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Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries

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Elizabeth Spencer, Rambling about Writing. Mostly.
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Finding Agents to Query

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 10:00am
I’m officially back in the query trenches! I’ve got a brand-spanking-new YA fantasy ready to go, and I’d dearly like to get a literary agent for it. It’s harrowing! It’s nerve-wracking! I’m anxious! And, well, that’s a lot of emotional energy. I just sent out my first batch, and… hey, it looks like most could […]

How to Use Scrivener’s Name Generator

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 10:00am
This week’s post is going to be a short one. But I have to share! Scrivener is an incredibly popular piece of writing software. It has loads of features. Loads! It has so many, in fact, that you could use it for years and still find ones you’ve never seen before. I had one of […]

Plotters vs. Planners: It’s a Continuum, Not a Tribe That Defines Your Being

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:00am
Are you a plotter or a planner? Well? Do you plan things or do you wing it? Are you organized or spontaneous? Do you structure your books or do you wait for the muse to take you by the hand? You’re one or the other! Choose! If you’ve been writing any amount of time, you’ve […]

Unboxing the first Scribbler Box

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 10:00am
I’ve got something a little different this week! You’ve probably heard of these monthly subscription box programs that have been so popular lately. If not, here’s how it works: people send out monthly mystery gift boxes based on a theme. You sign up, and you get mailed a box every month. I’ve never signed up […]

A Good Idea Won’t Get Your Story Published

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 9:00am
Within the writing world, you sometimes run into people who are obsessed with finding The Best Idea Ever. These are the folks who write posts like: I’m terrified to talk about my story because someone will steal my idea! I have an idea for a story that’s so good that it’s guaranteed to get me […]

Why Garbage First Drafts are Good–As Long As You’re Being Strategic

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 7:52am
I’m sure you’ve heard this advice before: get your first draft down. Don’t overthink it. Just get the thoughts down, get the words down, and finish. It’s common advice, and it’s not hard to see why. One of the hardest lessons for a new writer to learn is that you have to actually finish projects. […]

My Experience with WriteOnCon 2018!

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:00am
WriteOnCon 2018 is officially over, and I attended about two and a half days of it. (Not that “attending” means tooooo very much when everything is online.) And now that it’s over, let’s talk about how it went! First thing’s first: what is WriteOnCon? WriteOnCon is an online writing convention for people writing children’s literature. […]


Wed, 01/31/2018 - 8:11am
WriteOnCon is coming up! This year, it’s running from February 9 to 11, Friday through Sunday. Haven’t heard of it before? Check it out. WriteOnCon is a writing convention for children’s book authors, including everything from picture books to New Adult. It’s also completely online, which means you don’t have to go anywhere–just register, sign […]