Marthe Le Van has gathered 60 different ring jewelry projects from 49 different designers, which can all be constructed in a half an hour. If you have 30 minutes to spare, then you can create a ring or so the author Marthe Le Van suggests in 30-Minute Rings. For most projects, basic tools like a hammer, jewelry saw, and pliers are all that is needed, but for other projects, a soldering kit and a complete bench tools set are required.
The full review for this book is on my Old School Pastry blog.
The Art of Making Good Cookies can also be found on Amazon.
Barton Seaver in his book, For Cod and Country, cooks up delicious, sustainable food by promoting smaller fish portions and healthy amounts of vegetables.
For those who enjoy light historical romances, The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck (Kathleen Y'Barbo, Walterbrook Press, 2009, ISBN13: 9780307729644) would please. While it can be read as a stand-alone novel, it is the third in a series by the Y'Barbo: the other two are The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper, and Anna Finch and the Hired Gun.
The story is set in the late 1880s, from London to the Old West. Charlotte Beck is an American who wants to have an education. Alex Hambly is a nobleman who needs help refilling his family's coffers. A suggested arrangement of marriage seems equitable to them both, but after they are married, they realize it's not that inconvenient to be married to each other, and what they first wanted when they agreed to marry each other, doesn't seem so important now. The back story is the mystery of her mother and father. Light read with an obvious end, but entertaining throughout.
- The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck; by Charlotte Y'Barbo
- WalterBrook Multnomah, an Imprint of The Crown Publishing Group (Random House)
- ISBN13: 9780307729644
- Paperback & eBook versions
Jim Horan's book, "The One Page Business Plan," helps to dispel myths regarding business plans, and helps put a plan together quickly and concisely.
The 2011 Writer's Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer, contains listings for where to get published, strategies for writing, and tips for freelancing.
The latest Writer's Market contains not only updated listings for publishing houses for which to write for, but also new information in their "Query Letter Clinic" chapter. For those unfamiliar with the book series, the Writer's Market is a yearly book publication with writing and publishing information useful to all sorts of writers: poets, magazine writers, non-fiction technical writers, novelists, children's book authors, magazine writers, and more. The book will not get you published, per se, but provide the necessary tools to help you get published.
2011 Writer's Market Sections and Overview
The 2011 Writer's Market is broken down into these basic sections: the basics of writing & publishing, beyond the basics, and the actual markets themselves. The basic elements of writing and publishing include the query and cover letters, proposals, and the synopsis. Besides the basics, other topics are covered such as writer's rights and contracts, freelance business writing start-ups, and social media. Since social media is so important, the chapter "Build a Platform" gives great ideas on authors reaching the masses and building and keeping an audience.
The actual markets and agent information are broken down into these categories:
- Publishing houses & their imprints (listing of the major publishing houses and all their imprints)
- Literary agents & agencies (who they represent and how to contact them)
- Book Publishers (what books they publish, their imprints, and how they pay)
- International book publishers (book publishers from Canada and other countries)
- Small presses (publishing houses the publish less than 10 books a year)
- Consumer magazines (the bulk of the book, they are all listed by category or interest)
- Trade journals (publications that specialize in one industry)
- Newspapers (dailies/weeklies printed regionally)
- Screenwriting (writing for television or movies)
- Playwriting (live theatre)
- Greeting cards (cards with quick verses - poems, statements, greetings, etc.)
- Contests & awards (non-fiction, fiction, and fellowship opportunities)
- Professional organizations (groups that focus on a writing specialty)
Tools for Getting Published
The 2011 Writer's Market contains valuable information for any writer embarking on different writing genres, such as magazine writing, novels, and non-fiction trade journal work. The contact information that accompanies the many different publications includes vital information like fax numbers, websites and emails if available, phone numbers, and what their response time is. The preferred method for receiving manuscripts or queries is listed, as well as any tips for getting published with that market. The dollar signs in front of some listings indicate how much that market pays.
- 2011 Writer's Market; edited by Robert Lee Brewer
- Writer's Digest Books, F + W Media
- ISBN13: 9781582979489
- Softcover paperback, 1024 pages