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BEHIND THE CURTAIN: The Realities of Self Publishing

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 08 April 2015 · 108 views

(Logo design courtesy of Kelly deVos)       There are many myths and misunderstandings about what goes into self publishing. Today I wanted to help clear up some of those fallacies by asking my good friend, and amazing author, Katie French to share her own experience with this publishing path.   Katie and I […]

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Monday Musings: Blogging BS and Other Misconceptions

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 06 April 2015 · 141 views

I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter lately from various sources about how blogging is a waste of a writer’s time. How their hours should be more focused on putting words down for their own work, rather than sharing personal experience or insight.   Okay, so I agree that if you’re not committed to blogging […]

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W.O.W. – Writer Odyssey Wednesday with Chandler Baker

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 01 April 2015 · 173 views

      Somedays writing is all about instinct and listening to your gut.  In today’s W.O.W., Chandler Baker shares how she knew she’d found her voice when she started reading and writing YA. As she puts in her own words, “Any time I reached for a book that I’d heard of and was particularly […]

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QUITE THE QUERY with Melissa Albert and JUST BREATHE

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 27 March 2015 · 130 views

      If you ask any writer about the process of connecting with their agent (or publisher), the majority will say the most difficult part was querying. Not only the actual process of sending out the letters/emails, but formulating the query itself. In fact, I’ve heard more than a few authors say writing their query […]

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W.O.W. – Writer Odyssey Wednesday with Sarah Henning

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 18 March 2015 · 186 views

    “No query or pitch is ever perfect on the first draft.” I love this line from today’s W.O.W. with Sarah Henning. Sometimes we think we can get it all done in one attempt, but as Sarah points out “there’s always tweaking to be done.” The key thing to remember is revision is important. It […]

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Monday Musings: The Waiting Game

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 16 March 2015 · 150 views

  I have a confession to make: I suck at waiting.  No matter how hard I try to have patience, I’ve realized over the years I wasn’t built for it.  When I was young, I hated waiting for the swings on the playground. My little feet trudged back and forth in and out of the sand, […]

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First Five Frenzy with Kirsten Carleton of Waxman Leavell Literary

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 13 March 2015 · 427 views

      If you’re like me, you toil for hours editing and fine-tuning the first pages of your manuscript. You look at the first lines to make sure they are compelling and tight.  You examine the next few paragraphs, hoping your MC’s voice is already taking hold of the reader.   The First Five Frenzy […]

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W.O.W. – Writer Odyssey Wednesday with Sabaa Tahir

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 11 March 2015 · 242 views

    There are many ways to stir the creative spirit. In today’s W.O.W., Sabaa Tahir shares how music inspired her manuscript, An Ember in the Ashes. In detail, she explains how her playlist helped her get in the right mind set to write certain characters and scenes. Her writing journey proves inspiration comes in many forms, and […]

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Monday Musings: Pitch To Win

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 09 March 2015 · 118 views

  Another #PitMad will soon be filling the Twitter feed with amazing pitches covering everything from contemporary to sci-fi to horror. While this is a unique opportunity to get your book in front of a slew of agents and publishers, it’s also a chance to hone your story. Sometimes forcing yourself to summarize your book in 140 characters pushes […]

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QUITE THE QUERY: GAIL NALL & BREAKING THE ICE

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 27 February 2015 · 168 views

    If you ask any writer about the process of connecting with their agent (or publisher), the majority will say the most difficult part was querying. Not only the actual process of sending out the letters/emails, but formulating the query itself. In fact, I’ve heard more than a few authors say writing their query took […]

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