Ten Quote Tuesday (#50)



Welcome to another installment of Ten Quote Tuesday! If your creative juices have trouble flowing today, then read these quotes to nudge awake the sleeping muse.

If there is a particular quote you enjoyed, let us all know with your comments below.

Check out last week’s episode here.

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What Not To Do When Sending Off Your Manuscript



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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Updates to the Writer’s Toolbox



Hello readers and writers! If you haven’t been to the Writer’s Toolbox page in a while, I wanted to let you know about some recent additions and improvements. Since the last time I’ve made an announcement about this page, I have added 15 new resources, all with links for your convenience. With so many tools at your fingertips, you have only to save this one page in your bookmarks and come back to it as often as you like.

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How to Find Your Novel’s Path



All too often, I find myself lost in my writing. No, I don’t mean I find it to be an escape from real life, although it is that, too. No, I mean that I find myself lost in the plot or lost in the characters or lost in the details, meanwhile I am struggling to wrap my mind around plot, characters, and details.

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The Lightning Thief – Book Review

Here is the most recent book review from the Book Review Directory.

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse–Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe.

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The Puzzling Prologue Problem

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Go ahead, Google something along the lines of prologues in novels. I’ll wait.

Done? If so, you’ll have found links like 7 Deadly Sins of Prologues, The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents, The Dreaded Prologue, Question: the oft-maligned prologue, and so on.

Read these four pages. Did you see the following?

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Seeking Beta Readers


Hello everyone!

I’m looking to put together a group of beta readers that will make up a “Launch Team.” I have in mind the goal of around a dozen, but I’m open to more.

A member of the Launch Team will be able to read my books for free before anyone else can, and in return offers feedback on how the read was for them. This reading will occur before the book is published, although when it is, the beta reader is encouraged to leave a review on their preferred online marketplace. The thoughts and opinions of the members will likely help mold not only the current but future books.

The ideal amount of time for a turnaround read of course depends on the length of the book, but generally the ideal beta reader is one who enjoys reading and does so regularly.

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Are Likable Characters Important in Women’s Fiction?



When the moderator of a recent women’s fiction panel asked me if I expected to be friends with the protagonists in the women’s fiction I read, I had the oddest reaction: my mind went blank. Madly scanning my mental spreadsheet of great fiction in an effort to be truthful, in front of an auditorium full of avid readers I would have been happy to impress, I could suddenly recall no protagonist in any book I’d ever read. Could I think of characters who were compelling, closed off, quirky, troubled, clever? Sure. But I had never thought to sort any of them into the column titled “friends.”

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