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Come see us at the 15th Annual Florida Writers Conference!

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re one of the sponsors of the 15th annual Florida Writers Conference taking place October 20 – 23rd in Altamonte, Florida.

writing conference writers association book editing company sponsorThe Florida Writers Association (FWA) produces the annual conference that fosters and supports writers in the Sunshine State and beyond. Their world-renowned organization attracts famous and award-winning authors, editors, publishers, book marketers and other experts to present, connect with, and encourage one another.

The Florida Writers Conference offers 70+ workshops and panels, networking time with writers and publishing industry professionals, opportunities to pitch to agents and publishers, a venue for attendees to sell their own books, door prizes, and Keynote Speaker, John Gilstrap, a New York Times Bestselling Author.

“As one of the leading book editing services in the world, Edit911 has edited more than 10,000 books in every conceivable genre. We are proud to be one of the sponsors of an event that is nourishing the creativity and determination of so many writers, and we hope that our sponsorship allows us to develop meaningful relationships with the authors in attendance who are seeking an excellent editing service to take their writing to the next level.” – Edit911 COO, Breezy Baldwin.

For more information on the Florida Writers Conference, please visit their website here. Edit911 will have a table in the exhibitors hall at the conference where we will be giving away coupons and prizes, come say hello!

Book Review: “Catching the Big Fish” by David Lynch

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If you’re looking for an easy yet eye-opening read, this book is great. It’s a collection of very short essays on Transcendental Meditation, creative inspiration and anecdotes from critically acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Eraserhead, Blue Velvet).

“Negativity is like darkness. So what is darkness? You look at darkness, and you see that it’s really nothing: It’s the absence of something. You turn on the light, and darkness goes.” – David Lynch

Even if you’re not familiar with his work (or if you are familiar with it but don’t love it), the book offers great insight into one of the most creative people alive today. Few could argue that Lynch wouldn’t be invited to a seat at that table. His contemporaries certainly agree–some of his admirers include Stanley Kubrick (The Shining), The Coen Brothers (Fargo), Alexander Payne (Sideways, Nebraska), Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) and JJ Abrams (LOST, Star Trek), Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception, Memento), and Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas).

Lynch has long been a proponent of Transcendental Meditation, and although I’ve never tried it, he makes a compelling yet not in-your-face argument to give it a try. Of course, practicers of “true” TM will tell you that you must go to a certified TM instructor, but thanks to the internet, you can easily research how to properly meditate at home, reaping all the benefits without the price tag and the hassle of going out.

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You can’t deny the facts that meditation greatly enhances your body’s natural functions, increases circulation and mental clarity, and decreases stress. It seems win-win and it’s no wonder it helps in getting the creative juices flowing. So next time you’re suffering from writer’s block, a creative cramp, stress… whatever it is… give meditation a try. Many of the world’s foremost creatives, thinkers and over-achievers swear by it. You’d be in good company.

Check out the book on Amazon here:

New J.K. Rowling Stories Include Past History of Magic in America and Harry Potter’s Future

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J.K. Rowling clearly isn’t using her $1B net worth to retire, or even slow down. The best-selling author of the Harry Potter series of novels has begun to release a series of short stories on her website Pottermore, to fill in details about the magical world in North America (and other magic hubs/schools we’ve not yet been introduced to). The stories make use of the mythical elements of Native American legend and the tragically real witch trials that took place in the early colonies. They also establish the existence of a “Magical Congress of the United States of America”.


The release is part of a build-up to the much anticipated movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them–the film adaptation of the book, which was a textbook given to the students of Hogwarts. Rowling actually wrote and published the “textbook” (under the pseudonym Newt Scamander) as an accompanying work in 2001. It was never intended to be developed into a film trilogy, but Warner Brothers approached her about it and she agreed to write a screenplay. It will be set 70 years before the events in the main Harry Potter series.

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Here is the wonderfully animated “trailer” for the short stories about the history of magic in North America:

Rowling has said in the past that a “Harry Potter #8” book would probably never happen – but the sequel stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to debut in London this summer (which takes place 19 years after the events of the final book and stars Harry, Ron, Hermione and Harry’s son Albus) and it’s been given the official distinction of “The Eighth Story”.


Rowling is clearly busier than ever in keeping the Potter Universe alive and expanding, which is making Potter fans extremely happy. Way to go, Jo!

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Are you looking forward to the upcoming Harry Potter stories/films/plays? Would you prefer Rowling publish another Harry Potter novel, or do you like the array of mediums she’s been using instead? Tell us in the comments!

A Year of Books

Mark Zuckerberg's A Year of Books

Mark Zuckerberg had a busy year last year. On top of all his usual responsibilities, the Facebook founder and CEO became a father, read 23 books and lunched a Facebook community called “A Year of Books”, where he posted a new book (that he was currently reading) every two weeks. He encouraged others to read along and share their thoughts and comments.

Throughout the year he read and featured these 23 books:

#1 The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be

by Moisés Naím

#2 The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

by Steven Pinker

#3 Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

by Sudhir Venkatesh

#4 On Immunity: An Inoculation

by Eula Biss

#5 Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

by Ed Catmull

#6 The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

by Thomas Kuhn

#7 Rational Ritual: Culture, Coordination, and Common Knowledge

by Michael Chwe

#8 Dealing With China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower

by Hank Paulson

#9 Orwell’s Revenge: The 1984 Palimpsest

by Peter W. Huber

#10 The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

by Michelle Alexander

#11 Muqaddimah

by Ibn Khaldun

#12 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

by Yuval Harari

#13 The Player of Games

by Iain Banks

#14 Energy: A Beginners Guide

by Vaclav Smil

#15 Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

by Matt Ridley

#16 The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature

by William James

#17 Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day

by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford

#18 Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

by Daron Acemoğlu, James A. Robinson

#19 The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

by Matt Ridley

#20 The Three-Body Problem

by Liu Cixin

#21 The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

by Jon Gertner

#22 World Order

by Henry Kissinger

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#23 The Beginning of Infinity

by David Deutsch

Zuckerberg came up with the idea as part of his New Years Resolution for 2015, and in the first post he announced that the purpose of the community would be to “emphasize learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.”

The Facebook page also featured many live discussions and Q&As with the authors of the aforementioned books, such as Jon Gertner, author of The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation; and Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist, and many others.

Click here to visit the Facebook page for A Year of Books.