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Monique Jacob

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It Takes a Community

Writing is a lonely job. I wish I was one of those writers who can sit in a busy coffee shop and scribble away...

Those Early Readers

In Those Early Drafts, I looked at the sometimes complex task of getting a messy first draft edited and refined into a legible manuscript....

Those Early Drafts

When is a story fit to be read? It depends on who’s reading it. Your family may seem genetically programmed to love every word...

Follow-Up and Follow Through

Writing a blog about writing has led me to a lot of cool websites and other writing blogs. I’ve found more tools than I’ve...

How Young is a Young Adult?

The science fiction novels I read as a teen weren’t written for that age group. The themes were adult, as were the character...

Life Cycle of a Novel

Some writers work from an outline, others just wing it. They start at page one and write one scene after another, with only a...

An Interview with Author Astra Crompton

Writing a novel is a huge amount of work. A giant commitment and accomplishment that shouldn’t go to waste – especially if it’s good...

Buddy, can you spare some time?

Writing a book takes up a good chunk of your time, something that’s always in short supply. With the busy lives we lead it’s...

The Long and the Short Of It

So you’ve got this great idea bouncing around in your head. It’s been following you around for a while now. You’ve worked out a...

I’ve Got This Idea…

When I was a kid I was awed by the adult section of the library. So many books! I couldn’t wait to get my...

That Next Project

So you’ve finally finished writing your book. The manuscript has been edited more times than you care to remember and now you can just...

Edit Edit Edit Edit — Are We Done Yet?

So, your manuscript keeps getting rejected, again and again. You’ve researched the market and submitted it to only those houses that publish your genre....

Zoe Duff – Independent Publisher

What do you do when you’re writing in multiple genres and don’t quite fit into contemporary classifications? If you’re Zoe Duff, you start up...

Rejection Slip Scrapbook

We all deal with rejection in our own way. To some, anything that feels like the slap on the hand they got from touching...

To Query or Not to Query

There are two words in the English language that never fail to give me a painful case of writers block: Query Letter. Just the thought...

A Novel Dilemma

How do you get published when the rules and the markets are constantly shifting? Book stores are closing, mega-publishers are adopting their smaller cousins...

Nothing New Under the Sun

How does an editor manage to still be moved by a story when she has to sift through ever-growing stacks of unsolicited manuscripts, looking...

It’s Getting Crowded In Here

Who decides what makes a good book? How does an editor know what readers will want? A writer’s friends and family might thrill at...

What Was I Thinking?

I’ve never written a blog. I’ve never had the urge to write a blog. So imagine my surprise when I bumped into a fantastic...