January 2015

Monthly Archives

  • Leveraging the future

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    Hello, I’m Andrew, posting the first of what I hope will be many notes on this blog. Don’t worry, I haven’t stolen Catherine’s computer and stuffed her in a bin somewhere – I’ve been here all along, albeit in (uncharacteristic) silence. As that suggests, I’m a fairly irregular writer. I opine that I don’t write […]

  • Attack the adverbs

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    When you write a first draft, you’re going to be focused on getting the plot on the page, bringing the characters to life, and, above all, finishing the manuscript. Often this means writing at light speed. Sometimes it means being a little sloppy. Don’t beat yourself up over this, and don’t feel paralyzed. The important […]

  • Conference opportunity!

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    The benefits of writing conferences are innumerable. They’re great for inspiration, networking with professionals, developing communities of writers, and brainstorming ideas–and that’s the short list. And there’s an upcoming opportunity that we want to share with you! Catherine, our managing editor, will be attending Re:Write 2015 in Austin the last weekend in February, which offers […]

  • When you don’t want to write

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    Today, I was tired. I finished up tax forms for Quill Pen–quite the frustration in and of itself–and went to work at my day job. When I got back, I had to face up to the fact that I hadn’t finished editing the short story that I’m getting published in Read Write Muse‘s upcoming anthology. […]

  • What’s next?

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    A few weeks ago, one of our clients wanted to know if we would ever consider offering agent services or partnering closely with an agent. We turned the idea over in our heads and tried to figure out a way we could form such a partnership without running afoul of ethical guidelines, but we concluded […]

  • Visual writing prompt

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    Visual writing prompts are my favorite. So much inspiration can be found in a photo. Today, rather than bring you a unique, evocative image, we thought we’d offer a special challenge. Below is Alfred Eisenstaedt’s iconic photo that we’re sure you’ve all seen before. If you haven’t, it was snapped a moment after victory was […]

  • Traditional or indie?

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    The bulk of our clients are interested in self-publishing their novels, but we have a small handful that prefer to go the traditional route—submitting their novel to a publishing house or an agent in hopes of landing a book deal. Recently, we’ve been frequently fielding the question of indie publishing vs. traditional publishing, so we’ve […]