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It's Never Too Late
By Stephanie Dahl

Recently, there was a feature article in my local paper about an 80 year old's first novel. Author Peggy Lewis said that the book had "been percolating" in the back of her mind for years. The article also quoted another local writer, Leila Meacham, who published her first novel in her 70s, as saying that "pursuing a writing goal later in life has its advantages."
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Matchmaking has Begun for ASJA's Client Connections
ASJA
Planning for ASJA's Content Connections in Chicago, Nov. 7 and 8, is underway and we've now opened registration to businesses to participate in our Client Connections program. Client Connections is a speed-dating-style session matching the needs of businesses with the skills of freelance writers. This is a casting call for clients who need help with creating content, such as web copy, white papers, press releases, blogs, multimedia, infographics, narratives or any other form of writing.

You: work with a corporation, nonprofit, association, customer publisher, marketing agency, trade organization or other arena that relies (or would like to rely on) skilled freelance writers to create content for your business. We: have access to hundreds of professional content experts who can meet your content needs and deadlines.

In timed sessions, Client Connections participants will have the opportunity to:
  • Meet the right talent for your content needs.
  • Establish a budget that works for both of you.
  • Discuss potential content strategy.
  • Make a lasting content connection for your business.
If you, or someone in your network could benefit from Client Connections, please invite them to visit our website or email Client Connections lead Kate Silver, thekatesilver@gmail.com.

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How to Give Your Character an Authentic Dialect
Writer's Digest
Most people assume that dialect has to be a part of dialogue. My answer is that it can be, and in certain circumstances it ought to be, but the writer must never feel compelled to duplicate dialects simply for the sake of "authenticity." The writer who thinks she is writing dialect because she is clipping the ends off of words and stretching out others is often taking delight more in her own experimentation than in any real sense of story.
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23 Literary Agent Query Letters That Worked
GalleyGat
Once you find an agent you would like to represent your book, the pitch letter is the next step in the traditional publishing process. This article shows 23 different agent pitch letters that actually worked in a variety of genres.
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4 Ways to Rank Higher in Google Search
10,000 Words
Oh, Google: the search engine of our life. How many times have you answered our most embarrassing and inane questions — without a second of hesitation (literally)?
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Structure Your Book with Some Free Scrivener Templates
GalleyCat
Do you use Scrivener writing software to write your books? Writer Justin Swapp has collected a series of free Scrivener templates on his blog, helping short story writers and novelists plan their work more effectively. A few of the templates even follow popular methods for plotting a novel (like the hero's journey or the snowflake method), useful storytelling techniques for any writer.
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5 Of Our Favorite Writerly Blogs
The Writer Magazine
Whether you're looking for industry insight, a quick laugh or a gritty interview with your favorite author, blogs dominate the Web with must-have resources for writers.
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42 Fiction Writing Tips for Novelists
Writing Forward blog
Writing a novel is an ambitious endeavor, never mind editing, publishing, and marketing it. Hopefully, the writing tips below will help make the first part of your momentous task a little easier. These writing tips focus on the technical and creative writing process rather than the business end of things.
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Penguin Signs 13-Year-Old Author
Publishers Weekly
Penguin Young Readers Group's latest debut author is also one of its target readers: a 13-year-old boy. The division's Grosset & Dunlap imprint has inked Jake Marcionette to a two-book, North American rights deal for his middle-grade series, Just Jake. The first book in the series, about a sixth grader trying to establish his social life at a new school, is set for February 2014.
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