by Sheree Crawford A good novel has three main elements; characters, a plot, and an over-arching threat. Much as structure is distinct from plot so too is threat distinct from conflict, but you need it all to create a really good novel. Well, you need all four to create a publishable novel. If… Read More Threat: What It Is and Why Your Story Needs It
by Michael Mohr A-number one advice for new writers especially: Don’t rush the process. Man oh man. How many writers approach me who think they’re going to hand me their first or second draft of a novel and after one developmental edit they’re going to be done? Far too many. In this new landscape… Read More How to be Edited as a New Author (Or at Any Level, Really…)
by Cátia Isabel Silva In the previous post, we talked about how important the first page is to the success of your book. A good first page is, without a doubt, the difference between someone actually buying and reading through your whole book or merely picking it from the shelf, opening it up… Read More Five Tips For Your First Page
Hi all! Announcing my newest short story: The Ark of Manhattan. Check out the summary: Nobody’s jealous of David’s life. He’s worked the same dead-end job for years, riding the same grimy subway to the same shoe box they call an apartment, just to listen to his girlfriend yell at him… Read More New Release! The Ark of Manhattan: A Short Story
by ARHuelsenbeck All over our country (indeed, all over the world) writers, agents, editors, and publishers come together periodically to share information, encourage one another, make connections, and discover the next literary star. If you write (or if you dream of writing), conferences can be an important aspect of your professional development.
by Doug Lewars You most certainly can judge a book by its cover and most of us do it on a regular basis. We may not judge very well but we most assuredly do it. Think how often you’ve walked through a library or bookstore without any particular book in mind and selected… Read More How to Catch the Reader’s Eye With Titles
by Sara Wolf It is a frequent occurrence in the news to hear about authors cutting multi-million (or even billion) dollar book or movie deals. Famous examples of ridiculously successful authors, such as J.K. Rowling, E. L. James, and Stephen King, often lead people to think that becoming an author will undoubtedly lead… Read More The Average Earnings of Authors