Saturday, October 31, 2009


November 1st is the birthdate of one of our writers/editors.
Join me in wishing Laura LaRocca a very happy birthday.
Hope you have a great day, Laura.
Keep on writing!

Saved by a Poem

BookLore (121 First Street, Orangeville) presents Kim Rosen with Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words on November 5th. Enjoy an evening of poetry and music starting at 7:30pm. Admission $10.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Blog Roll-up: Best from the Week's Writing Blogs

Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent, blogs All About Backstory. Learn the right way to bring the backstory into the book.

Chuck at the Guide to Literary Agents blog presents "20 Tips on Query Letters," as told by Janet Reid (aka the Query Shark herself) of FinePrint Literary Management.

Also on the Guide to Literary Agents blog, guest blogger Lisa Katzenberger writes about How to Get an Agent's Attention. These nuggets come from the South Carolina Writers Workshop (SCWW) agent panel discussion "What Gets Our Attention."

Janet Reid was one of the agents in attendance at SCWW, and shares her Notes From the Effective Query Class at SCWW. She also reminds us all that no matter what anyone says, we ARE writers. The opinion of those who disagree is worth Less Than Zero.

Jennifer Lawler at Finding Your Voice explains why shoving your first novel in a trunk—even when you love it—is the smartest thing you can do. Find out why in Moving on to the Next Thing.

If your "Next Thing" is freelance writing, Freelance Writing Jobs will help you get started. Read about Step 1: What Will You Write. Also helpful in getting those all-important first clips is How to Make Free Writing Pay.

Diane Bator shares her computer woes and positive attitude over at her Pens, Paints and Paper blog, and at The Three-Ring Circus, I offer some Editing Tips and Editing Helpers, plus a quick Word tip to help you edit out some common word-choice foibles.

And finally, a fun quiz from The Rejectionist: Are You Batshit Crazy? ... just in case you aren't sure.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


If anyone should bump into Pat on Oct 30, make sure to give her a big birthday hug!
Happy Birthday, Pat!
Keep on writing!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

Two New Blogs to Check Out

There are two new blogs for everyone to check out:

The Three-Ring Circus is Laura LaRocca's new blog about her family/writing life.

Pens, Paints and Paper is Diane Bator's blog about her writing and artwork.

Come visit us and join the fun.