Thanks, Writer’s Market!

October 17, 2011 | 3:21 pm | Journal: on writing, short stories, updates |    0 comment

I bought the Writer’s Market 2009 book on eBay a few weeks ago. I only recently got it in the mail, as items shipped from the US take a while to arrive to Italy.

Do I need to mention how big a help this book is revealing to be?

Aside from magazines that accept freelance writers, I found at least a hundred publishers for short stories, Sci-Fi novels and novellas that accept online submissions. Manna from Heaven!

I don’t care the book is a 2009 edition. I understand the need for update, as new publishers are born every year, but I can get the updates from the Web version (which I’m going to subscribe to on January/February 2012): all I could afford NOW was the 2009 edition, which is packed with a lot of good advice and great publishers anyway. I’m looking up a few this week.

Short Stories Update

Between articles and reviews, I use a ten minutes of my day, every day, to continue my short stories.

I’m a few pages from the end of Evergreen, and I’m developing a plot for the short story mag.

Also, my recent visit to inspired a short-short story (a short story that’s less than 1,000 words) about a little robot that was designed to be a portable camera —yes, it was a Canon camera to inspire that.

Join me at :) I’m new there, but it’s a good community for writers, like I love both.


Online University of my dreams

October 16, 2011 | 10:17 pm | Journal: updates |    0 comment

The more I read about, the more I feel I should be studying there one day.

I won’t begin to mention how many short story character ideas that university has given me, with its many beautiful degree programs.

The more I learn about Walden, the more I fall in love with it. Too bad I live in Italy and that studying overseas costs too much. *sigh*

Walden University’s online degree programs include many subjects in many different areas, but here’s my favorite:

~ Using Research and Data to Drive Decision-Making
~ Planning and Program Development for Online and Distance Learning
~ Understanding Students: Learning, Development, and Diversity
~ Enterprise and Project Risk Management
~ Principles of Project Management

Okay, this update had little to do with my writing progress, but I was happy to share something about my dream studies for once… especially since it’s dreams AND studies to inspire my stories! :)

I will write about my short stories next time.


8 Best Books on Management Ever Written

September 14, 2011 | 7:27 pm | Journal: book reviews, guest writers |    0 comment

There are literally hundreds and hundreds of book on management out there. Which ones are worth purchasing and which ones aren’t? Here are 8 best books on management ever written.

The Principles of Scientific Management
by Frederick Winslow Taylor

This book gets right to the heart of good management; a manager needs to be able to get his/her team to systematically work as one in order to achieve success. Management isn’t a one-man show. It’s a compilation of a leader who can lead a team to perform at their best. Each part of a project requires different actions. This book explores how a manager can get all those actions working as one to accomplish the desired result. This book on management is an oldie but a goodie.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
By: Stephen R. Covey
This book definitely has a spot on the list of best books on management ever written. Want to avoid bad managerial decision making? Want to know how the professional and personal are interlinked? The author takes you through a series of angles that will show you how the world of management and your personal world can compliment or insult each other without you even realizing it. This is a great book for managers of any business.

Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators
By: Patrick M. Lencioni
This book makes the list of best books on management ever written because it address that old adage…If you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. This book helps both you and your team to make better decisions both in life and in business.

The One Minute Manager
By: Kenneth Blanchard, Ph. D. and Spencer Johnson, M.D.
Want to know why this book made it on the list of best books on management ever written? Well, it’s sold thirteen million copies, and is still considered by many to be THE best book ever written on management. Among other things, this book shows how important doing “one minute” tasks are as a means to inspire, motivate, and encourage people to do their best under any circumstances.

First Break all The Rules
By: Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
This book shows the result of an in-depth study by the authors of great managers, and how they were able to develop the specific talents of their team members, thus leading them to become top performers. Of course, there is a little bit of rule breaking going on along the way.

Business: The Ultimate Resource
By: Daniel Goleman
This book made the list of best books on management ever written because it’s a treasure chest of information including a management library, management checklists, profiles of top managers and much, much more.

Communicate with Confidence
By: Dianna Booher
The title pretty much sums up what this book is all about. Learn how to communicate with others and why it is so important to your management duties.

It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy
By: D. Michael Abrashoff
“The most important thing a captain can do is to see the ship from the eyes of the crew.” The importance of walking in the shoes of your team members and seeing things from their vantage point should never be underestimated, and that’s why this book made it to the list of best books on management ever written.

Mary Trudi commonly blogs about the costs associated with studying a PhD management online.


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