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The Passive Voice


David Vandagriff


Passive Guy is an attorney, entrepreneur, former tech executive and writer.

Prior to reopening his latest law practice, PG’s business involved high-stakes intellectual property litigation. He started The Passive Voice as an anonymous blog so his snarky remarks would not show up when opposing counsel performed a Google search.

After winding that business down, being embarrassed in court by something he wrote here was no longer an issue, so he’s not quite so anonymous any more. During the anonymous interlude, however, he had fun with PG’s persona and became accustomed to writing in the third person, so PG is the permanent blogger-in-residence around here.

Some of PG’s most popular posts are about contracts with publishers and agents. Click the Contracts category to see them all.



Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly, familiarly known in the book world as PW and “the bible of the book business,” is a weekly news magazine focused on the international book publishing business. It is targeted at publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary agents, authors and the media.

It offers feature articles and news on all aspects of the book business, bestsellers lists in a number of categories, and industry statistics, but its best known service is pre-publication book reviews, publishing some 8,000 per year.

Joanna Penn
The Creative Penn

Joanna Penn’s blog…where you will find resources to help you write, publish and market your book.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, voted one of The Guardian UK Top 100 Creative Professionals. Also voted one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers and one of the Top 10 Blogs for Self-Publishers

Writers Helping Writers


Angela Ackerman & BeccaPuglisi


Welcome to Writers Helping Writers, formally “The Bookshelf Muse.” Our mission is simple: offer help and support as much as we can. This site has many different tools and resources for writers, editors and teachers, so poke around and enjoy!

Writer Unboxed

Writer Unboxed began as a collaboration between aspiring novelists Therese Walsh and Kathleen Bolton in January, 2006. They often dissected complex books and movies, analyzing what made them work so well, and had even written and published an article about Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings.

When a second article idea was rejected, they decided to create their own forum where they could publish their observations anytime they wished. Writer Unboxed was born. They’re thrilled the site now includes contributors from all walks–from the not-yet-published to bestselling authors and industry leaders–and that it’s grown into such a rich community for writers.

Writing for Kids
(While Raising Them)

Tara loves children’s books. Her goal is to create books that children love.

She writes picture books and middle grade novels. She’s written short stories for Abe’s Peanut and is featured in Break These Rules, a book of life-lesson essays for teens, edited by author Luke Reynolds.


Helping Writers Become Authors


K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY and NIEA Award-winning and internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel.

When she’s not making things up, she’s busy mentoring other authors on her award-winning blog. She makes her home in western Nebraska.

This site contains information about story structure, she walks you through the book structure pointing out the important points. All would-be fiction writers need this information.

Making a Living Writing: Practical Help for Hungry Writers

Hi there! Welcome to my blog. I’m Carol Tice, an award-winning, fun-loving freelance writer living in the Seattle area. I’m obsessed with helping writers earn more from
their work.

I started the Make a Living Writing blog in 2008 because content mill pay rates made me mad. I wanted to share my experiences freelancing since 2005 and earning more each year, to show writers ways to move up from content mills and other low-paying markets. Guess that was something writers needed, because now this blog has about 12,000 subscribers.

Also, in 2010, 2012 and 2013, this blog was named one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers in Write to Done’s annual contest, and in 2014 was named to Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers. Still blown away by this amazing recognition.

Terrible Minds –
Flash Fiction

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. This is his blog. He talks a lot about writing. And food. And the madness of toddlers. He uses lots of naughty language. NSFW. Probably NSFL. Be advised.

Write On
The River

Bob Mayer is a NY Times Bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret (including commanding an A-Team) and the feeder of two Yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He’s had over 60 books published including the #1 series Area 51, Atlantis and The Green Berets. Born in the Bronx, having traveled the world (usually not tourist spots), he now lives peacefully with his wife, and said labs, at Write on the River.

Fiction Notes

Children's book author, Darcy Pattison. Twice her books have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books. Storyteller, writing teacher, Queen of Revisions, and founder of Mims House publisher, Darcy Pattison has recently been motivated by zombies (which helped her meet a goal of running a 5K) and chocolate (which keeps her young).

In 1999, she created the Novel Revision Retreat, which she has taught across the nation. Passionate authors at those retreats taught Darcy the power of story, and how an author’s passion can carry a career.

Darcy’s Books: Fiction for Kids; Non-Fiction for Kids; UnCommon Ways to Write; Teacher Resources for Writing with Kids.

Live Write Thrive


C.S. Lakin


I’m a novelist, a copyeditor, a writing coach, a mom, a backpacker, and a whole bunch of other things.

I teach workshops on the writing craft at writers’ conferences and retreats. If your writers’ group would like to have me teach, drop me a line. I live in California, near San Francisco, just so you know how far away I am from you and your writer friends.

I also enjoy guest blogging, so contact me if you’d like me to write a post on writing, editing, or Labrador retrievers (just threw that in there; I’m not an expert but I love them). I am, however, quite the expert on pygmy goats. I ran a commercial pygmy goat farm for ten years and delivered a lot of kids! So, if you need some goat advice, I’m your gal.

I love to help writers with their novels. I specialize in thorough annotated critiques (I do about 200 partial and full manuscripts a year!), so if you have a manuscript that needs some work or you’re not sure if it does, check out my site specifically dedicated to my critique services.

You’ll find a lot of informative articles on why you might need a critique and how to choose the right editor for your needs. Not many copyeditors are writers, and few know how to critique all the major elements that hold a novel together.

If you would like me to edit your manuscript, I do it all—from substantive editing to proofreading. I’m pleased to have a terrific team of editors and project developers on my “team” and a part of my tribe.

The editors who work with me on projects have years of terrific experience specializing in various aspects of the editing process, and so if you have a nonfiction project, whether scholarly, professional, travel, or memoir, and you need a proposal or assistance in organizing your material, check in with me.


Men With Pens


James Chartrand


Want to improve your results, take your business to the next level and squeeze every ounce of success into your marketing efforts? You’ve come to the right place.

Men with Pens is an experienced, full-service website company providing clients with strategic website design, engaging copywriting and content, and sophisticated WordPress website development for all online marketing needs. Globally recommended by Studiopress as a featured Genesis developer and ranked among the top 100,000 websites in the world, we’re the boutique team of specialists helping you win the business game.

You’ll benefit from our 30+ years of combined talent in commercial/online marketing, content creation, problogging, consumer perception and psychology, graphic design, WordPress customization, Genesis expertise, website development, and copywriting excellence – to name a few. You’ll also enjoy the extra perk of our best counsel and straightforward honesty (even if it hurts) as we work with you, not just for you, so that you achieve your business goals.

No fluff, no BS, no artsy-fartsy.

James Chartrand is the founder and owner of Men with Pens and Damn Fine Words. She (yes, she) manages the entire team with quick wit and a level head, personally overseeing every single client project for high-quality results.

Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Kristen Lamb is the author of the #1 best-selling books We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer.

Kristen has guided writers of all levels, from unpublished green peas to NY Times best-selling big fish, how to use social media to create a solid platform and brand. Most importantly, Kristen helps authors of all levels connect to their READERS and then maintain a relationship that grows into a long-term fan base. She is the C.E.O. of WANA International and the founder of WANATribe, the social network for writers.


The Renegade Writer

Living and Loving the Freelance Life –
On Your Own Terms


LindaFormichelli & DianaBurrell


The Renegade Writer concept is that to have a successful freelance career, you need to do what works for you — instead of blindly following the “rules” you see set forth in books, in magazines, and on blogs. An editor friend gave me the idea for the book when I told him, “I just broke into the national magazines with a three-page query — but all the books tell you to keep your query to one page.

I should write an article about how to break in by breaking the rules.” And he, being a smart editor, said, “You should write a book!” And so Diana and I did. The Renegade Writer hit the shelves in 2003, was updated in 2005, and is still selling steadily; I’m thrilled that I still receive fan mail about it every week. Even if I do say so myself, it’s reached the status of a cult classic in the writing world.

This blog is an extension of the book — it’s all about how to develop a querying style that works for you, overcome freelancing fear, get motivated, figure out your own systems for getting and doing work, earn more money as a freelancer, and basically boost your freelance writing career and reach your writing dreams.

I believe that if you write well, are persistent and professional, and insist on being paid fairly for your skills, you can make it as a freelance writer.


Advanced Fiction Writing


Randy Ingermanson


The Snowflake Method For Designing A Novel: I claim that that’s how you design a novel — you start small, then build stuff up until it looks like a story. Part of this is creative work, and I can’t teach you how to do that. But part of the work is just managing your creativity — getting it organized into a well-structured novel. That’s what I’d like to teach you here.

Randy Ingermanson, Ph.D. is the author of “Writing Fiction for Dummies.” He developed a writing software to use with his Snowflake method. Snowflake Pro. Special 50% discount on the software if you buy his Writing for Dummies book or eBook (available at most of the eBookstores).

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