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Here’s my latest selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing:

To Pitch or Not to Pitch (Wendy Lawton)
https://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/to-pitch-or-not-to-pitch/

Field Guide to the North American Beta Reader (Cait Reynolds)
https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/08/beta-field-guide/

This is Gonna Leave a Mark: What Makes a “Real” Writer? (Kristen Lamb) [Jon’s pick of the Pack]
https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/08/tips-real-writer/

How to Create an Unforgettable Author Visit (Erika Liodice)
https://writerunboxed.com/2018/08/25/how-to-create-an-unforgettable-author-visit

3 Ways to Tell if a Manuscript Is Worth Going Back to (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/08/3-ways-to-tell-if-manuscript-is-worth.html

How to Write a Novel Synopsis (Mary Kole)
https://kidlit.com/2018/08/27/write-novel-synopsis

Moving from CreateSpace to KDP Print (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
https://elizabethspanncraig.com/uncategorized/moving-from-createspace-to-kdp-print

9 Pieces of Bad Publishing Advice New Writers Should Ignore (Anne R. Allen)
https://annerallen.com/2018/09/bad-advice-writers

How Writers Can Overcome Their Fear of Public Speaking (Betsy Graziani Fasbinder)
https://www.janefriedman.com/how-writers-can-overcome-their-fear-of-public-speaking

Stuck (Donald Maass)
https://writerunboxed.com/2018/09/05/stuck


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2017, 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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Wisdom On the Web

Here’s my latest selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing:

But Does It Sell Books? (John Gilstrap)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/07/but-does-it-sell-books.html

4 Signs You Might Be Confusing, Not Intriguing, in Your Opening Scene (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/07/4-signs-you-might-be-confusing-not.html

Author Newsletters: The Good, the Bad & the PLEASE JUST STOP! (Kristen Lamb)
https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/07/newsletters-books-sales-good-bad/

Start Your Novel with a Bang! 12 Ways to Hook Readers (Sara Shepard)
https://insights.bookbub.com/start-novel-bang-hook-readers/
by way of Laurie Wallmark

It Helps If You Can Write (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/07/it-helps-if-you-can-write.html

The Indiana Jones Rule (Eileen Dreyer)
www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/2018/07/the-indiana-jones-rule-by-author-eileen.html

4 Steps for How to Turn an Idea Into a Story That Rocks (K.M. Weiland)
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/turn-an-idea-into-a-story/

Don’t Send Me Everything You’ve Got (Rachelle Gardner)
https://rachellegardner.com/dont-send-me-everything/

So You Want to Self-Publish (Polly Iyer)
https://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2018/07/so-you-want-to-self-publish.html

How Predatory Companies Are Trying to Hijack Your Publisher Search (Victoria Strauss)
https://accrispin.blogspot.com/2018/07/how-predatory-companies-are-trying-to.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2017, 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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Wisdom On the Web

Here’s my latest selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing:

The ‘Maverick Friend’ As a Plot Device (Bonnie Randall)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/06/the-maverick-friend-as-plot-device.html

The No. 1 Rule for Flashbacks in a Story Opening (Peter Selgin)
https://www.janefriedman.com/flashbacks-story-opening/

3 Signs You Might Be Ignoring Writing Advice That Can Help You (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/06/3-signs-you-might-be-ignoring-writing.html

The Difference Between Editing and Revising a Novel (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/01/edits-vs-revisions-one-on-one-death.html

Building Characters Layer by Layer (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/07/building-characters-layer-by-layer.html

I Am Not a Gatekeeper (Rachelle Gardner)
https://rachellegardner.com/i-am-not-a-gatekeeper/

Writing the Dreaded Novel Synopsis? These 2 Simple Hacks Will Help (Anne R. Allen)
www.annerallen.com/2018/07/novel-synopsis-hacks/

Judge Yourself Less, Trust Yourself More, and Write Better Stories (K.M. Weiland)
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/writing-perfectionism

13 Ways to Promote Before Publication (Therese Walsh)
www.writerunboxed.com/2018/07/03/13-ways-to-promote-before-publication/

12 Mistakes Authors Make in Connecting with Readers (Rachelle Gardner)
https://rachellegardner.com/connecting-with-readers/

5 Conflict-making Choices Characters Can Make (Fae Rowen)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2018/07/five-conflict-making-choices-characters-can-make/

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Writing Critique Groups (Ryan Van Cleave)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/07/the-7-habits-of-highly-effective.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2017, 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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Wisdom On the Web

Here’s my latest selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing:

Breaking Down 2017 (Natalie Lakosil)
www.adventuresinagentland.com/2018/06/breaking-down-2017.html

How Much Do You Need to Describe Your Characters? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/01/tall-dark-handsome-how-much-do-you-need.html

How to get the most out of writers conferences (Nathan Bransford)
https://blog.nathanbransford.com/2018/06/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-writers-conferences

When to Put Your Best Writing Forward (Kathryn Craft)
www.writerunboxed.com/2018/06/12/when-to-put-your-best-writing-forward/

Business Musings: Learned Helplessness (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
https://kriswrites.com/2018/06/13/business-musings-learned-helplessness

How to Write a Terrific Author Bio (Rachelle Gardner)
https://rachellegardner.com/how-to-write-a-terrific-author-bio/

Five Things Your Editor Hates About You (Cait Reynolds)
https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/06/five-things-editor-hates/

Tips To Make Sure You Receive Agent Replies (Patrick McDonald)
https://querytracker.blogspot.com/2018/06/tips-to-make-sure-you-receive-agent.html

7 Tips for Avoiding Publisher’s Remorse (Erika Liodice)
www.writerunboxed.com/2018/06/23/7-tips-for-avoiding-publishers-remorse/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2017, 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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Wisdom On the Web

Here’s my latest selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing:

Writing Middle-Grade (Erin Entrada Kelly)
www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/6-golden-rules-of-writing-middle-grade
by way of Laurie Wallmark

Your Writing Sweet Spot (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/05/your-writing-sweet-spot.html

Writing a Strong Beginning (Dorothy A. Winsor)
http://dawinsor.com/blog/2018/05/28/writing-strong-beginning

Authors Beware! 6 New Writing Scams to Watch Out For (Anne R. Allen)
www.annerallen.com/2018/06/new-writing-scams/

4 Ways to Write a Better Antagonist (K.M.Weiland)
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/write-a-better-antagonist

Dealing With Book Promotion Fatigue (Jael McHenry)
www.writerunboxed.com/2018/06/05/dealing-with-book-promotion-fatigue/

The Reason to Build a Box (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2018/06/06/the-reason-to-build-a-box

Give Your Readers What They Want (Fae Rowen)
www.writersinthestormblog.com/2018/06/give-your-readers-what-they-want

5 Ways Repetition Is Hurting Your Novel (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/06/5-ways-repetition-is-hurting-your-novel.html

Pixar Storytelling – 20 Points Writers Can Learn From Animated Stories (Jordan Dane)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/06/pixar-storytelling-20-points-writers-can-learn-from-animated-stories.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2017, 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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Wisdom On the Web

Here’s my latest selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing:

Don’t Lose Your Head Over Point-of-View (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/04/dont-lose-your-head-over-point-of-view.html

Synopsis: Why All Writers Need One Even Though They Hate It (Kristen Lamb)
https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/04/writing-synopsis/

Authenticity vs. Outline (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2018/05/02/authenticity-vs-outline/

When to submit to publishers without an agent (Nathan Bransford)
https://blog.nathanbransford.com/2018/05/when-to-submit-to-publishers-without-an-agent

Contract Red Flag Alert: Perpetual License for Derivative Rights (Victoria Strauss)
https://accrispin.blogspot.com/2018/05/contract-red-flag-alert-perpetual.html

Publicity Mistakes that Ruin Book Launches (Clee McKenzie)
www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com

Everything writers need to know about pitching their book (Nathan Bransford) [Jon's Pick of the pack]
https://blog.nathanbransford.com/2018/05/everything-authors-need-to-know-about-pitching

What It Really Takes to Break Through with Your First Book Deal (Susan DeFreitas)
https://www.janefriedman.com/break-through-with-your-first-book-deal/

Where to Begin: The Search for the Inciting Incident (Peter Selgin)
https://www.janefriedman.com/inciting-incident/

Cocky-Blocked: How to Nuke Your Brand From Orbit (Kristen Lamb)
https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/05/cocky-blocked-nuked-brand/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2017, 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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Wisdom On the Web

Here’s my latest selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writingHere’s my latest selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing:

5 Reasons Your First Draft Hates You (Florence Gonsalves)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/05/5-reasons-your-first-draft-hates-you.html

Throat Clearing: When Your Story Opening Is in Search of Itself (Peter Selgin)
https://www.janefriedman.com/throat-clearing-when-your-story-opening-is-in-search-of-itself

How to make a good author website (Nathan Bransford)
https://blog.nathanbransford.com/2018/05/how-to-make-a-good-author-website

Want to Stand Apart from Countless Other Books? Write a Better Story (Kristen Lamb) [Jon’s Pick of the Pack]
https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/05/write-better-story/

When Less is More: Taking Away Elements to Fix a Problem Scene (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2012/07/when-less-is-more-taking-away-elements.html

Advanced Scene Technique: The Jump Cut (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/05/advanced-scene-technique-the-jump-cut.html

10 Ways to Tank Your Author Brand (Anne R. Allen) [Jon’s other Pick of the Pack]
http://annerallen.com/2018/05/10-ways-tank-your-author-brand

A guide to literary agent etiquette (Nathan Bransford)
https://blog.nathanbransford.com/2018/05/a-guide-to-literary-agent-etiquette

But What Is Your Story About? (Rebecca Crockett)
https://writersrumpus.com/2018/05/25/but-what-is-your-story-about

6 Golden Rules of Writing Middle Grade (Erin Entrada Kelly)
www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/6-golden-rules-of-writing-middle-grade
by way of Laurie Wallmark


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2017, 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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Wisdom On the Web

Here’s my latest selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing:

How to come up with good comp titles for your book (Nathan Bransford)
https://blog.nathanbransford.com/2018/04/how-to-come-up-with-good-comp-titles-for-your-book

Amazon Gets Medieval on Paid and Traded Reviews (Anne R. Allen)
www.annerallen.com/2018/04/amazon-paid-reviews/

Developing Your Cozy Mystery Story Concept (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/6980/developing-your-cozy-mystery-story-concept/

Make Rejection Your Motivation to Grow (Dianne K. Salerni)
www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/2018/04/dianne-k-salerni-make-rejection-your.html

Your Ultimate First Chapter Checklist, Pt. 3: Introducing the Story (K.M.Weiland)
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/your-ultimate-first-chapter-checklist-pt-3-introducing-the-story/

7 Tips to Tighten the Story & Cut Costs (Kristen Lamb)
https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/04/self-editing-writers/

The Joys and Pains of Editing (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/joys-and-pains-of-editing/

10 Success Tips from Stephen King (Jenny Hansen)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2018/04/10-success-tips-from-stephen-king/

A Tip for Getting Through Hard-to-Write Scenes (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/04/a-tip-for-getting-through-hard-to-write.html

Why writers need to perfect their first thirty pages (Nathan Bransford)
https://blog.nathanbransford.com/2018/04/why-writers-need-to-perfect-their-first-thirty-pages

Good Advice, Bad Advice: Writing through the “Shoulds” (Heather Webb)
www.writerunboxed.com/2018/04/26/good-advice-bad-advice-writing-through-the-shoulds/

How to Write a Great First Sentence—with 22 Inspiring Examples (Ruth Harris)
www.annerallen.com/2018/04/how-to-write-a-great-first-sentence/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2017, 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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Wisdom On the Web

Here’s my latest selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing:

Establishing an Author Platform (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/2018/03/establishing-author-platform.html

How to Handle Critiques (Clare Langley-Hawthorne)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/03/how-to-handle-critiques.html

The Question You Need to Ask for Every Scene (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/03/the-question-you-need-to-ask-for-every.html

Pack More Punch in Your Prose (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/04/pack-more-punch-in-your-prose.html

Forget the Query Stage (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/forget-query-stage/

Building a Strong Author Platform: It’s Not Just About the Numbers (Jane Friedman)
https://www.janefriedman.com/building-a-strong-author-platform/

How to regain your concentration (Nathan Bransford)
https://blog.nathanbransford.com/2018/04/how-to-regain-your-concentration

Resurrecting a Shelved Manuscript (Sonja Yoerg)
www.writerunboxed.com/2018/04/06/resurrecting-a-shelved-manuscript/

Your Ultimate First Chapter Checklist, Pt. 1: Hooking Readers (K.M.Weiland)
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/first-chapter-checklist-1/

Delaying an Agent Submission (Mary Kole)
https://kidlit.com/2018/04/09/delaying-agent-submission/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2017, 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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Wisdom On the Web

Here’s my latest selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing:

Is Your Concept Really More Scene Than Story? (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/concept-really-scene-story

Want More Readers for Your Blog and Books? Fix These 5 Website Mistakes. (Gill Andrews)
www.annerallen.com/2018/03/5-website-mistakes/

How to Spot and Avoid Self-Indulgent Writing (K.M.Weiland)
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/spot-avoid-self-indulgent-writing/

3 Ways to Quit Waiting for “Perfect” Writing Conditions (Sara Mann)
https://thewritelife.com/stop-procrastinating-writing-conditions/

Small Presses: 7 Questions to Ask While Researching Them (Jane Friedman)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/6893/small-presses-7-questions-to-ask-while-researching-them/

How to Write When the Last Thing You Want to Do is Write (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/03/how-to-write-when-last-thing-you-want.html

Two Solicitation Bewares: Aimee Ann / Red Headed Book Lover Blog; Book Writing Inc. (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2018/03/two-solicitation-bewares-aimee-ann-red.html

Analyzing Your Novel for Market Value (Jaime Engle)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/03/analyzing-your-novel-for-market-value.html

What Should I Expect From My First Novel? (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/03/what-should-i-expect-from-my-first-novel.html

7 Frequently Asked Writing Questions (K.M.Weiland)
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/frequently-asked-writing-questions/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2017, 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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