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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/

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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


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JonGibbs


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/


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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


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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.

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

What to do when your query isn’t getting you requests (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/query-isnt-getting-requests/

Frogs, Hot Water, and the Seven Deadly Sins: Making Trouble for Characters (Man Martin)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2204/frogs-hot-water-seven-deadly-sins-making-trouble-characters/

Don't Rush (Helen Ginger)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/06/dont-rush.html

5 Tips for Writing a Synopsis that Shines (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/5-tips-writing-synopsis-shines/

The Gift of Insecurity (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/gift-of-insecurity/

Burying the Hachette (Keith Cronin)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/06/10/burying-the-hachette/


Do YA Books Belong In Grown-Ups' Hands? (Peter Derk)
http://litreactor.com/news/the-fault-in-our-genre-do-ya-books-belong-in-grown-ups-hands

The False Divide Between Book Promo and Author Promo (Sharon Bially)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/06/09/the-false-divide-between-book-promo-and-author-promo/

5 Mistakes you’ll Make on the Way to Publishing Success (Carmen Amato)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/06/09/5-mistakes-publishing/

The Fastest Way to Improve Your Novel (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-fastest-way-to-improve-your-novel.html

When Your Concept is Also a Paradox (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/case-study-concept-also-paradox

Presence on the Page: What It Is, and What It Isn’t (Susan Defreitas)
http://litreactor.com/columns/presence-on-the-page-what-it-is-and-what-it-isnt

What I learned from Query Shark (Brigid)
http://mylifeasateenagenovelist.blogspot.com/2011/06/what-i-learned-from-query-shark.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.

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

Facebook Privacy Tips (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/facebook-privacy-tips/

Judging Short Fiction (Juliet Marillier)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/06/05/judging-short-fiction/

Bait-and-Switch for Self-Published Authors (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/06/bait-and-switch-for-self-published.html

Mixed Review? Why it’s All Good. (Theresa Walsh)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/06/03/connecting-with-readers-and-not/

Show Don't Tell! So, show me what that means (P.J. Parrish)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/06/show-dont-tell-so-show-me-what-that.html

It's better to be a good storyteller than overly realistic (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/06/its-better-to-be-good-storyteller-than.html

Secrets to a Good Logline (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/06/02/secrets-to-a-good-logline/

14 Tips to Surviving Your Book Signing (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/06/14-tips-to-surviving-your-book-signing.html

Pick up the Pace for a Real Page-Turner (Jodie Renner)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/06/pick-up-pace-for-real-page-turner.html

Why the Amazon-Hachette Battle Matters (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/amazon-hachette-battle-matters/

Adjusting to a Summer Writing Schedule (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/2171/adjusting-summer-writing-schedule/

The Revise and Resubmit Shuffle (Jennifer Laughran)
http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-revise-and-resubmit-shuffle.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.

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

But Is This a Book? (Allison Winn Scotch)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/05/30/but-is-this-a-book/

The Publishing Timeline (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/publishing-timeline/

What Would James Bond Do? (Kathryn Craft)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/05/what-would-james-bond-do.html

3 Helpful Tips for Your Marketing Campaign (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/3-helpful-tips-marketing-campaign/

A Tip for Writing “Voice” Authenticity (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/tip-short-case-study-writing-voice-authenticity

If it comes easy, it’s probably a cliché (Joe Moore)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/05/if-it-comes-easy-its-probably-cliche.html

Guidelines for Requesting Reviews (Maryann Miller)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/05/guidelines-for-requesting-reviews.html

11 Questions for Crafting a Fiction Pitch (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/crafting-a-fiction-pitch/

Marketing & Selling: The Same? (Heidi M. Thomas)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/05/marketing-selling-same.html

3 Insights That Lead to Successful Publishing Careers (Jane Friedman)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/05/26/successful-publishing-careers/

It's The Best Time On Earth To Be A Writer (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/05/its-best-time-on-earth-to-be-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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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Do Men Receive Bigger Book Advances Than Women? (Jane Friedman)
http://community.scratchmag.net/book-advances-gender/

How Does a Print-Centric Publishing Culture Become Digital-First? [Smart Set] (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/05/22/print-centric/

Simple Things About Submitting: Platforms (Christopher Bowen)
www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/simple-things-about-submitting-platforms/

Patience Is the Operative Word (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/patience-operative-word/

Writer Support Groups: The Why and How (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/05/writer-support-groups-why-and-how.html

Handling a Difficult Editorial Process (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/difficult-editorial/

Subtle Interiority (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/05/19/subtle-interiority/

All Hail Dilemmas: Why Your Characters Need to Make Tough Choices (Jan O'Hara)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/05/19/mckee-morsels-part-ii/

Silly Things Writers Panic Over (Nicole Singer)
http://nicole-singer.blogspot.com/2014/05/silly-things-writers-panic-over.html

Why Marketing Is Like Motherhood (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/05/why-marketing-is-like-motherhood.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:

Five Key Ways to Create a Character's Distinct Voice (Jordan Dane)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/05/five-key-ways-to-create-characters.html

Story Structure… for Television (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/story-structure-television

Do You Need to Rethink Your Website’s Key Elements? (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/05/14/author-website/

Narrative Voice (Joe Moore)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/05/narrative-voice.html

How a Good TV Show Can Help You Write (and Edit) Your Novel - Part Two (Shonell Bacon)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/05/how-good-tv-show-can-help-you-write-and_13.html

Breaking the Rules in World Building (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/05/12/breaking-the-rules-in-world-building/

The Green-Eyed Monster (Rosie Genova)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-green-eyed-monster.html

Deciding What to Write (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/dont-write-book-will/

Will One Bad Book Ruin Your Career? (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/05/will-one-bad-book-ruin-your-career.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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