lunch hour links for writers – week of 8/3/09

At the top of the list this week is a big congratulations to Peter Cooper for standing out amongst two hundred plus entries to be chosen as one of Nathan Bransford’s guest bloggers this week. Judging from the quality of all of this week’s guests, Peter is in good company with his post Re: Your Query for The Hobbit.

You can see more of Peter’s posts at his blog, The Crackling Scribe. Last week I found that Peter had some serious run-ins with the Participle People, and he writes about them in his post, The Wording for Today. I highly suspect that the Participle People are closely affiliated with the No Backstory People, who routinely attack my work. It is my suspicion that the Participle People and No Backstory People are probably going to surface in a cult soon. Stay tuned . . .

Always, always, always check out Writers’ Digest Best Tweets for Writers by Jane Friedman. Ms. Friedman surfs the net for some of the best tweets and articles you can find!

Still at Writers’ Digest, Agent Don Maass Explains Your Tools for Character Building. A succinct read, but well worth the stop.

Another link treasure trove is Andy Shackcloth’s Sunday Wash-up where Andy posts the best links that he can find on the Internet.

While you’re there, take a peek at his post on Proofreading Your Manuscript where he posits some interest tips and ideas!

Notes, notes, notes, notes, notes . . . over at the Book View Café blog, Steven Harper Piziks gives tips on not throwing anything away in a wonderful post entitled Living in the Thirties.

Yes, yes, yes, but how do you organize all that material???

Well, Linda Rohrbough gives you some advice about organizing plot lines and ideas in her article on mind-mapping software and electronic note cards when she shows you how to Capture the Flying Monkeys.

If you want to know how royalties work, you need to read Jessica Faust’s informative post on The Reality of Royalties.

Alan Rinzler presents some wonderful tips on how to select a freelance editor to help you edit your novel with his post on Choosing A Freelance Editor: What You Need To Know.

Two great articles at Pimp My Novel (okay all great articles at Pimp My Novel, but hey there’s only so much space here . . .) where you will find a brief and necessary glossary of terms regarding book sales that you might want to know with Terms To Know. Also check out the What You Can Do: Twelve Easy Steps on becoming published and what comes next and how you can help your sales starting now.

Closer to home, pop in and visit my good friend Kelly Bryson at the Ink Well where she writes a hysterically funny post on book cover fiasco and those Dad-burned 25% Off Stickers Blockin’ Everything!

Over at Immortal Ink, Lynda Gail Alfano talks about fate and destiny in her post Is It Fate Or Destiny? Lynda picks a word of the day, so pop in and see her insights.

Jonathan Danz needs your help, he hit 80K on his manuscript and his laptop had issues! He wants to know if anyone has any recommendations for open source software – please see his post 80K Must Be the Breaking Point for the specifics and give him any tips or information you may have.

Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. EST, check out The Writer’s Chatroom where moderator Audrey Shaffer will host a chat with famous writers, up-and-coming authors, and other folks who work in the writing and publishing industry.

If you’re busy on Sunday, then pop in on Wednesday evenings at 8:00 p.m. EST for Open Chat Wednesdays. I popped in last night to find a group of writers with a great sense of humor and the patience of Job in answering questions and giving encouragement to other writers.

Don’t like to chat? Then visit The Writer’s Chatroom web site for more writing resources. It’s a great place to connect with other writers.


The E-zine Electric Velocipede is now open for submissions. A most sincere congratulations also goes to John Klima, because the Electric Velocipede has been nominated for a Hugo for Best Fanzine and for John Klima at the World Fantasy Awards for a Special Award, Non-professional.

Colleen Lindsay has cracked the submission door open and is accepting queries from now through the end of August, but PAY ATTENTION! she’s only accepting queries in these genres:

Adult urban fantasy/paranormal romance;

YA urban fantasy/paranormal; and

Realistic YA

You can see Ms. Lindsay’s submission guides at her post: Opening to Submissions, But There’s A Catch.

That’s it for this week! Stay tuned and above all, keep writing and keep learning!


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4 Responses to lunch hour links for writers – week of 8/3/09

  1. lawrenceez says:

    Thanks again. Having a real struggle with my current novel…

    • Teresa says:

      Hi Lawrence,

      Is it something one of us might help you with? I’ve read your excerpts, and I’m not sure what problem you’re experiencing. Your writing is fine, so it’s not there! 😉

      Is it character or plot? Correct me if I’m wrong, but you seem to be moving between first person present tense for the father’s point of view and third person for the daughter.

      I’ve thought about putting up a page for nothing but comments so we can post when we’re having technical problems with our manuscripts and advise each other. Not so much a line by line crit, but kind of a problem corner where we can direct one another back to our respective blogs where we can post excerpts of our problem areas.

      Another place you might try is the Wednesday night chats at The Writer’s Chatroom.

      Or is it just one of those gnarly plot issues that you have to work through on your own? I’ve had some of those, tying loose ends or creating too many loose ends.

      Anyway, if there’s any way we can be of service, let us know and I’ll post a sticky note directing us to a new page.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. lawrenceez says:

    Hi Teresa,

    Thanks for your compliments on my writing.

    Mainly, the problem concerns the characters (particularly Dawn) and bringing both characters out properly. I always have huge problems inventing believable characters. Plot’s tricky too.

    I’d be interested in your idea of putting up a page where writers could seek advice through comments. Definitely a good idea.

    Thanks again,


    • Teresa says:


      Thanks for looking at my excerpts! I appreciate your comments.

      I like the new theme I’m using, and I believe it will work nicely in highlighting a page for writing issues we may be having. I love characterization and I’ve been told (my people other than my friends, thank goodness) that I write believable characters. I’ll go back through some of the exercises from my past writing classes and workshops and see if I can come up with ideas. That would make a great article, too, and now you have my wheels turning for Monday’s post. 😉

      Have a great weekend and watch for the new page – I’ll try and have it up sometime today.


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