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Novelist Offers Free Query Critiques to Website Subscribers

March 11, 2015

Caitlin Sinead, author of Heartsick (Carina Press) is passing it on with a free query critique to those who subscribe to her website:  And she has reasonable rates for a query or query/10 page critique as well. All this from a writer whose second novel (Redblooded, summer 2015) is soon available and whose work has garnered praise from primo pubs like Glimmer Train and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. (Other works are available online.)

You can follow links to her blog contributions at Trouble the Write Way, too. Check out the March 5, 2015 post about details in writing. How much is enough — or too much? It’s critical to narrow down the details so that each sentence reflects the story arc. “If the reader doesn’t need to know that — CUT!” she writes.



Caitlin Sinead

Photo Credit: Tim Coburn

Je Suis Charlie

January 9, 2015

The best of the many cartoons and pics of demonstrations against the murders of the Paris cartoonists and policemen.

Check out the image of Charlie Brown with his head in his hands. Charlie Hebdo (weekly Charlie) was named for the sad sack character. But no sad sacks at the CH — just the courage of men and women expressing freedom of thought through humor and satire.

Sixty-one journalists were murdered in 2014. Vive la presse.



Think Your “Critters” Are Tough?

September 8, 2014

Check out this tongue-in-cheek critique from Writer Unboxed: Dear Dwight. Love it!

New YA contest

April 9, 2014

Last day for a YA first ten pages review from agent Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger, thanks to Chuck Sambuchino at the very useful Guide to Literary Agents. Check it out! 


When a Top Fantasy Writer Is Told: Take Your Paper and Go

February 6, 2014

In the Feb. 5 Writer Unboxed blog, well known fantasy writer Juliet Marillier laments the fact that one of her major publishers (yes, she has  more than one) recently told  her that the latest book in one of her series (yes, she also has more than one) was only going to be published in e-book form. It makes one cringe, thinking if a well known writer has these kind of setbacks, what hope is there for us “prepublished” writers?

And of course the eb00k vs. paper is not likely to be settled anytime soon. (At some point, hopefully, it won’t need the “versus” tag. An edited book is a book.)

After the shock, she takes the dog for a walk then analyzes the situation. Read her “professional writer’s response to a difficult situation.” She notes the difficult publishing climate these days and agrees that writing is a business. Then she lists ways to get over “brain churn.”

After you read her post, check out her books. My favs are the Sevenwaters series, but she has new ones coming out this year.

Writing for Women’s Mags [define writing. age of women?]

January 14, 2014

A satire on the comments from a hypothetical women’s magazine editor is spot on. Nearly choked on the memories it evoked.

Check out this take on a BBC news story edit.



Ready for Anti-YA-Trashing Bingo? Let the Games Begin!

November 23, 2013

A recent article by avowed nonHunger Games reader  Laura C. Mallonee in Time For Teen Fantasy Heroines To Grow Up, touched on some, well, touchy issues. Too much romance. Too dark dystopian. Too few books for boys. Worlds are not realistic. Girls learn nothing. The lengthy article has caused its own firestorm, on the eve of the Hunger Games newest movie release.

Next event: the Shattersnipe: Malcontent and Rainbows blog by Foz Meadows has created a response that begins with a bingo format. With the center free space “Hunger Games and Twilight,” you find squares such as “author doesn’t read YA” and “some YA is bad therefore all YA is bad,” and “Only talks about white authors.”

What follows is a careful rebuttal of Mallonee’s article. So go on over, read Mallonee first then check out the Shattersnipe article. May the oddness be ever in your favor!


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