Category Archives: Blogging Guests

Classifying Your Book: How to Research & Target Literary Agents

By Chuck Sambuchino Once your book is finished, it’s time to start submitting to agents. For this, a simple first step is to create a new Microsoft Word or Excel document so you can keep detailed track of your submissions, target … Continue reading

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4 Tips for the Care and Feeding of Dead Blogs

by Sierra Godfrey Remember when you started your blog? Maybe you were an unpublished writer and fellow unpublished writers followed your trials with you, cheered you when you got an agent and a book contract, and then became readers. Maybe … Continue reading

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5 Steps Toward Your Truest Contribution

By Kathryn Craft Turning Whine Into Gold The lament of the modern author, whose writing must now compete for purchase with every other book, from classics like the Iliad to the newest self-published odyssey, all of which will now be … Continue reading

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Down but Not Out: Finding Inspiration and Moving Forward

By Michelle Gable Earlier this year you might’ve read about the Parisian flat left abandoned for the better part of a century. Though photographs of the frozen-in-time apartment went viral only recently, I read about the discovery several years ago … Continue reading

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Do You Know Your Novel’s Theme?

By Janice Hardy Theme is an often misunderstood and underused aspect of a novel. Years of English classes have made us think that theme is something reserved for literary novels or stories with deep, meaningful messages, not for commercial fiction … Continue reading

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Hunting Down A Sleuth: Creating a Crime-Solver Readers Will Love

by Susan Spann Sherlock Holmes. Jane Marple. Jack Reacher. Three famous names with something important in common … aside from the fact that each of them solves crimes in mystery or thriller novels. What is this common element? Readers love … Continue reading

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A Synopsis Checklist

by Shannon Donnelly Years ago I was struggling to try and figure out how to write a synopsis. It took a lot of input from other writers, and some workshops, but I finally became comfortable with syopsis writing—and now it’s … Continue reading

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Margie-Rule # 1: Never Take Any Word for Granted

Hot News Flash!  Multi multi Margie Grad, Laura Drake, has just been announced as a double RITA Finalist (for those who don’t know, that’s the Oscars for Romance)!  See what a little Margie can do?  By Margie Lawson A big … Continue reading

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Beat Sheets: For Plotters, Pantsers, and Technophobes

by Jami Gold If you’ve heard of beat sheets before, you might have heard about complicated forms or spreadsheets. I don’t know about you, but I don’t do math. Heck, I write my stories by the seat of my pants, … Continue reading

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How to be an Agent’s ‘Dream Client’

By Chuck Sambuchino How does a literary agent define their “ideal client”? The question is extremely important because it’s one that factors into an agent’s mindset before and after they sign you. If an agent has read your complete novel … Continue reading

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