Judging a book by its cover can be tricky. Would you buy any of these e-books highlighted by Slate blogger Jay Deshpande?
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.
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.
Photo Credit: Tim Coburn
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.
Check out this tongue-in-cheek critique from Writer Unboxed: Dear Dwight. Love it!