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The Benefits of Attending A Writer’s Conference: Pitching to Agents & More

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One of the obvious benefits of attending a writer’s conference is pitching to agents face to face. An agent even commented during the recent West Coast Writers Conference in Los Angeles that attendees are already ahead of the game, as compared to blind query submissions from writer’s they never met or at least referred to them.

There’s a wealth of information at conference attendees’ disposal. Let’s investigate. Read the rest of this entry »

Does Your Blog Need to Reflect The Topic & Genre of Your Novel?

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Does Your Blog Need to Reflect The Topic & Genre of Your Novel?


I’ve often wondered, “Is a blog supposed to represent one’s writing genre?”

For example, would Stephen King, if he were a normal moron like you and me, write on a blog site titled, “Scared Shitless?” As fast as that fucker is, he’d crank out short-story posts and write a 500-page novel half asleep while blasting Metallica. Read the rest of this entry »

What Death Looks Like: A Short Story

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Photo of Dying Hands By: Sonyo Estavillo
Photo of Dying Hands By: Sonyo Estavillo

[Warning: Not a Typical ‘Lil Pick Me Up’  Post]


The decaying fabric of his skin was melting off his bones, like wax off a long lit candle, and the whites of his eyes downgraded to a shade of gray with veins now elevated, making them bulge from the sockets. Read the rest of this entry »

We All Become Manic After The New Year!

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The New Year brings out the manic in all of us; at least I can speak for myself, anyway. It’s not like I’m not already prone to a little OCD…well, I’m actually more than a little OCD.

Every year we get a chance to kick ourselves in the ass and broadcast to our friends and loved ones all the things we have on our to-do list during the coming year. One of my manic goals is that I plan on posting a blog every day, which isn’t such a bad thing ex Read the rest of this entry »

Finding Time To Blog & Finish That Novel

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The most challenging thing I find about being a writer is not so much writer’s block or even completing an 80,000-word novel, as many people assume.

For me, writing a novel is the easy part. But it’s not so simple to revise and rewrite it. Let’s not forget our blogs that require daily, if not, weekly maintenance in order to market ourselves and build our platforms. Working on your novel and building a blogging network at the same time can pose many challenges, not the least of which time management. For example, often when I’m writing a blog post I catch myself thinking, “I should really be working on my book.” Read the rest of this entry »