What Does It Mean to Write About Happiness?

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A few weeks ago, I came across a review on Goodreads mentioning Laurie Colwin and how, in that reader’s opinion, she was one of the few recent authors who wrote about happiness. My curiosity piqued, I ordered one of her novels, Happy All the Time, through my local library, and I let myself entertain modest hopes for the book.

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How To Pick an Agent (and Live Happily Ever After)

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Warning: I can get over-excited with my blog posts and pull an Agatha Christie sort of “I will make you wait until the very end to see the take home message.” Here it is, up front:

Ask agents offering you representation for at least three client references. Contact them.

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Publishing Tips With Kameron Hurley: An Interview

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I’m pleased to welcome Kameron Hurley to the interview portion of the blog. Kameron is the author of the novels God’s War, Infidel, and Rapture–a science/fantasy noir series which earned her the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer and the Kitschy Award for Best Debut Novel.

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Contest Time!

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Hello readers and writers!

Today marks the first day in a month-long contest. The talented Katie McCoach at KM Editorial has generously donated a prize to the winner of the contest. Here’s what one lucky person will win:

  • A free, professional critique and editorial review of your manuscript for the length of 50 pages. You’ll receive a 3-5 page, single-spaced critique, plus query/book description feedback. It will address the strengths of the manuscript, as well as the areas that could use improvement and suggestions for taking it to the next level.

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How to Write 5,000 Words a Day

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For at least 16 consecutive days now, I’ve been averaging 5,000 words a day; that’s around 80,000 words in a little over 2 weeks.

In the past, I’ve had certain occasional days where I wrote 8,000 – 10,000 words, but that often meant I was unable to write for the rest of that week.

Now, it seems I’ve found a system that can keep me consistently productive, and I want to share it with you.

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16 Query Tips From Literary Agents

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When your manuscript is polished, your query letter honed to perfection and you’re ready to contact agents about representing your baby, you still aren’t done. Each agent you contact will have unique requirements, personal favorites as to how to oil your manuscript so it slips smoothly through the gears of their application process.

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5 Ways to Know You’re Really a Writer

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So, the other day, I arrived bright and early for the morning shift at my job. One coworker remarked that I looked too bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for somebody who was going to work at 6 am. I explained to her that I woke up at 4 in order to write a little before I came in, since I prefer writing in the morning. Cue the dumbfounded stare.

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What Not To Do When Sending Off Your Manuscript

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All right, as some of you know, I recently did some work for a publishing press. What I did was read unsolicited manuscripts (stories sent by authors with no agent) and decide if my boss should read it and publish it. During the weeks I spent doing this, I came to discover that authors really do have the worst habits.

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