Song playing right now on my playlist: “Mountain,” by Tonic Writing and the Writing Life: Tweet this week from an agent: @BookaliciousPam In which I butcher Sound of Music to tell you what I want in my query inbox Great post where this agented author shows the progression from her first stab at queries to the one […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Pride (In The Name Of Love),” by U2 NEWS: This week MUST LOVE BREECHES won 1st place in FF&P’s On the Far Side contest in the time travel/steampunk/historical category and a full request from the judging editor. It also finaled today in the Windy City Four Seasons Contest, […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Begin the Begin,” by R.E.M. NEWS: I will have some awesome news to report next week about MUST LOVE BREECHES (re: status in Query Land) and STEAM ME UP, RAWLEY finaled in its first contest (and the first one it entered), The Golden Pen, ironically beating out MUST LOVE […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Walk Like an Egyptian,” by Bangles NEWS: I’m heading to the RWA Conference on Tuesday, so there will be no Six Sunday tomorrow, or Monday Hunk, or Grab Bag. I don’t expect to resume normal blogging until August 1. I hope to do some sort of live blogging […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Let’s Dance,” by David Bowie NEWS: I signed my first contract! BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS, coming January 2013 from Secret Cravings Publishing! Writing and the Writing Life: Janice Hardy and Deep POV: You’ll Have to Go Through Me: Eliminating Filter Words Querying? Wise words from Query […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Me and Bobby McGee,” Janice Joplin Writing and the Writing Life: What could be Worse Than a Cliché? Tiffany Lawson Inman has a quick search you can do on your manuscript that could help you punch up your prose. Dear Author reports on a disturbing practice by some self-pubbed authors: When […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Monday Morning” Fleetwood Mac Writing and the Writing Life: Jami Gold on Cliffhangers: Not Just for the End of a Book. And while we’re on hooks, Jody Hedlund also had a post this week on the subject: 4 Ways to Hook Your Readers & Keep Them Wanting More Kat Latham […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Stray Cat Strut” by Stray Cats Writing and the Writing Life: Dealing with back story in your opening chapter? Linda Clare has some tips: Don’t Look Back: Dealing with Flash Backs Mooderino talks about getting writing advice and how you might be giving or receiving bad advice once a […]

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Nathan Fillion Those of you who know me well may wonder why I haven’t featured Geek God Nathan Fillion before. Well, he was one of the first I looked up when I thought of this weekly feature, but I couldn’t find a picture of him holding a book other than a Richard Castle book. Fortunately my […]

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Writing: As always, Roni Loren’s Fill-Me-In Friday has some good links Kristen Lamb’s post, Are Successful Writers Just Lucky? gave me a little boost. It also convinced me to skip NaNoWriMo and concentrate even harder on this WIP. At Writer’s in the Storm Blogging Guest – Sue Grimshaw: Acquiring Editor’s Checklist inside peek at what one editor looks for […]

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