Writing a Book. The All-Important Opening.

Writing a Book. The All-Important Opening.

Novels that most of us read while in school probably opened very differently than successful novels of today. In the past, an author was allowed the luxury of giving the reader details right away about the main character’s past, sometimes even going back to...
Writing Historical Fiction that Sells

Writing Historical Fiction that Sells

I’m in a book store perusing the aisles when I run across a novel that takes place during a time period not well-known to me. I slip the novel from the shelf, read the back cover, and realize I’ve discovered another piece of historical fiction I’m...
Do Literary Agents Still Expect Query Letters?

Do Literary Agents Still Expect Query Letters?

Literary Agents and Query Letters As a developmental editor specializing in fiction, YA fiction, narrative non-fiction and memoir, I find that once a client has decided to begin submitting his or her manuscript, many questions arise. First and foremost, “How do...

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