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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:

Five Things I've Learned Editing the Best Horror of the Year (Ellen Datlow)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/08/27/ellen-datlow-five-things-learned-editing-best-horror-of-the-year/

The Rule and 12 Tips for Writers and Their Family and Their Friends… (Julianna Baggott)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/08/27/the-rule-and-12-tips-for-writers-and-their-family-and-their-friends/

Fool's Gold: Why You Should Ignore Trends and Write What You Want (Dario Ciriello)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/08/fools-gold-why-you-should-ignore-trends.html

I Smell Your Rookie Moves, New Writers (Chuck Wendig) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/08/26/i-smell-your-rookie-moves-new-writers/

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others (Sara Crawford)
www.thewritelife.com/how-to-be-a-successful-writer/

Kill Your Darlings—Unless You Can Give Them Goals (Bonnie Randall)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/08/kill-your-darlingsunless-you-can-give.html

How Outlining Can Bring Out Voice (Gabriela Lessa)
https://janefriedman.com/2015/08/24/how-outlining-can-bring-out-voice/

On not writing (Jennifer R. Hubbard)
http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/425142.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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It's Pumpkin Time!

Pumpkin

When someone you live with has autism, you learn to pick your battles.

This week, Senior Management and I took our daughters to the Boardwalk in Point Pleasant. They have a lovely aquarium there. We had a great time. Unfortunately, one of the amusement arcades was changing its store front in preparation for the Halloween season as we passed.

Long story short, as soon as we got to home, our youngest (by two minutes) insisted we get out the pumpkin cookie jar, the themed tea towels, tea cups/straws/beakers/plates and anything else with a Fall/Halloween motif, along with the relevant decorations.

On the bright side, we live in the US now, where Halloween and Thanksgiving are big events on the social calendar, so we probably won't have to get out the Christmas decorations for a couple of months yet - back in the UK, Santa makes his first appearance in store windows as early as September.


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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:

Beware Social Media Snake Oil (Chris Syme)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/08/beware-social-media-snake-oil.html

Five Query Mistakes That Make You Look Like An Amateur (Ash Krafton)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/08/five-query-mistakes.html

6 Women Who Changed the Face of Publishing (Cath Murphy)
https://litreactor.com/columns/6-women-who-changed-the-face-of-publishing

Writing Your First Book: 5 Tasks to Focus on Besides Writing (Talya Tate Boerner)
www.thewritelife.com/writing-your-first-book/

Don’t Embarrass Yourself Online (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/dont-embarrass-yourself/

Case Study – The New Writer TRAP That Awaits The Unaware (Larry Brooks)
www.storyfix.com/case-study-the-new-writer-trap-that-awaits-the-unaware

An Ode to Middle Grade Authors (Raine Winters)
https://litreactor.com/columns/an-ode-to-middle-grade-authors

Tips For Being a Writer (Anne-Laure Thiéblemont)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/3266/tips-for-being-a-writer/

The Second Draft (Molly Best Tinsley)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/08/13/the-second-draft/

Writing Your Book’s Back-Cover Copy (Jessi Rita Hoffman)
https://janefriedman.com/2015/08/13/writing-back-cover-copy/



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:

What Traditional Publishing Says It Does Best (Kristine Katherine Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2015/08/12/business-musings-what-traditional-publishing-says-it-does-best/

Six Ways to Survive the Query Trenches (Riki Cleveland)
https://litreactor.com/columns/six-ways-to-survive-the-query-trenches

The Socially Awkward Writer (Sarah Callender)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/08/12/the-socially-awkward-writer/

Writing for Children (Diane Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/08/writing-for-children.html

How I Learned to Keep My Writing From the Editor’s Outbox (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/how-i-learned-to-keep-my-writing-from-the-editors-outbox/

Simple Promo Tip: Nailing Your Email Subject Line (Sharon Bially)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/08/10/simple-promo-tip-nailing-your-email-subject-line/

As Basic As Plotting Gets: The Three-Point Structure (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/08/as-basic-as-plotting-gets-three-point.html
11 Ways to Ask for Writing Advice (And 10 Major Mistakes to Avoid) (Kelly Gurnett)
www.thewritelife.com/11-ways-to-ask-for-writing-advice-and-10-major-mistakes-to-avoid/

What Readers Want in a Book (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/what-readers-want-book/

Which World Is Your Story Set In? (Nyki Blatchley)
http://nyki-blatchley.blogspot.com/2015/08/which-world-is-your-story-set-in_85.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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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last weekabout writing from the last week:

Being a Stage Mom for Your Book Baby (Merry Farmer) www.bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/08/being-stage-mom-for-your-book-baby.html

Want to Become a Better Writer? Stop Writing (Barbara Baig) www.accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/08/guest-post-want-to-become-better-writer.html

Getting Paid By the Pageview: Good or Bad for Freelance Writers? (Nicole Dieker)
www.thewritelife.com/getting-paid-by-the-pageview/

How your Peer Group Can Help your Writing (Juliet Marillier)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/08/06/how-your-peer-group-can-help-your-writing/

Price Wars and Victims (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2015/08/05/business-musings-price-wars-and-victims/

Marketing: the Basics (Susan Hawk)
www.jennybent.blogspot.com/2015/08/marketing-basics.html

Feelings Without Names (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/08/05/feelings-without-names/

When Can You Call Yourself a Writer? (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/call-yourself-a-writer/

100 Random Storytelling Thoughts And Tips, Starting Now (Chuck Wendig) [Jon’s Pick of the week]
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/08/04/100-random-storytelling-thoughts-and-tips-starting-now/

The Lure of Romance Writing (and Earnings) for the Literary Set (Jane Friedman)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/08/04/romance-writing/

Balancing Dialogue and Description in Your Story (Alexander Limberg)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/08/03/balancing-dialogue-and-description/

4 Contract Questions Every Writer Wants Answered (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/4-contract-questions-every-writer-wants-answered/

How to know when to leave your agent (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2015/07/how-to-know-when-to-leave-your-agent.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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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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