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 […]
The Inner Editor is the perfectionist in you. It’s that part of your brain that tells you, “No matter how great your writing is, it’s not good enough.” It’s a debilitating disease, IE. You can never finish a project because it never lives up to the inner editor’s standards. You’re unwilling to share your work with others because […]
I haven’t much energy for the blog today. I fear it all drained away during my massive writing session this morning and afternoon. As such, I will simply leave you with this beautiful quote form Ursula K. Le Guin in 1977.