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Writing and Publishing Around the Web: April 2012

Here’s the monthly round up of some favorite articles on writing and publishing on the web this April.

Author Janice Hardy shares a genre breakdown to help you figure out where your story fits in, and talks about times when your characters make misleading assumptions. She also outlines a helpful method for analyzing first drafts before revising.

Author Bryan Thomas Schmidt shares 8 Copyediting Tips For Writers.

Author Anne R. Allen tells us Why You Should Be Writing Short Fiction.

In a related article, author Angie Smilbert tells how how to submit a short story.

Agent Rachelle Gardner gives us 6 Reasons Authors Self-Publish, and follows up with 6 Reasons Authors Still Want Publishers. She also shares great tips for How to Cut Thousands of Words Without Shedding a Tear.

Author Carrie Ryan talks about Distinguishing Between Plot and Premise.

Author Misty Massey provides a helpful rundown of Tenses and Persons.

Author Nathan Bransford lists Ten Commandments for Editing Someone’s Work. He also gives us the Top 5 Social Media Blunders You Shouldn’t Make.

Author Elana Johnson tells us to Market Smarter, Not Harder.

Author James Alan Gardner gives us Fight Scene Basics.

Author Patricia C. Wrede gives tips for what to do when you feel like you’re Out of Ideas, and discusses differentiating your characters through dialog.

Author Kate Fall provides a handy review of Punctuating Dialog Tags.

Agent Kristin Nelson offers up The Criterion For Evaluating An Agent, and answers the question: How Do You Know If An Agent is A Good Agent?

In an interview, author Ash Krafton talks about How To Approach Publishers Directly.

Author Kristine Kathryn Rusch talks about what it really means to have an Audience in the business of writing.

Author Gail Carson Levine talks about how, when and why to incorporate Backstory.


The Best of Writing and Publishing Around the Web: March 2012

This is a little late in coming, but here are some of my favorite writing and publishing links for the month of March.

Author Janice Hardy talks about how to use critique feedback in your revision process.

Author R.L. Copple asks the question: Can you rewrite voice?

Author/Editor Annette Lyon talks about how Shorter is Often Sweeter when writing dialog.

Author Sherwood Smith talks about Process Narration–or when writers inadvertently write their experience of writing into their work.

Agent Micheal Bourret and editor Molly O’Neill have a two part conversation on Everything you ever wanted to know about middle grade… and were willing to ask. Part 1, Part 2.

Agent Mary Kole talks about what sorts of character obstacles don’t work well.

Author Mike Winchell reflects on the author’s struggle to make time to write.

Author Juliette Wade shares some tips for writing action sequences, and starts a useful discussion on using and making maps for your writing.

Author Darcy Pattison talks about cutting up your story’s timeline, and asks: when are you finished with your revision?

Editor Angela James lists 10 things authors should know about Twitter.

Author Talia Vance talks about the times when Revision means Rewriting.

Agent Rachelle Gardner answers the question: What’s an Author-Agent agreement?

Author/Editor Susan J. Morris writes about Making People Laugh: the secret art of funny fiction.

Author Anne R. Allen talks about when an author should hire an editor, and how to avoid scams.

Author Mary Lindsey shares tips for how to secure online reviews for your book.

I hope some of these articles can be useful to you as you navigate your own writing journeys. Enjoy!


Writing and Publishing Around the Web: February 2012

Here’s some of the great writing and publishing info I found online in the month of February:

Agent Kristin Nelson offers a five-part “talking-head” video series answering the questions on YA and Middle Grade fiction that she is asked most frequently at conferences: Fridays with Agent Kristin.

Writer Elissa Cruz shares an interview with editor Eve Adler on the World of Licensed Characters and Work-for-Hire in children’s literature.

Author Janice Hardy gives us a 3 part series on non-traditional antagonists: The Faceless Villain: What to do When your Bad Guy Isn’t a Person, There is No Bad Guy: What to do when your Antagonist Isn’t a Villain, and You Can Fight Mama Nature: What to do when Your Antagonist is Nature Herself.

Author Patricia C. Wrede launches an ongoing multi-part series on The Business of Writing.

Author Dean Wesley Smith shared an in-depth article on Pen Names.

Editor/Author Jon Gingerich lists 20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes.

The Author’s Guild published an interesting article: Publishing’s Ecosystem on the Brink: The Backstory.

Author A.J. Hartley talks about Varying Sentence Length.

Author Gennifer Albin discusses MacGuffins: Using Them Effectively.

For those of you writing historical or medieval fantasy stories, here is a handy list of Medieval Occupations.

Agent Mary Kole shares 10 questions to ask when offered representation, and Questions you might be asked when offered representation.

Agent Rachelle Gardner lists 13 Ways to Impress an Agent and 6 Reasons for Writers to Be Optimistic.

Editor Alan Rinzler shares an article on Why Writers Need Agents: 4 pros weigh in.

Author Ruth Harris shares 8 Tips for Turning “Real Life” into Bestselling Fiction.

Author David B. Coe writes about Transitions and Chapter Breaks.

Author S.C. Butler writes about the problem of Too Many POVs.

Editor/Author C.S. Lakin shares thoughts on the importance of plotting in layers.

Finally, author Chris Eboch provides some handy Plot and Character Exercises.

by Jocelyn


Writing and Publishing Around the Web: December 2011

Here are some of my favorite articles on writing and publishing since the end of November. I’ll be back with more lists in the New Year!

First up, a practical Social Media Survival Guide by author Jenn Reese.

Author James Alan Gardner provides some helpful guidelines for designing scenes and shares thoughts on scene beginnings and endings.

Agent Mary Kole shares Some Thoughts on Revision, particularly in regards to when to query.

Author Bob Mayer has some interesting comments on how to choose What to Write.

Author Louise Marley teaches us more about using Alternate History and Historical Fiction in Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Author Janice Hardy shares helpful articles on Combining Scenes for Dramatic Punch and writing Slice of Life Stories.

Author Juliette Wade shares some insights on the current fluctuations in the publishing industry and artistic vision.

Author Ash Krafton shares some of the Numbers Games we have to play when writing and querying, and suggestions on how to use Strong Language to create a strong story.

Author Nathan Bransford teaches us how to Network Without Networking, and discusses How Art Changes With Us as we progress through our lives.

Writer Misty Massey opens a discussion on methods of backing up your work.

Author Elana Johnson shares some insightful thoughts on what she’s learned about herself six months after publishing her debut novel.

Author/commentator R.L. Copple blogs about what happens when Self-Publishing Goes Wrong.

Author Chris Eboch shares advice on how to Show, not Tell, Emotion.

Author Hilary Wagner shows off her real rejection letters and shares a message of hope.

Writer Stina Lindenblatt shares a lesson on how to write Killer Loglines.

Author Anne R. Allen lists 22 Things for New Bloggers to Avoid.

Agent Rachelle Gardner talks about Following the Market or Following Your Heart.

Editor Stacy Whitman talks about how to avoid using the trope of the “Magic Negro” when writing diverse characters.

Author Patricia C. Wrede talks about writing Too many, too much when it comes to writing plots and point of view characters.

Finally, author/editor Annette Lyon shares ideas on how to improve your focus when writing.

Enjoy the articles, and Happy New Year!


Writing and Publishing Around the Web: November 2011

There’s so much writing and publishing advice on the web these days that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Here are the blog posts and articles that sparked my interest over the past month. Hopefully they will help you, as well–and maybe point you in the direction of some great bloggers to follow in the process.

Writer/editor Katheryn Craft writes about The Art of Chaptering.

Author Kate Elliot talks about using Fiction as Inspiration.

Author Judith Tarr wrote a helpful article on Worldbuilding with Horses: Basics.

Author and Indie-publishing advocate Kristine Kathryn Rusch posted two fascinating articles. One discusses believing in yourself as a writer when dealing with other publishing professionals. The other is a fascinating discussion about How Traditional Publishers are Making Money.

Editor Stacy Whitman talked about the pros and cons of writing in your villain’s point of view.

Writer Charissa Weaks posted two great lists of resources on The Writer’s Resource, one on How To Find a Critique Partner, and a list of Great Books on Writing.

Author Nathan Bransford lists Five Ways to Stay Motivated While Writing a Novel.

Agent Rachelle Gardner posted an interesting article on Authors and Book Piracy.

Author Patricia C. Wrede talked about writing your characters’ Reactions.

Writer Jan Gangsei wrote the article: Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Voice I Learned… In Drama Class.

Two of author Janice Hardy’s many great posts caught my eye: “Need a Jump? Four Ways to Fix a Stalled Story,” and “Hey, Who Said That? Polishing Our Dialog Tags.”

Author David B. Coe wrote about The Value of Professional Copyediting, and placed it in the context of traditional vs. self-publishing.

Author Juliette Wade gave us a Checklist for deep POV (in 1st or 3rd person!).

Author Marie Brennan talked about getting help from knowledgeable people (even ones you’ve never met before) while researching for your writing.

Agent Mary Kole answered that difficult question: Do Fiction Writers Need a Platform?

Finally, writer/blogger/lawyer Passive Guy posted a compendium of articles on Literary Agents and Conflicts of Interest when it comes to “assisted self-publishing” ventures.

Check back next month for another list of the best of writing and publishing on the web. And don’t forget to check out Writing Snippets weekly for more great posts and podcasts on writing.


Writing and Publishing Around the Web: October 2011

Hello friends of Writing Snippets! As part of our format change we’ll now be interspersing blog posts and written interviews with our podcasts. If you are subscribed to the RSS feed or via email you’ll still get notified every time these new posts go up.

We’re also introducing a new monthly feature: Writing and Publishing Around the Web. Every month we’ll post a list of links to some of our favorite articles/podcasts/etc. on the craft and business of writing. Here’s our first installment.

Agent Rachelle Gardner hosted a guest post on the important question: Do Writers Need to Think about SEO?

Agent Mary Kole posted some handy tips for writing character self-description in first person narratives.

The QueryTracker.net blog posted an article on social networking for writers.

Author Patricia C. Wrede discusses all the hats authors need to wear for their careers.

Author Jim C. Hines tries to answer the questions: Should Writers Blog, and Why?

Author Gail Carson Levine gives some tips on writing more effective description.

Darcy Pattison discusses using dialogue in exposition.

Author Elana Johnson talks about the importance of deleting content when editing.

At Shrinking Violet Promotions (marketing for introverts), author R.L. LaFevers talks about what sells middle grade books.

One of my favorite blogs on the business side of being a writer, The Passive Voice, posted a series of two articles on using voice recognition software to write; first, from the perspective of a lawyer, and second, from the perspective of a novelist.

Author/editor Josi S. Kilpack discusses the minimum financial investments you should make in your career as a writer.

Author Janice Hardy posts on both writing queries and writing a synopsis.

Author Juliette Wade discusses the many paths to a writing career.

Author Jennifer Duddy Gill lists some great books on the craft of writing.

And Bryan Thomas Schmidt gives us 9 tools for character development.

Finally, don’t forget to check out the latest episodes of our other favorite podcasts:

Writing Excuses and Wordplay.

If you have any favorite articles or blog posts on the craft or business of writing and publishing, share them in the comments.