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Footnotes: 5 Articles on Knowing When to Submit

“The most valuable of talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”– Thomas Jefferson Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. This week, I’m serving up five articles on that burning question how do you...

Footnotes: 4 Articles on Self-Publishing

Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. This week, I’m serving up four articles on self-publishing. 1. Is it soup yet? Becky Levine raises the question: How do you know if your self-published manuscript is ready for primetime? 2....

Footnotes: 5 Articles on Perseverance

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”~ Thomas A. Edison Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. Today I’m serving up 5 articles on perseverance....

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Footnotes: 4 Articles on Pitching Agents at Conferences

Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. We’ve all been there. First, your throat begins to tighten and then your mouth goes dry. Your heart beats so fast it feels like it could leap from your chest at any...

Footnotes: 6 Articles on Dystopian Stories/Writing

“The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.”~ Kyle Reese Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. Suzanne’s Collins’s Hunger Games series has ignited a craze for dystopian literature. That’s why today...

Footnotes: 4 Articles on Publishing Myths

“Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it’s addressed to someone else.”~ Ivern Ball Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. The whispering starts whenever two or more writers are together—maybe over drinks...

Footnotes: 4 Articles on Dealing With Rejection

“Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” ~Jacob A. Riis Footnotes...

Footnotes: 5 Articles on Writing with Voice

“The human voice is the organ of the soul.”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. Today I’m serving up 5 articles to help you develop your writing voice. 1. In your own words. Missy Frye discusses how...

Footnotes: 5 Articles About Creating Characters

“First, find out what your hero wants. Then just follow him.” ~ Ray Bradbury Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. This week I’ve included five articles on writing characters. 1. Keeping it real. Author Lauren Oliver discusses how to...

Footnotes: 4 Articles on Agent Pet Peeves

Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. You’ve revised your manuscript and polished that query letter until it’s nice and shiny; now it’s time to submit to agents. But before you send that query, check out this list of...

Footnotes: 5 Articles on Writing Picture Books

“You have to write whichever book it is that wants to be written.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. This week, I’m serving up five articles on writing picture books. 1. Ten Myths about writing for kids....

Footnotes: 6 Articles on Building a Platform

Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. Most writers need one but don’t know how to get one. Of course I’m talking about platform, and this week, I’m serving up 6 articles on developing your visibility. 1. What’s a...

Footnotes: 5 Articles on Writing Description

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~Anton Chekhov Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. This week, I’m serving up five articles on writing description. 1. When is description...

Footnotes: 5 Articles on Writing Mysteries

“What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.”~ Logan Pearsall Smith Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. This week, I’m serving up five articles on writing mysteries. 1. What a...

Footnotes: 5 Articles on Romance Writing

“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you.  And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.”  ~Arthur Polotnik Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. This week I’m serving...

Footnotes: 8 Articles on Query Letter Writing

Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. You’ve revised your manuscript to the point where you can’t stand to look at it anymore and now you are ready to tackle the dreaded query letter. Today I’m serving up 8...

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Footnotes: 8 Articles on Synopsis Writing

Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. Writing a good synopsis for your novel or memoir can be one of the hardest and most frustrating things we have to do as writers. Today I’m serving up 8 articles to...

Footnotes: 7 ''Best Of'' Lists for Great 2009 Books

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors,and the most patient of teachers.” ~Charles W. Eliot Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provides several interesting articles on said topic. “Best Of” lists abound this time of...

Footnotes: 5 Articles on Writing Those First Pages

“There’s nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.”  ~ Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provides several interesting articles on said topic. You never get a second chance to make a first...

Footnotes: 8 Articles on When Writing Becomes Revision

“The most valuable of talents is never using two words when one will do.”  -Thomas Jefferson Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provides several interesting articles on said topic. Today’s topic is revision. As the NaNoWriMo induced writing stupor wears off, you realize it’s time...

Holidays and Queries to Agents: 5 Perspectives

“So Virginia, Should You Query During the Holiday Season?” That’s a question writers ponder with the first whiff of Christmas trees and mistletoe. You may be worried that everyone’s out of the office, or agents are rejecting nearly everything now, thinking that many unpolished NaNoWriMo submissions are flowing in. To help make your decision,...