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Teaching the creative writing course at Georgian Court University this semester has been great fun, but it's taken up a lot of time. As a result, I haven't booked anywhere near as many solo talks or group presentations as I would usually do. That said, I'm still trying to keep myself busy.

Here's what I've got booked between now and the end of July:

APRIL 24th (Thurs) 6pm-7:30pm: Meet the Authors
Burlington County Library, (Maple Shade) 200 Stiles Avenue, Maple Shade, New Jersey 08052
Featuring: Kristin Battestella; Jordanna East; Tina Gabrielle; Jon Gibbs; Brian Patrick Mckinley; and Ilene Schneider

APRIL 26th (Sat) MONMOUTH WRITERS 10am-noon
Featuring: Penelope Marzec - The Romantic Heroine: Big Girls Don't Cry

April 26th (Sat) 2pm NJAN Panel/Q&A So you want to be a writer   CANCELLED
Middletown Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown, NJ 07748
Featuring: Jon Gibbs (moderator); Joanna Swank; Stacey Wilk, and Matt Ziselman


MAY 3rd  (Sat) 10am – 3pm   Meet the Authors
Spring Hills Community, Somerset, 473 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873
Featuring: Danielle Ackley-McPhail; Jenny Baskwell; Jason Edwards; Jon Gibbs; Laura Kaighn; Nicole Caruso LaBrocca; Scott Mulraney; Nadege Nicoll, and Stacey Wilk

MAY 10th (Sat) MONMOUTH WRITERS 10am-noon
Jon Gibbs
– Critique group


2014 MAY 17th (Sat) noon - 2pm: Meet the Authors
Califon Book Shop,
72 Main Street, Califon, NJ 07830
Featuring:  Jo Coudert; Jon Gibbs; Dar Hosta, and Kim Kavin

2014 MAY 24th (Sat) MONMOUTH WRITERS 10am-noon – noon
Merry BrennanSure Fire Tips to Improve your Writing

JUNE 14th (Sat) MONMOUTH WRITERS 10am-noon
Jon Gibbs
– Critique group


JUNE 28th (Sat) MONMOUTH WRITERS 10am-noon
Jon Gibbs
– Critique workshop


2014 JUNE 28-29 (Sat-Sun) NJ SCBWI Conference
The Crowne Plaza/Holiday Inn Express Conference Center, Plainsboro, NJ

2014 JULY 12-13 (Sat-Sun) WEEKEND WRITER'S WORKSHOP
Georgian Court University, 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701  Tel: (732) 987 2700
Featuring Jon Gibbs, author, Jennifer R. Hubbard, and Literary agent, Marie Lamba

JULY 26th (Sat) MONMOUTH WRITERS 10am-noon
Guest speaker: TBA




How about you?

What have you got lined up in the coming weeks and months?


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Take the Money and Run: Kerry Jacobson, "Book Publicist" (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/04/take-money-and-run-kerry-jacobson-book.html

The Art of Creating Memorable Villains Whatever Your Genre (Lisa Alber)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/04/16/the-art-of-creating-memorable-villains-whatever-your-genre/

What FROZEN Teaches Us About Storytelling & Publishing (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/04/what-frozen-teaches-us-about.html

12 Keys to Connecting with Readers (Rachelle Gardner)
http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/connecting-with-readers/

How To Break Up With Your First Draft (Christine J. Schmidt)
http://litreactor.com/columns/how-to-break-up-with-your-first-draft

I Hate Nice (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/04/14/i-hate-nice/

Eight Steps to an Agent, a Publisher, and a Two-Book Deal (Donna Galanti)
http://writershelpingwriters.net/2014/04/eight-steps-agent-publisher-two-book-deal/

A ‘Logic Model’ for Author Success (Sharon Bially)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/04/14/a-logic-model-for-author-success/

How to Think Like a Businessperson–Even If You Don’t Want to (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/think-like-businessperson-even-dont-want/

The Ten Worst Pieces of Writing Advice You Will Ever Hear (and Probably Already Have) (Susan DeFreitas)
http://litreactor.com/columns/the-ten-worst-pieces-of-writing-advice-you-will-ever-hear-and-probably-already-have

The Complete Guide to Query Letters That Get Manuscript Requests (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/04/11/query-letters/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Conference Graces (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/conference-graces/

Why the Where Matters (Sarah Callender)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/04/09/where-am-i-and-why-does-it-matter-part-i/

Confusing Agent Behavior (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/confusing-agent-behavior/

Accretion and Your Writing Career (Kerry Gans)
http://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/accretion-and-your-writing-career/

How to Make Somebody Hate Reading (Keith Cronin)   Jon’s Pick of the Week
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/04/08/how-to-make-somebody-hate-reading/

People Don't Think Alike (Morgan Mandel)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/04/people-dont-think-alike.html

12 Tips For Increasing Your Book’s Visibility (Even Before You’re Published) (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/03/12-tips-for-increasing-your-books.html

8 ways to know if you have a good agent (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/04/8-ways-to-know-if-you-have-good-agent.html

Looking for an editor? Check them out very carefully! (Jodie Renner)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/04/looking-for-editor-check-them-out-very.html

An Editor's List of Novel Shortcomings
(James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/04/an-editors-list-of-novel-shortcomings.html

If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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JonGibbs


Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Make Submitting Work Your Superpower (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/04/04/submitting-superpower/

Women’s Fiction, Book Club Fiction, Literary Fiction: Interchangeable Terms? (Kathryn Craft)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/04/womens-fiction-book-club-fiction-literary-fiction.html

My Too-Practical Maybe-Blunt Advice To Writers (Natalie Whipple) Jon’s Pick of the week
http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2014/04/my-too-pratical-maybe-blunt-advice-to.html

Presenting to School Students: top tips (Juliet Marillier)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/04/03/presenting-to-school-students-top-tips/

The Author-Agent Partnership: Finding the Right Fit (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/author-agent-partnership-finding-right-fit/

10 Tips about Process (Brunonia Barry)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/03/31/10-tips-about-process/

Is your project ready to submit? (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/project-ready-submit/

Think Like an Editor, Sell Like a Pro (Jennifer Brown Banks)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/1950/freelance-writing-think-like-editor-sell-like-pro/

Is Writing Success Like a Lottery System? (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/03/is-writing-success-like-lottery-system.html

The Short Life and Strange Death of Entranced Publishing (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-short-life-and-strange-death-of.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

The Ebook Market + Big Five Survival (Jane Friedman) http://janefriedman.com/2014/03/27/smart-set-1/

Book Proposals Mean Business (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/book-proposals-mean-business/


Using foreign language in your story - the balancing act! (Juliette Wade)
http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2014/03/using-foreign-language-in-your-story.html

Platform Isn’t Enough (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/platform-isnt-enough/

Must a Writer Go Hybrid for a Higher Income? (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/1933/must-writer-go-hybrid-higher-income/

Why Poets Should Not Seek Literary Agents (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/03/why-poets-should-not-seek-literary.html

Agent Braggadocio (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/agent-braggadocio/

Building Emotional Anticipation (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/03/24/building-emotional-anticipation/

7 Things I Learned from the World’s Best Marketers (Tiana Warner)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/03/24/7-things-learned-worlds-best-marketers/

Creating Your Character’s Backstory (Heidi M. Thomas)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/03/creating-your-characters-backstory.html

Who Are Literary Agents and Editors Anyway? (Kathryn Craft)
http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/who-are-literary-agents-and-editors-anway-turning-whine-into-gold/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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JonGibbs


Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:



Free the Writers! (From Each Other) (Porter Anderson)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/03/21/free-the-writers-from-each-other/

5 Valuable Charts That Show How Publishing Is Changing (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/03/21/5-valuable-charts/

What Makes You and Your Proposal Impressive? (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/what-makes-you-and-your-proposal-impressive/

When the Old Ways Work (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2014/03/19/the-business-rusch-when-the-old-ways-work-discoverability-part-13/

Trusting the process... and your friends (Jo Knowles aka jbknowles)
http://jbknowles.livejournal.com/481500.html

Gas or brake (Jennifer R. Hubbard aka writerjenn)
http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/376973.html

[Agent Q&A] (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/you-asked-we-answer/

Whales, Mermaids and Your Publishing Long-Tail (Greg Strandberg)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/1905/whales-mermaids-publishing-long-tail/

How to Know Your Book’s Audience (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/how-to-know-your-books-audience/

Now You Can Call Yourself A Writer (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/03/now-you-can-call-yourself-writer.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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JonGibbs


Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

The Eternal Duel: A History of Commas (Leah Dearborn)
http://litreactor.com/columns/the-eternal-deul-a-history-of-commas

3 Attributes for a Successful Writing Career (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/3-attributes-for-a-successful-writing-career/

Build a Platform for Your Book (Helen Ginger)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/03/build-platform-for-your-book.html

Samples (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2014/03/12/the-business-rusch-samples-discoverability-part-12/

13 Ways to Sell More Books (Elaine Viets)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/03/13-ways-to-sell-more-books.html

Write the Whole Book Before Pitching? (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/write-the-whole-book/

Envy: a Lesson in What Not to Do (Keith Cronin)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/03/11/envy-a-lesson-in-what-not-to-do/

Are You Ready For Your Mystery Agent Date? (P. J. Parrish)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/03/are-you-ready-for-your-mystery-agent.html

Marketing Lessons My Grandfather Taught Me (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/03/marketing-lessons-my-grandfather-taught.html

Death Threats and the Death of the Book Review (Dean Fetzer)
http://litreactor.com/columns/death-threats-and-the-death-of-the-book-review



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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JonGibbs


Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Networking Doesn’t Mean Being An A**hole (Jonathan Wood)
www.booklifenow.com/2014/03/networking-doesnt-mean-being-an-ahole/

The Top 10 Reasons I May Have Rejected Your Short Story (Susan DeFreitas) Jon’s Pick of the week
http://litreactor.com/columns/the-top-10-reasons-i-may-have-rejected-your-short-story

Kill Your Darlings—How 'Game of Thrones' Can Change Your Writing (Richard Thomas)
http://litreactor.com/columns/storyville-kill-your-darlings-how-the-game-of-thrones-can-change-your-writing

A Most Audible Alarm: ACX Chops Royalties (Porter Anderson)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/03/06/writing-on-the-ether-132/

Open Mode (Anna Elliott)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/03/06/open-mode/

What's Changed and What's Stayed the Same (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/whats-changed

If Writers Wrote Every Scene Like A Sex Scene... (Jane Leback)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/03/if-writers-wrote-every-scene-like-sex.html

Gone (Donald Maass)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/03/05/gone/

The Advance: How Much Can I Expect? (Wendy Lawton) www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-advance-how-much-can-i-expect/

You don't have to write every day (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/03/you-dont-have-to-write-every-day.html

A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers, and Everyone in Between (JamesScott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-new-approach-for-plotters-pantsers.html

6 Worst Ways to Get Your Novel Published (J Lincoln Fenn)
http://annecharnock.com/j-lincoln-fenn-6-worst-ways-get-novel-published?


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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JonGibbs


Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Why “Write What You Know” Is Bad Advice (Daniel Hope)
http://litreactor.com/columns/write-what-you-like-why-write-what-you-know-is-bad-advice

Word Count Confusion (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/word-count-confusion

Social Media Part 2 (or Discoverability Part 10 continued) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2014/02/26/the-business-rusch-social-media-part-2-or-discoverability-part-10-continued/

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Literary Agent (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/02/questions-to-ask-your-prospective.html

Measures of Success (Barbara O'Neal)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/02/26/measures-of-success/

All in a Day’s Work (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/all-in-a-days-work

Why An Agent May Not Submit Widely (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/02/24/why-an-agent-may-not-submit-widely/

3 flaws in your query that shout “beginner” (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/3-flaws-in-your-writing-that-shout-beginner/

The Bermuda Triangle of Storytelling (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/the-bermuda-triangle-of-storytelling

On Author Earnings and Author Yearnings (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/02/on-author-earnings-and-author-yearnings.html

If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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T Rex (2)

I've started work on the first draft of A Dinosaur Ate my Homework - the second book in my middle grade time travel adventure series. It's going well so far, though between preparing college lessons and finishing the third Snowy adventure, the going is slow.

Here's a little snippet from what I wrote today:

    For one glorious moment, I knew it couldn’t be real.
    The Sentinel’s defense system enhances subliminal fear in anything that gets too close. Sure, in my nightmares, the dinosaurs don’t usually come within drooling distance, but it wouldn’t be the first time a ship-triggered illusion scared the crap out of me.

   My relief lasted as long as it took for the T-Rex to exhale.


How about you?

Care to share a line or two from your current WiP?


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