Pitch sessions are a staple at most writers conferences, offering authors the opportunity to sit down face-to-face with literary agents to talk about their projects. Some conferences pair writers and agents for ten minutes of one-on-one time, often for an additional fee. At one popular event, authors can book up to three such sessions for an extra $40 each.
Other conferences use the "pitch-slam," or "speed-dating" format to connect authors with agents. Several dozen literary agents…Continue
Added by Karen Dionne on April 24, 2015 at 9:40am — No Comments
Since writing is such a personal act, editing becomes personal. When hiring a developmental/content editor, you need to make sure you find the right one for you. It can be difficult to navigate the sea of editors available online, so here are a few tips to help.
The first step is knowing what you want. Are you looking for big picture ideas or grammar corrections (don’t ask me how many people don’t know the difference!)? If you are looking for big picture editors you want a…Continue
Added by Carly Bornstein on April 23, 2015 at 1:03pm — No Comments
The future has enough room for both self-publishing and traditional publishing (plus hybrid publishing!). But self-publishing needs to refine itself in order to have staying power.
Right now Publishers are the arbiters of good literature/books. It is still, and always will be, a great accomplishment to have your book published traditionally. But self-publishing could improve its reputation if authors step up to the plate.
As with everything, there is a good…Continue
Added by Carly Bornstein on April 23, 2015 at 12:58pm — No Comments
One of the first things a writer must decide when beginning a story is what point-of-view to write it in. There are more choices available than the newbie author realizes.
Most people are only aware of first person (I ran toward the cliff) or third person (He ran toward the cliff). Third person is where most problems seem to arise. You have a choice between:
1. Close third single, where the entire book is told from one character’s POV and we are in that character’s head the…Continue
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Posted new cento, "Until the End of Heaven":
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Posted Monday Muse profile of Eric McHenry, new Poet Laureate of Kansas:
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Posted quote from Gerry LaFemina on poetry-writing:
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How many words does your blog post have to “catch” a reader and bring some traffic to your website? Do you use any particular tricks to create and generate awesome content? Do you consider content a really important tool for your promotion after all?
When we blog we want to have many readers,…Continue
Last week on Publisher's Weekly, bestselling author Ann Packer wrote a great article about five important writing tips. They all really resonated with me and spoke to my own personal experiences. Therefore, I thought I should pass her pieces of advice along to you. You can never repeat good advice enough. Repetition helps us to…Continue
Added by Sarah H. on April 15, 2015 at 5:50pm — No Comments
Do you think it is too late to leave your mark in the world literature and become an author of a new bestseller? Essaymama doesn't think so. Do you know that Virginia Woolf started writing at 27 years and become popular at 43 years after publishing "Mrs. Dalloway"? Do you know that Haruki Murakami was a bar manager till 29 years? And Charles Bukovski was a postman till his 40? Find out more from the…Continue
Added by Julie Petersen on April 15, 2015 at 4:03am — No Comments
I recently read Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, which explores anxiety as experience, rather than pathology. In “A Conversation with…Continue
Posted Thought for the Day, a quote in a Philip Levine interview:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on April 12, 2015 at 10:31am — No Comments
Posted Thursday's Three on Poetry, a trio of poetry books to add to your reading:
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Are you a fan of the Hobbit? A Lord of the Rings geek? Or you are a writer who wants to create a masterpiece? If you're a writer, here are some tips drawn from Tolkien's work. Thanks to The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Humphrey Carpenter, we can literally speak with the author of the world fantasy classic. So let's delve into the world of fantasy with this infographic by…Continue
Student life is not an easy life. It is full of challenges. There are many reasons that makes students unable to d one of the big challenge that every student faces are writing task and assignments. Sometimes, students feel it very difficult to cope with writing term paper, essay writing, research paper and dissertation and so on. There are many reasons that make students unable to write and complete writing assignments on time. A few reasons that make students unable to write are as…Continue
Added by ashley gill on April 8, 2015 at 5:35am — No Comments
Not all people are born with a talent for writing. But virtually anyone can develop habits to improve the quality and understanding of your…
Added by ashley gill on April 8, 2015 at 5:34am — No Comments
I write reviews about books I think look like they could be an amazing read and Claire Fuller's debut novel Our Endless Numbered Days published in 2015 is a book that I jumped at the chance to read and am offering now in a giveaway.
Here is an extract from my review, which you can read…Continue
Added by Claire McAlpine on April 7, 2015 at 11:26pm — No Comments
Posted a videotaped performance by poet Sholeh Wolpe, who reads from her collection 'Keeping Time With Blue Hyacinths':
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I just completed a writing residency through the generosity of the Northwest Playwrights Alliance and Ms. Leticia Lopez, who donated the use of her cute rental home in Walla Walla, Washington (check it out here on VRBO). They asked me to write a short reflection on my week, so here it is!
I’m a wife and frazzled mother of three children, ages 11, 12, and…Continue
Added by Sharon Van Epps on April 6, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments