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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 02.13.2015 | 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 02.11.2015 | 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 01.26.2015 | 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 01.22.2015 | 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 01.16.2015 | 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 01.05.2015 | 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 01.03.2015 | 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.

Why Do So Many Writers Say Writing Torments Them?

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

When writers complain about writing, their audience really ends up being other writers, and many of us think, "If it makes you so damned miserable, just get another job already."

Self-Publishing and the DIY Doom

Gordy Grundy | Posted 01.11.2015 | Books
Gordy Grundy

Publishing a book is a wild tangle of creative, legal and business decisions. Many things are ideal to DIY; heart surgery, nuclear fusion and self-publishing are not among them.

8 Signs You're Addicted to Shopping

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Although not formally recognized by the medical establishment, compulsive shopping can be a big problem and it's one that is on the rise in my practice.

A Wedding Thriller

Linda Fairstein | Posted 12.31.2014 | Weddings
Linda Fairstein

I met Mike Goldberg the first day of law school at the University of Virginia in September, 1969. By virtue of the alphabet, the F's and G's were separated into a small section for one of our subjects.

Book of Jewels...

Craig Stewart | Posted 12.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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Maintaining an Entrepreneurial Spirit in the C-Suite

Jeffrey Hayzlett | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Hayzlett

Adapt, change, or die. No one knows this statement to be true more than the executive teams in the c-suite. They know that when companies stop adapting or changing - they die.

Going Against the Flow: Vivienne Harr of Make a Stand

Charu Sharma | Posted 12.20.2014 | Technology
Charu Sharma

When Vivienne Harr, Chief Inspiration Officer at Stand, was eight years old, she saw a photo of two boys, her age, from Nepal living in modern-day slavery. She said: "Compassion is not compassion without action."

Things I Learned About Using Social Media to Build an Author's Platform

Dorit Sasson | Posted 12.07.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

To figure out how much "power" social media carries as a platform, I felt called to participate in a blog challenge where I posted every day for the entire month of September.

When Your Intuition Is Right

Jane Green | Posted 11.30.2014 | Books
Jane Green

The wonderful thing about being a writer is that everything that happens is grist to the mill.