Monday, March 24, 2008

So You Want to Write a Book Five and Both Worlds Chocolate

It was a chilly early Easter morning when I went in search of the Easter Bunny as someone had requested. There she was, much smaller than I expected, and snuggled in a pink sweater, popping out from my new hydrangea plant. (Thanks, Suzette, for the fun idea.)

We are now up to point five on the Ten Things to Know if You Want to Write a Book.

How would a bookstore or library categorize your book? Oh let them figure it out. Nope. Won’t work. If the nice book publisher, bookstore lady or kindly librarian doesn’t know how it should be categorized, what is she to do? You have noticed, haven’t you, how people today are overburdened at work? Help them. Look at the signs above the bookstore bookcases. Where would your book fit? Also, look on the back cover or inside some of your books to get an idea of categories. For example, at top of the back cover of my copy of the novel, Gilead, there is the category: fiction. At the top left of the back cover of Kitchen Table Wisdom, I see the designation, inspiration. A book may have more than one category, such as writing/self-help, found on the back cover of Writing As a Way of Healing. The category may sometimes be listed on the inside of the book. There now, your book is one step closer to being on store shelves.

And one step closer to our chocolate recipe. This came from Lynda after Halloween, but it will work with Easter candy too. The hardest part is finding "leftover" Snickers bars. (Oh, just eat what you have on hand and go buy more.) It isn't really a "recipe" so it didn't have a name, but, considering the ingredients, (healthy apples and yummy Snickers bars) I named it.

Best of Both Worlds Chocolate Dessert

Chop leftover Snickers bars.
Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place apples in a baking dish.
Sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples.
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream.

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