Belleville Middle & High School Principal’s Blog: Author Visit for 8th Grade

Just spent the morning with four of Mrs. Schultz’s 8th grade classes talking about story structure. Maybe not their favorite subject but as I explained to at least one class, they can’t get away from it, whether it’s for a book they are writing, a class paper in high school or college or a work proposal when they are out of school and in the working world. Being able to have people understand what you’re writing and even entertaining them on top of it is a skill worth getting down and may not be as hard as it seems 🙂

The kids listened well, didn’t fall asleep (which was nice), and had some good questions.

You’re doing a good job, Mrs. Schultz! Thanks for inviting me into your classroom!

Source: Belleville Middle & High School Principal’s Blog: Author Visit for 8th Grade

THE Voice of the Independent Publishing Industry

I know it’s been 2016 for a while but I wanted to share this anyway. Jillian Bergsma Manning reminds us of things we as writers should think about (and hopefully implement) in the new year.

What’s on your writer’s to do list for 2016?

I know one thing I would like to improve on. I would like to plan out my book events a bit more in advance, if I can. It will make me feel better and will be less stressful to boot!

Source: Independent Publisher: THE Voice of the Independent Publishing Industry

Top Christmas Gifts for Writers in 2015

Here’s another list of gift ideas for writers and readers, this one if from K.M. Weiland’s yearly guide to the top Christmas gifts for writers. (A Jane Austin doll, how fun!)

Source: Top Christmas Gifts for Writers in 2015 – Helping Writers Become Authors

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Do you hate E. L. James ? #fiftyshades

Kudos, Damyanti, for sticking up for common decency. If James’ writing is bad, then don’t buy her book or read her book. None of this shameless, personless online degrading. We aren’t in 5th grade people. Lets discuss poor writing in a better forum than in a bully tweet.
p.s. I did not read or purchase her book for two reasons – not my kind of reading and I also heard the writing was poor. There are so many good books out there to read to waste time on poorly written one. And honestly, her editor and publisher need to be discussed as much as James. They printed the books, after all.

Wisconsin Writers Association Author Showcase


If you’re a Wisconsin resident and live in or around LaCrosse, I want to invite you to the Wisconsin Writers Association Author Showcase. It runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will have over 20 authors there speaking and selling their books – me being one of them. I will be speaking on book cover designs. So come by and support your fellow writers!

Wisconsin Writers Association Author Showcase:
Saturday, May 3rd, 1914
8 am to 2 pm
Days Inn, French Island
LaCrosse, WI

A children’s book editor’s site: writing, illustrating, publishing children’s books

Came across this site by Harold and thought those that are children’s authors might find it helpful. That’s a whole different type of writing, where illustrations are integral to the finished product. Plus – who doesn’t like Harold and his purple crayon.



A children’s book editor’s site: writing, illustrating, publishing children’s books.

Write Tight Site | Tight Writing Tips

I came across this site while I was looking up how to cut down on the use of prepositions in writing. Looks like a very good site, so I though I’d pass it along. The blog owner is a person by the name of Ann.

Thanks Ann and Happy editing!

Write Tight Site | Tight Writing Tips.