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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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Wisdom On the Web

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

Get Some Blood Pumping in Your Prose (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/02/get-some-blood-pumping-in-your-prose.html

Plot Holes And Pot Holes: 8 Common Mistakes Readers Hate—And How To Fix Them (Ruth Harris)
www.annerallen.com/2018/02/plot-holes-and-pot-holes-8-common-mistakes/

How Over-Explaining Will Kill Your Novel (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/02/how-over-explaining-will-kill-your-novel.html

The Difficult Truth About Writing When You Have Kids (Ali Luke)
https://thewritelife.com/time-for-writing-with-kids/

5 Quick Ways To Shift Description and Setting Into Deep POV (Lisa Hall-Wilson)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2018/02/description-and-setting-in-deep-pov/

13 Common, Clunky Sentence Structures That Weaken Your Writing (Dana Sitar)
https://thewritelife.com/clunky-sentence-structures/

How Should a Character Say Nothing? (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/03/how-should-a-character-say-nothing.html

4 Ways to Create Your Author Persona (Donna Galanti)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2018/03/4-ways-to-create-your-author-persona/

How picture books work (a very brief primer) (Nathan Bransford)
https://blog.nathanbransford.com/2018/03/picture-books-work-brief-primer

How to Write Memoir So They Don’t Read It, They Live It (Cyndy Etler)
https://www.janefriedman.com/write-better-memoir/


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 the Internet Archive Infringed my Copyrights and then (Kind Of) Blew Me Off (Victoria Strauss) [Jon’s Pick of the Pack]
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2018/02/how-internet-archive-infringed-my.html

10-Great Strategies to Secure & Monetize Your Author Visit (Jaime Engle)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/02/10-great-strategies-to-secure-monetize.html

The True Test of Character (Kathleen McLeary)
www.writerunboxed.com/2018/02/21/the-true-test-of-character/

3 Signs Your Book Cover Design Misses The Mark (Leisha Petrovich)
https://thewritelife.com/book-cover-design/

What Should Be In Your Files? (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/what-should-be-in-your-files/

Five Reasons For Agent Rejections of a Manuscript (Kerry Gans/Marie Lamba)
https://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/five-reasons-for-agent-rejections-of-a-manuscript/
by way of Laurie Wallmark

Writing Child Characters (Mary Kole)
https://kidlit.com/2018/02/19/writing-child-characters/

The Difference Between a Revision, a Rewrite, and a Redraft (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/02/the-difference-between-revision-rewrite.html

How to Write a Prologue for Your Novel (Jerry Jenkins)
https://jerryjenkins.com/how-to-write-a-prologue/

12 Traits Bad Writers and Toddlers Have in Common (Megan Sharma)
https://thewritelife.com/toddlers-and-writers/

Stuff That Takes Readers Out of a Story (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/02/stuff-that-takes-readers-out-of-a-story.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:

Three Things You Have In Common With All Writers (Art Holcomb)
www.storyfix.com/three-things-common-writers

Getting Dialogue Right: How to Use Dialogue Tags and Action Beats (Ali Luke)
https://thewritelife.com/dialogue-tags/

Avoid Common Writing Mistakes (Natalie Hanemann)
https://rachellegardner.com/avoid-common-writing-mistakes/

The Transition From Hobbyist To Aspiring To Professional (Natalie Whipple)
http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2018/02/the-transition-from-hobbyist-to.html

Structure Matters: Building Great Stories to Endure the Ages (Kristen Lamb)
www.authorkristenlamb.com/2018/02/great-stories-endure/

Writing Tips 41 Experts Wish They’d Known as Beginners (Jerry Jenkins)
https://jerryjenkins.com/writing-tips/ [Jon’s pick of the Pack]

Steps for Approaching an Agent (Rachelle Gardner)
https://rachellegardner.com/steps-for-approaching-an-agent/

Why the Beginning of Your Novel Is Important (Polly Iyer)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2018/01/why-beginning-of-your-novel-is-important.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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Where is Jon - compressed



I'm looking forward to crossing state lines in a couple of months, when I'll be visiting my friends at the Greater Lehigh Valley Writing Group in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. I'm attending this year's WRITE STUFF Conference.


March 22nd - 24th, 2018
THE WRITE STUFF WRITERS CONFERENCE
300 Gateway Drive,
Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania 18017


April 14th, 2018
NJ SCBWI OPENING PAGES BOOTCAMP
Arts Council of Princeton - Paul Robeson Center
102 Witherspoon St,
Princeton, NJ 08542


June, 2018
NJ SCBWI event - tba


How about you?

What have you got lined up in the coming weeks and months?


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Wisdom On the Web

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

The Agony and Ecstasy of Starting Over (P.J. Parrish)

https://killzoneblog.com/2018/01/the-agony-and-ecstasy-of-starting-over.html


There’s still hope for new writers! (Rachel Kent)

www.booksandsuch.com/blog/theres-still-hope-new-writers/


5 Ways That Playing with Pricing Can Sell More Books (Penny Sansevieri)

http://writersinthestormblog.com/2018/01/5-ways-that-playing-with-pricing-can-sell-more-books/


The One Thing That Will Kill Book Sales Dead—And 10 Ways to Avoid it. (Anne R. Allen)

www.annerallen.com/2018/01/kill-book-sales-10-ways/


So What? Making Readers Care About Your Story (Janice Hardy)

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2009/07/why-should-i-care.html


Copyright Infringement By the Internet Archive (and What You Can Do About It) (Victoria Strauss)

http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2018/01/alert-copyright-infringement-by.html


4 Reasons Readers Stopped Caring About Your Story (Janice Hardy)

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/01/4-reasons-readers-stopped-caring-about.html


The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2018 (Dana Sitar)

https://thewritelife.com/100-best-websites-for-writers-2018/


The 5 Secrets of Good Storytelling (That Writers Forget All the Time) (K.M.Weiland)

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/secrets-of-good-storytelling/


Review Your Fiction Fundamentals (James Scott Bell)

https://killzoneblog.com/2018/01/review-your-fiction-fundamentals.html


9 Lessons from Book Signings (Elizabeth Spann Craig)

www.elizabethspanncraig.com/6462/signings-2/


The Success Paradox: Programmed to Fail or Fly? (Kristen Lamb)
www.authorkristenlamb.com/2018/01/success-paradox/ [Jon’s Pick of the Pack]



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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