Naming Shakespeare’s Memorable Heroines

Have you ever stopped to think about how notable authors chose the names of their famous characters? How did J.K Rowling land on Hermoine Granger? Why Katniss and Peeta? Perhaps some of the most well known characters were created by none other than notable playwright and poet, William Shakespeare. In honor of Shakespeare’s birthday, April …

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Mining The #BadFirstNovel & Acknowledging My Failure

I'm throwing back today, reposting from Dec. 8 of 2014... and the novel I'm talking about is The Female of the Species.  The complete re-haul that I ended up doing resulted in this becoming my bestselling title, seeing publication 15 years after I had initially written it. I'm sharing this now because it's a story …

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One Author’s Journey From Aspiring Author to Agented Author

Happy Holidays and welcome to a guest post from a longtime follower, Sarah Rowlands! Sarah has a master’s degree in English education with a concentration in writing and musical theatre. Sarah is a literary intern for a prominent NYC literary agency reading YA, MG, and adult manuscripts, and she also edits YA manuscripts for fellow …

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Top 5 Mistakes For First Time Queries & Making Yourself Write

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQA5tT3NwvI The new podcast episode is up! Listen above, or if you prefer to read your writing advice, scroll away! First of all – if you haven’t already realized this I’m going to say it again – we all generally hate ourselves when we sit down to write. I’m currently holed up in a hotel …

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Warm Bodies Author Isaac Marion On the Perception of Success

A MONSTER’S SEARCH FOR HUMANITY A WOMAN’S FIGHT FOR A WORLD WORTH LIVING IN A HOPE THAT REFUSES TO DIE The New York Times bestselling Warm Bodies Series has captivated readers in twenty-five languages, inspiring a major film and transcending the zombie genre to become something “poetic” (Library Journal) “highly original” (Seattle Times) and “ultimately …

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