Tuesday, August 31, 2010
EDITING FOR TOUGHIES at Help! I Need a Publisher! - The difference between a first draft and the final draft should be vast.
5 Ways to Maximize Your Time with an Editor or Agent at The Roving Editor
Talking to Book Clubs at Mystery Writing is Murder
To Endorse or Not to Endorse at Rants & Ramblings
Happy Release Day for The Paperback Shifter by Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story
Bio Time at Shooting Stars
Monday, August 30, 2010
Chapters and Scenes at Kidlit.com
What High Concept Means by Nathan Bransford - think "Snakes on a Plane"
Learning From the Masters by Carolyn Kaufman at QueryTracker
Whom is the Person Which I Know? at The Blood-Red Pencil - quick tips to remember the rules
The science of paragraphing by Jordan McCollum
How to Write a Proposal That an Editor Will Love: Part 2 at The Roving Editor
From the Vault: What we do at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management - more things an agent does
Exclusives seem, to GK, nearly exclusively unwise. at Getting Past the Gatekeeper
Ignorant is as ignorant does at Behler Blog
Writing Online Book Reviews at Rants & Ramblings - tips for writers
Story Structure--Demystified, by Larry Brooks at AuthorCulture - a new writing book on my "I want it!" list
"The Familiars" - Arc giveaway and Guest Post by Andrew Jacobson at Market My Words - plus a post on log lines.
A New Contest: win a query or one-page critique from Snarky! at Getting Past the Gatekeeper - write a rejection letter for Snarky
Sunday, August 29, 2010
What’s Your Specialty? at Mystery Writing is Murder
Should You Edit As You Go? at Wordplay
Reading your competition at Behler Blog
To Have or Have Not a Facebook Page by Meryl Evans at Writer Unboxed
Setting Thesaurus Entry: Bookstore by Angela Ackerman at The Bookshelf Muse - just because I love bookstores. :-)
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Mature Voice for the YA Market at Kitlit.com
The Plot That Swam Away at The Blood-Red Pencil
Find Your Plot Fridays: Parts is Parts at The Other Side of the Story
The Power Of Story—In Any Medium at Pub Rants
On Queries, Part 2 at The Sharp Angle
Social Media Networking has taken all the fun out of my Internet social life. at GenReality
Using Facebook to Amplify Your Reach (and Not Annoy People) by Jane Friedman at Writer Unboxed
Our Name is Awesome....Operation Awesome. at Adventures In Writing
The TiT's Writing Contest! at Janet Reid, Literary Agent
Win a Free Copy of C.F. Bentley’s ENIGMA via Book View Cafe
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Show and Tell by Candace Havens at GenReality
Building Character: Know More Than Your Reader by JC Hutchins at Writer Unboxed
ON WRITING FANTASY: Setting & the Five Senses by John R. Fultz at Black Gate
The Nose Knows at The Blood-Red Pencil
Symbolism Thesaurus Entry: Doomsday by Angela Ackerman at The Bookshelf Muse
Writing While Traveling at Mystery Writing is Murder
How can agents help – and make us lurve them even more at Behler Blog
Brainstorming with your agent - at BookEnds
How Many is Too Many? at Jennifer Represents...
When You Need a Mentor at Rants & Ramblings - Guest blogger: Mary DeMuth
Contemporary vs. Paranormal YA, trends, mojitos, and surfing at Getting Past the Gatekeeper
Why This is a Returnable Business at Pimp My Novel
PARANORMALCY Giveaway by Elana Johnson
Are You DUFF Enough? (Contest Numero Uno!) at Kody's Blog
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Controlling The Weather in Your Manuscript at QueryTracker
Unputdownability at Who Ate My Brain? - every book needs this!
Release Your Peeves at The Blood-Red Pencil - writing "rules" that aren't right, from a copy editor
On Queries, Part 1 at The Sharp Angle
Pulling the Trigger: Electronic Self-Publishing at AuthorCulture - things you need to do for success
A Target on Your Back at Rants & Ramblings
Q&A: My Thoughts on Book Publishing Today at There Are No Rules - Jane’s Simple Rules for Forum Participation
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Tip Tuesday #51 at Literary Rambles - Informing Your Manuscript, or, How to Use Your Friends and Strangers
What I've Learned From Critique Groups by Nancy Fulda
Writer’s responsibility at Behler Blog
Words to Think About From A to V at The Blood-Red Pencil - terms writers should know
Picking an Agent at Story Sensei
The What Ifs in queries - at Elaine English Literary
THE FANTASY AUTHOR’S HANDBOOK INTERVIEWS VIII: ETHAN ELLENBERG at Fantasy Author's Handbook
The Package of Services Publishers Provide Authors and How This Is Changing by Nathan Bransford
Are You a Do-It-Yourself Type? at Rants & Ramblings - about self-publishing
In Bad Taste: Horrendously Hilarious Query Contest at Adventures in Agentland
Your Monday Giveaway. On a Tuesday. at Coffey. Tea. And Literary.
MOCKINGJAY Day Give-Away!!!! at GotYA
Mockingjay Giveaway! at Market My Words
What I learned while on Retreat by Sasha White at GenReality
Monday, August 23, 2010
On the Naming of Horses by Judith Tarr at Book View Cafe - plus thoughts on character names
Creeps to Watch Out For at Gabrielle Edits - especially about names
Start with kitty-cats in action at Flogging the Quill - LOL, but good advice
Unleash Your Creative Genius! by Suzette Saxton at Query Tracker
Mental Health Monday–It’s All About Perspective at Diamond–Yup, Like the Stone
Special Guest Post: Stop Harping On What We Can't Do And Start Thinking About Who We Are, by Rachel M. at the Rejectionist - about "disabled" characters
Medical Mondays: Of Bulging Neck Veins and Contest Winners at The Word is My Oyster
Guest Blog by Kater Cheek at KT Literary - Congratulations, you’ve finished your novel! Now for the hard parts.
The Drug of Good Writing: the Weronika Janczuk interview by A. Victoria Mixon
At BookEnds - The Reason for "Rules" in query subject lines
TWITTER FOR AUTHORS - PART 1: WHY? at Help! I Need a Publisher!
How Language Affects Thought -- plus book giveaway! at *A Brain Scientist's Take on Writing*
Great Gassy Goblins it's another writing contest! by Janet Reid
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Director's Corner: Ending Scenes with Power at Odyssey Writing Workshop
Writers, Have You Read This? by agent Weronika Janczuk
“Holy hot banana leaves, I gotta film option!” at Behler Blog - what getting a film option really means
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Character Flaw at Plot Whisperer for Writers and Readers
At Behler Blog - Finding a new home for a previously published book
Read, Remember, Recommend (for teens) at Confessions of a Wandering Heart
Reading Reminder at Cassandra Jade in the Realm - How often should you remind your readers?
Find Your Plot Fridays: Follow the Leader at The Other Side of the Story
TOP TIP 2: PAGE-TURNABILITY at Help! I Need a Publisher!
The Evolution of Rejection at * Fiction Groupie *
Guest Post: Inevitable Envy by Kim Wright at Pimp My Novel
How Much Does a Writer Make? at The Rejecter
Ask An Editor: Positioning Your Book - at Romance University - great article, contest for a spot in Theresa’s September workshop
Mary Kole's Agent Pitch Contest! at Market My Words
Contest reminder! at The Word is My Oyster
Thursday, August 19, 2010
T3 - Stages of Change: Contemplation at The Character Therapist
On cliff-hanger chapter endings by Ray Rhamey at Writer Unboxed
Guest Post: "Honey, I Deleted Your Novel!": An Author's Guide to Avoiding Disaster by Chris Abouzeid at Pimp My Novel
Super-Powered Book Proposals Secret #3: Always Evaluate Online Competitors at There Are No Rules
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The Romantic Hero's Purpose at edittorrent
Guest Post: What Makes a Good First Sentence by Henriette Lazaridis Power at Pimp My Novel
Be a Better Beta at Got YA
THE FANTASY AUTHOR’S EXERCISES III: A ONE-PAGE SYNOPSIS at Fantasy Author's Handbook
Referrals from Clients at BookEnds
A writing contest that will knock your sox clean off! by Janet Reid
Mary Kole - Agent interview and Pitch Contest at Market My Words
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
What is dynamic? at GenReality
Golden Oldies: Are We Done Yet? at The Other Side of the Story
I am JALTG heading toward E by Janet Reid - Consider your advisor's experience. LOL!
Publishers Behaving Badly--Again at Pub Rants - a public service message from Agent Kristin
Thoughts on Group Blogs at Mystery Writing is Murder
Guest Post: Talking Books: Promoting Your Work on Radio by Jacqueline Windh at Pimp My Novel
7 Things I've Learned So Far, by Kim Wright at Guide to Literary Agents
Ride the Hard: Inspirational Words from Nora Roberts at * Fiction Groupie *
'The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination' by J.K. Rowling, at the Harvard Gazette - well worth reading!
...and the survey says!: The Lodown on LoCash plus GIVEAWAY! at Seekerville
Dawn of the Blue Fire Contest at The Other Side of the Story
Monday, August 16, 2010
In Case You Missed It… at Kitlit.com - WriteOnCon vlog on character stereotypes
An *Ask Weronika* Question: Online Platform + Web Presence by Weronika Janczuk
#170 at Query Shark - includes a checklist for your query:
There's a simple way to figure out what goes in the first paragraph of a query.
1. What is your main character's name?
2. What problem/choice does the character face? (20 words or fewer)
3. Who wants to foil the main character's plan and why? (20 words or fewer)
The Revision Letter at Rants & Ramblings
Going Mobile at QueryTracker
More on Product Placement in Books at BookEnds
Interview With Nick Harrison of Harvest House Publishing at AuthorCulture
If You're Digging an Endless Ditch, Bill Schulz is Your Best Friend at The Alchemy of Writing
300's Contest! at The Word is My Oyster
New Contest! YA/MG Pitch to Query Letter Starting 8/19 at Adventures in Children's Publishing
I'm soooo lucky this week! I won some books at Market My Words 1000 Follower surprise giveaway!. Thanks, Shelli!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
How to use historical figures in your novels at Plot to Punctuation
Are You Benefiting From the Intimacy of Pronouns? at WordPlay
Optimizing Your One-Sentence Storyline at Advanced Fiction Writing
#169 at Query Shark - Read the blue parts! Why an agent hates to take on MSS that need work.
Reasons You Want an Agent (That You Haven't Heard a Million Times Before) at Invincible Summer
Why book signings are becoming such a performance by Mario Cacciottolo at BBC News
JUST FOR FUN
A Man, A Plan And A Sharpie: 'The Great Typo Hunt' at NPR
Saturday, August 14, 2010
How To Confuse Your Reader also at Advanced Fiction Writing
Conflict at GenReality
The Cheater's Guide to Requested Materials at Adventures in Agentland
Reference Book Essentials at The Blood-Red Pencil
The Slay Me With Laughter Writing Contest! at Janet Reid, Literary Agent
On Plot + Pacing, Part II by Weronika Janczuk
Find Your Plot Fridays: What to do, What to do? at The Other Side of the Story
WriteOnCon Query Winner #1!! at Coffey. Tea. And Literary. - Why a query works for this agent.
Referrals vs. Cold Querying at Kidlit.com
“Wheee doggies! My UK book is being sold in the US!” at Behler Blog - about Foreign distribution.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Notes from Thrillerfest: POV at Fire and Silk
Foreshadowing at Cassandra Jade in the Realm
Writers are Hookers at The Blood-Red Pencil
Individualizing the Query at BookEnds
What Do You Mean My Hero Isn’t Sexy Enough? at Rants & Ramblings -
Surviving the Editorial Letter by Camille Eide
A SOCIAL NETWORKING EXPERIMENT at Help! I Need a Publisher!
1000 Follower surprise giveaway! at Market My Words
Come one, Come all, It's an Ice Cream Social in Seekerville at Seekerville
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
On Plot + Pacing by Weronika Janczuk - three long posts
I Hear Voices (Well Actually, I Listen For Them) at Got YA!
A Little Goes a Long Way: Writing Laughs in Chick Lit at Elaine English Literary
ON WRITING FANTASY: Character Is King by John R. Fultz at Black Gate
The Rules of Genre at Books & Such
Re-Write Wednesday: Where Was I Going Again? at The Other Side of the Story
Guest Blogger Jim Warner on Editing at QueryTracker
5 Resources to Assist Your Research (Pants Not Required) at SFWA
Lessons from Queryfest at * Fiction Groupie *
Should You Send a Slew? at Kidlit.com
Should Pubbed Authors Go to Conferences? at Rants & Ramblings
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
He Said, She Said at Pimp My Novel
Braincandy for Writers: Post #4 by Angela Ackerman at The Bookshelf Muse
Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Start a Revision by editor Kendra Levin from WriteOnCon, via Elana Johnson
Writing a Query Letter by author Jodi Meadows also from WriteOnCon, via Elana Johnson
Reading your competition at Behler Blog
Book Signing Guidelines at 5rivers News, Views and Points of Interest
Public Service Announcement, or, How to Insult Your Local Independent Bookstore at Jennifer Represents...
Monday, August 9, 2010
Storytellers and How They Force Their Brain Activity on Their Audience at *A Brain Scientist's Take on Writing*
Writing for effect at Flogging the Quill
Destiny Has Many Faces at The Alchemy of Writing - thoughts on common writing advice
Copyrights (and wrongs) by H. L. Dyer at QueryTracker
Pitching beyond plot at edittorrent
How to Pitch Your Novel in 25 Words or Less at The Roving Editor
** What to Ask an Agent at Rants & Ramblings - get ready for The Call **
Online Marketing for Authors: Interactions Are Personal, Not Business at There Are No Rules
Get Ready for WriteOnCon at Literary Rambles
WriteOnCon This Week! at Kidlit.com - She'll be there, too!
Romance Matters: for the reader and the writer at Seekerville - win three romance novels
Oh, my! I won The Writer's Little Helper at Coffey. Tea. And Literary. Too cool! I'm looking forward to reading this book. Anyone want me to write a review?
Sunday, August 8, 2010
I'd like to pass it on to:
Writing Posts for Today:
5 Steps to Dazzling Minor Characters at WordPlay
Italics again at edittorrent - with a link to: How to format a book manuscript properly, part III: yes, the details matter. Really, really matter. at Author! Author! (Long, but interesting)
Series Payoffs by Sherwood Smith at Book View Cafe
Story as river at Flogging the Quill
SELLING OUT? at Help! I Need a Publisher!
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Act First, Explain Later by Jodie Renner at The Blood-Red Pencil
Braincandy for Writers: Post #3 by Angela Ackerman at The Bookshelf Muse
Planning a Book Tour at Mystery Writing is Murder
Comic: Only A Book Lover Would Understand by Debbie Ohi at Writer Unboxed
Friday, August 6, 2010
Find Your Plot Fridays: Back Fill Those Plot Holes at The Other Side of the Story
International Writers and International Settings at Kidlit.com
Query question at edittorrent - how a query to an editor differs from a query to an agent.
WriteOnCon + Wed Winner + News! at Coffey. Tea. And Literary.
The Query Contest of Amazingness via Elana Johnson
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Theme Me Up at The Other Side of the Story
A wee bittie dialect by Juliet Marillier at Writer Unboxed
How to Indent the First Line of a Paragraph at The Blood-Red Pencil - Great tip. I love these editors.
Which Comes First at Bookends - the book deal or the website?
Series synopsis at edittorrent
SYNOPSIS FOR A NON-LINEAR STORY at Help! I Need a Publisher!
The Benefit of Experience at Pimp My Novel
You Can't Get Something For Nothing by Mary DeMuth at Rants & Ramblings - Writing costs you something.
ShortStoryBook.net (Or, it's Not a Good Idea to Spam Writer Beware) at Writer Beware® Blogs!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Writing Tips: Introducing the Jumper Colon at AuthorCulture
Grounding the Reader at Kidlit.com
Lost and confused: Point of view changes at Elaine English Literary
There and Not by Donald Maass at Writer Unboxed - Characters who don't appear ...
Empowered Beliefs by Cynthia Occelli at Life - Cynthia writes about life, but this post in particular is food for thought for your characters' lives.
Moonrat's Rundown of Publishing Options at Editorial Ass
The Head Bangy Life of Selling to the Bookstores at Behler Blog
Myth: Size matters also at Behler Blog
Why Smashwords Isn't Working at 5rivers News, Views and Points of Interest
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
She's Such a Character at The Other Side of the Story
Trimming sentences at edittorrent
Finding voice at Chandara Writes
Do Agents Have a Voice? at BookEnds - short and thought-provoking
SIMPLY SYNOPSES at Help! I Need a Publisher! - 5 easy rules, plus many tips
Are You Sick and Tired of Editing Yet? at The Roving Editor - about copyediting
Weird and Wonderful: Digital Book World and Guy LeCharles Gonzalez by Sue Lange at Book View Cafe - where is digital publishing headed? (Long, but interesting)
Google Reader at Mystery Writing is Murder - great instructions for use
Braincandy for Writers: post #2 by Angela Ackerman at The Bookshelf Muse
2000 year old technological marvel still in use today by Nora O'Neill at The Bookshop Blog via Writer Beware® Blogs!
Literary Writing Contests at Blockbuster Plots
Another Slacker Tuesday in Seekerville at Seekerville
Book Giveaway at The Literary Lab
A Big, Fat 49-Author Contest for My Debut, Take 2 by Therese Walsh at Writer Unboxed
Monday, August 2, 2010
Creating Lifelike Characters at Mystery Writing is Murder
Medical Mondays: Meet Phineas Gage by Lydia Kang at The Word is My Oyster
Mental Health Monday–Fight or Flight? by L. Diamond at Diamond–Yup, Like the Stone
Q&A: Bipolar Disorder and Sociopathy by Carolyn Kaufman at Archetype Writing Blog
Tricks of the Trade: Punctuation at The Blood-Red Pencil - shortcuts for MS Word
Targeting Niche Markets by K.M. Weiland at AuthorCulture
Why You (Still) Want an Agent at Pimp My Novel
Monday, Monday--So Good to Me. Er, to You! at Coffey. Tea. And Literary. - GREAT query advice & a contest, too!
Guest Post-Cynthia Watson: Premature Querying at QueryTracker
An Offer From a Small Publisher at BookEnds
The Substantive or Content Edit at The Roving Editor
Flood of Books at Stephen Parrish - about a family who lost all their books in a recent flood. Would you like to help? Send them books or a book-gift card.
Reasons Why Your Non-Writer Friends Think You're Crazy by Veronica Roth via Adventures In Writing
Contest Entry Form at * Fiction Groupie * - Roni & Julie's Totally Epic Summer Contest! Super prizes!!! (Scroll on the pink banner.) fyi, here is Julie Cross's blog.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Edible Babies? at TalkToYoUniverse - about nicknames
PERSEVERANCE SUCKS at Help! I Need a Publisher!
The Power of Gossip by Sherwood Smith at Book View Cafe - It's not mentioned in this post, but gossip also effective to transmit info without an infodump. Just use it with care, and hint at more than you tell.
7 Things I've Learned So Far, by Olivia Sharpnack (better known as Lydia Sharp) at Guide to Literary Agents - Yay, Lydia! Good advice.
Art, Information, Theft, and Confusion, Part Two by Ursula K. Le Guin at Book View Cafe
Holly Cupala stops by With a TMAS Party/Contest! at Market My Words