Who Will Read Your First Draft And How Do You Help Them? — KRISTINA STANLEY

When I finished the first draft of my first novel, Descent, I was exhilarated and terrified. Exhilarated because I’d accomplished my dream of writing a novel, and terrified because I now had to share it with someone. But who? My lucky husband got to be my first beta reader. He understood how important my story … Continue reading Who Will Read Your First Draft And How Do You Help Them? — KRISTINA STANLEY

How to Find a Literary Agent for Your Book… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

If you are, will be, or even think there's a slight possibility of considering trying to find a literary agent...or need any other information related to getting published: read this now. This post is amazing--and I haven't even had the chance to follow all of her oh-so-relevant-and-remarkable links... by Jane Friedman In today’s market, probably … Continue reading How to Find a Literary Agent for Your Book… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

10 Tips for Authors on Using Social Media from a Literary Agent — How To Ebook

by ERIC SMITH (GUEST BLOGGER) As a literary agent, I’m lucky enough to go to a lot of writing workshops, where I usually dish advice about one of two things: query letters or social media. When it comes to social media and publishing, digital platforms have a special place in my heart. After all, Twitter … Continue reading 10 Tips for Authors on Using Social Media from a Literary Agent — How To Ebook

When Is Revising Your Novel Like Pulling Teeth?–by Deana Coddaire

A: Pretty much all the time. At least for me, it is. And especially this particular revision, which involves completely removing a main character's POV from the storyline. Why would I take such a drastic move? Well, pull up a chair. I'll try to be brief. After finishing my novel (over FOUR years ago) and … Continue reading When Is Revising Your Novel Like Pulling Teeth?–by Deana Coddaire

Bad Writing Advice — All The Way YA

This to-the-point post is great advice...for both novice and experienced writers. Read on: No, this post is not going to give writers bad advice. It’s going to talk about all the bad advice writers are getting. Ever since I started publishing novels several years ago, I’ve noticed (via Twitter, blogs, and other sources) the sheer … Continue reading Bad Writing Advice — All The Way YA

The Best Piece of Writing Advice I Ever Received — A Writer’s Path

This wonderful piece came across my reader today...and, while the message is somewhat of a bitter pill, it still manages to be inspirational and motivating... by Meg Dowell You don’t know which projects are going to succeed, and which ones are going to fail. Many people assume that because I’ve been writing for a long … Continue reading The Best Piece of Writing Advice I Ever Received — A Writer’s Path

PAGE STREET PUBLISHING INFO — Writing and Illustrating

For those of you that have been in the process of querying publishers with your YA novel, I stumbled across this bit of news on my feed this morning--Page Street has recently added a YA imprint, and as soon as I finish reworking my own novel, this will be the first place I'll submit to... … Continue reading PAGE STREET PUBLISHING INFO — Writing and Illustrating

How to get Published — sue powers

The first thing to do before you submit your manuscript for publication is to have it proofed and edited. Publishers demand it. I’ve heard publishers say that they send their authors’ books out seven times just to be proofread. So proofread everything before you submit. Of course this can be costly. So first ask a […] … Continue reading How to get Published — sue powers

No, In Fact, You Should Not Write For Free — Whatever

The blog Lifehacker just posted a piece entitled “Why You Should Write For Free,” in which writer Nick Douglas (on staff, note) explains when he believes writing for free is appropriate — and when it is not. The headline alone is enough to fluff me up with righteous fury, as my own, consistent refusal to […] … Continue reading No, In Fact, You Should Not Write For Free — Whatever

If There Was a Board Game About Life as an Author #MondayBlogs #BoardGames #WritersLife — BlondeWriteMore

One of my favourite board games is ‘The Game of Life’ by Hasbro. You spin the wheel and start down the road of life in your little plastic car, taking exams, getting a job, making money, getting married, having babies, acquiring pets, losing money and going on adventures. The other day, whilst playing ‘The Game … Continue reading If There Was a Board Game About Life as an Author #MondayBlogs #BoardGames #WritersLife — BlondeWriteMore