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What Makes an Effective Plot

Pub Date: Feb 1, 2001 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR What Makes an Effective Plot By Susan Malone February 2001 We talked last month about how to begin a novel, so let's continue on with what makes an effective Plot, and how to keep Read more »

How to Begin a Novel

Pub Date: Jan 1, 2001 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR How to Begin a Novel By Susan Malone January 2001 Last month we talked some about characterization, and now let's turn to plot. Specifically, let's focus on how to successfully begin a novel. Isn't Read more »

In Search Of That Mysterious Element Called “Voice”

Pub Date: Dec 1, 2000 | Columnist: Doris Booth

In Search Of That Mysterious Element Called "Voice" Editors and agents often say that what they seek in a publishable manuscript is a “unique voice.” Voice may be the single most important element in closing a sale, and a story without it can quickly beget rejection. So what is this elusive thing called “voice?” Voice Read more »

Making Characters Come Alive on the Page

Pub Date: Dec 1, 2000 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR Making Characters Come Alive on the Page By Susan Malone December, 2000 A truism runs through this business about which most agents and editors, behind closed doors, will agree: Books by men have sketchy characters, Read more »

Syndication: Is It for You?

Pub Date: Nov 1, 2000 | Columnist: Michael Sedge

Syndication: Is It for You? An excerpt from Sussessful Syndication, A Guide For Writers And Cartoonists Reprinted with permission of the author and Allworth Press, © 2000 Michael H. Sedge. By Michael Sedge Sooner or later nearly every writer contemplates syndication. And why not? You could be the next Ann Landers, Dave Berry, or Dr Read more »

Finding Your Own “Style”

Pub Date: Nov 1, 2000 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR Finding Your Own "Style" By Susan Malone November, 2000 We talk a lot in this business about a writer's 'style,' and often that's an elusive issue. Not one's voice, exactly, although style incorporates voice, Read more »

Choosing a Trustworthy Agent

Pub Date: Oct 1, 2000 | Columnist: Deidre Knight

Choosing a Trustworthy Agent Part Three in a Series of Three Special Articles by Deidre Knight The Knight Agency   Choosing an agent is an important decision Question: How can I choose a trustworthy agent, particularly since I don't live in a big city where I might hope to meet my prospective agent in person? Answer Read more »

So You Want To Be A Celebrity?

Pub Date: Sep 1, 2000 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR So You Want To Be A Celebrity? By Susan Malone September, 2000 Many, many folks enter the publishing industry with fame and fortune sparkling in their eyes, the idea of becoming a celebrity seemingly Read more »

Dealing With The Dreaded Synopsis

Pub Date: Aug 1, 2000 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR Dealing With The Dreaded By Susan Malone August, 2000   Synopsis What most writers hate about our business, almost universally, is the marketing of their work. Drafting documents with which to market–outlines, proposals, synopses, Read more »

Good Writing Is Still Good Writing

Pub Date: Jul 1, 2000 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR Good Writing Is Still Good Writing By Susan Malone July, 2000 We've been talking of late a lot about how the blast of online publishing has affected both the fiction and nonfiction book business. From Read more »