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I am taking auditions for guest posts from YOU, my faithful blog readers.

I need a handful of guest posts that I’ll use throughout the summer. My blog is getting over 60,000 visitors per month (100,000 page views) so it’s not bad exposure for you.

If you’re interested, be sure to look over previous guest posts (you can access them by clicking on Guest Bloggers here or under “Find Posts by Subject”). Note their relevance to writers and the high quality of the writing.

Here’s how it will work:

→ In the comments to THIS POST, pitch me your guest post idea.

→ Do NOT email me your pitch.

→ Do NOT write your whole post.

→ I’d like a pitch in no more than 150 words.

→ Remember that a good pitch can include a note about your special qualifications to write about your topic (always true when pitching non-fiction). A good pitch also shows me you can write!

→ Auditions will remain open for ONE WEEK, closing 11:59 pm Eastern time on Friday, May 18.

→ Once all the pitches are in, I’ll choose five to ten of them to become guest bloggers.

→ If yours is chosen, you’ll write a post between 500 and 750 words, properly formatted for WordPress using HTML and including a brief bio, links to your own websites/blogs, and a photo of yourself.

→ I will determine the date your post will appear on the blog (taking into consideration your availability to respond to commenters).

→ I reserve the right to edit your final post and/or reject it should it not meet my expectations based on your original pitch.

→ If you have a question, leave it in the comments.

Sharpen those pencils and get to work!

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Books & Such Literary Agency. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


  1. bon tong on December 19, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Earned the Title of the Premier League Is Very Possible For United By Rooney

    Agen Bola Terpercaya Cityholidaybet Reported – Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is optimistic his team can win the Premier League title this season.

    Confidence Rooney could be motivated positive trend indicated United with six consecutive wins. However, there are differences of eight points with Chelsea, who now atop the standings.

    “We left behind eight points and had to undergo a solid period. If we can win our game and the others achieved poor results, then there will be no difference in numbers between us.”

    “We have to keep winning our games, may be returned to the top of the table and you never know.”

  2. Som Bol on December 19, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    Jardim Admitted Monaco Underdog Status When the Draw Brought Them with Arsenal

    Agen Bola Terpercaya Cityholidaybet Reported – Interpreter tactics Monaco Leonardo Jardim assess Arsenal more than his team is the favorite to win the duel both teams in the last 16 of the Champions League due to superior experience.

    In accordance with the draw on Monday (15/12) yesterday, Monaco, who finished as the Group C standings, should be reunited with their former coach, Arsene Wenger, who never gush representatives of the French Ligue 1 in the period 1987 to 1994.

    Jardim admitted that Wenger, who has nearly two decades to refine the Gunners, have matured experience playing in Europe so it will be difficult to surpass Monaco. However, the man from Portugal is promised to be troublesome Alexis Sanchez et al.

  3. riththear on December 19, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    FAT Will Conduct Stringent Checks on Luggage So as Not to Disturb the Audience the Game

    Agen Bola Terpercaya Cityholidaybet Reported – President of the Football Federation of Thailand (FAT) Worawi Makudi asked a group of supporters Ultras be no exaggeration when supporting their team competed in the first leg of the 2014 AFF Cup final against Malaysia at the Rajamangala Stadium, Wednesday (17/12).

    FAT was worried they would get the sanction of the Southeast Asian Football Federation (AFF), after Ultras group lit flares at home to the Philippines in the second leg of the semi-finals.

    Escape of Thailand to the final of the AFF Cup 2014 received a warm welcome from the country’s football public. 42 thousand sheets of tickets for the first leg of the finals are sold out a few hours after it was released over the weekend.

  4. riththear on November 27, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    DI Matteo admitted enjoy more when in Chelsea

    Agen Bola Terpercaya Cityholidaybet Reported – Schalke 04 coach Roberto Matteo was not interested in revenge against his former club, Chelsea, when the two teams in the Champions League at the Veltins-Arena met, on Wednesday (26/11) pm dawn.

    Italian coach to win the Champions League with the Blues in 2012, but was sacked after six months after a bad start in the next season.

    DI Matteo will face Chelsea for the first time as a coach. He said there were no hard feelings with the London club.

    “I do not have any feelings of revenge or something like that. I enjoyed the time in more than Chelsea.”

    “They all have a chance to be very successful during this season, where he brought good players, players who are serving, and they express themselves according to the highest level. They have a very strong team in the Premier League and no one can keep up with it.”

    “That is why we have to play a good game and I hope they are not in the best sharpness in this game.”

    Schalke 04 is now in the ranking second in Group G, which amounted to five points, three points behind Chelsea.

  5. Som Bol on November 27, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Both collected four points, CSKA and Rome are competing for tripoin all passed to the falling stage

    Agen Bola Terpercaya Cityholidaybet Reported – Leonid Slutsky provides opportunities for optimism concerning lead CSKA Moscow in the fall of the Champions League duel stage before the fight against AS Roma this week.

    Vice Russia will host the Italian capital club’s fifth-round Group E Tuesday (25/11) evening local time, with both of them on four points and compete for the runner-up, under Bayern Munich.

    Moreover, still wary Slutsky Giallorossi made by Rudy Garcia despite losing many players at the back.

  6. bon tong on November 27, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    Pellegrini stressed his determination to fight to the finish in the group stage of the Champions League

    Agen Bola Terpercaya Cityholidaybet Reported – Insisted Manuel Pellegrini,

    “Manchester City fights more to finish, in order to for keeping their chances of qualifying after the fall of the stage the Champions League”.

    Bayern Munich will host the citizens in the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday (25/11), and must win to boost their chances of qualifying for the 16th round.

    Pellegrini admitted that his team performed below the level throughout the season, but the manager of origin Chilean optimistic his team will fight to the finish in the fifth set.

    “It is important for this club to be successful in Europe,” he said. “Tomorrow, the team will fight to the end to continue the journey in the Champions League does not-. I and the team – happy with our games in the group stage, we still have a last chance.”

    Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic certainly be fit to face Bayern Munich, despite being sidelined in practice today (24/11).

  7. aesd124 on October 22, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Costa Belum Tahu Kapan Pulih
    Agen Bola Terpercaya melaporkan, Jose Mourinho mengakui bahwa ia tidak tahu sama sekali kapan Diego Costa bakal kembali berada dalam kondisi fit.

    Pemain kelahiran Brasil itu bakal absen di duel Liga Champions melawan Maribor dini hari tadi, usai Mourinho mengkonfirmasi bahwa sang pemain mengalami cedera hamstring pasca membela tim nasional di kualifikasi Euro 2016.

    “Diego mengalami masalah serupa. Namun sekarang ia benar-benar cedera, bukan hampir cedera,” tutur Mourinho.

    “Ini sederhana. Ia tidak berlatih karena ia tidak dalam kondisi di mana ia bisa melakukannya. Saya tidak tahu berapa lama ia akan absen. Besok ia tidak akan bermain,” pungkasnya.

  8. wasignton124 on October 22, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Navratilova PertanyakanSanksi ITF Terhadap Tarpischev
    Agen Bola Terpercaya melaporkan, Legenda tenis putri dunia, Martina Navratilova heran dengan sikap Federasi Tenis Internasional (ITF) yang belum beraksi atas kejadian yang menimpa Venus dan Serena Williams. Sampai saat ini otoritas tenis dunia itu belum mengambil sikap terhadap Presiden Federasi Tenis Rusia, Shamil Tarpischev yang telah menghina dan merendahkan Williams bersaudara.

    Kasus penghinaan ini terus menggelinding bak bola salju. Banyak kalangan sudah mengecam komentar Tarpischev di stasiun televisi. Saat itu, Tarpischev menyebut kedua petenis AS itu dengan sebutan William Brothers. Pernyataan itu langsung menyulut amarah dari Asosiasi Tenis Wanita (WTA) yang mendendanya Rp 300 juta dan sanksi larangan berada di turnamen yang digelar WTA selama setahun.

    Sejauh ini memang baru WTA, Federasi Tenis AS dan Komite Olimpiade Internasional (IOC) yang bereaksi.”Sikap diam ITF sudah memekakan telinga,” sindir Navratilova.

    “Mereka adalah orang-orang yang bisa melakukan sesuatu terhadap Tarpischev, sebab kan dia seorang Presiden federasi dimana seluruh kegiatan termasuk Piala Federasi ada di bawah kekuasaan ITF,” lanjutnya.

  9. quess124 on October 22, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Verstappen Jawab Keraguan Publik dengan Emosi
    Agen Bola Terpercaya melaporkan, Jiwa muda memang tak pernah bisa ditutupi dalam kehidupan nyata, meski orang tersebut memiliki kemampuan yang mumpuni atau tampil lebih dewasa dari umur yang sebenarnya. Itulah yang terjadi pada sosok pemuda belia Formula One, Max Verstappen.

    Di usianya yang baru menginjak 17 tahun, pembalap asal Belanda itu akan bergabung dengan tim Toro Rosso musim depan. Verstappen akan menggantikan tempat Daniil Kvyat yang pindah ke Red Bull untuk mengisi posisi Sebastian Vettel yang hengkang ke Scuderia Ferrari.

    Belum juga melakoni perlombaan pertamanya, Verstappen sudah mendapatkan ujian saat kekuatan mentalnya diragukan untuk mengikuti ajang bergengsi jet darat tersebut. Tahu akan hal tersebut, pemuda kelahiran Hasselt itu pun emosional.

    “Saya tidak bermasalah sama sekali (dengan kekuatan mental)! Saya sangat tenang dan tidak ingin memikirkan soal stress mental atau betapa kuatnya Anda secara mental, karena jujur. Saya melihatnya omong kosong!” tegas Verstappen.

  10. home lan on September 12, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Roma redoubled efforts this summer to catch Juventus – Garcia

    Agen Bola Terpercaya Cityholidaybet Reported – Rudi Garcia says Roma “redoubled” their efforts this summer in a bid to catch Juventus in 2014-15.
    Despite the reigning champions having lost the coach who guided them to three titles in a row, Garcia still sees Juventus as top dogs in Italy but stressed that the Stadio Olimpico side worked twice as hard behind the scenes in pre-season to put themselves in a good position to triumph.
    “Roma’s ambition is to do the best we can,” he told Canal Plus.
    “Juventus have won the last three championships, they have not sold any of their main players and bought players like Alvaro Morata and Patrice Evra. So I think they’re favourites.”
    “We will do everything we can to usurp them, though, and this summer I asked those within the club to redouble their efforts to try to get as close as possible.”

  11. Hong Samnang on July 16, 2014 at 3:44 AM

    Blatter surprised by Messi Golden Ball award
    Agen Bola Terpercaya Cityholidaybet Reported – Fifa president Sepp Blatter has admitted he was “surprised” that Lionel Messi was voted the best player of the World Cup and has expressed his sympathy for Luis Suarez following his four-month ban for biting.
    Messi was awarded the Golden Ball following Argentina’s 1-0 defeat to Germany in the final on Sunday after he scored four goals in the tournament but failed to register a strike in the knockout stages.
    “I was a little bit surprised when I saw Messi coming up as the best player in the competition,” Blatter said in a post-tournament press conference at the Maracana.
    Suarez was banned by Fifa’s disciplinary for biting Georgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s victory over Italy in the group stage.
    An appeal was dismissed last week to get the new Barcelona man’s four-month ban reduced, but Blatter hopes to see the 27-year-old back to his best now he has moved to the Camp Nou.
    Blatter said: “Concerning the Suarez matter I feel for him that such a punishment hurts. But as the president of Fifa I have to accept the decision of the committee.

  12. Aesd 11 on June 4, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    Lambert over the Moon with Emotional Liverpool Return

    Incoming Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert cannot believe that he finally has a chance to return to Anfield.
    “I can’t believe it. I’ve loved this club all my life,” Lambert said.
    “I left here 17 years ago – and I haven’t stopped loving it since.”
    “I have always dreamt of playing for Liverpool, but I did kind of think the chance of playing for them had gone. I didn’t think the chance would come,” the 32-year-old forward who is preparing for the World Cup competition with England squad added, as highlighted by Agen Bola
    “I know how big Liverpool are – and it means everything to me – but I know what is important; I know it’s what I do on the pitch and the minutes I play. I know that’s what matters, and that’s what I’ll be focused on.”

  13. Wasignton 11 on June 4, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    Holland Midfielder De Guzman Struggling for Fitness ahead of World Cup

    Famous Agen Bola mentioned, Holland boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that midfielder Jonathan de Guzman sustained a hamstring injury at training ahead of their international friendly with Wales on Wednesday.
    “Today he felt something in his hamstrings and therefore I stopped the training session, as we were playing 11 Vs. 11,” said van Gaal who will take over as Manchester United manager after the World Cup tournament.
    “Now we have to wait and see in the coming days whether it is bad or not so bad. Hopefully it’s a light injury.”
    “We will wait a couple of days and then we will be able to say what it is…”

  14. Quess 11 on June 4, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Germany Squad for 2014 World Cup

    Famous Agen Bola mentioned, Germany national team have named their final World Cup squad heading for Brazil, with star players trading in the Premier League included, while the likes of Marcel Schmelzer, Shkodran Mustafi and Kevin Volland unfortunately missing out on the flight.
    Germany 23-man squad:
    Goalkeepers: Roman Weidenfeller, Manuel Neuer, Ron-Robert Zieler;
    Defenders: Philipp Lahm, Mats Hummels, Per Mertesacker, Erik Durm, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Howedes, Kevin Grosskreutz;
    Midfielders: Mesut Özil, Bastien Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller, Mario Götze, Marco Reus, Sami Khedira, Matthias Ginter, Julien Draxler, Christoph Kramer;
    Strikers: Lukas Podolski, Andre Schurrle, Mirolsav Klose.

  15. vea rak on May 6, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Rodgers : Ini Jelas Bikin Frustasi

    Berita terbaru dan terkini dari agen bola City Holiday – Liverpool membuang keunggulan tiga gol dan akhirnya hanya meraih satu poin di kandang Crystal Palace.

    agen bola City Holiday Terpercaya – Liverpool yang tampil relatif dominan atas Palace di Selhurst Park, Selasa 6/5/2014 dinihari WIB, unggul 3-0 lewat gol-gol dari Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge, dan Luis Suarez.

    Akan tetapi Keunggulan Liverpool mulai terkikis di 12 menit terakhir pertandingan.

    Diakui oleh Brendan Rodgers, ini sebuah hal yang bikin frustrasi.

    “Ini jelas bikin frustrasi,” ujar Rodgers di BBC.

    “Selama 75 menit kami luar biasa. Kami mencetak tiga gol, menciptakan banyak peluang, lalu kami kebobolan 12 menit menjelang laga habis dan seharusnya kami bisa menyelesaikan laga ini dengan cara lebih baik.”

    Berkat hasil imbang ini, Liverpool naik ke puncak klasemen dengan koleksi nilai 81. Mereka unggul satu poin dari Manchester City.


  16. ry chard on April 24, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Atletico Harus Puas Ditahan Imbang The Blues

    Berita terbaru dan terkini dari agen bola City Holiday – Atletico gagal mengalahkan Chelsea pada pertandingan leg pertama semifinal Liga Champions di Vicente Calderon, Rabu 23/4/2014 dinihari WIB.

    agen bola City Holiday Terpercaya – Los Colchoneros juga sudah memprediksi Chelsea akan bermain defensif.

    Atletico sebenarnya tampil sangat dominan pada laga ini. Mereka unggul penguasaan bola hingga 62 persen.

    Sementara itu, Chelsea yang menumpuk banyak pemain di kotak penaltinya cuma sesekali menyerang balik.

    “Tidak, kami tidak puas. Tapi, peluang kami tentu masih terbuka,” aku kapten Atletico, Gabi, seusai pertandingan seperti dikutip Football Espana.

    “Namun, kami tahu mereka akan bermain defensif,” katanya.

    Pada pekan depan, Atletico akan gantian bertandang ke Stamford Bridge. Mereka butuh kemenangan atau hasil imbang dengan skor lebih dari 0-0 untuk melaju ke final.


  17. ry chard on April 10, 2014 at 2:37 AM

    Lewandowski Bertemu Dengan Presiden Madrid

    Berita terbaru dan terkini dari agen bola – Setelah menolak kontrak baru dari Borussia Dortmund awal musim ini, Lewandowski kencang diisukan akan gabung ke beberapa klub besar Eropa. Dimulai Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester United, dan Bayern.

    city holida Terpercaya – Namun jelang pertemuan dengan Madrid di leg kedua perempatfinal Liga Champions tengah pekan ini, Lewandowski mengungkapkan bahwa dirinya sempat bertemu dengan presiden Los Blancos Florentino Perez.

    “Satu-satunya hal yang dapat kukatakan adalah Florentino berbicara denganku,” ujar Lewandowski di Sky Sports.

    “Hanya berbincang sebentar, hanya ini yang bisa kukatakan soal pertemuan dengan Presiden Real Madrid,” tutup Lwandowski.

    Tak diungkapkan apa isi pertemuan tersebut meski disebut-sebut Perez coba merayu agar Lewandowski mau berubah pikiran dan bergabung dengan Madrid musim depan.


  18. ravy sok on April 10, 2014 at 2:32 AM

    Klopp : Kami Jelas Tim Yang Lebih Baik

    Berita terbaru dan terkini dari agen bola – Dua gol Marco Reus ke gawang Madrid tidak cukup mengantar Dortmund ke semifinal. Die Borussen kandas dengan agregat 2-3 karena sebelumnya takluk tiga gol tanpa balas di Santiago Bernabeu.

    city holida Terpercaya – Pada pertandingan yang digelar di Signal Iduna Park itu, Dortmund tampil luar biasa. Yang sejak awal menekan Madrid.

    “Atmosfirnya luar biasa, tapi kami mampu menciptakan harapan untuk menunjukkan bahwa sesuatu masih mungkin pada mam ini — ini benar-benar malam yang luar biasa,”

    “Tim saya ingin lolos, kami gagal menunjukkannya di Madrid tapi hari ini kami mampu menunjukkannya 100 persen”.

    “Kami jelas tim yang lebih baik dan seharusnya bisa mencetak lebih banyak gol. Tapi karena pertandingan dan performa kami luar biasa bagus saya tidak ingin menyalahkan siapapun.”


  19. chamroeunoscar on April 10, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    Nasib Barca di Laga ke-500 Iniesta

    Berita terbaru dan terkini dari agen bola – Iniesta akan mencapai 500 penampilan bersama Blaugrana saat melawat ke markas Atletico untuk melakoni laga leg II perempatfinal, Kamis (10/4) dinihari WIB.

    city holida Terpercaya – Iniesta pun bertekad menandainya dengan membawa Barca lolos ke semifinal.

    “Ini adalah sesuatu yang sangat spesial yang membuatku merasa sangat bahagia,” ujar Iniesta di ESPN. ”

    “Aku ingin bilang bahwa tahun-tahun sudah berlalu dan Anda terus berkompetisi dan merasa bagus. Ini adalah klub tersulit untuk bermain.”

    “Kami tahu ini akan sulit tapi tim bisa melakukannya,” tutup pemain tim nasional Spanyol itu.


  20. Red July on March 31, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    Lawwell in hope of the return of Rangers

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Celtic’s chief executive Peter Lawwell says Rangers will return to the top flight a “much stronger” force in Scottish football. Rangers will play in the Scottish Championship next season after winning the League One title – their second promotion in two seasons.
    Lawwel said: “We want a model that provides Celtic and other great clubs the ability to earn the revenue that allows them to compete at the highest level. Rangers will return, I’m sure, as a much stronger force in Scotland in the coming years” as reported by Agen Bola terpercaya
    Lawwell expects Rangers to provide a stern test when they return to the top flight, as reported by Agen Bola terpercaya
    He added: “I think they are in real challenges financially, but the fundamentals of Rangers and the Rangers support are strong; in terms of the size of support, the facilities they have, and that will bring them back”

  21. Red July on March 31, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Lambert: Moyes treated unfairly

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, For Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert, Manchester United manager David Moyes has been treated unfairly. Moyes has been the target of regular criticism after failing to live up to the lofty heights set by former United manager Alex Ferguson.
    Lambert said: “Moyes is trying his best for Manchester United, the way I am for Aston Villa. It comes with the territory. In the modern game, you are always one bad result away from being absolutely criticised. I think some of the criticism is way over the top, I really do.’’ as reported by Agen Bola terpercaya
    United may still be in the Champions League’s last eight – where they will meet Bayern Munich over two legs – but their domestic form has been poor, and they sit a disappointing seventh in the Premier League table after a 3-0 home loss to rivals Manchester City, as reported by Agen Bola terpercaya


  22. Jonh World on March 31, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    Kolarov: City Tak Akan Termakan Mind GamesChelsea dan Liverpool

    Berita terbaru dan terkini Bola Soccer dari Agen Bola Indo11 –Manchester – Aleksandar Kolarov tak mau terpancing dengan pernyataan dari kubu Liverpool dan Chelsea yang menyebut Manchester City kandidat kuat juara. Baginya hal itu hanyalah mind games untuk menganggu fokus timnya.

    Saat ini memang Chelsea dan Liverpool ada di dua posisi teratas klasemen Liga Inggris dengan masing-masing tim mengumpulkan 69 serta 68 poin dari 31 pekan.

    Sementara itu City yang baru 29 kali bermain menguntit di posisi ketiga dengan 66 poin dan itu jadi alasan mengapa The Citizens masih disebut sebaga favorit kuat juara.

    Agen Bola Indo11 Terpercaya –Hanya dengan dua kemenangan di partai simpanan itu maka anak asuh Manuel Pellegrini itu akan menguasai puncak dan itu tentunya akan memuluskan langkah mereka menuju titel juara. Apalagi mereka punya selisih gol yang cukup besar yakni surplus 52 gol.

    Namun Kolarov tak mau mempedulikan sanjungan atau kata-kata manis dari rivalnya tersebut yang disebutnya hanya akan menganggu konsentrasi tim di sisa musim ini.

    “Itu hanya opiniku (soal mind games dari Jose Mourinho dan Brendan Rodgers), tapi mereka kini ada di posisi pertama dan kedua. Mereka ingin menegaskan bahwa mereka ada di perburuan titel juara dan mereka hanya ingin menekan kami,” ujar Kolarov kepada Sky Sports.

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  23. Jonh World on March 31, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    Klopp not happy with club coaches not consulted with new Nations League

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has hit out at the UEFA Nations League, claiming Europe’s top players do not need more games.
    UEFA confirmed on Thursday they will introduce the Nations League in 2018, which will see the European confederation split into four divisions of four pools for a biennial round-robin competition, as reported by Agen Bola terpercaya
    The concept has been developed with the aim of improving the standing of international football in Europe and also to reduce the number of meaningless friendlies, but Klopp said he cannot believe club coaches were not consulted, as reported by Agen Bola terpercaya
    He continued: “So therefore you have to make sure that the number of games isn’t raised. I mean neither managers nor players have been asked at all what they think of this, It’s just been decided. We will see what others will make of it.
    “I would appreciate if in such moments the players and people who are closer to the daily strain would be involved a little bit. I think the decision would be different if the people who made the decision also had to play in the game.’’

  24. Sen Blue on March 31, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Kemenangan Atas Arsenal Bakal Jadikan City Favorit Juara

    Berita terbaru dan terkini Bola Soccer dari Agen Bola Indo11 –Manchester – Manchester City akan melawat ke kandang Arsenal di lanjutan Liga Inggris akhir pekan ini. Tambahan tiga angka itu diyakini bakal membuat The Citizens menjadi favorit juara Premier League.

    City saat ini masih ada di posisi ketiga klasemen Liga Inggris dengan raihan 66 poin, Mereka berjarak tiga angka dari Chelsea yang ada di posisi pertama, dan dua angka dari Liverpool di posisi kedua.

    Agen Bola Indo11 Terpercaya –Kendati demikian, City masih memainkan laga dua kali lebih sedikit dibandingkan para rivalnya. Andai bisa memenangi kedua laga itu, maka tim besutan Manuel Pellegrini bakal mengambil alih posisi puncak klasemen.

    City bakal melakukan lawatan ke markas tim peringkat empat klasemen, Arsenal. Laga itu akan berlangsung di Emirates Stadium, Minggu (30/3/2014) dinihari WIB. Andai mampu mencuri tiga poin, David Silva yakin bahwa City bakal menjadi tim unggulan untuk menjadi juar Premier League.

    “Saya pikir sati kemenangan lagi akan menempatkan kami sebagai favorit. Masih ada jalan yang panjang, tapi kami akan berada di posisi yang sangat bagus menuju pekan-pekan terakhir,” kata Silva kepada The Sun.

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  25. Sen Blue on March 31, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Junior wins over Uniautonoma 2-1 and rises to the fifth

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Junior moved to within five points of the top of the Colombian Primera A as they pulled off a late 2-1 win over Uniautonoma on Thursday.
    Junior claimed victory at Uniautonoma’s Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez thanks to Vladimir Hernandez’s late strike. Uniautonoma took an early lead against Junior thanks to Alan Navarro’s penalty and took their lead into the half-time interval. as reported by Agen Bola terpercaya
    Junior rose to fifth with the win on 21 points, just behind fourth-placed Santa Fe, who lost 1-0 at Envigado. as reported by Agen Bola terpercaya
    With league leaders Atletico Nacional losing 2-0 away to Atletico Huila on Wednesday, Junior’s victory took them to within five points of the summit as the Colombian title race tightened up.
    Nacional (26 points) remain top of the Primera A table with 26 points, two ahead of Millonarios, while Once Caldas, Santa Fe and Junior are all on 21.

  26. Sen Blue on March 31, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    Jelang Lawan City, Arsenal Ditegaskan Masih Buru Titel Premier League

    Berita terbaru dan terkini Bola Soccer dari Agen Bola Indo11 –London – Manajer Arsenal Arsene Wenger bersikeras bahwa timnya belum menyerah mengejar gelar juara Premier League musim ini dan asa mereka pun belum pupus. Tekad itu pun bakal mereka perlihatkan saat menjamu tim posisi dua Manchester City akhir pekan ini.

    Arsenal cuma bisa meraih satu poin dari maksimal enam angka di dua laga terakhirnya, setelah menelan kekalahan telak 0-6 atas Chelsea dan kemudian berimbang 2-2 lawan Swansea.

    Agen Bola Indo11 Terpercaya –Ini bukan cuma membuat The Gunners kini menempati posisi empat papan klasemen dengan 63 poin dari 31 laga, terpaut enam poin dari pemuncak klasemen Chelsea, tetapi juga dibayangi Everton yang berada di posisi lima dengan 57 poin dari 30 laga.

    Fakta itu membuat sebagian kalangan menilai kans Arsenal menjuarai Premier League sudah amat kecil, apalagi mereka juga harus bersaing dengan tiga tim di atasnya–Chelsea, City, dan Liverpool. Ada pula yang meminta ‘Gudang Peluru’ lebih baik fokus ke ajang Piala FA, di mana mereka sudah berada di semifinal dan punya peluang lebih baik untuk mengakhiri puasa gelar sejak 2005.

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  27. worlda john on March 23, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Mamdou Sakho happy for his fitness after a hamstring injury

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Mamdou Sakho, a defender of Liverpool, has claimed that his is now in his full fitness and believes that he will be able for his chance at the FIFA World Cup.

    The French International has suffered his hamstring injury, left him out of action for long time for recovery. However, he has retuned again during Sunday’s 3-0 win at Old Trafford, as reported by Agen judi terpercaya

    The 24-year-old has appeared for Liverpool 12 times and he believes that he will continue his great performance in order to make a chance for scoring.

    Upcoming of FIFA World Cup 2014, Mamdou Sakho also looks for his chance to work with his French national football team, as reported by Agen sbobet terpercaya

    “I feel good now and I was delighted to be on the bench for the United game. Two and a half months is a long time to be out and it was tough,” the 24-year-old said.

    He added, “It took much longer than we thought but I had to listen to my body.”


  28. worlda john on March 23, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Magath urges his players to beat Man City for Fulham’s survival

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Felix Magath, a manager of Fulham, has called on his players to prepare well for attacking Manchester City on Saturday.

    Fulham are now sitting in the bottom of the Premier League table because of their poor run in the previous matches, as reported by Agen judi terpercaya

    Fulham beat Newcastle United with 1-0 on Sunday, but it is still not enough for the club to survive well in the competition.

    Felix Magath says that his side will be able to secure their survival if all players try best to beat Manchester City on Saturday, as reported by Agen sbobet terpercaya

    “If we can stop Manchester City scoring, then I think we can create chances to score ourselves. It’s my job to help the players and believe in their ability,” the manager said.


  29. worlda john on March 23, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Laurent Blanc wants PSG beat Manchester United

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Laurent Blanc, a coach of Paris Saint-Germain, has revealed that he is eager to face with Manchester United in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League.

    After with a 6-1 aggregate success over Bayer Leverkusen, PSE have enough ability to secure a place in the quarter-finals, as reported by Agen judi terpercaya

    Laurent Blanc really wants to see his side defeat Manchester United in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League because he believes that his side are now strong enough, as reported by Agen sbobet terpercaya

    “It would be nice to face Manchester,” Blanc said.

    He added, “Their qualification I am sincerely pleased for because they live in difficult moments, they were able to re-group and there should certainly be an amazing atmosphere.”


  30. thon mey on March 23, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Garry Monk says Swansea can control own destiny

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Garry Monk, an interim-manager of Swansea City, has claimed that his side still have ability to control their own destiny even they have run in the poor performance.

    Swansea City are in the bad position in the table because they have failed to win in their last four games, especially last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to West Brom at the Liberty Stadium, as reported by Agen judi terpercaya

    The club are not sitting in 14th position and just four points above the relegation zone.

    However, Garry Monk believes that his side will struggle to win for their next match to secure their survival and he hopes Swansea City will reach a great place in the competition, as reported by Agen sbobet terpercaya

    “It’s very close and intense. The good thing for us is that it’s in our own hands; we’re not chasing to make up points. But we need to get those points as quickly as possible to make us safe,” the manager said.


  31. thon mey on March 23, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Benitez disappointed with Napoli’s defeat

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Rafael Benitez, a manager of Napoli, has described about his disappointment after his side’s 3-2 defeat to Porto in the UEFA Europa League last 16 on Thursday.

    Even Napoli’s could scored two goals, they still could prevent their side from attacking from Porto as the result Porto could scored three goals, and Napoli could only score 2 goals, as reported by Agen judi terpercaya

    A 3-2 defeat to Porto in the UEFA Europa League last 16 on Thursday was the bad result for the club.

    Napoli manager Benitez says that his side needed to show more composure in front of goal because they are now in the bad position, as reported by Agen sbobet terpercaya

    “We should’ve finished our chances with more precision and determination. We didn’t and that’s where the game went wrong,” the manager said.

    He added, “Porto had a couple of chances in the first leg, but tonight it was just one-way traffic.”


  32. thon mey on March 23, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Angelo Alessio says Pirlo is the best at free kick

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Angelo Alessio, an assistant of Juventus, has praised Andrea Pirlo as one of the best free-kick taker in the world after his free-kick in the match against Fiorentina.

    The 34-year-old did a successful free kick in 71st minute, helping Jurventus to get a 1-0 victory at Fiorentina on Thursday, as reported by Agen judi terpercaya

    A 1-0 win over Fiorentina keeps alive Juve’s hopes of playing in the final, which is to be held in their home stadium in Turin.

    Angelo Alessio thinks that Pirlo is the best in the world at free-kicks, as reported by Agen sbobet terpercaya

    “I think Pirlo is the best in the world at free-kicks and I also believe he can beat Sinisa Mihajlovic’s record of goals from set-plays in Serie A (27),” Alessio said.


  33. chanheng mey on March 23, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Andres Iniesta wants Gerardo Martino stay longer at Barca

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Andres Iniesta, a midfielder of Barcelona, has revealed that he does not want coach Gerardo Martino to leave the club because he is happy with him.

    There are the speculations that Gerardo Martino’s future at Barcelona is unclear after the club slip to third in La Liga, as reported by Agen judi terpercaya

    Barca now have four points behind leaders Real Madrid and the two sides will meet each other on Sunday.

    The clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid is very important for both sides because they are the strong club and will try their best for victory, as reported by Agen sbobet terpercaya

    Andres Iniesta says that he is happy with the coach and wants to see him in the club longer.

    “His presence and instructions…his way of understanding football, it motivates us. You need the manager to guide the team but the motivation to play and to win and to continue winning, that comes out of the group rather than the manager,” the midfielder said.


  34. chanheng mey on March 23, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Andres Iniesta urges Barca to try best ahead of clash against Real

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Andres Iniesta, a midfielder of Barcelona, has revealed that it will be the most difficult match for his side a head of the clash against Real Madrid on Sunday, but Barca must try best to win.

    Both Barcelona and Real Madrid are concerning about their matches because each of them cannot underestimate about the opponent because the victory is very important.

    Barcelona are not sitting four points behind leaders Real in La Liga, so Barca could loss their title defence if they loss, as reported by Agen judi terpercaya

    Andres Iniesta claimed that his team-mates must try in advance in order to secure their title push alive even Real Madrid are the strong club, as reported by Agen sbobet terpercaya

    “We know that we are always required to bring our very best football when we play at the Bernabeu,” Iniesta said.

    He added, “But we have to be, more than ever, Barca.”


  35. chanheng mey on March 23, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Andrea Pirlo’s performance important for Jurventus

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Leonardo Bonucci and Paul Pogba have praised on their Juventus team-mate Andrea Pirlo’s talent for his guiding them to the UEFA Europa League last eight.

    Andrea Pirlo, 34, played very well during the match against Fiorentina on Thursday in the second leg of their last-16 tie at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, scoring a goal for the club as the result 1-0, as reported by Agen judi terpercaya

    Leonardo Bonucci was very happy with the 34-year-old’s performance because he is a key player in the club.

    Paul Pogba also praised Paul Pogba for his great playing form and hopes everything in the club will go smoothly, as reported by Agen sbobet terpercaya

    “We knew it was going to be a tough game because they too wanted to keep going in this competition,” Bonucci said

    He added, “We played with the awareness that we are a great team and the right humility that allowed us to suffer under pressure.


  36. Chanheng Mey on February 27, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Coady signed a contract extension with Sheffield

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Conor Coady, a midfielder of Sheffield United, has signed a contract extension with the club until the end of season.
    The 21-year-old, who joined Sheffield United on loan from Liverpool, has since become a mainstay in the starting XI.
    He has now penned a fresh 93-day loan and will stay at Bramall Lane for the remainder of United’s fight against relegation, as reported by Agen Judi terpercaya
    “Conor has steadily improved throughout his time here and as a young player we are more than pleased with his progress, hence the decision to extend his stay,” manager Nigel Clough said.
    “It was always the intention to keep him here and after his performances in the last few weeks the decision became easy, especially with Liverpool keen for him to gain further experience in our first-team.”
    He added, “We told him recently that we wanted to see him chipping in with more goals, then he goes and scores against Nottingham Forest and at Gillingham.”

  37. Rima Mar on February 7, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    Xavi : Kondisi Vilanova Lecut Semangat Barcelona

    Berita terbaru dan terkini dari agen bola City Holiday – Gelandang Barcelona Xavi Hernandez menyebut kondisi kesehatan Tito Vilanova telah mendorong para pemain Blaugrana untuk semakin kompak sehingga bisa memenangi La Liga Spanyol musim lalu dengan dominasi mutlak.
    Berita yang diringkas agen bola City Holiday, Seperti diketahui, kanker yang diderita Vilanova ternyata kambuh lagi saat pelatih berusia 45 tahun itu melatih Barcelona. Namun Xavi mengambil hikmah dari hal tersebut.
    “Menengok ke belakang, 2013 adalah tahun yang sangat bagus. Kami memang tersingkir di semi-final Copa del Rey dan Liga Champions melawan Real Madrid dan Bayern, tapi kami mampu meraih prestasi menakjubkan dengan memenangi gelar liga dengan cara yang kami lakukan, mengingat kondisi kesehatan Tito Vilanova,” tutur Xavi.
    “Saya rasa, itu [Vilanova sakit] membawa skuat lebih kompak, menginspirasi kami untuk terus melaju memenangi gelar dengan raihan bersejarah 100 poin. Itu adalah pencapaian yang luar biasa,” imbuhnya.
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  38. Chanheng Mey on February 2, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Milan Bangga Jadi Satu-satunya Tim Italia yang Lolos

    Berita terbaru dan terkini Bola Soccer dari Agen Bola Indo11 –Milan – AC Milan jadi satu-satunya wakil Italia di babak 16 besar Liga Champions. Daniele Bonera menyebut, Rossoneri bangga jadi satu-satunya wakil negara.

    Milan, bersama dua wakil Italia lainnya, Napoli dan Juventus, memang harus menunggu sampai matchday terakhir untuk melihat nasib mereka: lolos ke babak 16 besar atau tersingkir.

    Agen Bola Indo11 Terpercaya –Sementara Juventus dan Napoli tersingkir, Milan berhasil lolos. Hasil imbang tanpa gol dengan Ajax Amsterdam sudah cukup untuk menemani Barcelona lolos dari Grup H.

    “Kami bangga jadi satu-satunya tim Italia yang lolos,” ujar Bonera.


  39. Red July on January 26, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    FIFA president says no problems about World Cup

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, The FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes that Brazil will be able to serve a ‘beautiful and successful’ World Cup amid some problems of stadium construction.
    Earlier this month the president criticized Brazil for being more poorly prepared than any previous host of the showpiece tournament.
    However, Sepp Blatter now believes that there will no problems about the delivery, as reported by Agen Judi terpercaya
    “Brazil is the country of football – there is no better country than Brazil to speak about football. Brazil will organise a beautiful World Cup and a very big and successful World Cup, confidence reigns,” the FIFA president said.
    “There are still a couple of months to go and if we need to touch something up somewhere, we will.”
    “I am used to World Cups, there are no problems, in the end, everything will be in order, especially in Brazil,” he added.

  40. Jonh World on January 26, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Chelsea agreed to sign Salah from Basel

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported, Chelsea have reach an agreement to sign Mohamed Salah from Basel.
    Mohamed Salah, a winger of Basel, 21, is the main target from Chelsea and now the deal has been reached, as reported by Agen Judi terpercaya
    The 21-year-old has also been linked a move to Liverpool but that’s impossible because Chelsea have confirmed that the club have reached with FC Basel for the transfer of their 21-year-old attacking midfielder Mohamed Salah.
    “Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with FC Basel for the transfer of their 21-year-old attacking midfielder Mohamed Salah,” the club’s statement said.
    The statement added, “The move is subject to the Egyptian international agreeing personal terms and completing a medical examination.”

  41. Som Bol on January 20, 2014 at 2:48 AM

    Real Madrid akan merekrut pemain Sevilla

    Berita terbaru dan terkini Bola Soccer dari Agen Bola Indo11 – Real Madrid kini berencana untuk mendatangkan bek kiri Sevilla, Alberto Moreno. Hal ini dilakukan untuk menggantikan peran Fabio Ceontrao yang sudah ingin pergi meninggalkan Los Merengues.
    Agen Bola Indo11 Terpercaya – Coentrao yang kini tengah menjadi incaran Manchester United, Benfica, dan klub besar lainnya, tampaknya akan segera pergi demi mendapatkan posisi utama di dalam tim.
    Melihat hal ini, Moreno dipandang bisa menjadi pelapis ideal bagi Marcelo Vieira yang tetap akan menjadi pilihan utama Real Madrid. Selain itu, hal ini juga dilakukan untuk melakukan peremajaan yang kini menjadi kebijakan transfer Los Merengues.
    Real Madrid pun tengah mempersiapkan dana yang harus mereka keluarkan untuk memboyong Moreno sebesar 30 juta euro yang tertera dalam kalusul kontraknya bersama Sevilla. Namun, nilai tersebut dipercaya bisa terus ditekan agar tidak terlalu besar.

  42. som orl on January 2, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Astori cool on exit talk

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported,Italy international defender Davide Astori claims he was unconcerned by the transfer talk during the summer transfer window.
    The Cagliari stopper has become one of the hottest commodities in Italian Serie A, having been constantly putting in impressive displays for Isolani.
    As a result, he was linked with a number of country’s top sides in the summer, but eventually remained with his current employers.
    In spite of the speculations, the 26-year-old is adamant he never expressed his desire to leave Cagliari.
    “There was never the slightest chance I’d leave Cagliari,” Astori told Radio Deejay.
    “That is why my summer was perfectly relaxed, in sync with the decisions made by the directors. Am I pushing for a contract renewal? No, I’m very happy with the deal I have now.”
    Davide Astori came through the youth ranks at Milan, but moved to Cagliari in 2008 without making a single league appearance for the reported by Indo Eleven
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  43. bluesen11 on January 2, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Allen eager to make his mark

    Agen Bola terpercaya reported,Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen is eager to impress after a frustrating period watching on from the sidelines.
    Allen recently returned to first-team contention at Anfield, having spent two months out with a hamstring injury.
    However, he still faces a battle to gain a regular starting berth, with Brendan Rodgers’ side having impressed in his absence.
    “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t frustrating at times,” said the Welshman.
    “I’m working hard and waiting patiently for my chance, but Liverpool is a massive club and we are having a great season.
    “The competition for places is really good and you want that at a top club and I have to work as hard as I can to get back into the reported by Indo Eleven
    “You want to see your team doing well, especially when you are out injured – the lift you get is from seeing your team doing well.

  44. bluesen11 on January 2, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic Siap Jungkalkan Real Madrid Di Doha

    Berita terbaru dan terkini Bola Soccer dari Agen Bola Indo11 – Striker andalan Paris Saint-Germain Zlatan Ibrahimovic menegaskan ia dan rekan-rekannya siap menjungkalkan Real Madrid.
    PSG dan Real Madrid dijadwalkan akan bertemu dalam laga uji coba besok malam (2/1) di Doha, untuk persiapan melanjutkan musim 2013/14. Ibra yakin pertemuan keduanya akan bermanfaat bagi masing-masing tim.

    “Ini adalah pertandingan besar antara dua klub luar biasa,” ujar pemain asal Swedia yang telah mencetak 23 gol untuk PSG di semua ajang musim ini.

    Agen Bola Indo11 Terupdate – “Ini pertandingan yang luar biasa di Doha dan saya harap itu akan membantu kami bersiap untuk tahun 2014. Tentu saja kami akan berharap mampu memenangkan pertandingan ini.”

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  45. Alex on December 17, 2013 at 8:01 AM


    I know this post has been over a month and was wondering if you’re still interested in a guest post article? If so please email me back at alexddperkins at gmail dot com. I’ll wait for your response. Thanks!

  46. Rima mar on December 12, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Roux Tak Pikirkan PD 2014

    Berita terbaru dan terkini dari agen bola City Holiday – Striker Lille Nolan Roux mengaku tak terlalu berambisi masuk ke dalam skuat Prancis di Piala Dunia 2014 mendatang, dan memilih fokus meningkatkan performanya di klub.
    Berita yang diringkas
    agen bola City Holiday, Roux telah melesakkan enam gol bagi Lille pada musim ini, dan turut membantu Lille meraih hasil bagus. Kendati demikian, Roux tidak memikirkan kemungkinan dirinya masuk ke skuat Prancis.
    “Untuk saat ini, saya telah mencetak enam gol. Saya harus mencetak 20 gol di akhir musim. Setelah itu, Anda tidak pernah tahu [tentang Piala Dunia]. Itu bukan prioritas saya,” ujar Roux.
    “Saya tidak memaksa diri saya untuk ada di skuat Piala Dunia, karena saya harus tetap rendah hati.”
    “Paling utama adalah saya ingin mendapatkan musim yang bagus, mencetak lebih dari sepuluh gol. Kemudian jika ada peluang [masuk skuat Prancis], mengapa tidak?”
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  47. chhunmeng5 on October 29, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Borini berharap bisa kembali ke Liverpool

    terbaru dan terkini bola Soccer dari

    Agen bola Indo11 – Bagi
    Fabio Borini, Sunderland hanyalah perhentian sementara. Bahkan Borini mengaku
    ingin kembali ke Liverpool.

    Agen bola Indo11 Terpercaya – Masa-masa Borini di Liverpool memang tidak bisa dibilang
    menyenangkan. Dia acapkali diganggu cedera dan torehan golnya pun seret. Borini
    lalu dipinjamkan ke Sunderland pada awal musim ini. Sejauh ini dia sudah
    bermain empat kali untuk The Black Cats dan mencetak satu gol.

    “Saya tetaplah pemain Liverpool. Saya dipinjamkan karena di sana tidak ada
    tempat untuk saya. Setelah kerap diganggu cedera, saya butuh mengembalikan
    kepercayaan diri kembali dengan bermain di banyak laga. Tapi, akar saya
    tetaplah di sana,” kata Borini.


  48. chhunmeng5 on October 29, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Atap tempat latihan Ajax Amsterdam roboh

    terbaru dan terkini bola

    Agen bola Indo11 – Cuaca
    buruk yang tengah menerpa Amsterdam membuat atap tempat latihan para pemain
    Ajax roboh. Ketika kejadian itu terjadi para pemain sudah meninggalkan tempat

    Agen bola Indo11 Terpercaya – Manajer Ajax, Frank de Boer, sempat khawatir dengan angin kencang
    yang menerpa ketika sesi latihan tengah berlangsung. De Boer kemudian
    memutuskan untuk memindahkan sesi latihan dari dome tempat mereka berlatih. Tidak
    lama setelah para pemain pergi, atap dari dome tersebut roboh.

    “Itu adalah pilihan tepat. Badai telah menciptakan kondisi yang buruk
    untuk berlatih. Kami pikir, risikonya terlalu besar,” ujar De Boer.


  49. sok even on September 30, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Moyes mengaku United lemah di segala sisi

    Berita terbaru dan
    terkini bola Soccer dari Agen Bola Indo11 – Kekalahan dari West Bromwich
    Albion masih diratapi manajer Manchester United, David Moyes. Bahkan, suksesor
    Sir Alex Ferguson itu menyebut United masih lemah di semua area.

    Agen Bola Indo11
    Terpercaya – Moyes memang pantas frustrasi dengan hasil yang diraih United.
    Tiga kekalahan dari enam pertandingan pertama menjadi start terburuk Setan
    Merah sejak 24 tahun terakhir. Bahkan, sejak pekan pertama, mereka pun urung
    mencetak gol melalui skema permainan terbuka.

    “Ada banyak hal yang membuat saya kecewa.
    Saya tidak melihat lini tengah sebagai area yang masih kurang bagus. Saya rasa
    tak adil jika menunjuk hanya satu area. Masalah ada di semua wilayah. Kami
    lemah hampir di semua area. Karenanya, kami harus segera memperbaikinya. Kami
    tidak boleh cuma bermain baik, sekaligus harus bisa mencetak gol dari permainan
    terbuka,” keluh Moyes.


  50. heng lida on September 30, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Diego Costa bingung dalam soal timnas

    Berita terbaru dan
    terkini bola Soccer dari Agen Bola Indo11 – Penampilan apik Diego Costa
    bersama Atletico Madrid memunculkan polemik baru. Saat ini ia dikabarkan
    kebingungan untuk memilih antara membela timnas Brasil atau Spanyol.

    Agen Bola Indo11
    Terpercaya – Polemik dua timnas itu muncul karena Costa masih bebas memilih
    salah satunya. Meski sudah pernah dua kali berseragam Selecao, tapi sebatas
    laga persahabatan tidak resmi. Karenanya, Spanyol pun masih punya peluang
    menggunakan tenaga Costa.

    “Belum ada yang menghubungiku tapi aku
    tidak akan mengatakan tidak kepada siapa saja yang pertama memanggilku.
    Bagaiman mungkin aku mengatakan tidak kepada pelatih timnas?” jelas Costa.


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  53. Jocelyn Rish on May 19, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    In addition to the main goal of getting our novels published, many writers dream of seeing our stories on the silver screen with Hollywood hotties playing our beloved characters. Although on a MUCH smaller scale, I’ve been lucky enough to have two of my short stories made into short films. While studying the craft of screenwriting, I learned techniques that enhanced my “regular” writing, and I’d like to share some of this insight with your readers. I can’t guarantee these tips will have Hollywood beating a path to our doorsteps (I wish!), but they will make our writing a more cinematic experience for our readers.

    • Jocelyn Rish on May 19, 2012 at 12:36 AM

      I guess this is what I get for taking so long to figure out what to pitch, but it was 11:27 p.m. Eastern time when I posted my pitch even though mine is time stamped as 12:27 am. Hope it squeezed in under the wire. 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity.

  54. Cristy Fossum on May 18, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Writing down our lives

    One day in my classroom, a student with autism spit into the face of the teaching assistant, she slapped him, and he slapped her back. Time stood still—and then we laughed, all three of us, until we were exhausted. Some bad things happened, and yet we laughed. I will use this amazing dynamic, this sequence of shock and redemption, in my writing someday.

    Each of us has a supply of rich memories to use in both fiction and nonfiction, but even amazing and compelling incidents can be lost. In a guest blog, I would suggest periodically conducting a mental inventory of such times and developing a system to record them for easy retrieval.

    I have self-published a 3-book series of small town church fiction, Sunday by Sunday.

    Thanks for consideration and thanks for the relevance and helpfulness of your blog!

  55. Malyn Segarra on May 18, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Since I was a little girl I’ve known that I wanted to write. In college I studied English with an emphasis on creative writing. A few years later I graduated with another degree; this time an MFA in Creative Writing. In those 20 years of education I was never taught about the business side of writing. Despite all the knowledge I’d gained through my coursework, I felt completely unprepared. I didn’t know how to go to a conference, how writers found agents or how to write a query letter.

    I realized that I had to teach myself the business side of writing, but where would I start? There’s so much information available today. How does one sort through the noise? I think there are a lot of talented writers who don’t know where to begin when it comes to the business of writing. My post would talk about how to use software like Twitter, Google Reader and Diigo to create and run personal learning networks that bring the most interesting and current information directly to you.

    Thank you!

  56. Annie on May 18, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Like most Christian writers – I feel the ‘calling’ deeply, and my journals are full of verses like these ones from The Message; they speak profoundly, encouraging me to “get the word out” and tell stories to “nudge” others toward God, so their lives will be “radically different”. I would like to blog encouragement to Christian writers to follow their holy calling, and not be diverted.

    “You’ve been raised on the message of the faith… Now pass on this counsel to the Christians there, … Get the word out. Teach all these things…And that special gift of ministry your were given …keep that dusted off and in use…. Don’t be diverted. Just keep at it. (I Timothy 4)

    “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom…But to those who can’t see it yet, everything comes in stories, creating readiness, nudging them toward receptive insight.” (Mark 4)

    “They preached with joyful urgency that life can be radically different;”(Mark 6)

  57. Livia Blackburne on May 18, 2012 at 9:11 PM


    I recently received my first editorial letter from Hyperion, and I’ve learned so much from watching my editor in action. My article, “Critiquing: Moving Beyond the Sandwich Method,” summarizes what I’ve learned.

    Tips include:

    1. Decreasing the Suck vs. Increasing the Awesome.

    It’s easy to find mistakes that need fixing, but a good editor will also pinpoint the work’s strengths and help the author emphasize them.

    2. Spotting the Author’s Vision.

    We’ve all had beta readers who gave crazy suggestions. To avoid being “that guy,” look for signs of the writer’s intentions. Are there traces of themes that started to form but didn’t quite manifest? Subtle character traits that could be fleshed out?

    3. Ask Good Questions.

    It may not be possible, or even desirable, for you to come up with solutions. Sometimes, the right question about character motivation or plot logic will be just what the writer needs.

  58. Jenny Hill on May 18, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Inspiring Inspiration

    You can schedule time to write, but can you schedule time to be inspired? I originally thought the answer to this question was “no,” until one of your readers challenged me with their words: Inspiration can’t be forced, but it can be generated.

    As a guest blogger, I would like to explore how inspiration can be inspired through:

    •Encountering God
    Let’s face it; most of my memoir was initially written on the back of church bulletins!

    •Encountering others
    My bi-weekly blog is filled with personal interactions and quotes from mentor texts.

    •Encountering nature
    Nothing clears up writer’s block faster than a quiet ride in the kayak across the lake.

  59. Linda Katz on May 18, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Hi Rachel! Thanks for the opportunity to audition!

    The Chemistry of Creativity or Writing as a Science

    Add a little pressure, and before my eyes, mind changes into (another phase of) matter. Adjust the volume and those hot ideas bouncing inside my head take form as solid words on my computer screen. Some say writing is an art. I say it’s a science. Specifically, writing and creativity is all about high school chemistry’s Gas Laws. In the safety of my home ‘laboratory’ I propose to share strategies to shape ideas and channel energy while improving the writing process courtesy of Boyle and Charles.

    Science, like writing, creatively shuffles ideas. Applying scientific principles to writing, like the Gas Laws, bridges my experiences as a high school science teacher, writer, and, communication coach and facilitator. Currently, I’m exploring how our human nature mimics the laws of science and nature.

    My parting question: what laws or rules do you creatively apply to your writing life?

  60. Leah Good on May 18, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Authors often receive the advice to “find a fresh angle”. It sounds deceptively simple. Finding a fresh angle can be particularly difficult for writers of historical fiction. Popular time periods such as WWII and the Civil War have been done so many times it can be hard to believe a fresh angle exists.

    As a historical fiction writer, I love searching for clues to a past that few people know about. Primary documents open a whole world of fresh angles, and they aren’t all that hard to find.

  61. B.M.McClure on May 18, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Possible guest blog topic…

    Why We Love Bad Boys (and Girls): Byronic Heroes and What We Can Learn From Them

    Heathcliff. Rochester. The Phantom of the Opera. Sherlock Holmes. Yes, even Scarlett O’Hara. Cynical, prideful, brilliant and tortured, they are a mere few examples of what has come to be known as the Byronic hero. These guys (and gals) found their way into our hearts long ago and have become infamous in the literary world. What is it about them that is so magnetic? Why have they been so successful, despite doing some not so nice things and having some, ahem, undesirable qualities? And most importantly, what can we as writers learn from their success? No grave digging required.

  62. Amy Storms on May 18, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Platform vs. Pride: The Christian Writer’s Conundrum

    “If content is king, platform is queen,” Michael Hyatt says. And yet, as a Christian, I battle the tension between building a name for myself, and honoring the Name that is above every name. Must I choose between the marketing this business demands, and the humility to which Christ calls? Is there a difference between building a platform and building an ego? In “Platform vs. Pride,” I’ll discuss the Christian writer’s conundrum with honesty, humor, and of course a healthy dose of humility…all while secretly hoping that guest-blogging for you will boost my platform.

    Thanks so much for this opportunity! You’re a constant source of insight and encouragement for us all.

  63. Heidi Lee Munson on May 18, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Thank you for this supportive opportunity, Rachelle.

    Angel Marketer Battles Devil Author To Create A Publishing Platform

    Having gone nose to nose with VPs and CEOs in Fortune 500 companies, I should have been up to the greatest struggle of my professional career; becoming a high maintenance author who is too closely attached to her own pearly prose but knows better. How can I win the battle between product and opus when the turf war I am fighting is because of my own ego?

    As an accomplished marketer, I have developed a keen sense for market positioning and platform design, but as an author my ego sometimes gets in the way. I struggle with the realization that to capture a mainstream audience it’s essential that my literary heart and business smarts agree to collaborate. Only then can I create the best commercial work possible.

  64. Nikole Hahn on May 18, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Everyone is trying to get heard in the growing field of social media. New companies sprout up and more tweets float across my newsfeed begging their audience to buy their book, read their blog, or re-tweet their tweet. How can a person get heard when WordPress reports staggering numbers of new blogs that spring up every day? I’ll give you one word: relationships.

  65. Elizabeth Kitchens on May 18, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    I’m an unpublished author. I’ve only two and a half years of fiction writing experience, and I feel as if I have nothing to say that somebody hasn’t already said. But my publication dreams require me getting publicity and building a platform. I could take a few years to become an expert at something, or I could just show a little bravado and pitch a post about having nothing to say.

  66. Suzanne Fox on May 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    I love all kinds of writing. I got my MFA in poetry. Wrote a memoir that Simon & Schuster published. Sold a category romance to Harlequin and a women’s fiction to Berkley under two different pseudonyms.

    I’m incredibly lucky, and deeply grateful. I’m also a poster child for the perils of creative confusion. I couldn’t promote myself in three genres at once, turn out a strong second book in any of them, or muster the energy to keep building new audiences. With three published books to my credit, I had no real career.

    So I’ve started again—from scratch. It’s taken ten years to find a genre I can truly sustain and get some distance from my near-fatal case of literary multiple personality disorder.

    It may not sound fun to heed Rachelle’s August 4, 2011 blog post and pick a single genre. But trust me: you’ll be glad you did.

  67. Tor Hansen on May 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Two years ago, with the help of a professional editor, I completed my novel, The Tractor, and began to give thought to publication. I decided to hedge my bets by submitting to agents for conventional distribution and, in parallel, beginning the process of self publication.

    Why not, I thought, get experience of both the classic and the new route to market?

    In practice, self publication took about nine months and I still haven’t found an agent in the real world. I worked really hard and had a lot of fun and reader response has been quite favourable, for example, with ratings from LibraryThing reviewers averaging 4. The book is available on Amazon and elsewhere but my sales have been minimal.

    I’d love to share the experience – the good, the bad and the laughable – including the mechanics of self publication and the things I didn’t do but wish I had.

  68. Turney on May 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM

  69. Kendall on May 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    For a few years I worked as the head producer for a three-hour-a-day, five-day-a-week radio program, and I often interacted with PR people and agents to get authors booked on our show (mostly non-fiction, but several fiction writers as well).

    I thought your audience might be interested in hearing what happens when a book is pitched to a radio station, how I could tell from the very first sentence whether or not I would book the segment, and even some basic radio interview tips.

    I think authors especially would like to hear more, because you couldn’t believe how many misspelled, poorly-worded, off-the-maps pitches I received. It broke my heart to think of how much work the author, agent, editors did on this book, only to land in the hands of someone who clearly understood nothing about them or their subject.

  70. Mary Potter Kenyon on May 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    After years of writing, I finally attended two writing conferences last year. “If God opens a door, walk right through it.” This was advice given in a workshop at the Christian writer’s conference in November 2011. Later that month, I took that advice along with advice to build up my non-fiction platform. I designed a power point workshop for an area community college. That workshop netted a weekly column on the same topic for a large newspaper. From that opportunity, doors began opening so quickly they slammed against the wall; public speaking engagements, more workshops, and a schedule so full my head was spinning. A chance encounter at the same conference and this subsequent platform building netted me an agent contract for my non-fiction book. And all this because I chose to walk right through the doors opening up to me.

  71. Marcy Kennedy on May 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    I’ve been trying to post this but ran into glitches, so if my comment appears more than once, I apologize.

    How to Build a Successful Blog as a Fiction Writer

    Novelists are told they need to blog to build a platform, but unlike non-fiction authors, we can’t blog our book, and blogging about writing only connects us with other writers. So how can we write blog posts that will connect with our target readers and build a big enough following to catch an agent’s attention or help sell our self-published book?

    My post will give three practical steps fiction writers in any genre can use to lay the foundation for a successful blog:
    – Identify where your interests and the interests of your target audience overlap
    – Build a takeaway into every post
    – Use fiction techniques to tell an engaging story

    I’m a freelance writer and editor and a pre-published novelist building my platform while looking for an agent. My blog is short-listed in the Canadian Christian Writing Awards.

    • Elizabeth Maria Naranjo on May 18, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      I sure hope you’re one of the winners, because this dilemma is driving me nuts, and I know I’m not alone.

  72. Coleen Patrick on May 18, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Hi Rachelle,
    I like to write posts that offer up some inspiration with a touch of humor. My post idea is on the balance of humility and self-confidence as a writer.
    Embracing your own artistic voice is so important, especially when dealing with doubt, rejection and negative reviews, but then self-confidence can swing too far.
    I love this quote from Abraham Lincoln: “What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.” A writer can be so in love with his/her words that they think they have nothing else to learn—-or so meek that they give up.
    Both can stall success. The goal is to find a balance to these extremes.

  73. rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on May 18, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Avoid pesky continuity glitches and plot holes – by thinking like a copy editor

    Getting notes from a copy editor can be a real headache. You find yourself answering screeds of questions such as ‘what colour eyes does Ben have?’ You didn’t know they had changed from one scene to the next and now you’ve got to scroll through and find them. Worse, the copy editor has identified that it may not be possible for your hero to cross the globe in 12 hours like you need him to for your climax.

    I’ve worked as a copy editor and I’ve been on the receiving end of their very good – if irritating – counsel. I’ve found that if I keep an invisible pedantic angel on my shoulder as I write the manuscript, I save myself a ton of headaches.

    Here are the major glitches a copy editor looks for…

    I’m Roz Morris, writer, editor, copy editor, production professional, bestselling ghostwriter – and author of Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books and How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence.

  74. Krissy Brady, Writer on May 18, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    There’s only one skill that has the potential to improve every single writing career: writing fast.

    Whether you’re an aspiring author struggling to find time to write between your day job and familial responsibilities, or a published author struggling to write your next title while promoting your previous, the ability to write faster will help you accomplish more in less time.

    “The One Skill All Writers Should Master” will discuss the top reasons why writers struggle with the speed at which they write, and will offer tips to help them break through the barriers.

    The tips that will be provided have helped me go from writing a pathetic 500 words per hour to a whopping 1,400 wph!

    I’m the author of The Freelancer’s Guide to Starting Right and Staying Strong (Sterling & Stone), and the owner of Krissy Media Ink.

    Thanks so much for your consideration!

  75. Devin Berglund on May 18, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Hello Rachelle,

    I really love your blog and would love a chance to be a guest blogger. Thank you for this awesome opportunity!

    Here is my pitch:

    Are you bored with your characters? Does it almost feel like you don’t know them anymore? Do you have issues making your characters jump off the page? Are your characters crossing their arms and pouting in a corner, all while refusing to speak to you? If you answered yes to one of the above questions then get ready! I have a few tricks and writing exercises that have to do with ‘people watching’. In this blog entry you will gather information by using these character building tools to grab inspiration from real people. You will be able to create believable and likable characters by using the inspiration and personality ideas you have gained from watching the people around you. When you sit down to write, you will be surprised to see how it has awaken your characters to a whole new level.

    Thank You again for this lovely opportunity,
    Devin Berglund

  76. Kirstie on May 17, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    One of the hardest parts of writing is the negative review. Some negative reviews provide constructive criticism you can learn from but some offer no such help. I like to call the latter ‘trolls’. I try to help you understand the nature of the troll (some are misunderstood, some are just jerks) and offer a solution which helps me feel better after receiving a troll without ruining your public image. It can even be used to improve your writing. Who doesn’t love a positive out of a negative?

  77. Sandra Moreno on May 17, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Something I feel passionate about: A woman being controlled by a man. I have often thought about blogging about it.
    The Wives of Machismo
    Machismo is a type of male who is cold, rude, cocky and macho. He thrives on controlling everyone around them. There are so many women all over the world who choose to live under the control of a man. These women endure emotional and sometimes physical abuse. Most everything these women do is controlled by their man. These are accomplished women. Some very well educated who are strong in many ways except standing up for themselves. They do as they are told in order to try keeping the peace in the home. How does a woman grow up and get married only to be told what she can and can’t do. Usually women don’t realize they are being controlled until they are well into the relationship.

  78. Dionnea Seals on May 17, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Building Your Platform:
    Inspiration for the Unknown

    The old saying, “If you bring food the people will come,” could be further from the truth being an unknown author. Oh, how I wish it were that simple when it comes to building my platform! Who was I truly doing this for and what outcome did I expect? Sitting down at my computer, I began contemplating different ways to increase my fan base. What started out as my how-to, surprisingly ended with new found focus and determination on my craft. In this inspirational blog, three tips are given to keep you motivated on the ultimate goal at hand; turning the perspective of increasing ones’ stats, to embracing your writer’s journey.

  79. Heather McIngvale on May 17, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    My pitch is simple. It will be about how a work-at-home mother of 2 finds time to write. How to manage your time and organize your thoughts while potty training the 2 year old.

  80. Ross B Lampert on May 17, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Writers join critique groups because they want their work to attract an agent like you, a publisher, and ultimately, readers. But when the first draft is done, many wonder how to turn it and their group’s feedback into a second draft, and on to a published work.

    I’m proposing a three-part series on an editing process that flows from the story level to the act to the scene. The story level considers overall plot, story arc, character growth, etc. The act level looks at these factors again, but in finer detail. The scene level does the line edits and dialog, narrative, exposition, and word choice improvements. My posts would describe each level and how editing this way will result in a thorough and effective revision process.

    I have a continuing series of articles on how to critique on the Cochise Writers blog.

    Thank you for considering this proposal.

  81. Elizabeth Wood on May 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Writing with an Advertising Eye

    Advertising is the art of convincing people to buy something. All writers, therefore, are advertisers—whether they know it or not.

    As a project manager/copywriter at a magazine advertising agency, I am constantly seeking the most effective ways to capture—and hold—a reader’s attention. With mere words.

    By embracing the detailed, focused eye of short-copy advertising, writers can fine-tune their craft and make every single word “sell.” The proposed blog would feature 8 advertising principles that will enhance a writer’s approach to any genre.

    My agency publishes regional advertorials in magazines such as Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and Seventeen. Personally, I have published more than 200 articles and advertisements in national and regional magazines.

    Thanks for considering my blog, Rachelle!

    • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser on May 17, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      Elisabeth, maybe this will help (I hope you get selected – cool topic, I’d love to read it)…I just saw an article in Forbes that suggested that the selling process focuses on ‘adding value’ for the customer. In this case..adding value to the customer’s life?

  82. Alicia K on May 17, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Staying Positive While Writing – It’s Possible!

    As a former writing tutor, it comes as no surprise to me that many people dread, dislike, and even fear the writing process. But these feelings aren’t exclusive to students! Many professional and experienced writers also harbor negative or bittersweet emotions toward their craft. Why is this? What is it about writing that evokes a love/hate relationship? Seemingly no one writes about their expertise as much as writers write about writing (ahem), and there is no shortage of pessimism or sarcastic self-pity where writing is discussed. Writing isn’t easy, but why does it become so easy to focus on the bad?

    I will tackle these questions and provide a list of my own strategies for staying positive. I was a reporter/columnist for my university’s newspaper, after which I became a writing tutor, and I now have professional editing experience. I keep two blogs and I’m working on my first novel.

    • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser on May 17, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      That’s a great idea! Some days I positively loathe my computer – its unwinking eye intones…”Writers’ block…writers’ block…”

  83. Dale S. Rogers on May 17, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Revisions, revisions. We sometimes spend more time reading, re-reading, and editing our work than we did writing it. In addition to checking spelling, grammar, punctuation, and content, we need to look out for words and phrases we use too often. What are some methods which can make this time more profitable? I would like to share some techniques I’ve picked up during the past few years.

    This past March, Literary Rambles’ “Tip Tuesday” posted my article on using Ctrl F to hunt down and replace overused words and phrases. In my blog I will discuss this, as well as other editing methods– one that I consider golden.

  84. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser on May 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Hope the 150 words doesn’t include the title!

    Writing Through Adversity, or How To Survive the L-Shaped Ambush

    “With his own spear you pierced his head when his warriors stormed out to scatter us, gloating as though about to devour the wretched who were in hiding. “ – Habakkuk 3:14 (NIV)

    Illness, job loss, divorce…life can fall on us, hard. Sometimes it’s hard to see a way ahead.

    To use a military analogy, it’s an L-shaped ambush.

    The L hits a unit moving along a linear terrain feature. One fire team deploys along the trail, and another fires down-trail. Properly executed, there’s no retreat, no avenue of escape. You walk into one, your first instinct is to hit the ground and wait for the nightmare to end.


    There’s only one way out. On your feet, charge down the enemy’s throat, and break through their line.

    In our world…fight back. Keep motivated, keep writing. Here’s how.

  85. Sue Anne Kirkham on May 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Time constraints. Can’t live within ’em, can’t succeed without ’em. Blessed with the opportunity to ditch my nine-to-five job, I was convinced that finding enough hours to write would cease to be an issue. Enter reality. When sheer willpower failed me, I dusted off a few trusty old organizational rules: only handle things once; prioritize your to-do list. But it wasn’t until I’d systematically analyzed and tweaked my routine that I finally established a firm grip on the time-management tool box.

    The result is a short list of hints for getting those elusive wisps of time to stay put long enough to do something with them. As a lightly-published writer – an online magazine, a few local publications – I believe these discoveries are basic enough to apply at any level of accomplishment, and I’d be delighted and honored to share them with your readers.

  86. Philip Heckman on May 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Let Me Draw You a Picture

    Readers are inundated with informational graphics. However, many charts and diagrams are a waste of space. Some even undermine or contradict the text they supposedly illuminate.

    A nonfiction writer who can devise informational graphics that reinforce text has a powerful tool for connecting with readers. Even if the writer is not also the artist, it’s still the writer’s responsibility to ensure that the graphic’s design improves readers’ understanding.

    Consider this seemingly simple chart ( It purports to show the increased risk of injury facing football players, whose average size has grown steadily.

    This dull chart is actually hard to interpret and, to the degree that it’s legible, is misleading. In short, it sucks. Here’s how to fix it…

    I have 30 years’ experience writing about personal finance. I am the author of several books for young readers, including Saving Money (Lerner, 2006).

  87. Amanda DeWitt on May 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    A Soulful Story: Share Your True Self

    The temptation to disconnect—to remove ourselves from our readers—weighs heavy when deadlines approach and tiredness bogs us down. It’s easier to say something simplistic, even trite, than to dig down deep and share our souls. But we owe it to ourselves and our audience to speak from honest places.

    Before our heroine weeps, we must cry her tears. Before our reader meets his neighbor, we must open our own front door. And before we offer hope, we must struggle. Only after we’ve grieved, failed, and grown are we able to take others on a journey and offer them insight.

    After completing my first book manuscript, I learned that quality content comes as we wrestle with ourselves and write from soulful places. It’s worth every ounce of emotional energy and hour of lost sleep. I blog at Tapestry (, write freelance, and hold a M.A. from Dallas Theological Seminary.

  88. Darlene Lund on May 17, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Why write?

    I never drooled over the thoughts of seeing my name on the front cover of a book. I never dreamed of writing about deaths, disappointments, despair, addictions, anger, or abuse. I never grew-up desiring to write a book.

    However, I smiled in anticipation as I listened and learned from inspiring speakers; I knew I could do likewise. I did dream about speaking engagements centered on me telling about the perfect life in living His Word out obediently. Teaching and speaking, that is my dance.

    So why write?

    What fuels you to go forward and toward an unknown never-before-climbed-mountain that is smack-dab on your highway to purpose?

    How do you keep the negative self-talk out of your mind?

    For me, it’s all in the motive—I write for an audience of one. He has seen it all—it’s His call.

    I’m an Abuse, Grief-Loss, Life Purpose Coach® for women.

  89. Ivy Hughes on May 17, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    You know those car keys you tore the house apart looking for and later found sitting in plain view on the kitchen table? How about the shoes have been sitting by the front door for the last week?

    Routine is instrumental to writing but it often numbs our senses making it difficult to write sharp, engaging fiction. I’ve been traveling for the last year and while I realize the nomad lifestyle isn’t for everyone, travel is a phenomenal way to reinvigorate your novel.

    Listening to the British heightened my attention to cadence in dialogue; reading the John Lennon wall in Prague reconnected me to the human condition; and swimming in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon reinvigorated my sense of place.

    I’d like to discuss how travel is helpful in creating scene, sense of place and dialogue.

    I am a professional travel and business writer and am working on my third novel.

  90. Dale Harcombe on May 17, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    Where is the line? Every author faces this question.
    Are family and friends fair game for the sake of a story? Should family and friends expect their comments, actions and experiences will be mined by the author?
    Some writers will argue anything is permissible to tell a great story. They unreservedly plunder family secrets. After all, family sayings, experiences, and mannerisms can lend authenticity to a character.
    Others may choose to divulge some habits or incidents but not others. Is there ever a case for divulging all? Much depends on the writer, the relationship with family, and the type of story being told, whether fiction, memoir or biography.
    Does it make a difference if the family members are deceased? Or do the same rules apply? Are there ever exceptions? As a blogger and fiction writer, these are questions I will explore and answer in a guest blog.

  91. Jamie McHenry on May 17, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    To the places your stories take you.

    Manuscript in hand, I possessed the greatest idea for an exciting series. I had plotted; I had planned, daydreamed and wrote. The words were fantastic and the elements real. Then I read the story and discovered that my main character was not the hero, nor was he the most interesting character on the pages.

    Sometimes an author’s eagerness to put words on paper blinds them to the reality that what they’ve written could possibly be the wrong story. This is my tale. How a middle grade adventure book transformed into a young adult novel—presented in the point of view of a seventeen year old girl. I accepted the challenge and saw my writing improve along the way.

  92. Donna Fentanes on May 16, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Providence’s Gifts – Nuggets from Five Writing Books

    I love writing books. I imagine most writers do. At the ripe age of 19, I abandoned any hope of writing. I had no confidence or direction. Except for journaling, I did no other writing for many, many years.

    In the middle of raising my large family, the urge to write returned. Over the course of the past fifteen years, I have stumbled on certain writing books that have reignited the desire, encouraged the process, demystified the calling and embraced me as an artist. Five books in particular made their way to me and have blessed me with particular gifts. My guest blog will contain which books these are, how I came to them and one inspirational nugget from each of them.

  93. Cindy Dwyer on May 16, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Dear Rachelle,

    We spend time agonizing over pacing in our writing, maybe we should focus more on the pacing of our writing.

    I maintain an active website while pursuing an agent to represent my narrative nonfiction humor manuscript. My kitchen isn’t as clean as I’d like, and the phrase “Secret Garden” takes on all new meaning if you’ve seen my yard.

    Writing is my passion, but I don’t forget it’s a business. My MBA helps me plan and manage my writing aspirations in relation to the rest of my life as a working mother.

    Do I wish I started my “business plan” sooner? Absolutely. I may have lost some time, but I’ve found a rhythm now and I’m prepared to maintain my pace for the long haul. Up next: Twitter.

    Set Your Pace. Today’s a great day to start.

    I appreciate the opportunity to pitch this idea.

  94. Jim Gullo on May 16, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Dear Rachelle,

    I love my agent. I hate my agent. My agent hates me.

    Now rinse and repeat. I’ve been writing professionally for a living for 25 years, have published nine books and presently have a book on the market about baseball and parenting that is reviewing and selling nicely (and was a very tough sell).

    And I still can’t figure out agents. One took me on as a client when she was 85 years old and in the terminal throes of lung cancer. Another embraced my first novel and said, “Don’t buy the BMW yet, but…” She vanished after asking for six rewrites and never submitting the book.

    The one who lost the ms., found it, submitted it to one publisher and then gave up.

    And the one who worked tirelessly through four dozen rejections and made the deal that will make me grateful for the rest of my life.

    Sorry, that’s probably more than 150 words.

  95. Tessa Afshar on May 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    What will life be like after you are published?

    If you are like most of the rest of us, even when you sign that coveted first contract, you’ll still have to continue with your day job because your first advance isn’t likely to pay the mortgage. You will not be able to suddenly afford a personal assistant or hire a housekeeper. You still have to do that stuff and add the demands of a burgeoning writing career into your life.

    It can be a rude awakening in the midst of one of the happiest times of your life. Like the advent of a new baby, you might be incoherent with joy, but you also find yourself drooling with exhaustion, and occasionally crying with the stress of not knowing how to manage everything you did before and this. Developing balanced expectations now will help you once you are published.

  96. Doron Meir on May 16, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Thanks for the great blog, Rachelle! Here’s my idea for a guest post:

    How to get along with the critic inside your head

    “You’re doing it WRONG!” says the voice inside your head as you try to write your magnum-opus, or perhaps just another blog post. You struggle to get it right, but the more you fix it, the more wrong it seems to get. Do you hate that voice? You shouldn’t; it means you have the ambition to write well, and that’s precious. So how can you get the critic inside your head to work with you, instead of against you?

    An animator, director, writer and illustrator by profession, I maintain a blog about the creative process called The Mechanics of inspiration.

  97. R'becca Groff on May 16, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Thanks for this opportunity, Rachelle!

    As a freelance writer, how responsible are you with another’s words?

    We do not own our interviewee’s/story resource’s words. They are merely loaned to us for the sake of completing our writing assignment, and while we do need to provide the written product our hiring editor has requested, we owe it to our subject to present them honestly from the information they entrusted to us during an interview.

    When you land an assignment, what’s the most important thing to you? Getting another clip for your portfolio, or perhaps it’s the paycheck you will receive?

    Future business relationships are built on respectful handling of someone else’s story, not on some overly augmented treatment of their facts.

    As a freelance writer for a city newspaper and various area magazines, many of my resources have become business-friend relationships. I write a weekly blog on the 360-degree writer’s lifestyle at

  98. Jean Huffman on May 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Would you be interested in a guest blog on the pitfalls of hiring a web designer?

    Recently it was time to kick my blogsite up a notch, from freebie site to professional one through a paid host server. So I found my designer, and we agreed on the basics.

    But I was devastated with what I received—an incomplete site, riddled with broken features, and a designer who would no longer answer emails.

    After winning back half of my financial investment from the first site, I began my quest again, albeit much wiser and more proactive this time.

    I have since found the perfect web designer who’s restored my confidence and is presently working hard to give me the functional, stylish site I always envisioned.

    Thank you for your consideration!

    • Jean Huffman on May 16, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      Oops! I hit “send” too soon and inadvertently left out this sentence:
      “I have five points of advice summarized from my personal experience.”

      Thanks again!

  99. Kathleen Pooler on May 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Hi Rachelle,

    If you don’t mind, I’d like to re-submit my pitch for a guest post on “The 8 Things I’ve Learned about Writing a Memoir”

    When I began working on my memoir three years ago, I had no idea how much I needed to learn beyond the actual writing. Recently retired as a nurse practitioner, I feel like I have been in grad school learning a new craft.

    As a result,the valuable lessons I have gained may help others with their memoir writing.

    I will summarize eight main points about getting started and keeping the momentum in a publishing environment that is rapidly changing.

    After three years of writing vignettes and identifying the theme of my memoir, I am on target to complete the first draft of my manuscript by 12/12.

    I have a weekly blog, Memoir Writer’s Journey at

    I would feel honored to be chosen to do a guest post on your blog.

  100. Jerry Eckert on May 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Two Ideas: One: in retirement, I call myself a “recovering academic.” One of the bigger lessons I had to learn was a new language – nonacademic English. On a tip from an editor, I researched readability statistics, found common patterns among great writers, and put together a little summary that critique groups seems eager to study. Title: A Recovering Academic Learns English.
    Two: On more than one occasion I was able to change whole nations with a few well placed words in a few well chosen ears. Significantly, a couple of written works accelerated the unraveling of apartheid in South Africa. Title: “The Power of Words” with a twist.

  101. Deborah Ude on May 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    A dozen first grade hands wave wildly in the air, bottoms rise from the desk seats, and bodies wiggle impatiently for attention. “Pick me, oh, please, pick me!” Transfer that image to a bevy of query letters, a milling herd of manuscripts all striving to be the one plucked from the slush pile. As quickly as first grade hopes fluctuate, so also do the hopes of unpublished writers. What will get us picked? What encourages us to keep working? Why don’t we simply slouch in our seats and pout sorrowfully in a corner?

    As a former teacher and mother of nine, I understand the wildly waving first grade hands. As a writer milling in the herd, I appreciate their pain. My post, “And the Answer is…” speaks about an issue that confronts disheartened writers: asking the correct questions and thereby discovering answers that encourage and challenge us to persist.

  102. Melissa K. Norris on May 16, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Define your target audience for effective social media growth.

    If you don’t who your writing to, then all your time spent on social media is wasted. In order to build a successful author platform, you need to know who your target audience is. Your book, both fiction and non-fiction, holds the answers to who your target audience is.

    Readers will learn tips for defining their target audience characteristics and ways to reach them. The tighter your focus, the wider your reach. I’ll share one question you should ask yourself before every social media post or update, that will impact the growth of your platform.

    I am a Christian fiction novelist, newspaper columnist, and speaker. I’ll be teaching on this subject at the Northwest Christian Writers Conference this weekend.

  103. Melanie Myer on May 15, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Emotional Freedom Technique For Writers: Remove The Blocks To The Writing Life You Want

    The tapping of your laptop keys, the tapping of your pencil on the desk while you ponder a phrase, the tapping of the rain on the roof . . . What do all these have in common with a great technique for unleashing your creativity to reach greater heights as a writer than you have ever reached before? “Tapping.” Also known as Emotional Freedom Technique, this tool, used by Jack Canfield of Chicken Soup For The Soul fame, and countless other successful people, can change your writing life in amazing ways. Procrastination, perfectionism, and fear of failure no longer need to stand in your way. I have a degree in psychology, have done Christian lay counseling, and am beginning to incorporate “tapping” into my spiritual direction practice. I am also a published poet and a writer of children’s curriculum.

    Thank you for this opportunity, Rachelle!

  104. Aaron Ritchey on May 15, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Thanks Rachelle, for giving us this audition!

    Since I’m a contrary person and full of angst, I figured I’d go in this direction:

    TITLE: The Essential Elements of Failing Epically at the Writing Game: How To Be Ridiculed Mercilessly By Friends, Family, and Complete Strangers

    OVERVIEW: Succeeding at writing is impossible. Since failure is our only option, I am here to tell you how to fail in such a tragically, epically way that you will be forever remembered and adored all the while being ridiculed. I’ve spent two decades writing and though my first book just debuted in March 2012, still, the lessons in failure continue. I will share my experience, strength and despair so you too, can be an epic failure! Which for many, is also the road to unimagineable success.

  105. Heather Bleier on May 15, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    “Learning to Blog from an Amateur – Ten/Twelve Tips to Starting Off Right”

    Ten or twelve tips helping people to understand the basics of getting their blog off the ground. From going mobile to simply engaging your readers in the coveted comment section of your blog. These tips will help amateurs and professionals alike. 

    I have been blogging for a year and these are some of the important things I have learned along the way. I have previously guest posted on the following sites:

    Thank you for your consideration,
    Heather Bleier

  106. Donna Tallman on May 15, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Recently I moved to Colorado. Although I knew the transition would be challenging, I didn’t anticipate the void when I said goodbye to the critique group I attended and led for 12 years.

    Forged in the crucible of soaring hopes and dashed hopes; the “Women in the Rafters” offered me the greatest thing a writer can have – they offered me their truth about my work. While it wasn’t always easy to hear, their courage forced me to improve as a writer.

    Leading the “Women in the Rafters” was much like herding cats, as writers are so independent. However, the success of this cadre of unknowns is stunning and worth every challenge they threw at me.

    Could you benefit from a critique group? What should you look for and/or avoid? How can you offer your best to your group, and how can you safely grow as a writer through the experience?

  107. Donna Rice on May 15, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Hi Rachelle,

    I’d like to write a post titled, “What Do I Blog About?” It would help authors who are struggling to find their blogging niche. The post would set forth a concise plan for developing a blogging theme, creating a blog one sheet, and posting calendar.

    I want to write this post because I struggled with these issues until recently. As an author seeking publication, the pressure to have an online presence has, at times, confounded me. It was clearly important, but after a failed blogging attempt, I realized I was missing something critical—purpose.

    After studying the social media world, I am now in the process of building my new blog and going into it with a purpose and a plan. This post might help other writers find focus more quickly and avoid frustrations often present when creating their online presence.

  108. TC Avey on May 15, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.

    We all want to be happy… don’t we?

    If you answer “yes”, take a moment to contemplate how many unhappy people you know.

    I bet you can name quite a few.

    It’s sad but true.

    Most of us claim we want to be happy (or are happy), but few actually are.

    Why the discrepancy?

    Basically humans lie. We think if we can just achieve “such and such” we will be happy.

    But the truth is “such and such” isn’t the answer, contentment is.

    Truly happy people are content, no matter what life throws.

    Not saying they don’t pursue their dreams, just that they are okay if their dreams morph over time.

    Simply put: content people are those who are flexible.

    For they have discovered the journey is half the fun!

    And we know, writing is a journey.

  109. Lindsey Bell on May 15, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Pitching With Confidence: Promotion Tips for the Shy and Introverted

    Meeting with an editor or agent at a writing conference can be intimidating. But your feelings of insecurity don’t have to dictate your pitch. In this guest post, I’ll explain how to appear confident, even when deep down you’re petrified.

    Using the four tips that I’ll share in this post, I was able to land my agent at my very first pitch session. Since then, she and I have worked together to submit my nonfiction book, entitled “Searching for Sanity,” to publishers. I hope to sign a contract soon.

    Thanks for the opportunity. I look forward to hearing back from you and reading all of the posts you select.

  110. Kimberly Rae on May 15, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Write Something Worth Talking About!
    By far, I have found the best way to market my books is through speaking engagements. When people are approached at a book signing, even if you’re friendly, they feel like you’re trying to sell them something–because you are! If they hear you speak, however, they feel they know you, and want to know more by buying your book. (Not to mention it’s fun to have a book by someone you know!) Will include suggestions on speaking topics and how to find speaking avenues. (I’ve been published over 150 times and have work in 6 languages.)

    • Kimberly Rae on May 15, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      P.S. My novels are about human trafficking, which of course is a hot topic right now, making it (and therefore me) marketable. As they say, you aren’t writing a book, you’re creating a product!

  111. Ruthie Dean on May 15, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Branding (or Re-branding) Your Online Presence

    Working on the PR side of the publishing business at Thomas Nelson, I constantly observe & encourage authors to build their online presence.

    Importance of consistency. Many people misunderstand the word ‘brand’ or ‘tribe’, but an analogy of a yoga studio helped me understand exactly what a brand entails. Everything from the music they play, to the inspiring quotes on the wall, the clothing they sell, and the instructors personalities—all creates a brand. If you walked in and one of the instructors had a bag from McDonalds behind the counter, it would create brand confusion. Brand confusion in a yoga studio makes customers leave. Brand confusion in your online presence leads people away from your book, blog, twitter—in effect leaving your ‘tribe’. Give tangible examples of how to build a brand from scratch or re-brand one’s online presence and examples of brand confusion.

  112. Yvonne Kochanowski on May 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    “Power Your Creativity from Your Subconscious”

    It didn’t start as a path to self-discovery or a new career. In fact, it began as an attempt to manage high stress in a job that no longer brought me passion. An adventure into creativity, tapping the subconscious mind and finding happy avenues of self-expression, was the unexpected result.

    Now, I interact with that subconscious muse every day. She brings me exciting characters who chatter away, begging for freedom. She gifts me with solutions to plot arches and conflict dilemmas. She solves my writing problems.

    Recognized or unknown, writers tap into their subconscious all the time. It is the source of creativity. But what if we could do it on demand? Learn about the power of creativity and the subconscious, how to use it to overcome writing obstacles and how to tap into it to bring out your best work.

  113. B.J. Taylor on May 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Want publication credits in your book proposal? Learn to write tight and concise and rack up some sales by writing short, inspirational stories for publication. It’s not a secret, but there is a formula to use. I’ve been published in more than 30 Chicken Soup books, have found success in Guideposts magazine, Angels on Earth, and many others. This formula is memorable, easy, and fun. It takes the guesswork out of crafting a captivating story in under 1200 words. I’d be happy to share the formula many others have told me broke down the doors to publication. This formula, P MS to a T, will help you do just that. Want to know what it stands for? I can’t wait to share it with you on a guest post on the blog.

    • Christine Dorman on May 15, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      Sounds great, B.J. and you certainly have the qualifications for it!

    • Gillian Marchenko on May 18, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      B.J. Yes! Oh, how I hope this one gets picked!

  114. Jessica Knauss on May 15, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    The Pros and Cons of Small Publishers

    Authors-to-be want to explore all their options for getting their book into print. They may have noticed the scores of tiny publishing houses cropping up in the new, bewildering publishing climate. I have worked for a small and fairly successful press for two years, and would like to share the ways this side of the industry differs both from the large houses and from self publishing. Topics will include when to consider smaller presses, what to look for before submitting, and what to expect during editing and launch, as contrasted with do-it-yourself operations and the grand gatekeepers.

  115. carol brill on May 15, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    The Goldilocks Principle

    You remember the story. A young girl traipsing through the woods comes upon a cabin. The door is unlocked and she enters. Inside she finds everything is too something–too hot or too cold, too big or too small.

    As a writer I can really relate.

    Writers often receive conflicting and confusing feedback. There is too much action or too little plot, too much detail or too little sense of place.

    My blog explores how the Goldilocks Principle helped me grow as a writer as I learned to distinguish which feedback to set aside, which to take to heart, and how to trust my own story instincts and voice.

    • Christine Dorman on May 15, 2012 at 1:46 PM

      Carol, I hope Rachelle chooses you as one of the guest bloggers. I would like to read this. If you aren’t chosen to write here, please publish this on your own blog or FB and tell me where to find it. Thanks! 🙂

      • carol brill on May 16, 2012 at 7:30 AM

        Thanks Christine, I appreciate your comment. carol

  116. Josh Mosey on May 14, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    8 Steps to a Successful In-store Promotion

    Do you have a book that you want to get into people’s hands? Let’s talk about the gatekeepers to your sales, bookstores. Whether you have the marketing power of a major publishing house behind you or you are a self-published author, the principles of the successful in-store promotion of your book, book signing, or speaking engagement are the same. I’m here to guide you through the process.

    My name is Josh Mosey, and in addition to being a writer, I am the marketing manager and events coordinator at one of the largest independent Christian bookstores in the Midwest, Baker Book House. I have helped put together events for A-List authors as well as local self-pubs. If you follow the steps discussed here, you can be confident in a good event and a strong relationship with every bookstore you visit.

  117. Kelly Belmonte on May 14, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Here’s my pitch: “How to write a (decent) poem in 8 (more or less) simple steps”

    Over the course of the past thirty-plus years I’ve written hundreds of poems. My first clear memory of writing poetry was in my early teens, and the result was (in retrospect) really quite awful, but I will never forget the thrill of having put my pen to my paper and produced something out of seemingly nothing. I was hooked.

    I have been asked on a number of occasions throughout my life, regarding the writing of a particular poem or two, “How did you do that?” Though my reaction to this question is always, “I have no idea,” I now want to give it serious consideration and a serious answer. My blog post will bring the process into slow motion, breaking it down into parts, so others might also enjoy the magic of making poetry.

  118. Christine Dorman on May 14, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Ms. Gardner,

    Thank your for the opportunity to audition to be a guest blogger. Your previous guest bloggers have been informative and delightful. Here is my idea for a guest blog:

    A writer is walking along a lonely beach. Distracted by her daydreams, she trips over something. Annoyed and muttering, she glares at the object that made her fall. It is an ancient-looking bottle, partially buried in the sand. She lifts the bottle and rubs the sand off. Suddenly, a genie appears, ready to grant her three wishes. She has only one: to make writing her day job. Most writers know that this wish requires a genie or a miracle. Or does it? I will discuss seven realistic ways to make writing a day job.

    Currently, I teach writing at a college, write three blogs and am working on developing a small writing business.

    Thank you again for this opportunity.

    Christine Dorman

    • carol brill on May 15, 2012 at 7:48 AM

      I am intrigued 🙂

      • Christine Dorman on May 15, 2012 at 1:43 PM

        Thank you, Carol! I hope that I can deliver a blog that will live up to your interest.

  119. Julie Covert on May 14, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    “Raising Money to Self-Publish”
    Congratulations on deciding to self-publish your book. Now where will the money come from?
    This guest blog explores how to successfully use crowd funding websites, such as and, to raise money to self-publish your book.
    Topics explored in this guest blog include choosing the right company to work with, anatomy of a well designed project, and the essentials of how to get people to back your book.
    In thirty days I successfully raised over $8000 for my book, Art of Winter, due July 2012. You will learn about some of the crucial but often overlooked elements of a successful campaign that I used to achieve my goal. You can do it too!

  120. Eric Christensen on May 14, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    “Why You Should Join a Writers’ Group”

    Many fiction writers struggle to find readers who can provide honest feedback. Because friends and family do not want to hurt your feelings, writers often turn to a writers’ group.

    They will meet some interesting people (including the professional, the bully, and the grammar police), but more importantly, fears of rejection and criticism will decrease. But that’s not the best reason to join a group.

    Offering criticism is. Why? Because learning to critique properly will improve a writer’s storytelling mechanics. My post will help writers learn how to read to critique. If a writer can understand not only when a story breaks down, but also why, that will dramatically improve the writer’s own editing and revision process.

    To get a better sense of my writing, you can visit my two most recent guest posts:

    Thank you for your time, Ms. Gardner.

  121. Elaine Baldwin on May 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Thank you, Rachel, for considering my blog post. My pitch is below.

    One Block Down Failure Street, Then Turn Write

    Novice or established, every author finds themselves on Failure Street now and then. Satan wants us to live here, but the effective author doesn’t roam aimlessly up and down this street or park along the side of the road. The skilled writer learns what they need to learn on Failure Street then quickly navigates to the nearest exit.

    The problem is many of us hang out on this debilitating stretch of road far too long. In fact some of us, like me, find ourselves taking up residence as we stall in rush hour traffic searching for the elusive Published Author Boulevard. We’re exhausted and disillusioned.

    This blog post gives four key traffic strategies to maneuver around potholes and road blocks, find God’s personal exit for you and make the write turn to His empowerment and success.

  122. Amanda Dykes on May 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Notes from the Land of Limbo: How I morphed from a Seat-of-the-Pants writer to a Plotter without knowing what was happening… and why I want to hear what works for you.

    Writers: Do you relish sitting down to a screen and watching the story unfold before you, without knowing where it’s going? Or, do you thrill at plotting your journey’s route before embarking? In this article, I’ll share what worked for me from each camp, what my system has evolved into, why each of the elements – clipboards and timers and clothespins and thumbtacks and binders and charts—are in place.

    Most importantly, I’ll ask what works for YOU. We can learn much from each other, and I want to get a glimpse into what you’ve got going. As a newly-agented writer embarking on the writing of her second novel, I will delight in gleaning from your experience.

    • Heather Gilbert on May 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      I like this idea, Amanda–and NEWLY AGENTED! How exciting! You have to twitter me (@vikingwritergal) about who your agent is and tell me more about your book!

  123. Lissy on May 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Looking at the religious fiction section in my local book store or even the entire selection at my Christian book store I see many books with the same characteristic. They are not compatible with the Bible.
    Christian writing is not focused on Christ anymore. Oh, yes there are a few pearls in the mire, but for the most part I am appalled at what passes for Chritian literature.
    It doesn’t have to be this way. In fact it wasn’t always this way. If we look at our country as a young nation its literature was far more godly than today.
    I would like to address the purpose of our writing as Christians and how we do that using select examples from the past. It is important that we don’t forget whose name we write under and the responsibility it carries.

  124. Jackie Ley on May 14, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    Master Class
    A crowd baying for blood, a terrified woman accused of adultery. The account in John 8 has all the ingredients of a riveting scene from a novel. As a Christian writer, I’m also intrigued that it’s the only reference in the Gospels to Jesus writing. We’re given no clue what he wrote. By the time the accusers had slunk away, he was probably writing for an audience of one, and she probably had to read it upside down! But his message changed that one woman’s life. In my guest blog I’d unpack seven things writers of all faiths and none can learn from Jesus, the writer.

    Have been following your blog for eighteen months, Rachelle. Got as far as full ms stage on a query to Wordserve. Now the current WIP is almost ready to fly – but not before it’s ready. I’ve learnt a lot from your advice!

  125. Aminta Arrington on May 14, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    Strategies to allow the subconscious to punch through

    Most of our best writing comes from our deepest places. But getting those thoughts up from the recesses in our souls is not easy. The 19th Century German composer Richard Wagner struggled for months trying to begin the Ring. Only after collapsing from sickness and exhaustion did the prelude finally pour forth, finally released from his subconscious.

    Likewise, I struggled for months to write the first page of my memoir about taking our adopted daughter Grace back to China, the country of her birth. I knew none of my attempts were right, and threw out page after page. I could feel the idea pressing within me; I knew it was there; but I could not articulate it. A long run along the street markets and tiled sidewalks of our adopted Chinese city cleared my head and allowed the idea finally to get loose.

  126. Christina on May 13, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    From Blog to Book: 4 essentials helping you grow as a writer

    Whether your blog is your creative outlet or clever marketing promoting your writing career – writing a blog (successfully) teaches you four essentials that help can help you in your career.

    1. Writing is hard work
    2. There is little gratification
    3. Keep it going despite 1. and 2.
    4. Learn the marketing side of writing

  127. Val on May 13, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    How do 50 people with the same extraordinary experience collaborate on a book about Motherhood, Miracles, and Serendipity?
    We are a group of online friends who have met through the random and unusual circumstance of adopting from one of the most remote, yet relevant regions of Russia. We have been sharing our stories for 3 years. We welcome new adoptive parents to our Facebook page, Adoption in Chita, Russia every month.

    We are close, close friends online, we feel like we know each other and our children well, yet most of us have never met in person.

    We want to write a book, one family’s story at a time, about our collective experiences in travelling to Chita, Siberia. Few people apply to adoption agencies hoping to go to Siberia (St. Petersburg is beautiful, less expensive and more fun, Moscow is cosmoplitan and much more glamorous not to to mention inexpensive) yet we all would go back to Chita in a heartbeat! (A seven hour flight east of Moscow)
    It is the city the Decemberists were banished to centuries ago; the radical thinkers, the unconventional, the scary.

    We want to collaborate and write a book together. If a blog post helps us get it off the ground, we are in!

    Our stories are incredibly unique….

  128. Pamela Carey on May 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    I have always been a list-maker.
    My lists turned into jottings that filled notebooks. Great-sounding phrases, ideas for books, page references for really unique ideas, went into the notebooks.
    Notebooks morphed into journals. New River Press released my first book, MINOR LEAGUE MOM: A MOTHER’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE RED SOX FARM TEAMS, in 2009. The journals I kept during the seven years our two sons played in the Red Sox minor leagues were the basis for the book.
    I have finished another manuscript, A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR GROWN CHILDREN WITH ELDERLY PARENTS. I recorded all my parents’ humorous quirks and the lessons I learned as their caregiver in journals.
    Here’s the point: it’s easier for writers to begin from notes than from a blank slate.
    There’s only one problem: writers can become obsessed with note-taking. That’s when someone needs to take them to the movies!

  129. Laura Diane on May 13, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    As a former home health nurse, then director of various home health agencies, I saw the devastation which occurs when a family is not prepared. I blog twice a week on topics for adult children of aging parents and how they can get the dialogue started so aging, retirement, and end-of-life care do not catch the entire family by surprise.

    While practicing as a home health nurse I observed what causes the most friction within families of aging parents. My blog posts explore viable options leading to satisfactory outcomes for families engaged in the journey of honoring their aging parents. Topics such as collaborative relationships, developmental needs, finances, health, housing, insurance, legal issues, and safety are explored.

    Thanks Rachelle for the opportunity to pitch to you for a guest post. Great idea!

  130. Jarm Del Boccio on May 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Not everyone can write a YA novel or a children’s picture book, and it can take years to research a topic for a non-fiction publication.  But anyone can write when the subject is near and dear to the heart.  Reliving the past, whether it is your’s or a family member’s, can be healing…and stretching, too.  Creating a memoir is a good way to practice writing skills, without the pressure of research, or formulating a plot.  

    I began to collect tidbits of life with my Mother soon after her death at almost 100. Although we didn’t always see ‘eye to eye’, I found healing in recalling those childhood years with my widowed Mom.

    As I documented those memories, I learned a few tips along the way.  I will share those tips with your audience.

    My memoir post for the A to Z Challenge:

  131. Christi McGuire on May 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Are You Running Your Race?

    In Hebrews 12, we are admonished to run the race God has given us. But that’s difficult. Jealousy, greed, and even resentment creep into our hearts. As writers who are supposed to master the many realms of social media and adhere to publishing tips, tricks, and guidelines, running our own race is a constant struggle. We pour out creativity until we are empty; however, so-and-so got a zillion blog hits and we didn’t; “that writer” got a book deal and we didn’t. It’s tough to endure and persevere in today’s publishing world. This guest post would give inspirational helps for writers to stay on course, run the race, and finish strong.

    Christi McGuire has been a freelance writer, editor, and publishing consultant in the Christian publishing industry for 12 years. Visit for more information.

  132. Heather Gilbert on May 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    I’d love to blog about where Christian Crossover authors fit in today’s market.

    I’d be happy to interview authors or agents on this topic (would love to ask you questions, Rachelle!).

    I’d explain the fallout from gearing my one-size-fits-all blog into a more Christian format. I’d also entertain questions we have to wrestle with as Christian authors, such as, “Do I have to follow all the writers who follow me on twitter, even if they practice witchcraft, etc?” And the biggie for crossover writers: “Do I look for a Christian agent or submit to agents who work primarily with the ABA?”

  133. Joan Campbell on May 13, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    I am a South African writer and—as many of your blog readers do—dream of having my writing read by more than just my mother and best friend. Blogs such as your own, written by experts or published authors, give us valuable advice on writing and publishing topics. However, one subject I would like to see addressed is how to keep your publishing dream alive while simultaneously retaining your identity, joy and creativity, i.e. how to look after your emotional well-being as a writer. My guest blog would touch on my own struggles in this area and some of the ways I have overcome them, including: – changing my perspective on why I write; encouraging and serving other writers; gaining a voice by starting a blog; seeking out small writing opportunities; and celebrating minor victories along the way.

  134. Desiree Woodland on May 13, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Writing to Heal the Sorrow- Grief takes many forms and changes life in many ways. We wonder how we will survive or if we will find meaning in our loss, or purpose in our lives once again. I propose a blog entry on writing as a way towards healing. As a miner searches for gold, writing helps shed light on the nuggets of memory, love, and resilience within us all. I am a survivor of the suicide of my son, Ryan. Writing was an entry into the deepest caverns of my grief, wherein I was surprised and fortified by the treasures I discovered there. I am a retired teacher, mental illness awareness advocate and grief facilitator. I reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Desiree Woodland

    • michelle a on May 14, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      This sounds like a very thought provoking post, interesting idea….

  135. Kathleen Pooler on May 13, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    “The 8 Things I’ve Learned About Writing a Memoir”

    Everyone has a worthwhile story within to share but not everyone chooses to share their life story in the form of a memoir. Three years ago,I decide I would and as a result have learned many lessons that may help others with their memoir writing. The underling theme will be: Your story deserves the time and effort it will take to do it right.

  136. Shirley Anne on May 13, 2012 at 5:37 AM

    A reply to a comment by Ruth Taylor (because I believe so strongly in this principle): she wrote “For authors of Christian books, there may be a question of future persecution since many leaders and organizations in our nation criticize principles found in the Word of God. Stating certain beliefs in the future could turn into ‘hate speech’ crimes.”

    I believe it would be a sad day indeed if Christianity is not free to share its ideals, which stand for love of God and love of fellow man (all people) and peace (Jesus said turn the other cheek and love one’s enemies), and the same applies for any other religion. I believe the key to real freedom and peace in this world is to stand for what you believe in, and to allow others the same right. I do not mean say “I am right and you are wrong”. I mean “live and let live” and “I am free to be me”. Why are we afraid to say the word “Christmas” for fear of offending someone else? Christ and Christmas is an integral part of many people’s cultural heritage. Christianity should be a celebration, in much the same way that other religions are happy to share what they believe without fear of persecution. I believe a Christian will only offend if he or she tells someone that what that person believes is wrong and he is right. Amongst all the other things I write, this is one of the fundamental principles of a book I wrote. Be proud to be a Christian. As Jesus said, let your light shine.

  137. nuku on May 13, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    First off, let me say that I like this idea you have for getting guest bloggers.

    Second, how unfair!! (cries, whines, blubbers, and sobs.) I understand that you are asking for people’s pictures, and links to their blog, I assume it’s so you can check out what they’re like, y’know, if they write stuff that you’d rather not be linked to. But if people just like to read the blogs of others, like I do, and want to write something for you, it just seems kinda mean.

    The picture idea also irked me as I know a lot of people who do their best to keep their pictures off the internet. I’d go into reasons why, but I don’t want to bore you.

    Yes, I know I’m whining, and I do apologise for that. I just think that maybe there are people out there with really good insight on the craft of writing who don’t bother to maintain a blog.

    I’m sorry if my comment annoyed you, and I probably read too much into the few guidelines you wrote. (I tend to do that…)

    Anyway, that’s about it.

  138. Jason on May 13, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Hi Rachelle, I’m on the very bottom rung of the writing business: 200 pages into the first draft of my first novel, and trying to figure out what to do after that. So, my only qualification is that I’m right now working through all the things that harry beginners, learning a lot about the craft and my place in it as I go.

    Here’s my pitch: There’s no such thing as writer’s block. There is, however, such a thing as editor’s block.

    When you’re blocked, you don’t forget how to put words together to express a thought. You can still order a pizza. You can still describe how bad it hurt to stub your toe on the way to the bathroom last night.

    What you can’t do is express a thought in a way that’s good enough to satisfy your internal editor. You must learn how to silence him.

  139. Ruth Taylor on May 12, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Fears of Unpublished Writers

    Unpublished writers dream of sharing their work. They want readers to be touched by their words. Serious writers want to be successful for years, writing book after book that readers will love.

    With those desires come fears and uncertainties.

    An unpublished writer may wonder if they are truly ready for the demands of the publishing world.

    The writer may fear that their first book may not be successful. There may be a fear of criticism and rejection among the publishing elite.

    For authors of Christian books, there may be a question of future persecution since many leaders and organizations in our nation criticize principles found in the Word of God. Stating certain beliefs in the future could turn into ‘hate speech’ crimes.

    For unpublished authors, what are your fears and uncertainties? For published authors, what were they before your dream came true?

  140. Tahlia Newland on May 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    To eread, or not to eread, when, not if, is the question. Even if you presently vow that you’ll never abandon paper books, if you’re reading fiction, one day you will buy an ereader, and you’ll likely end up preferring ebooks to paper books. Don’t believe me? Stop crying “no, no,” and clutching your darling paperback to your chest; read on and I’ll show you why.

    This voracious reader, author and blogger has a lifetime of experience with paper books and three years experience with an ereader to draw on for this article, where she points out that the trends that create the future are already here and will only get stronger with time.

  141. Kristen Hogrefe on May 12, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    You have a story to tell, but no one seems to be listening – or at least, you can’t get anyone’s attention. Yet you refuse to relinquish your dream of being an author. Self-publishing scares you, but the words of Mark Twain echo in your ears, “Do the thing you fear the most and the death of fear is certain.”

    I self-published my first book in a Christian fiction series called Wings of the Dawn and am looking to self-publish the second installment later this year. If selected as a guest blogger, I would like to share with you what I’ve learned about self-publishing on my journey and seek to inspire other aspiring authors to never, never, never give up.

    I have experience blogging at both personal and professional levels. My personal blog is Anonymous to Author, and I also write for a corporate blog for Accuform Signs.

  142. Doris Swift on May 12, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Dear Rachelle,

    I love your blog and have shared many of your posts on facebook…Thank you for this exciting opportunity to pitch you for a guest spot on your blog….

    When Writers Question Their Craft….

    Am I a writer because I write, or do I write because I’m a writer?

    When exactly can one say “I am a writer”? Having been in the banking industry for over 29 years, it reminds me of the old catch 22 of credit…You can’t get a credit card if you have no credit, and you can’t build credit if nobody will take a chance on you. It can be very discouraging….Should you just give up? Writers experience similar challenges when striving to build credit in the literary world. Do you need open doors to walk through, or the key to unlock the ones that are closed? I would share with your readers, ideas on how they can build their “literary credit” as well as ways to rekindle the confidence in their craft…

  143. Ruth Coe Chambers on May 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    As a guest blogger I would share my thoughts on senior citizens and writing. Ours is an aging population where boomers reside on the back side of youth. I have the track record and years of experience in being both published and rejected. The blog will follow my path from youth to senior citizen, sharing some of the lessons I’ve learned and the importance of motivation in writing and life-long learning.

    Thanks for the audition to share my vision of writing as it embraces the possibilities of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

  144. Jarm Del Boccio on May 12, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Rachelle…do we need to be published to be a guest poster? I noticed that the majority (if not all) at your links were published. Thanks!


  145. Dionnea Seals on May 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    So looking forward to this opportunity! Sharpening my pencil right now! 🙂

  146. Gene Maddox on May 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    My business career had come to a satisfactory conclusion. I could now focus on my favorite endeavor–writing.

    The plan for the book I intended to write fell into place quickly. I then crafted a strategy for its marketing. I’d be creating five blog posts per week, and responding to comments. There’d be Tweets, Facebook updates, and other social media involvement.

    The word output required by these activities was sobering. Yet this would be in addition to the writing of my book! How might I achieve this output level, while keeping my enthusiasm, energy, and sanity?

    For many years, dictation software had provided a substantial productivity boost in my business writing. I’d used it for e-mails, letters, marketing materials, and even a monthly business column. Might it provide those same benefits in my new career as an author?

    It did. And I’d like to share that experience with your readers.

  147. William Cowie on May 12, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Will write for love (and a shout out or two).

    Remember the Eddie Murphy movie Trading Places? Imagine someone keeping your seat warm with a fresh perspective, someone who can keep the sense in sense of humor.

    And leave your tribe welcoming YOU back with open arms, relief oozing from every syllable.

    Sound good?

  148. Gabrielle Meyer on May 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Thank you for this opportunity, Rachelle. Here is the title and idea for my post.

    “Five Ways to Reduce Conflict and Tension in Real Life”

    Conflict and tension are key ingredients in our stories, but they’re not something we want in our real lives – at least not while we’re trying to meet a deadline. How do we reduce these pesky companions so we can spend our time writing and being productive? As a mother of four, a co-owner for a small business and a busy volunteer, I’ve found five ways to reduce conflict and tension in my hectic life to accomplish my goals.

    In my post I will explore:
    -Open Communication/Clear Expectations
    -Having others catch your vision
    -Taking time for yourself

    I’d be honored to share my ideas and strategies with your blog readers. Thank you.

  149. Lanny on May 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    There’s a void spreading throughout the heartlands of America, a black hole of confusion that has led many a wizened hand, its bony fingers wrapped around the latest rejection letter, to thrust out toward the heavens with this fervent plea: “Please tell me, oh great muse, should I e-publish or should I go the traditional route?”
    Agents, if they know, aren’t fully addressing this subject(kinda like the trashy mystery date you brought home for the first time-“How’d you like him, Ma?” “Oh,he was-colorful”), which leads us author wannabes to think: Yeah, it’s ’cause them agents don’t make no money from e-publishing.” But really, what are the benefits to self-publishing-OK, no agent or editor or publisher to worry about, but also maybe NO READERS? (You did what? you paid BookBaby $199 to prepare an e-book for Amazon to give away?)Inquiring minds want to know, and will not be deterred, at least not until the next Mad Men comes on. There are e-publishing pros and cons hidden in the landscape, and I’m just the man to find them! (he said, somewhat confidently)

  150. Kathryn J. Bain on May 12, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Ms. Gardner:

    I would like to pitch an idea titled “Pet Peeves in the Reading Community”. While it’s important to impress publishers to get your book out, readers are even more important. Without them, you will not have a writing career.

    There are certain writing habits I’ve noticed in contest entries that new writers are consistently making. These are things that will drive away potential fans. A writer only gets one chance to impress a reader. Lose them, and they’re probably gone for good.

    Stupid heroines, stupid bad guys, and ridiculous sex scenes are just some of the things readers find annoying. If a reader thinks a first release is bad, there’s a good chance they won’t buy the second.

    I hope you like my idea for a guest blogger position, and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kathryn J. Bain

  151. Rosy Rodriguez on May 12, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Dear Rachelle,

    Here is my pitch.

    Writing’s like a Train Ride. Obvious, perhaps. For me it wasn’t. That wonderful flash of insight came to me one summer night as I rode the Amtrak’s Northeast Regional back home. Yes, writing is a journey just like a train ride, and if we understand what’s involved in this journey we could make the most of it. I’d love to share how writing compares to a train ride by showing readers how both share similar elements. If riding the train thirty eight times for one and a half year and many years of writing frustration taught me something, it’s that writing, like everything else in life, is a journey.

    Thanks for your consideration!

  152. Debra Winegarten on May 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Thanks for the invitation! I have two different topics I’d be delighted to provide for your readership. Feel free to grab whichever one makes your heart happy. Heck, I’ll even write both of them if you’d like.

    1. Strategic Targeted Internet Marketing: How to Sell the Heck Out of Your Non-Fiction Book and Get it Out of Your Hot Little Hands and Into Theirs; or

    2. How to Get over 18,000 fans for your Facebook page in Four Months or Less.

    Thanks for your consideration, Rachel!

  153. Lance Wallace on May 12, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    “How vacation provides the best writing time”

    After 10 years in newspapers, my career in non-profit communications had progressed to the point where writing, my true love, was squeezed out by budgets, personnel evaluations and meetings.

    So I began chasing my dream of writing a novel during my family’s week-long beach vacation in 2006. I finished the first draft four years later, almost to the day, sitting on a balcony overlooking the snow white sand of the Emerald Coast in Northwest Florida.

    In the process, I discovered that vacation – even with three kids demanding my attention – can be a productive and fulfilling time to make progress on your magnum opus.

    Here are five tips to maximize your vacation as a productive and creative experience.

  154. Bret Draven on May 12, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    The Pitch…

    The Death of Writers Block: Imagination vs. Opinion

    By definition, “block” means to obstruct by placing obstacles in the way. As a fledgling writer, I can think of a few choice words to add to the definition! But much to our obvious chagrin, the obstacle doesn’t reside within the definition. Why? It’s simply not the way of the world! Meaning: somewhere in-between the rubber meeting the road, and droves of zealous fan’s spreading the gospel called your work… imagination sets up shop with “opinion!”

    I’d like to refer to this pitch as the “Tips from a creative loser” chronicles!

    • Bret Draven on May 12, 2012 at 2:30 AM

      By the way, I’d like to pawn-off any grammatical errors and/or excessive use of exclamation points to my pal Jagermeister. Apparently, he had other plans for me tonight. This is a good thing though… normally my writing is much worse!

  155. Hannah Mills on May 12, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    As a teen author, a lot of people–especially adults–don’t think you can do it. They don’t think you have the skills, the dedication, and the knowledge necessary to write something worthwhile, something that will touch your readers and leave them wanting more.
    But you can prove them wrong.

    I myself am a teen author, who has self-published one book, with another nearly ready for publishing and several more in multiple stages of completion.

  156. Shirley Anne on May 12, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Do you feel life has left you behind? Are you grasping for dreams that always seem just out of reach? I believe the way you will find meaning in life is to harness your unique talents, the ones you do effortlessly and that you feel passionate about. When you do what you love doing, you will find your purpose and be able to live your dreams. Jesus said you must let your light of life shine! Just as salt needs to keep its flavour to be useful, you need to fulfil your own God-given purpose, and be who you were always meant to be. Think of the tale of the ugly duckling: he did not know he was a swan and needed to find his purpose. Be yourself. Find your purpose. Live your dreams. Grasp hope. Your life is yours to live. Everyone in the world has something to give.

  157. M. J. Stoddard on May 11, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    I am a somewhat newly published author(my book released last year), my genre would be considered speculative fiction. I’m working on three writing projects, one of which is the sequel to my novel and the others I am debating on whether it’ll be a novella or novel, due to the complexity of both plot and characters.

    I’ve also done social networking through Twitter and Facebook and a couple discussion groups on Amazon, but it’s like I’m trying to shout over the white noise. On top of that, I have my own blog with a some sample stories and illustrations. If I wasn’t so busy, I would like to be guest blogger, but it sounds like a great idea for writers.

  158. Mercey Valley on May 11, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    My Secret Weapon For True Fiction

    There’s nothing worse than reading a book where the characters seem like they’re coming across in 2D. When reading a novel it’s so helpful for me to feel as if I’m there in the moment, feeling the spray on my skin, being scorched by a desert wind, or touching that key character on the cheek like the supporting lead just did. It’s an experience one of my friends hinges all her reading experiences on—if she can’t feel it, the book doesn’t rate.

    Somehow 2D writing still seems to slip through publishing cracks.

    If there’s one way of learning how to write in 3D that changed the way I view writing as a practise, it was with an unexpected book linked so closely to what authors currently buy for instruction that it gets passed over for falling into a different creative discipline…

  159. P. J. Casselman on May 11, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    You did say only the summer, right? Wow, what an impressive line-up of blog topics.

    Negativity surrounds authors on all sides. Our spouses, parents, friends, even children can grow negative if our dream does not take hold quickly enough. Queries come back, “Thanks but no thanks.” Self-publishing becomes an exercise in futility. How can we overcome all the negativity around us and not let it snatch away our dream? What are the answers for the nay-sayers who tell us enough is enough? How do we stay upbeat when we are beaten down? I would like to share a blog of encouragement.

  160. Meredith Towbin on May 11, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    What does it feel like to hand over your first crack at a novel to a beta reader? It goes something like this: pride, immediately followed by panic, nausea, self-loathing, self-soothing, another wave of nausea, and something close to acceptance, because unless you’re a hacker you can’t get that email back.

    As a two-time, yet unpublished novelist, I’ve handed my little babies over to quite a few betas. I know it’s all part of the process, but each time I send my books out into the world, I, for lack of a better expression, freak the heck out. My doubts about my writing ability, my fear of being seen as a lunatic, attack me with a vengeance.

    My topic: What it’s like to hand over a book to a beta reader, wait in agony for a response, and deal with whatever was typed into the margins of what you thought was the next Great Gatsby.

  161. Jim Thomsen on May 11, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Hi, Rachelle. Here’s my pitch:

    Traditional publishing may not be right for all writers, but self-publishing doesn’t mean you have to cut corners on quality or on readership reach.

    As a successful editor for self-publishing authors with a long client list, I’d like to share some stories of triumph (as well as some cautionary tales) from my authors, as well as a bullet-point list of what approaches work best and what don’t.

    I’ll also talk about how agents best fit into the self-publishing paradigm, and how self-publishing can prove to be a back door in a better traditional-publishing deal than an author might have gotten by knocking on the front door. I’ve seen the best and the worst of self-publishing, and have an ultimately hopeful message for those looking down that road.


  162. Lina AbuJamra on May 11, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    I struggle with fear. It took me at least a day to get enough courage to throw my hat in the ring. Trust me, it’s much easier being a doctor. So it should come as no surprise that my guest post would be the following:
    5 Fears you must overcome to write your first book.
    1. Fear of Commitment.
    2. Fear of Failure.
    3. Fear of Rejection.
    4. Fear of Inadequacy.
    5. Fear of Futility.
    Thanks Rachelle, and thanks for you regular posts.

  163. Amy Sue Nathan on May 11, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Tips for banishing the insecurity that comes with writing a first draft and lasts all the way through publishing a book — and beyond. Not everything works for everyone, but in this publishing climate, there’s no time to be a wallflower writer.

  164. Cassandra on May 11, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    As a freelance editor, I’d love to do a post about the most prevalent issues I see 🙂

    • Mercey Valley on May 11, 2012 at 11:29 PM

      Ooh, how cool!! I’d read this.

  165. Peter DeHaan on May 11, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    I’ve been writing for 30 years but only been a writer for three. In my day job, I am a magazine publisher.

    In my guest post I will share — from a publisher’s perspective — tips on how to impress editors and offer warnings of what to avoid. I will also share the secrets of “How to come across as a novice” and “What to do to irritate an editor.”

    My intent in this will be to entertain and educate.

    (If I’m not selected, I will post this on one of my blogs — because I think it’s a pretty good idea! Thank you for sparking the idea.)

  166. Verity, Indeed... on May 11, 2012 at 6:52 PM


    Rachelle, your best blogging will always be letting those folk share how to get published the non—traditional way; some of the ladies thoughts, informations, and passions about that were amazing!!!

    Rachelle, you have a DUTY to perform —
    Jim G. has just typed///shared the most important visitor comment that you will EVAH have at your blog!!!

    Jim. G. should have quite a few guest bloggings — forget about the rest!!!

    Ladies and gentleman, your undivided attention, please. Jim G. declared,

    “There is a plethora of misinformation about our craft. So much so that many talented and potentially great writers become overwhelmed and just give up.”

    Providential reader, the last thing you read there should be overwelming…

    Thee CULT “Teaching How To Write” is what he is talking about…

    That Aint Texan…

    Somebody knowing nothing about novel writing can learn FREE in 4 pages of teachings…

    Aint That Something………

  167. Julie Cave on May 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Relationships are Key

    Whether starting out in writing, trying to sell your manuscript, or already a published author, building relationships is the key to writing success.
    My blog post will examine key relationships that will set up long-term benefits for your writing. It’s easy to send out dozens of messages asking people you barely know to support you, but how do you build truly loyal enthusiasts for your work?
    The answer lies in building a network of relationships aimed at their success; you will find that your success quickly follows!
    I am a published author of the Dinah Harris mystery trilogy, published by New Leaf Press Group.

  168. Christina Kaylor on May 11, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    What My Dogs Have Taught Me about Writing—and Life

    Since I began writing my WIP a year and a half ago, I have been influenced by four different canine literary partners. I propose to contribute three, possibly four posts organized by dog and learning experience.

    For example, my first, and by far most influential dog was Mr. Darcy, yes, that Mr. Darcy, the perfect man reincarnated as the perfect dog, my wheaten Scottish Terrier. While Mr. Darcy certainly passed on many helpful writing tips and has caused my narrative voice to speak with a slight Jane Austen accent, it was the diagnosis of his lymphoma that taught me to stop daydreaming my life away about the novel I had shelved in a bookcase of my mind. Life is short—sometimes as short as a Scottie’s legs—so live it now and write it now.

  169. Clayburn on May 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Can an anti-social hermit use social media effectively to promote their writing? And why should they? Of course everyone knows the power of Twitter and the like, but when you’re natural personality puts you at a social disadvantage, how do you leverage social media for personal gain? Tips, hints, a look at the personality of a lonely writer, why they should make the effort toward some bit of sociability and how to do it effectively while maintaining their honest disposition.

  170. Dana on May 11, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Thank you for the opportunity to apply to be a guest blogger. I love reading your posts and have learned a great deal.

    I have two post ideas.

    As a blogger for a midsized newspaper, I’d like to offer advice to people thinking of self-publishing, titled ‘Something to consider when thinking about self-publishing.’ From my experience, it is hard for self-published authors to get publicity. Our newspaper does not review self-published books, and though I could on The Back Cover blog, after reading a couple that have been sent to me, I too have taken this approach. I’d like to explain why to give people insight into what could be a hurdle.

    My second topic would be more personal. This week I finished editing my first book. Whew. I plan to begin the query process next week. **Fingers Crossed** It took me two years to write it and almost two years to edit. Blog posts and books telling you how to write your novel in a month or a month and a half may fire you up, but what about those of us who simply can’t do it in that short time frame. I’d like to offer advice on how to keep going.

  171. Katharine on May 11, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    If I were a guest blogger, I would write about this: Five Ways In Which Writing On Your Kitchen Table Surrounded By A Mess Is Superior To That Lonely Cabin In The Woods

    Many of your blog readers have to squeeze their writing around the demands of family. This is a good thing for writers who must do this. It’s good for discipline, it’s good for our egos, and it’s good for our children to see us pursue our dreams while we live our lives, not isolate ourselves from the busy world around us. No, I don’t have the luxury of the unheated cabin in which to write. Instead of complaining about the mess and the noise of my five children, I’m looking at the advantages of this arrangement. I bet your readers would be encouraged by this too.

    Thanks, Rachelle!

    • M. G. King on May 12, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      Great subject! I think most writers live with this tension, between a need for solitude and need for connection. Would love to hear what you have to say.

  172. Meadow Rue Merrill on May 11, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Hi Rachelle,

    My post? Steps a writer can take to move beyond the seclusion of their private office and writing practice and into… The Great Beyond, otherwise known as the World Wide Web. I recently took this leap myself–reluctantly, I admit. Facebook and other social media have never appealed to me but the more serious I became about my writing, the more important I realized mass communication was to make my work known. I’ve worked as a journalist for 17 years and am an aspiring author for children and adults.

  173. Brandon Hoang on May 11, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    From Blog to Book: Blazin’ the Trail

    I was a blogger during the early days of blogging. My girlfriend of 6+ years dumped me and I wanted to write a “guide” for men like me on how to get over your first adult-breakup. There was a plethora of material for women going through breakups, but nothing from the male POV.

    To my surprise, my blog snowballed through word of mouth and my hits were skyrocketing. With the encouragement of hundreds of readers who commented and emailed me, I decided I would take taking publishing journey. While I eventually secured an literary agent, there’s still a long way to go before it hits the shelves.

    The process has been quite the eye-opening experience yet, especially since the blog-to-book concept is still relatively new. I’d share about my experience so far of pitching a blog as a manuscript; the dizzying highs and the soul-crushing lows and all the juicy bits in between.

  174. Colleen Oakes on May 11, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    My proposed guest blogger post would be this: Why I decided to dump my agent.

    It will cover everything from beginning to end: getting an agent, the joy that followed, the disappointment when my original agent left and passed me to another, my dissatisfaction with the new agent and finally the emotions and climax of deciding that I would rather start from square one than have an agent who wasn’t the right fit.

    I hope I can be considered, and just for the record, this won’t be a post slamming agents, rather just a post about important having the RIGHT agent can be.


  175. Alexis on May 11, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Dear Rachelle,

    I would like to write about career dreams–how do you follow your heart when reality threatens your dreams?

    I would tie in how God and faith play a role in guiding you to your destiny.

    I qualify because #1- I love writing and #2 I have experience as a published columnist and freelancer, and #3- I’m good at it (but always seeking to improve).

    Did I mention I’m good at what I do? I would consider it a blessing if you chose me to be one of your guest bloggers! 🙂 I could benefit greatly from the exposure to my work! 🙂



  176. Sandy Stevener on May 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Hi Rachelle,
    I would love the opportunity to be a guest blogger during the summer… what a great idea! My blog is titled God Uses Our Mediocrity. It is about 560 words and contains a picture.

    The blog is about a small group that makes quilts for a children’s home in Paraguay. We recently went to a quilt show, revealing how mediocre our quilting was. God used that experience to teach me a lesson. He has not asked me to be an award winning author or an expert quilter. He has only asked me to use the gifts He has given me to help others.

    I have wrote about this on my blog (I only have a handful of viewers). As an aspiring new author I would love to share this lesson with others who are struggling to “make it” as writers.

  177. JP Roth on May 11, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Read classics. Sample genres. Dissect how Walker squeezes emotion, Thompson outgonzoed Gonzo, Capote tripped a phrase, Franzen sutures satire, King strangles adjectives, and McCarthy gets gothic. Read everything, try anything, write constantly. Your UNIQUE voice will emerge.

    Mmmm…sure. But how can I hear my own voice when Alice, Hunter, Truman, Johnathan, Stephen, Cormac and too many others won’t shut up?

    10 Ways To Avoid Becoming a Literary Mimic

  178. JP Roth on May 11, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Read classics. Sample genres. Dissect how Walker squeezes emotion, Thompson outgonzoed Gonzo, Capote tripped a phrase, Franzen sutures satire, King strangles adjectives, and McCarthy gets gothic. Read everything, try anything, write constantly. Your UNIQUE voice will emerge.

    Mmmm…sure. But how can I hear my own voice when Alice, Hunter, Truman, Johnathan, Stephen, Cormac and too many how others won’t shut up?

    10 Ways To Avoid Becoming a Literary Mimic

  179. Josh Kelley on May 11, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    When you write about controversial topics, is your goal to get a lot of “attaboys” from inside your camp or to communicate clearly?

    Nearly every time I get on the internet, I am reminded how much more popular it is to demonize and belittle those who disagree with you. And why not? That stuff is fun to write and fun to read. But let’s be honest – that kind of writing is both infective and lazy.

    I learned this firsthand from the short book I am currently writing, “Drinking to the Glory of God.” One of the chapters is a rebuttal of Christian prohibitionists. The first draft was biting, witty, and funny, but completely unfair. In the editing process I learned a lot about how (and why) fair writing is not just more charitable towards my opponents, it is also better for me as an author.

  180. Sharon Stanley on May 11, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    As someone who didn’t begin writing seriously until after my youngest graduated high school, I hit the ground running revamping my blog, joining scbwi etc. I read the books, joined the groups and tried to do it all the right way. After months of what could be called overload, I finally decided Everything I Needed to Know About Writing Children’s Picture Books, I Could Learn From my Donkey….that’s right, my donkey. I would like to share with your readers a few of these humorous lessons, such as, always check out what your friends in the next pasture are doing: Jubel spent hours standing quietly at the fence staring at the equines in the next pasture. He always liked to know what was going on in his field. I think the lesson here is pretty clear, read picture books, lots of them. Stay up on the trends.

  181. Shelly Goodman Wright on May 11, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    In this world of high tech gadgets and high speed internet, QR tags are quickly rising to the top of the marketing chain. In my blog post I talk about the ways QR tags can be a dynamic tool for authors.

  182. Marisa Rickerson on May 11, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Self-Published Lives

    The road to self-publishing is easy and broad, but when taken exclusively, it leads to destruction. People who live self-published lives, whether they are authors, entertainers, or business people are stuck in a form of delusion that is rooted in pride and fear of rejection.

    As an author and speaker, I have self-published as a means to end, but never as an end. I can instantly tell when I have picked up a self-published book that has never undergone pruning and life-giving scrutiny. I am put out by the author’s deluded lack of courtesy, and think, “Hey, I just invested 15$ and a day of my time. I didn’t want to spend it de-weeding your garden!” On the other hand, I can instantly perceive when a book has allowed itself to be hoed, raked and plucked by the publishing process.

    Marisa is an author, speaker, wife, and mom of 3 teenage boys.

  183. Jennifer Major on May 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Taking the so called “dirty little secrets” we Christian women keep to ourselves so we aren’t shamed out of the church, and then putting them into works of fiction. Anxiety over being the perfect wife and mother, having a brilliant and envied career, being a better friend than Jesus, being more fit than Jillian Michaels and then hiding at home while crying into our pillow.

    The Pressure of the Proverbs 31 Woman in a Proverbs 32 World.

  184. theperkster on May 11, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    This is a blog post proposal for the writer of non-fiction or ‘teaching’ fiction.

    Avoid seeking an identity – sense of value, worth, or significance – in your audience. You must be differentiated emotionally from your audience in order to own your voice and speak it. That will lead to clarity of message and the ability to tell them the truth rather than what they want to hear.

    Thanks for considering!

  185. Mark Rutterford on May 11, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    “Finding Voices”

    I know my voice…imagine David Beckham’s uncle (no resemblance).

    I know my writing voice…entertaining and edgy, blunt and beautiful.

    But during the English Summer of 2012, I need to find voices for:
    • a female US Navy Lieutenant – on a search and rescue helicopter in England
    • Edith Piaf – iconic French singer of the mid-20th century
    • Giacomo Puccini – Italian opera composer (La Boheme, Tosca, etc)
    • 3 or 4 other characters from history – arguing for, and against, love
    • some Angels
    • God
    • and a badger

    How am I going to do this?
    With some difficulty!

    But I have to find the answers during June, July and August so I can pitch my second novel in early-September.

    LET ME TELL YOU HOW I GET ON: what worked and what bombed and how I met my deadline despite the sunshine, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and a rather large sporting event of Greek origin.

  186. Stephanie Harig on May 11, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    I’m a 20-something young professional trying to build my platform via a blog and social media. I have put in a lot of time and effort thinking about and implementing my strategy. Nailing down my “mission statement” has proved more difficult than I imagined, but developing a strategic plan has gone a long way in giving me direction for taking on projects that will help me build an audience. I would like to reflect mid-process on the challenges and successes I have experienced so far, and flesh out immediate and long-term plans to continue this effort.

  187. PatriciaW on May 11, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Writing for publication sometimes feels like hopping on a speeding freight train. Writers are supposed to jump on this crowded, moving transport and hope they don’t fall.

    There are so many dos and don’ts. What genre? What writing process? Best way to promote? Which social media? Traditional or independent publication? Contests? Agents?

    In “Trust Your Gut”, I’ll share from my experiences of the past ten years, how getting caught up in all this stuff can rob a writer of the joy of writing. I’ll discuss the pitfalls of jumping too fast and stopping at every depot, possibly losing one’s purpose and authenticity along the way.

    As with the writing itself, a writer’s biggest lesson about the journey is to trust her gut to determine which stations are right for a visit. If she does, her trip will be more joyous, and she’ll more likely arrive at her desired destination.

  188. Christine Tyler on May 11, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    How much description is too much? How much is too little? How do I bring my reader in to a scene? There is one trick to solving this conundrum that I became acquainted with while writing in another medium: comics.

    Because comics have limited space for detail, graphic novelists must prioritize what elements they will include in each frame. Close-ups are only used when the center of focus is important to the story. Sometimes, a single object will suggest a complex setting. The entire background with all of its details is rarely drawn. The artist learns how to convey their world through suggestion.

    The same rules can be applied by writers of fiction.

    This post is a visual guide, with reference links to online comics, to how evocative details are far more powerful than full-on descriptions.

  189. Donna Wierzbowski on May 11, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    The Fun of Research in Writing Fiction.

    I spent over twenty years researching one of my favorite pastimes, ESP/Psi, for my romantic thriller series about THE DELPHI BLOODLINE. Starting out as a skeptic with a good science background and a healthy respect for the “quantifiable”, I began my journey wondering if I’d become too New Age for my own critical thinking background and, worse, wondering if people would think I was a nut-job. My research opened my eyes to the unseen, possible world of quantum physics and other topics. So I’d recount the journey I took in order to understand and portray effectively the psychic women of THE DELPHI BLOODLINE.

  190. Mysti Parker on May 11, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Would You Like Some Guilt With That?

    It begins in the womb. We worry the Tylenol we just swallowed might turn our precious child into a Cyclops. Mothers’ guilt doesn’t lessen as children get older. When stay-at-home moms decide to rekindle their careers or education, guilt can reach its peak. In the tug-of-war between work and family, how can a woman resist the urge to throw in the towel and forget her dreams? I’ll explore this topic as I relate my own experiences in forging a writing career while raising three young children. I’ll also discuss how achieving personal goals will benefit not only Mom, but everyone in the family.

  191. Arthur L. Smith on May 11, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    High Hopes Dashed: What To Do When You Get An Agent Then Lose Them.

    I followed all of the advice of Rachelle and other agents and after ten years of querying hundreds of agents, I finally got my big break. I landed an agent. My dream was becoming a reality and my hope of becoming a published author was right around the corner. That is, until a year later when I lost my agent. Did I despair? You bet! But what I did afterwards created in me a better writer. This post will help you realize that just getting an agent isn’t the real prize. Becoming a better writer should be your goal whether you are published or still, like me, unpublished.

  192. Heather on May 11, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Can we vote on our favorites? Some of these are REALLY good!

  193. M.C. Sommers on May 11, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    I’ve noticed how I often complain about constraints when they are actually the very thing that makes my writing better. I would love to write an article on how we can view and use constraints (whether they are forced on us or we choose them willingly) as advantages rather than obstacles.

  194. Jim Gilliam on May 11, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    I’m a relative newbie to fiction. Ended up going Indie with my first novel and am working on my second. I have an ongoing love affair with the craft of writing and want to give something back. To that end I’ve written several guest posts on There is a plethora of misinformation about our craft. So much so that many talented and potentially great writers become overwhelmed and just give up. You can hardly blame them considering that of the thousands of books published annually only 20 percent are fiction. Yet 90 percent of queries to agents like yourself are for novels. Agents, editors, and New York Times best selling authors publish conflicting books on writing, finding an agent, getting published, and how to write the perfect query letter (like the Unicorn it doesn’t exist). These books contain a lot of unintentional misinformation. My goal is to separate the wheat from the chaff in the craft of writing.

  195. Shawn Smucker on May 11, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    In 2009 my painting business went under as the housing market crashed, so my wife and I moved into my parents’ basement with our four children in order to simplify our lives. I decided to give myself six months to try and make a living as a writer. Two and a half years later, writing is still paying the bills. I’d like to guest post about how it’s possible to make a living as a writer.

  196. Patrick Craig on May 11, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Ex-Rocker Writing Amish Fiction?
    Or How I got a Book Deal and an Agent by Paying Attention.

    Several years ago I started attending the Mt. Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference. I developed relationships with many people, but didn’t have success pitching my kid’s mystery series. In 2010, I was reading Nick Harrison’s blog and he asked for one-sheets for story ideas. He specified that he liked Amish stories and Quilting stories. I submitted an idea for an Amish Quilting story. Nick encouraged me to write some chapters. I sent the sample chapters to Steve Laube and he asked me to turn my short story into a novel. By September, 2011 the book was finished. I sent it to Nick and Steve. Steve said he would like to represent me – Nick submitted the book to the editorial committee at Harvest House. By November I had a three book deal and an agent because I paid attention and seized the opportunity to get my writing out there.

    p.s. I knew nothing about Amish or quilting but now I do! 🙂

  197. Katherine Gilraine on May 11, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    I’ve been writing and self-publishing a series while working full-time, and I’m hardly alone. Many writers who have dreams of bright lights, big cities, and six-figure advances are also struggling and working to make ends meet. The key to it? Time management.

    We learn about it when we’re in school, and it’s one of the most invaluable skills for a person to have, and it applies to writing too. What I would like to do is share some experiences of time management in my day-to-day life, and give aspiring authors a tutorial in striking a balance between working and writing.

    • M. G. King on May 11, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      Sounds like a great topic!

  198. Stirling Noh on May 11, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    I have just completed my first attempt at romance writing, a genre very foreign to me. I wrote a trio of little pieces in three days, none more than 2000 words. To help me, I used one album of particularly evocative music to get me into the headspace. It was a fantastic experiment, almost pure writing. I have gone back and done some editing but on the whole, it’s all “first take.” In the age of the Kindle, a flash of emotion, I predict, will have great currency. I want to explore this experience with your readers.

  199. Chris Roberts on May 11, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    I would like to write about an accidental discovery that occurred three years prior to 9/11.

  200. Jack Marchetti on May 11, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Turning to Kickstarter to raise funds for an indie film has almost become cliché. Everyday dozens of new film projects pop up on the crowd funding site with hopes of going viral and raising the money needed to produce their masterpiece.

    I’m no different.

    Being an optioned screenwriter, the thought of one day directing one of my scripts was always in the back of my mind.

    Again, I’m no different than most aspiring film makers. Well, except for one small thing.

    I’m going blind.

    I’m not sure when, but it’s more “when” than “if” at this point.

    So my desire of producing/directing my favorite script is more about doing it while I still can, and more importantly while I’ll still be able to see the final results.

    Film making with a visual impairment is what I’d like to write about.

    • Chris Roberts on May 11, 2012 at 8:42 PM

      I give you a lot of credit and you’re half way there with your obvious determination and passion. I would love to see what you write and wish you nothing but the best – hang in there!


      • Jack Marchetti on May 11, 2012 at 9:02 PM

        Thanks Chris.

        If you’re curious to read more about my project:

        As far as the eye problem it definitely sucks, but I’ve had to deal with it since I was six years old. It’s a degenerative condition so my vision is still realtively good. Hopefully it stays this way for a while longer.

  201. Diana Harkness on May 11, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    I have a B.A. in Photography and Cinema and a J.D. The first speaks to my visual awareness, the latter to my care and regard for truth. I have a novel currently under consideration by a publisher. I would consider posting blogs about the writing process, specifically what you can learn from writing conferences and festivals, and truth-telling. Too many beginning writers have trouble discerning the parameters of truth in their novel or non-fiction work. In addition, many writers fail to see the lucrative, emotional, and inspirational value in attending writing conferences and festivals.

  202. Melinda Viergever Inman on May 11, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Every writer struggles to balance inspiration and commerce. We need to eat. Recently, I responded to your post about branching out as writers. I detailed my moral dilemma as I contemplated whether to market the bible-study material I have been writing for the past six years. Ironically, I didn’t feel I could. It was spiritual, after all. Was it right, and would it kill my dream to go down this particular marketing path? Inner turmoil kept me awake at night. I had dreamt of sitting cozily in my study, churning out novels; but it was taking far longer to sell my fiction than I had anticipated. In selling the bible-study material and branching out, was I forsaking my dream? If invited to be a guest blogger, I would detail my struggle. Currently, an agent has my novel’s manuscript as I prepare a business website to sell the material.

  203. JRVogt on May 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    “Time Management for Writers – aka. the Eternal Juggling Act”

    Tools and strategies for claiming those precious hours to add to the WIP’s word count, defying everything from social media to household chores and beyond.

    As a full-time freelance writer, it’s especially critical for me to block out my days, alternating between client projects and my own work. At least I’ve got a few tricks to make this happen…

  204. Beth Sorensen on May 11, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Back to Square One

    What happens when your independent publisher closes its doors six months after releasing your second novel? That’s right, it’s back to square one. I’d love to write a blog post for you about this experience, the things I learned along the way and the mistakes I hope I learned from. These things would include, but aren’t limited to:

    ~ Always have an agent.
    ~ Don’t assume your independent publisher has an editor or proofreader.
    ~ If your publisher, who couldn’t wait for your second novel, starts stalling on mailing your contract for said novel, start asking questions. And …
    ~ Querying a novel that’s already been published.

    Square One in the publishing world is very different the second time around. You’d think it would be easier, but it’s not. Just different.

  205. Joan Cimyotte on May 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    If I was a guest blogger, I would talk about the evolution of my writing process for my latest novel.

    So often the news brings such tragedies that I can’t help but be moved and upset by it, mostly when it involves the untimely death of children. There was a story from the headlines in the local news that really affected me. I just wanted everything to be better.

    I had quit my job as a scenic painter. We were reduced to one income. I am an artist and a songwriter, having been in a local band for twelve years. I have always had an interest in writing that goes back to grade school. When my children were small, I wrote a novel and some short stories.

    Songwriting involves poetry encapsulated in a four minute piece of music getting the idea across in a concise fashion. With my interest in theatre and songwriting, I wrote the makings of a musical that never went anywhere. It wasn’t until I lost my job did I become serious about writing.

    I would discuss the things I have learned from the time I sat down in front of my computer until now when I am currently looking for an agent and seeking to get my novel published.

  206. Jennifer Fromke on May 11, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    To Market, to market, to sell a fat pig . . . I mean, my novel.
    Must market . . . must write . . . must market . . . will I ever write something new again? This marketing thing is killing me!

    I’d like to write a post on how to not roll over and die from all the marketing stuff you’re “supposed to do” when your novel is released. And I’d like to speak about the longing to lay down fresh words instead of rehashing the same story for yet another audience.

    My debut novel, A Familiar Shore, released in March from Write Integrity Press. The manuscript won the 2010 Genesis contest in women’s fiction (Docking). I’ve just come off a heavy marketing period and I’m dying to complete my next novel, so I’m riding the see-saw of marketing and writing as we speak.

  207. M. G. King on May 11, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    I thought the publishing road would be golden after I got my first contract. Then I discovered what most seasoned authors know — there’s rejection around every corner of the writer’s journey. I’d love to write a post about how to hear a thousand nos, and still wake up each day to spill your soul on the page.

    • Lia Keyes on May 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      This is something every unpublished writers (and quite a few published ones) need to know.

      • Lia Keyes on May 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM

        Gasp. I wish we could edit these comments! That last comment should read:

        “This is something every unpublished writer (and quite a few published ones) need to know.”

  208. sharon k owen on May 11, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    I’ve been developing a strategy in novel writing called “Brick by Brick”. It compares the writing of a novel to the construction of a building (foundation, structural support, unique design and features,aesthetics, finish, inspection, marketing). With my administrative experience in the development/construction/management field and my writing experience, I believe I can write an interesting and instructive blog on this process.

  209. Stefani Carmichael on May 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Writers are notorious for our fear of rejection. We face rejection by agents, publishers, and the public when our work is finally published. I would love to write an article on how trusting God and relying on our approval from Him through Christ can give us the courage to use our gifts for His glory.

  210. Jacquelyn Sill on May 11, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Affirmation is a lovely thing. Writers are great with words, therefore Social Media and Blogging come naturally and it isn’t too long before your latest blog post is the life of the party! For one day.

    Blogs give you relatively instant gratification. That’s not the case when writing fiction. Writing fiction is insular, and it’s meant to be that way. Traveling the lonely journey of the first draft, a writer discovers the joy of writing without the constant affirmations.

    Some very good writers get stuck because of their dependency on the affirmation of others. What they once loved: writing, is now replaced by a love of approval and attention for the writing. And, at the end of the day, the writer feels dissatisfied because she is unable to achieve her bigger goals. She wakes with a greater need for affirmations. So, she pours herself into her blog. The cycle continues.

    ~~I lived this way for years, until I didn’t. I am currently editing and polishing a 90,000 word fictional piece that I FINALLY wrote when I stopped needing someone to “leave a comment”

    • Mercey Valley on May 11, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      YOU LEGEND! I would SO read this.

  211. Kent on May 11, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    The Trials and Tribulations of a Newbie

    I have been a scribbler of fiction almost my entire life. Until recently those efforts were hidden and only my poor wife was forced to slap me on the back and tell me how good it was. About eighteen months ago I made a decision to go public and my career as an author began. It’s been an interesting road; time management, learning about SEOs, marketing, improving my punctuation, self-publishing requirements, book trailers, trying to get reviews, etc. If, I were chosen as a guest writer for your blog; I would like to document some of my experiences for other new writers and perhaps give them a little help from my experience.

  212. Chuck Wooten on May 11, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    In our work-a-day rituals, we endure bad jobs, bad relationships, a hateful news media, selfish, disconnected interactions with other humans and are constantly bombarded with the “hard stuff” of life. Should I be chosen to be a guest blogger, I would write to the reading audience’s yearning for some hope, good news and the opportunity to achieve victory in their everyday lives. I would inspire the reader to step away from the garbage that tends to hold us back and step into a new, different way to live that produces contentment and well-being.

  213. Emily Wenstrom on May 11, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    You recently wrote a series about how to write books for a living, and the importance of the “long tail” – creating a body of work over time accumulates into a sustainable income. I tweaked my own long-term plan in accordance with your insights. It incorporates my PR and marketing experience—particularly, the ways I see digital media changing how we can/should reach audiences, based on my years of forming social media strategies for clients. For my guest blog post, I’d like to write “Building the Long Tail: One Writer’s Brick-by-Brick Plan,” in which I will share my plan and the rationale for it.

    I’m a writer and creative professional with five years in marketing, PR and journalism. I blog about creativity in art and career at I’ve blogged for several other sites too: samples here ( and here ( I am also about to launch a short story ezine (

    Thanks for the opportunity! See more about me on Twitter
    ( LinkedIn (

  214. Lisa on May 11, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Wow, I wish I could read all of these!

    Thank you for giving your readers an opportunity to share.

    I would love to share the guest post, Your Voice Inspires. Readers are invaluable to writers. My post would explore ways to strengthen authors relationships with their readers.

    ~How you can seek valuable feedback from readers.
    ~How to engage meaningful dialogue with your readers through social media.
    ~How to encourage your readers.
    ~How to thank your readers for their inspiration and support.

    My heart gravitates toward encouragement. The writing life can encompass painful waiting, rejection, and vulnerability. I draw so much of my inspiration from those who read my work.

  215. Curtis Edmonds on May 11, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Everything I Needed To Know About Querying I Learned From Reality Television

    I write at night. My entire writing career, such as it is, takes place in the hour or so between putting the kids to bed and going to bed myself. And when I’m not writing (and sometimes when I am writing), I watch television.

    Watching late-night television will do little or nothing to help you become a better writer. But paying close attention to reality TV can, just maybe, provide a little insight to ways that you can improve your querying skills. What reality TV programs give you the best mental model about understanding how agents pick and choose projects? Well, let me tell you…

  216. Jon Sealy on May 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    What are literary journals? How do you publish in them? And why are they important to building your career?

    I propose to write a post with insights about the world of literary journals–what they are, what the submission process is like, what editors are looking for, and tips for improving your odds of having a piece accepted.

    I have an MFA from Purdue, where for three years I worked with Sycamore Review, serving as fiction editor for 2007-2008. I’ve been a reader for Crazyhorse and Third Coast. My own work has been published in a handful of literary journals, so I can speak to both sides of the transaction.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    • Sue Harrison on May 11, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      I’d like to know more about this.

  217. Jerome Francis Lusa on May 11, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    “Is Your Spouse Jealous of Your Muse?” My muse and I have a special relationship, the only such one that my wife allows. But it’s a tenuous condition. There are times when I am pursuing my muse when I should be…

  218. Sarah Nicolas on May 11, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Based on my experience with YAtopia ( and the YA Rebels (, I’d like to write a post about “The Basics, Pros, & Cons of a Group Author Blog.”

    A group author blog can be a great boon to your online presence with less work and effort than a personal blog – but it’s probably not for everyone.

    I also run a group review blog:

    Thank you!

  219. Alex Telander on May 11, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    My piece deals with the one aspect of the nuts and bolts of writing:

    Adverbs, Good or Bad?

    Adverbs. Some writers use them freely and without self control, while others avoid using them at all costs, rarely letting one or two slip by. By why is this? Why are writers so opinionated and vociferous about adverbs?

    It really comes down to whether the writer is willing to put in the hard creative writing work, and instead of slapping on a weak adverb, works at their craft to come up with a unique and powerful phrase that exactly fits. I use an example in the piece with a brief action scene. One version has a handful of adverbs, the other precise wording, and then I explain the differences and why they’re important in writing.

    With some examples of writers that do this well, I end with the posit that it is ultimately up to the reader, but the difference between using adverbs and not is clear and truly separates the great writers from the average.

  220. Ellen Weeren on May 11, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    I would love to write about putting yourself out there as a writer and taking risks. Sometimes poetry contests turn into amazing experiences. I would love to share that journey with your readers. Maybe they are wondering, “whatever happened to that Haiku chick?” 😎

    Ellen Weeren

  221. Nancy Kay Bowden on May 11, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    The ADD factor–and Reading

    Pretty sure I’ve got ADD (attention deficit disorder.) So did many of my students. I read something that catches my eye–pretty cover, dynamite opening, reknown author–and then plop! Five minutes later, I’ve lost interest and put it down. We’ve grown up in a world that’s getting faster and faster and offering more and more. Hundreds of TV channels and a remote to switch them. Shopping malls with a bazillion choices. Phones that wear out or break, allowing allow us to upgrade not only the phone but the technology–and cute covers we can switch out. Roads that used to be one lane going either direction (and made of gravel) are paved and eight lanes across. And there’s the information highway…

    How does one write a book that readers grab, hang onto, read again, and definitely recommend to their friends?

    • P. J. Casselman on May 11, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      As a person with ADD, I might be interested in this one. Then again, maybe not. What was it about again? 😉

  222. Luke Alistar on May 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Oops. My internet is being non-cooperative. Apologies for the double post.

    Hear this, internet! Never go up against a writer when your integrity is on the line. We know the power of words, and we make it our business to harness that power. We’ve taken down nations; we’ve raised up heroes. It would be a small matter to ruin you.

    Okay, so maybe not. The internet might be a slightly larger challenge to take down.

  223. Luke Alistar on May 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Something that’s often said about novels and short fiction—and I’m guilty of this myself—is that they’re just for fun. Just for entertainment.

    Is a novel ever purely entertainment? If it were, then you should come away from it with nothing. You are entertained, and afterward you pretty much forget about it and there is no effect on your thoughts, your speech, or your life from then on.

    All of you writers carry a weapon with the capacity to change the world, for better or for worse. Is this something to be wasted on frivolous entertainment? You could go around shooting a gun just for fun, heedless of what you hit, but eventually you’re going to shoot something important and kill it.

    My article, The Power You Hold, is about the responsibility of an author for the ideas they give their readers, and just how powerful words are.

  224. Luke Alistar on May 11, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Something that’s often said about novels and short fiction—and I’m guilty of this myself—is that they’re just for fun. Just for entertainment.

    Is a novel ever purely entertainment? If it were, then you should come away from it with nothing. You are entertained, and afterward you pretty much forget about it and there is no effect on your thoughts, your speech, or your life from then on.

    But all of you writers carry a weapon with the capacity to change the world, for better or for worse. Is this something to be wasted on frivolous entertainment? You could go around shooting a gun just for fun, heedless of what you hit, but eventually you’re going to shoot something important and kill it.

    My article, The Power You Hold, is about the responsibility of an author for the ideas they give their readers, and just how powerful words are.

  225. Lisa Romeo on May 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Hi Rachelle,

    Here’s my pitch. (I’m a former PR specialist; write and teach nonfiction, and edit manuscripts).

    Mapping a book PR plan from the inside out.

    Your greatest PR asset and resource is the content of the book, yet that is often overlooked by authors chasing PR opportunities in *important* places.

    Instead, ask yourself – Where does my ideal reader get information? Congregrate? What does he/she read, listen to, watch? That’s where you want to be.

    Is your novel’s main character an about-to-retire ballerina? Launch it at a dance studio. Write and submit essays how dance inspired you. Contact the dancewear association and ask to swap a website ad in exchange for books they can use in a giveaway. Interview a retired dancer for a site covering second careers. Find out who fills goodie bags at a ballet fundraiser. Find dance bloggers and offer a guest post on how you researched your book.

    Start there, inside the book, and branch out.

    More info here:

    • Mercey Valley on May 11, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      Would read this one!! Wise mind at work here.

    • Sara on May 11, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      I like this one too!

  226. Pam Parker on May 11, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Unexpected Benefits of Writing Conferences
    In June, I’ll be attending Luis Alberto Urrea’s advanced fiction workshop at the Aspen Summer Words festival. I’ve launched a reduced fee non-MFA study program for myself by attending summer conferences. In addition to some of the expected benefits (great feedback, motivating instructors, developing writing friends for online communicating), each conference I’ve attended has also surprised me with some unexpected benefits. I will reflect on what those were at previous conferences: Iowa, Tin House and NY State Summer Writers Institute; but spend more time on the Aspen Conference.
    Thanks for the chance – I’d love to share this post!

  227. Maggie Lyons on May 11, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Some states use grade-level reading test scores to determine the number of new prison cells they’ll need to construct in the next decade. They have discovered that a child’s level of reading skill at grade school is indicative of that child’s educational, social, economic, and professional future. As incredible as that may seem, scientific research strongly suggests that poor reading skills in childhood can lead to poor quality of life in adulthood. As a child, I was read bedtime stories by my parents and became an avid reader. I read to my own child and saw his reading level rise dramatically. As a parent and writer of children’s fiction and nonfiction, I have a vested interest in the power of literacy. I’d like to write a blog on the findings of research studies that point to the importance of encouraging children to become avid and proficient readers.

  228. Jeanne T on May 11, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Wow, Rachelle, what an opportunity. I’ll be thinking on this one. Thanks for making it available!

  229. Melanie on May 11, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Build Your Platform Online!

    It is essential that authors build a platform online. How do you do that? As an experienced custom blog designer and blogger, I will give you tips on how to stand out from the crowd while growing your audience including the importance of a great blog design, what NOT to do in your blog design, networking, social media, and one-sheet and media kit advice.

    Thank you,

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  230. Brendan O'Meara on May 11, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    My pitch on marketing:

    I’m the author of a recently published work of nonfiction and I’m gearing up for another round of marketing and publicity. As you know—but few budding writers are aware of—marketing and publicity fall squarely and exclusively on the shoulders of the author. I’d like to write a guest post about embracing this arm of publishing and the tips I’ve learned. I love it, and it means something to me to be wed not only to the writing process but to its distribution.

    Having already toured once, I’m applying an 80/20 principal to my signings: what 20 percent of signings netted 80 percent success. This effort and insight can streamline and better economize the entire process.

    • Sara on May 11, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      Sounds interesting!

  231. CG Blake on May 11, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    I’m definitely interested. I’ve written a blog post that I haven’t posted on my own blog because I wanted to offer it as a guest post. The topic is, Challenges and Opportunities for Writers Over Fifty. While late bloomers don’t have time on their side, they bring a vast variety of life experiences that give a depth to their writing. Plus they can recall and evoke a world that doesn’t exist today. They remember rotary dial phones, vinyl records and black and white TV. They can write about raising children and the joys of being a grandparent. My message for older writers is to use your assets, Your rich life experiences are a godsend. Thanks for inviting your followers to be guest bloggers.

    • Jennifer Major on May 11, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      And they remember phone booths, naugahyde, metal ice cube trays and watching a VW Beetle shift gears going up a hill.

  232. T.J. on May 11, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    How to and–almost more important–not to behave at a writers conference, book signings, and other writing social events where a published author or agent may be. Going from a fearful fanboy to gaining enough self-confidence is something I wish to help others learn and understand.

    • Mercey Valley on May 11, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      Would read this one, too.

    • Jennifer Major on May 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      Good stuff!

    • Sara on May 11, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      Ditto. Sounds fun!

  233. Stephanie M. on May 11, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    FINISH IT ALREADY!!! You know when you start your novel and you can’t get the words down fast enough? You’re on fire- inspired, invincible, the dialogue crackles… the scenes light up the page… it’s the best thing you’ve ever written!

    And then…

    It stops.

    That’s right, I’m talking about the FINISH. It’s easy to fall in love with your opening, you’ve read it about 1,000 times. But what about the ending? Did you lose inspiration? Cop out and start using cliches and stock situations? Is that deadline ticking away and you still can’t fill in 20,000 words? Here are some tricks to get back on track! I call it THE ENDGAME MOJO.

    • Mercey Valley on May 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      Now there’s one I would read.

      • Lia Keyes on May 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM

        Me too. But the tips had better live up to the hype. 🙂

    • Angela Orlowski-Peart on May 11, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      This subject grabbed my interest too.

  234. Jared De Roo on May 11, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Have you been writing for years? Is your book still sitting in a lonely and forgotten heap, just wistfully waiting for you to pick it up again? Have you lost all inspiration? Are you deep in the recesses of literary dispare? Well, as someone who’s written (not yet published though, haven’t tried) a novel and also suffers through the agony of never having the inspiration to write, I would like to share with you all the method of how I wrote a 100,000 word novel in a month and a half.

  235. Melissa Ridley Elmes on May 11, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Do your characters seem just this side of flat and one-dimensional? Do you wonder if they are emotionally resonant enough to connect with readers, or if they are presented in too-stereotypical a fashion? Are you looking for a fun and challenging way to approach character development? In this how-to, two-part guest post, I’ll first present an overview of Myers-Briggs personality profiling and apply it to three classic literary characters to show how great writers have incorporated psychology in the drawing of their characters. In the second post, I’ll present three original character descriptions and step-by-step create a brief scene around each that employs the profiling system to show in context how it can help us achieve similarly rich characterization. (If Rachelle would give me a third post, I’d be willing to accept scenes featuring characters from three of her readers and revise them using Myers-Briggs to flesh out the characters.)

  236. Dina Santorelli on May 11, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    I am an avid reader of your blog, Rachelle, and would LOVE to guest post. Here’s my pitch:

    I would like to write about the decision to self-publish my debut novel, BABY GRAND, as an eBook after originally trying to secure a traditional publishing deal. I made the decision in January with tremendous enthusiasm, rather than defeat. Now having gone through aspects of both traditional publishing (landing an agent, several rounds of editing, pitching publishing houses) and self-publishing (making decisions on format, distribution channel, pricing, publicity), I feel like my book is poised for a successful debut (it launches this month). Just yesterday, a fellow writer said she considers me “a wonderful example of the NEW indie writer.” Whether or not this is true, I feel my experiences do tell a worthwhile story of the importance of staying true to your vision, while keeping a close eye on the industry to maximize success.

    Thank you for the opportunity!

    • Barbara Hartzler on May 11, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      I love this idea! It would be SO interesting to see a take on self-pubbing from someone who’s actually pitched to traditional houses and knows the process.

      I’d especially love to know how the launch goes. 🙂

    • Sara on May 11, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      I’d be interested in this one too!

  237. Karen on May 11, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Is your life a series of trapeze swings, tightrope walks, acrobatic flips and balancing acts? Do you don a mask pretending everything is hunky-dory when in reality your life is more like a three-ring circus and you’re the clown? Do you feel like a measly mouse being pummeled by a pachyderm? Are you tired of being enmeshed in elephant dung? Do you want to step into that spotlight with courage and confidence, but secretly fear your shadow or that imminent nosedive?

    Then step right up and let’s join the circus!

    The Ringleader has set the stage for the Greatest Show on Earth, but how many women are living in the shadows instead of the extraordinary life He designed? In my post, I’ll use analogies of mind-boggling, hair-raising, jaw-dropping circus acts to demonstrate how God has hard-wired women to perform these amazing feats, but first they must trust Him as Ringleader of their lives.

  238. Sharon Overend on May 11, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    Writers want to be read, but many share their work long before they, or the work are ready for public consumption. In my blog post, I will explore why writers shoud choose their first readers with the care they would in choosing a babysitter.

  239. Otin on May 11, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    Aside from posting one of my short stories or doing a rant about civil rights being infringed upon, I have no clue. I barely find the time to post on my blog!

  240. Joseph Scribbins on May 11, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    Want to write a novel? Put down that book, leave the coffee shop and start writing.

    Aspiring authors have developed many ways to prep for a project that disallows them from ever starting. This post will examine several of the pitfalls of wanting to write and will suggest ways to get that story off the ground.

  241. Sundi Jo on May 11, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    Not everything we write will be seen by the world. Most of it won’t go beyond our own eyes, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t write. What if you don’t “feel” like writing? You do it anyway. Write until something comes out and you never know what kind of creative madness you can muster up.

    Make the decision to do it, regardless of your feelings.

  242. PK Hrezo on May 11, 2012 at 5:43 AM

    Rejection or reflection? How unpubbed writers can soothe their wounds and find motivation in the dreaded R word. As an unpubbed writer who’s dipped in and out of the query fray for four years, I’ve learned how to be thankful. Others can be too.

  243. Amy Young on May 11, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Three things every author needs to know about writing after 16 years of being an ESL teacher.

    I have the basic outline worked out (was going to pitch it at another site and then saw this). You get first dibs :).

    Amy @ themessymiddle

    • Amy Young on May 11, 2012 at 3:16 AM

      #1 — PROOF read before hitting send.

      How about this:

      Three things every author needs to know about writing. Lessons I’ve learned teaching English to non-native speakers.

      • marion on May 11, 2012 at 7:36 AM

        Finally found a use for my B.A. in Linguistics–writing fiction! It still might not bring in any cash, though!

  244. K.C. @ThatGuyKC on May 11, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    “How to write a parenting book that dads will actually read”

    Dads are busy (not to say moms are not). Most of the time we work all day and come home to dinner, chores, kids sports and more all while trying to maintain some semblance of sanity. Not to mention spending time with our wives (very important), investing energy in hobbies or watching sports.

    A lot of dads don’t have time to read. We should, but we don’t. The average man reads less than half the number of books the average woman reads in a year.

    I’m a stepdad to a 10-year old boy and my wife and I have a 4-year old daughter together. We’ve read a number of parenting (and marriage) books together and most of them are difficult for my wife to navigate so you can imagine my frustration.

    Parenting books for dads need to be different. Not dumbed down. Just different.

  245. Aimee L. Salter on May 11, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    Hate Propogates – Let’s Be Writers in Arms

    Writers are a rare breed. No one really understands what it’s like to live inside the head of a writer, except other writers. Yet, we’re often very hard on each other – particularly when we’ve chosen different publishing paths.

    Let’s take a look at why writers are often critical of each other, and strategies for approaching writing forums and debates in a way that will help other writers without needless criticism.

    I currently sustain a blog which is followed by over 500 authors. A similar post remains one of my most popular and viewed post to date. I’ve been meaning to revisit the subject, and would love to do on your site. You can find the original post here:

  246. Heather on May 11, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    You rock, Rachelle! I’ll get to work on a pitch!

    • Heather on May 14, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      So after reading all of the fabulous pitches that you have already received, and the growing number of other things that I have on my plate, I think I’ll just sit back and enjoy a wonderful summer of guest posts by your incredible following!

      All most all of these sound amazing, I’m really glad that I’m not the one who has to choose!

  247. Rebecca Berto on May 11, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    “Proven tips to ensure a reader won’t buy your book”

    As a reader, writer, and blogger, I spend way too much time on social media sites. Unfortunately, I also see way too many authors going about marketing wrong.

    These authors need a training session; people buy and read books that appeal to them. Not ones thrown at their faces. Tips such authors would benefit from include:

    – Do NOT send me direct Twitter messages saying I can buy your book for free/find out more about it “here” one second after I follow you.
    – Do NOT update your Facebook page three times a day, all statuses saying “Another three-star review for [enter book title here] – Facebook isn’t used for that.
    – Do NOT use up 90% of your social media accounts directly promoting your book (by way of quotes, suggestions, thoughts, etc) – readers buy books that are subtly promoted.

    • donkimrey on May 12, 2012 at 7:55 PM

      You are right on target!

  248. Cate on May 11, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Looking for inspiration? All you have to do is be aware of your surroundings. Even when you do not actively realize there is a hole in your writing life, a simple moment might turn into great fiction if you are receptive to the things around you. This is more than a craft tool–you can use this one every day. But it is especially helpful for those in the midst of penning a novel, such as those (like me) who want to move forward with their theses after graduate school is over.

  249. Daniel Wheeler on May 11, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    On it.

  250. Chihuahua0 on May 11, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Bookmarked for future reference. I’ll consider the topics worth writing guest posts on.

    If I still feel motivated enough, I’ll get to cooking up that pitch! Hopefully, it will be delicious.

    By the way, what counts as a “photo of yourself”? I’m yet to connect my full face with my Internet persona.