Kathie's Corner

Some publishing houses request an author bio with the submission of a manuscript. Here are some tips to help your author bio stand out in your query letter. What is an author bio? It is a brief summary of your writing experience and publishing background. You want the publishing house to understand that you are qualified to write the manuscript you are submitting. For example,...

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Writing Exercises

Earlier in the week we used the image below as a writing prompt; today we are going to use it as a part of our writing exercise. In today’s exercise, I would like you to explore the negative emotions that this picture inspires. Just as positive emotions provoke readers, so do negative emotions. Negative emotion can be a powerful tool a writer can use to...

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Guest Post: The Social Media Balancing Act by Lissa Bryan Guest Posts

I am thrilled to bring today’s guest post from author, blogger and all-around fabulous person, Lissa Bryan. The Social Media Balancing Act By Lissa Bryan One of the things that surprised me once I became an author is how little time I’d have to devote to writing with all of the promotion and social media tasks I needed to do. I started out feeling overwhelmed...

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Writing Prompts

In today’s writing prompt, the Divas have a stark picture that represents the changing of season and the passing of time. Let the picture speak to you and write from the emotion, whatever that emotion may be, that it inspires in you. If you are so inclined, please share your results below.  

On Writing

Writing Pitfall #12: How To Create Backstory   Wikipedia mashed together two great definitions of backstory: “A backstory, background story, back-story or background is a set of events invented for a plot, presented as preceding—and leading up to that plot. It is a literary device of a narrative history all chronologically earlier than the narrative of primary interest.” What does that mean to you the writer? To me, it means in order to completely...

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Quick Tip: Stop Self-Editing While Writing I’ll be blunt: Stop self-editing; it bites. Self-editing isn’t a bad thing—until after your body of work is finished, that is. Oftentimes it slows your writing process down to a snail’s pace with indecision, self-doubt, and poor execution. I have given this advice to many of my authors when they are pushed up against a deadline and need to...

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