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First Five Frenzy with Kirsten Carleton of Waxman Leavell Literary

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 13 March 2015 · 469 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 · 268 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 · 141 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 · 196 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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Behind The Curtain: All About An Acquisitions Editor

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 25 February 2015 · 174 views

  Today, Vicki Merkiel is helping me “pull back the curtain” on an important role in the publishing world: Acquisitions Editor. In her own words, Vicki shares her role and responsibilities in looking for new talent and manuscripts for publisher, Curiosity Quills. As you will see, this is not work for the faint of heart. Not only must you […]

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Monday Musings: Filtered Out

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 23 February 2015 · 138 views

  Back in November, Wendy Higgins (author of the Sweet Trilogy) wrote a blog post titled, “My Unfortunate Writing Side Effect.” In the post she shared how being a writer made it hard to read for pleasure. Instead of letting a book captivate her, she found herself wanting “to change lines or cross out words.” The post struck […]

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First Five Frenzy with Kaylee Davis of Dee Mura Literary

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 20 February 2015 · 228 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 […]

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W.O.W. – Writer Odyssey Wednesday with Stacey Lee

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 18 February 2015 · 185 views

        Today’s W.O.W. features one of the kindest writers I know, Stacey Lee.  Not only is Stacey an amazing writer, but she is also a big part of WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS where she is currently the Legal Director. What I love most about this interview is what Stacey shares about her dedication to the craft of […]

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Monday Musings: Taking A Chance

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 16 February 2015 · 145 views

    As many of you know, for the last couple of weeks Michelle Hauck and I have been running a little contest called, Sun versus Snow.  This is the second year Michelle and I have hosted this event, and just like last year it was a blast.   One of the things that caught […]

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The Sun is Still Shining: Critique Blog Hop is On!

  Posted by Amy Trueblood , 13 February 2015 · 107 views

      Welcome to another party! Sun versus Snow is over but new contests like Pitch Madness are coming!   Many people didn’t make the entry window for Sun versus Snow. And many more didn’t get picked because we were limited to thirty-two picks. So Michelle Hauck and I wanted to offer an opportunity to […]

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