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1. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e September 19th, 2014



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

Making Conference Connections (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/making-conference-connections/

Case Study: When Your Concept Disappears (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/case-study-concept-disappears

Prewriting (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2435/prewriting/

Be Diligent and Let Your Agent Do the Talking (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/diligent-let-agent-talking/

The Seven Deadly Sins of Prologues (Kristen Lamb)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-seven-deadly-sins-of-prologues.html

The Challenges of Writing a Sequel (Sttina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-challenges-of-writing-sequel.html

The Evolving Role of the Literary Agent (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/09/16/evolving-role-literary-agent/

Multiple Offers (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/multiple-offers/

Plot Your Novel With Mini Arcs (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/09/plot-your-novel-with-mini-arcs.html

On Rejection and Renewal: A Note to Aspiring Novelists (Warren Adler)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/09/14/on-rejection-and-renewal-a-note-to-aspiring-novelists/

Writers as Casualties of Commerce (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/09/writers-as-casualties-of-commerce.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

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2. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e September 12th, 2014



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

What is “Word of Mouth” in Today’s World? (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2421/word-mouth-todays-world/

Heroes: A "Dive into Worldbuilding!" (Juliette Wade)
http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2014/09/heroes-dive-into-worldbuilding-hangout.html

8 Marketing Don'ts: Get Real or Get Lost! (S. R. Johannes)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/09/8-marketing-donts-get-real-or-get-lost.html

What It Really Takes (Sarah Callender)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/09/10/33237/

How and when to revise your manuscript (David Zelster)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/09/guest-post-and-giveaway-how-and-when-to.html

Why Children’s Books Can’t Be All Rainbows and Light (Kerry Gans)
http://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/why-childrens-books-cant-be-all-rainbows-and-light/

Anatomy of a Showdown (Paul Anthony Shortt)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/09/anatomy-of-showdown.html

Listening to Your Characters (P. J. Parrish)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/09/listening-to-your-characters.html

What Is a Developmental Editor and What Can You Expect? (Katherine Pickett)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/09/08/developmental-editor/

On Stage: Talking about Writing (Sophie Masson)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/09/08/on-stage-talking-about-writing/

Stop That Fighting! Conflicts Aren’t all About the Punches (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/11/stop-that-fighting-conflicts-arent-all.html

If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

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3. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e September 5th, 2014



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

I’d Know That Voice Anywhere (Katrina Kittle)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/09/05/id-know-that-voice-anywhere/

How Not to Burn Your Critique Group to the Ground (Jim Heskett)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/09/critique-group.html

Making the Payoff Scene Count (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/09/making-payoff-scene-count.html

Backstory with Bite (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/09/backstory-with-bite.html

10 Ways to Annoy a Literary Agent (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/ways-to-annoy-a-literary-agent/

Don't Belabor Your Prose (Clare Langley-Hawthorne)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/09/dont-belabor-your-prose.html

What I’m Looking For. . . (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/im-looking/

Avoiding the Tar Pits of Fiction (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/avoiding-tar-pits-of-fiction.html

Beginning Over (Ellen Jensen Abbott) 
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2014/08/beginning-over-by-ellen-jensen-abbott.html



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

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4. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e August 29th, 2014



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

Keeping Yourself Motivated to Write (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/keeping-motivated-write/

Keeping Our Books Current (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2383/keeping-books-current/

Gatekeepers - you're one, too (Juliette Wade)
http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2014/08/gatekeepers-youre-one-too.html

Getting through a Creative Dry Spell (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/getting-creative-dry-spell/

The Basics of Starting a Writing Group (Daniel Hope)
http://litreactor.com/columns/the-basics-of-starting-a-writing-group

A sense of urgency: beginnings (Jennifer R. Hubbard)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-sense-of-urgency-beginnings-jennifer.html

Character Archetypes (Nancy J. Cohen)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/character-archetypes.html

The Year Of Trying (Natalie Whipple)
http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-year-of-trying-or-introverts-feeble.html

False Promises (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/false-promises/

What to write about when it feels like everything has already been written (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/08/what-to-write-about-when-it-feels-like.html

Laying the Groundwork for a Series (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/08/25/laying-groundwork-for-series/

POV 101: Get into Your Protagonist’s Head and Stay There (Jodie Renner)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/pov-101-get-into-your-protagonists-head.html

How to Use Backstory to Keep Readers Reading (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2375/use-backstory-keep-readers-reading/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

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5. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e August 22nd, 2014



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

Who Can Effectively Challenge Amazon in the Book Business? (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/08/21/challenge-amazon/

The Perfect Title (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/perfect-title/

Narrowing the Gap (Terry Odell)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/08/narrowing-gap.html

In obscurity, butterflies (Jennifer R. Hubbard aka writerjenn)
http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/393462.html

How Technology Affects the Way We Write (Dean Fetzer)
http://litreactor.com/columns/how-technology-affects-the-way-we-write

Dealing with Reader Expectations (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/08/dealing-with-reader-expectations.html

You’ve Got the Power (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/you-got-the-power/

Finding Your Voice (Clare Langley-Hawthorne)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/finding-your-voice.html

Kill Your Darlings? (Elle Carter Neal)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/08/kill-your-darlings.html

The Six Archetypes Every Novel Needs (Bill Ferris)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/16/the-six-archetypes-every-novel-needs/

Back It Up (Joe Hartlaub)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/back-it-up.html



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

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6. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e August 15th, 2014



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

When Your Beginning Isn't Your Beginning (Amy K. Nichols)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2014/08/when-your-beginning-isnt-your-beginning.html

What Does It Mean to Protect Authors’ Interests?  (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/08/14/authors-interests/

How to Listen to a Famous Author Talk About Writing (Lisa Cron)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/14/how-to-listen-to-a-famous-author-talk-about-writing/

10 Things to Know About Speakers Bureaus (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/speakers-bureaus/

How Not to Seek a Literary Agent: The Perils of "Middleman" Services (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-not-to-seek-literary-agent.html

Better than They Know Themselves (Keith Cronin)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/12/better-than-they-know-themselves/

The Art of Writing Back Copy:Boiling Your Book to its Essence (P.J. Parrish)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-art-of-writing-back-copy-boiling.html

Bridging Conflict (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/08/11/bridging-conflict/

How to Get Your Short Stories Published in Lit Mags (Suzannah Windsor Freeman)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/10/how-to-get-your-short-stories-published-in-lit-mags/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

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7. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e August 8th, 2014



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

8 Writer Tips To Keep Your Butt in the Chair (Jordan Dane)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/8-writer-tips-to-keep-your-butt-in-chair.html

Avoid Backstory Plot Holes (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/08/avoid-backstory-plot-holes.html

Writer Beware's Self-Publishing Page Renovated and Updated (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/08/writer-bewares-self-publishing-page.html

The Reader’s Emotional Journey (Donald Maass)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/06/the-readers-emotional-journey/

Balancing Your Writing Career (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/08/balancing-your-writing-career.html

Keep an offhand remark on hand (Joe Moore)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/keep-offhand-remark-on-hand.html

13 Ways to Impress an Agent (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/impress-an-agent/

Character Buy-In (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/08/04/character-buy-in/

Agents Behaving Badly (James Scott Bell) Jon’s Pick of the week
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/agents-behaving-badly.html

Where is the best place to put worldbuilding exposition in my story? (Juliette Wade)
http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2014/08/where-is-best-place-to-put.html

The fight over Sherlock Holmes and how copyright changes pop culture (Alyssa Rosenberg)
www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2014/08/05/the-fight-over-sherlock-holmes-and-how-copyright-changes-pop-culture/
By way of Christopher Roden


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

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8. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e August 1st, 2014



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

How Can Authors and Publishers Partner Better on Book Marketing?  (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/07/31/authors-publishers-marketing/

Writing on a Full Tank (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/writing-full-tank/

The Epidemic and Systemic Sabotage via Brainwashing of Aspiring Novelists (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/epidemic-systemic-sabotage-via-brainwashing-aspiring-novelists

The 4 Different Types of Conflict in Dialogue (K. M. Weiland)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/07/30/conflict-in-dialogue/

The Magic Trick to Landing an Agent at a Conference (Liz Michalski)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/07/30/the-magic-trick-to-landing-an-agent-at-a-conference-hint-theres-no-magic-involved/

Write Emails that Don’t Drive People Crazy (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/write-emails/

A Marketing Pitch from Author Solutions (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-marketing-pitch-from-author-solutions.html

Understanding Your Contract (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/07/understanding-your-contract.html

6 Qualities That Make an Agent Say Yes (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/finding-literary-representation/

Walking the walk (Jennifer R. Hubbard)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2014/07/walking-walk-jennifer-r-hubbard.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

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

Where is Jon - compressed


I had a great time at the Kateri Day Camp in Morganville, NJ, earlier this month. I did two creative writing sessions. The first was for a group of 9-yr-old girls, in which we worked together to make up a rather fun sequel idea for Disney's Frozen.

The following week, I did a similar workshop for the boys, most of whom were twelve or older. They had a hard time agreeing on which movie sequel to work on (we ended up doing a zombie apocalypse set in a big city), but we managed to put something together.

I'm popping back there on Monday to pick up the entries for a story contest I set up. I've already read a couple of them. They're very good.

As for upcoming events, I've a few things booked and several more in the pipeline, but what with one thing and another, I've eased back a lot this year:

2014 AUGUST 9th (Sat) MONMOUTH WRITERS 10am-noon
Critique group, run by my friend Rick Kelsten


2014 SEPTEMBER 20th (Sat) MEET THE AUTHORS 4pm-6pm
Barnes & Noble, 2134 Highway 35, Holmdel, NJ 07733


2014 OCTOBER 15th (Weds) NOVEL WRITING: The First Draft 6:30pm-8:30pm
Ocean County Library (Tom's River)101 Washington St, Toms River, NJ 08753



How about you?

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

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10. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e July 25th, 2014



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

A Better Way to Open Your Novel (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/better-way-open-novel

The Art of Microfiction (Gayle Towell)
http://litreactor.com/columns/the-art-of-microfiction

Prologue and Epilogue (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/07/prologue-and-epilogue.html

Warning: Green Shore Publishing (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/07/warning-green-shore-publishing.html

Why I Left My Mighty Agency and New York Publishers (for now) (Claire Cook)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/07/21/i-left-my-agent/

11 Grammar Mistakes That Label You “Amateur” (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/11-grammar-mistakes-label-amateur/

One Way to Connect DIRECTLY To Your Fans? *Yawn* Email. Boring Old Email. (Dan Blank)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/07/25/one-way-to-connect-directly-to-your-biggest-fans-yawn-email-boring-old-email/


Watch out for writing ruts (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/watch-writing-ruts/

Resources for Writers—Industry News (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2311/resources-writers-industry-news/

If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, 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 July 18th, 2014



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

Practice, Persistence, Professionalism (Nancy J. Cohen)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/07/practice-persistence-professionalism.html

How to Find an Agent (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/how-to-find-an-agent/

6 Ways Writers of Any Genre Can Benefit from Science Fiction Conventions (J. Thomas Ross)
http://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/6-ways-writers-of-any-genre-can-benefit-from-science-fiction-conventions/

The real solution to Amazon vs. Hachette (Nathan Bransford) http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/07/the-real-solution-to-amazon-vs-hachette.html

Picture Book Wisdom From Without vs. Within (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/07/14/picture-book-wisdom-from-without-vs-within/

When the Happily-Ever-After Ends… (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/07/when-happily-ever-after-ends.html

12 Tips for Writing Blog Posts That Get Noticed (Jodie Renner)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/07/12-tips-for-writing-blog-posts-that-get.html

Writing Doesn't Make You a Better Writer (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/07/writing-doesnt-make-you-better-writer.html

Twitter Etiquette 101 (AnnieNeugebauer)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/07/12/twitter-etiquette-101/

If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, 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 July 11th, 2014



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

The Crushing Weight of Expectations (Robin LaFevers) Jon's Pick of the Week
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/07/11/the-crushing-weight-of-expectations/

Are You an Advocate for Yourself or a Jack of All Trades? (Linda Lane)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/07/advocate-for-yourself-or-jack-of-all-trades.html

Tips for Pulling Off a Reading (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2278/tips-pulling-reading/

Spamvertisements Are Not Your Friend (Jennifer Laughran)
http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2014/07/spamvertisements-are-not-your-friend.html

Time to Bury the Hachette (Michael Capobianco)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/07/time-to-bury-hachette.html

Obstacles, roadblocks and detours (Joe Moore)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/07/obstacles-roadblocks-and-detours.html

Restart a Stalled Writing Career (Wendy Lawton) www.booksandsuch.com/blog/restart-stalled-writing-career/

How to Keep the Long Tail Wagging (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/07/how-to-keep-long-tail-wagging.html

Turning Novels into Screenplays – Part 2 (Art Holcomb)
http://storyfix.com/turning-novels-screenplays-part-2


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13. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e July 4th, 2014



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

Resources for Writers—Microsoft Word (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2265/resources-writers-microsoft-word/

Your Hook: the On/Off Button in Your Proposal (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/hook-onoff-button-proposal/

Infused (Donald Maass)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/07/02/infused/

Avoiding Info Dumps (Nancy J. Cohen)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/07/avoiding-info-dumps.html

7 (Bad) Habits of Highly Successful Authors (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/highly-successful-authors/

American Writing Association: A Service Writers Don't Need (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/07/american-writing-association-service.html

Narrator Intrusion - Part 2 (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/06/narrator-intrustion-part-2.html

You Really Want To Avoid This… (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/06/you-really-want-to-avoid-this.html

Is It Plagiarism to Steal a Plot? (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/06/is-it-plagiarism-to-steal-plot

Writers: What Are You Afraid Of? (Dan Blank)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/06/27/writers-what-are-your-afraid-of/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

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14. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e June 27th, 2014



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

Editing Crimes: A Case Study (Kathryn Craft) http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/06/editing-crimes-case-study.html

Hard part #2 (Joe Moore)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/06/hard-part-2.html

Narrator Intrusion - Part 1 (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/06/narrator-intrusion-part-1.html

Trouble Hitting Send? (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/trouble-hitting-send/

Not Quite Ready for Prime Time (Kathryn Lilley)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/06/no-writing-debuts-before-its-time.html

Think Outside the Bookstore (Heidi M. Thomas)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/06/think-outside-bookstore.html

Creating a Business Philosophy (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2236/creating-business-philosophy/

Should I Stay or Should I Go? (Jennifer Laughran)
http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2014/06/should-i-stay-or-should-i-go.html

Most of the Stuff You Need to Know to Edit Your Manuscript (Bill Ferris)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/06/21/most-of-the-stuff-you-need-to-know-to-edit-your-manuscript/

Writing Advice: “The Lie,” and What it Really Means (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/writing-advice-lie-really-means

Be Cool: How Not To Be a Diva Debut Author (Erin Reel)
http://litreactor.com/columns/be-cool-how-not-to-be-a-diva-debut-author

I Was a Digital Best Seller! (Tony Horwitz) www.nytimes.com/2014/06/20/opinion/i-was-a-digital-best-seller.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=1
by way of Lois Winston


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15. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e June 20th, 2014



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

What Every Self-Published Author Needs to Know About Taxes (Helen Sedwick)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/06/18/author-taxes/

Planning a Writers Conference (Nancy J. Cohen)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/06/planning-writers-conference.html

Reassessing Goals at Mid-Year (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2217/reassessing-goals-mid-year-point/

Will Readers Attend a Book Convention? Would You? (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/will-readers-attend-book-convention/

15 questions for your beta readers – and to focus your own revisions (Jodie Renner)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/06/15-questions-for-your-beta-readers-and.html

Stalling Out (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/06/16/stalling-out/

Why Your Book Deal Is Just the First Step (Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/06/15/why-your-book-deal-is-just-the-first-step/

Amazon, Hachette, Michael Corleone and Me (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/06/amazon-hachette-michael-corleone-and-me.html

All About the Offer Etiquette (And How to get a Fast Pass!) (Jennifer Laughran)
http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2014/06/all-about-offer-etiquette-and-how-to.html

This is the Single Biggest Mistake Indie Authors Make While Promoting Their Work—And It Needs To Stop (Rob Hart)
http://litreactor.com/columns/this-is-the-single-biggest-mistake-indie-authors-make-while-promoting-their-work-and-it-ne-0


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16. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e June 13th, 2014



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

What to do when your query isn’t getting you requests (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/query-isnt-getting-requests/

Frogs, Hot Water, and the Seven Deadly Sins: Making Trouble for Characters (Man Martin)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2204/frogs-hot-water-seven-deadly-sins-making-trouble-characters/

Don't Rush (Helen Ginger)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/06/dont-rush.html

5 Tips for Writing a Synopsis that Shines (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/5-tips-writing-synopsis-shines/

The Gift of Insecurity (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/gift-of-insecurity/

Burying the Hachette (Keith Cronin)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/06/10/burying-the-hachette/


Do YA Books Belong In Grown-Ups' Hands? (Peter Derk)
http://litreactor.com/news/the-fault-in-our-genre-do-ya-books-belong-in-grown-ups-hands

The False Divide Between Book Promo and Author Promo (Sharon Bially)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/06/09/the-false-divide-between-book-promo-and-author-promo/

5 Mistakes you’ll Make on the Way to Publishing Success (Carmen Amato)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/06/09/5-mistakes-publishing/

The Fastest Way to Improve Your Novel (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-fastest-way-to-improve-your-novel.html

When Your Concept is Also a Paradox (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/case-study-concept-also-paradox

Presence on the Page: What It Is, and What It Isn’t (Susan Defreitas)
http://litreactor.com/columns/presence-on-the-page-what-it-is-and-what-it-isnt

What I learned from Query Shark (Brigid)
http://mylifeasateenagenovelist.blogspot.com/2011/06/what-i-learned-from-query-shark.html



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17. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e June 6th, 2014



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

Facebook Privacy Tips (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/facebook-privacy-tips/

Judging Short Fiction (Juliet Marillier)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/06/05/judging-short-fiction/

Bait-and-Switch for Self-Published Authors (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/06/bait-and-switch-for-self-published.html

Mixed Review? Why it’s All Good. (Theresa Walsh)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/06/03/connecting-with-readers-and-not/

Show Don't Tell! So, show me what that means (P.J. Parrish)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/06/show-dont-tell-so-show-me-what-that.html

It's better to be a good storyteller than overly realistic (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/06/its-better-to-be-good-storyteller-than.html

Secrets to a Good Logline (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/06/02/secrets-to-a-good-logline/

14 Tips to Surviving Your Book Signing (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/06/14-tips-to-surviving-your-book-signing.html

Pick up the Pace for a Real Page-Turner (Jodie Renner)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/06/pick-up-pace-for-real-page-turner.html

Why the Amazon-Hachette Battle Matters (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/amazon-hachette-battle-matters/

Adjusting to a Summer Writing Schedule (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/2171/adjusting-summer-writing-schedule/

The Revise and Resubmit Shuffle (Jennifer Laughran)
http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-revise-and-resubmit-shuffle.html


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18. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e May 30th, 2014



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

But Is This a Book? (Allison Winn Scotch)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/05/30/but-is-this-a-book/

The Publishing Timeline (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/publishing-timeline/

What Would James Bond Do? (Kathryn Craft)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/05/what-would-james-bond-do.html

3 Helpful Tips for Your Marketing Campaign (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/3-helpful-tips-marketing-campaign/

A Tip for Writing “Voice” Authenticity (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/tip-short-case-study-writing-voice-authenticity

If it comes easy, it’s probably a cliché (Joe Moore)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/05/if-it-comes-easy-its-probably-cliche.html

Guidelines for Requesting Reviews (Maryann Miller)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/05/guidelines-for-requesting-reviews.html

11 Questions for Crafting a Fiction Pitch (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/crafting-a-fiction-pitch/

Marketing & Selling: The Same? (Heidi M. Thomas)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/05/marketing-selling-same.html

3 Insights That Lead to Successful Publishing Careers (Jane Friedman)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/05/26/successful-publishing-careers/

It's The Best Time On Earth To Be A Writer (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/05/its-best-time-on-earth-to-be-writer.html

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19. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e April 18th, 2014



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

Take the Money and Run: Kerry Jacobson, "Book Publicist" (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/04/take-money-and-run-kerry-jacobson-book.html

The Art of Creating Memorable Villains Whatever Your Genre (Lisa Alber)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/04/16/the-art-of-creating-memorable-villains-whatever-your-genre/

What FROZEN Teaches Us About Storytelling & Publishing (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/04/what-frozen-teaches-us-about.html

12 Keys to Connecting with Readers (Rachelle Gardner)
http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/connecting-with-readers/

How To Break Up With Your First Draft (Christine J. Schmidt)
http://litreactor.com/columns/how-to-break-up-with-your-first-draft

I Hate Nice (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/04/14/i-hate-nice/

Eight Steps to an Agent, a Publisher, and a Two-Book Deal (Donna Galanti)
http://writershelpingwriters.net/2014/04/eight-steps-agent-publisher-two-book-deal/

A ‘Logic Model’ for Author Success (Sharon Bially)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/04/14/a-logic-model-for-author-success/

How to Think Like a Businessperson–Even If You Don’t Want to (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/think-like-businessperson-even-dont-want/

The Ten Worst Pieces of Writing Advice You Will Ever Hear (and Probably Already Have) (Susan DeFreitas)
http://litreactor.com/columns/the-ten-worst-pieces-of-writing-advice-you-will-ever-hear-and-probably-already-have

The Complete Guide to Query Letters That Get Manuscript Requests (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/04/11/query-letters/


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

Where is Jon - compressed


Teaching the creative writing course at Georgian Court University this semester has been great fun, but it's taken up a lot of time. As a result, I haven't booked anywhere near as many solo talks or group presentations as I would usually do. That said, I'm still trying to keep myself busy.

Here's what I've got booked between now and the end of July:

APRIL 24th (Thurs) 6pm-7:30pm: Meet the Authors
Burlington County Library, (Maple Shade) 200 Stiles Avenue, Maple Shade, New Jersey 08052
Featuring: Kristin Battestella; Jordanna East; Tina Gabrielle; Jon Gibbs; Brian Patrick Mckinley; and Ilene Schneider

APRIL 26th (Sat) MONMOUTH WRITERS 10am-noon
Featuring: Penelope Marzec - The Romantic Heroine: Big Girls Don't Cry

April 26th (Sat) 2pm NJAN Panel/Q&A So you want to be a writer
Middletown Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown, NJ 07748
Featuring: Jon Gibbs (moderator); Joanna Swank; Stacey Wilk, and Matt Ziselman

MAY 3rd  (Sat) 10am – 3pm   Meet the Authors
Spring Hills Community, Somerset, 473 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873
Featuring: Danielle Ackley-McPhail; Jenny Baskwell; Jason Edwards; Jon Gibbs; Laura Kaighn; Nicole Caruso LaBrocca; Scott Mulraney; Nadege Nicoll, and Stacey Wilk

MAY 10th (Sat) MONMOUTH WRITERS 10am-noon
Jon Gibbs
– Critique group


2014 MAY 17th (Sat) noon - 2pm: Meet the Authors
Califon Book Shop,
72 Main Street, Califon, NJ 07830
Featuring:  Jo Coudert; Jon Gibbs; Dar Hosta, and Kim Kavin

2014 MAY 24th (Sat) MONMOUTH WRITERS 10am-noon – noon
Merry BrennanSure Fire Tips to Improve your Writing

JUNE 14th (Sat) MONMOUTH WRITERS 10am-noon
Jon Gibbs
– Critique group


JUNE 28th (Sat) MONMOUTH WRITERS 10am-noon
Jon Gibbs
– Critique workshop


2014 JUNE 28-29 (Sat-Sun) NJ SCBWI Conference
The Crowne Plaza/Holiday Inn Express Conference Center, Plainsboro, NJ

2014 JULY 12-13 (Sat-Sun) WEEKEND WRITER'S WORKSHOP
Georgian Court University, 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701  Tel: (732) 987 2700
Featuring Jon Gibbs, author, Jennifer R. Hubbard, and Literary agent, Marie Lamba

JULY 26th (Sat) MONMOUTH WRITERS 10am-noon
Guest speaker: TBA




How about you?

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

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21. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e April 25th, 2014



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

How You Fail Determines How You Succeed (Dan Blank)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/04/25/how-you-fail-determines-how-you-succeed/

Hooking Boys on Books (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2029/hooking-boys-books/

Will Self-Pub Dwindle When There’s Less Backlist for Authors to Exploit? (Jane Friedman) http://janefriedman.com/2014/04/24/when-to-self-publish/

The Burden of Your Novel’s Opening Scene (C.S. Lakin)
http://storyfix.com/guest-post-the-burden-of-your-novels-opening-scene

Where Do You Get Your Ideas? (Nancy J. Cohen)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/04/where-do-you-get-your-ideas.html

Why you need an editer. Ah, make that an editor. (P. J. Passish)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/04/why-you-need-editer-ah-make-that-editor.html

How Do You Know When You Need to Revise? (Heidi M. Thomas)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/04/how-do-you-know-when-you-need-to-revise.html

Three When One Will Do (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/04/21/three-when-one-will-do/

3 reasons hybrid publishing isn’t for everyone (Janet Kobobel Grant)
http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/3-reasons-hybrid-publishing-isnt-everyone/

Is Your Story Worth Saving? (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/is-your-story-worth-saving


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22. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e May 2nd, 2014



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

Busted—Authors Caught Exciting Emotion with Creative Punctuation (Kathryn Craft)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/05/bustedauthors-caught-exciting-emotion.html

Authors' New Amazon Headache (Sarah Pinneo)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/04/authors-new-amazon-headache.html

What Are You Doing to Improve? (Lix Michalski)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/04/30/what-are-you-doing-to-improve/

Sometimes – It’s Who You Know (Rachelle Gardner) www.booksandsuch.com/blog/sometimes-know/

Can publishers change from funnels to megaphones? (Nathan Bransford) Jon’s Pick of the Week
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/04/can-publishers-change-from-funnels-to.html

“It’s Complicated.” (Wrong Answer.) (David Corbett)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/04/28/its-complicated-wrong-answer/

Choosing a Point of View Character (Janice Hardy)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/04/choosing-point-of-view-character.html

Newsletters as Promo (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2036/newsletters-promo/

How To Do Location Research (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/04/how-to-do-location-research.html

On Typos and Professionalism (Jay M. Gates)
www.booklifenow.com/2014/05/on-typos-and-professionalism/


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23. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e May 9th, 2014



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

Surviving Nearly There (Robin LaFevers)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/05/09/surviving-nearly-there/

Writing A Publishable Novel: What “Finally Getting It” Really Means (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/writing-publishable-novel-finally-getting-really-means

Every phase is great except this one (Jennifer R. Hubbard aka writerjenn)
http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/382600.html

3 Tips for a Happy Author-Publisher Relationship (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/3-tips-happy-author-publisher-relationship/

Screenwriting: Turn Turn Turn (Karina Wilson)
http://litreactor.com/columns/screenwriting-turn-turn-turn

Signposts (Jane Lebak)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/05/signposts.html

The Editorial Process (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/editorial-process/

Watch Your Tone (Morgan Mandel)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/05/watch-your-tone.html

When your favorite author disappoints you... (Mark Nelson)
http://heroinesoffantasy.blogspot.com/2014/05/when-your-favorite-author-disappoints.html

About ‘Marketing to Writers’ (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2062/marketing-writers/

Plotting, Pacing, and Crossing Over (Anne Greenwood Brown)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/05/04/plotting-pacing-and-crossing-over/

Do You Suffer From Fragile Writer Ego? (Judy Mollen Walters) Jon's Pick of the Week
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/05/03/do-you-suffer-from-fragile-writer-ego/

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24. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e May 16th, 2014



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

Five Key Ways to Create a Character's Distinct Voice (Jordan Dane)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/05/five-key-ways-to-create-characters.html

Story Structure… for Television (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/story-structure-television

Do You Need to Rethink Your Website’s Key Elements? (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/05/14/author-website/

Narrative Voice (Joe Moore)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/05/narrative-voice.html

How a Good TV Show Can Help You Write (and Edit) Your Novel - Part Two (Shonell Bacon)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/05/how-good-tv-show-can-help-you-write-and_13.html

Breaking the Rules in World Building (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/05/12/breaking-the-rules-in-world-building/

The Green-Eyed Monster (Rosie Genova)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-green-eyed-monster.html

Deciding What to Write (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/dont-write-book-will/

Will One Bad Book Ruin Your Career? (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/05/will-one-bad-book-ruin-your-career.html


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25. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e May 23th, 2014



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

Do Men Receive Bigger Book Advances Than Women? (Jane Friedman)
http://community.scratchmag.net/book-advances-gender/

How Does a Print-Centric Publishing Culture Become Digital-First? [Smart Set] (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/05/22/print-centric/

Simple Things About Submitting: Platforms (Christopher Bowen)
www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/simple-things-about-submitting-platforms/

Patience Is the Operative Word (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/patience-operative-word/

Writer Support Groups: The Why and How (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/05/writer-support-groups-why-and-how.html

Handling a Difficult Editorial Process (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/difficult-editorial/

Subtle Interiority (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/05/19/subtle-interiority/

All Hail Dilemmas: Why Your Characters Need to Make Tough Choices (Jan O'Hara)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/05/19/mckee-morsels-part-ii/

Silly Things Writers Panic Over (Nicole Singer)
http://nicole-singer.blogspot.com/2014/05/silly-things-writers-panic-over.html

Why Marketing Is Like Motherhood (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/05/why-marketing-is-like-motherhood.html


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