The Writer’s Digest team and I are in the last stage of pre-production for Author in Progress. We’re reviewing final pages, doing a last nip-and-tuck before those pages head to the printer and then the stores. I thought I’d share an annotated Table of Contents (TOC) with you today, which will reveal a few of the book’s surprises.
James Scott Bell has written a fantastic foreword for us, which I was just able to preview yesterday! Thank you, Jim!
The xxx’s circled in purple above mark the spot where page numbers will eventually appear. Otherwise–wouldn’t that be fun? A game of ‘guess the page!’
I shared the Introduction I wrote with you a while back, but for anyone who missed it, you can read that HERE.
The Community Conversation header, also circled in purple, marks the first of a series of five special essays. Not only are the essays themselves tremendous, but they’re followed by expansive comments by some of WU’s most engaging and thought-provoking commenters. Big thanks to C.G. Blake, Vijaya Bodach, Paula Cappa, Valerie Chandler, L.J. Cohen, Ron Estrada, Tonia Marie Harris, Natalie Hart, Barry Knister, Donald Maass, Barbara Morrison, Bernadette Phipps-Lincke, Thomas Henry Pope, Alisha Rohde, Susan Setteducato, Mike Swift, Dee Willson, and Grace Wynter for participating in this truly unboxed initiative!
A further twist to the Community Conversation essays: When you purchase the book, you’ll have the opportunity to link to these same articles on WU and join the conversation via private QR codes.
Some articles have special headers. The duet of articles above, by Jael McHenry and Catherine McKenzie, features a debate of sorts between two perspectives– should you or shouldn’t you try for an MFA. Below, you’ll see another–a debate about plotting v. pantsing, featuring Anne Greenwood Brown and Ray Rhamey.
You’ve probably noticed the section breaks. Author in Progress is broken into seven parts, which I believe represent the seven stages every writer should go through when writing a book. They are: [Read more…]