Brooklyn BookFest: A Retrospective


Last week (September 11-17) was the Brooklyn Book Festival, one of the premiere book festivals in the US, and the largest free literary event in New York City. Brooklyn BookFest is a unique kind of festival. Rather than being centralized

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Bad Beginnings

The beginning. It’s a rough spot for many first drafts. As writers, we routinely place a disproportionate amount of attention on our introductory paragraphs. For good reason. Sometimes we just don’t know where a story is supposed to start. And

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People-Watching: It’s Not Just For Peeping Toms Anymore

The next time you’re in a public place — a coffeehouse, a park, a store — observe the people around you. Pick a person, a couple, or a group, and imagine what their lives might be like. Imagine All the

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Name That… Character!

Do you know the meaning of your name, and why your parents chose it? Do you think it suits you? What about your children’s names? And what about your characters? Ask ten different authors about how they choose names for

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Author Spotlight: Aaron-Michael Hall, Spec-Fic Author

Aaron-Michael Hall, Speculative Fiction Author

Aaron-Michael Hall is a Speculative Fiction author (Epic Fantasy and Science Fantasy with an EDGE) originally from southern Illinois. Since August 2015, she has written eight full-length novels and published four. Her first novel, The Rise of Nazil, has won

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Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall…

Man in the Mirror

Think of your blog as a mirror: what does it reveal? Consider your blog name, theme choice, design, bio, posts… what does every element tell you about yourself? Who Am I? My blog is now two years old in its

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Moved to Tears

A Single Man Tear

I don’t know about you, but after the last few months, exploring the business end of fiction, I’m about ready for a break. For the next few weeks, I’m going to write about anything but business… Real Men Don’t Cry…

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Dragonblood Throne: Legacy, by Tom Fallwell

Dragonblood Throne: Legacy, by Tom Fallwell

Dragonblood Throne: Legacy Orphaned as a young child and growing up alone in the forest, Delina lives a life of isolation; her only companion a saber-toothed panther. Her strange eyes frighten those she occasionally encounters, so she keeps to herself,

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Fiction Book Proposal: Now What?

Manuscript Submission - Not as Sexy as It Sounds

Over the last several weeks, we’ve been exploring the business-end of the writing life: finding agents, querying agents, and preparing a fiction book proposal. Today, we’re going to talk about what happens next, once you’ve found your agents and written

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Elements of a Fiction Book Proposal: Your Sample Pages

fiction book proposal

The final part of your fiction book proposal is your sample pages. This is really what will make or break your proposal, so make sure they shine! To recap, a great fiction book proposal essentially breaks down into five elements:

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"The Wedding of Eithne: Fourth Tale in the Matter of Manred" by Michael E. Dellert! Available Now! Get this exciting new Fantasy Adventure here! Dismiss

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