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January 22, 2010

Playing the Odds

Author Adrienne Kress has an interesting post called It’s Not About the Odds. She talks about the luck required in getting a publishing contract and how you can slant those odds in your favor by doing a great query letter.

Rebecca at Dirty Sexy Books has a tongue in cheek post about urban fantasy stories. If you’re not really sure what an urban fantasy is read the Ten Commandments of Urban Fantasy.

Margie Lawson has a guest post at Routines for Writers. It’s all about writing body language and verbal cues–an important thing in good characterization.

And finally, You Are What You Eat, Foods That Improve Your Sex Drive is an article by Elizabeth Black that makes for very interesting reading. Stay about from fried foods and rich cream sauces – that’s all I’m saying! :grin:

I’m reading a book called The Wolf Almanac by Robert H Busch. It’s research for a new idea I have, and you might have guessed from the title that my story will feature wolves.

What are you reading at the moment?


  1. Jaime

    Currently reading Board Resolution by Joey W. Hill. Love her. :wink:

  2. Kaye Manro

    I’m reading research as well. I agree with the ieda of a great query letter. (I have a post up that talks about it right now!)

  3. RKCharron

    Hi Shelley :)
    Thank you for the update post and the great links!
    All the best,

  4. Julia Smith

    Thanks for those links, Shelley – I’ll go check out the Adrienne Kress post later tonight.

    Currently reading On the Road by Jack Kerouac – loving it.

  5. Linda Henderson

    I’m currently reading The Mammoth Book Of Time Travel. I enjoy anthologies. I have The Mammoth Book Of Irish Romance and The Mammoth Book Of Paranormals on order. Should be here next week. They are a little more expensive than a mass market book, but I was lucky enough to use gift cards and such to pay for them.

  6. Nancy Henderson

    Thanks for posting these links. I’m off to check them out. I’m reading History of the American Circus right now ~ research.

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