Blog Posts - New Writers



Interviewing . . . Me!

What genre are your books? All of my novels have elements of intrigue, adventure, mystery, suspense, romance, history, and some have a touch of science fiction. A Spark of Heavenly Fire, for example, is the story of people who become extraordinary d...
by Bertram's Blog on Dec 13, 2014

Interviewing . . . Me!

What genre are your books? All of my novels have elements of intrigue, adventure, mystery, suspense, romance, history, and some have a touch of science fiction. A Spark of Heavenly Fire, for example, is the story of people who become extraordinary d...
by Bertram's Blog on Dec 13, 2014

Little Fictions: The Mermaid

         ‘It’s got to go.’          I give up any hope that trying to explain will save my hair. Mary wouldn’t get it, being from a generation where men were men and women were women, whatever that means. Those boundaries are smu...
by The Cat and Mouse Act on Jul 14, 2014

Downstairs at Picador Event

Downstairs at Picador'celebrating our next generation of writers'Last month I went along to an evening at Picador in London to hear about some of their exciting new releases for 2013 and to hear some of their new writers talk about and read from thes...
by The Little Reader Library on Dec 5, 2012

Pat Bertram, Author of “Daughter Am I”

What books would you list as your current favorites? Staccato by Deborah Ledford, The Medicine People by Lazarus Barnhill, Lacey Took a Holiday by Lazarus Barnhill, Steel Waters by Ken Coffman, Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire by Malcolm R. C...
by Pat Bertram Introduces . . . on Jul 11, 2012

Tom Rizzo, Author of “Last Stand At Bitter Creek”

What is your book about? Last Stand at Bitter Creek is about a burned-out Union Army spy who gets lured into one, last assignment –the routine surveillance of a battle-hardened Union Army officer and finds himself entangled in an intricate conspira...
by Pat Bertram Introduces . . . on May 27, 2012

Competitive Analysis for Professional Writers

As you might have noticed, we’re skipping around between sections for our business plan discussion. The reason for this is simple. You have to have answers to certain questions before you can work on other sections. How a business plan is formally...
by The Blue Inkwell on May 9, 2012

Money Advice for New Writers

When I read something informative that offers great advice, I want to share it with you. I cannot offer any better advice on the financial aspect of running a freelance writing business. John Scalzi shares information that I think all writers, especi...
by The Blue Inkwell on Apr 23, 2012

What is selling in children’s picture books?

I have noticed an increase in comedy recently in children’s books. The Pigeon books are very popular right now and have few words but loads of laughs. I have reviewed a few agents who seem to be looking for the same humor in children’s ma...
by Children's Writers Idea Pool on Oct 23, 2010

Ready, Set, “oh wait, I’m not ready”

Dear New Writer, Let me give you a quick jab and aside to let you know that just because you wrote a great story, it doesn’t mean you are ready for the wide world of editors. The most important thing to do is research publishing houses and fin...
by Children's Writers Idea Pool on Oct 11, 2010

Stand Still

Writers, How many times has life put you at a stand still in your writing? For me personally, if life is busy and hectic, the first thing on hold is my writing. The problem with this is you get behind, and the longer you stay away from your writing t...
by Children's Writers Idea Pool on Sep 26, 2010

Looking Back

I think, as writers, we all tend to relate some past experience or familiar traits to our imaginary characters. I know I do this quite often. I’m working on a story that has multiple characters and every one of them is a spin-off of an acqu...
by Children's Writers Idea Pool on Sep 9, 2010

The Right Opinion

I am entering a writing competition for children on October 4th and have my outline laid out and ready. The only problem is, I wonder if my audience will find the topic interesting and readable. I decided to go straight to the source and ask a few 12...
by Children's Writers Idea Pool on Sep 1, 2010

Music and Motivation

There has been much research done on music as a a motivator. The experts agree that students should study undistracted, which includes silencing the tunes. However, I find writing with my Ipod buds blasting in my ears is the only way I get the real...
by Children's Writers Idea Pool on Sep 1, 2010

Love your characters, but keep the details to yourself

It is inevitable as a writer to fall in love with your characters, I mean, you created them so they are perfect.  You know what they look like, what they listen too, where they were born, and  how they like their eggs. But, a good story can quickly...
by Children's Writers Idea Pool on Aug 31, 2010

The Power of Description

The use of good description in writing is vital to creating your overall impression. By using specific examples and details that arouse the senses, your words come to life for your reader. Instead of explaining word for word how a character feels, si...
by Children's Writers Idea Pool on Aug 30, 2010

Making it happen

“Oh the brain of a writer is littered with characters, protagonists and antagonists and more. There are plots and climaxes, beginnings and ends, with epiphanies and ideas  galore. All day they enact in the brain of the writer and play over...
by Children's Writers Idea Pool on Aug 18, 2010


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