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Would You Buy This Book Online?

April 21, 2015

Judging a book by its cover can be tricky. Would you buy any of these e-books highlighted by Slate blogger Jay Deshpande?

The Demanding Editorial Letter You Would Love to Hate

April 10, 2015

Getting an agent and selling your book are your first major challenges. Then you move on to revision and the loved/hated editorial letter from the publisher.

Receiving an editorial letter from the publisher of Dutton Children’s Books, Ms. Strauss-Gabel, is not for faint of heart. Yet for a few top writers, being taken under Ms. Strauss-Gabel’s editorial wing “Is the literary equivalent of winning a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory,” writes Alexandra Alter in the New York Times.

Working with Ms. Strauss-Gabel is almost a guarantee of critical and commercial success, Alter points out. As painful as the letters can be, they have shepherded writers like John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) and novelist Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grimm) to bestsellerdom and movie adaptation.

Read more here.

Novelist Offers Free Query Critiques to Website Subscribers

March 11, 2015

Caitlin Sinead, author of Heartsick (Carina Press) is passing it on with a free query critique to those who subscribe to her website:  And she has reasonable rates for a query or query/10 page critique as well. All this from a writer whose second novel (Redblooded, summer 2015) is soon available and whose work has garnered praise from primo pubs like Glimmer Train and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. (Other works are available online.)

You can follow links to her blog contributions at Trouble the Write Way, too. Check out the March 5, 2015 post about details in writing. How much is enough — or too much? It’s critical to narrow down the details so that each sentence reflects the story arc. “If the reader doesn’t need to know that — CUT!” she writes.



Caitlin Sinead

Photo Credit: Tim Coburn

Je Suis Charlie

January 9, 2015

The best of the many cartoons and pics of demonstrations against the murders of the Paris cartoonists and policemen.

Check out the image of Charlie Brown with his head in his hands. Charlie Hebdo (weekly Charlie) was named for the sad sack character. But no sad sacks at the CH — just the courage of men and women expressing freedom of thought through humor and satire.

Sixty-one journalists were murdered in 2014. Vive la presse.



Think Your “Critters” Are Tough?

September 8, 2014

Check out this tongue-in-cheek critique from Writer Unboxed: Dear Dwight. Love it!

New YA contest

April 9, 2014

Last day for a YA first ten pages review from agent Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger, thanks to Chuck Sambuchino at the very useful Guide to Literary Agents. Check it out! 


When a Top Fantasy Writer Is Told: Take Your Paper and Go

February 6, 2014

In the Feb. 5 Writer Unboxed blog, well known fantasy writer Juliet Marillier laments the fact that one of her major publishers (yes, she has  more than one) recently told  her that the latest book in one of her series (yes, she also has more than one) was only going to be published in e-book form. It makes one cringe, thinking if a well known writer has these kind of setbacks, what hope is there for us “prepublished” writers?

And of course the eb00k vs. paper is not likely to be settled anytime soon. (At some point, hopefully, it won’t need the “versus” tag. An edited book is a book.)

After the shock, she takes the dog for a walk then analyzes the situation. Read her “professional writer’s response to a difficult situation.” She notes the difficult publishing climate these days and agrees that writing is a business. Then she lists ways to get over “brain churn.”

After you read her post, check out her books. My favs are the Sevenwaters series, but she has new ones coming out this year.


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