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

Red Flag Alert: Loiacono Literary Agency, Swetky Literary Agency, Warner Literary Group (Victoria Strauss) 
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2017/02/red-flag-alert-loiacono-literary-agency.html

9 Statistics Writers Should Know About Amazon (Jane friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/9-statistics-writers-know-amazon/

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say (Keith Cronin)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/02/14/if-you-dont-have-anything-nice-to-say/

You Vs. The Reader (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2017/02/13/you-vs-the-reader/

8 Ways to Troubleshoot a Scene–and 5 Ways Make It Fabulous (K. M. Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/troubleshoot-a-scene/

Writing Conferences and Festivals (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/5460/writing-conferences-festivals/

What It Takes to Succeed in Publishing (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/what-it-takes-succeed-publishing/

Let it Bite, Then Start to Write (James Scott Bell)  [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/02/handling-the-agony-of-defeat.html

Query Tips (Chuck Sambuchino)
www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/pubtips-query
by way of Laurie Wallmark



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, 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:

Pirates Beware: How to Prepare and Use a DMCA Takedown Notice (Susan Spann)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/02/pirates-beware-how-to-prepare-and-use-a-dmca-takedown-notice/

How to Write a Book Proposal: A Guide for Nonfiction Writers (Mark Gottlieb)
https://thewritelife.com/how-to-write-a-book-proposal/

7 Ways to Handle a Freelance-Writing Client Who Won’t Pay Up (Ali Luke)
https://thewritelife.com/client-wont-pay/

5 Secrets to Writing Despite a Day Job (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/5-secrets-writing-despite-day-job/

Agent Prerequisites? (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/agent-prerequisites/

A Simple Trick to a Stronger First Person Narrative (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/02/a-simple-trick-to-stronger-first-person.htm

Is Writing a Good Novel Something That Can Be Taught? (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/02/is-writing-a-good-novel-something-that-can-be-taught.html

How to Get Your Book Distributed: What Self-Published Authors Need to Know (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/get-book-distributed-self-published-authors-need-know/

The Great Agent: Eight Lessons Learned (Mary Ann Rodman)
www.teachingauthors.com/2016/10/the-great-agent-hunt-nine-lessons.html
by way of Laurie Wallmark

Be the Encouragement (Jo Eberhardt)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/02/04/be-the-encouragement-you-want-to-see/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, 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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Care to promote your writing conference?

I'm a big fan of writing conferences. Sure, some meet our personal budget and current needs better than others, and not everyone you encounter leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy about your future potential, but if you go along with an open mind, the positives far outweigh any negatives.

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If you know of a writing conference taking place this year, please share a link to its homepage in a comment. I'll upload it into the main post here.


                      FEBRUARY


SCBWI 2016 SCBWI Winter Conference
Fri-Sun, February 10-12 2017 - New York, New York

zFARP_20th Farpoint Convention
Fri-Sun, February 17-19 2017 - Timonium, Maryland


Sleuthfest 2016 Sleuthfest
Thurs-Sun, February 23-26 2017 - Boca Raton, Florida




                          MARCH

zlsfw Create Something Magical Writers & Readers Conference
Sat-Sun, March  18th - 19th, 2017 - Iselin, New Jersey

           

writestuff The Write Stuff Conference
Thurs-Sat, March 23rd -25th, 2017  - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania



                                                   APRIL

Z pikespeak conf Pikes Peak Writers Conference
Fri-Sun, April 28th-30th, 2017 - Colorado Springs, CO


malice Domestic Malice Domestic
Fri-Sun, Apr 28th - April 30th, 2017 - Bethesda, Maryland


                  MAY

zdwf conf DFW Writer's Conference
Sat-Sun, May 19th - 21st, 2017 - Dallas, Texas


Penn WritersPennWriters Conference
Fri-Sun, May 19th - 21st, 2017 - Coraopolis, Pennsylvania


zBalticonLogo Balticon
Fri-Mon, May 26th - 29th, 2017 - Baltimore, Maryland


                           JUNE




NJ scbwi   SCBWI NJ Chapter - Summer Conference
Sat-Sun, June 3rd - 4th, 2017
- New Brunswick, New Jersey

Rutgers Rutgers University Writers' Conference
Sat-Sun, June 3rd - 4th, 2017 - New Brunswick, New Jersey


zPWC Philadelphia Writers' Conference
Fri-Sun, June, 2017
(exact dates tba) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Deadly ink Deadly Ink
Fri-Sun, June 16th – 18th, 2017 - Rockaway, New Jersey



                            JULY


IWWG logo
IWWG Summer conference
Fri-Fri, July 7th - 14th, 2017 - Allentown, Pennsylvania



Shore Leave Shore Leave
Fri-Sun, July 7th - 9th, 2017 -  Maryland



                         AUGUST


Killer Nashville Killer Nashville
Thurs-Sun, August 24th – 27th, 2017 - Franklin, Tennessee


                       SEPTEMBER
Women Who Write (Men are also welcome at the conference)
Saturday, September, 2017
(exact dates tba) - Madison, New Jersey



                          OCTOBER


NJRWPut Your Heart in a Book
Fri-Sat, October  2017 (exact dates tba) - Iselin, NJ


Magna Cum Murder Magna Cum Murder
Fri-Sun, October 20th -22nd, 2017 - Indianapolis, Indiana




                        NOVEMBER
philcon Philcon
Fri-Sun, November 10th - 12th, 2017 - Cherry Hill, New Jersey


new england crime bake Crime Bake
Fri-Sun, November 10th - 12th, 2017 - Dedham, Massachusetts


                         DECEMBER


SOME FUN, CONFERENCE-RELATED LINKS:

10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to an Agent During an In-Person Pitch

The Agent Pitch: 10 Responses You Don't Want to Hear



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

How to Fill Plot Holes in Your Novel (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/02/how-to-fill-plot-holes-in-your-novel.html

How to Stay Positive on Your Path to Getting a Book Published (Adrienne Proctor)
https://thewritelife.com/stay-positive-get-published/

A Touch of Romance (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/02/01/a-touch-of-romance/

Grammar Police-This One’s For You! (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/grammar-police-ones/

When your agent wants to charge you a fee (Jane Lebak) [Jon’s Pick of the week]
https://querytracker.blogspot.com/2017/01/when-your-agent-wants-to-charge-you-fee.html

How to Know You’re Finally Finished Rewriting: When Is Enough Revision Enough? (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/know-youre-finally-finished-rewriting-enough-revision-enough/

How Many Queries Does It Take To Get An Agent? (Kristine Carlson Asselin)
https://writersrumpus.com/2015/04/24/how-many-queries-does-it-take-to-get-an-agent/
(by way of Laurie Wallmark)

How to Find Exactly the Right Story Hook (K. M. Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/story-hook/

How to Evaluate a Publishing Contest (Susan Spann)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/01/30/how-to-evaluate-a-publishing-contest/

Generation Butthurt—How Being Constantly Offended (and Offensive) Costs BIG (Kristen Lamb) [Jon’s other Pick of the week]
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/generation-butthurt-how-being-constantly-offended-and-offensive-costs-big/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, 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:

Working as an Author and Illustrator Team Before Submission (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2010/06/14/working-as-an-author-and-illustrator-team-before-submission/
by way of Laurie Wallmark

The Data Divide (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2017/01/25/business-musings-the-data-divide/

Is a Lack of Action Really the Problem? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/01/is-lack-of-action-really-problem.html

5 Things to Do Before Hiring a Freelance Editor (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/5-things-hiring-freelance-editor/

The Single Largest Problem of Most First Time Novels (Kristen Lamb)
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/the-single-largest-problem-of-most-first-time-novels/

The Bottom-line Explanation of the Mass Failure of Authors (Larry Brooks)
www.storyfix.com/bottom-line-explanation-mass-failure-authors [Jon’s Pick of the Week]

Balancing Your Writing Life (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2017/01/23/balancing-your-writing-life/

Is Your Novel “Good Enough”? (Kathryn Craft)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/01/is-your-novel-good-enough/

6 Bits of Common Writing Advice You’re Misusing (K. M. Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/misused-writing-advice/

Publishing’s Dirty Little Secret: The Rejections Never Stop (Michael Alvear)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/5331/rejections/

Strengthening Your Fiction The Ben Franklin Way (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/01/strengthening-your-fiction-the-ben-franklin-way.html



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, 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 Most Common Manuscript Malfunctions (and How to Avoid Them) (Sarah Juckes)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/manuscript-malfunctions/

Coping With Writer Stress (Natalie Whipple)
http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/p/writing-stuff.html

FEAR—Is the Mind-Killer in Control of Your Life? (Kristen Lamb)
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2017/01/19/fear-is-the-mind-killer-in-control-of-your-life/

The So-What (John Gilstrap)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/01/the-so-what.html

Dealing With the Green Eyed Monster (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/green-eyed-monster

Ditch the Pitch (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/ditch-the-pitch

How to Outline a Series of Bestselling Books (K. M. Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/how-to-outline-a-series

5 Qualities Agents Look for in Writers (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/5-qualities-agents-look-writers/

The Untapped Dramatic Potential of Concept… (Larry Brooks)
www.storyfix.com/case-study-untapped-dramatic-potential-concept


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, 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:


Negotiating Options in Publishing Deals (Susan Spann)
www.writersinthestormblog.com/2017/01/negotiating-options-in-publishing-deals/

15 of the Best YouTube Channels for Writers (Kelly Gurnett)
https://thewritelife.com/youtube-channels-for-writers/

Why writing is like the pyramids (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2017/01/why-writing-is-like-pyramids.html

Choosing What to Put in Your Outline (and Your Plot) (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/01/choosing-what-to-put-in-your-outline.html

How to Get Your Writing Noticed by a Publisher (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/get-you-writing-noticed/

Selling Books—The Struggle is REAL but Not New & What to DO! (Kristen Lamb)
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/selling-books-the-struggle-is-real-but-not-new-what-to-do/

Should You Submit Your Work to Agents or Editors? (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/query-agents-editors/

The Perfect Back Cover Blurb (Sophie Masson)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/01/09/the-perfect-back-cover-blurb/

Ten Essential Picture Book Elements (Kathryn Evans)
https://mrsbung.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/ten-essential-picture-book-elements/
(by way of Laurie Wallmark)



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, 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:



How Bad Times and New Starts Affect Our Writing (Janice Hardy)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/01/how-bad-times-and-new-starts-affect-our-writing/

We Will Always Be Beginners (Natalia Sylvester)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/01/06/we-will-always-be-beginners/

A Checklist For Writing A Great Ending (Jordan Dane)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/01/a-checklist-for-writing-a-great-ending.html

7 Tips to “Level Up” Your Writing Career (Fae Rowen)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/01/seven-tips-to-level-up-your-writing-career/


A Literary Agent’s Guide to Publishing Terms Authors Should Know (Mark Gottlieb)
https://thewritelife.com/book-publishing-terms/

An Insider’s Look at the Querying Process, Part I (Kim English) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
https://querytracker.blogspot.com/2017/01/an-insiders-look-at-querying-process.html

All Compelling Stories Contain This Secret Ingredient (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/compelling-stories-ingredient/

When You Get Good Enough And Yet... (Natalie Whipple)
http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2017/01/when-you-get-good-enough-and-yet.html

Getting Back At It (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/back-at-it/

The Good Old Days (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2017/01/02/the-good-old-days/

Beginning Your Story Too Late (K. M. Weiland) [Jon’s other Pick of the Week]
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/common-writing-mistakes-pt-55/

Important Publishing Developments Authors Should Know (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/looking-back-2016-important-publishing-developments-authors-know/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, 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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Somewhere amidst all the interesting happenings of 2016 were some great blog posts containing wisdomous words about writing.

As always, I had a hard time narrowing the list to just twelve, but I finally managed it. Here's my personal selection of the best writing-related blog posts from 2016:
DECEMBER
Email Marketing: 5 Things Authors Should NEVER Do (Anne R. Allen)
www.annerallen.com/email-marketing-5-things-authors-should-never-do
 (by way of Laurie Wallmark)

NOVEMBER
Wanted: Appropriate Filters (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/wanted-appropriate-filters

OCTOBER
The Dreaded Synopsis—What It REALLY Reveals About Our Writing (Kristen Lamb)
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/the-dreaded-synopsis-what-it-really-reveals-about-our-writing/

SEPTEMBER
Learn How to Set Up the Potential for Change in Character Arcs (Usvaldo de Leon, Jr)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/learn-set-potential-change-character-in-arcs

AUGUST
Is This the Single Best Way to Write Powerful Themes? (K. M. Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/single-best-way-write-powerful-themes/

JULY
Four Major Stumbles by Newer Writers (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/four-major-stumbles-by-newer-writers.html

JUNE
I am not your Plot Device (Stephen Spohn) www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/06/02/steven-spohn-i-am-not-your-plot-device/

MAY
Concept vs. Premise (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/05/concept-vs-premise-the-inherent-opportunity-in-understanding-the-difference.html

APRIL
Part 2: 10 Myths That Sabotage Unsuspecting Novelists (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/part-2-10-myths-that-sabotage-unsuspecting-novelists.html

MARCH
Behind the Scam: What Does It Take to Be a ‘Best-Selling Author’? $3 and 5 Minutes (Brent Underwood)
www.observer.com/2016/02/behind-the-scam-what-does-it-takes-to-be-a-bestselling-author-3-and-5-minutes/

FEBRUARY
5 Mistakes That Will Kill Your Query Letter (Kathryn Lilley) https://killzoneblog.com/2016/02/5-mistakes-that-will-kill-your-query-letter.html

JANUARY
The Ten Events of the Highly Successful Writer (James Scott Bell)  
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/01/the-ten-events-of-the-highly-successful-writer.html


How about you?

What were your favorite blog posts from 2016?


If you found these useful, you may also like:

My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015
My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014
My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013




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

5 Ways to Fight Your End-of-Year Writer’s Fatigue (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/12/5-ways-to-fight-your-end-of-year.html

How to Make Readers Deeply Connect to Your Characters (Jeff Gerke)
https://janefriedman.com/connect-characters/

Why Backstory Is Better Than Flashback (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/backstory-better-flashback/

How to Make "Write What You Know" Work for You (Kristina Riggle)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/12/how-to-make-write-what-you-know-work.html

A New Way to Think About Scene Structure (K.M.Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/scene-structure/

The Three Stooges of Writing (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/12/the-three-stooges-of-writing.html

Trouble at Tate: Could it be End of Days for America's Most Prolific Vanity Publisher? (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2016/12/trouble-at-tate-could-it-be-end-of-days.html

How to Find Your Agent Match (Susan Spann)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/12/how-to-find-your-agent-match/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, 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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