Special Features

Happy New Year!

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Special Features | 0 comments

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! The Divas wish you and yours a most glorious coming year. May peace and safety reign in your homes, now and always. ~The Divas     

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Merry Christmas from Write Divas!

Posted by on Dec 25, 2014 in Special Features | 0 comments

Merry Christmas from Write Divas!

We would like to take the opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas from all of us here in Diva Land. May your stocking be full of bling, your holiday decorations the envy of all your neighbors, your tree surrounded by designer shoes and handbags to die for, and your dreams full of well-edited manuscripts and bestsellers! But seriously, we wish you and yours all the best this year and in the coming year! With much love, Janine, Shay, Jen, and Lauren And now for  your entertainment, the Divas have put together a fantastic video featuring the Divas dancing, plus there’s a cool video of a Star Wars music Christmas lights...

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Commonly Confused: Then versus Than

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Commonly Confused, Special Features | 0 comments

Commonly Confused: Then versus Than

If you asked me what the most common issue I come across when editing, it is confusion with then versus than. These are words that are spelled similarly, but they are used for vastly different functions. The primary difference between “then” and “than” is that “than” is a conjunction and “then” is more often than not an adverb. “Then” is commonly misused as a coordinating conjunction, but this is an ungrammatical structure at best and a comma splice at worst. e.g. I looked at the other woman, then I sneered. In instances such as this, “then” should be preceded by a coordinating conjunction such as “and”. e.g. I looked at the other woman, and then I sneered. For more on conjunctions see our article here. So now let’s get into the specifics on the differences between “then” and “than.”    THAN “Than” serves two functions in a sentence. To express inequality and is used with comparative adjective and adverbs. My son can eat more ice cream than my husband. To indicate difference I’d rather be at work than the dentist. THEN “Then” is most often used as an adverb. In its most common usage, it is used to show an order of events. “Then” is used to show what is happening or what will happen soon and to indicate what should happen next in the series. –Order of Events He walked to the door, pulled it open, and then stepped aside to let his parents inside. I will go to the store, buy some ice cream, and then go home and eat it. –Qualifying Statement It is also used with the coordinating conjunction “but” to qualify a statement. She hoped for better, but then that never did her any good. –Causal or Other Relation Stop nagging me, then I’ll do it. –Then-Clause “Then” can also be used as part of a sentence showing a conditional statement. In this type of clause, “then” is used as a part of a correlative conjunction. Correlative conjunctions are used in pairs and join matching sentence parts. When using a “then clause,” the first clause starts with “if” and the second clause starts with “then”. If you want to go to that college, then you need to study hard and hope for a scholarship. –Adverb According to Merriam-Webster, “then” can also be used to mean the following: –At this time It happened then. –In addition Then we need to find out what happened. –In that case You know what, then? Go! –According to that Never mind. I guess you know exactly where you’re going, then, huh? –As it appears The preponderance of the evidence, then, shows him to be guilty, yes? –Soon after that :  immediately after that :  next in order of time Take the first right, then merge onto First Avenue. –With much more in addition It’s going to take pretty words and then some to appease her. –Noun “Then” can also be used as a noun that means “that time” and “that moment”. The dog hated cats from then on. He would wait until then. –Adjective “Then” can be used as an adjective meaning “belonging to a time mentioned”. My then husband… –Illative Coordinating Conjunctions “So then” is a final or illative coordinating conjunction that is used to relate an inference or consequence. She tripped and ripped her dress, so then she ran off the stage crying. Sources: http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com/unabridged/than http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com/unabridged/then http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/16/ch05/ch05_sec195.html...

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Subscriber Update

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Special Features | 0 comments

Subscriber Update

Howdy Write Divas Blog Subscribers! Because of continued glitchiness with our blog alerts, the Divas have decided to move our mailing and subscriber lists over to MailChimp. We are always striving to give our readers the best blog experience we can and we feel this is the right move at this time. So what does this mean for you? Well, you’ll receive a new style of e-mail that lets you know when we’ve updated and more consistent alerts to our posts. If you are an e-mail subscriber to our blog, you don’t need to do a thing. But what if you aren’t a subscriber to our blog? Well, why not? If you’d like to subscribe to our blog, please put your e-mail address in the form below or you can sign up in the side bar on the left. [ssm_form id=’6371′] As always, the Divas will respect your privacy, protect any information you share with us, not sell your e-mail address, or spam your in-box. We appreciate all of your support! ~The...

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Special Features: Penned Con 2014

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Special Features | 0 comments

Special Features: Penned Con 2014

Penned Con St. Louis 2014   This weekend the Divas all met in St. Louis, Missouri for the first annual Penned Con, an event for writers, readers, editors, stalkers, and book lovers. We had a wonderful time connecting with the authors. The convention offered many wonderful and informative panels and workshops. Best-selling author, Jasinda Wilder, was the keynote speaker, and Smashwords founder, Mark Coker, held some workshops. As a part of giving back to the community, event organizers Rick and Amy Miles, held a silent auction with the proceeds to benefit Action for Autism, an organization “dedicated to helping children on the Autism Spectrum and with other neurodevelopmental delays to better attain resources and help to improve their lives… AFA helps families within 250-mile radius of St. Louis.” We met some really great authors and made some wonderful new friends.     Starting from the upper left hand corner and moving clockwise:   Chanda Hahn is the best-selling author of the Unenchanted Series and The Iron Butterfly Series. You can find here on her website at www.chandahahn.com. Kimberly Stedronsky is the author of the Roam Series, the Fire Ballad Series, the Movie Trilogy, and several stand-alone novels. You can find more about her on her website www.kimberlystedronsky.com/. Penny Reid is the best-selling author of the Knitting in the City Series. You can learn more about her books on her blog at www.reidromance.blogspot.com. Kahlen Aymes is the best-selling author of the Remembrance Trilogy. Stalk her on her blog at www.kahlen-aymes.blogspot.com. Brenda Rothert is the author of the Fire on Ice Series and the Now Series. Check her out on her blog at www.brendarothert.com. G.P. Ching is the best-selling author of The Soulkeepers Series. Find out what she’s got planned next on her blog at www.gpching.com.     Starting from the upper left hand corner and moving clockwise:   Tabatha Vargo and Mr. Tabatha Vargo—we appreciate a man who supports his author wife! Tabatha is the best-selling author of the Chubby Girl Chronicles and the Blow Hole Boys, along with co-authoring several books with fellow author, Melissa Andrea. Check out her website at www.tabathavargo.blogspot.com. L.U. Ann is the author of the Destructive Series and the upcoming Drama Queens, Call Off Your Dogs. For more info about her and that wonderful book cover, visit her website at www.author-luann.blogspot.com. Emme Burton is the author of Better Than Me and Fix It For Us. Check out her books on Amazon and get them on sale for $.99 each until September 18, 2014. You can find out more about her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EmmeBurton. Liv Morris is the best-selling author of the Touch of Tantra Series and the Love in the City Series. Worship her on her website, www.livmorris.com. N. M. Silber is the best-selling author of the Lawyers in Love series. Keep tabs on her books on her website at www.nmsilber.com. Z. B. Heller is the author of The Chronicles of Moxy. See what fun things she has planned on her blog at www.zbhellerbooks.com. The Write Divas are a group of four sassy editors and one of the sponsors of this year’s Penned Con. From left to right: Diva Lauren, Diva Jen, Diva Shay, and Diva Janine. Explore our website a little more. (Hint: you’re on it right now.)     Starting from the upper left hand corner and moving clockwise:   Jack Wilder is makes up one half of the Wilders and is married to Jasinda Wilder (more about her below.) He is also the author of The Missionary. Find out what he’s up to at www.jasindawilder.com. Jasinda Wilder is the best selling author of Alpha, Striped, Wounded, and Falling Into You, just to name a few. Learn more about her on her website at www.jasindawilder.com. Carey Heywood gave us a glimpse of her two sides (hence the two pictures). She is the best-selling author of six books, including The Other Side of Someday, Sawyer Says, and Him. Check out the rest of her titles on her website at http://www.careyheywood.com/. C. M. Stunich is a best-selling author of a sh**ton of books including the Hard Rock Roots Series, The Triple M Series,...

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Malfunction Erotica Open for Submissions & Contest

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Special Features | 2 comments

Malfunction Erotica Open for Submissions & Contest

      Malfunction Erotica is Now Open for Submissions! What is Malfunction Erotica? Malfunction Erotica is one of the largest marketing platforms for self-published authors today. As part of the MaE team, you retain all rights to your manuscript. We are not a publishing house. Every author at MaE is a self-publishing author. You keep 100% of your profits. As a marketing platform, we offer any authors that are part of our team full support when it comes to marketing and growing their brand. Below is a list of all the benefits authors working with us receive: 50% discount on all tour packages (cover reveals, release day blitz, promo, tours, etc.) through MaE Book Tours and Promo Stars Services. Cover Designs starting at $25.00 (prices based on the author’s vision of their cover and difficulty of putting it together.) To view our cover portfolio click here. Discounted Editing services through MaE, Write Divas, and Promo Stars Services. *As a self-publish author, you are not obligated to use all of the services mentioned above. You are more than welcome to use your own editing team or have your cover designed elsewhere, if you wish. Interested? Check out the link to our Submissions page below the giveaway 😀 {MaE Open for Submissions Giveaway} This is our largest giveaway yet and we have to take the time to thank everyone that signed up to be a part of it. Please make sure you take the time to stop by each author’s/blogger’s page and show them some love ^_~ … Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting solution. And many more! a Rafflecopter giveaway ❤Join the MaE...

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