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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:

13 Productivity Apps to Help Keep Your Writing Goals on Track (Jett Farrell-Vega)
www.thewritelife.com/13-productivity-apps-writing/

Adding Conflict to Your Scenes (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2010/11/find-your-plot-fridays-forcing-issue.html

Filling the Silence (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/02/03/filling-the-silence/

Why These 6 Catchy Headlines Work — And How to Re-Create Them (Nicole Dieker)
www.thewritelife.com/why-these-6-catchy-headlines-work/

How Research Amps Up Your Story (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/how-research-amps-up-your-story/

Reading the Market (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/reading-the-market/

Finding Comparable Books (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/finding-comparable-books/

Research is the Spice of Life (Aimie K. Runyon)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/01/31/research-is-the-spice-of-life/

The Ten Events of the Highly Successful Writer (James Scott Bell) [Jon’s Pick of the week]
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/01/the-ten-events-of-the-highly-successful-writer.html

The Fair Contract Initiative (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-fair-contract-initiative.html


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

Finding Your Best Beta (Liz Michalski)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/01/29/finding-your-best-beta/

10 Places to Find Awesome Free Stock Photos for Your Blog (Marian Schembari)
www.thewritelife.com/7200-2/

Surviving Writer Envy (Heather Webb)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/01/28/the-haves-and-the-have-nots-surviving-writer-envy/

Stay Focused (Meg Dowell)
www.thewritelife.com/stay-focused-4-ways-to-delete-writing-distractions-from-your-life/

Indie Contracts (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/01/27/business-musings-indie-contracts/

When to stop redoing (Jennifer R. Hubbard)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2016/01/when-to-stop-redoing-jennifer-r-hubbard.html

How to Talk with Publishers and Agents (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/talk-with-publishers-and-agents/

25 More Hard Truths About Writing And Publishing (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/01/25/25-more-hard-truths-about-writing-and-publishing/

Self Publishing as a Lemonade Stand (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/01/self-publishing-as-a-lemonade-stand.html

10 Mistakes (Almost) Every Rookie Writer Makes (Susan DeFreitas)
https://litreactor.com/columns/10-mistakes-almost-every-rookie-writer-makes



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

Amazon Pushing Quality Control (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/3877/amazon-pushing-quality-control/

To Blog or Not To Blog, That is the Question (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/to-blog-or-not-to-blog-2/

Writing Advice for Children and Teens (Jane Friedman) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
https://janefriedman.com/writing-advice-for-children-and-teens/

What to Expect From Your First Writing Residency (Ben Shattuck)
www.thewritelife.com/what-to-expect-first-writing-residency/

Should Published Authors Attend Conferences? (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/authors-attend-conferences/

The Perils of Self-Publishing (Dave King)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/01/19/the-perils-of-self-publishing/

10 Ways to Do Over Your Story or Novel (Alissa Grosso)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2016/01/10-ways-to-do-over-your-story-or-novel.html

What Are Your Characters Ashamed Of? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/01/what-are-your-character-ashamed-of.html

How to Find and Work with Beta Readers (Kristen Kieffer)
https://janefriedman.com/find-beta-readers/

A Day in the Life of an Agent (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/a-day-in-the-life-of-an-agent-2/

Who Are You Trying To Delight? (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/01/9150.html



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

6 Common Punctuation Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them) (Laurisa White Reyes)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/01/6-common-punctuation-mistakes-and-how.html

How to Start Writing a Book: Use This Trick to Find the Time (Anita Evensen)
www.thewritelife.com/7080-2/

Edit Your Book to Perfection (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/edit-your-book-to-perfection/

Business Musings: Authors Guild 2016 Letter (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/01/13/business-musings-authors-guild-2016-letter/

Five Storytelling Lessons From The Force Awakens (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/01/13/five-storytelling-lessons-from-the-force-awakens/

Pardon Me, But Your Modifier is Dangling (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/01/writing-basics-pardon-me-but-your.html

Instead of Bugging Your Family and Friends, Try These Writing Critique Groups (Meryl Williams)
www.thewritelife.com/instead-of-bugging-your-family-and-friends-try-these-writing-critique-groups/

What You Need to Know About Show, Don't Tell (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/01/what-you-need-to-know-about-show-dont.html

The $30* Four Hour Writing Workshop (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/01/the-30-four-hour-writing-workshop.html

Obtaining Reversions of Publishing Rights: the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly (Susan Spann)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/01/10/obtaining-reversions-of-publishing-rights-the-good-the-bad-the-ugly/

Blog Basics: 5Ws and an H (Michelle Ule)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/blog-basics-5ws-h/


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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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 12-14 2016 - New York, New York

zFARP_20th Farpoint Convention
Fri-Sun, February 12-14 2016 - Timonium, Maryland


Sleuthfest 2016 Sleuthfest
Thurs-Sun, February 25-28 2016 - Deerfield Beach, Florida



                              MARCH

zlsfw Create Something Magical Writers & Readers Conference
Sat-Sun, March  19th - 20th, 2016 - Iselin, New Jersey



                           APRIL

writestuff The Write Stuff Conference
Thurs-Sat, April 9th - 11th, 2016  - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Z pikespeak conf Pikes Peak Writers Conference
Fri-Sun, April 15th-17th, 2016 - Colorado Springs, CO


malice Domestic Malice Domestic
Fri-Sun, Apr 29th - May 1st, 2016 - Bethesda, Maryland

zdwf conf DFW Writer's Conference
Sat-Sun, April 23rd-24th, 2016 - Dallas, Texas

                          MAY

Penn WritersPennWriters Conference
Fri-Sun, May 20th - 22nd, 2016 - Lancaster, PA

zBalticonLogo Balticon
Fri-Mon, May 27th - 30th, 2016 - Baltimore, Maryland


                               JUNE

zPWC Philadelphia Writers' Conference
Fri-Sun, June, 2016
(exact dates tba) - Philadelphia, PA


NJ scbwi   SCBWI NJ Chapter - Summer Conference
Sat-Sun, June, 2016
(exact dates tba) - Plainsboro , New Jersey

                                JULY



IWWG logo
IWWG Summer conference
Thurs-Mon, July 15th - 22nd, 2016 - Litchfield, CT



Shore Leave Shore Leave
Fri-Sun, July 15th - 17th, 2016 - Hunt Valley, Maryland


                             AUGUST
Deadly ink Deadly Ink
Fri-Sun, August 5th – 7th, 2016 - New Brunswick, New Jersey




Killer Nashville Killer Nashville
Thurs-Sun, August 18th – 21st, 2016 - Nashville, Tennessee


                           SEPTEMBER
Women Who Write (Men are also welcome at the conference)
Saturday, September, 2016
(exact dates tba) - Madison, NJ


                              OCTOBER


NJRWPut Your Heart in a Book
Fri-Sat, October  2016 (exact dates tba) - Iselin, NJ


Magna Cum Murder Magna Cum Murder
Fri-Sun, October 2016 (exact dates tba) - Indianapolis, Indiana



                            NOVEMBER
philcon Philcon 2016
Fri-Sun, November 2016 (exact dates tba) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey


new england crime bake Crime Bake
Fri-Sun, November 2016 (exact dates tba) - 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 weekabout writing from the last week:

The Reactive Business Model (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/01/06/business-musings-the-reactive-business-model/

How to Become an Author: Your Complete Guide (Jerry Jenkins) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
www.jerryjenkins.com/how-to-become-an-author/

Have more FUN writing. (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2016/01/04/new-years-resolution-2016/

Take Your Luck, Make Your Luck (Greer Macallister)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/01/04/take-your-luck-make-your-luck/

Considering Self-Publishing? You Might Want to Do This First (Chuck Sambuchino)
www.thewritelife.com/considering-self-publishing/

Reducing Stress as a Writer (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/3818/reducing-stress-as-a-writer/

Overcoming Fear (Jo Eberhardt)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/01/02/overcoming-fear/

The “Why?” Behind the Inevitability of Story Structure (Larry Brooks)   [Jon’s other Pick of the Week]
www.storyfix.com/the-why-behind-the-inevitability-of-story-structure

5 Industry Issues for Authors to Watch in 2016 (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/top-5-industry-issues-for-authors/

Bad Advice from Good Authors (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/bad-advice-good-authors/

How to Survive When Discouragement Slaps You in the Face (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/how-to-survive-when-discouragement-slaps-you-in-the-face/

Is Your Description Helping Your Story or Holding it Back? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2013/03/is-your-description-helping-your-story.html


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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2015 was another great year for wisdomous words about writing. As always, I had a hard time narrowing the list of great blog posts down to just twelve, but I finally managed it.
Here's my personal selection of the best writing-related blog posts from 2015:

DECEMBER
Spinning Hope From Rejection (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/11/spinning-hope-from-rejection.html

NOVEMBER
The Dark Side Of The Publishing Industry: How To Avoid Scams (Rob Hart)
https://litreactor.com/columns/the-dark-side-of-the-publishing-industry-how-to-avoid-scams

OCTOBER
Magnanimous (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/10/14/magnanimous-2/

SEPTEMBER
Don't be THAT Author Some Things I've Learned at Book Festivals (Alissa Grosso)
www.yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2015/09/dont-be-that-author-some-things-ive.html

AUGUST
I Smell Your Rookie Moves, New Writers (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/08/26/i-smell-your-rookie-moves-new-writers/

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

JUNE
The 4 Hidden Dangers of Writing Groups (Jenny Nash)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/06/25/dangers-of-writing-groups/

MAY
Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully—in Ten Minutes
(Stephen King)
www.jerryjenkins.com/guest-blog-from-stephen-king/

APRIL
The 5 Essential Steps to Getting a Literary Agent (PeterHogenkamp)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-5-essential-steps-to-getting.html

MARCH
REAL TALK: $ix Figure Book Deal$
(Jennifer Laughran)

http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2015/02/real-talk-ix-figure-book-deal.html

FEBRUARY
Novelists: Two Empowering Little Mind-Models That Just Might Change Everything For You
(Larry Brooks)

http://storyfix.com/novelists-two-empowering-little-mind-models-just-might-change-everything

JANUARY
How Not to Fumble Your Social Media Presence
(James Scott Bell)

http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2015/01/how-not-to-fumble-your-social-media.html

How about you?

What were your favorite blog posts from 2015?

If you found these useful, you may also like:


My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014
My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013
My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2012



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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:

When should I give up? (Jane Lebak)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/12/when-should-i-give-up.html

Writing is Hard (Dave King)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/12/15/writing-is-hard/

The Myth of the Everyreader (Rebecca Faith Heyman)
https://janefriedman.com/the-myth-of-the-everyreader/

How to Use Facebook Contests & Giveaways to Build a Fan Base (Chris Syme)
https://janefriedman.com/facebook-contests-giveaways/


Do Men Receive Bigger Book Advances Than Women? (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/book-advances-by-gender/

"When" Are You Telling? The Trouble with When Statements (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2012/11/when-are-you-telling-trouble-with-when.html

Editorial Marks, Explained! (Fran Wilde)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/12/10/fran-wilde-editorial-marks-explained/

Business Musings: Gamblers and Artists (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2015/12/09/business-musings-gamblers-and-artists/

Strengths and Weaknesses (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/strengths-and-weaknesses/

Handling Contradictory Feedback (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/contradictory-feedback/

The Redemptive Arc (David Corbett)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/12/08/the-redemptive-arc/

Control and the Self-Published Writer (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/3772/control-and-the-self-published-writer/

Once Again, The Future of Publishing (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/12/once-again-the-future-of-publishing.html


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

Boosting Sales For a Book (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/3764/boosting-sales-when-weve-got-only-one-book/

Meanwhile, Back at Square One (John Vorhaus)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/12/03/meanwhile-back-at-square-one-2/

10 Sneaky Overwriting Traps to Avoid (Daniela McVicker)
www.thewritelife.com/writing-fiction-10-sneaky-overwriting-traps-to-avoid/

The Current (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/12/02/the-current/

Timing the Reveal (Wendy Lawson)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/timing-the-reveal/

Why You Should Never Give Up (P. J. Parrish)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/12/why-you-should-never-give-up.html

Why Agents Don’t Submit Your Proposal Right Away (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/why-agents-dont-submit-your-proposal-right-away/

Spinning Hope From Rejection (Larry Brooks) JON’S PICK OF THE WEEK
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/11/spinning-hope-from-rejection.html

Three Common Mistakes Made by Newer Writers (Leona Hinton)
www.storyfix.com/three-common-mistakes-made-by-newer-writers

The Agent’s Role in the Digital Age: A Conversation with Jessica Faust (Sangeeta Mehta)
https://janefriedman.com/agent-role-self-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:

Business Musings: What Market? (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2015/11/25/business-musings-what-market/

18 Signs You Were Destined to be a Writer (Marian Schembari)
www.thewritelife.com/18-signs-you-were-destined-to-be-a-writer/

Free Advice for Writers (Joe Moore)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/11/free-advice-for-writers.html

Elevator Pitches (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/elevator-pitches/

The Big Reason Why Agents and Editors Often Stop Reading (Paula Munier)
https://janefriedman.com/narrative-thrust/

Surviving Submission (Kim English)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/11/surviving-submission.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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