Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Why I Love "Writer Unboxed"

If you're a writer, I certainly hope you're a faithful reader of Writer Unboxed

Used with Writer Unboxed permission


So many times I don't remember how I discovered a particular website or blog, but I actually do recall where and when I first heard about this one. In May of last year, I attended a one day seminar presented by MORWA (Missouri Romance Writers of America). Literary agent and monthly contributor to Writer Unboxed, Donald Maass, was the speaker. He referred to Writer Unboxed that day and I immediately began to follow it.

(Yes, I attended a romance writers workshop, and although I only write personal essays and memoir, I learned an incredible amount of information. I took 13 pages of handwritten notes....er, chicken scratchings. After I went through all of it, I typed up what turned out to be 4 pages of information, which I shared with friends in our Coffee & Critique group.)

One of my favorite contributors to Writer Unboxed is Chuck Sambuchino. He's an editor for Writer's Digest Books, a writer, and a playwright. See his website for more credentials.

So, just why do I love Writer Unboxed? It always has fantastic articles written by an array of contributors, plus author interviews, and Give-Aways! Shortly after attending the MORWA seminar, I left a comment on one of Chuck's posts where he had a give-away, which added my name to a list of 173.....and I won! My fantastic prize: Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, 3rd Edition by Chuck Sambuchino.

Along with reading it and another How To book I discovered on Writer Unboxed, How to Write a Book Proposal, 4th Edition, by Michael Larsen, I'm getting a handle on the correct way to submit requested info to literary agents.  

Stop by there today to read the newest articles, and also leave a comment at Chuck's newest give-away!

*Note 2:00pm: Chuck just informed me he'll be the Saturday night keynote speaker at next year's Missouri Writers Guild Conference in St. Louis! It's being held April 11 - 13, 2014. Hope to see many writer friends there. 

♫♪ ......Meet me in St. Louie, Louie....♫♪
(Sorry, I just couldn't help myself!)



"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live." -- Goethe

18 comments:

  1. Good morning and good to meet you here. I will update about Beth as soon as I hear something. I will call her sister in a while.

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  2. Whoops, this is Ramblingon. I am KatieIsabella's "mom" on her own blog. I forgot to log out.

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    1. HI Katie/Ramblingon! I assumed that's who you were in your first comment when you mentioned Beth! Thanks again!

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  3. Becky, I'll be sure to check out this site. Thanks for always sharing what you learn. You know, it will come back to you ten fold.

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    1. HI Myrna! Awww, thank you. You are always so kind!

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  4. There are so many good writer sites! This includes one with prompts and creativity inspirations along with the mechanics of writing.

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    1. HI Claudia! Yes, it's a great one!

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  5. Great writer's site. Have a great day.

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  6. I have read some of Chuck's work. Great post, Becky! Have a good weekend!

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    1. Hi Daisy! Thank you...for everything!

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  7. Great info, Becky. Thanks!

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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  8. Interesting; I'll check it out. I have a couple of friends who are self-publishing, putting their books on Kindle. It seems to be a trend for writers who can't get regular publishers to take on their work.

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    1. HI Marsha! Thanks so much for stopping and commenting! Great to see you.

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  9. Hi Tina! I apologize for not noticing your comment sooner. Somehow it escaped my eagle eye when I go through my blog e-mails! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop and comment! I really do appreciate it!

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I love comments, especially because I know the time it takes to stop and type one, even a short one! Thanks very much!

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