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A note on revenge queries

What are revenge queries? I am in the process of querying for my second agent. It feels a little like walking across the gym to ask someone to dance, plus a job interview, plus being covered in honey and being left out in the hot sun to be eaten up by ravenous ants. Bad, is […]

For writers: the power of tracking tools

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For writers: the power of tracking tools

Do you remember how much fun it was to get a pretty sticker on a paper when you were in the second grade? Well, yeah, stickers still feel good as grown-ups, too, which is why we like a certificate at work or a Mother’s Day card scribbled in crayon. But writing is lonely business. Even […]

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For writers: which voice to use

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The choice of first, second or third person is key when framing a new project. How do you decide? Here are my thoughts. All my written novels, including my published one, are in first person present. (We’ll cover tense in another piece). It’s a common way to go, particularly in YA. First person – told […]

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So you’ve published a book!  Congratulations!  Now here’s something you may not have realized when you sat at your desk polishing your baby: when you’re an author, you really have two full-time jobs.  One is to write and the other is to promote your work.  This is true even if you’re traditionally published. Part of […]

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Writing – what to tell vs. what to leave out

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My first completed manuscript was a memoir I have since (temporarily, I hope) shelved.  It didn’t sell for a variety of reasons, chief among them that it was pretty poorly written. If the me of ten years ago would have heard that, she would have crumpled in agony and never written another word.  But the me […]

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Tools for Writers: Write or Die

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If you’re looking to keep up a certain daily word count, Write or Die is a great tool. Enter your target word count of the amount of time you want to write and set the system to reward or consequence. Then, at the pre-set intervals, the system with either show you a reward (think purring […]

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Advice about publishing for the aspiring writer

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I met an enterprising young woman at a recent conference who asked me for advice about the publishing industry and “making it” as a writer, specifically of YA (young adult, or books for teens). As I poured out my advice, I realized it could be a blog post. So I filled it in and added […]

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The “I hate outlining” guide to outlining

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Before I got an agent, I heard one of the many legends about J.K. Rowling: she outlined Harry Potter for five years before she ever wrote a word.  It was one of those dark moments for me, one of those “I’ll never be worthy” experiences.  I couldn’t outline anything for five minutes let alone five […]

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Top WordPress Plugins for your Author Website

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So you want to build your author site.  Congratulations!  It’s a great treat to put your writing out in the world and have others respond.  But if you’re like a lot of writers, the thought of having to do “all the technical stuff” makes you break into a sweat a little.  But fear not.  It’s […]

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