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

When Your Beginning Isn't Your Beginning (Amy K. Nichols)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2014/08/when-your-beginning-isnt-your-beginning.html

What Does It Mean to Protect Authors’ Interests?  (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/08/14/authors-interests/

How to Listen to a Famous Author Talk About Writing (Lisa Cron)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/14/how-to-listen-to-a-famous-author-talk-about-writing/

10 Things to Know About Speakers Bureaus (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/speakers-bureaus/

How Not to Seek a Literary Agent: The Perils of "Middleman" Services (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-not-to-seek-literary-agent.html

Better than They Know Themselves (Keith Cronin)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/12/better-than-they-know-themselves/

The Art of Writing Back Copy:Boiling Your Book to its Essence (P.J. Parrish)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-art-of-writing-back-copy-boiling.html

Bridging Conflict (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/08/11/bridging-conflict/

How to Get Your Short Stories Published in Lit Mags (Suzannah Windsor Freeman)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/10/how-to-get-your-short-stories-published-in-lit-mags/



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.

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

8 Writer Tips To Keep Your Butt in the Chair (Jordan Dane)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/8-writer-tips-to-keep-your-butt-in-chair.html

Avoid Backstory Plot Holes (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/08/avoid-backstory-plot-holes.html

Writer Beware's Self-Publishing Page Renovated and Updated (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/08/writer-bewares-self-publishing-page.html

The Reader’s Emotional Journey (Donald Maass)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/06/the-readers-emotional-journey/

Balancing Your Writing Career (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/08/balancing-your-writing-career.html

Keep an offhand remark on hand (Joe Moore)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/keep-offhand-remark-on-hand.html

13 Ways to Impress an Agent (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/impress-an-agent/

Character Buy-In (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/08/04/character-buy-in/

Agents Behaving Badly (James Scott Bell) Jon’s Pick of the week
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/agents-behaving-badly.html

Where is the best place to put worldbuilding exposition in my story? (Juliette Wade)
http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2014/08/where-is-best-place-to-put.html

The fight over Sherlock Holmes and how copyright changes pop culture (Alyssa Rosenberg)
www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2014/08/05/the-fight-over-sherlock-holmes-and-how-copyright-changes-pop-culture/
By way of Christopher Roden


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

How Can Authors and Publishers Partner Better on Book Marketing?  (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/07/31/authors-publishers-marketing/

Writing on a Full Tank (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/writing-full-tank/

The Epidemic and Systemic Sabotage via Brainwashing of Aspiring Novelists (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/epidemic-systemic-sabotage-via-brainwashing-aspiring-novelists

The 4 Different Types of Conflict in Dialogue (K. M. Weiland)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/07/30/conflict-in-dialogue/

The Magic Trick to Landing an Agent at a Conference (Liz Michalski)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/07/30/the-magic-trick-to-landing-an-agent-at-a-conference-hint-theres-no-magic-involved/

Write Emails that Don’t Drive People Crazy (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/write-emails/

A Marketing Pitch from Author Solutions (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-marketing-pitch-from-author-solutions.html

Understanding Your Contract (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/07/understanding-your-contract.html

6 Qualities That Make an Agent Say Yes (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/finding-literary-representation/

Walking the walk (Jennifer R. Hubbard)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2014/07/walking-walk-jennifer-r-hubbard.html


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I had a great time at the Kateri Day Camp in Morganville, NJ, earlier this month. I did two creative writing sessions. The first was for a group of 9-yr-old girls, in which we worked together to make up a rather fun sequel idea for Disney's Frozen.

The following week, I did a similar workshop for the boys, most of whom were twelve or older. They had a hard time agreeing on which movie sequel to work on (we ended up doing a zombie apocalypse set in a big city), but we managed to put something together.

I'm popping back there on Monday to pick up the entries for a story contest I set up. I've already read a couple of them. They're very good.

As for upcoming events, I've a few things booked and several more in the pipeline, but what with one thing and another, I've eased back a lot this year:

2014 AUGUST 9th (Sat) MONMOUTH WRITERS 10am-noon
Critique group, run by my friend Rick Kelsten


2014 AUGUST 19th (Tues) SUPER SUMMER READER CLUB) 6:30pm
TD Bank Ballpark, 860 E Main St, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

(sponsored by the Somerset Patriots)

2014 SEPTEMBER 20th (Sat) MEET THE AUTHORS 4pm-6pm
Barnes & Noble, 2134 Highway 35, Holmdel, NJ 07733


2014 OCTOBER 15th (Weds) NOVEL WRITING: The First Draft 6:30pm-8:30pm
Ocean County Library (Tom's River)101 Washington St, Toms River, NJ 08753



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:

A Better Way to Open Your Novel (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/better-way-open-novel

The Art of Microfiction (Gayle Towell)
http://litreactor.com/columns/the-art-of-microfiction

Prologue and Epilogue (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/07/prologue-and-epilogue.html

Warning: Green Shore Publishing (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/07/warning-green-shore-publishing.html

Why I Left My Mighty Agency and New York Publishers (for now) (Claire Cook)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/07/21/i-left-my-agent/

11 Grammar Mistakes That Label You “Amateur” (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/11-grammar-mistakes-label-amateur/

One Way to Connect DIRECTLY To Your Fans? *Yawn* Email. Boring Old Email. (Dan Blank)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/07/25/one-way-to-connect-directly-to-your-biggest-fans-yawn-email-boring-old-email/


Watch out for writing ruts (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/watch-writing-ruts/

Resources for Writers—Industry News (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2311/resources-writers-industry-news/

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.

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

Practice, Persistence, Professionalism (Nancy J. Cohen)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/07/practice-persistence-professionalism.html

How to Find an Agent (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/how-to-find-an-agent/

6 Ways Writers of Any Genre Can Benefit from Science Fiction Conventions (J. Thomas Ross)
http://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/6-ways-writers-of-any-genre-can-benefit-from-science-fiction-conventions/

The real solution to Amazon vs. Hachette (Nathan Bransford) http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/07/the-real-solution-to-amazon-vs-hachette.html

Picture Book Wisdom From Without vs. Within (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/07/14/picture-book-wisdom-from-without-vs-within/

When the Happily-Ever-After Ends… (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/07/when-happily-ever-after-ends.html

12 Tips for Writing Blog Posts That Get Noticed (Jodie Renner)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/07/12-tips-for-writing-blog-posts-that-get.html

Writing Doesn't Make You a Better Writer (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/07/writing-doesnt-make-you-better-writer.html

Twitter Etiquette 101 (AnnieNeugebauer)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/07/12/twitter-etiquette-101/

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.

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

The Crushing Weight of Expectations (Robin LaFevers) Jon's Pick of the Week
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/07/11/the-crushing-weight-of-expectations/

Are You an Advocate for Yourself or a Jack of All Trades? (Linda Lane)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/07/advocate-for-yourself-or-jack-of-all-trades.html

Tips for Pulling Off a Reading (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2278/tips-pulling-reading/

Spamvertisements Are Not Your Friend (Jennifer Laughran)
http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2014/07/spamvertisements-are-not-your-friend.html

Time to Bury the Hachette (Michael Capobianco)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/07/time-to-bury-hachette.html

Obstacles, roadblocks and detours (Joe Moore)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/07/obstacles-roadblocks-and-detours.html

Restart a Stalled Writing Career (Wendy Lawton) www.booksandsuch.com/blog/restart-stalled-writing-career/

How to Keep the Long Tail Wagging (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/07/how-to-keep-long-tail-wagging.html

Turning Novels into Screenplays – Part 2 (Art Holcomb)
http://storyfix.com/turning-novels-screenplays-part-2


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.

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

Resources for Writers—Microsoft Word (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2265/resources-writers-microsoft-word/

Your Hook: the On/Off Button in Your Proposal (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/hook-onoff-button-proposal/

Infused (Donald Maass)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/07/02/infused/

Avoiding Info Dumps (Nancy J. Cohen)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/07/avoiding-info-dumps.html

7 (Bad) Habits of Highly Successful Authors (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/highly-successful-authors/

American Writing Association: A Service Writers Don't Need (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/07/american-writing-association-service.html

Narrator Intrusion - Part 2 (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/06/narrator-intrustion-part-2.html

You Really Want To Avoid This… (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/06/you-really-want-to-avoid-this.html

Is It Plagiarism to Steal a Plot? (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/06/is-it-plagiarism-to-steal-plot

Writers: What Are You Afraid Of? (Dan Blank)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/06/27/writers-what-are-your-afraid-of/


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.

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

Editing Crimes: A Case Study (Kathryn Craft) http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/06/editing-crimes-case-study.html

Hard part #2 (Joe Moore)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/06/hard-part-2.html

Narrator Intrusion - Part 1 (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/06/narrator-intrusion-part-1.html

Trouble Hitting Send? (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/trouble-hitting-send/

Not Quite Ready for Prime Time (Kathryn Lilley)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/06/no-writing-debuts-before-its-time.html

Think Outside the Bookstore (Heidi M. Thomas)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/06/think-outside-bookstore.html

Creating a Business Philosophy (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2236/creating-business-philosophy/

Should I Stay or Should I Go? (Jennifer Laughran)
http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2014/06/should-i-stay-or-should-i-go.html

Most of the Stuff You Need to Know to Edit Your Manuscript (Bill Ferris)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/06/21/most-of-the-stuff-you-need-to-know-to-edit-your-manuscript/

Writing Advice: “The Lie,” and What it Really Means (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/writing-advice-lie-really-means

Be Cool: How Not To Be a Diva Debut Author (Erin Reel)
http://litreactor.com/columns/be-cool-how-not-to-be-a-diva-debut-author

I Was a Digital Best Seller! (Tony Horwitz) www.nytimes.com/2014/06/20/opinion/i-was-a-digital-best-seller.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=1
by way of Lois Winston


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.

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

What Every Self-Published Author Needs to Know About Taxes (Helen Sedwick)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/06/18/author-taxes/

Planning a Writers Conference (Nancy J. Cohen)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/06/planning-writers-conference.html

Reassessing Goals at Mid-Year (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2217/reassessing-goals-mid-year-point/

Will Readers Attend a Book Convention? Would You? (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/will-readers-attend-book-convention/

15 questions for your beta readers – and to focus your own revisions (Jodie Renner)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/06/15-questions-for-your-beta-readers-and.html

Stalling Out (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/06/16/stalling-out/

Why Your Book Deal Is Just the First Step (Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/06/15/why-your-book-deal-is-just-the-first-step/

Amazon, Hachette, Michael Corleone and Me (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/06/amazon-hachette-michael-corleone-and-me.html

All About the Offer Etiquette (And How to get a Fast Pass!) (Jennifer Laughran)
http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2014/06/all-about-offer-etiquette-and-how-to.html

This is the Single Biggest Mistake Indie Authors Make While Promoting Their Work—And It Needs To Stop (Rob Hart)
http://litreactor.com/columns/this-is-the-single-biggest-mistake-indie-authors-make-while-promoting-their-work-and-it-ne-0


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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