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

What If It Can’t Be Taught? (Porter Anderson)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/15/the-dreaded-training-debate-what-if-it-cant-be-taught/

Writers and Self-Torture (Ash Krafton)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-funny-side-of-writing-writers-and.html

Sensitivity at Conferences (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/sensitivity-at-conferences/

Never Stop Learning (Stephanie Kuehnert)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2015/05/never-stop-learning-stephanie-kuehnert.html

Writing a Book? 3 Reasons to Work in a Noisy Place (David W. Berner)
www.thewritelife.com/writing-noisy-place/

Manners Matter: 15 Etiquette Tips (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/etiquette-tips

That Overused Word “Community”—But Why We Still Have to Talk About It (Jane Friedman)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/05/12/community-platform/

Brilliant Description (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/brilliant-description/

How to flesh out a character (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2015/05/how-to-flesh-out-character.html

Balancing Industry and Promo Research and Writing (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/3069/balancing-industry-and-promo-research-and-writing/

3 Wrong Assumptions about Agents (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/3-wrong-assumptions-about-agents/

Seven Secret Weapons That Will Make You a Better Novelist (Larry Brooks) Jon’s Pick of the Week
www.storyfix.com/seven-secret-weapons-that-will-make-you-a-better-novelist



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, 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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Where is Jon - compressed


Aside from two days of Fun with Fiction workshops at Millington Elementary School, and my teaching gig at the GCU, I haven't done any speaking events so far this year.

I do have a couple of talks lined up,
and I'll certainly be attending some writing group meetings, but for the most part, I've been keeping my head down, having a great time working on major revisions for Abraham Lincoln Stole my Homework and putting together the beat sheet/outline of Dead Doris (also middle grade).

Here are some of the talks and events I'll be giving/attending during the coming months:

2015 SPRING SEMESTER  
EN215: Creative Writing
Georgian Court University
Lakewood, NJ


2015 June 13th - June 14th   NJ SCBWI Summer Conference (attending)
https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1655217
Plainsboro, NJ

2015 July 11th - 12th   Summer Writer's Workshop (teaching)
Georgian Court University
Lakewood, NJ


2015 Late Summer - date tbc   Autism in the Family (7pm - 8:30pm)
Speaking on the Spectrum (SPotS)
Camden County Library (South County Regional Branch) 35 Cooper Folly Road, Atco, NJ 08004

I'm also likely to turn up at a GSSW or Monmouth Writers meeting throughout the year. They're both good, friendly writing groups. New members are always welcome.


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

Using Story Structure to Your Advantage (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2010/01/form-fitting.html

What Literary Agents Want to See Before Signing With a Writer (Mally Becker)
http://thewritelife.com/what-literary-agents-want-to-see/
by way of The Author Chronicles

6 Ways to Add Tension (Anna Elliott)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/07/when-your-scene-is-dragging-5-ways-to-add-tension/

5 Tips For Avoiding POV Speedbumps (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/05/5-tips-for-avoiding-pov-speedbumps.html

Finding the Humor: Jokes in the Midst of Tragedy (Rochelle Deans)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/05/finding-humor-jokes-in-midst-of-tragedy.html

Change (Donald Maass)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/06/change/

Welcome to the Shark Tank (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/shark-tank/

How Long is a Chapter? (Heidi M. Thomas)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/05/how-long-is-chapter.html

Have Publishers Failed Authors? (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/have-publishers-failed-authors/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, 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 weekabout writing from the last week:

How Layers Can Deepen Your Story’s Impact (Kathryn Craft)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/05/how-layers-can-deepen-your-storys-impact.html

Self-Publishing a Series after Its Traditional Start (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/3018/self-publishing-a-series-after-its-traditional-start/

7 Secrets of Highly Persistent Writers (Jordan Rosenfeld) Jon’s Pick of theWeek
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/04/30/7-secrets-of-highly-persistent-writers/

How to Find a Literary Agent for Your Book (Jane Friedman)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/04/29/find-literary-agent/

When You Hit A Brick Wall (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/hit-a-brick-wall/

Book Trailers: Purpose and Worth (Kerry Gans)
https://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/book-trailers-purpose-and-worth/

Inside the Mind of an Author a Week Before Her Book Publishes… (Sarah McCoy) www.writerunboxed.com/2015/04/28/inside-the-mind-of-an-author-a-week-before-her-book-publishes/

Yay! Your Story Was Accepted (or Not). Now What? (Lori Sambol Brody)
www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/yay-your-story-was-accepted-or-not-now-what/

Playing Around the Edges (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/playing-around-the-edges/

10 ways to tell if your book is ready for publishing (Sarah Juckes)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/3013/10-ways-to-tell-if-your-book-is-ready-for-publishing/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, 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 weekabout writing from the last week:

Deciding What to Put in Your Query Letter (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2009/08/query-week-step-one-what-heck-do-i-say.html

Wake Up and Stop Writing Dream Sequences (Max Booth III)
https://litreactor.com/columns/wake-up-and-stop-writing-dream-sequences

Be a More Productive Writer While Also Achieving Balance (Jordan Rosenfeld)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/04/23/productive-balance/

Check, Recheck, and Then Check Again (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/check-recheck-and-then-check-again/

10 Tips For Agents (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/tips-for-agents/

When It Feels Like Everyone Is Getting What You Want (Natalie Whipple)
http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2015/04/when-it-feels-like-everyone-is-getting.html

Taking Care of Business: The Author Biography (Ash Krafton)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/04/taking-care-of-business-author-biography.html

Confessions of a Serial Non-finisher (Jan O'Hara)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/04/20/confessions-of-a-serial-non-finisher/

Pathetic Level of Optimism (Laurie Boyle Crompton)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2015/04/pathetic-level-of-optimism-laurie-boyle.html

That Awkward Moment When… (Erika Mitchell)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/04/19/that-awkward-moment-when-2/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, 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 weekabout writing from the last week:

6 POV Hacks for Fiction (Susan DeFreitas)
https://litreactor.com/columns/the-minds-of-others-6-pov-hacks-for-fiction

Common Writing Pitfalls that Sabotage Your Book (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/common-writing-pitfalls-that-sabotage-your-book/

Sponsorship At Writers’ Conferences: A Question of Awareness (Porter Anderson)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/04/16/sponsorship-at-writers-conferences-a-question-of-awareness/

Writer's Retreat (Matt Q. McGovern)
https://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/writers-retreat/

Making “Sense” of Your Characters (Janice Hardy) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/04/description-tip-making-sense-of-your.html

The Story You Tell Yourself (Rachelle Gardner) [Jon's other Pick of the Week]
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/story-you-tell-yourself/

Taking Care of Business: Making Friends (Rochelle Deans)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/04/taking-care-of-business-making-friends.html

Amazon Takes On Fake Review Services (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/04/amazon-takes-on-fake-review-services.html

Fooling Yourself (Tracy Barrett)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2015/04/fooling-yourself-april-theme-fools.html

The Key Book Publishing Paths in 2015 (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/04/17/key-book-publishing-path/

The Hidden Meaning Behind a Rejection Letter (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-hidden-rejection/

If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, 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 weekabout writing from the last week:

Do You Love Your Publisher? (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/04/10/author-survey-results/

Eleven Things You Should Know About Query Letters (Colby Marshall)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2954/eleven-things-you-should-know-about-query-letters/

Writing From A Place of Fear (Catherine McKenzie)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/04/09/writing-from-a-place-of-fear/

Tips for Healthy Professional Relationships (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/tips-for-healthy-professional-relationships/

The Freelance Scramble (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2015/04/08/business-musings-the-freelance-scramble/

When Your Premise is as Vague as a Campaign Promise (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/case-study-when-your-premise-is-as-vague-as-a-campaign-promise

Mirroring: An Easy Way to Deepen Your Novel (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/04/mirroring-easy-way-to-deepen-your-novel.html

Thoughts on Backstory (Heidi M. Thomas)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/04/thoughts-on-backstory.html

Ten Reasons Why You Should Write Historical Fiction (Stacey Lee)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/04/ten-reasons-why-you-should-write.html

Four Questions To Ask When Your Writing Is Stuck (Cathy Yardley)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/04/03/four-questions-to-ask-when-your-writing-is-stuck/

Some Query Tips from Victoria (Victoria Lowes)
http://jennybent.blogspot.com/2015/03/from-archives-some-query-tips-from.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, 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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Guest post by Jennifer R. Hubbard

Jon Gibbs hosts a weekly roundup of links to online resources for writers. What I especially like about the roundup is that the posts cover all aspects of the writing life: business, legal, craft, inspirational, emotional. We need different pieces of information at different times in our careers. It’s not just about tools; it’s also about timing. Sometimes a piece of advice won’t click until the fifth, or twenty-fifth, time I hear it—when I’m finally ready.

In Loner in the Garret: A Writer’s Companion, I focused on all stages of the writing life: from getting up the nerve to face the blank page to dealing with the consequences of publishing. I didn’t want to write a how-to book; there are plenty of good ones already on the market. I wanted to address the mind games that writers often find themselves playing: the mental blocks, the do-I-suck-or-am-I-wonderful roller coaster. I wanted to provide a source of support, the kind of support that my fellow writers and I have given one another as we navigate the tricky line between art and commerce, between the writer’s studio and the marketplace.
And so I took a break from fiction, and came up with this book. It contains all that I continue to remind myself, as I keep writing.



LonerintheGarret_Ebook


Sometimes the most difficult part of writing is not coming up with a plot or the perfect turn of phrase. It’s getting motivated to sit down and start, or having the confidence to go forward, or finding the courage to move past the sting of rejection. Loner in the Garret: A Writer’s Companion provides inspiration and encouragement for that mental and emotional journey. Covering topics as varied as procrastination, the inner critic, fear, distractions, envy, rejection, joy, and playfulness, it charts the ups and downs of the writing life with honesty, gentle suggestions, and a dash of humor.

For more: http://jenniferrhubbard.blogspot.com/p/publications.html

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Jennifer R. Hubbard (www.jenniferhubbard.com) is the author of three novels for young adults, several short stories, and a nonfiction book about writing. She lives near Philadelphia with a very understanding husband, a pile of books and chocolate, and a tyrannical cat.


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

I've Revised My Novel. Now What? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/04/ive-revised-my-novel-now-what.html

How to Improve Your Amazon Book Description & Metadata (Penny Sansevieri)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/04/02/amazon-book-description/

No April Fools Here (Elspeth Futcher)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/04/no-april-fools-here.html

Book Proposals (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/book-proposals/

It’s Their Party (Sarah Crsyl Akhtar)
www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/its-their-party/

The 5 Essential Steps to Getting a Literary Agent (PeterHogenkamp)  Jon’s Pick of the Week
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-5-essential-steps-to-getting.html

The 6 Most Common Problems in a Rewrite (Art Holcomb)
http://storyfix.com/art-holcomb-on-rewriting-your-novel-or-screenplay

The Five Stages of Querying Grief (Kim English)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-five-stages-of-querying-grief.html

Second Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Author Solutions Inc. (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/03/second-class-action-lawsuit-filed.html

The Basic Components of an Author Website (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/03/26/author-website-components/

First Pages that Shine (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/first-pages-that-shine/

Controlling The Creatives (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2015/03/25/business-musings-controlling-the-creatives/

7 Ways You’re Giving Away Your Power (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/giving-away-your-power/

Query Lessons Learned the Hard Way (Adriana Mather)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/03/query-lessons-learned-hard-way.html

How to Win a Literary Feud (Bill Ferris)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/03/21/how-to-win-a-literary-feud/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, 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 weekabout writing from the last week:


The Benefits of Smaller Writers’ Conferences (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-benefits-of-smaller-writers-conferences/

Grappling with the Facts (Elle Carter Neal) http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/03/grappling-with-facts.html

4 ways to avoid screenplayizing your novel (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2015/03/4-ways-to-avoid-screenplayizing-your.html

Beginner's Luck (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2015/03/18/business-musings-beginners-luck/

What Do Your Readers Know and When Do They Know It? (Dave King)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/03/17/what-do-your-readers-know-and-when-do-they-know-it/

Should you self-publish or traditionally publish? 7 questions to ask yourself (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2015/03/should-you-self-publish-or.html

Useless Humor: Fun With Words… (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/useless-humor-fun-with-words

4 Ways an Agent Helps You–but Makes No Money (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/4-ways-an-agent-helps-you-but-makes-no-money


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, 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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