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The Top 5 Secrets To Landing A Book Deal

6 Oct

The Top 5 Secrets To Landing A Book Deal
by Alan Rinzler
October 3, 2010, 12:22 pm

Q: I haven’t had any luck finding a publisher for my book. What’s the secret to getting in the door?
A: Here’s my advice on how you can beat the odds and overcome the biggest reasons most books get rejected.

But first, I’d like to give you an idea of what it’s like behind the scenes at a publishing house, and how acquiring editors go about the business of signing up books.

The reality: Editors are desperate to find books!
Writers often don’t realize that editors are strongly motivated, in fact desperate, to find authors and their books. Editors wake up in the morning with acquisition anxiety! We’re all under tremendous pressure to find promising new books that will sell.

That’s why we’re out there hounding literary agents, scouring newspapers, magazines and journals, cornering college professors, the local city councilwoman and the 16-year-old tech head from next door – because who knows, just maybe they have a great idea or brilliant new manuscript ready to go.
Given this nervous reality, why do acquiring editors reject so many of the dozens of ideas, proposals, and manuscripts they see each week, often after only a 30-second glance at the first few pages? Here’s why, and what you can do about it.
The 5 best ways to improve your chances

#1 Bulk up your concept
The concept is the core idea of any book project. So we’re disappointed when an author or agent sends us a project with a concept that is weak or inappropriate.
We see too many memoirs, for example, that are motivated by hurt and resentment. Or books that are clearly calculated efforts to climb on the bandwagon of a perceived hot trend, like cross-over vampire love stories, and terrorist infiltrations of suburban St. Louis. Or quick and easy programs for financial success, satisfying marriage and perfect kids based on no research or track record. No thanks.

Some concepts reveal a writer who thinks he can make a quick killing in the book business. Now that’s funny.
Here’s what we’re actually hoping for: More details.


Suspension of the Nigeria Football Federation

5 Oct

5 Oct 2010 14:02 Africa/Lagos

Suspension of the Nigeria Football Federation

ABUJA, October 5, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The FIFA Emergency Committee decided today, 4 October 2010, to suspend the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with immediate effect on account of government interference. This decision follows the latest events linked to the NFF, such as the court actions against elected members of the NFF Executive Committee preventing them from exercising their functions and duties, the stepping down of the acting NFF General Secretary on the instructions of the National Sports Commission, the decision of the Minister of Sports to have the Nigerian League start without relegation from the previous season, and the fact that the NFF Executive Committee cannot work properly due to this interference.

The suspension will be maintained until the court actions have ceased and the duly elected NFF Executive Committee is able to work without any interference.

During the period of suspension, the NFF will not be able to be represented in any regional, continental or international competitions, including at club level, and also not in friendly matches. In addition, neither the NFF nor any of its members or officials can benefit from any development programme, course, or training from FIFA or CAF while the federation remains suspended.

Source: International Federation of Football Association (FIFA)

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5 Oct 2010
14:02 Suspension of the Nigeria Football Federation
12:17 Third Ordinary Session of the Second Parliament of the Pan African Parliament opens today
4 Oct 2010
16:22 Agenda des actions africaines en région parisienne d’octobre
16:22 Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General on Nigeria
16:22 Statement at the Conclusion of an IMF Mission to Ghana
16:21 Nigeria : attentat à Abuja (1er octobre 2010) / Déclaration de Bernard Kouchner
16:14 Statement by the spokesperson of High Representative Catherine Ashton on the bombing in Abuja, Nigeria
12:00 Bristow Group to Present at the Johnson Rice Energy Conference
2 Oct 2010
16:40 Ford Foundation Celebrates 50 Years in West Africa

Can you heal my broken Heart?

5 Oct

Can you heal my broken Heart?

He promised me heaven on earth
He made me feel ten feet tall
Even though his promises were off the wall
I still beloved him in good faith.

His words made me strong
I thought nothing would go bad
But I got it all wrong
And now I feel so sad.

You love me with your sweet kisses
You hold me with your sweet promises
But tomorrow you may crush my daisies
And break my china vase in pieces.

My soul is torn apart
For my heart is broken
And I feel so forsaken
Can you heal my broken heart?

~ By Orikinla Osinachi
Tuesday October 5, 2010.

Note: This is a love song of a heart broken woman to her new lover. It would be best performed by a soprano.

Who Says MEND No Longer Exists?

5 Oct

MEND in action in the Niger Delta

“Mr. President should not be disturbed, MEND no longer exists. Anyone who says MEND is involved is wasting his time.”
~ Chief Edwin Clark, a prominent leader of the South-South region of Nigeria, speaking on the alleged suspects of the October 1, bomb blasts in Abuja, Nigeria.

Chief Edwin Clark

Chief Edwin Clark was quoted by The Punch newspaper of Tuesday October 5, 2010, that Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) no longer exists, because of the on-going AMNESTY in the Niger Delta and especially now that a native of the region is the President and Commander -in- Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. President Goodluck Jonnathan also was reported to have absolved MEND of the horrifying Independence Day bombings near the Eagle Square venue of the celebrations of 50th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria. But MEND continues to claim the responsibility and dismissed the AMNESTY as a scam and called those engaged in the post Amnesty Rehabilitation programme as miscreants and not militants of the real Niger Delta struggle.

MEND said poor security intelligence should be blamed for the casualties, because security agencies failed to respond to the danger signals ahead of the fateful day.

Henry Okah is now on trial in Soiuth Africa for being implicated in the bomb blasts and most of the arrested suspects have been linked to Okah, who is one of the leaders of MEND and a notable global arms dealer.

Absolving and denying MEND is deliberate, because the admittance of the formidableness and culpability of the militant vanguard of the Niger Delta struggle would mean that the so called Amnesty of the Nigerian government is not a success as claimed by the government of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the government contractors of the Amnesty Rehabilitation programme, fake opportunists posing as repentant militants and their masters.

Who is fooling whom?

President Goodluck Jonathan Does Not Need These Bloody Distractions

4 Oct

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and President Barack Obama of the United States of America.

What happened to Nigeria on October 1, 2010, is not what I would even wish for my worst enemy. To be given a birthday present of bombs that killed over 11 of your children and left several others injured. The terrorist bombings on the very 50th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria was roundly condemned and denounced by every sensible Nigerian and other people in the world. President Goodluck Jonathan , formers heads of state, prominent leaders, invited leaders of other countries, other important dignitaries and thousands of others at the Eagle Square, venue of the Golden Jubilee celebrations were shocked and embarrassed by the horrifying and terrifying bomb blasts.

I was in Lagos reporting the 50th Independence day parade as I was watching the live broadcast on TV when I received the bad news. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta claimed responsibility for the terrorist bombings. The foreign news media as usual reported the tragedy before our own local news media and I got the first pictures of the incident from the websites of the Vancouver Sun and other foreign news channels.

What happened was bad and those who did it were bad as they made Nigerians sad.
Nigeria is not Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Lebanon and other parts of the world where terrorist bombings were common. Nigeria is not a terrorist state. We don’t blow up ourselves. No, this not our way. We are better and wiser than that. We do not breed suicide bombers. So, what MEND and those responsible for these horrible bombings have done is against our beliefs, customs and traditions. Dialogue would solve more problems than killing innocent people. MEND will account for the blood of the innocent people who were killed by the bomb blasts on October 1, 2010.

According to the BBC:
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) is a loose web of armed groups in Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta region.

These gangs have spent years kidnapping oil workers, attacking oil fields, blowing up pipelines and fighting Nigeria’s army.

Niger Delta politicians originally created the gangs – by arming young men to use as their private armies and to rig elections.

But later, the young men began to turn the guns on the government, and oil companies, organising into a militant movement, under the banner Mend.

Formed out of previous militant groups in 2006 Send regular e-mails to media Split into several factions Most leaders accepted amnesty 1 October attack first in Abuja Based in creeks of Niger Delta Want oil wealth to remain in Delta Preaching non-violence to militants The day Nigeria hit oil ‘Blood oil’ dripping from Nigeria They demand that the Delta receive more benefits from its oil, with a fairer share of the wealth invested in roads, schools, hospitals, clean water and power supply.

~ Caroline Duffield of BBC News, Lagos

President Goodluck Jonathan doubts if MEND would commit such a horrible crime of terrorism. Many reporters said MEND warned that bombs would be exploded in cars and trash bins in Abuja on the 50th Independence Anniversary and the bombs exploded as MEND warned. And MEND did not deny that it was responsible for the terrorist attack. Kidnappers, armed robbers, bloody militants and other lunatic fringe elements are enemies of progress and the sooner we track them down and round them up, the better and safer we would be.

President Goodluck Jonathan is being challenged to preside over the 2011 elections and such acts of terrorism do not augur well for his administration. In fact, he does not need such bloody distractions. He promised President Barack Obama that the 2011 elections will be free and fair and his hands are already full and anyone who believes in the Nigerian Dream of a new dawn of peace, prosperity and unity should support him to keep his promise for the nation building of a New Nigeria in the leadership of Africa among the comity of nations.

God save Nigeria.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, author of Barack Obama and the American Dream.

Falling in Love and Falling Out of Love

4 Oct

Falling in Love and Falling Out of Love

Falling in love is good only when you fall in love with the right person at the right time, no matter the location. But as humans are often challenged by both foreseen and unforeseen circumstances, you cannot predict if your love will pass the test of time.

Falling in love is most common among youths. But in most cases, what they are really experiencing is not true love, but infatuation or longing for romantic companionship.

Infatuations are common when we are growing up and having childhood sweethearts, a dream girl or dream man and as young adults in their late teens grow older they begin to outgrow these infatuations as they become fully grown men and women. But in many cases, they would have been through both good and bad experiences that if not well handled would affect them for the rest of their lives. Bad experiences such as physical or psychological abuses could make them traumatized and stigmatized for years. Peer pressure does more harm than good to young adults as they do things to impress their peers in covetousness and competition, posing and posturing from high school to college and even carry on with their artificial airs and graces until they grow old. Their insecurities often end up in aggression or depression at home, on the street or workplace. They later reminisce over “might-have-been” with apologies and regrets. But then the damage has already been done and the nightmare will haunt them for life. So, the sooner you realize these facts of life and face the realities, the better, healthier and safer you would be. Prevention is better than cure. So, before you fall in love, check out all the pros and cons and weigh all the options for today and the future. Ponder over it again and again, because, this decision can make you or break you. Think twice or even thrice before you are finally convinced that you are truly in love and not in lust. Okay?

A girl wants to have her own boyfriend simply to prove that she is not left out or she is also in the know too or for the fun of the romantic and erotic experience. It is all biology!

A boy wants to prove his manhood and thinks having sex will prove a point to his peers. And his attraction to a pretty and sexy girl or woman is mistaken for “falling in love” when it is actually falling in lust. Simple animal instinct!

Falling in love is not a game.
Young adults experiment with sex, drugs, etc; to live up to the Joneses of their own peers and in most cases they throw caution to the winds as they are sowing their wild oats. But they could be marred or scarred by the consequences or repercussions of these careless high-risk acts of romance.
How many teenage lovers marry and remain married?
Many cases of divorce have been traced to immature and insecure couples.

Falling out of love is most common among youths.
Falling truly in love is a sacrifice. You are taking a plunge and with all the risks too. But when the sacrifice is not appreciated by the beneficiary of your love, you feel disappointed and would want healing of your broken or wounded heart. You may seek healing from another companion, such as a new male or female attraction to fulfill your physical or psychological gratification or consolation, comfort yourself, fill up your emptiness, end your loneliness, etc.

If you truly fall in love with someone and later you notice things you would not approve in your relationship or marriage, such as flaws, faults, shortcomings, likes and dislikes, etc, be honest and sincere to point them out and address them for your mutual benefit and correct all the “correctables” and boycott all the “boycottables” and seek solutions to the problems and find the answers to all the hard questions. Do not be afraid to ask questions and face the demons or fire spitting dragons of life.
If you do not conquer your fears, your fears will conquer you.
Express your fears and also shed your tears too.
Honesty is still the best policy in every human relationship.

If you can no longer bear or tolerate him or her, simply and politely say so and QUIT.
What matters most in every relationship are two things, HAPPINESS AND SECURITY?
Are you happy and are you secure?
If you are not happy and secure, let your lover or spouse know WHY?
If you truly love him or her, you would really do your best to help make him or her happy and secure.
Do not hide your feelings.
Do not pretend to be happy.
Do not pretend to be secure.
Be honest and be sincere.
Do not base your falling in love with someone on selfish reasons?
Why are you in love?
What is the attraction?
If the good looks, good job, the posh car or SUV, and chic pad are the attractions, then my dear, you are not really in love and would sooner or later fall out of love when your excitement over these material and perishable things begins to wane.

When you want to fall in love, look for imperishable, things that would last and pass the test of time, come rain or shine.

Fall for the person that would add value to your life.
Fall for the person that would bring out the best in you even if you pass through the fire of temptation, trials and tribulations of the vicissitudes of life.

True love is not like gold, for gold will rust.
True love is like diamond. And diamond is diamond, rough or smooth. And that is why diamonds are forever.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

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Two Foreign sailors kidnapped off Niger Delta

3 Oct

Two foreign sailors have been kidnapped off the West African nation’s restive and oil-rich southern delta according to an AP report Sunday. More.


I’m afraid for Nigeria–Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki

The deposed Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, CON, says Nigeria is in grave danger of disintegration, except God intervenes. Dasuki addressed the political anomie plaguing the country in an exclusive interview with Sunday Sun in Kaduna and published on Sunday, October 03, 2010.

He spoke on the late Gen. Sani Abacha and Chief M.K.O. Abiola, former president Olusegun Obasanjo and other rulers.

“The other day, I was at Sultan Bello mosque, here in Kaduna, and I saw one new house near the mosque, a very big one at that and I was told that it belongs to a Local Government Chairman in Kaduna state. Where did he get the money to build a mansion like that? The thing is, until we change our attitude, I think we will continue from bad to worst. Take for example, none of the industries in Kaduna is functioning, and we are preparing to spend a huge amount of money that could be used to revive these industries to celebrate 50 years of Nigeria ’s leadership failure. I used to have my own roller in one of the textiles for my own use before, but the whole industries have collapsed because of corruption and bad leadership,” said Dasuki.

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