How to Help Your Favorite Authors – Without Spending a Cent!

We’ve all joked with author friends about buying a hundred copies of the most recent book, to boost sales and generally create that gleaming aura of success.  Of course, with book prices being so high these days, most of us are strapped to buy one copy – and then, we need to pick and choose which books we’ll buy.  Here are 5 things that you can do to help out your favorite authors, and they won’t cost you a...

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AA

No, not Alcoholics Anonymous. “Author’s Alterations”. This is an editing stage I haven’t seen before (but seems to be all the rage at sevreal houses 🙂 I received the AA pages for GIRL’S GUIDE – they consist of 8.5 x 11 pages of text, with 23 – 25 lines on a page. The lines are numbered on the left side of the page, and the text is basic Courier. My mission is to read through the text and make edits...

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Update re Teaching: Writing Fantasy

Thanks, all of you, who contributed thoughts about how I should approach the Writing Fantasy seminar. Plans continue to develop – we’re looking at dates in October. In a perfect world, the seminar will be a Friday evening and all day the following Saturday. We are working on getting a Huge Name Author to attend the Friday evening – I would interview him, laying the groundwork for what we’ll cover on Saturday. Saturday...

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Teaching: “Writing Fantasy”

I believe that I’m going to be teaching a course in the fall, tentatively called “Writing Fantasy Fiction.” It will be a one-day seminar, divided into four 1.5-hour sessions. It will be offered in downtown D.C., and it will cost approximately $150 (the hosting organization sets the price, not me.) At this point, I have no idea who will sign up – if the class attendees will be readers of fantasy, writers of fantasy,...

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How to Write a Synopsis

OK… I’m almost afraid to touch this subject with a ten-foot pole, and the entire length, depth, and breadth of the Internet to protect me. Writing a synopsis. I do not know a single author who enjoys the project. I know some who are good at it. Others who get by. Lots and lots who are outright terrible at it. Synopses are hard (in the same way that comedy is hard.) You need to know your audience. Some synopsis-readers (i.e.,...

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