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The Quotation Quota – Assignment 2

By Andrea Merrell In my last post, we talked about the overuse of exclamation points and the need to eliminate them from our manuscripts unless absolutely necessary. But what about quotation marks? How many are too many? Most writers have their own personal set of bad habits, especially when it comes to punctuation. While some…

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Make the Most of Your 15-Minute Appointments

As conference time nears, conferees dig down and prepare to meet one-on-one with publishers, agents, and editors. The wonderful advantage of attending a conference is this “free-card” to meet face to face with industry professionals. The publishing market has tightened to the point of strangulation. Publishers are overworked and understaffed, so to meet with them…

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Arrrgh! Another Rejection – Cindy Sproles

Rejection is not fun. I can’t think of a soul who lives for the next rejection, whether it be in our families, our jobs, or our writing career. These days when a child is told no, the next thing to expect is wailing . . . maybe a little kicking and screaming, and pouting. All this before…

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Frozen in Place – Icey Self-Talk to Freeze Your Writing

By Cindy Sproles Fourteen inches of snow had fallen three days earlier. Rain pelted down the fourth day. Yet when I opened the door to head out, it was the most beautiful sight I’d ever seen. After the rain, the temperature dropped, and as the mountains are famous for their beautiful morning foggy mists –…

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The Pain of Unsolicited
The Pain of Unsolicited

By Cindy Sproles No unsolicited manuscripts!  Ah, the pain of reading or hearing those three words is every writer’s nightmare. As the squeeze on the publishing industry grows tighter and tighter, so grows the frustration of new writer. Everywhere we turn, we see the words no unsolicited manuscripts. With such stop signs how could we…

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