Many haws, cold toes! That’s just one of the unusual ways people used to say cold weather was on the way. In this article Writer’s Relief found on LitHub.com, we learned many of these arcane phrases were based on nature and animal behavior. If you suspect a snowstorm...
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Sometimes the things a writer has to say in a query letter for literary agents are, uh, aaawk-ward! Here are a few ways to rephrase uncomfortable facts into tactful prose. Awkward Phrase: I had a literary agent for this book who didn’t do a good job. Mentioning any...
Having your writing critiqued—or offering a well-meaning critique—during a workshop or writers group meeting can be an emotional minefield. Some writers are too sensitive to accept anything less than an enthusiastic bravo! Others are too quick to dismiss critique from...
When was the last time you heard the words “Yellow Pages” or “breeches” used in a conversation? If you're of a certain age, it's probably been decades since you've worn pedal pushers or dialed a rotary phone. And if you're a millennial—you've probably never used these...
If you're writing a query letter asking a literary agent to represent your book, there are key phrases that might help your cause. Our expert query letter writers share the strategies that can get better results when used in our clients’ letters. Great Phrases...
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