When Not to Respond to a Rejection Letter

If you ask an agent the least favorite part of her job, she’ll usually say it’s sending out rejection letters. As an aspiring writer years ago, I saw more rejection letters than I care to recall. Still, I can’t remember one that wasn’t nice. Some were even helpful. Back then, …

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6 Elements of a Good Book Review

In our discussions of late on reviews and authors’ reactions to reviews, I thought it would be helpful to take a look at the elements of a good review. And when I say “good,” I mean helpful. For the readers.  Because that’s what reviews are about. Helping readers decide if …

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Goofus and Gallant Go To A Writer’s Conference

Anything that has been around for almost 70 years with a billion copies in print should be used as material for blog posts once in a while. The kid’s magazine Highlights was first published in mid-1946 and was an integral part of the Boomer generation right up to kids currently …

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Writer’s Block Becomes Writer’s Talk

I came across an old post by Seth Godin where he wrote: No one ever gets talker’s block. No one wakes up in the morning, discovers he has nothing to say and sits quietly, for days or weeks, until the muse hits, until the moment is right, until all the …

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Your Conflicted Characters

I am blessed to work with many talented authors with great ideas. Recently one of my clients, Renee Andrews,  submitted a wonderful chart outlining her characters’ conflicts. You may have seen similar charts before, but I especially like the way Renee laid hers out: [Character Name] INTERNAL EXTERNAL Goal — What? …

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The Trajectory Principle

American culture sends mixed messages. On one hand it tells us that we can be “anything we want to be,” but then if we don’t rise to the top of whatever we pursue it tells us we are failures or at best we should be disappointed in ourselves. There are …

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Fun Fridays – February 27, 2015

Llamas on the Lloose in Phoenix! Enjoy the Llama Drama, set to very appropriate music. Reminds me a Llittle of that Llost writer at the Llast ACFW conference trying to find their cLlassroom. HT: Trissina Kear

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