The King’s English in America

Is Spelling Important? I think of Mom literally every time I use spell check. All through her life she was embarrassed by her spelling. She even suffered bullying and ridicule because of it. Until the day she died, she found it difficult to write a letter for fear that she’d humiliate herself through a misspelling. Lately, I’ve realized how bad […]

Public Library Shuns Writer

From Publishers’ Weekly: “YA author Julia Watts has been removed from the slate of authors participating in LitUp, a teen literary festival sponsored by the Knox County (Tenn.) Public Library that was inspired by a teen book festival of the same name launched last year in the Kansas City area. Knoxville’s inaugural LitUp festival is scheduled to take place on […]

Good vs. Bad book? Don’t Judge

K.M. Weiland is an excellent resource for writers of all types. Her website Helping Writers Become Authors should be on everyone’s short list of helpful websites. Also, her books on writing are excellent and merge well with Agile Writer theory. But, in a recent site article by Katherine Marsh entitled “Why Do So Many Bad Books Sell on Amazon?” steps […]

Is Agile Writers a Good Value?

A nearby writer’s group is offering the following: Category Local MFA Offering Agile Writers Instructor: MFA Grad/Novelist Agile Writer Coach Price $1,399 $160 ($5/week) Entry Requirements 10-page sample None. Start Date September 9, 2019 Any time you’re ready Class Size Limit 10 students Limited by Space Length of Program 39 weeks(9 months) 32 weeks(6 weeks Storyboarding + 26 weeks writing […]

Guest Post: Your Content Needs A Solid Foundation

Our friend Nakita Rowell-Stevens is a writing coach from The Word Stylist and will be presenting at the Agile Writer Conference January 26th. Click on the image below to learn more about the conference. In the meantime, she’s offered this article from her website to help you.   How do you build a house? Brick by brick, right? And, what is […]

The Problem with Notting Hill

I recently read a blogger’s takedown of “Notting Hill.” She had identified the Anna Scott character as being very shallow and self-absorbed. And since she was so flawed, Will Thacker should not have loved her. The author believes no one should watch the movie because it gives a bad example of relationships. https://www.mamamia.com.au/notting-hill-sends-a-bad-message/ My thoughts… If you look at this […]

Our Own Jackie Hunter Featured on WTVR Virginia in the Morning

https://wtvr.com/2018/10/04/lost-in-the-red-hills-of-mars/ RICHMOND, Va. – Jackie Hunter, retired educator turned science fiction writer, is using several creative outlets these days to encourage young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. She stopped by the studio to talk about one of those projects, her debut novel called Lost in the Red Hills of Mars. To learn more about Jackie Hunter […]

The Price of Editing…

From BLAKE ATWOOD at The Write Life: For comparison purposes, let’s look at the editing rates and use an average page-per-hour and an average hourly rate. For instance, the EFA lists basic copyediting of 5–10 pages per hour at a cost of $30–$40 per hour, so I’ve assumed 7.5 pages per hour at a cost of $35 per hour. The other […]