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1. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e February 5th, 2016



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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2. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e January 29th, 2016



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.

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3. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e January 22nd, 2016



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.

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4. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e January 15th, 2016



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.

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5. Care to promote your writing conference?






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.

writing conference - compressed


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



                               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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6. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e January 8th, 2016



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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7. Interesting blog posts about writing: Jon's Pick of 2015

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
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8. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e December 18th, 2015



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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9. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e December 4th, 2015



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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10. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e November 27th, 2015



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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11. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e November 20th, 2015



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

Is Backstory Killing Your Book’s Plot? (C. S. Lakin)
www.thewritelife.com/is-backstory-killing-your-books-plot-heres-how-to-fix-it/

Further Thoughts On Your Story’s Midpoint, Starring Darth Vader (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/11/18/further-thoughts-on-your-storys-midpoint-starring-darth-vader/

Signing Away Your Rights: Arbitration Clauses in Book Contracts (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/11/signing-away-your-rights-arbitration.html

3 Elements of Every Successful Social Media Post (Michael Rogan)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/11/3-elements-of-every-successful-social.html

Why 9 Out of 10 Writers Quit (And How to Be the 1 Who Finishes) (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/writers-quit/

What a Critique Group Can…and Cannot…Do For You (Kathryn Lilley)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/11/critique-groups-the-good-and-the-bad.html

3 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Chances with an Agent (Rebecca Faith Heyman)
https://janefriedman.com/sabotaging-your-chance-with-agent/

What You Need to Know About Publicity Before You Self-Publish (Chris Well)
www.thewritelife.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-publicity-before-you-self-publish/

What is “Bad Writing?” (And How Can We Avoid It?) (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/11/what-is-bad-writing-and-how-can-we.html

Public Speaking for Writers (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/3718/public-speaking-for-writers/

Your Novel’s Greatest Danger (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/11/your-novels-greatest-danger.html

5 MORE Twitter Mistakes Writers Make and How to Avoid Them (Annie Neugebauer)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/11/14/ask-annie-5-more-twitter-mistakes-writers-make-and-how-to-avoid-them/


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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12. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e November 13th, 2015



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

Time Savers for Writers (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/3703/time-savers-for-writers/

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

5 Common Reasons Agents Give for Rejecting Novels (And What They Really Mean) (Susan DeFreitas)
https://litreactor.com/columns/rejection-letters-deciphered-5-reasons-common-reasons-agents-give-for-rejecting-novels-and-w

Your Self-Published Book Needs a Cover. Here’s How to Create It (Kristen Pope)
www.thewritelife.com/your-self-published-book-needs-a-cover-heres-how-to-create-it/

What Grabs Readers: The Inside Story (Lisa Cron)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/11/12/what-grabs-readers-the-inside-story/

The Basics of Point of View for Fiction Writers (Joseph Bates)
https://janefriedman.com/point-of-view/

3 Qualities of Writers Who Finally Get ‘er Done (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/how-to-finish-a-book/

Suspense: To Be Exciting,You Need To Be A Little Dull (P. J. Parrish)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/11/suspense-to-be-excitingyou-need-to-be-a-little-dull.html

What Not to Share (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/what-not-to-share/

Help! Someone Is Publishing Your Idea! (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2015/11/09/help-someone-is-publishing-your-idea/

Can You Promote a Book without Making Yourself Miserable? (Ed Cyzewski)
https://janefriedman.com/can-you-promote-a-book-without-making-yourself-miserable/

How to Use Twitter Polls–and Hearts (Janet Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/how-to-use-twitter-polls-and-hearts/


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.

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13. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e November 6th, 2015



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

What I’ve Learned in the Last 4 years as an Agent (Katie Shea Boutillier)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/11/06/what-ive-learned-in-the-last-4-years-as-an-agent/

The Martian… Deconstructed (Larry Brooks)
www.storyfix.com/the-martian-deconstructed

Are Book Trailers a Marketing Must-Have? (Marisol Dahl)
www.thewritelife.com/are-book-trailers-a-marketing-must-have/

The Do’s and Don’ts of Editing (Anna Elliott)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/11/05/the-dos-and-donts-of-editing/

So You Want to Write for Television? (Greg White)
https://janefriedman.com/write-for-television/

Amazon Goes Brick And Mortar (Peter Derk)
https://litreactor.com/news/amazon-goes-brick-and-mortar

Positivity and Protagonists (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/11/04/positivity-and-protagonists/

The Key to Surviving and Thriving as a Writer (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/thriving-as-a-writer/

Story Structure and the Self-Published Home Run (Larry Brooks)
www.storyfix.com/story-structure-and-the-self-published-home-run

The Product and the Pitch, Part Two (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2015/11/02/the-product-and-the-pitch-part-two/




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14. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e October 30th, 2015



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

How to Put Your Manuscript on a Diet (Liz Michalski)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/10/29/losing-the-word-weight-how-to-put-your-manuscript-on-a-diet/

What If (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/what-if/

How to Publish an E-Book: Resources for Authors (Jane Friedman) Jon’s Pick of the Week
https://janefriedman.com/how-to-publish-an-ebook/

First Sentences: a Dive into Worldbuilding hangout summary (Juliette Wade)
http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2015/10/first-sentences-dive-into-worldbuilding.html

13 Things Book Covers Can Learn From Horror VHS Covers (Peter Derk)
https://litreactor.com/columns/13-things-book-covers-can-learn-from-horror-vhs-covers

Positive Thinking for Writers (Barbara O'Neal)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/10/28/positive-thinking-for-writers/

Crafting a Compelling Novel Concept (Larry Brooks)
https://janefriedman.com/compelling-novel-concept-2/

Back to the Drawing Board (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/back-to-the-drawing-board/

Why You Should Do NaNoWriMo… And Why You Shouldn’t (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/10/27/why-you-should-do-nanowrimo-and-why-you-shouldnt/

Hooking Your Reader in 3 Easy Steps (Sally Apokedak)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/10/hooking-your-reader-in-3-easy-steps.html

The One Thing Every Protagonist Must Have (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/10/the-one-thing-every-protagonist-must-have.html


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15. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e October 23rd, 2015



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

Copying Others and Failing vs. Forging Your Own Path (Dan Blank)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/10/23/copying-others-and-failing-vs-forging-your-own-path/

5 Reasons You’re Experiencing Writer’s Block (Susan Reynolds)
https://janefriedman.com/reasons-for-writers-block/

Arcs and the Synopsis (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/arcs-and-the-synopsis/

How Libraries Acquire Books (Rob Hart)
https://litreactor.com/columns/how-libraries-acquire-books-because-most-people-including-digital-piracy-advocates-dont-seem

Nobody Writes a Great First Draft (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/great-first-draft/

Get Smart (David King)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/10/20/get-smart/

4 Ways to Avoid Floating Head Syndrome! (Bryn Donovan)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/10/writing-dialogue-4-ways-to-avoid.html

When the Publishing Business Just Isn't Into You (Kim English)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/10/when-publishing-business-just-isnt-into.html

The Product or the Pitch, Part One (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2015/10/19/the-product-or-the-pitch-part-1/

The Power of Voice (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/10/the-secret-power-of-voice.html

The Dumbest Mistakes New Authors Make (Bill Ferris)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/10/17/the-dumbest-mistakes-new-authors-make/


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16. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e October 16th, 2015



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

Feeling Like an Old Geezer at the New Social Media Party (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/feeling-like-an-old-geezer-at-the-new-social-media-party/

How to Use Periscope to Build Your Writing Brand (Williesha Morris)
www.thewritelife.com/how-to-use-periscope-to-build-your-writing-brand/

Five Things I Learned Writing Take On Me (Minerva Zimmerman)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/10/15/minerva-zimmerman-five-things-i-learned-writing-take-on-me/

Beware of Bloodsuckers (Amy K. Nichols)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2015/10/beware-of-bloodsuckers-amy-k-nichols.html

Sometimes You Have to Stop and Smell the Research (Linda Castillo)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/10/sometimes-you-have-to-stop-and-smell-the-research-guest-linda-castillo.html

Cultivating a Writer’s Eye (Michelle Ule)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/cultivating-a-writers-eye/

How to Market Yourself as an Author Before You Have a Book to Sell (Chuck Sambuchino)
www.thewritelife.com/how-to-market-yourself-as-an-author-before-you-have-a-book-to-sell/

Oops! Your Exposition is Showing (Jessi Rita Hoffman)
www.storyfix.com/oops-your-exposition-is-showing

Magnanimous (Donald Maass) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/10/14/magnanimous-2/

When Should You Stop Revising? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2013/01/when-should-you-stop-revising.html

Is Your Manuscript a Monster? (Elspeth Futcher)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/10/is-your-manuscript-monster.html

Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published (Jane Friedman) [Jon’s other Pick of the Week]
https://janefriedman.com/start-here-how-to-get-your-book-published/

How to Create Unforgettable Characters (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/how-to-create-unforgettable-characters/

3 Reasons to Write What Scares You (Shonell Bacon)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/10/3-reasons-to-write-what-scares-you.html

The Introvert’s Guide to Conferences (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/introverts-guide-conferences/


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17. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e October 2nd, 2015



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

Why Book PR Needs Lead Time. Lots of it. (Sharon Bially)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/10/09/why-book-pr-needs-lead-time-lots-of-it/

Four Tips on Adding a New Twist to an Old Plot (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2012/04/you-look-familiar-four-tips-on-adding.html

Writing the Cozy Mystery–Common Pitfalls (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/3407/writing-the-cozy-mystery-common-pitfalls/

Polishing the All-Important First Fives (Riki Cleveland)
https://litreactor.com/columns/polishing-the-all-important-first-fives

The Unspoken Pinch Point: Your Climax (David Villalva)
www.storyfix.com/the-unspoken-pinch-point-your-climax

NaNoWriMo is Coming: 5 Tips for Preparing to Write Your Novel (Anita Evensen)
www.thewritelife.com/5-tips-for-preparing-to-write-your-novel/

Do It Right, Write Plotless Reviews (Peter Derk)
https://litreactor.com/columns/do-it-right-write-plotless-reviews

It’s All About People (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/its-all-about-people/

Why Skipping Writing Conventions Hurts Your Career (Nicole Dieker)
www.thewritelife.com/skipping-writing-conventions-hurts-your-career/

Pressure, Perception, and Probability: The Holy Trinity That Stymies the New Writer (Grace Wynter)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/10/05/pressure-perception-and-probability-the-holy-trinity-that-stymies-the-new-writer/



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18. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e October 2nd, 2015



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

Writing the Cozy Mystery–Whodunit? (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/3390/writing-the-cozy-mystery-whodunit/

5 Things To Do Before Hiring a Freelance Editor (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/hiring-a-freelance-editor-2/

The 6 Most Common Marketing Mistakes Made by Authors (Jon Bard)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/10/01/the-6-most-common-marketing-mistakes-made-by-authors/

9 Book Marketing Mistakes to Avoid (Abs Farah)
www.thewritelife.com/9-book-marketing-mistakes-to-avoid/

Interview with Chuck Sambuchino: The Keys to Publishing Success (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/interview-with-chuck-sambuchino/

Why Every Plot Needs A Ticking Clock (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/09/why-every-plot-needs-ticking-clock.html

How to Effectively Handle Time Shifts in Your Story (Lisa Lenard-Cook)
https://janefriedman.com/time-shifts/

Insights into the Dreaded First Page (Clare Langley-Hawthorne)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/09/insights-into-the-dreaded-first-page.html

How Important is a Writer’s Social Media Presence? (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/how-important-is-a-writers-social-media-presence/

First Page Jitters… and a Model of Excellence (Larry Brooks)
www.storyfix.com/first-page-jitters-and-a-model-of-excellence


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19. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e August 28th, 2015



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



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20. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e September 4th, 2015



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

Your Elevator Pitch (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/your-elevator-pitch/

Writing the Cozy Mystery—the Sleuth (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/3334/writing-the-cozy-mystery-the-sleuth/

Get Paid to Write Articles: 10 Magazines That Pay $500 or More (Bamidele Onibalusi)
www.thewritelife.com/get-paid-to-write-articles-10-magazines-that-pay/

Is Your Online Presence Ready for Scrutiny? (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/is-your-online-presence-ready-for-scrutiny/

Getting Over the Hump (Kristan Hoffman)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/09/02/getting-over-the-hump/

Your Book-Signing Cheat Sheet (Bonnie Randall)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/09/your-book-signing-cheat-sheet-or-how-to.html

How Do You know Your Submission is Ready? (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/how-do-you-know-your-submission-is-ready/

When Your Brainstorming Hits a Drought (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/08/when-brainstorming-becomes-a-drought.html

6 Ways to Save a Mary Sue (Robbie Blair)
https://litreactor.com/columns/6-ways-to-save-a-mary-sue

Post "Meh" Debut—Your Options (Natalie Whipple)
http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2015/08/post-meh-debutyour-options.html


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

Where is Jon - compressed


I'm looking forward to crossing state lines in a couple of weeks, when I'll be visiting my friends at the Greater Lehigh Valley Writing Group in Palmer, Pennsylvania. I'm giving a  presentation and workshop at their September meeting.

2015 September 26th  
Recognize and Embrace Your Narrative Voice
Here There Be Hooks
Greater Lehigh Valley Writing Group
Easton Area Public Library (Palmer Branch)
1 Weller Place Easton, PA 18045


2015 November (tbc) NJ SCBWI Fall Workshop (attending)
Plainsboro, NJ

I also turn up at the occasional GSSW or Monmouth Writers meeting throughout the year. They're both good, friendly writing groups. New members are always welcome.

How about you?

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

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22. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e September 11th, 2015



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

How to Write an Author Bio They’ll Remember (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/how-to-write-an-author-bio-theyll-remember/

10 Author Tips for Con Appearances (George Cotronis)
https://litreactor.com/columns/10-author-tips-for-con-appearances

Social Media For Writers Is A Misunderstood Opportunity (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/09/09/social-media-for-writers-is-a-misunderstood-opportunity/

Persistence is a Necessary Key to Unlock Success (M. B. Mulhall)
https://keystrokesandwordcounts.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/persistence-is-a-necessary-key-to-unlock-success/

10 Things Every Author Needs On Their Website (Peter Derk)
https://litreactor.com/columns/10-things-every-author-needs-on-their-web-site

Fun With Marketing (Maryann Miller)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/09/fun-with-marketing.html

Does Christian Fiction Need a Warning Label? (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/christian-fiction-warning/

Top Five Fast-Drafting Tips (Ava Jae)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/09/top-five-fast-drafting-tips.html

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

2 Stammer Verbs to Avoid in Your Fiction (Jessi Rita Hoffman)
https://janefriedman.com/2-stammer-verbs/

Are Most Writers Polygamous? (Jason Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/09/are-most-writers-polygamous.html

How to Evoke Powerful Images in Your Reader’s Mind (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/how-to-evoke-powerful-images-in-your-readers-mind/

Foot Shot Ten (Lynn Viel) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
http://pbackwriter.blogspot.com/2015/09/foot-shot-ten.html


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23. Doctor Who: Season 9









Looking forward to the new season of Doctor Who tonight.

Apparently though, the previous Doctor hasn't been completely forgotten.

Bow ties still cool
How about you?

What show(s) are you looking forward to in TV's Fall season?

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24. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e September 18th, 2015



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

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

Create a Compelling Book Title (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/create-a-compelling-book-title/

What Every Successful Novel Opening Must Do: Myth vs. Reality (Susan Defreitas)
https://litreactor.com/columns/what-every-successful-novel-opening-must-do

Anatomy of a Book Deal-a post by Jenny (Jenny Bent)
http://jennybent.blogspot.com/2015/09/anatomy-of-book-deal-post-by-jenny.html

Five Ways To Switch Off That Internal Editor (Ash Krafton)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/09/unleashing-your-creativity-five-ways-to.html

28 Parenting Blogs and Magazines That Pay Freelance Writers (Brianna Bell)
www.thewritelife.com/28-parenting-blogs-and-magazines-that-pay-writers/

Pain, The Brain, Why Rejection Hurts and What You Can Do About It (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/09/pain-brain-why-rejection-hurts-and-what.html

Back to Basics: Writing a Novel Synopsis (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/novel-synopsis/

The ONE Trait that Will Keep You From Getting Published (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-one-trait/

The Importance of Being Edited (Kim English)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-importance-of-being-edited.html

Standing Out (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/standing-out/

Why Used Bookshops Can Be a Writer’s Best Friend (Sophie Masson)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/09/14/used-bookshops-writers-best-friend/

How to Know if an Editor is Good (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/how-to-know-if-an-editor-is-good/

5 Twitter Mistakes Writers Make and How to Avoid Them (Annie Neugebauer)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/09/12/ask-annie-5-twitter-mistakes-writers-make-and-how-to-avoid-them/


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25. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e September 25th, 2015



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

5 New Ways to Choose Perfect Character Names (Rachael Ann Mare)
www.thewritelife.com/5-new-ways-to-choose-perfect-character-names/

Fool's Gold II: Why Indies Should Question Marketing “Rules” (Dario Ciriello)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/09/fools-gold-ii-why-indies-should.html

How To Scare Your Reader: 11 Tips From 11 Horror Writers
(Michael David Wilson)
https://litreactor.com/columns/how-to-scare-your-reader-11-tips-from-11-horror-writers

The Financial Realities Of The Writer’s Life (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/09/23/peaks-and-valleys-the-financial-realities-of-the-writers-life/

Beware of Byline Snatchers: How to Protect Your Freelance Writing Identity (Samantha Stauf)
www.thewritelife.com/how-to-protect-your-freelance-writing-identity/

Targeting Readers with a Traveling Show (Cara Lopez Lee)
www.bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/09/targeting-readers-with-traveling-show.html

12 Habits of Unhappy Authors (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/habits-of-unhappy-authors/

9 Writing and Grammar Rules Worth Breaking (Jade Phillips)
www.thewritelife.com/9-writing-and-grammar-rules-worth-breaking/

7 Things Every Query Letter Must Have (Patrick ?)
www.querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/09/7-things-every-query-letter-must-have.html

The Best Way to Sell Books: Follow This Marketing Rule (Jon Bard)
www.thewritelife.com/the-best-way-to-sell-books/

Little Writing Speed Bumps (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/09/little-writing-speed-bumps.html


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