How to Complete a First Draft in 30 Days and What to Do Next
One of these days, I'm going to sit down and write that novel....
Everyone thinks about doing it, yet most people who do start a novel end up stalling after a few chapters. Where do these would-be novelists go wrong? Are the characters dull and cliched? Did the story arc collapse? Did they succumb to a dreaded bout of... [click here for more]
A Balanced Approach to Writing Great Fiction
What's more important to a story: a gripping plot or compelling characters? Literary-minded novelists argue in favor of character-based novels while commercial novelists argue in favor of plot-based stories, but the truth of the matter is this: The best fiction is rich in both.
Enter Plot Versus Character. This hands-on guide to creating a well-rounded... [click here for more]
Inspiration & Exercises to Help You Craft a Writing Life Alongside Your Career Don't Let the Daily Grind Drain Your Creative Energy! You can work full time and still have a productive writing life. Many writers waste time waiting for the day they can fi nally quit their day jobs and live the so-called writing dream. Don't wait. You can do both--and your writing will be the better for... [click here for more]
Engage Agents, Editors and Readers, and Set Your Novel Up For Success First impressions are vital and the opening scenes of a novel are crucial if the reader is going to stick around until the story's end. What writers do in these opening pages, and how they do it, is a matter that cannot be left to chance. Whether a writer wants to craft a strong beginning right from the start or they have... [click here for more]
Essays on the Comics, Poetry and Prose
This collection of new essays looks carefully at the broad spectrum of Neil Gaiman’s work and how he interacts with feminism.
Sixteen diverse essays from Gaiman scholars examine highlights from Gaiman’s graphic novels, short stories, novels, poems and screenplays, and confront the difficult issues he raises, including femininity,... [click here for more]
New and reinvented for 2012!
Guide to Literary Agents is a writer's best resource for finding a literary agent who can represent their work to publishing houses, big and small. The days when a writer could deal directly with a large publisher are over. Literary agents represent writers and shepherd manuscripts to the right editor; and a good representative is the difference between a published book... [click here for more]
Paper Walls is the first installment in a new series of books explaining not only the creative process, but also the business and publishing side of the industry as well.
A great primer, Paper Walls is a motivational book explaining how the recent advancements in software, technology and business services have essentially removed the financial and technological barriers that once existed between... [click here for more]