So before you send your work off, give it one last look and keep an eye out for any of these. The cleaner your writing is, the better the chance to have your story read and enjoyed. Continue reading
I’ve had so many conversations about word count , and I’ve responded to many queries with a request for the author to add more material to make it marketable, or to edit (in some cases drastically!) to bring the word count within that same range that I thought I would share with you the one magic number. This isn’t the be-all, end-all number, and this isn’t for every author and every genre and every circumstance. But generally speaking, this is the number you’re looking for: Continue reading
Unpolished writing is probably the #1 reason manuscripts are rejected. This could be easily avoided if we take a close look at our verbs. Here is a themed list of five things to pay attention to as you take one more look through your manuscripts with those pesky verbs in mind. Continue reading
A Facebook friend asked me the other day why we agents don’t just take on a project based on other people’s reviews, and I realized that it is part of the process that most writers really don’t understand. Continue reading
I read an article by Alan Jacobs, published in The Atlantic, called A Defense of Stephen King, Master of the Decisive Moment and it resonated me deeply. It also brings to mind a conversation I had with a friend and colleague of mine.
Searching out magazines to submit her (beautifully written) short stories, she came across the rule on most of them: No genre allowed. Not having been exposed to the biased literary world, she asked me – “What is genre, exactly?” Continue reading
I am over at Stacey Donaghy’s blog, I Thriller… A Writer’s Blog today, guest blogging about character development, and a technique I used to create of my characters Sawyer and Pryce for The Footloose Killer.
Head on over and check it out! And leave a comment – we’d love to hear more techniques that have worked for you with your characters!
Here’s a sneak peek of my post: Continue reading
I know what you’ll say. I don’t write my own posts often enough! But I have an opportunity this week to try something new. Guest blogging. Continue reading