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Monique Jacob

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It Takes a Community

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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…

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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...