May 10, 2014

If you are a first time author, increase your chances of getting an agent by crafting your book so that it falls into the so-called “sweet spot”. So you ask, “What is this ‘sweet spot’?” For most adult manuscripts, the ideal length is 80,000 to 90,000 words, although s...

May 10, 2014

Many new authors make the mistake of including so-called “filter words” in their manuscripts. Indeed, even many of us who’ve written published books find that these little words have inadvertently made their way into our first drafts and need to be cut. Filter words su...

May 10, 2014

Often I’m asked, “How do I come up with a good idea for a historical novel?” The answer is: “Ideas are all around you.”

1. Take an event that enthralls you and create a similar one. In her novel, The Lifeboat, Charlotte Rogan invents a luxury liner’s demise occurring on...

May 10, 2014

One of the most exciting areas in publishing today is the YA novel. Many innovative YA novels and trilogies have achieved success beyond what the genre usually generated in the past. So if you have a desire to write YA, my advice is to go for it.

But how do you know if...

March 6, 2014

Simply put, it’s about time. Writing a publishable novel takes a great deal of work and time.

It starts soon after writing a first draft. Many published authors will tell you that they spend as much or more time rewriting and revising as they did when writing a first dr...

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