BIG News!

Boy, where to start?

First off, Becca and I are excited to announce the launch of a NEW DESCRIPTIVE THESAURUS this week. WOOT!

We hope this new thesaurus will be a great addition to our Emotion and Setting Thesauri and continue to help all writers build strong description. I would love to tell you all about it, but I’d ruin the surprise and THEN what kind of blogger would I be? You’ll just have to stay tuned…

Now, some bittersweet news…we will be retiring the Emotion Thesaurus in order to make room for this new member of the Thesaurus Collection. Now don’t panic–all the emotions will continue to be available in our sidebar for you to use. We simply won’t be adding more entries at this point.

Which leads me to the third piece of news…

As the Bookshelf Muse grows, so do the amount of emails requesting us to consider putting expanded versions of our thesauri into book form. I’m excited to say we’re considering this option, as we have many ideas for descriptive thesauri which we believe will help writers, students and educators.

The issue is, we need to know definitively that the interest is out there for such a book. It would be a large undertaking for us to write and of course we’d need to prove to publishers that this type resource is both wanted and needed.

For this, we need your help!

If this is something you’d be interested in seeing, then please, spread the word about The Bookshelf Muse. The stronger our followship, the better chances we have of proving a solid platform to launch such a book. Let other writers know we exist through forums you frequent, conferences you attend and blogs you visit. But please, only do this is you truly feel our descriptive thesauri will be of use to others. I don’t want anyone to feel like we’re pushing for visibility for any nefarious reasons. We love being able to help, and the more people we reach, the better.

Because so many people use Facebook, Becca and I have created a page specifically for the support of this venture. If you’re on FB and are interested in joining our group, please do! You can find us here. We’ll also post Bookshelf Muse announcements there, and *whispers* you’ll see a sneak peak of upcoming Thesauri on our radar for a possible book project…including the one that will appear here this week!

Thanks everybody for your continued support. We’re always interested in hearing how we can make The Bookshelf Muse a stronger resource for you, so feel free to drop us a line anytime, either here or at Facebook!


Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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20 Responses to BIG News!

  1. I’m heading over to FACEBOOK now!

    Good luck! What a great idea! 🙂

  2. Inkblot says:

    Oo, oo, yes please!! 🙂

  3. Becca says:

    Sadly, no ;). We’re still in the planning stage of that, and are trying to figure out if there would be a big enough draw for a paper version. What Angela meant is that with our Emotion Thesaurus is drawing to a close, we will be offering a new thesaurus in its place.

  4. auria cortes says:

    “Becca and I are excited to announce the launch of a NEW DESCRIPTIVE THESAURUS this week.”

    Does this mean you will provide information on how to purchase the book this week?

  5. courtney says:

    Ooh! YAY on both counts! Seeing an expanded version of your thesauri in holdable form, omg. That would be amazing!!

  6. Kelly says:

    Looking forward to the next thesaurus! Thanks for all of your awesome previous entries!

  7. Becca says:

    I’ll ditto everything that Angela said. Thanks for chiming in and giving us the thumbs up :).

  8. I will also help spread the word. Great blog by the way.

  9. Angela says:

    I agree Shana, reorganizing those would be great–thanks! And I know proving an online platform will be difficult, and so Becca and I really do need to see if this is worth pushing for. We’ll see!

    Thanks Christina!

    Beth, yeah, I tend to shy away from a POD stuff too, but it’s still something to consider. thanks!

    Thank you Just Me & PJ!

    Thanks, Dawn! That sounds wonderful!!

    Bish, we so appreciate all your kind words and support. We’re so luck yo have you and all our great Musers supporting us. You guys are the best!

    Thanks Sherri for speaking up!

    Thank you Lapillus!

    Suzanne, we’re glad you found us. Thanks for sharing us with your crit group!

    Thanks for joining Lady Glamis! I hope to see you there, and everyone else who joins.

    If anyone wants to friend me as well, feel free to. I’m set up as an admin, so you’ll find me right there.

  10. Lady Glamis says:

    This is fantastic! I’ve joined the facebook group. I look forward to hearing and seeing more!

  11. This is my first time on your blog and I’m SO psyched. Just clicking through your emotion thesaurus is giving me with a sense of relief. I’m currently revising and love the fact that you’re providing such a great tool for those moments when I think I just can’t come up with another strong verb.

    I’ll share it with my critique group tonight. And I’ll join you on Facebook today. Thank you!

  12. Lapillus says:

    Oooo a book would be awesome! I’ll do what I can to spread the word!

  13. Sherri says:

    Love the blog…would love a book.

    Though, I have to agree with shanasilver on the different categories for the emotion.

    Thanks for all your time!

  14. Bish Denham says:

    I will continue to pass on the word of your wonderful blog to those whom I know will appreciate it. I look forward to you New Thesaurus!

  15. Congrats on the new Thesaurus! Yay!

    And just a note that I’ll be including your blog in my monthly newsletter, in the “Blog Brag” section. Yay, again! 🙂

    Good luck to you.

  16. PJ Hoover says:

    I will totally continue to spread the word! Yes, I’d be more than interested.

  17. Just_Me says:

    Yay! I really would love your thesauri available in book form as a reference while I’m writing or traveling. I think it’s wonderful what you’re putting up and all the work you two have put into this.


  18. beth says:

    I joined your FB!

    This is a project that I think might work as POD. Although I usually find POD skeevey, I think this is a pretty niche book that might actually find success with POD…just my two cents! 🙂

  19. Oh I so excited. You guys are awesome. Thanks for sharing your talents!

  20. shanasilver says:

    Can I make a suggestion for the book (or on this site)? One thing I would find useful is if you split the emotion stuff into two different categories (per emotion). One for external and one for internal. Like, sometimes I am searching for emotion ideas to help me show what a secondary character is thinking/feeling, and I have to wade through a lot of internal ones that I can’t use. Anyway, if these were just split into different columns, it might be easier to find things.

    I think a book is a great idea! Have you thought about doing a non-fic proposal and trying to get an agent for it? I would assume you’d need to provide unique user (and recurring user) hit stats because this blog would essentially be your platform. If you could get a very high consistent number of unique hits per day, you might have enough to open someone’s eyes. I think it would have to be an impressive number though.

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