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1. 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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2. It's Pumpkin Time!

Pumpkin

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

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

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

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

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3. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e August 21st, 2015



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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4. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e August 14th 2015



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which World Is Your Story Set In? (Nyki Blatchley)
http://nyki-blatchley.blogspot.com/2015/08/which-world-is-your-story-set-in_85.html




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5. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e August 7th 2015



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, and last week’s list.

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6. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e July 31st 2015



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

Advice for Authors from a Bookseller’s Perspective (Tracy Hahn-Burkett)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/07/30/advice-for-authors-from-a-booksellers-perspective/

Surviving the Space Between: A Writer’s Journey (Heather Webb) [Jon’s Pick of the week]
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/07/25/surviving-the-space-between-a-writers-journey/

21 Self-Editing Secrets to Make Your Book Shine (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/21-self-editing-secrets-to-make-your-book-shine

Living in the White Space (Liz Michalski)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/07/29/living-in-the-white-space/

Never Self Promote (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/never-self-promote/

Does Your Freelance Writing Career Need to Grow Up? (Tamar Auber)
www.thewritelife.com/freelance-writing-career-grow-up/

Does Genre Matter? (Diana Hurwitz)
www.bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/07/does-genre-matter.html

How Not to Get Sued When Writing about Real People (Ed Sikov)
https://litreactor.com/columns/how-not-to-get-sued-when-writing-about-real-people

6 Ways to Make Your Editor Stop Yelling At You (Lisa Lepki)
www.thewritelife.com/self-editing-tips/

How a Book Becomes a Movie (Jane Friedman)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/07/27/how-a-book-becomes-a-movie/

If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, and last week’s list.

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7. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e July 24th 2015



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

Why Your Non-Disclosure Agreement Is Probably a Bad Idea (Jane Friedman)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/07/24/nondisclosure-agreements/

The Art of the Pitch and Synopsis (George Cotronis)
https://litreactor.com/columns/the-art-of-the-pitch-and-synopsis

The Uproar Over Amazon Customer Reviews (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/amazon-customer-reviews/

How to Know You’re Really a Writer (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/know-youre-really-writer/

5 Nonfiction Writing Techniques That Will Keep Readers Turning Pages (Alexander Limberg)
www.thewritelife.com/nonfiction-writing-techniques/

Common First Page Issues (Ava Jae)
www.blog.janicehardy.com/2015/07/common-first-page-issues.html

Best Writing Advice I’ve Ever Received: Rhythm in Writing Makes a BIG Difference (Adriana Mather)
www.querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/07/best-writing-advice-ive-ever-received.html

The Problem With Flash Forwards as an Opening Scene (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/07/the-problem-with-flash-forwards-as.html

When Marketing Goes Too Far (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/when-marketing-goes-too-far/

Tips and tricks for school visits - interview with TBA authors (Gemma Cooper)
http://jennybent.blogspot.com/2015/07/tips-and-tricks-for-school-visits.html

4 Tips for Recovering from a Poor First Impression (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/4-tips-for-recovering-from-a-poor-first-impression/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, and last week’s list.

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8. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e July 17th 2015



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

How to Start a Blog: A Step-by-Step Guide for Writers (Susan Shain)
www.thewritelife.com/how-to-start-a-blog/

In Our CyberVillage: So Much Anger (Porter Anderson)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/07/17/in-our-cybervillage-square-why-not-ask-first/

Productivity Methods for Writers (George Cotronis)
https://litreactor.com/columns/productivity-methods-for-writers

What Traditionally-Published And Indie Authors Can Learn (gasp) FROM EACH OTHER (Melissa F. Olson)
https://litreactor.com/columns/what-traditionally-published-and-indie-authors-can-learn-gasp-from-each-other

How to Use Writing Prompts to Become a Better Writer (Emily Wenstrom)
www.thewritelife.com/how-to-use-writing-prompts/

Creating an Author Business Plan: Our Marketing Plan (Marcy Kennedy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/07/creating-author-business-plan-our.html

Using Pinterest to Market Children’s Picture Books (Darcy Pattison)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/07/16/pinterest-market-childrens-books/

Business Musings: Fighting the Wrong War (Kristine Katherine Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2015/07/15/business-musings-fighting-the-wrong-war/

Don’t Speak: The Power of What’s Left Unsaid When Crafting Dialogue (Bonnie Randall)
www.blog.janicehardy.com/2015/07/dont-speak-power-of-whats-left-unsaid.html

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

A Post for the New, Unsure, Intimidated First-time Novelist (Larry Brooks)
www.storyfix.com/a-post-for-the-new-intimidated-unsure-first-time-novelist

The Line Between Self-Promotion and Spam (Annie Neugebauer)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/07/11/ask-annie-the-line-between-self-promotion-and-spam/ Jon’s Pick of the Week



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, and last week’s list.

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9. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e July 10th 2015



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

6 Tricks for Writing Eye-Catching Headlines Your Editor Will Love (John William Dye)
www.thewritelife.com/writing-headlines-your-editor-will-love/

Why Query Letters Matter to Self-Published Authors, Too (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/07/why-query-letters-matter-to-self.html

Hope for Independent Bookstores (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/hope-for-independent-bookstores/

Ask a Literary Agent: What Do You Look for in a Query Letter? (Lauren Sharp)
www.thewritelife.com/ask-a-literary-agent-query-letter/

How Publishers Make Decisions About What to Publish: The Book P&L (Jane Friedman)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/07/08/book-pl/

Eleven Tips For A Successful Book Signing (Rob Hart)
https://litreactor.com/columns/eleven-tips-for-a-successful-book-signing

What Amazon Knows (Karen Wester Newton)
http://carmenspage.blogspot.com/2015/07/what-amazon-knows.html

Openings: Intrigue Versus Engagement (Donald Maass)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/07/01/openings-intrigue-versus-engagement/

Why "Start With the Action" Messes Up So Many Writers (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/07/why-start-with-action-messes-up-so-many.html

5 On: Nathan Bransford (Chris Jane)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/07/01/5-on-nathan-bransford/

Online Is IRL (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/06/29/online-is-irl/

Summer Tips: What’s a Writer to Do? (Michelle Ule)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/summer-tips-whats-a-writer-to-do/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, and last week’s list.

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10. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e June 26th 2015



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

First Rights (Neil Clarke)
www.neil-clarke.com/first-rights/

Which Writers’ Conferences are the Best to Attend? (Chuck Sambuchino)
http://thewritelife.com/which-writers-conferences-are-the-best-to-attend/

The 4 Hidden Dangers of Writing Groups (Jenny Nash) Jon’s Pick of the week
www.janefriedman.com/2015/06/25/dangers-of-writing-groups/

Writing Mechanics and Grammar Checklist (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/writing-mechanics-and-grammar-checklist/

Business Musings: Why I Love Taylor Swift (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2015/06/24/business-musings-why-i-love-taylor-swift/

Almond Press Short Story Competition: Writing for "Exposure" (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/06/almond-press-short-story-competition.html

Writing About Guns: 10 Errors to Avoid in Your Novel (Benjamin Sobieck)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/06/24/writing-about-guns/

10 Reasons To Draft 10 Times (Peter Derk)
https://litreactor.com/columns/10-reasons-to-draft-10-times

Strange Bedfellows (Therese Anne Fowler)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/06/22/strange-bedfellows/

5 Great Books About the Craft of Writing (George Cotronis)
https://litreactor.com/columns/5-great-books-about-the-craft-of-writing

If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, and last week’s list.

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11. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e June 19th 2015



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

Being Your Own Text Doctor (Debby Harris)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/06/being-your-own-text-doctor.html

Do You Write Like a Reader? (Glenn Mori)
www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/do-you-write-like-a-reader/

Traits of a Writer on Track for Success (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/traits-of-a-writer-on-track-for-success/

Gaming the System (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2015/06/17/business-musings-gaming-the-system/

Using Tricks from Other Writers (Kathleen McCleary)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/06/17/using-tricks-from-other-writers/

Can We Know Too Much About the Publishing Industry? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/06/can-we-know-too-much-about-publishing.html

How to Sell Your Screenplay (for Absolute Beginners) (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/06/16/how-to-sell-your-screenplay/

Publishing Industry Assumptions (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/publishing-industry-assumptions/

How to Find the Right Critique Group or Partner for You (Brook McIntyre)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/06/10/find-the-right-critique-group/

Don’t Feed Your Discontent (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/dont-feed-your-discontent/

Awards Profiteers: How Writers Can Recognize and Avoid Them (VictoriaStrauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/06/awards-profiteers-how-writers-can.html

The 11 Best Books on Writing I’ve Ever Read (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/best-books-on-writing/

Mythbuster: Why Contacts Won’t Bring Your Book Media Coverage (Sharon Bially)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/06/08/mythbuster-why-contacts-wont-bring-your-book-media-coverage/

Scheduling Creativity (Jo Eberhardt)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/06/06/scheduling-creativity/


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12. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e June 5th 2015



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

Should You Wait for Writing Inspiration, or Stick to a Routine? (Ali Luke)
www.thewritelife.com/writing-inspiration-or-routine/

10 Tips for Trimming an Overly Long Novel Down to Size (Susan DeFreitas)
https://litreactor.com/columns/10-tips-for-trimming-an-overly-long-novel-down-to-size

To Outline or Not to Outline Your Novel (Tania Strauss)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/06/04/outline-your-novel/

Backing up your Babies (Diana Hurwitz)
www.bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/06/backing-up-your-babies.html

6 Factors in Choosing the Best Publisher (Rachelle Gardner) www.booksandsuch.com/blog/choosing-best-publisher/

Author Self Promotion: 6 Things to Remember (Elspeth Futcher)
www.bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/06/author-self-promotion-6-things-to.html

A Trick for Writing Subtext (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/06/a-trick-for-writing-subtext.html

Social Media: The New Public Shaming (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/social-media-the-new-public-shaming/



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13. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e May 29th 2015



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

Fun With Literary Allusions (Anne Greenwood Brown)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/29/fun-with-literary-allusions/

The Age-Old Cynicism Surrounding the Dream of Book Writing (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/05/29/book-writing-dream/

Owning Up to Our Writing…Locally (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/3109/owning-up-to-our-writinglocally/

DIY Book Covers for the Self Publishing-Inclined (George Cotronis)
https://litreactor.com/columns/diy-book-covers-for-the-self-publishing

Getting Unstuck: pure craft (Jane Lebak)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/05/getting-unstuck-pure-craft.html

Choices (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2015/05/27/business-musings-choices/

A Subtle Technique (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/a-subtle-technique/

25 Magazines and Websites That Want Your Work (Kelly Gurnett)
http://thewritelife.com/where-to-submit-short-stories/

The Trap of Your Comfort Zone (Dan Blank)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/22/the-trap-of-your-comfort-zone/

You Can Master Classic Story Structure (Jerry B. Jenkins)
http://storyfix.com/you-can-master-classic-story-structure-a-guest-post-by-jerry-b-jenkins

Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully—in Ten Minutes (Stephen King) Jon’s Pick of the Week
www.jerryjenkins.com/guest-blog-from-stephen-king/

How Important is Your Book Title? (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/your-book-title/

False Summits–and How to Get to the Top Anyway (Harry Bingham)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/20/false-summits-and-how-to-get-the-top-anyway/

Begin Your Novel with Action: A Good Rule? (Jeff Gerke)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/05/19/begin-with-action/

Never Stop Learning (Alissa Grosso)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2015/05/never-stop-learning-alissa-grosso.html

The 10 Keys to Writing Killer Fight Scenes (Bill Ferris)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/16/awesome-combo-the-10-keys-to-writing-killer-fight-scenes/



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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14. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e May 15th 2015



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

What If It Can’t Be Taught? (Porter Anderson)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/15/the-dreaded-training-debate-what-if-it-cant-be-taught/

Writers and Self-Torture (Ash Krafton)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-funny-side-of-writing-writers-and.html

Sensitivity at Conferences (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/sensitivity-at-conferences/

Never Stop Learning (Stephanie Kuehnert)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2015/05/never-stop-learning-stephanie-kuehnert.html

Writing a Book? 3 Reasons to Work in a Noisy Place (David W. Berner)
www.thewritelife.com/writing-noisy-place/

Manners Matter: 15 Etiquette Tips (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/etiquette-tips

That Overused Word “Community”—But Why We Still Have to Talk About It (Jane Friedman)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/05/12/community-platform/

Brilliant Description (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/brilliant-description/

How to flesh out a character (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2015/05/how-to-flesh-out-character.html

Balancing Industry and Promo Research and Writing (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/3069/balancing-industry-and-promo-research-and-writing/

3 Wrong Assumptions about Agents (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/3-wrong-assumptions-about-agents/

Seven Secret Weapons That Will Make You a Better Novelist (Larry Brooks) Jon’s Pick of the Week
www.storyfix.com/seven-secret-weapons-that-will-make-you-a-better-novelist



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

Where is Jon - compressed


Aside from two days of Fun with Fiction workshops at Millington Elementary School, and my teaching gig at the GCU, I haven't done any speaking events so far this year.

I do have a couple of talks lined up,
and I'll certainly be attending some writing group meetings, but for the most part, I've been keeping my head down, having a great time working on major revisions for Abraham Lincoln Stole my Homework and putting together the beat sheet/outline of Dead Doris (also middle grade).

Here are some of the talks and events I'll be giving/attending during the coming months:

2015 SPRING SEMESTER  
EN215: Creative Writing
Georgian Court University
Lakewood, NJ


2015 June 13th - June 14th   NJ SCBWI Summer Conference (attending)
https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1655217
Plainsboro, NJ

2015 July 11th - 12th   Summer Writer's Workshop (teaching)
Georgian Court University
Lakewood, NJ


2015 Late Summer - date tbc   Autism in the Family (7pm - 8:30pm)
Speaking on the Spectrum (SPotS)
Camden County Library (South County Regional Branch) 35 Cooper Folly Road, Atco, NJ 08004

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

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16. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e May 8th 2015



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

Using Story Structure to Your Advantage (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2010/01/form-fitting.html

What Literary Agents Want to See Before Signing With a Writer (Mally Becker)
http://thewritelife.com/what-literary-agents-want-to-see/
by way of The Author Chronicles

6 Ways to Add Tension (Anna Elliott)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/07/when-your-scene-is-dragging-5-ways-to-add-tension/

5 Tips For Avoiding POV Speedbumps (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/05/5-tips-for-avoiding-pov-speedbumps.html

Finding the Humor: Jokes in the Midst of Tragedy (Rochelle Deans)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/05/finding-humor-jokes-in-midst-of-tragedy.html

Change (Donald Maass)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/06/change/

Welcome to the Shark Tank (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/shark-tank/

How Long is a Chapter? (Heidi M. Thomas)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/05/how-long-is-chapter.html

Have Publishers Failed Authors? (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/have-publishers-failed-authors/


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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17. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e May 1st 2015



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

How Layers Can Deepen Your Story’s Impact (Kathryn Craft)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/05/how-layers-can-deepen-your-storys-impact.html

Self-Publishing a Series after Its Traditional Start (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/3018/self-publishing-a-series-after-its-traditional-start/

7 Secrets of Highly Persistent Writers (Jordan Rosenfeld) Jon’s Pick of theWeek
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/04/30/7-secrets-of-highly-persistent-writers/

How to Find a Literary Agent for Your Book (Jane Friedman)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/04/29/find-literary-agent/

When You Hit A Brick Wall (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/hit-a-brick-wall/

Book Trailers: Purpose and Worth (Kerry Gans)
https://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/book-trailers-purpose-and-worth/

Inside the Mind of an Author a Week Before Her Book Publishes… (Sarah McCoy) www.writerunboxed.com/2015/04/28/inside-the-mind-of-an-author-a-week-before-her-book-publishes/

Yay! Your Story Was Accepted (or Not). Now What? (Lori Sambol Brody)
www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/yay-your-story-was-accepted-or-not-now-what/

Playing Around the Edges (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/playing-around-the-edges/

10 ways to tell if your book is ready for publishing (Sarah Juckes)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/3013/10-ways-to-tell-if-your-book-is-ready-for-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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18. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e April 24th 2015



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

Deciding What to Put in Your Query Letter (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2009/08/query-week-step-one-what-heck-do-i-say.html

Wake Up and Stop Writing Dream Sequences (Max Booth III)
https://litreactor.com/columns/wake-up-and-stop-writing-dream-sequences

Be a More Productive Writer While Also Achieving Balance (Jordan Rosenfeld)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/04/23/productive-balance/

Check, Recheck, and Then Check Again (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/check-recheck-and-then-check-again/

10 Tips For Agents (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/tips-for-agents/

When It Feels Like Everyone Is Getting What You Want (Natalie Whipple)
http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2015/04/when-it-feels-like-everyone-is-getting.html

Taking Care of Business: The Author Biography (Ash Krafton)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/04/taking-care-of-business-author-biography.html

Confessions of a Serial Non-finisher (Jan O'Hara)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/04/20/confessions-of-a-serial-non-finisher/

Pathetic Level of Optimism (Laurie Boyle Crompton)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2015/04/pathetic-level-of-optimism-laurie-boyle.html

That Awkward Moment When… (Erika Mitchell)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/04/19/that-awkward-moment-when-2/



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

Where is Jon - compressed


Aside from two days of Fun with Fiction workshops at Millington Elementary School, and my teaching gig at the GCU, I haven't done any speaking events so far this year.

I do have a couple of talks lined up,
and I'll certainly be attending some writing group meetings, but for the most part, I'm keeping my head down, having a great time working on major revisions for Abraham Lincoln Stole my Homework and the outline/first draft of Dead Doris (also middle grade).

Here are some of the talks and events I'll be giving during the coming months:

2015 SPRING SEMESTER  
EN215: Creative Writing
Georgian Court University
Lakewood, NJ


2015 APRIL 1st (Weds)   Autism in the Family (7pm - 8:30pm)
Speaking on the Spectrum (SPotS)
Camden County Library (South County Regional Branch) 35 Cooper Folly Road, Atco, NJ 08004

2014 APRIL 26th (Sun) Author Lunch

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20. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e March 13th, 2015



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


Pros and Cons of Indie Publishing (S.R.Johannes)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/03/pros-and-cons-of-indie-publishing.html

How to Self-Publish Children’s Books Successfully: Notes From the Trenches (Darcy Pattison)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/03/12/self-publish-childrens/

James Scott Bell on Writing Smarter
www.storyfix.com/james-scott-bell-writing-smarter

Writing a Personalized Query Letter (Ash Krafton)
www.querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/03/writing-personalized-query-letter.html

Manuscript Pitch Websites: Do Literary Agents Use Them? (Victoria Strauss)
www.accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/03/manuscript-pitch-websites-do-literary.html

How to Build a Compelling Novel Concept (Something With a Kicker!) (C.S.Lakin)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/03/09/compelling-novel-concept/

Why Aren't I Getting Requests (Kim English)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/03/why-arent-i-getting-requests-you-wrote.html

Five Asinine Things Writers Hate to Hear (Ed Sikov)
https://litreactor.com/columns/asinine-things-writers-hate-to-hear

Let’s Talk About Me (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/03/04/lets-talk-about-me/

The Business of Self-Publishing Children’s Picture Books: Two Literary Agents Weigh In (Sangeeta Mehta)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/03/04/self-publishing-childrens/

When a Writer Becomes a Target (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/writer-becomes-a-target/

The Rules of Writing … or Not (Larry Brooks)
www.storyfix.com/rules-writing

Five "Show Don't Tell" Danger Zones (Diana Hurwitz)
www.bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/03/five-show-dont-tell-danger-zones.html

Why we write (in GIF form) (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2015/03/why-we-write-in-gif-form.html

Use Attitude When Introducing Characters (Jodie Renner)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2818/use-attitude-introducing-characters/

REAL TALK: $ix Figure Book Deal$ (Jennifer Laughran) Jon’s Pick of the Week
http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2015/02/real-talk-ix-figure-book-deal.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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21. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e March 20th 2015



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


The Benefits of Smaller Writers’ Conferences (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-benefits-of-smaller-writers-conferences/

Grappling with the Facts (Elle Carter Neal) http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/03/grappling-with-facts.html

4 ways to avoid screenplayizing your novel (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2015/03/4-ways-to-avoid-screenplayizing-your.html

Beginner's Luck (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2015/03/18/business-musings-beginners-luck/

What Do Your Readers Know and When Do They Know It? (Dave King)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/03/17/what-do-your-readers-know-and-when-do-they-know-it/

Should you self-publish or traditionally publish? 7 questions to ask yourself (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2015/03/should-you-self-publish-or.html

Useless Humor: Fun With Words… (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/useless-humor-fun-with-words

4 Ways an Agent Helps You–but Makes No Money (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/4-ways-an-agent-helps-you-but-makes-no-money


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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22. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e April 3rd 2015



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

I've Revised My Novel. Now What? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/04/ive-revised-my-novel-now-what.html

How to Improve Your Amazon Book Description & Metadata (Penny Sansevieri)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/04/02/amazon-book-description/

No April Fools Here (Elspeth Futcher)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/04/no-april-fools-here.html

Book Proposals (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/book-proposals/

It’s Their Party (Sarah Crsyl Akhtar)
www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/its-their-party/

The 5 Essential Steps to Getting a Literary Agent (PeterHogenkamp)  Jon’s Pick of the Week
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-5-essential-steps-to-getting.html

The 6 Most Common Problems in a Rewrite (Art Holcomb)
http://storyfix.com/art-holcomb-on-rewriting-your-novel-or-screenplay

The Five Stages of Querying Grief (Kim English)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-five-stages-of-querying-grief.html

Second Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Author Solutions Inc. (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/03/second-class-action-lawsuit-filed.html

The Basic Components of an Author Website (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/03/26/author-website-components/

First Pages that Shine (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/first-pages-that-shine/

Controlling The Creatives (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2015/03/25/business-musings-controlling-the-creatives/

7 Ways You’re Giving Away Your Power (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/giving-away-your-power/

Query Lessons Learned the Hard Way (Adriana Mather)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/03/query-lessons-learned-hard-way.html

How to Win a Literary Feud (Bill Ferris)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/03/21/how-to-win-a-literary-feud/


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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23. Guest post by Jennifer R. Hubbard

Jon Gibbs hosts a weekly roundup of links to online resources for writers. What I especially like about the roundup is that the posts cover all aspects of the writing life: business, legal, craft, inspirational, emotional. We need different pieces of information at different times in our careers. It’s not just about tools; it’s also about timing. Sometimes a piece of advice won’t click until the fifth, or twenty-fifth, time I hear it—when I’m finally ready.

In Loner in the Garret: A Writer’s Companion, I focused on all stages of the writing life: from getting up the nerve to face the blank page to dealing with the consequences of publishing. I didn’t want to write a how-to book; there are plenty of good ones already on the market. I wanted to address the mind games that writers often find themselves playing: the mental blocks, the do-I-suck-or-am-I-wonderful roller coaster. I wanted to provide a source of support, the kind of support that my fellow writers and I have given one another as we navigate the tricky line between art and commerce, between the writer’s studio and the marketplace.
And so I took a break from fiction, and came up with this book. It contains all that I continue to remind myself, as I keep writing.



LonerintheGarret_Ebook


Sometimes the most difficult part of writing is not coming up with a plot or the perfect turn of phrase. It’s getting motivated to sit down and start, or having the confidence to go forward, or finding the courage to move past the sting of rejection. Loner in the Garret: A Writer’s Companion provides inspiration and encouragement for that mental and emotional journey. Covering topics as varied as procrastination, the inner critic, fear, distractions, envy, rejection, joy, and playfulness, it charts the ups and downs of the writing life with honesty, gentle suggestions, and a dash of humor.

For more: http://jenniferrhubbard.blogspot.com/p/publications.html

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Jennifer R. Hubbard (www.jenniferhubbard.com) is the author of three novels for young adults, several short stories, and a nonfiction book about writing. She lives near Philadelphia with a very understanding husband, a pile of books and chocolate, and a tyrannical cat.

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24. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e April 10th 2015



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

Do You Love Your Publisher? (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/04/10/author-survey-results/

Eleven Things You Should Know About Query Letters (Colby Marshall)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2954/eleven-things-you-should-know-about-query-letters/

Writing From A Place of Fear (Catherine McKenzie)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/04/09/writing-from-a-place-of-fear/

Tips for Healthy Professional Relationships (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/tips-for-healthy-professional-relationships/

The Freelance Scramble (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2015/04/08/business-musings-the-freelance-scramble/

When Your Premise is as Vague as a Campaign Promise (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/case-study-when-your-premise-is-as-vague-as-a-campaign-promise

Mirroring: An Easy Way to Deepen Your Novel (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/04/mirroring-easy-way-to-deepen-your-novel.html

Thoughts on Backstory (Heidi M. Thomas)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/04/thoughts-on-backstory.html

Ten Reasons Why You Should Write Historical Fiction (Stacey Lee)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/04/ten-reasons-why-you-should-write.html

Four Questions To Ask When Your Writing Is Stuck (Cathy Yardley)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/04/03/four-questions-to-ask-when-your-writing-is-stuck/

Some Query Tips from Victoria (Victoria Lowes)
http://jennybent.blogspot.com/2015/03/from-archives-some-query-tips-from.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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25. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e April 17th 2015



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

6 POV Hacks for Fiction (Susan DeFreitas)
https://litreactor.com/columns/the-minds-of-others-6-pov-hacks-for-fiction

Common Writing Pitfalls that Sabotage Your Book (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/common-writing-pitfalls-that-sabotage-your-book/

Sponsorship At Writers’ Conferences: A Question of Awareness (Porter Anderson)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/04/16/sponsorship-at-writers-conferences-a-question-of-awareness/

Writer's Retreat (Matt Q. McGovern)
https://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/writers-retreat/

Making “Sense” of Your Characters (Janice Hardy) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/04/description-tip-making-sense-of-your.html

The Story You Tell Yourself (Rachelle Gardner) [Jon's other Pick of the Week]
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/story-you-tell-yourself/

Taking Care of Business: Making Friends (Rochelle Deans)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/04/taking-care-of-business-making-friends.html

Amazon Takes On Fake Review Services (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/04/amazon-takes-on-fake-review-services.html

Fooling Yourself (Tracy Barrett)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2015/04/fooling-yourself-april-theme-fools.html

The Key Book Publishing Paths in 2015 (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/04/17/key-book-publishing-path/

The Hidden Meaning Behind a Rejection Letter (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-hidden-rejection/

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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