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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:

Advice for Authors from a Bookseller’s Perspective (Tracy Hahn-Burkett)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/07/30/advice-for-authors-from-a-booksellers-perspective/

Surviving the Space Between: A Writer’s Journey (Heather Webb) [Jon’s Pick of the week]
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/07/25/surviving-the-space-between-a-writers-journey/

21 Self-Editing Secrets to Make Your Book Shine (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/21-self-editing-secrets-to-make-your-book-shine

Living in the White Space (Liz Michalski)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/07/29/living-in-the-white-space/

Never Self Promote (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/never-self-promote/

Does Your Freelance Writing Career Need to Grow Up? (Tamar Auber)
www.thewritelife.com/freelance-writing-career-grow-up/

Does Genre Matter? (Diana Hurwitz)
www.bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/07/does-genre-matter.html

How Not to Get Sued When Writing about Real People (Ed Sikov)
https://litreactor.com/columns/how-not-to-get-sued-when-writing-about-real-people

6 Ways to Make Your Editor Stop Yelling At You (Lisa Lepki)
www.thewritelife.com/self-editing-tips/

How a Book Becomes a Movie (Jane Friedman)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/07/27/how-a-book-becomes-a-movie/

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:

Why Your Non-Disclosure Agreement Is Probably a Bad Idea (Jane Friedman)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/07/24/nondisclosure-agreements/

The Art of the Pitch and Synopsis (George Cotronis)
https://litreactor.com/columns/the-art-of-the-pitch-and-synopsis

The Uproar Over Amazon Customer Reviews (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/amazon-customer-reviews/

How to Know You’re Really a Writer (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/know-youre-really-writer/

5 Nonfiction Writing Techniques That Will Keep Readers Turning Pages (Alexander Limberg)
www.thewritelife.com/nonfiction-writing-techniques/

Common First Page Issues (Ava Jae)
www.blog.janicehardy.com/2015/07/common-first-page-issues.html

Best Writing Advice I’ve Ever Received: Rhythm in Writing Makes a BIG Difference (Adriana Mather)
www.querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/07/best-writing-advice-ive-ever-received.html

The Problem With Flash Forwards as an Opening Scene (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/07/the-problem-with-flash-forwards-as.html

When Marketing Goes Too Far (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/when-marketing-goes-too-far/

Tips and tricks for school visits - interview with TBA authors (Gemma Cooper)
http://jennybent.blogspot.com/2015/07/tips-and-tricks-for-school-visits.html

4 Tips for Recovering from a Poor First Impression (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/4-tips-for-recovering-from-a-poor-first-impression/


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 to Start a Blog: A Step-by-Step Guide for Writers (Susan Shain)
www.thewritelife.com/how-to-start-a-blog/

In Our CyberVillage: So Much Anger (Porter Anderson)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/07/17/in-our-cybervillage-square-why-not-ask-first/

Productivity Methods for Writers (George Cotronis)
https://litreactor.com/columns/productivity-methods-for-writers

What Traditionally-Published And Indie Authors Can Learn (gasp) FROM EACH OTHER (Melissa F. Olson)
https://litreactor.com/columns/what-traditionally-published-and-indie-authors-can-learn-gasp-from-each-other

How to Use Writing Prompts to Become a Better Writer (Emily Wenstrom)
www.thewritelife.com/how-to-use-writing-prompts/

Creating an Author Business Plan: Our Marketing Plan (Marcy Kennedy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/07/creating-author-business-plan-our.html

Using Pinterest to Market Children’s Picture Books (Darcy Pattison)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/07/16/pinterest-market-childrens-books/

Business Musings: Fighting the Wrong War (Kristine Katherine Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2015/07/15/business-musings-fighting-the-wrong-war/

Don’t Speak: The Power of What’s Left Unsaid When Crafting Dialogue (Bonnie Randall)
www.blog.janicehardy.com/2015/07/dont-speak-power-of-whats-left-unsaid.html

The Introvert’s Guide to Conferences (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/introverts-guide-conferences/

A Post for the New, Unsure, Intimidated First-time Novelist (Larry Brooks)
www.storyfix.com/a-post-for-the-new-intimidated-unsure-first-time-novelist

The Line Between Self-Promotion and Spam (Annie Neugebauer)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/07/11/ask-annie-the-line-between-self-promotion-and-spam/ Jon’s Pick of the Week



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 Tricks for Writing Eye-Catching Headlines Your Editor Will Love (John William Dye)
www.thewritelife.com/writing-headlines-your-editor-will-love/

Why Query Letters Matter to Self-Published Authors, Too (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/07/why-query-letters-matter-to-self.html

Hope for Independent Bookstores (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/hope-for-independent-bookstores/

Ask a Literary Agent: What Do You Look for in a Query Letter? (Lauren Sharp)
www.thewritelife.com/ask-a-literary-agent-query-letter/

How Publishers Make Decisions About What to Publish: The Book P&L (Jane Friedman)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/07/08/book-pl/

Eleven Tips For A Successful Book Signing (Rob Hart)
https://litreactor.com/columns/eleven-tips-for-a-successful-book-signing

What Amazon Knows (Karen Wester Newton)
http://carmenspage.blogspot.com/2015/07/what-amazon-knows.html

Openings: Intrigue Versus Engagement (Donald Maass)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/07/01/openings-intrigue-versus-engagement/

Why "Start With the Action" Messes Up So Many Writers (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/07/why-start-with-action-messes-up-so-many.html

5 On: Nathan Bransford (Chris Jane)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/07/01/5-on-nathan-bransford/

Online Is IRL (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/06/29/online-is-irl/

Summer Tips: What’s a Writer to Do? (Michelle Ule)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/summer-tips-whats-a-writer-to-do/


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:

First Rights (Neil Clarke)
www.neil-clarke.com/first-rights/

Which Writers’ Conferences are the Best to Attend? (Chuck Sambuchino)
http://thewritelife.com/which-writers-conferences-are-the-best-to-attend/

The 4 Hidden Dangers of Writing Groups (Jenny Nash) Jon’s Pick of the week
www.janefriedman.com/2015/06/25/dangers-of-writing-groups/

Writing Mechanics and Grammar Checklist (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/writing-mechanics-and-grammar-checklist/

Business Musings: Why I Love Taylor Swift (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2015/06/24/business-musings-why-i-love-taylor-swift/

Almond Press Short Story Competition: Writing for "Exposure" (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/06/almond-press-short-story-competition.html

Writing About Guns: 10 Errors to Avoid in Your Novel (Benjamin Sobieck)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/06/24/writing-about-guns/

10 Reasons To Draft 10 Times (Peter Derk)
https://litreactor.com/columns/10-reasons-to-draft-10-times

Strange Bedfellows (Therese Anne Fowler)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/06/22/strange-bedfellows/

5 Great Books About the Craft of Writing (George Cotronis)
https://litreactor.com/columns/5-great-books-about-the-craft-of-writing

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:

Being Your Own Text Doctor (Debby Harris)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/06/being-your-own-text-doctor.html

Do You Write Like a Reader? (Glenn Mori)
www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/do-you-write-like-a-reader/

Traits of a Writer on Track for Success (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/traits-of-a-writer-on-track-for-success/

Gaming the System (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2015/06/17/business-musings-gaming-the-system/

Using Tricks from Other Writers (Kathleen McCleary)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/06/17/using-tricks-from-other-writers/

Can We Know Too Much About the Publishing Industry? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/06/can-we-know-too-much-about-publishing.html

How to Sell Your Screenplay (for Absolute Beginners) (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/06/16/how-to-sell-your-screenplay/

Publishing Industry Assumptions (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/publishing-industry-assumptions/

How to Find the Right Critique Group or Partner for You (Brook McIntyre)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/06/10/find-the-right-critique-group/

Don’t Feed Your Discontent (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/dont-feed-your-discontent/

Awards Profiteers: How Writers Can Recognize and Avoid Them (VictoriaStrauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/06/awards-profiteers-how-writers-can.html

The 11 Best Books on Writing I’ve Ever Read (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/best-books-on-writing/

Mythbuster: Why Contacts Won’t Bring Your Book Media Coverage (Sharon Bially)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/06/08/mythbuster-why-contacts-wont-bring-your-book-media-coverage/

Scheduling Creativity (Jo Eberhardt)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/06/06/scheduling-creativity/


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:

Should You Wait for Writing Inspiration, or Stick to a Routine? (Ali Luke)
www.thewritelife.com/writing-inspiration-or-routine/

10 Tips for Trimming an Overly Long Novel Down to Size (Susan DeFreitas)
https://litreactor.com/columns/10-tips-for-trimming-an-overly-long-novel-down-to-size

To Outline or Not to Outline Your Novel (Tania Strauss)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/06/04/outline-your-novel/

Backing up your Babies (Diana Hurwitz)
www.bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/06/backing-up-your-babies.html

6 Factors in Choosing the Best Publisher (Rachelle Gardner) www.booksandsuch.com/blog/choosing-best-publisher/

Author Self Promotion: 6 Things to Remember (Elspeth Futcher)
www.bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/06/author-self-promotion-6-things-to.html

A Trick for Writing Subtext (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/06/a-trick-for-writing-subtext.html

Social Media: The New Public Shaming (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/social-media-the-new-public-shaming/



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:

Fun With Literary Allusions (Anne Greenwood Brown)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/29/fun-with-literary-allusions/

The Age-Old Cynicism Surrounding the Dream of Book Writing (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/05/29/book-writing-dream/

Owning Up to Our Writing…Locally (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/3109/owning-up-to-our-writinglocally/

DIY Book Covers for the Self Publishing-Inclined (George Cotronis)
https://litreactor.com/columns/diy-book-covers-for-the-self-publishing

Getting Unstuck: pure craft (Jane Lebak)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/05/getting-unstuck-pure-craft.html

Choices (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2015/05/27/business-musings-choices/

A Subtle Technique (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/a-subtle-technique/

25 Magazines and Websites That Want Your Work (Kelly Gurnett)
http://thewritelife.com/where-to-submit-short-stories/

The Trap of Your Comfort Zone (Dan Blank)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/22/the-trap-of-your-comfort-zone/

You Can Master Classic Story Structure (Jerry B. Jenkins)
http://storyfix.com/you-can-master-classic-story-structure-a-guest-post-by-jerry-b-jenkins

Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully—in Ten Minutes (Stephen King) Jon’s Pick of the Week
www.jerryjenkins.com/guest-blog-from-stephen-king/

How Important is Your Book Title? (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/your-book-title/

False Summits–and How to Get to the Top Anyway (Harry Bingham)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/20/false-summits-and-how-to-get-the-top-anyway/

Begin Your Novel with Action: A Good Rule? (Jeff Gerke)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/05/19/begin-with-action/

Never Stop Learning (Alissa Grosso)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2015/05/never-stop-learning-alissa-grosso.html

The 10 Keys to Writing Killer Fight Scenes (Bill Ferris)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/16/awesome-combo-the-10-keys-to-writing-killer-fight-scenes/



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.

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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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