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1. 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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2. 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/


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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3. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e April 11th, 2014



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

Conference Graces (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/conference-graces/

Why the Where Matters (Sarah Callender)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/04/09/where-am-i-and-why-does-it-matter-part-i/

Confusing Agent Behavior (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/confusing-agent-behavior/

Accretion and Your Writing Career (Kerry Gans)
http://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/accretion-and-your-writing-career/

How to Make Somebody Hate Reading (Keith Cronin)   Jon’s Pick of the Week
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/04/08/how-to-make-somebody-hate-reading/

People Don't Think Alike (Morgan Mandel)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/04/people-dont-think-alike.html

12 Tips For Increasing Your Book’s Visibility (Even Before You’re Published) (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/03/12-tips-for-increasing-your-books.html

8 ways to know if you have a good agent (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/04/8-ways-to-know-if-you-have-good-agent.html

Looking for an editor? Check them out very carefully! (Jodie Renner)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/04/looking-for-editor-check-them-out-very.html

An Editor's List of Novel Shortcomings
(James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/04/an-editors-list-of-novel-shortcomings.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.

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



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

Make Submitting Work Your Superpower (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/04/04/submitting-superpower/

Women’s Fiction, Book Club Fiction, Literary Fiction: Interchangeable Terms? (Kathryn Craft)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/04/womens-fiction-book-club-fiction-literary-fiction.html

My Too-Practical Maybe-Blunt Advice To Writers (Natalie Whipple) Jon’s Pick of the week
http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2014/04/my-too-pratical-maybe-blunt-advice-to.html

Presenting to School Students: top tips (Juliet Marillier)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/04/03/presenting-to-school-students-top-tips/

The Author-Agent Partnership: Finding the Right Fit (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/author-agent-partnership-finding-right-fit/

10 Tips about Process (Brunonia Barry)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/03/31/10-tips-about-process/

Is your project ready to submit? (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/project-ready-submit/

Think Like an Editor, Sell Like a Pro (Jennifer Brown Banks)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/1950/freelance-writing-think-like-editor-sell-like-pro/

Is Writing Success Like a Lottery System? (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/03/is-writing-success-like-lottery-system.html

The Short Life and Strange Death of Entranced Publishing (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-short-life-and-strange-death-of.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.

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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5. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e March 28th, 2014



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

The Ebook Market + Big Five Survival (Jane Friedman) http://janefriedman.com/2014/03/27/smart-set-1/

Book Proposals Mean Business (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/book-proposals-mean-business/


Using foreign language in your story - the balancing act! (Juliette Wade)
http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2014/03/using-foreign-language-in-your-story.html

Platform Isn’t Enough (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/platform-isnt-enough/

Must a Writer Go Hybrid for a Higher Income? (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/1933/must-writer-go-hybrid-higher-income/

Why Poets Should Not Seek Literary Agents (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/03/why-poets-should-not-seek-literary.html

Agent Braggadocio (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/agent-braggadocio/

Building Emotional Anticipation (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/03/24/building-emotional-anticipation/

7 Things I Learned from the World’s Best Marketers (Tiana Warner)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/03/24/7-things-learned-worlds-best-marketers/

Creating Your Character’s Backstory (Heidi M. Thomas)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/03/creating-your-characters-backstory.html

Who Are Literary Agents and Editors Anyway? (Kathryn Craft)
http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/who-are-literary-agents-and-editors-anway-turning-whine-into-gold/


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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6. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e March 21st, 2014



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



Free the Writers! (From Each Other) (Porter Anderson)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/03/21/free-the-writers-from-each-other/

5 Valuable Charts That Show How Publishing Is Changing (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/03/21/5-valuable-charts/

What Makes You and Your Proposal Impressive? (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/what-makes-you-and-your-proposal-impressive/

When the Old Ways Work (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2014/03/19/the-business-rusch-when-the-old-ways-work-discoverability-part-13/

Trusting the process... and your friends (Jo Knowles aka jbknowles)
http://jbknowles.livejournal.com/481500.html

Gas or brake (Jennifer R. Hubbard aka writerjenn)
http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/376973.html

[Agent Q&A] (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/you-asked-we-answer/

Whales, Mermaids and Your Publishing Long-Tail (Greg Strandberg)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/1905/whales-mermaids-publishing-long-tail/

How to Know Your Book’s Audience (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/how-to-know-your-books-audience/

Now You Can Call Yourself A Writer (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/03/now-you-can-call-yourself-writer.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.

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 – w/e March 14th, 2014



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

The Eternal Duel: A History of Commas (Leah Dearborn)
http://litreactor.com/columns/the-eternal-deul-a-history-of-commas

3 Attributes for a Successful Writing Career (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/3-attributes-for-a-successful-writing-career/

Build a Platform for Your Book (Helen Ginger)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/03/build-platform-for-your-book.html

Samples (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2014/03/12/the-business-rusch-samples-discoverability-part-12/

13 Ways to Sell More Books (Elaine Viets)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/03/13-ways-to-sell-more-books.html

Write the Whole Book Before Pitching? (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/write-the-whole-book/

Envy: a Lesson in What Not to Do (Keith Cronin)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/03/11/envy-a-lesson-in-what-not-to-do/

Are You Ready For Your Mystery Agent Date? (P. J.
Parrish)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/03/are-you-ready-for-your-mystery-agent.html

Marketing Lessons My Grandfather Taught Me (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/03/marketing-lessons-my-grandfather-taught.html

Death Threats and the Death of the Book Review (Dean Fetzer)
http://litreactor.com/columns/death-threats-and-the-death-of-the-book-review



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



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

Networking Doesn’t Mean Being An A**hole (Jonathan Wood)
www.booklifenow.com/2014/03/networking-doesnt-mean-being-an-ahole/

The Top 10 Reasons I May Have Rejected Your Short Story (Susan DeFreitas) Jon’s Pick of the week
http://litreactor.com/columns/the-top-10-reasons-i-may-have-rejected-your-short-story

Kill Your Darlings—How 'Game of Thrones' Can Change Your Writing (Richard Thomas)
http://litreactor.com/columns/storyville-kill-your-darlings-how-the-game-of-thrones-can-change-your-writing

A Most Audible Alarm: ACX Chops Royalties (Porter Anderson)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/03/06/writing-on-the-ether-132/

Open Mode (Anna Elliott)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/03/06/open-mode/

What's Changed and What's Stayed the Same (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/whats-changed

If Writers Wrote Every Scene Like A Sex Scene... (Jane Leback)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/03/if-writers-wrote-every-scene-like-sex.html

Gone (Donald Maass)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/03/05/gone/

The Advance: How Much Can I Expect? (Wendy Lawton) www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-advance-how-much-can-i-expect/

You don't have to write every day (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/03/you-dont-have-to-write-every-day.html

A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers, and Everyone in Between (JamesScott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-new-approach-for-plotters-pantsers.html

6 Worst Ways to Get Your Novel Published (J Lincoln Fenn)
http://annecharnock.com/j-lincoln-fenn-6-worst-ways-get-novel-published?


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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9. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e February 28th, 2014



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

Why “Write What You Know” Is Bad Advice (Daniel Hope)
http://litreactor.com/columns/write-what-you-like-why-write-what-you-know-is-bad-advice

Word Count Confusion (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/word-count-confusion

Social Media Part 2 (or Discoverability Part 10 continued) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2014/02/26/the-business-rusch-social-media-part-2-or-discoverability-part-10-continued/

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Literary Agent (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/02/questions-to-ask-your-prospective.html

Measures of Success (Barbara O'Neal)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/02/26/measures-of-success/

All in a Day’s Work (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/all-in-a-days-work

Why An Agent May Not Submit Widely (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/02/24/why-an-agent-may-not-submit-widely/

3 flaws in your query that shout “beginner” (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/3-flaws-in-your-writing-that-shout-beginner/

The Bermuda Triangle of Storytelling (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/the-bermuda-triangle-of-storytelling

On Author Earnings and Author Yearnings (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/02/on-author-earnings-and-author-yearnings.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.

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. Care to share a line or two from your current WiP?

T Rex (2)

I've started work on the first draft of A Dinosaur Ate my Homework - the second book in my middle grade time travel adventure series. It's going well so far, though between preparing college lessons and finishing the third Snowy adventure, the going is slow.

Here's a little snippet from what I wrote today:

    For one glorious moment, I knew it couldn’t be real.
    The Sentinel’s defense system enhances subliminal fear in anything that gets too close. Sure, in my nightmares, the dinosaurs don’t usually come within drooling distance, but it wouldn’t be the first time a ship-triggered illusion scared the crap out of me.

   My relief lasted as long as it took for the T-Rex to exhale.


How about you?

Care to share a line or two from your current WiP?

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11. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e February 21st, 2014



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

Plan B: Or What to Do When Things Go Wrong (Allison Winn Scotch)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/02/19/plan-b/

Assessing Pros and Cons of Outlining (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/1823/assessing-pros-cons-outlining/

Comparing Books and Music (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/comparing-books-and-music/

After You Publish (Dave King)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/02/18/after-you-publish/

Should You Reread Book 1 Before Writing Book 2? (Anna Staniszewski aka annastan)
http://annastan.livejournal.com/160434.html

First Line of Defense (Brandi Bowles)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/02/16/first-line-of-defense/

Writing Wisdom From An Old Pro (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/02/writing-wisdom-from-old-pro.html

How to Avoid Cover Design Pitfalls for Indie Publishers (Ray Rhamey)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/02/20/how-to-avoid-cover-design-pitfalls-for-indie-publishers/

Permissions, Releases, and Copyright…Oh My! (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/permissions-releases-and-copyright-oh-my/



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 February 14th, 2014



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

Finding a Balance Between Writing and Marketing (Joshua Graham)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/02/14/finding-balance-writing-marketing/

Conference DOs and DON’Ts (Rosie Genova)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/02/conference-dos-and-donts.html

What does it mean to tell a “simple story”? (Scott Myers)
http://gointothestory.blcklst.com/2014/02/reader-question-what-does-it-mean-to-tell-a-simple-story.html

On Research (D.W.Gintalis)
www.booklifenow.com/2014/02/on-research/

The Bio-Hazard (Carly Berg)
www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/the-bio-hazard/

5 ways for a writer to be more business savvy (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/writing-business-or-art/

When to Hire a Professional (L. Diane Wolfe)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/1777/hire-professional/

A Book That Failed And What We Can Learn From It (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-book-that-failed-and-what-we-can.html

The Gospels of Publishing (Jim C. Hines aka jimhines)
http://jimhines.livejournal.com/719027.html


Is Your Book Good Enough for Publication? (Jennie Nash)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/02/08/is-your-book-good-enough-for-publication-a-cold-blooded-assessment/

How to Scare off Potential Husbands and Agents (Sally Apokedak)
http://sally-apokedak.com/2014/01/27/conference-etiquette-1/

Over 80 Free, Legal Movie Script PDF Downloads (Scott Myers)
http://gointothestory.blcklst.com/free-script-downloads/



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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13. What have you got lined up for this weekend?

Where is Jon - compressed
My son and I shoveled the drive this afternoon (we had about 7-8 inches of snow this morning). There's more to come later, but I figured it was better to get the worst cleared before it freezes overnight.

I'm looking forward to my first Farpoint Convention this weekend. I'm doing a few panels, and taking part in the two book signing sessions, so it should be a fun three days.

How about you?

What have you got lined up for this weekend?


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14. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e February 7th, 2014



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

What's on Your Self-Editing List? (Janice Gable Bashman)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/02/whats-on-your-self-editing-list.html

Sony/Kobo ereader Merge
http://blog.sony.com/press/sony-selects-kobo-to-bring-its-world-class-ebookstore-to-sony-readers-in-the-us-and-canada/

Life On The Midlist (Natalie Whipple)
http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2014/02/life-on-midlist.html

Is Publishing a Class System? (Porter Anderson)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/02/06/writing-on-the-ether-128/#1

Dealing with Setbacks (Juliet Marillier) http://writerunboxed.com/2014/02/06/dealing-with-setbacks-2/

The New Class System (Donald Mass) Jon’s ‘Pick of the week’
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/02/05/the-new-class-system/

SAY NO TO SPAM! Twitter Messaging Do’s & Don’ts (Angela Ackerman)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/02/say-no-to-spam-twitter-messaging-dos.html

The Key to Making Your Historical Novel Publishable (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/the-key-to-making-your-historical-novel-publishable

Indie vs. Legacy: What Does The War Mean For You? (Ash Krafton)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/02/indie-vs-legacy-what-does-war-mean-for.html

Argh Ten (Lynn Viehl)
http://pbackwriter.blogspot.com/2014/02/argh-ten.html

Nobody Writes Good First Drafts (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/2014/02/good-first-drafts/



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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15. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e January 31st, 2014



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

The Seven Stages of Creativity (Orna Ross)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/01/30/the-seven-stages-of-creativity-a-new-perspective-on-writing-a-book/

Marketing And Readers (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) Jon’s ‘Pick of the week’
http://kriswrites.com/2014/01/29/the-business-rusch-marketing-and-readers-discoverability-part-who-knows/

How to choose an e-book cover (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/01/how-to-choose-e-book-cover.html

Make Your Setting More than Pretty Scenery (Liz Michalski)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/01/29/make-your-setting-more-than-pretty-scenery/

Racing Toward the Finale (Nancy J. Cohen)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/01/racing-toward-finale.html

Protecting Your Idea (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/protecting-your-idea/

America Star Books: PublishAmerica Plays the Name Change Game (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/01/america-star-books-publishamerica-plays.html

The Muddy Middle: Where good plots go to die (P.J. Parish)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-muddy-middle-where-good-plots-go-to.html

Promote Your New eBook Like a Pro (Anna Fox)
http://storyfix.com/promote-your-new-ebook-like-a-pro

My Process for Approaching Large Revisions (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/1712/process-approaching-large-revisions/



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



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

Your Audience Is Unorganized (Dan Blank)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/01/24/your-audience-is-unorganized/

Alert: New home office tax law (Rachel Kent)
http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/have-a-home-office-take-note/

Does Mind Mapping Hurt? (Delia Brendan)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/1704/mind-mapping-hurt/

Story Surgeon: An App For Copyright Infringement (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/01/story-surgeon-app-for-copyright.html

The myth of the creative person (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/01/the-myth-of-creative-person.html

What about a Secondary Character’s Point of View? (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/what-about-a-secondary-characters-point-of-view/

Pricing Part 2 (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2014/01/22/the-business-rusch-pricing-part-2-or-discoverability-part-7-continued/

Tips on giving readings (Jennifer R. Hubbard aka writerjenn) http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/370598.html

Worried About Your Work Being Stolen? (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/worried-about-your-work-being-stolen/

Liars, Madmen, Demons and Children: 10 Unforgettable Unreliable Narrators (Kimberly Turner)
http://litreactor.com/columns/liars-madmen-demons-and-children-10-unforgettable-unreliable-narrators

Trust Me, You Need a Good Editor (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/2014/01/you-need-a-good-editor/


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17. What have you been getting up to lately?

I are a UL


A few weeks ago, the good folks at the Georgian Court University asked if I would like to teach their creative writing course this semester. I've taught a couple of weekend summer writing workshops there, so I had a good foundation to get me started on the 28 lessons plans I needed to come up with.

I like teaching. It's fun to help other folks learn new skills, and there's nothing like trying to explain the how and why of things to focus your own understanding of a subject. During extra research, I always pick up useful tips and different approaches which I wouldn't otherwise get.

The additional work involved means I won't have so much time for library talks etc., at least not for the first part of the year, but once I have a better idea of just how much outside of class work is involved, I plan to hit the road with my new library/college talk, The Power of Popular Fiction.


All in all, I'm having an excellent start to the year.

How about you?

What have you been getting up to lately?

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18. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e January 17th, 2014



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

How to Build a Writing Group in Your Community (Nathaniel Kressen)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/01/17/build-writing-group-community/

You’re Too Good to Quit (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/2014/01/youre-too-good-to-quit

Writing Books Faster—Without Compromising Quality (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/1671/making-turnaround-process-faster-without-compromising-writing/

Endurance for the Writing Journey (Mary Keeley)
http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/endurance-for-the-journey/

Audio Editing (Terry Odell)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/01/audio-editing.html

Pricing (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2014/01/15/the-business-rusch-pricing-discoverability-part-7/

Chasing the Market (Jim C. Hines aka jimhines)
http://jimhines.livejournal.com/715267.html

Two Ways to Look at It (Meg Rosoff)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/01/15/two-ways-to-look-at-it-2/

Ten Myths about Writing (Keith Cronin) JON’S PICK OF THE WEEK
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/01/14/ten-myths-about-writing/

You wanna be a writer? Get real! (P.J.Parrish)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/01/you-wanna-be-writer-get-real.html



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19. What movies have you seen recently?

With my son home from college for the holidays, Senior Management and I got a rare chance of a trip to the movies together.

We both liked the look of Saving Mr. Banks, the story of Walt Disney’s 20-year campaign to persuade Mary Poppins author, P. L. Travers, to sign over the movie rights, and the author’s involvement in the process of taking her book from page to screen.

However, much as we love all things Disney, in our house, Hobbits trump magical governesses any day of the week, so we opted for The Desolation of Smaug.


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WARNING: HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!
As with the LoTR trilogy, I thought all the changes/omissions/additions made for the movie version fitted in well. The second movie opens with a flashback, complete with Peter Jackson (plus carrot), in his traditional Hitchcock cameo. We see Gandalf and Thorin at the Prancing Pony in Bree. The scene does a great job explaining why the dwarf who would be king needs a burglar, as opposed to an army.

Later, at Dale, it was good to see more of Bard than we saw in the book. Also, the introduction of iron harpoons as the movie’s version of Bard’s dragon-killing black arrows makes a lot more sense.

I was pleasantly surprised to find the romance between Kili and the she-elf, Tauriel, worked just fine – perhaps because I’d watched the deleted Rivendell dinner scene in the extended version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. 

There was plenty more to enjoy, including: The spiders of Mirkwood (eek!); Stephen Fry as the Master of Dale, and of course, Smaug the impressive.

I love Peter Jackson’s over the top approach to fight scenes – In King Kong, the gorilla’s battle with the T-Rex trio remains one of my all-time favorites – so I was looking forward to see what he did with the barrel riding scene. He didn’t disappoint.

Lol, out loud movie moments include: Legolas’ reaction when he sees drawings of Gloin’s wife and son (a young Gimli); Bombur’s barrel-rolling, Ninja impression; Legolas’ unusual approach to white-water rafting; Dwalin’s head-in-the-toilet appearance; the unfortunate orc who thought he was out of danger when he made it to the row boat beneath Bard’s window.

Overall, I’d give this movie a 9/10, which is a half-point up from An Unexpected Journey. Definitely looking forward to the DVD, the extended edition DVD, and of course, the third movie.




How about you?

What movies have you seen recently?

 

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20. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e January 10th, 2014



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

A Modest Proposal to Pantsers: Don’t! (Lisa Cron)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/01/09/a-modest-proposal-to-pantsers-dont/

Why you shouldn't rush your writing (Juliette Wade)
http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2014/01/ttyu-retro-why-you-shouldnt-rush-your.html

11 Tips For Making A Book Trailer (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/01/11-tips-for-making-book-trailer.html

Where Have All the Commas Gone? (Kathryn Lilley)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/01/where-have-all-commas-gone.html

Favorite Bits of Storytelling Advice in 2013 (Art Holcomb)
http://storyfix.com/art-holcombfavorite-bits-of-advice-in-2013

Library Without Paper Books Opens in Texas (Sean May)
http://litreactor.com/news/library-without-paper-books-opens-in-texas-0

Five Query Mistakes That Make You Look Like An Amateur (Ash Krafton)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/01/five-query-mistakes-that-make-you-look.html

Ten Book Launch Considerations (Kathryn Craft)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/01/countdown-to-book-17-ten-book-launch.html

Tips for Young Writers (Aidyl Ewoh)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/1627/tips-young-writers/


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21. Interesting blog posts about writing: Jon's Pick of 2013



It's been another  great year for finding wisdomous words on the web. I had a hard time narrowing the list down to just twelve, but I finally managed it. Here's my personal selection of the best writing-related blog posts from 2013:

DECEMBER
Another Take on The Most Critical Thing You Need to Know about Writing a Novel (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/another-take-on-the-most-critical-thing-you-need-to-know-about-writing-a-novel

NOVEMBER
Neil Gaiman on Copyright Piracy and the Web (Neil Gaiman)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Qkyt1wXNlI

OCTOBER
Agents vs. Editors (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2013/10/14/agents-vs-editors

SEPTEMBER
Why I Am Not Turning the Pages of This Novel (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2013/09/why-i-am-not-turning-pages-of-this-novel.html
AUGUST
4 Big Pitfalls in Story Openings (K.M. Weiland)
http://janefriedman.com/2013/08/30/pitfalls-in-story-openings/

JULY
Testing out your manuscript (Matt Q. McGovern)
http://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/testing-out-your-manuscript/

JUNE
How to Know You're a Writer (In GIF Form) (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2013/06/how-to-know-youre-writer-in-gif-form.html

MAY
Word of Mouth (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2013/05/22/the-business-rusch-word-of-mouth/

APRIL
What NOT to Do When Beginning Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents (Chuck Sambuchino)
http://writerunboxed.com/2013/04/22/april/

MARCH
Make a Living as a Writer, Part 2 (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/2013/03/make-a-living-as-a-writer-part-2/

FEBRUARY
Breaking the Literary Atrophy (Shonell Bacon) http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2013/02/breaking-literary-atrophy.html

JANUARY
Advice for Aspiring Writers - By Age (Jakob Drud aka jakobdrud)
http://jakobdrud.livejournal.com/59758.html


How about you?

What were your favorite blog posts from 2012?


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22. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e December 13th, 2013


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

The Old Ways (Discoverability Part 4) (Kristine Katherine Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2013/12/11/the-business-rusch-the-old-ways-discoverability-part-4/

Words, Words, Words (Shonell Bacon)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2013/12/words-words-words.html

You Should Be Improving (MaryBeth Mulhall)
http://keystrokesandwordcounts.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/you-should-be-improving/

Why sidekicks are so useful! (Juliette Wade)
http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2013/12/ttyu-retro-why-sidekicks-are-so-useful.html

Launch Etiquette: MUST You Buy the Book? (Kerry Gans)
http://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/launch-etiquette-must-you-buy-the-book/

Five More New Year’s Resolutions for Writers (Keith Cronin)
http://writerunboxed.com/2013/12/10/five-more-new-years-resolutions-for-writers/

7 Common Fears and Advice for Writers (Sylvia Ney)
http://nicole-singer.blogspot.com/2013/12/7-common-fears-and-advice-for-writers.html

Criticism and praise (Jennifer R. Hubbard aka writerjenn)
http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/365975.html

Another Take on The Most Critical Thing You Need to Know about Writing a Novel (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/another-take-on-the-most-critical-thing-you-need-to-know-about-writing-a-novel


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23. WANTED: Title for presentation about the power of stories

INSERT title

This morning, I've been putting the final touches to a new talk, which I'll be giving at the Ocean County College tomorrow.

The whole thing started off as a variation of the 'I are a writer!' presentation I give at school assemblies. Since this talk is primarily for adults (most of whom aren't writers), as opposed to school kids (most of whom aren't writers), I made lots of alterations. In fact, I changed so many things it's become a different presentation completely.

I still have a section on what it's like being a writer in the 21st century, but a good 80% of it is new. I talk about stories in general: how they affect us at a primal level, how they influence our opinions, shape our ambitions and (sometimes) even impact the world. Not that it's particularly serious. I find my talks go down better when I make them lighthearted in tone.

The trouble is, I'm having a spot of bother thinking up a title for the darned thing. The best I can come up with so far is, The Power of Stories, but none of my ideas have me galloping down the street shouting 'Eureka!' - which is probably just as well 'cause it's blooming cold outside today.


How about you?

Care to suggest a title for a talk on the power of stories?

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24. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e December 6th, 2013


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


“Self” Publishing: It Takes a Team (Elizabeth Weed) http://writerunboxed.com/2013/12/06/self-publishing-it-takes-a-team

Approaching Messy First Drafts (Elizabeth Spann Craig) http://elizabethspanncraig.com/1559/approaching-messy-first-drafts/

The Fierce Urgency of Now (Discoverability Part 3) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2013/12/04/the-business-rusch-the-fierce-urgency-of-now-discoverability-part-3/

Imaginary Audience: 6 Tips on Envisioning Your Readership (Robbie Blair)
http://litreactor.com/columns/imaginary-audience-6-tips-on-envisioning-your-readership

We Have to Believe (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.biz/blog/we-have-to-believe/

Keeping a Professional Distance From our Book (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/4/keeping-a-professional-distance-from-our-book/

On Third-Party Queriers or "Agent-agents", and Sapsuckers (Jennifer Laughran)
http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2013/11/on-third-party-queriers-or-agent-agents.html

Don't Fall For Vanity Radio (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2013/11/dont-fall-for-vanity-radio.html

Readers Aren't Elephants (Kathryn Lilley)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2013/11/readers-arent-elephants.html

Pay Proper Attention to Your Bio (Jane Friedman)
http://writerunboxed.com/2013/11/25/pay-proper-attention-to-your-bio/

The hardest thing an agent does (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.biz/blog/the-hardest-thing-an-agent-does/



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25. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e November 22nd, 2013


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

These Two Things That Bella Andre Said Will Make You Rethink Your Life as an Author (Dan Blank)
http://writerunboxed.com/2013/11/22/these-two-things-that-bella-andre-said-will-make-you-rethink-your-life-as-an-author/

Advertising, Print Editions, and Traditional Publishing (Discoverability Part One) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2013/11/20/the-business-rusch-advertising-print-editions-and-traditional-publishing-discoverability-part-one/

The Prolific Author (Jane Lebak)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-prolific-author.html

Are Book Events Worthwhile? (Nancy J. Cohen)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2013/11/are-book-events-worthwhile.html

Neil Gaiman on Copyright Piracy and the Web (Neil Gaiman)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Qkyt1wXNlI

The Blurt (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2013/11/18/the-blurt/

Don’t Stop the Story to Introduce Each Character (Jodie Renner)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2013/11/dont-stop-story-to-introduce-each.html

When a Writer Becomes a Target (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/2013/11/when-a-writer-becomes-a-target/

Juice Up Your Characters With Inner Conflict (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2013/11/juice-up-your-characters-with-inner.html

Awards Profiteering: The Book Festival Empire of JM Northern Media (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-book-festival-empire-of-jm-northern.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2012, and last week’s list.

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