Saturday With Fora

Sounds like a sequel to that Morrie book, doesn’t it? But it isn’t. It’s me getting all down wit’ da Echelon forum and the Kindleboards forum. The plural of forum is fora, did you know that? Well, now you know.

Echelon publisher Karen Syed just pointed us to where we can get a Nook badge for our “book”, but a comment led me to do more. Here is my contribution to the Echelon forum on the subject:

Even better, if you have more than one book available for Nook: Courtest of EGTalbot in the comments section–

Go to the Nook Store. Search for your name. When I searched for mine, my book and story collections came up, BUT a book by Marian Allen Claffey came up with them. Back up in the search bar, I typed Marian Allen -Claffey and got only my books. By preceding the word I did NOT want with a minus sign, I eliminated poor Ms. Claffey from the search results.

Okay, now you have a page with ONLY YOUR books. Now copy and paste this text into a widget for your sidebar, substituting your search results where indicated. It works, as you can see on my sidebar at

<p><a title=”I’m a PubIt! Author! Buy my book on” rel=”nofollow” href=”YOUR SEARCH RESULTS HERE” target=”_blank”><img src=”” border=”0″ alt=”I’m a PubIt! Author! Buy my book on” width=”180″ height=”152″ /></a></p>


I’m starting to learn my way around, and it’s FUN!

Of course, it’s distracting me from my Rainbow Edits, and that is NOT fun, because I enjoy doing edits, even the Rainbow ones. Rainbow Edits are the ones where you go, like, HAD / Select All / Highlight color, blue. Then every instance of the word “had” in your manuscript is blue. WAS is another one, and WERE and THAT. Now I have to go through the whole book and decide if I really really want HAD or THAT or WERE or WAS there, or if I want to reword to eliminate the instance and put something else where that was that was. Like that.

Okay, back to work!

WRITING PROMPT: Do this for your own manuscript, using the words my editor does or other words you suspect you might overuse. Squamous, for instance, or manly.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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