Wannabe Pride’s Official Book Recommendations List!

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**Wannabe Pride Favorite Selection


**THE BLAKE MISTAKE by I.C. Camilleri


KHAKI=KILLER A Young Adult Paranormal Thriller (The Color of Evil Series) by Connie Corcoran Wilson





Paranormal Romance

**IMMORTAL BLOOD by Magen McMinimy


**CHASING JUSTICE by Danielle Stewart

Male/Male Romance

**COLD by Brandon Shire

**FROM THE ASHES (Naughty Nursery Rhymes) by Kayla Jameth






FONTANA by Joshua Martino

**SECRET THINGS by Robert Thompson

**SAVING LIAM by DP Denman


FURBALL FEVER by Maureen Fisher



**PAINTED FACES by L.H. Cosway


DIGGING DEEP: A Writer Uncovers His Marriages by Boyd Lemon





ONE BOY’S SHADOW by Ross A. McCoubrey


THE RISE OF THE DJALL by Talon Windwalker

SHADOWWATER by Wendy Shreve






WRITE, PUBLISH, REPEAT  (The No-Luck-Required Guide to Publishing Success) by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant

MY WAY by David P Perlmutter

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Should I Register My Self-Published Book with the Library of Congress?



It’s only necessarily to register your book with the Library of Congress if you plan for your physical book to appear in libraries. However, it is free to obtain the number so you may want to go ahead and get one just in case.

I confess that I wanted one for my book because it makes it look more official….

The Library of Congress is the National Library of the United States. It is actually the world’s largest library. The Library of Congress does not house every single book published in the United States, but it has an awful lot of them. According to their website, they add over 12,000 new items per day and have 838 miles of shelves! You can take a tour of the three buildings that comprise the Library of Congress and you can look at the books while there but you are not permitted to check out any materials.

The Library of Congress website states it priorities as follows:

First, to make knowledge and creativity available to the U.S. Congress on a continuing basis. Second, to acquire, organize, preserve, secure and sustain for the present and future use of Congress and the nation a comprehensive record of American history and creativity and a universal collection of human knowledge. The library’s third priority is to make its collections maximally accessible to Congress, the government and the public through such means as its website. Its fourth priority is to add interpretive and educational value to the basic resources of the library to highlight the importance of the library to the nation’s well-being and future progress.

The Library of Congress catalog number (LCCN) is the unique identification number that the Library of Congress assigns to the catalog record created for each book its collection. Technically, the number is for the bibliographic record and not the actual book. Librarians use the number to locate a specific Library of Congress catalog record in the national databases and to order catalog cards from the Library of Congress or from other suppliers. There are two different types of control numbers: Cataloging in Publication (CIP) and Preassigned Control Number (PCN). The PCN is simply a LCCN that is assigned pre-publication. The CIP is for books that expected to be widely purchased by and circulated in libraries throughout the nation. The CIP and PCN programs are mutually exclusive. You cannot have both, and most self-published books will fall under the PCN category. Self-published authors and publishing companies who have published fewer than three authors are not eligible for the CIP.

You can apply for one at http://www.loc.gov/publish/pcn/.your book must be at least 50 pages long to qualify, so many children’s books may not be applicable. The application itself is a two-step process. First, you fill out the online form with the publisher name, contact information, and your ISBN. Second, they will email you a username and password so you can complete the application. It usually takes about 1-2 weeks for the process, depending on their current workload. There is no charge for an LCCN, but you must submit a physical copy of the finished work once it is published. Failure to do so may result in suspension from the program. The books will not be returned.

Send a copy of the book for which a Preassigned Control Number (PCN) to:

Library of Congress
US & Publisher Liaison Division
Cataloging in Publication Program
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.20540-4283

It is important to note that a Library of Congress catalog number is not a copyright. The U.S. Copyright Office is located on the fourth floor of the Madison Building of the Library of Congress, but obtaining an LCCN does not mean your work has been copyrighted. The copyright can be used as proof of ownership. The LCCN is simply a number assigned to a work that may be included in the collection of books at the library of congress. In order to obtain a copyright, you must contact the copyright office, fill out the appropriate paperwork, and pay the fee.

Inclusion in the Library of Congress Catalog is not automatic following submission, and the library does not provide status updates. However, you can view the database at http://catalog.loc.gov most PCNs are processed within 1-2 weeks.

– Linda Fausnet

Helpful links:

What is a Library of Congress catalog number?

Library of Congress preassigned control number program

What is a Library of Congress Control Number FAQ


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How to Start a Writer’s Group

Wannabe Pride welcomes guest blogger Antony Wootten!

Hi there, Wannabe Pride readers! Like many of you, I am a self-published author, and I’d like to tell you about something that I think could benefit all writers. I have to admit, it’s not something everyone will relish, and some will think it’s definitely not for them. But it is something worth immersing yourself in; the impact it has on you may well be unexpected, and most likely will be immeasurably positive if you approach the experience in the right way.

When I was living in London (UK), I was fortunate enough to stumble upon a writers’ group (the Willesden Green Writers’ Group, to be precise. I’m sure they won’t mind me mentioning them!). I already considered myself a writer, although in reality, I was a primary school teacher. I had written several novels, which had been languishing on my computer’s hard drive for years, totally unseen and unknown by the rest of the world. I had no idea that writers’ groups existed, so I was intrigued and excited to join.

The group met every week in the local library. I don’t know how many members there were in total, a great many I think, although they were never all there at the same time. Sometimes more than twenty would turn up, and sometimes it would be less than ten. In each session, we went round the group, taking it in turns to read out a story, poem, section of a novel, or some other piece of writing they had produced. The rest of the group would listen or read (members were advised to bring print-outs so that those who wanted to read at their own pace could do so). Then, the listeners would give feedback on what they had heard.

If you’ve never been to a writers’ group before you might think the whole process sounds nerve-wracking and potentially humiliating. And, to be honest, you may well have to put up with a bit of that. If your fellow writers are just kind and complimentary all the time, you will learn nothing. Even the best writers need to hear the opinions of readers in order to hone their skills and develop their work. But, if you are prepared to listen to what others say about your writing, you will become a better writer, no matter how good you might think you are to begin with.

There’s a caveat to this: in a writers’ group, you will often hear a range of conflicting opinions. My advice is that you listen to everything, and filter it all through your own considered opinions. You are the writer, and the one who ultimately has to make the decision about what works and what doesn’t. Your fellow group members are not there to tell you how to improve your work, they are there to tell you how they think your work could be improved. They will not always be right. They will not always agree. You will not always agree with them. But, whether or not you like what they say, it is vital that you at least consider it. Sometimes, you will hear advice you flatly disagree with. If everyone else disagrees with it too, it’s probably worth discounting. If, however, other people agree with the advice, it’s almost certainly worth bearing it in mind. Sometimes, your fellow members will hit upon something you had completely failed to notice: a plot-hole, a contradiction or continuity error, dialogue that doesn’t sound right, imagery that doesn’t convey what you want it to convey, pacing problems that you hadn’t noticed, humour that fails to amuse, a missed opportunity, a boring bit. Chances are, you will have been too close to your writing to see those things yourself, but they may leap out at other people. That is the beauty of joining a writers’ group.

I remained a staunch member of Willesden Green Writers’ Group for several years, and the experience was immeasurably valuable: I made some fantastic friends; I heard some wonderful stories, novels and poems, and, crucially, I learned how to write. If I had never found that group, I’d have continued to write, without exposing my work to the views of others, blindly believing it to be good, and not realising how much I still had to learn. Worse still, in my naivety, I may even have self-published it, and it would have received embarrassingly terrible reviews! Just thinking about what could have happened makes my toes curl.

So, hopefully you now want to join a writers’ group. But what if there isn’t one near you?

Well, eventually, my life led me away from London, and away from the writers’ group, to the rural climes of Grosmont, North Yorkshire, where my wife and I still live today. In total contrast to London, where we had both lived for well over a decade, Grosmont is a tiny country village, through which a steam railway runs, and if there are twenty people in the local pub no one can quite believe how busy it is. There was no writers’ group here. So, around the town, I put up notices asking if anyone would be interested in joining one. I left my contact details for people to take, and I waited. At first, there was a small glimmer of interest, mostly from people I already knew, and who, really, were just being kind; they were responding to my plea more out of pity than anything else. “Of course,” they all said in one way or another, “I don’t write. But I’ll come along anyway, to see what it’s all about.” I really didn’t think it was going to take off. But, about six writers, as well as some non-writing but interested supporters, came to the first meeting. It was held in the village’s slightly strange and very tiny real ale bar (yes, Grosmont has both a pub and a bar!), against a backdrop of locals chatting over their pints, and some brave folk actually read out pieces they’d written. Some of it was stuff they’d written as teenagers, or an extract from a memoir, or even a magazine article. And, to my enormous surprise (I say that because of the low expectations they’d all led me to have in the build-up), the writing was good!

Over the coming weeks, several new members came along, and one or two original members fell by the wayside. Now, almost two years on, we have a solid core of about nine writers, as well as a few guest members who join us when they are in the area, and we meet every fortnight to listen to each others’ writing and offer our feedback. For a tiny little village like ours, nine regular members is pretty good going. After less than a year, we published a collection of our short stories. This was an incredibly exciting community project – we funded it partially ourselves, but were also given very generous sponsorship by several local businesses and organisations. Initially, we had two hundred paperback copies printed up, all of which we have now sold, and we are working our way through our second print-run. Not only that, but we are likely to publish our second book in the not too distant future! And, despite the initial, very self-deprecatory claims about their own writing abilities, at least six members of the group have written – or are well underway with – a novel, and the others have amassed huge collections of excellent stories. I am blown away by the talent and commitment of this group of writers.

I originally set up the Grosmont Writers’ Group because I wanted a bunch of writers who would be able to offer me advice on my own writing, and who would all benefit from each other’s feedback too. But, just as with the Willesden Green Writers’ Group in London, I’ve found the Grosmont Writers’ Group also provides two other things: a great range of interesting fiction, and a great range of interesting friends.

So, I cannot recommend highly enough the benefits of joining a writers’ group. And if there isn’t one near you, start one yourself!


Antony Wootten writes under two names: his own name, when writing for children, and David Hall, when writing for adults.

As David Hall, he has recently published ‘And I Wish I’d Asked Why’ (currently only on Kindle, but paperback will follow), which Red City Review described as ‘a collection of eighteen amazingly compelling short stories’. He has also written ‘Gordon Medley’s Final Frontier’, which he refers to as a Sci-fi Adventure Space-Opera Comedy Star Trek Parody, a genre which few have tackled previously… Find out more here: www.antonywootten.co.uk/davidhall.html

As Antony Wootten, he has self-published three books for children roughly aged 9-12: ‘A Tiger Too Many’, which is a novel set during the second world war, about a young girl’s desperate crusade to save a tiger in London Zoo; ‘Grown-ups Can’t Be Friends With Dragons’, a novel about an unhappy young boy who meets a strange creature in a cave by the sea; and a collection of limericks, which is called ‘There Was An Old Fellow From Skye’. Find out more here: www.antonywootten.co.uk

Follow Antony on Twitter: @antonywootten

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Advice From a Novice Writer

Wannabe Pride welcomes guest blogger M.C. Simon


Photo Artist: Angela Waye
Website: www.angelawaye.com

Yes, you heard it right… advice from a beginner. You, the writer who has climbed to a higher level, just saw these words.

Sounds too bold? Can a novice writer do this?

I bet she can! In life we can receive advice from any level of consciousness and if we are able to perceive what’s behind the lines, we can always learn something new… or we can see the same thing from a different perspective.

It is said “When the student is ready, the teacher appears”.

Life has shown me many times the depth of these words. They are not saying that the teacher must have a specific degree or diploma… but for sure we came into these human bodies to learn about life. And this life is teaching us so many things, in so many different ways through various people. Some of them are experts and some beginners in your field of interest. Let yourself hear a novice’s advice also.

David Bailey said once “The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading”. And this advice was given to him by a student when he was sixteen.

According to Merriam Webster, an advice is an opinion or suggestion about what someone should do.

Than permit me to write here what I consider to be the first advice which any writer should receive. And let me be straight.

GO TO THE ROOTS! Define very well what your reason to write is. Without a clear reason, you will succeed to start writing, but being nourished by a temporary impulse, in a short time the impulse will disappear and your writing life will also reach an end.

I am not a fan of giving direct advice. I always prefer giving subliminal advice which lets the reader choose what is right for him or not. I am doing this because one of my mottos in life is that I am never doing to others what I don’t like someone else to do to me. I always prefer having a choice, no matter what.

Are you wondering what connection there is between advice latent with choice and the writing process itself?

Well… a distinction must be made here: on the one hand there are technical advices which of course I prefer to be direct; I would never try to dig behind the words if we are talking about technique, procedures and so on. All these can be learned by anyone and I personally appreciate people who are giving technical advice… especially for free. Doing this they also involve their hearts and the advice touches the reader’s heart in a very deep way.

Now, my advice can be considered direct and indirect also. Direct because I told you exactly what to do. Indirect because I never mentioned how and when you will reach the roots.


Dig deep into your heart and see the roots where your desire to write emerged from. Embrace the roots and start to write.

I know… I know… we are human… we need proof also. So let’s do it like this. You like to write. You have a sudden inspiration. Start! Write. Put your heart on the paper. Do it; and somehow on a cloudy day you will meet what is called a writer’s block. I know it, I already touched that level.

That block can be scary sometimes. If it lasts more than a few days, it can induce a very strong doubt in you. The experiment which I’m proposing for you is that when this moment comes, do not panic, and do not start to doubt yourself.

So just relax. Add some of your favorite music if you need it. Breathe deep and… smile.

After you have totally relaxed and the smile shines upon your face, dig into your subconscious mind and find there the roots of your desire to write. Don’t stop when you find the superficial reasons… dig deeper and bring to surface the ultimate roots of your reason. Listen to your heart; it knows best when these roots are discovered.

Breathe deep and smile again. And after this WRITE!

Write and see what’s happening. Write from the depth of your heart. Spread on paper your truth… nothing else than your truth.

Can you see the difference now? Well… even if you see it or not… my next advice is: DON’T follow any advice, no matter how good it is, until the moment when your heart is telling you to do so. Ultimately, my advice is to follow your heart… and WRITE!


Writer, translator, researcher, engineer… and much more. What else can I ask for? :) I have breathed on this planet since January, 29, 1967, being born in Romania, a country which I always liked, in a city crossed by the Danube river, where my mother was in a short holiday before she was to deliver her first child. I recently decided that I am a writer. This writer started to ask for her freedom and I intend to set her free. So, the first move was to choose a Pen Name… like any writer who has a reason to choose it. What’s my reason? Only one: intending to write only in English language, my real name would be hard to spell; but loving too much my name, I simply couldn’t get rid of it and I decided only to cut the last letters. “Everything is based on contrasts. You can read these lines only because it is enough contrast between the letters and the background”. Yes, that’s me also. Fire and ice, sweet and bitter, warm and cold… I will not continue anymore here; I am sure you caught the main idea. And I am wondering now… can the letters which I will choose bring out enough contrast on the paper to keep your attention awakened?




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