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5 Types Of Heroes Everyone Loves

Pub Date: Jan 1, 2017 | Columnist: By Jennie Evenson, reprinted with permission from ScreenwritingU Magazine.

 by Jennie Evenson  Ideas For Crafting (Or Improving) Your Heroes Writers rarely stop to categorize the many different variations of characters out there. But categories can be useful if you are at the conception stage and unsure which way to go, or stuck in the middle of draft and wondering what your hero ought to Read more »

Warren Adler

The Top Five Literary Investigators You Should Know

Pub Date: Jan 1, 2017 | Columnist: Warren Adler, Bestselling Author

Posted by Warren Adler As a prolific writer of more than fifty novels, I’ve been inspired by many mystery writers, from Georges Simenon to Agatha Christie, who’ve created indelible detectives that every mystery lover should know. These writers constructed complex, nuanced, and intelligent investigators who have influenced my own Fiona Fitzgerald mysteries series and standalone Read more »

Finding Your Style

Pub Date: Jan 1, 2017 | Columnist: Columnist: William Kowalski, Bestselling Author. Reprinted from WRITING FOR FIRST-TIME NOVELISTS, Practical Thoughts on the Creative Craft. Kowalski is a bestselling author and independent publisher

I have deliberately refrained from discussing many matters of style in this book, because I feel that writing style is a highly personal and subjective issue.  Frankly, although I have found a style that works for me, I have no interest in trying to impress that upon other writers. I like to see people develop Read more »

Dealing With Rejection and Criticism

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

Let’s not beat around the bush here.  Rejection is soul-crushing.  It’s especially bad when you feel like you were rejected because you’re just not good enough, rather than because you’re not a good commercial fit. When I was looking for an agent for Eddie’s Bastard, I sent out no less than eighty different query letters Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »