What Is Your Writing Process?

We’re opening the new year with a look at writing processes. Orly Konig-Lopez begins the month of the Writing Process Throwdown with A Pantser with Suspenders. Fae’s up next on the 7th.

We closed 2014 out with a post from Jenny Hansen on Microsoft’s fun new program, Sway:

“Sway” Your Readers in 2014!

For this and more, hop on over to our new site, http://writersinthestormblog.com.

Happy New Year!
~ Fae, Jenny, Laura and Orly

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Enter the 2014 “Worst Storyline Ever” Contest!

The contest starts today over at our new site today and is put on by Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest.

Why is he having the contest? We’ll let him tell you:

To celebrate the release of the brand-new 2015 Guide to Literary Agents, I am bringing back one of my most popular recurring contests: The “Worst Storyline Ever” Contest. Except this time, it’s hosted on the Writers in the Storm blog. So if you’re looking for an agent and want a big database, check out the book. And if you’ve got a horrible idea for a story, I want to hear about it. Welcome to the “Worst Storyline Ever” Contest—a competition that encourages terrible loglines.

What is the prize?

The top 3 winners (no order) receive 1) a critique of either their one-page synopsis or one-page query letter from me; and 2) a copy of either the 2015 Guide to Literary Agents or the 2015 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market.

Come visit us at the new Writers In The Storm to enter (and giggle at all the truly terrible loglines)!

~ Fae, Jenny, Laura and Orly

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Being Prepared for Your Writing Conference

With the summer conference season in full swing, we’ve got tons of helpful tips over at the new site. Since our subscriber list has moved, we’re posting solely over there. Are you subscribed over at our new digs? We’ve had fantastic topics this month and just want to make sure you’re getting in on the discussion!

New address: http://writersinthestormblog.com/

Latest posts:

Jul 11th: What Should an Author Expect from an Agent?

Jul 9th: What I Learned About Submissions as a Reader for an Agent

Jul 7th: Unblocking Yourself: Ten Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

Jul 4th: GREAT post by Chuch Sambuchino!
Submission Tip Checklist: Double-Check These 16 Things Before Sending Your Book Out

We look forward to bringing you many, many more posts like these!

Happy Summer to you from…
Fae, Jenny, Laura, Orly and Sharla

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Are You Subscribed to Writers In The Storm?

Since our subscriber list has moved, we’re posting solely at the new site. Are you subscribed over at our new digs? We’ve had some fab posts since the move and just want to make sure you’re getting them!

New address: http://writersinthestormblog.com/

Last week’s posts:

JUNE 20TH, 2014: How Emotional Peril Keeps Readers Reading by Janice Hardy

JUNE 18TH, 2014: The Secret Weapon of YA/NA Writers by Tiffany Lawson Inman

JUNE 16TH, 2014: Write Your Own Happy Ending with Scrivener by Gwen Hernandez

We look forward to bringing you many, many more posts like these!
~ Fae, Jenny, Laura, Orly and Sharla

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Novel Diagnostics: How to Tell if Your Book Might Have Terminal Problems in TEN Pages

By Kristen Lamb

Image via Flickr Creative Commons. Bansky's "Peaceful hearts Doctor" courtesy of Eva Blue.

Image via Flickr Creative Commons. Bansky’s “Peaceful hearts Doctor” courtesy of Eva Blue.

For those of you who have submitted before, ever wonder how an agent can ask for the first 20 pages and still reject your book? Did you ever wonder if the agents really read these pages? How can they know our book isn’t something they want to represent with so little to go on? I mean, if they would just continue to page 103 they would see that the princess uncovers a whole underground movement of garden gnomes with inter dimensional capabilities, and they wouldn’t be able to put it down. Right?

Wrong.

I’ve edited countless manuscripts, and today I am going to let you see the first 20 pages through the eyes of an agent or editor. This is Novel Diagnostics 101.

The doctor is in the house…

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Pop on over to our new site to see Kristen discuss four things that are sure to land your manuscript in the rejection pile. Plus, we’re giving away more prizes today!

Note: The subscriber list will be moving over any day now. If you’ve been meaning to subscribe, now is a good time to hit that button at the top of the right sidebar. You’ll only have to do it once. :-)

See you at the new blog…

~ Fae, Jenny, Orly, Laura, Sharla
AND the always-awesome Kristen Lamb!

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Writing Contests — Hell or Heaven?

by Fae Rowen

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I don’t usually enter contests, but I decided to go all out this year.

During the past two months I’ve redefined my understanding of the experience from both the judging and entrant viewpoints. I hope this post will help you consider whether entering contests is in your best interest at this point in your career. Next month I’ll share perspectives of a judge.

Pop on over to our new site to see more on my “Heaven” and “Hell” contest experiences. Plus, we’re giving away our first prizes today!

Note: The subscriber list will be moving over any day now. If you’ve been meaning to subscribe, now is a good time to hit that button at the top of the right sidebar. You’ll only have to do it once. :-)

See you at the new blog…

~ Fae

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Writers In The Storm Moving Party is TODAY!

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Party bus!

Hop on the party bus and come over to the new site!

We’re giving away TONS of prizes this week:
books, online classes, a Ninja Pack and an Amazon gift card.

And, not to worry, we’ll be moving our subscriber list over.
That means all you have to do is relax and enjoy the party…

See you at the new better-than-ever Writers In The Storm blog!

~ Fae, Jenny, Laura, Orly and Sharla
  The Writers In The Storm Team

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