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June 15, 2017

“Smell” Writing: 5 Senses

I don’t know about you, but every time I smell cinnamon rolls in the oven, I am transported back to 1980’s. My thoughts drift to waking up on Sunday morning to the sweet smell of breakfast baking in the kitchen. My stomach growls. My mouth salivates, and I can almost hear my mother rustling the dishes. What a great memory from my childhood. Smell has […]
May 17, 2017

“Sight” Writing: 5 Senses

For the average writer, sight, is typically the easiest of the five senses to describe. Our world is filled with a menagerie of colors, people, plants, animals, buildings, and things. Each of those objects are finite and can be described visually, making sight easy to relate on paper. But describing the sense of sight doesn’t have to be bland. Take for instance, the picture below. […]
April 19, 2017

“Sound” Writing: 5 Senses

Great authors write using the five senses. They are masters of drawing their readers deeper into the world, scene, or setting of a story by embracing the intricacies and subtleties of the five senses. The senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and feel are available to almost all writers. Utilizing proper description of each of the five sense in your manuscript will greatly improve your […]
March 19, 2017

Three “Hot” Amazon Subgenres or Trends?

As both an author and agent, people are always asking what are some “hot” Amazon subgenres or trends. This is always a loaded question and one that is very difficult to answer. I recently reviewed some interviews from some of the biggest traditional publishers on this topic. Most of them refused to give an answer, and those that didn’t dodged the question. Why is it […]
February 20, 2017

Platform vs. Writing Ability

As a literary agent, I routinely get asked which is more important platform or the quality of the writing? For writers who are looking to get published, this is an important question to debate. It may be the most important question. The correct answer is not as easy as it may seem. The winner of this important debate between platform and writing ability can change […]
June 29, 2016

5 More Things I’ve Learned as a New Literary Agent… (Part 2)

Every day as a new literary agent, I have wonderful, exhilarating, and often very humorous interactions with people, editors, manuscripts, and prospective clients. These first few months at Hartline Literary Agency have provided me with an ever-growing wealth of insight that I hope will help aspiring authors on their journey to find publishing success. I am fortunate to represent clients across three continents and to […]
June 22, 2016

3 Things I’ve Learned As A New Literary Agent… (Part 1)

A couple of months ago, I began the new and exciting adventure of becoming a literary agent with Hartline Literary Agency. The last few months have brought a whirlwind of information, learning, emails, reading manuscript submissions, and signing clients. In just a matter of days, my inbox became flooded with submissions from authors seeking representation, and as I reviewed manuscript after manuscript and proposal after […]
June 16, 2016

Book Launch: Promise of Deer Run – Elaine Cooper

I will never forget my childhood friend named DeDe. She was smart and had a great sense of humor. But that is not the main reason I remember DeDe. She is the one friend in elementary school who taught me about being a friend to the friendless.   There was a girl in our class—I’ll call her Jennifer—who was afflicted with a congenital problem that […]
June 15, 2016

7 Ways “THE FORCE AWAKENS” Is Good For Authors

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has made a staggering sum of money since opening 6 months ago. It has been a boon to the movie industry, but it should also serve as an encouragement to writers everywhere. I’ve compiled a list of how The Force Awakens should encourage writers everywhere. Science fiction is as strong as ever. A well written story can exist in any setting, and […]
June 8, 2016

Beat Those Writing Deadlines Using Your Brain

Do you wish you could beat writing deadlines, the smart way, by using your brain? Well, now you can! If you have ever struggled to beat deadlines, or struggled to hold yourself accountable to deadlines that you set yourself, be relieved. Modern research has provided some powerful insight to human psyche. M.I.T. the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently completed a study. In the study they […]
June 15, 2012

Cyle’s Smiles – John Carter (Movie Review)

This was an o.k. movie.  Not good, not great, but just above average. I give one thumbs up for John Carter being worth a viewing. The visuals, sets, and scenery, were awesome But, the movie sometimes lulled me to sleep with it’s slow pace. The movie is could be o.k. for younger children if they can handle watching movies with aliens in them. Check out […]
June 13, 2012

Cyle’s Smiles – Avengers

I have not seen all the movies I have provided links to the pluggedin.com reviews for.  I provide the links for your ease of reference. What I have learned is that many of you just want to know what I thought of the movie and you want to know it very quickly.  So, I have devised Cyle’s Smiles. Cyle’s Smiles is my review of the […]
June 10, 2012

Madagascar 3 Review

Did you know that lions get homesick too? All Alex can think of is getting he and his pals—Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo and Melman the giraffe—back to their comfy cages in the Central Park Zoo. They’ve been off on their travels far too long. (Two movies too long, to be precise.) So they all make their way into Monte Carlo to find their […]
June 9, 2012

Wreck-It Ralph Movie Trailer – First Look

Exciting new movie trailer for fans of video games and the 80’s. Wreck-It Ralph