Taking a Break — Site Updates are On Their Way!

My revival of the blog didn’t last long, but I intend to be back in the fall, with a new look for the site and revived blogging energy. I won’t be idle over the summer, though. As well as working on my own writing, I will be revamping all my websites with a new look. I’m looking forward to the new look. Also, FLUBS2FIXES will remain open for editing and proofreading throughout the summer. If you have a need for copy editing or proofreading, either before starting the querying process, before finalizing a manuscript for submission, or before self-publishing, I’m here. Check out my services, procedures and rates. I’m here… Read More

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Sources for webinars — a boon for writers

In the first half of this year (can we be halfway through the year already?) I benefited from several webinars about different aspects of writing. A few were free, a few had a fee, but all were worthwhile. Among them were an Agents Day hosted by SCBWI Wisconsin, a webinar about writing first pages in middle grade and YA novels hosted by SCBWI-SouthWest Texas, one on writing the middle of novels entitled (Un)Stuck in the Middle presented by Lorin Oberweger and hosted by SCBWI Nebraska, a couple of webinars about revision from the Children’s Book Insider, and a couple from KidLit Nation. It was a rich time of learning. How… Read More

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Housekeeping 2 — Subscriptions and Privacy/Cookie Policies

The good news: my subscription provider, FeedBlitz, has confirmed that all my blog subscriptions were obtained through double opt-in. This constitutes permission to add your email to the mailing list and send email “newsletters.” This means I will NOT have to delete all subscriptions and start again. You can relax and just continue to receive my blog posts as you always have. This is good for us all. You still can unsubscribe at any time. There is always an “unsubscribe” option at the bottom of any “newsletter” email you receive from my blog. I have updated my privacy policy and added a cookies policy to comply with GDPR regulations. You… Read More

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Housekeeping – Privacy Policy, Cookies, and other such goodies

Thank you in advance for reading this post. It’s important that I give you this information. You may or may not be aware that updates to the European Union’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) are going into effect on May 25, 2018. These regulations affect any website or business that interacts with people in the EU. To ensure that I am complying with these regulations on my websites, I am updating my privacy and cookie policy, adding a banner to let visitors to my sites know that cookies are used to make the website visit helpful to them, and ensuring that all these things are as clear and transparent as… Read More

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Sleuth: Gail Bowen on Writing Mysteries — Writing Craft Book Recommendation

Title: Sleuth: Gail Bowen on Writing Mysteries Author: Gail Bowen Publisher: Regina, SK, Canada: University of Regina Press, 2018 Genre: Adult non-fiction Topics: Writing craft, writing advice, a writer’s first-hand experiences Opening Sentences: (I love this!) I began writing when I was forty-three. I mention this because a surprising number of people believe that, if they haven’t written something significant by the time they’re forty, it’s game over. … By the time you’re forty, fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty, or ninety plus, the well is primed. … If you have always longed to write this is the time to get started because this is the time you have. Synopsis: The publisher’s… Read More

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