The Good Sister by Jamie Kain St. Martin’s Griffin Publication date: available in paperback December 8, 2015 Target Audience: ages 13 and up (Young Adult) Full Disclosure: I received a copy from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review. . I love a book that begins with a mystery. The Good Sister lets … More YA Book Review: The Good Sister by Jamie Kain
Attention YA writers with a completed manuscript: there are some upcoming contests that you might want to take advantage of for both the great exposure and the great prizes. Deadlines are approaching soon, so get to work! 19th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Young Adult Fiction hosted by Chuck Sambuchino Judge: Eric … More YA Contests! YA Contests!
Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Griffin Publication date: October 6, 2015 Target Audience: ages 14 and up (Young Adult) Full Disclosure: I received an ARC from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review. Paris! What a perfect setting for a novel … More YA Book Review: Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus
There is often much talk — for good reason — about the opening lines in novels. After all, a good first line can hook a reader and immediately pull them into your story. The writer’s job, of course, is to keep the story interesting, so the reader stays invested long after the first page. Beyond … More What to Say in the End — Last Lines can Speak Volumes
**Update: I was not selected as a mentee this year…competition was fierce… but I learned so much! The mentors gave me great feedback/suggestions and it was a worthwhile contest to enter.** A few weeks ago I posted about upcoming writing contests. Since then, I decided to dive right in and take my own advice by … More My Pitch Wars Journey — so far!
Organization — it can be a woeful topic for writers, but when we get it right (meaning right for each of us in a personal way) it can be a beautiful thing — and spark a lot of creativity. There are two types of organization on my writing mind today: 1) Writing Space (my desk): … More Writing Spaces & Mapping Ideas
Like stretching your muscles before a work-out, writing prompts are a great way to get warmed up before writing. Even writing a sentence or two — about something unrelated to your work-in-progress — can lead to fresh ideas and inspiration. Or maybe veering off course and writing more detail about a secondary character — let’s … More Exercise your Writing Muscle
Do you have a finished novel manuscript? In between sending out queries (and biting your nails), consider entering a pitch contest. Agents and editors frequently find new talent through these contests and they are a good way for new writers to get their pitches to the so-called top of the pile. Here are few pitch … More Pitch It!
Inspiration…where does it come from? Does it live in a magical forest? Maybe. If you’re a writer like me, you know that inspiration can come from anywhere at any time. I love the little jolt of adrenaline that comes with a new idea, like the promise of a great character or storyline. Reading is a … More Pixie Dust not included
I read all year long and enjoy a book by the fireplace in the winter, but summer down-time often allows me to play catch up. Does anyone else have a stack of books waiting to be read? If you’re like me, you always have more books to read than you have time. Rather than keeping … More Summer is Here…Dust off your Books!