Jul
29
2014
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Book Review: Dependent by Brenda Corey Dunne

Written by Lehua Parker

An unusual coming of age story about a forty-five year old woman finding herself after making hard choices at nineteen.

Jul
21
2014
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Dialogue - Keeping it Fresh

Written by Jo Michaels

Discussing the different ways to write dialogue so you don't bore your reader or cause read-rash.

Jul
10
2014
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Advice for writing a book set in New York City

Written by Carrie-Anne

Some advice for using the popular New York City setting, either historical or contemporary.

Jun
26
2014
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Interview with Johnny Worthen

Written by Lehua Parker

Johnny stops by the Parker Hale for a Diet Coke and a chat about Eleanor, the Unseen.

Jun
20
2014
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UtopYA Con 2014

Written by Jo Michaels

UtopYA is the premier, young adult women's writer conference. Here's a little information and some links.

Jun
17
2014
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Make your characters anti-ciphers!

Written by Carrie-Anne

It's so important to have a wide variety of characters, not only write about people exactly like you, or base every character on yourself.

Jun
16
2014
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Designing your own cover (if you must)

Written by Carrie-Anne

Some advice for artists who want to design their own book covers. Don't try this if you have little or no art experience or talent!

Jun
13
2014
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What makes a gimmick?

Written by Carrie-Anne

A run-through of some of the most common gimmicks found in writing, and why they should generally be avoided.

May
22
2014
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Book Review: Eleanor (The Unseen) by Johnny Worthen

Written by Lehua Parker

Eleanor is not what she seems. Neither is Johnny Worthen's novel. YA Literary Horror at its finest.

May
20
2014
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Clauses, Introductory Phrases, and Commas

Written by Jo Michaels

How to identify, and properly set off, clauses and introductory phrases.

May
20
2014
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Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of)

Written by Lehua Parker

F.J.R. Titchenel hits it out of the park (with suprbat) in her darkly hilarious YA zombie novel.

May
14
2014
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The importance of a glossary (and other supplemental material) for historical and multicultural books

Written by Carrie-Anne

Many historical and multicultural novels benefit from including a glossary, explanatory notes, appendices, and other back or front matter.