There has been some discussion in the book world lately about the prevalence of absent and/or dead parents in children’s literature. In an interesting article in Publishers Weekly called “The Ol’ Dead Dad Syndrome,” editor and author Leila Sales argues that dead parents in children’s literature are not only troublingly common, they can sometimes be […]
Writing a book is a serious commitment. It’s something that just about everyone thinks about doing at one time or another, but actually sitting down to devote hundreds of hours to one task takes a big dream and lots of elbow grease. Whether we came to it early in life or late in life, chances […]
Thank you so much to everyone for participating in the Inaugural First Page Critique, and especially to Michelle, our Inaugural First Pagee. There have been requests afoot for this to be a regular feature, and: consider it done! Every Monday henceforth we’ll have a page (and occasionally query) critique, and I’ll continue to reward those […]
Voice is one of the most difficult writing terms to define and pinpoint. We might know it when we see it, but what’s voice made of, really? You hear so often that agents and editors want “new voices” and “compelling voices” and voice voice voice. So what is voice? How do you cultivate it? And […]
For those of you just stopping by the blog on a random Wednesday… haven’t you heard? It’s writer appreciation week! As I’m sure you know, being a writer can be very difficult. Particularly with the amount of rejection writers have to face, whether they’re passes from agents or editors or receive one of those truly […]
It’s a simple question that I’m finding nearly impossible to answer: Who is your all-time favorite character in a novel? Sherlock Holmes? Quentin Compson? Jay Gatsby? Zaphod Beeblebrox? Willy Wonka? Leopold Bloom? Ahab? The whale?