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Doree Anderson
3 days ago

Hi gals, I just need to put in a change of address. I can’t miss you all. So I’m Doree Anderson and I am now at doree@doreeanderson.com
Thanks gals.

Doree

germán
germán
1 year ago

Hi, how can an unknown author have the opportunity to have a literary agent?

BECCA PUGLISI
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1 year ago
Reply to  germán

Hi, Germán. If you’re looking for an agent, checkout Query Tracker. It’s the best tool I’ve found for locating agents who are looking for your specific kind of story. You can find the link on our Resources for Writers page, along with other helpful resources. 🙂

Qudus
1 year ago

Hi Becca and Angela,

I must commend you both for the resources you have for writers. I especially enjoy using your thesauruses. I must say they have impacted by writing in no small measure. Positively, of course!

However, I would like to find out if you run any affiliate programs?

Thank you.

Catie Ebertz
Catie Ebertz
1 year ago
Dominique S.
Dominique S.
1 year ago

I preordered the Emotion Thesaurus but the link won’t work for me to know where to email the screenshot to. I’ll be devastated if I don’t get the other entires that weren’t published…

C.A
C.A
1 year ago

I haven’t gotten any of your books yet, but I have them all on my wishlist. I had a question though, about the emotion thesaurus second edition. When I do decide to get them, should I just get the second edition? Will the first one become obsolete once the new one hits the shelves? Or should I just get both?
Sorry if that’s a stupid question. Haha!

BECCA PUGLISI
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1 year ago
Reply to  C.A

Hi, Claire. Not a stupid question at all. If you decide to get a copy of The Emotion Thesaurus, you’ll want to get the second edition. It contains all of the content from the original version, along with about 50% more material. So if you get the second one, you’ll really also be getting the first one. Just a beefed up version :).

C.A
C.A
1 year ago
Reply to  BECCA PUGLISI

Okay! Thank you! 😀

Anna M
Anna M
1 year ago

Hello! I think you guys are amazing and your advice are total life-savers. I own all your published books and I’ve really noticed an improvement in my writing now that I consult them during editing — no more characters rolling their eyes fourteen times in a single scene!

I’m wondering if you have any plans for publishing another physical book in the near future. As useful and neat an online library is, there is something special about turning pages and using sticky notes to bookmark.

Thank you so, so much for writing these thesauri and running this site! ♥

BECCA PUGLISI
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1 year ago
Reply to  Anna M

Hi, Anna! We have plans to publish our next book in January/February. We haven’t revealed what this book is going to be about just yet, but the cat will be out of the bag soon :). If you’d like to be notified about any new release information, you can sign up for our Future Book Releases newsletter here. We only send out information when we’ve got a new book coming up, so you don’t have to worry about getting spammed. And thanks for the kind words. We’re very happy to help.

Cassandra
Cassandra
1 year ago

I did a search for “body height comparisons with others” and found a useful tool: http://www.mrinitialman.com/OddsEnds/Sizes/compsizes.xhtml

This makes it easier to elude to height with body marker comparisons while writing.

Léa
2 years ago

While I’m not finished with the first rough draft and never thought about another book after it, one popped up two weeks ago waking me at 5:00 am. It presented itself with a cast of five each with their own POV, the setting and the time (1990-2007) and what they are about. A few days later a sixth individual, part-timer, introduced herself and her M.O. Is it getting too crowded?

Sierra
Sierra
2 years ago

Hi, I had a question that’s been weighing on my mind a bit. I’m writing a story from many different PoVs and I was rotating chapters, but its become sloppy since they’ve come together.

I took smaller scenes from chapters to separate each PoV change into its own chapter. I made these small sections their own small chapters. But I feel like I’m making a mistake.

At the same time, I feel I can’t put them back into the other character PoV scene without a) changing the scene to the PoV of the current chapter (which is hard because some of my scenes have a lot of internal findings that are important to progressing the story) or b) making the chapters less about certain characters and more about the progression of the journey.

That being said, I feel that jumping multiple PoVs without a consistent pattern is awful looking. I guess what I want to know, does it really matter?

Does it matter if some characters have more chapters than others?

Does it matter how I jump PoVs so long as the story comes together?

Does it matter if I have multiple PoVs in a chapter?

Does it matter if a chapter is way shorter than the rest because I’ve taken a PoV out of a bigger chapter?

Kerenza Sarich
2 years ago

There are some awesom ideas here thank you so much for the help also i was wondering if you have any other ideas for the haunted house other than what you have got im kinda struggling

Thank you so much, it would be great

Kerenza Sarich
2 years ago
Reply to  Kerenza Sarich

Sorry i mean awesome

Arshad Mahmood
2 years ago

Dear Sir Madam my request to read once please ,Hi thank for your reading my request call to you wanted volunteer help from you to make perfect my story script and manuscript to make film in holly wood.Future proceeds will going to help children with aids what my earning get from film studios.Today i am knocking your door you to open the door with smile and light of hope and love to help me free ? Definite god will give us rewards with good health wealth and happiness in our life and much more we don;t no.I think today you will help me free tomorrow when you need help some one will help you free definitely it will be happen you will get it.Request song to you.One day i am waiting for your one look my project. One day you will call me.One day i will sec you in my home.One day you will hear listen what i say i lay down i close my eyes at night i can sec your face on moon at night.One day i am gonna fly to holly wood i am still waiting for your free help and time that day will come or not i don;t no but i have hope? I have right to request and get chance and your free time do i ?Thank you.

BECCA PUGLISI
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2 years ago
Reply to  Arshad Mahmood

Hi, Arshad. Unfortunately, Angela and I have no screenwriting experience, so we’re not in the best position to help with this. There are many screenwriting organizations and communities online where you can find advice on the process and meet others who might be able to swap scripts with you for mutual critiquing purposes when the time is right. Networking through those venues is probably your best bet. Best of luck with your project.

Nouf Al-Mohannadi
Nouf Al-Mohannadi
3 years ago

Hello!

I’m a big fan of your books, they’re truly one of the amazing and most efficent books i’ve used to help me in writing and i’m someone who has so many books as “Writer aid”. The material is just so detailed and thorough, the work you’ve done is truly exceptional. So i’m just here to tell you that i deeply appreciate the hard work, time and dedication you’ve put into these books and if anything, i’m a young writer in the process of writing my first book ever with your help!

Thank you, i wish you the best and i can’t wait to see what more books you will create.

Salim Majdi
Salim Majdi
3 years ago

Greetings!

I’m hoping to find somebody to read my works, rate them and discuss with me some things concerning writing stuff. Have I come to the right place?

Thank you!

Mara
Mara
3 years ago

Hello Angela and Becca.
Just wanted to share, I came across the Book Tour with John Grisham podcast and found it quite enlightening and entertainment. In short, Grisham is traveling around the country visiting independent bookstores and having live conversations with his author friends. I thought it may be a good source of entertainment, inspiration, and knowledge for your audience. It’s worth a listen.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/book-tour-with-john-grisham/id1244579552?mt=2

Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Thanks,
Mara

BECCA PUGLISI
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3 years ago
Reply to  Mara

Thanks for passing this along, Mara!

Anthony Harrison
Anthony Harrison
3 years ago

Angela and Becca,
I just received my copies of your thesaurus’ and I can’t be happier. You both have done an exceptional job at providing not only quality information, but also secondary content that I look forward to using in my work.
Thanks!
Anthony

BECCA PUGLISI
Admin
3 years ago

Oh, I’m so happy to hear this, Anthony. We worked super hard on those books and it’s always good to hear that customer is satisfied. Enjoy them! I hope they help you a ton with your writing!

David Powell
3 years ago

Hello Angela,

Do you have anything on writing with the senses. I thought that you had, but could not find it. And the point of view. That seems to be somthing I screw up constantly.
Thanks.
D. Owen Powell
aka Uncle Dave

Ron Porter
Ron Porter
3 years ago

I bought one of your books (used) on Amazon, and it seems to be a publisher’s reject. The reason I’m informing you of this is so you’re aware that someone in your publishing “house” is selling reject-grade copies of the book “The Emotion Thesaurus”. The content is fantastic, and through it I have now found this amazing resource (your website), for which I am grateful. I took pictures of the book and it’s defects, and will be glad to send them to you if you wish.

I’m going to be requesting a refund from Amazon, so I have no complaint with the you or the material, but wanted you to be aware that some improperly cut books are being sold.

Awesome material. Definitely glad I stumbled across your book(s) and now your website.

BECCA PUGLISI
Admin
3 years ago
Reply to  Ron Porter

Hi, Ron. Thanks so much for letting us know. Please do send us the pictures (jaddpublishing@gmail.com). We only have one printer, so whoever is ordering books and selling them (whether that be Amazon or a third-party affiliate) should be getting good copies. If defective copies are going out, I’d like to contact the printer about that. I’m so sorry that this purchase didn’t meet your satisfaction, but I’m glad that you found us. I’ll be looking forward to your email.

ajaypal
ajaypal
3 years ago

I wants to write but can not find any platform. Please help me

BECCA PUGLISI
Admin
3 years ago
Reply to  ajaypal

Hi there. Building a platform is a hard but necessary part of the job for successful authors. For information on how to build yours, check out the Categories list in our right-hand sidebar; we have quite a few posts on Platform and Social Networking. Also, I highly suggest Jane Friedman’s blog; just type Platform into the search bar and a ton of helpful posts come up. Best of luck to you!

Hope Ann
4 years ago

Angela and Becca,

Thank you so much for your blog and for the great articles you post. I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo this year and your article, ‘NaNoWriMo Triage Center: Helping You Get To 50K’, has some great tips. I also had a question for you about it. I help out on a website called Kingdom Pen (kingdompen.org) which supports young Christian writers. During the month of November we are sending out daily emails with encouragement and tips for those participating in NaNoWriMo. Some of these newsletters will contain part of an article about writing, along with a link to the full article and website. I was wondering if you’d allow us to feature ‘NaNoWriMo Triage Center: Helping You Get To 50K’ in one of the NaNo emails. We’d copy the first paragraph or two to the email, then provide a link to this site for readers to follow to get the rest of the article if you are willing to let us do this.

Whatever you decide, thank you for your time and your great blog content!

Pat Hanson
Pat Hanson
4 years ago

My friend entered my name in your most recent contest. She tells me my name was chosen but I’m not ceratin just hwo to send my first page to you? Please enlighten me?

BECCA PUGLISI
Admin
4 years ago
Reply to  Pat Hanson

Hi, Pat. I’m sorry; there was no email address given with your entry, so I could only try contacting you with the email address associated with your WordPress account, and my messages kept bouncing. I had no other way of getting in touch with you, so I replied to your comment asking for you to reply within 24 hours or I would have to pick an alternate. When I didn’t hear back from you, I had to move on to the next winner on the list. I’m very sorry it didn’t work out.

Michael Frickstad
4 years ago

Angela and Becca,

I finally purchased your thesaurus group, and… Oh, my! Your intros should be mandatory reading for anybody who wants to be called a fiction writer. Throughout your books, you remind me of all the things I forgot to remember. That sounds funky, I know, but I mean you present material I once knew and even taught myself, but in my blindness put aside from my personal use. Thank you for excellent and engaging instruction. Love it and encouraging others to grab their own copies.

JAMES P. MYLOTT
JAMES P. MYLOTT
5 years ago

Dear Becca and Angela,

I really love the thesaurus trio, it is a god sent. I am recommending a fourth thesaurus: PHOBIAS. The Negative Trait Thesaurus has nothing on phobias nor how to portray characters with phobias as flaws in good fiction.

Just a thought.

Thank you both sincerely,

Jim

patricia hayley ellis
patricia hayley ellis
5 years ago

hi.

i would like to know if you also help first time writers? reason for me asking this is because i slowly publishing my book, in small sections, onto a place called ‘wattpad’. if you do, my book is called ‘cystals of nature’. for i truly need help with my book.
thank you.

BECCA PUGLISI
Admin
5 years ago

Hi, Patricia! Congrats on jumping into the writing gig. We don’t give individual feedback on books, per se. The closest help we offer in that area is a monthly contest called Critiques 4 U, where people can enter a contest to have their first page critiqued. Our September contest just closed yesterday, but the next one is coming around on October 27th. So if you’ve signed up to receive our blog updates via email (which you can do in the left-hand sidebar on the home page), you’ll receive a notification when that contest begins. Best of luck!

Melinda Williams
Melinda Williams
5 years ago

I want all these books. Can you tell me where I can get them…..Are they all in book form? If not when will they be

Thanks
Melinda

BECCA PUGLISI
Admin
5 years ago

Hi, Melinda. The Negative Trait Thesaurus, The Positive Trait Thesaurus, and The Emotion Thesaurus are available for purchase in print and digital forms at all the major distributors. The links can be found on the bookstore page. Just click on the desirable link beside each book to go to its page at the various distributors. The other thesauri at our blog aren’t available in book for yet, but we’re working on some of them!

Melinda Williams
Melinda Williams
5 years ago

I love your website and I hold online classes and was wondering if I could use your site as a reference tool and of course I would give credit thanks

Rodney Briscoe
Rodney Briscoe
5 years ago

Ladies,

I ‘stumbled’ onto your website via Pinterest. I am interested in writing and have found the inspiration from your website to take the plunge! Thank you for your humor and your willingness to help others like me who are interested in writing, but haven’t started yet. I hope to be published in a year or two. Any suggestions?

Rodney B.

Jennifer E. McFadden
6 years ago

I love your helpful posts and am so happy I found this website!\
Thank you for posting about topics that help other writers like me, who occasionally become stuck on a scene that’s just not working!

Sincerely
Jennifer E. McFadden

kiesha Thomas
kiesha Thomas
6 years ago

I purchased the the Negative trait thesaurus from itunes on August 10. I can access the book. If you need more details from me , please let me know. Is it possible to just email me the book? This website is amazing. I learned of your website through a published author who was saying that this site was an amazing resource.

Regards,
Kiesha

Karen
Karen
6 years ago

I have been searching for a PDF version for the Settings Thesaurus (I can’t describe places to save my life!) and can’t find one anywhere. Could it be because I am in New Zealand? Any suggestions gratefully received.