Welcome to my page For Writers!

Where my goal is to share helpful information with aspiring authors.

Below are some of my favorite websites/blogs for writers:

Romance University

The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

Write On The River by Bob Mayer

Molly Greene: Writer

Brenda Hiatt’s Show Me The Money

Cindi Myers Market News Blog

Savvy Authors


Below are some guest blog posts I’ve done that you may find helpful.

My Best Advice for New and Aspiring Authors

My Writing Routine and Plotting vs. Pantsing

Revisions to Success

Planning a Blog Tour

The Call 

Can Medical Romances be Funny?

Extinguishing External Plot Devices

Planning Contests

Reader Reviews and What NOT To Do

Just Published Interview

A Day in the Life of a Crazily Obsessed, Easily Distracted, Newly Published Author 

Writing a Quality Medical Scene for Romance

How Soccer Relates to Writing

Getting Noticed – Without Donning a Red Feather Boa or Scenting Your Manuscript.


Below are the well-worn writing craft books that sit beside my desk. I’m listing them with the hope that maybe you will find one or all of them as helpful as I have. Whenever possible, I checked writing resource guides out of my local library to make sure they were right for me before I bought them. I suggest you do the same.:

We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media by Kristen Lamb

How I Write by Janet Evanovich

Painless Grammar, Second Edition, by Rebecca Elliott, Ph.D

See Jane Write by Sarah Mlynowski and Farrin Jacobs

Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by Nancy Kress

Creating Character Emotions by Ann Hood

Dynamic Characters by Nancy Kress

Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King

The Forest for the Trees, An Editor’s Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner

Writer’s Guide to Character Traits by Linda N. Edelstein, Ph.D

Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass


Good luck on your writing journey, may you find much success along the way!


If you’ve read this far, you must really be interested in improving your writing. And I’d like to help. I’ve judged and provided feedback on hundreds of contest entries. I’ve critiqued manuscripts for Jennifer Probst, Claudia Connor, and River Jaymes.  I give a tough, honest critique with suggestions on how I feel a scene can be improved. Sound like something you want? E-mail me at Wendy@WendySMarcus.com with Critique – (the type of romance you write) in the subject line. If I have time in my schedule, I’ll take a look at the all-important first three pages of your manuscript for free.

** Disclaimer: A critique is just that, a detailed analysis and assessment of something. It is not a guarantee that an agent will sign you or a publishing company will buy your revised manuscript.


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