Monthly Archives: July 2013

Finding Readers: Nailing the Back Cover Paragraph

This is part three of the Finding Readers series. Writing back cover copy is much like writing the dreaded query letter. You have a few careful sentences to hook a reader, whether that reader is an agent, an editor, or … Continue reading

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For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow

As a novelist, I never write short stories. But one somehow came together during my novel drafting, featuring my protagonist Henri. I read the piece out loud at an event, and as a result, I was encouraged to submit it … Continue reading

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The End

I spent six glorious days hiding out at a friend’s house, working on my nineteenth century novel. I’m sure I’ll share more about the experience once I settle back into my everyday routine, but for now, I’ll say this: I … Continue reading

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Author Interview: David Corbett on The Art of Character

David Corbett’s new book on the craft of writing encourages writers to relentlessly explore their characters’ motivations, frustrations, and inner conflicts. The Art of Character: Creating Memorable Characters for Fiction, Film, and TV does exactly what its title suggests, guiding … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Jan Baross on Writing Magical Realism, Illustrating Her Travels to Mexico and Paris, and Filmmaking

Jan Baross—celebrated filmmaker, artist, and writer—releases her latest book of travel-based illustrations, Ms. Baross Goes to Mexico, San Miguel de Allende, on July 14. The collection of black-and-white sketches and commentary spans thirty years of her travels to San Miguel. Jan … Continue reading

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