Check out this writing competition from Writer's Magazine. Details are available from this post on Esther Chilton's blog.
Check out these answers to reader questions from author Charles Yallowitz as featured in this post from his Legends of Windemere blog.
Man who knows nothing about Imperial Stormtroopers
L.Marie asked: RPGs inspired you in the past. What inspires you now?
I’ve always been inspired by a lot of things, but tabletop RPG’s allowed me to test out my characters. When I started, I was influenced by comic books, video games, cartoons, movies, books, and mythology. This has remained constant with a few additions over the years like anime, live-action tv shows, and philosophical discussions. Side-note: Quest of the Broken-Hearted, which is coming out in early July, is heavily inspired by the Castlevania series. I loved the idea of writing a story where you have a hero battling through a monster-infested city, but I wanted to do it in a way where you still had development of character.
Colin Noel-Johnson asked:
How about these questions?
What would you change about Windemere if you could start all over again?
Did you ever…
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Check out the short story, Over the Rainbow, by Sally Cronin, as featured in this post from her Smorgasbord Invitation blog.
A couple of people suggested a title change… for those who have dropped by already today…
Over the Rainbow by Sally Cronin
‘It’s not bad here is it?’
‘No it’s not, and I was quite surprised. I expected that with all the hype about the place, we’d be disappointed’.
‘I was amazed to see so many familiar faces; it’s been fun catching up, and I must say that Bella is looking particularly fit.’
‘You have a one track mind; I thought you had the snip when you and your lady decided enough was enough?’
‘I did, but that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate a feisty, good-looking female, does it?’
‘No, I suppose not, you sly old dog. Are you going to the match tonight at the park? I hear that there’ll be a big turnout for the end of season five aside.’
‘Are you kidding me, of course I am…
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The cost of self-publishing a new book is now very affordable Long gone are the days of wishing and hoping to publish a book. There is no need at all to beg literary agents and publishers today. You can also forget about paying thousands of dollars for vanity publishing. Self-publishing gives authors the freedom to publish…
Check out this helpful post from The Writing Chimp blog on solving the problem of your featured image not updating on your WordPress post.
Have you ever noticed that sometimes you update your blog post featured image in WordPress, but when you share it on social media, it still shows the old image…
Annoying, isn’t it!
Here are two super easy ways to fix this for Facebook and Twitter.
- Insert your post URL.
- Hit ‘show existing scrape information’.
- Check the picture.
- If wrong hit the ‘fetch new scrape information’.
- The picture should now be correct.
- Insert your URL.
- Hit preview card.
- The picture should now be correct.
Happy blogging 🙂
Check out this great post from Allison Williams Writing blog on writing the dreaded query letter
Along with the dreaded blurb and the dreaded synopsis, the query letter seems to rank as one of the hardest thing a writer has to tackle. Write a 100,000 word novel? No problem. Write a one-page letter? No thank you!
And while it’s true that the world of publishing is changing, and that many authors are happy to self-publish, some writers still wish to find an agent, and so will need to introduce themselves with a query letter.
It’s absolutely vital to remember that this letter is the first example of your writing that an agent will see, so make it count. These are the key things to remember:
- Address your letter to a specific agent – avoid Dear Sir/Madam. Using a name shows that you’ve selected that agent – not just stuck a pin in ‘The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook’
- Make it clear you’ve done your homework…
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Check out the book, The Life She Was Given, by Ellen Marie Wiseman, as featured in The Last Tuesday Book Club post from the Reade and Write blog.
This month’s book club selection is The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman. The only other book I’ve read by Ms. Wiseman is The Plum Tree, though she has two others: What She Left Behind and Coal River. Her books feature female protagonists placed in heart-wrenching circumstances who somehow learn to survive and grow.
The Life She Was Given is about two people: Lilly Blackwood, a young Albino girl whose mother sells her to the circus during the Great Depression, and Julia Blackwood, a young woman who has run away from home in the mid-1950s to escape her controlling and unkind mother.
For anyone who hasn’t read the book, I won’t put out any spoilers, but you may want to avoid reading the questions below until you’ve had a chance to read it.
I have mixed feelings about the book. I think Ellen Marie Wiseman is…
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