Great advice on judging a book by its cover

Originally posted on Sacha Black: I’m not shallow…But I definitely judge a book by its cover. Shit. That makes me shallow doesn’t it? Ah well, fuck it.?At least I can admit it. I’ve been thinking about marketing a LOT recently. Minus a total meltdown last week and a decision to bin (and subsequently re-write the…

via 7 Things You Need To Know to Master Your Genre’s Book Cover — Don Massenzio’s Blog

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Camp Nanowrimo at the Cottage

IMG_2574July is Camp Nanowrimo month and I am at my cottage in the woods. This would seem to be an ideal setting for concentration, especially on a day like today which is cool and rainy so I am less tempted by distractions like canoeing or swimming in the lake. The fact that I am still struggling to concentrate is due to lack of discipline and possibly lack of confidence in the plot I have so far. I seem to be spending more time thinking about the whys of my plot than just moving ahead with the action. I need to remember that the first draft is the vision quest, not the final polished version. I need to give myself permission to fail or at least be less than perfect.  I’m looking forward to the arrival of my daughter and writing partner. Two heads ARE better than one! Besides, she is a great cheerleader and always remembers to “fluff my aura”. The delightfully distracting grandchildren have been signed up for two full day camp experiences so we can concentrate on plodding (or plotting) ahead.

Thinking of Entering Pitch Wars? Read this first! — Chicks on the Case

I may be a tad biased, but Pitch Wars is THE contest to do if you are serious about polishing your manuscript, finding an agent and meeting critique partners. And there is a good reason why.

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On Community — Wicked Cozy Authors

Edith here, fresh back from the Wicked Cozy retreat in Old Orchard Beach, and really feeling the love of community – both authorial and local. All of us Wickeds write mysteries set in reasonably small towns. Jessie and I are diverging from the cozy label with our historical mysteries, but they’re still set in small towns (and […]

via On Community — Wicked Cozy Authors

From a distance…

As we continue on with essays by Texas crime fiction writers in celebration of Texas Mystery Writers Month, we turn to Terry Shames, who will be teaching at our free workshop coming up this Saturday, May 21st, from 9:30 AM – 4 PM. Here Terry discusses writing about her home state as a Lone Star expat. Guest […]

via Guest Post: Terry Shames on Writing About Texas as a Lone Star Expat —

A blogger discusses human nature

There’s an old Cherokee story (you can read it here) in which a grandfather explains human nature to his grandson. He portrays it as a battle between our own good and evil tendencies, and claims that the side that wins is, as he puts it, ‘the one you feed.’ There’s a lot to that perspective […]

via There is Good and Bad in Everyone* — Confessions of a Mystery Novelist…

Are you ready to grow an amazing fiction readership and start selling your novel today? Get started with these foundational tips from ShesNovel.com. — Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life

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