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alma-hudson's picture
Sep.24.2012
Almost always, my books get good ratings.  However, every now and then I’ll get some criticism.  When I get criticized it’s, we want more out of the characters and more of their feelings.  So I decided to write a blog to tell more about me and my feels.  Who could understand my...
bob-mustin's picture
Aug.26.2012
  I started to dig into my backlog of magazines and will let you know what I think of them over the next couple of weeks.  image via zappablamma.com   The trouble with opinions on magazines (and I'm always full of opinions) is that they're edited with the general public in mind. Thus...
bob-mustin's picture
Jan.19.2012
    image via pippahunnechurch.com  I wrote my writing pal, Lyn, the other day. "Damn," I confessed, "I sure am hardheaded!" I'd been going over a manuscript that an agent had recently seen the first thirty pages of, a manuscript segment he'd not been particularly impressed with....
jm-cornwell's picture
Aug.01.2011
There is something disheartening about reviews. Either a whole bunch of negative people review a book, most of whom have no sense of spelling, grammar, or punctuation, let alone story, plot, characterization, or few people write a review. They might email and tell the author the enjoyed the book...
laurie-halse-anderson's picture
May.29.2011
You all know of the devastation that hit Joplin, MO. Folks are still looking for loved ones. Those who survived the storm have to figure out how to start their lives over. From scratch. Most people have the inclination to be generous at times like this. But then they get busy, because the...
stacy-ann-nyikos's picture
Nov.30.2010
This Book is not Good for You by Pseudonymous Bosch middle grade I wanted to like this book. Who wouldn't? It's about chocolate. Delicious, tempting chocolate. Any writer whose been stuck in writer's block h*** has likely turned to the sweet temptress for relief now and again, right? Which...
bob-mustin's picture
Jul.21.2010
This site may be useful to any one thinking about starting a writing group. Creative writers who are interested in selling books may need the service of an agent. If you find yourself in this spot, you'll definitely want to check out Agent Research. This site provides a free service that allows you...
bob-mustin's picture
Jun.26.2010
I know, I know...we writers are a solitary lot, but if you feel the need for a bit of community - outside of  Red Room, that is - here's one option.   • All manuscripts (except filmscripts) should be sent to us in 12 point text, double-spaced and with normal margins. Sending pages looseleaf is fine...
jm-cornwell's picture
Jun.07.2010
It is not enough to be politely battered by agents who are excited by the pitch but not enthusiastic enough about a book to want to represent it or by publishers who either pointedly or casually ignore carefully crafted proposal packages. No, there must be critics who have never published a book or...
jm-cornwell's picture
May.14.2010
Pages bleed. All the pages are bleeding. Some are hemorrhaging and some just grazed by the editing pen. On the computer screen, the hemorrhaging is in blue or purple or green, signs of alien intrusion into the fabric and heart of the story. Characters are remodeled. Evocative descriptions are...