“A Lady Drinking and a Gentleman (detail)” – Johannes Vermeer How do you begin a novel? Start writing! Kidding. Kind of. This is a question I’m asked a lot by people who have always wanted to write a novel but aren’t sure where to start: Where do you start? How do you even get going? […]
Lord of the Rings
The Books! This Week! First up, one of my blog readers is an editor in Egypt, and as there aren’t many/any agents in Egypt (but there could be), she’s hoping to work as a virtual intern at a literary agency to learn more about the trade. I know we’re all rooting for Egypt after the […]
This Week in Publishing Normal This Time Whew! I may have missed a few items in publishing news this week as I chipped away at the mountain that sprouted in my office while I was out, but here are a few of the many things that happened over the past week. Don’t forget about Page […]
By: Hannah Moskowitz This post has nothing to do with writing and absolutely everything to do with being a writer. The stereotype of a writer–the middle-aged man pounding feverishly at a typewriter, cigarette in his mouth, sending hard-copy manuscripts to his agent and protesting the change of every word–has yet to catch up with the […]
While I have previously tackled the perennial conversation topic/game/complaint Today’s Publishing Industry Would Have Never Publishing Such and Such Genius Old Book Because Everyone in Publishing Today is a Freaking Idiot, there is a component to these complaints that I would like to delve into just a tad deeper. I find it curious that whenever […]
Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the greatest villain of them all? Iago? Ahab? Fagin? Voldemort? Sauron? Villains are just plain scarier when they only have one name, aren’t they? Who’s your choice?