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An Extraordinary Tale of a Child Whose Mother Warns Him Never to Be Ordinary... and Above All Never to Own a Merc!

Getrude Matshe | Posted 04.20.2015 | Books
Getrude Matshe

Tuan Marais' Painted Devils and the Land of Ordinary Men is a beautifully written multidimensional memoir of an unusually extraordinary upbringing by an unconventional mother precisely recalling the young boy's journey through childhood to early adulthood.

Seriously Mom, You Can Do Better Than That!

Mary McLaurine | Posted 04.17.2015 | Fifty
Mary McLaurine

Do I have to explain myself to my own son now that I am just about to turn 60? I gave him the "mom stare" -- you know the one (trust me, muscle memory brings it right back no matter how many years it's been since you have needed it).

George Brescia Talks Web Series 'Dress Up! With George B Style' (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

Style expert George Brescia has spent the last 25 years working with top fashion and beauty leaders, including Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Tommy Hilfiger, as well as fashion directors at Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman and Lord & Taylor.

Why We Must Not Fear Depression in the Wake of the Germanwings Tragedy

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

In the wake of the Germanwings crash, questions abound about what happened, what was going through the mind of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, what his motiv...

The Art of Book Signing 101

Kristen Houghton | Posted 03.26.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

What are the learning points of the Art of Book Signing 101? They're really very simple. First and foremost, bring water; you'll spend a great deal of time talking. Be upbeat and not easily discouraged if you don't sell 5 books within the first hour. No one comes into the store the minute it opens.

Irvine Welsh Talks to The Book Doctors About Writing, America, Rejection and the 'Sex Lives of Siamese Twins'

David Henry Sterry | Posted 03.25.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

This book is very different. First of all, it's set in sun-splashed Miami, where Mr. Welsh currently has one of his residences. It's also written from the perspective of two women. And two women who couldn't be much different from each other. I must confess, I loved this book. I devoured it in a weekend

Facing the Husband-Mother-in-Law Dilemma

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

First, understand that the issue is about you and your husband, not you and his mother. To change how you feel about this situation you must change your thinking. That said, see it as a positive thing that he has a strong relationship and values his mother -- it's not a competition.

Hannah Brencher, Author of If You Find this Letter, on Writing, Reflecting and Her Inspirations

Katie Day | Posted 03.18.2015 | Books
Katie Day

I imagined and expected the process of writing a book would be tough, but it wasn't until I was knee-deep in the trenches of it that I saw how hard it really is.

10 Tricks to Help Anyone Write a Book

Richie Etwaru | Posted 03.06.2015 | Books
Richie Etwaru

Initially my biggest fear was "would I have enough content?" Trust me when I tell you, most authors suffer from too many words, not too little.

The Book Doctors Ask Pitchapalooza Winner Judith Fertig: How Did You Get a 2-Book Deal for Your Debut Novel?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 02.24.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Judith Fertig when she won our Kansas City Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for Books). She was commanding without being overbearing, powerful but warm, a total pro.

Two Gay Authors: Families of Origin vs. Choice

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 04.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

David Pratt, Lambda Award-winning novelist for Bob the Book, is back with a funny and touching new novel, Looking After Joey. In it, Calvin, a single accountant, must look after Joey, a porn character who unexpectedly steps through the TV into Calvin's life--and can't go back.

Being Single Isn't a Disease So Stop Treating It Like It Is

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 04.13.2015 | Weddings
Jonathan Alpert

I tend to think that people are motivated to rid others of singlehood, which is fine. But, society needs to change their view of it. Just as it would be inappropriate to ask married people why they're married, it's probably not the kindest thing to ask someone why they're single, at least with the assumption that something must be wrong with them.

How to Spot and Disarm a Narcissist

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

How often have you met someone new and been won over by their charm? Or maybe you have a friend who always seems to get his or her needs met through you, yet always manages to find a way to make you feel special. Although these scenarios can be taken at face value, they can also be indicative of someone's narcissism at play. Although a small dose of narcissism can actually be healthy, there's a very fine line between what is normal and what is pathological.

Hollywood Director, Cathryn Michon, Discusses Her New Movie, "Muffin Top: A Love Story"

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.22.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It is remarkable and commendable that Michon put her labor of love, Muffin Top, together on the smallest of budgets with the smallest of crews, and yet the film overlooks no detail. The result is a film that looks like it was made for 10 times the budget.

George Wallace Jr's Attack on Selma

Laurence Leamer | Posted 03.18.2015 | Media
Laurence Leamer

Wallace made his choice, and these days people in Alabama for the most part want to forget George C. Wallace.

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ABC | Amory Blaine & Anil Kadimisetty & Jamarr Pinnock | Posted 01.16.2015 | Training

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10 Powerfully Simple Ways to Kick Start Your Weight Loss

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 03.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Keep in mind: that big container = big consumption. Similarly, when shopping for food, buy small containers and avoid jumbo-sized as they only encourage bigger portions.

6 Ways for Authors to Build an Engaging Platform Using Social Media

Dorit Sasson | Posted 03.05.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Whether you're self-publishing or going the traditional route (or hybrid), you must map out the strategies for how you intend to build an engaging platform once you've reached those readers.

When Should You Settle For Your Second-Choice Literary Agent?

| Posted 12.24.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: So you’ve written a (stupendous) novel and you’ve submitted queries to multiple literary agents. Now all you have to ...

The Nine of 2014

Glenn Rockowitz | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Glenn Rockowitz

I watched nine people die this year. Nine people who weren't news stories or dots connected by degrees of separation. Nine people who weren't just friends of friends of friends. They were people I loved.

6 Ways to Get Your Partner to Share the Chores

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

When dating and living apart, there's a safe place to retreat to during times of stress. When living together, though, things that were once a non-issue are now front and center and the basics of living are now under scrutiny as compatibility is further tested by the new living arrangement.

How To Listen Like A Pro

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 02.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Rather than thinking about a response, try to understand what they're going through at an emotional level. For example, if a friend tells you about losing a job, think about their situation and how it might impact them, not how you would feel if you were in their situation.

Top 3 Reasons Authors Should Be Blogging NOW

Dorit Sasson | Posted 02.03.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

I'm getting a ton of email and messages through the social media channels asking me to pre-order or buy their book. Many times I don't know who these people are and I'm often annoyed by these pesky messages.

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Author's 'Regret' Just Might Break Your Heart

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment

Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, the last we heard from Author -- Trevor Bartlett (vocals/guitar), Cameron Bartlett (drums/vocals), Nate Washburn (bass)...

7 Ways To Cope With Disappointment

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 01.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

It's easy to stay mired in disappointment given that the emotion is so palpable. Try to step back by imagining the events playing out on a movie screen.