Sitemap - 2022 - Before and After the Book Deal
Like the writer, hate the book
Opening sentences in setting-focused books
The power and potential of your opening sentences
In praise of commercial fiction
Thinking of hiring a developmental editor?
What to read when: You haven't read these books
The logline as a revision tool
Writers: Read this before you do your taxes!
What to read: Instead of craft books
Why you're in your own way and how to step aside
Should you adapt your own material for the silver screen?
What to read when: you're having election anxiety
Show + tell: The biggest mistake I make in my writing
We need a hero: Choosing the main character in a manuscript with multiple POVs
Querying strategies for a messy world
What to read when: you want to get swept away
Which sells better: hybrid memoir or memoir?
What to read when: you want some woke YA
Will I be promoting my book for the rest of my life?
Re-querying agents with revised material
Writing on borrowed time: adieu to my laptop
What to read when: you're anti back-to-school
To prologue or not to prologue?
Having a hard time nailing a character's voice? Investigate their syntax.
Book title naming example 1: the YA sci-fi thriller that needs to stretch across four books
Dumbing it down: How to vacation with a burner telephone
What to read when: you need a super smart beach read
What to read when: you need a high-brow gift
Agent query letter example 4: the sprawling family epic
Agent query letter example 2: writing a synopsis paragraph for multiple perspectives
What to read when: you feel out of control
Stuck on what to write this summer?
Agent query letter example 1: Cut to the dang chase
What to read when: you're feeling "over" everything
Comp titles: make them "work" for you
What to read when: Father's Day is nigh
What to read when: you want to thank a teacher
Pulse-checking character driven fiction