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February Interviews













2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar


Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson

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WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."


Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.


Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.


Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!


KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.


Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.


Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.



Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Five Writing Numbers by Warren Bull


Five Writing Numbers





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Although there are no absolute rules in writing and I have never seen the process accurately reduced to an equation, I have developed a number of relevant numbers that help me evaluate written work.
One. A writer has one chance to engage a reader, an agent, an editor or a publisher. I cringe when I hear a writer say, “Oh, I deal with that in the next chapter (page or paragraph.)  The audience may not read that far if they don’t have a reason to continue reading right now.  Gonna’ bring in the fireworks or send a man into the room carrying a gun? Do it now.
Two. If I see two !s on page one, I am not likely to read the page at all. I have read too many examples of a writer trying to use punctuation to express emotion. I hesitate when I see one ! on page one. Vivid writing does not need any. Well, okay, one if you absolutely must. !s make me think people are shouting. I have never read a story where !s have a positive effect.
Three is about the absolute number of characters readers can keep in their minds in the opening of a story. Two human and a pet can work. When the number of characters exceeds the number of pages, the audience has already lost track. Reading will soon be replaced by something more engaging like clipping fingernails. Do you remember meeting your significant other’s family at a holiday? What I recall is that after two minutes, I knew none of the names. I did not remember if the person talking with me admired General Lee or General Grant. I could not tell if the person in the corner was eyeing me with lust, disgust or was so nearsighted that I was out of their visual field.
Four. There are four things a writer should do that will not guarantee that their work will get accepted. First, read the submission guidelines carefully. Second, comply with the submission guide. I have attended writing conferences that have small groups of writers presenting a selection of their work to an agent in hopes the agent will ask for a larger sample and possibly consider representing the writers. Every time at least one writer in the group presented something different from the guidelines. And none of those authors was asked to send in more of their work. Third, respond to requests quickly. Fourth, respond to requests politely.
Five. The reason writers should do four the things that do not guarantee acceptance, is that, if they do, their submission will move from immediate filing in the circular file receptacle on the floor that is  known as the trash can, to a pile that could be labeled, “maybe.”

4 comments:

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

thoughtful blog. Thank you!

E. B. Davis said...

Wise advice, Warren.

KM Rockwood said...

Great hints, Warren. The writing may be the important thing, but there are basic guidelines most of us must follow.

Susan Oleksiw said...

Spot on, Warren. I was just reading a story that introduced three characters in the first half page and I've had to go back to look repeatedly to figure out who's who and where am I in the story. Number four is also very needed.