Help From an Unexpected Place

By Bob McCrillis

Sometimes, agents are as nutty as writers, or so it seemed.

On his submissions requirements was ‘if you haven’t read and absorbed all of the Query Shark archives, you’re not ready to query’. Query Shark? What the heck was that? And why would I need to review its archives?

Bob cropped tightBeing a compulsive rule-follower, I dutifully Googled Query Shark and found the blog. Okay, a blog about queries might have some good information before the pitch for an online tutorial course for the low, low price of only …

I clicked on and discovered a treasure trove that I would have hoarded for myself, if I could – why help the competition? My good angel prevailed. Continue reading “Help From an Unexpected Place”

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One Writer’s Secret Weapon

By Bob McCrillis

I’m a terrible editor.

It’s an affliction that has cost me at least one potential agent. At a book signing for one of his clients, I started chatting with him about doing yet another complete rewrite of my novel. My elevator speech interested him and he encouraged me to bring a query package to a conference at one of the local colleges scheduled for a few months in the future.

Man, I knew I had this one locked. I had a great story, an inside track for an agent, and a couple of months to finish the rewrite. Imagine my humiliation when, after proudly handing him my query, he started through it then took out his pen and began circling things. Not editorial issues or voice possibilities, but obviously missing or duplicated words, “he” where I meant “the”, and even inconsistent spelling of a name between the first paragraph and the fourth on the same page! Continue reading “One Writer’s Secret Weapon”

Writers Guild Meets Sunday, April 15th

By Linda Donaldson

Our Writers Guild will meet this Sunday, April 15th at 1pm.

Please note we are meeting a half hour earlier than last year! That allows us to wrap up by 3pm. The new times will offer safer daylight driving in the Spring and Fall months for those who travel from farther away.

We welcome all authors and poets, published or not, to listen, collaborate with each other and learn by sharing. Continue reading “Writers Guild Meets Sunday, April 15th”

Writers Guild Begins 2018 Season

By Linda Donaldson

Thirteen was a lucky number this Sunday. It represented the number of members who attended our first meeting of the Pearl S. Buck Writers Guild this 2018 season. Both previous and new members came with work to share.

First was an excerpt from a novel by Joe Vitella. It featured a high-action scene with a man searching for his missing girlfriend as he interrogates her former roommate. We stopped midway through Joe’s long chapter, and many wanted to read on to learn more – the best compliment we can give a writer! Continue reading “Writers Guild Begins 2018 Season”

2018 Writers Guild Meetings Begin on Sunday, March 18th

Welcome all writers and aspiring writers!

The Pearl S. Buck Writers Guild begins its 2018 season with the first of ten consecutive monthly meetings on the third Sunday of each month from March through October.

This Sunday afternoon, March 18th, we meet from 1:30pm through 3:30pm at the author’s famous historic home: Green Hills Farm, 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie, PA 18944.

We encourage everyone to bring a short poem or story, or excerpt from a longer piece, not to exceed 3 to 4 pages. Provide at least 15 copies for handing out and be sure to include your name and email address on your selection.

Comments are always constructive, with positive discussion and advice freely given. Attend and meet other like-minded individuals and perhaps find a new writing partner or two! See you on Sunday and please, bring something to share!

We meet in the Cultural Center (big red barn building upstairs) on the grounds of Green Hills farm. Registration is $50 for all ten meetings, or $10 per meeting.

For those whose genre is fantasy or science fiction, see me at the meeting. I have a collection of several “how-to” books that I will give away to anyone interested.

Never been before, and not sure about committing to a monthly meeting? Attendance at your first meeting is free – so try us out!

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Ho… Ho… Ho… No Fall Journal in Your Stocking This Past Year

By Anne K. Kaler

The first snow has fallen, the season of lights is past, the reindeer sled was not far behind, and the New Year has arrived with more snow . . .

Anne Kaler Head ShotThe Pearl S. Buck Fall 2017 Literary Journal got lost under a pile of autumn leaves, hunkering down and resting, until it can rise again when the brighter lights of early spring arrive.  We hope . . .

We could quote all sorts of cheerful holiday songs about the busyness of the season but we won’t. We could say that the editors are busily working at the Journal’s production but we won’t. We could say that our computers connived to erase all of our entries but we won’t. We can’t lie, not this close to the ears and eyes of Santa and his elves. Continue reading “Ho… Ho… Ho… No Fall Journal in Your Stocking This Past Year”

October Writers Guild Meeting Recap

By Linda Donaldson

Our last meeting of the Pearl S. Buck Writers Guild brought a dozen of us to the Cultural Center at Green Hills Farm on Sunday October 15th.

Four people brought work to share, and we began with John McCabe’s new introduction to his collection of short stories about the Market-Frankford Elevated trains. Many voiced a connection to John’s depiction of the silent “rules of the riders” that discourages people from talking to each other on trains. We liked his handling of the protagonist’s reconnection with a childhood pal and their subsequent adult friendship as the “glue” that brings these stories together. Continue reading “October Writers Guild Meeting Recap”