*ATTN: RRBC MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS! For the next two days (Thurs, July 13 & Friday, July 14, 11:59 PM CT), Author and Vendor Booths for our upcoming 2017 WRITERS’ CONFERENCE & BOOK EXPO, are at a $15 savings! Yes, for two days only, if you’re a member of the club, you can get an Author or Vendor booth for the cost of only $60. If you’re a non-member you can get one for the cost of only $85! REGISTER TODAY!
*There is only one day left to purchase your very own #RRBC BOOK BAG! This was extended just so that those who had ordered theirs, would be able to get them but we must meet a purchase minimum. C’mon, RRBC, let’s step up and show our support…get your bag today!
*We have a new RAVE WAVES Host! Author, Amie O’Brien is joining our team as the new host of BEHIND THE PEN! Amie is very excited about this new venture in her life and if you all tuned in to her last week on the BEYOND THE OVER show, her personality just jumped from behind the mic and chased us! #ItWasSoExciting! Please stop by her show page on Friday, 7/14, to welcome her, as well as joining her on Twitter! Welcome to the TEAM, Amie!
*WC&BE SPONSORS, we need your support again! If you donated to the 2016 WRITERS’ CONFERENCE & BOOK EXPO, we are asking if you would consider doing the same for this years’ conference. If you are a first time donor of this event, we’d appreciate your support, too. If you would, please consider donating Amazon gift cards (in any amount) so that they can be counted along with other donations received for our RAFFLE/GIFT BASKET GIVEAWAY. Please notify us at RRBCinfo@gmail.com, with the amount of your contribution. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!
*RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, get ready for a virtual conference & book expo you won’t soon forget! If you are a new writer and looking to learn all there is to know about this industry, you want to be part of this event! If you are a veteran writer and looking to brush up on some of the industry do’s and don’ts, and also learn what’s NEW in our literary world, you also don’t want to miss out. Last but not least, if you are a book lover and looking to get your hands on some awesome reads, awesome book deals, etc…make sure you save the dates marked on your calendar to attend this event!
Join us Sunday, October 22 thru Saturday, October 28th for a full seven days of the most awesome VIRTUAL WRITERS’ CONFERENCE & BOOK EXPO ever! Picture an event featuring dynamic authors and speakers, with virtual author & vendor booths and virtual round-table discussions held via chatrooms, YouTube video sessions and blog posts, as well as live SKYPE, Google Hangouts, Facebook LIVE and BlogTalkRadio sessions! REGISTER here!
* If you are interested in serving as a Presenter at our 2017 WRITERS’ CONFERENCE & BOOK EXPO, please email me at RaveReviewsPresident@gmail.com. You can find the list of topics and sessions on the home page of the upcoming event, but again, if you’re interested in serving as a Presenter, please let Nonnie know asap;
*WHY ARE YOU SO AFRAID OF COMMAS? I am on the judging committee for our KCT INTERNATIONAL LITERARY AWARDS Contest, and what I am finding most disturbing, is that you all are afraid of commas! That is unacceptable, people. Listen, commas are the way that we ensure our writing is flowing at the most perfect pace. Some of you have two and three sentences combined…and they’re not short sentences, either… so do tell, when are you going to give your reader time to take a breath? For reading to be enjoyable, we have to be able to breathe, and those ‘yellow’ lights (commas) offer us that pause. Here is an example of a sentence, similar to some that I am reading – it’s without any ‘yellow’ lights (commas) or stop signs (periods), either. In the event that you do find some punctuation, they are incorrectly placed:
Jeremy, went by Sarah’s house to offer her a ride to school but when he arrived she had already gone so he decided to stop and have breakfast alone since he was way ahead of schedule and didn’t need to be at school until 8 because the senior class was taking tests and that was the most important thing, on the school’s schedule in their minds because Jeremy’s mom would have gladly argued that point. -_______________-
(I’m not kidding here…I am reading some books that read just like this. So in all actuality, I’m really not here typing this to you right now, because I’m dead. Yes, I died because I was not allowed to take a breath while I was reading your book!)
Now, here is the same sentence, written perfectly, with punctuation, allowing you the freedom to continue living:
Jeremy went by Sarah’s to offer her a ride to school, but when he arrived, she had already gone. Since he was way ahead of schedule, he decided to stop and have breakfast alone. He didn’t need to be at school until 8 because the senior class was taking tests all day. In their minds, that was the most important thing on the school’s schedule, but Jeremy’s mom would have gladly argued that point.
(If you don’t think that I know what I’m talking about, take a moment and read the first example and then come back and read mine…acknowledging all the “pause” stations (commas. I assure you, you will feel the difference).
Now, before any of you jump in here with this “a noun should not follow a this, and a verb should not precede a that…” I’m going to have to ask you to leave. Let me explain why, (aside from the fact that your English lesson will only exacerbate my headache). If you have followed any of my writing anywhere, you would know that I write outside the box. I also write the way that I speak (and as I’ve said in many places, I speak very well).
I’m an individual, and because of that, I don’t feel as if I have to conform to any rules that other individuals decided to create long ago, based on how they liked things. You do know that’s what you’re falling into when you’re married to all those writing handbooks, right? I’ve noticed that some of you are absolutely terrified of some of those books, like the so-and-so Manual of Style (which I’ve never used, by the way), and act as if lightning might strike you if you don’t apply every single rule within. I have my own mind, and as if no one knew this already, I like to do things my own way. #LeaderNotFollower #Trailblazer #Trendsetter.
Let me let you in on a little secret from my viewpoint as an AVID READER who actually understands what well-written work looks and feels like…all that should matter when you sit down to read a book, a blog post, or even an email, is the following: it is well-written, it is keeping you interested in reading further, it flows smoothly, and is perfectly paced so that you’re able to enjoy it fully. None of that other stuff matters unless you’re an English teacher (and by the way, English has always been my first love and I’ve always excelled in it, yet I don’t care to remember half of what I learned).
So, let’s all decide to become independent thinkers and focus on well-written work that flows smoothly, is enjoyable and also gives the reader moments to breathe. Commas are not our enemies…we just need to spend a little time writing, and then sitting back and reading our work over and over to ensure that it does each of the items I’ve listed above. But, none of those things will work…without commas. Please, get to know them, and if you’re not sure of them, drop me a line and I’ll get you on the “write” road.
*RRBC is in the market for a Magazine Editor for The RRBC Pipeline Magazine (which is what you are reading now). If you have meticulous writing skills, are kind of crazy when it comes to your writing and the perfection of it, please contact our President, Nonnie Jules, at RaveReviewsPresident@gmail.com. This is, of course, a volunteer position;
*RRBC is now ready to refer our members to the amazingly professional literary services you offer! Welcome to our LITERARY SERVICES DIRECTORY, created for our members to offer their quality services to fellow members. The services that will be allowed to be promoted within RRBC, will be services that have been vetted FIRST. We are very aware of a huge number of self-proclaimed “professionals” popping up all around the web, offering services that they shouldn’t, because their own writing leaves much to be desired…that’s clearly evident in their websites, books that they have edited and their other literary creations, etc.
In our year of better here at RRBC, 2017 is going to look a whole lot differently than years past. We will be promoting only the best and we will ensure that the services that are being offered to our members, are coming from “true” professionals who care about the perfection of their own work, as well as work they perform for others. Whether it be in the editing arena, proofing arena, book trailer creation, book cover design, etc., we want to ensure that our members are being guided only in the direction of better. If there is a service out there being offered and it is clearly not quality, it will not be allowed to be promoted within RRBC.
Will every member who applies be allowed to promote their services and have their services promoted by RRBC? ONLY if they are offering TOP-NOTCH, quality services! We also reserve the right to deny anyone based on our assessment of their work, without any further explanation. If you’d like to advertise your quality literary services to our members and others who visit our site daily, click HERE;
*Good news! We are finding such amazing books while judging the KCT INTERNATIONAL LITERARY AWARDS that we will be expanding the gift package for the grand prize winner, in the area of promotion! Stay tuned!
*Are you a good cook? Do you have mouth-watering recipes that have been handed down to you from generation to generation? Want to put them all in a book? RRBC is gearing up to publish our very own International family cookbook: RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITERS’ SOUL Anthology, “Good Eats” Edition, and we’d like you to share your recipes with us!!! To have your recipes included, please click here!!! Deadline to enter: August 1st, 2017!;
*Have you gotten your own RAVE WAVES commercial yet? Well, you are missing out on some prime-time advertising for your books! Order your commercial today and get a larger audience interested in your book!;
*Are you ready for “SPOTLIGHT” THEATER? Well, get ready because this is another AMAZING RRBC PRODUCTION! A new episode premieres on July 26th, on RAVE WAVES BlogTalkRadio!;
*In each edition of THE RRBC PIPELINE, we will shine the SPOTLIGHT on a different genre from our online catalog! This is our way of bringing even more attention to each and every title which sits under that particular category. You will find the listing of those titles, on the sidebar widget of every page of this publication.
This month’s GENRE FOCUS is on the CHRISTIAN category in RRBC! The authors there, are: CHRISTINE LINDSAY, CRYSTAL MARY LINDSEY, KATY HUTH JONES, LYNN HOBBS, MICHAEL HICKS THOMPSON, RAVEN H. PRICE & REBBECA REILLY. We ask that you check out their titles listed under this category and if they are appealing to you, pick up a copy! We also ask that you share the page on ALL of your social media forums! Let’s push these authors and make their month extra-special!
*We’d like to take this time to THANK two very important individuals on the RAVE WAVES team: Gwen Plano who writes the copy for our Sponsor’s commercials and Rebecca Reilly who records them. Ladies, you are amazing. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!