More Information about Sunscribe™

I am thrilled to let you know that…

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Sunscribe™  is seeking artists for upcoming projects. More details on our website:

We are looking for illustrators and graphic designers who can create original supporting artwork for children’s book manuscripts for our Dancing Squirrel™ imprint, as well as front/back covers for fiction for our Sandalwood™ Press imprint, and nonfiction works including memoir and poetry, for our Java Creek™ imprint.

Candidates must be able to work on a deadline, and compensation will be discussed when contacted by Sunscribe™  for possible contract.

Please submit 3-5 samples along with contact information, links to your professional website and/or links to previous work in attachment form to with “artist” in the subject line.

The material presented on this website is the property of Sunscribe™ and its imprints, a division of Silver Sun™ Publishers, LLC. It may not be reproduced without prior written consent of the publisher. Copyright 2013.  All rights reserved.

Please direct all questions to

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The Vocabula Review

Seeks “…essays about issues related to the English language, culture, and society.”

categories accepting: personal essay, poetry, newsworthy, book excerpts, etc.

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Sunday Funny: Shakespeare’s Swine

A very talented writer, of Shiteki Na Usagi , mentioned a must-see video. OOOOhhh, she’s absolutely right, totally worth your time.

You’ve never heard the THREE LITTLE PIGS like this!



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If you’re in the South, why not stop by?

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I’m getting ready to speak at the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop (SCWW) Intensive on May 18, 2013. If you’re in the area, I want to extend an invitation to you! This workshop, Bridging the Publishing Abyss,  is open to anyone who is a writer, interested in becoming a writer, or may be curious about the process of writing and getting published.

This year we welcome four speakers: Jonathan K. Rice, an award winning author, editor and publisher of the Iodine Poetry Journal;  Lee Q. Miller, author, historian and an adjunct professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Gerontology on Aging, Death and Grief at Winthrop University;  Roxie Hanna, editor, publisher and ghostwriter who this year has launched a traditional publishing firm featuring children’s books, fiction and non-fiction including poetry; and Craig Faris, a seventeen-time published author of short fiction, one-act plays and thriller novels.

We offer sessions for poets, children’s writers (picture book to YA), memoirists, as well as fiction, and nonfiction writers. Sign up for up to four of thirteen one-hour sessions by visiting the website 

The event includes lunch and is only $15.00. Feel free to pass this along to your friends who may be interested as well!

The  schedule:

8:45 – 9:15 Registration and Opening

9:15 – 10:15 Session One 

  1. Celebrating Life through Memoir part one: be sure to sign up for part two in Session Two
  2. The wrong way to get published
  3. Children’s Picture Book Perplexities

10:15 – 11:15 Session Two

  1. Celebrating Life through Memoir part two: be sure to sign up for part one in Session One
  2. Make your writing pop and grab attention 
  3. Fabulous Fiction Falsehoods

11:15-11:30 break

11:30 – 12:30 Session Three

  1.  Nuts and Bolts of Creating Legacy: an introduction
  2. Drowning the Agent
  3. How to get your poetry published
  4. Young Adult Enigmas

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch and Book Signing

1:30 – 2:30 Session Four

  1. The wrong way to get published
  2. How to get your poetry published
  3. Nonfiction Fibs

2:30–4:00 Book Signing and Readings by SCWW members

I’d love to see you there!

Roxie Hanna

Friday Pep Rally

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Both as a country and individually, many have questioned the events in Massachusetts, Texas, and along the Mississippi River, plus countless other places worldwide with one word. Why?

Personally, I’ve been facing a quiet storm. One adviser and two other friends jumped on a band wagon to set up a ‘competing business’ under my company name. Why?

I don’t have the answer, to either of those questions. And honestly, I learned a long time ago, I may not find them. Life doesn’t come with a manual: “Flip to page 49, paragraph iii to address this issue.” But as sure as I’m writing this I will tell you, “Nothing is EVER wasted!” (Be sure you use this as a quote attributed to me, Roxie Hanna, k?)

My close friends know this mantra; tell me they hear those words in their own heads when they come across a situation that is unexpected or heartbreaking. I repeated the words aloud, swallowing the strength they offered, “Nothing is EVER wasted.”

Never one to theorize about politics, religion, or sciences, let me postulate that these events are connected. The commonality is people. People recovering.

So, after I saw interviews with those affected most by these instances, I gave myself a pep talk. “If folks can recover, and commit to a future, why am I even considering a moment of self-pity?”

I straightened my shoulders, picked up my proverbial pompoms and marched into the kitchen for a chunk of dark chocolate.

The name of the game is survival. For whatever time we have here. Chocolate is a survivor’s food. I AM a survivor. Of many things.

What does this have to do with writers?

Well, let me jump on my soapbox, pompom in each hand, “You can do this. No matter what reaction you face, situation that presents itself, or tragedy that plays out, you can and must continue on the path you started.” *waving pompoms*

You are a writer, and know that since, “nothing is ever wasted,” you can adjust

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your attitude, edit your work, change your plot-line  or whatever you need to do for success as defined by you. Nike has something, Just Do It! And don’t stop.

We’re in this together, person to person, shoulder to shoulder, come hell or high water, or both.

*Exhaling, one more shake of those fluffy puffs in your direction,* this concludes our pep rally this week, “Go YOUUUU!” *setting pompoms down*.



Sunday Funny: Twisted

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I’ve heard many a helpful sentiment this week, and I appreciate them all. Truly do.

Since I’m a nerdy word peep, I probed my brain’s recesses for more wise sayings, you know, to get through this interesting situation I find myself mired in. Then I had an “aha moment”. What would these aphorisms be like with a slight twist?

I present to you shaken and stirred, twisted and bent, new Parables:

· The kettle does not care whether you are watching or not.

· The early worm gets eaten by the bird.

· You can’t have everything, where would you put it?

· Once bitten by two dogs.

· When days are dark turn on the light.

· When friends are few enjoy the abundance.

· A bird in hand is worth two on a dating site.

· God helps those who don’t need help.

· Only drunk people ever have to say ‘I’m not drunk’.

· Leave all the stones unturned unless you are looking for insects and worms.

· Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

· Pennywise pound millionaire.

· If your parents never had children, chances are you won’t, either.

· When one door is closed it quickly becomes a fad.

· He who hesitates probably smoked weed.

· Time wounds all heels.

· Never insult an alligator until after you have crossed the river.

· Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we will be broke.

Credit: Yummie Lifestyle Magazine post by Kadar Khan…though the site hasn’t been updated in about a year, the bikini pictures may still offend some…you have been prepared.

What parable missed twisting?

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Top Twos-Day: Enjoy the Madness

N.O. photo by R. L. Hanna all rights reserved

N.O. photo by R. L. Hanna all rights reserved

Ok, since this is my blog, I’m going to do something I don’t usually do…focus on me. I know, please bear with me. Many of you have been so graciously waiting to hear about the publishing company. Seems like it’s two steps forward and one in neutral. Here we go: good news and bad news.

First the bad. My new publishing company has undergone a few challenges even before we hit the marketplace. But, as with anything, this is just a pothole in the road. I returned from New Orleans last week to have an emergency meeting for over two hours with my intellectual properties lawyer. We’ve been considering a situation of grave consequences. Someone close to me betrayed my confidence and used my company name to set up a competing entity.

I won’t go into details.  However, I’ll just say this issue almost made me slip down a path I didn’t want to take. Instead, we are forward focused. The name will be changed and those who attempted to thwart my company’s reputation will undoubtedly face karma, and may I say it is not always pretty.

Now, on to the good news. I’ve been invited to offer four classes at the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop, just south of Charlotte, in May. We’re sending out the publicity notices and we’d love to see any of you sign up if you happen to be in the area that day. Also scheduled to speak, artist and poet Jonathan K. Rice of Iodine Poetry Journal, Lee Q. Miller memoirist, and literary award-winning author Craig Faris.

My four topics are Children’s Picture Book Perplexities, Young Adult Enigmas, Fabulous Fiction Falsehoods, and Nonfiction Fibs. Should be a fun class, as we discuss issues which propel writing forward or keep writing stagnant. Plus we’ll see examples of what editors and publishers are seeking in each of the appropriate marketplaces. Details about the event…




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