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Some Florida Writers Who Twitter

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Out of curiosity I wondered how many Florida writers were on Twitter so I searched Twellow and amassed the following list. If you are a writer living in Florida with a Twitter account and wish to be included on this list, comment me and I’ll add you.

cori padgett | @coripadgett Lover of Rain..Slightly OCD..Stellar Professional Writer.. Young Mom!  Location: Orlando, Florida

SeoulLady.Com | @SeoulLady Hi, my name is Victoria, I ‘ve just come down to Miami, Florida. Some people call me Liz. My website will tell you how to become a good writer !

ashleyladd | @ashleyladd love to read and write erotic romance – vampire, time-travel, comedy-contemporary, M/F, M/M, MMF. I want to network with other writers, readers, moms, American Idol, cat, and Star Trek lovers.  http://www.total-e-bound.com

Susan M. Heim | @ParentingAuthor Mother of 4 – two teenagers and preschool twins (all boys). Author of 5 books, including 2 about twins. Former Chicken Soup for the Soul editor.

Ron Williams | @inkwest Writer / Designer / Evil Genius / Artist / Graphic Novelist  Location: Jacksonville, Florida

Kathy Riordan | @katriord One woman’s view of life and the universe.

Sandy Hall | @sandyhall I am an Author, Online Entrepreneur, EBook Creator | Writer | Publisher.. I Love Working Online and Helping People With Affiliate | Internet | eBay Marketing Location: Treasure Coast – Sunny Florida

Rashad Jennings | @RashadJennings Writing a book. Enjoy causing ppl to slow down and “think” Always laughing 🙂 Just drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars #23. I play guitar. enjoy the follow!

Don Millard |@OTOOLEFAN Sardonic Writer and Artist, Current PressRoom Drone Loves Peter O’Toole, Writing, Comedy and All Things Irish  Location: Florida (Tan Belt)

Maria Nerius | @MariaNerius Craft professional, author, writer, gardener, and pet owner. I’m here to network with other creative people! Fibromyalgia is a part of my life.

Jimmy Palmiotti | @jpalmiotti writer of JONAH HEX, POWERGIRL, PAINKILLER JANE, THE LAST RESORT AND A NUMBER OF ASSORTED COMICS, TV AND FILM

Sue Reddy | @reddywriting Publicist, Fiction Writer of Navy SEALs, sports fan. Don’t send quizzes. I don’t take them.

Sandra Friend | @sandrafriend Florida travel writer, author, blogger, speaker, hiker, trail enthusiast. Member SATW, ASJA, FOWA, SCBWI. Take a hike, Florida!  Location: Ocala, FL

Janet Dawson | @PoetJanetDawson A Writer 1 book published (G MarksThe Spot)working on the other one (The Art Of Me),

Andrea Shea King | @RadioPatriot Radio show host/Writer/columnist at World Net Daily  Location: Central Florida

Christian M. Archer | @carcher777 I am a novelist and creative writing teacher!  Location: Jasper, Florida

Teresa Mears | @miamicheap Teresa Mears is a publisher, editor, writer and owner of South Florida On the Cheap blogs   Location: Miami

Kevin Lintner | @kjlintner Horror Writer. Musician. Husband. Father. Socialist. Equal Opportunity Annoyer. If you are stupid, I will find you, and mock you mercilessly.

DebraMarrs | @DebraMarrs Editor and Coach for Writers. Author of: Writing Your Life Stories. Help U Get Organized to Get Your Writing Project Launched, Build A Platform, Generate Buzz

bohemianliving | @bohemianliving Hippie-used to practice law now Im writing and flying free- Live Free Write Well Location: Orlando, Florida

Janet Conner | @janetconner Writing Down Your Soul, Conari Press.Madly in love with soul writing, science&spirituality, mystical poetry, prayer. Teach how to connect with the Voice within.  Location: Ozona, Florida

Florida Book News | @FloridaBookNews Florida Book News is dedicated to getting the word out about Florida writers, books and organizations.

Kim Weiss | @kimmerieweiss Author, Writer & Book Coach-PR Director-Blog Mistress-Music Lover/Singerhttp://www.helpmewithmybook.com/blog

Charles Dennis | @WriterCharlesD Writer, Poet of 30 years. Location: Cape Coral, Florida.

The Hive Mind | @thehivemind Writer, WriteTilt.com Artiste, geek, bookworm, sci-fi fan, forward-thinker, perfectionist, loner, tea drinker, music lover, film nut, vegan

The 23rd | @writefast Author of the soon to be released SciFi:365, writer, podcaster, artist, geek dad, rolaids, caffeine, http://the23rd.ning.com/

Joseph Paulino | @JoePinOrl Poet, Writer, Entrepreneur  Location: Orlando, Florida

George LaCas | @George9Writer Writer & Artist … author of The Legend of Jimmy Gollihue

Kim Molner | @OfCourage Kim Molner is a cartoonist, illustrator and writer.

Jill Christine | @mintconspiracy Writer (chick lit, short horror, YA paranormal), designer, monster wrangler. I sell plush creatures via Etsy when I’m not serving as my muses’ secretary.

Crimson Shrine | @CrimsonShrine I am a writer, artist, philosopher and poet

LindaStamberger | @LindaStamberger Author, Editor, Freelance Writer, Artist. Recently finished my first fiction novel; ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Susan Hilliard | @writingsh53 Writing Resources, Book Reviews & Writing Tips Location: Cape Coral, Florida

Charlene Weston | @charleneweston I’m charming, friendly and honest. I love writing fictional and non-fictional stories as: horror, love and children etc. Also,into knowledge & personal growth. Location: Miami, Florida

SaraRoseWrites | @skirtsararose Writer and Moe’s steak burrito consumer  Location: Jacksonville, Florida

Lou Belcher | @LouWrites Writer, editor, photographer. Writing,editing and consulting on book-length fiction and non-fiction, and blogging.

Helen Akers | @HSPWriter Creative writer, highly sensitive person, INFP, philosophy, spirituality, music, film, theatre enthusiast  Location: N. Colorado/Tampa,Florida

Harley May | @harleymaywrites Super mutant wife mom lady. Writer of many short stories and a YA urban fantasy. A reader, joker, drinker, and biter of babies.

Patricia Byron | @1abstractgirl Artist, teacher, writer, poet…

Jhonny Thermidor | @JhonnyThermidor I’m a student. I can see myself as a successful poet in the next few years, I enjoy writing & reading. Poetry is my passion.My passion is what keeps me alive.

TammyMcDuffie | @TammyMcDuffie I am a single mother of 5, I’m a writer, poet, and a giver of wisdom and LOVE!!!   Location: Cape Canaveral, Florida

Kimberly | @gladeslibrarian First, I’m a mom. Next, I’m a librarian interested in sharing great books that entertain, encourage, enlighten, enrich and empower young adults. I’m also a chicken owner, quilter, knitter, reader, writer, YA book reviewer, weight trainer and more.  Location: South Florida

Roy Peter Clark | @RoyPeterClark Taught writing at Poynter since 1977. Author of the book Writing Tools.  Location: St. Petersburg, Florida

Ray Cates | @rcates2 Writer, teacher, book store owner  Location: Ocala & Port Orange Florida

JC Hutchins / @jchutchins Writer, Published Author/Podcaster  http://JCHutchins.net/order Location: Ft Lauderdale

Stacie McElroy/ @stacielcm http://lottelinedesign365.blogspot.com

Medeia Sharif/ @sharifwrites http://sharifwrites.com

Eric Taubert/ @EricTaubert http://capecoralbarometer.com Location: Cape Coral, Fl

Gail Shepherd/ @gailshepherd  http://gailshepherd.blogspot.com  Location: Lake Worth, Fl

Rebecca Ryals Russell | @Vigorio Writer of MG and YA Dark Fantasy; Vacation Rental Owner; Mommy and Wife http://yellowhatwriterrrussell.com Location: Wellborn, North Central Florida, USA

Guidelines for Writing Children’s Books

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Many new writers are unaware there are guidelines and rules for numbers of pages or words per type of literature as well as specific ages each category applies to. Listed below is a compilation of some of these guidelines.

PICTURE BOOKS for  ages 3-6, fiction/nonfiction: standard is 32 pages with up to about 600 words. This includes text and illustrations.

PICTURE BOOKS for ages 4-8, fiction/nonfiction: average of 32 pages (can go up to 40 pages for older readers) or up to about 1000 words including text and illustrations. No controlled vocabulary since meant to be read aloud to children.

EASY READERS for ages 5-9, fiction/nonfiction: generally run from 32-64 pages with text running from 100 words to about 2000 words. Geared for children beginning to read independently these books usually include illustrations. Stories should include dialogue and action. Can include a few words per page up to chapters.

FICTION PICTURE BOOKS for ages 6-10: can be up to 1400 words with about 40 pages. Geared for third through fifth grade classrooms. Intended for teachers to use as tie-in with school subjects.

NONFICTION PICTURE BOOKS for ages 8-12: with 48 pages and up to 2000 words, these books are aimed at the middle grade reader. Illustrated with photographs or drawings, maps, etc. they often include sidebar information.

CHAPTER BOOKS for ages 6-10: these average 6,000-15,000 words with 64-96 pages. Most have black & white illustrations. They are short novels divided into about four chapters and should utilize dialogue and action. Characters are usually the same age as the reader.

MIDDLE GRADES for ages 8-12, fiction/nonfiction: usually run 84-150 pages long with about 20,000-35,000 words. Fiction has no illustrations; Nonfiction includes black & white drawings or color photos. Characters should be 10-13 years old.

UPPER MIDDLE GRADES for ages 10-14, fiction/nonfiction: these run slightly longer to about 40,000 words. Characters are typically ages 12-15 with more intense conflict than MG books.

YOUNG ADULT for ages 12+, fiction/nonfiction: most average 150-200 pages with about 40,000-60,000 words. Characters are generally in high school and conflicts reflect situations/problems typical to that age group. Nonfiction explores subject aimed at 8th grade and above.

YOUNG ADULT for ages 14+, fiction/nonfiction: these average 150-300 pages with up to 90,000 words. While characters are generally in high school, some may be older, like in college. Conflicts should still reflect situations/problems the reader expects to have to deal with eventually. Nonfiction is the same as above.

POETRY: Poetry can be targeted for any age reader from PICTURE BOOK to ADULT. Many PICTURE BOOKS tend to rhyme anyway and should revolve around an image or action specific to the young reader. YOUNG ADULT poetry tends to be anthologies or collections and can be more open-ended and abstract.

57 Links of Awesome Writing Information and Help

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As someone new to the writing industry as of last year, I acquired an extensive listing of helpful links. Here are some of the most useful. I think even seasoned writers might find info here of interest.

If you know of additional awesome links, let me know and I’ll add them.

teen lingo http://www.thesource4ym.com/teenlingo/index.asp book doctor on http://coolstuff4writers.com/BookDrMain.html whole lot of author interviews http://coolstuff4writers.com/Interviews.html read about fav authors or discover new ones http://armchairinterviews.com/ character naming resource babynameworld.com copyright info from the horse’s mouth copyright.gov basic grammar info grammarbook.com best blog for word usage/meanings http://kathytemean.wordpress.com Writer Beware resource sfwa.org/beware International Conference listing http://writing.shawguides.com/ everything about fiction writing fictionfactor.com everything about writing horror horror.org/writetips.htm writer’s resource website and discussion forum dedicated to the romance romancedivas.com supports women writers wow-womenonwriting.com a free writers’ resource listing over 2700 current Fiction and Poetry publications http://duotrope.com/ weekly submission calls to paying markets writergazette.com Association of Author’s Representatives aaronline.org check out new agents agentresearch.com/agent_ver.html find agents easily/great forums agentquery.com Preditors and Editors-Beware of Scams anotherrealm.com/preditors the business side of writing authormba.com chart compares POD companies booksandtales.com/pod/index.php plot tips plotwhisperer.blogspot.com everything about agents and queries querytracker.net up to minutes news about publishing industry writenews.com connect with published or not authors writerschatroom.com every contest the editor can find writingcontests.wordpress.com Q&A section, a job thread and a critique section mywriterscircle.com science fiction and fantasy writers or am sfwa.org share your MS for annotation & chat bookglutton.com give and receive  reader feedback critiquecircle.com online destination for your writing group rallystorm.com Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network spawn.org Janet Reid dissects queries queryshark.blogspot.com Rachelle Gardner gives a lot of helpful info cba-ramblings.blogspot.com Janet Reid’s other blog- tons of resources jetreidliterary.blogspot.com Nathan Bransford- industry info nathanbransford.blogspot.com A Writer’s Guide to Self Publishing http://www.bubblecow.co.uk/2009/10/a-writers-guide-to-self-publishing/ 12 Random But Pretty Good Ideas for Selling Your Book http://www.yourwritersgroup.com/mywritersgroup/2009/10/a-lot-of-what-i-talk-about-here-falls-into-the-large-area-of-intangibles-craft-meditations-interesting-uses-for-your-left-.html 30 One-Minute Tips for Strengthening Your Novel http://www.darcypattison.com/revision/30-days-to-a-stronger-novel/ thousands of links for writers on all topics http://www.suite101.com/writingandpublishing cliché finder http://cliche.theinfo.org/ The Difference Between MG and YA http://www.write4kids.com/feature6.html Lulu Titlescorer http://www.lulu.com/titlescorer/index.php more info on writing for kids than you can stand http://cbiclubhouse.com/ best blog for helping writers write http://storyfix.com/ Website Grader by HubSpot http://websitegrader.com/ A site for writers, readers and fans of children’s literature http://kidlit.com/ Reasons Why Your MS Got Rejected http://www.inkygirl.com/scbwi-2009-notes-reasons-why-your-manuscript-got-rejected/ scbwi Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators-fee based, has conventions http://www.scbwi.org/Pages.aspx/Who-We-Are—What-We-Do Goodreads- Great site for Readers & Writers http://www.goodreads.com/ She Writes a site for women writers http://www.shewrites.com/ Inked-In a community for writers, musicians and artists http://inkedin.ning.com/ Red Room – Where the Writers Are; a collection of blogs, information, networking, videos and much more http://redroom.com American Christian Fiction Writers – a fee based organization with tons of resources for writers as well as local chapters http://acfw.com inkpop-a YA writers’ site by Harper Collins similar to Authonomy http://inkpop.com The Muse Online Writers Conference http://themuseonlinewritersconference.com

A List of YA Fantasy Writers on Twitter

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Twitter is an awesome place for finding like-minded individuals to learn from, converse with or network with. Here is a listing of YA Fantasy Authors who Twitter. If you’d like to be added, let me know. Enjoy.

tamoor | @tamoor Astrologer, Metaphysician, EFT, Writer, Author, Award Winning Author, Young Adult Fantasy, Dragons, Fairies, Visionary Fiction, Juvenile Fiction, YA Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Books, Book Reviews, Editor, FREE Ebook, Publish, Publishing, Independent Publishing.  http://www.talesoftamoor.com Location: Umpqua Valley, Oregon

The Enchanted Inkpot | @EnchantedInkpot We are a community for writers and readers of middle grade and young adult fantasy.

Robert Jeschonek | @TheFictioneer Writer of urban fantasy, scifi, mystery, comics, Star Trek, Doctor Who, and more. Watch for upcoming Clarion young adult novel My Favorite Band Does Not Exist. Location: Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Carmen Bowles | @Cabowles2486 I’m writer who is a future bestseller from H-town. Genres: Young adult Romance, some sci-fi, and fantasy. I’m going for my degree in English.  Location: Houston, Texas

Marissa Miranda | @marissamiranda Current college student aiming to become a published young adult fantasy writer  Location: Florida, USA

Trulie Peterson | @TruliePeterson Writer of Young Adult fantasy and science fiction, among other things. Location: Florida

rrsmythe | @rrsmythe Young Adult Historical Fantasy Writer, therapist, taxi driver etc  Location: In the woods

Fiona Tankard | @writerinitaly British ghostwriter, writer and seo writer who has lived in Italy since 1994.  http://www.spiderywriting.com Location: Tuscany, Italy

Katherine Stillwater | @KStillwater Writer. Editing my first novel (Seventh Veil). Genre: young adult, urban fantasy, and paranormal-romance. Also, seeking an agent.  Location: West Hollywood, CA

Cheryl Rainfield / @cherylrainfield  Writer of Fantasy and Realistic YA. http://cheryl@cherylrainfield.com

Rebecca Ryals Russell / @vigorio Writer of MG and YA Dark Fantasy. http://yellowhatwriterrrussell.com Location: Wellborn, North Central Florida

Words and Phrases Used Incorrectly

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It’s funny how we say things that we’ve heard all of our lives, but don’t give it much thought as to the meaning of the phrase. Listed below are several of these cases in point. How many of these do you say wrong?

I could care less VS I couldn’t care less

What you think it means: “I couldn’t care less.”

What it actually means: You actually do care.

It begs the question

Would you think it means: To ask or raise a question

What it actually means: To use an argument that assumes as proved the very thing one is trying to prove.

Let’s table this

What you think it means: To discuss something later

What it actually means: In the United States, it means what you think it does. But it means the exact opposite — “let’s discuss this right now” — in most of the rest of the English-speaking world.

I did a 360VS I did a 180

What you think it means: Completely changing your opinion.

What it actually means: Your opinion changed, but then changed back to your original opinion.

PIN numberVS just PIN

What you think it means: A non-repetitive way to refer to your personal identification number

What it actually means: That you’re being redundant. Especially when you use your PIN number at the ATM machine.

Lion’s share

What you think it means: The greatest of multiple shares

What it actually means: The phrase originally comes from an Aesop’s Fable in which the lion took all — not the largest — of the shares.

I am nauseous.VS I am nauseated.

What you think it means: I have a sick feeling in my stomach.

What it actually means: “I make other people sick,” the correct term would have been “I am nauseated.”

Here are some words that you’ll see used incorrectly on a daily basis.

Irregardless

People think it means: Regardless.

Actually means: nothing.

Peruse

People think it means: To skim over or browse something.

Actually means: Almost the opposite of that.

Peruse means “to read with thoroughness or care.” If you peruse a book, you leave no page unturned. This makes sense when you consider the Middle English per use, meaning “to wear out or use up.”

Ironic

People think it means: Any kind of amusing coincidence.

Actually means: An outcome that is the opposite of what you’d expect.

Pristine

People think it means: “Spotless” or “as good as new.”

Actually means: “Ancient, primeval; in a state virtually unchanged from the original.”

Nonplussed

People think it means: Unperturbed, not worried.

Actually means: Utterly perplexed or confused. It comes from the Latin non plus (a state in which nothing more can be done).

Bemused

People think it means: Mildly amused.

Actually means: Bewildered or confused.

Enormity

People think it means: Enormous.

Actually means: Outrageous or heinous on a grand scale.

Plethora

People think it means: A lot of something.

Actually means: Too much of something, an over-abundance.

redundant

People think it means: useless or unable to perform its function Actually means: an excess of something, that something is “surplus to requirements” and no longer needed, or that it is obsolete.

Here are some confusing combinations:

your/you’re

Your means “belonging to you.”
You’re is a contraction of “you are.”

Whose/Who’s

Whose is an interrogative or relative pronoun.

Who’s is a contraction for “who is”.

Who/Whom

Use who when it is the subject of the sentence,                                                               whom when it is the object. Replace the word “who/whom” with “he/him.” If “he” is correct, “who” is correct. If “him” is correct, “whom” is correct.

To/too/two

To indicates direction.
Too means “also.”
Two is the number after one but before three.

Their/there/they’re

Their is a possessive meaning “belonging to them.”
There indicates position.
They’re is a contraction of “they are.”

That/Which

that is specific,                                                                                  whereas which is general.

than/then

Than is used when you’re making a comparison between two or more things.                 Then is used to indicate that something happens after something else, often with a cause-and-effect relationship. Also use after “if” clauses.

Sight/Site/Cite

Sight involves your eyes being able to see.                                                                    Site is a location.                                                                                      Cite is to give credit for a source

Sit/Set

When used as a verb, to set means “to place” or “to adjust to a value”,                                     whereas to sit means, “to be seated”.

Roll/role

A roll is:

a small piece of bread                                                                                             a piece of paper that has been turned into a tube                                                                             a verb meaning “to turn (paper) into a tube”                                                                                a verb meaning “to turn over and over”                                                                                a list of people in a group

A role is a part in a play or the function you perform in a certain group.

Piece/peace/peas

A piece is a portion or fragment of something.                                                            Peace is the opposite of war.                                                                                        Peas are small green vegetables.

Past/passed

Past is an adjective meaning “before now.” It is also a noun meaning “the time before now.”

Passed is a past-participle form of the verb “to pass” meaning “to give” or “to move”.

Some people also use it euphemistically for death; My father has passed.

More/most

More should be used when comparing exactly two things. For example: You have more ice cream than Martha.

Most should be used when comparing more than two things. For example: Sandy has the most ice cream in the room.

lay/lie

Lay means you have to lay an object.                                                                    Lie means that it does not take an object; it is something a person does.                                    However; lay is also the past-tense form of lie.                                                                  The past-tense form of lay however is laid.

Isle/aisle

An isle is a small island in a string of small islands.                                                           An Aisle is corridor through which one may pass from one place to another.

Imply/infer

Something is implied if it is a suggestion intended by the person speaking,                        A conclusion is inferred if it is reached by the person listening.

Its/it’s

Unlike most possessives, its does not contain an apostrophe.

But with its/it’s you need to remember that an apostrophe often replaces a letter. If the word is it’s, ask, “What letter has been removed?” The letter i from it is has been replaced by the apostrophe.

Hoard/horde

A hoard is a store or accumulation of things.                                                             A horde is a large group of people.

Historic/historical

historic describes an event of importance—one that shaped history or is likely to do so. Historical merely describes something that happened in the past.

Hangar/hanger

The airplane is in the hangar; the coat is on the hanger.

Hang

To hang something or someone in the present tense, one uses the same form. In the past, however, pictures are hung and criminals are hanged.

Good/well

well is an adverb; He did that well.                                                                  good is an adjective; That was a good dinner.

Farther/further

Both these words mean “more far.” Farther means “more far” in terms that can be measured.

Further refers to more abstract differences, like the difference between two people’s points of view.

Emigration/immigration

Emigration is the process of leaving a country;                                                         immigration is the process of arriving in a country.

Disinterested/uninterested

To be disinterested in something means to not be biased about something.                               To be uninterested means to not be interested in or intrigued by something.

Desert/dessert

A desert is a dry sandy place.                                                                        Dessert is the sweet stuff you generally eat after a meal.

Disburse/disperse

Disburse means “to give out”, especially money.                                                   Disperse means “to scatter”.

Diffuse/defuse

To diffuse is to disperse randomly, whereas to defuse is to remove the fuse from a bomb, or in general to render a situation less dangerous.

Diffuse can also be used as an adjective, meaning, “not concentrated”.

Dawn/sunrise

Dawn is frequently used to mean “sunrise”, but technically it means the twilight period immediately before sunrise.

Assure/ensure/insure

To assure is to intend to give the listener confidence,                                           to ensure is to make certain of,                                                                  and to insure is to purchase insurance.

Altar/alter

An altar is a table or stand upon which religious ceremonies are performed.                    Alter means “to change”

Acute/chronic

Acute means “sharp”, as an acute illness is one that rapidly worsens and reaches a crisis.          A chronic illness may also be a severe one, but it is long-lasting or lingering.

Affect/effect

Affect is a verb meaning “to influence” or “to cause change in.”

Effect is a noun meaning “the result or outcome.”

Accept/except

Accept is a verb meaning “to agree to” or “to adapt to”

Except is a preposition or conjunction meaning roughly “unless” or “if not.”