Friday, 16 November 2012

Jessica Bell's Show & Tell In A Nutshell

Is it me or is this November turning into a major book-release month? Today I'm honoured to hand my blog over to writer, poet, and musician Jessica Bell. Her book Show & Tell In A Nutshell has just been published.

Over to you, Jessica.

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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: 


Thank you, Jessica. This is one book every writer should have.


  1. Thanks for alerting us to this book, Ellie. I'm off to buy it now. I see you're still in there with Nano. It doesn't get any easier but at least we are over halfway. Great blog, btw, stocked with all sorts of goodies.

    1. Thanks, Fiona. I can't believe we are nearing our third week of nano already.

  2. Hi Ellie - this is definitely on my list ... great shout out - cheers Hilary

  3. It the best time with Christmas just around the corner. I shall check it out.

  4. feb is going to be big too, i'm helping with 3 blog release tours!

    i missed you while you were away and am glad to see you back! (from miss you blogfest)

  5. Jess is everywhere, today! So happy for her. Can't wait to dive in and start reading.

  6. Congrats, Jessica! It sounds like an awesome book.

    1. It does. I've decided to order the paperback version. Can't resist.

  7. Hi Ellie, I will get a copy of this book. Sounds like I would need it as I tend to tell more than show.

    1. Something I also get called up on from time to time. Got to be a worthwhile book in any writers arsenal!

  8. It's not just you. There've been great releases as well as wonderful cover reveals making November a busy and bountiful month.

  9. This sounds fantastic-- I'm always looking for new craft books. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Show vs. tell is a skill that can take a lot of practice to acquire. It's still something I have to be mindful of. Congrats to Jessica!

  11. Congrats to Jessica! Always struggling with this. This seems like a highly useful book.

    1. It's well worth getting a copy, Nick.

  12. I'm amazed how many books have been released this month! Congratulations to Jessica! This sounds excellent and as I think she is a great writer I'm sure it is a very useful book.

  13. Thanks all for stopping by here. Your encouragement means the world to me!


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