Tag - writers

Buzzard Blessings

~~ Musings from The Pipeline by Jan Fix ~~ I met Alva Harris as a freelance editor through his ex-publishing company.  I guess it's been almost a year now, and I continue to be enraptured by his charming character. From New Bern, NC, where all great authors seem to blossom (think Kenneth Capps, Sharon Phennah, and Nicholas Sparks), Alva Harris is a fine wine to be savored, as is his book Born on a Buzzard's Stump. I wrote the following blog...

Feline Pie and Snappy Turtles

BOOKS WITH VERVE  ~~In the Pipeline with Editor Jan ~~ The adventures of Caterwaul the Cat: Feline Pie couldn’t be any sweeter and any more adventure-filled.  Written by Damon Plumides and Art Boerke, this story could easily be a Disney creation, only better because it colors outside the lines a little  . . .  and the humor is out of this planet! Joffrey the Snapping Turtle is a riot.  Recommending this one highly! Check out the website for starters!  Official...

Honeybee Humdinger

~~Recommendations from the Pipeline ~~ You know if Blake Shelton sings about it, it’s got to be good.  In fact, everything is good about honeybees. They’re smart:  They’ve been around for millions of years so they know some things. They’re food-creators:  In fact, they are the only insects that provide a food product for man—honey!  Unless you actually eat insects, of course. They’re talented: Honeybees communicate with each other by “dancing.” They’re “green”:  Honeybees are environmentally friendly and give the world its eco-balance through pollination...

The Author Within Each of Us

~~ By Editor Janet Fix ~~ A Pipeline Contribution I recently started this:  http://nogoofs.blogspot.com/, a CONVERSATION CUBBY  for editors and authors, in hopes  to increase awareness of the needs of each other.  In my current interactions in the industry, I see self-publishing taking a step back slightly and, instead, responsibility in writing taking a step forward.  The inevitable bond that must take place between a professional editor and an author (new or not), I suspect, will contain many important elements...

Spring Cleaning Leads to Wrinkles

~~ Editor Jan Fix ~~ As we crawl out of our winter caves and begin thinking about springtime, I find myself looking forward to all the buzzing delights of this time of year:  Easter, March Madness, Pattie’s Day, bulbs flowering from the ground, prepping the lawn and garden, planning for spring break, not thinking about taxes. White shoes and snappy hats. Then snap, I’m thinking about spring cleaning. Cleaning up my shabby self, a new haircut, getting rid of my winter rolls,...

What a Child Wants in a Book

By Janet Fix, wordshaper :: Reading to children is such a joy, particularly if the story is filled with plenty of opportunity for showing off my thespian skills. The kids love it. But it's the story that gets me there, and so I wanted to offer a few simple guidelines that make a children's story a dynamite opportunity for bonding and fun.   From a child's perspective: 1. Characters with pet peeves, weird personality traits, or silly quirks are super fun.  We...