Friday, November 28, 2014

A Dog Trainer's Approach to Writing by T.W. Fendley, author of The Labyrinth of Time - Win Prizes!

Title: The Labyrinth of Time
Author: T.W. Fendley
Publisher: Silent Partner Publishing
Pages: 226
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Can Jade restore the Firestone’s powers before the First Men return to judge humanity? 

 Spending spring break in Peru with her grandmother isn’t sixteen-year-old Jade’s idea of fun. She’d much rather be with her friends at Lake of the Ozarks. Then she meets Felix, a museum director’s son. Jade discovers only she and Felix can telepathically access messages left on engraved stones in the age of dinosaurs. Following the ancient stones’ guidance, they enter the Labyrinth of Time and–with a shapeshifting dog’s help–seek a red crystal called the Firestone. But time is running out before the First Men return on the night of the second blue moon.   

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TW Fendley T.W. Fendley is an award-winning author of historical fantasy and science fiction for adults and young adults. She began writing fiction full-time in 2007 after working twenty-five years in journalism and corporate communications. In October 2011, L&L Dreamspell LLC published her debut historical fantasy novel for adults, Zero Time. She fell in love with ancient American cultures while researching story ideas at the 1997 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Since then, she’s trekked to archeological sites in the Yucatan, Peru and American Southwest. When she’s not writing, T.W. explores the boundaries of consciousness through remote viewing and shamanism. She currently lives near St. Louis with her artist husband and his pet fish. Her latest book is the young adult fantasy, The Labyrinth of Time. For More Information

A dog trainer’s approach to writing

When I was a kid, I saw a movie called “If A Man Answers,” where a newlywed (Sandra Dee) is encouraged to use a dog obedience manual to train her husband. Of course, I never tried it (wink wink), but maybe we should see how it might work for coaching writers.

Let’s try a few basic commands writers need to learn. Be sure to reward good performance with a tasty treat of your choice (think chocolate).

Sit! I’ve known writers who put signs above their computers reminding them to keep their derriere in the chair. You have to put in the time.

Stay! Persistence is key to being a successful writer, but don’t let perfectionism get you stuck on the first sentence or chapter. Keep moving forward! If you get rejections, learn from them and move on. Some authors already have the next agent/publisher selected and submit immediately if they get a rejection.

Heel! Like it or not, you have to follow certain guidelines for manuscript submission, genre requirements, and such. I imagine we all feel a bit hang-dog about that sometime, but you can find out the basics on author and former agent Nathan Branford’s site. It has an amazing list of FAQs (link located in the left sidebar under Publishing Essentials).

Speak! When you have your finished work in hand, you have to market it to agents, publishers and the world. A couple of great resources are and -- databases of agents and publishers that organize and track your queries.

Of course, dog training isn’t always about treats. Sometimes (the online manual says) you eliminate an unwanted behavior by replacing it with a new behavior that’s incompatible. For instance, a dog can’t jump on you when you walk through the door if you teach it to sit when you come in. When it comes to writing, you need look no further for an example than Write or Die (–software that “aims to eliminate writer's block by providing consequences for procrastination.”

And, when all else fails, Beg! Of course, I don’t mean to trash social media with “buy my book promotions,” but sometimes you have to ask to get what you want. Join local writer organizations and find critique partners. You’ll find a wealth of knowledge available for the asking.

T.W. is giving away two $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • Two winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Amazon Gift Certificate or Paypal Cash.
  • This giveaway begins November 17 and ends on December 12.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on Monday, December 15.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!


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