On Trends

Guest Blogger: Marie Lu Now, before I say anything, I have to say this: LEGEND benefitted enormously from the power of trends. When I first began writing the book, I had absolutely no idea that LEGEND would eventually fit perfectly into the tidal wave of science fiction and dystopia that …

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Introducing Laurie Faria Stolarz, Bestselling Author of the Touch Series

Guest Blogger: Laurie Faria Stolarz I’m so excited to announce the release of DEADLY LITTLE VOICES, the fourth book in the Touch series (Disney/Hyperion Books for Children). Inspiration for the Touch series: Following the success of my BLUE IS FOR NIGHTMARES series, in which my main character is plagued and …

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5 Things More Important Than Talent

Guest Blogger: Jane Friedman In the July/August 2011 issue of WRITER’S DIGEST magazine, I have a featured article, “Revising Your Path to Publication.” If you’re aiming for traditional publication, and you’re wondering how close you might be to reaching your goal, I highly recommend picking up the issue and reading …

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Stages of a Writing Career

Guest Blogger: Scott Nicholson As a writer, I consider myself early in Act II of my career. In Act I, I had my apprenticeship and my 700 rejection slips, and eventually a six-book mass-market paperback career. I hit a frustrating lull for a few years, in which I couldn’t get …

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Two Rules for Successful Writers

Guest Blogger: Robert Lee Brewer   There are lots of rules or codes a writer can live by, but the following two rules are a great start that cover a lot of the problems I see in the real world of writing and submitting. If you have other rules, I’d …

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Yes, You’re Going to Hear This Again

Guest Blogger: Richard A. Knaak When asked to do this guest blog, I knew immediately what I wanted to pass along.  It matters not how many questions at conventions or probing emails I receive, those that do not deal with commentary on my works most often boil down to one …

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Welcome to Jeremy Robinson’s Great Kindle Giveaway and Blog Tour

“Hurray for free Kindles!” you say, but who the hell is Jeremy Robinson? Allow me to introduce myself. I’m the author of eleven mixed genre novels, published in ten languages, including the popular fantasy YA series, THE LAST HUNTER, and the fast-paced Jack Sigler series (also known as Chess Team—not …

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Where Do Ideas Come From?

Guest Blogger: Steven James Often readers will ask me where I get my ideas. Honestly, the question is a little perplexing to me since I’m overwhelmed by ideas and have hundreds of files of them. I can’t seem to write them down fast enough to clear my brain. I’m guessing it’s …

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The Black Stiletto’s Stomping Grounds

Guest Blogger: Raymond Benson They say (who are “they,” anyway?) to write what you know, and while there’s a lot to be said for that adage, I’m not sure those of us who are practitioners of thrillers, mysteries, or other genres such as horror, science fiction, and fantasy—can write what we …

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Zombies

Guest Blogger: Jonathan Maberry DUST & DECAY (Simon & Schuster) is the second in my series of post-apocalyptic thrillers set fifteen years after a zombie plague has wiped out most of mankind. Okay…if you’re still reading this then you haven’t been scared off by words like ‘post-apocalyptic’ and ‘zombie’.  Good …

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