6 Agents Seeking Mysteries and Thrillers NOW – by Erica Verrillo…

Do you have a Mystery or Thriller…Agents are looking …

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on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:

Here are six agents currently seeking mysteries and thrillers. All work with reputable literary agencies that have good track records.

Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists, and submission requirements can change.

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Jane Risdon – Ms Birdsong Investigates

Undercover… A story to enjoy. If you love music though, you must read Only One Woman 🙂

Colette McCormick (on books and life in general)

Today, Jane Risdon tells us about a book we will hopefully be able to read in the near future.

1-20190612_130226 (2) Jane with Undercover and OOW not croppedIf you could only read one more book before reading became illegal what would it be and why?

Gosh, this is a difficult one. I really cannot think of just one book off the top of my head. I don’t have a favourite book as such. I have been reading many years and have read countless of thousands of books during that time. I suppose if I was being really pushed, and if there was a collection (possibly a boxed set) of all the Agatha Christie novels, I’d probably go for that. Sorry to be a pain, but I can never answer this question in relation to a favourite song or food either.


If you could be a character in any book, who would it be?

I think I’d love…

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The 2 kinds of diversity advocates in publishing

Personally I believe in good writing. I don’t care what your skin colour is or what your sexuality is. If you write well and I can help you self-publish your book then I will do so. I have assisted people of all races and sexualities and disabilities so far.

I support writers…and authors.

Raimey Gallant

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You might have noticed that a 9,000-member literary organization has been in the news  since it wrongfully censured author Courtney Milan on December 23, 2019. That organization is the Romance Writers of America, and you can find the most thorough chronology of events in Claire Ryan’s The Implosion of RWA. I’m a member and a white woman, and I am still watching as other members who are also white women, over and over again, refuse to believe women of color.

Since the moment news of the wrongful censure dropped, women of color have been showing membership what ethical behavior looks like, with Black women in particular initiating actions and carrying them out. They effected the reversal of the censure, resigned en masse from leadership positions, wrote petitions with 1,000+ signatories that resulted in the resignations of those in breach of fiduciary duties, and together with the LGBTQ+ romance community…

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5 Ways to Develop Character Voices character voice, creating character voices, creating characters – by Janice Hardy…

Creating Character Voices…

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on Fiction University:

If you want memorable characters, don’t forget to give them unique voices. 

One of my earliest experiences with how voice affected fiction was in seventh grade, when my English teach played us a record (yes, record, I’m dating myself here) of Harlan Ellison reading his short story, “Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktock Man. Not only was I blown away by the story, but by the way Ellison crafted the narrative. The voice was unique.

It wasn’t until years later I learned there was a difference between author voice and character voice, but the lesson on “strong voice = strong story” had been stamped into my brain. Character voice is simply an extension of author voice.

A well-crafted character steps off the page and into readers’ hearts, and a big part of that is their voice. Readers can see personality in the words that character uses, in…

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10 Commandments of Writing

The Ten Commandments of Writing.

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For most writers, the path to publication is full of obstacles, detours, and potholes. Tenacity and resilience are required to reach your destination. Observe these commandments:

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  1. Write every day. The quickest way to become a published writer is to exercise your writing muscles. The more you write, the better you get.
  2. Write for the joy of it. Don’t worry about trends—write your fresh, unique vision. The problem with trends is that by the time your piece is published, the trend may well have passed.
  3. Turn off your inner editor during the initial draft. Get all those good ideas down.
  4. When you think your first draft is complete, put it aside. Make a note on your calendar to read it again in 6 weeks. Start a new project.
  5. Have more than one project in the works at any given time. This gives you options when you’re stuck or just tired…

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