In "Making a Literary Life," Carolyn See suggests a campaign of writing one letter of praise or appreciation to a writer every day. She envisions white envelopes crisscrossing in the sky like … Continue reading >>
A hook encapsulates a book in one electrifying sentence. It will grab the attention of agents, editors, publishers, bookstore managers and clerks, bloggers, journalists, reviewers and readers. So how … Continue reading >>
A Fabulous Plastic Hoopla:
In my novel, the narrator’s mother has a “fabulous plastic hoopla" where the saleslady extols the virtues of Tupperware to fawning women drinking vodka-spiked … Continue reading >>
The other day, I laughed when I read author Laura Wright’s tweet “There's a lot of 'flashing eyes' in this draft. Need to fix.” I also recognized my own writing.
Our characters certainly do flash … Continue reading >>
Endings. They're not easy. My agent mentioned she thought my novel might need an additional scene at the end to “round things out,” which started me questioning things. Even though I liked the ending … Continue reading >>
Because the marketplace is so difficult, many agents work with their clients on their manuscripts prior to submitting them to publishing houses. A hands-on agent is a good one. I think I've got a … Continue reading >>