Copy editor, proofreader, Twitter marketer, accomplished writer, passionate music lover, movie connoisseur, voracious reader, and keen photographer – I am all about the Arts. I was self-employed as a social media manager and marketer for musicians, authors, artists, and entrepreneurs through my business - Scully Love Promo - for almost 13 years. Bodacious Copy is my newest endeavour.
New weekly livestream kicks off Friday with new video/single!
Sultans of String are excited to announce… BACKSTAGE!
Their new online Interview & Music series features guests from their Refuge and Sanctuary albums. Join Sultans of String each Friday at Noon EST on Facebook as they dive into the lives and the music of these fascinating artists, all masters of world music, with connections from around the globe. Together they communicate with each other through the global language of music.
The first episode is this Friday with exceptional artist Juan Carlos Medrano. They will launch their new collaboration video and single “Mi Santuario,” recorded together for Sultans of String’s upcoming Sanctuary album, talk about some really cool Colombian instruments, learn about Juan Carlos’ journey to Canada, and play a couple of tunes together!
There is a saying that sometimes you need to get your feet wet before you jump in the water.
Many writers who want to publish a book, take their first step by writing one chapter in a compilation of stories called an anthology.
What is an Anthology?
An anthology book is a collection of short fiction, poetry or nonfiction works (or excerpts) by a variety of authors. Typically, the book is organized around a particular subject, theme, writing style or genre.
One of the most successful anthology book series has been the Chicken Soup for the Soul series by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen.
Each book in the series is a collection of inspirational stories targeted at various markets such as pet lovers, cancer patients, nurses, new moms, runners, gardeners—the list is exhaustive.
Participation in an anthology can be by invitation for free, for pay (share of royalties or flat fee) or pay to participate, meaning that authors pay to be included in the book. In the business arena, paid anthologies are common since authors use the opportunity to promote themselves. Some projects also require authors to purchase a certain number of books either in addition to any fee or in lieu of a fee.
Authors are provided with a list of guidelines for writing and submitting drafts for their segments of the book.
The compiler or publisher bears the costs of producing the book to include editing, graphic design, layout, proofing, publishing, printing, marketing, and distribution, and retains the right to reject any author’s submission or participation in the project.
4 Benefits of Being Part of an Anthology
Less effort: Self-publishing or getting published by a regular publishing house can be quite a project! An anthology only requires authors to submit a segment and leave those details to the editor and publisher. This allows authors to concentrate on creating their best work.
Less cost: Depending on the nature of the anthology agreement, a writer can purchase books instead of a fee or pay a small participation fee which is a fraction of the cost of self-publishing. The compiler of the anthology picks up the tab for editing, design, cover design, proofreading, distribution, and launch.
In good company: Some anthologies gather top authors and experts. So, being included with recognized writers can afford less famous writers the benefit of being considered on par with them.
Today’s business card. Being able to say, “I’m one of the authors of _____” can carry a lot of weight for writers who are seeking additional writing opportunities. The book becomes a great business card! It says that someone of note considered them and their work worthy to be included.
The contacts you make can lead to a larger marketing pool. The other authors are going to market the anthology to their readers. This essentially means you get free marketing to a different audience simply because your work is compiled in the same place. It also means you might be able to market a little less than you do for your singular works because several people will be sharing this information. (No need to overdo the marketing and make readers tired of the promo.)
Here are some recent Anthology Projects we managed.
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Do you or someone you know feel as if you’re getting too close to heaven? Do you feel that life is unbearable on this crazy blue planet and that you don’t know how much longer you can live here? I have felt that way too, I assure you.
Acutely aware that an innumerable amount of people has lost someone they love during this pandemic, from either the virus, because they couldn’t get the medical care they needed, or because they took their own life, I am thinking of you today and wanted to share a poem that I wrote years ago for a friend of mine who took his life. The poem was inspired by the song “Too Close to Heaven” by The Waterboys which you can hear in the stunningly beautiful and powerful video below, posted by deep46blue on YouTube.
If you know of someone who is struggling with their mental health right now, please reach out to The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) for advice on how you can help them. Their toll-free number is 1-800-463-2338.
TOO CLOSE TO HEAVEN
by Christine Bode
You are the brother I never had Seeing your pain made me so sad Grateful for every moment we spent Knowing everything that I said I meant
All the love All the laughter Every joy Every game
You’re too close to heaven to worry about shame
I miss you more than you’ll ever know Every road travelled has led us here If I had my way I would go before I’ll try my best not to need you near
All the raging All the mud Every river Every flood
You’re too close to heaven to worry about blood
Will you ask God when you see him If he will help me bear your loss Tell him I am pissed off that he didn’t pick some other sod
All the stress All the fright Every vow Every tear
You’re too close to heaven to worry about fear
I’ll ask God when he’s listening to take care of your soul I’ll ask him for understanding in this forbidding vicious world
All the past All the future Every hope Every strife
There is a saying that sometimes you need to get your feet wet before you jump in the water. Many writers who want to publish a book, take their first step by writing one chapter in a compilation of stories called an anthology. What is an Anthology?An anthology book is a collection of short fiction, poetryContinue reading “4 Benefits of Being Part of an Anthology”
I’m honoured to be the first person to review Finny McConnell’s (The Mahones) debut solo album, The Dark Streets of Love!
After 30 glorious years of leading worldwide, renowned Celtic punk rockers, The Mahones—who have shared stages and toured with the likes of Dropkick Murphys, Shane MacGowan (The Pogues), Stiff Little Fingers, Billy Bragg, The Buzzcocks, Sinead O’Connor, and The Damned to name a few—Finny McConnell decided that it was time to make an album for himself as he winds down and adjusts to his “Van Morrison years”, although I’m sure he has enough piss and vinegar left in him that he will not go quietly or gently into the night.
The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One The synopsis for The Name of the Wind on Amazon reads: “The riveting first-person narrative of a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in aContinue reading “The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss”
The Matrix by Christine Bode Everett,in the movie Paterson says, after pulling a fake gun on everyone in the bar, “Without love, what reason is there for anything?”I don’t know, Everett… nothing, not a fucking thing that matters anyway.Without love, every day is the same damn pandemic day.Wake up, walk the dog, make coffee, drink coffee, read a book,do housework, workContinue reading ““The Matrix” a Poem by Christine Bode”
Discover the Philosophical, Fantastical Fiction of Australian Writer Boris Glikman, and a Sneak Peek of His Upcoming Coffee Table Book, Anti-Labyrinths, with Art by Michael Cheval Over the years, I have published many of Australian author, Boris Glikman‘s short stories on my blog, because I’m a fan of his work. He is currently working onContinue reading “Anti-Labyrinths by Boris Glikman and Michael Cheval”
Mary’s Meals Canada Celebrates ANNIE LENNOX and“Universal Child” Gift TORONTO, Canada. Mary’s Meals Canada, the school feeding charity, celebrates Annie Lennox and the gift of her hit single, “Universal Child.” Recognized as one of the most successful, iconic, and revered pop artists, Ms. Lennox has sold over 86 million albums worldwide. “With deep gratitude, we areContinue reading “Mary’s Meals Canada celebrates Annie Lennox and “Universal Child” Gift”
The answer is less a matter of word count, but making your words count. It’s what I call the 5 C’s of critical writing. At the risk of turning away those readers who vote for brevity, here they are pared down to tweet-size. 1. Be Clear. Use short, crisp sentences, as your building blocks. UseContinue reading “The 5 C’s of Critical Writing”
Title: Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life: A Practical Guide for Attaining Better Health, Vitality and Inner PeaceAuthor: Dawn JamesPublisher: Lotus Moon PressReleased: 2010Pages: 158ISBN: 978-0-9865378-1-3Stars: 4 Title: How to Raise The Vibration Around You: Volume 1 – Working with the 4 Elements to Create Healthy and Harmonious Living SpacesAuthor: Dawn JamesPublisher: Lotus Moon PressReleased: 2014Pages: 171ISBN: 978-0-9865378-0-6Stars: 4Continue reading “Raise Your Vibration and Transform Your Life with Dawn James”
Discover the ABCs of grammar with this alphabetically ordered list of definitions that will help you with your writing. We can work on updating it together so if you have a grammar or writing-related definition to add, please leave me a comment with your entry and I will update the list so that you canContinue reading “Improve Your Writing with the ABCs of Grammar”
For 35 years I have been an editor and proofreader. Yes, you read that right. Thirty-five years! I’ve edited everything from legal and medical reports to liner notes for CDs; press releases to websites; and Ph.D. theses to novels. And yes, I know that both PhD and Ph.D. are correct versions of the abbreviation forContinue reading “20 Self-Editing Tips That Save You Money”
When I first got involved with social media management back in 2008 and started Scully Love Promo, it was because I wanted to work with musicians. After all, I have been a music fan my entire life, and having the privilege of working with so many amazing recording artists has been one of the greatContinue reading “Goodbye Scully Love Promo, Hello Bodacious Copy”
Reinvented, former consultant teams up with Juno-Award winning producer for later-life debut single! “The Little Things” Chris SunfieldOUT NOW! 15 OCTOBER 2020 (TORONTO, ON) – “The Little Things” is the debut single by Chris Sunfield on Radar Love Records. The song, written by Sunfield, is a modern, sunshine pop song on steroids, with a wall-of-soundContinue reading “Debut Single by Chris Sunfield “The Little Things” Out Now!”
The Great Switch by Boris Glikman After the cataclysm took place, people, or rather the beings that people transformed into, would refer to it as The Great Switch. When these beings recalled how the world had been before The Great Switch, what struck them above everything else was how blind they’d been in those times.Continue reading “The Great Switch by Boris Glikman”
Republished with permission from David Leask Today is the release of my new record, “Voyageur In Song”, songs written on and with the Six String Nation guitar, nick-named Voyageur. This incredible instrument is made of 64 pieces of Canadian history and culture. I have written songs about a group of those pieces and their inspiring stories. There’s a reasonContinue reading “Canadian Singer-Songwriter David Leask Releases “Voyageur in Song””
Reality and “Reality”: A New Perspective by Boris Glikman Part I Imagine if you had a friend who had the following characteristics and personality traits and behaved in the ways described below. Suppose that this friend considered it his sacred duty to visit you daily at your home and make a report to youContinue reading “Reality and “Reality”: A New Perspective by Boris Glikman”