Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 This book, by Alicia Rasley, is one of my favorites for the planning stage. She makes you think to get your characters, conflicts, and plot in gear. This is definitely my Go-To-Book if I’m having trouble getting an outline or imagining where I want my story to go.
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In no particular order, here are 13 blogs all novelists should add to their RSS feed. Whether you need updates on the world of publishing, info on writing a query letter, explanations of the ongoing Google settlement, you’ll find all that info in the following pages. Some are agents, some are editors, and all are […]
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: Thanks to all those people who take the time to leave comments on my blog. I appreciate your feedback and opinions, and for me, most of the satisfaction of blogging comes from your comments. Three cheers for you all! -S.
These days, what with Harry Potter and the ten million vampire books, we tend to forget about storytellers from decades past. So, if your teen-reader (or you, for that matter) are looking for something to add to that book-list, here are some authors you might want to consider: Ursula K. Le Guin Anyone who follows […]
Let us assume you have successfully followed the steps listed in How to Get a Literary Agent. The agent will then submit your project to multiple publishing houses (whom he/she feels are good fits for your work), and then you wait for the fish to bite. And now, let’s assume your agent has found a […]
I’m back to the world of e-publishing today. Not too much has changed since my last post on the topic. Here’s a rundown of the biggies: If you haven’t yet heard, Amazon took a drastic (and highly suspect) step over the weekend against Macmillan, a publishing house. Essentially, in a disagreement over the pricing of Macmillan […]
To add a final comment to yesterday’s post, readers want a protagonist who does things, not a protagonist who has things done to her. This is an important point — not just for Twilight, but for all stories. If the damsel-in-distress is the main character, she’d better turn into a damsel-in-shining-armor pretty fast. Typically, people […]
“The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.” –Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy As bizarre as it may sound, I still find it utterly depressing when I think about Douglas Adams’ passing in 2001. It’s been almost nine years, and yet my heart gives a little […]
Finished! The first draft of my second book has reached The End. Wunderbar! Now it’s on to the massive revisions. And they will be massive, but I am so excited to start — I love editing and improving what I’ve already created. It’s like getting a diamond from the coal… Okay, terrible metaphor. How about […]
(back to Classes) During my undergrad, we were required to have papers officially proofread by an editor. This editor and I got along swimmingly — I being particularly fond of punctuation and grammar, and he having to commit zero work to my papers. One thing he always praised me for was my regular use of […]