Writing Craft

The Best Best of the Worst

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Last week I invited you to come up with the worst first sentence with which to open a book in our Best of the Worst Contest. Goodness! You are a creative community indeed. We had 206 entries …

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The Power of Music

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

As we celebrate and remember what Jesus did for us today and throughout the weekend, I find myself looking forward to singing my favorite songs of Good Friday and Easter. Lyrics are an extremely powerful version of …

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Finding New Book Ideas

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

I’ve been chatting this week with a few clients about new projects that they are working on. I love talking about new ideas and giving input. There’s something so exciting about a new, fresh book idea. I’m …

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The Excitement (and Commitment) of Novel Research

Michelle Ule

Blogger: Michelle Ule, substituting for Rachelle Gardner who is on the road today

(Note: Some readers will think all the Books & Such Agents are fanning out across America to clean house as per the April 1 post. Joke! The …

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Is your project ready to submit?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Recently I received two queries that I thought held promise. So I asked to see the proposals and first chapters. On close inspection, I found both projects weren’t ready to be submitted. As I list the …

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What’s Your Writing Style?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

The other night I watched a novelist’s TV interview on a crime novel he had written. John Banville is a respected Irish novelist, known for the literary quality of his work. But he decided to try …

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Setting: Real or Imagined?

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

One of the first issues writers confront in planning their novel is where to set it. Is it better to set it in a real place or to dream up an imaginary town? Let’s explore both options.…

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Word Count Confusion

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Did you know that every little detail you include–or leave out–in your book proposal reveals something about you? That’s why we stress on this blog that you need to put as much effort into preparing it as …

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Why 10,000 hours of practice isn’t enough

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Most of us have heard that, if we want to succeed at any activity, the best way to do so is to practice that activity for 10,000 hours. The title of this post suggests that 10,000 …

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The Value of a Book

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

If you have a moment, take a look at this video:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/11/maria-keller-books-1-million_n_4086011.html

It’s the story of 13-year-old Maria Keller who has gathered and donated more than 1 million books to needy children (and adults) all over the …

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