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Historical Slang Terms For Having Sex, From 1351 Through Today
In earlier times, when English-speaking people wanted to get down and dirty, they might say they were playing at couch quail, engage in pup-noddy, make butter with one's tale, or ride a dragon upon Saint George. Want to brush up on your historical sexy slang? These charts can help.
It's not bad writing, but
As I work through quite a few queries and pages from ThrillerFest, one thing I've noticed is a tendency for writers to stop the narrative an...
Dim n Wit, the Fairy Brothers.
Great Reddit post by a literary agent! This isn't meant to discourage those of you attempting to publish. But to give some honest, needed advice on the process. "My point is you should choose carefully the battles you're going to fight. Because each "thing" you do that goes against the grain makes your journey uphill that much harder. And it's already incredibly hard, unfathomably challenging, even when you do every single thing RIGHT."
Hey All, Just here to repeat a comment I made in another post and expand on it because I've had 3 conversations on the subject in the last few...
An agent at Thrillfest has advice for writers.
Over the course of four days last week at ThrillerFest, I met with 43 writers to discuss their query or pages, sometimes both. As I was c...
What author influences you the most?
Can Sci-Fi Writers Prepare Us for an Uncertain Future?
Businesses and public policy makers are tapping novelists to imagine the path forward. But how much stock should we put in the predictions of storytellers?
List of writing workshops. Can't vouch for these as I've never taken them. Just passing information along.
A list of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror writing workshops (updated June 5, 2019). Thanks @outseide, Navah Wolfe, Patrick Neilsen Hayden, Rebecca Stefoff, Jennifer Marie Brissett, Sarah Berne…
A nearby writing event. (Can't vouch for it, just passing the information along.)
Get Your Writing Published: July 13, 2019
Happy birthday to one of our founding members, Jeffrey C. Jacobs! From all of us at Reston Writers, hope you have a wonderful day.
Why Querying Writers SHOULDN'T Write Sequels
Querying writers have quite a few hurdles to jump through to secure literary representation. For those of you who don’t know what a query is or what I mean b...
Some tough love from a woman who is both an author and a former literary agent.
TOUGH-LOVE WRITING ADVICE FOR ASPIRING AUTHORS // This is for all of the aspiring authors out there. If you’re looking to write a book and you need a kick in...
Great advice from the writer Dan Brown. "Commit to your process, and the rest will follow."
What are your writer goals this year?
Discussion: What is your favorite book that has been published in the last five years, and why?
How does social media affect the modern world of publishing?
When critics on social media “cancel” a YA writer or book, it’s really about ongoing frustrations with an overwhelmingly white publishing industry.
How many words should your book be?
Discussion time: Are you a planner or a pantser? What's your planning process when writing a novel?
Why Books Are Rejected (By Literary Agents & Editors) | AuthorTube Writing Tips
Are you querying literary agents and hoping to traditionally publish? Or do you already have an agent, are on submission, and are hoping a publishing house w...
We need more diversity in fiction.
Using numbers from the Cooperative Children's Book Center, this infographic—updated from 2015—illustratesrepresentation in children's literature.
25 YA Novels From 2019 That You Need To Read During During Pride Month
You don't want to miss these fantastic LGBT reads.
When Writing, Assume Your Reader is a Woman
“Try to write for a single reader who’s sitting across the desk from you…and if you’re smart, make that reader a woman…women buy 70% of the books.” – James…
D&D Writing Style Alignment. What's your writing style?
A thrilling tale of an ancient power and the mysterious forces trying to possesses it.
"Vampires, Immortals, Bacchae—they’re all the same. The name may change, but their appetites never do." Ever since archaeology student Serafina Finch found an ancient Roman amulet on a dig in Italy, she's been having dreams. Strange dreams that leave her with an eerie se...
"Make sure you’re writing for the right reasons. If you’re writing a novel because you’re trying to work through your own personal issues, that’s not why you should be writing a novel."
An in-depth look at book publishing as seen through the eyes of five literary agents.
Last night, we discussed Escape Rooms at our meeting, but have you escaped from The Daleks?
The Doctor Who escape rooms are now open in 6 locations around the UK. See where and get tickets here. >> bit.ly/DWEscapeRoom
Dude, No Chick Flick Moments
How to write a GOOD character description.
All too often characters are described as though the author is writing for a police blotter: hair, height, eye color. If the character is fe...
Congratulations Adam Shannon!
This year’s finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction story have been selected. The award will be presented this year during the Campbell Conference Awards reception on Friday, June 21, 2019.
Our 2019 Finalists Are:
“Freezing Rain, A Chance of Falling,”
Fantasy and Science Fiction, July 2018.
“The Only Harmless Great Thing,”
“The Secret Life of the Nine Negro Teeth of
P. Djèlí Clark.
Fireside Fiction, Feb 2018.
Carolyn Ives Gilman.
Clarkesworld, Feb 2018.
“Nine Last Days on Planet Earth,”
tor.com, Sept 2018.
“When We Were Starless,”
Clarkesworld, Oct 2018.
“The Starship and the Temple Cat,”
Yoon Ha Lee.
Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Feb 2018.
“When Robot and Crow Saved East St. Louis,”
Slate.com, Dec 2018.
“Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach,”
“On the Day You Spend Forever with Your Dog,”
Apex, Dec 2018.
Fiyah, July 2018.
More information about the Sturgeon Award can be found here:
More information about the Campbell Conference can be found here:
Congratulations to Denny S. Bryce, former RWR member, for her 2-book deal and soon-to-be-published Wild Women and the Blues from Kensington Press!!!
Do you need a professional editor before you query? An agent weighs in (and make sure to read the comments as well).
My coauthor and I have written a YA fantasy novel. It is the first in a series. We have edited it to the best of our abilities (we think), ...
What type of writer are you?
Huge thanks to Cheryl Denney White for a very involved and tricky Transcription:
9 boxes, in a 3 by 3 grid, under the heading Types of Writers:
- probably got a publishing deal
- takes nice photos
- never responds to DMs
- has a very set schedule to write
- won NaNoWriMo
- journals > laptops
- grand at drawing but prefers writing
- writes music as well
- never focuses on one project at a time and that's ok
- mom friend
- inspirational quotes
- runs a book account as well
- likes to post about their cat a lot
- very encouraging
- leather-bound fancy journals
- good handwriring
- posts moodboards to procrastinate on their own writing
- doesn't follow their own advice
- reads your work but forgets to tell you
- likes to write coffee shop aus or other fluffy romances
- gives good writing advice but says some variant of f*** 50 times in order to explain it
- texts you at 4 am to ramble about world-building
- probably writes fanfic
- never texts with proper grammar
- probably a college student
- writes at 4 am and is unable to write at any other time
- coffee with too much sugar
- word count: 0
- they look like they are about to collapse at any moment
- energy drinks and death
Because before anything, you at least need to know what they're really spamming!
Very interesting. I had no idea Book 2 was so important for publishers...
K White asked "I do dread the second book. I am told the second, not the first, is your career. I have seen at least two agents I plan o...
A fascinating peek behind the curtain of the publishing world:
Literary agent Holly Root launched over two dozen New York Times bestsellers before founding Root Literary in 2017. Originally a Southerner, then a..
Just because you get a six-figure deal from a traditional publisher, don't assume there won't be problems. An eye-opening read:
I’m trying to remember when it was last this crazy at work. Before we spent a month fighting poor planning and terrible execution on our…
And, now... a special PSA about literary agents:
Introduction Dishonest Agents Amateur, Marginal, and Incompetent Agents Telling Questionable From Reputable Agents Who Are Also Publishers Additional Cautions One Last, Very Important Thing Links Introduction There’s conflicting wisdom on the subject of whether or not a writer needs a literary age...
Many thanks to Liz Hayes for Dalek Sel—a salt shaker—to handle those moments when all of us want to critique at once.
This post is about formatting not asshattery. When you send your manuscript in some sort of crazy ass format as though it's a printed book...
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