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Weekend Assignment: Gratitude Attitude

Welcome to Thanksgiving weekend, my writer friends. I’m glad you could join me. Leftovers anyone? No? This is the time of year (in the States, at least) when folks sit back and think about the things they are grateful for. This is followed closely by mad shopping binges, jockeying for parking spaces, road rage and […]

Reads for Writers

Writers, for whatever reason, seem to have a hard time taking vacations. At least, the full-time writers that I know do. I count myself among the vacation impaired. There is something about trying to step away from the work that seems to send my muse into overdrive. New project and story ideas suddenly start popping […]

Weekend Assignment: Who Are You?

Hello writers! This weekend I have two words to throw at you. Ready? Catch! Author Bios Yep. Author biographies. Those little self-promotional blurbs designed to win friends and influence people. The opportunity to share these snippets used to be reserved for the tail-end of query letters, articles, stories and essays. Now they are everywhere. You […]

Are You a Market Snob?

Gather around my writer friends and I will tell you my favorite story about freelance writing. Once upon a time,  a writer crafted a funny piece about her inability to have a Martha Stewart Thanksgiving for her humor column. The piece didn’t earn much money; I think she may have been paid all of $40 […]

Discoveries for Nov. 15th 2010

Book publishers, anyone? While traipsing through the Internet on my own quest for publishers, I’ve run across a few directories that I’ve found helpful and I’ve decided to share them here. Since many publishers refuse to look at anything unless it comes through an agent, be sure to find out what a publisher prefers before […]

Weekend Assignment: I Spy a New Word

Ever wonder who gets to invent new words? Us! I know, scary, right? In fact, one of my favorite things to do is to create new words. Not that I can ever get anyone else to use them, mind you. For me, the act of creation is much more satisfying than inclusion in any dictionary.  […]

Hopping to New Markets: Stepping Stones for Writers

The more markets you have for your writing, and the more clips you accumulate, the easier it is to make sales. It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s easy to get trapped in the same old market circles. Maybe you began by writing about local wine tasting events, moved on to wine reviews, have […]

Ooh Shiny

Just a quick post to share a freebie I discovered this morning. Are you ready to boost your writing productivity? From now until December 1, 2010, you can get a free copy of Lynn Viehl’s guide: Way of the Cheetah All you need is a free Google Docs account to access the PDF.

Submit, Submit, Submit (ep. 7)

It’s that time again. Time for another roundup of links to places where you can publish your writing. Disclaimer: Bear in mind that I am sharing these links not endorsing them. While I’ve checked out these sites, always read the complete guidelines before submitting anything AND always do your homework. Narrative Magazine. Quirk Packaging (Book […]

Weekend Assignment: No Rules, Just Write

Welcome Weekend Writing Warriors! How many words do you write each day? If you are participating in NaNo, I’m sure you know exactly what your output is each day. If not then now, yes now, is a good time to find out. On Wednesday, I wrote about banishing your inner editor. Now, I’m handing you […]