REVIEW OF PIECES BY LORI SHEMEK – “Chad Schimke’s book ‘Pieces’ is a masterpiece of intrigue, suspense and magical spells…and walks you right into the everyday paranormal – and he shows how silently ubiquitous it can be at every turn. Based in the city I am from, San Francisco, reading this book took me back to this city rich in stories and history. The author knows San Francisco inside and out and so, combined with such well-developed characters, complete with a witch and much more, made for such compelling reading.. that I couldn’t put this book down.”

POLK GULCH GRAFFITI These pics represent some of the graffiti springing up around the Tenderloin near Polk. Enjoy!

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Formatting and Submitting Your ManuscriptFormatting and Submitting Your Manuscript by Chuck Sambucino
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FORMATTING AND SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT – Nobody ever said writing was easy. The fact is this: good fiction is partly due to following structured rules, allowing creative brainstorms and utilizing sound business practices. If you write for publication, then you need to understand submissions, that’s the topic of this post. Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript by Chuck Sambuchino is a good addition to your writing reference library. Why is that? Because, this book covers all of the basics in an abbreviated sort of way, with callouts to identify/ explain important elements. That includes query letters, novel synopses, book proposals, manuscript pages, etc. There are rules to follow so that you come across as professional, polished and publishable. The book provides examples so you will have a good grasp of what works and what doesn’t. If you have read any of my review posts on writing reference, you will know that I don’t recommend a lot of writing reference books. That’s because beginning writers need relevant information and don’t have any time to waste. You’re probably going to spend a hundred hours on a novel length manuscript.
My suggestion is to focus on the three most important writing reference books, see below for my short list. If you’ve always wanted to try writing I encourage you to give it a try. Good luck!
1. Book in a Month (BIAM) by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
2. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King
3. Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript by Chuck Sambuchino

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SOLIS ART 2013 – Check out the newly redesigned webpage for San Francisco artist Solis at ( As featured in A&U Magazine (December 2012) and showing now at City Art through the end of January 2013. There’s still time to order eco-jewelry, limited edition pillows and fine quality digital prints of his most popular series ‘We Are Wildewood’. Keep watching in 2013 for exciting new developments including acrylic jewelry. Go in peace and love, wearing a smiley face! J