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Warren Adler

Bestselling Author Warren Adler: Why I Went Indie

Pub Date: Dec 1, 2016 | Columnist: Bestselling Author Warren Adler- Reprinted from www.CrimeFictionLover.com

Today we bring you one of the America’s most enduring authors, who’s written across a range of genres from historical crime to drama and comedy. Best known for The War of the Roses, made into a film starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, he’s been an advocate of digital publishing and has published as an Read more »

William Kowalski, Bestselling Author

Do I Need Connections to Publish?

Pub Date: Nov 1, 2016 | Columnist: William Kowalski, bestselling author

Do I Need Contacts or Connections? It seems to be a common myth that only insiders and well-connected people have a shot at being published.  The average schlub from some small midwestern town who doesn’t know anyone important and didn’t go to an Ivy League school doesn’t have a chance, they think. While it may Read more »

Warren Adler

Broken Bones and Old Songs: A Novelist’s Fight to Keep Memory Alive

Pub Date: Nov 1, 2016 | Columnist: Warren Adler, bestselling author

Memory, at any age, is the essential ingredient in a novelist’s toolbox and particularly as a novelist grows older, he or she begins to pay especially close attention to the mysterious force, which is memory. Without pure and accurate memory, there can be no recall of experience in its totality, no reclaiming of the senses, Read more »

Nancy Star

Time to See a Shrink

Pub Date: Nov 1, 2016 | Columnist: Nancy Star

Time to See A Shrink An author questions the mental health of her characters By Nancy Star | October 2016 Reprinted with permission from Publishers Weekly    This was a first time for me. Not the first time I’ve consulted an expert—that’s business as usual for a novelist. For my first novel, I interviewed a New Read more »

William Kowalski, Bestselling Author

Agent Hasn’t Sold the Story Yet? Consider Self-Publishing

Pub Date: Oct 1, 2016 | Columnist: William Kowalski, reprinted from WRITING FOR FIRST-TIME NOVELISTS, Practical Thoughts on the Creative Craft. Kowalski is a bestselling author and independent publisher

I’ve got an agent.  So now what? You wait.  Let them do their job.  They’ll call you when they have something to say.  You bugging them isn’t going to make them sell it faster. If your agent hasn’t managed to sell your book within a year or so, you may be justified in moving on.  Read more »

Warren Adler

Musings on the Future of Books

Pub Date: Oct 1, 2016 | Columnist: Warren Adler

Musings on the Future of Books by Warren Adler @WarrenAdler In my imaginative life as a writer of fiction, I have always strived to come up with some idea that might invest my novels with something so unique, original and insightful that it could plant the seeds of durability and ensure that my books attract readers Read more »

William Kowalski, Bestselling Author

About Query Letters

Pub Date: Aug 1, 2016 | Columnist: William Kowalski, reprinted from WRITING FOR FIRST-TIME NOVELISTS, Practical Thoughts on the Creative Craft. Kowalski is a bestselling author and independent publisher

The query letter is a letter you send to an agent by whom you would like to be represented.  It can be sent as an e-mail or snail mail, depending on the agent’s preference.  To find out what an agent prefers, you can look at their website, or check them out in the Writer’s Market Read more »

Warren Adler

The Top Three Writing Mistakes That Make a Bad Novel

Pub Date: Aug 1, 2016 | Columnist: Warren Adler, bestselling author

I’ve taught creative writing courses for a number of years at several schools like NYU, and I always told my students what writing mistakes they should avoid. Here is a list of 3 writing mistakes that I have come across most often in my career. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a novice or a pro, Read more »

Lisa Dale Norton

Finishing Your Memoir This Summer, Scene by Scene

Pub Date: Jul 1, 2016 | Columnist: Lisa Dale Norton, memoirist and gifted writing consultant

Everyone is writing a book, but only a few will finish their books, and only a select number will finish their memoir this summer. How will they do it? 1) By understanding a book is simply a series of scenes;2) By understanding that summer is a definable block of time in which to write a Read more »

Warren Adler

Rejection or Renewal: A Note to Aspiring Writers

Pub Date: Jul 1, 2016 | Columnist: Warren Adler, bestselling author

Reprinted from: http://venturegalleries.com/blog/rejection-or-renewal-a-note-to-aspiring-writers/    YOU’VE SPENT MONTHS, perhaps years, composing your novel. You’ve read and reread it hundreds of times. You’ve rethought it, rewritten it, and revised it, changed characters, dialogue and plot lines. Writing your novel is the most important thing in your life. It has absorbed your attention, almost exclusively. Both your conscious and your Read more »