lunch hour links for writers – 10/28/09

Burn Me Deadly HC The book trailer for Burn Me Deadly, Alex Bledsoe’s latest Eddie LaCrosse novel, is finally here! Just click on the title or the jacket on the right to be taken to Alex’s blog where you can view the trailer. Then come back on Monday, November 9 when we’ll have an interview with Alex, who is the author of Blood Groove, The Sword-Edged Blonde, and the upcoming Burn Me Deadly (available November 10, 2009). Alex is going to talk to us about his Eddie LaCrosse series, Blood Groove, and divulge some nifty advice on connecting with your readers through your characters when writing a fantasy. Don’t miss it! I’m serious! Don’t make me come looking for you . . .


Okay, yeah, so it’s early, but I’m going to be a’haunting Saturday, so there will be no blog time. It’s a celebration and that very special time when Basement Cat rules the night and seeks souls (hehe). So now for my most favorite Basement Cat I present:


Isn’t evil insidious? And cute.

Okay, I’ve played enough – on to the links:

Today is Wednesday, so clear your evening calendar and don’t miss Audrey Shaffer’s Open Chat Wednesdays at the Writer’s Chatroom. From 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. EST, you can take your questions and writing related issues to a group of vibrant writers who are encouraging and helpful about topics from plot issues to marketing your novel.

Let’s talk. No really, it’s all about dialogue. Dialogue can sometimes make the difference between awesome or bland characters. Striking the right balance is a technique, so head over to Sterling Editing where you can find three great posts: How Not to Write Dialogue; How to Write Dialogue; and a nifty Editcast on Dialogue.

So your novel has a sagging middle, and your antagonist is kind of blah? Check out this great link tweeted by @motsjustes and posted by Deborah Turrell Atkinson at the Type M for Murder blog where Donald Maas gives you some tips for Creating Your Villain.

According to everyone who responded to my post on character-based vs. plot-based novels, the general consensus was character! @motsjustes (who is none other than than Annlee at Mots Justes) tweeted this wonderful post from K.M. Weiland on How to Inspire Readers with Ordinary Characters.

Then head over to Mots Justes to read Usage Thursday: Top Nine Misused Words and make sure you say what you mean and mean what you say! Know what I mean?

Make sure your novel isn’t clichéd by reading this nifty post on Essential Reading: the 42 Essential Third Act Twists by web comic Dresden Kodak and tweeted by @CafeNirvana and @thecreativepenn.

@CafeNirvana give us this special Halloween treat by Megan Crewe on Ghosts, What They Mean and Why They’re Important to Us.

On the lighter side, @Thom_Roe tweeted this amusing little gem from The Huffington Post on Unnecessary Quotation Marks.

Agents! Who needs them? Right? Well, maybe not. Before you approach a publisher without an agent, you might want to head over to BookEnds and read Jessica’s post on how Agents Do More Than Sell Books. While you’re there, you might also check out her other post on The Influence of a Blog. Jessica gives some great detail as to what should be on an author’s web page or blog.

Cory Doctorow, pioneer or the Internet’s version of Timothy Leery, substance or flash and glitter? Hey, no judgments from me, I’m in the “wait and see” crowd; although, I do question “free” as a marketing strategy. Doctorow is conducting an experiment to prove that “free” sells (an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one). Author Michael Stackpole spends some time Desconstructing Cory Doctorow’s “Experiment” and in all fairness also examines What is Cory Doing Right? Both posts are extremely interesting reads.

Speaking of prices, if you haven’t heard of the Walmart/Amazon/Target price wars, you really need to pay attention. There’s been much fussing and cussing over the whole thing, but Eric does a nice job of discussing the issue at Pimp My Novel with his posts: This Week in Doom: and Part Duex.


Thanks to @thecreativepenn for tweeting that Red Blade Press is now open for dark speculative fiction short-story submissions. They are not accepting submissions for novels. According to their web site, there is a very narrow deadline for submissions:

Only submissions received between September 17th 2009 and November 30th 2009 will be considered. Any submissions received outside this timeframe will be deleted unread.

So if you have a short-story up to 7,500 words, check out the Red Blade Press. You can also find more information about the anthology here.

Alan Baxter has tweeted that Realms of Fantasy magazine is re-opening and accepting submissions. Go to Locus Online for their post on Realms of Fantasy Re-Opens for details on where to find submission guidelines.


Great links can always be found at Andy Shackcloth’s Sunday Wash-up where Andy posts the best links that he can find on the Internet. He has over thirty great links this week, so don’t miss the Sunday Wash-up.

That’s it for this week, folks, be sure to visit on Monday (November 9, 2009) when Alex Bledsoe comes to visit!


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3 Responses to lunch hour links for writers – 10/28/09

  1. jenniferneri says:

    Thanks for all the goodies, Teresa.
    Happy Halloween 🙂

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