Friday, November 16, 2012

Jessica Bell Shows & Tells!

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Halo, friends!!!

Happy Friday of the longest week EVER! (or is that just me?)--HWMNBMOTI still hospitalized... first the pancreas, then the heart (ACK!) but hopefully home soon.

In the meantime, our friend Jessica has a new book out... a WRITING book, and she wanted to share it with you and I was thrilled to have her, both because she's FABULOUS, and because I am a little short on time for writing my own darned post at the moment...

So without further ado, here is Jessica to tell you about Show & Tell in a Nutshell.

Welcome Jessica!!!


Have you been told there's a little too much telling in your novel? Want to remedy it? Then this is the book for you!

In Show & Tell in a Nutshell: Demonstrated Transitions from Telling to Showing you will find sixteen real scenes depicting a variety of situations, emotions, and characteristics which clearly demonstrate how to turn telling into showing. Dispersed throughout, and at the back of the book, are blank pages to take notes as you read. A few short writing prompts are also provided.

Not only is this pocket guide an excellent learning tool for aspiring writers, but it is a light, convenient, and easy solution to honing your craft no matter how broad your writing experience. Keep it in the side pocket of your school bag, throw it in your purse, or even carry it around in the pocket of your jeans or jacket, to enhance your skills, keep notes, and jot down story ideas, anywhere, anytime.

If you purchase the e-book, you will be armed with the convenient hyper-linked Contents Page, where you can toggle backward and forward from different scenes with ease. Use your e-reader's highlighting and note-taking tools to keep notes instead.

The author, Jessica Bell, also welcomes questions via email, concerning the content of this book, or about showing vs. telling in general, at


“Jessica Bell addresses one of the most common yet elusive pieces of writing advice—show, don't tell—in a uniquely user-friendly and effective way: by example. By studying the sixteen scenes she converts from “telling” into “showing,” not only will you clearly understand the difference; you will be inspired by her vivid imagery and dialogue to pour through your drafts and do the same.” ~Jenny Baranick, College English Teacher, Author of Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares
“A practical, no-nonsense resource that will help new and experienced writers alike deal with that dreaded piece of advice: show, don’t tell. I wish Bell’s book had been around when I started writing!” ~Talli Roland, bestselling author

Purchase the paperback:

$4.40 on Amazon US

£3.99 on Amazon UK

Purchase the e-book:

$1.99 on Amazon US

£1.99 on Amazon UK

$1.99 on Kobo

About the Author:

The Australian-native contemporary fiction author and poet, Jessica Bell, also makes a living as an editor and writer for global ELT publishers (English Language Teaching), such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, Macmillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.

She is the Co-Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and co-hosts the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek Isle of Ithaca, with Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest.

For more information about Jessica Bell, please visit: 






Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Hart - sounds like a very challenging week .. and I do hope release from the hospital and then recuperation will come soon. My thoughts ..

Jessica's book is amazing isn't it and so are her others ..

Have a better weekend and weeks ahead .. cheers Hilary

Jessica Bell said...

Oh Hart! I hope HWMNBMOTI gets out soon! Must be a very tough time for you. And look, despite everything you're still open to helping me out! You are a star. Thank you so much. PS: You know that Blogfest Alex is doing today? Well, you're on my list :-) xoxo

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I have Jessica's book!
And praying for your husband, Hart.

SA Larsenッ said...

So happy for Jessica! I've yet to pick up my copy. Hoping to do so over the upcoming holiday, so I can dig right in and read!!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

So sorry about your husband, Hart.

I picked up Jessica's book the other day.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Hart, I hate weekS like that! And it's scary when health issues rear their ugly head. My thoughts are with you sweetie!

As for Jessica's book, I always like looking at different thoughts on this subject.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Hope your husband is out of the hospital and better soon, Hart!

Jessica, this sounds like a very helpful resource. Congrats on your release!

Tamara said...

Hi Hart,

I'm really sorry to hear your husband is still in the hospital. SO hard on both of you I'm sure. Try to keep your spirits up and know all your buddies out here in blogworld are thinking of you!!

And your friend's book looks like a great resource. :)

Helena said...

Jessica's book sounds very handy, so I'll be checking it out.

I so hope, darling Hart, that your hubby gets much better soon. Take care.

j welling said...

Ok Hart, deeeeeeep breath. Better.

You're a writer so you know that adversity is merely adding a pile of wealth in feelings and experiences you'll drawn on later. You can hate it for that ... but that's what it is doing. Something good comes from the bad for you. It's what makes us different from other people: nothing is "lost."

Now, for a little amusement and perspective here is a little author fun for you. It's the taste of honey and lemon in your tea that makes one more hideous cucumber sandwich bearable.

Chin up, old girl.