News You Can Use – March 5, 2013

Happy National Grammar Day! – Yesterday was the day. But in honor of it click here and read some silly grammar jokes. Mark your calendar for next year.

Malcolm Gladwell on Literary Genius – Best-selling author looks at the nature of artistic genius and when it blooms. Be on the lookout this Fall for his new book called David and Goliath.

7 Tips for Writing Great Copy – read this when creating your “back cover copy” for your next book proposal. Excellent article.

Is Traditional Publishing in a Golden Age? – Read the highlights from this interview with the CEO of the Hachette Book Group or listen to the entire interview online.

10 Essential Questions to Ask if You are Hiring a Writer – If you are a freelance writer, can you answer these questions if asked?

A Brief History of the Typewriter – Okay, its a little geeky to find this interesting…but enjoy the article anyway.

Writing Historicals – How Accurate Must You Be? – The movie “Lincoln” has come under criticism for certain historical innacuracies. Anne Cleeland asks some good questions for those writing historical novels.

4 Responses to News You Can Use – March 5, 2013

  1. J.D March 5, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    In the article 7 Tips for Writing Great Copy, number 5 had my favorite line: “Verbs get in your face, and since your competitors will be fluffing up their copy with adjectives they found in a thesaurus, you can win people over by describing what you actually do”.

    Booyah.

    What a valuable reminder.

  2. Pat Jaeger March 5, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    Verbs! Action! Get ’em involved. Renni Browne and Dave King’s book had me doing lots of rewriting. Good reminder.

    I like my old Underwood. Still works, too. Just can’t find the cut and paste on it.

    Thanks for the articles each week.

    • J.D March 6, 2013 at 11:42 am #

      Pat, I think Browne and King rock too! That book is a necessity. This reminds me I need to get my copy back soon when I begin rewriting. Thanks for helping me remember 🙂

  3. Jenny Hansen March 6, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    Thanks so much for including Anne Cleeland’s post at Writers In The Storm. The discussion in the comments section was as thought-provoking as the post.

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