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All Writing is Not the Same: Why Writing One Kind of Thing Doesn’t Make You Good At Writing All Kinds of Things

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:00am
That title is a mess. It’ll have to do. As so many of my posts start, I read a thread the other day that asked “Will writing fiction improve your non-fiction writing skills?” This is a question I’ve seen a lot, in many different forms. And a lot of times, people answer with, “Sure! It […]

An Introduction to Editing: Structural Editing

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 10:00am
It’s been quite a while since my last Introduction to Editing post, so if you haven’t seen the first two, check them out! An Introduction to Editing: The Many Different Types of Edits Doing Your Pre-editing Research My last post went through the things you have to do before you make any changes: reading your […]

Review: How to Market a Book, by Joanna Penn

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 10:00am
(First, in unrelated news, check out the four-star Uncaged Book Review of my YA fantasy novel, Justice Unending! You can find it on page 98. And with that out of the way…) I have a confession: I don’t know anything about marketing. I started this blog and my author website several years ago, and proceeded […]

Do you have two spaces after every period? You can fix those in five seconds.

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:00am
I wanted to do a short post today. So let’s talk about something easy! Here’s the situation: You, like so many unfortunate people, might have been taught to put two spaces after every period, because that’s how it was done in the days of the typewriter. But alas, that’s not how it works anymore. When […]

Is this blog dusty, or is it just me?

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 6:24am
It’s been a while since my last post! I was in the middle of putting together a new post–a very short post–but thought I should address the elephant in the room: I haven’t posted in a while, have I? And… no. I have not. Unfortunately, I am very bad at two things: multitasking and managing […]

An Introduction to Editing: Doing Your Pre-editing Research

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:00am
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about how there are a lot of different kinds of edits and how you can edit a novel more easily by fixing different parts of your story at different times. If that sounds interesting, go check it out! This post’ll be here when you get back. […]

An Introduction to Editing: The Many Different Types of Edits and How You Can Use Them on Your Novel

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 10:00am
Writing a novel feels great, doesn’t it? It’s so emotional! So engaging! (All right, well, it can be, when you don’t feel like you’re yanking ideas out of your brain with a pair of pliers.) But when you’re in the zone, everything you write feels powerful, important, and deep. Then you edit it. And whoops! It’s… […]

Lessons from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:00am
So, uh, I’ve never attended a full-fledged writing conference before. I’ve gone to one-day workshops (I even wrote a post on the last one I went to, the 2015 Writer’s Digest Workshop!) But the real deal? Multiple days, in a hotel? I’ve… never done that. And after many years of dragging my heels, I finally […]
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