment. Poor Joe, I reckon he caught a whoopin ‘bout ever’time another frog wuz found in the house fer a week an' maybe more. What's even worse wuz Isabel didn'a take taho kindly tah all the good natured kiddin that come her way, an' she refused tah make frogs legs the rest ah the summer. Which jes' goes tah show the irrationality ah women, cause when yah think about it, how much more convenient could it ah got fer her, what with all those frogs hidin out right there in 'er own house? An' she done tahld Joe he could fetch as many as he thought fit anyhow. An' that's the great Juggin Joe frog gatherin stahry which is still talked about up in the hills even untah this day, but not in the presence ah Isabel though. Doc’s temperament softened up eventually, an' he even saw the humor in it, but maybe not as much as the rest ah us. Joe still loves them frogs legs, an' Isabel got back tah preparin 'em on ocassion, but after that episode, she was plum clear in her discussion with Joe 'bout exactly how many frogs he could catch in the pond, an' left no doubt in anyones mind that they wuzn't gonna be brought back intah the Yakel household agin. For the rest of this rip-roarin story, pick up your copy of "The Legend of Juggin Joe", ISBN 1-4116-2588-9, at www.lulu.com/yakel Joseph Yakel is a freelance writer and author of three books. His articles have appeared in numerous publications and Internet websites since 1998. He describes "The Legend of Juggin Joe" (Copyright and published in March 2005) as a 'country boy comedy/melodrama’ delivered with a writing style he dubs 'unconventional’. Joe categorizes his two other works as 'slightly more serious' genealogy books. The Autograph Memories of Mary Yakel (Copyright and published in December 2004) is a 19th century memoir, and The JACKEL, JECKEL, JAECKEL, IEKEL, YAKEL Family History Book (Copyright and publsihed in March 2005) is a family chronology, tracing 350 years of his Rheinish ancestry. Joe's books are available at http://www.lulu.com/yakel and he welcomes author interview requests at armeuv1@yahoo.com Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Her Backyard --- Book Review

Her Backyard by Doreen Lewis is an adventure, romance novel that depicts a career woman in the middle of self-discovery. It is about making choices that may not be so easy to make and complex relationships between co-workers, siblings and friends. I am certain that many readers within the age group between 30 and 40 will find a connection with Audrey, the main character. Audrey and her sister Ava have a touching, close – sometimes tense, other times humorous – relationship. Their mother died when they were young and now they were facing losing their beloved father. Audrey returns home for the funeral and meets up with an old flame that helps her come to terms with what is missing in her life. Office politics were wearing thin and career hungry co-workers were beginning to both irritate and consume her. She begins to question her choices in life and is faced with desirable options that play tug-of-war with her mind. Finally, exhausted and emotionally wrought she is given the opportunity to choose the path of content happiness. Audrey learns to make a decision based upon her needs, rather than trying to live up to the impossible lifestyle society encourages. Her Backyard definitely has a story line that I think many women can relate with. Career women have to make many sacrifices and there are times when one wonders if this lifestyle is truly full filling all their needs. I think Doreen Lewis has written a fine book portraying this conundrum. ISBN#: 0976091941Author: Doreen LewisPublisher: Helm Publishing Lillian Brummet - Book Reviewer - Co-author of the book Trash Talk, a guide for anyone concerned about his or her impact on the environment – Author of Towards Understanding, a collection of poetry. (http://www.sunshinecable.com/~drumit) Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/

Saturday, June 18, 2005

How to Write Articles, Reports, and Books Quickly

Do you have trouble getting your thoughts and ideas down into an article? Do you find it difficult to put 'pen to paper' to get your book started? Do you sit facing a blank screen struggling to find the words to write? If so, here are some tips and strategies you can use to get your material written quickly. 1. As daft as this may sound, don't worry about the words. Most delays appear to be trying to choose the words. You don't do this when in conversation. The words come naturally. By trying to be careful over the words, you are interrupting your brain's word selection processes. The result is that you can't choose the words - because you are trying! So, don't try to choose the right words. Just get writing - your brain will choose the right words. Trust it, just as you do in conversation. 2. To make it easier for you to get writing, start off as though you were speaking to an individual. As I write this I'm imagining I'm talking directly to you. When you write for an individual it is so much easier. This is because your brain is in 'conversation mode'. The words come more easily then. Plus...and this is important...conversational English is easier to read than 'written' English. Many business reports are difficult to penetrate and fail to communicate their message because the authors have spent ages agonising over the words to write them in 'business-ese'. Forget it: make your reports easy to read - and easy to write - by being conversational. 3. Get the words down and do the editing later. This is how newspapers and magazines survive. They get thousands of words first, then they knock them into shape later. Editing 'as you go' doesn't work. It slows things down. Switch off your spell checker and grammar checker. When it shows you with squiggly lines what's wrong, you'll be inclined to go back and check it. This will slow you down. Check the spelling and grammar once you have finished. That way you'll get your work done more quickly. 4. Set a deadline which is absolutely fixed. Do not set deadlines like 'next Wednesday'. Instead, set a deadline of 10.15am on Wednesday. Give yourself an immovable deadline and stick to it. The difference between newspapers, magazines, TV and radio and the rest of the world is that their deadlines cannot be moved. Each day a national newspaper produces the equivalent of two novels in terms of number of words. They can do that because the deadlines are completely fixed. The pressure of the immovable deadline is a tremendous motivator to getting the words down on paper. I know many potential authors who still haven't written their book because they keep moving their deadline. Don't do that, you'll never get your article, report or book written. Most people move deadlines because they are worrying about 'getting it right'. Forget getting it right, get it written. 5 If you really do find it difficult to put 'pen to paper' or 'finger to keyboard' tape record your thoughts, ideas, knowledge etc. into a tape recorder, or onto your PC in some way. Then get the material transcribed and use this as the basis for your written material.Or get yourself interviewed by someone in your field, then use the interview as the basis for your printed material. 6. If all else fails get a ghost writer (try http://www.elance.com). You'll only need to pay a small fee to get most things written. A book, for instance, will only cost you a few hundred dollars. Graham Jones is a psychologist who has specialized in the way we use the Internet. He is an author of 27 books and thousands of articles. He runs Infoselling.com where you can get a FREE report on how to sell your own information products, ebooks, reports and articles online. http://www.infoselling.com Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/

Friday, June 17, 2005

Cheap Therapy

I call it cheap therapy. That gushing, near-religious, poured-from-the-body stress release that comes after writing my heart out for hours each day, delivers more balm to my soul than years of psychoanalysis. There were eight of them. Eight family members and friends died in five short years. I was a neophyte in this death thing. This clamping-down-on-your-heart, ripping-a-hole-in-your-soul, death thing. It stunk. Badly. I was forty-three when my grandmother died. It floored me. The shock that it could really happen, that they could actually leave me, was overwhelming. The guilt that had ridden hard on my back for the past twenty years came at me with a rush. I should have visited more. Called more. Written more. But the three baby daughters that we’d had in two years had consumed every ounce of our energy. We’d fallen into bed each night exhausted, and had awakened tired, but happy, each morning. The thought of a ten-hour trip home had seemed insurmountable with three little ones in car seats and diapers. So we put off the visits home for a long, long time. The next death came in a single, whooshing blow. My colleague at work, with whom I’d shared an office for eight wonderful years, died suddenly of a heart attack. Then my father-in-law, my grandfather, and so on. I struggled to make sense of it. People were disappearing rapidly. And then it happened. My father was diagnosed with cancer in the same month that his mother died of Alzheimer’s Disease. We had a summer of hope. And then the disease hit again, and he was gone. Gone for good. Gone for real. In six short months, he was diagnosed, treated, and then he disappeared. I was crushed. Completely shattered. This was bad. The worst. I walked a lot. I trudged through the autumn woods, as the crispy leaves eddied around my feet. I heard his voice whispering in the breeze. The need to write was insistent. Urgent. The pieces were gaudy and full of redolent poetry. The words painted my grief. Each time I walked and mourned, I’d return home and write. Again. And again. And again. Getting the words on paper was a salve for my battered soul. Although I’d always known I would write a mystery series someday, I’d thought it would be when the kids were grown and I had retired. Then it hit me. I would write a testimony to my father. I’d model my protagonist after Dad. I began to write Double Forté. My hero was a music professor, like Dad. He gardened with a passion, like Dad. He embraced the arts, like Dad. And he assiduously tended to his musical spirit, like Dad. He played Chopin etudes with wild abandon to clear his mind and feed his soul. And he cooked magnificent feasts for his family from his gardens that burgeoned with exotic vegetables. As the book began to take shape, so did the characters. Gus LeGarde’s secretary, Maddy, became the reincarnation of my Grandma Lena. Oscar and Millie Stone were near replicas of my maternal grandparents. I found comfort in the creation of the scenes that included them. And as the process of writing one book became easier, the next, and the next, and the next flowed effortlessly from my fingertips until I stopped to breathe. I created eight full novels in five short years. As this healing process provides me with therapy, it also affords an escape to a parallel universe where I control my characters’ destiny. I like it. A lot. I invent the bad guys, neatly dispatch them, rescue my hero from certain death, and cement the intricate relationships between my cast members. This remarkable outlet allows the creative juices to flow and provides a safe haven for my imagination to flourish. I’m hooked, big time. There’s no stemming the tide. I fight for time to write, feeling cheated if I don’t get my daily “fix.” And when the latest chapter is keyed in, or the monthly essay penned, a deep sigh of relief is expelled. I’m freed. I’m sated. I’m going to be okay. Yep. I’m going to be just fine. And best of all, there’s no co-payment. Aaron Paul Lazar resides in Upstate New York with his wife, three daughters, two grandsons, mother-in- law, two dogs, and three cats. After writing in the early morning hours, he works as an electrophotographic engineer at NexPress Solutions Inc., part of Kodak's Graphic Communications Group, in Rochester, New York. Additional passions include vegetable, fruit, and flower gardening; preparing large family feasts; photographing his family, gardens, and the breathtakingly beautiful Genesee Valley; cross-country skiing across the rolling hills; playing a distinctly amateur level of piano, and spending “time” with the French Impressionists whenever possible. Although he adored raising his three delightful daughters, Mr. Lazar finds grandfathering his “two little buddies” to be one of the finest experiences of his life. Double Forte', the first in the series, was published in January 2005. Upstaged, number two, is in production. With eight books under his belt, Mr. Lazar is currently working on the ninth, which features Gus LeGarde and his family. http://www.legardemysteries.com Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Article Writing Do's and Don'ts

Still following along on the Copywriter's Crash Course in article marketing? Ahh, I'm so pleased! With any luck, you'll be an article-writing machine by tomorrow. But before you being submitting articles on the web as a brand-building strategy, keep the following Do's and Don'ts in mind. Article Writing Do's 1. DO use keywords in your article title and through the supporting paragraphs. What are keywords? Quick answer: they're the most popularly searched terms that folks in your niche market are using in Google and other search engines. You MUST learn more about keywords before beginning your foray into the world of article-writing. Find out about keywords here. 2. DO feature information your reader can use. If you never give away any good secrets in your articles, your reader is going to see through the facade, and quickly. A great marketer shares the wealth (of knowledge). This is how the internet experts build their credibility! Do you know a thing or two about internet forums? Tell some people about it in your articles. Acquire adoring fans by offering useful information! 3. DO include live links to your website. Everyone on the web who picks up content from article distribution sites like Ezinearticles.com adheres to their strict policy of including live URL links and a bio from every article author. This is huge, and the sole reason to write the article in the first place! So, take the time to include links to your website (or sales letter page if you have one,) and make them live. If you don't know how to do this, maybe this article can help: Essential HTML Skills for Article Authors-- 7 Tips. But please keep your links to three or less! 4. DO follow a tight article body structure that's easy to read. If you're still keeping up with this article, it's probably because I've made it easy for your eye to follow along. There's nothing worse than having to sift through a long trail of endless information that's all lumped together. Be kind to your reader and break up your article into easily-understood sections. 5. DO include an Author Bio that positions you as a market leader. Your author bio should be dynamic, timeless, and include a call to action. Don't forget that your article is going to be read within the context of someone else's website. If your bio is dull and boring, your reader won't feel compelled to "follow you home." Tell them flat-out what to do. "Visit Wordfeeder.com to find out how expert articles can position you as an expert in your field!" Article Writing Don'ts 1. DON'T skimp on quality! Just because you've committed yourself to writing hundreds of articles does not mean that the articles should be sub-par reading. The quickest way to destroy your own credibility is to submit sloppy work. So please proofread for spelling and grammatical errors, and maintain solid sentence structure throughout. 2. DON'T start rambling incessantly! We've all had our chatty spells. Sometimes we get going on a topic and just can't seem to stop. Just because you're on a roll does not mean the reader is following. In the name of professionalism, stick to the topic at hand. 3. DON'T write an article that's vague. Always check your article for informational value. Be specific! Your reader will thank you for including well-developed thoughts, and the payoff will come in the form of purchased product on your website. 4. DON'T be tempted to rip off someone else's work. While some people may not be paying close attention to your online conduct, the people who matter usually are. If you steal someone else's ideas, you may be able to fool people into thinking you're somebody you're not... for a while. Eventually, that facade will quickly fall away when your future clients attempt to know you on a deeper level. And that will totally wreck you in a heartbeat. So don't do it! 5. DON'T include too many personal stories. Every once in a while, it's nice to get an up-close impression of a fellow internet marketer. Wow, real people with real lives, kinda neat! But if you're constantly blowing hot air about how you did this or that, potential customers are going to lose interest. The key question is "What's in it for the customer?" Okay! So we've covered the basics of What to Do and What Not to Do in your articles. If you feel that you don't have time to devote to such painstaking detail, that's okay. There are plenty of ghostwriters who have perfected this craft and will gladly write targeted articles for you. I'm one of them! Copyright 2005 Dina Giolitto. All rights reserved. Find out how crisp, targeted copywriting can make a world of difference for your business. Dina Giolitto is a Copywriting Consultant with ten years of experience. Visit http://Wordfeeder.com for free tips on branding, copywriting, article marketing, and more. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/

Monday, June 06, 2005

A Summer of Faulkner

I will be spending a summer of Faulkner. I know that sounds strange. I will be reading along with Oprah on her summer of William Faulkner's classic books. If you want to join me with a summer of Faulkner, you can purchase his three-book classic collection from Amazon.com. I will be spending my entire summer catching up on my reading. This summer of Faulkner collection include, As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury, and the Light in August. Come on in and join me on this exciting reading adventure.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Today's Reading

What can I say about today's reading. I visited Amazon.Com in order to make some purchases. I changed my mind, however, after I realized that I have not read any of the novels I purchased a couple of weeks ago. I plan on adding more books and novels to my wish list with Amazon. This summer I plan on doing a lot of reading. I also plan on doing some more writing as well.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Challenge

I am facing a real challenge today. I am trying to see whether I can maintain my composure under such hectic circumstances. This will be a real challenge for me. I usually explode when things go wrong. I guess I plan too much. I have to understand that sometimes plans do not work out. You would think that would be something I should have learned by now. It is hard work. I know patience is a virtue, but I lack patience. I will keep on working at it until I get it right.