Archive for June, 2008

Anniversary: Gone with the Wind

A little inspiration from The Writer’s Almanac: It was on this day in 1936 that the novel Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was first published. When she handed the manuscript over to editors, it was in terrible shape, with more than 1,000 pages of faded and dog-eared paper, poorly typed and with penciled […]

Movie Analysis: Lars and the Real Girl

I don’t know what the deal is with my Netflix queue, the cycle is messed up or maybe we forgot to return a DVD and we don’t even know it yet. Thus I headed into the weekend without a movie. So I schleped down to Hollywood Video, intending to rent Juno. People raved about it. […]

Interview: Julie Buxbaum

Today, WU contributor Allison Winn Scotch steps in for a Q&A with fellow author Julie Buxbaum. It’s not every day that an aspiring writer quits her cushy lawyer job in the hopes of being published. It’s also not every day that she then writes a debut novel that, according to Publisher’s Marketplace, sells (in conjunction […]

Update: Victoria Holmes on the Today’s Show

Former WU contributor Victoria Holmes has again scored another bestseller! As the brainchild behind YA mega-phenom series WARRIORS (under the pen name Erin Hunter), she’s developed a new series for this readership. Reviews have been raves. SEEKERS: THE QUEST BEGINS is a new spin on the Warriors animal survival stories. This time, three bear cubs […]

Velvety Shadows: Dealing with Fear

I’m teaching quite a bit this summer, and one of the things that writers always talk about is their fears. Fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of self-revelation. Fear of your sister realizing that awful character is her. Free-floating fears, too, that morph into whatever shape currently needed to keep the writer from taking […]

Home Run! Therese Finds her Perfect Agent

There’s some seriously great news coming, so I’ll start it off with my announcement: As of this past Friday, I have an agent! Now before I tell you how much I love her, let me back up a sec–because the journey deserves a retrospective glance. You know I’ve been working on the same manuscript since […]

Snippets

Lots of goodies for WU readers this week: Just in case this opportunity got lost over the weekend, I’ll repeat it again. Pat Walsh, editor at MacAdam/Cage Publishing, is actively looking for submissions. Thanks so much and please let your readership know that MacAdam/Cage is once again accepting unsolicited manuscripts and we are actively seeking […]

Bid on a Critique by Barbara Samuel!

Hey WU readers, listen up. RITA-award-winning author and WU contributor Barbara Samuel is auctioning off some critiques on eBay in order to raise money for the AVON breast cancer walk in late June. This, from her eBay description page: This is highly unusual–I never, ever do critiques and this is a 1 in 3 chance […]

Interview: Pat Walsh, editor at MacAdam/Cage Publishing

You’re in for it now, WU readers! I’d read 78 REASONS WHY YOUR BOOK MAY NEVER BE PUBLISHED & 14 REASONS WHY IT JUST MIGHT by Pat Walsh, a senior editor at MacAdam/Cage Publishing, back in February, and laughed my head off through the entire book. It’s an insiders view of the publishing world from […]

Creating the Care Factor

Readers demand a protagonist that they can care about. Not necessarily “like,” but care about. Uber-fiction-agent Donald Maass, in his Writing the Breakout Novel book and workbook, tells us that one key characteristic of the 100 bestselling novels that he analyzed is that the authors created protagonists that readers cared about. Thus it comes to […]

Creating a book trailer

Everyone’s familiar with movie trailers—and everyone knows how some of them really work, really whetting your appetite for the movie. And how others somehow take all the juice from it, spoil your enjoyment by letting you in on all the jokes, for instance. The difference between the good and bad movie trailers of course is […]

Scene: ACCPT

A friend of mine is working to shorten up her overlong manuscript. She has my empathy. I have yet to learn how to write short, only how to edit more efficiently. When I was working to tighten my manuscript, I scoured books and online sources for the best tips, then found a way to make […]