Literary agent Irene Goodman shares some insider do’s and don’ts about what to do after you attend a writing conference and how to get the most out of your experience.
Let’s take a look at how to get the most out of the outlining process, beginning with the shaping of your premise and working all the way through to a complete list of scenes.
When agents ask for sample chapters, which chapters should you include? If your strongest chapters fall in the middle, is it OK if I send those? The answer is different for fiction and nonfiction.
Dimensional characters are born from drama—not description. Here’s why (and how) to delve into your characterizations one defining scene at a time.
Here are 26 important items you should check when copy editing and proofreading your manuscript.
Revision is your chance to add humor and entertainment value—in any genre. Here’s how to do it.
Here are a few things I learned along the way to writing a novel between stints as a copywriter.
Creating characters for young adult novels can be a real challenge. Here are four crucial tips to help you get back into the shoes of your high-school self.
Purely comic fiction may not sell well, but many novels that tackle serious topics with flashes of humor (like The Fault in Our Stars, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and more) do spectacularly, for good reason.
When you've got an in idea your head, and you need to tell the story, where do you begin? Use this advice to write a science fiction novel.
Think there’s nothing you can do to help your submission’s chances? Think again.
Hybrid publishing is an emerging area that occupies the middle ground between traditional and self-publishing and therefore includes many different publishing models— basically anything that is not self-publishing or traditional publishing. “Hybrid publishing” is not a term all publishers or authors in this space use; other terms that describe this type of publishing include...
If a realistic, believable urban fantasy is more your jam, you have to accomplish something that sounds easier, but isn’t. Here are ways to do it.
A simple setting, but one that pulls readers in, makes them want to be part of your story and actually resonates in their soul. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
How can you—a grown-up (gasp!)—effectively write the middle-grade voice? Here's how.
Like a dream book publicist, Facebook has helped me in many ways. Here's how it can help you as a writer.
Here are a few things to consider if you’re looking to write a story with a strong voice.
Being a writer in TV and film is difficult as is, but being a female writer throws and extra wrinkle in things. Here's how to find success in the challenging screenwriting world.
What exactly is the difference between behaviors, habits, mannerisms and quirks? Read on to learn the subtle (yet important) differences between them.
While we often view what a writer should be based on what we see on TV, this scribe takes a quick look at what it's really like to be a young writer.
Understand why and how to break these 7 common rules about writing dialogue, and you’ll write more effective, nuanced and engaging character conversations.
Editors are always looking for knowledgeable, entertaining, dependable freelance columnists to fill their ever-recurring white space. Become one and enjoy these potential perks.
Don't let your commute stand in the way of your novel writing--instead, let it be the catalyst for writing your novel. Here's how.
There are so many ways to get the word out about your book starting with your own community. Here are a number of strategies for you to use to promote your book.
Nothing (other than fame and glory) makes an author happier than hearing from a reader who couldn’t put down their book. So what makes readers skip going to bed when they should and instead decide, Just one more chapter? My agent, Barbara Poelle, and I decided to sit down and distill (with something distilled)...