Archive for July, 2007

A Sure-Footed Voice

A funny thing happened to me during the editing process. I realized my biggest problem scene is in the first chapter. In the first scene of the first chapter. I’m actually pretty happy with the rest of it–the other eighty or ninety or one hundred scenes. I’m not sure how it happened that the first […]

New Books & Business News

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Harry Potter and the Narrative Charnel House

Warning: If you don’t want to hear what happened in the book, don’t read this. There are spoilers ahead. It read like an episode of the Sopranos. Beloved characters die gruesome deaths with little or no mourning for their passing. A caged animal blows up. A hat bursts into flames while being worn. The mucus […]


Anyone interested in breaking into the children’s or young adult market, take note: Today’s interviewee knows a lot about this business. Alice Pope is the editor of the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market (CWIM), the foremost guide for these genres, published annually through Writer’s Digest Books. We’re thrilled she’s agreed to answer some of our […]

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

I’ve caught myself sounding tired and negative in my recent posts—I put this down to a lengthy struggle with the current wip. This started out as a book called Heart’s Blood, then when I was about five chapters in and under contract in Australia and the UK, the US rights were sold for that novel […]

Postpartum Pottermania

It’s over.  Or is it? In an exclusive interview with American television, Rowling confirmed she “probably will” publish more details about her beloved characters. She said the encyclopedia would include background stories of characters she has already written but had to cut – such as Harry’s school friend Dean Thomas. She also said the book […]

MOVIE ANALYSIS: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Part 2

Yesterday, Therese and I dished about the newest Harry Potter flick. While we both gave it the thumbs up, we did have a few nits.  Mostly we were pleased with the way the filmmakers managed to streamline an unwieldy story into a swift two-hour movie while retaining plot coherence. Today, we continue our analysis. Kathleen: […]

MOVIE ANALYSIS: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

We’ve neglected them, but no longer.  Movie Analyses are back!  This time, Therese and I managed to go see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and being the screenplay buffs that we are, we’ve dissected the movie for its storytelling aspects and overall merits.  If you’re sick of Pottermania, we can’t help you this […]

INTERVIEW: Dave King, Part 2

If you missed part 1 of WU’s interview with Dave King, click HERE, then come on back. Dave’s not only a professional editor, he’s the co-author of the must-have book, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print. We’re honored to have him with us. In this part of our interview, we talk […]

Separating Fact from Fiction

One of the things that has surprised me most, now that The Department of Lost and Found is out there in the world, is how so many people assume that the book is true to my real life. As if the word “fiction,” is really just code for thinly disguised memoir. I’ve even had close […]