Monthly Archives: June 2012

Interview with Viking Editor Tara Singh

Send to KindleToday I have a huge treat for you: an interview with Ms. Tara Singh, an editor with Viking/Penguin who, I’m delighted to say, is now my editor, having acquired my latest novel for publication in 2013. If you’ve … Continue reading

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MEDICALERT: THE SCOURGE OF PREMATURE SUBMISSION

Send to Kindle  You’ve been working on a novel for a long time in solitude, a year, two, maybe more, and at last you’ve completed a draft.  You’ve shown chapters to a few trusted friends, and they loved it, but … Continue reading

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Your Novel In One Paragraph

Send to KindleLast week, in my post about Query Letter Do’s and Don’t’s, I suggested that you limit your description of your novel to just a few intriguing lines. What I didn’t say (ducking the hard part) was how to … Continue reading

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Writing Workshop

Send to KindleJust  a quick fyi for those who’ve asked to be kept informed. I’m teaching an online Writers Digest University course called “Focus on the Novel” that starts next week, on June 21st. It’s a good, hands-on workshop for … Continue reading

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QUERY LETTER DO’S AND DON’T’S

Send to Kindle  Coming soon: interviews with Viking editor Tara Singh, top agent Gail Hochman, and bestselling author Diana Gabaldon. Sign up for the RSS or email feed so you won’t miss these!   At a certain point, after you’ve … Continue reading

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What Neuroscientists Are Learning That Writers Already Know

Send to KindleImagine you’re in a bookstore (remember bookstores?) and you’ve chosen three novels. You can only buy one, so you sit down in a cozy armchair intending to read the first pages of each. An hour later, you glance … Continue reading

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