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An Agent Reads the Slush Pile by C. D. Hersh

A while back, before the new COVID normal, we used to go to Writer’s Conferences. At one of the ones we attended literary agent Kristin Nelson, of the Nelson Literacy Agency, read a selection of two-page openings from attendees’ books. … Continue reading

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Unique Words-How Many Have You Used? by C.D. Hersh

  We have a ritual we indulge in when a book is finished. Besides chocolate and whooping and hollering.  By finished, we mean the words are down on the virtual page. Not the final words but close enough that we … Continue reading

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Five Common Plot Problems by C.D. Hersh

  There have been volumes written on plotting. After all, it is a critical element in every story. While we don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, we have picked up a few pointers on our journey in … Continue reading

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Six Tips for Revising Your Writing from C.D. Hersh

      This spring my husband (and writing partner) and I took advantage of a beautiful and unusually warm May day and cleaned two years worth of bird droppings and green mold from the railings and edges of our … Continue reading

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Pareidolia by C.D. Hersh

Hi, it’s Catherine here today, the C of C.D. Hersh. I learned a new word the other day—pareidolia (parr-i-DOH-lee-ə), and I thought it might be fun to share it on the SMP blog today Pareidolia means to see meaning where … Continue reading

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You might be a writer if… by C.D. Hersh

  You might be a writer if   …your book characters are more real to you than your family members. …you buy so much paper and ink you’re thinking about investing in Hewlett Packard or Staples. …you get up early … Continue reading

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Copasetic, Cool language from Can’t Stop the Music by C.D. Hersh

We’ve been thinking about Woodstock a lot lately, as the 50th anniversary of the legendary music festival is coming up in August. “Why Woodstock?” you ask. We grew up in that era and our award-winning book, Can’t Stop the Music … Continue reading

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Risking It All—In Life and Writing by C.D. Hersh

A few years ago we took a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where we stayed at a 100+year-old light house at Big Bay Point. The views were spectacular, the weather wonderfully cool (which was a big bonus after … Continue reading

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Do You Believe in Space Aliens? by C.D. Hersh

  courtesy of openclipart   March 20 is Alien Abduction Day, so we thought we’d start the month off talking about alien abductions and UFOs. And, no, we’ve never been abducted, although Catherine did have a boyfriend who claimed to … Continue reading

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I Hate When That Happens by C.D. Hersh

I-Hate-When-That-Happens Writing is full of challenges, from perfecting the actual craft to getting the book published to mastering marketing. Along the way, if you’re like us you’ve probably had your share of writing mishaps-things you hate to see happen. Here … Continue reading

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