Monthly Archives: June 2019

Quotes About Reading

I hope you will enjoy this ever-growing list of quotes about reading. Bookmark it and come back to it often, as I’ll continue to update it for you. Feel free to click on each image and share these quotes with others.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr. Seuss

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” ~J.K. Rowling

“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” ~Jim Rohn

“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” ~Larry L. King

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” ~Margaret Fuller

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ~Stephen King

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Car Horns

{Author’s Note: I wrote this piece called Car Horns in 2005. I live in North Carolina now. One day I’ll write about turn signals.}

Car Horns by Michael LaRocca of MichaelEdits.com

Let’s pretend that you live in China. Let’s also pretend that, unlike me, you own a car. A Volkswagen Santana, of course. Who do you honk the horn at?

Well, you honk at everyone who’s in your way, and who you think is in your way, and who you are passing, and who you think is trying to pass you. Every bicycle needs a honk in case the driver can’t see you. Every pedestrian, most definitely, because they’re not looking at anything except their feet as they float out in front of you, or the text messages they’re sending on their cell phones.

Every car does this, and the roads become a constant cacophony of car horns. The noise is such that everybody tunes it out in order to function, so the horns are pointless. Nobody is listening to the horns. Some of us wear MP3 players cranked up to full volume specifically to block the noise, which is why we’re deaf. But honking is a habit the Chinese driver can’t break. It’s like breathing.

Okay, now here comes a legitimate reason to honk the horn, an emergency, perhaps some fool walking right in front of your car. What do you do? Flick the headlights. Just how stupid is that? If he can’t hear your horn, he sure can’t hear your headlights. Of course he can’t see your headlights, because he’s not looking at you. That’s what caused the crisis in the first place. Plus, it’s daytime. Nobody can see headlights in the daytime when he’s facing the other direction.

I offer this little tale for authors who wonder why I prefer understatement. Exclamation points and superlatives are your car horns. Save them until you actually need them.

{Author’s Note 2: I gave this to one of my Advanced English Writing classes in China. They weren’t offended. Hey, it never hurts to check. Beep beep!}

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I’ve been paid to edit since 1991 and still love it, which has made people question my sanity, but they were doing that before I started editing. I got serious about my writing in 1978. Although I’ve retired more times than Brett Favre, I’m writing my 19th book. Learn more about me at MichaelEdits.com.

© Michael LaRocca 2018/2019

All https://blog.polishedpublishinggroup.com guest posts from before 2017 were included in Diary of an Indie Blogger VOL 1 which can be downloaded from AmazonKobo, or E-Sentral free of charge. All other guest posts from the original PPG Publisher’s Blog have been moved here: https://polishedpublishinggroup.com/category/guest-bloggers/.




Quotes About Writing

I hope you will enjoy this ever-growing list of quotes about writing. Bookmark it and come back to it often, as I’ll continue to update it for you. Feel free to click on each image and share these quotes on your own blogs. Enjoy!

“I am a writer. I write not only for a living, I write because I am a writer.” ~Gary Jennings

“History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” ~Winston Churchill

“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” ~Jodi Picoult

“Books are uniquely portable magic.” ~Stephen King

“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” ~Terry Pratchett

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” ~Louis L’Amour

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ~Stephen King

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” ~Anne Frank

“If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers.” ~Doug Larson

“I get a lot of letters from people. They say: ‘I want to be a writer. What should I do?’ I tell them to stop writing to me and get on with it.” ~Ruth Rendell

“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” ~Larry L. King

“A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one.” ~Baltasar Gracián

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Kim Staflund: Meet PPG’s Founder and Publisher

Kim Staflund

Kim Staflund

Hello, I’m Kim Staflund: author of the PPG Publisher’s Blog; founder and publisher at Polished Publishing Group (PPG) since November 2009. For nearly ten years!

First and foremost, I want to thank you for visiting the PPG Publisher’s Blog. I hope you receive tremendous value from the information contained here.

I want you to know I plan to share so much more with you in the coming days, weeks, months … for as long as you’ll stick with me on this journey. And who am I? Why would you want to stick with me? Well, I’m someone who knows a lot about this book business—someone who can help you with your own books.

So many people are publishing books of all kinds nowadays, and they need guidance regarding best practices with everything from writing to publishing to selling those books. I’ve made it my life’s mission to help people like you navigate this mysterious business littered with acronyms and peculiar old-fashioned practices.

Kim Staflund: Meet PPG’s Publisher and Founder

As a bestselling author and TESOL-certified sales coach for authors with over 25 years’ experience in the book publishing industry, I can teach you how to write, publish, sell, print, and distribute your book(s) worldwide using all the effective tricks of the trade. Add my substantial corporate sales and advertising background into the mix, and you have a serious mentor here who can help you achieve commercial success as an author.

That’s ultimately my goal. I aspire to teach authors around the world how to sell more books worldwide. I want you to earn a living doing what you love.

Who Am I Personally?

That’s the business side of things. Now for something a bit more personal, so you have a better idea of who I am. I love travelling as much as I love writing! In 2016, I achieved one of my most cherished travel goals by going on what I like to call my “Eat, Pray, Love” working holiday in Asia. This is my story: https://www.goabroad.com/interviews/kim-staflund-2016-program-participant.

What a fantastic adventure! Not only did I visit Thailand, but I also got to see parts of China, Malaysia, and Singapore while I was there. All beautiful countries filled with wonderful people.

Okay, enough about me. Because this blog is for you. In the coming days, I’ll be adding even more helpful information here just for you. I hope you’ll visit often.

All my best,
Kim

P.S. As an additional thank you for visiting the PPG Publisher’s Blog, I hope you’ll enjoy downloading and reading these free ebooks: https://polishedpublishinggroup.com/free-books/. I’ll also make sure you’re informed whenever there are other special offers available for you to enjoy.

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Welcome to the PPG Publisher’s Blog

Welcome to the PPG Publisher’s Blog … new and improved! Times are changing, and we’re changing with them so we can better serve our authors and blog subscribers. We’ve updated our website and blogging platform so we can include everything altogether in one convenient location. The old blog address, https://blog.polishedpublishinggroup.com/, will be dissolved by the end of this year. Previous posts from early 2019, and all new ones going forward, will be published here: https://polishedpublishinggroup.com/blog/.

Welcome to the PPG Publisher's Blog

Welcome to the PPG Publisher’s Blog

You can still find all the old posts, from the past nine years, in these two free ebooks: Diary of an Indie Blogger: My Roadmap to Success VOL 1 (PPG Publisher’s Blog) and Diary of an Indie Blogger: My Roadmap to Success VOL 2 (PPG Publisher’s Blog).

They are both available from your choice of Amazon*Kobo, or E-Sentral.

* For whatever reason, sometimes Amazon changes these books from $0 to a higher price. If you find that these books are not free of charge on Amazon, then please download them from Kobo or E-Sentral. They will always be free on those two platforms and can be downloaded directly to your desktop if you don’t have their e-readers.

In fact, there are many more valuable books available on these three ecommerce sites. Make sure you check them out.

Welcome to the PPG Publisher’s Blog

In addition to our regular publishing services, PPG now offers a wide variety of online courses on writing, publishing, marketing, audio production, et cetera, for aspiring and established authors. Watch for our new podcast interviews with successful authors in addition to more new online courses and books. We’re excited about PPG’s new direction in our 10th year in business. We hope you are, too.

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